31 August 2008
30 August 2008
During the interview, there was talk of this storm being the storm of the century. That should exemplify just how strong it might be, especially in light of the devastation Katrina and Rita caused in the area.
If you pray, this might be a good time to offer one up for the people down there—it's not going to be pretty.
If you happen to be in the New Orleans area, click here for the Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
Finally, click here to watch a series of videos on a safe evacuation from a hurricane.
29 August 2008
Below: CBS News Video report on the storm.
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At the very least, James Danforth Quayle, vice president under Bush 41, had experience in the United States Senate. Palin, meanwhile, has about as much experience in politics as you or I do. And yet, God forbid, if McCain is elected, and if he's unable to serve out his term for whatever reason, Palin becomes the President of the United States of America.
Last time I checked, so was Mitt Romney — and so was Mike Huckabee. So why Palin for any other reason than to win over disgruntled Hillary voters?
"She's exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second," McCain said. "She's got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today."
Does she really? How does McCain know this? Last time I checked, McCain hadn't even been to Alaska to campaign. And Palin—now that's not all too common a name on TV news. Palin?
McCain can spin this however he'd like. But the bottom line remains that McCain clearly picked her for all the wrong reasons.
Now in all seriousness, I ask ... especially to supporters of McCain ... can McCain honestly, now, run a single TV ad critical of Obama's experience?
All he has to do is look around him now when he and Palin hit the campaign tour — and Minnesota next week for the Republican National Convention.
What he'll see is a miscalculated choice for his vice president. And he'll see someone whose credibility and experience can be ripped to shreds — even by Obama.
If that's not reason enough not to vote for John McCain, I don't know what is.
The following video is of McCain and Palin's rally today in Ohio.
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28 August 2008
Well, our journey on Wordpress lasted 6 days. Unfortunately, Wordpress doesn't have even half of the features Blogger does. So, as much as I liked the look of the Wordpress blogs, we were serious limited with what we can bring to you, our readers.
So in the interim, I redesigned our Blogger site—and we're starting fresh. Unfortunately, all of our older posts are gone. But you can get the older posts by clicking here [if there's something you need to find that's older].
In the interim, continue sending suggestions and feedback. And, as always, thank you for your loyal support of The Hudson Line.
It was 45 years ago today that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered perhaps the single most important speech ever given in American history. And in as wonderful a tribute as could happen, the "I Have a Dream" speech's anniversary coincides with a day perhaps King was thinking of when he delivered his impassioned speech in Washington, D.C.--the day the first Black nominee for the U.S. presidency, Barack Obama, accepts his party's nomination.
Click here to read more of a story I wrote on today's anniversary for DiversityInc.com—and for plenty more from DiversityInc on today's anniversary, including some very interesting columns called "Ask the White Guy" from our Partner/Cofouner Luke Visconti. Additionally, below you will find the video of Dr. King's speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
26 August 2008
Imus cast member Rob Bartlett has clots in legs, lungs that pass through heart; Imus says his sidekick is lucky to be alive
Rob Bartlett, of the Imus in the Morning show, passed out yesterday—it turns out he has clots in hislegs and lungs, and the clots passed through his heart—and he's now in St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, Don Imus announced this morning on his show. Imus said Bartlett passed out because the clot passed through his heart, and he said in 80 percent of such cases, the victim dies. Bartlett is expected to undergo surgery today to remove the clots.
"Jesus, God in most cases he'd be dead," Imus said. "If you believe in the prayer deal, it might be a good time to say one for the guy."
Show cast member Tony Powell said Bartlett didn't want flowers [or gift baskets]—instead, he'd rather folks donate in his name to the Imus Ranch.
"The last thing the fat bastard needs is candy," Imus said. "Man is he lucky to be alive."
25 August 2008
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The New York Giants have reached out to their former player and future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, asking him to return to the team following the season-ending injury to Osi Umenyiora.
Strahan's agent spoke to The Star-Ledger about Strahan's possible return.
"Have I talked to the Giants? Yes. Are we negotiating? No. Are they interested? Yes," Strahan's agent Tony Agnone said Monday when reached on his cell phone. "But who wouldn't be interested in Michael if they needed a D end?"
