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Friday Morning News and Views: Friday the 13th Edition

2007-04-16

Looming Nor'easter in New England

Good Morning Conflucians! It’s a gloomy Friday the 13th here in the Boston area. I guess we’ll be getting hit with the tail end of Hurricane Ida over the next couple of days. I’m feeling a bit lethargic this morning, but I’ll try to locate a few interesting news links nonetheless. Please add your own in the comments!

Did you know this is the third Friday the 13th in 2009? Maybe that’s why this year has been such a disaster. Anyway, its supposed to make today “extra freaky.”


THERE IS HOPE FOR THEM YET

Paul Krugman is finally back to criticizing administration policy–without mentioning the President. But it’s a step in the right direction. Will Krugman be summoned to the White House for another Koolaid injection? He explains why Germany isn’t suffering from massive unemployment as the U.S. is.

Here in America, the philosophy behind jobs policy can be summarized as “if you grow it, they will come.” That is, we don’t really have a jobs policy: we have a G.D.P. policy. The theory is that by stimulating overall spending we can make G.D.P. grow faster, and this will induce companies to stop firing and resume hiring.

The alternative would be policies that address the job issue more directly. We could, for example, have New-Deal-style employment programs. Perhaps such a thing is politically impossible now — Glenn Beck would describe anything like the Works Progress Administration as a plan to recruit pro-Obama brownshirts — but we should note, for the record, that at their peak, the W.P.A. and the Civilian Conservation Corps employed millions of Americans, at relatively low cost to the budget.

Alternatively, or in addition, we could have policies that support private-sector employment. Such policies could range from labor rules that discourage firing to financial incentives for companies that either add workers or reduce hours to avoid layoffs.

And that’s what the Germans have done. Germany came into the Great Recession with strong employment protection legislation. This has been supplemented with a “short-time work scheme,” which provides subsidies to employers who reduce workers’ hours rather than laying them off. These measures didn’t prevent a nasty recession, but Germany got through the recession with remarkably few job losses.

I’m really starting to wish I could move to a European country–preferably one with universal, affordable health care like Italy or France. On the other hand, I love the wide open spaces here in the USA and I would prefer to stay here if I could. Sometimes I even fantasize about moving to Western North Dakota near Theodore Roosevelt National Park or maybe way up near Canada where I can live really cheaply and relatively free from government interference. Not that I’d join a militia or anything, lol, just that I’d be less noticeable to the authorities and maybe I could survive the authoritarian crackdown that I think is coming when the economy really collapses.

I have made fun of Chris Bowers and Open left over the past couple of years because of their slavish adoration of Obama, but I am starting to read them again. They are really standing up to their former “precious” of late. I’ve always like Paul Rosenberg’s work, and Natasha Chart has been on fire. Here’s her latest:

DNC, OFA Abandon Women In Healthcare Action Alert

Nancy Keenan, head of the national NARAL group (and most obedient of the obedient losers) was apparently personally promised before the health care battle by the Obama administration that they would look after the organization’s constituency interests in the health care bill and preserve the status quo. In return, NARAL was asked to stand down its activism.
They did. So with all their colleagues, they got caught with their pants down when a floor vote on the Stupak amendment was imminent.

Today, I got a press release from the DNC, and their Organizing For America project, on their plan to drum up more support for the health care reform bill: targeting Republicans.

It says nothing about women’s healthcare. Nothing. Like it isn’t even at issue. OFA is still watching NARAL’s back, women’s backs, as well as they always have.

OFA is crowing about the 500,000 phone calls they’ve prompted on the health care issue. Were any of them centered around preserving reproductive health care when it mattered? Ha! As Femlaw says at the link, “The idea is to build organizational capacity, so when really critical moments in the campaign happened, OFA could deliver huge numbers.”

Targeting Republicans is critical. Encouraging Democrats to stand together for women’s health and rights, not critical.

Even The Huffington Post has begun to rag on Obama’s policies. Here’s the big headlined post this morning:

Goldman To Private Insurers: No Health Care Reform At All Is Best by Sam Stein

A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing. A close second would be passing a watered-down version of the Senate Finance Committee’s bill.

