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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Panetta Signs Memo Extending Benefits to Same-sex Partners

Source: American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2013 – Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members.

Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change:

"Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell.’ We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense.

"At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. The department already provides a group of benefits that are member-designated. Today, I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and deliberate review, the department will extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of service members.

"Taking care of our service members and honoring the sacrifices of all military families are two core values of this nation. Extending these benefits is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure that all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation.






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Complete Memo at:
http://www.defense.gov/news/Same-SexBenefitsMemo.pdf

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119258



It's a start.

Previously unreleased interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King

Great article on PBS- with tapes previously unreleased. Worth listening to!

Thank you MLK!
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WNYC Archives & Preservation
Previously Unreleased Interviews with The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WNYC History Notes

By Eleanor Sandra Fischer / Andy Lanset : Director of Archives, New York Public Radio

On November 22, 1961 a radio reporter named Eleanor Fischer* interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. She was producing a documentary series on Dr. King and that southern city for the CBC called Project 62. She spoke to him again in late 1966 and early 1967. Fischer's raw interviews were given to the New York Public Radio Archives by her estate after she died in 2008 at the age of 73. As far as we know, these unedited interviews have never been presented in their entirety until now.

In this first interview tape above, Dr. King talks about growing up in Atlanta and the reasons for his decision (after considering medicine) to join the ministry. He recounts his first awareness of racism at the age of five and his mother's efforts to explain why things were this way without conveying a sense of inferiority or loss of dignity. King describes how he arrived in Montgomery, Alabama. He had long been concerned about racial injustice and wanted to be part of solving this problem in the South. He details his church's efforts to combat the clergy's prevailing political apathy by setting up political action committees, encouraging membership in the NAACP and other civil rights organizations, and trying to increase awareness of the "social gospel."

The 32-year-old civil rights leader tells Fischer how he came to embrace non-violent resistance, first through Jesus and then by reading about Gandhi. He explains that it was with the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott in December, 1955 that he felt he could put the theory of non-violent resistance into practice. Dr. King views Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 as a legal and psychological turning point for the civil rights movement, which he considers a part of a worldwide struggle.

Listen here:
http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/archives/2013/jan/15/previously-unreleased-interviews-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/

Is right-to-work Pure Michigan? New Pure Michigan ad says so

Disgusting- the State of Michigan is now running a new ad touting the new "right-to-work" law passed and just signed into law.

No- it's not "Pure Michigan", but lots of folks are angry tax-payer dollars are being used to advertise right-to-work.




The state of Michigan wasted no time in touting its upcoming status as a right-to-work state in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. The ad declares that Michigan has made history, and goes on to say:

“Michigan is the newest Right-to-Work state. This once-in-a generation transformation has Michigan poised to become a preferred place to do business.”

Although it throws salt into a pretty raw wound, the decision to buy the ad certainly makes sense -- get in front of a global audience making business decisions. The state waves low business taxes, the end of the personal property tax, and its move to neutralize unions in front of CEOs in hopes that they’ll bite. We’re all watching that process closely to see if they do.

And it would have been just fine if the state stopped there. But it placed the “Pure Michigan,” logo at the bottom of the ad, and ends its pitch with this sentiment: “The perfect storm of opportunity, resources and passion is Pure Michigan.”

Pure Michigan highlights many great things about Michigan including our lakes, the Detroit auto show and the tourist destinations across our state. Things we can all agree are good for Michigan. That’s one of the reasons why the campaign is so popular. It has more than 420,000 Facebook fans and more than 43,000 followers on Twitter, where the #puremichigan hashtag, for the most part, is synonymous with beauty.

Right-to-work advocates may argue that the WSJ ad features one positive on top of another. But this issue has divided our state, and by connecting right-to-work to Pure Michigan, it politicizes a distinctly positive, politically neutral campaign that encourages state pride. It’s disappointing that the state decided to tie Pure Michigan to an issue that has torn Michigan apart.

What do you think. Is right-to-work Pure Michigan?


Read the article here:

http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/BLOG2509/130108116
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Or make your OWN FACEBOOK COMMENT On the Pure Michigan facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/puremichigan

Former Congressman Mark Schauer is pepper-sprayed in Lansing


First- Mark Schauer's comment on being sprayed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=FijlT06qwf0

(then: inside shot looking out at the crowd being sprayed)

Lansing Michigan this morning

Just left Lansing. About 6 or 7 thousand milling around the steps of the Capitol right now.

Love the rats.

Homes needed for the homeless!

Can you give them a "forever" home?

Livingston County Animal Control- I walk these dogs a couple times a week. :They really could use a "forever" home.

#!

Confirmed- 124 dead in Wal-Mart supplier factory fire

Source: Addictinginfo.org



Workers Die In Bangladesh Factory While Making Clothes For Walmart And Others
2012/11/25
By Lorraine Devon Wilke


Dhaka factory in flames @ IndiaToday.in

In an stunning cultural juxtaposition, Black Friday merchants counted their profits and victory-pumped shoppers celebrated their “scores” in malls throughout the U.S., while factory workers on the other side of the world who made many of the clothing items shoppers bought this weekend jumped from windows of a seven-story factory in the effort to save their lives in a late Saturday inferno. Many of them were not successful; as of the most recent count, 124 of those workers have died, with many more injured.

