July 26th, 2009

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Not a Victim, but a Hero

MEERWALA, Pakistan

After being kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of thugs and enduring a year of rapes and beatings, Assiya Rafiq was delivered to the police and thought her problems were over.
Then, she said, four police officers took turns raping her.

The next step for Assiya was obvious: She should commit suicide. That’s the customary escape in rural Pakistan for a raped woman, as the only way to cleanse the disgrace to her entire family.
 

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Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground

Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground

White House officials are embracing a plan to tax "gold-plated, Cadillac" insurance policies, giving momentum to an idea that is receiving bipartisan consideration on Capitol Hill.

"A premium charge on top of the most expensive packages is one of the ways to ensure that there's a lid on health-care costs," a top administration official told POLITICO. "The president believes this is an intriguing idea."

Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday on Bloomberg TV that he is "taking an intense look at it."

And top House leadership official told POLITICO that the plan is "something we can live with."


The idea meshes with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments in recent interviews that the medical industry, including insurers, can do more to contribute to the cost of health-reform legislation.
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GOP rift could widen...

Kyl Calls DeMint And Inhofe's Health Care Remarks "Unfortunate"

Senator Jon Kyl, R-A.Z., pushed back against his GOP colleagues on Sunday for suggesting that they could break the president and reap electoral advantage in 2010 if they derail health care reform, calling statements to that effect "unfortunate."

"I don't agree with that kind of language," said the Senator, when read comments from Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and James Inhofe, R-Okl. "What Jim DeMint said is he wanted to break the momentum and the inevitability of passing these bills. [The White House] said we had to pass stimulus and do it immediately or else the economy would see... eight percent unemployment. It's now going to 10 percent. And what we are saying is slow this down so that we don't make another bad mistake here."

"But I do think that because the language has a political implication, it's unfortunate," the Arizona Republican added, during his appearance on Fox News Sunday. "Both sides talked about the politics of these issues. I don't think we ought to be focused on that."

The remarks reflect what is an increasingly obvious fissure within the Republican Party over just how aggressive it should be in going after Obama's push for health care reform. While the default position for the GOP is to make sure that a Democratically constructed bill doesn't pass, there is a growing concern over being painted as obstructionist of reform. There are, after all, a slew of potential voters who either lack insurance or are unhappy with their current coverage. The GOP doesn't want to be seen as the party that prevented these individuals from bettering their medical situation.
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Sarkozy hospitalized after jogging scare




PARIS, France (CNN)
-- French President Nicolas Sarkozy became ill while jogging on Sunday and was taken to a hospital, according to the nation's health minister and the presidential office.
Tests were being conducted to determine the cause, said French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot. Officials did not release his condition.

He was taken to the Val de Grace military hospital, which traditionally treats heads of state, a presidential aide told Agence France-Presse.

Sarkozy, 54, was jogging with bodyguards in the vicinity of the Park of Versailles, a TV report said.

A witness told AFP she had seen a jogger surrounded by bodyguards collapse. Sarkozy's wife, Carla Bruni, arrived at the scene on a motor scooter shortly afterwards, the witness said. Two helicopters then landed nearby before taking off again.

Sarkozy is often seen jogging or cycling with bodyguards. Earlier this month, the French president was photographed jogging through Central Park in New York during his trip to the United States.

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Cast the gay devils out of literature!

Library fight riles up city, leads to book-burning demand for "gay-affirming" books

 

Jim and Ginny Maziarka, of West Bend, Wisconsin, have been waging a battle against their town's library because there are gay and lesbian-themed books on the shelves:

"With the debate raging, the city council voted in April against renewing the terms of four library board members, in part because council members thought the board was dragging its feet, library director Tyree said. The Maziarkas were still fighting to have books moved, having identified 82 questionable titles -- more than double their original list. Then they stopped targeting a list of books and circulated a petition that asked the board to label and move to the adult section any 'youth-targeted pornographic books' -- including books that describe sex acts in a way unsuitable for minors. The books could still be checked out freely by anyone. 'We're not talking about educational material. We're talking raunchy sex acts,' Maziarka said. One book she objects to is 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower,' in which a fictional teenage boy tells about his freshman year in high school, including rape and homosexual and heterosexual sex between teens."

The Maziarka's battle has spread outside their town, to Milwaukee, where a supporter has called for a public book burning.

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Accused Abortion Doctor Killer: Operation Rescue Abandoned Me

Man accused in Tiller slaying foresees a long time in prison

The Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller said in an interview he was angry at a major anti-abortion group that he thought had abandoned him.

Scott Roeder also said from jail that he was elated that Tiller was dead and that he knew he could be going to prison for decades.

He talked about his whereabouts on the day of his arrest, including plans he had made to pick up goat milk and cheese at a farm west of Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star interviewed Roeder three times in recent weeks, including once at the Sedgwick County Jail.

In a phone interview Friday, Roeder said he was upset at the president of Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, who had condemned the killing and said his organization had nothing to do with Roeder.

“He said that I never was a member and I never contributed any money,” Roeder said. “Well, my gosh, I’ve got probably a thousand dollars worth of receipts, at least, from the money I’ve donated to him.”


Roeder said he wrote Newman a letter from jail.

“I told him, ‘You better get your story straight because my lawyer said it’d be good for me to show that I was supporting a pro-life organization.’ ”

Newman said Friday he didn’t believe Roeder gave money to his group.

“We have a database, but I haven’t been able to find him in the database,” he said. “If he did (donate), we have probably over the past 10 years over 50,000 people who have contributed to us.”


He said Tiller’s killing had undermined the work of those trying to stop abortion through legal means.

“We’ve worked 20 years in the pro-life movement to do things within the system,” he said. “It certainly doesn’t help us out when guys assassinate abortionists in their church — or any other place.”


Tiller — one of a handful of doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions — was shot in the foyer of his Wichita church on May 31 while serving as an usher.

Roeder, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
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