I feel pretty strongly about this whole SuperPAC thing, about the way that money in politics has so dramatically bastardized the election process.
Long ago it was "one person/one vote," but now it seems to be "one dollar/one vote."
According to this NPR video (full credit where credit is due), it's not even that anymore... Seems that I'm worth over $5.00 because I live in New Hamphsire. Only Nevada's denizens are worth more than I am and, if you're in California, you're worth pretty much nothin'.
Building connections with our neighbors, our family and in our communities is the strength of our country. It rebuilds our trust in each other, which is the fabric of America. While campaigned for local office, I would ask most people what they wanted for the community. The top answers were always the same. People want to live in a safe environment, have good quality of life (via good jobs/business opportunities), good education and leave the world a better place for their kids. We have much in common with each other, if only we take the time to find it.
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Via J'nene Solidarity Kay
Holmes MM, Resnick HS, Kilpatrick DG, Best CL, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology 1996 National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion.
[Everywhere I look I find the same number: 5%. The smarty pants "she really wanted it" crowd may not agree with the legal totals, but what ever they recognize as the true, blessed, and deemed holy number of rapes, one out of every twenty will end up in a pregnancy. Grow up, boys. You sound like fools devising dunk tests for witches. -jkl]
Our 2012 Iowa Character Awards dinner was held on August 3. Among the 13 award recipients was Dr. David Maxwell, president of Drake University. The following is an excerpt from Dr. Maxwell’s speech.
‘. . . We realize that freedom of thought and freedom of expression produce conflict and challenge. We encourage civil debate and discussion of divergent perspectives and opinions in a manner that affirms our community. We seek to create a community in which shared purpose transcends difference and respect for human dignity transcends conflict. . .
[A Coffee Party Core Value, Civility: We empathize and engage with one another exercising humility, listening, honesty and respect, in order to provide an emotionally safe environment even when we disagree. (Thanks to CitizenNow for providing inspration and contributing heavily to this work.) - jkl]
“ ElizabethWarren 1st to Stand against #GOP’s natl strategy to eviscerate Women’s Rights in AD ow.ly/db8XY #masen #fem2 #forciblerape — waterwynd (@WaterWynd) August 23, 2012” (video: Elizabeth Warren 1st to Stand against GOP natl strategy to eviscerate...