How could this happen, imagine this happens to you, I cant begin to try and understand this. This takes the cake. Usually its clear cut whether people survived or not, this is a bad instance of the rumor mill, its cruel when you stop to think about it.http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/01/04/mine.explosion.wed/index.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051127/ap_on_re_us/brf_woman_mauledThe dogs were found at the home of Stiles' neighbor, Jose Hernandez.
The sheriff's department will send the findings of its investigation to the Milam County District Attorney's Office, which will decide if any criminal charges will be filed against Hernandez.
um, hello? how can there not
be criminal charges? his 6 dogs killed his neighbor?
Drunken driver gets 2 years in jail: Accident on Route 138 killed basketball player from Curry College.http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2005/09/13/news/news06.txt
That's it??? 2 Fucking Years in Jail for Killing Someone, nice system we have. WEAK. That Girl will never get to accomplish her dreams or even finish growing up. Think Next time you get behind the Wheel, its such a cliche for young adults to say ohh I drive shitfaced all the Time. Id be pretty pissed off if that was my sister or daughter.
Reilly Certifies Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative
Conservatives Can Gather Signatures, Lobby Lawmakers
POSTED: 2:20 pm EDT September 7, 2005
UPDATED: 3:17 pm EDT September 7, 2005
BOSTON -- A proposed citizen initiative that would ban gay marriage passed a key hurdle Wednesday when Attorney General Tom Reilly ruled the ballot question is permitted under the state constitution.
The action by Reilly, a Democrat who is running for governor in 2006, clears the way for the Massachusetts Family Institute to go out and begin gathering the signatures of at least 65,825 Massachusetts voters.
If that effort is successful, the question then must by approved by two successive sittings of the 200-member state Legislature. The question would then be placed before voters as a constitutional amendment in November 2008.
Opponents of gay marriage, including Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, have said they prefer the ballot initiative route to a separate proposed constitutional amendment making its way through the Legislature. That measure would ban same-sex marriage while simultaneously legalizing Vermont-style civil unions.
The citizen initiative also only needs to be twice approved by 25 percent of lawmakers, while the Legislature's proposed amendment needs two successive majority votes.
Lawmakers are scheduled to take the second vote next Wednesday on their proposal to amend the constitution. It received initial approval from the Legislature last year.
The soonest that proposed amendment can go to a statewide ballot is November 2006, but it's unclear whether the measure will have enough votes to pass again next week. Some who initially voted for the amendment now say they have dropped their support, in part because of the possibility of voters weighing in on the Family Institute petition.
Romney also withdrew his support for the compromise ban and backed the ballot initiative proposal. He said the compromise "muddied" the issue by legalizing civil unions.
In a letter last week, Romney urged Reilly to certify the question, saying voters "should not be denied meaningful participation in the legal definition of marriage."
During a news conference Wednesday, Reilly emphasized that his decision to allow the petition was a legal decision, not a personal political move.
"I don't agree with this amendment," he said. "I don't support this amendment."
The state's highest court ruled in 2003 that it was unconstitutional for the state deny marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. The following spring, the nation's first state-sanctioned same-sex marriages began taking place in Massachusetts and thousands of gay couples have since tied the knot.
In August, the Family Institute filed the proposed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Former Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn's name was atop the list of 30 people who signed the petition.
Wednesday was a deadline for the attorney general to certify citizen ballot initiatives. Reilly was under pressure by advocates of gay marriage to reject the ballot initiative as unconstitutional.
At issue is a clause in the Massachusetts Constitution's Article 48, which "permits the people to petition for a constitutional amendment that overrules a court decision when the court has declared a statute to be in violation of our constitution."
Backers of the initiative say that makes it clear voters have the authority to overrule a court decision, while gay marriage advocates point out that the court case that led to gay marriage rights did not overturn an existing law.
In a letter to gay marriage advocates, Peter Sacks, Reilly's deputy chief, explained that the petition was allowed to proceed because the writers of the section of the constitution governing ballot initiatives "clearly meant to allow initiative petitions to amend the words of the constitution in response to a court decision finding a law unconstitutional."
The proposed marriage amendment does not involve the "reversal of a judicial decision," Sacks wroteI don't have any reasearch done on the Mass. Family Institute, but I'm working on it.... MA residents, PAY ATTENTION.
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In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war.
Biblical in its uncontrolled rage and scope, Hurricane Katrina has left millions of Americans to scavenge for food and shelter and hundreds to thousands reportedly dead. With its main levee broken, the evacuated city of New Orleans has become part of the Gulf of Mexico. But the damage wrought by the hurricane may not entirely be the result of an act of nature.
A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken. After a flood killed six people in 1995, Congress created the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project, in which the Corps of Engineers strengthened and renovated levees and pumping stations. In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent. Additional cuts at the beginning of this year (for a total reduction in funding of 44.2 percent since 2001) forced the New Orleans district of the Corps to impose a hiring freeze. The Senate had debated adding funds for fixing New Orleans' levees, but it was too late.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which before the hurricane published a series on the federal funding problem, and whose presses are now underwater, reported online: "No one can say they didn't see it coming ... Now in the wake of one of the worst storms ever, serious questions are being asked about the lack of preparation."
The Bush administration's policy of turning over wetlands to developers almost certainly also contributed to the heightened level of the storm surge. In 1990, a federal task force began restoring lost wetlands surrounding New Orleans. Every two miles of wetland between the Crescent City and the Gulf reduces a surge by half a foot. Bush had promised "no net loss" of wetlands, a policy launched by his father's administration and bolstered by President Clinton. But he reversed his approach in 2003, unleashing the developers. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency then announced they could no longer protect wetlands unless they were somehow related to interstate commerce.
