Another one is coming. An unbidden reminder, in this case, it’s October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the beginning, you worry that you’ll start to forget, that she’ll slip into obscurity, like so many details from the past. Then, you remember, and not just on the “Big Days” like birthday, anniversary, day of
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Mexican politicians, analysts and the general public are irate after learning this week that Operation Fast and Furious, the US federal program that allowed more than 2,000 military-style weapons to flow illegally into Mexico between 2009 and 2010, happens to be copycat of a previous undercover and similarly illicit sting called Wide Receiver, an operation ran between 2006 and 2007.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon declared war on drug cartels on December 2006, same year of the launching of Operation Wide Receiver, which officially -and conservatively speaking- allowed some 500 fire-arms to “walk” across the border and get to the hands of organized crime.
The Mexican Senate demanded President Felipe Calderon to protest before the United States government and complained about both the Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver operations, Thursday. The president of the Senate’s public safety committee, Felipe Gonzalez, said that he will protest against US federal agents running secret operations in Mexican soil.
An editorial in the daily “La Jornada” regarding the two gunrunning programs, questioned whether the US is an “ally or enemy” of Mexico (link in Spanish).
“While the Bush administration negotiated and signed the Merida Initiative -agreement of bilateral assistance through which Washington made a commitment to guide, counsel and equip Mexican authorities- the artillery’s capabilities of delinquent organizations south of the Rio Bravo were being fed from an office in Washington,” wrote the left-leaning
Regardless of where you stand on the Spanglish debate, for those of us who live in both languages there comes a time when you will inevitably put your foot in your mouth. Case in point: I was trying pants at a cute little store in Buenos Aires. I came out of the fitting room, checked myself in the mirror and said, “Estos pantalones no hacen nada por mi,” literally, “These pants don’t do anything for me.” Only in Spanish, that sounds absolutely ridiculous, which is exactly why the confused sales woman asked, “What were you expecting them to do?”
In terms of language, that was a pretty bad trip. Later that same week, as I was riding in a taxi, the driver took the service road instead of the main
It has been two years since the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton announced plans for significant reform of ICE’s immigration detention system, moving from a penal model towards civil detention more appropriate for administrative immigration detainees. The announcement was welcomed by the Women’s Refugee Commission and advocates around the country, who had been saying for years that ICE’s system was archaic, inefficient and cruel.
Advocating on behalf of migrants–including asylum seekers, families, parents and students caught up in our country’s immigration system–over the past two years has been challenging. And in many ways, we have seen good policy changes. The administration took a good hard look at its immigration detention system and issued a public report that laid out what is wrong and what needs to be
In my travels across the country, I’ve been speaking about a rising generation ready to emerge from the shadows of the last decade and enter a new era of social change. Now we are seeing something emerge — a grassroots campaign has caught fire, turning out thousands of people, young and old, to create a free democratic space called Liberty Square on Wall Street.
All kinds of people are protesting that Wall Street has been rescued but there has been no help for most Americans. And city after city is joining
No matter how much I try and explain the benefits of a vegetarian diet, there are always people who, while nodding their heads in agreement with everything I say — will conclude our dialogue by saying, “but…I love my meat.”
I know how difficult it is to give up eating meat, as I ate it for over 20 years of my young adult life. It took me almost a whole year to wean myself off of it. It had become something like an addiction. I was vegetarian until the age of seven, while growing up in India, but soon after we moved to the U.S., it was burgers and fries and everything else I could get my hands
In previous posts I reflected on early Christians’ passion to keep in touch with one another and on the diversity of early Christian communities. In this final entry I shall reflect on women’s contributions to the movement.
Some readers may find it surprising to learn that a woman shortage blighted the ancient world, with about 130-140 men for every 100 women. This is so because many female infants were left to die of exposure and because of the mortal risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Yet both Christians and their critics observed a marked overrepresentation of women in the early churches, a fact the critics used to their advantage: “What respectable group caters to women?” Why, one wonders, did so many women find the churches appealing if women’s contributions were not valued?
The answer is, simply, that the early churches did value women’s
Let’s pretend that a new movie is being cast, one where the ignorant peasants have been whipped into a frenzy. These ignorant peasants, pitchforks and torches in hand, are storming the castle of a scientific genius to destroy his new invention that they don’t understand and therefore scares them. And let’s further pretend that it’s actually the op-ed editors of the New York Times who are casting the movie.
I can hear them now.
