November 7th, 2009

Murasaki Shikibu
  • homasse

Mistrust hinders ID of Cleveland slaying victims

Mistrust hinders ID of Cleveland slaying victims

CLEVELAND – Police say there's only one way for the families of missing women to know for sure if their loved ones are among the victims found in suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell's house: Give DNA samples. But relatives with checkered pasts in the hardscrabble neighborhood seem reluctant to come forward.

Area pastors are urging families to provide DNA samples that could help the coroner's office identify the remains of eight black women, saying that nearly two dozen others are still missing in southeast Cleveland. The coroner's office, meanwhile, tried to calm concerns by promising the samples would not be shared with police.

"The only way we are going to get closure is to find out who these victims are," said City Councilman Zach Reed.

Police and a cadaver dog re-entered the house Thursday where Sowell apparently lived among the reeking, rotting corpses of 10 women and the paper-wrapped skull of another that authorities found in a bucket. The ex-Marine, who served 15 years in prison for attempted rape, is being held without bail on five aggravated murder charges.

In response to messages asking how the investigation would proceed on Friday, a police spokesman e-mailed a brief note stating only that a news release would be issued late in the morning.

So far only three victims have been identified: Tonia Carmichael, 52, of Warrensville Heights; Telacia Fortson, 31, of Cleveland; and Tishana Culver, 31, also of Cleveland.

If people are hesitant to reach out directly to police or the coroner's office, Reed said they should contact him or a pastor.

Stanley Miller, executive director of the NAACP in Cleveland, said people concerned about turning over their DNA to authorities might be reassured by the coroner's offer to use the DNA only for the purpose of identifying victims.

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Compromises: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...

Compromise Reached On Health Care Bill: Anti-Abortion Amendment To Be Given Floor Vote

As the House of Representatives inches toward a final vote on comprehensive health care reform this weekend -- the most dramatic domestic policy debate in several generations, a reorganization of a sixth of the economy - the only thing the parties can talk about is abortion and immigration.


"It tells you something about our country," remarked one distressed member of Congress, who didn't want to be named speaking ill of this fine land.

What it tells isn't pretty: The ranks of the uninsured are steadily being filled, with the number approaching 50 million. Health care costs are rising at a rate several times that of inflation, eating into the take-home income of the majority of the American people and threatening to break the federal budget in less than a decade.

Yet the talk is of abortion and immigration.

All day on Friday, House leaders struggled to reconcile the pro-life and pro-choice wings of the Democratic Party. Over the last several weeks, the pro-choice bloc, consisting of nearly 200 Democrats, had gradually come to terms with an amendment authored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.).

The intent of the amendment was to keep the debate about health care rather than abortion and it would make clear that - as is current law - no federal funds would be used for abortion. "Our hope was that we could continue the current ban on federal funding for abortion so the issue wouldn't bog down the overall health reform legislation," wrote Capps at the time.

That wasn't enough for pro-life Democrats. On November 3, Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) offered a more conservative compromise, one that restricted abortion in a bunch of extra ways and would require one private plan in the exchange not to cover abortion.

The divorce from reality had been filed by this point, considering that most insurance plans -- even using pro-life numbers -- do not cover abortion.
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Democrat Gives Up Single-Payer Measure to Back Party Leaders

Representative Anthony D. Weiner, Democrat of New York, a fierce champion in Congress of a single-payer health system that would be fully run by the government, said Friday that he had agreed not to insist on a vote on that issue, in an effort to help Democratic leaders pass their plan.

Previously, Mr. Weiner had obtained a commitment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote on a proposal to create a single-payer system like the one used by Canada and many countries in Europe, including England, France and Spain.

Single-payer supporters form a large bloc among liberal Democrats, although there has not been enough broader backing to make the idea politically viable.
So Mr. Weiner’s proposal would almost certainly have been defeated, although it would have enabled those liberal Democrats to demonstrate their continuing support for a single-payer system.

But as House Democratic leaders struggle to round up the votes they need to pass their health care legislation, Mr. Weiner said in an interview that it was clear that forcing a vote on the single-payer issue would be counterproductive and could endanger support for the bill at a critical juncture.