A study put together by Goldman in mid-October looks at the estimated stock performance of the private insurance industry under four variations of reform legislation. The study focused on the five biggest insurers whose shares are traded on Wall Street: Aetna, UnitedHealth, WellPoint, CIGNA and Humana.

That must be why the Goldman Sachs administration Obama administration is doing it’s darndest to kill health care reform by excluding women’s health coverage.


LATEST BREAKING STORIES

This news is just breaking around the world: ‘NY trial’ for key 9/11 suspects

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be sent from Guantanamo Bay to New York for trial in a civilian court, reports say.

Citing unnamed government officials, the reports said he would be transferred from the US prison camp in Cuba with four other suspects.

US Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce the decision later, the officials say.

Mr Mohammed has admitted planning the 9/11 attacks, the US military says.

That seems like a step in the right direction. Maybe we will see Guantanamo closed after all. I’d sure like to see that happen.

Politico: After spending binge, White House says it will focus on deficits

Bloomberg:
Home-Purchase Index in US Plunges to Lowest Level Since 2000

NYT: Among Obama Aides, Debate Intensifies on Troop Levels

The Nation: Whose Team Is It, Anyway? by Katha Pollitt

The Hill: Tensions brim between GOP and CEOs over healthcare reform

The Latest Lecture from Charles Krauthammer: Medicalizing mass murder (he does have a few good points)


WEEKEND ESCAPES

What’s Friday the thirteenth without the release of a big horror/disaster movie?

‘2012’ Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

It’s 2009 and a couple scientists discover the sun is freaking out and heating up the Earth’s core. Good news for anyone who likes a nice subterranean sauna. Bad news for anyone who wants the Earth not to fall to pieces in the few years.

Disaster kingpin Roland Emmerich’s “2012” then cuts to the year 2012, which looks pretty much like 2009, except the governments of the world are scrambling to come up with a secret survival plan for humanity. Which they are going to need — stat! — because it’s not too long before a few Los Angeles tremors make way for mega-quakes, lava-gushing volcanoes and tsunamis that no amount of human fortitude can combat.

Into this apocalyptic mess comes John Cusack’s struggling novelist Jackson Curtis, who has to rescue his ex-wife and kids while trying not to pee himself.

This one, on the other hand, looks really worthwhile, even if you need to bring a box of Kleenex with you.

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

It’s hard to believe that a movie that traffics so operatically in images of brutality and squalor can be so fleet, assured and lyrical. But such breathtaking contradictions abound in “Precious,” which in the course of introducing the viewers to unspeakable despair, manages to imbue them with an exhilarating sense of hope — if not in a bright and cheery future for the film’s beleaguered protagonist, then at least in the possibilities of cinema as a bold, fluent and adamantly expressive art form.

That beleaguered protagonist is Claireece “Precious” Jones (played in an astonishing debut by Gabourey Sidibe), a 16-year-old girl who, as the movie opens, is still attending junior high school in 1980s Harlem. Morbidly obese, functionally illiterate, pregnant with her second child after being raped by her father, Precious lives with her mother, Mary (Mo’Nique), in a squalid apartment where she endures the latter’s near-constant verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Precious’s only escape from this lurid tableau is rich, glittery fantasy life, in which she has a “light-skinned boyfriend” and “good hair,” dresses in ball gowns and carries a little terrier.


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  1. I have a lot of work to do this weekend, but I’m thinking of taking tomorrow off to see a movie or two and then maybe browsing in a bookstore for a couple of hours. I’m so burned out, I’m crispy.

  2. Via TGW and Reclusive Leftist:

    • Funny how the title of Josh clip only indicts Terry O’Neal – who at least is fighting it, while leaving supine NARAL and PP off the hook (see bb’s link in the post)

    • Great clip. They said everything that we have been saying. I wish the IRS would go after the Catholic Church. That might be the only thing that causes them to back off, maybe, a little.

      • my congressman and the one in the next district were on local talk radio saying how glad they were they the Catholic fat assed old white guys club got involved. I about crashed my car.
        In the clip she says some people are saying this is the status quo…YEAH, THE PRESIDENT. He said it on TEEVEE.

  3. Oh, snap!

    In reality, Obama peaked the night he was elected.

    That astonishing evening was both a blessing and a curse for our 44th president. As the first African-American elected to the Oval Office, Obama made the history books in indelible fashion, generating an uplifting sense of national pride and renewal along the way.

