Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Newsweek's Mitt Romney 'Wimp' Cover (PHOTO)




"Romney is the genuine article: a true wimp," Michael Tomasky argues in his cover story. "In some respects, he’s more weenie than wimp—socially inept; at times awkwardy ingratiating, at other times mocking those “below” him, but almost always getting the situation a little wrong, and never in a sympathetic way." 

In Colorado Shooting's Wake, The Gun Show Goes On

In Colorado Shooting's Wake, The Gun Show Goes On

CHANTILLY, Va. -- At the back end of a 100,000 square foot showroom, past the rows of guns, holsters, knives, swords, tasers, war books and political memorabilia, Kenny, a 50-year-old construction business owner, has found what he came for: a 100-round magazine. Having placed it inside a plastic bag, he seems, at first, a bit hesitant to discuss the purchase. Ultimately, he relays that it's for a friend.

WHAT !....Cesar Millan: Your Dog May Be Your Best Matchmaker!

Cesar Millan: Your Dog May Be Your Best Matchmaker!



I always remind people to ask themselves, not what your dog can do for you, but what YOU can do for your dog. As this stands true, people might not realize the impact their own dog can have on their dating lives and that, in this situation, your dog can even be your best bet at finding your perfect mate.

Monday, July 30, 2012

What kind of adult, will he be ?

New Arizona abortion law complicates fetal-defect cases

New Arizona abortion law complicates fetal-defect cases

Under a new Arizona abortion law that takes effect Thursday, more babies with fatal fetal defects are expected to be carried to term, even though they will die within minutes, hours or days. But more will also be done to help their families get through the trauma of losing a child.

Eight other states also ban abortions after 20 weeks, but Arizona is the only one with a law that actually pushes the ban back to 18 weeks into the pregnancy.

COMMENTS:

TakeFive: Just more Republican war against women. I can't think of a worse intrusion and theft of one's personal liberties than this. Disgusting their attitude towards women.

Sad state of state affairs.


NYCtoAZ: @ az research: I also know many Catholic Democrats that are pro-life, but overall this is an issue of the Christian conservative wing of the Republican party. They try to legislate morality per their religious doctrine in mainstream politics. This is just as dangerous as allowing other religions to do the same. Morality can't and shouldn't be legislated. Personal freedoms and liberties should trump moral opinion at every legal facet of American society.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How I Ended My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns - Chauncey Hollingsworth - The Atlantic

How I Ended My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns - Chauncey Hollingsworth - The Atlantic

....But the sad fact is that American society can no longer handle the responsibility of private gun ownership. We've lost whatever internal gyroscopes enabled us to monitor ourselves and our conduct. We need stronger legal controls on gun ownership, including not only background checks but mental fitness exams and mandatory training. There should be at least as much required to own a gun as there is to obtain a driver's license. Instead, even people on the government's terrorist watch list are legally able to purchase firearms.

We're living in the time of conceal-and-carry permits, of "stand your ground" laws that put the onus on the dead, not the shooters, to justify their intentions. The NRA has called for guns to be allowed in bars, in churches, in schools. Such proposals would create a paranoid, jumpy free-for-all far deadlier than anything in the Wild West.

We see gun violence - Columbine, gang shootings, this Holmes guy in a movie theatre -- and we buy the rhetoric that we need to defend ourselves - with more guns, of course. We stock up on ammo, get the conceal-and-carry permit, and we complete the process of fulfilling our fears (not our hopes). In other words, we become part of the problem. And now we're standing, guns drawn at ourselves, poised in a standoff that is all too American.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s day in an Arizona court - The Washington Post

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s day in an Arizona court - The Washington Post

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO delights in the tough-guy persona he has cultivated in 20 years as the top law enforcement officer in Arizona’s sprawling Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix. In fact, Mr. Arpaio is a bully whose swagger and TV talk-show bluster derive chiefly from his notoriety for harassing largely powerless Latinos — legal residents, illegal immigrants and even citizens, along with prisoners in the jails he runs. A darling of nativists and xenophobes, who have helped pump $7 million into his reelection campaign chest this year, Mr. Arpaio has never been called to account for his noxious policies or words — until now.

COMMENTS:

PhinesII: It probably is racial profiling when you pick up some one on the US side of the border that has his clothes in a plastic trash bag and water is dripping off his back and he looks to be of hispanic origin.

