We have the best government money can buy.
"private-prison corporations " Doesn't that send chills down your spine?
hear what reefer sadness sounds like from Iowa, the last Senate hearing that we had 3/4/13......passed committee only to be punted...
Same as the drug apes of Iowa, Agents of Lucifer ALL...
Keep calling! Republican Robert Brawley has been talking about the great value in cannabis, especially the extracts. Not over yet!
Thank You for telling the TRUTH... They were paid VERY WELL to turn their backs on the sick and suffering. Just like the 1st LIE told by Harry Anslinger in 1937 that started cannabis prohibition they ALL are in it for PERSONAL GAIN. Its all about the MONEY... Lobbying by Big Corparations should be ILLEGAL ..NOT CANNABIS!!!
Too many people want this bill too much, let's shut it down!
Kudos on a great article that outlines several perspectives before and after handling firearms, and addresses existing bias. As a lifelong (like one of your staff, I had a gun pressed into my hands at an early age and for my eighth birthday received a .30-.30 lever action rifle) firearms owner and shooter, military veteran, and collector of military weapons, I have often seen articles that start with a bias, and prove out that bias, as in "I handled a gun and beheld its fearsome killing power!". Congratulations to the young women in the article who were open enough to visit a shooting sports complex and experience a firearm first hand. There are 80 million gun owners in this country. The vast majority are respectful of the power of their guns and take responsibility seriously as owners. We ask nothing more than to not be lumped together with criminals.
We are given the right as citizens to keep and bear arms, but it is not a requirement, and I understand ownership is not right for everyone, and in many cases lawful regulation is required to keep the mentally unbalanced from access. Criminals have already surrendered rights of citizenship. A ban is prohibition, not regulation. Full auto, belt fed machine guns are legal for private ownership in this country, but they are heavily regulated. They are never used in crimes, as the behavioral of their owners is lawful. The weapons are dangerous, but capacity for harm does not equal intent to harm. The 2nd amendment gives the right to the people to keep and bear arms, and the 5th and 14th amendments prohibit the Federal Government and the States from denying citizens the right of property without due process. With rights comes responsibility, and not everyone measures up. Gun owners, probably more than non owners, get that. Again, congratulations on an even playing field article, and for printing the opinions of your staff that gun bans are unlikely to prevent another mass shooting incident. In a free society there is no prevention of terror attacks or mass shootings. The answer is not to make the society less free, and take the rights of the innocent.
Thanks for your input, Daniel. Yes, the Catholic bishops DID oppose Obamacare and sent out a letter to Catholic churchgoers in March 2010 expressly saying so. Their opposition revolved around abortion funding, but they did, in fact, come out publicly in opposition to the entire package. Here's a link to information about their opposition: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/03/14/cath…
As for the CDF's assessment of the nuns' social justice work, the opening paragraph of the report did indeed compliment the US nuns on their work with the poor. Two paragraphs later, however, the harsh critiques began and continued until the end of the document. Here is a critical excerpt from page 3 of the report: ". . .while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States. Further, issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching."
These are not "sketchy claims," as you called them. These are direct quotes from the bishops' document.
Where does the CDF assessment of the LCWR and Network criticize the groups for "focusing too much on poverty and social injustice"? The opening of the document *praises* the social justice work of the religious sisters. And did "the American bishops" really "oppose" the Obama administration's healthcare plan as a whole? I recall the bishops' responses being quite *sympathetic* to the overall aims of the plan, only criticizing issues of abortion funding and the contraception/abortifacients mandate. (These sketchy claims are all too typical of the polarized-politics approach to Catholic doctrine, which is inevitably reductive.)
