Michael Stinnett - 9/03/2013: Legal rulings such as Citizens United and lax campaign financing laws have undermined the democratic process allowing wealthy donors to buy elections; so-called Super PACs are a pernicious influence on society and should be abolished. A Super PAC, or independent expenditure-only committee, “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis – the Super PAC's choice – as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates” (Super PACs). The recent ruling protects political spending by corporations in candidate elections, citing the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. In justifying the ruling, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that “'If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech'” (The New York Times). Read more
As a gay man and one of America’s many minorities, I have seen what popular opinion has done to our nation, as far as allowing racism and bigotry in our laws and in our hearts. I also know that if it were not for the judicial system in this country, many of civil rights would not exist for many minorities.
Three justices from the Iowa Supreme Court were ousted in the Election of 2010 because they interpreted a violation to the state’s constitution, restricting marriage to just one man and one woman. It did not matter that it was a 7-0 ruling; just that it angered some conservative groups who went on a crusade to bring them down. Read more
Mitt Romney has to escape the characterture that is building about him. But why would he do this to us. We need to laugh more and more....But on a serous note, the media has under played the impact of the secret video of Mitt Romney. This video is extremely damaging. Just wait until Obama puts it in his first few ads in Ohio, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.....
Vigo County Poor Farm - Terre Haute, Indiana
Those Socialists were wrong
Poverty is not a social condition. People do not become criminals as a product of social and economic conditions.
They are born that way.
People are poor and/or criminal because they are genetically inferior.
This ideology, social darwinism, was adopted by America’s wealthy at the turn of the 20th century as befitting those who believed they were more fit, indeed had a right to rule. Read more
Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck YearsThis weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup Read more
A SOMBER VICTORY, BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET
Well, he did it, gangers. He managed it. We now have universal health care, sort of, counrtesy of our President.
I’ll tell you, folks: this is not what I expected, and I think that we should all e-mail Chief Justice Roberts and tell him “THANK YOU” for his following the law. I’ll admit it, I did not think that he would have the courage to defy his masters, but he did, and I’m glad. He went out of his way to find a way to keep the individual mandate by putting it under the taxing authority of Congress, rather than the Commerce Clause, which basically confounded just about everybody. Read more
Growing up in a Christian home may have its benefits, especially if it’s a loving home with parents who are good people and love their God and their children. There are also children who grow up in very conservative so-called Christian homes where children are instilled with an indoctrination of fear and hate. Just take a look at all the parents who have let their children die or caused their child’s death because of religious beliefs. Read more
If you can’t win elections fairly, why not just steal them. This seems to be Republicans new strategy to try winning the White House and any other seat they can pick up for Congress and state houses across the nation. With Voter ID laws and even Republican controlled states trying to kick President Obama off of the ballot in November, Republicans are on the attack. They’re not just attacking women, gays, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims or any other minority that doesn’t fit into what they consider American, but they’re also attacking democracy. Read more
by Kim Krisberg
Norma Flores Lopez knows what it’s like to be a young farmworker. She grew up in south Texas, migrating north with her family every year to places like Michigan and Iowa to pick produce. At 8 years old, she was accompanying her parents into the fields, and by age 12 she was officially on the books as a farm employee. Read more
As a blogger, I watched the Republican nomination challenge very closely. I also watched the fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008 and I know it got a little dirty; Hillary ended up crying which broke my heart but also solidified my support for Barack Obama. I was originally a Hillary supporter because I have a great deal of respect to her. That respect is mostly because of how she held her head high during her husband’s impeachment trial, but, when she cried during her run for the presidency, she showed me that she was not yet ready for the White House. To me, a president should only cry for others but never for themselves. Read more
A couple of months ago, I couldn't help but rejoice when I learned that Indiana Representative Dan Burton had finally, after twenty years in the U.S. House of Representatives, decided to retire after the end of this term. I thought that anyone in the U.S. who supports science-based medicine should rejoice, too, because I'm hard-pressed to think of someone in Congress who is more consistently antiscience, particularly anti-medical science, than Dan Burton. Worse, he put his politics where his beliefs were -- big time. Perhaps the most egregious example of Dan Burton's antiscience is his consistently rabid antivaccine tendencies. Read more
This post has superseded my two previous link collection posts here and here.
The first focused solely on the Research Works Act, the second added posts on the Elsevier boycott and this one also incorporates posts on the reintroduction of The Federal Research Public Access Act. These three stories are all intertwined to the extent that it is difficult to separate them out completely. That being said, I'm not attempting to be as comprehensive in coverage for the boycott or for FRPAA as for the RWA. Read more