YDATL Blog
NOTE: The opinions expressed by our individual bloggers are their own, and not necessarily those of Young Democrats of Atlanta.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Lighters to be banned on airline flights
Yahoo! News - Lighters to be banned on airline flights: "Airline passengers will have to ditch their lighters or lose them to airport security screeners when a new ban on lighters takes effect in April." [It's worth looking at what actual security professionals say -
"ridiculous rules have a way of turning people into criminals."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:40:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

U.S. Workers More Dissatisfied With Jobs
Yahoo! News - U.S. Workers More Dissatisfied With Jobs: "U.S. workers, pushed to produce more and uneasy about new technology and other changes, are markedly less satisfied with their jobs than a decade ago, a new survey says"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:37:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

District Court Grants Padilla Petition
Balkinization: "The District Court held that the President did not have authority to hold Padilla as an enemy combatant under the terms of the September 18th, 2001 Authorization of Military Force against Al Qaeda (AUMF). It followed Justice O'Connor's plurality opinion in Hamdi, which read the AUMF quite narrowly to cover the right to detain persons fighting against American forces and captured on the battlefield. Hamdi, the court explained, was arrested at O'Hare Airport and held as a material witness. He was not arrested carrying arms on a foreign battlefield."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:28:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Crossfire transcript
CNN.com - Transcripts: "And yet rumors abound that Democrats, perhaps even former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, will find a compromise that allows Mr. Bush to succeed in privatizing part of Social Security. Look, any Democrat who rescue[s] Mr. Bush's assault on Social Security ought to be defeated in a primary and allowed to begin their own retirement early."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 09:43:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Poultry Behind Bill To Limit [Oklahoma] Attorney General's Authority
KOTV - The News on 6 - Poultry Behind Bill To Limit Attorney General's Authority: "You won't find chicken tracks inside the state Capitol, but chickens - and the litter they produce - are at the heart of an attempt by some state lawmakers to restrict Attorney General Drew Edmondson's ability to file lawsuits on the state's behalf.

If successful, Edmondson - Oklahoma's top legal officer - would be the only attorney general in the nation without independent authority to file lawsuits, a policy the administrator of a national attorneys general group said would erode his authority and set a bad precedent."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 09:37:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Bush vs. Bush
Bloomberg.com: U.S.: "During a Feb. 4 speech in Tampa, Florida, President George W. Bush pointed to a chart showing the Social Security system running out of money by 2042.

'What are you going to do about that chart?' he urged the crowd to ask their senators and representatives.

What Bush didn't tell his audience was that if the forecast is correct, the U.S. will have its worst economic performance since the Great Depression. He also didn't say that his own White House economists disagree with some of the basic assumptions of the chart, which was drawn up by the Social Security Administration."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 09:36:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Governors Urged to Reach Deal on Medicaid
Governors Urged to Reach Deal on Medicaid (washingtonpost.com): "The Bush administration is urging the nation's governors to reach early agreement on a restructuring plan for the Medicaid health program for the poor or risk steep budget cuts in the Republican-controlled Congress, according to governors of both parties meeting this week in Washington."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 04:23:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Veterans 1/3 of homeless men.
My Way News: "Veterans account for nearly one-third of all homeless men in America, even though the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says they comprise only 13 percent of adult males in the general population."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 03:50:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

New retroviruses jump from monkeys to humans
New Scientist Breaking News - New retroviruses jump from monkeys to humans: "Two new retroviruses - the type of virus which causes AIDS - have jumped from primates to humans, a new study reveals.

The study of blood samples from nearly a thousand bushmeat hunters or handlers in Cameroon showed that at least six viruses had crossed from monkeys to the people who were exposed to freshly caught bushmeat. And two of these viruses have never been seen before in humans."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 03:49:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

CIA 'too cautious' in killing terrorists
United Press International: CIA 'too cautious' in killing terrorists: "Despite the broad new authorities to use lethal force it was granted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, critics say the CIA continues to be too cautious in employing the ultimate sanction against the terrorist enemies of the United States.

