Well, what can I say…I’m back! I sure did miss you all.
My new modem is working fine, and it seems like ages since I posted something.
So keep that in mind as you read this long…long post. You may even want to take it in sections.
Elton John performing in Australia 1986.
I can bitch, I can bitch better than you…so let me get on with it!
One thing is for certain, being without internet is a bitch…there was so much going on this week. I am so glad that Boston Boomer has kept up with the Trayvon Martin murder in Sanford, FL. I have just been able to listen to the 911 tapes and it is so painful to hear those cries for help, which stop so abruptly after the gunshot…then comes that horrifying silence.
There is something wrong with that…I mean, if Zimmerman was the one screaming for help as the latest “secret” witness claims…why stop after he shoots the kid? I would be hollering for help, yelling for people to call 911. The lack of any sound after that gunshot is bothersome for me…it doesn’t play into the self-defense excuse.
To arrest someone for a crime, the police need probable cause to believe that he committed the crime. But what if it’s clear that the person committed the act (e.g., intentionally killed someone), but it seems likely that he has a good affirmative defense (e.g., self-defense)? My view is that probable cause should be probable cause to believe that the conduct was indeed criminal, and if the self-defense case is strong enough, that negates probable cause to believe that a crime (as opposed to a justifiable homicide) was committed. But when I looked into this several years ago, I saw that the few courts that had discussed the matter were split.
He goes on to refer to Florida law:
Florida law, though, clearly resolves this: “A law enforcement agency … may not arrest [a] person for using force [in a self-defense situation] unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.”
So in Florida, the police must have probable cause to believe that the defendant wasn’t acting in lawful self-defense in order to arrest the defendant. It’s not enough to say, “we have probable cause to believe that you killed the victim, so we’ll arrest you and then sort out later how strong your self-defense case is.”
It seems to me that self-defense does not cover a guy who had issues with “suspicious” black young men. The tape clearly shows he has already declared Martin a criminal…remember that comment about “these assholes” always get away…Zimmerman also says Martin begins to run away from him. How can you declare self-defense if you are the one running after, and confronting a person who is trying to avoid you?
Anyway, I don’t want to rehash what has been said about the Martin case…however, I would like to hear your thoughts about probable cause, and acting in lawful self-defense.
I must say that being without the internet has its merits. I got a reprieve from all the War on Women news that happened this past week. Even some of my good old boys from Georgia got in on the fun. Here is a quote from an email I received from Planned Parenthood two days ago:
– On February 29th, the House passed HB 954. If this bill were to become law, it would be the first outright ban on abortions now legally performed in Georgia. HB 954 would ban abortions over 20 weeks regardless of medical circumstances.
– On Day 30, also known as Crossover Day, the Senate passed SB 438. If this bill were to become law, state employees would be denied access to the abortion care currently provided by insurance—with no exceptions for medical circumstances or rape and incest.
The Obama administration must warn drug makers that the government may soon ban agricultural uses of some popular antibiotics that many scientists say encourage the proliferation of dangerous infections and imperil public health, a federal magistrate judge ruled on Thursday.
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News
The practice of feeding antibiotics to promote growth has led to a judge’s order that moves toward ending that use of the drugs.
The order, issued by Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York, effectively restarts a process that the Food and Drug Administration began 35 years ago, but never completed, intended to prevent penicillin and tetracycline, widely used antibiotics, from losing their effectiveness in humans because of their bulk use in animal feed to promote growth in chickens, pigs and cattle.
The order comes two months after the Obama administration announced restrictions on agricultural uses of cephalosporins, a critical class of antibiotics that includes drugs like Cefzil and Keflex, which are commonly used to treat pneumonia, strep throat and skin and urinary tract infections.
In a separate move, the F.D.A. is expected to issue draft rules within days that ask drug makers to voluntarily end the use of antibiotics in animals without the oversight of a veterinarian.
