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  1. marachne

    Gay Mayor

    Well, maybe Portland, Oregon isn't as "major" a major city as Houston. But I'd say we got there first. http://gaylife.about.com/od/index/p/mayorsamadams.htm. But you got the first lesbian mayor. And yes, urban areas tend to be more liberal (followed closely by college towns). In states that have basically one urban center (like Oregon, or Minnesota, for example) you often get a very strong urban/rural split.
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    Rachel Maddow Interviews Ex-Gay

    Apparently today Rachel's staff offered to fly him over to Uganda to tell them that he doesn't support their bill or their use of his book to support it. Don't think he'll take her up on the offer.
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    Senator Ted Kennedy Dead at Age 77

    Shamelessly stole this from here. I have a feeling most people arent' even aware of everything he was involved in (and this is not a complete list) 1964: Head Start -- Provided meals and early education to pre-school children through the Employee Opportunity Act. (Schuyler participated in a Head Start program when she was a baby. It was part of the early intervention program that probably saved her.) 1971: Federal Cancer Research Program -- Quadrupled the amount of money spent by the federal government to fight cancer. 1972: Title IX -- Demanded equal funding for men's and women's athletics on college campuses. 1975: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) -- Guaranteed free and appropriate public education to children with disabilities. (This is the law that provides for Schuyler's education, and for EVERY SINGLE CHILD WITH A DISABILITY in public schools in this country. Every single one of them. Think about that for just a moment.) 1978: Civil Rights Commission Act Amendments -- Expanded the jurisdiction of the Civil Rights Commission to protect people from discrimination on the basis of disability. 1984: Improved Access to Polling Stations -- Required polling stations to provide physical accessibility for physically disabled and elderly people on federal election days. 1986: Employment Opportunities for Disabled Americans Act -- Allowed disabled workers to receive SSI benefits and Medicaid coverage. 1988: Fair Housing Act Amendments -- Prohibited discrimination towards people with disabilities in the sale or rental of housing. 1989: National Military Child Care Act -- Established the Department of Defense child care system. 1990: Americans with Disabilities Act -- Prohibited discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability in job application procedures, hiring or discharge, compensation, advancement and training. (This is another big one for Schuyler and her friends. There are people in this country whose lives, and the quality of those lives, have been saved by this law. That's not even remotely an exaggeration.) 1990: Ryan White CARE Act -- Provided assistance to states to develop effective and cost-efficient AIDS care programs, aimed particularly at early diagnosis and home care. 1993: National and Community Service Trust Act -- Created AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service to help expand volunteerism and education grants for students who choose to volunteer for service after college. 1993: Student Loans -- Allowed students to borrow money for college directly from the federal government. 1994: Family and Medical Leave Act -- Provided up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies or after the birth of infants. 1994: Crime Act -- Secured funding for 100,000 new police officers, imposed new penalties for crimes involving gangs and firearms and authorized the Police Corps, a program to award college scholarships to students in return for a commitment to serve as police officers. 1996: Kennedy-Kassebaum Act -- Enabled employees to keep health insurance after leaving their job and prohibited insurance companies from refusing to renew coverage on the basis of preexisting medical conditions. 1996: Mental Health Parity Bill -- Eliminated limits on mental health coverage that differ from other covered illnesses. 1997: State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) -- Supported state efforts to provide health insurance to uninsured children in low-income families. 2000: Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act -- Improved data systems and research on the extent and severity of minority health problems, and authorized significant resources to help enhance the delivery of health care to minorities. 2001: No Child Left Behind Act -- Required more rigorous testing of public school students and permitted parents to transfer their children from low-performing to higher-performing schools. (Clearly I've had issues with the implementation of this law, but the philosophy behind it is sound, and even in its flawed state, it has helped a lot of kids with disabilities.) 2006: Family Opportunity Act -- Provided states the opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage to children with special needs and allowed low- and middle-income families with disabled children the ability to purchase coverage under the Medicaid program.
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    Senator Ted Kennedy Dead at Age 77

    I had a terrible thought this morning -- in this current climate of incivility, when ugliness that used to be the sole preserve of people like Fred Phelps and his "God Hate Fags" seems to have become acceptable to way too many people, I had a nightmare vision of the kind of people that have been showing up at town hall meetings and other gatherings at Ted Kennedy's funeral, a la Fred Phelps. It's on the internet, of course, not giving him 24 hours before vilifying him, but I imagine that having gotten plenty of it while he was alive, he's able to deal with it on whatever new plane he is on. My cousin, a doctor, who has spent her life tending to the health care needs of the undeserved and ignored, was on Ted Kennedy's staff as a health policy adviser. She found it an amazing experience to work for someone who actually had a vision for health and caring for people. Prayers to his family who have experienced so much, thoughts of honor and hopes for peace for a great heart and a great soul, in as fallible a human being as any of us can be.
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    Obamacare "Staff" To Teach Parenting

