June 23, 1972: Title IX is Signed into Law

On this day in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in all education programs or activities which receive federal funding. One of the most notable impacts of Title IX is the implementation of women sports in schools. As a result, there are more women participating in sports than ever before.

In 2002, Title IX was renamed the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, after its co-author, Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii.

Learn more about the impact of Title IX with MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

Photos: Senator Birch Bayh exercises with Title IX athletes at Purdue University, ca. 1972, the late Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Title IX co-author, for whom the law was renamed in 2002.

Ex-Subway spokesman sentenced to 15 years on sex crime charges

Indy Star: Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years, eight months in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography and sex with a minor.

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Photo: Jared Fogle enters the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse for sentencing, Thursday, November 19, 2015.
(Photo: Kelly Wilkinson/The Star)

never had a daughter

she has bruises on his face
and scars on her thighs
she feels so out of place
she’s one of the guys

her parents say, “where is my daughter?”
and they wish they hadn’t fought her.
it comes the time for her to say:
i will be a man by the end of the day.

he wears a bandage night and day
it keeps the breasts at bay
he cuts his hair simultaneously
he cuts it short, spontaneously

500 ng/dl testosterone
he calls his mother on the telephone
“honey, you sound different
deeper, like a boy; those are my two cents”

$7,500 dollars for a surgery
now they’ll all call me him, his and he
a bit of anesthesia, and i wake up with no breasts
now nobody has to take a hard guess

mom, dad, your son is home.

written by otto aka ratlsd

Surprise! CIA investigates itself and finds it did nothing wrong by spying on the Senate

The CIA investigated the CIA and determined that the CIA did nothing wrong.  Got it?  Now, stop asking questions…

from Washington Post:

An internal CIA panel concluded in a report released Wednesday that agency employees should not be punished for their roles in secretly searching computers used by Senate investigators, a move that was denounced by lawmakers last year as an assault on congressional oversight and a potential breach of the Constitution.

Rejecting the findings of previous inquiries into the matter, the CIA review group found that the agency employees’ actions were “reasonable in light of their responsibilities to manage an unprecedented computer system” set up for Senate aides involved in a multiyear probe of the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects.

The agency panel, which was led by former U.S. senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), cited a lack of clear ground rules between the CIA and the Senate, and it faulted CIA workers for missteps including reading e-mails of congressional investigators.

But while such transgressions were “clearly inappropriate,” Bayh said in a statement released by the CIA, they “did not reflect malfeasance, bad faith, or the intention to gain improper access” to sensitive Senate material.

The findings are at odds with the conclusions reached by the CIA’s inspector general in a separate review last year and were quickly dismissed by lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who led the investigation of the interrogation program.

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If you were to spy on the Senate computers, you would likely be prosecuted as a terrorist or enemy of the state.  But when the CIA does it, there’s not “malfeasance or bad faith.”
End Price-Gouging on Drugs Developed With Public Dollars
Why should the drug industry be the exclusive financial beneficiary of research that the public helps fund? The public should benefit as well.
By Diane Archer

“ … The US invests more than $32 billion each year in drug and biomedical research. This major public investment in drug research empowers the government to make drugs affordable under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. But, even when drug companies price critical drugs at staggeringly high prices, the government has never used this authority. Why doesn’t the federal government ensure reasonable prices for drugs developed with public funds – an appropriate return on the public’s investment? … “

“ … According to Peter Arno and Michael H Davis, Bayh-Dole revises the US patent law so that the federal government can ensure new drugs developed in part or whole with federal dollars are priced reasonably. Put differently, when federal dollars support research on a new drug, the drug manufacturer is supposed to price the drug reasonably. If the manufacturer does not, the federal government has the right to authorize another manufacturer to license the drug and sell it at a reasonable price. … “

“ … So, even when there’s a patent on a drug developed with federal money, the US has the right to a royalty-free license. As Alfred Engelberg and Aaron Kesselheim write in the June 2016 issue of Nature Medicine, Sen. Birch Bayh explained that the goal was for the US to “use for itself and the public good inventions arising out of research that the Federal Government helps to support” while seeing that “the inventions receive their full potential in the marketplace.” But, the government’s authority under the law can be interpreted broadly or narrowly. … “

“ … To date, the government has interpreted the Bayh-Dole law narrowly. According to Peter Arno, “the federal government essentially has argued time and again that if a drug company sells the new drug in the US, it has met the criteria for Bayh-Dole; it completely misconstrues the part of Bayh-Dole that calls for making the drug available to the public on "reasonable terms.” Based on a review of Congressional testimony before passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, “reasonable terms” means reasonable prices.“ … “

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40 Days till the 2016 U.S. Congressional Elections

Every week from now until election day, I will feature two Democratic candidates for Senate, and six Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives.

