Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Response to Donald Trump's Racism and Disregard for the Dignity of Every Black American

     Baratunde Thurston's heartfelt response to the undying Gospel According to Hate and Racism that fueled the release of President Obama's birth certificate to Donald Trump's Tea Party.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Taliban and the Tea Bagger, Part MMMDCCLXIII: Loving Christian Republicans Laugh at Town Hall Question, "Who Is Going to Shoot President Obama?"

     Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post.

     Salon reports:
     Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America: A person at a Tuesday town hall with Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga. [Baptist], got up and asked, "Who is going to shoot President Obama?" 
     The exact wording of the question is not clear because, the Athens Banner-Herald reports, there was a lot of noise at the event. Perhaps more significant than the question was the response of the crowd and Broun, who is a member of the Tea Party Caucus and one of the most right-wing members of Congress. 
     The question prompted a "big laugh" from the crowd, in Oglethorpe County, Ga., according to the Banner-Herald. Broun, for his part, did not object to the question.  [Click here for the rest.]

     So much for any post-Tuscon civility.   On average, 34 Americans die from guns every day.  If you are looking for gun laws to change and a way to help bring down the statistics, check out Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  They are a bi-partisan coalition trying to do something about this gun-inflicted terror raging within our nation.

     As for the anti-union, anti-healthcare reform, anti-government GOP myth, how quickly they have forgotten their party's history.  Look at what a little bit of history reveals about Presidents Reagan, Eisenhower and Nixon (from the San Francisco Chronicle's article about the California Assembly recognizing President Reagan a few weeks ago):
     "Eisenhower supported unions, and Nixon advanced health care reform that was more ambitious than what President Clinton proposed and certainly more than what President Obama got," he said. "President Reagan was a member of a union. He was the first president to allow a black couple to spend an evening at the White House. And he even imposed taxes when he was the governor of California. He created the welfare program in California, and he did it not only as a Republican but as a patriot. It's important to recognize his contributions."
      The speeches prompted one Democratic staffer at the back of the chamber to quip, "Who's this left-wing nut job they're talking about?"
     The answer: someone they would threaten to shoot, were he president today.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Highlights" for Adults: the Tea Partier and the Taliban

     Here's a simple exercise reminiscent of the ones I completed in Highlights as a child, but this one is for adults.  What happens when a tea partier and a Taliban run into each other?

     Via BuzzFeed:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

President Obama Finally Comes Out Against the Defense of Marriage Act & Refuses to Defend It in Court

     This is a huge and long-fought victory in the fight for marriage equality and to repeal the hateful discrimination that is the Defense of Marriage Act.  The National Journal reports:
     President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.  The decision, which stunned and delighted gay-rights activists, means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal Appeals Courts and will leave it to Congress to defend the law, known as DOMA, against those challenges. It will remain a party to the lawsuits. The law itself remains in effect.  DOMA, signed by President Clinton in 1996, allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages preformed in other states and provides a federal definition for “marriage” that excludes same-sex couples.
     In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the president has concluded that, given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny”. . .
     The decision means the Justice Department will cease to defend two suits brought against the law. The first was a summary judgment issued in Gill et al. v. Office of Personnel Management and Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services last May by the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the law’s definition of “marriage” as a legal union between a man and a woman.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Glenn Beck's Hateful Anti-Christ Theology, Bill O'Reilly's Tide Argument, FOX "News" or the Church of Rupert Murdoch?: a "Scientific" Explanation

     Here's Rachel Maddow's report on Glenn Beck's "reporting" about the connection between President Obama, the "antichrist," and the "end times."  Even ten years ago, this religious nonsense would have been laughed off as crazy by reputable news organizations, but now it's broadcast as "news."  If you don't think they're effective, you might be shocked to discover in the embedded report that 35% of the people polled in New Jersey--not Mississippi, Idaho, Arizona or Texas, but politically diverse New Jersey--think that Obama is either the "antichrist" or don't know whether or not he is.