One former intelligence official told United Press International that even the agency's most touted new weapon -- the Hellfire missile, which can be launched from the remotely piloted Predator aerial platform -- is hamstrung by the excessively legalistic attitude of the agency's senior management."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 03:11:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Cruise Ships Resist Docking With ADA
Cruise Ships Resist Docking With ADA: "For more than a decade, the multibillion-dollar North American cruise industry has taken the position that the Americans With Disabilities Act does not apply to foreign-flagged ships. Today, a group of disabled cruise passengers will test that position in the U.S. Supreme Court."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 02:49:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Insurgents Land Deadliest Blow Since Fall of Hussein's Regime
The New York Times > International > Middle East > Insurgents Land Deadliest Blow Since Fall of Hussein's Regime: "A suicide car bomber drove into a line of about 400 volunteers for the Iraqi National Guard and police force today in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least 122 people and wounding at least 170, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

It was the deadliest single attack since the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 11:24:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Breakthrough in solar photovoltaics
The Hindu : Sci Tech : Breakthrough in solar photovoltaics: "THE HOLY Grail of researchers in the field of solar photovoltaic (SPV) electricity is to generate it at a lower cost than that of grid electricity. The goal now seems to be within reach.

A Palo Alto (California ) start-up, named Nanosolar Inc., founded in 2002, claims that it has developed a commercial scale technology that can deliver solar electricity at 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. [Take with a box of salt, but still a hopeful sign.]"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:59:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Personal Incomes See Biggest Dip in Decade
Yahoo! News - Personal Incomes See Biggest Dip in Decade: "Personal incomes which had been bolstered by a large stock dividend payment in December plunged 2.3 percent in January, the sharpest decline in more than a decade. Consumer spending was flat, the government reported Monday."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:57:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

The Wristband Gap, Part 2
The Wristband Gap, Part 2 - Awareness bracelets and the tragedy of the commons. By Timothy Noah: "As the varieties of these bracelets have proliferated during recent months, the charitable impulse that is their ostensible reason for existence has steadily declined.

For instance, a tsunami-relief bracelet costs $2, only half of which goes toward relieving problems caused by the recent massive tidal wave in southern Asia. But that's still better than the 10-percent cut that tsunami victims receive when you buy your bracelet on something called AwarenessDepot.com, where you can also purchase 'USA' bracelets, 'Jesus Loves You' bracelets, and 'God Bless the Dead' bracelets."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:22:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - GOP pushes new map
GOP pushes new map | ajc.com: "Republican legislators appeared Friday to be close to their goal of killing the last of the state's three Democratic-drawn redistricting maps.

After little debate, GOP-run committees in both the House and Senate signed off Friday on a new map of the state's 13 congressional districts. Republicans said they met privately Thursday night and hashed out differences between House and Senate versions of the map."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:09:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Raise rates, then justify?
Raise rates, then justify? | ajc.com: "The Georgia Legislature is considering letting auto insurers raise rates without having to get prior approval of state regulators.

House Bill 427, backed by the Republican leadership, would let insurers raise rates by up to 5 percent statewide each year and 9.99 percent on individual drivers without waiting for the state insurance commissioner to rule on rate increases, as is now required."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:09:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Secrecy bill under metro, rural attack
Secrecy bill under metro, rural attack | ajc.com: "in Georgia's wider spaces, 'hot' doesn't begin to describe the temperature. The sharpest reaction to HB 218 has come from outside metro Atlanta. An editorial in the Rome News-Tribune declared that the measure 'sends out the same message as dressing Georgia in a miniskirt and net stockings and putting her on a street corner.'"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:06:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Child support future in play
Child support future in play | ajc.com: "A sweeping attempt to overhaul how child support payments are calculated in Georgia has the potential to create one of the Legislature's most contentious debates.

Under current law, child support payments are based on the gross income of the parent who does not have custody, though judges are allowed to adjust the award for certain circumstances.

