(courtesy of The Texas Freedom Network)
Longtime leader of the Texas Eagle Forum, one of the religious right’s most extremist advocacy groups, Adams has argued for dropping children from the Children’s Health Insurance Program when they turn nine years old to prevent them from using health insurance to access family planning. Adams also has supported efforts to water down the discussion of evolution in biology textbooks and to censor information on contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases in high school health textbooks.
Chairs the Montgomery County Christian Coalition.
Chuck Anderson in 2000 was the youthful and earnest leader of the Texas Christian Coalition, where he first found employment working for Jeff Fisher. (See below for more on Fisher.)
Founder and head of Wallbuilders, a national, Christian organization that publishes books and videos promoting theocracy, since 1997. As vice-chair of the Republican Party of Texas, Barton is a key member of the religious right’s control over the party. Barton was hired in 2004 by the Republican National Committee to travel the country and speak to about 300 evangelical pastors in an effort to win support for President George W. Bush’s reelection. He has also called the United States a “Christian nation” and called the separation of church and state “a myth.” Barton has also been involved with a group of biblical literalists called the Dominionists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. For more about Barton, see Chapter 4 of The Anatomy of Power: Texas and the Religious Right in 2006.)
Christian Coalition and Promise Keepers activist and state representative, Christian (R-Center) is part of the religious-right voting bloc in the Texas Legislature.
Fancher’s bid for the state legislature in 1998 was unsuccessful, despite $25,000 in funding from James Leininger. (See below for more on Leininger.)
Farrar, of the Concerned Women for America PAC, lost her campaign for the state legislature in 1998 despite receiving $20,000 in contributions from James Leininger. (See below for more on Leininger.)
Fisher served as executive director of the Texas Christian Coalition. He also ran Winning Strategies’ political operations with Bob Reese. (See below for more on Reese.) When Winning Strategies became mired in controversy over the use of economic development monies funding their partisan political operations, the company officially separated their political business, which Fisher then ran. He resigned from Winning Strategies and formed his own consulting group, Jeff Fisher & Associates, which has done work for radical-right candidates in races from state representative to State Board of Education. In 2000, he was elected county judge (constitutional county judge) of Van Zandt County in a special election. He won re-election to a full term in 2002 by only 84 votes, after a recount. Fisher lost his post as Van Zandt County Judge to a challenger in late September 2004. He has been the subject of dozens of news stories and much controversy during his tenure as judge. His campaign contributors in 2000 included James Leininger. (See below for more on Leininger.)
Richard Ford is head of the Heritage Alliance and a longtime veteran of the so-called “culture wars.” He has led or founded a series of groups tied to the Christian right since the 1970s. But his conservative views on abortion, homosexuality and public education are not what make him remarkable. Ford is infamous for the smear campaign his political action committee, Free PAC, launched against six Republican legislative candidates in the 2002 GOP primary. Learn more about Richard Ford in a Dallas Observer profile.
Hotze is a prominent leader of anti-abortion, anti-gay and politically active religious political extremism in Houston. Hotze gained prominence while promoting a ‘Straight Slate’ of political candidates in response to Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire’s support from the gay community. Using Christian Coalition tactics of organizing through churches and organizing on the precinct level, Hotze led the religious right’s campaign to take over the Harris County Republican Party from moderate Republicans.
President of the Texas Home School Coalition, an outgrowth of Christian Home Educators Association, Lambert frequently partners with Jeff Fisher (above) and Cathie Adams (above).
San Antonio physician and hospital-bed magnate James Leininger is one of the biggest funders of far-right causes in Texas. He has given millions of dollars to state political leaders in support of his efforts to create a private school voucher program in Texas. The Anatomy of Power: Texas and the Religious Right in 2006 includes a profile of Leininger.
McGuire, a Christian Coalition and American Family Association activist, is a failed candidate for the Texas legislature.
