Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Mandy in the House: Firebrand activist, Mandy Carter addressed the delegates during Wednesday's Co-Chairs luncheon. She delivered a message filled with detailed information tendered with her passionate plea for NABWMT as well as other national organizations to review their approaches to all issues. "At this time we must consider whether our view is about "Justice or Just US," came the rally cry from Carter. "Our issues should be expanding such as health care policies. I'm a Black Lesbian without health care. Where are we on these issues ?" Carter affectionately chided NABWMT about it's long standing moniker and the perception of it's continue use. However, she affirmed that the mission of the organization was necessary in this issue oriented climate especially in lieu of the publicly debated Gates Affair. She also asked for the organizations attention to a 2011 celebration of Bayard Rustins life highlighting his often overlooked contribution to the civil right march on Washington. Also, direct input on the newly formed NAACP LGBT Equality Task Force unveiled at it's national Centennial Convention in New York City. Carter is affiliated with the National Black Justice Coalition. I had heard Ms. Carter speak at least once before and she never fails to keep it real as well as bring all the issues to the table. As a lifetime member Carter has been a supportive force for NABWMT and was recipient of a 2004 Lifetime achievement award.
A Empty House: Even though I'm out of sight, trust me I'm only a few clicks away from always staying on point about what or what's not going on in Little Rock. I was dishearted yet somewhat not surprised by a follow up e-blast from a reader concerning the Christmas in July benefit held 7.25.09 at UBU. Even though there are many benefits that are planned during the year, it's important to know that these events are funding sources for the local ASO, which utilizes proceeds to assist clients and end users. Those involved are volunteer talent and coordinators whom continue to make the sacrifice to keep the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS current. Unfortunately, their efforts are not always met with a hearty response and such was the case according to this audience member, HIV/ AIDS survivor and ardent supporter. Even though I basically agree with his observations, I must also ponder a few other items such as, "where was the rest of the Arkansas AIDS Foundation Board of Directors?," if it was possible, where were the "clients" and end users whom benefit from the funds providing these services? ," are those scheduled entertainers aspiring to be "symbols of excellence?" Should we consider, "is Little Rock's GLBTQ community suffering from "Benefit Fatigue?," and finally in lieu of other failed benefits we must not forget one of my working proverbs, "prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance." A big shout out, high five and heartfelt THANKS to Cherity, Diamond Rose and Marvella for demonstrating what true "symbols of excellence," are suppose to be all about. I'm sure that there's probably more to come about this whole affair and of course, I'll be the first to let you know...stay tuned.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Monday, July 20, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
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QueerCents: I'm always musing on about this site and I can say that if you haven't had a chance to check it out, then you should. If not, I'm always sourcing materials from them to offer my readers another, "teachable moment." Here's another in a VLOG featuring finance vlogger, Clint, who makes it seem so simple to save, budget as well as, finding a quality of life on less.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
FED Up! 101: I've heard from a blessed few of you concerning my FED Up post in which I spoke about my own frustrations and "it's complicated" life situations that have personally stirred me. Let's face it, we all have them individually as well as collectively as life would have it so. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the meet and greet that was scheduled by the FUQ group in Mac Arthur park earlier this week. It's obvious that there's one of me and many of you having events, meetings, soirees, benefit shows and mash up's that I just always can't put my face in the place. Yet, as time allows and distilled info comes my way, I make every attempt to put it out there for contemplation, more dialogue and certainly clarification. Therefore, I was puzzled that at least as of post time, I didn't see an update on their website on the results of the meeting or possible resolutions. Also, there's been a lack of chatter that I had anticipated or those all important opinions that get bounced around. So, where is all this going? I'll have to get back to you. We're still checking....
Whitney Rises: What can you say, you just can't keep a good diva down. No sireee, it's just not to be and the rewind, re-launch or re-what have you of Whitney Houston is just over the horizon. Even as the MJJ after burn continues to dominate the talk machinery, Houston's 7th studio album on Arista, "I Look to YOU", is slated to drop September 1 and COP:24/7 is dropping her first single, "I didn't know my own Strength." Ms. H. and her producers are coming out the gate in slow motion with Whitney balladeering her way back to the spotlight. It's reminiscence of her early work, "Run to you," or "I have nothing," but I don't feel the burn of those early show stopping numbers in this outing. Yes, I like it, plus the more I personally listen to it, it grows on me. Perhaps Whitney is giving off lowered expectations as a smoke screen then hits us from the blind side with what we've come to expect from this songstress. In the meantime, check it out, let me know what you think. I have no doubt that this one will be the next "crown" number if the boys can learn it in time. To keep our "swag" funky fresh, this widget will be added to our onpoint sidebar to show case our future choices.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Since I first came to public office, I have worked to provide access to stable, affordable and quality health care for all Arkansans. Now I believe that the majority of Congress is finally willing to act.
