Today in History: September 30

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson backed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote

President Wilson changed his stance on women's suffrage once the protests moved to his front yard.
President Wilson changed his stance on women’s suffrage once the protests moved to his front yard. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Sept. 30, 1918: In a speech to Congress, President Woodrow Wilson said he supported the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Wilson was initially ambivalent about giving women voting rights — until they began protesting in large numbers outside the White House.

Sept. 30, 1962: President John F. Kennedy ordered Mississippi officials to allow a black student, James Meredith, to enter the University of Mississippi. But Mississippi Gov. Barnett defied the federal government. “I shall do everything in my power to prevent integration in our schools,” Barnett vowed. He was held in contempt by the Department of Justice. The president ordered Mississippi officials to “cease and desist” obstructing justice, federalized the state’s National Guard, and sent in U.S. Marshals to Mississippi to enforce his order.

Quote of the Day

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” — John F. Kennedy

10 Things You Need to Know Today: September 30, 2013

The House votes to delay ObamaCare, the Breaking Bad finale airs, and more

House Speaker John Boehner is in a tight spot.
House Speaker John Boehner is in a tight spot. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

1. Shutdown looms for U.S. government
The U.S. government appears to be on the verge of shutting down for the first time in 17 years. The slow-motion budget crisis will continue Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) set to reject measures the House approved early Sunday to delay President Obama’s Affordable Care Act for one year, repeal a tax on medical devices, and guarantee that paychecks are sent to active-duty military service members. House GOP leaders are likely to again face a decision about how to handle the simpler six-week government funding bill the Senate approved last week. [Washington Post]
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2. Breaking Bad finale airs 
Breaking Bad‘s highly-anticipated series finale aired Sunday night on AMC. As millions of viewers tuned in to see how the saga of chemistry teacher-turned-meth-dealer Walter White ended, cast member Aaron Paul hosted a finale viewing party in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever ceremony, raising $1.8 million for his wife’s anti-bullying nonprofit. As for the finale itself, The Week‘s ScottMeslow noted, “Walt got what I suspect many Breaking Bad fans were looking for,” while Varietysaid the finale “got the chemistry just right.” [The Hollywood ReporterVariety]
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3. Netanyahu to advise caution in dealing with Iran
Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to tell the White House and the United Nations this week not to be fooled by Tehran’s new leadership. Netanyahu says Iran is using conciliatory gestures to conceal a march toward a nuclear bomb. He will deliver that warning, and some new intelligence to bolster it, to President Obama today in an attempt to persuade the U.S. to maintain tough economic sanctions and keep the threat of military action on the table. [Associated Press]
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4. Twitter plans to make its filing public this week
Twitter plans to make its IPO filing public this week, following a Sept. 12 filing with U.S. regulators. Twitter, which is expected to be valued at up to $15 billion, filed confidentially and without disclosing a timeline, under a process available to emerging companies. The IPO could still be delayed by a variety of factors, from changes to the prospectus to a shutdown of the U.S. government. [Quartz]
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5. Sainthood date announced for two popes
Pope Francis announced Monday morning that Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. The Pope said in July that he would canonize two of his predecessors, after approving a second miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II. Poland-born John Paul, the first non-Italian pope for more than 400 years, led the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. Pope John XXIII was pontiff from 1958 to 1963. [BBC News]
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6. Nissan and Mazda issue vehicle recalls
Japanese automakers Nissan and Mazda issued separate recalls on Sunday for over 260,000 cars. Doors in up to 98,000 recent Mazda 6 vehicles may open while the car is in motion, the automaker announced. For its part, Nissan stated that its M35 and M45 models may stall while moving. No injuries have been reported as a result of the issues. Both automakers said they would notify vehicle owners this fall. [CNN Money]
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7. Second Amanda Knox trial begins in Italy
Amanda Knox’s second appeals trial opened Monday in Knox’s absence. Italy’s highest court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, overturning their 2011 acquittals in the gruesome 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher. The appellate court in Florence is expected to re-examine forensic evidence to determine whether Knox and her former boyfriend helped kill the 21-year-old Kercher while the two women shared an apartment in the town of Perugia. The appellate court hearing the new case could declare Knox, now a University of Washington student, in contempt of court, an act that carries no additional penalties. [ABC News]
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8. Apple named world’s number one brand
Brand consulting group Interbrand named Apple the most valuable brand in the world in its annual Best Global Brands report. Previous number one brand Coca-Cola fell to number three, and was passed by Google, which took second place this year. Ranking criteria included financial performance. Apple’s brand was valued at $98.3 billion, in comparison to Coca-Cola’s $79.2 billion. [The New York Times]
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9. Second phase of BP trial begins
The civil trial of oil company BP begins its second phase today. This part of the trial will determine the amount of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 workers and soiled hundreds of miles of beaches. While BP insists it was properly prepared to respond to the disaster, plaintiffs’ attorneys will argue that the London-based company could have capped the well much sooner. The plaintiffs’ lawyers also say BP repeatedly lied to federal officials and withheld information. [USA TODAY]
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10. NBA voting on Finals format changes
The NBA Finals is reportedly returning to its former 2-2-1-1-1 home-court advantage format. The league’s current 2-3-2 championship format allows the team with home-court advantage to host the first and last two games, with the lower-seeded team hosting the middle three. Critics say the current format disproportionately favors the higher seed, leading to more predictable contests. The NBA Competition Committee voted unanimously for the change, and the decision is now awaiting owner approval. [Sports Illustrated]