University of Texas journalism professor and editor of World magazine, Olasky has been called "the Godfather of Compassionate Conservatism" and has been a major influence on George W. Bush's political philosophy. While his formal role as policy advisor to the Bush campaign ended after Bush’s first presidential bid in 2000, Olasky continues to act as an informal liaison between Bush and religious-right leaders nationally.
Parker is an attorney who heads The Justice Foundation, a spin-off of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that litigates on behalf of far-right causes. Parker is also the Texas representative of the Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice (an organization started by Pat Robertson to litigate for "religious and constitutional freedoms"). In addition, Parker represents Catholics United for Life in Texas and was the former Bexar County Christian Coalition president.
Reese serves as head of Winning Strategies, a telemarketing and printing firm started by James Leininger (above). Winning Strategies, the political consulting firm of choice for extremist candidates funded by Leininger, benefited from public economic development funds, until press scrutiny highlighted the inappropriateness of taxpayer-subsidized partisan political operation. Reese also served on the board of CEO America, a pro-voucher group founded by Leininger.
Scarborough is a Lufkin-based pastor with a long history of preaching politics from the pulpit. In 1996, National Public Radio called him "The Rising Star of the Religious Right" for his efforts to elect fundamentalist Christians and promote religious-right issues on the state and national levels. He has authored a number of books, including Enough is Enough: a Call to Christian Involvement, In Defense of Mixing Church and State and It All Depends on What Is...Is. In 1998, he founded Vision America, an organization that aims to “inform and mobilize Pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America.” The advisory board of Vision America consists of notable religious-right leaders from around the country. In 2005, Rick Scarborough launched the Judeo-Christian Council For Constitutional Restoration (JCCCR), a religious-right group created to push for limits on judicial oversight on religious and moral issues essentially removing the checks and balances provision of the U.S. Constitution and the impeachment of judges with whom the JCCCR disagrees. Scarborough has also been involved with a group of biblical literalists called the Dominionists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government, as noted in a Rolling Stone article entitled "The Crusaders."
Shackelford is president of the Free Market Foundation, which focuses on social not economic issues, and founder and chief counsel for the far-right Liberty Legal Institute. Free Market Foundation is the Texas affiliate of Focus on the Family, a far-right national organization headed by Dr. James Dobson. Shackelford's numerous religious-right legal and legislative battles in Texas are documented in a 2005 expose in the Dallas Observer.
Elected as Chair of the Texas Republican Party in 2000, Weddington was the pick of her right-wing predecessor Tom Pauken. A San Antonio native, Weddington has longstanding ties with James Leininger (above) and once worked for Leininger’s think-tank, the Texas Public Policy Foundation. With Pauken, Weddington packed party leadership with other religious-right figures. Weddington is now president/chief executive officer of OneStar Foundation, an organization created by Gov. Rick Perry in 2004 to promote the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Longtime member of Pat Robertson’s inner circle and former chair of the Texas Christian Coalition, Weinhold was credited with bringing the national Christian Coalition’s headquarters to Texas in order to skirt the IRS ruling denying the group’s tax-exempt status.
Wright is president of Texans for Life Coalition, which opposes reproductive rights including the right to choose for women. She was a prominent spokesperson for religious-right groups that supported the adoption of high school health textbooks in 2004 that included no information on contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases except through abstinence.
My application for Nursing Grad school is sitting on the desk for review as we speak...I should know in a few days whether it's "yes" or "no"
My goal is to open free clinics in Central Texas when I graduate. I can dream big, can't I?
Wish me luck,friends. You helped me make it here...
I love asking for favors...
Can you review my essay for grad school acceptance... the usual spelling,punctuation thing.
There were no specifics- just "Why do you want to come here?"
I'll leave specifics out.
I graduated from "A State University" with an ADN in 1987. Since that time,I have seen some fascinating examples of patient-centered care.As I look forward,I can think of no better place to expand my knowledge base than ASU.