Click here to read the Star-Ledger story in its entirety.
Some 30 out-of-commission subway cars were dropped into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape May to create artificial reefs for sea life that otherwise couldn't survive in the waters.
Click here to read the Star-Ledger story on the drop.
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The letter concluded with an admonishment that no Catholic may support a candidate who supports marriage between anyone other than a man and a woman. It also said a Catholic could not support a candidate who supports stem-cell research and abortion rights. I'll focus on the first ideal.
"No Catholic may support a political candidate who supports anything but marriage between a man and a woman." These are the words. They were written by a grand knight, whose organization admonishes its members to refrain from bringing partisan politics into its chambers.
First, I'd say that although this isn't, per se, in the council chambers, there exists a clear violation of its own rules. Telling a member he cannot vote for a politician [clearly and obviously Barack Obama or any other Democrat for that matter] who supports non-traditional marriage constitutes hypocrisy of immense proportions.
What actually sickens me about what this man wrote is that it does not address some other serious issues facing people in this country.
For starters, I don't think it takes a person of great brilliance to realize that as "threatened" as some conservative people are by gay marriage, that marriage as it stands right now-heterosexual marriage-is beyond repair right now. In a most ironic twist, there are tons of full members of the K of C who are divorced, separated or living together with an unmarried significant other of the opposite gender.
Could you even imagine a member of the Knights sending out a letter to his constituency admonishing members who divorced? Who lived with his girlfriend out of wedlock? It wouldn't happen-it barely happens. And yet, these same people are afraid marriage between two women or two men is going to destroy the institution we know as marriage right now.
Sorry, folks. The greatest threat to marriage right now are married people. It's the people who see marriage as something more than just a couple who love each other, only to find they don't want to be married anymore, who damage marriage more than anyone or anything else.
Please-I beg anyone to tell me how two people who love each other and who just so happen to be of the same gender are doing anything to destroy the institution of marriage? Please tell me how a faith of believers that spends a year of marriage preparation with a priest who, in most cases, has never been married or who has never been in a committed relationship, can say marriage would be destroyed if two women or two men were permitted to marry?
Is it just me, or is there something wrong with the picture of a priest, who has no experience in committed relationships, telling a gay couple they can't get married because they'd destroy the institution as it is currently known?
Perhaps it's just me-but I cannot fathom the utter hypocrisy.
This is by no means an indictment on the priesthood. I respect and admire the priesthood of most [hardly all] Catholic priests. What I cannot accept is the church-or its members [in this case, the Knights]-telling anyone of the importance of keeping a broken institution as is. Because quite frankly, folks, marriage is not threatened by the LGBT community. It is ruined by people who cannot and don't live up to the expectations of marriage.
Period. End of story.
There will be many people whose minds will never change on this issue. I'm one of those people. And as much as there will be people who find fault with two people loving each other and wanting to spend the rest of their lives together, with the same rights afforded other married couples, I cannot stand by anymore and allow these hateful and disgusting words to go unnoticed.
And just as word comes that the Knights have donated $1 million toward helping to pass Proposition 8 in California that would redefine marriage in the state constitution as between one man and one woman, I know that I, too, as someone who considered himself Catholic, can do what I think is best in the same realm. I don't need a Grand Knight telling me who I can and cannot vote for.
And even worse, I wonder just how many people will read a similar letter, as a Catholic, and as a Knight, and then go on to vote for a pro-gay-marriage candidate anyway? Unlike them, I won't just ignore that notion.
And if it means that I am no longer worthy of the church-and no longer worth of the Knights-then so be it.
Quite honestly, I could do without all that hatred and viciousness.
I think we all could, folks.
Sadly, however, the debate will rage on for many years to come-and I doubt, in my lifetime, the church or the Knights will ever see it as I, and many other Americans do.
I guess that means I'm now divorced, too-from the Knights of Columbus.
MSNBC is offering gavel-to-gavel coverage, on the Web, of the Democratic National Convention. Click here to get to the video player [the only bad feature of our new Wordpress blog is that we cannot, as yet, embed videos in posts that aren't Youtube or Google].
