Thursday, October 29, 2009

Arky Quake!

I didn't feel it. Did you? According to those seismologist guys, central Arkansas was rattling about under foot. Wow, just what else can go on in this state! If only there was some quaking going on in the LGBTQ community that would shake things up a bit. Well, let's not get silly about it all. After all, COP:24/7 is still on the prowl of bring you "what's really going on" and so much more. So if the ground is wiggin about somewhat, we've got some wiggle as well for you too! Let's get jiggy with it...

Obama Rising: This week has been filled with President O shaking a few things up with by signing hate crimes legislation, re-authorizing the Ryan White Act, meanwhile sending signals that he has all the lavender issues on his radar. The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr., a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year.
The measure also extends protections to those attacked because of their gender or disability.
Federal hate crimes law already covers race, religion and national origin. The new law strengthened it substantially, however, by removing a requirement that a victim must have been participating at the time of the assault in some federally protected activity, such as voting, for it to apply. Mr. Obama doesn't seem to mind the naysayers as well as lavender haters whom have chided him for what has been termed as a slow reaction to the campaign promises he readily offered during the last election cycle. Nevertheless, "O" marches on with a decent approval rating and the world awaiting his every move. Good Luck, Mr. O. you are gonna need it!
Public Opinion on Health Reform: What Do the Polls Mean?

The Alliance for Health Reform and Kaiser Family Foundation co-sponsored a briefing at which a panel of experts answered questions about how public support for health reform waxes and wanes depending, not only on what's being proposed in the reform proposals, but also on who asks the question and how it is asked. I don't know about you, but I'm getting a bit steamed at the three ring circus that the whole matter has been force into. I use the KKF resources often to get a different perspective or overview. The item I recently read spoke to a variety of topics and issues including: Do the majority of Americans support health care reform now? Do people want to pay for covering the uninsured – and if so, how much? What do seniors think about paying for health reform partly through changes to Medicare? Some polls indicate that most people like their physician but not the system. What if health reform means changing the system Americans now enjoy? There's so much noise surrounding this dilemma, but I suggest that everyone do your homework and don't' believe some of the hype. Call your Representatives and let them know where you are coming from. Especially, Ms. Lincoln who has been a central player in this shell game. Also, Senator Pryor who seems to be doing a little ebbing and flowing like the buffalo river.
Findings from the Foundation's October Health Tracking Poll were released at an event sponsored by the Kaiser Foundation.
An enhanced webcast presentation includes the speakers' slides synced to the video of the briefing. A podcast is also available on

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