by altara, Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 06:49:46 AM EDT
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GERALDO FINDS FALLEN SATELLITE
Geraldo Rivera locates the major sections of the U.S. satellite in a cave near his farm. The intrepid reporter announced that he plans to display it in the museum he will be opening in his home town.
by altara, Tue Sep 13, 2011 at 07:06:52 AM EDT
Rick Perry Suffers Lasting Damage On Vaccination Mandate During His Second GOP 2012 Debate .....
"Most significantly, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) went hard after Perry for his 2007 attempt to mandate vaccinations of sixth-grade girls against the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease and a lead cause of cervical cancer. "
But there were no complaints against the Texas law requiring women to undergo, prior to an abortion, an unwanted, unnecessary medical procedure, a sonogram.
by altara, Sun Feb 06, 2011 at 09:25:49 AM EST
Today, Republicans will indulge in a torrent of Reagan worship. That's OK. A likable man, Mr. Reagan did a number of good things as our President.
But let us not forget that, in addition to Iran Contra, he took a minor action that may well have had a far reaching effect. Mr. Reagan had removed from the White House the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had installed. Thus, Ronald Reagan played a role in the Republican denial of the facts of climate change and their continuing opposition to measures that are needed to save our planet.
by altara, Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 07:11:08 AM EST
White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts
Whatever happened to audacity? Win or lose, stick to your guns and make the Republicans vote against middle class tax cuts. Make them vote to protect unaffordable cuts for the rich while they rail against government deficits.
Word is that the White House will agree to extend all cuts for a year or two. Do they think that Congress will then be more responsible?
As E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post put it "Any wholesale extension would be a shameful and abject capitulation that would just prove how easy it is to bully Democrats."
And posted here a few days ago: "During the lame duck session, Democrats should not capitulate, nor even compromise. It certainly does no good to have a short extension of the Bush tax cuts; that just puts them in the hands of a more Republican Congress. Why not just let let all cuts expire as the law specifies and introduce in this session a slightly reduced tax reduction for the middle class?
Let the Republicans vote against that. With the richest 1% of Americans now taking home about 25% of all income (compared to 9% in 1976), let the Republicans justify more benefits for the rich."
by altara, Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 01:14:00 PM EDT
Another Word on the NYC " Mosque"
Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, called on Monday for the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church, the only house of worship destroyed in the terrorist attacks.I'm sure this will get done - probably after endless negotiations. NY taking forever to decide what to put at ground zero (I would vote to just rebuild the twin towers.)
On the community center (mosque) controversy, most agree that this Islamic group has the same right to build a place of worship as other religions have. So forget about the "wisdom" of choosing this site and suggestions of Governor Patterson and others that there be discussions about alternate locations. Islam is a great religion and its leaders can locate its house wherever a Protestant,Catholic or other religious group could do.
Protesting this site or even questioning the "wisdom" is an insult that degrades American Muslims and undermines our efforts to engage peaceably Muslims around the world.
by altara, Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 09:47:53 AM EDT
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Some of the News
That may be True
Salt Lake City Creates No Church Zone
Yesterday the Salt Lake City Council passed an ordinance banning the construction of any non-Mormon churches within 1 mile of Temple Square, the site of the Mormon Tabernacle. This was in response to a poll of city residents showing that 62% of responders oppose the proposed construction a branch of Rick Warren’s Southern Baptist Saddleback Church. The Mayor is expected to sign the new law tomorrow.
According to City Council spokesman Robert Smith, the Saddleback Church and Community Center would be only three blocks from the Tabernacle and might even be visible from parts of the Tabernacle. He stated that the Council in no way questions the right of churches, as a matter of religious freedom, to build wherever they wish but that they must comply with local zoning laws. The Council respects the 1st Amendment but church officials must have the wisdom not to build where it would offend the sensibilities of the residents.
by altara, Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 12:28:55 PM EDT
"Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition"
Signs say things like "Mosques are Monuments to Terrorism" This, after President Obama has eased tensions with his speech in Egypt and with other actions reaching out to the Muslim world.
These protests, equating Islam to terrorism, runs against our freedom of religion traditions and our foreign policy. Tea party adherents are joining these protests. What do they all want, back to the Crusades?
by altara, Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 07:05:02 AM EDT
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Two recent news items highlight the need for this bureau and for a strong person to lead it. One is an account of attempts to stop payment on a check. The bank imposes a $30 fee and then $30 each subsequent six-month period to keep it in effect. The other report shows how some insurance make survivors under military policies believe that they are getting the money while the insurer keeps the funds and earns a good return on it.
So let's get the agency started with the best person to lead it, Elizabeth Warren. Filibuster threat? Obama should make them try. The charge that she is an activist? Exactly what we need - an activist working on the side of consumers.
by altara, Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 01:51:30 PM EDT
Democrats Abandon Comprehensive Energy Bill
Giving up without a fight? If we can't pass legislation limiting carbon (and encouraging renewable energy resources) after overwhelming evidence of climate change and the Gulf of Mexico disaster, when can we?
President Obama should fight for a strong, effective bill, within the government and with a public campaign. Then, the Senate Democrats should force the issue, letting the Republicans mount an actual filibuster, if they dare.
by altara, Fri Jul 02, 2010 at 12:11:31 PM EDT
GRANHOLM FOR PRESIDENT
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm continues to impress, both with her record and her commentary. I join with others who regret that she is not eligible to be U.S. president, having been born in Canada. If only she had been born in Kenya....