My career has focused on the care of acutely-ill people from many walks of life. As the Assistant Head Nurse of the MICU at P-, I have seen firsthand the stress experienced by people from all walks of life when suffering an acute illness or injury. As the supervisor at K- Hospital,I have seen the effects chronic illness has on an individual and their family.As the staff nurse of the surgical-telemetry floor at B-,I have seen the effects of sudden and chronic illnesses on people of all age groups and socio-economic levels as they attempt to adapt.
My volunteer experience with the National Coalition for The Homeless and The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has helped me see the unique needs of the homeless that exist unseen among us.It has given me insight into specific medical needs of homeless children,teenagers and mothers as they attempt to live normal lives in very unnatural circumstances. I have seen needs existing that required adaptation of the usual standards of practice to fit the special circumstances.
My personal experience as a patient has given me insight into the true concept of "Holistic Nursing". Through my series of hospitalizations,I have been able to relate to my own patients with empathy that one has to experience to understand.
These experiences have molded my desire to help those less fortunate- the uninsured,the homeless and the hopeless. I hope that with my ability as a nurse practitioner,I can expand healthcare availability to areas with limited funding and resources. My goal is to establish a free-standing preventative care and chronic care clinic for the indigent in my area. I hope to work within the framework established with a like-minded family practitioner to expand desperately needed healthcare to the majority of Texans who exist with limited resources. As Central Texas has limited public transportation,I would like to expand these clinics to serve different towns on a weekly basis.
A- State University offers an excellent Graduate Program in Nursing. I am excited at the prospect of being able to care for my current patient population while attending undergraduate and graduate school. The high standards that ASU held when I attended school in the 1980's have followed me through my career. I have great hopes that the future education will leave me equally prepared as I advance into the next level of my nursing life. Thank you for considering me for acceptance to your ADN-MSN bridge program.
My neighbors suck. What can I say?
It is March 2011. Tonight, more than 138,000 veterans will go to sleep homeless. Thanks to the veteran support of our newly-elected House of Representatives, 11,000 homeless veterans will lose the glimmer of hope given to them by a “Grateful Nation.”
In September 2009, a new cooperative program known as HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) was initiated. This program combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This successful program has removed 75,000 previously homeless veterans from the streets. This successful program is one of the items on the chopping block to ease our ever-growing debt caused by a decade at war. This is a prime example of how we support our veterans who have suffered the most.
I invite every Daily Light reader to explore their representative’s vote on veteran affairs. I think that by now it should be clear who supports veterans after they have served their nation well.
If you are a veteran or veteran family who is looking at possible homelessness, please contact The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans as soon as possible.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the go-to group to offer advice and assistance. You can research them online at any public library.
...or you can call NCHV here at1-800-838-4357 (1-800-VET-HELP)
Veterans, remember — we do support your service, and we have your back.
in the decade we have been there... $14 trillion?
How much have we cut taxes in the same time period?
I need resources.
repeat for the weekend crew
Texas on the Brink report released
By EMILY RAMSHAW
Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Texas’ superlatives are nothing to brag about, according to the fifth edition of “Texas on the Brink,” an annual review that ranks the state on dozens of factors ranging from health insurance to voter turnout.
Despite having the highest birth rate, Texas has the worst rate of women with health insurance, and the worst rate of pregnant women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester, according to the report commissioned by the Legislative Study Group, a liberal-leaning research caucus in the Texas House.
While Texas has the second-highest public school enrollment, the state ranks last in the percentage of people 25 and older with a high school diploma. And though Texas has the highest percent of its population without health insurance, the state is 49th in per capita spending on Medicaid, and dead last in per capita spending on mental health, according to the report.