Each candidate, regardless of their respective chamber is running in a marginal seat, meaning that the seat could swing to either Republicans or Democrats depending on voter turnout.

United States Senate 

Indiana- As a fifth generation Hoosier, husband and father of two sons, Evan Bayh served as Indiana’s 46th governor and successfully balanced the state budget each year. As U.S. Senator for Indiana, he worked across party lines to get results for Hoosier families and businesses. Evan was part of the ‘Gang of 20’ Senators which brought the New Energy Reform Act to the floor of the US Senate, after being stalled by gridlock between Republicans and Democrats. He was rated 89% by the Human Rights Campaign and was also given a 74% approval rating by the League of Conservation Voters during his tenure in the Senate. Bayh has a proven track record of fighting for Energy reform, jobs, the Environment and Civil Rights. More on Evan Bayh here.

Nevada- Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and became well known for her integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors. As the chief law enforcement officer of Nevada, Cortez Masto worked closely with law enforcement, treatment providers, and community advocates to combat the use and distribution of methamphetamines. A lifelong advocate for women and children, Cortez Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders. In 2013, Cortez Masto along with 12 other State Attorney Generals sent a letter to Congress in support of  Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, which would ban for profit colleges from using federal funds to market and recruit students. Cortez Masto has a proven track record of fighting for women, seniors, children and students. More on Catherine Cortez Masto’s positions here.

United States House of Representatives

FL-19: Charlie Crist has dedicated his life to serving Pinellas County and the State of Florida, including serving as Florida’s Attorney General and the 44th Governor of the State of Florida. As Governor of Florida, instead of playing politics, Charlie Crist helped save thousands of jobs and led the state out of the great recession by cutting taxes, supporting President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, and reining in wasteful spending. He enraged partisan Republicans by acknowledging the dangers of climate change, extending voting hours during the 2008 historic election of Barack Obama, and vetoing anti-choice legislation. Charlie also guided our state and beach communities through the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster,vetoed new burdensome teacher legislation, and restored automatic restoration of civil rights for non-violent ex-felons. Crist is running to create new jobs and better wages, protect our beaches from climate change, honor our military and veterans, make education a priority, and ensure everyone is treated fairly. More on Charlie Crist’s policies and positions here.

MI-7: Gretchen Driskell was elected as State Representative in the 52nd House District of Michigan in November of 2012. In 1993, Gretchen was elected as a member of Saline’s City Council. She served on City Council for six years before becoming Saline’s first female Mayor. She served as Mayor for 14 years, making her Saline’s longest serving Mayor in city history. As Mayor, Gretchen maintained a balanced budget, oversaw Saline being named one of the top 100 small cities in America three times, and prioritized and improved local schools. Gretchen Driskell is running for Congress for the same reason she ran for City Council, for Mayor, and for State Representative: Because she believe in serving my neighbors and giving a voice to the people in my community. Gretchen believe people in her district want a representative who will work for a better Michigan: one who prioritizes education, local businesses, working families, and protecting our treasured natural resources. More on Gretchen Driskell’s campaign issues here.

MN-02: Over 22 years, Angie Craig worked her way up in business. For the last 10 years of her career, she was a member of the leadership team at Minnesota start-up St. Jude Medical. At St. Jude, she was focused on supporting those employees who supported our business - so patients ultimately could benefit from their work. That responsibility included 16,000 employees in 100 countries. At the company, Angie launched a “Women in Business” program that over the past few years has brought more women into management positions. She linked job skills to our local economy here in Minnesota by collaborating with four-year universities, community colleges, and technical schools to make sure that students were graduating with the right skills for available positions. Angie is running for Congress because she believes everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should have the opportunity to succeed. As your congresswoman, Angie will work hard every day to champion commonsense solutions that will grow our economy. To find out about Angie’s positions and policies, visit her site.

