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John Brown’s lesser bodies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:52 am by HL

John Brown’s lesser bodies
Roeder’s words reflect another time and another bible inspired madman.

The Scott Roeder sentencing occurred yesterday for the murder of Dr. George Tiller and it would be nice to think this horrid affair is at the end. But it will not be.

The whole matter sunk to another disturbing new level:

Roeder accused [Judge] Wilbert of “duplicity” and said his trial was a miscarriage of justice because he wasn’t allowed to present testimony about the evils of abortion. He also said God’s judgment against the U.S. will “sweep over this land like a prairie wind.”

“He will avenge every drop of innocent blood,” Roeder said.

The fact that these words were uttered in Kansas and how they sound just like another self-described avenging angel of the state indicates there will be more Scott Roeders and more cold-blooded murder.

“I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.”

John Brown’s last letter, the day he was hanged.
December 2, 1859

In a rational world, there is no comparison between slavery and reproductive rights, but there are people like Scott Roeder out there and some of them are determined to have their John Brown moment. And we seem determined as a society to blithely pretend they do not exist, except in benign form.


Penance Demands Action

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Penance Demands Action
At its holiest time of the year, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront a more worldly riddle: What did the Holy Father know, and when did he know it? By Eugene Robinson

At its holiest time of the year, the Roman Catholic Church is being forced to confront a more worldly riddle: What did the Holy Father know, and when did he know it?


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Geithner: Bailouts For Big Banks ‘Deeply Unfair’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Geithner: Bailouts For Big Banks ‘Deeply Unfair’
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Tahir Amin and Priti Radhakrishnan: When Medical Patents Weaken Health Care
As the health care debate limps forward, it’s time to consider a related but entirely overlooked topic: the availability of medicines. One major step forward is to stop approving frivolous drug patent applications.

RNC: ‘Speechwriting’ Expense Not For Steele’s Private Speeches
The Republican National Committee is clarifying that one of its expenditures to a communications firm was not to help Chairman Michael Steele prepare speeches for…


The Washington Times completely wrong on CLASS Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:49 am by HL

The Washington Times completely wrong on CLASS Act

In an April 1 editorial, The Washington Times falsely claimed that the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act was “removed” from the Senate’s health care bill and re-introduced “in the lengthy reconciliation bill at the last minute,” because it “wouldn’t have obtained the 60 votes needed.” In fact, the CLASS Act was in both the House and Senate’s original health care bills, passed the Senate with 60 votes, and was not included in the reconciliation bill.

The Washington Times falsely claims CLASS Act was “removed” from Senate bill and “buried in the lengthy reconciliation bill”

The Washington Times: CLASS Act “buried in the lengthy reconciliation bill at the last minute.” In an April 1 editorial, The Washington Times wrote that “Democrats claim this isn’t a controversial program, but if they really believed that, they wouldn’t have had to sneak the provision into the reconciliation bill. But it was snuck in the reconciliation bill only two days before the House vote,” and that it was “buried in the lengthy reconciliation bill at the last minute.”

The Washington Times falsely claims CLASS Act “wouldn’t have obtained the 60 votes needed.” The editorial also claimed that “[t]he budget concerns of a handful of Democratic senators kept the program out of the earlier version of the health care bill, which passed the Senate before Christmas. If the provision hadn’t been removed, Democrats wouldn’t have obtained the 60 votes needed to break the filibuster. Only by jamming it into the Senate reconciliation bill in March were they able to get it passed with the bare minimum 51 votes.”

In fact, the CLASS Act passed the Senate with 60 votes in the original health care bill

The CLASS Act was in the original Senate bill that passed on December 24, 2009. The CLASS Act is Title VIII of the original health care bill as passed by the Senate on December 24, 2009 with 60 votes. From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

Senate health care bill excerpt

The House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, without any amendments, on March 21 with a final vote of 219 – 212. President Obama signed the bill into law on March 23, 2010.

The CLASS Act was in the original House health care bill that passed in November. The CLASS Act is in Division C, Title V, Subtitle D of the original health care bill that passed the House on November 7, 2009. From the Affordable Health Care for America Act:

House health care bill excerpt

The CLASS Act was not included in the reconciliation bill. Because the CLASS Act passed both in the House bill, in the Senate bill, and again in the House when they approved the Senate bill, it was not included in the reconciliation package. In fact, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Bill of 2010 makes no mention of any long-term care insurance provisions.

