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Do you think super PACs are more likely to help or hurt the presidential candidate they support?

May 21, 2012 by THE POLITICUS


White Supremacist Like JT Ready Should Not Be Patrolling Our Borders?

May 7, 2012 by fidlerten

A former Neo-Nazi Jason Todd Ready, known as JT, allegedly murdered four people, including a female toddler before killing himself. JT Ready belonged to a group called the U.S. Border Guard. This group patrolled the border we have with Mexico, looking for illegal immigrants trying to cross the border.

Mr. Ready had some violent criminal offenses from his past but nothing that would indicate he could commit such heinous killings. But, it was well known that JT was a white-supremacist, being a member of the National Socialist and a proud member at that.

The very name “U.S. Border Guard” would imply it is part of the United States Government. The civilians who make up that group dress in camouflaged uniforms and carried weapons, which would make anyone who wasn’t familiar with the group, actually believe they were part of the U.S. Border Patrol.    Read more

Update on California bill AB 2109: It moves on despite the antivaccine movement [Respectful Insolence]

April 20, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

It just occurred to me that, even though there was news about it, I never mentioned what's happened recently with respect to California bill AB2109. As you might recall, I wrote about this bill about four weeks ago. In brief, this bill, if passed into law, would require that California parents seeking a "personal belief" exemption for vaccines to meet with a physician and have a physician sign off on what is more or less an informed consent form stating that the parents had been informed of the risks and benefits of vaccines and, more importantly for purposes of the personal belief exemption, the risks (many) and benefits (virtually none) of not vaccinating.    Read more

ALEC and the Unduly Influence of Corporations

April 16, 2012 by fidlerten

Recently, large corporations such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Kraft and the latest, Wendy’s, have been dropping out of supporting American Legislative Exchange Council also known as ALEC, a conservative political organization that introduces and pushes pieces of legislation through Congress and state houses across the country.    Read more

Acupuncture: Not an "essential health benefit" in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Respectful Insolence]

March 28, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that can only be described as historic. Any of you out there (in the U.S. anyway; I realize that my readership is international) who have paid even a passing attention to the news can't help but avoid reporting, debate, and polemics related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which is often disparagingly referred to as "Obamacare." If the law is upheld, or even if most of the law is upheld, it will radically reshape health insurance in this country. Having spent 13 years in the trenches at cancer centers that see a high percentage of uninsured patients, I've come to the view that I hope the law is given a chance to go into full effect, because what we were doing before sure wasn't working.    Read more

Three reasons the Supreme Court should uphold ACA [denialism blog]

March 26, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

With the Supreme Court hearing arguments for the next three days on the Affordable Care Act, many commentators, including Dahlia Lithwick appear to have so much contempt for the Roberts court that they believe the issue will likely be settled on politics rather than law.     Read more

Should the law "Stand Your Ground" be repealed?

March 23, 2012 by Andrew17


Transvaginal ultrasound now being legislated in Idaho [denialism blog]

March 21, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

In the continual spread of assaults on women's reproductive freedom in the wake of the 2010 tea party movement, another state, Idaho, is legislating women receive unnecessary and invasive medical procedures prior to obtaining abortion.

This is part of an unprecedented effort at the state level to restrict reproductive rights, and in 2011 a record number of these measures have passed.    Read more

Trayvon Martin: Another Victim of “Stand Your Ground” Law

March 20, 2012 by fidlerten

Outrage is the best way to describe the feelings of African-Americans and anyone who has a sense that something went really wrong when a man named George Zimmerman; a Neighborhood Watch captain shot and killed young 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. It’s clear by the audio tapes of Mr. Zimmerman’s calls to 911 that his suspicions were founded on that Trayvon was black and looked suspicious.

Trayvon Martin went to a local store to get a canned ice tea and some skittles and was heading home to his father’s house, who he was visiting at the time. Mr. Zimmerman’s account of Trayvon’s actions raise questions how he came to shooting and killing the young teen.  Here is a 911 recording of Mr. Zimmerman’s call:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. He’s just staring, looking at all the houses. Now he’s coming toward me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. Something’s wrong with him.”    Read more

Super Tuesday, Subpar Every Day

March 8, 2012 by Living Liberally

Super Tuesday didn't pick a winner, bit it showed
that lower-income voters dislike Romney,
more and more women dislike Santorum
and everyone dislikes Newt Gingrich.

Super PACs are prolonging, not deciding, the race,
promising a protracted pummeling of the candidates,
leaving them less popular than their party in DC.

Super Delegates still threaten to abandon Romney
and force the GOP to choose a new nominee
the public knows less and therefore likes more.

Super Tuesday, Super PACs, Super Delegates,
yet subpar turnout, subpar support, subpar choices.
Forget Super Tuesday -- they're subpar every day.

Yet, compared with the Tea Partiers in the House,
these guys actually might be right on par.    Read more

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Back from Dead [denialism blog]

February 29, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Turns out I gave Virginia governor McDonnell too much credit after he rejected the VA ultrasound bill on the grounds the state should insert itself into medical decisions. He's gone and flip-flopped as a slightly revised version of the bill passes through the VA Senate:    Read more

You Can Take Government Out of Religion, but…

February 22, 2012 by fidlerten

To finish the title of this article is to remember an old cigarette commercial that anyone who’s old enough to remember cigarette commercials can remember. That brand of cigarette was Salem Cigarettes and the commercial sang a song that went like this:

You can take Salem out of the country but, you can’t take the country out of Salem.

So in this case I refer to religion and government instead of Salem cigarettes and the country. In other words:

You can take Government out of religion but you can’t take religion out of government. It would have been just too long of a title but I hope you get my point. Or I should say – this is what Republicans seems to want us to believe nowadays.    Read more

Forcing Doctors to Perform Unnecessary Medical Procedures is Unethical and Unlawful [denialism blog]

February 19, 2012 by ScienceBlogs

Many bloggers and commentators have expressed outrage over the decision by Virginia to require ultrasound examination, possibly transvaginal ultrasound, prior to women obtaining an abortion. From Bill Maher to Dahlia Lithwick people are outraged and have even suggested that it should be considered rape to force women to undergo vaginal examination by ultrasound prior to receiving abortion.    Read more

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