Jim Carrey has some harsh words for Fox News. Carrey released a statement on Friday blasting the conservative news network as "a media colostomy bag ..................I thought he was being kind, I would have said they ARE sh it.
Even four-times-married “marriage expert” Rush Limbaugh is conceding—with much difficulty no doubt—that conservatives have lost on the issue of gay marriage. He added that regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases, it’s just a matter of time before same-sex weddings are legal nationwide. He told his listeners Wednesday: “I don’t care what this court does with this particular ruling, Proposition 8, I think the inertia is clearly moving in the direction that there is going to be gay marriage at some point nationwide; the political ramifications of that are yet to be known.”
Craig had argued that the airport bathroom trip fell under his official duties as senator because he was traveling between Idaho and Washington for work, and therefore the legal fees could be paid for with campaign money.
But U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected that argument. She wrote in her ruling that the charge against Craig didn't relate "to his conduct as a legislator, but only actions undertaken in the privacy and anonymity of a restroom stall
pubs prefer their bjs in airport stalls. They enjoy toe-tapping.
killing innocent animals for fun and sport is immoral and disgusting. ( fun and sport are not self defense or survival)
the also blocked a bill to prevent terrorists on the fbi most wanted list from buying guns
1. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., objected, saying the measure would make it easier for veterans with mental illness to own a gun, endangering themselves and others.
"I love our veterans, I vote for them all the time. They defend us," Schumer said. "If you are a veteran or not and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun."
Coburn threatens defense filibuster
2. Judiciary Republicans kill bill blocking gun sales to suspected terrorists
The Hill 05/13/11 05:56
No less than 80 percent of the perpetrators in these 61 cases obtained their weapons legally. Acute paranoia, delusions, and depression were rampant among them, with at least 35 of the killers committing suicide on or near the scene. (Seven others died in police shootouts they had little hope of surviving, regarded by some experts as "suicide by cop.") And according to additional research we completed recently, at least 38 of them displayed signs of mental health problems prior to the killings. (That data is now included in the interactive map linked above.)"
from a study of 61 mass shootings in the last 30 years
Here is his top 10:
1. Gun laws and gun deaths are unconnected.
2. Private enterprise is good; public enterprise is bad.
3. God created America and gave it a special purpose.
4. Our health-care system is the best there is.
5. The Founding Fathers were saintly figures who established liberty and democracy for everyone.
6. America is the greatest country in the world.
7. Tax rates are too high.
8. America is a peace-loving nation; the reason it gets involved in so many wars is that foreigners keep attacking us.
9. Cheap energy, gasoline especially, is our birthright.
10. Everybody else wishes they were American.
“Some of these statements may be true. But truth or falsehood isn’t the point here; it is whether or not certain beliefs are amenable to reason. I don’t think these are, which is what puts them in the category of irrationality, flakiness, nonsense, nuttiness, absurdity, craziness.
John Cassidy loves the United States. He worked here for almost 30 years as a British correspondent and five years ago became an American citizen. Now he writes for The New Yorker, where he has a blog, and for The New York Review of Books.
His latest online effort is titled: “Is America Crazy? Ten Reasons It Might Be.”
Writing the day after the Aurora massacre, he said:
“Are firearms the only subject on which Americans are, let us say, a little batty? I’m not so sure. ... I am greatly attached to this country and admire many aspects of it enormously. But the dogged persistence of certain American shibboleths has always struck me as somewhat curious.
“What are these shared convictions? I could go on all day, but here, for argument’s sake, are 10. Not all Americans subscribe to them, of course. In some instances, the true believers may amount to a small but vocal minority. Still, the popular sentiment underlying these statements is so strong that politicians defy it at their peril.”
As Rick Perry might say, "Oops."
