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    See now I'm thinking about Zimmerman meeting Adebisi...
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    I wish I had Photoshop on my new computer.
    And a condom.
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    WASHINGTON -- A handful of House Democrats, encouraged by the recent bipartisan agreement that stay-at-home moms should be considered just as hard working as anyone in the workforce, will introduce legislation to apply that standard to mothers on welfare as well.

    Under current law, raising children does not count toward the required "work activity" that must be performed by recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the federal program that emerged from the 1996 welfare reform. Some states make an exception for mothers with children less than a year old.

    The Women's Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, a copy of which was provided to HuffPost in advance of its introduction, would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home with their children and continue receiving benefits.

    The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."

    "All moms are working moms," Mitt Romney responded.

    If that's the case, then it's unfair to apply a different standard to low-income women, reasoned Rep. Pete Stark of California, a top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

    "Mitt Romney was for forcing mothers into the workforce before he decided that 'all moms are working moms,'" Stark told The Huffington Post. "I think we should take Mr. Romney at his most recent word and change our federal laws to recognize the importance and legitimacy of raising young children. That's why I'm introducing the WORK Act to provide low-income parents the option of staying home to raise young children without fear of being pushed into poverty."

    The proposed WORK Act wouldn't exactly even the playing field: Whereas wealthy women such as Ann Romney would still have the option to stay at home until their children grew up, poor women would be sent back into the workforce when a child turned four.

    The 1994 Senate-candidate Romney supported that basic idea. "Once there are no preschoolers at home, parents should work to receive welfare support," he wrote then. "A child needs to see firsthand the dignity of work."

    But when Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, his attitude toward mothers with very young children changed.

    "I wanted to increase the work requirement," said Romney in January 2012, recalling his efforts at reforming Massachusetts' welfare program (see video above). "I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, 'Well, that's heartless.' And I said, 'No, no, I'm willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'"

    Democratic Reps. John Lewis (Ga.), Gwen Moore (Wis.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) are cosponsors of the WORK Act.

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    I heard today that just as the shuttle, Discovery, was flown low and around Washington, DC, NASA is going to do the same thing with the shuttle, Enterprise will be flown low and around New York City on the 23rd. I'm jealous. We need pictures!

    Then in the fall, shuttle Endeavor will move to Los Angeles and the same entrance will be made for LA's citizens.

    I think this is way cool.

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    I heard on the radio that the shuttle going to New York will also be floated down the Hudson on a barge to get it to its final destination. The shuttle going to LA will be driven through the streets on what sounded like a large truck of some sort. That should be quite the sight.
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    The escort at the center of the Secret Service scandal. I'd say closer to $800 than $30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    The escort at the center of the Secret Service scandal. I'd say closer to $800 than $30.


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    George Zimmerman Tells Trayvon Martin's Parents 'I Am Sorry'

    By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , SENI TIENABESO (@senijr_abc) and BEN FORER
    SANFORD, Fla. April 20, 2012

    George Zimmerman stunned a Florida court today by taking the stand and apologizing to the parents of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.

    "I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said addressing Martin's family directly.

    Martin's father, Tracy Martin, cried tears of anger after the apology, his attorney Ben Crump told reporters after the hearing.

    Zimmerman took the stand wearing a dark suit with his hands shackled to a belt around his waist. He appeared to be wearing a bullet-proof vest beneath his loose-fitting suit.

    His surprising testimony came the same day that ABC News exclusively obtained a photograph showing the bloodied back of Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Martin. The photo could give credence to Zimmerman's claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.

    The bond hearing concluded this morning with Judge Kenneth Lester agreeing to allow Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, to post a $150,000 bond to get out of jail. The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million.

    More of story (including links to photo of Zimmermans' head referenced in story): http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimm...9#.T5FQs9lWBIQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    George Zimmerman Tells Trayvon Martin's Parents 'I Am Sorry'

    By MATT GUTMAN (@mattgutmanABC) , SENI TIENABESO (@senijr_abc) and BEN FORER
    SANFORD, Fla. April 20, 2012

    George Zimmerman stunned a Florida court today by taking the stand and apologizing to the parents of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.

    "I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said addressing Martin's family directly.

    Martin's father, Tracy Martin, cried tears of anger after the apology, his attorney Ben Crump told reporters after the hearing.

    Zimmerman took the stand wearing a dark suit with his hands shackled to a belt around his waist. He appeared to be wearing a bullet-proof vest beneath his loose-fitting suit.

    His surprising testimony came the same day that ABC News exclusively obtained a photograph showing the bloodied back of Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Martin. The photo could give credence to Zimmerman's claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.

    The bond hearing concluded this morning with Judge Kenneth Lester agreeing to allow Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, to post a $150,000 bond to get out of jail. The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million.

    More of story (including links to photo of Zimmermans' head referenced in story): http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimm...9#.T5FQs9lWBIQ
    That photo certainly adds credence to Zimmerman's account of what happened.

