February 26th, 2011

franklin sherman

Iowa House declares Bacon Day Feb. 26

The Iowa House has declared Feb. 26 Bacon Day in honor of “nature’s perfect food.”

Here’s the full text of House Resolution 15:

A Resolution recognizing February 26, 2011, as Iowa Bacon Day.

WHEREAS, the people of Maine have lobster, the people of Idaho grow great potatoes, and the folks of Texas make great chili, we Iowans have bacon —— nature’s perfect food; and

WHEREAS, whether plain or apple-wood smoked, whether store-bought or artisan-made, bacon is a meat for any meal; and

WHEREAS, as America’s top pork producer, Iowa stands tall as the nation’s source of high-quality bacon; and

WHEREAS, the 4th annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is set for Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Des Moines;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives recognizes February 26, 2011, as Iowa Bacon Day and invites all Iowans to take part in the festival and to celebrate bacon.


Christchurch earthquake: Doctor uses hacksaw in amputation

A medical specialist used tradesmen's tools to amputate the legs of an earthquake victim while he lay trapped under a beam in the collapsed Pyne Gould Corporation building.

The female urologist from Melbourne had to use what was at hand - a knife contained in a fold-out Leatherman multi-tool and a hacksaw - to amputate both legs above the knee.

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(source: NZherald)

Here's a second article with more details.

Third article, in which another hero, a policeman was mentioned. Legs don't matter, he's alive.


The current death toll at Christchurch earthquake is 123 145, with 200 still missing. Also a quick link to help_nz , an LJ fandom relief auction. 
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Australia re-embraces it's Multiculturalism policy + Study on Racism in Australia

THE federal government has firmly re-embraced multiculturalism in a key speech by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen
tackling voter fear of Islamic extremism and outlining a new anti-racism strategy.

In the midst of the furore over the government paying for asylum-seekers to attend family members' funerals, Mr Bowen told the Sydney Institute last night it had become fashionable to blame multiculturalism for terrorism, but the Australian experience was different.
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Mods, I hope multiple articles is ok.
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Canadian-born visible minorities earn less

Canadian-born visible minorities earn less

One of the cherished notions of Canadian multiculturalism is that the children of immigrants succeed economically in a way that makes them indistinguishable from other Canadians.

But since Canada opened up its immigration policy in the late 1960s, those children are much more likely to belong to a visible minority. Now that the eldest are in their 40s and have established themselves in the work force, it’s evident that Canadian-born visible minorities (and those who came to Canada as young children) earn less than their similarly qualified white counterparts.

Why? Economists say part of it may be that the networks they inherit from their parents are less likely to lead to high-paying jobs. Part of it may be straightforward discrimination.

The children of visible minority immigrant parents go to university at much higher rates than the rest of the population. But compare their earnings to those of their Canadian-born white colleagues, and inequalities become apparent.

A Canadian-born visible minority man earns about 18 per cent less than a Canadian-born white man with similar education and experience, according to Simon Fraser University economist Krishna Pendakur. For women, the wage gap is 3 per cent.

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Oregon Rep. David Wu airs regrets, owns up to taking prescription painkillers

U.S. Rep. David Wu broke his silence on national television on Tuesday but failed to slow the growing controversy over his behavior and future or stop new revelations that he behaved erratically during the 2008 campaign and accepted oxycodone from a campaign donor last fall.

In a six-minute interview on "Good Morning America," Wu admitted to sending inappropriate e-mails to staff and said he is receiving counseling and medication. He assured viewers that he is fit to stay in office.

"Last October was not a good month; it was very stressful. I did some things. I said some things which I sincerely regret now. And as a result of those things I saw fit to consult professional help. I got the help I needed then. I'm continuing to consult medical help as I need it, and I'm in a good place now," Wu told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

Later in the day, in response to a written query, Wu told The Oregonian he had accepted prescription medication from a campaign contributor in Portland in October. Wu said that he had left the painkiller prescribed by his doctor for neck pain in Washington and that the donor offered him something for a severe episode. 

