Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dashing Through Wednesday

Romeny To Rake Cash in the Rock

Its being reported that State GOP officials say Mitt Romney will visit Arkansas for a fundraiser today in Little Rock. Romney will arrive in the state fresh from the current meltdown of Rep. Todd Akins "I'm so sorry that I mis-spoke" bombshells earlier this week. Romeny has called for "misinformed" Adkins to step away from his bid, but Adkins is having none of it. Ryan has called " I'm not perfect and I'm sorry" Adkins to exit the race yet he's still undeterred. Meanwhile if that was not enough storm, there's hurricane Issac churning it's way toward Florida. What's the next shoe to drop as we keep connecting the dots.

Party spokeswoman Katherine Vasilos says Romney will be in Little Rock on Wednesday, but in true Romney fashion, "everyday folks" will not be invited unless you've got the big bucks for the honor. Why bother with the low hanging fruit folks when all that matters with this candidate is who's got the deepest pockets to get his attention or be apart of his circle. Yes the business leaders will be invited along with those who are well connected. All of this despite Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan talking about how they understand those of the middle classs, on medicare or marginalized by the system. Really? What this amounts too is a "hit and run" with the cash without any other public event that might get some local push back or some other protest.  It's the first Arkansas visit for Romney since he became the presumptive Republican nominee for president and the fundraiser comes less than a week before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

The visit was first reported by Stephens Media Group and has been covered by all local media. An invitation to the fundraiser says receptions will be held at the Peabody Hotel followed by dinner at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock. The invitation also lists the Republican members of Arkansas' congressional delegation as special guests.

The dinner costs $50,000 per couple. The receptions range from $2,500 per person to $25,000 per couple. I checked my mail bag, nothing from Camp Romeny, but Team Obama is relentless in keeping in touch!  Unfortunately Romeny most likely will take Arkansas into his win column, but no matter what, please register to vote and vote as if your life depends on it. Because it just might...

CDC Now Recommends All Baby Boomers Receive One-time Hepatitis C Test

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released final expanded hepatitis C screening recommendations calling for all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 to get a one-time test for hepatitis C.
Ronald ValdiserriAimed at identifying more hidden infections among those most affected by the disease and reducing the rising toll of hepatitis C-related illness and death in the United States, the new recommendations expand CDC’s existing risk-based recommendations. Those called for testing only individuals with certain known risk factors for hepatitis C infection. Risk-based screening will continue to be important. But, that approach alone is not sufficient since more than 2 million U.S. baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C – and most of them don’t know it. These 2 million
Dr. Ronald Valdiserri
persons account for more than 75 percent of all American adults living with the virus. More than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer, and deaths have been increasing steadily for over a decade and are projected to grow significantly in coming years.
In developing the recommendations, CDC cites studies showing that many baby boomers were infected with the virus decades ago, do not perceive themselves to be at risk, and have never been screened.
CDC estimates one-time hepatitis C testing of baby boomers could identify more than 800,000 additional people with hepatitis C. And with newly available therapies that can cure up to 75 percent of infections, expanded testing – along with linkage to appropriate care and treatment – would prevent the costly consequences of liver cancer and other chronic liver diseases and save more than 120,000 lives.
“A one-time blood test for hepatitis C should be on every baby boomer’s medical checklist,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “The new recommendations can protect the health of an entire generation of Americans and save thousands of lives.”
The expanded recommendations have been finalized after a public comment period and were published in the August 17th issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Local CBO Raising Funds

Lucie's Place is having its annual rummage sale at Pulaski Heights Christian Church on September 22nd, from 7AM to 3PM. There will be music, food and great deals! Help them raise money to open a home for LGBT young adults in the Central Arkansas area. Here is the facebook event page.

If you have items you wish to donate, please send us an e-mail. They will officially start storing items at the church 2 weeks before the event, but if you are desperate to get rid of anything before then, let us know! We hope to see you there, the weather should be nice, so bring a friend or maybe your family dog!

We have set a goal of raising $5,000 from individual donations, before the end of 2012. This $5,000 will go towards the down payment on our home to house LGBT young adults in the Central Arkansas area... but we need your help! To donate online, please go to our Razoo page! Checks can be sent to us:

Lucie's Place
210 S. Pulaski St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Please help them meet there goals and be sure to watch our Razoo page for updates on donations! Don't forget, all donations are now tax deductible! If you missed it, below is more information on what we have been up to!

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