In the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, a large garment run by Tazreen Fashions, one of the many factories in the area that provide product for American companies including Wal-mart, JC Penney’s, the Gap, Levi Strauss, Kohl’s, Zara, H & M, and others, burst into flames Saturday night in a fire (of currently unknown origin) that started on the bottom floor of the building and quickly rushed up the other floors, trapping workers with no way to descend from the building. As India Today reports:

By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 115 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub said. He said another 9 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals.

Mahbub said firefighters recovered 69 bodies from the second floor of the factory alone. He said most of the victims had been trapped inside the factory, located just outside of Dhaka, with no emergency exits leading outside the building.

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/25/workers-die-in-bangladesh-factory-while-making-clothes-for-walmart-and-others/



Imagine 124 workers dying in a major fire, in a factory that supplies the largest corporation in the world.

No, this isn't the New York Triangle Shirtwaiste factory fire of 1911.

It's the Wal-Mart supplier Tazreen Fashions, who's factory burned last night in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Tarzreen Fashions supplied Wal-Mart, JC Penney’s, the Gap, Levi Strauss, Kohl’s, Zara, H & M, and others.


Where your clothes are made...matters.

GOP poll challengers tried to intimidate Genoa voters, clerk says

Source: Livingston County Press

Republican poll challengers attempted to intimidate voters in each of Genoa Township's 12 voting precincts this month, the township's GOP clerk said.

Township Clerk Polly Skolarus said the Republican challengers did not challenge voters' registration, but transmitted their data electronically to state party officials during the Nov. 6 election.

Skolarus said none of the GOP poll challengers arrived with lists of voters they planned to challenge, as is customary.

"There were a lot of people that were not happy that those people were sitting there. They felt it was an invasion of their privacy," she said."The Republican Party making the decision to put them in every precinct did them no favors. I think it made them enemies," Skolarus added.


(more)

Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121120/NEWS01/211200308/GOP-poll-challengers-tried-intimidate-Genoa-voters-clerk-says



Note: THIS is in an area that the township next to the burial place of former Michigan Governor and father of the (R) candidate, George Romney (Brighton, Michigan). It's about as "red" a township as it gets in Michigan. Yet all precincts had voter intimidation republicans on duty, to offend voters going to the polls.

Please feel free to add your own comments over on the newspaper's facebook comment section.

Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'

Source: The Detroit News


Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks 'Did I vote?'
By Tom Greenwood and Rod Beard
The Detroit News



Southfield Township — Sometimes dead men really do get to vote.

Ty Houston, 48, a home care registered nurse, was toiling on his absentee ballot Monday afternoon when things got strange at township offices on 13 Mile.

"I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table," said Houston on Tuesday. "His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn't respond. She screamed for help and I went over to see what I could do."

Houston laid the victim on the floor and went to work.

"He was dead," Houston said. "He had no heartbeat and he wasn't breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife's name."

What happened next astounded Houston and the victim's wife.

"The first question he asked was 'Did I vote?'"


Dumbfounded, the man's wife told him that whether he voted was the least of their concerns.

"She told him 'Your life is my concern,'" Houston said.

According to Houston, the man — who had a tracheotomy in his throat — gulped down a few more breaths and then told her there are only two things that are important to me: "That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do … vote."

EMS personnel took the pair to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, but only after the couple wrapped Houston in thanks and hugs.

"It was God's divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day," Houston said.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121106/METRO02/211060410#ixzz2BTbGnnLl


Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121106/METRO02/211060410/1409/metro/Southfield-Twp-voter-appears-die-then-asks-Did-vote-



If he wasn't sure, perhaps he needs to cast a ballot again....

Vote early- cause you NEVER KNOW when your time has come.

Michigan troops' ballots spark battle

Source: Livingston County Press

An advocacy group said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson did the "bare minimum" to prevent absentee ballots from being sent late to Michiganders overseas and serving in the U.S. military.

Last week, Johnson and state Attorney General Bill Schuette sued 24 municipalities in county circuit courts seeking extensions for 38 of 8,700 of the absentee ballots to be counted under federal election law. The extensions, if granted, would be for the number of days the ballots were sent late.

The U.S. Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, signed into law in 2009, requires absentee ballots be sent overseas and to military personnel 45 days prior to federal elections in order to counted on Election Day. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election was Sept. 22.

The Michigan Election Coalition accused Johnson of scolding local governments rather than taking action to help them despite a July U.S. Department of Justice complaint against the state for 155 absentee ballots from 70 municipalities sent late for the August primary.

Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121018/NEWS01/210180318/Michigan-troops-ballots-spark-battle?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage



Michigan local governments were late sending out ballots, but the Secretary of State did little or nothing to help. More republican obstructionism of voters.

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