    That alone is more than many presidents accomplish in a lifetime. But that achievement- if that’s what you want to call it – came a very long year ago, before he was even president. The 10 months since he took the oath of office have been a letdown, even to most of his supporters.

    Obama still doesn’t seem to grasp that the collective Election Night reverie is over, and that now we are waiting for him to lead us in real time. Sure, a little bit of hubris was probably inevitable, but it led Obama to conclude, despite what he said back then, that the historic election had been about him. When in the end, as always, it was about us.

    • Pretty good. Maybe next time people should remember that presidential elections are not about partying but actually choosing the most qualified candidate.

    • Sure, a little bit of hubris was probably inevitable, but it led Obama to conclude, despite what he said back then, that the historic election had been about him. When in the end, as always, it was about us.

      Well that’s the difference between us and the Koolaid drinkers, we always knew an Obama candidacy and presidency it wasn’t about *us*.

  4. Yikes! democrats have left republicans in the dust in misogyny! Poor RNC has to play catch up!
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/gop-rushing-to-keep-up-with-the-democrats-in-misogyny/

  5. Woaaa! I was just reading Katha Politt’s article in the nation that you linked. It sounded pretty good up to this point

    Women Democrats have taken an awful lot of hits for the team lately. Many of us didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary because the goal of electing a woman seemed less important than the goal of electing the best possible president

    No kidding! “I coulda have been a PUMA, but I thought a freshman senator with no stands was better than one of us…Coulda been a contender….
    I must say I stopped reading at that point.

    • Kool-aid is a helluva drug.

    • Yes, and then she goes on to enumerate the many ways that Obama has dumped on women. She is blind to the irony of her own opinions. But at least she is tentatively starting to wake up to the horrible mistake she made.

    • these faux feminist MSNBC koolade injected news sipping, hopium sucking democrats make me sick.
      Go ahead and justify giving Mr. Ineffectual the nomination over a real qualified candidate. Congratulations on gifting us with a corporate placeholder for the next 4 years in the white house.
      You sound like an ass.

      Enjoy. You bought him, he’s yours.

    • Yeah, and the fool hasn’t even completed his first year on the job. There is more to come.

      I can’t believe people who are still thinking they voted for the “best possible candidate” while complaining about getting screwed – does she really think she would be getting screwed out of her fundamental rights by HRC right now? Even McCain?

      On the Dem “majority” idea – if you don’t have idealogical agreement, you don’t have a majoritiy. It isn’t like they get to trump the “blue dog” votes in a back room or anything.

      • And he doesn’t seem to be learning from his mistakes, does he. He makes more egregious errors that are getting worse and worse, in my view. And his admin blindly shuffles on.

        It’s going to be a very long 3 years.

    • Edge: We convene at the same point. That comment stopped me cold. After all that HRC has done around the issue of women’s rights—hearing the mindset of women who apparently thought (and I wonder if they still do) that somehow a freshman senator from Ill. with no record of anything was somehow a better choice just dropped my jaw and laid me flat.

      Otherwise that article made some good points.

      Left me thinking: do they think? do they do research? OMG—no wonder the women’s rights movement is foundering in stale waters.

      • Y’all stopped before this little gem:

        Exactly: Obama, the prochoice, prowoman candidate, won.

        It’s not funny, but I had to laugh.

      • They don’t have to think or research. When faced with a female candidate versus a male candidate, that little voice of self-hatred kicks in and they respond. That “he” is better is as obvious and real to them as their own female body.

        Didn’t hurt that he is biracial, either.

        • I think the biracial did it for them. Seems they forgot that Clarence Thomas is also African-American. The prejudice on the left is that all AAs must be liberal democrats. Seems they don’t understand AAs are fully capable of the full range of human beliefs. A part of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

    • The Nation cannot be trusted in the least imo. It’s mission is to sooth the liberal brow , keep it from fretting, as the knives carve on. That quote is deeply insulting on alot of fronts

  6. He explains why Germany is suffering from massive unemployment as the U.S.

    Ooops..put this downstairs. But shouldn’t this read “isn’t suffering?”

