Sam Brownback on running for President, gay rights, the Middle East and religion

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Sam Brownback is perplexed. The U.S. Senator from Kansas and Presidential candidate is a Republican whose politics—he is against marriage for gay people, he is against abortion, and he has a clean image in a party tainted by scandal—should speak favorably to the party’s base. But it has not. “I’m baffled by that myself,” Senator Brownback told Wikinews reporter David Shankbone. “We haven’t been able to raise money.”

A recent poll in Iowa has put him in eighth place, with 2% supporting his campaign. “If we don’t finish fourth or better in Iowa…we’ll pull out.”

Senator Brownback’s relationship with God infuses almost every answer you find below. Although he doesn’t feel “competent” to explain why God would dislike gays, he does feel strongly that allowing two men or two women to enter into the union of marriage will destroy it for heterosexuals. Pointing to the research of Stanley Kurtz at the Hoover Institution, Brownback asserts that Northern Europeans have “taken the sacredness out of the institution.”

In the interview, Senator Brownback discusses the tug-and-pull that befalls him when his constituents show up at his office and say, “Look, I’m a conservative, but we need this bridge, we need this subsidy, we need this hospital.” Brownback feels this spending system needs to be changed; however, when it comes to energy policy, Brownback is there for his constituents. David Shankbone asked the Kansas Senator, a supporter of cellulosic ethanol, why he doesn’t support the lowering of tariffs on sugar since sugar ethanol delivers 8 times the energy output of cellulosic ethanol. Brazil, in particular, has become energy independent because of its sugar ethanol program. It’s cheaper to produce, and there is vastly more bang for the buck in sugar fuel than in corn fuel; an entire country no longer needs to import oil because of it. Federal tariffs currently make sugar ethanol too expensive in the United States. “You’re going to kill the ethanol industry here just as it gets going,” was Senator Brownback’s response. However, there is a debate over whether the process to make corn ethanol uses more energy than the ethanol itself produces.

Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Senator Sam Brownback.


Contents

  • 1 On running in and possibly leaving the Presidential race
  • 2 On the role of religion in the Presidential race
  • 3 On the culture of life
  • 4 On the Iraq War and the Middle East
  • 5 On gay rights
  • 6 Brownback on Brownback
  • 7 On environmentalism and energy
  • 8 On Wikipedia
  • 9 Sources

67th Annual Golden Globe Award highlights

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Last Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California were the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by English comedian Ricky Gervais. The choice of Gervais as host was a move to increase viewership which declined to 15 million viewers last year from 27 million in 2004. Canadian director James Cameron—who previously won in 1997 for his film Titanic—and his high-grossing 3D epic Avatar seemed to dominate the ceremony, taking home the awards for Best Director and Best Picture respectively.

This annual event—which is often considered a preview of the Academy Awards—is conducted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to recognize achievements by those within both the motion picture and television industries internationally.

In the midst of the festivities, the earthquake in Haiti was still on the minds of many attendees. For instance, some wore lapel ribbons to honor the victims, while others noted how strange it was for them to be enjoying something like an award ceremony in the midst of such tragedy.

On incident of this was when American actress Meryl Streep got emotional while accepting the Best Actress award for her portrayal of chef Julia Child in the film Julia & Julia, “I am really honestly conflicted about how to have my ‘happy movie self’ in the face of everything that I’m aware of in the real world.” She went on to mention her late mother, who Streep said would have told her to be grateful that she does in fact have the money to donate to people of Haiti.

Following this, American actor George Clooney officially announced his intention to coordinate a telethon that would air on NBC, among other networks worldwide, on January 22 to raise money for those affected by the quake.

Below is a complete list of Sunday night’s award recipients:

Christina Grimmie killed by ‘infatuated’ fan; Orlando police close case

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The man who murdered Christina Grimmie following a June 10 concert lived “like a hermit” and had apparently never met the singer, but was infatuated with her and had spent recent months changing his appearance in an effort to win her over, according to information released on Wednesday by police in Orlando, Florida.

Kevin James Loibl, age 27, took a taxicab to Orlando on June 9 from his St. Petersburg home, bringing along two 9mm Glock handguns and extra ammunition. He spent that night in a hotel. Following Grimmie’s June 10 performance at The Plaza Live, he approached her as she signed autographs and opened fire, shooting her in the head once and the torso three times. Grimmie’s brother Marcus then tackled Loibl, who broke free, backed against a wall, and killed himself with a single shot to the head.

Christina Grimmie was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center just before 11:00 p.m. She was buried in a private ceremony in her hometown in New Jersey on June 16. A public memorial in nearby Medford attracted thousands of family, friends and fans.

