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Editor:
I don’t exactly why I am doing this, but I feel it is my duty to attempt to educate the brainwahsed and the braindead conservative base.

Today’s subject is Planned Parenthood.

First of all, Planned Parenthood was around LONG BEFORE Roe vs. Wade.  In fact, Planned Parenthood has existed for 90 YEARS.

Second, Planned Parenthood DOES NOT PERFROM ABORTIONS!  This statement  debunks the lie which nearly every right-wing propagandist tells them everyday.  Planned Parenthood refer women to abortion providers.

If Planned Parenthood doesn’t PERFORM abortions, what exactly DO they do?

According to their website, Planned Parenthood provides the morning after pill, as well as other birth control methods, such as condoms and the like.

Planned Parenthood helps by providing health care and informing those who seek their services with regard to their options in the area family planning.

According to their website, 90% of the care rendered is PREVENTIVE care!  What does that mean?  Preventive care means that there will be FEWER unwanted pregnancies-which lead to fewer abortions, which is what conservatives say they want!

Why do conservatives lie about Planned Parenthood when they like to cut spending on children in the first place?  Could it be that they have prostituted themselves to their religious base for so long that they cannot from themselves from the same, and knowing that your kids are having sex anyway, don’t you think it’s probably a good idea to keep Planned Parenthood around?  I mean, as long as you’re going to ignore 1 Corinthians 7, which states that one should be married if they can’t control themselves, I would say so.

Then again, in your eyes, I’m just another ungodly liberal.  Do what thou wilt with the facts I gave you and have a nice day.

Jim Rousch

Pew Research Center

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No. 204: Initiate a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime

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Obama and Joe Biden will also initiate a grant and training program to
provide federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies the tools
they need to detect and prosecute cyber crime."

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No. 208: Improve relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds

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Obama and Joe Biden will lead a diplomatic effort to bring together
Turkish and Iraqi Kurdish leaders and negotiate a comprehensive
agreement that deals with the PKK threat, guarantees Turkey’s
territorial integrity, and facilitates badly needed Turkish investment
in and trade with the Kurds of northern Iraq. Barack Obama and Joe
Biden will support the promotion of democracy, human rights, and
freedom of expression in Turkey and support its efforts to join the
European Union."

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No. 212: Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)

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order to increase the incomes of subsistence producers, decrease the
pressure on shrinking arable lands, and minimize the vulnerability of
commodity exports to global price shocks, an Obama administration will
launch the AVTA Initiative. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to
spurring research and innovation aimed at bringing about a Green
Revolution for Africa, by partnering with land grant institutions,
private philanthropies and business to support agricultural processing
through increased investment in research and development for improved
seeds,
irrigation methods, and affordable and safe fertilizers."

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No. 215: Create a rapid response fund for emerging democracies

"Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will introduce a new Rapid Response Fund – a seed
fund that will provide a shot of adrenaline to young democracies and
post-conflict societies, through foreign aid, debt relief, technical
assistance and investment packages that show the people of newly
hopeful countries that democracy and peace deliver, and the United
States stands by them."

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No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

"Cuban
American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in
humanitarian terms, but also our best tool for helping to foster the
beginnings of grassroots democracy on the island. Accordingly, as
president, Obama will grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to
visit family and send remittances to the island."

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No. 224: Restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

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(Bush) administration has consistently proposed to cut or eliminate
funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program,
which funds anti-drug and anti-gang task forces across the country.
…Since 2000, this program has been cut more than 83 percent. … As
president, Obama will restore funding."

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No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas

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president, Barack Obama will establish an Energy Partnership for the
Americas. This partnership will increase research and development in
clean coal technology, the next generation of sustainable biofuels and
in wind, solar and nuclear energy. The partnership will also look for
ways for nations to coordinate to transport green energy across
national borders. It will help Latin American and Caribbean nations
become more energy independent and promote sustainable growth for the
region. The partnership also will create additional markets for
American biofuels and American-made green energy technology."