Here’s a look at how Texas compares to other states:
At the bottom:
• Tax expenditures per capita (47th)
• Percent of population 25 and older with a high school diploma (50th)
• Percent of poor people covered by Medicaid (49th)
• Percent of population with employer-based health insurance (48th)
• Per capita spending on mental health (50th)
• Per capita spending on Medicaid (49th)
• Percent of non-elderly women with health insurance (50th)
• Percent of women receiving prenatal care in first trimester (50th)
• Average credit score (49th)
• Workers’ compensation coverage (50th)
Near the top:
• Number of executions (1st)
• Public school enrollment (2nd)
• Percent of uninsured children (1st)
• Percent of children living in poverty (4th)
• Percent of population uninsured (1st)
• Percent of population living below poverty (4th)
• Percent of population with food insecurity (2nd)
• Overall birth rate (2nd)
• Amount of carbon dioxide emissions (1st)
• Amount of toxic chemicals released into water (1st)
• Amount of hazardous waste generated (1st)
Sigh.I am including a link to satel's paper on ptsd..please go there and read her bullshit ...if you dare http://www.aei.org/article/103105
Your Veterans Service Organizations liaison from the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
by Michael Leon
This is like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention telling Americans treating the Ebola virus is really a diagnostic and therapeutic “trap;” quote is from Dr. Satel.
Does Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki know or care what anti-veteran nonsense the VA is emitting? How about President Obama?
Long an avowed enemy of Vietnam War veterans, Satal takes direct aim at last year’s revised PTSD rules that were hyped by Sec. Shinseki in a well-publiczed op-ed piece (USA Today, July 12, 2010). Writes Satel in Feb. 1 piece on the AEI site:
The idea that one can sustain an enduring and disabling mental disorder based on anxious anticipation of a traumatic event that never materialized is a radical departure from the clinical–and common-sense–understanding that traumatic stress disorders are caused by events that actually do happen to people.
Sure, the war against veterans at home has been a bipartisan exercise of neglect, but anyone paying any attention to the Bush-Cheney years knows fully well that administration took its key from the AEI on major policy initiatives, and Satel became a leading light of the out-and-out animus towards veterans, especially those Vietnam War guys who smoked all that pot and wore peace signs. Get over guys is the message by Satel and apparently now the VA and Sec. Shinseki to all veterans with PTSD.
In so many words American veterans, your psychological problems are not the fault of the entire USA. Get it?
Now that the GOP and Tea Party have made public their intention to target the insufficient amount of money now spent on veterans
Of course,it is being downgraded by readers who,for some reason,have an issue with this. Go figure.
As a new Congress meets, it’s essential we know the new committee leaders. One that is prominent in my mind is U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, the new Veteran Affairs House Chair. This is a critical position as we continue at war in two countries.
There are currently 1.4 million Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, 670,000 Gulf War veterans, 7.2 million Vietnam era veterans and 3.4 million World War II veterans. With each generation comes changing medical needs that are being addressed by the Veterans Administration.
With the appointment of Secretary Shinseki, there have been significant improvements made in the VA system. These changes have focused on improvement in psychiatric/therapeutic treatment, female veteran treatment and multiple wound/amputation adaptations. These types of medical and therapeutic treatment don’t come cheaply, but are a small price to pay to those who served.
“This is a huge government agency and there is a mindset within the agency that is hard to change. But I think we need to focus not only on delivery of services but the cost at which those services are being delivered to the veteran,” said Rep. Miller in a recent interview. Rep. Miller says he is “more focused on helping to increase resources through efficiencies. I think there are ways to solve those problems ... by allowing (veterans) to go fee-for-service within a private hospital system. I think we need to focus not only on delivery of services but the cost at which those services are being delivered to the veteran.”
My question for Rep. Miller: Are you willing to train private facilities to care for those with PTSD, TBI, infectious diseases, GWS and the myriad of other diseases and injuries we are seeing in the four generations of veterans?
Or ... are you going to carry on the time-honored position of honoring a few with contracts “to favor efficiency”... while cutting our veterans’ resources? Only time will tell. We at Veterans For Common Sense will be watching with great interest.
