Saturday, March 10, 2012

Headlines - Saturday March 10

Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data.
Amen. Why should they be any different?
Kansas Republicans hate abortions as much as taxes and are now considering a sales tax on abortions. "That'll show them wimmins!"
Onward, Christian Soldiers. Keep up the fight. Leave no contraceptive alone.
Today in Christian love
The above image can be found on the website of Faith Baptist Church, Primrose, Georgia, which yesterday was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center's 2012 list of anti-gay hate groups. And here's what these whackadoodles claim:
Smokers and drug addicts don't live as long as non-smokers or non-addicts, so we consider smoking and narcotics abuse harmful. The typical life-span of homosexuals suggests that their activities are more destructive than smoking and as dangerous as drugs. Two and eight-tenths percent (2.8%) of gays died violently. They were 116 times more apt to be murdered; 24 times more apt to commit suicide; and had a traffic-accident death-rate 18 times the rate of comparably-aged white males. Heart attacks, cancer and liver failure were exceptionally common. Twenty percent of lesbians died of murder, suicide, or accident--a rate 487 times higher than that of white females aged 25-44. The age distribution of samples of homosexuals in the scientific literature from 1989 to 1992 suggests a similarly shortened life-span.
How can there be any of us left at ALL?
Elderly Pedophile Enabler Commands
U.S. Clergy To Oppress LGBT People
Emperor Palpatine hates the eeeevillle of gay marriage.
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday condemned gay marriage in a speech to bishops from the United States after Maryland last week became the eighth US state to legalise same-sex unions. "Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage," the pope said, warning against "the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage". "Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature." He also said bishops could not overlook "the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation". "The contemporary crisis of marriage and the family... has led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost"
Following his speech, Pope Benedict returned to his private chamber where he rolled naked with altar boys on piles of jewels and gold.
Lead Plaintiff In Suit To Overturn American Care Act Simply Does Not Care To Pay Her Medical Bills

From the department of "you can't make this shit up."

The lead plaintiff in the case against the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans lovingly refer to as Obamacare, who is being represented by the astroturfing National Federation of Independent Business, filed for bankruptcy in the fall because of medical bills.

Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.

Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.

But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.

The lead plaintiff challenging the ACA is now a lead example of, and a strong case for, the rationale behind the Affordable Care Act.

The objective of the individual insurance mandate is to avoid cases such as Mary Brown's wherein someone who is not insured ends up passing on the cost of their care to others, thus lowering the total cost of all care.

Here's the bottom line -- if you can't afford to pay cash for all your medical services, let alone five grand -- your average yearly deductible, I belive -- you can't afford to be a libertarian lunatic. And if you buy the rugged individualist bullshit line, you're a fool. If you allow an organization controlled by plutocrats to lead you down the garden path to be a plaintiff in a lawsuit that is being brought by attorneys you could never get an hour with even if you could afford it -- you're a useful idiot.

Mary Brown is, therefore, a useful idiot. And the people like her, who betray their economic brethren -- for so few crumbs that they can't even cover five large in medical expenses -- must be called out. Fuck being civil to economic terrorists. Call them out. Ridicule them. Shame them. Humiliate them. Punishment is all they understand, so punish them.

So I mock her and I ridicule her and the schaddenfreude I feel at her humiliation is maybe the most delicious helping I have ever enjoyed. I should send her a fruitbasket and a thank-you for the imagery she has provided. Now, instead of the tiny little David fighting the big bad Goliath of gubmint mandates and handling things herself, thank you very much...We have an other image entirely.

When the debt collectors decided she was a deadbeat, and they came after her for unpaid medical bills, she went running to that very same governemnt and hid from her debtors behind a judge's robes.

That's right, children. She filed for bankruptcy.

And instead of the image of David standing up to Goliath, we have the image of the class troublemaker running and hiding behind the teacher after starting a fight that couldn't be finished.

Think about the actual implications of that act, for this particular woman.

Instead of abiding by a government mandate that she buy health insurance, with a subsidized premium since she's poor, she rejected that out of hand. Don't tell her what to do, she could take care of herself, and she didn't need the damned government butting in.

Until she did.

Until she couldn't go to the mailbox, answer the door or pick up the phone without being on the receiving end of a demand for payment. And when she couldn't, or wouldn't, take it any longer, she went running to the same government she didn't want to be forcing her to buy insurance, and begged them for relief from her creditors, because only the government had the power to save her, only the government had the power to tell them to stop contacting her and write off her debts, and they would stop contacting her and her debts would be discharged. Government offered her refuge and she availed herself of it.

When it convenienced **her.**

And then Irony and Hypocrisy got into a steel cage for a fight to the death. And that's a fight that could take a minute...


Sarah Palin attests that Barack Obama is bringing us "back to before the days of the Civil War."

Yes, the first black president of the United States is bringing us back to the days before slavery was abolished. Sounds about right!



Republican Georgia state Rep. Terry England says that his experience with cows, pigs and chickens has proven to him that women should be forced to have their babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In a debate over Georgia House Bill 954, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks even if the baby is not expected to live, England recalled the time he had spent with livestock.

"Life gives us many experiences," he explained. "I've had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive -- delivering pigs, dead and alive. ... It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it."

