US President Barack Obama (L) and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev grimace after signing a landmark treaty at the Prague Castle in Prague on April 8, 2010. Obama and Medvedev signed a landmark treaty committing their nations to major nuclear arms cuts. Under the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the former Cold War foes will be allowed a maximum of 1,550 deployed warheads, about 30 percent lower than a limit set in 2002. It also imposes limits on the air and submarine-borne intercontinental ballistic missiles that carry warheads.( Collapse )
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April 9th, 2010
By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: April 08, 2010
Portugal's Constitutional Court has OK'd a gay marriage bill approved by lawmakers, Portugal's IOL Diario reported.
President Anibal Cavaco Silva said he forwarded four out of five of the bill's articles to the Constitutional Court because “he had doubts about its constitutionality.” The excluded article bans adoption by married gay and lesbian couples. Cavaco Silva, a Roman Catholic and a member of the PSD party, groups which oppose the legalization of gay marriage, has remained mum on why he set aside the adoption measure.
In an opinion released Thursday and written by Justice Victor Gomes, the court's majority agreed the bill is constitutional. Two judges disagreed.
Portugal's Socialist-controlled Parliament, led by Prime Minister Jose Socrates, approved the gay marriage bill on February 11.
The president still has the option of vetoing the legislation, but Socrates has said he is prepared to overturn the veto.
The Vatican has vociferously opposed laws that grant gay couples the right to marry. Pope Benedict has called for the ouster of Socialists in Spain who approved a gay marriage law in 2005, but the church's opposition in the Catholic stronghold of Portugal has been muted. However, Benedict is widely expected to criticize the bill when he visits Portugal next month.
If approved, Portugal would join five European countries – Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and, most recently, Sweden – in legalizing gay marriage.
Well, wherefore could he possibly have not sent the adoption exemption to be judged on its constitutionality?
In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, the archdiocese took on a new city ordinance - which had heavy backing from pro-choice and feminist groups - that requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post prominent signs stating they do not dispense contraception nor perform abortions.
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Like Erykah Badu last week, former Cheetah Girl Kiely Williams has sparked controversy with a music video. But this one may glamorize date rape.
That Williams used to be a Disney star (here she is looking fresh-faced in the Cheetah Girls's first movie) has only added to the furor over her very un-Disney song "Spectacular." For those of you having trouble deciphering the somewhat breathy lyrics, here's the chorus:
Last I remember I was face down
Ass up, clothes off, broke off, dozed off
Even though I'm not sure of his name
He could get it again if he wanted
Cause the sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular
Williams also sings "What was I drinking, I can't believe I blacked out," and "I hope he used a rubber, or I'm a be in trouble, problem is I don't remember." As Amanda Hess of the Washington City Paper notes, the song is a little contradictory — how does she know the sex was so spectacular if "she doesn't remember the damn thing?" And isn't she (literally) singing the praises of a situation in which she couldn't have given consent? Hess asks,
How many pieces of popular music have to be written about how pushing booze on women until they vomit all over themselves and ultimately juuuust barely consent to having sex with you is sexy? Because these songs actually glamorize the behavior of rapists. And even if you're the elusive chick who happens to be into that, presenting this situation as "spectacular" is both a) not particularly interesting, as far as pop music is concerned, and b) harmful to all the women who wake up in that same situation and have a much different descriptor for the sex: "rape."
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Source and Source of source.
Russia reacted with horror today over the heartbreaking story of a seven-year-old Siberian boy adopted by an American family who was sent back to Moscow alone - because his U.S. mother didn't want him any more. Little Artem Saveliev was last year taken from a grim orphanage and given a new life in Tennessee last year. But his adoptive mother Torry-Ann Hansen, a 34-year-old nurse, yesterday put him on a ten-hour flight as an unaccompanied minor with a note 'to whom it may concern' saying: 'I no longer wish to parent this child'. In his rucksack, she had placed sweets, biscuits and colouring pens for the journey.
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The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.
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The associate said the former Defence Secretary had worked harder than anyone to get detainees released and worked assiduously to keep the prison population as small as possible. Mr Cheney’s office did not respond.
There are currently about 180 detainees left in the facility.
Introducing a new, month-long series, where I’ll be keeping a watchful eye on the meeja* and picking out some of the sexist-shite coverage of the General Election campaign.
From Andrew Pierce in yesterday’s Daily Mail:
Joanne Cash, the Conservative Party Alister, has been tipped for Cabinet office if she wins the marginal seat of Westminster North.