Mr. Weiner’s decision to sacrifice the measure also signaled that Democratic leaders may be struggling even harder behind the scenes than they have acknowledged to win votes for the health care legislation.
Another sign was a decision to postpone a visit by President Obama to Capitol Hill until Saturday, allowing his personal appeal to have maximum impact on lawmakers as close to the actual vote as possible.
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PTSD on the Military - ABC World News

World News with Charles Gibson had a special one hour show on Friday. I missed it but I found it online. ABC doesn't do embeds so the links will cause an ABC player to pop up and play the video clips.

This is the opening segment. Towards the end at about the 3 minute mark (abc does countdown times) it plays the relevant clip, but you can't exactly skip. Sorry.

In this clip they talk about why he might have done this and it is mentioned that a patient of his recently committed suicide and may have helped attribute to other factors to push the guy over the edge.
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020387

Army Chief of Staff 4 Star General Casey speaks out on how they are overstretched and keep sending out troops.
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020388

Sgt. Munley proves she is HBIC
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020390

PTSD on the Military (this is something that seriously needs to be addressed)
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020392

Being Muslim in Today's Army
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020393

Remembering the Victims of Fort Hood
http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9020394

Btw, I'm not comfortable with the animated video they have of the shootings.
Akuma River

HR 2943: The Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults

Dear Supporter of Marijuana Law Reform,

The measure, HR 2943, an "Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults," would eliminate federal penalties for the personal possession of up to 100 grams (three and one-half ounces) of cannabis and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of pot - making the prosecutions of these offenses strictly a state matter.
Passage of this act would:

* Give states the option to explore legal alternatives to tax and regulate the adult use and distribution of cannabis free from federal interference.

* Provide state lawmakers the choice to maintain their current penalties for minor marijuana offenses/or eliminate them completely.

Under federal law, defendants found guilty of possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use face up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

HR 2943 is now before both the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Please write your representative today and tell them to stop wasting federal resources targeting and prosecuting marijuana offenders. Click on the link below to send a letter to your congressman (pre-written also available): http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13568661
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NORML would like to thank Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), for reintroducing legislation to limit the federal government's authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders.

With an average of 6000 new supporters joining the NORML cause per week, it is clear that this MOVEMENT has serious momentum. It is time to energize, organize, and LEGALIZE!

Tell Your Representative to Support H.R. 2943!

Stay Free and Keep Fighting,
Sabrina
Sabrina Fendrick
NORML/NORML Foundation
www.norml.org

Fuck, now I gotta be glad that Ron Paul is my Rep... Damnit.
Akuma River

I want this t-shirt.

Got a new e-mail from HRC.

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Watch for your letter to be published in your local newspaper and then send a scanned copy or online link of the published letter to noexcuses@hrc.org and receive an offer for a FREE No Excuses campaign t-shirt!
Shipping and handling not included.
Write a Letter to the Editor today. (We'll help.)

It's still true, and it's still appalling: in 29 states, it's legal to fire someone because they're lesbian, gay, or bisexual; in 38 states, it's legal to fire someone for being transgender.

But most people in Port Lavaca – even many LGBT people – aren't aware of this outrageous injustice.

Building strong, vocal support for workplace equality in places like Port Lavaca will be crucial as we fight for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in Congress. And with the Senate holding hearings on the bill just yesterday, and the first important House vote coming in the weeks ahead – now is the time to make sure citizens in Port Lavaca are informed and activated.

Writing a Letter to the Editor in support of ENDA could make a huge difference in our fight. Please write one now using our easy letter-writing tool!

Writing your letter is easy – we'll help, with facts and talking points! And it's one of the best ways to build momentum against workplace discrimination so that ENDA passes once and for all.

This is one of the next big battles facing our movement. And it's going to be even tougher than passing the hate crimes bill was. Right-wing groups loudly claim that measures like ENDA grant "special rights" to LGBT people and take away the freedoms of people of faith. It's absurd; it's wrong; we need lawmakers like Rep. Ron Paul standing up for what's right.