     What Glenn Beck and FOX are doing is not reporting.  As I listened to him, I recognized his method; I learned to structure such a presentation in seminary, in my homiletics classes.  Beck  is preaching--admittedly poorly--the religious xenophobia of fundamentalist Christians.  FOX is not a news organization, but a church.  (Let's just hope Holy Father Rupert doesn't realize this and apply for religious tax exemption.)

     In other FOX "News"/Gospel preaching, Bill O'Reilly has been arguing for the existence of his god based on what he claims is humanity's inability to explain the rise and fall of the tides and the origin of the moon and the sun.  The Huffington Post reports:
     In a video for Premium Members of his website, Bill O'Reilly doubled down on his statement that the existence of the tides is definitive evidence that God exists.  
     The Fox News host took a lot of heat for claiming that science cannot explain why the tides occur in such a regular fashion when in fact the tides are the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the moon and the sun and the rotation of the Earth.
     O'Reilly remains unimpressed:
     'Okay, how did the moon get there? How'd the moon get there? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How'd the moon get there? How'd the sun get there? How'd it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn't have it? Venus doesn't have it. How come? Why not? How'd it get here?'
     In fact, prevailing scientific theory is that the moon formed as the result of a massive impact with Earth; Mars has two moons; etc, etc. 
     And those who continuously say, "See it's just a scientific 'theory'!" need to learn the actual scientific meaning of the term before projecting their colloquial usage.  A scientific theory is a proven scientific hypothesis.  (We should have learned this in middle school science class or even sooner.)

     There's a great explanation of this middle-school wisdom on Wilstar.com.  Here's a clip:
     A theory is what one or more hypotheses become once they have been verified and accepted to be true. A theory is an explanation of a set of related observations or events based upon proven hypotheses and verified multiple times by detached groups of researchers. Unfortunately, even some scientists often use the term "theory" in a more colloquial sense, when they really mean to say "hypothesis." That makes its true meaning in science even more confusing to the general public. In general, both a scientific theory and a scientific law are accepted to be true by the scientific community as a whole.
     Here's the equation of the day.  Don't worry, it's easier to comprehend than E = mc2.

     Scientific Ignorance + Religious Fundamentalism = FOX "News" Hypotheses about the Tides, the Moon, and President "antichrist" Obama

Monday, December 20, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Passes, DREAM Act Dies; So Much Farther to Go in Christian America

     The Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal passed the Senate over the weekend.  This a great milestone on the way to LGBT equality.  Tragically, the DREAM Act failed, which I'm sure pleased Bigot McCain and our nations' other racist xenophobes.

     But things remain a bit confusing, so let me get straight.  Here's the Christmas-state of the union:  

     The ruling Christian class has now given me the right to kill many men, but still withholds the right to love just one.

     The ruling class did not include transgender soldiers in the DADT repeal.  So these individuals are free to civilly marry a person of the same biological sex (as long as the individual has had his or her legal sex changed), but this person is not allowed to kill transgender people in foreign lands.    


     In some of the United States, I'm forbidden to adopt and care for a child, but in foreign states I can use our tax-funded bullets and bombs to blow children apart.

     All praise and glory be to the just and compassionate god of the Christians, for He is a wonderful counselor, a prince of peace, wisdom and understanding, who wears righteousness as His belt, and cares for the poor, the widow and the orphan (unless they are a different color, religion, orientation, or nationality).  Thank dog that he came into the world roughly 2010 years ago (depending upon the heavily redacted and religiously syncretized source of your choosing).  Dog bless America, where the currency, 90% which is in the hands of the upper 10% of the U.S. population, reads: "In God [sic] We Trust."  No doubt.

     The fight for equality continues.  ENDA died in Congress this year.  Obama's justice department is still fighting to overturn the Federal Court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional.  We've scored victories on DADT and Hate Crimes legislation, but there's much more to be done in the Land of the Free Institutionalized Homophobia, Hatred, Bigotry, Racism and Xenophobia.

Postscript:
     Update on Lt. Dan Choi; his response to the DADT repeal; how PTSD landed him in the hospital.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pentagon's Report on Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell Released; Guess Who's Still Not Coming to Dinner

     Yesterday, the Pentagon's Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was released.  Read it by clicking here.  The Pentagon's conclusion is that DADT should be repealed.