Tatler magazine has named her as one of the ten Tories to watch and Vogue included her as one of the top 50 women of the age.
Small wonder, then, that Ms Cash is pre-eminent among the telegenic Cameron cuties whom the Tories will be hoping to wheel before the cameras in the weeks ahead.
Meanwhile, here’s Jan Moir in the same paper:
War of the wives: How did Sarah Brown and SamCam compare in the fashion stakes?
And joy of joys, this one even comes with some pics:
Together, this trio of attractive, clever, multitasking, modern, juggling, have-it-all career women make up the political First Wives Club.
For better or worse, it is their mordant destiny to be the life partners of our great leaders, reduced to totems at their sides…
….So scramble the helicopters, here come the girls!
“Sarah Brown on the campaign trail yesterday”
and Samantha Cameron wearing a smart jacket combination
Blimey, you’d have thought someone would have told them they still had the tags on their clothes…..
The Telegraph meanwhile has come up with a video:
General Election 2010: The battle of the leaders’ wives.
*If you see any glaring examples of sexist shite during the General Election campaign that you think I may have missed, feel free to email them to me at cathryne_1999 at hotmail.co.uk
Crossposted from Too Much To Say for Myself
Source: Liberal Conspiracy
For more, see the depressingly soon after Episode 2!
Afghan government investigators said that eight schoolchildren were killed, all but one of them from the same family. Locals said that some victims were handcuffed before being killed.
Western military sources said that the dead were all part of an Afghan terrorist cell responsible for manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have claimed the lives of countless soldiers and civilians.
“This was a joint operation that was conducted against an IED cell that Afghan and US officials had been developing information against for some time,” said a senior Nato insider. But he admitted that “the facts about what actually went down are in dispute”.
The allegations of civilian casualties led to protests in Kabul and Jalalabad, with children as young as 10 chanting “Death to America” and demanding that foreign forces should leave Afghanistan at once.
President Karzai sent a team of investigators to Narang district, in eastern Kunar province, after reports of a massacre first surfaced on Monday.
“The delegation concluded that a unit of international forces descended from a plane Sunday night into Ghazi Khan village in Narang district of the eastern province of Kunar and took ten people from three homes, eight of them school students in grades six, nine and ten, one of them a guest, the rest from the same family, and shot them dead,” a statement on President Karzai’s website said.
Assadullah Wafa, who led the investigation, said that US soldiers flew to Kunar from Kabul, suggesting that they were part of a special forces unit.
“At around 1 am, three nights ago, some American troops with helicopters left Kabul and landed around 2km away from the village,” he told The Times. “The troops walked from the helicopters to the houses and, according to my investigation, they gathered all the students from two rooms, into one room, and opened fire.” Mr Wafa, a former governor of Helmand province, met President Karzai to discuss his findings yesterday. “I spoke to the local headmaster,” he said. “It’s impossible they were al-Qaeda. They were children, they were civilians, they were innocent. I condemn this attack.”
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I would love to say that I was shocked at this. :(
Chicago Republican Website Features Topless Lady Alongside Rambling Column About John Edwards, Confusing Readers
UPDATE: So, It turns out, the Chicago GOP site with the topless woman picture hanging out beneath banner ads for Bill Brady was not hacked after all.
Wednesday afternoon, the Windy Citizen pointed out a post on ChicagoGOP.com that discussed job creation, those pesky Democrats and John Edwards. Clearly, an article like that would be best accompanied by...a photo of a topless woman?
How did this happen? Windy Citizen's Anna Tarkov contacted Jeremy Rose of the Chicago Young Republicans, who explained that the site is not officially affiliated with the GOP. The writer responsible for the post accompanying the photo is Lumi Boldovici, who also writes for Examiner.com as the Chicago Republican Examiner.
The post is probably more confusing that the photo itself. Boldovici rambles about how John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter has "betrayed" him by making money from the media. It also includes a jab at the New York Times for calling her "Ms. Hunter" in a story? The post is also riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, and some are wondering whether the site has been hacked.
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GOP supporter: Cao has betrayed us, his white donors, by trying to represent his minority district.