New USDA Rule Allows Hidden Feces, Pus, Bacteria and Bleach in Conventional Poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently in the process of trying to ram through passage of a new “modernization” rule for conventional poultry production that would eliminate a large percentage of USDA inspectors and speed up the factory production process. And existing safeguards, as minimally effective as they currently are, would also be eroded, allowing for more hidden feces, pus, bacteria and chemical contaminants to persist in conventional chicken and turkey meat.

Even though salmonella rates as detected in meat and poultry have been steadily dropping year after year in the U.S., roughly the same numbers of people seem to be getting infected with the pathogen annually. The primary reason for this statistical anomaly appears to be that the current testing methods authorized by the USDA for meat and poultry are wholly inadequate and outdated and actually cover up the presence of contaminants borne on factory farms and in processing plants.

But a whole new set of guidelines being proposed by the USDA will make things even worse by allowing companies to self-inspect themselves, as well as use an even more aggressive barrage of chemicals to treat their tainted meat before selling it to consumers. This is good news for the factory poultry industry, of course, which is expected to cut its costs by about $250 million a year, thanks to its buddies at the USDA, but it’s bad news for consumers who will be subjected to all the toxic consequences.

If you have ever seen any of the shocking, undercover footage showing how chickens, turkeys and other animals are treated at factory farms, then you already know the type of filth and abuse to which these poor animals are routinely subjected. Because of their horrific living conditions, factory farm animals are often teeming with harmful pathogens, which is why their meat has to undergo chemicaltreatments in the first place before being packaged and served on dinner tables — it is a truly disgusting process, to say the least.

According to documented reports, after the animals are slaughtered, conventional poultry is essentially hung on long conveyor lines and sprayed, bathed and injected with all sorts of chemical solutions, including chlorine bleach, before ultimately being hauled off to the supermarket. These chemical solutions are, of course, carefully designed to kill any bacteria and render the meat “safe” for human consumption, the ultimate “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the factory food industry, if you will.

USDA intends to throw more chemicals, less regulation at poultry industry dilemma

But like all other chemical-based solutions that compliment industrial food production, this process is ultimately failing to subdue and kill pathogens the same way that it used to back in the old days. A cohort of new scientific research recently submitted to the USDA reveals that the routine processes by which the factory food industry covers its frightful tracks are no match to a whole new generation of “superbugs” that resist these chemicals — and the USDA’s proposed solutions only further add to the problem by covering it up with even more chemicals.

