Friday, July 27, 2007

Congress sells out to NRA

In the Commerce-Justice measure, such cuts included an administration move to reduce by more than half this year's $1.2 billion budget for grants and aid to state and local law enforcement. The Senate-passed bill includes $3.8 billion in grants to state and local governments and fire departments.
The bill also carries language backed by the National Rifle Association limiting the sharing of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives data on gun manufacturers, sellers and buyers with local governments and law enforcement.
Gun control critics opted not to challenge the provision offered by Rep Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., and similar to provisions included in the ATF budget since 2003. Instead, said Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., the provision's opponents would focus on preventing tougher Senate restrictions on sharing gun trace data from making it into the final House-Senate compromise bill.

Buzzed in space
According to NASA documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle, the space agency has broad plans for changes. They include a formal code of astronaut conduct, requirements for behavioral checkups as part of annual medical examinations, and a ban on alcohol consumption at least 12 hours before launch.
The plan also calls for a more thorough collection of mental health data in the long-term tracking of astronaut health as well as a pledge to grant protection from workplace retaliation for co-workers and health care providers who report abuses.

They are strapped to a rocket filled with nitro and other flameables and shot into space pretty much with fingers crossed and less than 50% chance odds against them makin' it there and back alive while some foam and foil formed into a ship guides them around so I say let them get a buzz , by drink or drug or whatever they need to feel good about risking their life on out-dated and faulty technology all in the name of science and the space race...rock on astros...everyone else should just mind ur own biz on this issue...

Equality for gay Lutherans

The Lutheran pastor who will soon become bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod is calling for his denomination to remove a celibacy requirement for gay and lesbian clergy, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Miller is hoping the change could come as early as next month in Chicago, where the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is scheduled to conduct its denominational assembly. Nearly a third of the denomination's 65 synods are asking for a policy change in clergy standards.


Vermont legislative leaders Wednesday announced a commission to study if the Legislature should allow same-sex couples to marry, the Associated Press reported.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Today I turn 35!......I feel a crisis!!....nah I feel the same as I did at 25 for the most part...just a bigger number is all!!

Pakistan is a vital ally in the ongoing global war against terrorism, R. Nicholas Burns, the State Department’s under secretary of state for political affairs told a congressional panel.
“Pakistan right now is one of our closest partners globally. It is without any question our most indispensable partner in the fight against al-Qaida and the other Islamic terrorist groups in South Asia,” he said in his prepared testimony July 25.
Burns told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Pakistan’s future is key to stability in South Asia, which Burns said had become a region of “singular importance” to U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.
The official said he could “think of nothing more important” to the U.S.-Pakistani relationship than continued U.S. attention, commitment and engagement with Pakistan.
Pakistanis, Burns said, should be assured the United States will remain a good and reliable friend. But as a good friend, said Burns, the United States will speak frankly and sometimes disagree with Pakistan on “vital issues such as the best way to defeat terrorist groups and the right way to build a democratic state.”


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