"THIS BRAND NEW VACCINE WILL INOCULATE THE POPULATION AGAINST FOX NEWS, WHICH WILL IN TURN PREVENT MENTAL RETARDATION."
Jill: What the hell kind of country are we?
Jill: American Sweatshop
From USA Today:
"They think the economy works because God wants it to work. It's a new religious economic idealism," with politicians "invoking God while chanting 'less government,'" [Froese] says.
"When Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann say 'God blesses us, God watches us, God helps us,' religious conservatives get the shorthand. They see 'government' as a profane object — a word that is used to signal working against God's plan for the United States. To argue against this is to argue with their religion."
Most (81%) political conservatives say there is one "ultimate truth in the world, and new economic information of cost-benefit analysis is not going to change their mind about how the economy should work," Froese says.
Yes, and "cost-benefit analysis" is the equivalent of SIX ongoing abortions for anyone keeping score at home. Do NOT mess with rational "analysis," guys, for your own eternal souls. [USA Today]###
Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said in his decision that the state's marital classification violates the Alaska Constitution's equal protection clause. The ruling was signed Friday and released Monday by ACLU of Alaska. ACLU of Alaska and the national American Civil Liberties Union challenged tax assessment rules on behalf of three couples from Anchorage who were denied tax breaks that they would have been entitled to if they were married. The couples were in committed relationships but were treated as roommates rather than families, according to the Alaska ACLU. The group's spokesman Jeffrey Mittman said Monday one couple, Julie Schmidt and Gayle Schuh, had been together 34 years.Under Alaska law, married seniors are permitted to exclude $150,000 in home value from their property tax assessments. Disabled veterans get the same deal.
What a shame that the conservative heart (at least the one currently in use by Republicans), fails to understand the essential need for compassion as a fundamental building block in any society worthy of being called modern and humane. But then, I'm not sure that compassion is a human quality which can be taught.
President Barack Obama on Monday proposed to end a "direct payment" subsidy that gives $5 billion a year to farmers regardless of need, as part of his larger effort to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Direct payments, created in 1996 as a temporary measure, will be the largest farm subsidy this year and terminating them would be a dramatic re-shaping of the U.S. farm program.
Traditional price support programs, which are triggered by low grain prices, are idle this year because of record high crop prices
Another showdown over funding for disaster aid threatens yet another government shutdown if Republicans and Democrats can't reach a compromise by Friday. Both chambers need to approve a continuing resolution to keep the government running past September 30, but Republicans have refused to increase funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in light of recent disasters. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pledged not to cave and insists the GOP approve $3.65 billion for FEMA.