“If the new rule is implemented, all chicken will be presumed to be contaminated with feces, pus, scabs, and bile and washed in a chlorine solution,” explains ChickenJustice.org. “Consumers will eat chicken with more chemical residue and contaminants. With faster production rates, workers’ injuries will increase. They will also face breathing and skin problems from constant exposure to chlorine wash. OSHA will take the next 3 years to study the impact of the faster processing lines on workers, but USDA wants to implement the rule immediately.”

To take direct action against this heinous USDA agenda for factory chicken, you can contact the White House by visiting the ChickenJustice.org “Take Action Now!” page:
http://chickenjustice.org

Sources for this article include:

http://motherjones.com

http://articles.washingtonpost.com

http://naturalnews.com

http://chickenjustice.org

In U.S., Political Trust in “American People” at New Low

Americans’ trust in “the American people” to make judgments about political issues facing the country has declined each year since 2009 and, at 61%, is down nearly 20 percentage points from its recent peak in 2005. Still, that exceeds the 46% of Americans who trust the “men and women … who either hold or are running for public office,” which is one point above the historical low from 2011.

Recent Trend, Trust in Politicians and American People

The results are based on Gallup’s annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 5-8. The same poll found that Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle domestic and international problems, their trust in thenews media, and their trust in the three branches of the federal government, and in state and local governments are all at or near historical lows.

Americans’ trust in political officeholders and candidates has also generally trended downward in recent years, apart from a spike in September 2008, during the fall presidential campaign. That year, Americans viewed the major-party candidates — Barack Obama and John McCain — more positively than any other recent pair of presidential candidates.

The public’s declining trust in the American people to make judgments about political issues could be part of a more general process of declining trust in most governing institutions. It may also be an outgrowth of increasing polarization in the United States on key issues. Americans may trust “the people” less when they are more conscious that segments of the population hold views radically different from their own.

Gallup first asked about trust in U.S. politicians and the American people from 1972 through 1976. During those years, Americans were generally more positive toward each than they have been since the late 1990s, when Gallup resumed asking the questions.

From 1972-1976, 66% of Americans, on average, said they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the men and women holding or seeking political office, including a high of 68% in 1974. That compares with an average of 56% trust since 1997.

Americans’ average level of trust in the American people during the 1970s was 85%, including a high of 86% in 1976. The average since 2001 is 71%.

Democrats Most Trusting of American People

Sixty-eight percent of Democrats trust the American people to make political judgments, compared with 59% of independents and 57% of Republicans. All three party groups are less trusting now than in the past, though Democrats have shown a smaller decline than independents or Republicans.

Recent Trend, Trust in American People, by Political Party

During several years in which George W. Bush was president, Republicans had more trust in the people than Democrats did. From 2007 on, Republicans have been at least slightly less trusting. This year’s 11-point gap is larger than what Gallup has measured recently.

Democrats also are more trusting of the men and women who hold or seek political office, at 59%, compared with 42% of Republicans and 39% of independents. Independents typically have been least trusting of politicians. Republicans’ trust in political officeholders was equal to or higher than Democrats’ in a number of years of the George W. Bush administration.

Recent Trend, Trust in Politicians, by Political Party

Implications

U.S. political leaders are operating in an era of declining trust in U.S. political institutions, with trust in these at or near record lows. Americans even now have diminished trust in their fellow citizens to make political judgments under the democratic system, though they still trust themselves much more than the elected officeholders who make public policy.

Much of the decline in trust has been evident since 2009, so it could be tied to the economic downturn and sluggish recovery. It also may reflect Republicans’ and Democrats’ dissatisfaction with voters’ choices in the 2010 and 2012 elections, which has contributed to a more confrontational political atmosphere in Washington, given divided party control of Congress.