If there's one thing the hate crimes victory showed us, it's that Congress can move at a glacial pace. There's only one thing that speeds up the process: direct, sustained pressure from ordinary people like you. And speaking out in the media is critical.

Thousands of people like you have already sent letters to Congress, demanding that our leaders put an end to the second-class treatment of LGBT workers.

Now, you can help us make sure everyone in your community knows the facts, too. With your help, we can get the story told in every corner of the country.

Take just a few minutes to write your letter – a few minutes now could make a difference for LGBT employees for years to come.

With your help, we can push our nation's leaders to support ENDA's common-sense protections, and make the workplace safe for all.
Thank you.
Warmly,

Joe Solmonese
President


Ron Paul told me to go fuck myself so did Kay Bailey and John Cornyn. Not to mention I don't think I can get my letter posted in my newspapers. But I will try.

Anyone else want to try to win this t-shirt? It's FREE!!! Do you know how expensive HRC stuff is? I've dropped 200 bucks on them before...but you gotta pay s&h.
Akuma River

Health Care Reform Bill Vote - LIVE-POST!!!

They are starting up the vote. But I think the Democrats are doing a filibuster unamimous consent for such and such to delay the vote.

This is getting lulzy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/healthcare-debate-explode_n_339043.html?nsup (video and twitter feed)

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN_wm.aspx

http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
got any other links to hear/watch the debate?

via floating_to_sea
btw, here is a list of the House Democrats who will be voting no:

Here's my colleague JAllen's list with assists from O'Connor and Mahtesian :

Frank Kratovil
John Adler
Parker Griffith
Artur Davis
Bobby Bright
Bart Gordon
Jim Marshall
Mike Ross
Gene Taylor
Charlie Melancon
Travis Childers
Ike Skelton
Colin Peterson
Walt Minnick
Michael McMahon
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin
Dan Boren
Suzanne Kosmas

Updated: John Tanner

Update2: Harry Teague

Update3: Larry Kissell
Jim Matheson
Eric Massa


WTF ARTUR :(


After we hit 4,200 comments I'm submitting a part 2 live post.
http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_political/4561994.html

part 3 post.
a touch of life

Kim Munley, She stood ground, even as bullets struck her - Chron News


Sgt. Kimberly Munley, from a July photo in her Twitter page
Base officer’s training kicked in when it counted
By GARY SCHARRER and SCOTT HUDDLESTON
CHRONICLE NEWS SERVICE
Nov. 7, 2009, 10:06AM

FORT HOOD — However complete her training or rounded her experience, Sgt. Kimberly Munley may be forgiven if she never expected a scene quite like the one Thursday, when she found herself in a courtyard facing an Army major apparently gone berserk and a body count that would keep rising unless she stopped him.

.....

“I've always found her to be a very strong woman,” said Erin Houston, who lives on Munley's street.

Munley is a police officer contracted to work with base police, a Fort Hood spokesperson said today.

When many of the military wives on the block were caring for their families, while their husbands were deployed, Munley would keep an eye out for them and let them know of any criminal activity, Houston said. One night, after going on a date with her husband, she shooed away a couple of men trying to break into their house.



(Note: Of the many articles on Officer Munley, I chose Chron because I felt their coverage was very fair. The article also included links to videos surrounding the events, such as "Muslim and in the army", where "Fahad Kamal, a soldier from Sugar Land, talks about his own concerns after a fellow Muslim was accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood")

ETA Nov 12th Update:
Officers Todd and Munley, and the confrontation at Fort Hood
...Officer Munley remembers being shot and firing at Hasan, but was not sure if she had struck the target. Officer Todd remembers shooting and hitting the target, but was not sure if Hasan had already been shot or not.
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  • dwer

GOP Gone Wild

This morning, the House began consideration of the rule for debate of the House health care bill. As the Democratic Women’s Caucus took to the microphone on the House floor to offer their arguments for how the bill would benefit women, House Republicans — led by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) — repeatedly talked over, screamed, and shouted objections. “I object, I object, I object, I object, I object,” Price interjected as Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) tried to hold the floor.