Thanks to a new analysis from the famous Harvard Nurse’s Health Study, I have a mile-wide smile as I pour my morning coffee. This particular study looked at caffeine’s effect on depression in over 50,000 women who worked in healthcare. It showed that women who consumed two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression compared to those who drank one cup. Women who drank at least four cups per day had a 20 percent lower risk of
“GOMBBS” is an acronym you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet — these foods can be effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.
G — Greens
Raw leafy greens contain only about 100 calories per pound and are packed with nutrients. Leafy greens contain substances that protect blood vessels and are associated with reduced risk of diabetes.1 Greens are an excellent tool for weight loss, since they can be consumed in virtually unlimited
I once was the only guy at a mindfulness meditation retreat, but this was not as terrific as you might think. If your goal is real-world contact, sitting still and doing nothing for a week among 30 or so women you’ll never see again — except at another retreat where you’ll sit still and do nothing — is far from ideal.
Before we went into silence though, I was privileged to speak to an elderly retreatant who had come to meditation several years before to achieve a specific goal: Ease the severe, chronic pain in her hands due to nerve damage from a horrific car accident.
Despite research that suggests meditation can work wonders for chronic pain (not to mention aging), diligent practice failed to ameliorate hers. Then her teacher encouraged her to drop the goal, and instead to “just sit.” The “goal free” result was as surprising as it was life-changing. Sitting quietly and watching the fluctuations of her pain as though they were scenes from a movie didn’t lessen her physical discomfort, but now she didn’t feel defined by her suffering; she was even able to forget about it from time to time.
To say that American society is preoccupied with both individual and organizational goal-attainment — with an emphasis on “stretch” or “audacious” goals — is an understatement.
Every Hallmark Card-style seminar is about the importance of
Now more than ever, it is important that we strive to gain and maintain work-life balance. According to one study, 52 percent of employees say that job demands interfere with family or home responsibilities, while 43 percent say that home and family responsibilities interfere with job performance. These statistics show just how overworked people are, especially when they feel as if their home life is interfering with their work.
As a psychologist, I see it as a stress cycle. The stress at work causes stress at home, and then the stress of neglecting home affects the person’s work performance and further increases their stress at
LINCOLN, Neb. — The fans who criticized Taylor Martinez all week and booed him before halftime were cheering wildly for him by the end of the biggest comeback in Nebraska history.Martinez ran for a touchdown and passed for two others while bringing No. 14 Nebraska back from a 21-point second-half deficit, and the Cornhuskers defeated Ohio State 34-27 Saturday night in the first Big Ten game at Memorial Stadium.Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 17-yard run with 5:10 left.
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“Everyone wants to doubt him. Whatever,” coach Bo Pelini said of his sophomore quarterback. “You guys can choose to write whatever you want and attack him like the fans will, and now they’ll praise him.”Ohio State (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) built a 27-6 lead behind freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. The Buckeyes’ offense went dormant with backup Joe Bauserman.Miller ran for 91 yards and went 5 of 8 passing for 95 yards before he got hurt. Bauserman completed only one of his 10 passes the rest of the way.Huskers star linebacker Lavonte David stripped the ball from Miller in the middle of third quarter to start the rally.”That was a game-changing play,” Pelini said. “That was a huge play in the football game. He’s been doing it since he got here. He’s a heck of a football player.”Then Martinez took over. He ran 18 yards for a touchdown, threw a 36-yard TD pass to Quincy Enunwa and tied it with a 30-yard catch-and-run to Burkhead after Stanley Jean-Baptiste intercepted Bauserman in his first game at cornerback after moving from receiver.Martinez ran for 102 yards and was 16 of 22 passing for 191 yards for Nebraska (5-1, 1-1). Burkhead ran 26 times for 119 yards.Carlos Hyde led the Buckeyes with 104 yards rushing.The biggest deficit Nebraska had overcome previously was 17 points, most recently against Texas A&M in 2002.Martinez’s performance was timely.He lashed out Monday at fans and media who ripped him for throwing three interceptions in last week’s 48-17 loss at Wisconsin, and teammates lined up to defend him.When he threw an interception late in the second quarter, boos cut through the rain at Memorial Stadium.”He kept fighting,” Pelini said. “He led the team, and I was proud of how we played. That’s why he’s the starting quarterback right now.”After time ran out, Martinez flipped the ball to the referee and fullback Tyler Legate embraced Martinez and then picked him up and carried him around.”He was having fun, that’s for sure,” center Mike Caputo said. “Taylor was smiling and confident. He kept coming up to the offensive line and saying we’re going to win this game when we were down a couple touchdowns. His confidence was really high.”Martinez said he didn’t care about the criticism he received during the week and that he didn’t know if Saturday’s game was his best performance as a collegian.”If you say so,” he said. “You’ll write what you want.”For Ohio State, the loss marked a painful end to yet another painful week. On Friday, the NCAA suspended wide receiver DeVier Posey for five more games and three other Buckeyes for one game for taking too much money for a summer job.