Jbs PA: They ought to give him a raise for doing his job and that of our government which refuses to do it.
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Obama's Deportation Policy Change To Allow Work Permits For Young, Undocumented Immigrants Could Cost $585 Million

Obama's Deportation Policy Change To Allow Work Permits For Young, Undocumented Immigrants Could Cost $585 Million

The Homeland Security Department plans, marked "not for distribution," describe steps that immigrants will need to take – including a $465 paperwork fee designed to offset the program's cost – and how the government will manage it. Illegal immigrants can request permission to stay in the country under the plan by filing a document, "Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," and simultaneously apply for a work permit starting Aug. 15.

Under the new program, which President Barack Obama announced last month, eligible immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years, are in school or graduated or served in the military. They also must not have a criminal record or otherwise pose a safety threat. They can apply to stay in the country and be granted a work permit for two years, but they would not be granted citizenship.

Voter ID Law

Familiar territory - 2012 Elections Political and Editorial Cartoons - The Week

The Best Reporting on Guns in America - ProPublica

The Best Reporting on Guns in America - ProPublica

Battleground America [1], New Yorker, April 2012Jill Lepore's thorough look at the evolution of U.S. gun laws — from the Second Amendment, to the 1968 Gun Control Act, to the N.R.A.'s rise to political prominence — is an excellent primer for the modern day gun debate. And provides great context for the articles below.
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Florida 'stand your ground' law yields some shocking outcomes depending on how law is applied [3], Tampa Bay Times, June 2012The Tampa Bay Times analyzed nearly 200 "stand your ground" cases in Florida. Among the findings: Nearly 70 percent of defendants who invoke "stand your ground" went free. Seventy-three percent of those who killed a black person faced no penalty; 59 percent of those who killed a white went free.

Stand Your Ground Law Coincides With Jump in Justifiable-Homicides Cases [4], Washington Post, April 2012Since Florida passed a Stand Your Ground law in 2005, more than 30 states have adopted similarly broad laws. Justifiable-homicide cases have also been on the rise nationwide.

The Gun: The AK-47 and the evolution of war [11], CJ Chivers, October 2010A nuanced, in-depth look at what is arguably the most lethal gun of all time.

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Lax U.S. Gun Laws Make Canada and Mexico Less Safe | World | TIME.com

Lax U.S. Gun Laws Make Canada and Mexico Less Safe | World | TIME.com

Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle when forced to account for a tragedy of this magnitude. More stringent controls could have thwarted the shooting suspect from spending months undetected while he amassed an arsenal of assault weapons, heavy ammunition and body armor. But the strength of the gun lobby in Washington — and the necessity for politicos there to embrace, with great piety and few questions, a more than two-century-old document — means that a real national conversation around gun control is a nonstarter.

Lost in the bluster and political gamesmanship is the fact that, whether Americans want to do something about the guns in their midst or not, their lax laws are hurting other countries, especially the neighbors to the north and south. Sure, Canada and Mexico are two vastly different polities, with different problems and with police forces in considerably different states of preparedness. But both countries can rightly point the finger at the U.S. for the prevalence of gun-related homicides on their side of the border.

“The stubborn [American] refusal to link the worldwide availability of American-supplied semiautomatic weapons, accessories and ammunition to tragedy after tragedy is a black mark.”

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Monday, July 16, 2012

WTF !

Rick Scott: Other states can purge voter rolls - Kevin Robillard - POLITICO.com

Rick Scott: Other states can purge voter rolls - Kevin Robillard - POLITICO.com


“We want to make sure this is done the right way,” Scott said on CNN’s “Starting Point.”
Initially, a list of about 2,700 names created by the state’s department of motor vehicles was sent to county election supervisors. But advocacy groups pointed out more than half of the names on the list were Hispanic, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and at least 500 of the names on the list were citizens. Election supervisors eventually stopped removing names from the rolls after the determining the list was flawed.

While the supervisors stopped the original purge, Scott said he was confident most would pick up where they left off.

“The right to vote is a sacred right,” Scott said. “We gotta make sure a U.S. citizen’s right to vote is not diluted.”


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Administration grants Fla. access to database to verify voter rolls - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Administration grants Fla. access to database to verify voter rolls - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
The Obama administration has agreed to let Florida use a national law enforcement database to purge residents suspected of not being U.S. citizens from their voter rolls.

The decision was announced in a letter to state GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who has pushed for Florida to receive access to the Homeland Security (DHS) registry of noncitizen residents, the Associated Press first reported.