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    For the life of myself I can't understand why George would even WANT to be out on bail. I sure wouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    For the life of myself I can't understand why George would even WANT to be out on bail. I sure wouldn't.
    Reminds me of a current local story here. A puppy was doused in gasoline and set on fire. It lived a few days but the infection was too great. He had been named Justice and everyone is furious. They now have an arrest warrant for an 18 year old and have released his name publicly. He better hope the police finds him before someone else, who may just kill him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose View Post
    The escort at the center of the Secret Service scandal. I'd say closer to $800 than $30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    WASHINGTON -- A handful of House Democrats, encouraged by the recent bipartisan agreement that stay-at-home moms should be considered just as hard working as anyone in the workforce, will introduce legislation to apply that standard to mothers on welfare as well.

    Under current law, raising children does not count toward the required "work activity" that must be performed by recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the federal program that emerged from the 1996 welfare reform. Some states make an exception for mothers with children less than a year old.

    The Women's Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, a copy of which was provided to HuffPost in advance of its introduction, would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home with their children and continue receiving benefits.

    The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."

    "All moms are working moms," Mitt Romney responded.

    If that's the case, then it's unfair to apply a different standard to low-income women, reasoned Rep. Pete Stark of California, a top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

    "Mitt Romney was for forcing mothers into the workforce before he decided that 'all moms are working moms,'" Stark told The Huffington Post. "I think we should take Mr. Romney at his most recent word and change our federal laws to recognize the importance and legitimacy of raising young children. That's why I'm introducing the WORK Act to provide low-income parents the option of staying home to raise young children without fear of being pushed into poverty."

    The proposed WORK Act wouldn't exactly even the playing field: Whereas wealthy women such as Ann Romney would still have the option to stay at home until their children grew up, poor women would be sent back into the workforce when a child turned four.

    The 1994 Senate-candidate Romney supported that basic idea. "Once there are no preschoolers at home, parents should work to receive welfare support," he wrote then. "A child needs to see firsthand the dignity of work."

    But when Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, his attitude toward mothers with very young children changed.

    "I wanted to increase the work requirement," said Romney in January 2012, recalling his efforts at reforming Massachusetts' welfare program (see video above). "I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, 'Well, that's heartless.' And I said, 'No, no, I'm willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'"

    Democratic Reps. John Lewis (Ga.), Gwen Moore (Wis.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jim McDermott (Wash.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) are cosponsors of the WORK Act.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1434384.html
    Brilliant.

    Now let's see how the "politics" plays out.


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    Remember ACORN? Well, Planned Parenthood is next. And sex-selective abortion will be the angle to advocate for much broader, much more sweeping restrictions on a U.S. woman's access to a legal and safe abortion. (It is true that we're seeing some evidence of sex selection among three Asian subpopulations in the U.S. And this will be platform for the next wave of efforts to exact broader restrictions on elective abortion in the United States.)
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    A string of suspicious incidents at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country has given the organization reason to believe that anti-abortion activists are targeting it in a new organized sting operation.

    According to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney, clinics in at least 11 states have reported two dozen or more "hoax visits" over the past several weeks, in which a woman walks into a clinic, claims to be pregnant and asks a particular pattern of provocative questions about sex-selective abortions, such as how soon she can find out the gender of the fetus, by what means and whether she can schedule an abortion if she's having a girl.

    While patient privacy laws prohibit Planned Parenthood from offering specific details about the visits and where they occurred, Cooney told The Huffington Post that the incidents are so unusual and so similar to each other that they have raised concerns among the organization's executives that the visits are being recorded as part of a concerted anti-Planned Parenthood campaign.

    "For years opponents of reproductive health and Planned Parenthood have engaged in secret videotaping tactics with fictitious patient scenarios and selective editing in an attempt to promote misinformation about Planned Parenthood and our services," Cooney said. "As with the prior instances, we anticipate that once again this group, likely in coordination with a broad range of anti-abortion leaders, will soon launch a propaganda campaign with the goal of discrediting Planned Parenthood, and, ultimately, restricting women's health."

    The most likely group behind the campaign, Planned Parenthood suspects, is anti-abortion activist group Live Action, which has a history of paying actors to walk into Planned Parenthood clinics and act out various controversial scenarios in an attempt to catch the family planning provider's staffers doing something illegal or immoral on tape. A recent operation involved actors posing as pimps and prostitutes engaged in human trafficking and seeking birth control, STD testing and other family planning services. HuffPost's Ryan Grim reported in February 2011 that Live Action heavily edited the videos they gathered to alter the meaning of conversations and falsely imply that Planned Parenthood is complicit in sex trafficking, but conservative lawmakers and media outlets cited the group's videos in numerous subsequent political attacks against the family planning provider.

    While Planned Parenthood has no proof that Live Action is behind the current series of encounters, Cooney said the group is the most coordinated in their operations and that the recent string of incidents "follows their pattern exactly."

    Kate Bryan, a spokesperson for Live Action, would not confirm whether the group was behind the newest Planned Parenthood sting. "As you can understand, Live Action does not comment on any investigations until after public release," she said.

    Much more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...usaolp00000009
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    These people disgust me.
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