In an effort to delay and derail the proceedings, the Republicans continually talked over the Democratic women for half an hour. They sought to prevent the debate by calling for unnecessary “parliamentary inquiries” and requests for “expanding the debate” by an hour.

After being repeatedly interrupted by Republican shouts, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) observed:

Do I not have the right to be able to continue my sentence without objections that are trying to censor my remarks here on the floor that I have a right to make as a member of this House?

Watch a compilation:



The presiding chair of the House, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), tried to assuage the Republican raucous, without much success. The debate must be conducted with “a measure of comity and grace and decency,” Dingell urged. “There’s no advantage to be achieved by making all this fuss,” he told the Republicans.

Source wants to know when the GOP Big Tent is going to return humility, decency and honor to Washington.
the stone
  • gmth

NEW POLL: Dems Who Oppose Public Option Today Will Lose Obama Voters in 2010

Hours before the wavering House Democrats decide whether to vote for health care reform with a public health insurance option, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is releasing new poll results fresh out of Virgina.

We polled 800 Virginia Democrats and Independents who voted for Obama in 2008 but didn't turn out for Creigh Deeds in 2009. The main finding? A huge majority of these voters thought Deeds "wasn't progressive enough."

Not only that, but many will decide whether to vote in 2010 based on whether or not Democrats pass a public option, and specifically said they were less likely to vote for Deeds after he said he would "opt out" Virginia from the public option.

Democrats in Congress: Are you paying attention?

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More at the source.
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Wisconsin Right to Life's Sarah Palin Event a Huge Success!



Sarah Palin really needs no introduction. Want to test it? What’s the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom? (crowd) Lipstick!

Priorities – fiscal restraint, limiting the size of government. She didn’t learn about energy at a Harvard seminar, She lived them and made them happen.

Sarah Palin chose life, chose to stand up, which made her enemies.

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BRILLIANT! Almost as good as her speech in Indiana. I hope video or audio for this one surfaces soon.

become one of Sarah's Rogues with a donation of $1,000 or more
to the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund.

Source 1, Source 2
Reporting
  • acmeeoy

Screw you Taliban! It's time for some Pakistani FABULOUS!

Pakistan's fashionistas defy Taliban

By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer Chris Brummitt, Associated Press Writer Sat Nov 7, 7:36 am ET

KARACHI, Pakistan – Some women strode the catwalk in vicious spiked bracelets and body armor. Others had their heads covered, burqa-style, but with shoulders — and tattoos — exposed. Male models wore long, Islamic robes as well as shorts and sequined T-shirts.

As surging militant violence grabs headlines around the world, Pakistan's top designers and models are taking part in the country's first-ever fashion week. While the mix of couture and high-street fashions would not have been out of place in Milan or New York, many designers reflected the turmoil, contradictions and tensions coursing through the society.

 

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Health Care Reform Bill Vote - LIVE-POST!!! PART 2!!!!

We hit the max counter on the other Live Post!!!!

They are starting up the vote. But I think the Democrats are doing a filibuster unamimous consent for such and such to delay the vote.

This is getting lulzy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/healthcare-debate-explode_n_339043.html?nsup (video and twitter feed)

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN_wm.aspx

http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
got any other links to hear/watch the debate?

via floating_to_sea
btw, here is a list of the House Democrats who will be voting no:

Here's my colleague JAllen's list with assists from O'Connor and Mahtesian :

Frank Kratovil
John Adler
Parker Griffith
Artur Davis
Bobby Bright
Bart Gordon
Jim Marshall
Mike Ross
Gene Taylor
Charlie Melancon
Travis Childers
Ike Skelton
Colin Peterson
Walt Minnick
Michael McMahon
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin
Dan Boren
Suzanne Kosmas

Updated: John Tanner

Update2: Harry Teague

Update3: Larry Kissell
Jim Matheson
Eric Massa


WTF ARTUR :(

When we reach 4000 I'm posting a part three.

http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_political/4563153.html
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Gay couple banned from Wal-Mart after dispute over BIC lighters



This is an updated version of the story that includes corrected content.