  7. On The News Hour (“Presidential workload” program: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/newshour_index.html ) , Obamapologist and presidential historian Michael Beschloss, asserts that unlike Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Obama is a better president in a crisis because he *exercises* and eats carefully. (I seem to remember another president who exercised faithfully and also started an unnecessary war.) He lauds the fact that Obama doesn’t get overly excited when there is good news or overly distraught when there is bad news. He says, “Probably that’s the kind of thing you want in a president in crisis.” Well no, he only gets overly excited when it’s about him. Fox News for example, or when Hillary trounced him in a debate.

    Beschloss also seems to be comparing Obama to Truman, when he says that Truman had only been a U.S. Senator for 9 or ten years – implying that he too didn’t have much experience.

    The other contributors to the program are more impartial. I don’t know who’s darling Beschloss is, but he has often failed to impress me.

    • Well no, he only gets overly excited when it’s about him. Fox News for example, or when Hillary trounced him in a debate.

      Excellent point. If it’s about his toe nail, everything has to stop. If people/troops are murdered at work , they have to wait until after his shout out to be even a blip on his radar

    • he is a Kennedy family friend… John Jr mostly.

  8. The alternative would be policies that address the job issue more directly.

    What a concept! Krugman’s so clever. Asserting the obvious in a way that perhaps the Obama administration could adopt it as if it were their idea all along. Hasn’t Obama mentioned the word “jobs” a few times?

    I remember Hillary’s plan for “green” jobs. A plan that, later, Obama gave lip service to. Too bad Obama doesn’t seem to be able to multi-task.

  9. Rasmussen:

    Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters now give President Obama poor marks for his handling of the economy, the highest level of disapproval this year.

    No wonder he’s hiding out overseas

    • They read my mind:

      It sounds tailor-made for a GOP ad:

      Unemployment hits 9.4 percent. President Obama flies to France.

      Joblessness reaches 9.7 percent. Obama jets off to Denmark.

      The rate of those out of work soars to 10.2 percent. Obama packs his bags for Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea.

      Faced with the worst domestic economy in decades, the president has responded — by setting a record for foreign travel. An Asian swing that began Thursday will bring his total this year to 20 countries in eight trips, according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller, official statistician of the White House press corps.

  10. A Needed Warning

    As angry as women are regarding the Stupak ammendments, no one should lose sight of the fact that the house bill is a travesty into itself.

    I am really afraid that Stupak ammendment will be stripped (perhaps replaced with an explicite nod to Hyde’s ammendment), but the final bill will be watered down even further (if that’s possible). You will be left with a really, really weak public option (that is just there to dress the bill), and the poor people will get screwed even further. But then, the apologists and women groups will declare victory.

    Reproductive rights is a major issue, and the anger is just. But please, don’t get played.

    • Women got played on this one. The public option most likely will not survive the senate and the current House version is already watered down.

      Reproductive rights is my line in the sand. No health insurance reform is worth the price of a woman’s autonomy and choice.

    • Yeah, the Stupak amendment gets stripped, the progressives pat themselves on their backs for their big victory, and we’re stuck with a shitty HCR bill.

    • That women’s rights were given away AT ANY POINT in the process – won’t be a “win” in my book.

      Honestly, this bill never would have met with my “approval” because it still focusses on propping up the insurance industry rather than universally available health care.

      The applogists and “women’s groups” don’t speak for me, please do not issue warnings as if they do.

      • I agree completely.

        However, I am talking about PR and press coverage and women’s groups behavior after the fact. That it’s designed to pretend to give a little to left and right. Don’t be surprised if that’s the way press will cover it.

        Stripping the Stupak ammendment in the final bill will play to hid the travesty of the bill itself, and the giveaway to industry and screwing the poor.

        Keep your eyes on both aspects!

  11. If the public is expected to pay a 3,800 healthcare tax/fine for nothing ….when many are currently simply trying to stay housed, we might finally see the pitch forks come out . At the very least many would be forced off the grid, since collection of this insulting abomination is given over to the IRA…. Perhaps that ‘s what the powers that be want …. millions disappearing …who knows.

  12. Ahh…methinks Axelrod has been combing the polls, and is worried about next year’s elections, and his Golden Child’s falling popularity. But this change in course has NOTHING to do with polls or recent election results! Nothing, I tell you!

