Monthly Archives: February 2009

U.S. won’t participate in racism conference | | Detroit Free Press

UNITED NATIONS— The United States has decided not to participate in a U.N. conference on racism in April unless the final document is changed to drop all references to Israel and the defamation of religion, a senior U.S. official said today.

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Clinton to Name Human Rights Activist as Assistant Secretary of State |

I find this personally relevant since human rights hold an important place in my heart –  I founded a chapter of Amnesty International at my high school (way back when).

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to name human rights activist Michael Posner to the position of assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, Bloomberg News reports. Posner is currently the director of Human Rights First.

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Gov. Nixon Q&A: Spending the Stimulus


What is the greatest challenge or worry in ensuring the stimulus money is well-spent in your state?

Getting people back to work and, plus, making a transformation to a new economy. This is not just a Band-Aid on a problem. This is an opportunity to transform our economy. I believe that one of the important stools of the future of this economy is workers and worker training.” –Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D)

Need some stimulus?

Click here to see the “shovel-ready” projects the mayors of this state submitted in the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors report. You can click on a project to read (and add to) its description. You can also discuss the project and vote on whether you believe it is critical or not. For a more local view, you can drill down to projects in a particular city. Just choose a city from the following list.

The total of cost of all the projects submitted by Missouri is $3,760,293,491

Congressman Carnahan’s State of the District address

Feb 9 SOTD addressI attended Congressman Carnahan’s State of the District address in Festus along with several other members of the 8th Ward.  I was impressed with the frankness with which he addressed questions and also the responsiveness of his staff.  A transcript of his speech is below:

Good Afternoon / Evening

(Special Recognitions)

Thank record number of voters who hired me for a third term to serve..

It is an honor to represent you …and it is my job to not just represent you, but even those who didn’t vote for me, didn’t vote at all, or are waiting to be voters.

Now more than ever, we are all in this together.

I want to thank all of you for coming and give special thanks to my Congressional Advisory Committees and the thousands who have written, e-mailed, called, or met with in Missouri and Washington.

Your combined ideas inform me and your common sense ideals inspire me – everyday as your Representative in Congress.



Of all the remarks I have made over the years about the State of the District, these are without question the toughest times we have ever faced.

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