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'In other words-black people' Obama said, paraphrasing Romney"-That's what he thinks THIS was about"

Obama shocked, 'slightly irritated' by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod

The president claimed his GOP opponent insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by the presidential campaign strategist.

President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.

Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes.

The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.

"'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. "That's what he thinks this was all about."


Jon Stewart: 'There’s no red America-there’s no blue America-there’s just a needlessly sick America'

You may ask, why is measles—a disease that had effectively been eradicated through vaccination—suddenly back? Well, like most things, you can blame it on science-denying affluent California liberals.

This is Marin County, They’re not rednecks. They’re not ignorant. They practice a mindful stupidity.

Look, California—if your crazy wellness ideas only affected you, I’d be fine with that. Have all the fair-trade organic espresso enemas you want. That’s just something between you and what I assume is your incredibly awake and rearing-to-go rectum. But your choice puts other people in jeopardy. Just ask a doctor about how necessary vaccines are.

(Cuts to Rand Paul)

Oh, for fuck’s sake. Perhaps we should not have asked Dr. Rand Paul, who’s heard things. He’s star of the hit medical drama Dr. Paul, Anecdote Man. “I’ve heard of typhoid cases cured by shitting in the water we drink, so, you know.” But you know what?

But you know what? This is very interesting. Vaccine ignorance seems to have created strange hospital bedfellows, uniting the fringe of left and right. You know, it makes me realize there’s no red America, there’s not blue America, there’s just a needlessly sick America. Which reminds me—what does Barack Obama think about this?

“You should get your kids vaccinated.”

Oh no! You can’t say that! ....“Obama can pry measles from my cold, dead hands.”


This is a tough thing. Many years ago we had a guy on the show who was talking about vaccines and all that and it’s easy to get swept up in the passion of it but I did research and I made a choice for my kids. You vaccinate. The science is clear on it. And the only reason we’re having this discussion is because of how well vaccines have worked. And they only work when we all do them.


Mike Huckabee is right about gay marriage


1905: SCOTUS Decides Vaccine Debate

TUE FEB 03, 2015 AT 11:54 AM PST
SCOTUS decides vaccine debate . . . in 1905
by Armando

Did you know the vaccine debate we are now in the middle of was an issue decided by the Supreme Court? In 1905! From the first Justice Harlan's opinion for the Court in Jacobson v. Massachusetts:

The authority of the state to enact this statute is to be referred to what is commonly called the police power,-a power which the state did not surrender when becoming a member of the Union under the Constitution. According to settled principles, the police power of a state must be held to embrace, at least, such reasonable regulations established directly by legislative enactment as will protect the public health and the public safety. Gibbons v. Ogden, 9 Wheat. 1, 203, 6 L. ed. 23, 71 We come, then, to inquire whether any right given or secured by the Constitution is invaded by the statute as interpreted by the state court. The defendant insists that his liberty is invaded when the state subjects him to fine or imprisonment for neglecting or refusing to submit to vaccination; that a compulsory vaccination law is unreasonable, arbitrary, and oppressive, and, therefore, hostile to the inherent right of every freeman to care for his own body and health in such way as to him seems best; and that the execution of such a law against one who objects to vaccination, no matter for what reason, is nothing short of an assault upon his person. But the liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint. There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good. On any other basis organized society could not exist with safety to its members. Society based on the rule that each one is a law unto himself would soon be confronted with disorder and anarchy. Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others. This court has more than once recognized it as a fundamental principle that 'persons and property are subjected to all kinds of restraints and burdens in order to secure the general comfort, health, and prosperity of the state; of the perfect right of the legislature to do which no question ever was, or upon acknowledged general principles ever can be, made, so far as natural persons are concerned.' Hannibal & St. J. R. Co. v. Husen, 95 U.S. 465, 471 , 24 S. L. ed. 527, 530


The answer is that it was the duty of the constituted authorities primarily to keep in view the welfare and safety of the many, and not permit the interests of the many to be subordinated to the wishes or convenience of the few.


Looking at the propositions embodied in the defendant's rejected offers of proof, it is clear that they are more formidable by their number than by their inherent value. Those offers in the main seem to have had no purpose except to state the general theory of those of the medical profession who attach little or no value to vaccination as a means of preventing the spread of smallpox, or who think that vaccination causes other diseases of the body. What everybody knows the court must know, and therefore the state court judicially knew, as this court knows, that an opposite theory accords with the common belief, and is maintained by high medical authority.

It must be conceded that some laymen, both learned and unlearned, and some physicians of great skill and repute, do not believe that vaccination is a preventive of smallpox. The common belief, however, is that it has a decided tendency to prevent the spread of this fearful disease, and to render it less dangerous to those who contract it. While not accepted by all, it is accepted by the mass of the people, as well as by most members of the medical profession.

