Morale Plummets at Susan G Komen For the Cure Foundation

Crooks and Liars

Hmm, I wonder why things are a little bit difficult over at the Susan G Komen Foundation right now?

It’s not like they did much, other than collaborate with the Catholic Church and other players to defund Planned Parenthood, after all. And yet, pink ribbons are wilting all across Komen-land:

Two top executives at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced their resignation, amid reports that the breast cancer charity is struggling to raise money and repair its reputation after its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and subsequent reversal.

Katrina McGhee, Komen’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, privately announced several weeks ago that she will be stepping down on May 4, and Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of Komen’s New York City affiliate, announced her resignation on Tuesday. Both cited “personal” reasons and declined to elaborate.

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Worse yet, it seems Nancy Brinker has not yet come to terms with the harm she has done to her foundation:

A Komen insider told HuffPost that “employee morale is in the toilet” since Komen leadership made the controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s most prominent women’s health and family planning organizations. The move was led by anti-abortion executive Karen Handel, then Komen’s senior vice president for public policy, who has since resigned.

“Brinker [is] in complete meltdown,” the source wrote to HuffPost. “People want her to resign but she won’t.”

Brinker did not respond to a request for comment.

I feel for the employees. My morale has been a bit in the toilet too, particularly since the Komen Foundation move was just one volley in a frontal assault against women. The unending, grinding efforts to strip women of their rights and turn them back into chattel is, well, enough to cause a meltdown. It’s just a pity that in this case, it was by a woman who claimed to care about women’s health.

[h/t Daily Kos]

Sanford police chief steps aside over Martin slaying

The Raw Story

The police chief of Sanford, Florida on Thursday said that he would temporarily step aside because he had become a distraction in the case of an unarmed teen that was killed by a neighborhood watch leader.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Police Chief Bill Lee insisted that he and his department had done nothing wrong by not arresting George Zimmerman for gunning down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“While I stand by the Sanford Police Department, its personnel and the investigation that was conducted in regards to the Trayvon Martin case, it is apparent that my involvement in the matter is overshadowing the process,” he explained. “Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position as police chief of the city of Sanford.”

“I do this in hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to this city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks.”

Lee’s short statement was met with applause from some of those gathered to hear him speak.

City Manager Norton Bonaparte said that the search for an interim police chief would begin immediately. The city has been under intense pressure from civil rights groups who say that Lee refused to fully investigate Martin’s death.

“What the city wants more than anything else for the Trayvon Martin family is justice,” Bonaparte told reporters. “We are looking for a complete, thorough review and that justice will prevail.”

The city manager declined to say exactly how long Lee’s “temporary” departure would be.

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Rove: Obama Order To Get Osama Bin Laden Not An ‘Epic Achievement’

It’s been predicted by many pundits that the upcoming General Election will be the nastiest that we have seen in our lifetimes.  Karl Rove’s comment is merely the “tip of the iceberg”, yet it makes Rove look myopic, stupid or both.

Think Progress

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove took to the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages today to try to push back against President Obama’s new campaign video “The Road We Traveled” narrated by Tom Hanks, which documents some of the more important decisions the president has made in his first term.

Rove took issue with Hanks’ assertion in the video that Obama’s order to kill Osama bin Laden showed the “ultimate test of leadership”:

As for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Mr. Obama did what virtually any commander in chief would have done in the same situation. Even President Bill Clinton says in the film “that’s the call I would have made.” For this to be portrayed as the epic achievement of the first term tells you how bare the White House cupboards are.

As Obama’s former top adviser David Axelrod pointed out on Twitter today, Rove completely mischaracterized Clinton’s quote from the film. The former president actually said of the bin Laden raid: “When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, I hope that is the call I would have made.”

And former Defense Secretary Robert Gates — himself a Republican who has served numerous presidents in security related roles — doesn’t quite see it the same way as the former president’s chief political operative. “I’ve worked for a lot of these guys,” Gates said on 60 Minutes last year, “and this is one of the most courageous calls — decisions — that I think I’ve ever seen a president make.”

So why this blatant dishonesty from Rove? Given the difficulty with which to assign any political liability to the president for ordering the death of history’s most notorious terrorist, the Republicans’ strategy in this campaign season has been to either downplay Obama’s role in nabbing bin Laden or to pretend that he didn’t have anything to do with it.

