FLAHR in, the name of a gold coin first made in Florence in the 1200's. The name comes from the Latin word for flower. The florin bore the imprint of a lily on one side, and the figure of Saint John the Baptist on the other side. The first English florin was issued as a six-shilling gold coin in the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). A Silver English florin worth two shillings was first coined in 1849. [The World Book Encyclopedia] A USA Silver ten cent coin, bore the imprint of a lily on one side, and the figure of Franklin D. Roosevelt (USA Pres. 1933-1945) on the other side (Dime).
James O'Keefe, Robert Flanagan, Joseph Basel, and Stan Dai arrested in Congresswoman Landrieu's New Orleans Office.
James O'Keffe made news for exposing Acorn.
Activist James O’Keefe, 25, was already in Landrieu’s New Orleans office Monday when Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, both 24, showed up claiming to be telephone repairmen, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office said Tuesday. Letten says O’Keefe recorded the two with his cell phone.
Flanagan, the son of acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan in Shreveport, and Basel asked for access to a phone at the reception desk. Then they asked for access to a phone closet so they could work on the phone system. The men were directed to another office in the building, where they again said they were telephone repairmen.
They were arrested later by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Details of the arrest were not available. A fourth man, Stan Dai, 24, was also arrested, but Letten’s office said only that he assisted the others in planning, coordinating and preparing the operation.
Federal officials did not say why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones or whether they were successful. Landrieu, a moderate Democrat, declined comment Tuesday. She has been in the news recently because she negotiated an increase in Medicaid funds for her state before announcing her support for Senate health care legislation.
Bill Flanagan’s office confirmed his son was among those arrested, but declined further comment.
In the largest anti-abortion protest held in Houston in years, several thousand people on Monday marched, prayed and kept silent.
The protesters scrawled the word “life” on red tape across their mouths to convey their opposition to what they called an “abortion super center” that Planned Parenthood will open in a six-story building on the Gulf Freeway in March.
Planned Parenthood responded to charges about its location in a written statement.
"Planned Parenthood chooses locations based on the greater community's need for our services and there is great demand in the Houston area. More than 1 million residents in Harris County lack health insurance and half are of reproductive age. Clients come to our health centers from all over Harris County, not just the neighborhoods near our facility.
"Women need to have a voice in what happens to their own bodies, which is why abortion remains legal right now," the statement reads.
Houston, TX (LifeNews.comwww.lifenews.com/state4718.html) -- Momentum is building for the protest of a new Planned Parenthood abortion center in Houston, Texas. The abortion business is set to open its largest abortion facility in the nation -- a 78,000 square foot behemoth that will house its regional headquarters and do second-trimester abortions.
"The six-story, 78,000 square foot building will include a surgical floor equipped to provide late-term abortions," the group says. "Planned Parenthood continues to target low-income, minority families and has strategically located the new clinic in the middle of Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods and directly across the street from the University of Houston."
But thousands of pro-life advocates from across the country demonstrated in Houston Monday, saying the site's location unfairly targets minorities because it is located in southeast Houston in a predominantly African American and Hispanic community.
Ann Hettinger, Texas state director for Concerned Women for America, told LifeNews.com today that, to her knowledge, the new abortion center will only be eclipsed in size by one in China.
"CWA of Texas has a dream that all children will be safe in their mother's womb, regardless of race, defect or profit," Hettinger said. "We will not stand back and watch a modern-day death chamber redefine the Houston skyline."
Lou Engle, founder of The Call to Conscience, and organizer of the protest, says he hopes thousands of Texans will turn up to protest the new "abortion super center."
Wendy Wright, the president of CWA, urged pro-life advocates to attend.
"Planned Parenthood tries to deny its long-held goal to target minorities for abortion," she said.
"This mega-abortion mill exposes the true motivations of Planned Parenthood and their supporters. It is centered smack in the middle of minority neighborhoods with one floor set aside for late-term abortions. The message: once a pregnant woman walks through those doors, no unborn child -- no matter how old -- is safe," she added.