Last November, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) — who represents a heavily Democratic district — was the only Republican to vote for health care reform, saying at the time that it was “best for my constituents.” Cao switched his vote when the House took up the issue again in March and strongly condemned the bill as “at a par with slavery,” but it seems some conservatives are still holding his original vote against him. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, currently taking place in New Orleans, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reports than an “angry” Republican — who had supported Cao in the past — confronted the congressman about his health care vote. The woman was upset that Cao had raised money in “white suburbs” while supporting “liberal, spread-the-wealth, welfare, black” policies:
“He had fundraisers, he had meetings, all in the suburbs — the white suburbs,” said [Kim] Hasney [a photographer from Jefferson Parish], who attended one of those events. “He had nothing in the district. We got him elected. Then, he goes and says ‘but I have to represent my district,’ which is all liberal, giveaway, spread-the-wealth, welfare, black. We thought he would try to change the demographics of that district by supporting things that were not giveaway things. You know, supporting things that would get them out of the ghetto.” [...]Referencing a memo House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released in 2008 praising Cao as “the future,” Matthew Yglesias writes, “We’re a long way from the days of ‘The Future is Cao.’”
“I thought that was what he was going to do,” she said. “As a conservative Republican, bring a work ethic, bring a non-welfare ethic.”
Massey CEO Blankenship Has Complained About 'Nonsensical' Regulation
Over at ThinkProgress, Brad Johnson pulls video of Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship registering complaints in June of 2009 that the safety rules governing mines were "difficult to comply with" and "nonsensical."
Maybe this was a big red flag that something terrible would one day happen?
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By JOHN RABY, Associated Press Writer John Raby, Associated Press Writer – Fri Apr 9, 1:58 pm ET
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Coal miner Josh Napper had a sick feeling something wasn't right at his job, so he put his thoughts on paper, to those he loved the most before heading back to work.
It would be his last communication with them.
"If anything happens to me, I will be looking down from heaven," his handwritten note read.
The 25-year-old Napper left it with his family in southeast Ohio, where he commuted to on weekends. Napper was among 25 people killed in an explosion at a West Virginia mine.
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UPDATE: As of 1am Friday local time all four of the missing miners have been located. No one survived. It seems they were already dead from the blast on Monday. So no one suffered.
My heart is just breaking for that poor mother who told her son on Monday that his father died and then found out he was one of the missing miners. She had been holding out and praying that she wouldn't have to break his heart again.
That question hangs in the air this spring as the five major GOP candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate practically trip over each other while running to the right.
They do this because they know their party's primaries are dominated by conservatives who rarely nominate a moderate for anything. Many analysts believe, for instance, that Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — elected in the 2003 recall — never could have won a GOP primary.
This situation will hold unless the overall California electorate approves an open primary like what's proposed this June as Proposition 14.
Only when all voters can vote in all primaries will candidates need to appeal to the broad middle ground, unrepresented in California for decades as the right wing rules the GOP and a far left/organized labor coalition controls the Democratic Party.
For now, anyone who wants to get anywhere in the GOP must cater to the right, even if it means running counter to what all polls show the vast majority of Californians favor. This conservative dominance is one reason Republican voter registration fell to an all-time low of about 31 percent this spring.
"If we ever go below 30 percent," Meg Whitman, the current poll leader in the race to become the Republican nominee for governor, warned in one recent speech, "it will be almost impossible for us to win elections."
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1. Piss Off The Rest of America
Gingrich Pledges Government Shutdown If GOP Wins Back House And Senate
On Wednesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that he’s been tasked by the House Republican leadership to “to organize an effort over the next four or five months to develop a [new] compact or contract [with America].” On previous occasions, Gingrich has made clear that a staple of that new contract with will be to repeal health care reform.
In a speech last night at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Gingrich delivered an address that was touted to the press as a strategy for how the GOP can become “the party of Yes.” Instead, Gingrich –- the author of a forthcoming book titled To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine — explained his strategy of obstruction in further detail.
Since more Republicans are conceding the full repeal of health reform is unlikely to occur on President Obama’s watch, Gingrich offered a two-tiered approach that is becoming increasingly popular among conservatives:
Here’s my promise: … When we win control of the House and Senate this fall, Stage One of the end of Obamaism will be a new Republican Congress in January that simply refuses to fund any of the radical efforts. […]
Once upon a time, I used to be Speaker of the House and I actually understand the legislative process. And the truth is, under our Constitution, the Congress doesn’t have to pass the money. If EPA gets not budget, it can’t enforce cap-and-trade. […]
So Stage One of Obamaism being gone is to simply win this fall and not fund it for two years. Stage Two is…to ensure Obama joins Jimmy Carter in the tradition of one-party presidents (sic). And, that in that context, that we be prepared to commit that a Republican President and a Republican Congress in February and March of 2013 will repeal every radical bill passed by this machine.