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall, defensive lineman Melvin Fellows and last year’s leading rusher, Daniel Herron, also missed Saturday’s game. They also must repay benefits after receiving pay for summer work not performed for a booster.”We’ve got to get a few stops on defense,” Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said. “That’s what it comes down to. We’ve just got to do a better job. I’m sure there are lessons out there. We’ve got to figure out what they are and grow from them. That’s part of football, part of life.”An upset looked to be brewing in the first half, and the Buckeyes’ momentum continued to roll when Hyde scored from a yard out to give Ohio State a 27-6 lead early in the third quarter.David, who made 13 tackles, changed the game with his biggest play of the night. As Miller fought for yards up the middle, he stuck his arms in and pulled the ball away from the quarterback.Martinez scored two plays later, going untouched up the middle on a zone read to pull the Huskers to 27-13.The Buckeyes did a good job containing Martinez in the first half, but the sophomore broke loose for 93 yards on the ground after halftime.Martinez’s passing and decision-making had been skewered after the loss at Wisconsin, but he threw a perfect strike to Enunwa to pull the Huskers within a touchdown. Martinez freelanced in the backfield before dumping off to Burkhead, who dodged a tackler and went 30 yards for the tying touchdown with 7:35 left.”I had to get around that guy,” Martinez said. “I got the ball to Rex, and he did a great job juking that guy.”C.J. Barnett was called for a facemask on Martinez during the Huskers’ winning drive, and Burkhead ran for 22 yards before he broke free for the go-ahead score.”That was crazy,” Burkhead said. “That was an unbelievable win all the way around and it feels good.”The feeling was exactly the opposite in the Ohio State locker room.”I’ve never been a part of anything like that,” linebacker Andrew Sweat said. “I don’t know what the magical answer is. We just didn’t get the job done. It’s disheartening to give up that many points and give up a win when it was so close.”
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This week, “outs” were in. In politics, Chris Christie and Sarah Palin announced they were officially out of the running for 2012. In Italy, Amanda Knox was finally out of prison after an appeals court jury overturned her conviction for murdering her roommate. Knox quickly flew home to Seattle amid rampant speculation about how much money she could make for selling her
In life, there are some people that simply speak of progress, and then there are the select few that not only practice what they preach, but truly sacrifice personal gain and dedicate their entire being to the cause of justice. The late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was one of those rare remarkable beings who not only suffered physical and emotional attacks by those who stood opposed to equality, but he was a man who greatly inspired an entire movement for change. And now, the next generation of thinkers, activists, artists, attorneys, educators, advocates and all those pushing for advancement can once again look to the life of
As we grow into mature moral selves we reach a point when we must ask: do we actually act on our ideals? Many of us speak of injustice and the rampant avoidable suffering in the world. We feel suffused with empathy but besides the writing of a check, which is significant, this rarely disrupts our normal living. Consequently, to move my ideals into choices, I attended the Occupy Wall Street Kol Nidrei Service in solidarity with the protesters.
I arrived early both to join the protest and to accustom myself to the oddity of the scene. My heart danced to the tune of the contagious electricity: the sort of exhilaration engendered by taking an active part in
Last Wednesday night I sat around a table with a group of mostly younger adults. We meet each week for my churches’ “Faith on Tap” program, a spirituality discussion group held at a local pub. We were talking about a new advertising campaign that our denomination, the United Church of Christ, launched in Tampa this summer. It’s message is simple: Jesus didn’t reject
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BATON ROUGE, La. — Experience at quarterback wasn’t the only advantage top-ranked LSU held over reeling Florida.Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two scores, each of LSU’s senior quarterbacks passed for touchdowns, and the Tigers comfortably defeated 17th-ranked Florida 41-11 on Saturday.Jarrett Lee gave the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 SEC) the lead for good on their second offensive play, hitting Rueben Randle deep over the middle for a 46-yard touchdown. Jordan Jefferson used a jump pass to Mitch Joseph for another score.
