Archive for April, 2009

Rumored for the job in November 2008, Obama’s Harvard classmate has been named Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Capitol Annex reports State Rep. Juan Garcia has been appointed. See their story HERE.

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Do we have a disconnect?

At the end of March, SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice announced to the United Nations that the US would seek a seat on the UN’s Human Right’s Council. Candidates to the Council will be chosen May 12th. As part of the process, candidates are required to produce a pledge. That pledge has now been published and is available to the public by following the links HERE.

The ACLU has evaluated the pledge HERE, and has determined that several points have been left obscure. Key among these is a lack of discussion on: fair trial standards, torture and detention, and government official accountability.

While the above points of contention, and another HERE, are much on our mind, it remains to be seen how they will affect our bid to UN’s Human Rights Council.  In any event, it’s clear that the Obama administration has set upon a position. If we want to fix our recent past, it does not appear that it will be through the pronouncements of the  executive or legislative branch of government.

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 Statement by Senator Arlen Specter

 April 28, 2009

[I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation….]


For more information see HERE.

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Umm Humm! 

If you are on dial up and can’t download the accompanying UTube, refresh your memory with the text of the Ohio debate HERE. While I don’t agree with Dixon’s comments on HRC and NAFTA, I do agree that Obama used her comments to his advantage.

I still think the primary debates that were televised on “pay-for” TV were lost to a large portion of the public.

Department of Broken Promises: Obama Closes Door on NAFTA Renegotiation

By BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

[During the campaign Barack Obama’s campaign deliberately led supporters to imagine he favored the reopening of the wildly unpopular North American Free Trade Agreement, which most agree has cost millions of jobs, driven down wages in the U.S. and Mexico, increased the gap between rich and poor and driven millions of Mexican farmers off the land, into cities and to the U.S.  But reports from the Canadian press were confirmed by the White House yesterday.  Obama has no intention of renegotiating NAFTA….]


Check out “Swine Flu” at the Wiki link HERE. It’s particularly interesting to note that most of the flu strains we know today can be traced to the big pandemic that occurred in 1918-1919. Nature is an opportunist and her life is always evolving.


CDC confirms swine flu in Fair Oaks student

By Niesha Lofing


Published: Monday, Apr. 27, 2009 – 11:29 am

Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 27, 2009 – 1:26 pm

[A seventh-grader from a private school in Fair Oaks has tested positive for swine flu, Sacramento County public health officials confirmed this morning….]


This is a reminder to test your computer. Go to the Microsoft website and do the test. If you can’t load the site, you may already be infected. According to this report, only 30% have uploaded the Microsoft patch. Don’t be a Doofus!

Computer worm ‘Conficker’ is doing its dirty work

Pentagon and other agencies are preparing to defend against cyber attacks. Meanwhile, here are ways to protect your computer.

By Michael B. Farrell  | Staff writer/ April 25, 2009 edition


[Internet security experts say that the computer worm known as Conficker, which has the ability to silently penetrate vulnerabilities within the Microsoft operating system, is beginning to rear its ugly head….]


If you live in Michigan, and especially Wayne Co., take advantage of this $50 offer; don’t let it go to waste!

Few sign up to farm abandoned land

By EARTHA JANE MELZER 4/27/09 12:13 PM

[The Michigan Land Bank is offering to lease around 8,000 tax-reverted parcels to people who want to start gardens, but so far few have taken advantage of the program. According to Carrie Lewand-Monroe, executive director of the Michigan Land Bank, only around eight parcels have been leased through the Garden for Growth program. The program is intended to enhance access to affordable fresh foods. Parcels can be leased for 50 dollars per year. About 7,000 of the 8,000 available parcels are located in Wayne Co., Lewand-Monroe said.

A searchable database of available land can be found on the website of Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth…]



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Cambodian human rights leader and parliamentarian is in imminent peril of jail and silencing. You can speak for her! Make a call today!

See Alegre’s site, HERE.

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Approximately six months ago my husband made a new health commitment and started exercising. Recently he has had trouble figuring out what to wear. He asked my help as sounding board, and we went through all his clothes to see what still fit. As it turned out, very little did.

This week, in celebration of the new body shape he has developed, we went shopping at JC Penney’s to buy a few things (more…)

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