House Bill 221, sponsored by key Republican leaders, would use a formula that takes into account the income of both parents. It would also reduce payments for non-custodial parents who spend time with their children, assuming that those parents spend money during visitation. [The bill is 29 pages long, with tables]."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 10:03:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

If America is Richer, Wy Are Its Families So Much Less Secure?
Los Angeles Times: "Los Angeles Times reporter Peter G. Gosselin has spent the last year examining an American paradox: Why so many families report being financially less secure even as the nation has grown more prosperous. The answer lies in a quarter-century-long shift of economic risks from the broad shoulders of business and government to the backs of working families."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 08:37:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

African life expectancy, 1960-2002
The African Cliff: "African life expectancy at birth, 1960-2002[Showing just about everything you need to know about AIDS and Africa.]"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 08:30:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Secret Laws & Papers, Please
Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy: "John Gilmore's splendid isolation began July 4, 2002, when, with defiance aforethought, he strolled to the Southwest Airlines counter at Oakland Airport and presented his ticket.

The gate agent asked for his ID.
Gilmore asked her why.
It is the law, she said.
Gilmore asked to see the law.

Nobody could produce a copy. To date, nobody has. The regulation that mandates ID at airports is 'Sensitive Security Information.' The law, as it turns out, is unavailable for inspection"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/28/2005 08:12:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Ex-House leader: Social Security should go away
Ex-House leader: Social Security should go away: "Former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Friday that Social Security should be phased out rather than saved."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/27/2005 04:41:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Lesbian's picture in tux cut from yearbook
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - U.S. Headlines: "GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- County school officials are backing a principal's decision to bar a picture of a lesbian student dressed in a tuxedo from the high school yearbook.

Sam Ward, principal of Fleming Island High School, said he pulled the senior class picture because Kelli Davis was wearing boy's clothes"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/27/2005 04:39:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

PENTAGON BUDGET BLACKMAIL
Defense Tech: PENTAGON BUDGET BLACKMAIL: "Give us more money, or our soldiers are going to go broke. That's the cynical game the Pentagon's leadership has been playing with the Army's budget in recent months. And now, it's crunch time.

Since the fall, Rumsfeld & Co. have been dipping into the Army's day-to-day funds -- like money for soldiers' paychecks -- and then daring Congress not to make up the difference with a second, 'supplemental' pile of cash."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/27/2005 04:34:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Dems have Early '06 edge
The Emerging Democratic Majority WebLog - DonkeyRising: "A newly-released poll for National Public Radio gives Democratic congressional candidates an early lead in the 2006 congressional campaign. The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research 2/15-17 indicated that 42 percent of repondents would vote for the Democratic candidate and 36 percent would vote for the Republican candidate in their district, 'if the election for Congress were held today.'"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/27/2005 12:36:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Dems Accuse Bush of Drug Double-Standard
Dems Accuse Bush of Drug Double-Standard: "The Bush administration cites public safety in trying to block admission of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, but has agreed to expand imports of Canadian beef and cattle despite cases of mad cow disease, Montana's Democratic governor complained Saturday.

'President Bush was recently here in Montana and we had just one question for him,' Gov. Brian Schweitzer said in his party's weekly radio address. 'Why allow bad beef to enter the U.S. from Canada and not allow safe medicine?'"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/27/2005 12:30:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Remove the Payroll Cap
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: February 20, 2005 - February 26, 2005 Archives: "the [Social Security] Trust Fund is scheduled to be exhausted in 2042 under current law, this change [to remove the payroll tax cap] would keep the system solvent through 2079 (ed.note: under SSA scoring procedures they don't go past 75 years, thus the date 2079)."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/26/2005 09:53:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

FCC Censorship
RollingStone.com: Bob Dylan : FCC Censorship : News: "A review of fines levied by other federal agencies suggests that the government may be taking swear words a bit too seriously. If the bill passes the Senate, Bono saying 'fucking brilliant' on the air would carry the exact same penalty as illegally testing pesticides on human subjects. And for the price of Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four 'nuke malfunctions': The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.)"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/26/2005 09:34:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

The Bush-Putin Mutual Admiration Society
The Bush-Putin Mutual Admiration Society (washingtonpost.com): "After the introductory comments, Andrey Kolesnikov, a correspondent for the Russian business newspaper Kommersant, got up and said -- albeit not so succinctly, and not in English -- Hey, no wonder you guys see eye to eye! You're both authoritarians."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/26/2005 08:24:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Friday, February 25, 2005

