April 30, 2013

Jason’s Biggest Supporter Called Him Today-See Video

I had a chance to talk to him yesterday. He seems like a terrific young man. I told him I couldn't be prouder.

One of the extraordinary measures of progress that we've seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality, not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they're fully part of the American family. And given the importance of sports in our society, for an individual who's excelled at the highest levels in one of the major sports to say, 'This is who I am, I'm proud of it. I'm still a great competitor. I'm still 7 feet tall and can bang with Shaq and deliver a hard foul.

And you know, for, I think, a lot of young people out there who are gay or lesbian who are struggling with these issues, to see a role model like that who is unafraid, I think this is a great thing. This is just one more step in this ongoing recognition that we treat everybody fairly and everybody's part of a family and we judge people on the basis of their character and performance and not their sexual orientation. I'm very proud of him.

Some Comments,Tweets and Stories by Jason Collins Friends

Only one prominent critic has emerged, an ESPN sports writer who says Collins announcing his homosexuality amounts to 'open rebellion against God and Jesus Christ.'
Collins told ABC News that being the first athlete in a major team sport to come out is 'mind-boggling.' 
'You're sort of waiting around for somebody else to … raise their hand,' he said. 'I'm ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, "OK, come on, guys." It's time for someone else in the room to raise their hand and say, "You know what? Yeah, so big deal. I can still play basketball. I can still help the team win, and that's what's most important,"' he told George Stephanopoulos. 
White House spokesman Jay Carney released a statement from President Barack Obama that praised Collins. 
'We view that as another example of the progress that has been made and the evolution that has been taking place in this country and commend him for his courage and support him.'
First Lady Michelle Obama also tweeted her support.
NBA Commissioner David Stern threw his support behind Collins, saying: 'Jason has been a widely respected player and teammate throughout his career and we are proud he has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue.'
Even former President Bill Clinton weighed in, saying that he met Collins when he and Chelsea Clinton attended Standford together. He tweeted: 'Proud to call Jason Collins a friend.'
Friends in high places: Many public figures, including the First Lady and former NBA star John Amaechi - who came out as gay after he left the league - offered their support
Friends in high places: Many public figures, including the First Lady and former NBA star John Amaechi - who came out as gay after he left the league - offered their support
Symbolic: Collins said the reason he chose the number 98 was to honor Matthew Shepard, the gay teen who was killed in a hate crime in 1998
Symbolic: Collins said the reason he chose the number 98 was to honor Matthew Shepard, the gay teen who was killed in a hate crime in 1998
Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant tweeted: 'Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU.'
Washington Wizards teammate John Wall wrote: 'I am proud of my brother @jasoncollins34. Great teammate and mentor!'
Stars from football and baseball also weighed in supporting him. 
Despite the support, he had one notable detractor - ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who has long taken a stand as a conservative Christian who opposes any sex outside of marriage. 
'If you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,' he told ESPN.
Later ESPN released a statement distancing itself from Broussard's comments.
'We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today's news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins' announcement,' the network said.
Others, mostly anonymous Twitter users, launched barrages of anti-gay slurs at Collins and taunts like 'God hates gays.'
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace posted a tweet that he later removed that read: 'All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys.'
He later posted a message: 'I'm not bashing anybody.'
The NFL said it was reviewing the comment. 
Broussard said athletes and sports fans who oppose homosexuality shouldn't be branded bigots for their beliefs. 
That point drew support from former NBA great Charles Barkley, though Barkley told CNN he personally supports Collins announcement.
'We've all played with gay guys,' Barkley said, noting that numerous players stayed in the closet during their careers. 
The 34-year-old Washington Wizards player, who will be who will be a free agent in July, wrote come out in a in first person essay, telling his own thoughts and explaining his decision to be the first professional athlete to announce he is gay still playing in a major sports league. 
Critic: ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who describes himself as a conservative Christian, said Collins' announcement meant he was living in sin
Critic: ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, who describes himself as a conservative Christian, said Collins' announcement meant he was living in sin
Warm reception: Stars of the NBA, past and present, came out in support of Collins, as well
Warm reception: Stars of the NBA, past and present, came out in support of Collins, as well
'I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand,' he wrote.
Collins explains that his homosexuality is something he has known since he was a teenager, but he never felt comfortable revealing it to friends or teammates until just recently. 
One of his biggest motivations has apparently been timing. 
World events-  like the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the Supreme Court's debate over same sex marriage - have helped push him to the point where he no longer wanted to hide his personal life from those around him. 
More recently, he said that the bombings at the Boston Marathon showed him that there is no way to predict what happens in the future, and there is no sense in waiting. 
'I've reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful,' he wrote. 
He said that the people around him have been a source of support as he expands the once-tight-knit circle of those who knew about his homosexuality.   

