Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

It’s Time for Congress to Issue an Apology for Slavery

July 29th, 2008

Today, the House of Representatives will consider
H.Res.194, an apology for slavery and Jim Crow which I
introduced in February 2007. This resolution, which is
cosponsored by more than ¼ of House members, acknowledges
the long and painful history of slavery in America and its
successor, Jim Crow. Moreover, Congress played an important
role, either through legislation or inaction, in sustaining
both of these noxious institutions. Several states and the
United Kingdom have expressed regret for their roles in
slavery or the transatlantic slave trade. Australia has
apologized to its Aborigines for the mistreatment they
received at the hands of the Australian government for much
of the last century. In light of these facts, it is long
past time for Congress to issue an apology for slavery and
Jim Crow, and I look forward to the House adopting this
historic measure later today.

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It’s Time for Congress to Issue an Apology for Slavery

July 29th, 2008

Today, the House of Representatives will consider
H.Res.194, an apology for slavery and Jim Crow which I
introduced in February 2007. This resolution, which is
cosponsored by more than ¼ of House members, acknowledges
the long and painful history of slavery in America and its
successor, Jim Crow. Moreover, Congress played an important
role, either through legislation or inaction, in sustaining
both of these noxious institutions. Several states and the
United Kingdom have expressed regret for their roles in
slavery or the transatlantic slave trade. Australia has
apologized to its Aborigines for the mistreatment they
received at the hands of the Australian government for much
of the last century. In light of these facts, it is long
past time for Congress to issue an apology for slavery and
Jim Crow, and I look forward to the House adopting this
historic measure later today.

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>Suicide hot line got calls from 22,000 veterans

>I saw this story from the Associated Press which was reported on RawStory.com it states that more than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year, and 1,221 suicides have been averted.

The VA teamed up with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to launch the hot line last July after years of criticism that the VA wasn’t doing enough to help wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is good news for our returning vets, finally the government is starting to take seriously the mental health issues which are effecting our returning soldiers. It is a crying shame that our men and women who are returning from the front of the “War on Terror” in such conditions that so many of them have considered taking their own lives.

Click on the headline and read the story

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Suicide hot line got calls from 22,000 veterans

I saw this story from the Associated Press which was reported on RawStory.com it states that more than 22,000 veterans have sought help from a special suicide hot line in its first year, and 1,221 suicides have been averted.

The VA teamed up with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to launch the hot line last July after years of criticism that the VA wasn’t doing enough to help wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is good news for our returning vets, finally the government is starting to take seriously the mental health issues which are effecting our returning soldiers. It is a crying shame that our men and women who are returning from the front of the “War on Terror” in such conditions that so many of them have considered taking their own lives.

Click on the headline and read the story

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>A Response from Todays California Quake

>While at work today, news came over the radio about the 5.8 magnitude quake that hit southern California today.

The company that I work for has a production facility just outside of Anaheim and late this afternoon we received the following communication from the plant, which I thought might be of interest to some of the readers of this blog. Particularly if they have friends or family in the area:

Incident Level: Incident – With Serious Potential

Description: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8, centered 20 miles northwest of the plant struck
at 11:42 AM PST. Ten aftershocks occurred in the next dozen minutes, including three
estimated at 3.8. The quake was about 8 miles below the earth’s surface.

There were no injuries and the site was evacuated for a short time. There is minor damage
to ceiling tiles but no major structural damage or other process lines such as natural
gas lines. The site is resuming production although a number employees are nervous about
returning to work.


It was good news to hear that none of our friends were hurt in the quake and I hope that if anyone of you reading about the earthquake had friends or relatives in the area that they too are safe and sound.

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A Response from Todays California Quake

While at work today, news came over the radio about the 5.8 magnitude quake that hit southern California today.

The company that I work for has a production facility just outside of Anaheim and late this afternoon we received the following communication from the plant, which I thought might be of interest to some of the readers of this blog. Particularly if they have friends or family in the area:

Incident Level: Incident – With Serious Potential

Description: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8, centered 20 miles northwest of the plant struck
at 11:42 AM PST. Ten aftershocks occurred in the next dozen minutes, including three
estimated at 3.8. The quake was about 8 miles below the earth’s surface.

There were no injuries and the site was evacuated for a short time. There is minor damage
to ceiling tiles but no major structural damage or other process lines such as natural
gas lines. The site is resuming production although a number employees are nervous about
returning to work.


It was good news to hear that none of our friends were hurt in the quake and I hope that if anyone of you reading about the earthquake had friends or relatives in the area that they too are safe and sound.

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