Mitt taking thousands from Tobacco industry

Then this:   (AP) — Mormons have less heart disease — something doctors have long chalked up to their religion’s ban on smoking.

He also sits on the board of MARRIOT who is (was?)  *campaign* famous for x rated movies in their rooms.  Mormons don’t much like that either (they say).

So my question is this.

Mitt was a Mormon Bishop. A big one. How does this make any sense at all.

In my cirlces of trust, this is a  clear and present contradiction.

Then, his church turns out nearly 100% in Nevada for the caucus.

So, is this reeeealllly a church ? Or a club. Or something else.

See the stats:  http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/select.asp?Ind=A02

DEMOCRATS: WE ARE OFF TOPIC. THE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT ECONOMY BECAUSE WE’RE IDIOTS

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From the time I woke up this morning, to right now, all networks are talking only word: ECONOMY. They will spend all day talking about the economy. They just now said it again. THE ECONOMY, they say is our #1 concern. This is a lie. They lie to you and I. Why? Because they are bought and sold by the very people who have stolen our democracy.

HERE’S MY ADVICE TO YOU . You won’t get better advise my friend. There is only one way to end this nightmare. DISENGAGE FROM THE BS. Stop buying stuff. Effective now. Dedicate 2008 as the year you stopped buying shit. Also, I suggest to you that you sign up for the undecided column, and wait and see where we go as a party from here. Get out of Edwards column. Get out of Hillary’s column. Get out of Obama’s column. I wish we had some REAL leadership right now. But, we don’t. What we have is each other and the power of our collective wallet, voice and vote. I don’t care about the damn economy. The Power Elite have complete control of our economy. Big Oil made record profits and they are Bush’s best friends. The banks made billions of dollars in bad loans, knowing it would crash and here we are.  They control the economy. Period. If YOU want to control the economy – you can. You can stop buying their stuff.

 I care about the war in Iraq, the upcoming war in Iran, our homeless vets, mandatory vaccines, the corrupt beef industry, our health freedoms, THE PATRIOT ACT, and all the things Obama, Hils and Edwards won’t talk about, except as a nice little poem. The media own these poeple, and the Global Elite own the Media, and you really don’t want to know who owns the Global Elite do you.

There is no time left. This is it. WHAT WILL YOU DO.

Please, we must join together, fearlessly and stand united. Stop buying anything that is not food or shelter and basic needs. Get rid of your big fat cars and go small. Conserve gas. Conserve electricity. Buy used clothing. I’ve been doing it for years, and I look fabulous ! Have a yard sale and sell your junk. Give that money away if you can. If not, please use it wisely. Don’t buy their stuff. If you cannot dedicate for this, then nothing else you are doing has any power.

Keep blogging about the things you care about. DON’T LET THEM TELL US WHAT MATTERS TO US.

The people in positions in power who may understand this debate, will no longer fight for people who will not fight for themselves. WHY WOULD THEY ? They will cave to the enormous pressure on them from above.

Now get going.

Anti Family Planning Czar

The Anti-Family Planning Czar

http://www.americanprogressaction.org/

On Monday, President Bush appointed Susan Orr Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position that gives her oversight of federal family planning programs. Orr, who is currently directing HHS child welfare programs, was touted by the administration as “highly qualified.” Before joining HHS, Orr served as senior director for marriage and family care at the conservative Family Research Council, which opposes family planning, and was an adjunct professor at Pat Robertson’s Regent University. In her new role, Orr, who considers contraceptives part of the “culture of death,” will be responsible for “HHS’s $283 million reproductive-health program, a $30 million program that encourages abstinence among teenagers, and HHS’s Office of Population Affairs, which funds birth control, pregnancy tests, counseling, and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.” Given Orr’s record of opposition to comprehensive family planning services, women’s rights and reproductive health advocates are speaking out strongly against her appointment. “We are appalled,” said Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “While her resume suggests a commitment to child welfare and children, her professional credentials fail to demonstrate a commitment to comprehensive family planning services for all men and women in need.” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called her appointment “absurd.” Referring to her as “a virulently anti-family planning radical,” Planned Parenthood has circulated a petition opposing Orr. Unfortunately, though, appointing Orr as an “acting” secretary allows the administration to sidestep the need for Senate confirmation.