When Did Jason Collins 7 Yr. ExGirlfriend Find Out He Was Gay?

Green Experience - Day 2Carolyn Moos #53Jasmooson Collins, the NBA free agent whoannounced on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week that he is gay, previously dated WNBA player Carolyn Moos for seven years. The two got engaged. Then, Moos tells TMZ, Collins pulled the plug on their wedding in 2009, but never told her he was gay. He finally revealed it to her last weekend, days before the news hit SI. Via TMZ:
At the time of their breakup, Carolyn says Jason gave a bunch of BS reasons for calling it quits … and she could never understand what went wrong, until now.
“It’s very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand.”
She adds, “I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out.”
Moos played basketball at Stanford with Collins and then spent three years in the WNBA. At 6-foot-6, she’s one of the tallest players in the history of women’s basketball at Stanford.

The Faces We see with the Gay Civil Rights Movement

 I am Gay but when people think about gays they don’t think about me. As a gay movement on our way to get our individual human, civil rights what faces do we people see when we are mentioned?  Luisita Lopez Torrebgrossa writes on the NYTimes about her ideas of what people see in this movement. She doesn’t just mentions faces she mentions money and the heads of the biggest organization. I thought you would like to see her view point. Please never go away with a point on your head. Wether is criticism or something to ad. That helps others to see a view point expand or a news story comment on it by the reader. You can always leave it here at the site or may be in one of the sites that will carry this blog. 
Scoring consecutive victories in state legislatures, at the ballot box and in the polls, gay people have gained national prominence and momentum in the United States even as high-profile men have tightened their hold on the leadership as strategists, promoters, spokesmen and financiers.

