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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 83,675
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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They are not letting up on taking away the rights of women to make their own reproductive choices.
Do you know what worries me so much? That they are keeping us fighting battles on all fronts so that our party isn't sure what to take a stand on first. And that is a shame.
The right wing leaders who started these constant attacks on the left made it clear they were going to do so. They even put it in writing.
Right wing leader said they must be willing to be obnoxious.
We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left. We will not give them a moment's rest. We will endeavor to prove that the Left does not deserve to hold sway over the heart and mind of a single American. We will offer constant reminders that there is an alternative, there is a better way. When people have had enough of the sickness and decay of today's American culture, they will be embraced by and welcomed into the New Traditionalist movement. The rejection of the existing society by the people will thus be accomplished by pushing them and pulling them simultaneously.
Florida is about to pass some more restrictions on abortions. In a hearing today they only allowed one speaker from each side with only seconds to make their point.
Testimony Nearly Non Existent at Abortion Hearing
There were dozens of angry women in the State Capitol today who were denied a chance to speak against a controversial 24 hour waiting period for abortions. Only two speakers, one for and one against got just seconds to make their case before the committee.
North Carolina pushing new stricter abortion laws.
New abortion rules sought in bill by NC Senate Republicans
Christie Backs Legislation That Would Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks’ Pregnancy
RENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he is backing federal legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Women will die if such bans against abortions are forbidden in life and death situations. Some already have.
The next step will mean they can be jailed...a case like that is going on right now.
I remember some past words of the likely person to take Harry Reid's place, Chuck Schumer.
In 2005 Schumer took women's rights off the table....right out loud.
There used to be an audio at the link, but it seems to have died.
I am quoting myself so I will a few more paragraphs.
Here is what he said in 2005:
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 10:58 PM (37 replies)
Florida’s pill mill crackdown makes getting meds difficult for ‘legitimate pain' patients
Charles Knighton, in his Palm Coast home, says the medicines that allow him to manage his pain are becoming more difficult to get.
The Orange City pharmacist has a limited supply of powerful pain medication to dispense and is under immense pressure from federal and state authorities to ensure those drugs don’t fall into the wrong hands.
We experienced this problem before my husband's death. Doctors were terrified to prescribe pain medication. As my brother once said..when a person is dying so what if they become a little addicted.
Once hospice comes in, that problem with lack of pain medication ends....thank goodness.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:03 PM (11 replies)
In my mind the best so far is from Leah Remini.
Leah Remini @LeahRemini 1h1 hour ago
rhonda talbot @devilstrifecta 55m55 minutes ago
There are more added constantly.
In my mind Jason Beghe and Paul Haggis were the most memorably outspoken. I recognized some of the others from Jenna Miscavige Hill's book...they were her minders and auditors.
AND...L Ron Hubbard had the grimiest teeth I have ever seen!
Kudos to HBO for this documentary for which they hired 160 lawyers.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 02:24 AM (38 replies)
Hateful Hoosiers’ Window Space
Finally, I drew a cartoon about Indiana. No, I haven’t really been waiting for a reason to pick on Indiana though I wonder how this will fly since I do have a little sister, a little brother and quite a few nieces and nephews up there. I doubt they’ll see it.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 28, 2015, 10:51 PM (25 replies)
Angie's List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays
(Reuters) - The company behind the Angie's List business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.
Good for them.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 28, 2015, 01:39 PM (9 replies)
While the post blaming teachers keeps getting more and more hits, the one explaining and defusing is getting little attention.
Steel Valley SD School Board try to deflect blame to teachers after the removal of SpecEd restroom
I hope some take time to read it and see just how easily teachers are blamed for things out of their control.
And give it a kick for presenting both sides of a serious story about special education.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 04:13 PM (7 replies)
Republican rips ‘vulgar’ Cruz fans
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Friday said his staff have been abused by vulgar fans of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who have made “adolescent” calls to his office. King said “women and young interns” in his office have had to deal with unspeakable words from callers suffering “from severe cases of arrested development.”
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 03:51 PM (5 replies)
by a WTO compliance panel.
New trade pacts create secret, pro-corporate tribunals that use their powers to eviscerate our democratic laws
He says his momma warned him not to eat anything unless he knew where it came from.
In 2002, responding to public demand, lawmakers decided that you and I have a need and a right to know where the meat sold in supermarkets comes from. Thus, Congress enacted a simple and straightforward law called COOL (Country Of Origin Labeling), requiring meat marketers to tell us right on their packages whether the enclosed steak, pork chops, lamb shanks, chicken wings, etc., are products of the USA, Mexico, China, or Whereintheworldistan.
And what if a country does not like our country of Origin labeling? Will they sue?
A so-called trade agreement includes a process called ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement). This is a devilish bit of legalistic hocus-pocus that elevates mere corporations to the status of "corporate states," putting them on par with our nation states. It allows them to go to foreign tribunals staffed by corporate lawyers and sue governments to demand taxpayer compensation for a particular national, state, or local law--the offending law could be anything from an environmental regulation to a community's "Buy Local" ordinance. (Under WTO rules, the complaining corporation gets its home nation's government to sue on its behalf, while NAFTA and CAFTA rules allow corporations to challenge sovereign nations directly.)
And from the section called Keeping Our Cool...the ridiculous meat discrimination.
In response, our government adjusted the wording of the labeling requirement in 2013, but a WTO compliance panel recently ruled that the change was not enough, declaring that we are still guilty of (get this) "imported meat discrimination."
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 10:23 PM (18 replies)
Obama’s Trade Deals Could Overturn New York’s Fracking Ban and Accelerate Climate Change
Thanks to a recent Wikileaks’ leak, certain truly onerous provisions of President Obama’s secret trade deals are no longer secret. As reported this week in the New York Times, the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) would “grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings—federal, state or local—before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.”
A list of the harms by this uncontrolled explosion of trade follows in the article.
Hard to believe both parties and our president are pushing a trade deal that might cause so much harm to us as a nation.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 26, 2015, 03:14 PM (52 replies)
From Ted's roommate Craig Mazin's Twitter page this week:
Craig Mazin, Twitter
From the Daily Beast 2013:
Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same
"More than anyone I knew, Ted seemed to have arrived in college with a fully formed worldview,” Butler College colleague Erik Leitch said. “And what strikes me now, looking at him as an adult and hearing the things he's saying, it seems like nothing has changed. Four years of an Ivy League education, Harvard Law, and years of life experience have altered nothing."
More from Craig Mazin in the New York Magazine 2013
Ted Cruz Was a Smelly, Terrible Roommate
Proud, pretentious American destroyer Ted Cruz has always been a bit difficult. Since elbowing his way into the national consciousness, the Texas Republican has been outed as a hater of "minor Ivies" like Penn and Brown, and is said to have come to Princeton as a 17-year-old with a book titled Was Karl Marx a Satanist? "I would end up fielding the complaints: 'Could you please keep your roommate out of our hallway?'" his undergrad roommate at Princeton Craig Mazin told the Daily Beast over the summer. ("I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States. Anyone," Mazin added. "I would rather pick somebody from the phone book.")
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Mar 24, 2015, 09:15 PM (11 replies)