A RECORD AGAINST FAMILY PLANNING: In 2001, Orr embraced a Bush administration proposal to “stop requiring all health insurance plans for federal employees” to cover a broad range of birth control. “We’re quite pleased, because fertility is not a disease,” said Orr. At the 2001 Conservative Political Action Conference, Orr cheered Bush’s endorsement of former President Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City Policy,” which required NGOs receiving federal funds to “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.” In a 2000 Weekly Standard article, Orr railed against requiring health insurance plans to cover contraceptives. “It’s not about choice,” said Orr. “It’s not about health care. It’s about making everyone collaborators with the culture of death.” In 2000, she authored a paper titled, “Real Women Stay Married.” In it, she wrote that women should “think about focusing our eyes, not upon ourselves, but upon the families we form through marriage.” In 1999, Orr referred to child protection as “the most intrusive arm of social services.” Her former employer, the Family Research Council, which championed her appointment yesterday, equates contraception with abortion.

BUSH’S PATTERN OF RADICAL APPOINTMENTS: Orr is the latest in a long line of Bush administration appointments promoting “a conservative political agenda” that often “runs counter to well-established science.” In 2002, Bush appointed W. David Hager, an obstetrician-gynecologist considered “a leading conservative Christian voice on women’s health and sexuality,” to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In his position, Hager “played a key role” in convincing the FDA to overrule the advisory committee’s recommendations and to initially reject allowing emergency contraception, known as Plan B, from being made available over the counter. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called that decision a “dark stain on the reputation of an evidence-based agency like the FDA.” In Nov. 2006, Bush appointed Eric Keroack to the same position Orr plans to fill. Before the appointment, Keroack was the medical director at A Woman’s Concern, a Christian pregnancy counseling group that “supports sexual abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at its six centers in eastern Massachusetts.” In March 2007, Keroack resigned from the position to defend himself from accusations of medical fraud.

CONSERVATIVE ASSAULT ON FAMILY PLANNING: These appointments are merely part of a larger conservative assault on family planning. In January, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Title X Family Planning Act, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act, prohibiting family planning grants from being awarded to an entity that performs abortions, despite the fact that federal law already prohibits clinics from spending Title X money on abortion services. A similar restriction was attached to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill, but the measure was soundly defeated. The House bill did include, however, an additional $28 million federal funding for abstinence-only education, which dictates discussing contraceptives only in terms of failure rates while often exaggerating them. The Bush administration recently launched a national ad campaign promoting abstinence-only education, despite a recent federal report concluded that such programs have had “no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence.” In March, a new federal law “eliminated price breaks for many university student health centers, driving the cost of some birth-control products from less than $10 a month to $50 or more.”

UNDER THE RADAR

JUSTICE — MUKASEY SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR MANY OF BUSH’S POLICIES: In his confirmation hearing yesterday, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey signaled that he would be a departure from his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales. Mukasey said “he will reject White House political meddling and overstepping its authority in terrorism cases.” “I would be uncomfortable with any evidence used in trial that is coerced,” he said. Mukasey expressed his willingness to work with Congress, stating, “I would certainly suggest going to Congress whenever we can.” At the same time, he was “reluctant to say whether he thought the administration’s terrorist surveillance program crossed the legal boundaries of a 1978 law setting limits on government spying in the U.S,” emphasizing that the President could take steps without consulting Congress. Mukasey was also reluctant to say that Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed and said he would not expand habeas corpus rights for detainees. “I’m encouraged by the answers,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), suggesting that it is likely Mukasey will be confirmed.

