Sunday, August 02, 2015

Christian College Yanks Healthcare From 3000 Students To Deny Contraceptives

Posted by James DeVinnie
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Taking a stand against both Obamacare and common sense, Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian school in Illinois, has decided to end its student health insurance plans altogether rather than have anything to do with Americans’ access to contraception. The school had provided health care coverage to about a quarter of its 3,000 undergraduate students, but school officials announced last week that the care will no longer be provided once the new academic year begins. The college has essentially thrown hundreds of students out into the cold with nothing but meager “hardship funding” that is inadequate to cover the cost of a new health plan. For Wheaton College officials, like so many of their right-wing brethren, adherence to “ideals” – whether fact-based or not – trumps empathy or support for their fellow human beings.
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And unsurprisingly, the beliefs Wheaton officials are trying to uphold are not fact-based. They object to any involvement in Obamacare on the basis that it indirectly ties them to the provision of contraceptives. Regardless of the fact that the vast majority of Christians support birth control and view it as morally acceptable, a small conservative right-wing minority believes – in spite of all scientific evidence and common sense – that contraceptives are abortion drugs. And, like so many conservative right-wing minorities, they are intent on imposing their misguided view on others, leaving them to suffer.
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Officials at Wheaton and other conservative Christians object to the religious compromise that was formulated by the Supreme Court in response to Hobby Lobby’s religious objections to Obamacare. The provision exempts faith-based institutions from having to provide birth control. Instead, they must fill out a form to notify the government of their objections, at which point healthcare provides will offer contraceptive coverage directly to beneficiaries so that the institution does not have to be involved. For some, however, the mere act of filling out the form is seen as condoning the use of birth control. So, essentially Wheaton College officials would rather leave their vulnerable students with no health care coverage at all than give them the option of using birth control provided from an outside source. It’s like burning down your house to prevent the floor from getting scratched.
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http://www.occupydemocrats.com/christian-college-yanks-healthcare-from-3000-students-to-deny-contraceptives/

At Least 5 Black Women Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July

BY CARIMAH TOWNES JUL 28, 2015 9:45PM
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On Monday morning, police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered a 44-year-old woman dead in her cell. She is the fifth black woman, at least, to die behind bars this month.
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According to Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner was arrested and locked in a holding cell Saturday afternoon on shoplifting charges. Some time after her arrest, Turner informed Westchester County police that she had numerous medical problems, and was eventually brought to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital Sunday evening. She returned to the holding cell briefly that night, before she was taken for fingerprinting at 2 a.m. She was found dead 12 hours later.
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The mayor has since explained that Turner’s medical history included hypertension and bariatric surgery. No official cause of death has been determined.
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But her death follows at least four other deaths of black women in police custody since July 13, shining an even brighter spotlight on the plight of black women in the criminal justice system and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. On that date, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell, three days after she was violently stopped for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas. The next day, 18-year-old Kindra Chapman committed suicide in an Alabama prison. She was arrested for stealing a cell phone. Joyce Curnell was arrested on shoplifting charges and found dead in her cell on July 24. On July 26, officers found Ralkina Jones dead in the Cleveland Heights City Jail, two days after she was arrested for a physical dispute with her husband. Like Turner, she was brought to a medical facility after a staff member observed Jones was lethargic — then returned to the jail. Prison officials say they conducted several check ups on the night she returned, but found her unresponsive around 7:30 the next morning. An investigation is currently underway.
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UPDATE JUL 28, 2015 10:03 PM
This post has been changed to include a fifth death reported by Post and Courier.
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http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/07/28/3685435/fourth-black-woman-found-dead-jail-cell-since-mid-july/

Another Mass Shooting, but GOP Makes it Clear Some Lives Don’t Matter

Hrafnkell Haraldsson
Friday, July, 24th, 2015, 7:44 am
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More Americans dead from gun violence, and Republicans have made it clear that some lives don’t matter. The trick, you see, is to be a white male, as has been noticed in the wake of a shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana:
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Another mass shooting. But don’t hold your breath. After all, the killer was neither Muslim nor black, nor Hispanic. He was a white guy. He had Second Amendment rights. And anyway, neither he nor his gun killed anybody, we will be told. Liberal politics did.
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Conservatives rightly decry the murder of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented Mexican immigrant, but they don’t care that Sandra Bland died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody, or that Eric Garner was killed by New York police using a chokehold, or that Michael Brown was gunned down by a policeman in the middle of the street, in Ferguson, Missouri.
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In Brown’s case, far from condemning police, Fox News’ Keith Ablow wanted Brown’s father charged in his death, not the policeman who gunned him down, and Bryan Fischer claimed Brown was demonically possessed (apparently we gun such people down in the street now without trial).
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And of course, former NYPD detective Harry Houck, who works as a CNN contributor, told a panel there that Sandra Bland died because she was “arrogant from the very beginning.” So if you are deemed demonically possessed (read big black male), police will gun you down. And if you are arrogant, and die in custody, you only got what you deserved.
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Even in the 16th century, when they were burning witches, you got a trial first, not summary execution.
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It is a fact that on June 16, The Washington Post reported, “There have only been 9 days this year when the police have not killed somebody.”
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Some news outlets put the number as high as 500 dead in the past six months, according to both The Guardian and Killed by the Police.Net. The Washington Post‘s own investigation showed nearly 400 dead as of the end of May. The tally of killings – judicial murder, really – are, a month later, clearly worse.
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http://www.politicususa.com/2015/07/24/mass-shooting-gop-clear-lives-matter.html

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Examining another conservative meme

Another day, another round of demeaning, insulting, trash-talking Republican discourse without a single bit of evidence, proof, fact, intellect, or common sense. Truly, is there but one brain cell shared by an entire political entity known as the right-wing? Christ!