With money flowing from Hollywood and the high-tech world, members of the gay elite have contributed cash to political campaigns, created foundations and pumped in millions of dollars to transform gay rights into a mainstream movement hoping for another victory at the Supreme Court in June.
It is a male dominance; Out Magazine’s annual list of the 50 most powerful and influential gays and lesbians, issued this month, included only 11 women.
That’s no surprise: As a rule, women have not made it up the gay ranks or grabbed the media spotlight except perhaps when Ellen DeGeneres or Martina Navratilova came out of the closet (the basketball player Jason Collins upstaged them this week).
Today attention centers on people like Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, who is a strategist involved in the California lawsuit to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage that now awaits a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Or on Evan Wolfson, a Harvard-trained lawyer who has built Freedom to Marry into a bipartisan engine driving the marriage equality campaign.
Troubled by this trend, Urvashi Vaid, who headed the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 20 years ago, created a political action committee last year to raise money to elect pro-lesbian, pro-woman and progressive candidates. In six months they raised over $750,000; they have set $1 million as this year’s goal.
“Before we launched this super PAC, there was no national political vehicle for lesbians,” she said over lunch. While she endorses marriage equality, she said, “the lesbian political agenda is bigger than this issue alone.”
Along those lines, Rea Carey, the current head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, agreed that her agenda was larger, and claimed that the movement had plenty of strong women who did not get media attention.
“We live in a society where men are favored over women,” she said in an interview in her office here. “We see certain issues that come to the fore,” she said, like marriage equality and the right to serve in the military. “Whoever runs those organizations gets the attention.”
Allyson Robinson, a transgendered woman who is the executive director of the 6,000-member OutServe-S.D.L.N., which fights for equality in the military, agreed.
“We often say that the gay community is the same as the larger society,” Ms. Robinson, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran with a degree in theology, told me. “We share the faults and failings of society in a broader way: fewer opportunities for women, lesser pay, less respect. But this community is well positioned to play a leading role in our society. The strongest leaders are women.”
That seems clear at a new group, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, a fledgling faction of Republicans with high-profile leaders who happen to be straight women. One is Megan McCain, who disagrees with her father, Senator John McCain of Arizona, on same-sex marriage; another is Margaret Hoover, a political commentator who is a great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover; the third is S.E. Cupp, a New York Daily News columnist and co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC.
Ms. Hoover, who worked on Capitol Hill and in the George W. Bush White House, has seized her role with the Young Conservatives, where she said she was made to feel comfortable in a leading role as a woman among mostly men: “I’ve felt totally welcomed.”
For Mr. Wolfson, the head of Freedom to Marry, there is no question about women’s roles. “The women are at the forefront,” he said. “They have a central role shaping strategy and leading the work.”
He mentioned Thelma Zepatos, an activist of 25 years who led the project to reshape the Freedom to Marry message. Ms. Zepatos, who is straight, is considered a big wheel in the movement, though living in Oregon, away from the media glare, she is hardly known outside the gay network.
“I was one of the people who thought of rebranding the same-sex-marriage campaign,” she said over the phone. “We started talking about love and commitment, and not so much about equal rights and health and other benefits of marriage,” which didn’t project an appealing and warm image. She and others rebranded the campaign, calling it “marriage equality,” a soft sell that has proved a big success.
As for leaders in this area globally who are women, one stands out. She is Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raúl Castro of Cuba and director of the National Center for Sex Education there. Her work has turned around a government and society that not so long ago ostracized, arrested, jailed and deported gay people. Today, she is recognized as a leading advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Cuba

Utah JazzStar on Karl Malone “ Everybody Should Embrace What he Did"

In a live phone interview with CNN, former Utah Jazzstar Karl Malone didn't mince words when revealing his opinion of Jason Collins becoming the first active professional athlete to openly announce being gay.
"I think everybody should embrace what he did," Malone said. "That is his business. I support it."
Malone cited his openly gay brother-in-law, saying he loves him "as kin." He repeatedly emphasized his opinions were his own, while saying "I can really care less what somebody else's opinion is. I'm speaking on behalf of Karl Anthony Malone."
Malone did, however, have an opinion on those who are offended or over-interested in Collins' announcement.
"Grow up people," he said. "Move on. Let the guy live his life."
"What we are trying to do is understand other people, and enjoy and tolerate," he added.
Malone ended the interview with a humorous touch, saying, "I'm Karl Anthony Malone and I approve this message."
Matt Petersen is the Sports Web Editor forDeseretNews.com

NBA”s Jason Collins Comes Out and Spills the beans on "The Gay Agenda"

NBA Jason Collins as reported by this blog and every other came out as gay monday, making history because even though you had many other athletes that have come out, he is the first US male athlete playing in a major team that is come out and said I am gay.

He says and is quoted in Sports Illustrated that after so many years of being in the closet of feeling so sick about his situation of not being honest he could not even sleep.  It was the Supreme Court’s Oral hearings that pushed him out. As I listened to the testimony last month, that was one of my questions in regards to what would be coming out of the hearings if anything, being that the decision would not be made until June. I was particularly thinking of school kids because I know the damage that I went through hiding something how different that I felt about me when I was a kid.

