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  • Go-Getters, Gone?

    03/20/2016 11:32:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Ian Tuttle
    On April 14, 1852, Lloyd and Lodisa Frizzell and their four sons, with “five yoke of cattle one pony & sidesaddle” in tow, departed their home, on the Little Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, for California. Seventy-two days into their voyage, Lodisa would write in her journal (later titled Across the Plains to California in 1852): That this journey is tiresome, no one will doubt, that it is perilous, the deaths of many testify, and the heart has a thousand missgivings, & the mind is tortured with anxiety, & often as I passed the fresh made graves, I have glanced...
  • LDS Church launches Easter initiative [Church around since 1830 launches second annual initiative]

    04/03/2015 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Provo Daily Herald (Utah) ^ | March 31, 2015 | Genelle Pugmire
    PROVO — The Christian world is preparing for its biggest celebratory week of the year: Holy Week. To honor and testify of Jesus Christ and His life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday will launch an Easter initiative, “Because He Lives,” through social media and other tools. The initiative is expected to reach millions through social media, month-long displays in select LDS Church visitors’ centers, member and missionary tools, and online paid promotion on hundreds of Internet sites. The LDS Church has often been criticized for its less-than-visual participation in Holy Week activities. Throughout Christianity the...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington State’s Employee Rights Political Action Committee (, announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the “Employee Rights Act,” (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employee’s ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • NV: Secretary of State Certifies Initiative to Ban Private Gun Sales in Nevada

    12/11/2014 12:26:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Nevada Secretary of State Democrat Ross Miller, has certified a Nevada gun control initiative put forward by organizations funded by Michael Bloomberg.  The timely turn in of signatures and some signatures themselves have been challenged by a group of Nevada second amendment supporters.   Democrat Ross Miller lost the 2014 election for Attorney General.  Because of term limits, he was ineligible for a third term as Secretary of State, and is in lame duck status.  He also certified the Marijuana initiative.  From the AP article: Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot:...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Breaking The Law Under WA-I594

    11/06/2014 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 11/6/2014 | Aaron Spuler
    Breaking The Law Under WA-I594
  • Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

    10/01/2014 3:08:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Julie Steenhuysen - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia. "The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just...
  • WA:Bodies v. big bucks in background check battle with national implications

    06/29/2013 5:35:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 June, 2013 | Dave Workman
    They came from across the state, from Bellingham to Vancouver, converging over the weekend on the Puyallup fairgrounds, to sign copies of Initiative 591 and get blanks to take back home, where they will have neighbors, friends and local gun shops fill up the sheets; a grassroots army stirred to action by the fear of Seattle-based big money buying away their gun rights. There is little doubt among WAC members and gun show visitors that Washington may be a “test case.” That is, they are convinced that well-financed sponsors of a competing initiative expect to use their experience here to...
  • The stories white guys tell themselves

    08/14/2012 8:03:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 12, 2012 | Robyn E. Blumner,
    Joan Didion wrote, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." I'd modify that slightly for this presidential election year and say, we tell ourselves stories in order to vote. Which is why Mitt Romney maintains a huge lead in the polls among blue-collar white men. The differential is staggering. Non-college-educated white men give Romney a 37-point advantage over President Barack Obama according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. Why would struggling wage earners support a candidate who would give tax cuts to the top 1 percent, a group that controls 43 percent of the wealth in the country,...
  • New space-arms control initiative draws concern

    01/16/2012 7:02:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/16/12 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce the initiative as early as Tuesday. The plan will be built on work contained in a European Union draft code of conduct for space that the Pentagon and State Department have criticized as too restrictive. “The United States has decided to enter into formal consultations and negotiations with the European Union
  • AP Item on 'Summer Jobs Initiative' Omits That Most of 180,000 'Opportunities' Are Unpaid