NILES — The two Bic multipurpose lighters and a package of smaller lighters Joe Paolucci bought at the Niles Wal-Mart on Aug. 16 cost $15.84.

So how did the lighters end up the centerpiece of a situation that resulted in Paolucci and his gay partner, Thomas Hitchcock, being banned from Wal-Mart, not only in Niles but everywhere? That's the rest of the story.

Paolucci said he and Hitchcock had visited the store often since the two Chicago attorneys — for 13 years, Paolucci was general counsel for the real estate investment company owned by Chicago billionaire Sam Zell — opened a store known simply as Front in downtown Buchanan.

The "high-end modernist gallery/shop," as Paolucci described it, stemmed from an extensive rehabilitation project. He and Hitchcock own investment properties in downtown Buchanan as well, they said, plus a second home near Buchanan that they occupy with two special-needs 11-year-old twin sons they adopted from Romania.

"The kids call us Daddy and Poppa," said Paolucci, who maintains a primary residence with Hitchcock and the boys in Chicago's Lincoln Park area.

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Will Democrats Make History or Break Our Hearts?

DEMS: WE HAVE THE VOTES... HEALTH CARE WILL PASS TONIGHT

7:20 PM ET -- Democratic aides: We've got the votes. "Today we will pass the Affordable Health Care for America Act," Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on the House floor Saturday evening. Politico is reporting that Democrats have at least the 218 votes needed to pass the bill. Three Democratic aides tell HuffPost the same thing.

Kristie Greco, a spokeswoman for Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), declined to confirm the number.

The news that Pelosi has the votes can have unpredictable effects on undecided members. Some members, seeing the bill passing, may want to pile on and get on the side of history. Others react by thinking that they can now oppose it, look tough at home, but not jeopardize passage. Toward that end, watch for a handful of no votes to dribble out from Dems over the next hour or so.

A note of caution: Republicans are still allowed a parliamentary procedure known as a "motion to recommit." Within that motion, they could include any sort of mischief they see fit: conventional wisdom is that the motion will include some language concerning illegal immigration, but if any decision has been made, aides are being mum about it. Depending on whether it passes and how it impacts the bill, it could sway a vote or two on final passage, but it's unlikely, because the motion can be ignored as the House and Senate work to merge their bills later in the legislative process.

A Dem aide guessed that 9:30 PM ET was looking like a rough approximation of the time for a final vote.
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Yankees Fans Throw a Party! (and confidential files out windows)

NEW YORK -- New York City office workers who got carried away during the Yankees victory parade Friday apparently began tossing files and documents out the window when they couldn't get their hands on confetti.

Auditor Damian Salo attended the Manhattan parade. He told The New York Post he found all sorts of personal financial documents in the mountains of shredded paper tossed from skyscrapers as the players rode up Broadway.

"We're finding pay stubs. We're finding personal financial information. We found a balance sheet of someone's trust fund showing $300,000 in stock," Salo told the Post.

Other intact documents included banking data, law firm memos and even some court files.

The founder of one financial firm, Alan Sarroff, says his company reprimanded one "overzealous" employee for throwing records out the window that should have been shredded.

Ticker-tape parades on Broadway are a New York tradition.

The city's Downtown Alliance provided more than a half-ton of shredded, recycled paper to skyscrapers and offices down Broadway -- actual ticker-tape has not been used in decades.

"The idea of our confetti was to urge people not to use prior documents or anything inappropriate," Downtown Alliance spokesperson James Yolles told New York broadcast station WPIX.



Way to go New York financial institutions! Keep up the good work of improving your reputation!
Fatpie42

Racial discrimination in British faith schools (It's chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks again)

Admittedly this is a mistake Jonathan Sacks made quite a while ago. The trial has been won in the first instance, then lost on appeal and now it's being put foward again and the BHA have now intervened in favour of the prosecution.

