Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brokaw on Trump


Political posters

Just one poll, but it says a lot.

Hillary - Sarah

Had enough of a biased judicial system yet?

Gun control

Creating ISIS

Trump support

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Education is important

Gun control

Education is important for everyone

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It's time to make lying illegal 

Republican hypocrisy 

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Trump - clown

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Robert Reich

Another example of how the political power of big corporations redistributes wealth upward: Disneyland officials planning a massive new luxury hotel next to the resort want the city of Anaheim, where Disneyland is located, to subsidize it with $200 million in tax abatements. The luxury hotel would include upscale rooftop dining, two swimming pools with food and beverage service, multiple spas, 24-hr. bell and valet services and a fitness center, among other amenities.

Mayor Tom Tait calls Disneyland’s request “insane” because “our entire general fund budget is $300 million” and the deal would “have a massive negative impact on our ability to deliver vital services.” It would not only harm average citizens but also harm non-luxury hotels that pay their full freight in taxes. But the city council is likely to back the subsidy anyway. Disneyland has huge political clout.

Are big developers in your city siphoning off tax dollars that are needed for vital services?

The Decision Overturning Texas’ Abortion Law Will Have A Dramatic Impact Across The Country


In a decision that will have far-reaching effects across the country, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down two provisions of a sweeping anti-abortion law in Texas.

At issue in the Texas case were two abortion restrictions that fit into a larger strategy known as the “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers,” or TRAP. These type of laws indirectly restrict access to abortion by imposing burdensome red tape on clinics and providers — making it so difficult to legally offer abortion that many clinics are forced to close.

The high court reversed two major provisions in Texas’ law — first, a requirement that abortion doctors obtain “admitting privileges” from local hospitals; second, a requirement that abortion clinics bring their standards in line with “ambulatory surgical centers” — siding with the plaintiffs’ argument that these policies do nothing to improve patient health and safety. In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that these “unnecessary health regulations” ultimately pose an “undue burden” on women’s right to abortion.

The decision reaffirms the standard put forth in Planned Parenthood v. Casey — another major abortion case that the Supreme Court took up in 1992 — that stipulated state laws may not restrict abortion to the point that presents an “undue burden” on the right to choose. It suggests that some TRAP laws may go too far to violate this standard.

That’s significant because TRAP laws — many of which are identical to Texas’ — have quickly spread across the country over the past decade. Led by Americans United for Life (AUL), a sophisticated anti-abortion group that drafts model legislation and shops it around to state lawmakers, multiple states have adopted the same exact type of admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements.

It’s been a highly successful strategy for the anti-abortion movement because it refocuses the debate away from restricting women’s rights and toward (supposedly) keeping women safe.

Big businesses are hurting small businesses (david Akadjian) · Sunday, June 26, 2016, 4:06 pm

We often hear that taxes and regulation are hurting small businesses. As a small business owner and someone who talks to a lot of conservatives, I hear this all the time.

Though it has a small kernel of truth to it (a key to most successful marketing), this ignores the larger part of what’s really happening.

What’s hurting small businesses? Big businesses. A few ways they do this are through consolidation, market leverage, technology, temporary jobs, corporate special interests, media, and globalization. They also do this through tax evasion, government capture, and lobbying for regulations that create barriers to entry.

Here’s a closer look at how big businesses are hurting small businesses.

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Re-post of a favorite: Cherry-picking the Bible

Re-post of a favorite: Keep them separate

Five OBG posts: Reliving the W years

Religiously speaking

Purity balls

All religion is a delusion - for some people it's just stronger than for others.

God and magic

Republican Jesus drug tests

Doing God's will.

When are we going to say, "Enough?" Deport all toddlers now!

I must conclude that the NRA lobbies for unrestricted gun sales because they believe that some days you just have to shoot people.