This is blowing my mind. Ed was a good friend of mine. I was driving through LA in 1972 and Ed and his girlfriend, Lane, were the only people I knew in southern California. I pulled off the freeway on Sunset Boulevard to try to call him and the only Ed Dodson in the phonebook had died just before I called. It wasn't him (Edgar, instead of Edwin), so I drove out onto the freeway to drive up to SF and PULLED IN BEHIND HIM AND LANE IN HIS MGA! It still gives me chills to think about it. They took care of me because I had just had my heart broken by a girl I met in Grand Canyon whose mother spirited her away in the middle of the night. Ed and Lane took care of me. The girl later found me, but I lost contact with Ed the very next year. Wow. I am so sad I couldn't have talked to him before he died. The weirdest thing about this is that I have been writing a short story about this experience and just finished it when I found out about the movie and tracked down Lane, as well. Proof of a higher power in my humble opinion. God bless Ed Dodson!
With all respect, please read the comments and then read my OpEd I wrote from 5 years ago about HRC and local giving. I don't believe you have done either -- or you might realize that this issue is not what CL reported. The issue is that the reporter said nothing new five years later, chose to ignore reporting any of the changes locally and basically just rehashed old news -- and for "what purpose?"
PLUS, CL does not have any out LGBT staff/writers in 2013. Do you find this permissable, justifiable for any "alternative" news outlet to not have a diversity of staff to reflect the community it serves? Surely as a queer pioneer, you must realize that without a meaningful LGBT commitment or real involvement within our LGBT community this is part of a larger systemic issue and a "real" failure in being a news outlet like Creative Loafing.
Of course, you would not know about our Charlotte LGBT community living in NYC, I presume. Please understand (and read the OpEd that I wrote 5 years ago) I don't disagree on giving back locally, BUT I said that five years ago. I do disagree with a local paper like Creative Loafing writing about "my" Charlotte LGBT community from the outside and pretending to know what they are talking about as "well intentioned" straight person might.
Your Girlfriend across the Queer Spectrum -- Shane
Kudos to some good old fashion reporting on HRC, the largest national organization championing the rights for the LGBT community. Seems your reporter ruffled some NC feathers. Why, baffles me... but this is what good journalism does. No one will question the visibility of HRC on equal rights battles... including recently an almost complete focus on on same sex civil marriage. Good... But most people do not realize that ALL the money raised at a HRC GALA after costs is carted back to DC. And how cost effective are these Galas?
I suggest that all the people who have written in condemning Creative Loafing take a deep breath and realize how consistently supportive of LGBT issues in the State of North Carolina CL has been. Please stop taking umbrage and set about creating a new formula that would work certainly in North Carolina and everywhere else these Gala's take place... I strongly think that some of the money raised — may I suggest 25% after payment of expenses? 75% is a good amount to send to HRC in DC.
But the real battles for change actually always exist on the local level. Yes I say thank you, HRC, for using some of the money in your DC bank account to mobilize around Amendment One. But repeat: some of the local money raised must stay where it was raised. Local organizations need the support and this kind of formula would show true partnership between a national organization and the local grass roots organizations. Think about it please. So may I simply say, “girlfriends of all genders,” fight the real homopolymers in Charlotte and be grateful for the media allies you do have.
Co-founder Gay Liberation Front (1969)
Founding Member Act Up (1987)
Member Occupy the Pipeline
It is hard to disagree with the accomplishments during the Chavez presidency especially the eradication of poverty. In addition we credit the present Venezuelan government with the weakening of its previous system of checks and balances which has contributed to a precarious human rights situation. They have systematically undermined the right to free expression, workers freedom of association and the ability of human rights groups to protect rights. What other accomplishments? Police abuses, violent crime is rampant in Venezuela, its prisons conditions are among the most violent in Latin America and in regard to human rights defenders Chavez's govt has aggressively sought to discredit and incarcerated many of them.. Now in regard to the economic accomplishments and income distribution time will give us the opportunity to witness how long Venezuela can either stay or maintain their isolation to the communities of free markets economies.. Maybe they will become the Cuba of the 21st century and that will be quite an accomplishment..
The majority of Venezuelans agree with your Mother-in-law, evidenced by him winning election after election and it's easy to see why:
Poverty and extreme poverty has been dramatically decreased, life expectancy increased, illiteracy eradicated and there is access to free healthcare and university education for all.