    01/05/2012 2:51:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/5/12 | Tom Blumer
    An unbylined item appearing at the Associated Press shortly after midnight (captured in full as a graphic here due to its brevity; for fair use and discussion purposes) crowed about how President Barack Obama "is looking to boost summer job prospects for kids," has "gotten commitments for nearly 180,000 youth employment opportunities for next summer," and only says that "Many of the positions would be unpaid training opportunities." How many? Well, most, according to the Hill's Eric Wasson: Obama to launch summer-jobs initiative President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on...
  • A Shameful State Department Initiative

    12/12/2011 10:02:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/11 | Pamela Geller
    Today the Islamized State Department will be meeting with the Islamic supremacist Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss strategies and develop action plans in which to impose the restriction of free speech (or blasphemy, as truthful speech about Islam is considered in Islamic law) under the Sharia here in America. Photos accompanying news reports about the upcoming meeting shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a meeting last summer in Istanbul. Such prominence is given to this totalitarian organization. That photo reminds me of Neville and Adolf.
  • Pike man aims to pass weapons carry initiative(IL)

    08/20/2011 7:54:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 19 August, 2011 | GREG OLSON
    Journal-Courier If a Pittsfield chiropractor gets his way, his neighbors will be allowed to be armed in public. Dan Mefford is spearheading a petition drive to have an initiative addressing the weapons issue placed on the March primary ballot. “The initiative essentially bypasses the Chicago Machine that is currently ruling Illinois,” Mefford said. “I recommend that each county in Illinois get on board and pass the same gutsy version for the constitutional carry of arms.” An initiative is a process that enables a specified number of voters by petition to propose a law and submit it to voters in a...
  • California Unions Intimidate Voters to Maintain Power

    08/11/2011 8:44:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 10, 2011 | Meredigh Turney
    California’s initiative process has long been a thorn in the side of the state’s labor unions and their allies in the Democrat Party. While they have occasionally utilized ballot measure to coax more money out of taxpayers, overall progressives have viewed ballot initiatives as the one aspect of the state’s government that they cannot fully control. Their stranglehold on the legislature and deep pockets for election spending ensure their domination as California’s most powerful political influencer. For besieged conservatives and businesses, bypassing the union-controlled legislature and appealing directly to voters has been a saving grace and has slowed, if not...
  • Obama’s “Start-Up America” Initiative: Stalling Entrepreneurs

    03/03/2011 9:16:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies ^ | 3/3/11 | Jim Roberts
    “Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs.” – President Barack Obama, January 31, 2011 The recent White House announcement of a new government program to promote entrepreneurship must signify that the Obama Administration finally “gets it” about job creation and economic recovery, right? Certainly free-market conservatives can agree with the President’s inspiring words. But … The problems, as...
  • Blaze Exclusive: International Socialists Orchestrate Unions‘ Rally to ’Save the American Dream’

    02/26/2011 8:04:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 25, 2011 | Meredith Jessup
    Last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for “One Nation.” Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to “renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.” On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions are reportedly planning...
  • Peckman launches educational campaign on ET commission initiative

    09/09/2010 9:25:07 AM PDT · by rosettasister · 12 replies
    The Denver Daily News ^ | Sep. 03, 2010 | Gene Davis
    After stalling out several times, an initiative to create a commission in Denver to study extraterrestrials is once again looking to take off. Jeff Peckman kicked off his voter education campaign this week for Initiative 300, which would establish a seven-member panel that would be charged with collecting data and research to prepare Denverites in the event of a possible alien encounter. The initiative received enough valid signatures to be placed on the November ballot. Peckman yesterday was enthusiastic about raising awareness for his initiative. [....] The Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission would consist of a seven person panel that would have...
  • The People's Initiative – I-1071 A Washington State Initiative

    04/25/2010 3:11:55 PM PDT · by ThisLittleLightofMine · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Let's Tear Up the Blank Check ^ | 11/17/2009 | Philip Bitar
    Enhancing the grassroot movement -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The theme of The People's Initiative will enhance the effectiveness of the emerging grassroot movement against unrestrained government growth by offering a message that is focused, positive, concrete, and dramatic. Focused. The initiative theme is focused because it solves just one problem, namely, the fundamental problem that underlies the unrestrained growth of government. Positive. The initiative theme establishes a positive message, namely, power for the people — government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Concrete. The initiative theme transforms the idea of the cost of government into a concrete image, namely,...
  • Obama pushing a new export initiative