"The donor offered me an alternative painkiller, and I took two tablets. This was the only time that this has ever happened," Wu wrote. "I recognize that my action showed poor judgment at the time, and I sincerely regret having put my staff in a difficult position."

A campaign staffer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as the person still works in politics, confirmed that Wu, 55, had taken oxycodone from the donor.

Wu's unpredictable, and according to people who worked with him, temperamental behavior during the 2010 campaign contributed to significant departures of his senior staff and the most recent crisis of his more than 12 years in Congress.

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Source has more links and video of the GMA interview.
iran freedom!

50 Rallies in 50 States

 Rallies Held Nationwide Showing Solidarity for Wisconsin

(CBS News) CHICAGO - Protests are scheduled around the country today as the group moveon.org organizes noontime rallies in all 50 state capitals as a sign of solidarity for the workers of Wisconsin.

CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers reports about a thousand protesters are expected in Chicago.

In Madison the political stalemate that has sparked these rallies continues.

After eleven days of protests, the Wisconsin state house began clearing out last night.

Three long nights of filibustering by House Democrats finally came to an end as the controversial bill to cut collective bargaining rights for most public workers passed the State Assembly in the early hours of Friday morning.

"What a terrible, terrible day for Wisconsin," said one Democratic Assemblyman. "What's started here goes way beyond tonight and goes way beyond this building."

And even outside its border. Protests have spread to Ohio, Indiana, and on Friday to New Jersey, where thousands came out in support of Wisconsin workers.

In Providence, Rhode Island - where the school committee is currently facing a $40 million budget deficit - the school board voted in favor of sending termination letters to the city's nearly 2,000 city teachers. The mayor insists not every teacher will lose their job.

"I feel numb. I almost feel like I need to mourn the death of an innocence. It's just surreal," said Providence teacher Mary Bush.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is hoping to avoid the "dire consequences" of potentially laying off 1,500 state workers, which he says will be necessary if the legislature doesn't approve his budget plan as-is.

On Friday, he repeatedly called for the 14 Democratic State Senators who have been MIA for ten days to come back to Madison.

"Come back to the state capitol," Walker said. "If you want to participate in democracy. democracy happens when you are in the arena. The arena is not in Rockford, Illinois. It's not in Freeport, Illinois. It's not in Chicago."

Illinois might be the safe house for Democratic politicians in neighboring states, but the state budget is considerably worse here in Illinois with a $15 billion shortfall.

The top House Democrat here in Illinois hinted recently that he was open to discussions about scaling back state worker's pensions - a move that is sure to be a talking point at today's rally.



I was at a rally today in Medford, Oregon! :) 

erunamiryene posted
this slide show of the rallies today.

Shocking News: Mexicans are Sekret Mooslims! Amnesty for Illegals will Lead for Mooslim Takeover!

I, For One, Welcome Our New Sekrit Mooslims Taco-eating Overlords.

Obama's Secret Plot To Bring 100 Million Muslims to the US

In the past few years, paranoid conservatives have cooked up all sorts of conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama. Some have claimed he has a secret plan to confiscate guns. Others have said he has a secret plan to confiscate IRA accounts. Still others have contended he's setting up clandestine FEMA concentration camps. And, of course, there's the big one: Obama's is an undercover socialist purposefully trying to wreck the US economy so he can implement a dictatorial takeover. But here's the mother of all right-wing conspiracy theories: Obama is scheming to bring tens of millions of Muslims—perhaps up to 100 million—from the Middle East into the United States in order to turn this country into an Islamic nation by the end of his second term.
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The War on Women

Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer screenings and cut nutritional support for millions of newborn babies in struggling families. And this is just the beginning.

The budget bill pushed through the House last Saturday included the defunding of Planned Parenthood and myriad other cuts detrimental to women. It’s not likely to pass unchanged, but the urge to compromise may take a toll on these programs. And once the current skirmishing is over, House Republicans are likely to use any legislative vehicle at hand to continue the attack.

The egregious cuts in the House resolution include the elimination of support for Title X, the federal family planning program for low-income women that provides birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and testing for H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted diseases. In the absence of Title X’s preventive care, some women would die. The Guttmacher Institute, a leading authority on reproductive health, says a rise in unintended pregnancies would result in some 400,000 more abortions a year.


