February 2012

Women's Health Care Rights

... changing terminology can make a huge difference

When I first heard of Roe v. Wade, it was during a conversation between two girls in my high school.  When one girl said abortion should not be legal, the other replied:  "But what about rape and incest?!"  The teen's comment was the common propaganda in the years following the Roe v. Wade decision.  The general idea was it would take someone who was cold-blooded and heartless to expect a victim of rape or incest to carry the "results" to term. 

Romey Wins, But Does America?

Even with a double-header win, is Romney right for America?

Who really won the Arizona and Michigan primaries?  Mitt Romney, of course.  Despite his recent surge, Rick Santorum wasn’t able to pull off another upset in either state.  Santorum will, most likely, walk away with a number of delegates from his close second Michigan, however.  Yet, even with this round of wins and Super Tuesday looming, if Mitt Romney becomes the GOP candidate, who wins? 

Corporations With The Vote...

People Without It

Before you can impose something insane and criminal, you first have to get people to think of it as something normal and commonplace. To that end, you seed the idea in the popular discourse, normalizing it some time before you actually bring it forward as a new law or regulation. Then when you actually do bring it forward, people won't recoil in shock and horror like they would have if you had simply sprung it on them out of the blue.

Immunity For Genocide?

Shell Vs The Human Race

So, the Supreme Court says that corporations are people. Now it has to decide if they can be held accountable like people, or if they are above the law. No one knows which way they will go.

 

It boggles the mind that anyone would attempt to make this argument, but Shell is actually trying to claim that it is legally immune from being sued for the crime of genocide. Why does it feel the need to make that claim?

Wall Street Spy Center

Provided By The NYPD

If you had any doubt whatsoever about the charade of the free press in America, give this story your full attention. According to a new article on the Counterpunch website, 60 Minutes left out some pretty important information in its recent story about the NYPD's Manhattan surveillance system, a network of thousands and thousands of cameras hooked up to a sophisticated computer network allowing them to track anyone across Manhattan.

Snobery and the GOP Elite

The expectation of college attendance

Snobbery – pure snobbery.  How dare President Obama suggest that all Americans should receive some post high school education!  At least that’s how Rick Santorum feels.  Or does he?  Turns out Santorum himself said that students should have options upon graduating high school, such as college, technical schools, vocational education and the like.  Wait…isn’t that what Obama also said during the State of the Union ?  So, who’s the snob?

Newt Gingrich on Healthcare

A lot of plans with little definition

Newt Gingrich is leading a healthcare plan that provides more freedom to individuals and reorganizes current healthcare practices. His goal is to give the American people power over their own healthcare choices, while also limiting insurance company monopolies. He will also be attempting to reduce government control over healthcare, through giving back individual power.

Should Medical Marijuana Legalized Across the Nation?

Would it be legitimized with better regulation?

What is your view on the use of medical marijuana? I have recently read an article in Rolling Stone magazine discussing Obama’s look at Medical marijuana. It seems like the topic of medical marijuana can create extreme disagreements, some people are pro medical marijuana whereas others see it as criminal. Occasionally, you’ll find people like me that are in the middle.

Tax Crimes, Aggravated Felonies, and Sushi

"It is a startling example of an increasingly difficult immigration policy."

Immigration reform affects not just illegal immigrants, though they certainly receive the lion's share of blog posts here, but legal immigrants as well. The life of many first generation legal immigrants is always difficult, since they have to cope with language barriers and racism. Still, their lot is generally better than the lives of many illegal immigrants, since they are legally allowed to work in this country and can one day gain a path to citizenship. However, due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that labels tax crime as an “aggravated felony”, one legal immigrant couple will be deported back to Japan after having lived in America for close to two decades.

Sharpton and King to Embark on 2012 Voting Rights Protest March

New voting laws that appear to target minority voters have drawn the attention of the most prominent present-day civil rights leader: Reverend Al Sharpton. Sharpton has joined forces with the son of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King to embark on a five day protest of voting laws which are thought by many to undermine the civil rights fought for and won by American black people in the 1960s.

