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    Choices of the Heart: the Margaret Sanger Story (True Stories Collection)
    Starring Dana Delany and Henry Czerny, Directed by Paul Shapiro
    Rated: NR
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    The movie tells the story of Margaret Sanger (Dana Delany, China Beach) fight for women’s health through family planning and sex education in the early 1900s. The story takes place in New York City where despairing, women are forced mainly by economics to end unwanted pregnancies themselves.

    Outraged and saddened by what she sees, Sanger takes on her life work to fight against the moral zealots that have created chaos in women’s lives.

  • Book Review


    Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion
    Trained as a nurse and midwife in New York’s Lower East Side gritty slums, Margaret Sanger grew aware of the dangers of unplanned pregnancy—both physical and psychological. Sanger ignited a movement that has shaped our society to this day. Her views on reproductive rights have made her a frequent target of conservatives and moral zealots.

    In this captivating new biography, the renowned feminist historian Jean H. Baker rescues Sanger from such critiques and restores her to the vaunted place in history she once held.

  • Book Reviewed

    An American Prophecy: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny By William Strauss and Neil Howe
    400 pages. Broadway 1997.
  • Book Reviewed

    The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

    By Jan Crawford Greenburg
    368 pages. Penguin Press HC. 2007.
  • Interview

    A dark political satire film set in the future in the fictional desert country of Turaqistan.

    It stars John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Ben Kingsley, and Dan Aykroyd.
    107 min., Rated R, 2008.

Chicago Police shoot Unarmed 14-week-old Puppy

December 31, 2013 Alternet / Jack Bouboushian Police in Harvey, Ill., shot a man in the back of the leg without cause, threatened to “shoot the shit out of” a witness with a camera, then shot to death a witness’s puppy, the wounded man and dog owner claim in federal lawsuits.Police Car

Paul Manning sued the City of Harvey, its police Officer James Sinnot, and Officer O’Shea.

In the second lawsuit, Karnischa Miller, who owned the 14-week-old puppy, sued the City of Harvey, Sinnot, and Officer Davres.

Harvey, pop. 30,000, a far south suburb of Chicago, is 90 percent black and Latino.

Manning claims he was walking down the street on Dec. 30, 2012, when the officers began following him in a squad car.

“Defendant officer stopped his car and told Mr. Manning, ‘Come here!’,” the complaint states.

Mr. Manning had done nothing wrong, and, therefore, did not stop.

Mr. Manning had no weapon or other objects in his hands.

“After a short distance of moving away from the defendant officer, Mr. Manning slipped and fell.

“As Mr. Manning tried to get up, one of the defendant officers willfully shot Mr. Manning in the back of his leg.

Mr. Manning fell again and tried to get up again.

“Defendant officer then fired more shots at Mr. Manning

Mr. Manning suffered excruciating pain from these gunshot wounds.

“One of the defendant officers then stood on top of Mr. Manning with the full force of his leg on Mr. Manning’s back.

“One of the defendant officers handcuffed Mr. Manning while he was lying down after having been shot.”

A witness tried to record the scene with his cell phone, but a Harvey officer grabbed the phone and threw it, saying “You touch the phone, I will shoot the shit out of you,” Manning says in the complaint.

In the second lawsuit, Miller claims she heard gunshots, “opened the back door and witnessed a young man, Paul Manning, lying on the ground after having been shot. He was screaming and asking for an ambulance.

“Harvey police officers were surrounding Paul Manning with their guns drawn.

“Upon information and belief, one officer was standing on Paul’s [Manning] back, simply as an excessive display of force.”

When Miller opened the door, her 14-week-old puppy, Nemo, ran outside.

A police officer yelled to Miller’s boyfriend, LeShon Wright, “‘Get your dog!’,” the complaint states.

“As Mr. Wright walked off the porch toward the dog, one of the defendant officers unholstered and raised his gun towards Nemo and Mr. Wright.

Mr. Wright became fearful for his life and stopped.

Nemo approached one of the defendant officers and sniffed his ankle.

Nemo did not growl, bark, or act aggressively in any way.

“A defendant officer then shot Nemo.”

The officers would not let anyone approach the wounded dog from 4:30 p.m. until 11:15 p.m., according to the lawsuit.

“A defendant officer said: ‘Yeah, I shot the dog. What the fuck you gonna do about it?'” Miller claims.

“The City of Harvey admitted that their police officers shot Nemo.

“Ms. Miller and her children were so distraught by the circumstances surrounding Nemo’s murder, and being forced to helplessly watch him die, that they moved from Harvey to Wisconsin,” Miller says.

Manning seeks punitive damages for excessive force, battery, and emotional distress.

Miller seeks punitive damages for excessive force, illegal seizure, failure to intervene, and emotional distress.

Both are represented by Victor Henderson and Rebecca Kaiser with Henderson Adam.

The median income and home value in Harvey are about half the statewide median.

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Texas Campus Cop Kills Unarmed College Student

December 9, 2013 Alternet / Alex Kane An unarmed college student at University of the Incarnate Word in Texas was killed by a campus police officer last Friday, and now the police are investigating the incident. The officer who fired the gun has been placed on administrative leave, but the family of the victim still has a lot of questions.Police Car

The 23-year-old communications arts major Robert Cameron Redus was pulled over for allegedly driving recklessly, according the police. After a “struggle” took place, the officer, Christopher Carter, fired six shots. The incident took place at an apartment complex not far from the school.

“I didn’t hear him say anything like, ‘Get down on your hands and knees,’ you know? I didn’t hear him say anything. He just started shooting,” one witness told KSAT.com.

Another witness told the San Antonio Express News that he heard Redus’ last words. “I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” said Mohammad Haidarasl.

The university says that Carter had an extensive law enforcement background and that he worked for the school for a few years. But documents published by the San Antonio Express News show that he worked for the Texas university for two and a half years after holding nine different jobs at eight separate law enforcement agencies.

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Military Action or Act of War?

Editorial pen Editorial

Military Action or Act of War?

New York Times Headline for 19411207

As reported in the August 27, 2013 New York Times, the military action that President Obama is considering is characterized as “limited” and meant to “deter and degrade” Syria’s military capabilities. The strike is “not aimed at ousting Mr. Assad from power or forcing him to the negotiating table” nor crippling Syria’s sizable military forces and infrastructure.

Does this remind anyone of another military action that was also “limited” and meant to “deter and degrade” another military. The “military action” I’m thinking about was carried out on December 7, 1941.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States Pacific Fleet to prevent the fleet from interfering with the planned military actions in Southeast Asia of the Japanese Empire.

The Japanese were not trying to oust President Roosevelt or force our surrender or to cripple the entire military.

Why is the “limited” military action that is meant to “deter and degrade” Syria’s military capabilities not an act of war?

Medicare at a Glance

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Medicare Fact Page

I found this great article by the Kaiser Family Foundation giving a basic introduction that explains what Medicare is all about, “Medicare at a Glance, Overview of Medicare.”

Obamacare Fact Site

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Obamacare Fact Site

This site has a lot of information about Obamacare presented in a neutral manner.