In an historically unprecedented move, more than 30 national HIV/AIDS organizations and leaders representing African-American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native and Asian & Pacific Islander communities have joined forces in an urgent call for the development and implementation of a comprehensive national AIDS strategy.
The demands to the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees come in response to long-standing concerns about unmet needs for targeted HIV-research, treatment access, medical care and prevention in communities of color. A recently released report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on estimates of new HIV infections in the United States amplifies the crises faced in communities of color.
According to the CDC's alarming new estimates, communities of color account for a combined total of 65 percent of the approximately 56,300 new HIV infections occurring in the United States. By the CDC's own admission, this new estimate is 40 percent higher than the CDC's earlier estimate of 40,000 infections per year. The startling new HIV rates are of special concern for people of color who are more likely to die from the disease than HIV-infected whites. AIDS advocates representing communities of color have long expressed dissatisfaction with the current lethargic, fragmented and unaccountable U.S. response to the epidemic, which they point out, is a direct result of the non-existent national plan.
Leading national HIV organizations and leaders representing communities of color convened at the FordFoundation in New York City this month to formulate a national HIV response to the new administration that will take office in January. Pledging to work together to strengthen the HIV/AIDS response-nationally, and in their own communities-these organizations agreed on an urgent seven-point action plan.
The action points stipulate, first and foremost, the urgent need for the next administration to rapidly initiate a National AIDS Strategy that engages the entire federal government in the fight against HIV and holds each department accountable for improved results in communities of color.
Ironically, the U.S. government requires foreign countries receiving American HIV/AIDS assistance to have a national strategy for addressing the epidemic, where there is none in place in our own country. The action plan also demands the federal government improve its inadequate data gathering methods, currently accounting for only 33 out of the 50 states and 5 dependent territories, excluding other states and territories severely impacted by the epidemic.
This flawed process results in the underestimation of HIV rates and impedes efforts to allocate adequate resources to address HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care for all at-risk Americans.
Public health advocates also stress that the socio-economic drivers of the epidemic disproportionately impact communities of color. Such factors include poverty, limited educational opportunities, gender inequities, homophobia, HIV stigma and inadequate health access. The needs of communities of color are further compromised by the current administration's response to the epidemic including a derisory allocation of only 4 percent of HIV-related domestic spending towards HIV prevention efforts and the flat-funding of the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative for the past six years despite increasing rates of transmission in people of color communities during that time.
The partnering organizations and leaders stand together to demand concrete action from the new president and his administration. The organizations and leaders represent various individuals, including health service providers, policy makers, physicians, medical schools and people living with HIV/AIDS. The representatives come together from across the country including Hawaii. Together, they bring a voice to the needs of people in urban, rural and native reservation communities.
24 August 2008
The next two weeks are all about why so many people love talking and taking part in politics.
And in just a few hours, the Democrats will kick things off with the start of their convention in Denver. And could the conventions ever be more important than they are this year?
Both Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead heat, 47 percent to 47 percent. Of course, the popular vote isn't what matters—but it will still be exciting to see what kind of boost the candidates get from their respective party conventions.
As the week progresses, we'll have plenty over coverage of the DNC, the same next week at the RNC.
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I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome I've received as the newest member of this campaign.
What you and Barack have accomplished over the past 19 months is incredible, and it's an honor to be part of it. I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting involved.
I recorded a short video message about how I hope to help in the weeks ahead.
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23 August 2008
If I had relied on the e-mail from Barack Obama to learn who his new vice-presidential running mate was to be, I would have just learned it was Joe Biden. The e-mail arrived in my inbox just a few minutes ago.
I have some important news that I want to make official.
I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.
Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois -- the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.
I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.
Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it:
Thanks for your support,
P.S. -- Make sure to turn on your TV at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to join us or watch online at http://www.BarackObama.com.
22 August 2008
Barack Obama announced he's made his decision on a vice presidential candidate, but he wouldn't say anymore. There are reports, however, he'll announce the selection—by text message and e-mail to his supporters first—sometime this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Obama's camp's jumping on John McCain's inability to tell a reporter how many houses he owns. McCain's camp, on the other hand, says Obama's one home, valued at $1 million, was purchased from a convicted felon.
Check out this video from CBS News for more.
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