NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation Fact Sheet

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation Fact Sheet:


Take Action: Defend NPR & Join the “Muppet Lobby”

Take Action:  Defend NPR & Join the “Muppet Lobby”

Well, we’re only a few weeks into the 112th Congress, and already Republicans are trying to pull the plug on public media.  They’ve announced a budget plan to ZERO out all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the nonprofit responsible for funding public media including NPR, PBS, Pacifica and more.

Fortunately, we’re working with our friends at CREDO and a number of other allies to fight back.  And over 400,000 people have already signed our petition to Congress to fully fund NPR and defend public service media.  Wow! 

Join them: Take action, spread the word (forward this email, share on FB, tweet it, etc.), and fight back.

National public broadcasting is remarkably cost effective, providing local news and information free of charge for millions of viewers — while only receiving about .0001% of the federal budget (that’s right — less than one ten-thousandth of a percent).

Oh, and not only is the Republican leadership trying to gut funding, they are openly mocking supporters of NPR and PBS.  Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina not only vowed to pursue the cuts, he derieded supporters of PBS as the “Muppet lobby.”  

Well, we’ve got our own message for Senator DeMint:  Muppet Lobby?  You BET we are!  If we have to choose between “Big Bird” and “Big Oil,” we know where we stand.  

And you can tell him that yourself:  Take action at Left Action, sign our petition, and tell Senator DeMint, “I Stand with the Muppet Lobby!” 

And a reminder, if you want to get even more involved with Left Action, here are other steps you can take:

Thanks again.


John Hlinko and the Left Action team

D-Backs Announce Champs’ 10-year Reunion

D-backs announce champs’ 10-year reunion

2001 World Series winners will come back to desert Sept. 9-11

By Steve Gilbert / | 02/11/11 12:29 PM EST

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks will turn back the clock Sept. 9-11 when they officially celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club’s World Series championship with the “2001 World Championship Reunion Weekend.”

The weekend will begin with the D-backs wearing throwback jerseys for the Sept. 9 game against the Padres. The club will wear the traditional home white top with purple pinstripes and the “A” logo. That was one of the uniform tops the club wore from 1998 through 2006, when its color scheme was purple, turquoise, copper and black. In 2007, the team switched to its current color scheme of sedona red, sonoran sand and black.

“The players on the 2001 team will always be remembered by D-backs fans for our proudest achievement,” D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. “So we want to make sure we have as many of them return to Chase Field in September to recreate those special memories.”

The Diamondbacks celebrated after winning Game 7 of the World Series over the Yankees on Nov. 4, 2001. (Matt York/AP)

Members of the 2001 team will be in attendance and will be recognized during a pregame ceremony Sept. 10. The players will also be celebrated during the game as the organization relives an inning-by-inning recap of the club’s Game 7 win over the New York Yankees.

The team said it will announce which players from the 2001 team will be in attendance at a later date.

The first 15,000 fans entering the ballpark on Sept. 10 will receive a 2001 World Championship Replica Ring, courtesy of Chase.

“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since our magical season in 2001 that created so many thrilling memories for D-backs fans throughout Arizona,” said Luis Gonzalez, who currently serves the D-backs as a special assistant to the president and CEO. “I am looking forward to seeing my former teammates and reliving the many memories from the 2001 World Series with our fans in September.”

To close out the weekend, the D-backs will honor first responders in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

D-backs fans can purchase tickets to the “2001 World Championship Reunion Weekend” beginning Saturday, when D-backs 10-Pack ticket packages go on sale at SUBWAY D-backs FanFest, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. MST at Chase Field.

The D-backs’ 10-Pack packages include 10 flex tickets to 2011 regular-season games, $10 in D-bucks and a free MLB All-Star FanFest ticket. The ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (602) 514-8400.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. 

Brazilian Boy With Needles in His Body Will Survive

They ought to punish this stepfather and his girlfriend by doing to them exactly what they did to this little boy.

