Saturday, June 29, 2013

Veterinarian tests how hot it gets in a parked car

Vet tests how hot it gets in a parked car, ends up stunned and dizzy

If you think a place called Furnace Creek would be hot in the summer, you're right.  Highs of 129 F are forecast for California's Death Valley over the weekend, while the tourist mecca of Las Vegas is expected to match all-time record highs of 117 degrees Saturday through Monday. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Watch the crowd go nuts when Sen. Wendy Davis is interrupted

Watch the crowd go nuts when Sen. Wendy Davis is interrupted

Filibustering senator's shoes get amusing 5-star Amazon reviews  "The next time you have to spend 13 hours on your feet without food, water or bathroom breaks, this is the shoe for you," one commenter wrote. "Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy on race day."

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flag Day - June 14

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

The week of June 14 is designated as "National Flag Week." During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week.

  • The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's  called "half staff" on land ,and "half mast" on a ship.
  • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
  • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
  • The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
  • Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
  • Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
  •  When your flag is old and has seen  better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

BREAKING: Bill to stop military rape hits strong opposition

Senator Gillibrand's legislation to stop military rape has just hit a roadblock. We need your input to overcome it.   Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, has over-ruled a majority vote and dumped key provisions removing prosecutions from the military chain of command from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The obstruction is cowardly and unacceptable from a Senator who claims to hold progressive values. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said she was "stunned" and said that "the committee is largely embracing the status quo."   

Now the fight moves to the full Senate for a vote, with the outcome very much up in the air. Our job is to make sure that reform passes -- we need YOUR input to do that.   Courage Campaign is member driven, and that means that we need you to help us decide how to best utilize our resources to get this legislation passed. So far, you've sent emails, made phone calls, and you've flown survivors of military sexual assault to DC to tell their stories.    Here are our best ideas on what we should do next. Tell us what you think:
  • Organize, train, and fly survivors and Courage members to lobby their representatives in the House and Senate before the vote.
  • Take out a billboard in Sen. Levin's hometown to educate him on the reality of the problem and hold him accountable.
  • Send rape whistles to Senators to bring home exactly what a violent and despicable problem this is.
  • Buy newspaper ads in strategic swing vote districts to influence Senators. 
  • YOUR idea.
We're determined to win protection for the countless women and men who want to serve their country, not face the horrors of sexual assault. Please weigh in on what you think would be most effective.   

Together, we can win this.   

Caitlin, along with Adam, Aidan, Annie, Anthony, Christian, Eddie, Gabe, Jacob, Dan, Kristin, Michael, Rick, Sarah, and Scottie (the Courage team)