Since, then, vaccination, as a means of protecting a community against smallpox, finds strong support in the experience of this and other countries, no court, much less a jury, is justified in disregarding the action of the legislature simply because in its or their opinion that particular method was-perhaps, or possibly-not the best either for children or adults.


The more things change.



so the Republicans are going to stake their stand on "public health measures should be optional":


Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Monday that he’s okay with the idea of service industry workers returning to work without washing their hands after touching their unmentionables, as long as customers are made aware of the situation.


“I was having a discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like ‘maybe you should allow businesses to opt out,’” he said, “as long as they indicate through proper disclosure, through advertising, through employment literature, or whatever else.”


“She said, ‘I can’t believe that,’” he continued in retelling the story. “And at that time we were sitting back at a table that was near the restrooms and one of the employees just came out. She said: ‘For example, don’t you believe that this regulation that requires this gentleman to wash his hands before he serves your food is important and should be on the books?’”

“I said: ‘As a matter of fact, I think it’s one that I can (use to) illustrate the point,’” he remarked. “I said: ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says “We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom,”’” he recalled, as the audience chuckled. “The market will take care of that.’”


TODAY, In The Midst Of Measles Outbreak - GOP Votes To STOP Children's Access To Free Vaccines

Today the GOP House will vote, for the 52nd time, to repeal Obamacare.

One provision of the ACA states that all newly-written health plans - whether they be private, employer-provided, purchased on exchange, etc - will provide free preventive care.

Free preventive care includes free immunizations for adults, for influenza, for example; and for children for such devastating diseases as measles, mumps, Rubella.


So, in a serendipity the GOP did not foresee, and the American media will surely ignore unless we do something this morning to publicize it, today, while we are in the midst of a measles outbreak, House Republicans will be voting "yes" to repealing free access to measles vaccines for insured Americans.

Spread the word:

In major shift, Obama administration will plan for rising seas in all federal projects

Source: Washington Post

President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change.

The order represents a major shift for the federal government: while the Federal Emergency Management Administration published a memo three years ago saying it would take global warming into account when preparing for more severe storms, most agencies continue to rely on historic data rather than future projections for building projects.

The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.

The White House move comes just days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a massive post-Sandy report examining flood risks for 31,200 miles of the North Atlantic coast. The research explicitly took sea level rise induced by climate change into account, and finds that “Flood risk is increasing for coastal populations and supporting infrastructure.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/30/in-major-shift-obama-administration-will-plan-for-rising-seas-in-all-federal-projects/?postshare=1651422889440126


"Parental Choice"


Stiglitz: Greece didn’t fail-Austerity failed -It’s immoral not to give people/nations a fresh start

Opinion: Stiglitz says Greece didn’t fail; austerity failed

By Joseph E. Stiglitz
Published: Feb 3, 2015 10:09 a.m. ET


Greece largely succeeded in following the dictate set by the troika (the European Commission the ECB, and the IMF): it converted a primary budget deficit into a primary surplus. But the contraction in government spending has been predictably devastating: 25% unemployment, a 22% fall in gross domestic product since 2009, and a 35% increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio.

And now, with the anti-austerity Syriza party’s overwhelming election victory, Greek voters have declared that they have had enough.

So, what is to be done? First, let us be clear: Greece could be blamed for its troubles if it were the only country where the troika’s medicine failed miserably. But Spain had a surplus and a low debt ratio before the crisis, and it, too, is in depression.

If Europe says no to Greek voters’ demand for a change of course,
it is saying that democracy is of no importance.

What is needed is not structural reform within Greece and Spain so much as structural reform of the eurozone’s design and a fundamental rethinking of the policy frameworks that have resulted in the monetary union’s spectacularly bad performance.


YES!!! After story of Detroit man walking 21 miles a day goes viral, his life is about to change

A Downriver car dealership offered to give him a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz or Sonic.
"He gets to choose,"
said Angela Osborne, customer service specialist at Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven.
"We were just impressed with his determination," Osborne said


A story about a Detroit man who commutes about 21 miles a day on foot to and from work has spurred reaction from across the nation, including social media fund-raisers that have netted more than $80,000 in donations as of 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Because buses don't cover the full distance between James Robertson's home in Detroit and his job in Rochester Hills, he walks about eight miles headed to work and about 13 miles home, five days a week. His story — told by Bill Laitner in Sunday's Detroit Free Press — has inspired hundreds to offer money to buy him a car, pay his insurance and to provide professional help in managing the donations.

Robertson said Sunday he was flattered by the attention he'd gotten for his arduous commutes after the Free Press published a front-page story about him -- and amazed that complete strangers would respond so generously, some by offering to buy him a new car and others offering to give him one.

"Are you serious?" he said to a reporter after hearing of one crowd-funding effort alone that, by early Sunday night, had raised $30,000 — $25,000 more than the goal of the originator, a Wayne State University student.

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