The Washington Times misleads on CLASS Act funding to suggest it is funded through a mandatory fee

The Washington Times: “Americans will find between $150 and $250 taken out of their paychecks each month.” The Washington Times also claimed in the editorial that “Obamacare is a socialist law designed to take money from some Americans and use it to benefit others.” The editorial declared that the CLASS Act is a “costly provision” which “has taxpayers covering long-term at-home care for the elderly.” The Times further claimed that “taking $150 to $250 out of each monthly paycheck will cause problems for millions of Americans,” and called it “yet another example of Mr. Obama breaking his promise not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year.”

However, the CLASS Act is a voluntary program, funded by its participants

White House fact sheet: The CLASS Act is a “self-funded and voluntary long-term care insurance choice.” According to the White House, CLASS Act, as passed into law, is “self-funded and voluntary”:

It is a self-funded and voluntary long-term care insurance choice. Workers will pay in premiums in order to receive a daily cash benefit if they develop a disability. Need will be based on difficulty in performing basic activities such as bathing or dressing.  The benefit is flexible: it could be used for a range of community support services, from respite care to home care. 

No taxpayer funds will be used to pay benefits under this provision. The program will actually reduce Medicaid spending, as people are able to continue working and living in their homes and not enter nursing homes. Safeguards will be put in place to ensure its premiums are enough to cover its costs.

The New York Times: CLASS Act is a “voluntary” “long-term care insurance program,” and “those who participate will pay monthly premiums.” In a March 24 The New York Times blog post, Paula Span reported that the CLASS Act “sets up a voluntary government-run long-term care insurance program available through employers. Those who participate will pay monthly premiums. After five years, they’ll be covered and can receive benefits if they need care – whether they are 20-somethings in snowboard accidents or 80-somethings with Parkinson’s disease.”


‘Scar My Tattered Body No More With Your Punishing Dildo Mallet’: Accused Militia Plotter Bared Almost All In Film (VIDEO)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:48 am by HL

‘Scar My Tattered Body No More With Your Punishing Dildo Mallet’: Accused Militia Plotter Bared Almost All In Film (VIDEO)
One of the members of a Christian militia group accused of plotting to kill law enforcement appears to have once starred — naked, but for a mask of George W. Bush over his genitals — in a very low-budget film.


Undercover FBI Agent Helped In Sting Of Hutaree Militia
A court document in the Hutaree case appears to have inadvertently revealed that an undercover FBI agent was involved in bringing down the Christian militia group.


If Not For Crazy, They Wouldn’t Have A Party At All

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:44 am by HL

If Not For Crazy, They Wouldn’t Have A Party At All


The Promise

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:43 am by HL

The Promise
Coming next month: The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter.

It’s the first of many planned insider accounts of the Obama presidency and seems to be modeled after Bob Woodward’s The Agenda, which chronicled Bill Clinton’s first year in the White House.

Woodward has his own book on the Obama administration coming this fall.

Obama Approval Sinks to New Low
The latest CBS News Poll finds Americans unhappier than ever with President Obama.

The president’s overall job approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 44%, down five points from late March, just before the health bill’s passage in the House of Representatives. It’s down 24 points since his all-time high last April.


Would You Outsource Your Womb?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Would You Outsource Your Womb?
As science and global capitalism gallop forward, they kick up difficult questions about emotional attachment. What, if anything, is too sacred to sell?

As science and global capitalism gallop forward, they kick up difficult questions about emotional attachment. What, if anything, is too sacred to sell?

The Only Republican Plan Is to Destroy Democrats, Not Solve Problems
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Corporate Court Acting in Secret, Citizens Locked Out
Delaware has a special court for corporations. And it’s about to start hearing cases that the public can’t hear about.

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Ruling OK’s Tasering Pregnant Woman Three Times
Seven-months-pregnant Malaika Brooks suffered repeated 50,000 volt shocks for refusing to sign a parking ticket, and a federal court of appeals ruled it justified.

Seven-months-pregnant Malaika Brooks suffered repeated 50,000 volt shocks for refusing to sign a parking ticket, and a federal court of appeals ruled it justified.


