Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Headlines - Tuesday June 26

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor... oops, time's up - A post office in New Hampshire has cut back operating hours to 30 minutes per day. The post office in Sugar Hill is open from 10:15 to 10:45 each morning. This lack of service is brought to you by your GOP Congress. (AP)
Republican voters actually love the stuff in the Affordable Care Act. This could be a problem for the GOP in the immediate future. Healthcare reform in the abstract is easy to attack. But if it goes down in the Supreme Court, everyone's going to find out what they've lost -- and they aren't going to be very happy.
Feds Sue Two Polygamous Towns - The Justice Department alleges that local leaders engaged in an intimidation campaign against the unfaithful.
Kinda like Prop Hate and when they come to your door all the time.
That's one way to address the Vatican's PR problem

Here's another: Stop raping children, and start siding with the kids and not their rapists.

(It also wouldn't hurt if the Vatican got its head out of the 15th century, but no one expects that to happen any time soon. So perhaps in the meantime having a more enlightened perspective on the subject of child-rape might help.)
They like the plan, they just hate him

This is irritating: asked Ipsos to send over a partisan breakdown of the data. Key points:

Eighty percent of Republicans favor "creating an insurance pool where small businesses and uninsured have access to insurance exchanges to take advantage of large group pricing benefits." That's backed by 75 percent of independents.

Fifty-seven percent of Republicans support "providing subsidies on a sliding scale to aid individuals and families who cannot afford health insurance." That's backed by 67 percent of independents.

Fifty-four percent of Republicans favor "requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance for their employers." That's backed by 75 percent of independents.

Fifty two percent of Republicans favor "allowing children to stay on parents insurance until age 26." That's backed by 69 percent of independents.

Seventy eight percent of Republicans support "banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions; 86 percent of Republicans favor "banning insurance companies from cancelling policies because a person becomes ill." Those are backed by 82 percent of independents and 87 percent of independents.

One provision that isn't backed by a majority of Republicans: The one "expanding Medicaid to families with incomes less than $30,000 per year."

"Most Republicans want to have good health coverage," Ipsos research director Chris Jackson tells me. "They just don't necessarily like what it is Obama is doing."

I don't know if you blame this on Democratic and media incompetence or Republican agitprop. But I do know one thing- if the wingnuts get their way and ACA is gutted, these same people will be blaming the loss of all these perks they like on Obama.


Rmoney, the corporate rapist

Over the weekend, two long stories came out that set out, in detail, how Mitt Romney and Bain Capital raped, plundered and burned companies. They bought a majority stake in the companies and then forced the companies to hire themselves as "consultants" for very large fees.

So as the companies went down the drain, laying off thousands of American workers, sending those jobs overseas and amassing massive debt, Bain Capital took out massive "fees".

If the company was one of those few that survived the rapacious ministrations of Romney's Bain Capital, Rmoney and Bain made a fortune. if the company eventually went under, Bain made even more mney.

The wholly predictable thing is this: Bain Capital under Rmoney made a practice of shuttering American plants and sending the jobs overseas. Only now that he is running for president, Mittens is going around decrying offshoring American jobs.

By the way, has anyone noted that
Mittens hasn't held down a job for the last six years? He's kind of young to be retired.


"Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

–PA House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny)

Well, pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain, either.


Location, location, location...Mittens could have probably picked a better place to attack "big government" than in front of a farm that takes thousands of dollars in subsidies every single year.


It's all about State's Rights. Well, unitl it isn't.

San Francisco - As the 2012 Farm Bill continues to take shape in the halls of the United States Congress, the immense influence of corporate interests is on display.

On June 21 the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly against the Sanders Amendment that would have allowed states to pass legislation that required food and beverage products to label whether or not they contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The amendment, proposed by Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is particularly relevant as many states prepare to vote on a ballot initiatives that would require such labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Lobbyists from the biotech industry have ardently opposed GMO labelling. These opponents argue that because food labelling has historically been handled by the Food and Drug Association (FDA), it is a federal issue and, therefore, individual states do not have the right to implement such legislation. Indeed, in the case of Vermont, Sanders' home state, Monsanto successfully intimidated the state legislature from voting on a bill that would have required GMO labelling.

Patty Lovera, the assistant director of Food and Water Watch, explained that states planning to vote on GM labelling in November could face a legal fight to defend their right to enact such laws.

"However, this amendment would have taken this threat away," Lovera told IPS

So ya see Bubba, when it com to your vote counting for anything... even at he state level my man... my suggestion is that you vote in the one hand, take a dump in the other and see which one fills up first. Until you grow a setr of balls and the brains to realize who your enemies really are, you've doomed yourself and your descendants for the foreseeable future to lives as serfs and fodder for the elites. It's a choice you had for yourself and Miss piggy but your kids deserved the right to make their own decisions and to not have you sell their birthright out from under them. You might be proud of that wonton ignorance Bubba... the rest of us you're dragging down to your level, not so much.


Well This is nice:

A conservative radio host says that the Catholic nuns who have embarked on a nine-state bus tour to protest the injustice of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposed budget deserve to be beaten with a handgun because they "threw the first punch."

"There's a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan," radio host Jan Mickelson told Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) last week. "Do you guys, do you have any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them?"

"They say he is evil, they say he is fake Catholic," he added. "They're the ones that threw the first punch."

Can I just say this? Fuck these clowns. They are every bit as bad as the Taliban and Iranian Mullahs combined. And if we don't fight them, and fight them viciously, we are going to lose everything. And that's not hyperbole, that's reality.


The Supreme Court conducted a vile smear against the noble state of Arizona today by shooting down most of SB 1070, the law that restricts illegal Mexicans from existing. Our old pal Antonin Scalia, writing the dissenting opinion, simply didn't care for his peers' decision. As Scalia sees it, states = sovereign, so states can do whatever they want, however they want it, to keep the filthy Mexicans outside looking in. Where is the problem? Southern states did this all the time with freed slaves, so why can't they do it with the taco people? READ MORE »



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