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LSU’s fast, fierce defense was too much for Florida (4-2, 2-2), which started freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback because of injuries to senior John Brantley and freshman Jeff Driskel.Brissett was intercepted twice on deep throws, once each by safety Brandon Taylor and star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.LSU led 17-0 after its first three possessions and was never threatened in what became the sixth double-digit victory in as many games for the Tigers, who have trailed for only 6:33 all season. The Tigers more than doubled the Gators in total yards, 453-213. LSU had 238 yards rushing alone.Alfred Blue added 70 yards on 14 carries and a late 2-yard TD run to cap the scoring for LSU.After a week of deception by Florida head coach Will Muschamp, who said Driskel was his likely starter in place of Brantley, the coach instead went with Brissett, who became the first freshman quarterback in Florida history to take his first snap as a starter.Brissett was able to buy time with his scrambling ability and complete intermittent passes, but struggled to sustain drives. Taylor’s interception came on Brissett’s seventh career pass.Tougher Competition for GatorsThe Florida Gators started the season 4-0 and were ranked as high as 12th in the country. They outscored their first four opponents by 125 points. Those four schools are a combined 5-14 this season. It was another story the past two weeks as Florida lost to Alabama and LSU, who are a combined 11-0 this season, by a combined 58 points.Florida Gators – 2011 Season
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powered by Brissett finally got Florida in the end zone on a 65-yard connection to Andre Debose, who Morris Claiborne appeared to let run free after shoving him out of bounds and apparently thinking he was out of the play.However, Brissett’s next deep pass resulted in Mathieu’s second interception of the season. That was only the latest defensive highlight for the LSU star, who also has forced four fumbles, and has returned two of his three fumble recoveries for touchdowns this season.Brissett finished 8 of 14 for 94 yards and the lone score. Driskel, who injured his ankle in relief of Brantley during the Gators’ 38-10 loss to Alabama a week earlier, did not play at all. Instead, Muschamp tried rotating in receiver Trey Burton and Chris Rainey as single-wing quarterbacks.None of it amounted to much against an LSU defense that entered the game ranked ninth nationally in total defense and scoring defense, despite playing three ranked teams away from Tiger Stadium — including prolific Oregon in Dallas — in its first five games.LSU found the end zone on its first two possessions. Following up the quick strike to Randle with a methodical eight-play drive that included seven runs and covered 57 with the help of an offside penalty. Ware capped it with a 2-yard TD run.LSU appeared to have scored its third TD when punter Brad Wing covered 52 yards on a fake late in the first quarter, but raised his arms moments before crossing the goal line. That drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which took the score off the board. LSU retained possession, but had to settle for Drew Alleman’s 35-yard field goal.Wing still got credit for a 44-yard run, which made him the second leading rusher of the second half behind Ware’s 63.Ware scored his second touchdown on an 8-yard run in the second quarter, helping LSU take a 24-3 halftime lead.
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Over the past few months there has been surprising progress made in the area of child care policy. Since the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) act became law in 1990 and was expanded and reauthorized in 1996 as part of welfare reform, there has been little real progress on substantive federal child care legislation. Congress came close to reauthorizing CCDBG in 2002, but did not.
Meanwhile, there have been continual calls from state officials, advocates, local practitioners and parents to improve the quality of available child care in America. Too many of the 11 million American children under age 5 who are in daily non-parental care situations need to see the quality of their care
This is one in our ‘Geek Like Me’ series of columns exploring the nuances of geek culture.
Haven’t you heard? The geeks have inherited the earth! For Generations X and Y, Comic Con is the Super Bowl, Star Wars has replaced religion, and Jack Kerouac made way for Joss Whedon. If these references are Greek to you — we’d call them Klingon — it’s time to get help. Take my hand… and together, we’ll rule the galaxy as — well, soon you’ll get the reference.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes, Josh Harris rushed for 136 yards and Wake Forest upset No. 23 Florida State 35-30 on Saturday.Price was 21 of 35 for 233 yards with touchdowns covering 22 yards to Chris Givens, 2 yards to Tommy Bohanon and 8 yards to Terence Davis to give the Demon Deacons (4-1, 3-0) their best start to ACC play in school history.Wake Forest — a 10-point underdog — trailed for only about five minutes of the first half, led the entire second half and rolled up 391 yards against one of the ACC’s toughest defenses. Florida State (2-3, 0-2) entered giving up just 257 total yards per game.E.J. Manuel, playing for the first time in three weeks, replaced Clint Trickett late in the first half and finished 19 of 35 for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
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Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and