December 13, 2012
Texas Cuts to Family Planning Triple State Expenses
When a federal judge ruled in August that Texas can withhold millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Governor Rick Perry proclaimed it a "win for Texas women." As it turns out, Perry's crusade against Planned Parenthood isn't a win for either the women of Texas or the budget of the Lone Star State. Just as experts predicted, each dollar saved in family planning spending will result in almost four dollars in new costs to care for thousands of new mothers and children the budget axe will produce.
As the New York Times explained last week, "When state lawmakers passed a two-year budget in 2011 that moved $73 million from family planning services to other programs, the goal was largely political: halt the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics." Now, Texas Republicans are coming to grips with a looming budget boomerang:
The latest Health and Human Services Commission projections being circulated among Texas lawmakers indicate that during the 2014-15 biennium, poor women will deliver an estimated 23,760 more babies than they would have, as a result of their reduced access to state-subsidized birth control. The additional cost to taxpayers is expected to be as much as $273 million -- $103 million to $108 million to the state's general revenue budget alone -- and the bulk of it is the cost of caring for those infants under Medicaid.
Ahead of the next legislative session, during which lawmakers will grapple with an existing Medicaid financing shortfall, a bipartisan coalition is considering ways to restore some or all of those family planning dollars, as a cost-saving initiative if nothing else.
As Rick Perry might say, "Oops."
Austin Democratic Representative Donna Howard was being kind to her Republican colleagues when she lamented, "I know some of my colleagues felt like in retrospect they did not fully grasp the implications of what was done last session." Republican Senator Bob Deuell, one of the leaders in cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, acknowledged while "it's not the government's role to provide family planning...you have to look at what happens if we don't."
Of course, Texas Republicans can't say they weren't warned.
As part of their perpetual war against Planned Parenthood, Republican leaders in Washington last year began proposing to "zero out" federal funding for the Title X family planning program. If the likes of Denny Rehberg (R-MT) get their way, Congress would eliminate the $317 million for Title X, a program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon, who proclaimed that "no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition." Writing at the Huffington Post, Laura Bassett documented the boomerang effect this Republicans' faith-based cutting would have on the nation's bottom line:
The cost of covering a Medicaid-funded birth, including prenatal care, delivery, postpartum and infant care for a year, was an estimated $12,613 in 2008, according to a May 2010 Guttmacher Institute study. This far outpaces the cost of providing birth control and other contraceptive services to low-income women at Title X-funded clinics, which averages only $257 per client per year.
Crunching the numbers, every dollar the U.S. government spends on family planning services to help people plan how many children to have and when to have them saves taxpayers about $3.74 in Medicaid birth-related costs. The government spends about $300 million a year on the Title X program, but in 2008 alone, it saved the country $3.4 billion dollars in return.
As Ruth Marcus pointed out in February, "Every public dollar invested in family planning care saves $3.74 in Medicaid expenditures for pregnant women and their babies during the first year of care. Imagine the lifetime savings."
Title X clinics serve more than 5 million women annually, the vast majority of them low-income.
The Guttmacher Institute has estimated that Title X helps prevent nearly 1 million unintended pregnancies annually. The institute says these pregnancies would otherwise result in 433,000 unintended births and 406,000 abortions.
"And then," Marcus noted, "there is the other 'important work'...2.2 million Pap smears, 2.3 million breast exams, nearly 6 million tests for sexually transmitted infections."
Of course, the Republican crusade to take the knife to women's health care isn't about budgets but ideology. As Texas Rep. Wayne Christian described the battle in the Lone Star State, "Well of course this is a war on birth control and abortions and everything, that's what family planning is supposed to be about." Apparently, that's the same tortured logic Governor Perry used in announcing his intent to replace Planned Parenthood with "crisis pregnancy centers" that don't provide health services. As he put it in signing draconian anti-abortion legislation this week:
"To be clear, my goal, and the goal of many of those joining me here today, is to make abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past."
