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Petitions are fine but WRITE you Congress people to get Rush off AFN!

Earlier I posted the information about the petition at WhiteHouse.gov to ask Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to take Rush Limbaugh off AFN.

Here is an article I found about whether AFN is a sponsor of Limbaugh's radio show here in the US. At the bottom is some very important information if we really want to get him off AFN and off the air.

Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 01:19 PM PST
The American Forces Network - Are Taxpayer Dollars Funding Rush Limbaugh?

by angelajean Follow for Military Community Members of Daily Kos


Guess what that means for us? It means if we want AFN to stop spending money on the Rush Limbaugh show, our voices need to be heard. Contacting AFN might help, but it could be limited. Contacting the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs via the DoD might help, but it would probably be limited. The best people to contact are those with direct connections to high offices in the DoD, your Congressman and your Senators.


When a military office receives a question from a Congressman or a Senator, it triggers a special reaction... it's like the biggest, squeakiest wheel in the entire USA... it's called a Congressional Inquiry. Military folks don't like those. The more Congressman that call the DoD, the better!

More: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/02/1070289/-The-American-Forces-Network-Are-Taxpayer-Dollars-Funding-Rush-Limbaugh-

Emphasis added.

Whitehouse.gov petition to take Limbaugh OFF Armed Forced Radio! LINK FIXED

Sec. Panetta, Get Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio NOW! No tax money for abusive, divisive, insulting language.

It is not bad enough that he provides partisan blather, that he demeans our President.

He has regularly demeaned women.

His remarks this week were well beyond the pale of what should be broadcast to our military and their families, supported with our tax dollars.

We have a moral objection to our tax dollars being used for such a purpose.

You should move immediately to cancel any further broadcast through government facilities of his venom.

There is no excuse for the US Government, in any capacity, giving this man an audience.

It is an insult to the honorable men and women who serve this nation.

Low end tablets - any recommendations

I'm thinking of buying my first tablet - never had one, never even looked at any until recently. Since I'm not sure how much it will get used past the new gadget phase, I don't want to spend much money.

Mostly what I am thinking of using it for is as a more portable web device than our aging laptop - email, a little web surfing, maybe watch some YouTube (or at the high end Netflix or Hulu videos, though I've never bothered with those before and I'm not sure I would). I'll be going in for knee replacement soon (I hope) and a tablet would be easier to deal with than the laptop, so now's a good time to think about getting one.

My SIL got a Lepan tablet for herself for Christmas and it looked pretty cool for a $200 device. It is now an outmoded model, but for an entry level, I'm wondering if it would do enough to keep me and my husband happy for a while. Here is that model at NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834322001
There is a newer version for $80 more:

For $200, NewEgg also has a Vizio tablet that has a smaller screen but is otherwise equivalent:

If I'm willing to spend $100 more, there are a lot more models to consider and that is where I bog down. I don't know what is important.

So what would anyone here recommend for a ***NON Apple brand*** tablet?
Android OS? Which version?
Screen size? (I'd like as big as possible without getting too heavy.)
Memory, storage, etc?
Connection type - WiFi, 3G?

What else do I need to consider?


Is there a way to block being called as a juror for certain groups?

There are two groups that I do not participate in, one whose views I agree with, another whose views I do not, that I have gotten called for jury duty for posts.

I do NOT want to be a juror for these groups. The one I don't agree with, I often agree with the alerted post but I know that I am biased about that group so I don't want to make decisions about the posts there.

The group I do agree with the views seems to be having some interpersonal conflicts. I don't know the people involved and don't want to make decisions concerning the various conflicts of that group.

But I have been called for jury duty several times recently for both groups and it's getting annoying. Perhaps there should be a way to be automatically excused from jury duty for groups?

Here is a problem American women need to consider

While looking for a clip of the Helen Reddy song "I AM Woman" I came across a video of Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears performing a song with the same title. I thought "Great! a remake of that old song."

How wrong I was. Rather than an empowering song enforcing how strong and independent women are, this thing sexualizes and objectifies women, not only in the dance routines of the video, but in the lyrics.

The most coherent verse of the lyrics is:
I mean fashion allegiance is a passion
I built this body to relax in
Try to bring me down Ima get the last laugh in
Don't need to talk I speak with action
I perfected the laws of attraction
Ima whole package plus satisfaction
Better check yourself before you get what you asking
Don't get it twisted give ya boy a passion
RESPECT is all that Im asking
Woman plus life equal alright
but woman no life Id like to see you try

Now compare it to Helen Reddy and Ray Burton's I Am Woman:
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

What message does this give to our young women? No wonder we are losing ground on women's issues!

For those who want to compare the two videos for themselves:

Controversy erupts over fundraiser for Shelly Leonard (AlienGirl)

This is not a very well written item, but somehow it seems that the Church of Scientology is trying to use AlienGirl's popularity now that she can't fight back.

