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Juiced

By Susie
My best friend kept telling me about this movie, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” It’s about a guy who goes on a juicing diet. Compelling, right? Yeah, me neither. That’s why it took me a while until I watched it on Netflix. (You can watch it on YouTube for $1.99 if you want.)

And you know what? It was really good, even funny. I told one of my brothers about it, and he started juicing. The other day, he even sent me a juicer as a thank-you present. So now I’m juicing!

I have to admit, the juice I made yesterday sucked. It was all fruit and much too sweet. Today’s is much better: Carrots, a cucumber, some kale, a green apple and a couple slices of mango. It tastes really good! If only it didn’t look like baby diarrhea.

Vegetables are expensive, though. I bought this first batch at the supermarket, but it will only last a few days. I’ll be headed to one of the produce outlets (really cheap, everything’s ripe so you have to use it fast) to pick up some more.

P.S. I’ve now discovered that people like me who are allergic to grass shouldn’t eat chard. So I won’t, ever again. Hopefully my sinuses will die down soon.

Filling quotas

What could possibly go wrong? This reminds me of when the county I lived in did such a good good getting people to recycle plastic that there wasn’t enough trash to power the new trash-to-steam plant (for which they were contractually obligated). So they started dumping the “recycled” plastic in there, too:

At a time when states are struggling to reduce bloated prison populations and tight budgets, a private prison management company is offering to buy prisons in exchange for various considerations, including a controversial guarantee that the governments maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years.

The $250 million proposal, circulated by the Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America to prison officials in 48 states, has been blasted by some state officials who suggest such a program could pressure criminal justice officials to seek harsher sentences to maintain the contractually required occupancy rates.

Oh no! That would never happen!

“You don’t want a prison system operating with the goal of maximizing profits,” says Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and advocate for reducing prison populations through less costly diversion programs. “The only thing worse is that this seeks to take advantage of some states’ troubled financial position.”

Frankenfood

By Susie
Oh, what a tangled web we weave… when we start genetically engineering the food supply.

‘Not enough support’

So not enough members of Congress give a crap that students are sliding deeper and deeper into debt during a recession, huh? Just more members for Occupy:

WASHINGTON – College would get costlier for millions of low- and middle-income student loan recipients starting next fall, unless Congress intervenes.

The fixed interest rate on Stafford federal subsidized loans, held by nearly 8 million undergraduates, is set to double on July 1, a few months before the start of the new school year.

President Obama has asked Congress to block the rate hike for current and future Stafford loan recipients, but legislation aimed at keeping it permanently at 3.4% has stalled in Congress.

Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget would freeze the interest rate at 3.4% for a year.

“We’re saying to Congress, now is not the time to make school more expensive for young people,” Obama said last month when he unveiled the budget. “And they can act right now to make that change.”

Advocates aren’t sure if there’s enough support in Congress to prevent the interest rate from doubling to 6.8%.

If the rate does double, recipients would pay an extra $5,000 over 10 years if they borrow the maximum $23,000, said Rich Williams, a higher-education policy analyst at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Jesus, save us from your followers

By Susie
Remember when Republicans throughout the land were wailing and gnashing their teeth about the Affordable Care Act? How concerned they were about the government “getting between” citizens and their doctors? Well, I guess we know now just how sincere they were:

The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow doctors withhold information about prenatal problems if it could make the decision to have an abortion more likely.

Republican state Sen. Nancy Barto introduced the measure to protect doctors from so-called “wrongful birth” lawsuits.

Such lawsuits are sometimes filed by parents of children with disabilities who believe that doctors withheld information that could have led to the decision to have an abortion.

“When I first heard of this issue, I couldn’t believe that these lawsuits are actually happening,” Barto told KTAR last month. “That some couples, after they give birth to their child that has a disability, would claim that the child should not have been born, and would sue to get damages.”

What a self-righteous twit of a woman. Not everyone can afford to take care of a child with a serious disability. Does she think God will send magical pixies to pay those bills? Not everyone can become a high-powered lobbyist like Rick Santorum, who admits that despite his hefty income, his family struggles with the cost of caring for his disabled daughter.

“The lawsuits that are being brought imply that the physician is somehow at fault if the child is born with a disability,” she added.

Barto claimed that a doctor could still be sued if there was evidence of wrongdoing.

