Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When political views overshadow the constitution, common sense, and doctor-patient privilege.

Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns (Click here to read more)

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Several years ago, the American Medical Association advised doctors to ask their patients about firearms and “educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children” in the name of public health. But doctors in Florida may be suppressed from giving this medical advice, now that a federal appeals court upheld a Florida law that became known as the “physician gag rule” because it punishes doctors for talking about guns.
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The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue. The National Rifle Association-backed law it upheld imposes severe limits on when doctors can ask their patients about guns or keep records in their patients’ charts about firearm safety. Doctors who are found to have violated the provision risk sanctions or loss of their license.
At least ten medical associations and the American Bar Association argued that the law should be struck down because doctors must be able to discuss safety topics freely in engaging in preventive care.
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In an American Bar Association resolution opposing Florida’s law, the organization reasons, “Preventive care through safety counseling is a pillar of modern medicine, and is vitally important to the health and welfare of patients.” Among other public health topics doctors may discuss with adult patients are alcohol and drug use, wearing bicycle helmets and seat belts, and storage of household toxins. Discussions of gun violence, also, may come into play, both for doctors advising parents on keeping their children safe, and psychiatrists concerned about the psychological well-being of their patients. The American Psychiatric Association has recommended that “health professionals and health systems should ask about firearm ownership whenever clinically appropriate in the judgment of the physician.”
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The doctor plaintiffs in this case had argued that they have a First Amendment right to discuss these issues with their patients, and a federal trial court agreed, reasoning that the Firearm Owners Privacy Act “chills practitioners’ speech in a way that impairs the provision of medical care and may ultimately harm the patient.”
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But a two-judge majority on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed that ruling and upheld the law, concluding that this speech is “professional in nature” and only has an “incidental” impact on free speech. The majority judges — appointees of Nixon and Bush — reason that the law is limited to “harassing” or “unnecessary” speech, so the law shouldn’t limit doctor remarks that are directly related to patients’ health.
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In case you're in the mood to boycott someone

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 10:39 AM EST

Right-wing food companies (Click here to read more)

These food chains are owned by far right-wingers who've funded conservative super-PACs

Lauren Kelley, Alternet
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For all the Oreo Cookies out there - companies that support gay rights, if only because doing so is good for business - there are plenty of food companies that have not come around on progressive social issues. In fact, a number of food companies are owned by far right-wingers who've spent significant money opposing gay rights, abortion rights, and other important causes and funding attack ads against left-leaning politicians.
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The companies in question include many popular chain restaurants that you may eat at occasionally, or even all the time. It's wise to know where your dining dollars are going.
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To that end, here are five food chains that are helmed by owners who support right-wing politics.

1. Chick-fil-A
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2. Carl's Jr.
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3. Domino's Pizza
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4. White Castle
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5. Waffle House
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An intentional repost (3)


An intentional re-post (2)


An intentional re-post


Not sure - how do we tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys? Oh! Wait...


Will churches destroy the American dream?


The Republican thought process can be VERY confusing


More evidence of the Republican double-standard


Fracking - now THIS is funny!


Ronald Reagan - keeping the record straight.

Many Christian right-wingers have created a distorted view of Christ - one who's views match their views exactly, even though none of it is true. Such is the vision they would now profer on Ronald Reagan - he was NOT the conservative saint they claim he was.

The American political parties changed their positions a long time ago now. - that's why I'm a Democrat today and wouldn't have been 100 years ago.


Monday, July 28, 2014

It's tough to change the mind of a religious person.


Faith has to be taken on faith because there's no evidence that it's any more real than any other fairy tale.


Religion? Paternalism? Is there a difference?


A lot of rich people contribute very little to our economy.