  Early on I thought all kids were like me but when dating time came I knew who I was supposed to date and who I would really wanted to date. I thought of it as a phase but a painful one.  As I heard of Jason’s coming out the answer to me was if these hearings have pushed him to come out, then it is also pushing a lot of kids and young adults that are in pain but hopefully these discussion about gay rights and gay marriage will give them the cover they need to come out. When I say ‘cover' I mean that still they are going to take flack but it will be less because now they have a hero in Jason as well in others from politicians to soldiers to other young adults. The process is being going on but we don’t see it.  It doesn’t make news. When a kid ends up homeless or doing poor in school or even  doing some other permanent stupid thing, these things don’t make the news. 

When you have an open ’national’ and international discussion, which is what’ s been missing from the process, people don’t have to come out cold turkey. They can point out to those before them. Also with this discussion it comes out that we are individuals. Not martians, not weird not anything else. Individuals and as individuals  need individual’s rights, which are called human rights and civil rights. Once we are seen as such then it’s easier for people to understand. 

I get sick listening so many times by straight people in the media saying how hard it is for people to accept this, which is so BS!  Hard for straights to accept? Well it was no piece of cake for those that found out that nature work this way also. Once the individual realizes who he or she is and people see them as individuals then you find out that is not difficult to accept that an individual needs individual rights. It is that simple.

As an american I feel real good that finally we have brought ourselves out to the media and the government.  This was missing in a major way.  As we all participate in this discussion then things become easier. We are not afraid of information coming out because that is all we have been fighting for in a nutshell. We knew who we were and the nation got to know us, they would see us as we are.  We need what everybody, individual needs, why do you deny us? Misinformation is there but is always been there and anybody with an ounce of common sense and a couple of hairs of fairness in their head they have to just laugh at the things that are being said about us.  Nothing new!
  Technology is advancing and everything is changing and as the world changes and the times move on  what these people have been saying has not change. 

Jason said,  “I’m glad I’m coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion as shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go,” Collins concluded.
This is my point.  Now because he came and because we have reached the highest court in the land and the mind and heart of the highest ranking individual holding public office which is the President of this United States.  We keep the conversation going and the information coming out.  Next week another player will come out and say Im glad I didn’t come out during winter 2013 but Im glad I feel I can come out summer 2013 thanks to Jason Collins. 

I read a reporter’s writing and he was amazed that as more we talk about this more people come out. He then said “sure because they feel more comfortable because people are more comfortable.” 
I will tell you a secret that many people know: That is the gay agenda. To have people know us. Not to hide because the only people that hide are spies and criminals and we are neither.

Adam Gonzalez, publisher adamfoxie*blog Int.

Mariela Castro Daughter of Pres.Raul Castro Will Be Allowed US Entry

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will be allowed to travel to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy, officials said Tuesday, reversing a previous decision to reject her visa request.
Mariela Castro will attend the Equality Forum's annual conference on civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, according to Malcolm Lazin, the advocacy group's executive director.
Lazin, who had blasted the State Department's travel denial last week, said organizers are "delighted" at the change of heart.
"She is unquestionably the leader for progressive change for the LGBT community in Cuba," Lazin said Tuesday. "Her accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable."
A U.S. official confirmed that Castro has been authorized to go to the event. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because visa records are confidential.
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High-ranking Cuban government officials and Communist Party members cannot enter the U.S. without special dispensation. But Cuban academics, scientists and entertainers are finding it easier to visit because President Barack Obama's administration has relaxed travel restrictions.
Castro, a married mother of three, is the niece of retired Cuban strongman Fidel Castro. She is also the director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, part of Cuba's public health ministry, and is the country's most prominent gay rights activist.
Castro has instituted awareness campaigns, trained police on relations with the LGBT community and lobbied lawmakers to legalize same-sex unions. She was elected as a deputy in Cuba's parliament in February.
On Saturday in Philadelphia, she will speak about her experiences and receive an award from the Equality Forum.
Lazin said that Castro had accepted the group's invitation months ago and that he was surprised by the initial visa denial because she had been allowed to attend an academic conference in San Francisco last year.
But some Cuban-American lawmakers blasted that decision, calling Castro a shill for her family's Communist dictatorship. At the time, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., called her "a vociferous advocate of the regime and opponent of democracy."
Menendez was traveling in Central America on Tuesday and was unavailable for comment, a spokesman said.

ps: Apologies for mentioning Mariela Castro as daughter of Fidel Castro. She is the daughter of Fidel Castro’s brother, President Raul Castro.