For the past 18 months, I have worked with my colleagues in the Senate Finance Committee to craft a responsible and meaningful health care reform proposal. As part of the process, I have continuously traveled our state and heard from thousands of Arkansans about how our country's health care crisis has taken a toll on their lives.
A Malvern small-business owner recently told me that he is giving up his 17-year-old business because he can no longer afford his rising health care insurance premiums. His wife and his daughter each has a pre-existing medical condition, and he feels pressure to find a new job that provides affordable, employer-sponsored coverage for his family.
A woman from Ward explained to me that she is not yet eligible for Medicare. After being laid off from her job and exhausting her COBRA benefits, she developed a serious medical condition that required the use of her entire life savings and pension. Faced with bankruptcy and disability, she expects to confront poverty in her old age after a lifetime of working.Similar stories of hardship and frustration are being played out for thousands more Arkansas working families under the current health care system.
Arkansans with health care coverage have seen their premiums rise more rapidly than their wages. According to the nonpartisan organization Families USA, annual premiums for family health coverage provided through work increased by almost 66 percent between 2000 and 2007. Yet Arkansas workers' median earnings increased by only 11.6 percent in the same period. In addition, employers of small and large businesses are often faced with the difficult choice between health care coverage and higher wages for their employees. All of these individuals fear that they may lose their health care coverage if we do not take action to rein in costs.
There also are few treatment options for the half-million uninsured Arkansans, whose number includes 66,000 children. Many resort to the most expensive care setting, their local emergency room. In many cases, a simple yet untreated condition spirals into a health crisis because timely and affordable primary care is not available to the uninsured. If we do not act, these costs will continue to be passed ononto taxpayers and those who are already insured. Right now, the average Arkansas family pays an extra $1,500 per year to cover costs for the uninsured.
Arkansans deserve better.
Health care reform must build upon what works and improve inefficiencies. Individuals should be able to choose from a range of quality health insurance plans. Options should include private plans as well as a quality, affordable public plan or non-profit plan that can accomplish the same goals as those of a public plan.
Coverage alone does not result in access. We must invest in our nation's health care infrastructure--its providers, technologies and facilities--especially in rural America where health care services and providers are fewer and farther between. We also must deliver health care more efficiently and create incentives that promote high-quality outcomes for patients instead of simply encouraging more provider visits and services.
Above all, we must bring stability to health care. Stable health care coverage will protect Arkansans during tough times and ensure that they do not lose insurance when they get sick. Stable costs will mean that Arkansans will not be subject to large premium increases each year that erode their paychecks. Stable quality of care will ensure that Arkansans have dependable treatment options so they can see a doctor of their choice when they need care.
As we work to reform health care, we must be responsible and pay for reform without adding to the deficit and increasing taxes on hard-working Arkansans.
Unfortunately, opponents of reform, who have no real plan for improving health care, are already using the tired arguments of the past. They say that Congress is trying to create "more government" or a "Washington takeover" of health care, which will raise your taxes, get between you and your doctor, and eliminate private insurance. It's a strategy that spreads misinformation and generates fear to preserve the status quo. Arkansans should not be misled by those who oppose real reform.
I am under no illusion that achieving meaningful health care reform will be an easy task. However, I am committed to reform because Arkansans must have certainty that if they get sick, they will have options to receive stable, affordable and high-quality health care.
Congress is on the verge of developing a health care policy that will work better for everyone and we cannot afford to let this opportunity slip away. Our health care crisis was not created overnight and it will not be fixed overnight. It will take all of us--individuals, employers, insurers and providers--to share in the responsibility and come together to make this possible. We know that government cannot do it alone. The key is to take what works and make it better for the next generation of Arkansans. We can no longer afford to sit back and do nothing.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Researchers from Oregon State University's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Florida and the University of Montreal say they have discovered a potential way to eradicate HIV by suppressing viral replication and stopping the division of certain T-cells in the body, according to a study published on Sunday online in the journal Nature Medicine, the Treasure Coast reports (Copsey, Treasure Coast, 6/21). Lead researcher Rafick-Pierre S kaly, scientific director for VGTI Florida and a professor at the University of Montreal, and colleagues say that a new therapy that combines traditional antiretroviral treatment with what they call "intelligent targeted chemotherapy," might completely destroy "HIV reservoirs," where the virus hides inside immune system cells and cannot be reached by existing treatments.
Co-author Jean-Pierre Routy, associate professor of hematology at McGill University in Montreal, said that if a patient responds to traditional antiretroviral therapy, then they would be a good candidate for the new treatment, which could kill the remaining cells that keep the virus alive in the body. He said the patient could "remain virus-free for a long time or forever." A study will begin in September to test the validity of the findings (Minsky, Canwest/Calgary Herald, 6/21).