    03/11/2010 9:47:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies · 407+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/11/10 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought Thursday to put some detail behind his lofty drive to double U.S. exports over the next five years, calling the effort imperative to putting people back to work. But doubts remain about how many net jobs his trade agenda will create—and how he will get it done. In a speech to the Export-Import Bank conference, Obama outlined steps to flesh out his trade initiative. Among them: creating a mini-Cabinet of officials to focus on exports, seeking more financing to support trade efforts, beefing up enforcement of existing trade deals and pushing for the...
  • Breakout Announcement for Landmark California Ballot Initiative

    03/05/2010 11:24:37 PM PST · by dersepp · 7 replies · 586+ views
    California Watershed Posse Website ^ | 5 March 2010 | J. F. Shaughnessy
    Dear Friends, The State of California is too big to fail. Do these words cause concern? They very well should. The State of California is in a financial crisis and about to become a burden….Your burden. The elected leadership in California would just assume pass on our bills to all of you, whether you live in California or not. The current administration in Washington believes they have a strong constituency here and must bail us out with your money. How does that thought grab you? Most of you know that trends beginning in California quickly find their way across the...
  • Radio Interview of Ballot Proponent

    02/26/2010 10:05:41 AM PST · by WaterForFightingCAInitiative · 2 replies · 228+ views Media Release: This Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. California Watershed Posse Co-Founder and executive director Oscar Braun will be interviewed live on Santa Cruz KSCO AM radio by host and station owner Michael Zwerling on his Saturday Special show. The California Watershed Posse is proposing a controversial California statewide ballot initiative that would significantly change property taxes, present restrictions on air, land, and water resource use, and otherwise reset the economy of California. The proposed ballot initiative appears below. KSCO radio serves much of the Central Coast of California and can also be...
  • "Water For Fighting," California Ballot Initiative Before Legislative Counsel of California

    02/23/2010 10:25:06 PM PST · by WaterForFightingCAInitiative · 4 replies · 1,251+ views ^ | February 18, 2010 | California Watershed Posse
    Date: February 18, 2010 To: Diane F. Boyer-Vine, Legislative Counsel of California From: Oscar Alejandro Braun, Co-founder of the California Watershed Posse Subject: Submission of text of proposed law (Government Code Section 10243) Total Electors Signatures Pages Attached: 6 We, the People of the Republic of California, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the...
  • MS Voter ID Initiative

    01/11/2010 10:50:01 AM PST · by jdirt · 3 replies · 412+ views
    jdirt | Jan. 11, 2010 | jdirt
    Mississippi is in the last three weeks of a Voter ID Ballot Initiative. If we get more signatures, it will get on the ballot. If passed, it will require people to show an ID before voting. Everywhere from Jackson down to the coast needs more signatures. We need people to sign this petition, we need people to go door to door, put them in stores, churches or at any event where people gather. We will never have this opportunity again. If you are against voter fraud and are from Mississippi please get on board this effort now. Go to this...
  • Levin warns US has lost initiative in Afghanistan

    09/11/2009 12:11:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 812+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | Lara Jakes - ap
    WASHINGTON – Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin says the U.S. has "lost the initiative" in the war against insurgents in Afghanistan. In a speech to the Senate Friday, Levin says he wants heightened training of Afghan armed forces before committing more American troops. Levin, D-Mich., urged the Obama administration to expand Afghan forces to 240,000 troops and Afghan police to 160,000 officers by 2013.
  • Part-Time Legislature Initiative Enters Circulation (Californians Revolt!)

    07/17/2009 5:57:43 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies · 1,432+ views
    Source News ^ | July 11, 2009 | Debra Bowen
    SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced that the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures for her measure. The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is comp lete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Attorney General's official title and summary for the measure is as follows: PART-TIME...
  • Organizers: Longmont pot proposal lacks momentum (hard to believe, huh?)

