Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Dick Clark Dies

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Television personality Dick Clark, the longtime host of “American Bandstand,” has died.

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24 Killed in 48 Hours in Mexican Town

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Money seized during "Project Coronado" by the DEA. Going in "La Familia Michoacana" article. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nine people were murdered in the western Mexican state of Michoacan amid an ongoing turf war between rival drug cartels, authorities said Thursday.

The bodies of seven people were found in the Pacific port city of Lazaro Cardenas, while the other two victims were dumped in Benito Juarez.

The latest deaths bring to twenty-four the number of men slain over forty-eight hours in Michoacan.

The Jalisco Nueva Generacion mob is responsible for the murders.

With more than 168 miles of Pacific coastline, Michoacan also has forests and mountain areas that give perfect cover for drug production and smuggling. Illegal drugs are smuggled from Central America into Michoacan and then later moved into the United States.

Via LAHT.

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Compare Your Tax Rate to Romney’s

Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I love the Buffett Rule for the same reason Mitt Romney opposes it.

It levels the playing field in America by closing tax loopholes and ensuring that millionaires aren’t paying a tax rate lower than what middle-class families pay.

It’s going to be one of the issues that will define this election.

There is a tool that shows how Mitt Romney and other millionaires play by their own rules.

Compare your tax rate to Mitt Romney’s and see how the Buffett Rule makes him pay his fair share.

The Buffett Rule closes loopholes and asks millionaires to pay at least as much as middle-class families, so that we can share the burden of reducing our deficit and investing in education, innovation and infrastructure.

Mr. Romney not only opposes the Buffett Rule, but he wants to make things more unfair. He will explode the deficit by giving more tax breaks to the wealthy and place the burden of paying for them on the backs of the middle class and seniors.

This November, it’s one or the other. We either stick with a President who fights for the middle class, or we choose a candidate who fights to protect an unfair status quo that benefits him at the cost of our economy and the middle class. It’s not about class warfare, and it’s not about some policy disagreement. It’s about common-sense fairness.

 

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Chinese Prime Minister Calls for End of Corrruption

Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic o...

Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic of China, speaks at the Opening Plenary session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China 27 September 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao issued a new call on Monday for the government to end a culture of graft lest it lead to the end of Communist rule.

In an article in the Communist Party journal Qiushi, or Seeking Truth, Mr. Wen said the government must hold officials more accountable for corruption that occurs on their watch.

The article is the latest in a string of anti-corruption broadsides aired since the former Politburo member Bo Xilai was ensnared in a murder investigation.

Mr. Bo was removed from the Politburo after party officials issued a report accusing him of “serious disciplinary violations” and accusing his wife, Gu Kailai, of arranging the killing of Neil Heywood, a British business person.

Via The New York Times.

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Arizona Voter ID Law Upheld

The first page of the Voting Rights Act.

The first page of the Voting Rights Act. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A U.S. appeals court ruled that Arizona may require voters to show identification at the polls.

The court also ruled that the state cannot demand that people show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in federal elections.

At issue in the ruling was a 2004 Arizona ballot initiative, Proposition 200, that amended state election laws to add the citizenship and ID requirements.

While agreeing that Arizona could require identification at voting places, the appeals court concluded that the Voting Rights Act supersedes the requirement that anyone registering to vote show “satisfactory evidence” of U.S. citizenship.

Thirty states have laws requiring that voters show at least some type of identification to vote in November.

Via The Columbus Dispatch.

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Urge Washington to Protect LGBT Employees

U.S. LGBT employment discrimination law. Sexua...

U.S. LGBT employment discrimination law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In twenty-nine states, you can be fired for being gay. You can be fired in thirty-four states for being transgender.

One member of Congress, Steve King (R-IA), recently suggested a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” style policy, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people stay closeted at work, so their bosses “won’t know who to discriminate against.”

In the face of offensive right-wing rhetoric like this, there are two things we can push for: the White House must make sure federal contractors aren’t discriminating, and the Senate must hold hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Tell our leaders in Washington there can be no excuses for inaction on vital workplace protections. Now is the time for a full-fledged federal response.

The President can expand the reach of non-discrimination policies by telling all companies that do business with the federal government that they can’t discriminate against LGBT employees. Such an order would bring these companies’ policies in line with the best practices of major American businesses.

We also need to break the logjam on Capitol Hill that has left the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) languishing. The bill, which has the support of a supermajority of Americans and the Administration, affirms the idea that employees should be judged on performance, not personal characteristics. Nothing should matter at work except how you do your job.

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Buffett Reveals He Has Cancer

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has disclosed he was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer but says it is not life-threatening.

Scans show the cancer has not spread to other parts of his body, he says. He will undergo radiation treatment beginning in July that will limit his travel.

“I feel great — as if I were in my normal excellent health — and my energy level is 100%,” he said in a written statement.

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