Don’t get too excited…yes I know it seems like a move in the right direction, but…
…neither the judge’s order nor the F.D.A.’s expected rule changes are likely to fundamentally alter the large-scale agricultural uses of antibiotics because farmers and ranchers now say the drugs are being used to prevent animal diseases, not to promote growth. The F.D.A. has so far refused to propose restrictions on antibiotic uses to prevent disease even when the drugs are delivered in feed or water, and Judge Katz’s order does not extend to disease prevention uses.
A TB patient in South Africa. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP
The fight against new, antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis has already been lost in some parts of the world, according to a senior World Health Organisation expert. Figures show a 5% rise in the number of new cases of the highly infectious disease in the UK.
Dr Paul Nunn, head of the WHO’s global TB response team, is leading the efforts against multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Nunn said that, while TB is preventable and curable, a combination of bad management and misdiagnosis was leaving pharmaceutical companies struggling to keep up. Meanwhile, the disease kills millions every year.
“It occurs basically when the health system screws up,” said Nunn. “Treating TB requires a carefully followed regime of medication over six months. In places where health services are fragmented or underfunded, or patients poor and health professionals ill-trained, that treatment can fall short, which can in turn lead to patients developing drug-resistant strains. It’s been estimated that an undiagnosed TB-infected person can infect 10 others a year.
Nunn has another frightening quote I’ll lay on you here:
“There’s a vicious circle, because when new drugs come out they are expensive, so there is no demand. Without the volume of demand, the cost will not come down. If we can’t tackle this, we are going to finish up with a lot more people being diagnosed with multi-drug resistant strains. We’ve already lost the battle in places such as the former Soviet Union, and so we need a huge expansion of effort, especially in places like India and China.” He added: “In some areas we have probably already lost the battle. Globally, it is still just 5% of the total number of TB cases, but with sloppy management of treatment we are moving towards an accelerating problem.”
Let’s change direction now…and look at some World News items you may have missed this week:
Common sense dictates that war with Iran would be devastating for the region – and common sense must prevail.
The Guardian has this wonderful interactive timeline of China: a decade of change – There are some changes occurring within the communist party.
As the communist party prepares for a changing of the guard, we look at the key events in the last 10 years that have shaped the world’s most populous country. A next generation of politicians will be facing entirely new challenges across all sectors, from the economy to civil unrest. Scroll through the timeline to explore the defining moments of the first decade of the 21st century
Leung Chun-ying, a former government adviser who pledged to address a growing wealth gap, won the election to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive after a campaign marked by scandals and protests.
Leung, 57, won 689 votes from a 1,193-member election committee comprising of businessmen, lawmakers and academics, according to the returning officer. Henry Tang, the front-runner until scandals drove down his popularity in opinion polls, garnered 285 votes, while Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho got 76 votes.
Afghans hoping to escape violence and a lack of economic prospects at home face new challenges and new abuses in Europe.
As Afghanistan’s army was beginning to assume a more active combat role in 2007 – and as suicide bombings and opium production hit record highs – Omar thought a move to Europe would make his life safer.
Instead, as with the 300 Afghans who marched in Stockholm that year to demand their rights to asylum, the 19-year-old would realise the journey to seek asylum in Europe was rife with its own difficulties.
As one of thousands of young people trying to escape worsening insecurity, a lack of socio-economic opportunities and increased anxiety over Afghanistan’s future, Omar left his home and embarked on a three-year journey to France.
In each of the nine Eurasian countries he entered along the way, Omar thought he was finally safe – but, instead, each presented its own hostilities and threats of abuse.
Now 23, Omar told Al Jazeera that the struggles he faced led to an unexpected conclusion: “The difficulties in Afghanistan were better than the difficulties we face today in Europe.”
Now that is a powerful statement. You can read more about the thousands of applicants seeking asylum at the link. The article has quite a few personal stories to illustrate the hardship these people are facing.
Young refugees fleeing Nazi bombs in the Spanish civil war found a mixed welcome in the UK after a nightmare voyage.
