Nov 282013
 

The Thanksgiving edition. Yes, I know it’s not Friday. Happy Turkey Day! (More will likely be added tomorrow.)

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

   

Weekly Address 11-28-13

 Posted by at 10:04  Politics
Nov 282013
 

“Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama gave thanks to all the men and women defending our freedom and acknowledged their sacrifice might mean they can’t spend the holidays with their families. The President also recognized that as Americans, we gather together this Thanksgiving to lift up those who need a helping hand, letting us move forward as a country and lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

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Nov 262013
 

This blows my mind…

Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case

Washington (CNN) — The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled health care reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and “religious liberty.”

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs.

Oral arguments will likely be held in March with a ruling by late June.

I simply cannot wrap my mind the fact the business owners may soon be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees. Remember that this conservative court has already ruled that corporations are citizens and as such are entitled to free speech. It isn’t much a stretch to imagine to they will also declare that businesses are entitled to religious freedom.

Separation of church and state no longer exists in the United States of America. As much as I hate to admit it, it is not hard for me to imagine a time in the not too distant future when religious extremists will completely and openly rule this country just as they do now in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia. I hope I do not live to see that day.

Weekly Address 11-23-13

 Posted by at 10:44  Politics
Nov 232013
 

“Working with Both Parties to Keep the Economy Moving Forward”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama says our economy is moving in the right direction. We have cut our deficits by more than half, businesses have created millions of new jobs, and we have taken significant steps to reverse our addiction to foreign oil and fix our broken health care system.

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It’s been 50 years

 Posted by at 13:25  Politics
Nov 222013
 

If you are of a certain age I am sure you can vividly recall where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. I sure can.

Nov 212013
 

Ask Amy: Parent pressures gay son to change

Dear Amy: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child.

He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule.

Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed

Dear Betrayed: You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice — to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.

I assume that my suggestion will evoke a reaction that your sexuality is at the core of who you are. The same is true for your son. He has a right to be accepted by his parents for being exactly who he is.

When you “forget” a child’s birthday, you are basically negating him as a person. It is as if you are saying that you have forgotten his presence in the world. How very sad for him.

Pressuring your son to change his sexuality is wrong. If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere.

A group that could help you and your family figure out how to navigate this is Pflag.org. This organization is founded for parents, families, friends and allies of LGBT people, and has helped countless families through this challenge. Please research and connect with a local chapter.

Nov 212013
 

It’s about time.

Senate smacks down filibuster

After years of Republican obstructionism, Senate Dem[ocrat]s have had enough.

The upper chamber of Congress voted on Thursday to deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to change the rules of the Senate. The move now clears the way for Obama’s judicial nominees who were being blocked by Republicans.

On a 48-52 vote, the Democrats voted to officially go nuclear. A “no” vote was a vote to change the rules.

Just three Democrats sided with the Republicans, including Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

On the Senate floor, Reid said the “need for change is obvious,” pointing to the GOP’s pattern of filibustering on matters that should be routine, like green-lighting judges.

“In the history of the Republic, there have been 168 filibusters of executive and judicial nominations. Half of them have occurred during the Obama Administration – during the last four and a half years,” said Reid.

This should have been done four years ago.

President Obama had this to say about the Senators’ actions today:

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Here is Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell arguing for the nuclear option way back in 2005 when he was Senate Majority Whip. Complete opposite of what he is saying today. What a difference a Democratic president makes.

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Sexiest Man Alive

 Posted by at 17:53  Entertainment
Nov 202013
 

Well they skipped over me again. Did they even look at the photos I sent?

Adam Levine is People Magazine’s sexiest man alive.

I don’t see it myself. Whatever. I’m not bitter in the least!

Nov 182013
 

Once again, you got Sunday off and a reading assignment on Monday instead. I think you’ll find this one quite enlightening…

How we got Obamacare to work

In our states — Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut — the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is working. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.

People keep asking us why our states have been successful. Here’s a hint: It’s not about our Web sites.

Sure, having functioning Web sites for our health-care exchanges makes the job of meeting the enormous demand for affordable coverage much easier, but each of our state Web sites has had its share of technical glitches. As we have demonstrated on a near-daily basis, Web sites can continually be improved to meet consumers’ needs.

The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

Emphasis is mine. Click on the article’s title to continue reading.

Also worthy of your attention:

The myths of Obamacare’s ‘failure’

Attacks on the Affordable Care Act have stepped up over the last week or so. You’d think that the healthcare reform known as Obamacare is leading to the wholesale loss of affordable insurance by huge sectors of the American public, many of whom will be impoverished by being forced into low-quality health plans at exorbitant prices.

You’d think the entire reform is on “life support,” as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.

Don’t buy the hype. The numbers tell an entirely different story. What they also demonstrate is that the myth of Obamacare’s “failure” is a product of the same Republican noise machine that has been working to undermine this crucial reform since Day One. It’s assisted by news reporting about canceled health policies that typically ranges from woefully misinformed to spectacularly ignorant, and even at its best is incomplete.

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