This makes me so angry. I’ve been following this story. First the stepfather claimed it was part of a ritual, then
later admitted he did it to get back at his wife, the boy’s mother. They gave the boy alcohol to get him drunk
then held him down and inserted needles into his body. He was too intoxicated to cry, but felt pain when the
alcohol wore off. The stepfather says he figured the boy would die and no one would ever know. The boy’s
mother took him to the hospital when he complained of pain, poor little thing. At least he’s going to survive.

Comment on ‘Daddy…It Hurts’

I got the poem in my inbox a couple weeks ago, I think, and it bothered me then.  I passed it on to a few people, but not to everyone
I know.  Then I got it in my inbox a couple days ago from my niece.  She probably got it from me originally, because it took us all a
few days to get caught up on email from the few weeks we didn’t have internet access before and after we moved into our new place. 
I know so many kids are abused (both physically and verbally) or neglected, or left home alone all day (even very small children like a
3 year old) and they don’t get any hugs, love or enough nutrition or stimulation.  And not always because the parents can’t afford it. 
And of course the children also get blamed for the parents problems; like in the poem where the little boy says his father blames him
for his problems at work.
The poem in places sounds like what a three year old would think, like thinking if he behaves maybe he won’t get hit, or he’ll only get
one whipping, or maybe if he wasn’t ugly mommy would hug him, etc.   But in other places it doesn’t, like running for the door and
finding it locked. A 3 year old would cry, say daddy no, or maybe try to hide, but probably not try to run out the front door. But maybe
they would, I don’t know.  In any case, it’s very said and it bothers me.  But it should.  If it didn’t bother us, what kind of people would
we be, you know?

Daddy, It Hurts

You don’t have to pass it on, and it won’t mean you don’t care about child abuse. But when I read it (I didn’t write it.) it makes me cry because I know so many kids are left home alone, no hugs or love, then neglected, abused and even murdered. This is not a ‘daddy’ and a ‘mommy’. Daddys and mommies don’t do these things. Being a biol.ogical parent does NOT make you a ‘mommy’ or a daddy’.
My name is Chris, I am three, My eyes are swollen..I cannot see. 

I must be stupid, I must be bad, What else could have made, My daddy so mad?
I wish I were better, I wish I weren’t ugly, Then maybe my mommy, Would still want to hug me.
I can’t do a wrong, I can’t speak at all, Or else I’m locked up, All day long.
When I’m awake, I’m all alone, The house is dark, My folks aren’t home.
When my mommy does come home, I’ll try and be nice, So maybe I’ll just get, One whipping tonight.
I just heard a car, My daddy is back, From Charlie’s bar I hear him curse, My name is called, I press myself, Against the wall.
I try to hide, From his evil eyes, I’m so afraid now, I’m starting to cry. He finds me weeping, Calls me ugly words, He says its my fault, He suffers at work.
He slaps and hits me, And yells at me more, I finally get free, And run to the door.
He’s already locked it, And I start to bawl, He takes me and throws me, Against the hard wall.
I fall to the floor, With my bones nearly broken, And my daddy continues, With more bad words spoken.
‘I’m sorry!’, I scream, But it’s now much to late, His face has been twisted, Into a unimaginable shape.
The hurt and the pain, Again and again, O please God, have mercy! O please let it end!
And he finally stops, And heads for the door, While I lay there motionless, Sprawled on the floor.
My name is Chris, I am three, Tonight my daddy, Murdered me.
And you can help, Sickens me to the soul, If you read this, and don’t pass it on.
I pray for your forgiveness, You would have to be, One heartless person, Not to be affected, By this Poem.
And because you ARE affected, Do something about it! So all I ask you to do, IF YOU ARE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE!
Post this as ‘Daddy … it hurts’ If you do not send this to everyone you know Then you obviously don’t care about child abuse.

At first I thought this was just a chain letter and I wasn’t going to send it either, but now I realize that this is an important situation. At least 5 children each day from around the world die from child abuse!!!!tk

This Will Be My Space

Hello, Everyone! 

I finally got around to creating my personal space here on Windows Live.  I’m in the process of creating favorites lists for books, music, movies and other things.  I decided to finally go ahead and work on my personal space because I wanted a place to post my personal opinions on various topics of the day.  In other words, I feel the need to blog.  I will create blogs when I have a topic I want to blog on and also the time to actually write and post