All The News Fit to Share: Weekend Edition

by: jlms qkw

Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 23:46:51 PM EST


Welcome to your nearly-nightly news diary that we leave open throughout the weekend! JanF and I are combining forces for an open news thread we hope will please all of you.  

Please comment on any of the stories in the diary or comments, or share any news stories you like from anywhere!  I tend to share lesser-known stories, and especially look for stories from original journalists w/ byline credits.  And I frequently highlight my home state of Utah.  

News stories may be added throughout the day and night, so please stop back if you are inclined.  

This will serve as the open news thread until Monday.    

jlms qkw :: All The News Fit to Share: Weekend Edition
Bangladesh war crimes protest turn deadly

Four people have died in clashes between Bangladeshi police and protesters during a new round of protests over war crimes trials as the unrest spread to the country's main tourist resort.

Police said violence on Friday erupted at Tarabunia in the southeastern Cox's Bazaar region as 5,000 supporters of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party took to the streets to protest at the trials of their leaders by a government-appointed court.

Jamaat supporters armed with homemade firearms and bombs and stones attacked the security forces who retaliated with gunfire, said police officers.

"So far four people have died in the clashes," Nur Jahan, a local police officer, told the AFP new agency. A district administrator said three of the deceased were Jamaat supporters.

Army heads hit back at combat training claims

Army chiefs and the Defence Minister have hit back at claims that ill-prepared soldiers were sent into combat in Afghanistan.

A report leaked to the New Zealand Herald has strongly criticised the training given to an army contingent sent to Afghanistan which lost five of its members in combat.

The report was written by a sergeant in military intelligence who reviewed the group's preparation in Hawkes Bay, where the troops performed exercises simulating situations they were likely to encounter in Bamiyan province.

Graphing the Great Gun Debate
ProPublica: Christie Thompson

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama again called for Congress to take quick action on gun control. "These proposals deserve a vote," he said. "Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."

In the two months since Sandy Hook, debate has surged over how to address America's epidemic of gun violence. In late January, the Senate Judiciary Committee began ongoing hearings on proposals to tighten restrictions on gun sales.

We've dug into the NRA's efforts to block gun control policy, compared spending on both sides of the issue, and laid out five gun laws you probably never heard of. But with so much media coverage, it can be hard to keep facts straight. To help, we've compiled some of the best graphics on guns, from where they're purchased to the laws governing how they're used.

h't Hedwig

No Turk-Israeli project 'without Erdoğan's OK'

Turkey will not agree to an energy project with Israel without the approval of the Turkish prime minister, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said, commenting on an Israeli offer to lay an undersea natural gas pipeline to Turkey for export to Europe.

"We can't act like nothing ever happened. We won't operate a project with Israel without seeing that the conditions put by the prime minister are met [first]," Yıldız told private broadcaster CNBC-e.

City Weekly; Eric S. Peterson

Then the residents of Rio Grande Street shuffled past the scene, heading inside the St. Vincent de Paul Center for a lunch of hard bread, ground beef, sugar cookies and salad. Just another day and another routine ambulance call-one of 63 to that street in 2012.

The plight of Salt Lake City's homeless is perhaps the most tragic news story that isn't. It's not news because the suffering and despair of those who have fallen through the cracks is anything but new. The homeless lack the money, health and opportunity for stable work to get them off the street, but they manage to scrape together enough money for the poisons that keep them there.

I spent hours on the street, ate meals at the St. Vincent de Paul Center and, while the weather was still warm, spent a night at the Road Home men's shelter in close observation of this nexus of support, warm beds and meals-and cold streets and hard drugs.

Utah twins launch sticky note protest of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Salt Lake Tribune; Jennifer Napier-Pierce

On Monday, Beauty Redefined launched an online campaign urging supporters to cover up Kate Upton, the magazine's scantily clad cover model, with the organization's stylized sticky notes. The notes, available for purchase at, are imprinted with phrases such as "You are capable of much more than looking hot," and "There is more to be than eye candy."

Beauty Redefined, founded by twins Lindsay and Lexie Kite, began selling the sticky notes a few years ago and encouraging supporters to post them on mirrors in public rest­rooms and dressing rooms. The Kites, both of whom will earn doctorates in communications from the University of Utah this spring, say the words of empowerment have been extremely popular. They've sold 1,500 pads of 50 pieces each. Each pad costs $5.

They're getting PhD's from the University of Utah this spring.  I can barely stop laughing.  