    I admitedly have not read this whole thread, but it seems to me that once again the specter of "govenment involvement" is being used to trash an excellent idea. For example, what if it meant govenment support for things like the Nurse-Family Partnership? Something that has been proven to make a difference? President Obama has spoken repeatedly about using evidence-based pratices to improve health. Look at the stats coming out of this program, which was funded, at least in part by....govenemnt dollars! Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) helps change the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies through ongoing home visits from registered nurses. This evidence-based community health program has proven results including long-term family improvements in health, education and economic self-sufficiency. While helping low-income families, an investment in Nurse-Family Partnership saves communities more than it costs by reducing welfare, healthcare and juvenile justice expenditures. A cornerstone of Nurse-Family Partnership is the extensive research on the model conducted over the last three decades. Randomized, controlled trials were conducted with three diverse populations beginning in Elmira, New York, 1977; in Memphis, Tennessee, 1988; and Denver, Colorado, 1994. All three trials targeted first-time, low-income mothers. Follow-up research continues today, studying the long-term outcomes for mothers and children in the three trials. The program effects that have the strongest evidentiary foundations are those that have been found in at least two of the three trials. They are listed below: Consistent Program Effects1 Improved prenatal health Fewer childhood injuries Fewer subsequent pregnancies Increased intervals between births Increased maternal employment Improved school readiness for children born to mothers with low psychological resources Employing new and improved statistical analysis methods, Dr. David Olds and his research team at the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health have been involved in an extensive reanalysis of certain outcomes from the 15-year follow-up of the Elmira trial of Nurse-Family Partnership. See interview with Dr. Olds. An updated summary of the findings is given below: Positive Program Effects Found in First Trial at Child Age 15: Benefits to Mothers 61% fewer arrests 72% fewer convictions 98% fewer days in jail2 Benefits to Children at Child Age 15 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect 59% reduction in arrests 90% reduction in adjudications as PINS (person in need of supervision) for incorrigible behavior³
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    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    This essay is a much more serious take on what Chris Rock was saying Here's a few excerpts: This gets to right to the heart of my point. As an African-American male, I have always been taught to show respect to the police, even when or if I feel that the officer is wrong. As a survival technique, I am teaching this to my son and I convey this to my students and all of the other young people that I engage in my lectures. My parents and other elders have always taught me "an argument with a cop is an argument you will always lose ... if you don't get along with the police, you will probably go along with the police and that's a trip you do not want to take. Even when you're right, if you fail to comply, you're wrong. You're objective during an encounter with the police is to leave that encounter in the same manner in which you entered it, in one piece. You can challenge the officer later in court. That's 'Black Man - 101.'" Taking it is a prerequisite for survival. There are no grades. It's strictly "Pass or Fail." There is no mid-term exam, no final exam, and no graduation ceremony at the end. There is a ceremony at the end, but you won't see it. There is no diploma, either. But there is a certificate, and everyone know will know you've graduated if under "Cause of Death" it reads "natural causes" or something else that is not caused by any officer of the law. There is no class picture. Just pictures of those who didn't make it, as a reminder that you can be tested at any moment. And, yes, the test is often rigged. The next time I can remember is when I was in college. I was walking back from class, on my way to the dining hall for dinner, dressed like most of my friends dressed on our predominantly white campus, in torn jeans and a t-shirt. I was halfway across the parking lot of one of residence halls when it happened. I'd seen the police car when I was waiting to cross the street. I didn't give it much thought, because I wasn't doing anything. But the officers had paid a lot more attention to me than I had to them. They turned into the parking lot, and stopped right in front of me as I walked across. One of the officers got out of the car and began asking me questions. Was I a student? Where was I going? Where was I coming from? Could I show him my student I.D.? I did, and he told me that there had been some cars broken into in that lot, and some break-ins at the nearby dorms, and that I fit the description of someone seen in the area around the time of the earlier crimes. And then more questions. Did I know anything about the robberies? Did I know who might be responsible? Did I walk through that lot every day? (Not after that day, I didn't.) Eventually, the officer finished his questions and let me walk away. They sat parked in the car as I went on. Keeping an eye on me, I'm sure. I thought about how differently that situation might have ended, because I knew even then the truth in what Anthony Williams said: "You never know what to expect when you get pulled over by the police, and that's how it is when you're black." And here's the meat of it: Of course, there was a point at which both Gates and the officer could have backed down. Instead of turning it into an public "Alpha Male" ******* match. Once Gates proved that he was in his own home, the officer could have ignored his ranting as that of a cranky old man, and just gotten into his car and walked away. Once Gates proved his identity, and that he was in his own home, he could have simply walked the office to the door, thanked him for making sure he and his home were safe (and here Gates would certainly have been able to manage enough irony in his tone to get his point across), and close the door behind him. He could have remembered that first lesson from Black Man - 101, "an argument with a cop is an argument you will always lose," and not gone all "yo mama" on the officer. (In the second week of Black Man - 101, we learn that you don't go "yo momma" unless you plan to fight and know you can win.) But I'm also not Henry Louis Gates, who had just flown back from China to find his front door jammed-which would annoy anyone. Add to that being greeted by police because a passerby saw you trying to get into your house, assumed there was a robbery in progress, and then hung around to watch the outcome. Add to that the shock of finding out that, utterly without warning and wholly unprepared, you've been busted back to "Remedial Black Man." There can be many reasons for this, but the two most common ones are being so busy living your life that you forget you are still enrolled in Black Man 101 and that class is in session, and thinking that you've actually graduated. I don't know which of the two is the reason for Prof. Gates getting busted back to Remedial Black Man. I do know that our time in that class is usually short. A brief quiz serves as our ticket back to the ongoing Black Man 101 class. It consists of just a few questions based upon the circumstances under which we were sent back to the remedial class. They are the questions that we ask ourselves in anger, exasperation, and shock in the moment we find out we're headed back to the remedial class. In Prof. Gates' case, I imagine they were the questions he asked himself internally when he realized the police were at his door and why. Question: My God. I'm a Harvard Professor now. Is there nothing I can do to get away from this? Answer: No. Question: Is there nowhere I am safe from this? Answer: No. Question: Am I to be subject to this even in my own house? Answer: Yes. Simple questions. Simple answers, already known. The remedial class is brief because it serves only to remind us of what we already know. In 2009, in Cambridge and in most other towns in America, even with his Ph.D., Henry Louis Gates Jr. is still an African-American male in America. The lesson to be learned from this: If you don't get along with the police, you will probably go along with the police and that's a trip you do not want to take. Even when you're right, if you fail to comply, you're wrong. Is this fair? No, but it's real!
  7. marachne