INTELLIGENCE — SENATE GRANTS IMMUNITY TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES ON WIRETAPPING: Yesterday, the Senate reached an agreement with the Bush administration on a government surveillance bill that includes immunity for telecommunications companies who may have broken the law in the past by making client data available to the National Security Agency. President Bush has declared immunity to be a precondition to his signing the bill. But providing immunity “would wipe out a series of pending lawsuits alleging violations of privacy rights by telecommunications companies that provided telephone records, summaries of e-mail traffic and other information to the government after Sept. 11, 2001, without receiving court warrants.” Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the lead counsel in one such lawsuit against AT&T, said that these lawsuits are not the work of “typical trial lawyers trying to find a way to get into the pockets of American companies,” as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) claimed. “It’s certainly the goal of the administration and the phone companies to ensure that there’s never a decision about [whether] what’s been going on is legal or not. The telecom cases are the last, best hope,” Cohn said. The House Democratic leadership yesterday had to pull its version of the bill, which does not contain telecom immunity, after Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced an amendment that would have “substantially delayed” the legislation.

IMMIGRATION — WOMAN’S FAMILY ARRESTED AFTER SHE SPEAKS OUT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM: Last week, USA Today published an article in which Tam Tran, the daughter of a political refugee from Vietnam, described her family’s struggle to gain legal status in the United States. Three days later, immigration officers arrived at her home before dawn and took her entire family into custody. The arrests immediately raised eyebrows. Tran’s family was detained on a “years-old deportation order” and had been “reporting to immigration officials each year to obtain work permits.” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chairwoman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, “said she believes the family was targeted because Tran testified before Lofgren’s panel earlier this spring” in support of immigration reform. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said that Tran’s testimony before Congress “absolutely, unequivocally had nothing to do” with her family’s arrest. But after being pressed on why a family in regular contact with immigration officials would be forcibly arrested in the middle of the night, Kelly Nantel, an ICE official, could only offer the excuse that agents “did not understand the complexity of the case.” Lofgren posed the question, “Would [Tran] and her family have been arrested if she hadn’t spoken out?”

THINK FAST

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is still under the microscope from the Kentucky press over his office’s involvement in smearing Graeme Frost. In an editorial entitled “McConnell versus truth,” The Courier-Journal writes, “It’s clear what Mitch McConnell knew and when he knew it. It’s clear he deceived the public.”

“Under pressure to help override President Bush’s veto, at least five of the eight House Democrats who voted initially against expanding a popular children’s health insurance program now say they’ll switch sides.”

“The Pentagon is preparing to alert eight National Guard units that they should be ready to go to Iraq or Afghanistan beginning late next summer.” A National Guard official explained, “You create holes when you surge units forward, and someone has to fill them.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the Iraq war yesterday, stating, “it’s absolutely pointless to fight with a people.” “It is absolutely unacceptable to keep the occupation force in place in Iraq for eternity,” he added, emphasizing his support for a “date for withdrawal.”

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is pushing a plan to repeal a rule “that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.” The plan would “be a big victory for some executives of media conglomerates,” including Rupert Murdoch.

“It is likely that Blackwater will not compete to keep the job” of escorting U.S. diplomats outside the protected Green Zone after May, according a U.S. official. “[T]here is a mutual feeling that the Sept. 16 shooting deaths mean the company cannot continue in its current role.”

Alberto Gonzales was briefed extensively about a criminal leak investigation despite the fact that he had reason to believe that several individuals under investigation in the matter were potential witnesses against him in separate Justice Department inquiries.”

And finally: On election night 2006, eight-year old Sarah Maria Santorum wept on national television when her dad lost his Senate race. Country singer Martina McBride on Monday released a song, For These Times, inspired in part by the girl’s tears. “I always tell my children that good things come from bad things,” Rick Santorum said in an interview this week.

Baptists want law declaring WILL OF CHRIST supreme

NOTICE IT DOESN’T SAY JESUS CHRIST. IT SAYS CHRIST.

BIG DIFFERENCE IF YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

YES, THERE IS A SECOND CHRIST. IT’S NOT REALLY THE SECOND COMNG,

IT’S THE SECOND CHRIST.  THE MEMBERSHIP ARE LIKELY NOT AWARE,

BUT THE BIG BOYS SURE ARE.

