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Name: Seth
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I'm a semi-professional photographer and political activist. I've decided to convert my journal into a place to post images that assist me to make political and environmental statements thus combining my love for photography with expression related to public policy matters. I hope you enjoy!

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A Neglected National Treasure

I'm a long time member of DU and have decided to combine my photography with political and environmental activism. Comments on my images and causes are always appreciated. Please check out my journal where you'll see additional posts like this in the coming weeks.



The Grand Falls area in Joplin is a neglected national treasure. It is the largest continuously flowing waterfall in Missouri surrounded by chert glades. What are chert glades?

There are different types of glades each typified by the underlying rock on which they have formed; granite glades, limestone, shale, sandstone, dolomite and chert glades can all be found in Missouri, however chert glades are by far the most unique. Usually found on south and west facing open, rocky hillsides, glades are very dry places with thin soils and are Missouri's own deserts... Chert glades are a globally unique habitat found primarily in Southwest Missouri, in the Wildcat Park area of Joplin. There are approximately 60 acres of this habitat left; 27 acres are within Wildcat Park.
http://wildcatglades.audubon.org/conservation/what-chert-glade


A short distance upstream from the Grand Falls the area is well cared for. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the City of Joplin have partnered with Audubon Missouri to help maintain a park area with trails, a nature center, and park amenities. But a short distance downstream you'll find a gorgeous waterfall where there is no parking, no trash cans, and not even a sign. The area is public but you wouldn't know it.

Contact the Joplin City Council today and ask them to invest in basic amenities and infrastructure:

http://www.joplinmo.org/index.aspx?nid=141

Taking care of public areas requires investments in time and resources by public officials and the public at large.


Posted by usregimechange | Wed Apr 20, 2016, 10:17 PM (8 replies)

Senate confirms Obama nominee, first Asian-American woman on an federal appeals court


Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Nominated By President Obama, September 22, 2011
46 years old


This afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of federal Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jacqueline Nguyen came to America with her family after the fall of Saigon. They lived for a time in a tent city at Camp Pendleton.

Nguyen worked with her parents cleaning a dental office and helping out in their North Hollywood donut shop. During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Nguyen said her life experience informed her judicial temperament, telling the committee the experience gave her "an appropriate sense of humility" when she reviews the facts of each case.

"I have an understanding and appreciation of how intimidating the court system can be," she said.
http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/05/07/32326/us-senate-vote-today-nomination-vietnamese-america/


Roll call vote

YEAs 91
NAYs 3 (Lee R-UT, Toomey R-PA, Vitter R-LA)
Not Voting 6
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00088



Posted by usregimechange | Mon May 7, 2012, 10:56 PM (10 replies)

Senate confirms another Obama female judicial appointee and 4th Circuit Appeals Judge


(Photo credit: Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC)
Stephanie Dawn Thacker, Partner, Guthrie & Thomas PLLC.
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
46 Years old (Young enough to be a SCOTUS candidate)

  • Participated in the first prosecution in the country under the Violence Against Women Act
  • Awarded the US Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award
  • She would be Obama's 5th appointee on the 4th Circuit



  • Posted by usregimechange | Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:43 PM (6 replies)

    Questions on the continued dishonest relabeling of the Separation of Church and State

    Because some conservative activists attempt to relabel the Separation of Church and State as the government stopping religious people from being in the "public square," I thought it fitting for the 300th time in my life to remind those I can, since the media continues to fail to do so, that what courts have prevented has nothing to do with blocking citizen's access to the public square.

    "State officials may not compose an official state prayer and require that it be recited in the public schools ..." Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962).


    Notice the court did not say people can not compose or recite prayer, it says the State may not. Why is that so difficulty to understand? Or does that repetition of this lie have nothing to do with understanding. Do those that repeat it know that it is false and find it fitting to lie to the American people over and over again? Further why is the media so inept at confronting this lie?
    Posted by usregimechange | Sun Feb 26, 2012, 01:56 PM (2 replies)

    US Senate confirms judicial nominee and first Alaskan woman to serve on the 9th Circuit


    Judge Morgan Christen, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    49 Years Old

    US Senate confirms judicial nominee
    (12-15) 14:01 PST Anchorage, Alaska (AP) --
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed an Alaska Supreme Court justice to fill a vacancy on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Senators voted 95-3 Thursday to confirm the nomination of Morgan Christen, who becomes the first Alaska woman to serve on the 9th Circuit.

    U.S. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska recommended Christen to President Obama for the opening created by the retirement last year of Judge Andrew Kleinfeld of Fairbanks.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/15/state/n140136S79.DTL#ixzz1geVbYiMg


    U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session...
    Question: On the Nomination (Confirmation Morgan Christen, of Alaska, to be U.S. Circuit Judge )
    Vote Number: 231 Vote Date: December 15, 2011, 04:32 PM
    Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Nomination Confirmed...
    Vote Counts:

    YEAs 95
    NAYs 3 (DeMint, Paul, Vitter)
    Not Voting 2
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00231#position




    Posted by usregimechange | Thu Dec 15, 2011, 08:35 PM (6 replies)

    Cuban Judge Adalberto Jordan confirmed by the Senate, 11th Circuit now controlled by Dems


    Adalberto José Jordán, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    Nominated by President Barack Obama on August 2nd, 2011
    Former Judge, U. S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    Nominated by William J. Clinton on March 15, 1999
    Adjunct professor, University of Miami School of Law
    First Cuban-born judge to sit on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
    50 Years Old

    After months of Republican obstruction the votes were as follows:
    On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed: 85-11
    On the Cloture Motion: 89-5
    On the Nomination: 94-5

    NAYs ---5
    Blunt (R-MO)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Lee (R-UT)
    Toomey (R-PA)
    Vitter (R-LA)

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_112_2.htm




    Posted by usregimechange | Wed Feb 15, 2012, 11:34 PM (1 replies)
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