Some of almost 4,000 Basque children who came as refugees to Britain in 1937 arrive at a Salvation Army centre. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORB
Her crying mother asked her sister and brother to take hold of Josefina and they did, pulling the screaming girl away from her parents and towards the ship.
“I didn’t want to leave, and of course my mama didn’t want us to go, but papa said it was only for a short time, just a few months, and so they dragged me away with my teddy and we went. The boat was terrible, really terrible. I remember the screams and cries of children packed into this boat. There was no space to even lie down. There were so many of us,” she said.” It was 21 May 1937, my 10th birthday.”
Josefina Stubbs, 85, was one of 3,826 child refugees to arrive in what remains the largest single influx of refugees into Britain. The “Basque babies”, as some UK newspapers and politicians disparagingly called them at the time, or the niños as they call themselves, were sent to safety from the bombers sent by the Nazis to aid Franco as the civil war ravaged the towns of northern Spain.
That is a real interesting article, give it a read.
This is a loving human moment, caught frozen in violent silence, such a sad emotional image…I will let you follow the link to a photo of a couple murdered in Juarez.
And that will bring us back to the U.S., after the jump.
Being the “token” Latina/Hispanic front pager here at Sky Dancing…I thought I would touch on some U.S. immigration news. (Even though I do not list my race as Hispanic, and my heritage is not from Latin America.) I mean, my mother’s family is Sicilian and my father’s family is Spanish, as in coming directly from Spain, “Spanish” Cuban, again meaning descendant of Spain, Austrian and Northern Italian.
I don’t know…I always refer to myself as Latin, meaning my heritage comes from “Latin” descent, as in Latin European.
Wait a minute, does that make me a “sellout?”
**Sorry, I took a moment to address some derogatory comments directed my way while I was unable to respond because of the modem problem. Yes, I could have let it slide without mentioning it, but as I said at the beginning of this post…the bitch is back.**
A Dallas suburb has spent five years and nearly $5 million trying to ban illegal immigrants from renting apartments within city limits, but court challenges have kept the law from taking effect. Still, city officials say they’re likely to press on.
The current immigrant detention system in the United States is deeply flawed, and New Jersey’s newest detention facility offers proof that federal reforms are falling short, immigration advocates said Friday at a conference on the issue.
A report by a coalition of immigration rights groups and New York University’s law school focused on conditions at an immigration detention facility in Essex County as emblematic of problems with immigration detention system nationwide.
Jiovanna Campbell was 9 when her uncle killed himself.
Beyond her parents, he was the only family she had known since coming illegally to the U.S. at age 3. Her parents sold everything they owned to take his body back to Mexico, she recalled. They stayed for a few months while her parents coped with the death. Then they returned to the Bay Area, crossing the border illegally with others in a car. Campbell finished high school, enrolled in college, married a U.S. citizen and bought a home.
As Campbell prepared to graduate, she felt she couldn’t continue living without legal status in the U.S. Typically, experts say, people like Campbell have a decent shot at getting a visa if they return to their home countries to apply. So, on the advice of a notary public, she went to Mexico to request legal status as the wife of a U.S. citizen.
Once in Ciudad Juarez, Campbell learned that her childhood trip to Mexico meant she would be barred from the U.S. under current immigration laws.
Read the story of how Jiovanna is now stuck in limbo, and unable to come back across the border. Yes, she is married to an American Citizen and is pregnant and is banned from obtaining a visa…for 10 years.
Perhaps Sebastian de Covarrubias, the 16th century lexicographer and author of “The Treasury of the Castilian or Spanish Language” would be turning over in his grave if he learned that Spain’s greatest contribution to 21st century U.S. political discourse is the word “cojones.” And, possibly, Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela would consider it a vindication of his literary legacy.