But Rove is also probably trying to run interference. Rove said Obama “did what virtually any commander in chief would have done” in ordering the bin Laden raid — virtually any commander-in-chief that is, except his former boss President Bush. Bush famously said of bin Laden in 2002: “I really just don’t spend that much time on him” and in 2006, he reportedly saidthe al Qaeda leader was “not a top priority use of American resources.” In 2005, Bush shut down the CIA unit that was dedicated to finding bin Laden’s whereabouts and the New York Times reported that Bush and then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld abandoned a plan to capture senior al Qaeda members in early 2005 because they “decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan.”

So it turns out that “virtually” everything in Rove’s op-ed about Obama, Clinton and bin Laden isn’t true.

Deaf Student ‘Speechless’ After Obama Responds To Him In Sign Language

This is a heart-warming story…

The Huffington Post

Lots of people get giddy following even the briefest encounters with a president. But one Washington-area college student was especially elated that President Obama understood what he was saying. Or signing.

As first reported on Distriction, Stephon, a student at Prince George Community College, was standing in line after an event on energy policy with President Obama and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, waiting for a chance to shake hands with the president. As the president was shaking hands and making his way through the crowd, he met up with Stephon, who was born deaf.

“I am proud of you,” Stephon signed to the president.

Not missing a beat, President Obama signed back: “Thank you.”

Another deaf student then signed to the president, “I love you.” The president smiled back at her and shook her hand.

An elated Stephon later recounted his experience on YouTube via American Sign Language.


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Space Tourism Expected To Be $1 Billion Industry Over Next 10 Years, Says FAA

This is exciting news.

I’ll admit I’m a NASA fan.  I love to view all their Hubble Telescope pictures.  I am also a fan of  The History Channel’s The Universe.  I try to catch every new episode on my DVR.

I don’t expect to be among the very lucky (and rich) passengers on the maiden flight or subsequent flights.  I’d prefer to have my feet firmly planted to the ground and enjoy outer space from the comfort of my own backyard and television set…

The Huffington Post

Buckle up.

Within a decade, the FAA is predicting that space tourism will become a billion-dollar industry, according to a Reuters report.

“Based on market studies, we expect to see this type of activity result in a billion-dollar industry within the next 10 years,” George Nield, associate administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST), said in a statement before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics hearing Tuesday.

There is a handful of companies planning to offer sub-orbital private space flights, most notably Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Branson announced earlier this week that “Two and a Half Men” television star Ashton Kutcher was the 500th person to sign up for a $200,000 ride aboard Virgin Galactic’s Space Ship Two. According to Discovery News, Virgin Galactic expects to begin flights in 2013.

XCOR Aerospace, a small company based in California’s Mojave Desert, also is already selling seats aboard its winged Lynx suborbital space vehicle. Mike Massee, a spokesperson for XCOR, told The Huffington Post that the company expects to begin testing late this year or in early 2013, and that commercial flights should begin by 2014. Tickets cost $95,000 per flight.

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Rachel Maddow: Romney routine lying illustrated in Etch-a-sketch gaffe

Rachel Maddow lays out the bold lies that Mitt Romney has told since the primary season began. This video is long but filled with GREAT information about the two faces of Mitt Romney.
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Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: ‘It’s Almost Like An Etch A Sketch’

The Romney camp had a very brief moment of clarity and honesty yesterday when a top aide, Eric Fehrnstrom answered a question about Mitt Romney being too far to the right for most Independents when the general election gets started. Fehrnstrom’s answer caused a media frenzy on Wednesday…

Think Progress

Mitt Romney can’t be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign’s senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a “reset button” on any positions he’s taken during the primary campaign if he wins the nominations and faces off against President Obama in the fall.

Appearing on CNN this morning, Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom was asked if he’s concerned that Romney may alienate general election voters with some of the hard-right positions he’s taken during the primary to appeal to conservatives. Fehrnstrom brushed this concern off:

HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?

FEHRNSTROM: Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.


Polls show Romney has lost support among independent voters as the primary campaign has forced him further to the right.

It’s unclear if Fehrnstrom expects people to just forget some of the fairly radical stances Romney has taken on everything from immigrationto contraceptionto climate change, or if he expects the candidate to change his positions on those issues in the coming months — something Romney is certainly known for doing. As Fox commentator Brit Hume said of Romney last year, “You are only allowed a certain number of flips before people doubt your character.”