Payroll site closes on security worries
Payroll site closes on security worries | CNET News.com: "Online payroll service provider PayMaxx shuttered its automated W-2 site on Wednesday after a researcher claimed that two security holes had exposed data [SSN, W-2, etc.] on more than 25,000 people."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 04:35:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

GA - More flag fun.
Yahoo! News - Battle over the past rages on in an evolving South: "Seventy-two percent of Georgians want to see a referendum on bringing back the pre-2001 Cross of St. Andrew's flag across the Peach State." The source is from a SCV poll, I think (tough to tell, as the SCV poll says 79%, not 72), which can be seen here.

del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 04:29:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Wal-Mart Colorado Unit Rejects Union
Yahoo! News - Wal-Mart Colorado Unit Rejects Union: "Wal-Mart -- which recently shut down a Canadian store that voted in favor of a union -- said tire and lube express associates at its Loveland supercenter voted 17-1 to reject representation by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union.

The union has been spearheading the Wal-Mart unionization drive for more than a decade, with very little success."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 03:57:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Fla. Woman's Feeding Tube to Stay in Place
Yahoo! News - Fla. Woman's Feeding Tube to Stay in Place: "A judge on Friday extended for three weeks a court order keeping Terri Schiavo's feeding tube in place, the latest development in a long-running family feud over the fate of the brain-damaged woman."
"Friday's decision came on the 15th anniversary of Terri Schiavo's collapse, when a chemical imbalance brought on by an eating disorder caused her heart to stop beating."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 03:50:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Should Jeb Run...Or Not:?
Mystery Pollster: Should Jeb Run...Or Not:?: "A just released Quinnipiac poll of 1,007 Florida 'voters,' conducted February 18-22, showed 25% said yes when asked, 'would you like Jeb Bush to run for President in 2008?' A survey of [Florida] 'registered voters' conducted February 16-20 by Strategic Vision showed 57% saying yes on a virtually identical question."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 01:24:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

ChoicePoint execs defend selling stock
ChoicePoint execs defend selling stock | ajc.com: "Thirteen days after the arrest of a suspect in the ChoicePoint identity theft case — and more than three months before the problem surfaced publicly — the company's top two executives began selling their stock.

Since the sales began in November, ChoicePoint CEO Derek Smith and President Douglas Curling have sold 472,000 ChoicePoint shares worth nearly $21 million, according to the executives' Securities and Exchange Commission filings."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 11:36:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Bill lifts delays on construction
Bill lifts delays on construction | ajc.com: "Senate Republican leaders are pushing a bill that would allow landfills, factories, power plants and other environmentally regulated operations to start construction even when opponents try to stop them in court.

Senate Bill 190 would nullify a 23-year-old rule that automatically freezes permit approvals granted by the state Environmental Protection Division director when an appeal is filed."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 09:31:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Decision delayed on gay school club
Decision delayed on gay school club | ajc.com: "The White County Board of Education backed away from a dispute Thursday night by delaying a vote on the status of a club for gay students and sympathetic classmates at the local high school."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 09:29:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