In response to this potential crisis, four leading environmental groups conducted a joint expert study, concluding in 2004 that without wetlands protection New Orleans could be devastated by an ordinary, much less a Category 4 or 5, hurricane. "There's no way to describe how mindless a policy that is when it comes to wetlands protection," said one of the report's authors. The chairman of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality dismissed the study as "highly questionable," and boasted, "Everybody loves what we're doing."
"My administration's climate change policy will be science based," President Bush declared in June 2001. But in 2002, when the Environmental Protection Agency submitted a study on global warming to the United Nations reflecting its expert research, Bush derided it as "a report put out by a bureaucracy," and excised the climate change assessment from the agency's annual report. The next year, when the EPA issued its first comprehensive "Report on the Environment," stating, "Climate change has global consequences for human health and the environment," the White House simply demanded removal of the line and all similar conclusions. At the G-8 meeting in Scotland this year, Bush successfully stymied any common action on global warming. Scientists, meanwhile, have continued to accumulate impressive data on the rising temperature of the oceans, which has produced more severe hurricanes.
In February 2004, 60 of the nation's leading scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, warned in a statement, "Restoring Scientific Integrity in Policymaking": "Successful application of science has played a large part in the policies that have made the United States of America the world's most powerful nation and its citizens increasingly prosperous and healthy ... Indeed, this principle has long been adhered to by presidents and administrations of both parties in forming and implementing policies. The administration of George W. Bush has, however, disregarded this principle ... The distortion of scientific knowledge for partisan political ends must cease." Bush completely ignored this statement.
In the two weeks preceding the storm in the Gulf, the trumping of science by ideology and expertise by special interests accelerated. The Federal Drug Administration announced that it was postponing sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill, despite overwhelming scientific evidence of its safety and its approval by the FDA's scientific advisory board. The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa accused the Bush administration of responsibility for a condom shortage in Uganda -- the result of the administration's evangelical Christian agenda of "abstinence." When the chief of the Bureau of Justice Statistics in the Justice Department was ordered by the White House to delete its study that African-Americans and other minorities are subject to racial profiling in police traffic stops and he refused to buckle under, he was forced out of his job. When the Army Corps of Engineers' chief contracting oversight analyst objected to a $7 billion no-bid contract awarded for work in Iraq to Halliburton (the firm at which Vice President Cheney was formerly CEO), she was demoted despite her superior professional ratings. At the National Park Service, a former Cheney aide, a political appointee lacking professional background, drew up a plan to overturn past environmental practices and prohibit any mention of evolution while allowing sale of religious materials through the Park Service.
On the day the levees burst in New Orleans, Bush delivered a speech in Colorado comparing the Iraq war to World War II and himself to Franklin D. Roosevelt: "And he knew that the best way to bring peace and stability to the region was by bringing freedom to Japan." Bush had boarded his very own "Streetcar Named Desire."If I really need to tell you how fucking weak this is there's a problem. Please, for the LOVE OF GOD, no more right-wing Christians in the White House!!!!!!!!
Again, guys, do SOMETHING. Cash. Canned goods. BOTTLED WATER. Your time. Old tents or old sleeping bags. A major American city is being completely evacuated. They told these people they'd be safe at the Superdome (which is unusable for the Saints this season)- and they were wrong. So they sent the refugees (yes, we here in America have refugees today) to the Astrodome- but now the Astrodome is full. Even WE can find a way to help, so PLEASE, PLEASE
look for it!
Location: Boston, MA
Marital Status: Single
Political party you identify yourself with the closest: Democrat
3 favorite books and why:
1) Tom Cahill - How the Irish Saved Civilization (Why? Do you like reading & writing? How about history? Art? Culture? You do? Well then, you're welcome!)
2) Doug Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Why? Only because it contains 'The Secret Of Life, The Universe, and Everything' silly!)
3) J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye (Why? Schools try to ban it. It contains underage foul language, drinking and sex. What's not to like? Besides, it was the first book I was forced to read in school that actually held my attention. In a way, it helped make me the avid reader I am today.)
Favorite music/ bands: Cold Play, NIN, Dropkick Murphys, The Killers, Hot Hot Heat, Kanye West
Favorite Movies: Fight Club (don't ask why, I can't talk about it), The Godfather, Old School
Favorite sport & team/ NASCAR Driver: Baseball & the Boston Red Sox. If I must choose a NASCAR driver, I'd have to go with Sarah Fisher (a developmental driver on her way to the show!)
Thoughts on abortion: Personally, I'd prefer to have the child in case of an unplanned pregnancy. However, I totally support a woman's right to choose. I hope the liberal members of the supreme Court last until another Democrat gets into office.
Thought on Immigration: Unless you're Native American, we all came from somewhere else. The great American 'melting pot' is a good thing for the country.
Thoughts about Tattoos or body modification in general: Now that I've had that Michael Jackson tatoo removed, I don't have any tatoos or piercings. On a woman, in limited quantities, and in discrete places...I think they're hot. On a guy, c'mon bro...the tribal symbol around your bicep is SO two years ago.
Thoughts on Religion/ Philosophy: Having faith is good. Considering a diverse groups of faiths before choosing one (if you choose any) is good. Blindly following any faith without question...is a cult.
Recommend a Link: http://www.ifilm.com/
It's like internet crack, trust me on this one!
George W. Bush this week had to cut short his planned 5 week vacation at his Crawford, TX ranch due to the damage to the Southeast from the ill-timed Hurricane Katrina. Had he stayed the full five weeks, it would have been the longest planned vacation away from the White House by any President in nearly 40 years. In less than five years, Bush has spent 300+ days away on vacation (including so-called 'working vacations'), or 20% of his Presidency. At this rate, with three years left in office, he'll easily break the Presidential record for time off of 500+ days...ironically held by Bush the Elder.
There's only one word for this crap...WEAK.