England continued: "You know a few years ago, I had a man come to me in our store, it was when we were debating, talking about dog and hog hunting, I believe, and at that point there was some language inserted in there that dealt with chicken fighting. And the young man called me to the side and he said, 'I want to tell you one thing.' And y'all, this is salt of the Earth people I'm talking about, someone I would have never in a hundred years expected to tell me what he told me that day."

"He said, 'Mr. Terry, I want to tell you something. You tell those folks down there when they quit killing babies, they can have every chicken I've got.'"

House Bill 954 easily passed last week by a vote of 102-65.

Opponents have said that the so-called "fetal pain" bill would force women to carry stillborn fetuses or to have a Cesarean delivery. Doctors could also face 10 years in prison if they are involved in illegal abortions.


Seems Willard's hunkered down there in Mississippi, spending every night falling to sleep with earphones on his head, while listening to a How To Talk Peckerwood Good tape on an endless loop. It doesn't seem to be working:

"I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and things," he joked. "Strange things are happening to me." In Mississippi, Romney did try out some Southern charm, telling his audience he was "an unofficial Southerner."

If there were 25 votes in it, he'd dress up like Varina Davis and sprawl across a staircase. Yeah, Willard's jes' a little bit country. And a little bit Utahn. And a little bit California. And a little bit Bay Stater...

In a supporting role, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant!

"He just has a warm, comfortable way about him," Bryant told reporters. "I like to see a man when he's holding a baby. And he looks like he's held a baby before."

From this, one concludes that Governor Bryant once had a job in a backcountry roadside herpetatium.


Greed is good

If you are convinced that the whole aftermath of the Wall Street collapse has been an elaborate charade on the rest of us, like that old Twilight Zone episode in which the guy discovers at the final reveal that he's been living in a zoo, I am not prepared to argue the point with you any more:

Louis Freeh, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director now in charge of unwinding what is left of the New York company, is expected to ask a bankruptcy-court judge as soon as this month to approve performance-related payouts for the chief operating officer, finance chief and general counsel at MF Global, these people said.

Of course, if the whole matter involved blowjobs, instead of the Theft Of The Entire World, Louis'd be right on the case.


Dude...that isn't what "political science" means. Admit it, you're just making shit up for the rubes."When the climate changed about man-made global warming in this country and everybody rushed to say we need to do something now about this huge problem, I didn't change," Rick "Google Problem" Santorum told a crowd gathered at an event at the USS Alabama Battleship Park on Friday. "This climate science of man-made global warming is not climate science, it was political science."


Deliciously diabolical, stunningly simple and bloody f*cking brilliant


In a radio interview with Voice of Christian Youth America, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) argued that his belief that global warming is a hoax is biblically inspired. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe told interviewer Vic Eliason on Wednesday that only God can change the climate, and the idea that manmade pollution could affect the seasons is "arrogance":

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that "as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night." My point is, God's still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

Inhofe went on to attack evangelical leader Rich Cizik, the former Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has made the religious case for fighting climate change pollution. Inhofe said Cizik has been "exposed as a liberal" and that he is like idolatrous Romans described in the Bible as those who "give up the truth about God for a lie."

In the interview, Inhofe did not mention he has received $1,352,523 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.


The state of Missouri has no laws that protect LGBT people from employment or housing discrimination, but yesterday the Missouri House advanced a new nondiscrimination bill that protects gun owners. Were the law to pass, it would ensure that anyone who legally carries a firearm cannot be fired, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against for that choice. Rep. Mike Colona (D), who is openly gay, pointed out that "what this body has done is put protecting gun ownership above discriminating against somebody because of their sexual orientation, and I just don't think that's right."


That is not, despite its look, a Taco Bell that served its last chalupa. No, that is one of the two Planned Parenthood clinics in Brownsville, Texas, which is on the border with Mexico. It closed last October as Texas started gutting funding for any program that provided money for women's health because money went to Planned Parenthood. The roughly 1000 patients' records, almost all low-income women, were moved to the last Planned Parenthood office in town. That clinic, while providing the morning-after pill, does not offer abortion services. If you want that, you can go to Mexico. It's closer than the nearest town in Texas where Brownsville women can get help, and you're not forced to look at a sonogram and wait a day.

But because some Planned Parenthoods do offer abortions, the Texas legislature and Governor Rick Perry have
decided to stop accepting the $35 million in the federal aid from the Medicaid Women's Health Program because Planned Parenthood cannot be barred from receiving funds. Perry has now said the the state will provide funding for clinics that are not Planned Parenthood, in response to a general outcry, but he has not said how Texas will get the money.

One clinic that is funded directly by the federal government is the Brownsville Community Health Center. Its women's health
branch serves 7,700 women with just two doctors on staff. Women that relied on the Texas Medicaid Women's Health Program often went to Planned Parenthood. With that option off the table, the BCHC is expecting an influx of thousands of new patients, and it can't take them, even if Texas fully funds the program without the federal government's help. There's only so many people a clinic can see, you know.

Which means, quite clearly and explicitly, that women will suffer for the crime of being poor in Texas. Everything's bigger there, even the dickishness.


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