NY-18: For her entire career Zephyr has been fighting for people who have been shut out– and gotten results. She was the first National Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization that works to make Congress more open and transparent. After the crash of 2008, she helped start an organization to break up big banks who had become “too big to fail” and have damaged our small businesses. Zephyr is a reform-minded leader who has never been afraid of standing up to powerful special interests and the political establishment, even members of her own party. In 2014, she ran against the Governor because of the corruption in Albany. Her grassroots campaign shocked political insiders when she garnered 35% of the vote, including majorities across the counties that make up NY-19. Zephyr is passionate about local democracy, protecting our fragile water resources, great public education and a small business economy. She believes that every person deserves respect and the chance to be heard. More on Zephyr Teachout’s positions here.

NY-22: Kim Myers has dedicated her life to her region and community, both in public service and elected office. Kim was elected to the Broome County Legislature, where she put her business experience and community leadership background to good use.  She immediately went to work bringing people together to push for more economic development in the region and to improve quality of life for families.  When elected, Kim was the only woman in the county legislature. Kim believes that we need to shift away from our reliance on oil and gas and move towards clean, renewable energy.  In Congress, Kim will level the playing field and work to end gender discrimination in pay. Kim will also oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare or to cut benefits for our seniors, and will work to find common sense solutions to guarantee that the programs are available for future generations. She’ll support proposals that will strengthen Social Security and Medicare, including raising the cap on wages subjected to the Social Security payroll tax and allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Learn more about Kim Myers and her positions here.

VA-04: Donald McEachin has been a citizen legislator in Virginia’s General Assembly for most of the last twenty years, serving first as a delegate and currently as a senator. Throughout that time, he has fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — and to defend the rights of all Virginians. Donald has worked to create jobs, improve public schools, and expand access to health care. He has been a progressive champion, leading efforts to promote equality, curb gun violence, and protect our environment. His commitment to helping working families has never wavered. Since 2014, he has worked closely with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, seeking to expand Medicaid, rebuild our economy, and swiftly restore former offenders’ right to vote. Donald believes affordable health care should be considered a human right. Donald knows that climate change and pollution pose grave and growing threats to our communities. Donald strongly believes that all people deserve equal rights, equal treatment, and equal opportunities to participate in our democracy. More on Donald McEachin’s positions here.

Remember to vote on November 8! Hillary Clinton isn’t the only person on the ballot and we can’t stop Republican obstructionism without retaking the House and the Senate. All these candidates are very progressive, and believe in serving the citizens of their constituencies, rather than the lobbyists in Washington DC. Please vote for them if you live in their district or State! If you don’t know your House District, you can locate it here.

Thursday, September 22, 1966

  • President Johnson discloses his appointment of Nicholas Katzenbach. the attorney general, as undersecretary of state, No. 2 man in the state department behind Secretary Dean Rusk, to succeed George W. Ball, who resigned as of Sept. 30. Johnson also announces the appointment of Eugene V. Rostow. a brother of Walt Rostow, Presidential assistant, and Foy D. Kohler, ambassador to Moscow, to fill two other high-level vacancies in the state department.
  • The Senate votes down the proposed constitutional amendment of Sen. Dirksen (R., Ill) that would have authorized school boards to provide for or permit participation in voluntary prayer in public schools. A sense-of-Congrcss resolution, proposed by Sen. Birch Bayh (D., Ind.) as an alternative to Dirksen’s amendment, also is sent down to defeat.
  • Gov. Pat Brown throws a party for Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson in a 30 million dollar castle—the late William Randolph Hearst’s San Simeon. It’s the finale to her day and a half tour of northern California in which she talked about conservation and beautification.
  • Angry pickets led by Stokely Carmichael, “black power’* advocate, try to keep the white principal out of a Harlem school, and in the resulting melee five persons are arrested. The violence comes as a climax to a long dispute between the board of education and Harlem community leaders over who should make policy and pick the staff of a new 5 million dollar school. The pickets gather in a cold rain outside the school after it was announced that the white principal, Stanley Lisser, had been reinstated. 
  • America’s Surveyor 2 mooncraft tumbles toward self-destruction as engineers try to save its lunar soft landing and picture-taking mission. Despite a near-perfect lunar trajectory, Surveyor 2 is doomed unless the tumbling is halted and the craft ! stabilized for the critical retro-rocket firing and braking process. Mission control at the jet propulsion laboratory predicts a lunar impact tonight.