    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    This essay is a much more serious take on what Chris Rock was saying Here's a few excerpts: This gets to right to the heart of my point. As an African-American male, I have always been taught to show respect to the police, even when or if I feel that the officer is wrong. As a survival technique, I am teaching this to my son and I convey this to my students and all of the other young people that I engage in my lectures. My parents and other elders have always taught me "an argument with a cop is an argument you will always lose ... if you don't get along with the police, you will probably go along with the police and that's a trip you do not want to take. Even when you're right, if you fail to comply, you're wrong. You're objective during an encounter with the police is to leave that encounter in the same manner in which you entered it, in one piece. You can challenge the officer later in court. That's 'Black Man - 101.'" Taking it is a prerequisite for survival. There are no grades. It's strictly "Pass or Fail." There is no mid-term exam, no final exam, and no graduation ceremony at the end. There is a ceremony at the end, but you won't see it. There is no diploma, either. But there is a certificate, and everyone know will know you've graduated if under "Cause of Death" it reads "natural causes" or something else that is not caused by any officer of the law. There is no class picture. Just pictures of those who didn't make it, as a reminder that you can be tested at any moment. And, yes, the test is often rigged. The next time I can remember is when I was in college. I was walking back from class, on my way to the dining hall for dinner, dressed like most of my friends dressed on our predominantly white campus, in torn jeans and a t-shirt. I was halfway across the parking lot of one of residence halls when it happened. I'd seen the police car when I was waiting to cross the street. I didn't give it much thought, because I wasn't doing anything. But the officers had paid a lot more attention to me than I had to them. They turned into the parking lot, and stopped right in front of me as I walked across. One of the officers got out of the car and began asking me questions. Was I a student? Where was I going? Where was I coming from? Could I show him my student I.D.? I did, and he told me that there had been some cars broken into in that lot, and some break-ins at the nearby dorms, and that I fit the description of someone seen in the area around the time of the earlier crimes. And then more questions. Did I know anything about the robberies? Did I know who might be responsible? Did I walk through that lot every day? (Not after that day, I didn't.) Eventually, the officer finished his questions and let me walk away. They sat parked in the car as I went on. Keeping an eye on me, I'm sure. I thought about how differently that situation might have ended, because I knew even then the truth in what Anthony Williams said: "You never know what to expect when you get pulled over by the police, and that's how it is when you're black."
  8. marachne