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No. 229: Expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers

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Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers. The Nurse-Family
Partnership provides home visits by trained registered nurses to
low-income expectant mothers and their families. The trained nurses use
proven methods to help improve the mental and physical health of the
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achieving personal goals, and effective methods of nurturing children."

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No. 239: Release presidential records

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on the basis of political affiliation or contribution."

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No. 244: Provide affordable, high-quality child care

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No. 247: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession

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and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from
professionals in the field. They will also work to ensure that all
children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade
levels."

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No. 259: Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers

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save nearly $6 billion dollars per year, and invest the savings in
additional student aid."

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No. 266: Encourage water-conservation efforts in the West

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wastewater treatment, and other market-based conservation measures" to
address the water shortage in western states.

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No. 269: Increase funding for national parks and forests

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repair the damage done to our national parks by inadequate funding and
emphasize the protection and restoration of our National Forests."

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No. 270: Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Will
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which supports land acquisition and maintenance of parks" and "will
lead efforts to acquire and conserve new parks and public lands,
focusing on ecosystems such as the Great Plains and Eastern forests
which do not yet have the protection they deserve."

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No. 272: Encourage farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient

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power from animal waste; and will expand USDA projects that focus on
energy efficiency and conservation."

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No. 275: Expand Pell grants for low-income students

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increased for low-income students. Specifically, he will ensure that
the award keeps pace with the rising cost of college inflation."

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No. 277: Pursue a wildfire management plan

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and forest management plan that decreases the fire risks that many
communities are now
facing. When wildfire threatens lives and
property, an Obama-Biden Administration will increase the federal
government’s commitment to field the most professional, well-trained,
and well-coordinated wildfire fighting force in the world. Unlike the
Bush Administration, they will not finance these efforts by raiding the
budgets relied upon by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
to provide public access to, and manage, the more than 430 million
acres of public lands that they oversee. Barack Obama will work with
Governors, Congress and local officials on a bipartisan basis to
develop and enact reliable, dedicated funding sources to fight the most
catastrophic fires so that public lands may continue to be managed for
public access, fish, wildlife, recreation, forestry and other multiple
uses."

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No. 278: Remove more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires

"Will
place a high priority on implementing cooperative projects to remove
brush, small trees and other overgrown vegetation that serve as fuel
for wildfires. Barack Obama will focus the Forest Service and Bureau of
Land Management’s efforts on working with local communities on
hazardous fuels projects to make communities safer and forests
healthier."

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"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
gains." –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 1814. ME 14:119

Job market recovery depends on location

Adversity Index shows big variations in local employment outlook


by John W. Schoen

Senior Producer

msnbc.com

updated
6/29/2010 11:33:25 AM ET

Despite signs that the national economy is getting back on its feet,
Americans who lost their jobs to the recession are having a harder time
getting back on theirs.

Of the 384 metro areas tracked by msnbc.com’s Adversity Index, only
two are in full-blown economic expansion, according to the latest
figures from Moody’s Economy.com. Until more regions join them, expect
local and regional jobless rates to remain stubbornly high.

Based on the latest data from April, two-thirds of those metro areas
have now moved into “recovery mode,” which means their economies and
job markets have hit bottom and are on the way back. The other
one-third are in a “moderating recession,” which means the contraction
is slowing, but things are still getting worse.  That reflects the
gradual improvement in the national economy since December 2009, when
more than half the metro areas were still in the “moderating recession”
category.

Improvements in job markets around the country have been more difficult to find.

There have been some hopeful signs of improvement in the latest
government jobs data. Though private sector hiring was much slower than
expected in May, employers boosted the number of hours worked and
temporary workers hired. That is often a precursor to the creation of
permanent, full-time jobs.

“Businesses in recent quarters have been getting some gains from
productivity as they’ve been working their existing work forces
harder," said Andrew Gledhill, an economist at Moody’s Analytics.
“That’s not something that can go on indefinitely. Workers are going to
feel they can’t keep up in the same pace, and businesses are going to
have to hire to keep up with growing U.S. and international demand."

