Nebraska state senator sues God

At this point I don't think anything surprises me..

The defendant in a state senator's lawsuit is accused of causing untold death and horror and threatening to cause more still. He can be sued in Douglas County, the legislator claims, because He's everywhere.

 

State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued God last week. Angered by another lawsuit he considers frivolous, Chambers says he's trying to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody.

Chambers says in his lawsuit that God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

The Omaha senator, who skips morning prayers during the legislative session and often criticizes Christians, also says God has caused "fearsome floods ... horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes."

He's seeking a permanent injunction against the Almighty.

Chambers said the lawsuit was triggered by a federal suit filed against a judge who recently barred words such as "rape" and "victim" from a sexual assault trial.

The accuser in the criminal case, Tory Bowen, sued Lancaster District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront, claiming that he violated her free speech rights.

Chambers said Bowen's lawsuit is inappropriate because the Nebraska Supreme Court has already considered the case and federal courts follow the decisions of state supreme courts on state matters.

"This lawsuit having been filed and being of such questionable merit creates a circumstance where my lawsuit is appropriately filed," Chambers said. "People might call it frivolous but if they read it they'll see there are very serious issues I have raised."

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf, in an order last week, expressed doubts about whether Bowen's lawsuit "has any legal basis whatsoever" and said sanctions may be imposed against Bowen and her attorneys if they fail to show cause for the lawsuit.

The Associated Press usually does not identify accusers in sex-assault cases, but Bowen has allowed her name to be used publicly because of the issue over the judge's language restrictions.

Cheuvront declared a mistrial in the sexual assault trial in July, saying pretrial publicity made it impossible to gather enough impartial jurors 

Breastfeeding and it's rights

 There has been this big discussion on breastfeeding in public among a group of friends. I was very surprised at the huge difference of opinion especially in women. 

Mu feelings and opinion on breastfeeding in public has changed over the past eh, 3 years. Until I was about 22 or 23, breastfeeding in public did bother me, I think because it was something that I wasn't used to, seeing people in public doing it.

Once I got pregnant with Little Dipity, my opinions have changed on breastfeeding in public, and I have somewhat been on the fence a little about it over the years. You really don't see to many women breastfeeding in public. I actually thought about this all night last night and this morning. And I remember being in Walmart and I chose to go to my car and breastfeed in the backseat. You could see me if you walked by and probably knew I was feeding because I was in the backseat, and I remember getting a slightly "bad" look from the people that parked next to me.

With that being said, even the women that chose to be discreet because that is what they are comfortable with or if they chose to be discreet to be "respectful" to others and avoid the dirty looks, well they will still get the dirty looks.

I do think it is ridiculous to expect a mother to not breastfeed in public, I also realized while thinking about this last night that really the fact that some people are unconfortable with women breastfeeding in public or women that are not "covering" up, is really all about that fact that possibly seeing someones boobs makes you unconfortable.

Whether you are "covered" or not, generally you can't see anything, yes on occasion one you might flashed some boob, ( that has happened to me once) but really, is it that big of a deal when you think about it.

I mean look at the things in society, cheerleaders, we promote the short skirts and little tank tops for OUR kids, most mothers allow their children to walk around half dressed, with butt cheeks hanging out for the men to look at. You see commercials on tv advertising sex, porn and drinking, and noone wants to jump to get offended by that, why?

And we are making a big fuss about a women feeding her baby. The more I thought about this last night, the more I felt like a bit of a jackass, because I too have said at some point that I thought women shouldn't breastfeed in public, or that they need to be covered. But in reality it really isn't different than the other things we seen on a daily basis, and it is a very normal and natural thing. And it is ridiculous to expect a mother to leave a public place to feed her baby, or to not just go out because she knows her baby will need to eat in two hours.
I have never heard of someone being asked to leave or remove themselves from a public place because they were breastfeeding until yesterday. After reading that I decided to look up the laws regarding breastfeeding in public. So, heres a little information for those that may at some point need it. 

Basically breastfeeding in public IS legal in the United States, though sometimes people simply don't know it and therefore might complain about it.  This means you can nurse your baby anywhere that you are allowed to be with the baby.  About 20 states have additionally passed a law that explicitly states that fact. Note: These laws exist to clarify the legality of breastfeeding. If a state does not have such a clarifying law, breastfeeding in public is still legal. See A Current Summary of Breastfeeding Legislation in the U.S. , or 50 States Summary of Breastfeeding Laws for more details.

If someone seems to be bothered by you nursing, or asks you to leave, you can kindly remind the person that breastfeeding is legal, normal and the best nutrition for the baby, or other facts about breastfeeding.

If you have had problems with public breastfeeding and have been asked to leave malls, pools, restaurants, etc., or to go to restroom to nurse, or if you have had problems at workplace, report it to the National Alliance of Breastfeeding Advocacy (NABA).

With all this being said, I only have one question, why are we not advertising women breastfeeding? Why are we not telling the world that breastfeeding is precious, beautiful and OKAY? Reminding women and society that we should support the breastfeeding mothers.