Clear victory for Correa will have him in frontline to succeed Chavez

The combative US-trained economist has won strong support by using windfall oil earnings to give cash handouts to some 2 million people and expand access to healthcare and education.

Correa has a lead of as much as 50 percentage points over the nearest of his seven rivals in opinion polls. His confrontation with oil companies and Wall Street investors has helped him drum up nationalist fervour.

Most interesting story
Bangladesh - war crimes trials, violence
New Zealand - troops sent to Afghanistan
Graphing Gun Debate
Turkey - Israel pipeline
Urban homelessness
Post-It's on Sports Illustrated


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news tips (2.00 / 14)

ooh, will practice w/ purple dividers in the morning, probably.  

Interesting news (2.00 / 13)
I found it difficult to vote in the poll as they are all interesting and important. I chose homelessness as I see it daily.

Here in San Francisco, advocates and law enforcement really try to get people off the street. They can't force them, of course. I like to listen to the police scanner on Friday and Saturday as I'm not all that fond of tv. I was listening when we had frost warnings out. As much as we love to complain about the PD, they were really trying. One officer arranged to have his buddies on the next shift check on a pair of homeless guys that he couldn't talk into seeking shelter. He checked on them every couple of hours after that. Our cops aren't all heartless jerks. There are plenty who care.  

Come visit us at our NON political blog

i'm trying to generate some feedback (2.00 / 6)
i don't know if "interesting" is the right word to use all the time, i should change it up.  

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Actually, the post-it notes on the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue story is pretty important. (2.00 / 9)
The objectification of women by the media and the consequences for young women's self-esteem and health is a big deal. I did some research related to a colleague's diary last year and found this study on young women from Fiji:
''You've gained weight'' is a traditional compliment in Fiji, anthropologists say.

In accordance with traditional culture in the South Pacific nation, dinner guests are expected to eat as much as possible. A robust, nicely rounded body is the norm for men and women. ''Skinny legs'' is a major insult. And ''going thin,'' the Fijian term for losing a noticeable amount of weight, is considered a worrisome condition [...]

Just a few years after the introduction of television to a province of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, eating disorders -- once virtually unheard of there -- are on the rise among girls, according to a study presented yesterday at the American Psychiatric Association meetings in Washington. Young girls dream of looking not like their mothers and aunts, but like the slender stars of ''Melrose Place'' and ''Beverly Hills 90210.''

''I'm very heavy,'' one Fijian adolescent lamented during an interview with researchers led by Dr. Anne E. Becker, director of research at the Harvard Eating Disorders Center of Harvard Medical School, who investigated shifts in body image and eating practices in Fiji over a three-year period.

It is a constant battle to keep our daughters from not falling into the traps that the media sets for them related to the Perfect Body. When they see the body types that are glorified it becomes more difficult to remind them that their bodies are fine and that it is not necessary to look like those images.

Good for those girls pushing back. This is very true: "There is more to be than eye candy."

Here is a link to their website "Taking back beauty for women everywhere"

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Here is a video from that diary project: (2.00 / 9)
A trailer for the documentary: "Miss Representation:

Here is just one quote from that video:
"When 7 years old, an equal number of boys and girls (around 30%) want to be president when they grow up but when 15 year olds are asked, a "massive gap" emerges as leadership and politics are seen for men only."

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
it is a very important issue and one that i had (2.00 / 4)
some recent experience with. when my daughter was 10 and 11 she just loved food and by any healthy metric her weight was normal, not overweight or rail thin but average for her age. her classmates were all uber rail thin and were beginning to taunt her, calling her 'chubby'.

in many respects she inherited my genetics, i'm 6'2' and she will be at least 5'9-5'10 so she had not quite grown into her body yet, in my eyes she was a beautiful, normal healthy young girl. the taunts from her friends were beginning to affect her and i remember having a conversation about it with our downstairs neighbor, a woman who is one of my wife's best friends. all in all she is a wonderful person but even she asked, 'are you going to talk to her about her weight?'

'NO, she's 10 years old, why would i want to put that doubt into her conciousness at this or any age. once that doubt is spoken, you can never take it back.' I was polite but firm and after a minute she said, 'you're right.'

my ex and i discussed this at length at the time and suggested she say to the group because it always happened in a group, 'when you say that to me it really hurts my feelings.' she did finally and it never happened again. she has grown considerably since then, she is concious of her body image but not fanatically so. that was an important moment for her and we were all proud that she stood up for herself.

today she is now 'officially' taller than my wife, she is seriously very athletic and is more concerned how her body weight relates to her performance, her agility and aerobic capacity. again not fanatically so but she has made the connection between coloric intake and her metabolism so she is in an informed, healthy frame of mind now. seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.