As expected, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) removed the Pro-Life language in the Senate version. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) attempted to reinstate the Stupak-Pitts language but was rebuffed by fellow Democrats. Pro-Lifers held out hope because the Senate bill would need 60 votes to pass and Senator Nelson was vote number 60. We expected that in exchange for his vote, he would require that the Pro-Life language was included to ensure that taxpayer funds would not be used to subsidize abortions nationwide. In an unexpected turn of events, Senator Nelson caved to pro-abortion demands and allowed the bill to continue to fund abortions in exchange for several pork barrel promises for his own state. The Senate bill then passed by a vote of 60-40. Specifically, the bill would exempt Nebraska from costs associated with the expansion of Medicaid. In exchange for Nelson’s vote, this kickback alone would cost the 49 other states at least $100,000,000.
Several Texas Democrats in the House voted both in favor of the Stupak-Pitts amendment and the health care bill. While two of these congressmen are reliable Pro-Life votes, nothing can be taken for granted. Please call all three and thank them for supporting the Pro-Life language. Most importantly, ask that they do not support the health care bill without Stupak-Pitts.
Simply stated, Planned Parenthood must leave Houston. The simplest way community members can send that message to the controversial organization is to encourage friends, family members, other students, co-workers, and fellow believers to not use Planned Parenthood's services. There are many other medical alternatives in Houston to Planned Parenthood. By making informed health choices, community members can receive high quality, compassionate, professional care without the controversy.
No person should ever feel that the only place in the city to get medical care is the local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
Other than abortion, medical services provided at the Planned Parenthood facilities are available elsewhere in Houston, and at many of these places patients will be treated regardless of their financial situation.
For a list of alternatives, please call 713-395-1330.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.
President Obama said in a statement that he and Reid had spoken about the matter on Saturday afternoon. "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart," said Obama. "As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."
On Dec. 12, 2002, Obama, then serving as an Illinois state senator and filling in as host of the Cliff Kelley radio show on WVON, challenged the Republican Party to demand Lott's resignation.
"The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."
Gore: Lott should apologize for his comments or face censure by the Senate.
Gore offered no criticism of Thurmond, saying the retiring senator has since "repudiated" those views. But he said Lott's remarks were "divisive" and fit the "definition of a racist comment."
"To say that the problems that we have in America today, some of them, stem from not electing a segregationist candidate for president ... is fundamentally racist," Gore said.
Asked if he believes Lott is a racist, Gore said, "Trent Lott made a statement that I think is a racist statement, yes. That's why I think he should withdraw those comments or I think the United States Senate should undertake a censure of those comments.
"It is not a small thing ... for one of the half dozen most prominent political leaders in America to say that our problems are caused by integration and that we should have had a segregationist candidate. That is divisive and it is divisive along racial lines. That's the definition of a racist comment," Gore said.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2002 agreed with former Sen. Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) decision to resign his leadership role after Lott made what some felt were racist remarks at former Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party.
"He had no alternative," said Reid at the time claiming, "If you tell ethnic jokes in the backroom, it's that much easier to say ethnic things publicly. I've always practiced how I play."
As liberal media members work overtime to spin racist comments Reid made about presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, it's going to be very interesting to see how many recall Lott's resignation or what Reid said about the incident.
Asked if the episode would serve as a warning to weigh his own words carefully, Reid said: "You play how you practice."
"If you tell ethnic jokes in the backroom, it's that much easier to say ethnic things publicly. I've always practiced how I play."
So Reid has always practiced as he's played?
Well, then maybe media members who hounded Lott until he resigned his leadership role in 2002 should reference what Reid said at the time and force him to practice as he plays now.
“I have been serving as an elected official in our state for many years. Beginning at age 26, I served ten years as State Tax Commissioner followed by thirty years in the U.S. Congress by the end of 2010. It has been a long and wonderful career made possible by the people of North Dakota. And I am forever grateful to them for the opportunity."
“Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life. I have written two books and have an invitation from a publisher to write two more books. I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector." “So, over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests."
“Representing North Dakota in the U.S. Congress for nearly 30 years has been one of the great privileges of my life.
Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days. But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve."
"The federal budget deficits are not sustainable."
“But even as we face all of these difficult issues, I am convinced that our country will rise to the challenge. Further, my decision has no relationship to the prospect of a difficult election contest this year. Frankly, I think if I had decided to run for another term in the Senate I would be reelected."
“But I feel that after serving 30 years, I want to make time for some other priorities. And making a commitment to serve in the Senate for the next seven years does not seem like the right decision for me."
Lets give the Senator a great send off. And wish him well in the new endeavors he pursues.
"All that the South has ever desired was the Union as established by our forefathers should be preserved and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth." Gen. Robert E. Lee