    After spending binge, White House says it will focus on deficits

    President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.

    The president’s plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29471.html

    • President Barak Obama will be “paying down the debt” with the revenue he gets from forced insurance policies and fines next year, but for which forced policies and fines , the American people will get no healthcare help until 2013.

      Classic bait and switch.

      He’ll use that forced revenue , which goes directly into the general fund, to make it look like he has reduced the deficit.

      A**hole. (Him, not you.)

      • He overplayed his hand. Health care isn’t going to pass with the poison pill in it. So he better have a plan b. Hubby just read Senator Warners office the riot act.

        • Nice to hear. I’ve been talking to him too.

          • Webb’s staff wasn’t in today for some reason. Warner’s office must have thought they were going to get lauded for saying that they don’t support taxpayer dollars being utilized for abortion. Surprise! I had husband where our opt out was for funding Iraq or Viagra………

    • Thanks for that link. Very interesting data.

    • Very interesting article-thx

    • The author lost me when he referred to Obama as “the most liberal President in American history.”

    • didn’t donna brazille tell the base of the party to stay home?
      What are the real numbers of former dems that are now independents? These are the dems that did the grunt work during the elections and were around for the long run. Now they have people who are just there for the good times and the parties. Backtrack did what he was hired for to weaken the democratic party. Now with this health bill women from both parties will unite and it will be years before any dem is trusted to hold office.

      WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

      PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • That was excellent analysis.

  13. Leaks launch Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’ with that ol’ campaign fervor

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/12/AR2009111209502.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR

    • It’s her only chance. The GOP big wigs dislike her as much as the Dems….since they are the same don’t you know. It’s the long way around , but it’s at least a way. Palin was lashed to the phony McCain campaign expressly to sink her. ( McCain might have been running in good faith…but no one else in the GOP was ) The more to the right Barry runs, the more main stream Palin looks. Discontent is out there and there’s support to be collected. Why wait till the fall of 2010 to do so? She has to stand out, or go home. The boys have the clubhouse locked up.

  14. I wrote to Emily’s list the other day and really let them have it not only about Stupak but the whole bill and just received an email that apparently they are sending to all:
    The email starts with:

    I need your help. Right. Now.

    When the House passed the health care reform bill, the legislation included the Stupak/Pitts Amendment, which would deny millions of women access to safe, affordable reproductive health care. It would prohibit millions of women from getting coverage for abortion in their health insurance, even if they pay for it themselves!

    This amendment goes further than any previous federal law to restrict access to abortion — and flies in the face of an important principle of health care reform: that no one would lose benefits they already have.

    Every single one of us needs to speak out in opposition to this amendment — and, with deals being cut left and right in the Senate right now, we must act immediately.

    Congresswomen Diana DeGette and Rosa DeLauro in the House and Senators Barbara Boxer and Barbara Mikulski in the Senate are doing everything they can to stop this new restriction on abortion. But Congress must also hear from constituents like us, particularly as the Senate debates its final bill.

    Here’s the link – not exactly what I’d like to have seen but at least they have finally stepped up.

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6014/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=385&tag=EL_Email_20091112

    • I would like to say better late than never; but let’s note the truth sayers here—there is too much in this HRC bill not to like.

      I think the 0 miscalculation on this and many other issues is going to do major long term damage. What young people are going to remember most in 2010 and 2012 is not those Greek pillars but how they can not find a decent job, how they really can not afford college and if they go to college, the staggering burden of their student loans. It remains to be seen what young females do—so much of the HRC bill does not deliver until after 2012 that the reality may be hidden for a long time along with any of its natural consequences.

    • I signed it. It sure took them long enough. They were caught by surprise by this turn of events.

  15. More electoral data in this-“Freewheeling Young Voters Scare Both Parties” Michael Barone.

    The scary story for Republicans was plain a year ago. Young voters went 66 percent to 32 percent for Barack Obama, while voters over 30 went for Obama by only 50 percent to 49 percent. Some analysts projected an enduringly Democratic Millennial Generation that would send the Republican Party the way of the Whigs.

    But that future obviously didn’t arrive last week, and it doesn’t seem likely to arrive in November 2010. Young voters cast 441,000 votes for Obama in New Jersey but only 121,000 for Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, who brought Obama into the state five times and featured him in his TV ads.