Controversy erupts over fundraiser

A minor controversy has erupted over a fundraiser that's planned for Saturday evening at the Fort Harrison Hotel. It's a celebration of the life of Shelly Leonard, a 2010 Democratic state House candidate from Clearwater who recently died. It's also a fundraiser for the Martin Luther King Center Neighborhood Coalition, which hopes to reopen the closed MLK Center in Clearwater. However, Leonard's family does not endorse the event, which costs $35 per person and includes live music and dancing. Meanwhile, some of Leonard's associates are moving forward with the event, saying it's what she would have wanted. Leonard was not a Scientologist, but the Church of Scientology offered the venue for the event because it agreed with Leonard's stance on reopening the MLK Center, her associates said. Leonard's family suggests donating directly to the Martin Luther King Center Neighborhood Coalition, a nonprofit group. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 1492, Clearwater, FL 33755, or via the web at http://savethemlkcenter.bbnow.org.


Once a year Yosemite spectacle

Yosemite waterfall turns to 'flowing lava' in rare February spectacle caught on camera

By Associated Press
Last updated at 7:13 PM on 19th February 2012

Fame: The waterfall's lights last for just about two minutes, giving the lesser-known waterfall in the park - though the longest free-falling one - its annually short-lived but long-remembered fame

A window of time just opened in Yosemite National Park when nature photographers wait, as if for an eclipse, until the moment when the sun and earth align to create a fleeting phenomenon.

This marvel of celestial configuration happens in a flash at sunset in mid-February — if the winter weather cooperates.

On those days the setting sun illuminates one of the park's lesser-known waterfalls so precisely that it resembles molten lava as it flows over the sheer granite face of the imposing El Capitan.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103408/Yosemite-waterfall-turns-flowing-lava-rare-February-spectacle-caught-camera.html#ixzz1my1p0Nvm


Murmuration of tree swallows in Florida

Apparently tree swallows have been swarming in Florida at various places - Sarasota in mid-December and now Ruskin since about the first of February. My sister and her husband are going to try to watch them tonight

Here are some videos that people have posted on YouTube:

(This guy has several videos of the swallows, so check his channel)

Chuprcabra or Texas Blue Dogs?

I've been sure that these things were mangy coyotes, but this seems to indicate there are other possibilities!

Texas Blue Dogs
Jon Downes travels to the Lone Star State to solve a canine cryptozoological mystery
By Jon Downes

The blue dog stuffed and mounted in Dr Phyllis Canion's fireplace

February 2012

My search for the blue dogs of Texas began in November 2004, when I visited a farm in Elmendorf, just south of San Antonio, where local rancher Devin McAnally had shot a hairless, blue-skinned canid in July that year (see FT199:48–49) (1). He took photographs of it to a local convenience store where one of the customers said that it looked just like “the chupacabra that her grandmother had told her about when she was a girl”.

Thus was born the legend of the Texas chupacabra. I took one look at the bones of the unfortunate creature and was convinced that it was nothing of the sort. Meanwhile, the Elmendorf beast was discussed widely across the Internet and dismissed as a coyote with mange. Well, I was pretty sure that this couldn’t possibly be the answer either, and over the next six years I studied the matter from afar and hoped that I would eventually get back to Texas to investigate in person.

In the spring of 2009 – thanks to the generosity of Richie and Naomi West – Corinna and I returned to Texas and became involved in the hunt for the blue dogs, as what started as a holiday became a full-scale investigation. Richie and Naomi had already visited Blanco, Texas, where another specimen was languishing in the deep freeze belonging to a local student taxidermist. He took a number of tissue samples, which were sent off for DNA analysis. The results have since come back from the Davis Labs, California: it was a coyote cross; although what it was crossed with proved impossible to isolate.

More with a good amount of factual information: http://www.forteantimes.com/features/fbi/6298/texas_blue_dogs.html

What Got Lost in the Debate About Birth Control

By Erika Christakis | February 20, 2012
With this hysteria at a fever pitch, it’s easy to forget a few simple truths. Taxpayers spend more than $11 billion each year (in 2001 dollars) on costs associated with unintended pregnancy. It’s a conservative figure that only includes public insurance costs and not the larger financial burden of bringing unwanted children into the world.

An estimated half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended according to an analysis by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute and published in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and of those unplanned pregnancies, a further half end in abortion. That’s an awful lot of unwanted children and fetuses. By age 45, more than 40% of all American women will have had at least one abortion, a rate almost twice that of Western Europe. A comprehensive study by the World Health Organization confirmed that abortion rates in countries that prohibit or restrict legal abortion are no different than abortion rates in countries with liberal abortion laws; the only reliable way to reduce abortion is through the provision of affordable, accessible contraception. To cap off last week’s debate came the news that there has been a surge in births outside marriage, the fastest growth being among white women in their twenties with some college education. More than half of births to women under 30 now occur outside of marriage. Is this really a time to try to limit contraception? What about the reckoning of the reality of human lives?

People who cry moral indignation about government-mandated contraception coverage appear unwilling to concede that the exercise of their deeply held convictions might infringe on the rights of millions of people who are burdened by unplanned pregnancy or want to reduce abortion or would like to see their tax dollars committed to a different purpose.

Why should an employer’s right to reject birth-control coverage trump a society’s collective imperative to reduce unintended pregnancy? Should employers be allowed to withhold a polio vaccine or cataract surgery or safe working conditions on similar “moral” grounds?

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/02/20/what-got-lost-in-the-debate-about-birth-control/?xid=gonewsedit#ixzz1mvSXxQru

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