Cantaloupes are the new tasty fruit guilty of killing innocent fruit-lovers; thirteen people are dead as a result of a food-borne illness that happens more frequently in cantaloupes. Seventy-two people are sick because of cantaloupes which contain the Listeria outbreak, which originated from Colorado's Jensen Farms.
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is in full swing. In an effort to raise funds and make his presence known to a region of the nation that, let's face it, pretty much acts like its own, independent country most of the time, Mr. Obama spent a few days touring the west coast. This is a review of his experiences in California, Washington and the non-coastal but still fairly wealthy state of Colorado.
The school voucher issue continues to be a topic of much debate in state capitols and local municipalities. The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed a bill designed to subsidize private school tuition for lower income families. A bill to provide school vouchers that included provisions for increasing the number of charter schools was recently signed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. The school voucher issue is also a hot topic in the Lakewood, Colorado elections scheduled for November, in spite of the fact, that Colorado’s school voucher bill, passed by the legislature, is now on hold pending a court appeal.
One of the primary reasons for the increased attention to the school vouchers issue in the upcoming election is a result of the last election. Republicans made strong gains in Governor seats with the Republicans holding 29 states and Democrats 20 with 1 independent. State legislatures also moved to the right with 14 chambers changing to Republican control bringing the total to 25. Republicans picked up over 500 state legislative seats with more than 100 in New Hampshire alone.
Conservatives typically support more choice in schools while education unions, a democratic constituency, typically oppose charter schools decrying the reduced funding to public schools. Politics as the old saying goes “make strange bedfellows“. Much of the increased demand for school voucher programs has been driven by members of the black community with children in poor performing schools.
Many communities have seen property tax payments ( the primary source of local public school funding ) fall due to the recession putting increased pressure on politicians and school boards to retain funding levels. As the 2012 election season gets underway issues related to Education will remain a high priority issue for many Americans and voters, elected officials, and candidates will have to face thorny questions about school funding and school voucher issues.
The Washington Post loves Rick Perry. Oh, don’t worry too much. The Washington Post loves Rick Perry the same way that they would love “a big ape.”
Great. Just what we need. Another lovable idiot running for president.
I’m sorry, but it’s really not all that charming in my eyes that Rick Perry brags about the number of executions while under his watch. Death by execution is never all that cute. Sorry.
And, while it’s kind of charming that Rick Perry actually stood up for the children of illegal immigrants in Texas, it doesn’t necessarily make Rick Perry all that lovable.
Anti-nuke voters, are you ready to stop funding nuclear materials? Are you ready to put your money with your no-nuke letters and signs and t-shirts are? If so, please consider signing this new petition from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.
The petition calls for President Obama to stop asking for nuclear reactor funding from taxpayers, as well as research funding. It also makes the important point that no nukes are safe nukes—that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has proven that there’s no such thing as green nuclear technology, and that our own technology was used in that horrible event. We don’t need to develop even more toxins and poison to kill people over the world—whether at home or abroad.
A few happy pieces of animal rights news have me feeling hopeful tonight. A fur ban has been implemented in West Hollywood, and now I’ve read that the UK recently banned a pork ad for not being honest with consumers. The sausage ad apparently depicted the pigs used for the meat as happy little animals who had plenty of room to run around, with unrestricted outdoor access and an open, homey barn—which the Advertising Standards Authority found to be false and deceptive. So they pulled the ad.
It’s a voluntary recall due to the packaging, so your health shouldn’t be in danger; still, if you have questions or you’re worried, go ahead and give them a call to make sure you can use your meds. There are some concerns about the placebo pill week being inserted where active pills should have been, so you might want to back up your birth control with another contraceptive, such as a condom, for a little while.
According to the judge, you can go to whatever denomination of church you want—as long as it’s every Sunday and you report to a “pastor,” two words that indicate the church has to be of a certain faith, if you know what I mean. What if you head over to the Universalist Unitarian place and report to a priestess on Saturdays, after all?
What am I supposed to tell my child when she asks if she can trust a cop, when everywhere I look there are cops who target people—especially girls—to use for their own kicks? There are often local cops in the paper being charged with sexual assault—I’ve seen several with teen girls listed as the victims—and right now, there is a whole precinct nearby being charged with all kinds of things, from stealing to rape.