    07/04/2009 12:06:12 PM PDT · by catnipman · 15 replies · 477+ views
    Longmont Times Call ^ | July 4, 2009 | Rachel Carter
    LONGMONT — Free Marijuana in Longmont is collecting signatures to ask voters in November to change city pot laws. But even some members of the group aren’t confident they’ll get the question on the ballot. The group wants to legalize possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana for adults and reduce city penalties for public consumption of marijuana and possession of some types of drug paraphernalia. Volunteers have been walking neighborhoods, knocking on doors and visiting local bars and hangouts as they try to collect the 3,485 signatures they need to put the question before voters. Free Marijuana volunteers...
  • How the Open Government Dialogue got slimed (whitehouse comment site over run)

    06/04/2009 3:19:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies · 754+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | 6-4-09 | unattributed
    Let’s cut to the chase: The Open Government Dialogue — the Obama administration’s much-ballyhooed initiative to engage with the public in an online forum — got slimed. The brainstorming forum, managed by the National Academy of Public Administration, was designed to allow the public to provide input on how to make government operations and information more transparent. Participants were invited to submit ideas and rate other people’s ideas with a thumbs up or thumbs down. The system would tally the votes and assign a score to each suggestion. This mechanism would make it possible for the public at large to...
  • Bill Clinton: I should have better regulated derivative(Clinton Global Initiative Universitys)

    02/16/2009 10:17:50 AM PST · by shielagolden · 14 replies · 1,881+ views ^ | 02/15/09 | Bill Clinton
    AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton was in Austin, Texas, over the weekend to host the Clinton Global Initiative University, which encourages college students and administrators to come up with creative ways to address global issues. Former President Bill Clinton praises the Obama administration's handling of the stimulus bill. CNN's John Roberts sat down with Clinton to ask him about how the Obama administration is performing, how his wife, Hillary Clinton, is doing as secretary of state, and what responsibility he may have for the current financial crisis. John Roberts: Mr. President, in terms of the overall economic...
  • Departments Launch Safe-Driving Initiative for Veterans

    01/12/2009 3:44:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 324+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – A new research and awareness program geared toward preventing motor vehicle fatalities among veterans who return from deployments was formally launched today during a news conference at the Veterans Affairs Department here. Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake teamed up with the Defense and Transportation departments and NASCAR legend Richard Petty to announce the creation of the “Home Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe” initiative, which he told reporters is designed with one objective: to save the lives of veterans on the highways. “We’ve all come together to address something that is a recurring problem,”...
  • Official Interveners Brief (Proposition 8 Proponents Brief Alert)

    12/24/2008 12:49:22 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 576+ views ^ | 12/18/2008 | Kenneth Starr et al.
    Case No. 8168047 IN THE Supreme Court of the State of California KAREN 1. STRAUSS et al., Petitioners, v. MARK B. HORTON, as State Registrar of Vital Statistics, etc., et al., Respondents; DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH et al., Interveners. INTERVENERS' OPPOSITION BRIEF KENNETH W. STARR (Bar No. 58382) 24569 Via De Casa Malibu, CA 90265-3205 Telephone: (310) 506-4621 Facsimile: (310) 506-4266 ANDREW P. PUGNO (Bar No. 206587) LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW P. PUGNO 101 Parkshore Dr Ste 100 Folsom, CA 95630-4726 Telephone: (916) 608-3065 Facsimile: (916) 608-3066 Email: Attorneys for Interveners TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF AUTHORITIES iii ISSUES PRESENTED 1...
  • California officials launch 'Green Chemistry' initiative

    12/17/2008 8:26:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 471+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/17/08 | Margot Roosevelt
    Is that laundry soap truly "environmentally friendly"? Was that mattress treated with toxic chemicals? Is that sweatsuit fashioned from organic cotton? Is that lipstick "natural"? California officials launched a sweeping green initiative on Tuesday to inform consumers exactly how hundreds of thousands of products sold in the state are manufactured and transported and how safe their ingredients are. The plan, which would require every product to reveal its "environmental footprint," envisions the most comprehensive regulations ever adopted for consumer goods. "These recommendations usher in a new era of how we look at household products -- from our children's toys to...
  • CA: Deep-pocket interests alter state's initiative process

