We all know that gun violence is rampant in America. Often forgotten in the gun control discussion are those who die by suicide: Guns are the method used in over 50% of all completed suicides. How many of these individuals might have lived, had a gun not been so easily available? – Read the full article
Sen. Lindsey Graham, or, as he may soon be known, El Dictador.
♀ Lindsey Graham: as president I would deploy the military against Congress – Graham is proposing that his first act as president would be to use the military to force the legislative branch to pass his agenda. – Read the full article
Abortion & Abortion Rights
♀ Women seeking abortions ‘harassed by protesters to point of suicide’ – The protesters’ actions have caused such concern that health professionals have now formed their own group, Rights to Privacy.
♀ Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s TRAP Law, Saving Lafayette’s Last Clinic
Culture & Pop Culture
♀ Jacksonville City Council Wingnut President Wants To Defund Museum Over Pregnant Nude – “I am trying to promote a positive moral climate in our city,” Yarborough told the Times-Union by email, “and though some will defend the pornography by labeling it ‘art,’ we need boundaries in order to be healthy, especially where it concerns our children.” Pornography, like art, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. – Read the full article
Paul Krugman authored an at length & POSITIVE foreshadowing critique of history’s judgment of the Obama Presidency in Rolling Stone. He surmises the momentous issues both successes /failures of healthcare, financial reform, national security, economy, social change and head winds arising from the environmental movement guide legislation. – Read the full article
Today Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, the country’s top law enforcement official gave the public notice of his departure. A sad and disappointing day for me to have an honorable man leave public life when so few occupy pollute national politics. – Read the full article
According to the Register Guard, the Koch brothers affiliate Freedom Partners has withdrawn their October ad buys in support of Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee running against Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley.
The article notes the withdrawn support immediately follows a Rassmussen poll that shows Merkley leading Wehby by 13 points. – Read the full article
Thomas Frank is a columnist for Salon and his effort today is certain to get a lot of attention, mainly from gleeful right-wingers pointing to Frank’s article as proof from the left that President Obama is a failure.
The title of Frank’s column is Admit It: Obama Has Failed. – Read the full article
Justice Ginsburg dissent on yesterday’s contemptible 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., “would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.” (1) The eight salient points proffers a formidable campaign strategy enhancing a competitive margin for the midterms if they’re savvy enough to include this ruling in their appeals for votes. – Read the full article
As Dr. Ben Carson inches his way closer to a 2016 run for President, he’s trying desperately to sound like the grown up in the room, but he just can’t pull it off. After calling the veterans’ healthcare crisis “a gift from God”, Carson had this to say on (where else?) Fox News:
“We need seriousness here rather than just political speak. – Read the full article
In 2006 Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. That law requires the Postal Service to prefund 75 years of potential benefit obligations, and spells out in detail the amounts that must be given to the treasury year by year for that mandate:
“(3)(A) The United States Postal Service shall pay into such Fund–“(i) $5,400,000,000, not later than September 30, 2007;
“(ii) $5,600,000,000, not later than September 30, 2008;
“(iii)$5,400,000,000, not later than September 30, 2009;
[etc. – Read the full article
The Heritage Plan: 1989.
All citizens should be guaranteed universal access to affordable health care.
Many states now require passengers in automobiles to wear seatbelts for their own protection. Many others require anybody driving a car to have liability insurance. But neither the federal government nor any state requires all households to protect themselves from the potentially catastrophic costs of a serious accident or illness. – Read the full article