Facebook on the Way of ‘My Space’

4 Social Media Content Management Tools That Wont Make You Sweat image socialmediamanagementThe problems with FaceBook are problems of human nature. What do humans want? To have the most and the most-of-it. Wether is a single person, single nation, company or single kid playing in pre kindergarden. When Facebook started 60 friends was not enough. I remember when I finally hit 50 I said, “Gosh so Many” Until I started seeing people with over 5000. I wanted to cultivate my 60 or so, like send them birthday cards and interact with messages. There the wish I always had to write and had people read what I write could be possible without going to the trouble and the time (which I did not have) of writing a book.

When I saw 5000 I knew there was trouble somehow. A part of me said “ more so you can have more.” That should be good! Common sense said no way Jose! Life is taught me that things don’t work that way that easily.

Now one day I find out that only small percentages of my friends were receiving what I wrote and then they had to be a in regular conversation cycle with the small percentage allotment., Then there was this get friend wars. Some started by companies and people trying to make money of a big pool of people. People being hire to have friends, people want to have the highest number of friends, competitions of who could get more friends.
The key work here is “ friends.” Facebook was supposed to be your own black book but with pictures of 'friends' and readily available not to the phone like it was before but instantly on your computer.

That dream is no longer what drives Facebook. Now is to make money. Yes people still connect but even though the word friend is used,  the meaning there is far from it. Unless you met the person or the person is related to you, there is no such a thing as a Facebook. Just names. The name of a big public corporation, name of people who’s name is not that. Pictures of 70 yr old men with their 12th grade picture as profile.  Nothing is the way it looks. Yes you can still make a friend, but is easier to make an enemy because with people comes the bias. The ones that don’t like blacks or gays or people from Quebec, Mexico or The Bronx NY. You can also have a date and get to have sex, but you have to be more careful than someone you meet at a bar or club. At least there you see their faces, their clothes and why type of drink they like. Femme, butch man or women. You can see if they are oozing from somewhere before you commit to travel and meet one to one. I could tell you stories, but anyone on Facebook could so I don’t need to. But got to tell you the one with no teeth exjunkie or may be still a junkie with a killer pic and no teeth enough (lol)

Well that is the problem with FaceBook. The challenge of the administrators was to overcome that. I mean they went into this as an accident without a well thought out plan. That’s ok.. It took off. But then you have to address the problems. Whatever  team they got addressing the problem happens to be from day 365 on is a problem them selves. “Restrictions” with restrictions, rules there most be enforcement with rules. With a strict rule on everything and an enforcement which is not left to the same nanos that check websites for cookies, etc. Another (Lol and jeje and a stupid too)With enforcement there most be punishment. With punishment there is no fun, without fun people wont do anything voluntarily and that’s where FaceBook is.
The Farcebook IPO Was A Bad Dream, But Is It Really A Nightmare For Twitter? image Facebook fuckup1 300x300

It will stay afloat but only as a corporation for corporations. Something that makes money by having other things make money. Like The Commercials. Look at GM, they got pissed because they did not make what their p&l told them it was going to make so it picked up it’s marbles and went home? Made a quick U turn, change the numbers on their expectations put another plan in place and came back. Ford and VW of Germany never left. Wait..on that is time for another LOL. and a happy smile  :)

Talking about the technical aspects Robert Miles writes on Digital Journal the following:

"The latest stats show the numbers of Facebook users having declined sharply in the United States and Canada. According to research assembled by Socialmediatoday, over a six month period, those logging on to Facebook declined 7.37% over six months in the United States and 5.3% in Canada.
Teenagers are reported to be gravitating towards other social media apps like Kik MessengerWhatsApp and SnapChat while the most commonly cited reason for their switching off from Facebook was teenagers' embarrassment by the presence of their parents ‘dropping by’ or monitoring what their kids are up to socialmediawise.
Facebook’s move up the age demographic is borne out by data gauging that the average age of Facebook members increased from 38 to 41 years over the two years between 2010 and 2012. Whereas in 2010, 61% of Facebook users were over 35, in 2012, that figure had edged up to 65%.
Parents seem to be increasingly opening Facebook accounts to check what their children are up to. The survey reports that one in two parents’ reason for joining Facebook was to keep tabs on their kids! Not only that, a sky-high 74% of parents said they checked their child’s Facebook several times a week.
As a check on children behaving badly, monitoring via Facebook may be counter-productive, however. In the days before social media networks, parents might have made do with an occasional enquiries such as ‘What time will you be back?’ or ‘Who did you see last night?’ in the latter case making a judgement call on the shiftiness or otherwise of the interrogee. These days a parent’s stealth tactics on their kid’s Facebook page might result in children squirreling away their secrets buried far from parental prying eyes in the likes of Tumblr or other less prominent social media.
For parents, the survey indicates that if they want to keep checking up on their children in cyberspace, they are going to have to become more socially adept on social media networks other than Facebook. Nearly one third of teenagers say they are embarrassed by their parents’ Facebook comments and 30% say they would adopt the Facebook equivalent of sending to Coventry and ‘unfriend’ their parents.

Although Facebook overall has a user-base of an estimated 1 billion plus members, since Facebook's Initial Private Offering (IPO) on the stock market in 2012, the decline amongst the teenage movers and shakers of the social media world may be a problem in the longer term. Once customers gravitate away to other social media, it can be nigh impossible to win them back to any significant degree as Myspace has demonstrated.”

My opinion of FaceBook is sharper than Miles but I think that it all depend on how the most obvious problems are fixed (no chance of that) and who can replace it without being like it, which is been G+ problem. Trying to be FaceBook with another name. Advanced technology and nice pics wont do it because technology will keep advancing. It’s the people stupid.

Adam Gonzalez, Publisher 

B-Bomber Lawyer Looks Like it Will be Defending The Younger Bomber

Expert on federal death penalty cases is appointed to defense team of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Prominent defense attorney Judy Clarke will join the defense team representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

A federal magistrate judge has appointed a prominent specialist in federal death penalty cases to join the defense team of alleged Boston Marathon terror bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Judy Clarke, a San Diego, Calif., attorney, has the “background, knowledge and experience” that will “enable her to provide adequate representation to the defendant,” US Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said in a ruling today.
Clarke’s clients have included Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, who drowned her two children; and most recently Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty, The Associated Press reported.
Bowler denied, for the time being, a request for the appointment of a second death penalty specialist for the defense team.
Tsarnaev, 19, faces charges of use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. He and his brother, Tamerlan, are accused in the April 15 bomb attacks on the marathon that killed three and injured more than 260. They also allegedly killed an MIT police officer. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after a confrontation with police in the early morning hours of April 19. Police say they were subduing him after a shootout when his brother ran him over in a desperate escape.
Clarke joins three other attorneys — Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, and two assistant public defenders — in defending Tsarnaev.
The defense had asked for appointment of two attorneys “learned in the law applicable to capital cases” after Tsarnaev was charged last week.
Bowler wrote today, “A federal death penalty case implicates particular procedural requirements and ‘is extremely demanding to defend because of the effort and pressure involved.’ In light of the circumstances in this case, the defendant requires an attorney with more background, knowledge and experience in federal death penalty cases than that possessed by current counsel.”
“Appointment of Attorney Clarke is therefore justified to provide the defendant with adequate and proper representation,” Bowler wrote.
In a footnote, Bowler said, “Indeed, her qualifications demonstrate she is ‘learned in the law’ of capital cases.”
David I. Bruck, the other attorney the defense wanted to join their team, is a clinical professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law and director of the school’s death penalty defense clinic.
A message left at Clarke’s firm this afternoon wasn’t immediately returned. The website describes her as “specializing in complex criminal litigation, federal capital defense, and white collar crimes.” An e-mail message left for a spokeswoman for the US attorney’s office wasn’t immediately returned