Whether or not Texas, with its 46th ranked health care system and fourth highest teen birth rate in the nation, makes abortion a thing of the past, tens of thousands of new babies and hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxpayer spending are in its future.
it's no wonder the USA rejected them
and this trend began a LONG time ago
In the past, retirees could often count on their employers to provide health insurance until Medicare kicked in, or sometimes even after they were eligible for Medicare. But in 2007, only a third of large employers offered retiree health insurance, down from 66% in 1988, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Education Trust. Only 5% of employers with fewer than 200 employees offered retiree health insurance last year.
Early retirees try to fill gap in health coverage
you are a liar. that is why you don't show your insurer , anyone can go on line to see what the rates are. and if you don't like your private insurance don't buy it. the fact is were it not for the medicare you whine about geezers like you would not have ANY health insurance becuase there is NO profit to be made there and ALL geezers have preexisting conditions. so lie and cry on and on, you are just being pathetic.
..: GOPers ranted and raved about the need for tax cuts for “job creators” but when the time came for a renewal of a payroll tax cut – which helped the middle class enormously but did almost nothing for the rich – the GOP fought it. When Obama proposed allowing the Bush tax cuts for the middle class to be renewed, the GOP refused, instead taking the proposal hostage in an attempt to force through tax cuts for the rich."
how dishonest can you be? you sign off on defense spending, for instance, then later you threaten to not pay for it?
.". Reagan raised the debt limit every five months, Bush every 13 months, and Obama every 15 months. (Clinton was every 24 months.) So, without the possibility of contradiction, the presidents who needed the debt ceiling raised the most often were Reagan and Bush, and the Republicans burbled happily as they did it. Suddenly though, in the middle of a global financial trauma, those same GOPers decided that now raising the debt ceiling mattered. And, somehow, they portrayed this as being representative of out-of-control spending by the Democrats. (I showed why that was bogus up above.) There were a few other things that the Republican talking points hid from America – raising the debt ceiling wasn’t about allowing future spending, it was about paying past bills. In other words, the money had already been spent – demanding cuts in future budgets did nothing to affect the structural debt.."eichenwald)
How has the middleclass done over the last 30 years of trickle down?
C.E.O.’s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Perhaps the most astounding statistic is this: From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.
In 2007 the richest 1% of the American population owned 34.6% of the country's total wealth, and the next 19% owned 50.5%. Thus, the top 20% of Americans owned 85% of the country's wealth and the
bottom 80% of the population owned 15%. Financial inequality was greater than inequality in total wealth, with the top 1% of the population owning 42.7%, the next 19% of Americans owning 50.3%, and the bottom 80% owning 7%. However, after the Great Recession which started in 2007, the share of total wealth owned by the top 1% of the population grew from 34.6% to 37.1%, and that owned by the top 20% of Americans grew from 85% to 87.7%. The Great Recession also caused a drop of 36.1% in median household wealth but a drop of only 11.1% for the top 1%, further widening the gap between the 1% and the 99%.
ever a chicken little, you like squawking ridiculous and meaningless numbers. FYI the cost of medicare AND medicaid was about 5 cents of each dollar of USA gdp in 2010 (CBO)
Why don't YOU do something about medicare like getting off it? you squawk but you are on it, you don't have to be, you can insure yourself you know, your type says all insurance is "socialism" anyway.
and hey, do whine that the trillion bush blew in Iraq looking for wmd was 5 times the amount the USA spent for all of WW2.
tax cuts for the rich expire jan 1. obama will offer tax cuts for the middleclass then.
and YOU say the gop will reject a tax cut? sure.....lol...... i wonder how middleclass republicans will like the gop voting down a tax cut for them.
pants on fire liar: bjspokesanimal, he claimed the gop has offered exacty what obama has asked for!....jeez.... really? I don't remember ending the tax cuts for the 2%, agi $250K +, being part of the gop counter offer.
and sc re w the gop...... the tax cuts for the rich are over! history , too fricken bad and the gop can't do a thing about it... they expire jan 1 so adios.................(and then obama will offer a tax cut to the 98% retroactive to jan 1 and what is the gop going to do about it? throw a tantrum?)