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December 30th, 2010

News Roundup

News Roundup

From the Sun Times:
Obama signs repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
“Declaring that members of the military will no longer be asked to lie, President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise Wednesday and signed a landmark law repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the armed services.


The service chiefs must complete implementation plans before lifting the old policy — and they must certify to lawmakers that it won’t damage combat readiness, as critics charge.

But the signing ceremony was a breakthrough moment for the nation’s gay community, the military and for Obama himself. The president vowed during his 2008 campaign to repeal the law and faced pressure from liberals who complained he was not acting swiftly enough.”

I’m surprised by this. I really didn’t think it was going to happen. Yay for gay rights!

From Natural News:
Why focus on health freedom? Because our future is worth protecting, says Health Ranger
“With the passage of the recent Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA will be moving forward with so-called Codex Alimentarius harmonization. It’s written right into the bill text (…). This law also requires the FDA to set up enforcement offices in foreign nations to run a global food safety scheme that will try to pasteurize, irradiate or fumigate virtually all foods entering the United States. This is an effort to kill these foods and destroy most of their nutritive qualities. “Safety” is just the excuse to sterilize your food.

This same law also gives the FDA authority to inspect and shut down backyard gardeners, small local famers, small greenhouse operations, people who sell items at the farmers’ market, and so on. No, these groups are not automatically exempt from the bill as was claimed by bill proponents: They must “apply” to be granted exemption by the FDA — a process requiring them to produce tax returns, safety documentation and a pile of paperwork that the FDA can choose to declare “insufficient.”"

This law upsets me so much. It’s really my last straw voting wise. I’m not voting for my Democrat representative next time because they voted for this. This is a freaky ass, scary bill. I eat organic and worry about the future of my food sources and about the local farmers I buy from.

From NOLA:
Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to foul 168 miles of Louisiana coastline
“There are 113 miles of Louisiana coastline under active cleanup, with another 55 miles awaiting approval to start the cleanup process, according to SCAT statistics. Teams have finished cleaning almost 72 miles to levels where oil is no longer observable or where no further treatment is necessary.

But that’s not the whole story for the state’s coastline. According to SCAT statistics, there’s another 2,846 miles of beach and wetland areas where oil was once found but is no longer observable or is not treatable.”

The BP oil spill isn’t as getting as much press as it was earlier this year. I remember when news stories were saying the spill was going to take “decades” to clean up. If that’s the case then it should certainly stay in the news.

Posted by Vixen as News at 11:24 PM CST

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