Make It Rain: The Michael Steele Remix

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Make It Rain: The Michael Steele Remix
RNC chairman Michael “Drill Baby Drill” Makes it rain! The RNC, the party of Family Values, dropped nearly $2,000 at a lesbian/bondage-themed night club in West Hollywood. In honor of Steele’s desire to bring the conservative movement “to urban-surburban hip-hop…


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GOP congressman calls out conservatives pushing ?blatant misinformation? about the Census.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2010 4:40 am by HL

GOP congressman calls out conservatives pushing ?blatant misinformation? about the Census.
For over a year, many on the right have led a smear campaign against the Census, potentially undermining the constitutionally mandated decennial count. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) led the charge, making outlandish claims about internment camps and proudly declaring in June that she would not fill her form, in violation of federal law. […]

McHenry2 For over a year, many on the right have led a smear campaign against the Census, potentially undermining the constitutionally mandated decennial count. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) led the charge, making outlandish claims about internment camps and proudly declaring in June that she would not fill her form, in violation of federal law. Meanwhile, right-wing talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh urged listeners to not fully complete their forms, with Beck warning that answering the race question would somehow “increase slavery.” Today, in a post on the conservative blog Red State, Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC) called out this “blatant misinformation” and urged all Americans to complete the Census, as it is our “Constitutional duty”:

No, what worries me is blatant misinformation coming from otherwise well-meaning conservatives. They are trying to do the right thing, but instead they are helping big government liberals by discouraging fellow conservatives from filling out their census forms. […]

Anyone who tells you that this year’s census is unconstitutional and that you are not required to fill out the form completely is flat out wrong. They argue that because this year’s census asks for more than a simple count of how many people live in your home, it is unconstitutional and therefore should not be completely filled out. That argument doesn’t stand up to either history or the Constitution’s text.

McHenry mentioned the startling news that some of the most Republican counties in Texas have had some of the lowest Census return rates in the country, implying that conservative fear mongering is to blame. He also noted that the race question has been asked since 1790, so suggesting “that this question or others like it make this year’s census unconstitutional is absurd.” And in a thinly veiled rebuke of Beck, Limbaugh, and Bachmann, McHenry wrote that “calls to only partially fill out census forms…feed a climate of mistrust in the census and need to be refuted.”

Donohue: ?There?s a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors.?
As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, the conservative Catholic Leauge placed a full-page ad in the New York Times on Tuesday that claimed that the sexual abuse scandal currently roiling the Catholic Church is a crisis of “homosexuality,” not “pedophilia.” On CNN yesterday, Catholic League President William Donohue defended the assertion by pointing to a study that […]

As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, the conservative Catholic Leauge placed a full-page ad in the New York Times on Tuesday that claimed that the sexual abuse scandal currently roiling the Catholic Church is a crisis of “homosexuality,” not “pedophilia.” On CNN yesterday, Catholic League President William Donohue defended the assertion by pointing to a study that found that “three out of every four” of the male victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests were “post-pubescent, meaning that it’s homosexuality driven.” “It’s not a matter of my opinion to say that this is a pedophilia crisis. It’s been a homosexual crisis all along,” said Donohue. He then asserted that “there’s a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors“:

SANCHEZ: Well, let me just stop you right there, because immediately as you say that, there are people watching this show, and I can hear them saying this, Bill Donohue, shame on you. Are you saying all gays are pedophiles?

DONOHUE: As I said in the ad, which I wrote, most gay priests are not molesters, but most of the molesters have been gay. And I also said, that there’s no such thing as a — that homosexuality does not cause predatory behavior.

Let me give you a quick example. I’m Irish. Everybody who has half a brain knows that the Irish have a bigger problem with alcoholism than the Italians or the Chinese, for example. Does that mean because you’re an Irishman, therefore, you are driven to become an alcoholic? Of course, not.

What it means, though, if your group is overrepresented in a particular problem area, you ought to explore it. Yes, there’s a connection between Irish and alcoholism, and, yes, there’s a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse of minors.

Watch it:

Later in the segment, when pressed to defend his views, Donohue proclaimed of gay priests: “They can’t keep their hands off the boys, don’t you get it?” In the New York Times yesterday, Maureen Dowd wrote that “Donohue is still talking about the problem as an indiscretion rather than a crime. If it mostly involves men and boys, that’s partly because priests for many years had unquestioned access to boys.”