NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After months of laboratory work, scientists say they can definitively finger oil from BP’s blown-out well as the culprit for the slow death of a once brightly colored deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico that is now brown and dull.
In a study published Monday, scientists say meticulous chemical analysis of samples taken in late 2010 proves that oil from BP PLC’s out-of-control Macondo well devastated corals living about 7 miles southwest of the well. The coral community is located over an area roughly the size of half a football field nearly a mile below the Gulf’s surface.
The damaged corals were discovered in October 2010 by academic and government scientists, but it’s taken until now for them to declare a definite link to the oil spill.
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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an anti-abortion “personhood” ballot measure on behalf of six Oklahoma voters.
“By their own admission, the proponents of this initiative aim to strip women and families of their established right to decide whether and when to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. “This initiative insults Oklahoma women’s intelligence and dignity by denying access to basic health services.”
The lawsuit urges the state Supreme Court to block Oklahoma’s personhood amendment petition effort because it is allegedly unconstitutional. The amendment would grant fertilized eggs and embryos the same constitutional rights as people, thereby completely prohibiting a woman from terminating her pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape.
One of the biggest lawsuits against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is back in court next week, and for the first time for any DOMA challenge, it is at the federal appeals level. It is also going before a three-judge panel comprised of two Republican and one Democratic appointee, though partisan affiliation has not been a good predictor of outcome in many gay-related cases in recent years.
The April 4 argument is a consolidation of three cases but is generally referred to as Gill v. Office of Personnel Management. The litigation challenged DOMA’s Section 3 restriction: that, for federal government purposes, “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ‘spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts won a ruling in the federal district court in Boston on the litigation in July 2010. At that time, they were opposed by the Obama Department of Justice. But in February 2011, the DOJ announced it would no longer argue that DOMA is constitutional and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner hired a private attorney, Republican former Solicitor General Paul Clement, to defend the law.
The Department of Justice will be in court April 4 in Boston. It will be represented by openly gay attorney Stuart Delery, who was promoted February 27 to serve as DOJ’s Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. While Delery’s name has not been on the DOJ’s briefs to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the Gill case, he’s no stranger to gay litigation. He argued a class action lawsuit in the First Circuit that challenged the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in 2008. And, according to a 2007 article in the Washington, D.C., gay newspaper Metro Weekly, Delery is raising two children with his partner of nearly 20 years.
The DOJ brief filed in December argues that DOMA Section 3 violates equal protection principles and is unconstitutional. DOJ does not agree with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, however, that Section 3 also violates the Tenth Amendment.
In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that DOMA violates the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by taking from the states powers that the Constitution gave to them. And he ruled that it violates the equal protection principles embodied in the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment in an effort to “disadvantage a group of which it disapproves.”
During the last day of Supreme Court hearings about the Affordable Care Act, the justices covered whether or not the entire law could stand if the individual mandate was struck down and the law’s expansion of Medicaid. But Justice Antonin Scalia seemed surprised that someone would have expected the justices to read the text of the health care reform law before the hearings:
JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment? You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? (Laughter.) And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?
I was stunned by this statement, too. If you get an extremely prestigious job with very high pay for life, plus tremendous benefits, shouldn’t you also be expected to do the work that comes with the honor? Apparently, Justice Scalia thinks not.
Unlike Mitt Romney, I don’t like firing people. But Scalia deserves to be fired, instead of being paid for not thinking or doing his homework.
A Republican Party Internet advertisement uses altered audio from U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments to attack President Barack Obama’s health-care law.
In the web ad circulated yesterday, the Republican National Committee excerpts the opening seconds of the March 27 presentation of Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, in which he is heard struggling for words and twice stopping to drink water.
“Obamacare,” the ad concludes, in words shown against a photograph of the high court. “It’s a tough sell.”
A review of a transcript and recordings of those moments shows that Verrilli took a sip of water just once, paused for a much briefer period, and completed his thought, rather than stuttering and trailing off as heard in the edited version.
I have tears. I’m not crying because Rick Santorum said nigger in public.
I’m sure he says that word all the time.