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Thank you for sharing that, dear occupant. (2.00 / 4)
You gave your daughter excellent advice and I am glad that her classmates backed off after she asked them to stop (it could have gone the other way).

I know a dietician who works with eating disorders and the damage these women are doing to themselves is heartbreaking. Being overweight has its own health risks and I would not recommend that we let our children get obese but we need to help them develop a strong sense of self-esteem. It starts with parents like you willing to ignore the barrage of Perfect Body information coming from the media and helping their kids do the same.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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'it could have gone the other way', yes easily. (2.00 / 4)
one detail i ommitted was that her school had implemented a very stringent anti-bullying policy, we thought this issue qualified so we notified her teacher. i'm sure it helped.

the damage is even more severe for young girls, restricting calorie and protein intake at that age is incredibly harmful physically, not to mention the anxiety accompanied with so called 'imperfect body syndrome.' it was and remains a huge issue for me and one that i continue to quietly monitor even though she's in a healthy frame of mind now. seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.

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it's an important issue (2.00 / 5)
on the spectrum of women's rights.  just, on valentine's day, it seemed so cheesy-utah.  

"modesty" as defined by the LDS church, and "modesty" as defined by the non-LDS, or rebelled against, is a cultural issue here.  

makes me fond of wearing sleeveless dresses, for example.  

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North Korea begs for attention (2.00 / 9)
is willing to pay for it with counterfeit US currency.

No, really they will set off another nuclear weapon, the fake currency they need to use to buy Grand Marnier for Dear Leader.

North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the message.

The little boy who makes Marco Rubio look like a calm and wizened leader, who grew up even more disconnected from reality than his father, is turning out to be the likely candidate for the Most Likely to Start a Nuclear Was prize, of all time.

The (Chinese Government( source said he saw little room for compromise under North Korea's youthful new leader, Kim Jong-un. The third Kim to rule North Korea is just 30 years old and took over from his father in December 2011.

He appears to have followed his father, Kim Jong-il, in the "military first" strategy that has pushed North Korea ever closer to a workable nuclear missile at the expense of economic development.

"He is much tougher than his father," the source said.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

i give him the "spoiled child dictator" award (2.00 / 6)
i just feel for all the people starving in the countries who put all their money into weapons.  like the USA, and India, and China, and NKorea.  

it seems maslow's hierarchy should apply to countries too?  

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All different cases, though. (2.00 / 3)
North Korea is one single unapologetic prison camp with 25 million tortured prisoners. During the drought around the turn of the century the population ate every leaf off every plant while the leadership ate caviar and swilled cognac. Literally.

India has endemic corruption, which is slowly getting better since they gave up following Russia (but India is also fractally complex over thousands of years, and not reliably compared with anything).

China is - aside from also fractally complex - suffering from generations of authoritarian communism and now authoritarian cleptocratic capitalism.

USA? Seriously? There is no starvation in the US. Hunger, yes, and inequity, but there is no starvation. Even hunger by any definition is not in any way comparable with the other three.

I know that communities like this one will have those extremely critical of the US on a range of issues, but we have to keep these things in context. Criticism is not only fine but necessary, but where we allow ourselves to use comparisons that have no basis any arguments we make lose their value.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

[ Parent ]
Michigan hospital allows its patients to choose the race of their caregivers (2.00 / 9)
Lawsuit: Race-based request sidelined Michigan nurse
The man, who is not named in the filing, allegedly showed her a tattoo that may have been "a swastika of some kind" and told her that he didn't want African-Americans involved in his baby's care.

The request, according to the lawsuit, made its way through management ranks, and was granted. Battle's manager called her at home to tell her she would be reassigned.

A note made its way onto prominent spot on the baby's medical chart, according to the suit: "Please, no African-American nurses to care for ... baby per dad's request."

The hospital lawyer later made them remove the note but, according to the article, "for more than a month no African American nurses were assigned to care of the child".

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

let's arrange (2.00 / 6)
an "African-American" blood transplant for that dad.  see if he blows up.  

i do not mean this in a violent way, but in a therapeutic way.  if he should ever need a medical procedure. let's involve a diverse medical group.  

