Earlier this week, Florida State Sen. Carey Baker (R) and State Rep. Scott Plakon (R) introduced an amendment to the Florida Constitution that, if adopted, would prevent state residents from enrolling in any federal health care plan. In order to “preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care,” reads House Joint Resolution 37, “[a] law or rule shall not compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” “We believe this unprecedented power-grab by President Obama and Congress is clearly not in the best interests of the citizens of Florida,” Baker and Plakon said in a joint statement. Baker, who is a Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, participated in the right-wing tea parties on July 4. Both he and Plakon are also sponsors of a “sovereignty” memorial, a measure meant to serve “as a notice and a demand to the Federal Government…to cease and desist, effective immediately, from issuing mandates that are beyond the scope of [their] constitutionally delegated powers.” According to the Orlando Sentinel, “nearly 4 million Floridians are uninsured presently,” and an “effort last year by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Legislature called ‘Cover Florida’ to try and make more no-frills coverage plans available without placing mandates on businesses or insurers has so far failed to make a dent in that number.
In fact, the private, market based health care plan Governor Crist and the Republicans are always bragging about it available to the almost 4 million Floridians without health insurance but only 3,226 people are in the program. The other 3,996,774 can’t afford the “no-frills, affordable” coverage. So for all of you who think that the whole health care crisis can be solved by a market-based approach, look down here to Florida. We have tried it and it failed. Miserably.
“Each could remember what they felt the night Obama was elected. Their recollections were vivid. One woman who voted for McCain, Jennifer Pennington, nevertheless remembers crying at the sense of possibility. “I pledged all my hopes for him.” This kind of intense emotion could lead to a sense of dashed expectations, but instead it appears to have created, at least in this small sample, a personal connection that makes them patient and ready to follow. When Scott Wood, an unemployed network administrator was asked what he would tell Obama he said, “Don’t give up. We haven’t.”—A look behind Obama’s declining poll numbers. - By John Dickerson - Slate Magazine (via mikehudack)
My favorite part of this article:
But LifeGem’s tissue sample hasn’t come directly from the Jackson family, rather the source of the company’s DNA was collected at the 1984 commercial shoot where Jackson was severely injured by faulty pyrotechnics. Executive producer Ralph Cohen used his Armani jacket to extinguish Jackson’s burning head – and then saved the charred hair that fell to the floor.
Who keeps someone’s charred hair for 25 years? Wait… I wonder if anyone saved Britney’s hair when she shaved her head.
“Some critics attack single-payer, arguing that under such a program, government bureaucrats will be between the patient and the physician. In the 40 years I have been practicing under Medicare, I have never encountered an instance where Medicare has prevented proper medical care. On the other hand, insurance companies frequently interfere and block appropriate care.”—Obama’s Doctor Speaks Out for Single-Payer Healthcare Reform (via azspot) (via marco) (via squashed)
“Right-wing opponents of reform would have you believe that President Obama is a wild-eyed socialist, attacking the free market. But unregulated markets don’t work for health care — never have, never will. To the extent we have a working health care system at all right now it’s only because the government covers the elderly, while a combination of regulation and tax subsidies makes it possible for many, but not all, nonelderly Americans to get decent private coverage. Now Mr. Obama basically proposes using additional regulation and subsidies to make decent insurance available to all of us. That’s not radical; it’s as American as, well, Medicare.”—Paul Krugman (via apsies) (via milquetoastintolerant)
Support this bill. There is nothing wrong with giving some antibiotics to sick animals—but that’s not how they are used. Antibiotics are mixed in with animal feed preventatively. The overuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistant bacteria that will affect both humans and animals.
In other words, because the feed lots are so crowded and unhealthy that they think it is necessary to preventatively dose all the healthy animals with antibiotics, our antibiotics may not work when we need them to.
And this is just the portion we’re sure about. Other things—like the effects of lingering antibiotics on our food and watersupply are only speculative. But they can’t be good.
This is one of the biggest reasons I am a vegetarian.
Political adviser Karl Rove and other high-ranking figures in the Bush White House played a greater role than previously understood in the firing of federal prosecutors almost three years ago, according to e-mails obtained by The Washington Post, in a scandal that led to mass Justice Department resignations and an ongoing criminal probe.
The e-mails and new interviews with key participants reflect contacts among Rove, aides in the Bush political affairs office and White House lawyers about the dismissal of three of the nine U.S. attorneys fired in 2006: New Mexico’s David C. Iglesias, the focus of ire from GOP lawmakers; Missouri’s Todd Graves, who had clashed with one of Rove’s former clients; and Arkansas’s Bud Cummins, who was pushed out to make way for a Rove protégé.
The documents and interviews provide new information about efforts by political aides in the Bush White House, for example, to push a former colleague as a favored candidate for one of the U.S. attorney posts. They also reflect the intensity of efforts by lawmakers and party officials in New Mexico to unseat the top prosecutor there. Rove described himself as merely passing along complaints by senators and state party officials to White House lawyers.
