African American men have the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in the world: 1 in 4 men. They are 60 percent more likely to get it and 2 ½ times more likely to die from it.
The chances of getting prostate cancer are 1 in 3 if you have just one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is 83% with two close relatives. With three, it's almost a certainty (97%).
Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of leaders from the House and Senate worked to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act. Last month, many of those Members, along with civil rights leaders, watched as President Bush signed this vital legislation which has strengthened democracy in our nation. Congress was able to come together in a spirit of bipartisan unity to pass one of the most important bills this Congress has considered. Regrettably, that spirit of bipartisanship has faded into partisan rancor.
Over the years, I have told my friends that I’m glad that I don’t have any children. I’m relieved for a number of reasons, including my concern that we are not holding up our end of the social contract. Our obligation to future generations is to leave the country in better shape than we found it.
At least for now, House Republican leaders have succeeded in their take-no-prisoners approach to immigration despite nationwide protests by Latinos last spring and White House warnings that they are endangering their party's future.
Refusing to compromise with the Senate and their own president to widen paths to legal entry and give the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country now an avenue to citizenship, Hastert and other House GOP leaders have successfully framed that approach as amnesty.
By large margins, with the votes of as many as 105 Democrats (emphasis added), the House passed three enforcement bills Thursday. One, which was approved unanimously, outlaws building an unauthorized tunnel across the border.
One of the measures, H.R. 6095, the “Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006,” would increase the capacity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to regain control of our borders.
So, there’s hope that future generations of English-speaking Americans will not grow up and made to feel like strangers in their own country when they are in, say, Los Angeles or Miami.
But Susan Crawford, the woman behind "One Web. One World. One Wish.," is spot on:
The Internet has become such a ubiquitous force in our lives that it’s easy to forget how it has changed the world. We shouldn’t take the Internet for granted, and we should do everything we can to make it more visible to people around the globe.
I have not forgotten how the Internet transformed my professional -- and personal -- life. I remember the bad old days when I had to go from office to office to get copies of reports, legislation, etc., and stood in line at the post office to mail the newsletters that I edited.
I spent countless hours updating s-mail addresses, and tracking down phone and fax numbers and then getting past receptionists, secretaries and other gatekeepers.
Back in the day, my choice of accommodations was limited to national hotel chains. I now stay at quaint B&B inns. While I often leave my cell phone at home (or turned off), I can't live without e-mail.
My more progressive friends are always chastising me about not writing about the “root causes” of illegal immigration. They point to the upheaval and displacement caused by NAFTA and globalization (and here).
U.S. farm subsidies have rendered obsolete Mexican farming, and millions of farmers have lost their livelihoods. In Oaxaca and Michoacan states, two of Mexico's poorest -- agriculturally dependent with large numbers of indigenous peoples, with literacy rates trailing the national average -- entire towns and villages have been abandoned by the able-bodied in search of work. The protests in Oaxaca state this past summer, ostensibly to oust an unpopular governor who runs the state as if it where his personal fiefdom, have made it impossible for anyone to govern.
At the same time, the Mexican government has not come to terms with its antiquated nationalistic energy policies, making it impossible for Mexico's oil and gas reserves to be developed in a manner that benefits the nation -- thereby depriving the nation of millions of jobs in the impoverished states that string the Gulf of Mexico.
These two issues -- addressing the farming crisis and mustering the political will to modernize the energy sector -- are the most outrageous of NAFTA’s failures. And it’s from the decimated countryside and the oil-rich but job-poor states that the bulk of Mexican illegal aliens come (emphasis added).