    11/02/2008 4:43:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 287+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/2/08 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO – When Hiram Johnson championed an initiative system for California nearly a century ago, he sold it as a grass-roots way to “arm the people to protect themselves.” California's 23rd governor foresaw citizen campaigns that would spring to life and put propositions on the ballot when the Legislature failed to address a pressing need. --snip-- But 97 years after Californians voted to allow themselves to put measures on the ballot, overturn laws adopted by the Legislature and oust elected officials in midterm, Johnson's experiment in direct democracy has changed dramatically. He couldn't have envisioned the multimillion-dollar campaigns for Proposition...
  • Fresno diocese works to replace fired priest who opposed Prop. 8

    10/14/2008 12:28:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 2,232+ views
    The Tribune ^ | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 | Ron Orozco
    Rev. Geoffrey Farrow was removed from his post Thursday after making comments to members of his northeast Fresno parish at an Oct. 5 MassOfficials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno said it will take six to eight weeks to name a new pastor at St. Paul Newman Center to replace the Rev. Geoffrey Farrow, who was removed from his post Thursday. Bishop John T. Steinbock relieved Farrow of his duties after the priest’s startling comments to members of his northeast Fresno parish at an Oct. 5 Mass. Farrow told worshippers that he opposed Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment on...
  • Lawyer: Nebraska may have to adjust to preferences ban

    09/06/2008 6:32:56 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 28 replies · 303+ views ^ | 9-5-2008 | Anna Jo Bratton
    The former dean of the University of Washington School of Law said Friday that Nebraska universities must be ready to adjust if voters approve a measure to ban most types of affirmative action in the state. W.H. “Joe” Knight Jr.’s message to the Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit in Omaha: “Prepare yourselves.” In 1998, voters in Washington approved a similar measure. Knight said minority enrollment decreased immediately, and has just now started to catch up because of the university’s hard work — and more money spent — on recruitment. Schools have also sought more scholarships from private donors, who can designate...
  • Seven Western states, four provinces roll out greenhouse gas strategy

    07/25/2008 8:45:49 PM PDT · by dixiechick2000 · 34 replies · 575+ views
    OregonLive ^ | July 24, 2008 | Michael Milstein
    Your daily routine -- switching on a light, cooking a meal, driving down the street -- would generate less greenhouse gases under a first-of-its-kind regional strategy to curb global warming unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol in Salem. The strategy emerged from the Western Climate Initiative, an alliance of Western states -- including Oregon and Washington -- and Canadian provinces trying to jump ahead of any federal move to regulate greenhouse gases. Large utility companies and factory owners would feel the effects first, followed by fuel distributors, as they face limits on their greenhouse gas emissions. Individual Oregonians would not...
  • The Real Public Service (Thomas Sowell)

    06/02/2008 3:20:00 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 14 replies · 220+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 27, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME, big-government liberals stand up in front of college commencement crowds across the country and urge the graduates to do the noblest thing possible -- become big-government liberals. That isn't how they phrase it, of course. Commencement speakers express great reverence for "public service," as distinguished from narrow private "greed." There is usually not the slightest sign of embarrassment at this self-serving celebration of the kinds of careers they have chosen -- over and above the careers of others who merely provide us with the food we eat, the homes we live in, the clothes we...
  • Encountering Peace: A long way from the Three Noes [EU Stooge Alert]

    03/24/2008 1:03:20 PM PDT · by Alouette · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 24, 2008 | Gershon "140 Flavors of Appeasement" Baskin
    Recently I re-examined the September 1967 decision of the Arab League summit in Khartoum - the famous three no's - no recognition, no negotiations and no peace with Israel. Here we are 40 years later and instead of speaking about the Arab-Israeli conflict, we speak about Arab-Israeli relationships - complex and diverse. Peace, albeit cold, with Jordan and Egypt. The Saudis continue to speak about the Arab Peace Initiative (API) and even Hamas wants a cease-fire agreement with Israel. Syria is calling for direct negotiations with Israel. The Palestinians claim that Israelis are holding back on making progress toward peace...
  • Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban (Washington State)