By 2019, a policy called Gran Mision Vivienda is housing the poorest Venezuelan in good quality social housing, building 3m new homes, eradicating the slums.
Despite lurid headlines and unfavorable news items, mainly focusing on whingeing expats, Venezuelans that actually live in their country actually vote for these policies. The expats and the rich who have been skimming off the oil profits for themselves, often don't.
This article is complete nonsense on its face. If , as the author says, the global arms treaty was simply to prevent us from selling to bad actors around the world, it would be absolutely unecessary as we could just pass our own Fed law under the commerce clause etc. It is an obvious truth that supporters of this treaty wish to subjugate Americans to foreign courts and use international law to justify civil disarmament in the name of the Children regardless of the truth of the violence it claims to be preventing. It's not about the guns, it's about the Control.
I would love to write a book about this story, very intriguing and mind bending
did they ever find roscoe abell ake scoe or not?
My Feb 21 letter to the Editor of CL, Mark Kemp
Letter to the editor in response to the slanted, ambush reporting of Jonne Spataro in Creative Loafing’s February 21-27 article titled “North Carolina’s HRC Gala returns to Charlotte”.
Spataro’s agenda was to portray a segment of Charlotte’s LGBT Community as being disgruntled with or unaware of the Human Rights Campaign’s national fund raising mission.
Spataro’s article rife with outdated statements and perspectives from as far back as 2005 needed current day relevance, enter unwitting me.
My name was given to Spataro by Theresa Davis, the President of the Charlotte Business Guild. I spoke at the Guild’s January Sports Expo where I introduce my non-profit One World Dragon Boat (OWDB).
Spataro’s out of moth balls article chose to use the introductory two paragraphs, my name and a slanted out of context quote to create a “present day story”. There is no there there, not with me.
I honor reporters, their profession, they provide an invaluable service to society by seeking the truth,the facts, then sharing the same with us. That is not the route Spataro nor her editor Ana McKenzie chose to tread to get this article to press.
I am guilty of being naïve, for sure. I thought Creative Loafing was reaching out to me to write a story about OWDB given my name was passed on by Theresa (Sports Expo) and I’d been in communication with Creative Loafing to get press.
Yes, I am excited to be a Table Captain at the HRC. That was my reply to Spataro’s query and it stands.
I contribute to local LGBT organizations because of my personal belief that it is important for individuals to make a better world wherever, whenever and however you can.
I am a 52 year old gay woman. I am part of the LGBT Community, the local and the large. For me and people like me to one day gain full equality as a citizen of this nation laws need to change. The HRC works to that end.
We are a nation of laws, our lives, our liberties are directly impacted by them many of which do not protect or provide equality to all citizens. To effect positive change in the lives of people laws are changed by lobbying Congress, state and local officials who support pro-LGBT bills. The HRC does that. They also look forward and seek out political candidates who will support and stick to positions on LGBT rights.
So, the HRC works for me, for my community and they are able to do this necessary and good work through contributions and donations which is why I’ve contributed to them for well over 25 years way before moving to North Carolina in 2008.
I am a proud table Captain, I am an HRC Athlete for Equality and I have donated a Silent Auction Item to the 2013 Gala because I support and will continue to support the HRC through donations and volunteerism until there is no longer a need for them to exist.
I stand by my quote in context. I stand by every utterance that comes out of this proud, gay, Italian, German mouth of mine. If you have questions about what was discussed with Joanne Spataro or Ana McKenzie and you want the truth, ask me.
If you want a fairy tale, a fable, a lie or a kitty litter liner refer to Sporato’s aforementioned article in Creative Loafing.
Denise A. Bauer
Founder and President of
One World Dragon Boat
Recent development: The Richard Wearn House has been secured, although no news on future plans for the property has been released.
HRC is a good organization doing amazing work in the state and on the national level. I hope no one lets the inaccuracies and clear bias in this story take away from their support of that good work.
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