    Young voters cast 469,000 votes for Obama in Virginia and provided him with 70 percent of his statewide plurality, but they only cast 87,000 votes for the hapless Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds.

    http://tinyurl.com/yfojyhv

    • many young people indulge in the latest fad and then move on to something else. Backtrack was then this is now. Maybe depending on how many grow up by 2012 they will remember the old fad and come out to vote. I wouldn’t count on it.
      The economy is going to make a lot grow up faster and wake up to the real world. That will hurt backtrack. He will be like milli vanilli the lip sync will not work again.

      WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

      PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  16. I just received an email from a relative in Tennessee. They were driving through the Smoky Mountains and the car in front of them had a bumper sticker that read:
    Pray for Obama, Psalm 109:8
    Being the good lil christians that they are, they had a bible in the car naturally, so they looked up the scripture. It says Psalm 109:8 “Let his days be few and let another take his office”
    Don’t know if this is true, anybody have a bible handy?

  17. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-evangelist-child-abuse,0,4629429.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagotribune%2Fnews%2Fnationworld+%28Chicago+Tribune+news+-+Nation%2FWorld%29

    It is not just the priests. I have gotten to the point in my life that when someone tells me what a good Christian they are I want to put on a flak jacket and hold my wallet.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  18. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1939262,00.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Fnation+%28TIME%3A+Top+Nation+Stories%29

    backtrack really does not like being upstaged. Someone will be under the bus soon.
    Damn this bus is the most crowded I have ever seen.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  19. http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/13/october-deficit-bigger-than-expected/

    Dak
    help help help
    what can the average American do to keep above water when the government is drowning?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  20. The Salt Lake City Council passed two ordinances on Tuesday, prohibiting employment and housing discrimination against LGBT members of the community. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spoke in favor of the ordinances earlier that day–but only because they exempt religious organizations.

    Remarkable, no? Just last fall, Mormon Church elders shuttled $180,000 to conservative California activists in support of Proposition 8, ultimately reversing same sex marriage rights in the state. In his statement to the council before Tuesday’s vote, LDS spokesman Michael Otterson went on record to reaffirm the Mormon Church’s commitment “to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.”

    http://airamerica.com/politics/11-12-2009/mormon-church-backs-anti-discrimination-ordinance/

  21. michelman’s op ed in the NY Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/opinion/12michelman.html?_r=1

    A GRIM reality sits behind the joyful press statements from Washington Democrats. To secure passage of health care legislation in the House, the party chose a course that risks the well-being of millions of women for generations to come.

    House Democrats voted to expand the current ban on public financing for abortion and to effectively prohibit women who participate in the proposed health system from obtaining private insurance that covers the full range of reproductive health options. Political calculation aside, the House Democrats reinforced the principle that a minority view on the morality of abortion can determine reproductive health policy for American women.

  22. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601074&sid=aWXDnpFProiY

    can i increase my debt and get someone else to pay for it?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  23. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.eeb6c45b6dc19e6ad8bc41f6ac1c9022.181&show_article=1

    This is covered under backtrack’s health plan as health food.

    any results for women from this are their own problem.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  24. Yesterday i read an article and now I can not find it about the USA government seizing some mosques and a high rise building because of funding a terrorist organization.
    Since no house of worship of any religion has ever been seized before I am wondering what the final out come will be.
    Does this infringe upon the separation of church and state?
    I am not against stopping funding of terrorists, but I wonder can the government seize religious property?

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • Oh, Helen – the Bishops opened the door when they crossed the separation of church and State line.

  25. In my mind this is of a piece with the horrific Health Care Deform efforts. More is coming out about official corruption in the War in Iraq. Chris Floyd’s story is very good.

    Systemic Success: Blood Money and Black Gold in Iraq

    It all about basic corruption in government and the greedy.

  26. on the movie 2012
    my youngest granddaughter has a wicked sense of humor.
    She was telling my daughter yesterday ” I will finally be old enough to get my drivers license and I’ll be dead. I finally got through high school and i’ll be dead. It is just not fair.
    She will graduate before she is old enough to get her drivers license.
    No she is not serious about it.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  27. I saw a great bumper sticker yesterday – it said:

    Re-elect Hillary!

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