     Secretary Gates wants the Senate to pass a graduated repeal, before the scary "activist judges" force an immediate full repeal (see the second video below).  Why is "activist" considered a bad word by so many on the Right?  If it weren't for activists who challenged their generations' affronts to civil rights, we wouldn't have women's suffrage, the abolition of slavery, religious freedom, child labor laws, etc.  We wouldn't have the United States of America.



     But not everyone in the military that was polled in the report wants gays and lesbians to be able to serve honestly and openly.   A military minority is dissenting.  Guess who's most opposed to the repeal?  Military chaplains.  I was in seminary with someone who is now a military chaplain.  Rumor was that he hit on guys left and right (and I do mean that politically).  It's okay for priests to sleep with liberals, but not to agree with them politically.  It's okay for priests to sleep around (even with men), as long as nobody knows about it.  Don't Ask, Don't Tell indeed. 

     Imagine if the Pentagon did a study of whether Female or Muslim soldiers in the military has a negative impact on "unit cohesiveness," etc.  My guess is that there would be just as vocal a minority against these groups as there are against gays and lesbians.

     The military has already integrated persons of color and women.  People of all religious beliefs can serve.  Gays and lesbians are already serving in the military.  I find it revolting that it took 267 pages for the the military and many of our tax dollars for President Obama and the Pentagon to finally conclude that honest soldiers won't destroy the integrity of the armed forces.  Apparently, in twenty-first America, honesty and integrity cost.
     Now the question is whether the Senate's Republican minority will block the military's request for repeal.  Flip-flopping hypocrite and leader of repeal's opposition, Sen. John McCain called for more hearings and study, just weeks ago.  Apparently, he's more interested in spending more of our tax dollars on preserving discrimination and bigotry than on the 9.6% of Americans who are unemployed (but remember he's for deficit reduction and is on the side of the middle class, blah, blah, blah).  As of this morning, McCain's was already making a preemptive strike against the DADT report, criticizing its parameters and accusing the Pentagon and Obama administration of not being objective.

     My prediction: the Republican minority will again block a vote on the repeal in the Senate.  Over the past two years, they have consistently shown us that they are not concerned with what is best for the people of this nation, but only with what is best for their political careers.  Right now, they are more concerned with opposing anything that President Obama supports and exposing his ineptitude than with doing what is right and good for the American people.
  

     In this video, Rachel Maddow discusses the report and names numerous Republican senators, who over the past year said they were waiting for the military's report and green light before repealing DADT.

     In this video, Keith Olbermann interview Dan Savage about the report and whether McCain will again block the repeal.
     

Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Arrests at White House of DADT Protesters, Including My Friend Geoff Farrow

     This week, my friend Father Geoff Farrow was arrested for civil disobedience in Washington, DC, along with twelve other civil rights advocates, including Dan Choi.  They were protesting Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Obama administration's heel dragging in ending this hateful and discriminatory policy.  Here is a link to Geoff's blog and his reflections upon why he handcuffed himself to the White House's fence.

Thank you Geoff, for putting yourself out there to confront hatred.
This image is from fathergeofffarrow.blogspot.com.

Friday, October 22, 2010

President Obama's Hypocritical "It Gets Better Video" on LGBT-Bullying-Related Suicides