But the outlook for a pickup in hiring is decidedly mixed — depending on where your job hunt takes you.

Like most economic statistics, national employment numbers tend to
mask variations from one region to another. Some states, like Alaska,
escaped the worst of the recession — in large part because of the
state’s reliance on oil production to fuel its economy. As of April,
employment levels in Alaska were 1 percent higher than a year earlier,
according to the Adversity Index data.

But only three states shows employment back to levels of a year
earlier. Payrolls in hard-hit states like California, Nevada and
Arizona were more than 3 percent lower. In giant California a 3 percent
change can represent some 400,000 lost jobs. And the outlook for those
regions doesn’t point to a recovering job market anytime soon.

“When you see those states you think of housing and tourism,” said
Gledhill. “Those two industries have kept those unemployment rates
really high. Those industries may be near or at the bottom, but they’re
not recovering with any vigor.”

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As of April, housing starts were up year-over-year in all but West
Virginia and the District of Columbia. Those numbers were likely
boosted by the government’s home buyer tax credit. But more recent data
aren’t encouraging. Separate reports this week showed unexpected drops
in both new and existing home sales, and further declines are expected
now that the tax credit expired at the beginning of this month.

"The new home market is now at the lowest level it’s been in 42
years," said David Crowe, chief economist at the National Association
of Home Builders. "There are very few new houses on the marketplace,
and there are markets that are beginning to  recover and people want a
new house. But our builders can’t borrow because the banks are saying
no to real estate, regardless of where it is or what kind of real
estate it is.”

Since the financial panic of September 2008 sent bankers scrambling
for cover, the lending industry has been slowly rebuilding the damage
inflicted by a historic wave of bad mortgages. But progress remains
slow among many regional and community banks.

“There’s still a lot of problems out there, a lot of unrecognized or unrealized bad loans in the banking system,”
said Mark Olson, former Federal Reserve Board governor who is now a
banking consultant. That’s a little bit of the crimp with the back’s
ability or willingness to lend. That’s going to be another a drag on
the economy.

Tight lending is having the biggest impact on local economies that
rely on smaller businesses. Unlike large corporations that can borrow
in the credit markets, smaller companies are reliant on their local
banker for funding.

“A large proportion of them tend to be in construction and retail
trade, said Gledhill. “And neither of these two industries are expected
to hire in any significant numbers in the near term. Typically, in past
recession housing is one of the driver industries."

Variations in job market conditions are even more pronounced at the
regional level, as measured by metropolitan statistical areas or MSAs.
Some of the hardest-hit areas have seen sharp rebounds in employment,
according to the Adversity Index data, which uses a three-month “moving average” to smooth out month-to-month trends.

In Elkhart, Ind., payrolls had climbed back to where they were in
April 2009, when the level of employment was down 23 percent from a
year earlier. While payrolls are rising in most of the MSAs tracked by
the index, a handful continue to slip lower, including Pascagoula,
Miss., and Flint, Mich.

While employment is picking up in most cities, the job market hasn’t
yet repaired the damage done by the recession. The number of people out
of work in April was higher than a year earlier in all but 35 of the
nation’s 384 metro areas.

In general, job markets in the Midwest have fared better than on the
coasts. That’s due partly to the reliance of those regions on
agriculture and energy production, said Gledhill. They also didn’t get
hit as hard by the housing bust that dragged many regions deep in
recession. That helps explain why North and South Dakota have the
lowest unemployment rates in the nation — below 5 percent.

“For the most part, these states had much less exposure to the housing boom-bust cycle,” said Gledhill. “There weren’t investor
homebuyers coming in a buying up properties. And there wasn’t a huge
influx of subprime home buyers because housing was relatively
affordable.”

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States and regions with a big manufacturing bases are also beginning
got show signs of improving job markets, though a stronger dollar may
weigh on those recoveries by dampening exports. Despite the
improvement, those economies are still feeling the painful effects of
heavy job losses to the recession.