GA - Secrecy bill on hold; GOP tries to regroup
Secrecy bill on hold; GOP tries to regroup | ajc.com: "One hour into the debate and short on votes, Senate Republicans on Thursday abruptly shelved a controversial proposal [HB 218] to increase the amount of government secrecy that surrounds efforts to recruit industry."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 09:29:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Labor-Market Effects of Wal-Mart Expansion by Emek Basker
SSRN-Job Creation or Destruction? Labor-Market Effects of Wal-Mart Expansion by Emek Basker: "[Net job gain from a Wal-Mart: 50 retail jobs, and -20 wholesale jobs.]"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/25/2005 09:26:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A School Exam's Conscientious Objector
The New York Times > National > A School Exam's Conscientious Objector: "Amid sharp critiques of the Texas-inspired federal education law called No Child Left Behind and its mandatory annual testing to measure school success or failure, a handful of students like Macario have taken the risky step of boycotting their tests."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 03:50:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Report Faults Bush Initiative on Education
The New York Times > Education > Report Faults Bush Initiative on Education: "Concluding a yearlong study on the effectiveness of President Bush's sweeping education law, No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers drawn from many states yesterday pronounced it a flawed, convoluted and unconstitutional education reform initiative that had usurped state and local control of public schools."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 03:49:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Study Challenges Abstinence as Crucial to AIDS Strategy
The New York Times > National > Study Challenges Abstinence as Crucial to AIDS Strategy: "A new study in Uganda challenges the importance of abstinence as a centerpiece of the Bush administration's international AIDS prevention strategy. The study was conducted by Ugandan scientists in collaboration with researchers from Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 03:49:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Kerrying On About the Wrong Guy
Think Progress » Kerrying On About the Wrong Guy: "During last year’s presidential campaign, the right-wing offered any number of reasons to fear a Kerry presidency. [Bush has done all of them]."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 03:20:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

'Rocket fuel' found in US breast milk
'Rocket fuel' found in US breast milk | The Register: "US research has found that perchlorate - a chemical used in rocket fuel and though to be linked to metabolic disruption in adults and mental retardation in children - is widely present in breast and cow's milk across the United States."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 02:24:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Pop.: 1 Plus 5,000 Volumes
Pop.: 1 Plus 5,000 Volumes: "Nearly 30% of the nation's libraries serve communities of fewer than 2,500 people, including almost 3,000 libraries in towns where the population is measured in the hundreds."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 02:11:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

The New York Review of Books: America's Senior Moment
The New York Review of Books: America's Senior Moment: "America does have an aging population, and a responsible government would take preparatory action while the baby boomers are still in the labor force. America also has very serious long-run fiscal problems. But these issues aren't nearly as closely linked as much of the discussion would lead you to believe. The view of demography as destiny is only a half-truth, and in some ways it's as damaging as a lie."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 01:54:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Oxendine takes on ChoicePoint
Oxendine takes on ChoicePoint | ajc.com: "Beleaguered ChoicePoint got more bad news Thursday when Georgia Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine told the information broker to tighten the way it handles security breaches or be barred from doing business with insurance companies in Georgia.

If the Alpharetta-based company cannot satisfy Oxendine's demands in 90 days, it would no longer be able to do business inside the state of Georgia with insurance companies that have clients here."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 01:16:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Dems not sold on Bush plan, despite courting
Yahoo! News - Dems not sold on Bush plan, despite courting: "Despite weeks of campaign-style barnstorming and rides in the presidential jet and limousine, Bush doesn't have a single Democrat by his side [on Social Security]. Many of them have set a bottom line: They won't support a plan that would increase the already hefty $427 billion federal budget deficit or cut future retirees' benefits"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 01:06:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Security firm accused of cheating on SFO test
Security firm accused of cheating on SFO test / Checkpoints were alerted to federal decoys, lawsuit says: "The private firm in charge of security at San Francisco International Airport cheated to pass tests aimed at ensuring it could stop terrorists from smuggling weapons onto flights, a former employee contends."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/24/2005 11:21:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

When Sexuality Undercuts A Family's Ties
When Sexuality Undercuts A Family's Ties (washingtonpost.com): "Maya Keyes -- liberal, lesbian and a little lost -- finds herself out on her own. She says her parents -- conservative commentator and perennial candidate Alan Keyes and his wife, Jocelyn -- threw her out of their house, refused to pay her college tuition and stopped speaking to her."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/23/2005 02:59:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

ChoicePoint Sued Over Identity Theft
Yahoo! News - ChoicePoint Sued Over Identity Theft: "A California woman has sued ChoicePoint Inc. for fraud and negligence after criminals gained access to a database of personal records compiled by the company."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/23/2005 02:55:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