    03/20/2008 7:24:52 PM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 911+ views
    OPB News (Oregon) ^ | March 19, 2008 | Austin Jenkins
    Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban By Austin JenkinsOlympia, WA  March 19, 2008 3:28 p.m. Washington State’s two-year-old indoor smoking ban is facing a challenge. Cigar shop owners have filed a citizen initiative to roll-back part of the law.Dale Taylor is with the newly formed Cigar Association of Washington. He says the initiative would allow smoking in cigar shops, cigar bars, private clubs and service organizations like the Elks.Dale Taylor: “What we’re asking for here is a fair and reasonable exemption to the law that allows a cigar store, for instance like the one I work in,...
  • "The National Initiative For Democracy"

    01/20/2008 10:54:42 AM PST · by RAY · 10 replies · 192+ views
    WEB - Internet ^ | January 29, 2007 | Democracy Foundation
    George Washington said the following: “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” "The National Initiative for Democracy is a proposed law developed by The Democracy Foundation, over the past decade, along with a plan to get it enacted by the people (not by the government) creating, for the first time, a government 'by you, the people.'"
  • Clinton Global Initiative begins

    09/26/2007 10:14:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 132+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/07 | Brendan Farrington - ap
    NEW YORK - Across town from the United Nations General Assembly session, other world leaders, celebrities and scholars gathered Wednesday for the third annual Clinton Global Initiative conference to discuss subjects of global importance. Climate change — one of four main topics of the conference this year, along with poverty, health and education — took center stage Wednesday morning as the three-day conference began. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Clinton to announce plans by Florida Power & Light to build a solar power plant as part of a $2.4 billion clean energy program. "This is a huge deal for America...
  • In Trenton, Judge Says Item on Stem Cells Stays on Ballot

    09/25/2007 7:45:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 97+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 25, 2007 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    TRENTON, Sept. 24 — A state judge ruled on Monday that a $450 million bond proposal to finance stem cell research must stay on the November ballot, dealing a blow to abortion opponents. Judge Neil H. Shuster of Superior Court in Mercer County ruled that abortion opponents who challenged the initiative on the grounds that it would permit human cloning waited too long to file their case and did not made a convincing enough claim of imminent harm. Saying that an injunction was the “strongest weapon” available to the court and should be used sparingly, Judge Shuster declined to stop...
  • States set goal for reducing emissions (Western Climate Initiative - Cap-and-trade, Here WE Come!)

    08/22/2007 8:40:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 535+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/22/07 | Paul Davenport - ap
    PHOENIX - Six western states and two Canadian provinces announced a regional goal Wednesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The Western Climate Initiative includes Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington and the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba. The group wants emissions cut by 15 percent over 2005 levels within 13 years. Governors of the most of the states created the WCI in February, pledging to work together to significantly reduce emissions, partly by designing a market-based system such as a cap-and-trade program planned by California. "The regional goal reflects the combined impact of the individual...
  • CA: Term-limits initiative amended to ensure Senate leader can run (Perata)

    02/16/2007 8:47:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 362+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/16/07 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Supporters amended a proposed term-limit initiative Friday, a day after it was unveiled, to ensure that it would allow the leader of the state Senate to run for re-election in 2008. The initiative's drafters made minor changes and filed the amended version with the attorney general's office to satisfy concerns raised by an attorney for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. "We think it was clear from the beginning that Sen. Perata is entitled to another term under the initiative, but we wanted to be responsive to his lawyer's concerns," said Robin Johansen, a San Leandro attorney who helped...
  • CA: Giving solar industry a spark(Initiative's success will depend on making power cost-competitive)

