Gov. Paterson Statement on Dr. Tiller Murder

From the BNO Newsroom.

WICHITA, Kansas (BNO NEWS) — New York Governor David Paterson issued the following statement on the murder of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday.

“I was deeply saddened to learn that Dr. George Tiller, a well-known provider of and advocate for women’s health care, was gunned down this morning at his church in Wichita, Kansas. With his murder, we are robbed not only of a dedicated and courageous physician, but also of a husband, father and neighbor. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Dr. Tiller’s family, friends and community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

“Dr. Tiller was targeted for his belief in the right of women to make their own health decisions. He protected that right and sought to ensure that his patients were provided with the medical, emotional and spiritual counsel they needed to make the right choice for themselves and their families. He continued this work despite the threat of harmful retaliation, physical attacks and the destruction of his clinic. We will forever remember his fearlessness, compassion and commitment.

“We in New York are no strangers to these types of attacks and cannot help but to recall Dr. Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo physician murdered in October 1998 for his own commitment to women’s rights. In this era of violence, we must recall the teachings of tolerance and peace and use these lessons to overcome such acts of hatred and desperation.”

Friends of Matt Ryan Looking for Volunteers

Dear Friends,

I am Volunteer Coordinator for Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan’s Re-Election Campaign. We are seeking volunteers who are willing to put in some time on Mayor Matt Ryan’s campaign. We have a lot work that needs to be done and in a great variety. If you are interested in volunteering for Matt Ryan’s campaign, shoot me an email back with your name, email, and phone number and I will get in touch with you about setting something up. We are looking for…

– Volunteers to carry petitions starting June 9th

– Volunteers to phone bank

– Volunteers to canvass their neighborhood

– Volunteers to do data entry

We are very flexible and able to work with your schedule, and circumstances including if you are homebound. Thank you for your time and consideration and I hope to hear from you soon!

Ryan Reynolds

Volunteer Coordinator

Friends of Matt Ryan

607-427-2225

letting the days go by–once in a lifetime

I haven’t felt like posting lately, trying to figure out if Obama is who I hoped he was or merely a smoother version of his predecessors. The only solution is to let the days go by to see if it is the same as it ever was. Thanks to Chris in Paris from AMERICABlog for reminding me of how much I love this song.

Obama Administration Floats Trial Balloon on Resuming Gitmo Military Tribunals

The Obama administration is moving toward reviving the military commission system for prosecuting Guantánamo detainees, which was a target of critics during the Bush administration, including Mr. Obama himself.

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Read entire NYTIMES piece.

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This “trial balloon” should be shot down as quickly as possible. To resume the Bush kangaroo kourts at Gitmo would be a betrayal of the first order and a callous political and legal move. The “Audacity of Hope”, in deed!!

Inside Anti-Obama Extremist Gun Culture

Max Blumenthal goes on a shocking tour of gun shows in the west.