Gingrich’s remarks were met with roars of approval from the right-wing crowd. Watch it:
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Down on the Clown
April 9, 2010
It was a seminal moment. For the first time, breaking all convention, Ronald turned to the TV cameras and addressed himself to his viewers directly. It had never been done before, and it set off a revolution the consequences of which we still struggle to fight. When Ronald Reagan ended his presidential debate with Jimmy Carter in 1979 with "Are you better off than you were four years ago?", his media savvy changed mass politics forever.
But long before that, another Ronald messed with mass communications no less indelibly, paving the way for today's politicians and pundits. Appropriately, the first Ronald was a clown. In 1963, sixteen years before Reagan's fateful piece to camera, Ronald McDonald broke every rule in advertising when he turned to the lens and stunned children by speaking to them directly, saying:
"Here I am kids. Hey, isn't watching TV fun? Especially when you got delicious McDonald's hamburgers. I know we're going to be friends too cause I like to do everything boys and girls like to do. Especially when it comes to eating those delicious McDonald's hamburgers."
It's easy both to wince at how crass this sounds, and to overlook its audacity. With entire TV channels premised on direct marketing to children, it seems impossible that there might have been a time where kids were considered anything other than shorter, louder, more pestering versions of adult consumers. But it wasn't always thus. It took a canny cabal of admen to tap the pockets of a newly affluent generation of youngsters. They wanted to redefine the frontiers of what advertising in television age could be. And they succeeded.
Today, the McDonald's corporation boasts that their frontman is more recognizable than Santa Claus. He's the champion of a $32 billion brand. With a wink and a smile, Ronald has charged into neighbourhoods around and inside schools, targeting children with a range of unhealthy food, plumbing every depth to keep his parent company's arches golden and bright in the minds of impressionable young eaters.
McDonald's and other fast food corporations shelter behind the fact that their advertising is 'free speech,' as protected by the First Amendment and that, in any case, the corporations clearly declare their commercial intentions. So, for instance, when children go to Ronald.com to play McD-themed games they'll see in small white letters on a pale background at the top right the words "Hey kids.This is advertising!" This isn't terribly helpful. Although children may know that something is advertising, they are unlikely to understand what, exactly that means.
Michele Simon, a lawyer and author of Appetite for Profit, tells it straight: "McDonald's knows that vulnerable children are the perfect advertising audience, since they don't even know they're being marketed to." She suspects that for the group brave enough, and with deep enough pockets, there's a huge and successful lawsuit to be brought against McDonald's (and against all advertising against children) for deceptive practices. She's backed up by the medical profession: the American Academy of Pediatrics says that "advertising directed toward children is inherently deceptive and exploits children under eight years of age." In other words, the very idea of advertising to children is a fraud. Children are simply unable to generate and entertain rational opinions about goods and services, which cuts away the argument that advertising is just a more entertaining version of truth-telling. When it comes to children, advertising is far closer to brainwashing.
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Treating food as a commodity which corporations are allowed to direct and control for profit instead of a fundamental human right which must be grown and distributed ethically is making us sick, it's producing global hunger and obesity side by side, and it's helping to destroy our planet.
Thousands of Iraqis have been holding demonstrations throughout Iraq to mark the fall of Baghdad during the 2003 US-led invasion.
Marchers on Friday called for an end to what they said was the continued occupation of their country by hundreds of thousands of foreign troops and military contractors.
Supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr turned out in massive numbers in the city of Najaf, south of Baghdad.
Iraqi broadcaster Alsumaria said the tens of thousands of waved Iraqi flags, and trampled on US, UK and Israeli flags.
Marchers on Friday chanted slogans such as "yes, yes to unity" and "Sunni and Shia Muslims, we won't sell this country".
Protests against US and foreign forces in the country have been held every year on April 9, primarily by Sadr supporters, since Saddam Hussein, the former president, was ousted from power in 2003.
"Entering new era"
Sheikh Hazem al-Araji told Sadr supporters during Friday prayers that the country was "entering a new era, which has no place for occupiers and oppressors ... and people who put in jail those who resisted".
"Those who cling to their posts must not remain," he said, a comment apparently aimed at Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister.
Al-Maliki led a crackdown in 2008 on the Sadr movement's armed wing the Mahdi Army and the group has made it clear they would not support him for another term in office.
In Baghdad, a protest organised by an "anti-occupation" group drew both Shia and Sunni Iraqis.