    12/11/2006 9:59:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 416+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/11/06 | Craig D. Rose
    If California's $3.4 billion solar initiative succeeds in promoting 1 million more rooftop, solar-electric systems, it could still be considered a failure. That's because the 10-year program, set to begin next month, aims to do more than just subsidize installations. It's also intended to make solar electricity's cost comparable to the power provided by utilities. Today it costs twice as much. If solar costs could be made competitive, the impact would be profound. Most conventional power is produced by burning coal or natural gas, making the electric-generation industry a leading source of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Cheap and...
  • California lawmakers may lead nation (state's new, unique 'hybrid democracy' may spread across U.S)

    11/26/2006 9:49:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 2,430+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/26/06 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO — Expect surprises. It's no longer politics as usual. Want to overhaul the Legislature into a single nonpartisan house? How about creating universal health care or a bullet train? Voters may soon get the chance. Californians are so tired of Sacramento and Washington that they are creating a "unique hybrid democracy" to dissolve political gridlock on key issues — a trend that could spread across the nation. That's the conclusion reached by California's two foremost pollsters, looking back to the Nov. 7 election and ahead to coming sessions of the Legislature and Congress. Californians are backing away from the...
  • Judicial Lawsuit Amendment Fails In South Dakota

    11/08/2006 10:24:37 AM PST · by steve-b · 27 replies · 679+ views
    AP ^ | 11/8/06 | Dirk Lammers
    South Dakota voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have let people seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against judges and other government officials they believe have violated their rights. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, 279,338 people, or 89 percent of the voters, shot down Amendment E, and 33,455, or 11 percent, supported it....
  • Michigan Ballot Proposals for 06

    10/24/2006 4:51:08 AM PDT · by BigAlPro · 2 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Holland Sentinel ^ | 10/22/06 | Alan Helvig
    Proposal 06-1 is a "Proposed constitutional amendment to require that money held in conservation and recreation funds can only be used for their intended purposes". If you agree with this logic, vote "Yes". It should be a no-brainer. Proposal 06-2 is a "Proposal to amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes". If you believe that all people were created equal and should be treated fairly, based on their qualifications and their abilities, then...
  • VA Announces ‘Veterans Pride’ Initiative

    10/18/2006 6:31:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 335+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2006 -- Leaders of major veterans organizations joined Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson here today in launching an effort to “kindle a new spark of patriotism” by asking men and women who have served in the military to wear their medals on Veterans Day. Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson, along with leaders of major veterans organizations, announces the Veterans Pride Initiative at the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18. VA photo   '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "We are announcing a ‘Veterans Pride Initiative’ to remind Americans of the...
  • CA: Mountjoy Initiative To Stop Benefits for Illegal Aliens

    10/11/2006 3:40:11 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 28 replies · 676+ views
    Mountjoy for Senate e-mail | 11 October 2006 | Dick Mountjoy for Senate
    October 11, 2006 Defend California: New Initiative Will Stop Government From Providing Benefits to Illegal AliensLegislative Analyst Says Initiative Will Save Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Annually Fed up with legislative action every year to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, former State Senator Dick Mountjoy has joined with the non-profit organization Defend California to craft an initiative to prohibit such efforts. “Our initiative will once and for all prohibit any government entity from giving tax-funded benefits to illegal aliens,” said Mountjoy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate. “Thankfully, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the driver’s license bill the past two years,...
  • CA: Oil tax fight becomes state's most expensive initiative campaign - Prop 87

    10/09/2006 7:19:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 561+ views
    AP on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 10/9/06 | Samantha Young and Noaki Schwartz - ap
    SACRAMENTO In any other year, a $60 million opposition campaign fueled by a deep-pockets industry would spell nearly certain doom for a California ballot initiative. It still might. But the fight over Proposition 87, the oil-production tax, could be different. The infusion of $40 million by a Hollywood producer has given environmentalists pushing the initiative the financial firepower to respond punch-for-punch to the global petroleum companies that oppose it. The battle over the so-called oil tax has become the costliest initiative campaign in California history and has led to a flood of television advertising throughout the state. The campaigns for...