Why Does The GOP Fiscal Hawks Want to Give The Army Expensive Tanks THEY Don’t WANT??

 Why are These Hawks willing to cut almost anything as long as it doesn’t inconvenience them. SS, Medicare , Food Stamps, Libraries closing, Hospitals..No end..and no budget. But since they know more than the army about what they know, they want to shove it down their throats. I ask why but is rhetorical. I know why. These companies that make this equipment, the weapons complex production machine (sits on private hands) they already paid these misfits Senators and few Representatives already. They have been lunched, massaged, entertain, sexed and put to bed How many times? Their houses already nicely built with what money and if any loans? No interest. They need to come up with their side of the bargain and Produce.  That’s what you do when you have been bribed. No for the country, yes for the Pentagon weapons complex. So the Army…well they are paid to fight and die not to think. This is for the senators in those committes’  to do their pocket duty senators. Which senators? Google it or Bing it….names is no prob. 

Why Are GOP Deficit Hawks Telling the Army to Buy Tank Upgrades
 They Dont Want 

 There is a $436 million dollar program that senior Army officials have repeatedly said they do not want to proceed and would make an excellent measure for cuts or payments for other services. The problem? Congress refuses to listen and is insisting they spend this money that they do not want.
As talks of how to cut spending and government waste have become the normal modus operandi of debate on Capitol Hill, a curious little show is playing out within the halls of power in Washington that provides a demonstration of the difference between rhetoric and the reality of attempts to cut spending.
The program in question is an upgrade to the M1 Abrams main battle tank. General Raymond Odierno, a 37-year Army veteran, told the Associated Press, "If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way." Nearly two-thirds of the Abrams tank fleet has already been upgraded and the Army has signaled that future upgrades to the fleet are not needed. The current plan is to allow the current tank fleet to suffice until a new tank is developed and production starts around 2017.
"The Army is on record saying we do not require any additional M1A2s," said Davis Welch, deputy director of the Army Budget Office.
Yet two of Congress's biggest deficit hawks, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), are champions of the measure. They claim that they have a better view on defense issues then the Department of Defense and that stopping the project would result in difficulty restarting the supply line. Jordan said if "it was not in the best interests of the national defense for the United States of America, then you would not see me supporting it like we do."
Portman claimed, "That supply chain is going to be much more costly and much more inefficient to create if you mothball the plant." 
Does the Depart of Defense know best with regards of identifying wasteful defense spending, or are they being too hasty, as many in Congress think?
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Chile Lifts Ban on Gay Blood } American and Canada Actin g Like Third World Countries

 After a year of lobbying by Movilh, an LGBT group, Chile’s health ministry has lifted its ban on gay and lesbian blood donations.
Before last week, potential donors were asked their sexual orientation in a questionnaire and anyone identifying as gay or lesbian was prohibited from donating blood.
US and Canadian lobbying groups have also been calling for an end to the ban but have, so far, been unsuccessful.
[Santiago Times]           

An end to the ban from healthy gay men to donate blood may be in sight in the US and Canada.
In New York, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis is involvedin an online petition demanding President Barack Obama urge the Food and Drug Administration to reform its policy preventing blood donations from men who engage in gay sex.
And last week, the Canadian Federation of Students said Canada’s and Quebec’s blood donating policies need to be updated too. Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec have proposed reducing the lifetime ban to five years but the student federation says that’s still unacceptable. Health Canada will respond to  proposed blood donation policy changes in the next few months.

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