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Today I have my doctor's appointment with the GI doctor. I am really hoping we can get a move on whatever needs to be done and get things under control. I felt bad for much of the day yesterday and barely slept last night. Today, I feel exhausted, crummy, and like I could fall out any second.  I have zero energy today. 

Other than that, I met with the councelor at UOP to get enrolled and have a list of financial aid websites to look at and see what I may qualify for. I am on number 28 and no luck so far. But we'll see. 

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So, the doctor now thinks I have Gastroesophageal Reflux disease,  due to severe pain that I have been having in my chest behind my breast bone and my stomach pain that has continued after having my gallbladder removed. So, he gave me some information on it of course and a appointment to go back to my GI doctor which is not until next week. So, per the instructions, I have elimated ALL fried and greasy foods, sodas, citrus drinks, coffee except one cup per day (can't live without it) and chocolate.  And let me just say that it sucks. I hate it.  I love coffee, spicy and hot foods, fried foods, hell I love food period. And this really sucks. And even if I slip I pay for it that day or the next. It slipped my mind last night and I ate a hotdog and some homemade chili, big mistake, paid for that today. I tried eating some choc cake today, 3 bites, bad idea. Hopefully, this hasn't gotten too severe and can be treated with meds and hopefully I can incorporate a few things that I like back into my diet. 

Aside from that, I am meeting with a Counselor from the University Of Pheonix and I am hoping to get a grant or two and go to school to get my degree. They offer all online classes which works great for me considering I have the kids and all. I am meeting with her on Saturday so hopefully I will know more about that soon. I decided it was time for me to stop letting things hold me back and time for me to go for what I want. And a degree would definately be a plus for me. This will open alot of doors for me and definately build up my self confidence too. Other than that, I am trying to still think of some easy ways to make some quick cash in the meantime. 

That's it for now.

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Injured Iraq war vets sue VA over delays

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson announced last week he's returning to the private sector.

 The class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco, seeks broad change in the agency as it struggles to meet growing demands from veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Suing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans, it charges that the VA has failed warriors on several fronts -- from providing prompt disability benefits, to adding staff to reduce wait times for medical care to boosting services for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The lawsuit also accuses the VA of deliberately cheating some veterans by allegedly working with the Pentagon to misclassify PTSD claims as pre-existing personality disorders to avoid paying out benefits. The VA and Pentagon have generally denied such charges.

VA spokesman Matt Smith said Monday he could not comment on a pending lawsuit. But he said the agency is committed to meeting the special needs of Iraq war veterans.

"Through outreach efforts, the VA ensures returning Global War on Terror service members have access to the widely recognized quality health care they have earned including services such as prosthetics or mental health care," he said. "VA has also given priority handling to their monetary disability benefit claims."

The lawsuit comes amid intense political and public scrutiny of the VA and Pentagon following reports of shoddy outpatient care of injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and elsewhere.

"Unless systemic and drastic measures are instituted immediately, the costs to these veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increases in drug abuse and alcoholism, and crushing burdens on the health care delivery system," the complaint states.

It asks that a federal court order the VA to make immediate improvements that would speed disability payments, ensure fairness in awards and provide more complete access to mental health care.

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in San Francisco issued a strong rebuke of the VA in ordering the agency to pay retroactive benefits to Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and contracted a form of leukemia.

"The performance of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has contributed substantially to our sense of national shame," the opinion from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals read.

Nicholson abruptly announced last week he would step down by October 1 to return to the private sector. He has repeatedly defended the agency during his 21/2-year tenure while acknowledging there was room for improvement.

More recently, following high-profile suicide incidents in which families of veterans say the VA did not provide adequate care, Nicholson pledged to add mental health services and hire more suicide-prevention coordinators.

Some veterans say those measures aren't enough. In the lawsuit, they note that government investigators warned as early as 2002 that the VA needed to fix its backlogged claims system and make other changes.

Yet, the lawsuit says, Nicholson and other officials still insisted on a budget in 2005 that fell $1 billion short, and they made "a mockery of the rule of law" by awarding senior officials $3.8 million in bonuses despite their role in the budget foul-up.

Today, the VA's backlog of disability payments is now between 400,000 and 600,000, with delays of up to 177 days to process an initial claim and an average of 657 days to process an appeal. Several congressional committees and a presidential commission are now studying ways to improve care.

"While steps can and will be taken in the political arena, responsibility for action lies with the agency itself," said Melissa W. Kasnitz, managing attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, in a telephone interview. Her group is teaming up with a major law firm, Morrison & Foerster, to represent the veterans.

"We don't believe the problems will be fixed by the VA if we wait for them," she said. "In the meantime, it is veterans who risk their lives for our country who are suffering the consequences."

The lawsuit cites violations of the Constitution and federal law, which mandates at least two years of health care to injured veterans.

The veterans groups involved in the lawsuit are Veterans for Common Sense in Washington, D.C., which claims 11,500 members, and Veterans United for Truth, based in Santa Barbara, California, with 500 members.

Written by a mother in Vermont-- This is.. well read it for yourself



"Many letters have been sent to the Valley News concerning the homosexual menace in Vermont. I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people. I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the "homosexual agenda" and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.