A child was rejected entry into the Jewish Free School (JFS). The child's father is Jewish and the mother converted to Judaism. As such, the child has a Jewish mother and is eligible. The mother is a practicing Jew and the whole family attend synagogue so there is no reason to dismiss on the grounds of religious observance. Nevertheless, the Chief Rabbi ruled that the mother did not truly count as Jewish because she converted via a Masorti synagogue. Jonathan Sacks apparently doesn't count Masorti conversions and thus by the same reckoning the child does not count as Jewish either. The obsession over the place where the mother converted rather than both her and her son's religious conviction makes this a clear case of selection based on racial rather than religious grounds.

Thankfully other British rabbis are less daft: Accord Chair, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain declared: “This is a defining moment. For too long state-funded faith schools have had a free hand to discriminate. This will be a big first step towards creating faith schools that serve the community around them, not just themselves.”

I finally leave you with this rather awesome video of Andrew Copson from the BHA speaking in opposition to multi-millionaire philanthropist, Benjamin Perl, who is highly regarded in Orthodox circles and funds many Jewish state schools. (Perl has said in the past that he is on the "cutting-edge of fighting assimilation" i.e. he does not wish to allow the children of 'assimilated Jews' into Orthodox institutions.)




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Health Care Reform Bill Vote - LIVE-POST!!! PART 3!!!!

We hit the max counter on the other Live Post!!!! part one part two

They are starting up the vote. But I think the Democrats are doing a filibuster unamimous consent for such and such to delay the vote.

This is getting lulzy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/healthcare-debate-explode_n_339043.html?nsup (video and twitter feed)

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/C-SPAN_wm.aspx

http://www.cnn.com/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

http://interactive.foxnews.com/livestream/live.html?chanId=3

got any other links to hear/watch the debate?

via floating_to_sea
btw, here is a list of the House Democrats who will be voting no:

Here's my colleague JAllen's list with assists from O'Connor and Mahtesian :

Frank Kratovil
John Adler
Parker Griffith
Artur Davis
Bobby Bright
Bart Gordon
Jim Marshall
Mike Ross
Gene Taylor
Charlie Melancon
Travis Childers
Ike Skelton
Colin Peterson
Walt Minnick
Michael McMahon
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin
Dan Boren
Suzanne Kosmas

Updated: John Tanner

Update2: Harry Teague

Update3: Larry Kissell
Jim Matheson
Eric Massa


WTF ARTUR :(

I crashed after we won so I missed putting up the fourth part. Sorry guys.
http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_political/4564249.html
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Joseph Cao: The Lone Republican Ranger...

Joseph Cao: Health Care's LONE Republican Supporter Is Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao

One Republican lawmaker out of 177 crossed party lines to support the health care reform legislation offered by Democrats.

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the Louisiana Republican who hails from a decidedly Democratic New Orleans district, voted yea on the final passage of legislation. He joined 219 Democrats to make the final margin 220 to 215 in favor of reform's passage.

Cao was a major (and possibly the lone) target for Democrats hoping to get even a semblance of bipartisan support for the bill. He said after the vote that he had obtained a "commitment from President Obama that he and I will work together to address the critical health care issues of Louisiana."

In the past, Cao has been touted by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as "the future" of the GOP.
Republicans clearly went the distance to keep him in the fold for the health care vote. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who promised protesters at a Tea Party rally this week that "not one Republican will vote for this bill," was standing beside Cao as the historic vote unfolded.
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Turkey Embrances Creationism and Intelligent Design from US. Evolution is Satan's Handywork.

In Turkey, fertile ground for creationism
U.S. critics of evolution help translate their ideas for a society already torn between Islam and secularism

Sema Ergezen teaches biology to Turkish students interested in teaching science themselves, and she has long struggled with her students' ignorance of, and sometimes hostility to, the notion of evolution.

But she was taken aback when several of her Marmara University students recently accused her of being an atheist, or worse, for teaching anything but the doctrine that God created the Earth and everything on it.

"They said I was a liar if I called myself a Muslim because I also accepted evolution,"
she said.

What especially disturbed -- and amused -- the veteran professor was that the arguments for creationism presented by some of the students came directly from the country where she was educated in the biological sciences years before -- the United States. Translated and adapted for a Muslim society, the purported proofs that Darwinism and evolution were wrong came directly from American proponents of Christian creationism and its less overtly religious offshoot, intelligent design.
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