     The AP reports:
     President Barack Obama said he was "shocked and saddened" by the recent suicides of several young people who were bullied and taunted for being gay.  "As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart. It's something that just shouldn't happen in this country," Obama said in a video posted late Thursday on YouTube and the White House website.  It's time, he said, for Americans to dispel the myth that bullying is "just a normal rite of passage."
     "I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it's like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don't belong," Obama said. "It's tough."  The victims of bullying can sometimes feel that they are responsible for the taunting because they're different or don't fit in with everybody else.  "But what I want to say is this: You are not alone. You didn't do anything wrong. You didn't do anything to deserve being bullied," Obama said.
     But, if you are gay, the Commander in Chief will fire you from serving in the U.S. military because you did nothing wrong.  Your love and your commitment aren't worthy of equal protection under the civil marriage laws supported by President Obama.  
"I'd kiss you, but you're gay."
    Here are the final words of the LGBT community's self-proclaimed fierce advocate's message to bullied children with my words in parentheses.  The full transcript is available by clicking here.
     The other thing you need to know is, things will get better. (When you are able to get someone in office that will stand up for equal rights for gays, lesbians and transgender persons.) And more than that, with time you’re going to see that your differences are a source of pride and a source of strength. (But not equal rights.)  You’ll look back on the struggles you’ve faced with compassion and wisdom. (And you won't vote for me 2012.)  And that’s not just going to serve you, but it will help you get involved and make this country a better place.  (For straight Christians, like me.)
     It will mean that you’ll be more likely to help fight discrimination – not just against LGBT Americans, but discrimination in all its forms. (But I can't let the federal courts fight discrimination.  DOMA and DADT will remain in effect until a minority of homophobic senators and Jesus accept your "lifestyle choice," which is how my staff continues to talk about you in public, because you chose to be gay.)  It means you’ll be more likely to understand personally and deeply why it’s so important that as adults we set an example in our own lives and that we treat everybody with respect. (But your loving commitments are not equal to ours; but we respect them, such as they are.)  That we are able to see the world through other people’s eyes and stand in their shoes (Which is was I did when I lied to Lt. Col. Victor J. Fehrenbach's face, telling him that I would end DADT and that his military career wouldn't end.)  – that we never lose sight of what binds us together.  (Our 2500-year-old Judeo-Christian homophobia.  Bishop Gene Robinson and others like him don't count.)
     As a nation we’re founded on the belief that all of us are equal (But no joint federal tax filing for you.)  and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness  (Unless the majority votes yours away.); to make the most of our talents; to speak our minds; to not fit in; most of all, to be true to ourselves (Like my parents who were an interracial couple that couldn't be married because a religious majority thought it was a sin.). That’s the freedom that enriches all of us. That’s what America is all about. And every day, it gets better.  (Except for on Wednesday and a week ago Tuesday, when my administration fought to preserve discrimination rather than decry it.)
     I think I can truly say, with all seriousness, that the hope I had in Candidate Obama, who was the first major presidential candidate that I ever heard include "straight and gay" in a line of adjectives describing the various parts of our nation of equals, has been killed by President Obama.  

     I appreciate him speaking out against the bullying of any child, but he is blind to the reality that his recent political actions have struck a major blow to the progress of civil rights.  Children see this.  They see his actions.  They hear the news.  They hear the homophobic political commercials and sermons.  They need a president who will act on his words to end all discrimination against same-sex couples and homosexual soldiers.

     President Obama's video should be titled "It Get's Better (But Not on My Watch)."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Department of Justice Demands Reinstitution of Don't Ask Don't Tell

     One day after a federal court issued a worldwide injunction halting the implementation of the hate-and-myth-based Don't Ask Don't Tell, President Obama's Department of Justice wants the power to discriminate immediately reinstated, even though it's been declared unconstitutional in federal court.  Despite the fact that we live in a nation where all are created equal, our president, his administration, and a minority of senators want to continue discriminating against gays and lesbians.  Some justice.

     The Los Angeles Times reports:
     The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to quickly set aside a judge's order that bars enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, saying the judge's "extraordinary decision" went too far, too fast...
     Moreover, the judge's order suspending enforcement of the military's "don't ask" policy has caused "confusion and uncertainty" at the Pentagon and among gays and lesbians in the ranks, the government said.  If an appeals court reverses the judge and affirms the constitutionality of the law, it "would create tremendous uncertainty about the status of service members who may reveal their sexual orientation in reliance" on the judge's order suspending the law, the government said.
     For all these reasons, it said a three-judge panel should issue an emergency order lifting the injunction.  If the 9th Circuit refuses to lift the judge's order, the government could then seek an emergency stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.
     The confusion being created is not the fault of the courts, but the fault of a commander in chief, who doesn't have the balls to stick up for what he claims is right and just.

