I love that Pelosi has to be Captain Obvious in extolling the virtues of diversity in lawmaking bodies. Of course, differences of opinion should deepen legislative discourse – now the real question is how will they all play together on the same playground?
You know those beloved moments in movies when the hero says what the audience is thinking and the crowd goes wild? If this was a movie and if I stood in for a crowd, I would stand up and cheer for this man.
Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) unloaded, first sarcastically: “Let’s just hang the guilty parties.”
“The stench of hypocrisy that hangs over this city today emanates from this room,” Ackerman said. “I’ve listened to my colleagues talk about the President of the United States and others in the administration using [the] terms ‘deliberate’, ‘lies’, ‘unmitigated gall’, ‘malfeasance,’ which is malicious and knowing evil-doing, ‘disgust’, ‘coverups’.”
He continued, “If you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror!”
Ackerman went on to say that Republicans had “the audacity to come here” when the administration requested, for worldwide security, “$440 million more than you guys wanted to provide. And the answer is that you damn didn’t provide it! You REDUCED what the administration asked for to protect these people. Ask not who the guilty party is, it’s you! It is us. It is this committee, and the things that we insist that we need have to cost money.”
Maybe my borough roots are showing but I have to give some love to Queens boy Ackerman. Typical New York candor (the good kind) on display in the video snippet I watched on Martin Bashir Live. He didn’t mince words when it comes to recent attempts to muck up the electorate’s good will with this witch hunt focused on Benghazi. There were definitely hints from conservative media pundits that they would switch the plan of attack on POTUS from winning the election to pushing for impeachment.
I understand the gravity of what happened in Benghazi and the tragic loss of lives. I don’t think that warrants spinning this into a partisan issue simply to scapegoat Obama. It mars the dignity of the GOP and conservatives; it sullies the memory of those who died to be used as the call to arms. There is a way to investigate the circumstances of the attack, assess the current threat and proceed as needed to protect Americans. Wonder how long it will take for Congress and Washington to figure that out.
The New York City Department of Health released the “It’s Never Just HIV” advertising campaign via YouTube on December 7, dividing AIDS activists on the effectiveness of its “scare tactic” tone. The ad was an effort to reach out to the younger, new social media-savvy demographic of HIV negative gay and bisexual men and encourage the use of condoms.
What do you think after watching the video? Is it too graphic or graphic enough?
Is it a step backward for HIV education, stigmatizing HIV-positive gay and bisexual men? Or does its graphic nature represent a stronger and more effective message of changing health behavior (using condoms)?
NYTimes: City’s Graphic Ad on the Dangers of H.I.V. Is Dividing Activists (January 3, 2011)
A public service message has been criticized as stigmatizing and sensationalistic, but others say its approach is needed to get younger people to take the disease seriously.
HuffPost: ‘It’s Never Just HIV’ Ad Campaign Oversimplifies the Issue (January 4, 2011)
AIDS activist Sean Straub discusses the problems with HIV prevention campaigns and the ensuing war of words among activists.
ABC News: Graphic HIV/AIDS Video Horrifies Gay Community (December 16, 2010)
New York City Health Department PSA Warns of Osteoporosis, Dementia and Anal Cancer
(Photo credit: Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
I took particular interest in this article on the economic costs of smoking and quitting. In my last position at the American Cancer Society, I provided education on tobacco cessation treatment, which often required the use of statistics included in the article below. The article goes on to cite the monthly cost of smoking a pack of cigarettes at $155, as compared to the cost of quitting between $25 and $150.
Your Money / Your Health: Quitting smoking makes economic sense – latimes.com. (Jan. 3, 2011)
Even though some of the tools to help smokers quit can be expensive, such as counseling sessions and prescriptions, the cost of continuing to smoke is much higher.
On Veterans’ Day, I can’t help but reflect on the sacrifices made by Filipino American veterans during World War II. What used to be a hot topic in the Fil-Am community in 2007 and 2008 due to the house bills is now a forgotten issue.
Here’s a look back at select articles and links on the Filipino Veterans’ Equity Act of 2008:
H.R. 6897: Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2008 (never became law)