But that’s the way it is. It began back in 1961, when John F. Kennedy said of the Department of State, “I just see an awful lot of fellows … who don’t seem to have cojones. The Defense Department looks as if that’s all they’ve got. They haven’t any brains.” It is a general description of the political and military classes, respectively. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright* continued the tradition in 1996, saying, “Frankly, this is not cojones; this is cowardice,” when the Castro regime shot down two small planes flown by Brothers to the Rescue, an anti-communist group. The quote was described by Albright’s boss, Bill Clinton, as “probably the most effective one liner in the whole administration’s foreign policy.”
More recently, in 2004, the venerable British weekly, The Economist, described George W. Bush as having “no cojones.” And now, with respect to statements by Rick Santorum about the use of Spanish in Puerto Rico, humorist Steven Colbert said, “It takes serious cojones to go to Puerto Rico and tell them to stop saying cojones.”
Last year Biery ruled on a church-state case involving prayer at a Texas high school. He ruled against the school district, and the decision was overturned on appeal and sent back to his court for further action and to sort out the details. Over the last several months, Biery has been pushing, prodding, nudging, and otherwise encouraging the two sides closer together, and in February a full settlement agreement was reached [pdf]. But it didn’t happen without a real mess, as the judge made clear in the order approving the settlement:
In that settlement agreement, Biery started off not with the facts of the case, but the non-facts:
What This Case Has Not Been About
The right to pray.
Any American can pray, silently or verbally, seven days a week, twenty four hours a day, in private as Jesus taught  or in large public events as Mohammed instructed. 
 Matthew 6:5-8 (“and when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. . . . But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray. . . . And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”).
 2 Quran 2:43 (“You shall observe the Contact Prayers and give the obligatory charity, and bow down with those who bow down.”). Muslims are obligated to attend the mosque at least once a week and other prayers may be said alone, but all prayer is always more acceptable to God in community. See PAUL GRIEVE, A BRIEF GUIDE TO ISLAM: FAITH, RELIGION, POLITICS (Carroll and Graf, 2006). Daily prayers within fixed times are done “with the entire brotherhood and sisterhood of believers facing towards Mecca from all around the world, following the same prescribed formula.” Id.
Thinks about that for a moment.
Those clamoring for the right to pray publicly — in Texas, we’re talking about strongly evangelical fundamentalists Christians — are told they are following Mohammed’s teachings. Biery inserts the knife oh-so-gently, and gives it a nice little twist.
But when you get to the end of the settlement, it gets even better. After he signed his name under the line that says “It is so ORDERED,” he added this:
A PERSONAL STATEMENT
During the course of this litigation, many have played a part:
To the United States Marshal Service and local police who have provided heightened security:
To those Christians who have venomously and vomitously cursed the court family and threatened bodily harm and assassination: In His name, I forgive you.
To those who have prayed for my death: Your prayers will someday be answered, as inevitably trumps probability.
To those in the executive and legislative branches of government who have demagogued this case for their own political goals: You should be ashamed of yourselves.
To the lawyers who have advocated professionally and respectfully for their clients’ respective positions: Bless you.
I can only imagine what his mail had been like from “those Christians,” and I love the way he called them out on it.
Read more at the link…the Judge put more oomph on an issue he labeled “Non-Kumbaya Order.” Priceless!
Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who, until 2009, considered himself a partisan liberal. In “The Righteous Mind,” Haidt seeks to enrich liberalism, and political discourse generally, with a deeper awareness of human nature. Like other psychologists who have ventured into political coaching, such as George Lakoff and Drew Westen, Haidt argues that people are fundamentally intuitive, not rational. If you want to persuade others, you have to appeal to their sentiments. But Haidt is looking for more than victory. He’s looking for wisdom. That’s what makes “The Righteous Mind” well worth reading. Politics isn’t just about manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them.
I know it is a long post, but I need to make up for all the ones I missed this week…
As part of its own Great Paper Airplane project, Pima Air & Space Museum built and flew a 45-foot-long paper airplane with a 24-foot wingspan over the Arizona desert. The plane, dubbed Arturo’s Desert Eagle, was helped into the sky by a Sikorsky S58T helicopter, and upon reaching 2,703 feet up, was let loose to fly.