Americans give Congress very low approval ratings in general, and the decline in trust in “the people” may reflect the fact that it is the American people who elected those poorly regarded representatives. The increasing gap between Democrats and Republicans in trust in the people also suggests that political polarization may be causing the erosion in faith in the people themselves.

Restoring political trust then may depend on establishing greater political civility and cooperation in Washington, with leaders showing more respect for those in the opposing party out of deference to the voters’ will, and trying to reach agreement on key political issues. A more robust economic recovery, which would surely put most Americans in a better mood overall, may also help them see their political leaders and institutions in a more favorable light.

Taser Victim Sues Police Despite IPCC Saying Use Was Justified

James McCarthy suffered heart attack after being hit with stun gun by officers during Liverpool hotel brawl last year

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The IPCC said use of the Taser was justified during the ruckus at the Premier Inn in Liverpool last year. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

A 23-year-old who suffered a heart attack when he was Tasered by police has disputed a report that found the use of the stun gun was justified.

James McCarthy is suing Merseyside police after he was hit twice with a Taser at a hotel in Liverpool in September last year.

His solicitor, Sophie Khan, said: “James McCarthy does not accept the findings of the IPCC investigation. He disputes that the Taser use was justified. My client suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the Taser and sustained a serious injury following the incident.

“Mr McCarthy is now pursuing a civil claim against Merseyside police for damages. Mr McCarthy has asked for his privacy to be respected whilst he recovers from his injury.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said use of the stun gun was justified, but added that one of the officers involved should have more training.

The team was called to a Premier Inn in Albert Dock at around 2.50am on 30 September last year, where a group of men were fighting. McCarthy was hit twice, including by one discharge that lasted 11 seconds, and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Because of the potential threat of violence, the IPCC found that using the stun gun was “proportionate and appropriate”, but that one officer was not aware of how long he was passing electric current through the Taser and there was a delay in checking whether McCarthy was OK.

According to the IPCC, medical staff said the cardiac arrest could have been caused by the Taser, but that the presence of cocaine and cannabis in his system and raised adrenaline levels could have contributed.

IPCC commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone said: “It is a difficult judgment to make in the heat of an incident, but it is important for public confidence that police officers are able to account for their decision to use force, including Taser, and that any force used against the public is at the minimum level required.

“In this case, officers responded to a violent situation involving a number of people. Our investigation found they had valid concerns for both their safety and that of the public and, as such, use of force including Taser was reasonable.

“However, our investigation did identify areas for improvement in how long the Taser was used for and how long it took for welfare checks to be made by officers when the subject of the Taser use was restrained and suffering a medical emergency.

“We have shared these with the police so that they can be considered in future training of officers.”

Handicapped Children Exploited by Rich Moms Who Cut Lines at Disney World

A devious breed of wealthy parents have been taking their families to Disney World and deliberately cutting in lines reserved for the disabled, exploiting handicapped children in the process.

Disney World goes out of its way to help disabled children enjoy attractions with a shorter wait time, allowing guests in wheelchairs or motorized scooters a more convenient entrance. Upon entry to the park, a card is issued to a disabled family member. That person can then use auxiliary entrances and bring up to six family members with them.

Wealthy moms hiring disabled to pose as family members

Some of the wealthiest parents are exploiting the guest assistance loop hole by paying big money to hire fake handicapped family members. This payoff allows certain rich families to mosey their way to the front of lines, lines that were specifically designed to benefit handicapped children.

Investigation finds that zealous rich moms from Manhattan are hiring black market disabled guides to help escort their spoiled families to the front of rides at the mega theme park.

One anonymous rich mom balked, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ – the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.”

Essentially, the conniving moms pay off disabled people from underground networks to pose as family members in motorized carts. The underground junket gives the “elite parents” a “free pass” to cut in front of all the other people. Normal people may wait hours for a ride, but the elite enjoy waiting times of mere minutes.