Police interviewed several of Loibl’s co-workers including Cory Dennington, self-described as Loibl’s “only friend in the world”, who said Loibl had an unrealistic infatuation with her and was constantly watching her videos and monitoring her online activity. Dennington said Loibl had lost weight, whitened his teeth, and gotten eye and hair surgery in an effort to look better for Grimmie, whom he considered his “soul mate”. Loibl would get defensive when told hoping for a relationship with the singer was “illogical”.

Witnesses also said Loibl had not mentioned attending Grimmie’s Orlando concert, and none of them knew of any threats. His father and brother did not know Loibl owned any guns, police said. Each weapon was purchased legally at one of two St. Petersburg gun shops.

Investigators were unable to crack the encryption on Loibl’s phone, and it appeared he had destroyed his computer’s hard drive. Police believe Loibl acted alone and, since he is deceased, they closed their case on Wednesday. They offered no motive for the shooting.

Creditors That Help With Bad Credit For Auto Loans: 5 Steps To Getting Funded

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By Susan Willis

Does this situation sound familiar? You are someone who is trustworthy. You have never missed an auto loan payment. You have spent most of your adult life employed. And you are generally a very good person, if you do say so yourself. However, there is one chink in the armor: you have a bad credit score.

Given this type of background, despite all of your very positive traits, shopping for an auto loan can be a real challenge. You see, that “bad credit score” part really does make a big difference to the vast majority of creditors out there. When they see a FICO score below 600, they will consider it to be a sign of someone who is not responsible with their money.

And sure, the credit scoring system does have some merit: you don’t get a bad score for nothing. But, when it comes to buying a car, your car itself acts as a form of collateral for the loan. And, the title is actually held by the would-be lender until you pay it off. So, what’s the big risk for them, right?

Fortunately, there are a handful of creditors out there who would fully agree with you. They actually base their business on helping credit-challenged people to get their auto loans funded. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find these creditors so that you could get funded?

If you are looking for creditors that help with bad credit auto loans, here are 5 steps to getting funded with a new loan:

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1. Get to know what bad credit auto lenders look for in a borrower:

While bad credit auto lenders do not look past your credit score completely, they are different from traditional lenders in that they take it your score account only as one of many potentially-important factors in your overall picture of credit-worthiness. They also look at other aspects of your financial and personal history, such as your employment history, your history with other car loans, and the reasons why your credit score is not stellar.

2. Fix any errors that show up on your credit report:

Next, run your credit reports (from all 3 agencies) and figure out which items that show up there are actually misreported items or errors. Then, protest in writing each error you find. The errors will be removed in a timely manner, provided you did a thorough job of showing that they were errors.

3. Find a local bad credit lender and buddy up to them:

If you know of any, introduce yourself to a local bad credit lender in your area. Show them your credit report and ask them which items, if any, would be red flags to another lender. Then, find a way to truthfully explain each one, but painting yourself in the best-possible light. This is great rehearsal for when you start applying for auto loans (see below).

4. Prepare your documents:

Prepare any documentation you can get your hands on concerning your own employment history, residential history, personal references and other personal details. You may need to use these items in a pinch.

5. Apply to as many lenders as you can:

Now, it is time to apply. Find an online resource that gives you access to multiple bad credit lenders. Then, apply to as many as you can. Hint: apply to all of them within a short time period, such a few days. This will help you avoid any negative effects that the multiple credit reports that are run will have on your score.

To find creditors that help with bad credit for auto loans, follow these 5 steps to getting funded.

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Train derailed by collision with semi in Saskatchewan, Canada

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Twenty-four cars of a west-bound Canada Pacific train were thrown from the tracks after the train collided with a semi tractor-trailer in poor weather and visibility near Regina, Saskatchewan around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. The driver was rushed to hospital.

The accident took place on a level section of Highway 46 just north of Highway 1, about 25 kilometres east of Regina. The RCMP spokesperson reported the crossing is marked with lights, but weather may have played a role.

“Road conditions were wet and sloppy and it’s foggy,” RCMP Cpl. Brian Jones said to the CBC. The bad weather, including a heavy overnight snowfall, may have contributed to the accident.

Most of the 93 cars in the train were empty bulk transit cars, used for moving agricultural products such as grains. The RCMP report that neither train or truck were transporting any hazardous materials.

Wikinews interviews You-peng Wang of Taipei Electrical Commercial Association

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Besides becoming a political stomping ground for the Pan-Green and Pan-Blue coalitions, there are other changes from past years of Taipei Audio Video Fair (TAVF). With those changes in mind, Wikinews reporter Rico Shen interviewed You-peng Wang, chairman of the Taipei Electrical Commercial Association (TECA), the main organizer of TAVF, about the 60th year anniversary of TECA and the changes to the show.

Importance Of Choosing A Good Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon}

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Cosmetic surgery is the best known type of plastic surgery that involves surgical and medical techniques for improving ones appearance, especially maintaining, enhancing or restoring normal appearance. Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures are abdominoplasty, mammoplasty, buttock augmentation, lip enhancement, liposuction, chin augmentation, cheek augmentation, etc. If you are considering a mammoplasty or any other type of cosmetic surgery, then what you need to understand is that, it is a medical procedure and you should consult only highly qualified, skilled and an expert Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon for a safe procedure and better results.