There’s something freeing, to be sure, about being able to say anything you want. You can engage in unfounded name-calling, or intentionally hurt someone’s feelings, or just generally behave like a twelve year old. And no one will know it’s you. And that’s why I don’t read many blogs that are written by people who prefer to remain anonymous or who write under pseudonyms when there isn’t really any reason for them to do so. In fact, I don’t think there are any blogs I read on a daily basis whose authors are anonymous. The anonymous or pseudonymous blogs are often just filled with cruelty, name-calling, and bad arguments. Indeed, there are a great many people who choose to write under an assumed name because they want to harrass or offend others.
But there are others who produce great stuff. Pseudonyms have a long history in political discourse, and I think they have their place. If they launch ad hominems, they’re cowardly and will lose readers. But if they’re a way to think out loud without any consequences in your other, say, professional life, I tend to agree with the wonderfully named Luke Simulacrum:
We’ve created a space where you can actually think and be different, be free of the norms, hierarchies and prohibitions of the “real” world, and be able to imagine alternative horizons of possibility. If you would really be willing to undo all of that just to prevent people from calling each other names on a comment board, you should really take a look at your priorities.
I know we have a lot of bloggers who read our pages, so…what do you think about anonymous blogging? Comments are below, let’s get the discussion going!
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So good to be back, I really did miss you guys…and the blog so damn much!
AND WE YOU MINX!!!!!
Welcome back, Minx. Even without normal access to the web, you’ve managed to stay on top of what’s happening around the globe.
Thanks for posting the story on antibiotic use in the “raising” of cows, pigs, chickens & other animals for human consumption. I became of aware of this in 1990, when I first got involved with animal rights. Here’s a recent link that documents that 80% of the antibiotics used in the US go to agriculture. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/02/fda-confirms-80-percent-of-antibiotics-used-in-animal-ag/ While that is the biggest cause of antibiotic resistance, both medical doctors & veterinarians over prescribe antibiotics, as well. Most prescribe these meds when the patient, human or animal, has a viral infection. I was in the hospital for 23 days in late 2010 and was on a cocktail regimen of nearly every antibiotic known to fight off the spread of flesh eating bacteria. I remained on 2 different antibiotics after I was released for another month. I ended up losing half of my right breast before they got it under control.
The anti-immigration attitudes have existed for a long time, and not just in the US. I’m not sure it ever went away, but as our political climate has tacked hard right here it’s become “okay” for the haters to spew their prejudices & viciousness. Thanks for the posts about the Afghani man and the Basque children. Heard this tragic story on NPR yesterday: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149171195/living-breathing-archeology-in-the-arizona-desert
And is anyone else interested in the Reason Rally in DC this weekend? Here’s another NPR story: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149285310/atheists-seek-acceptance-following-hearts-not-faith Wonder if those Ayn Rand fans are aware that she was an atheist?
Finally, here’s hoping that Cheney’s new heart came from a caring & compassionate person & that it will transform him into a “real boy.” Maybe Darth Vader will come back from the dark side. Nah, never happen.
Thanks Connie, that link about the Arizona Desert is very good…I would have completely missed it…Thank you, I appreciated the link.
Richard Dawkins is up next on Up with Chris Hayes.
Thanks for the warning.
Take a look at this: Major Garrett: President Obama’s Trayvon Response ‘One For The History Books’ | Mediaite
And I completely agree with the first comment:
The way he said that, about looking like Trayvon, sounded to me like something he would say talking to his wife and mother-in-law. That is what made it genuine.
Of course, this next link tells me Zimmerman has no remorse or even human compassion…which to me at least shows that Trayvon was not a person, or human in Zimmerman’s eyes. Trayvon Martin shooting case, Zimmerman friend: Zimmerman friend defends shooter of Trayvon Martin – Orlando Sentinel
Are you kidding me? What do you all think of that?