    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    This Judge says that the police officer was in the wrong -- according to both state and federal laws [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYo6dR0tf_I&feature=player_embedded[/YOUTUBE]
  9. marachne

    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    Thanks for the link Heron. As it points out there's a lot more, and more subtle issues here. Class is the big not-talked about in this country and it exists across color lines -- it just manifests in different ways among different groups. But I wish you'd linked to the original source, because anyone who wants a combination of education and laughter really should check out This Week in Blackness, where the essay was first posted: http://thisweekinblackness.com/ especially Elon James White's TWIB videos.
  10. marachne

    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    So how should he have responded to the reporter asking him a question at the press conference?
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    Obama Takes Sides....Against Police

    The other issue, beyond what happened w/the professor and the officer, is how it is being used by other forces. 1) The reporter who asked the question, as a last question, is known for the use of race as an angle. By asking that question, and because by some unfortunate situation, it was the last question, it became the focus of the whole press conference, rather than the prior hour's worth of discussion of health care -- pretty good trick to move the focus off of what the president wants to focus on, eh? 2) There are those who think that the big stink that has been raised about the president's comments were not so much because he said the police acted stupidly (which, admittedly, was the not the best thing he could've said -- he IS the president, and one that is under possibly even more scrutiny than any other one because he is AA - he has to watch what he says because everything he says will be picked apart), but he upset certain elements because he reminded them that he is the president and he lives in the White House. There are some people who cannot, and will not get over this fact and it galls them every single day. They do not see any AA as having a legitimate right to be President of the United States. It's the same forces that have revised all the "birther" b.s. It's the same reason that I am thankful that we have such a good secret service, because otherwise, I doubt he would still be alive.
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    Tea Party Surgeon Distributes Racist Obama Pic

    you still miss my point -- if you saw some of those clips you would see that the use of the verb "tea bag" or tea bagging" brought mockery laughter. I would think (but hey, I don't claim to understand how some folks minds work), that if a title you have chosen brings a strong round of mockery and laughter at you when you are trying to be taken seriously, you might, just might look at the imagry/language you are using and consider moving to something else. I am not saying that it was anything other than innocent ignorance that created the double entendre in the first place (although again, that's why people use media consultants and such for), but when an error is brought to your attention, wouldn't you want to consider your imaging tactics rather than continue to get mocked? Maybe that's why the right-wing think tanks are going broke.
  13. marachne

    Tea Party Surgeon Distributes Racist Obama Pic

    There was a whole "tea bag the whilte house" action ....that included the delivery of tons of tea bags, to the senate and the white house that was part of the tea party activities. This so called grass roots campaign was clearly engineered (or at least vociferously sponsored/ cheerleaded) by Fox http://www.buzzfeed.com/akdobbins/tea-bag-the-white-house http://www.wral.com/golo/blogpost/4795689/ And oops, they forgot to get a permit http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/1-Million-Tea-Bags-but-No-Place-to-Dump.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/30145811#30145811
  14. marachne

    Tea Party Surgeon Distributes Racist Obama Pic

    I understand not having heard of it at the beginning (heck, my wife didn't know what the heck I was laughing at the first time it was talked about...but she's from rural LA so it makes sense). What I am surprised about was that AFTER it was made a big snickering deal, in multiple media outlets, no one in the movement saw it as approrpiate to maybe move away from using tea bag as a verb.
  15. marachne

    Tea Party Surgeon Distributes Racist Obama Pic

    The wierdest thing, to my mind about the whole "teabagger" lablel is that it was self-applied -- and even after many people, in national media pointed out that the tea party folks might want to change the word choice they stuck with it. Makes one wonder about the tunnel vision of some folks. Just like that anti-gay group that used an acronym that was easily misconstrued as the kind of abbreviation used by gay men in personnel ads. I mean, we know these people know how to use computers and the internet, wouldn't it make sense to maybe pay attention to the impact of the language and image choices they make? Oh, I think I just got back to the topic at hand.:smokin:
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