Demonstrators gathered in the predominantly Shia district of Kadhimiya, near the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim. From there they planned to march east across al-Aaimmah bridge, which straddles the Tigris River, on to the predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiya, organisers said.
The group said it seeks to have Shias and Sunnis unite in prayer and together call for an end to the presence of US and other foreign forces in the country.
Source: Al Jazeera
Eighth District Judge A. Lynn Payne sentenced 21-year-old Leo Harrison to prison Tuesday for a May attack on a 17-year-old girl, whose fetus survived, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.
"I don't think words can describe the kind of depraved conduct you entered into in trying to take the life of a child," Payne said.
The female victim, whose identity was not reported, pleaded no contest to second-degree felony criminal solicitation to commit murder for paying Harrison to assault her. The teen told authorities she wanted to lose her unborn child after her boyfriend opposed the pregnancy.
While Harrison was facing as much as 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree felony attempted murder, Payne instead sentenced him on a charge of third-degree "attempted killing of an unborn child" under Utah's anti-abortion statute.
The Naples man could still serve as much as 20 years in prison since he was ordered Tuesday to serve consecutive prison sentences in four unrelated cases, the Tribune said.
Note the lack of reporting on how the mother is doing or anything. "THE BABY IS ALIVE, OKAY. Oh and Mom is fine, we're sure, whatever."
Anti-Gay Protest Sparks Counter-Protest
This is kind of a personal story, but I thought it would be cool to share for Friday.
Today, around six people from Westboro Baptist Church came to Virginia Tech campus (Blacksburg, Virginia) to protest the death of a girl named Morgan Harrington. (Aside from that, another member of said church went to West Virginia to protest the mining explosion. That's... probably not such a good idea.)
I ended up getting there late but I did want to share a little bit with everyone. This is fairly image heavy.
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There are more pictures here. I am waiting to see what shows upon Facebook.
Hope this brightened your Friday. :)
Last Friday, someone going by the name "dermdoc" posted a thread on a message board for Texas A&M students and alumni with this topic: "Laid off my first Obama voting employee today."
"Our reimbursement rates are spiraling downward, taxes are projected to go up with Obamacare, so I did it," the person wrote. He later added: "I made this decision because I can."
"It is kind of interesting watching their face as you explain to them the economic consequences of the policies of the guy they voted for," wrote dermdoc.
Hotsheet reached out to the person who we believe to have been responsible for the posting, but our requests for comment went unanswered. Late Wednesday afternoon, after Hotsheet's inquiry, the thread appeared to be removed from the TexAgs.com Web site. (The original link was here.) We took screen shots before the removal; you can view the full first page of comments here.
The posting prompted 20 pages of comments, some celebrating dermdoc's initial post and others questioning whether it was appropriate for him to have laid off an employee seemingly on the basis of his or her politics.
Dermdoc interacted repeatedly with commenters, and it is possible that his claim about laying off an Obama voter was grounded at least to some extent in bravado. He goes on to lament that his practice will suffer economically under the Obama health care plan.
"Elections have consequences," wrote dermdoc. "If you vote for someone who raises my taxes and lowers my income, you pay the cost."
"My office manager and med business guru have calculated that this is just the beginning. Tax rates are going to go through the roof with additional Obamacare taxes AND the expiration of the Bush tax cuts," he added. "And most analysts think reimbursement rates for docs will go down about 20-25% the next 2 years, and that is BEFORE Obamacare really kicks in."
dermdoc wrote that he feels "kind of feel like the Hollywood lib directors who wouldn't give parts to conservative actors."
"The most interesting thing was seeing the reactions of other employees who came to the startling realization that their support of a guy who hurts my business could cost them their job," he wrote.
"And what a lot of you guys and gals don't seem to understand is that as long as I make the money, pay the bills, pay the taxes, pay the salaries, assume all the legal liability, etc., that I can do just about what I want to(as can every other business owner in the US)," he added. "And that is what really, really pisses of Obama and his minions. Unintended consequences are a beeyatch."
dermdoc eventually took a more conciliatory tone after another poster said he knew him and that he was a good person.
"Okay, I am outed," he wrote. "I hate having to lay off anybody, but I had to for obvious reasons. Fortunately as stated earlier, I think the employee will get another job. Business owners and the 'rich' are not going to pay for Obamacare, the middle class is. We will cut costs via layoffs and raise prices or find someway to pass on the costs ot YOU."
"That is the way business works," he added. "...If that makes me an ahole, so be it."