(Read the vet comments)
No Good News on Veterans’ Jobs Numbers
For many Americans, the New Year is a time to make resolutions to get in shape, save money, or spend more time with friends and family. For too many new veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their New Year’s resolution remains the same—find a job. In a tough economy, new veterans continue to be unemployed at an alarming rate. While December’s national unemployment rate was at its lowest level since May 2009, the average unemployment rate for veterans continues to climb year to year. As the 112th Congress starts its term, one resolution should be easy for those on both sides of the aisle to make—secure jobs for our nation’s heroes.
Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment data for the month of December 2010. While the unemployment rate decreased slightly to 9.4 percent for the general population, the rate for Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans increased to 11.7 percent, up from 10 percent in November. At 11.5 percent in 2010, the average annual unemployment rate for OEF/OIF veterans has nearly doubled since 2007. In real numbers, 210,000 Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans were unemployed in December and an average 205,000 were unemployed in 2010, that’s over 100,000 more than in 2008. These numbers are incredibly troubling.
i will always try to continue what he represented,all that is good.
As a new Congress begins work, one area requires immediate attention — especially in Texas. This, of course, is health care. Texas leads the United States in adults and children with no health insurance. Currently, 26.2 percent of adults in Texas and 18.2 percent of children in Texas have NO medical insurance, public or private.
The Center For Disease Control is a wonderful resource for information on health care and health in America. Some of the statistics:
• 9 percent of adults ages 18- 64 have diabetes
• At least 6 of every 10 deaths could be prevented from colon cancer if every adult 50 years or older got tested regularly.
• In 2007, 202,964 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer; 40,598 women in the United States died from breast cancer.
• In 2007, 30 percent of Americans over age 20 had hypertension.
• As of Jan. 8, the number of people on transplant waiting lists was 110,168 Americans
In each of these cases, access to early diagnosis, treatment and adequate pharmaceuticals is the key to survival and quality of life.
Unfortunately, health care is the first subject to be challenged by the new Congress. Instead of discussing this extreme need experienced by citizens of our nation, talk is rampant about “Repealing Obamacare” ... with no alternative offered.
As we prepare to celebrate the life of a great American, never forget one of his most passionate causes. “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” I have no doubt that Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported universal health care.
Dr. King was wise beyond his years. As a nation, we would all benefit by learning from him.
As we enter our second decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to remind ourselves of the toll our troops endure. Veterans of Gulf War One and veterans of Operation Iraqi freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom share one commonality — the presence of Gulf War Illness.
Gulf War Illness was first recognized as a disease through extensive research performed in the early 1990s at our own UTSW. It took almost 17 years, but the Veterans Administration has finally begun reimbursing Gulf War One veterans for service-related illnesses. This is an improvement when compared to our treatment of the Agent Orange-exposed veterans of the Vietnam War (almost 40 years).
OIF/OEF veterans are now showing the same symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome — (per the VA)
1. Chronic fatigue syndrome
3. Irritable bowel syndrome
4. Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, cardiovascular symptoms, fatigues, gastrointestinal symptoms, headache, joint pain, menstrual disorders, muscle pain, neurologic symptoms, neuropsychological symptoms, skin conditions, upper and lower respiratory system symptoms and sleep disturbances.
For many veterans, these diseases are debilitating and affect their daily activities to the point they can no longer hold jobs.
Fortunately, since Secretary Shinseki assumed responsibility for the VA, reimbursements for service-related illnesses have become easier for veterans to qualify for. Deployment “in country” is now sufficient to qualify for VA service-related assistance.
I strongly recommend all veterans of Gulf War One and OIF/OEF who served in Kuwait, Iraq and/or Afghanistan to register with the VA.
The website is:
The toll-free helpline phone number is:
1-800-749-8387 press “2”
If you were previously denied service-related treatment, please reapply. Progress is being made daily by veterans organizations to get the services you earned as a war veteran.
We’ve got your back.
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