“Industrial production has been creeping up off the bottom but it
took such a hit during the recession its going to take a long time to
recoup all those losses,” said Gledhill.

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104 total comments

Adversity Index shows big variations in local employment outlook


California is in a recovery??????? What world do these reporters live????????


d burger,

with 11


These puff pieces by the sham extensions of the White House Press offices are getting old.

I’m sick and tired of this continued journalistic malpractice.

This is nothing more than a puff piece to try and off set
the terrible numbers coming this Friday of the continuing near 10%
unemployment !!!!

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF YOUR, YOUR CHILDREN’S
AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN’S MONEY (they have yet to earn), WASTED YIELDING
NO REAL JOB GROWTH.

The socialist / liberal policies from Obama and this Congress are
all job killers / job growth inhibitors and everyone knows it. Their
interests are not in job creation, it is wealth re-distribution and
increased government dependency by their parasitic supporters.



"….. when you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both."

Well stated !!!



It is amazing how the news services all support the missleading
information put out by the White House and the government officials
that unemployment is going down! Actual unemployment is at about 17%! I
have been unemployed 15 months. 1,100 applications and 25 interviews –
as many as 1,000 applicants for every job!



Stop-The-Statistics – What Minan59 might be referring to is the
national debt that was quadrupled in the 12 years of Reagan/Bush and
then was almost doubled again by George W. Bush. Reagan cut taxes and
then increased the DOD budget until it was bursting at the seams. Even
I can make the economy improve with artificial stimulation from deficit
spending. It is like maxing out a whole bunch of credit cards. Good
times until you have to pay it back. Which is where we are at now. Of
course Reagan doesn’t have to worry about it does he?


gillanator,

with 6


Recovery? There’s no recovery.

Unemployment is the only leading economic indicator that matters among real people.

First-time claims for unemployment benefits was averaging 459,000 PER WEEK. Then it went up to 472,000 two weeks ago.

Recovery?

New housing starts down to the lowest in 60+ years? What, did you
think that all those newly-unemployed people were going to run right
out and buy a house?

This ‘recession/depression’ is going to last for a long, long time.
At the current rate of job loss, by this time in 2012, 61,800,000
people will be unemployed.

Not possible? Think Mexico or China is going to bail us out? Think
it can’t happen because this is AMERICA and things like that don’t
happen here?

Put your seat belt on, stupid.


Joe-1932907,

with 6


What would happen to our UNEMPLOYMENT RATE if illegal immigrants were deported and if our borders were SERIOUSLY defended?


lrushing,

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Minion59……..
The Regan years produced one of the largest and longest periods of
sustained job growth in our country’s history. Millions and millions of
new jobs.

You have to actually get your facts from reputable sources not simply regurgitate your DNC / Organizing Against (for) America talking points daily e-mails you get. They make you look silly and profoundly uninformed.



The fascist/ corporatist policies from the past Reagan and Bush
administrations were all job killers. It should be obvious to anyone
with half a brain outsourcing jobs to other countries kills jobs in
this country. The only way to solve the problem is to amend our trade
policies to make it economically unfeasible to out source jobs.


Minan59,

with 6


The true national unemployment rate is upwards of 17.5%. The national unemployment rate during the great depression was 25%.

That’s all anyone needs to know.


newsanalyst,

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Cheney and Obama Related?

Posted on Oct 16, 2007
cnn.com

According to Lynne Cheney, her husband, Dick, and presidential hopeful Barack Obama have a common ancestor,
but don’t expect a family reunion any time soon. As Obama’s spokesman
quipped: “Obviously, Dick Cheney is sort of the black sheep of the
family.”


CNN:

In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday
afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her
husband’s genealogy for her new book, “Blue Skies, No Fences,” she
discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight
generations ago.

“Think about this,” Mrs. Cheney said.
“This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that
came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives
that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack
Obama’s.”

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