I’m crying because in 2012, in America, the man who is the President of the United States cannot be referred to or respectfully addressed by anyone.
Barack Obama is nothing but the N-word to Rick Santorum and so many other people in this universe.
And if this educated, kind, brilliant and wonderful man is nothing but a n*gger to a huge swath of people, then imagine what they think of the rest of us.
That all of us People of Color are nothing but n*ggers.
And so I cry.
So yeah. All of this. It irritates the shit out of me when the Right refers to the President simply as “Obama”. And they say it with such disdain and they seem to spit it out like a nasty taste in their mouths. Also, I know that most people can’t pick up on it, but basically, I hear “nigger” every time I hear the right call President Obama a socialist. Mostly because he’s clearly not a socialist. He’s not even a true progressive. He’s a freaking centrist, which pisses them off all the more and makes them reach crazy right in order to counter him. The whole thing just makes me ill.
I'm glad you and the baby are okay, and hopefully she will be born holding a book replete with new entertaining Santorum jokes. I'm off the Internet for a while, but I had to message you. :)
Thanks darlin’! I just have to slow down a bit. Think I kinda scared The Hubs. He yelled a big and said I’m not allowed to carry anything anymore:/ I’m also restricted from running errands. I hate being delicate! But we’re good.
“Republicans have morality upside down. Santorum, Gingrich, and even Romney are barnstorming across the land condemning gay marriage, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state. But America’s problem isn’t a breakdown in private morality. It’s a breakdown in public morality. What Americans do in their bedrooms is their own business. What corporate executives and Wall Street financiers do in boardrooms and executive suites affects all of us. There is moral rot in America but it’s not found in the private behavior of ordinary people. It’s located in the public behavior of people who control our economy and are turning our democracy into a financial slush pump. It’s found in Wall Street fraud, exorbitant pay of top executives, financial conflicts of interest, insider trading, and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations.”—
The Senate on Thursday thwarted Democratic plans to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks from the largest oil companies, just an hour or so after President Obama urged the chamber to kill off the deductions.
Lawmakers voted 51-47 to block Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) bill. Sixty votes were needed to advance the measure.
Two Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snow, both from Maine — crossed party lines and voted to repeal the tax breaks. Four Democrats — Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Jim Webb (Va.) — voted against the bill.
Even if the bill had gained Senate approval, House passage was extremely unlikely, but the vote will likely play a role in the Democrats’ election-year message. Vulnerable incumbents like Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) toed the party line on oil subsidies, and it seems likely that voters in Massachusetts and Nevada will be reminded of this morning’s vote in the fall.
Let’s remember this choice quote from Santorum spokesperson Alice Steward:
There is a type of theological secularism when it comes to the global warmness in this country. That’s what he was referring to. He was referring to the president’s policies in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has.
The right wing in this country has cultivated an amazing ability to create these ridiculous word salads, devoid of any meaning, just by stringing together a bunch of “negative” phrases. So it doesn’t matter if Santorum’s phrase doesn’t make sense to normal people; it makes perfect sense in the feverish hivemind of the American right.