     This confusion is part of what it means to be gay or lesbian in a nation where one's civil rights are bartered.  You can be civilly married; you can serve in the military.  No wait.  You can't.  The majority, the minority, or whomever has a finger on the button can grant you your inalienable rights or strip them away.  This is not hyperbole.  This is the reality in the military, in California, in Maine, in America.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Worldwide Injunction Issued against Don't Ask Don't Tell; Dan Choi Reenlists

     NPR reports:
     A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
     U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
     "This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United and the sole named veteran plaintiff in the case along with the Log Cabin Republicans.
     Yeah, Log Cabin Republicans!

     The bad news is that the U.S Department of Justice has sixty days to appeal the decision.  How will our fierce (but toothless) advocate President Obama lead?  Will he realize his promise to end the discrimination of DADT or will he appeal the federal court's decision?

     Not wasting anytime, one soldier who had been discharged for being gay immediately reenlisted.  ABC News reports:
     Iraq War veteran and former Army Lt. Dan Choi was discharged from the National Guard in July after outing himself as a gay man, in violation of "don't ask, don't tell."
     But with the controversial military policy no longer in effect after a federal judge issued an injunction, Choi headed to a Times Square military recruitment center in New York Tuesday to re-enlist.
     "Today is a great day we can all celebrate," he said after filling out the paperwork. "I'm very excited to be in service to this country."

Don't Ask Don't Tell Update: Maddow Interviews Meghan McCain about Her Father's Anti-Gay Stance

     Here's Rachel Maddow's update on Don't Ask Don't Tell.  In it, she interviews Meghan McCain about Sen. John McCain's promise to filibuster any attempt in the Senate to overturn DADT and about President Obama's failure to keep his election promises to the LGBT community.  Also in the video, GOP senate candidate Ken Buck of Colorado's comment that being gay is a choice.  Keep speaking out Meghan!  Thanks for showing that a conservative can support LGBT equal rights.  You and Ted Olson rule!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Whoopie Goldberg & Joy Behar Walk Out on Bill O'Reilly's Anti-Muslim Rant; Elisabeth Hasselbeck Claims President Obama Forbade All Americans from Saying "Terrorist"

     Sparks flew on The View yesterday when Bill O'Reilly visited the show.  As he spoke out against the "Ground Zero mosque" and the religious freedom of Muslims to worship where they choose, he derided Joy Behar.  She and Whoopie walked out on him.  After Barbara Walters calmed things down and got O'Reilly to recant some of his extreme comments about Muslims, Elisabeth rang in with a doozy of lie: President Obama forbade the American public to speak the word "terrorist."  Seriously.

     Lawrence O'Donnell reports on the mess below:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Our Fierce but Toothless Advocate; White House Appeals DOMA Ruling, What Will Obama Do with Don't Ask Don't Tell?

     President Obama just can't stop being a good Christian (and a hypocrite who breaks his political promises to LGBT persons).

     Yesterday, there was good news and bad news in federal-court-land.

     The good news:  on the Don't Ask Don't Tell front, Judge Virginia Phillips, who ruled in last month that DADT is unconstitutional, issued a worldwide injunction against the policy ordering the immediate end to investigations and discharges of gay and lesbian military personnel.  The bad news is that the Department of Justice has sixty days to appeal the decision.  Will the Obama administration appeal?  Will the president continue to be our self-proclaimed "fierce advocate" while letting this unconstitutional policy stand?

    For an indication of what might happen, we turn to the really bad news.  

     Yesterday, the Obama administration filed an appeal in federal court, challenging the ruling out of Massachusetts that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the marriages of same-sex couples from being recognized across state lines and bars these married couples from all federal civil marriage benefits, is unconstitutional.  