Southern Baptists Seek Laws Making

‘Will Of Christ’ Supreme

 

By , Church and State
Posted on October 13, 2007, Printed on October 13, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/64844/

 

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the nation’s largest Protestant denomination whose leadership is a bulwark of far-right fundamentalism, is ratcheting up its political operations.

The Christian Index, Georgia’s state Baptist newspaper, recently carried an interesting and unusually frank report on the SBC’s lobbying outpost in Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the Capitol.

“It is in this environment,” says the newspaper, “that Southern Baptists have a significant presence through the ministry of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Richard Land, president of the ERLC, visits Washington often from his primary office in Nashville and is wielding an ever-increasing influence in his efforts to make the will of Christ supreme in public affairs.”

Apparently the “will of Christ” just happens to dovetail with the policy goals of the far right. According to the ERLC Web site, the unit takes stands on legislation and pushes for the confirmation of Bush court appointees. The issues tackled run the usual Religious Right gamut — opposing legal abortion, gay rights, hate-crimes laws and stem-cell research and supporting “court-stripping” legislation and other efforts to make it harder to pursue church-state separation claims in federal court.

ERLC’s goal, the story notes, is to turn the 16-million-member religious group into a disciplined political machine.

“The primary point I want to stress,” ERLC’s Barrett Duke told The Index, “is the need to build a grassroots base of support for these issues that are important to the foundation and fabric of our nation. There are 16,000,000 Southern Baptists and we should be able to shut down the congressional switchboard all by ourselves when there is a need to voice our convictions on a certain issue.”

ERLC’s Land, who has been one of the most faithful cheerleaders for the Bush administration and who is now pushing former senator Fred Thompson for president, is blunt about the group’s religious-political agenda.

In an essay on ERLC’s Web site, he insists, “We must convince Christians to run for elected offices at every level, then encourage them to act on their faith-based convictions while they are in office. We must walk, talk, and vote our values.” (Religious Right activists like Land use the word “Christian” in a narrow sense, referring to those who share their religious-political agenda.)

Land denies that Southern Baptists want a government that gets involved in religion, but his own words seem to belie that claim.

“When we preach that Gospel,” he writes, “and God has blessed it and people’s hearts and minds have been changed, then they have the right as citizens to come forth in the public arena and say, ‘This is wrong, and we want it stopped.'”

“For example,” he continued, “abortion is the murder of babies, and we want laws to change it. When we convince a majority of Americans that we are right, that’s not called a theocracy, that’s called the democratic process.”

Land then insists that all he seeks is “a level playing field.”

“Does that mean,” asks Land, “that false religions have the same rights to express their opinions and their beliefs as we do? Sure. Let them come. I never saw Elijah backing away from a confrontation with the prophets of Baal. He just showed them the power of the One True God!”

Joseph L. Conn, director of communications for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, notes that Land’s example might not be the best one.

“According to the scriptures, after Elijah won the contest over whose God was the true one, he had all the false priests of Baal slain. (I Kings 18:40),” wrote Conn. “Somehow, I’m not feeling the ecumenical love.”

Added Conn, “Southern Baptists, historically, were ardent supporters of church-state separation. Many still are. We will count on those dissenters to help us see that Land and company do not achieve their megalomaniacal goals.”

© 2007 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/64844/

CHEMICALS AND BREAST CANCER: New Study

A groundbreaking research study coordinated by the non-profit Silent Spring Institute and recently published by the American Cancer Society found that synthetic chemicals have likely played a large role in the rising incidence of breast cancer throughout the world over the last half-century. The study identified 216 man-made chemicals-including those found in everyday products like pesticides, cosmetics, dyes, drugs and gasoline (and diesel exhaust)-that have been shown to cause breast cancer in animals. Researchers believe these substances, many of which “mimic” naturally occurring hormones once inside the body, are also to blame for the increasing prevalence of human breast cancer. Read the rest at:

http://www.alternet.org/environment/54492/