Here’s just a sampling of what passed both the Georgia State House and the Georgia State Senate today in its last day of legislation today:
The controversial Georgia House Bill 1176 passed the GA State House and Senate today, and it awaits Governor Nathan Deal’s signature. The bill would reduce the prison terms of some offenders and divert others into treatment instead of locking them up in prison. It would create three categories of burglary and would punish people who burglarize at night, or with a weapon, or hurt someone the harshest. Lesser punishment would be allowed for burglars who burglarize structures where people don’t live (like businesses such as restaurants, convenience stores, shopping centers, etc.) The bill could conceivably let someone go free for a burglary of a non-dwelling structure. Also, the bill would allow for people with lesser amounts of illegal drugs a looser sentence, while those with a lot of illegal drugs would be punished the harshest. The bill would allow offenders who are currently on probation or parole to graduate to a lower level of supervision if they follow a self-improvement plan. The door could be opened for Governor Deal to make similar decisions to former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, who pardoned murderers and rapists because of politics. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
A bill that would force people who want to receive welfare to take a drug test passed the GA House and Senate and is awaiting Governor Deal’s signature. The bill closely mirrors its Florida counterpart, and in that same light, the bill is unconstitutional, due to the Fourth Amendment protection from illegal and unlawful search and seizure without a search warrant. The Florida version with a similar drug test requirement has been blocked by a federal judge for that reason. Georgia’s law could be heading down the same path as other GOP states. [GPB News]
Once GA Governor Nathan Deal signs it, a bill that bans assisted suicide will become law. Under the bill, if a person assists in another person’s suicide in the State of Georgia, they would be charged more than likely with felony murder or felony manslaughter. Regardless, they could face up to ten years in prison for suicide assistance. [NECN]
The Georgia Legislature OK’s the display of the Ten Commandments in all government buildings and schools. This bill will most certainly be deemed unconstitutional due to the First Amendment barring any establishment of a national or state religion. The tradition of the “Separation of Church and State” which originated from US Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black stated that government and religion not be intertwined with each other. By passing this bill, the Georgia Legislature is basically slapping the US Constitution and the Framers in the face! Even though I personally think that displaying the Ten Commandments in government buildings and schools isn’t such a bad thing, I have to side with the law on this one. The display would publicly endorse a religion (Christianity) and I feel that the bill should be deemed unconstitutional. Like the Supreme Court struck down similar displays in two Kentucky courthouses in 2005, when this is taken up in court, it will be struck down also. [The Florida Times-Union]
A controversial pro-life abortion bill passed the GA House and Senate late in the final day of the 2011-2012 legislative session. Awaiting Governor Deal’s signature, the bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when pregnancies threaten a woman’s life or health. However, the bill did not have exceptions for a woman being raped, essentially meaning that a raped woman would be forced to carry the child that her rapist gave her. She would be forced to carry a reminder of the horrific day she was raped. The bill also allows for abortions to be performed if a fatal defect is found in the fetus at 5 months or after. [The Augusta Chronicle]
And after all this controversy occurred today, Governor Nathan Deal visited the Georgia State House and State Senate and congratulated them on a job well done this legislative session.
Excuse me? How is having the worst record in unemployment in the country a job well done? How is lowering the pay of teachers and paraprofessionals who are already struggling to make ends meet just so you and the Georgia DOT can make a failed HOT lane project and waste millions of dollars that could have went to education and paying teachers? How is that a good job? How is having a carbon copy of one of the most controversial anti-immigration laws in the country enacted in our state going to help our state, and our country’s economy?
Only in the demented brain of a Republican could a horrible unemployment record, a horrible record on jobs, a horrible record on overhauling the HOPE Scholarship that helps people attend college, which is funded by the Georgia Lottery that spends over 40% of the millions they make each year to fund advertising, usually mundane and stupid advertisements, be seen as DOING A GOOD JOB!!
Whatever happiness pill Georgia’s Governor Deal is taking, I want some! Either he’s lost touch with the current reality of Georgians’ lives, or he sincerely doesn’t give a damn about any of us that live and work in Georgia!!
#1 actually doesn’t seem so bad (minus the possible abuse by Gov. Deal), and I don’t know what to think of #3.
#2, #4 and #5, however, all ass-backwards, and all +10s (or the penultimate points of said +10s) to Georgia, with Deal poised to complete the deals with his vile signature.
There are more African American adults under correctional control today — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race.
A black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. The recent disintegration of the African American family is due in large part to the mass imprisonment of black fathers.
If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas have been labeled felons for life. (In the Chicago area, the figure is nearly 80%.) These men are part of a growing undercaste — not class, caste — permanently relegated, by law, to a second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits, much as their grandparents and great-grandparents were during the Jim Crow era.
“The white power activist is running as a Republican in the May 15 Bonner County primary to become the top law enforcement officer. Winkler said despite the white supremacist beliefs he holds as a KKK imperial wizard, his brand of justice would be color blind.
"In the event I was elected sheriff, I would not act on racial profiling," Winkler said. "Being in the white power movement, I know how it feels to be profiled by law enforcement.""