Barto, who last year was named ALEC’s Legislator of the Year, is a proud member of the Pureheart Christian Fellowship. Apparently they use special editions of the Bible that delete the part about “judge not, lest ye be judged.”

Who knows? Perhaps her next legislative project may be modeled on Deuteronomy 22:28-29, a bill to force a raped virgin to marry her attacker.

See no evil

For decades, the Village Voice was famous for its investigative pieces into NYC corruption. Looks like they can add another one to that list:

For more than two years, Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded every roll call at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn and captured his superiors urging police officers to do two things in order to manipulate the “stats” that the department is under pressure to produce: Officers were told to arrest people who were doing little more than standing on the street, but they were also encouraged to disregard actual victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports.

Arresting bystanders made it look like the department was efficient, while artificially reducing the amount of serious crime made the commander look good.

In October 2009, Schoolcraft met with NYPD investigators for three hours and detailed more than a dozen cases of crime reports being manipulated in the district. Three weeks after that meeting—which was supposed to have been kept secret from Schoolcraft’s superiors—his precinct commander and a deputy chief ordered Schoolcraft to be dragged from his apartment and forced into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward for six days.

In the wake of our series, NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered an investigation into Schoolcraft’s claims. By June 2010, that investigation produced a report that the department has tried to keep secret for nearly two years.
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Newt pulls past Little Ricky

I didn’t know there was such a difference in the way Republican delegates are counted. So despite all the media coverage spotlighting Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich is the real threat to Mitt Romney – at least, as far as the real, non-caucus delegate count goes. Hmm, this could get interesting:

WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich has won more “bound” delegates than Rick Santorum so far in the Republican presidential primary, according to the official count kept by the Republican National Committee.

Former House Speaker Gingrich (R-Ga.), through Super Tuesday this past week, has won 107 delegates compared to Santorum’s 95, according to the RNC’s count.

The RNC does not count delegates from states like Iowa in its total. The Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses — eventually declared for Santorum — were given huge symbolic importance and played a big role in showing who the party’s voters preferred, but did not officially allocate any of the state’s 28 delegates to the national convention.

Many caucus states are the same way.

The role of delegates is to go to the party’s national convention and cast their ballot for a presidential candidate. A candidate needs a certain amount of delegates to win the nomination. This year, the magic number is 1,144.

So even though Gingrich has only won two primary contests, in South Carolina and Georgia, and former Sen. Santorum (R-Pa.) has won seven — in Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, Misssouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee — Gingrich has the lead in delegates that are solidly in his column.

[…] Gingrich is the only candidate whose delegate total is higher in the RNC tally than in the AP’s estimate. The numbers for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) come down, too, because the RNC does not count their wins in caucus states.

Throwing the book

The publishing biz has been turned on its head by the introduction of e-readers, and as it shakes out, there’s been bad news for readers and writers, but good financial news for the giant corporations who suddenly don’t have to print and ship as many books. Everyone’s terrified that Amazon will become a monopoly, so they want to bully them into a better position for themselves. I just don’t see any good guys in this scenario, so I’m hopeful the feds will fix this:

The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, according to people familiar with the matter.

Several of the parties have held talks to settle the antitrust case and head off a potentially damaging court battle, these people said. If successful, such a settlement could have wide-ranging repercussions for the industry, potentially leading to cheaper e-books for consumers. However, not every publisher is in settlement discussions.

The five publishers facing a potential suit are CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster Inc.; Lagardere SCA’s Hachette Book Group; Pearson PLC’s Penguin Group (USA); Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH; and HarperCollins Publishers Inc., a unit of News Corp. , which also owns The Wall Street Journal.

Spokespeople for the five publishers and the Justice Department declined to comment. Apple, which introduced a new version of its iPad tablet Wednesday, declined to comment.
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International Women’s Day

By Boohunney
There are so many great women that are part Jawja. Think about it.  Martha BerryJuliette Gordon Low Coretta Scott King, Rosalynn Carter,  Alice Walker.  

I could go on, but, these women, the members of our State Senate are my heroes today. The Senate voted, 33 to 18, to prohibit state employees from using their state health benefits to pay for abortions. The Senate also decided, by a vote of 38 to 15, that employees of private religious institutions have no right to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives. Eight Democrat women walked out of the chamber after these bills were passed.

ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) has so much “ready to photocopy” legislation for the state legislators.

Keep an eye to the State Legislators.

 

 

 

All things must pass

George:

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