Women’s Health Care and Religion

The Catholic Church doesn't have the right to interfere with women's healthWomen’s Health Care and Religion

The big topic of debate right now is whether religious organizations should be allowed to not provide women with a full spectrum of health care coverage because their religious beliefs prohibit certain types of health care, specifically reproductive health care.

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What the Heck is Going on?

The Family is responsible for all that is wrong with our governmentWhat
is wrong with our Government?


Ok. So, we have US Senators committing violations of the
Logan Act
and we have all sort of senators trying to convert health care
reform into a government giveaway to the health insurance industry to the detriment
of both our wallets and our health. Now, I do watch Keith Olbermann. Not for
the news, but for his commentary. And lately he has been asking, what is going
on. He hasn’t figured out that the problem is that ALL the senators in questions
are members of a religious cult known as the Family.
And their actions are totally consistent with historic policy promoted by the
Family. And in case you aren’t family with The Family, I suggest you read the
Basically, all the crappy foreign policy debacles the US has been
involved in are the Families fault.

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Health Care Reform Debate

The Health Care Reform Debate includes a lot of misinformationHealth Care Reform – Myths v Facts


Today – I was involved in a bit of a debate on facebook about the Health Care Reform Bill currently making its way through Congress.  One of my facebook friends, a Humanist, has concerns about the bill.  She is obviously from the libertarian wing of the Humanist movement.  A lot of Humanists are libertarians.  Just as many are progressive and liberal.  And occasionally, you get a true conservative, but they are rather rare.  Anyway – when she stated “nobody should be even implying that our 65+ should be opting out of treatment to reduce expenses on the rest of the population!” and that “none of them deserved to have "REQUIRED" end of life couseling.” I was a bit concerned that she had fallen prey to some right wing fear mongering.  After all – NO ONE would be for rationing care for our elderly or encouraging them to die to save the rest of us money.  You would have to be evil or insane to even suggest it.  So I asked her to provide the citations of which exact sections of the bill stated that elderly people would be encouraged to kill themselves or that their care would be rationed.  She provided several citations (but did not provide any that spoke to her concerns about the elderly). I then went online and looked at the bill myself (available at www.thomas.gov front page link).  What I found was that very few of her concerns had any basis in fact.  There were no citations that address elder care at all. And while a few of her concerns had some grain of truth in them, most of those were taken out of context. In short, there was only one concern that was based in fact but it was not nearly as scary as she had made it out to be when I read the offending section for myself (Sec 401.59B). In other words, I couldn’t find any of the horrible things she was concerned about in this bill. I decided to list all her concerns verbatim and what I found when I actually looked at the bill as I thought it might help others trying to make sense of this debate.  I have labelled her concerns Myths because, to me, they did not stand up as true upon reading the actual bill. The Facts listed are my responses verbatim (with the exception of the occasional parathesis – which I added here. To provide some clarity – I am only listing my opinions as facts because – that was the format this fell into. What they really are is my interpretation of what the bill says – and I encourage you to read the actual text for yourself). And again – she did not provide any citations that included rationing care for the elderly or mandated end of life counseling – so at the moment – I am going to assume this bill does not contain anything remotely similar to that and will label that as a myth as well. And by the way – I was reviewing HR 3200.

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Playing Games with Our Economy

Our Economy is more important than Party PoliticsTwo Can Play This Game


Obama is in a bit of a tight spot with Congress.  He has presented a stimulus package that Democrats are a little uneasy with because he built in concessions for Republicans.  Republicans are asking for even more while saying they have no plans to vote for it regardless.  In short, Republicans leaders are not negotiating in good faith. The Republicans want to get their concessions and be in opposition at the same time.  If Obama allows them to do this they will have no incentive to stop their partisan behavior in the future.  Here is how I think Obama should play this.  Offer no more concessions.  Tell the Republicans you either vote for this or we withdraw it and put forth a plan the Democrats want and you get nothing.  If Republicans do not vote for the stimulus package then the Democrats should vote it down.  A revised stimulus package that Democrats really like should then be put forth and passed along party lines.  We then get an economic package we actually can be excited about and the Republicans will have learned a lesson.  You either play ball or you get nothing.

Experts Schmexperts

economic experts are apparently really stupidWho are these “Experts?”


So, yesterday, a panel of experts released their report that said (shock) that we have been in a recession since Dec 2007. Anyone making less then $200k per year could have told you that!  So why is Wall Street reeling from this news?  Because they didn’t know!  Yeah – you heard me.  The economic experts who make their living supposedly knowing what is going on with the economy didn’t know what was going on with the economy until another group of super experts sat down and finally decided to do some math.  So here is my question.  WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE CONSIDERED EXPERTS?

McCain, Palin & Horsesh*t

McCain, Palin and Horsesh*t

McCain appears to have a Palin problem


Ok, I have been trying not to write about Gov Palin for a while.  Thought it better to focus on McCain, but really, something has come up that just has me seriously wigged.  Sarah Palin doesn’t read the newspaper!

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Do Republicans Want John McCain to die?

Are Republicans really hoping McCain will die after if he is elected?Is He Saying What I Think He is Saying?


Ok – so my hubby and I have been wondering why everyone keeps saying Palin is a historic pick for veep.  After all, the Dems chose a woman for the veep spot 24 years ago.  The only way that this nomination is historic is because the Republicans have now done something no one thought they would do until hell freezes over.  It is nice to know the Republicans have finally joined the 20th century.  It is unfortunate for them that the rest of us are now living in the 21st century.  Don’t worry. They will get here eventually.

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By their supporters

Obama's supporters come in all shades and agesBy their Supporters


I have always said, by their supporters shall you know the candidate.  If angry and yes, bitter people support a candidate it is probably because they themselves are bitter and angry.  If bigoted and racist people support a candidate, it is because the candidate themselves is bigoted and racist.  So, I am distressed to find that Hillary’s supporters are a bit delusional when it comes to their grip on reality.  And I hate saying this of my fellow democrats.

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Candidate Comparison

Que es mas bueno?  Hillary or Obama?Candidate Comparison


Back in February, Grassroots Mom posted an article on DailyKos comparing the track records of Clinton and Obama.  She didn’t want to buy into the Obama hype and was equally skeptical of Clinton’s claims to being more experienced.  She did really excellent research on Thomas.gov and only looked at the 2007 legislative year.   What she was looking for was not just the types of bills introduced, but also, how successful the candidates were at getting their legislation passed.  What she found apparently surprised her.

See complete article here.

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