Glad to have you back! What that says to me is what I have thought all along. That the shooter and the police thought they could make this go away, probably because it’s worked in the past.
That is so true Ralph, they really seemed to think they could get away with it.
I’ll bet they had precedent in getting away with it. This may be the last time they try it though!
Those stand your ground laws seem tailor made for vigilantes. I can’t believe the benefit of the doubt goes to a shooter.
MIT Economist: Income Inequality In The U.S. Is Crushing The Middle Class’ Political Power
This falls into the realm of “hey, tell us something we don’t already know”.
I’m so glad you’re back, Minx! This post is packed with wonderful links. Thanks for all your hard work pulling it together.
Just watched Bill Moyers. His guest was Andrew Bacevich & WOW – what an incredible show. Here’s the link: http://billmoyers.com/
That guy in Georgia holding forth on the poor dead animals was so creepy and then the ‘if we had been lucky enough to have children’ just set me off!! Another childless anti-abortion nut who has not faced these problems and decisions similar to Pat Buchanan. And like Buchanan I’d bet that he has not adopted!!!!!!!!!
Some people should not be in on these decisions.
So good to see you back,MINX I really did miss you 🙂
Welcome back, Minx. A wealth of information. Those pix from Juarez are chilling. On the Martin case, I read some depressing blowback–accusations that the photographs of Trayvon Martin were deliberately ‘lightened’ to make him look less threatening and a story of a presumed witness who now claims the boy ‘came at’ Zimmerman in a threatening way. My husband is a big guy. Not sure how a 120-30 pound, unarmed 17 year old threatens a substantially bigger man with a 9mm.
But I guess that’s what investigations are for. When they’re actually done, that is.
Anyway, thanx for the all the great links!
The lightened photos accusation comes from the Breitbart site and it’s disgusting. Little Green Footballs posted about it yesterday. No photos were altered, and why would looking lighter make him “less threatening?” How racist can anyone get?!
The kid was 6’3” and weighed 140. Zimmerman weighed 250 and had a gun. I haven’t heard his height. The suddenly appearing witnesses are typical “rehabilitation” of the shooter. But the simple truth is Zimmerman stalked Travon and shot him dead. If there’s a “stand your ground” law in Florida, surely it must apply to Travon’s right to defend himself from a total stranger attacking him? Or is the law only for white people with guns?
Witnesses on the 9/11 calls said there was a scuffle and one person was on top of another. Witnesses also said the cries for help stopped suddenly with the gunshot. Furthermore, Trayvon’s parents recognized his voice on the 9/11 tape crying begging to be spared.
Zimmerman has not even contacted Trayvon’s parents to say he’s sorry. At least if he did that, it might show a modicum of a sense of responsibility. After all, he confessed to shooting an unarmed boy.
Sorry for the rant, Peggy Sue. It’s not directed at you. I’m just so angry that this case is moving along just as expected. This is phase two, when the victim gets blamed for his own murder.
Here is the link BB is talking about: Little Green Footballs – Wingnut Conspiracy Theory of the Day: Trayvon Photo Was Lightened to Make Him Look ‘Innocent’
I know, BB. The story is like some awful hornet’s nest when the real heart of the matter is a young kid is dead who shouldn’t be. I literally groaned and shook my head when I read the ‘lightening’ story. We think we’ve made strides in racial equality [and on some levels we have]. But then, something like this happens and it all blows up. The sudden appearance of a witness with a counter claim sounds dicey at best..
I have nothing but empathy for the poor parents. This is a parent’s worse nightmare. I know when our 19-year old was hurt [and we nearly lost him], my husband and I were half nuts with grief. This sort of garbage only makes an impossible situation worse.
Here are some links that make a good Sunday afternoon reading session:
Shakesville: Sunday afternoon reading
Here is the link to the full essay by Twain: Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses
My favorite part…
It is so damn true!