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Why gay-only venues should have the right to exist

 In the wake of a case that seemed to sound the death knell for homophobia, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found a new target. Despite no formal complaints, the Commission is investigating potential discrimination – from gay-only venues.

But is that really a big deal? Now that gay people are enjoying an unprecedented amount of tolerance, why stay in the ghetto even if it is fabulous?

The truth is that the LGBT community needs a space of its own as much as ever, and steps to ‘integrate’ queer and mainstream society are a step backwards for gay rights.

Despite the considerable advances in both legislation and public acceptance, many gay people still do not feel comfortable expressing their sexuality in a mixed venue. An attempt to prohibit the only places where they can be assured of a warm welcome will have a deletorious effect on the LGBT community, particularly those who are closeted.

The people who oppose gay-only venues don’t understand the need for a safe space, and for that I envy them. They don’t take a risk every time they kiss their partner in public, or book a room in a bed and breakfast.

They’ve never wondered if this is the day their luck will run out and some bigot having a bad day will decide to make them their next target. I don’t want to be forced into separate rooms or try to get my groove on in twin beds for the crime of holidaying whilst gay.

It isn’t about some petty act of revenge against a mainstream that ignored or criminalised us.

It’s also unenforceable. Gay clubs frequently turn away clientele they think are straight, but who makes those decisions? Community spaces need to be there for the whole community, from femme dykes to ‘straight-acting’ men.

You can’t have a sign outside saying ‘you must be this gay to ride’. If we’re going to preserve queer-only venues, we need to ask ourselves what it is we want them to do.

We claim to be a safe space, but for whom? Not the transwomen, who get turned away from women-only spaces that only allow for narrow definition of what it is to be a woman.

Not our bisexual sisters, who face the attitude endemic among many lesbians that implies even the merest dalliance with a penis can cancel out a lifetime of girl on girl action. If we want to protect LGBT-only venues, we have to make sure that that protection extends to everyone.

Those of us who are out fight on the frontlines daily, furthering the integration the EHRC wants just by being open about who we are.

Of course the end goal should be to eliminate it entirely, but sometimes you want to stop fighting and dance.

Source: Liberal Conspiracy

ETA: If you value your sanity, don't read the source comments. LibCon's patrons are really showing their arse with this one.

Confirmed: Union-Bashing Right-Wing Media Stars Hannity, Limbaugh and O'Reilly Are All Union Members

Confirmed: Union-Bashing Right-Wing Media Stars Hannity, Limbaugh and O'Reilly Are AFL-CIO Union-Affiliated Members
(+ Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, & Sarah Palin)
By Ted Cox, AlterNet
Posted on February 26, 2011, Printed on February 26, 2011

When it comes to the Wisconsin union fights, right-wing pundits Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh have a couple of things in common. For starters, have all voiced their opposition to the plight of public employee unions in the state.

On Feb. 18, Limbaugh said on his radio program, "We are either on the side of the Wisconsin protesters or we are on the side of our country." Hannity has featured several guests critical of the union and its supporters, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on his Fox News television and radio shows.

On the Feb. 18 edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly stated, "Governments can't afford to operate" because of "union wages and benefits." But it turns out that opposing workers' rights isn't the only thing these blowhards have in common.

As it turns out, all three of them belong to the American Federation Television and Radio Artists union (AFTRA), which is the AFL-CIO affiliate for television and broadcast workers.

Yes, you read that right. While Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh have been railing against union workers in Wisconsin, all three of them belong to an AFL-CIO affiliate union.

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So who didn't see this coming from Beck, Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Palin? The only one I'm surprised about is Coulter, but only because I can't imagine willing to be in a group that actually helps people.
Source is print version to avoid pop ups for y'all.

Joe Scarborough: Glenn Beck Is 'Losing It Before Our Eyes'

On Friday's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough said Glenn Beck has gone "out of control" and is "bad for the conservative movement."

Scarborough started by playing a clip of a particularly agitated and angry Beck. He was not happy with what he saw.