Well, since you said that, I totally trust you and you have my vote.
Refuse to say The N Word in public, and around Black people, but when they get home? When they’re in that private place and no one but Jesus can hear ‘em? They step into the shower on full-hot-blast and wait to hiss the word, “nigggerrrrr”, then giggle really loudly because the endorphins start a pumpin’. Yep.
I saw your article and one of the questions you asked was about the cell phone not being answered. You never mess with electronic devices because you add them as evidence and they are interrogated from the SIM card using a cell phone forensics kit that copies all the data from the phone. I would imagine only the pertinent information will be transfered by the detectives and admitted into the file given to a prosecutor. We'll have to wait for the motion for discovery to find out that information.
I appreciate this answer, however, there’s one problem. Caller ID which would have shown the incoming caller’s number and thereby made it possible for the officers to return the call from a landline. Therefore, we still have a problem. The family still could have been contacted to tell them what had happened to their loved one.
Also, being a defense attorney, I am aware that there are exceptions that allow detectives to search a call history as part of their investigation. They only have to log/ document the state of the device at the time it was recovered and document any manipulations that are made to the device over the course of the investigation. This preserves the evidence and allows continuation of a thorough investigation and also still allows it to be tendered as evidence in the event of a trial.
I can't believe I missed the beginning of this Santorum fiasco!
Most of you are aware that I’m just a few weeks from my due date. To those of you who are new, yep I’m pregnant. Scheduled to pop around April 21. This will be our second child; our daughter is 4 and in pre-school and of course she’s excited to be getting a little sister. She’s also already planned for me to get pregnant again right after this one comes out so she can get a brother. This was the plan, but it’s a little weird when it’s directed by a 4-year old, lol.
Anywho, I was out picking up the 4 year old and we swung by to pickup my husband’s uniforms from the cleaners. I was coming out with the uniforms, had the 4 year old’s hand to cross the street and without warning, I tripped and all my mass tipped forward and down I went. Since I’m so close to my due date that meant an automatic trip to the ER to make sure the baby was fine. She’s fine, of course, but that means I missed all the drama on tumblr! LOL!
After we confirmed all was good, I took a peek at tumblr on my phone and the first thing I see is Santorum has slipped up and almost called the President a “nigger”. I have to say I’m not surprised he almost said it, because I’m sure he (and most of the GOP) say it at home all the time. I’m just shocked he almost said it in front of an audience. In front of a camera. Just like “blahhh people”.
And now, of course, the excuses are rolling in. No problem white folks. Make your excuses, I’ve seen the tape 6 times now. So you can say what you want. I’ll just be over here like this
In fact, they exceeded the minimum amount of signatures required by almost 400,000. Now, pending approval by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board tomorrow (a formality), the recall will be finalized and put into motion. The primaries for recall candidates will be held May 8th of this year, and the general is scheduled for June 5th.
Christ, it took them long enough. Keep drawing it out as long as you want, Scotty. You’re out.
Missouri House Republicans today passed a so-called birther bill, which would require all presidential and vice presidential candidates to provide proof of citizenship to the state before they were allowed to appear on the ballot.
HB 1046 was introduced by state Rep. Lyle Rowland (R). He explained why he felt the bill was necessary to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Rowland, a Republican from Cedarcreek, said he sponsored the bill because he doesn’t think there is enough vetting in the current process, which primarily relies on political parties to verify whether candidates meet all requirements.
“This would just provide us with the verifying evidence,” Rowland said.
Rowland and other Republicans deny that the bill is in response to charges that President Obama is not a citizen, but state Democrats are unconvinced, calling the timing questionable. “There is a large amount of people out there who don’t think our president if a U.S. citizen,” said Rep. Jacob Hummel (D).
Under the bill, “verifying evidence” of citizenship includes a copy of a candidate’s birth certificate, which President Obama released months ago. It’s unclear whether a campaign would be able to provide a copy in coffee mug format.
Missouri is one of several states that has flirted with the idea of a birther bill, but would be the first to enact if, if it passes. Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma have all considered their own versions, and in Arizona, a bill made it all the way to Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) desk before she vetoed it.