ISO: Working-Class Democrats
ISO: Working-Class Democrats (washingtonpost.com): "Democrats need to promote alternatives to the kind of shareholder-driven capitalism into which our system has descended, to the detriment of millions of underpaid, insecure workers. They need to side with Main Street over Wall Street."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/23/2005 01:38:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Pope calls gay marriage 'ideology of evil'
Wired News: "Homosexual marriages are part of 'a new ideology of evil' that is insidiously threatening society, Pope John Paul says in a new book published Tuesday.
In 'Memory and Identity,' the Pope also calls abortion a 'legal extermination' comparable to attempts to wipe out Jews and other groups in the 20th century."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/23/2005 09:35:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Survey: Economists doubt Social Security overhaul
Survey: Economists doubt Social Security overhaul - Feb. 22, 2005: "Fewer than one in four top U.S. economists think the Bush administration will succeed in pushing through an overhaul of the Social Security retirement system this year, a survey released Tuesday showed."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/23/2005 09:32:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Democrats' Grass Roots Shift the Power
Democrats' Grass Roots Shift the Power (washingtonpost.com): "the rising of this grass-roots force also signals a shift in the balance of power within the party, one that raises questions about its ultimate impact on a Democratic Party searching for direction and identity after losses in 2002 and 2004.

At a minimum, say party strategists, the shift will mean a more confrontational Democratic Party in battles with President Bush and the Republicans"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 02:28:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Behind Those Medical Malpractice Rates
The New York Times > Business > Behind Those Medical Malpractice Rates: "Lawsuits against doctors are just one of several factors that have driven up the cost of malpractice insurance, specialists say. Lately, the more important factors appear to be the declining investment earnings of insurance companies and the changing nature of competition in the industry.

The recent spike in premiums - which is now showing signs of steadying - says more about the insurance business than it does about the judicial system."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 02:01:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

States' Private Pensions Make a Weak Showing
States' Private Pensions Make a Weak Showing: "when Nebraska's state and county workers were given do-it-yourself accounts, they made so many investment errors that they ended up making less than colleagues with fixed-benefit pensions — and less than what analysts have said is needed for old age. Their poor performance led the Nebraska Legislature two years ago to junk the accounts for new employees.

While Americans are just beginning to grapple with the president's proposal for private accounts, employees and retirement officials in Michigan, Montana, Washington, West Virginia and other states have discovered that the accounts can fall far short of their promise."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 12:37:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Why triple-talented Dean spells trouble for Republicans
The Seattle Times: Opinion: Why triple-talented Dean spells trouble for Republicans: "The GOP needs to sit back down, recork the champagne and get back to work. Whether they know it or not, Republicans need to understand that Dean spells trouble for the Republican Party. Big trouble."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 11:42:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Election Law: "Democrats Eye Remap Payback"
Election Law: "Democrats Eye Remap Payback": "House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has spoken with several Democratic governors in recent weeks about the possibility of revisiting their states’ Congressional lines in response to the ongoing Republican-led redistricting in Georgia, according to informed party sources. Faced with the prospect of Republicans redrawing Congressional lines in a third state since the initial 2001 round of redistricting ended, a faction of national Democrats is urging an aggressive strategy aimed at striking back at Republican House Members in states like New Mexico and Illinois."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 10:19:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Schwarzenegger vs. Gerrymander
The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Contributor: Schwarzenegger vs. Gerrymander: "We can't change where people choose to live, but we can begin using some type of proportional representation system. For example, California could use a system like that in Peoria, Ill., for municipal elections. Instead of electing 40 state senators from 40 districts, voters in 10 districts could elect four senators each. Any candidate who won at least a quarter of the vote would earn a seat. These districts would be far more likely to be bipartisan, even electing some urban Republicans and rural Democrats."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/22/2005 10:18:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Monday, February 21, 2005