Why Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery?

The birth of a child not only brings immense joy but along with it comes physical and mental changes. The major changes being in your body, post delivery. Diet and exercise may not be enough to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state and hence you will have to consult a good breast augmentation surgeon who will provide you the best Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery and help you in restoring your appearance. The treatment focuses on important areas of concern and will generally comprise of a combination of procedures such as tummy tuck and breast augmentation to give you a more fit body. Choosing Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery will not only return your bodys natural figure, but it will also boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Important Considerations:

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Although the decision to go in for mammoplasty will be completely yours, there are several factors to consider, and only a good Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon will help you determine what you may need, based on what you are trying to achieve through the surgery.The most important factors to consider are

Type of procedure such as reduction, lift or revision

Size

Scarring

Ability to breast feed

Duration of surgery

Healing process and duration

Cost

Choosing the Best Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon:

Just like any other surgery, mammoplasty too comes with some minimal risks. However, the most common risk would be as a result of the surgeons error that could lead to infection or bleeding. Therefore, it is very important for you to be very careful while choosing a Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon. You should always seek qualified surgeons who are experts in the field and who have many years of experience. You could either ask for referrals or consult a couple of best surgeons before you choose the right one. A good surgeon should be able to discuss with you openly and clearly all matters related to your breast augmentation procedures and techniques and offer you the best options. Cosmetic surgeons qualified to conduct breast augmentation procedures generally provide consultation for a fee and once you choose to use their services, the Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery will be carried out either on an outpatient basis or inpatient basis depending upon the procedure and your medical condition.

Just like any other surgery, mammoplasty too comes with some minimal risks. However, the most common risk would be as a result of the surgeons error that could lead to infection or bleeding. Therefore, it is very important for you to be very careful while choosing a Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon. You should always seek qualified surgeons who are experts in the field and who have many years of experience. You could either ask for referrals or consult a couple of best surgeons before you choose the right one. A good surgeon should be able to discuss with you openly and clearly all matters related to your breast augmentation procedures and techniques and offer you the best options. Cosmetic surgeons qualified to conduct breast augmentation procedures generally provide consultation for a fee and once you choose to use their services, the Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgery will be carried out either on an outpatient basis or inpatient basis depending upon the procedure and your medical condition.

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Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan dies in car accident aged 50

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Frank Ryan has died in a car accident at age 50. It is reported that the Jeep Ryan was driving crashed over the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on rocks. Lifeguards were first on the scene and unsuccessfully tried to rescue Ryan. It is thought that no other vehicle was involved in the incident.

Dr. Ryan, a celebrity in his own right, performed plastic surgery on several stars including Janice Dickinson, Gene Simmons, Shauna Sand and Adrianne Curry. He appeared on several television shows and became one of the first people to perform plastic surgery on television in 1995.

A representative for Janice Dickinson released a statement about the death of Ryan. She said “Janice is deeply, deeply anguished! She is stunned and wants the world to know what a genius Dr. Ryan was.”

Ryan was traveling with his pet dog at the time of the crash; the dog was found seriously injured in the ocean and was transported to a local veterinarian. Dr. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Australia’s Howard calls for nativity scenes

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard has made an impassioned plea to restore the religious meaning of Christmas.

Mr Howard said he had “contempt” for arguments that the religious side of the Christmas season should be toned down by removing Christmas trees and symbols and nativity scenes. He said he had been saddened by the removal of Christmas trees and nativity scenes from public places.

It is thought that the reason behind the removal of traditional Christmas scenes was so that non-religious people and those of other faiths were not offended. Mr Howard said “You don’t win tolerant brownie points by pretending to be something that you’re not”.

Backing Mr Howard, Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby said “We are a Christian country. If minorities are to integrate, they need something to integrate into. I don’t think there is any intolerance in saying, ‘This is who we are'”.

The president of the Islamic Council of Queensland, Abdul Jabal, said “We don’t celebrate Christmas but we support others doing so. It’s a time of peace and sharing”.

Opposition leader Kim Beazley used Mr Howard’s comments to attack the government’s industrial relations policy saying “I would say this to John Howard and to the Australian people about it, the biggest threat to Christmas in this country is John Howard’s extreme industrial relations law”. He added that people who wished to take time off work to celebrate Christmas have no rights to do so under the government’s industrial relations reforms.

Rescue workers search wreckage of Brazilian air crash

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 crashed 1,750km (1,100 miles) north-west of Rio de Janeiro killing all people onboard, on Friday September 29. National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has confirmed that the crashed Brazilian airplane did crash into a smaller aircraft. Rescue workers and air force personnel are searching the wreckage for bodies

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