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Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

April 10, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance, lack of action on climate change and immigration, and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare, pushing for fair wages and pay equity, defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little. The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already. The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare, we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war and our limping economy isn't toppling completely, we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man who recklessly led us into a disastrous war, crashed our economy and tanked our reputation. Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy, some focus on global poverty and climate change. Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two at your local progressive social club.    Read more

Rush Limbaugh Renews Attack on Sandra Fluke

November 14, 2013 by ProgLegs

Sandra Fluke

On Wednesday's show, Rush Limbaugh used an online ad campaign to dust off his misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke.  The ads attempt to attract young people to Obamacare by, in Limbaugh's view, promising fellatio.    Read more


August 11, 2013 by bannerite

As a baby boomer, I grew up in an era where the only women who had access to safe abortions were the wealthy. They could fly somewhere and have it done and be back home before anyone knew they were gone. Women who did not have wealth were forced to use less safe methods to abort the fetus.

PBS has aired the show, Call the Midwife, for two seasons now. Watching that show, I have become a strong supporter of abortion rights. Please understand that I am not an advocate for abortions per se. Abortions are only one option that must remain available for all women.

If you want to see what life was like for women and their families before contraception and abortion was available to women, then you should watch this program. It is horrifying to watch. Yes, I know that abortions are horrifying too. But, so is cancer and stroke and kidney failure.     Read more

The Romney Veto That Every American Needs to Know About

October 18, 2012 by Bill Okerman

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Well, in November of 2002 the people of Massachusetts gave a businessman named Mitt Romney political power. And, of course, Mr. Romney is now seeking even greater political power, truly awesome power, power that provides, as Abraham Lincoln found out, an awesome test of a man’s (or possibly someday a woman’s) character. (Indeed, by many accounts Mr. Romney began his quest for the presidency about halfway through his term as governor of Massachusetts, or 8 years ago.)    Read more

"White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty!"

July 21, 2012 by toritto1942

Ave Maria University campus


"White House Leading Attack on Religious Liberty" was the title of an article by Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, a Catholic liberal arts college located just south of Immokalee, Florida. The article appeared in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) last Saturday.

A bit of information is in order.    Read more

Democrats Should Support Ending Abortion, Just Not Enforcement

July 14, 2012 by fidlerten

I must tell you; even though I’m a liberal I do not support abortion. I’ll be clear; I don’t support the criminalization of abortion or even for government to get involved with abortion. What I do support is the government helping to end abortion in a way that will not compromise the rights of women and does not enforce edicts upon the physicians who perform abortions.

Government can create programs that can help women make better choices and find ways to make it much less expensive to adopt children.

I don’t believe government at any time should enforce laws upon women who find themselves in a bad situation but instead find ways to keep women from finding themselves in that bad situation.    Read more

Another member of Congress wants to micromanage research funding

May 16, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Last week, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to a 2013 spending bill that would prohibit the National Science Foundation from devoting any of its budget to its political science program, which, according to Inside Higher Ed, allocated around $11 million in peer-reviewed grants this year. The amendment was the brainchild of Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona, who objected to NSF funding studies that “might satisfy the curiosities of a few academics” without benefiting society.    Read more

Republican Agenda on Women: Barefoot and Pregnant

April 6, 2012 by fidlerten

The chairman of the Republican National Convention Reince Priebus recently compared women to caterpillars when he was confronted by Al Hunt on Bloomberg TV that polls show a huge margin among women for Democrats. Mr. Priebus Responded by saying:    Read more

Which Republican Presidential Candidate is more likely to…?

March 30, 2012 by fidlerten

The candidates who are still in the race to win the Republican nomination are an interesting bunch. It might be interesting to wonder who the most likely would be to:    Read more

Voting Rights: Republicans Attack on Democracy

March 30, 2012 by fidlerten

After the midterm 2010 election when Republicans gained control of several state houses and governor seats, they began working on legislation; not to create jobs for the unemployed as many of their campaigns promised, but to introduce new abortion restriction laws and contraception laws, pass legislation to limit the power of unions, passed legislation to take bargaining rights away from public workers, and to restrict voting rights of poor people by passing Voter ID laws and putting more restrictions on voter registration and early voting, and legislation to give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.    Read more

In a Rick Santorum World: Freedom for a Few

March 19, 2012 by fidlerten

Pulpit rock

In other words, it’ll be a perfect world for Rick Santorum and those who are like him but the rest of us will not be so free.

Maybe someone should explain to Mr. Santorum that though he doesn’t like something or certain people for whatever reason – because he finds it or them immoral or he feels it’s against his religious beliefs –doesn’t mean the rest of us should follow his lead.     Read more

Santorum Sweeps So-called Front Runner In Southern Victory

March 14, 2012 by fidlerten

Among the many promises from the GOP candidates, Gingrich’s “grandiose” promise to make gas $2.50 didn’t resonate with southern voters as a result of the Mississippi and Alabama–and Hawaii–primaries. Santorum took Alabama with xx percent and Romney took Mississippi with xx percent.

A third of Tea Party (a big deal!) voters went for Santorum and women voters faired the same. The unapologetic social conservative defied the Left who predicted his focus on reproductive health would turn women away.    Read more

Demanding women deliver dead babies is unethical and unsafe [denialism blog]

March 13, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In a debate on the floor of the Georgia State house over a bill to force women to bring all pregnancies after 20 weeks to term, even in cases of dead or non-viable fetus, this Georgia representative reaches a new low. State Rep Terry England seems to be suggesting pigs and cows do it, why can't humans?

Rep. Terry England compares women to cows, pigs and chickens. from Bryan Long on Vimeo.    Read more

Voter ID Laws: Stopping Fraud or Blocking Votes?

March 13, 2012 by fidlerten

If this was Putin’s Russia or many of the countries that are being ruled by dictators or regimes that are determined to stay in power, even if it means cheating the voting system in those countries, Voter ID laws would make a lot of sense. But, we’re not one of those countries. Our voting system is a very accurate system compared to other countries systems and especially to those countries ruled by dictators, if there is a vote at all.    Read more

The Rise and fall of the Republican Party

March 12, 2012 by fidlerten

Back in the year 2000 the Republican Party successfully put George W. Bush in as their president but that was after a debacle in Florida that ended up questioning the legitimacy of the winner of that presidential election, and that was because the United States Supreme Court ended up choosing the eventual winner of that race, not the American people. In actuality, Al Gore won the majority of the vote and even Florida but the process to figure that out was stopped by the five justices in that court.    Read more

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