Sex Offender Treatment Works
Rocky Mountain News: Local: "The r[2003 Colorado Corrections Department] report found three of every four sex offenders who received no therapy reoffended, compared with one in every six for those who completed the first phase of treatment. The rate improved to one in 10 for those who finished the second phase in a minimum-security facility for sex offenders. The study examined the records of 3,338 sex offenders."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 04:12:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Injustice, in Secret
Injustice, in Secret (washingtonpost.com): "ATTORNEYS FOR the Justice Department appeared before a federal judge in Washington this month and asked him to dismiss a lawsuit over the detention of a U.S. citizen, basing their request not merely on secret evidence but also on secret legal arguments. The government contends that the legal theory by which it would defend its behavior should be immune from debate in court. This position is alien to the history and premise of Anglo-American jurisprudence, which assumes that opposing lawyers will challenge one another's arguments."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 03:51:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Mid-year budget gets Senate's OK
Mid-year budget gets Senate's OK | ajc.com: "The GOP-dominated Senate approved a mid-year spending plan Thursday that strips more than $20 million in favored projects added by House Republican leaders, setting up negotiations between the two chambers. The two sides met for the first time Thursday, will get together again today and then take off the weekend so some of the lawmakers can attend the Daytona 500 in Florida.

The mid-year spending plan is the initial budget test since Republicans formally took over the House last month, giving the party control of the Capitol for the first time since Reconstruction. For the first time, the three-man negotiating teams for each chamber will be made up only of Republicans."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:54:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

What are lost years worth?
What are lost years worth? | ajc.com: "Georgia lawmakers will soon struggle with a complex question destined to come up with increasing frequency: How much is a wrongfully convicted person's time in prison worth?"
"Three former Georgia prison inmates exonerated by DNA evidence of rape convictions are trying to put a price tag on that time. Clarence Harrison, cleared in 2004 after spending more than 17 years in prison, is seeking $1.7 million from the state. Samuel Scott, who spent nearly 16 years in prison, is asking for $1.2 million. Douglas Echols, who served 15 years, is seeking $1.6 million."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:54:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Divorce bill amended
Divorce bill amended | ajc.com: "A bill that would extend the waiting period for an uncontested divorce unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but with a significant change intended to help protect victims of domestic violence."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:53:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

N.C. lawyer: 'Hold on' to openness in economic deals
N.C. lawyer: 'Hold on' to openness in economic deals | ajc.com: "While Georgia is trying to lock its talks with big companies behind closed doors, some in North Carolina — concerned about public incentives lavished on companies like Dell and Boeing without input from taxpayers — are trying to knock those doors back open.

Tar Heel lawmakers, news media and government watchdogs think limits on state open records laws have put North Carolina taxpayers at the mercy of Fortune 500 lawyers and stonewalling officials."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:52:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Virtual school will leap barriers
Virtual school will leap barriers | ajc.com: "Legislation pursued this year by Gov. Sonny Perdue is designed to give all Georgia high school students a chance to take at least two Advanced Placement courses through a new virtual network.

The Georgia Virtual School bill has been passed by both chambers of the Legislature, and, with Senate approval of minor changes, will go to Perdue for his signature. The original proposal was amended to let private or home schooled students take the free online courses, but public school students will get preference."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:51:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Abortion providers less vexed
Abortion providers less vexed | ajc.com: "Doctors who provide abortions still oppose a bill before the General Assembly, but they welcome changes approved last week — including one allowing physicians to keep performing first-trimester abortions in their offices."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:51:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Teachers oppose Perdue faith plan
Teachers oppose Perdue faith plan | ajc.com: "Supporters of Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to let religious organizations compete for state dollars might have God on their side. But opponents can claim a powerful presence as well — the state's teachers.

The proposal has widespread support among church leaders, but has run afoul of Georgia's two largest teacher unions — the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators — whose members fear it could pave the way for private school vouchers."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:50:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Black Republican: Some whites don't want 'darker' party
Black Republican: Some whites don't want 'darker' party | ajc.com: "Black Republicans talk about the GOP
Some say whites don't want a 'darker party'"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:50:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

UGA approved pay raise in secret
UGA approved pay raise in secret | ajc.com: "The University of Georgia Real Estate Foundation's president received a 40 percent pay increase at a time when UGA was laying off staff and limiting employee raises to 2 percent."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:44:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Closing list expected to include Ga.
Closing list expected to include Ga. | ajc.com: "The chilling warning is about to go out to communities that are home to Georgia's 13 military installations: Prepare for your base to be closed."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 02:44:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

