Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jeb: Immigrants are 'more fertile'

like rabbits?



Maddow said that Virginia will host its first statewide elections since the presidential election. The Republican Party chose candidates including E.W Jackson, who has called gay people "psychologically sick" and "perverted" and wrote in his 2008 book that yoga leads to satanism. Virginia Republicans also chose state Sen. Mark Obenshain, who in 2009 introduced a bill requiring Virginia women to report miscarriages to police within 24 hours, as its attorney general candidate.
Maddow also mentioned that Reverend Doctor Joe Ellison, Jr. became the Republican Party's new director of African American engagement in Virginia, the pastor who defended Pat Robinson's 2010 comments that voodoo caused the earthquake in Haiti

Moderate in Iranian Vote Takes Strong Lead in Early Tally

A faint hope here. But the Syria mess bodes no good.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sexual Assaults in the Military

From NY Times:   ".... Democrat. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, offered a measure that would give military prosecutors rather than commanders the power to decide which sexual assault crimes to try, with the goal of increasing the number of people who report crimes without fear of retaliation. Mr. Levin, Democrat of Michigan, said he would replace Ms. Gillibrand’s measure — which has 27 co-sponsors, including four Republicans — with one that would require a senior military officer to review decisions by commanders who decline to prosecute sexual assault cases. ....."

Annual assaults about 26,000; those reported some 3000. Obviously, the current system is a woeful failure. Adding this little review is nowhere near a fix.  The change proposed by Senator Gillibrand is essential. Fortunately, she is a fighter and will press forward to get the change that is needed.