"I've been telling conservatives for about two years, this guy is bad for the movement," Scarborough said. "This guy is losing it before our eyes. He's bad for the conservative movement. He's bad for the Republican Party. He's bad for Fox News...even guys over at Fox News have to start thinking, this can't last. He's out of control."

Scarborough then read a blog post by conservative commentator Peter Wehner. "Glenn Beck has become the most disturbing personality on cable television," Wehner wrote. Scarborough clearly seemed to agree with that assessment.

"He throws bombs out all the time," he said. "It's the conspiracy theories that are the most dangerous because that gets people acting out."

Scarborough has previously said that Beck is delivering a "vile message" to the country.


Dear Koch Brothers: Anonymous is coming for you.

 Anonymous, the notorious collective of unnamed Internet activists, is declaring war on the controversial Koch brothers. In a press release this weekend Anonymous accuses the brothers and their financial empire of attempting "to usurp American Democracy," and call for a "boycott all Koch Industries' paper products." Anonymous accuses the Koch brothers of taking "actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin."

David and Charles Koch of Koch Industries are billionaire brothers responsible for financing numerous conservative causes and Tea Party activities. In their press release Anonymous claims:

The Koch brothers have made a science of fabricating 'grassroots' organizations and advertising campaigns to support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United are just a few of these organizations. In a world where corporate money has become the lifeblood of political influence, the labor unions are one of the few ways citizens have to fight against corporate greed. Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America's broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers' political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.

Anonymous is "an online pool of consciousness," a formidable group of aggressive hackers or hactivists, a notorious collective of unnamed Internet activists. Anonymous is free of hierarchical leaderships structure. Hence, no one press release, no one statement, speaks for all who pledge allegiance to the group. Anonymous as a group often stands up for human rights and freedom of speech, many members consider themselves freedom fighters, while others are simply in it for the "Lulz."


From the press release:

Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse - is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries' paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.

U.S. Product Boycott List:
Vanity Fair 
Quilted Northern
Angel Soft 
Mardi Gras 

European Product Boycott List:
Kitten Soft
Lotus / Lotus Soft
Nouvelle Soft
Okay Ktchen Towels


Shit just got real.

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  • arisma

I Don't Want to be a Teacher Any More

I’ve always been a teacher.  Even before I received my teaching credentials 34 years ago, I was the one who Mr. Wells asked to help Kim Hull learn how to do his story problems.  I always knew I’d become a real teacher some day because Kim told me I was the first one who ever  explained it to him in a way he could actually understand.  
Now, I wasn’t ever one of “those who can’t, who teach,” and I always knew it.  My high-school guidance counselors had advised me not to go into education because I would be “wasting my brain.”  They suggested that due to my 98th percentile math scores, I should go into engineering.  But I was undaunted, because I knew that in reality I already was a teacher.  I just needed to go to school to get a piece of paper to make it official so I could get paid for it.  I was very clearly told that I wasn’t making the best financial choice that I could, but that didn’t matter in the least—I was out to change the world—one student at a time.

    I finished college in three years, and began teaching third grade in 1976 at the age of 21, and I’ve never looked back.  I found what all who become teachers know, that being a teacher is so much more than a job.  It’s always been my passion, my mission, even my identity.

    Being a great teacher came naturally to me.  Now that doesn’t mean it’s ever been an easy job.  I’ve always found it exhausting, challenging, frustrating, and very rewarding—in other words, a perfect job for somebody who needs their brain to be challenged in ways they could never imagine.  I went from being able to focus on only one or two things at a time, to being able to easily manage twenty or thirty on-going projects or ideas.  Over the years I’ve improved my creativity, flexibility, problem solving skills, and sense of humor.

    I’ve taught grades three through six, and felt very lucky that I never felt I was in a rut. I knew people who got burned out, but it honestly never happened to me.  I knew I was very blessed to find the perfect occupation.  I’ve changed how I do things in my classroom many times, incorporating new ideas, trying new things, always learning, always changing, and loving every minute of it.  I’ve always been told in every way that I’m a great teacher, but I honestly didn’t need to be told, because I could feel it. That is, until recently.Collapse )