More Africans Enter U.S. Than in Days of Slavery
The New York Times > New York Region > More Africans Enter U.S. Than in Days of Slavery: "For the first time, more blacks are coming to the United States from Africa than during the slave trade."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 01:44:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

[British] Navy's new message: your country needs you, especially if you are gay
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Navy's new message: your country needs you, especially if you are gay: "Five years after the ban on homosexuality in the armed forces was lifted, the [British] Royal Navy is entering into a partnership with Stonewall and actively seeking gay recruits by advertising in the pink press."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 01:15:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

In Secretly Taped Conversations, Glimpses of the Future President
The New York Times > Washington > In Secretly Taped Conversations, Glimpses of the Future President: "As George W. Bush was first moving onto the national political stage, he often turned for advice to an old friend who secretly taped some of their private conversations, creating a rare record of the future president as a politician and a personality.

In the last several weeks, that friend, Doug Wead, an author and former aide to Mr. Bush's father, disclosed the tapes' existence to a reporter and played about a dozen of them."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 12:11:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Americans Want an Opposition Party
Political Wire: Americans Want an Opposition Party: "'Americans want Democrats to stand up to Bush,' the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire reports. 'Fully 60%, including one-fourth of Republicans, say Democrats in Congress should make sure Bush and his party 'don't go too far.' Just 34% want Democrats to 'work in a bipartisan way' to help pass the president's priorities.'"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 12:02:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

'Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib'
New York Daily News - Home - Daily News Exclusive: 'Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib': "Defense attorneys call it Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib. On the ninth floor of the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, terrorism suspects swept off the streets after the Sept. 11 attacks were repeatedly stripped naked and frequently were physically abused, the Justice Department's inspector general has found"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 11:34:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Ecstasy trials for combat stress
SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Ecstasy trials for combat stress: "American soldiers traumatised by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares.

The US food and drug administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 10:45:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Eminent Domain and Economic 'Development'
The Telegraph Online: "seven families are going before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing that the city[New London, Conn.] has no right to take their private property solely for economic development."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 10:38:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

A New Target for Advisers to Swift Vets (AARP)
The New York Times > Washington > A New Target for Advisers to Swift Vets: "Taking its cues from the success of last year's Swift boat veterans' campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of President Bush's toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/21/2005 09:18:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Perdue disputes Trooper lawsuit
Perdue disputes Trooper lawsuit | ajc.com: "The former head of the state patrol testified in legal documents that Gov. Sonny Perdue personally directed him to move the chief of the governor's security detail away from the mansion and promote him to a job for which he was not qualified."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/20/2005 09:21:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Confidential AIDS Patient List E-Mailed
Yahoo! News - Confidential AIDS Patient List E-Mailed: "A confidential list of 4,500 southeast Florida residents with AIDS and 2,000 others who are HIV positive was inadvertently e-mailed to more than 800 county health workers, officials said"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/20/2005 09:14:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bush election proposal meets resistance
Herald.com | 02/18/2005 | Bush election proposal meets resistance: "A day after his office announced a plan to put more election supervisory powers under state control [power grab], Gov. Jeb Bush ran into a spate of criticism [brick wall]."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/18/2005 04:38:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Community Service?
HoustonChronicle.com - Judge balks at museum head's idea of community service: "More than a year after he was convicted of violating a federal endangered species law, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence Small is still negotiating with the Justice Department over what kind of 'community service' he must perform as part of his sentence.

The Smithsonian's chief executive wants to use the 100-hour punishment to lobby Congress to change the 'outmoded' law he violated"
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/18/2005 03:31:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Global Warming
Times Online - World: "The strongest evidence yet that global warming has been triggered by human activity has emerged from a major study of rising temperatures in the world’s oceans."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb

posted by Richard Campbell at 2/18/2005 12:40:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

More Gannon fun
AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth: "A news producer for a major network just told me that [Jeff] Gannon [the alias using male escort 'journalist'] told the producer the US was going to attack Iraq four hours before President Bush announced it to the nation."
del.icio.us digg Furl Ma.gnolia NewsVine Reddit Spurl YahooMyWeb