 

The protest will take the form of a march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama. The intention is to draw attention to what Sharpton and King consider to be a violation of minority voting rights. According the Sharpton, as many as five million Americans who were able to vote in 2008 will be prevented from exercising that right in the November elections.

Comedian Bill Maher Donates $1 Million to Pro-Obama Super PAC

Encourages liberals to "give until it hurts."

Moderately successful comedian and talk show host Bill Maher has done well for himself, but certainly won't be found on any lists of the wealthiest in Hollywood. This is why many were shocked when he announced during a standup performance at Yahoo headquarters that he would be donating $1 Million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting Obama's re-election.

After presenting a giant check made out to the super PAC on stage, Maher explained the reasoning behind his donation, citing Republican initiatives such as mandatory vaginal ultrasounds and elimination of capital gains taxes as reasons why Americans should rally behind the President. He expressed concern that many of Obama's wealthy Hollywood donors assume he already has the contest wrapped up, and underestimate the influence of the money pouring into pro-Republican super PACs.

Washington Pharmacists Can Refuse to Sell Plan B

Judge rules that not doing your job is a religious freedom

I'm pretty sure if I refused to make copies at work on the basis that it was against my religion (I'm a pagan! I can't ethically use products sourced from trees!), I would be fired no matter how hard I complained. It's part of my job, after all, and if I feel as though the task violates my individual religious expression, I'm free to find a job elsewhere. Orthodox Jews don't get jobs at butcher shops, after all. So why should a pharmacist get to refuse to sell emergency contraception based on the fact that he's Catholic?

The answer is that he shouldn't. And yet a federal judge has ruled that the state of Washington can't force pharmacists to sell plan B to women who request it. If they don't want to, they don't have to, and that's the end of that. 

No Hard Feelings Between Bachmann and T-Paw

Despite their rocky past, they probably have plenty of reason to commiserate since they've both been abandoned by their party

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who was Michele Bachmann's former rival for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, has endorsed her as she seeks Congressional re-election. Both Minnesota politicians have withdrawn from the presidential race, Pawlenty after falling behind Bachmann in the August 2011 Ames straw poll, and Bachmann after suffering a drop in poll numbers in January.

Bachmann released a statement in which she accepted Pawlenty's endorsement and pledged to work with him to "make Minnesota red in 2012."

Republican Voters – Is Jobs Report a Problem?

"Some say there is a lot more to this picture. "

For Republican voters, one thing is very clear. Anything the brings the sitting President good news is going to be a problem. Americans do not like change and are more likely to keep their existing president than to change to a new one – if the country is doing well. For Republicans, this is not a good thing. However, there are now more than ever, reasons to wonder about the current President and his policies. Though new jobs details look good, some are saying not so fast. Will the jobs report hurt Republican candidates for the presidency?

This week we saw the release of the data from the Department of Labor indicating strong job growth in the US throughout the month of January. The unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent and the country saw the largest one month increase in jobs at 243,000 added in the last nine months. That plus the last time the unemployment rate was this low was in February of 2008. IS all of this bad for Republicans running against Obama, then?

Conservatives – What Does Jobs Report Mean to Obama?

For those conservative voters who simply cannot wait for November to roll around, the fact is, this latest jobs report can seem worrisome. With Americans see that Obama's creating jobs and therefore stick with him even when many of the moves he has taken have been anything but beneficial to creating those jobs? While some worry that the creation of 243,000 jobs in the month of January and the drop in unemployment to 8.3 percent is troublesome for voters who want a replacement in the White House, there's more to think about than just those figures.

What's Important to See

Christian Voters – Is Bickering Over Religion Important to You?

Christian voters want a president in place with strong Christian values and the willingness to do his or her job with the attitude and determination of Christians. However, over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about religion and the role it is playing in the country's election process. In fact, there is a lot of talk and finger pointing about who is and who is not Christian. Sure, one is a Catholic and another a Mormon, but stepping out and saying someone else isn't Christian seems, well, quite un-Christian-like.

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