Social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin discovered the dirty scheme when she located a network of underground “black-market Disney guides.” Paid around $130 an hour or around a thousand bucks for an eight-hour day, these black market disabled guides are merely just pawns in the world of the 1 percent.

“This is how the 1 percent does Disney”

“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,” one conniving rich woman said, “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

The woman admitted to paying off a Dream Tours guide to pose as a disabled escort. Her, her husband and their spoiled 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were escorted through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. They sauntered straight to the front of every line, as they took advantage of the auxiliary entrance reserved for truly handicapped children.

Instead of treating people right, these parents think that their pocket-full-of-money makes them superior to other people. Sadly, they stoop as low as this – exploiting young disabled kids whom everyone should be looking out for.

This is a chilling example of how a select rich 1 percent abuses the weak and poor.

Eerily, these rich families are doing this even after they are offered official Disney World VIP fast pass guides for $310 an hour. The Disney World’s VIP Tours, which the park provides for the rich to enjoy, are often discarded altogether for the more efficient “black market handicapped tour guide method.”

Dr. Martin caught wind of the method when conducting research for her new book, Primates of Park Avenue.

“It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,” said the investigating Dr. Martin.

When she asked Dream Tours Florida boss man Ryan Clement about the underground service, he refused to comment, even after one rich mom pointed out that Clement’s girlfriend, Jacie Christiano, was her family’s disabled guide.

Disney set to change park policy

Since the investigation, Disney World has responded, changing park policy. The Guest Assistance Card is in the process of being replaced in October 2013 by a new system called the Disabled Assistance System. Several kiosks will be set up to assist anyone holding a DAS card.
The disabled will now have to reserve a ride ahead of time at the kiosks. Now, disabled people will have to verify their DAS card at kiosks, where attendants will ask which attractions the person wants to ride. A Fast Pass-like card will be issued, taking into account the wait time for each ride.

Essentially, a disabled person will now be required to wait for the ride, just not in the lengthy line. It’s more like a reservation.

Meanwhile, the 1 percent will turn toward their next best option – use the VIP tour pass, which was already in place to cater to their rich “needs.”

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nypost.com

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

http://www.cinemablend.com

Maryland Residents Buying Guns at Record Rate Ahead of New Gun Control Laws, State Also Being Sued

 

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If Maryland’s lawmakers meant to cause the state’s residents to buy and hoard guns at a previously unprecedented rate when they passed strict gun control laws earlier this year, well, they’re doing a great job.

According to several media reports, gun sales in Maryland have been at over 1,000 guns sold per day across the street for multiple weeks now, and that number is creeping up the closer to the October 1 deadline we get to.

Some are predicted record smashing sales this weekend before the Tuesday deadline.

In all of 2012, the state received ~70,000 requests for purchase permits compared with the ~106,700 requests received as of Friday for 2013.

The new laws will seek to ban 45 types of semi-automatic firearms that the state has deemed “assault weapons”. However, there is a grandfather clause, allowing existing owners to keep previously purchased guns. The new law also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds and requires a fingerprinting and licensing procedure just to buy a handgun.

 

There is a chance the implementation of the new laws may be delayed. Pro gun rights groups have filed suit to seek an injunction to prevent the laws from becoming effective this Tuesday.

According to the Baltimore Sun,

A spokesman for the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore Inc., one of the plaintiffs, said the new laws would keep honest citizens from being able to “choose effective firearms for defense in the home.”

“Together we are drawing a line in the sand where Maryland’s gun control agenda tramples the fundamental individual right to defend oneself and family in the home,” spokesman John H. Josselyn said in a statement. Reached by telephone, he declined to comment further.

The lawsuit does not contest a major provision in the new gun law that calls for fingerprinting and licensing of handgun owners, a section praised by gun-control advocates as the most effect way to reduce gun violence.

Other Sources: Fox News