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Just another day of hypocrisy at Camp GOP.


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If the right-wingers ever told the truth, it would only be because they THOUGHT it was a lie.


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Bill Maher on the evolution of the political climate.


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Saturday, August 01, 2015

IRS Surrenders To The Koch Brothers’ Dark Money, Gives Up On Regulating PACs

Posted by Shannon Argueta
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Any hope that the I.R.S. would crack down on “dark money” donors who have created tax exempt nonprofit groups for political purposes before the 2016 election is gone. The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen, told a House committee meeting on Thursday that there were no plans in the works for new regulations before the upcoming elections.
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Donors use these tax-exempt organizations because there is no accountability and little paper trail that reveals who is donating to them; the perfect way to funnel money to causes without leaving any fingerprints. Koskinen later gave reporters an unbelievable explanation as to why the I.R.S. was not going to do its job and change the tax code:
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“I don’t want people thinking we are trying to get these regs done so we can influence the election.”
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His announcement comes on the heels of another decision earlier this year in which the commissioner said he would allow the political organizations who have disguised themselves as nonprofit “social welfare” groups to keep their tax exempt status as long as they only spend up to 49 percent of their revenue on political activity.
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The IRS has been under attack from the GOP ever since they began investigating just where the Tea Party groups came from, and where the war-chests that toppled mainstream Republicans from their seats and began rapidly radicalizing American politics. The GOP erupted in self-righteous fury, accusing the IRS of bias and that conservative ‘nonprofits’ were being unfairly targeted by the I.R.S. Even though it was quickly discovered the left-leaning groups were given the same scrutiny that Tea Party groups were given, but that didn’t stop the hysterical cries of victimization and government overreach that fulfilled their purpose- to draw attention away from the puppet masters- the Koch Brothers. Since then, the GOP has been steadily cutting away funding from the I.R.S, hindering them from fulfilling their most basic functions.
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Now, they are backing down from the Kochs and their dirty dollars once again. It is absolutely infuriating that Koskinen is not going to crack down on these groups, especially when you find out just how much money they are illegally spending on political activities. According to the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org) these nonprofit organizations exploded after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. In 2006, spending from these dark money fueled nonprofits was just under $5.2 million in 2006, but in 2012, just two years after the SCOTUS ruling, it was over $300 million. This next cycle, they are planning to shell out a jaw-dropping $900 million to tilt the odds in their favor.
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This is horrendous news for the fate of our elections. Not only do we have the I.R.S. not taking any action to punish illegal activities, but we have the Federal Election Commission completely unable to enact any kind of reform because of the Republicans on the board. With both the I.R.S. and F.E.C. paralyzed by GOP obstructionism, big money has been given a free pass to take over our elections, potentially  drowning out the rest of America. This is why it is so important that a Democrat wins the upcoming election; after four more years, the damage to our democracy might be irreversible.
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http://www.occupydemocrats.com/irs-surrenders-to-the-koch-brothers-dark-money-gives-up-on-regulating-pacs/

Cheney’s Halliburton Suing The Cancer-Stricken Iraq War Vets They Poisoned

Halliburton, the colossal oil field services company that was formerly run by Dick Cheney, was one of the biggest profiteers off of the atrocious bloodshed during the War in Iraq. Cheney arranged for his former company and its subsidiaries to get massive government contracts, and used American servicemen to guard the sites. The toxic nature of oil work has resulted in the poisoning of untold numbers of our soldiers and Iraqis alike without their knowledge, even though the company was certainly aware of it.
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In 2012, a federal court in Portland, OR, awarded $85 million in damages to twelve Oregon National Guardsmen who had been exposed and fallen ill from the cancer-causing toxin sodium dichromate at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant, Iraq, a site operated by the Halliburton subsidiary KBR. The 9th Circuit Court threw out the judgement on appeal, ruling that they had to sue the company in their own state of Texas.
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The case against KBR is being filed again in Houston, but KBR has retaliated by suing the veterans for $850,000 in legal fees from the first case, in a retaliatory and deeply immoral attempt to punish the veterans and silence their efforts to bring the company to justice.
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By burying these veterans in litigation and possibly crushing debt if the court sides with KBR again, they will have poisoned US veterans, on the US government’s dime, and have gotten away with it. It is absolutely reprehensible. The ghosts of Iraq still haunt our soldiers and our conscience, eight years later. Corporate privilege in our nation extends much far too far if shocking travesties like this are allowed to occur in our nation. Cheney, Halliburton, and KBR have done enough damage and stolen enough money to our nation as it is. We can’t let them do this to our vets again.
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http://www.occupydemocrats.com/cheneys-halliburton-suing-the-cancer-stricken-iraq-war-vets-they-poisoned/

Georgia men with Confederate flags crash black child’s birthday party, threaten to ‘kill y’all n****rs’

[N.B. - But they're not racist. Just exercising their right to free speech. ---Bozo]
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DAVID EDWARDS
27 JUL 2015 AT 13:32 ET                  
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Witnesses at a birthday party in Douglasville, Georgia over the weekend said that festivities were interrupted when men waving Confederate flags threatened them and used racial slurs.
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Cell phone video obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution shows police officers holding back people attending a birthday party as white men in trucks with Confederate flags and other flags drive by yelling at them.
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“This is a child’s birthday party!” one woman shouts back.
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According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the woman who posted the video on Facebook said that the men were armed and were on her property. She said that they threatened to “kill y’all n****rs.”
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“I don’t mind them riding with their flags but I don’t want them going around threaten[ing] people in their yard like they did mine or harassing folks either,” the woman explained in her Facebook post.
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Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack told the paper that his department would release details about the incident later on Monday.
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http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/georgia-men-with-confederate-flags-crash-black-childs-birthday-party-threaten-to-kill-yall-nrs/

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