The administration had blocked Florida’s request for access to the database for months, but the decision to allow access was spurred by a court decision in another voting-rights case in favor of the state.

Friday, July 13, 2012

TGIF....Time to let your hair down, throw caution to the wind and have some fun !

Politicians Who Look Like Disney Characters (PHOTOS)

Politicians Who Look Like Disney Characters (PHOTOS)
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'Operation Endgame' and the profitable purge of legal immigrants | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

'Operation Endgame' and the profitable purge of legal immigrants | Sadhbh Walshe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Thanks to the 1996 Immigration Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, green card holders convicted of even the most minor of crimes can be stripped of their legal status and shipped out of the country. Before 1996, there were only four categories of crime that would have led to the expulsion of a legal permanent resident. The immigration law expanded the number of crimes that could lead to removal to over 50, and so broadly defined their terms that a combination of shoplifting and not returning a library book could be enough to get a person expelled. The law is also retroactive, so people who committed minor crimes decades ago can be subject to deportation. And finally, the law provided for mandatory detention of immigrants undergoing removal proceedings, which ensures the mostly privately run immigrant detention centers are full and turning a profit.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Detect | DCWG

Detect | DCWG

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Arizona's New Housing Crisis: No Workers - Businessweek

Arizona's New Housing Crisis: No Workers - Businessweek

There’s a whiff of 2005 in the Arizona air. While D.J. Hughes hunts for carpenters to join his team at a Phoenix-area house-framing company, competitors are tracking down his workers at building sites and offering them more money. “Everybody is trying to pull crews from everyone,” says Hughes, a project manager for J.L. Baugh Construction in Gold Canyon, Ariz., who admits to attempted talent raids on rivals. “I’ve been doing this for a quarter of a century, and this is the biggest shortage of skilled laborers I’ve ever seen.”

Cash-wielding investors are driving demand as they snap up properties, and Arizona’s builders are having trouble finding skilled crews. Building permits are at an almost four-year high, creating a dearth of framers, roofers, and masons, many of whom moved elsewhere when work dried up. Laws aimed at curbing illegal immigration added to the shortage by pushing seasoned hands out of state.

Hughes, the Gold Canyon project manager, last month called three former foremen who returned to Mexico four years ago when local construction activity slowed. He persuaded one of them, who has proper documentation, to come back. The others, who he says also have documentation, are hesitant because they don’t like Arizona’s immigration laws

GlaxoSmithKline settles drug-marketing case for $3 billion - latimes.com

GlaxoSmithKline settles drug-marketing case for $3 billion - latimes.com
The British pharmaceutical giant agrees to pay a record healthcare-fraud settlement for promoting a number of drugs for uses not approved by federal regulators. California will get $46 million. As part of the agreement, California is set to receive $46 million, the largest sum of the 44 states involved in the settlement. The government said that Glaxo marketed its depression drug Paxil to patients under 18, even though the Food and Drug Administration had not approved the drug for pediatric use. It also said the company promoted Wellbutrin as a weight-loss drug and for the treatment of sexual dysfunction and substance abuse addictions, and paid doctors millions of dollars to promote these unapproved uses of the drug. Doctors are permitted to prescribe drugs for "off label" conditions, but pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to market products for non-FDA-approved uses. Glaxo was also accused of failing to include important safety data to the FDA about its diabetes drug Avandia.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mexico’s Former Ruling Party Voted Back to Office | World | TIME.com

Mexico’s Former Ruling Party Voted Back to Office | World | TIME.com


The PRI for 71 years ruled as a single party known for coercion and corruption, but also for building Mexico’s institutions and social services. It was often accused of stealing elections, most infamously the 1988 presidential vote. But PRI governments were also known for keeping a lid on organized crime, whose battles with government and each other under Calderon have taken more than 50,000 lives and traumatized the country.

Repeating a popular belief of many Pena Nieto supporters, Martha Trejo, 37, of Tampico said, “He’ll stabilize the cartels. He’ll negotiate so they don’t hurt innocents.”

Pena Nieto in his victory speech vowed he won’t make pacts with organized crime, but rather will focus on curbing violence.

Many predict he will build on Calderon’s economic and security strategies but, working with a more friendly congress, may have more success. The main test of a new PRI will be how it handles corruption.


Read more: http://world.time.com/2012/07/02/mexico-preliminary-count-pena-nieto-is-president/#ixzz1zTmlzaxh