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I mean it in a violent way. (2.00 / 2)
with more reaction time I would in fact be pragmatic and try to nudge his orbit, but hinging the health of a baby in his care to his own psychotic paranoia makes him an unfit parent and deserving a swift kick.

I feel for the kid, hope s/he learns the reverse-lesson thing...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Good Lord. (2.00 / 1)
End bloody Trans. :~P

I feel for the medical staff involved, what the hell do you do with that? If it is an adult, letting them bleed to death is an option (I'd vote for it). If it's a baby and you have to deal with a sick parent, you have to do whatever you can to make sure the baby's care is not compromised.

Could someone take that guy out back and hit him with a smart stick? I have one handy ("baseball bat", "smart stick", potato po tah to...)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Fracking Made in Germany (2.00 / 7)

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign

... Fracking in the US has triggered a modern-day oil and natural-gas boom, the size of which has the potential to alter the global energy landscape. Not surprisingly, there are those in Germany who feel that a similar gas rush could be had here. Germany's Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources estimates that there is between 0.7 and 2.3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas to be found in the country, enough to cover German demand for up to 13 years. Exxon Mobil and the German natural gas company Wintershall are both hoping to undertake test drillings as soon as possible.

That would be madness - Germany is tiny compared to the US and densely populated. Germany has a really strong grass-roots environmental movement, so I don't think it will come to pass, but even entertaining the thought is terrible. I sure hope Merkel's coalition loses the election in fall. The conservatives have been in power long enough.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

the Greens were partners in the pre-Merkel (2.00 / 3)
gov't, right, with Fischer?

that rural land in Germany is so very precious - the forests and walking trails and lakes and streams . . . and the fields and orchards and vineyards. . .

[ Parent ]
Yes, with Gerhard Schröder (SPD) as the Chancellor. (2.00 / 3)
The SPD and Greens have been gaining steam in the last state elections, and the plagiarism thing hurt Merkel. I hope that and this fracking nonsense (along with several other things) do enough damage to topple the conservative CDU.

The rise of the Green Party is pretty amazing, and it took about 20 years to actually become a governing coalition partner, but I credit them with Germany's very strong environmental organizations and early environmental awareness, which led to the push for renewable energy in 2002 (also Schröder/Fischer in charge).

That is also running into a bunch of hurdles now and I'm afraid that developing new gas reserves would very likely slow - if not even stop - the renewables initiatives, which would be a terrible thing.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

[ Parent ]
Saturday morning newsfeed (2.00 / 8)
Obama: 'I Wish I Had A Father Who Was Around'
President Barack Obama talked about the importance of parenting and life in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Friday, his third and final stop across the country to highlight the "ladders of opportunity" he spoke about in his State of the Union address.

"Loving, supporting parents - and, by the way, that's all kinds of parents - that includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, and extended families; it includes gay or straight parents" are the "single most important thing" to strengthening communities, Obama said.

Brian Beutler: Paying the teaparty pipers?

House Republicans [may not realize] how large an error they made by kidnapping and then releasing the debt limit earlier this year. By admitting their bluff, they effectively confessed to having misled conservative members, and those members needed to be mollified.

That created a new problem: How could they appease conservatives while lacking the power to satisfy any of their substantive demands? So they offered up grandiose symbolism: A raincheck on the brinksmanship (the current fight over the sequester) and a promise to pass a budget that would wipe out the deficit in 10 years if enacted.

That budget would mean drastic cuts to earned benefits for seniors. It will not be an easy sell and will probably come back to haunt any Republican willing to vote for it. And for no real gain because President Obama will not sign onto anything that goes back on the promise of Social Security.

Some headlines:
Fox News: Obama Proposed 'Free' Preschool To Toddlers So They Can Vote For Him 'In The Future'
Rural, conservative, impoverished Oklahoma has built the nation's brightest model for early education.
Rupert Murdoch Paper Treats Pistorius' Victim As Sex Object
SEC asks court to freeze accounts in Heinz insider trading inquiry

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

President Obama's remarks re parenting..... (2.00 / 8)
His speech was very moving. I'm so glad he is keeping this national dialogue going.....makes the R's mean spirited agenda look even meaner as he continues to talk about the important real life concerns of so many of us.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Yes. He is human and his tears are real. (2.00 / 8)
I am very proud of our country for electing him in 2008 and re-electing him in 2012. Every time I get angry at the Republicans and I see articles about the awful Ted Cruz or the ghastly Rand Paul or the cluelessly ignorant Ron Johnson, I remember that we have Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin ... and President Obama. It could be much much worse.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
Toddlers will "vote for him"?????? (2.00 / 8)
What, they think Obama will be in office for twenty years???