“The President chose Bud Light. Actually, he chose Bud, but he caved to Republicans who insisted he water it down.”—Stephen Colbert on Beer Summit 2K9 (via virtualephemera) (via savingpaper) (via brooklynmutt)
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”—
Single-issue whack-jobs (birthers, and apparently alcohol prohibitionists, though I thought we took care of this one in the 1940s), please go away. You’re making it hard for the real adults to think clearly so they can work on getting important stuff done
“Although I’ve gotta say, when I hear critics talk about out of control spending I start scratchin’ my head. I can’t help but remember, those same critics contributed to a $1.3 trillion deficit that I inherited when I took office. I mean, seriously, I’m now president, so I’m responsible for solving it, but I don’t think we should have a selective memory. You hand me a $1.3 trillion dollar bill and then you’re complaining 6 months later because we haven’t paid it all back. A debt, by the way, that was partially the result of two tax cuts that went primarily to the wealthiest few Americans, and a Medicare drug program that wasn’t paid for. These are the same folks who are now complaining about health care, we can’t afford health care. You pass a prescription drug program and didn’t pay for it! Handed the bill to me. Nobody is talking about some government takeover of health care. I’m tired of hearing that. These folks need to stop scaring everybody.”—President Obama at a Townhall Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina (via Obama Finds His Inner Partisan - TaylorMarsh.com) (via apsies) (via soupsoup) (via josh) (via john)
President Barack Obama plans to award America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials. The award will be accepted at a White House ceremony August 12 by Stuart Milk, the nephew of the late San Francisco Supervisor and civil rights activist. … American tennis great Billy Jean King, who is openly lesbian, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who has championed LGBT equality throughout his political career, also will receive the Presidential Medal of Honor at the August 12 ceremony.
Very interesting article on how cooking may have shaped human evolution.
For years, accepted wisdom has held that it was a transition to meat eating that prompted human evolution — which makes Wrangham’s hypothesis a radical departure. Yet, the more he tested his theory, the more he found the science to back it up: Cooked food is universally easier to process and more nutritionally dense than raw food, which means adopting a cooked diet would have given man a biological advantage. The energy he once spent consuming and digesting raw food could be diverted to other physiological functions, leading to the development of bigger bodies and brains. And Wrangham’s “cooking hypothesis” not only explains the physical changes that humans underwent but also the social ones: Cooking created a sexual division of labor that informs our ideas of gender, love, family and marriage even to this day. “Humans are adapted to eating cooked food in the same essential way as cows adapted to eating grass, or fleas to sucking blood,” Wrangham concludes. “And the results pervade our lives, from our bodies to our minds. We humans are the cooking apes, the creatures of the flame.”
“The Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony is an encampment of registered sex offenders who have been forced to live beneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway, a highway in Miami, Florida. As many as 140 people were living in the colony as of July 2009. They are required to be in the camp from 6 at night to 7 in the morning, when a representative from the Department of Corrections arrives to check that they are there. […] Although the Florida Department of Corrections initially denied that they were forcing the offenders to live under the bridge, a local alternative newsweekly named the Miami New Times reported that internal communication in the Department of Corrections prove this to be false and that released offenders are told to live in the colony or face more jail time. Prisoners being released are issued driver licenses by the State of Florida listing their addresses as the Julia Tuttle Causeway.”—Julia Tuttle Causeway Sex Offender Colony | WikipediaBest of Wikipedia (via sexartandpolitics)
My boss is featured in this Newsweek story about the Julia Tuttle Causeway tent city. It is truly an awful situation and no one is safer for it. Read this story and email me your thoughts about the issue. I’m curious to hear what you all have to say as we work towards a solution. AsPrettyAsASong@gmail.com
“That’s because the America you grew up in… was segregated.”—JON STEWART, responding to Sean Hannity saying that President Obama is “literally ripping apart the foundation of the America we knew and grew up in”, on The Daily Show (via inothernews) (via aodouls) (via explorers) (via kayrutledge)(via furrowedbrow)
“One of the most inappropriate nicknames of all time, at least in my opinion, belonged to Ronald Reagan: “The Great Communicator,” who we’ve come to learn did a pretty shitty job of communicating the government’s problems and indiscretions. A nickname like that deserves a more righteous, honest owner—someone like BANKSY.” (via nerdcore)
“14) Imagine this: You’re sixteen and having sex with your boyfriend. You want to be safe so you ask your mom to take you to the doctor for birth control. Most people would call this a sign of maturity and responsibility. The state of Mississippi would call it an incident to be reported to the cops. That’s because a bill that passed in January makes it a crime for parents not to report to the police that their kids are having sex. The Mississippi Child Protection Act of 2009, requires mandatory reporting of sex crimes against children and imposes new abortion restrictions on minors. Though there is much to quibble with in the bill, one section is particularly alarming. This is the clause that prohibits, “the intentional toleration of a parent or caretaker of the child’s sexual involvement with any other person.” Supporters of the law claim that they are trying to protect young people from abuse. But nowhere does the bill distinguish between sexual abuse and consensual sexual encounters between teens. Mississippi already boasts the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. Maybe they are striving for the number one spot in preventing parent/child communication, as well…”—
“A few days later, President Obama said the police acted stupidly. Big mistake! A president should never get involved in a local, city-specific issue. President Bush never did, no matter how flooded a city got.”—Stephen Colbert (via savingpaper) (via apsies) (via robot-heart-politics)
“Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man — living in the sky — who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ‘til the end of time … But He loves you!”—
“Every dollar that churches fail to pay in taxes is another dollar that governments have to take from everyday people to make up the difference. The only way to ensure fairness and eliminate abuse is to make churches apply for charitable tax-exempt status, just like any other organization. Those that are truly helping the poor should have the same benefits accorded to any other charity. Those who use their donations to worship only themselves should be taxed along with everyone else.”—Should Churches Pay Taxes? (via azspot) (via mikesova)