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Also these pearls of wisdom from right-wing talk radio host Neil Boortz:
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Rescue teams in Brazil are working for a second night to find 200 people believed to have been buried in their homes by a massive landslide.
More than 50 houses were engulfed as mud and rubble poured into the Morro do Bumba shantytown near Rio de Janeiro.
At least 170 (officially 219 right now) people died after a week of heavy rain prompted mudslides and floods in Rio de Janeiro state.
The soil is still saturated and local officials are warning that there could be further landslides.
Although rescue teams were working through the night with floodlights in Morro do Bumba, there was little hope of finding survivors, says the BBC's Paulo Cabral in Rio de Janeiro, and the number of confirmed deaths is expected to rise steeply.
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Rio's mayor signed a decree allowing the city to force residents to leave their homes if they are in risky areas (I'm so moved).
MAUSTON, Wis. – Mike Taake has taught sex education for 30 years, and he says he knows what doesn't work: just telling kids to wait.
The Mauston High School health teacher has used abstinence-only and comprehensive curriculums, and he said students need all the information they can get about sex to make the best choices. But teaching them about contraceptives could land him and other teachers in court.
Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth last month sent a letter to area school districts warning that health teachers who tell students how to put on a condom or take birth-control pills could face criminal charges. The warning has left many teachers, school administrators and parents flabbergasted.
"Seems like a step back in time," Taake said of Southworth's logic.
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In an interview Wednesday, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in on embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, slammed his potential 2012 presidential primary rival Mitt Romney, and reiterated strong opposition to same-sex marriage and the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’
The popular Fox News host, who appeared at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ, leveled into Steele for his handling of last week’s revelation that RNC officials spent donor money at a bondage-themed Los Angeles strip club. “I think what’s happened is horrible,” Huckabee said. “The question is, how is [Steele] going to take control and how is he going to explain it? I think there does need to be a better explanation than what’s come forth so far,” he continued. “It’s been pretty weak.”
Huckabee said ongoing controversies involving Steele may become an electoral liability for Republicans as this year’s midterm elections approach. “It’s indefensible the way that some of the money has been spent,” Huckabee said, though he declined to call for Steele’s resignation. “Whether he should resign really is a question for the RNC, and I’m not a member, so I’m not going to get into that.”
Huckabee also blasted fellow presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts signed into law a healthcare plan that closely resembles Congress’ recently passed reforms. “Essentially ‘Obamacare’ and what Massachusetts has is virtually identical,” Huckabee said, characterizing the system Romney supported as a “dismal failure.”
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March On Wall Street Planned As Unions Try To Out-Tea Party The Tea Party
First Posted: 04- 9-10 10:48 AM | Updated: 04- 9-10 05:21 PM
A host of union groups and community activists are planning to one-up the anti-Wall Street sentiment commonly associated with the Tea Party movement by actually organizing a massive protest on the streets of downtown Manhattan.
The AFL-CIO is set to orchestrate a 10,000-person "march on Wall Street" on April 29, designed to push for several broad and specific actions on the financial regulatory reform front.
The union conglomerate's president, Richard Trumka, in an interview with Politico, described the event as a focal point for populist angst with the financial industry's practices.
"People will be talking, yelling, chanting, and letting America -- and letting Wall Street, particularly -- know that their brand of economics, where the financial economy overshadows the real economy, is no longer acceptable, that we want them to help pay for the jobs that they destroyed," he said.
Other officials with the union group told the Huffington Post that specific demands will be made at the event -- directed both at the surrounding Wall Street crowd and lawmakers in D.C. As part of their broader push for comprehensive financial regulation, the AFL-CIO will be calling for Congress to pass a strong and independent consumer financial protection agency. Additionally, they will call for a financial transaction tax as a way to raise money and limit speculative, excessive trading. Finally, they'll demand a tax on Wall Street bonuses, similar to legislative proposals put forth by Democrats in Congress.
The goal, in the end, is to tap into the unease that many still feel with Wall Street's practices and to display the public support that exists for Congress to move forward on regulatory reform.
"There is a lot of anger out there," said AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale. "But part of what we are doing is showing that a lot of the Tea Party side is this ginned-up faux populism. The real populism, what we are showing, is a lot of people out there who are legitimately angry and that the anger is directed at the people responsible for this, the folks on Wall Street."
If I had money to spend and wasn't terrified of flying I WOULD SO GO! Oh can you imagine how badass this is going to be?
Fellow ONTD_P'ers if you are in New York at the time...do you plan on dropping by to give us footage?
P.S. Mods, why don't we have a protest tag?