     U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro had ruled on July 8 in the cases, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, that Section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional on several grounds, finding that the marriage definition violated the equal protection and due process guarantees, as well as the Spending Clause and Tenth Amendment.
     The Obama administration is appealing a federal judge's ruling holding unconstitutional a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that bars health and retirement benefits for the same-sex spouses of federal employees.
     In July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that the 1996 law violates the rights of states to set their own marriage policies and the rights of same-sex couples married in the states that permit such marriages.
     President Barack Obama has called for repealing DOMA, but the Justice Department defended the law in the trial court, citing a general policy of defending all statutes unless there is no plausible legal basis on which to do so...
    Facing a deadline in the state's case on Tuesday, the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. The bare-bones notice, linked here, is fairly typical of such filings. It includes no argument nor any disclaimer about Obama disagreeing with the law.
     Where's Obama's fierce advocacy now?  Where are his teeth?  Where have they been?

     It's supposedly "standard procedure" for the White House to appeal federal decisions.  So, be fierce, President Obama.  Break the standard.  Or at the very least, include your arguments against the policy in the appeal.  You are, after all, the Commander in Chief elected by mandate who promised change we could believe it.  

     Help us to believe again.  Because, I don't.  I believe the stinging toothmarks in my ass.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Health Insurance Giants Cut Child-Only Coverage; Number of Americans in Poverty and Uninsured Still Rising

     Tomorrow, September 23rd, the following tenants of the health insurance reform go into effect:

  • Children can not be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions.
  • People can not be denied insurance for making innocent mistakes on their applications.
  • Children can stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26.
  • Insurance companies must cover receommneded preventive services (mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and infant care) without charging out of pocket costs
  • People have the gaurnateed right to appeal insurance decisions to an independent third party
  • People have the right to chose their primary care provider (within their insurance company's network).

     But the for-profit insurance companies have found a way around the new law. The Washington Post reports:
     Some of the country's most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.
     "We're just days away from a new era when insurance companies must stop denying coverage to kids just because they are sick, and now some of the biggest changed their minds," Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care for America Now, an advocacy group, said in a statement. "[It] is immoral, and to blame their appalling behavior on the new law is patently dishonest."
     Three insurers - WellPoint, Cigna and CoventryOne - all cited uncertainty in the health insurance market for their decisions.
     "We expect [insurance companies] to honor that commitment. Insurers shouldn't break their promise and turn their backs on some of our most vulnerable Americans," said Jessica Santillo, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services.
     Is the Obama administration really that naive?  Insurance companies have been turning their backs on the most vulnerable Americans for decades. Why would they stop now? Because they are profit based companies, they will always place their stockholders' money above the needs of the American people.

     In the video embedded below, Keith Olbermann exposes the greed of the health insurance companies' decision to drop child-only plans.  Last-quarter WellPoint made $722 million in profits and Cigna: $294 million.  Last year, their CEOs made $13 million and $6, respectively.  CoventryOne's CEO made $17 million.  All of that money is made off American's human need for healthcare.  The system is immoral and remains broken.

     For the entire health insurance reform will to go into effect, we have to wait until 2014 (unless the Republicans repeal it).  Then, it will be years before we know where it worked or failed.  What about the people who are uninsured in the meanwhile?  What about Americans between 55-64 year of age who get laid off?  From what I see there are no measures to help these individuals between now and 2014?  How many will suffer, go bankrupt, and/or die so that companies can continue to reap hundreds of millions in profits before 2014?  

     There are now more than 51 million American who lack health insurance.  43.6 million are living below the poverty line. (Stats from The Washington Post)  Unemployment is at 9/6%!  How are these Americans supposed to pay for health insurance?

     Americans don't need the promise of affordable healthcare in 2014.  They need healthcare today!

     The Democrats squandered their mandate and their promises of reforming the broken healthcare system on the Tea Party's rantings and ravings of "death panels" and Republican's protection of healthcare companies' campaign donations.  Obama's health reform might be better than nothing, but it is still failing Americans.   

     America is the land of the rich making a buck off the poor and the ill.  Dog bless America.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Republicans Succeed in Blocking Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal and Passage of the DREAM Act

     Children of immigrants and gay and lesbian soldiers were once again thrown under John McCain's Straight Talk Express today, the victims a Republican political maneuvering and Democratic impotence.