Another link for you:
A Festival of Lies – NYTimes.com
It is a piece written by Thomas Friedman, about some Victor Davis Hanson article. I really can’t stand Hanson, but you can read for yourself…
Saw the Mustache’s article earlier. He’s really no better than Hanson.
That is my favorite essay by Mark Twain. It’s hilarious!
Isn’t it? I just downloaded an app for my phone that lets me comment and stuff. just trying it out
My dad gave me that essay to read when I was in high school. I’ve read it many times since. I’ve read Huckleberry Finn many times too. It might be time to read it again.
The link got my mom talking about Twain and Cooperstown and The Pioneers…which led to miracle workers and muckrakers…which led to Matt Taibbi.
She asked who was a present day muckraker and I told her to look up Taibbi at Rolling Stone. Granted, I still can’t stand him, but it was kind of nice to talk about all of it with her.
Rachel Maddow’s book could be important on military policy. I’m gonna buy it for sure.
Rachel on Meet the Press this morning to talk about ‘Drift’
Wow, this link is something: Bar Code Pimps: Prostitute Tattoos In Spain Mark Madrid Sex Traffic Police Bust
Holy crap. talk about being treated as chattle.
That is deserving of a post of its own, for the mere fact that women are sold daily as slaves, mainly as sex slaves and that our own country often times still charges the women (even minors) for prostitution leaving them as criminals (abused once more). We need Safe Harbor laws, for these women.
And one more: Vogue Writer Publicly Humiliates 7-Year-Old Daughter On Diet | Care2 Causes
How awful! All that agony for 16 pounds?
Some state senator is trying to introduce a “stand your ground” law in Massachusetts. And he’s a Democrat. Can you believe it?
(Head Desk)…we need another party! One word comes to mind; STUPAK.
Another hate crime? This time in San Diego.
California Muslim Mother Beaten To Death, Left With Note Saying ‘Go Back To Your Country’
This is simply horrendous. I just don’t understand how anyone in this country cannot understand that by attacking, physically or verbally, Muslims that those actions will intensify the hatred of America by more & more Muslims. And then you have the Republican neocons & Rush & his Rush wannabes shouting hateful speech to inflame an already unstable percentage of people, inciting them to commit violence. I’m beyond anger & simply deeply saddened by the mood in this country. Maybe if preachers would preach “love thy neighbor” & “do unto others” more often instead of attacking women’s right to choose & LGBT people, some modicum of sanity could return to this nation.
I read that. A bunch of right wing blogs are trying to call it an honor killing. This is a middle aged mom with 5 kids and a husband that teaches members of the service going to the ME about the culture there. Can you believe it?
I would say this is clearly not an honor killing. The right is afraid their own hate is gonna catch up to them.
I read she was 33 years old? Her eldest child is seventeen and seen here:
Muslim woman’s attacker left note reading ‘Go back to your own (seventeen year old Fatima asking why her mother was attacked).
Ralph, I hope you’ll weigh in on this: http://www.alternet.org/story/154685/obama_picks_sides_on_keystone_xl%3A_transcanada_wins._earth%2C_everyone_else_loses/
The article seems to be talking about Obama’s approval of the southern leg of the pipeline, starting in OK. But the author implies he has approved the building of the full pipeline. I think it’s misleading, but maybe I’m missing something.
The author makes some good points about not bringing down gas prices now and not being able to guarantee the refined products stay in the US. However, that frankly doesn’t really matter much since we’re in a global market and we already produce more fuel than we used in the US in 2011.
The southern leg of the pipeline is distinct from the XL pipeline since no tar sands oil will pump through it, even after the northern portion is built. Pumping oil from OK storage to the Gulf will preclude that as you would never mix the two substances. To begin with the OK crude is much easier to crack and more expensive. Diluting that with oil from the tar sands would foul the whole thing. Maybe he means TransCanada wins since they will operate the pipelines?
I had to share this story before it disappears. It was on the front page of the WaPo earlier, but now it’s been moved off. So sad. It’s been twenty years since “The Year of the Woman”. I remember it well.