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Yes, specifically. (2.00 / 6)
FOX isn't even media, much less news. It's propaganda with news mixed in at certain times of day.

Sean blinking Hannity is forever saying that Obama is planning on being dictator for life. But he's the kind of moron who won't admit he's wrong when the next president comes in, so there is no sense arguing with him.

FOX is a freaking joke.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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We had a meteor last night... (2.00 / 9) in the Bay Area. And I saw it, having left my back door open since it was so balmy outside. It wasn't as big or bright as the Russian one, but still impressive (and it moved VERY fast). All these outer space items are starting to freak me out. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Just watched a series of DVRed episodes of The Universe on that. (2.00 / 6)
We really are in pretty good shape. During the past decade or so we've mapped enormous numbers of NEOs, we have the tech today to move any that pose city-killer or larger threates and in coming decades will get the rest.

In another comment I mentioned the year 2500 to have this all under control, but it won't surprise me if we have it all pretty well nailed by 2050. The odds of a serious hit before then are very very small.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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possible meteorite explosion in Cuba (2.00 / 4)
per Washington Post story. no injuries or damages, thankfully.  waiting for mi Nana's weekly phone call from Santiago de Cuba, in which she will make the inevitable connection to resignation of Pope Benedict and meteor explosions to the Last Days. ;)

Twitter Doesn't Make You Martin Luther King

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"... one of the most contaminated places on Earth..." (2.00 / 8)
Hanford N-waste leak is detected

A single-shell tank at Hanford is leaking up to 300 gallons a year of radioactive liquids, a disclosure that raises broader questions about the integrity of more than 140 other tanks that hold tens of millions of gallons of waste left over from decades of processing nuclear materials at the federal site in southeast Washington.
The tank under scrutiny was assumed to be leaking in past decades, so in 1995 pumpable liquids were removed in what was termed an "interim stabilization," according to the Energy Department.

The tank currently holds about 447,000 gallons of sludge.

Leaking tanks and contaminated soil at the Hanford is not new news, but containing it is certainly an issue Congress needs to keep funded. Why am I not optimistic?

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

I used to work... (2.00 / 8)
...for an environmental engineering firm and we kept submitting proposals to do work at Hanford. But nothing ever came of our efforts, partly due to government bureaucracy/lack of funding (this was in 1991 or '92).

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Every article about the on going leaks..... (2.00 / 8)
....attempts to add reassurance. But how long will the business as usual approach keep the problems semi contained? I'm not reassured.

Some materials from Hanford - including tritium, chromium, nitrate and strontium-90 - have entered the river, according to the state Department of Ecology.

But no unsafe levels of radionuclides have been found in farm crops in the region and there are no advisories against swimming or eating salmon, steelhead or other popular fish species from the Columbia River, according to the Ecology Department.

You have had interesting work experiences silks!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
I heard this story on my radio this morning while running errands. (2.00 / 8)
Your governor said "It wasn't supposed to leak".


Just like rb137's diary about the "novel technologies" ... what we don't know about the new things they are doing to our earth is mind boggling but they want to press ahead with fracking having no clue what might happen.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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pipes and containers (2.00 / 7)
aren't DESIGNED to leak.

it just always happens.  

[ Parent ]
The NYT, re President Obama's Keystone Pipeline decision. (2.00 / 3)
Obama Faces Risks in Pipeline Decision

President Obama faces a knotty decision in whether to approve the much-delayed Keystone oil pipeline: a choice between alienating environmental advocates who overwhelmingly supported his candidacy or causing a deep and perhaps lasting rift with Canada.

Canada, the United States' most important trading partner and a close ally on Iran and Afghanistan, is counting on the pipeline to propel more growth in its oil patch, a vital engine for its economy. Its leaders have made it clear that an American rejection would be viewed as an unneighborly act and could bring retaliation.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

oh the trib has that headline up too (2.00 / 3)
"Obama loses both ways on pipeline"

which seems to me to be a false choice.  or pumping up one choice.

let's see, destroy our ecosystem or temporarily annoy a conservative jerk in canada?  