     Hypocrite McCain was successful in leading Republicans and two Democrats in a Senate filibuster to block the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the passage of the DREAM Act, two things McCain previously supported.

     I, for one, am sick and tired of having my civil rights and the rights of immigrants being used as political weapons.  I'm also disgusted with "fierce advocate" President Obama repeatedly failing to stand up for what is right and stop discrimination against gay and lesbian soldiers.

     The U.S. Senate dashed the hopes of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal supporters on Tuesday when a vote to proceed on major defense legislation containing repeal language failed, 56-43.
     A unified GOP caucus — in addition to Democratic Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln — comprised the “no” votes that defeated a cloture vote on the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed his vote to “no” in a procedural move so he could bring the bill up at a later time.  The votes of 60 senators were necessary to end Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) filibuster and move forward with the legislation.
     Advocacy groups working on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bemoaned the failure of reaching cloture in statements following the vote.  Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, said the inability to invoke cloture is “a failure of leadership on the part of those who have been duly elected to serve this nation and to put the best interests of the country ahead of partisan politics.”
     “The Senate could learn a good lesson from those who serve in uniform and who stand to benefit from proceeding to debate on this bill — serving this country means putting politics aside and getting the job done,” he said. “It is simply inexcusable that this vote failed today.”
     The Washington Post printed a number of reactions including this one from Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
     "Once again, politicians are playing politics with people's lives. Filibustering the defense authorization bill to block action on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal and the DREAM Act -- two measures that do justice to the fundamental principle of fairness -- is a disappointment and disservice to our country. Seventy-eight percent of Americans support ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and countless others believe that young people should be provided a path to citizenship in the country they love and have always called home. Today's Senate vote mocks those ideals. The senators who led and supported the filibuster effort should be ashamed."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Christine O'Donnell on Abortion, Rape, Incest, Homophobia, "Ex-Gays," Masturbation & Election Result Lies

     Proud Christian Christine O'Donnell is officially the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware.  There is already enough information on her in the news to write 10,000 dissertations.  Here are some of the highlights.

     In the videos below, she is confronted about her lies about her performance in a previous bid for the senate.  She's exposed as paranoid.  She is against women's reproductive rights, even in cases of rape and incest.  She's homophobic, believes in ex-gay therapy, compares homosexuals to Hitler, and used gay-slurs and stereotypes against her Republican opponent for the nomination.  She's using Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's talking points in her speeches, saying President Obama is "anti-American."  On the night of her primary win the nation GOP (including Karl Rove, who called her statements "nutty") said they wouldn't support her, but a day later they are singing her praises.

     This is new face of the extremist Tea-Party-enhanced Republican party.  

     For example, five senate Republican nominees, including Rand Paul (KY), Sharron Angle (NV), Ken Buck (CO), Joe Miller (AK) and Christine O'Donnell (DE), have taken the extreme position that abortion should be illegal even for women pregnant in cases of rape and incest.  In the video embedded below, Rachel Maddow makes the following comment concerning these Republican party's hypocritical claims of being for small government while legislating American's most private choices:
     The government should force rape vicitms under pain of criminal prosecution to give birth to their rapist's baby...If you are a fourtenn year old girl who is raped by your uncle or by your father, the government will force you, as a fourteen-year-old, to give birth to the child that is the product of that incestuous rape. Remember, this is the year of small government conservatives, getting government out of your life.
     Here is Maddow's report on women running for office and women's rights in this year's elections.

     The Republican flip-flop on Christine O'Donnell: Karl Rove calls Christine O'Donnell "nutty" and won't giving her GOP money to "I'm also helpin' her" get elected.


     O'Donnell calling President Obama "anti-American" and trying to sound like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin in speeches.


     Below, Christine O'Donnell is exposed for lying about her performance in a previous election versus Joe Biden. When confronted with the hard statistical facts of of her loss to Biden, she lied again.  But she's a good Christian.  Her term as president and founder of The Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth, her condemnation of masturbation, and comparisons between homosexuals and Hitler, tell us so.