My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and verbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay.

He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He was called "fag" incessantly, starting when he was 6.

In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn't bear to continue living any longer, that he didn't want to be gay and that he couldn't face a life without dignity.

You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don't know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn't put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it's about time you started doing that.

At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won't get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don't know. I can only tell you with an absolute certainty that it is inborn.

If you want to tout your own morality, you'd best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I'm puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that's not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?

A popular theme in your letters is that Vermont has been infiltrated by outsiders. Both sides of my family have lived in Vermont for generations. I am heart and soul a Vermonter, so I'll thank you to stop saying that you are speaking for "true Vermonters."

You invoke the memory of the brave people who have fought on the battlefield for this great country, saying that they didn't give their lives so that the "homosexual agenda" could tear down the principles they died defending. My 83-year-old father fought in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

He shakes his head in sadness at the life his grandson has had to live. He says he fought alongside homosexuals in those battles, that they did their part and bothered no one. One of his best friends in the service was gay, and he never knew it until the end, and when he did find out, it mattered not at all. That wasn't the measure of the man.

You religious folk just can't bear the thought that as my son emerges from the hell that was his childhood he might like to find a lifelong companion and have a measure of happiness. It offends your sensibilities
that he should request the right to visit that companion in the hospital, to make medical decisions for him or to benefit from tax laws governing inheritance.

How dare he? you say. These outrageous requests would threaten the very existence of your family, would undermine the sanctity of marriage. You use religion to abdicate your responsibility to be thinking human beings. There are vast numbers of religious people who find your attitudes repugnant. God is not for the privileged majority, and God knows my son has committed no sin.

The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 '05 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about "those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing" asks: "What ever happened to the idea of striving . . . to be better human beings than we are?"

Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?

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Mandy left me another email, requesting me to call her. I had ignored about 3 request recently since I told her our friendship was done. Finally, I responded yesterday. I emailed her back for the first time in months. I told her I hadn't emailed her prior because I was no longer investing time and energy into a friendship and only be returned with disappointment once again. I left my number and simply said, it is up to fix this if that is even possible. And I left  it at that. She called, she wanted to come over, I said fine,  so she did.  Her life still full of the same drama, I explained to her that I wasn't putting my energy into failed friendships. There wasn't much to say as I expected. I had said everything to her I wanted to say and was done with it all. I still am. She left after about an hour, I was cooking dinner and she had errands to run.
 My husband had been asleep, I had him doped on pain meds because he pulled a muscle. So, I told him that she came by, yada, yada, and his response " Well it'll be another 6 months before you hear from her." 
But the thing is, for the first time, I don't care. I let go of all of it when I wrote her that letter. I will not invest myself into her life, or the friendship that once was, therefore if she never calls again, it's okay. 

 I have very few friends that I consider best friends, or good friends, unfortunately I don't get to see them or talk to them nearly as much as I'd like. We are busy with our families and just everyday life really, but even so, they are the ones that I know will always be there. They support me no matter what  and they're honest with me, and I know that if I call them, they would drop everything to be there for me. Those are the people that I will invest my time, energy and love into. And for all the rest, well, maybe it's just their season.
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Cindy Sheehan Protests At The Gates Of Fort Benning

 

Cindy Sheehan and her troops marched to the front gates of Fort Benning.

They protested with music.

And even poems

"This administration serves a crime dashure and haneous one is the torture tour. Diego Garcias, Habu Grey were many of our prisoners find a premature grave, says anti war activist Zoen.

But, just like in Alabama, she wasn't quite welcomed.

"I totally disagree with her, but I thank her for having Casey for a son and I truly believe he's a hero whether she is or not," says David Miles

The Gathering of Eagles, pro war group, along with the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle group gathered to counter protest Sheehan, saying she has the right to speak out, but what she's speaking out for doesn't make sense.

 "There usual dribble. They say stuff that's not necessarily true, things that are emotionally charged and not necessarily factual," added Beth Collum.

On the other hand.....

"George Bush and Cheney have to be impeached for many things and one thing is torture and authorizing torture and breaking our 8th Amendment in Geneva Convention and harming our soldiers out in the field," said Sheehan.

Gathering of Eagles protester, David Miles begs to differ.

"My wife is proud of me. She's in Iraq right now and the two kids are very proud of her and I'm proud of her and all of our troops," added Miles.

Of course, it was for Jesus himself ! Ha

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The pastor of a large church in Birmingham is on trial on charges of lying on his federal income tax returns.

Prosecutors say the Reverend Gregory L. Clarke tried to conceal thousands of dollars in income by filing false returns for three years beginning in 2000. He's accused of owing $30,000 in taxes.

But the defense says the money was not income. Clarke's lawyer says the money was what he calls "love offerings." And the defense says the minister shouldn't be prosecuted.

Clarke is pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, which has 3,000 members at two locations. More than 100 people turned out at the federal courthouse in Birmingham in a show of support as his trial began yesterday.

Love offerings my ass. I love what dumbass shit people come up with, I won't be surprised one bit that he gets off without paying a dime, considering it is all about Jesus, here in the great US.

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