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 10:00 AM EST

Defeating useless rich people (Click here to read more)

Taming wealthy, unproductive "moochers" will require a populist campaign to stop them. Here's how we can do it
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Michael Lind
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In two previous columns, I argued that left and right alike are confused by a failure to distinguish productive businesses that sell innovative goods and services from "rentier" interests - landlords, lenders, copyright holders and others - which use their natural or artificial monopoly power to extract excessive tolls, fees and other recurrent payments from the rest of society, including productive businesses. The fees or rents extracted by these interests constitute a kind of "private taxation" which - rather than public taxation - is the greatest threat facing America's productive economy.
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Today America's powerful rentier interests, particularly those in the FIRE (finance, insurance and real estate) sector, are mobilizing campaign contributions and paid propaganda to promote what I called the Rentier Agenda: low taxes on those whose income is derived from capital gains; the privatization of public infrastructure and the deregulation of regulated private utilities, to generate windfall profits for investors in privatized or deregulated agencies; and a macroeconomic policy that serves the interests of creditors, at the expense of slow growth and mass unemployment, rather than productive businesses and workers. Similar observations have been made by many on the left and some mavericks on the right.
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To counter the domination of America's rentier oligarchs, we need an Anti-Rentier campaign that would unite unlikely groups: owners of productive businesses as well as workers, populist conservatives and liberal reformers. An Anti-Rentier movement would distinguish businesses that make profits by providing worthwhile goods or services in innovative ways from rentier interests that passively extract exorbitant tolls and fees from the economy without adding any value.
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Shooting report

You weren't surprised were you? More shootings and killings across the county.






When guns become an addiction, you are no longer safe with guns.


America gone insane...

Border Patrol agents hold Iowa Boy Scouts at gunpoint for taking a picture of them (Click here to read more)

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 21:23 EDT
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A Border Patrol agent allegedly held a member of an Iowa Boy Scout troop at gunpoint while another threatened another boy with arrest and a 10-year prison term for taking a picture of him, KCCI-TV reported.
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The incident reportedly took place while members of Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 and volunteers traveling with them were attempting to drive through the border between Canada into Alaska. Troop leader Jim Fox told KCCI that the group was detained and searched after the scout took the picture. The agent allegedly told Fox that the scout had committed a federal offense.
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"The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison," Fox was quoted as saying.
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Fox and his troop complied with the agent's order, but as another scout was unloading luggage from one of the group's vans, "He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here's this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man's head."
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The troop was released after being detained for four hours, and made it back to Iowa this past Sunday.
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And so the dismantling of America continues so we can extend more tax breaks to the rich.

Detroit schools emergency manager raises class size to emergency levels (Click here to read more)

Rss@dailykos.com (laura Clawson) · Friday, July 18, 2014, 9:18 pm
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As Detroit struggles with bankruptcy, its public schools are struggling, too. They even have their very own emergency manager, and he has a new plan. Instead of a mere 38 students per class in grades 6 through 12, the new target will be 43 students per class in those grades. I'll repeat that: 43 students per class.
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Next up, we can expect a wave of publicity about Detroit's failing teachers, to which I again say "43 students per class. YOU teach under those circumstances." If you're saying "well, Detroit is bankrupt, it's to be expected," first off, you are morally bankrupt. Second, this:
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    ... the proportion of general fund dollars reaching the classroom has declined under emergency management - and not just by a little bit! Spending on classroom instruction constituted 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively, of all general fund expenditures in 2008 and 2009 - the last two years that the elected board set spending targets. Since then, spending on instruction has trended downward, reaching a historic low with Jack Martin's 2015 budget at a level of just 46.8 percent.
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It is our incompetents who govern us - why does this happen?


Republicans must be born optically challenged if they can't see evidence as glaring as this that they are hypocrites.


News from the comedy channels.


Archeological digs find evidence of prior intelligent life in America (Borowitz)

Is incredible to me that we've done away with NASA space missions. Didn't ANYBODY listen to JFK?

And yet, we are dismantling our public education system.

And yet, we are dismantling our public education system.

Tired of regulated capitalism? Try a little Fascism instead.


Campaign for capitalism!


The GOP - so full of shit, they can't see the trail of destruction they leave behind.


Nature has a message for big oil and coal comapnies.


Think rogue robots may take over from mankind some day in the future? How about rogue corporations doing it NOW.


Our Constitution was all about the rights of the people.


Redefining America?


Borowitz studies the Iraq situation


If we are to be a nation, we need to care for and support one-another.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Raising your child religiously


Religious beliefs - not much more than a good joke.


