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My Family, Our Cancer, and the Murderous Cruelty of Conservatives

6:43 PM, JULY 15 2013
My Family, Our Cancer, and the Murderous Cruelty of Conservatives
by Kurt Eichenwald

My wife has breast cancer.

I write this, with her permission, while sitting in the hospital waiting room as she undergoes surgery. Afterward, there will be another surgery, radiation, and probably chemo, but what else might be in the offing is guesswork at this point. I’ll know more this afternoon, when the operation is over.


.......... there were other feelings that struck us hard: fury, dismay, contempt. Not at our situation, but at the realization that untold thousands of women would not be as lucky as Theresa. Instead, they will die because of conservatives’ endless efforts to block poor women from having access to mammograms and breast exams. Theresa detected her cancer early enough that we feel confident she will survive. But we’re both aware that, right now, there are other women who don’t know they have this vicious invader growing inside them and will not find out until it is too late. Their husbands and loved ones will not have the chance, as I do, to sit in the waiting room of the hospital, and instead will stand at the entryway of the funeral home.


There is no question that, in their obsession with zygotes, embryos, and non-viable fetuses as part of their supposed pro-life stance, (Republicans) are effectively murdering real, walking, talking women—mothers and daughters, grandmothers and sisters, all sacrificed on an altar of Pecksniffian hypocrisy and contemptible disregard by people who have the insurance, connections, and available health care to feel certain their politics won’t kill their loved ones. Perhaps Theresa and I are re-directing our anger from the cancer, but so be it; our rage has focused on the financially comfortable, morally blind, and arrogantly self-righteous who tyrannically conspire to rob poor women of years of life they might otherwise have. It is for this reason that Theresa is willing to disclose her condition, in hopes that, in doing so, we will help highlight how politicians are blithely choosing to kill women who are not as fortunate as she is.


Since you don’t understand the issue beyond your desire to limit abortions, Rep. Laubenberg, let me put the meaning of what you have done in clear terms: through your ignorance or incompetence or general lack of interest in the well-being of people who don’t look like you or have your size bank account, you will be responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of Texas women. You, Rep. Laubenberg, will be a murderer, no different than some street punk who shoots up a liquor store. His weapon is a gun; yours, a smug satisfaction with your limited understanding of health policy. If Theresa and I were among the rural poor, she would now almost certainly be one the many people you would kill as a result of her inability to gain access to breast screenings. And for that, you deserve not only our contempt, but the contempt of every decent human being with the humility and intelligence to recognize the impact of the legislation you have “written,” yet aren’t bright enough to understand.

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Charles Pierce To Juror#B37: "take your barely implicit racism and fk off."

More Evidence That It Never Was About Race
By Charles P. Pierce at 9:07am
I am taking heat in some quarters because of what people think was my less-than-nuanced view of the verdict handed down in the case of George Zimmerman, Crimebuster.


OK, let's consult the expert opinion of one local citizen down Sanford way, so that I may be enlightened about the feelings of the other side. Take it away, Juror No. B37.

"I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done. But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong..."


Such a shame when things go so terribly wrong that good-hearted people shoot down unarmed teenagers in the street. Whatever is the world coming to, anyway?

When Cooper asked the juror if she would feel comfortable with Zimmerman being a neighborhood watch volunteer in her community, she said, "if he didn't go too far." She added, "I would feel comfortable having George (as a neighborhood watchman)...I think he's learned a good lesson."

See, that's why George Zimmerman made Trayvon Martin dead. He needed a "good lesson" in how to be a better neighborhood watchman and crimebuster. Trayvon Martin died as an object lesson because that is the proper function of a young black man in our society. And this, mind you, was a juror in the case of how Martin came to be dead. I understand this person very, very well, and I feel very comfortable in telling her to take her barely implicit racism and fk off.

Read more: George Zimmerman Juror's Explanation - More Evidence That It Never Was About Race - Esquire

Trayvon Martin’s Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered Full Ride Scholarship from Tom Joyner

Tuesday morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Joyner offered an olive branch to the embattled teen, offering her a possible full scholarship to any HBCU through the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Joyner proclaimed, “Hi Rachel, this is Tom Joyner, I love you, I really do love you”, Jeantel, shyly giggles before responding, “I know.”

But, Jeantel didn’t know how much she was loved because, Joyner was soon to dramatically change her life in a matter of minutes, saying, “If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida, like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that.”


Louis C.K. Destroys Global Warming Deniers Google Pl


Reid announces tentative deal to avert rules showdown

Source: Washington Post

Reid announces tentative deal to avert rules showdown
By Paul Kane, Published: July 16 at 10:32 am

Senators have reached a tentative deal on averting the constitutional showdown over confirming President Obama’s agency nominations.

“We may have a way forward on this, I feel fairly confident,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday morning. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled enough Republicans would support breaking a filibuster on the first test vote on the showdown, for Obama’s pick to lead the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.

“I think everyone will be happy,” Reid said.

The deal would not be finalized until later Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/16/reid-announces-tentative-deal-to-avert-rules-showdown/

...Harry Reid punts on first down. In other breaking news, water is wet...

"Free At Last"

'The Wire' Creator on Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Can’t Look an African-American Parent in the Eye'

"'The Wire' Creator David Simon on Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Can’t Look an African-American Parent in the Eye'


If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford," he wrote. "Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own."

Simon joins those who denounce the killing of Martin as racial profiling and Florida's "stand your ground" laws -- which allows for self-defense in the face of unlawful threats -- as applicable only to white people. "You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead," he said.

Days after posting his reaction, Simon continues to respond to commenters on his site. On Monday, a reader left this comment: "Did he have to start beating Zimmerman…no. What a reasonable person does is just continue to walk away and go about there business."

Simon responded: "One man had a gun. He used it against an unarmed man. He had, just prior, expressed his frustration with criminals and then he took the life of someone who was not engaged in criminal activity. Why do you feel the need to mitigate these fundamentals?"


U.S. Spy Network Will Survive Any Amount Of Public Outrage, Experts Say

Source: Talking Points Memo

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain needed U.S. intelligence to help thwart a major terror attack. New Zealand relied on it to send troops to Afghanistan. And Australia used it to help convict a would-be bomber.

All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to ditch the Five Eyes relationship.

The broader message is that the revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden are unlikely to stop or even slow the global growth of secret-hunting — an increasingly critical factor in the security and prosperity of nations.

“Information is like gold,” Bruce Ferguson, the former head of New Zealand’s foreign spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, told The Associated Press. “If you don’t have it, you don’t survive.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/us-spy-network-will-survive-any-amount-of-public-outrage-experts-say.php

Zimmerman gets justice - by Matt Bors

Born Black In America

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