[ Parent ]
I agree that it is a false choice. (2.00 / 1)
This is laughable: risks a "lasting rift with Canada".

We have done a lot of ghastly things and our neighbor to the north has been pretty forgiving. They are Canadians!! Minnesota nice came from there.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Nicely put! I hope he does the right thing, but I'm not holding my breath. (2.00 / 1)

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

Oh, sure: "Guns are cool" (2.00 / 1)
NRA President: 'Today, Guns Are Cool'
National Rifle Association president David Keene expressed confidence that the powerful lobby has a decided edge in the simmering debate over gun violence, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a profile published Saturday that his side draws one of its biggest advantages from being hip.

Keene said much has changed since the 1994 passage of the since-expired federal assault weapons ban, which amounted to a policy defeat for the NRA.

"The difference between today and 15 years ago is that today, guns are cool," Keene said.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

"cool" almost implicates (2.00 / 1)
"black people killing each other" in orwell-speak.  

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BREAKING: Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment ... banning slavery (2.00 / 2)
Mississippi Ratifies Slavery Ban
Earlier this month, Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment banning slavery, after a specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center saw the movie "Lincoln" and started digging into the states' ratification of the legislation.

Georgia gave the amendment the three-fourths' vote it needed in December 1865, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Mississippi, Delaware Kentucky and New Jersey rejected the amendment. Kentucky ratified the amendment on March 18, 1976 after rejecting it on Feb. 24, 1865.

The specialist, Ken Sullivan, found out that Mississippi lawmakers voted to ratify the amendment in 1995, but never sent the necessary paperwork to the Office of the Federal Register

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

1995 (2.00 / 2)
is still 100+ years too late.  

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You noticed that? (2.00 / 1)
I was having a conversation with my daughter about the "Party of Lincoln". I can't believe that a lot of people in the south are too keen about that connection. I wish there was a way to correct that confusing historical anomaly.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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explaining republicans to my kids (2.00 / 1)
provides rich teaching time these days.  and the difference between leadership and regular people.  

the party of lincoln was fine at the time - parties change.  people change.  organizations change.  that's how i use it.  not until LBJ, remember.  

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Magazine limit bill clears Colorado House (2.00 / 2)
Colorado State House Passes Measure Limiting Gun Magazines To 15 Rounds
On a tight 34-31 vote, House Bill 1224 passed out of the chamber and sent the measure to the Senate, which is also in Democratic hands. HB 1224 was the first of four gun-related bills that will be voted on in the House on Monday. Only three Democrats voted against the bill.

Opponents to the legislation contended that it would hurt drive gun manufacturing jobs out of the state. Others signaled an aversion to all gun bills that were being considered. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said last week that he supports the 15-round limit on gun magazines.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Now they pass Universal Background Checks (2.00 / 2)
Colorado State House Approves Universal Background Checks
On a 36-29 vote, the Democratic-led House passed the universal background checks bill, the second of four gun bills that will be brought to a vote in the chamber Monday. Only one Democrat voted against the bill.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
And wrap it up with two additional measures ... (2.00 / 2)
Colorado State House Passes Final Two Gun Measures
... the House approved two more pieces of legislation: a ban on concealed weapons on public college campuses and a bill requiring gun buyers to pay the cost of their state background checks.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

[ Parent ]
very ambitious (2.00 / 2)
on the part of the colorado legislature.  are they expected to go through the state senate too?  

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The senate is also in Dem hands. (2.00 / 2)
This is a gung-ho session for our legislature, as they control both the house and the senate. The governor is a Dem. A civil unions bill passed the Senate, 21-14 and is favored to pass in the House; Hickenlooper will sign it.

We need the SCOTUS for full gay marriage. During the teaparty days, an amendment to the state constitution was passed saying that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Presumably the cases before the Court will be decided favorably, making that part of our constitution unlawful. In the meantime, Hick intends for civil unions to be the law as soon as the bill hits his desk.

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

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Once SCOTUS rules that DOMA is unconstitutional, people will be able to marry in any state they want. (2.00 / 1)
States that have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage will have to recognize them.

DOMA was a craptastic law that stood years of contract law on its head. The Uniform Commercial Code made sure that contracts could be not be voided if you moved out of the state and states always respected each other's marriage contracts. States carved out this narrow exception out of pettiness and spite.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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i can't wait (2.00 / 1)
i think utah may need a bit of extra convincing, but i can't wait.  

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