The religious - hedging their bets.


Another view of what real government leadership looks like.

Mass. Governor compares immigrant kids to Jews turned away in 1939, offers to shelter them (Click here to read more)

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, July 21, 2014 18:58 EDT
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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced a proposal on Friday for two military facilities to serve as host sites for some of the thousands of undocumented Central American immigrants who have come into the U.S. in recent months, saying the move falls in line with the country's tradition of helping children in need.
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"We have rescued Irish children from famine, Russian and Ukrainian children from religious persecution, Cambodian children from genocide, Haitian children from earthquakes, Sudanese children from civil war, and New Orleans children from Hurricane Katrina," Patrick said. "Once, in 1939, we turned our backs on Jewish children fleeing the Nazis, and it remains a blight on our national reputation. The point is that this good Nation is great when we open our doors and our hearts to needy children, and diminished when we don't."

Patrick's remark alluded to the refusal on the part of U.S. in 1939 to allow a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees escaping the emerging Nazi regime in Germany to land on American shores. Belgium, France, Britain and the Netherlands subsequently took the refugees in.
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CBS News reported in May that the U.S. also denied London stockbroker Sir Nicholas Winston's request that same year to provide asylum for 669 Czechoslovakian children - many of them Jewish - who were also fleeing from the Nazis. A memo from the State Department to the American embassy in London instructed embassy staff to tell him that the U.S. "unable, in the absence of specific legislation, to permit immigration in excess of that provided for by existing immigration laws." Those children were also taken in by Britain.
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In his speech on Friday, Patrick said that the current wave of "unaccompanied minors," who hail primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, presented a humanitarian crisis for federal officials searching for adequate facilities in which to put them. He proposed using Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and Westover Air Base in Chicopee, with the operation supervised and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and children staying there an average of 35 days while they are processed to determine whether they will join family members in this country or be deported.

Andrew Cuomo - he's such a disappointment

 “It’s my commission. I can’t ‘interfere’ with it, because it is mine. It is controlled by me.”
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– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, insisting in late April that he was not meddling in his anti-corruption commission.
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The New York Times reported today that the governor’s office did, in fact, “deeply comprise” the ethics inquiry. 

Shooting report

I guess it will be a cold day in hell when our Congress finally decides to protect us from gun violence.






Gun control - because buying one of those killing machines currently requires no training


GOP never researches any idea they might have, and ignores facts and reality. When did dumb become a political position in America?

David Vitter's Deportation Proposal Could Require More Planes Than There Are On Earth (Click here to read more)

Tim Murphy · Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:13 pm
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David Vitter has had it with undocumented immigrants. "Enough is enough," the Republican Senator and Louisiana gubernatorial candidate tweeted on Friday. "I introduced a bill to require mandatory detention for anyone here illegally & get illegal aliens on the next plane home."
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The legislation Vitter introduced Friday doesn't actually require all immigrants to be detained and deported. It mostly applies to child migrants, 70,000 of whom will make their way to the United States from Central America this year. Specifically, unaccompanied minors without asylum claims would be put "on the next available flight to their home countries within 72 hours of an initial screening."
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But if we really tried to do what Vitter's tweet suggests-and why not? He's a senator!-it would entail increasing the nation's immigration detention capacity by a factor of 365. And flying all those immigrants home would require more planes than currently exist.
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If you're conservative, you don't investigate because you're afraid of what you might find.

Ohio limits probe of charter school where teacher allowed boys to grope female classmates (Click here to read more)

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:58 EDT
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Ohio won't investigate all of the charter schools operated in the state by a company accused of hiring unqualified teachers, cheating on standardized tests, and allowing boys to grope female classmates.
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The Ohio Department of Education will limit its investigation of Horizon Science Academies to the Dayton area, where the alleged wrongdoing was reported.
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The state Board of Education declined to open investigations into all 17 Horizon schools in Ohio, which are operated by Concept Schools, although the company's other schools could be probed if specific complaints were filed.
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Yeah, they are...


Racism - still strong in the hearts of rednecks everywhere