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"Current military spending is lapping at historic highs, not lows."



http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/07/chart-day-military-spending-historic-highs

Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education

Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education
"Let’s let them choose it, let’s not force them to do it," he said. "I think that’s when you start seeing the shift."
By Benjamin Wood, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, July 16 2013 10:47 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Compulsory education laws have resulted in parents disengaging themselves from the responsibility to oversee the education of their children and have caused schools to falter under the burden of being all things to all people.

Those points are among the arguments made by Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, in an article posted Friday on the blog of the Utah State Senate, in which Osmond called for the end of compulsory education in the state.

"Some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system," Osmond wrote. "As a result, our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness."

Osmond wrote further that in the current state of public education, teachers do not receive meaningful support from parents, while at the same time parents become frustrated that schools are not able to meet the individual needs of their children. Osmond told the Deseret News that there is a need to shift the public mindset to viewing learning as an opportunity as opposed to an obligation, while also reinforcing the idea of liberty and choice.

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MORE:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583185/Utah-lawmaker-calls-for-end-of-compulsory-education.html

Thanks To ObamaCare: Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%

Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%
By RONI CARYN RABIN and REED ABELSON
Published: July 16, 2013 107 Comments


Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.

State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.

Supporters of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, credited the drop in rates to the online purchasing exchanges the law created, which they say are spurring competition among insurers that are anticipating an influx of new customers. The law requires that an exchange be started in every state.

“Health insurance has suddenly become affordable in New York,” said Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for health initiatives with the Community Service Society of New York. “It’s not bargain-basement prices, but we’re going from Bergdorf’s to Filene’s here.”




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/health/health-plan-cost-for-new-yorkers-set-to-fall-50.html?_r=0
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/17/2313111/thanks-to-obamacare-new-yorkers-health-insurance-premiums-will-plunge-50-percent/

This Filmmaker Will Make You Think Differently About the Trayvon Martin Case



“High on the list on what killed Trayvon and what allowed his murderer to go free is the white privilege system of racism and oppression that this country was built upon and executes, pun intended, with full force in a slightly more nuance form today.

Before we go any further, I am aware that I am white and in many ways benefit from these systems of oppression that I am condemning. However I am not, to preempt the comments that will take up space on this topic, suffering for what you call white guilt. I see the world as it is. It is not an opinion.”




Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/16/filmmaker-dennis-trainor-white-privilege-innocent-trayvon-martin-guilty-video/#ixzz2ZGVStCK1

The Cheney States Of America




The Cheney States Of America

Liz Cheney is going to primary Mike Enzi in Wyoming.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/16/liz-cheney-mike-enzi_n_3606837.html


and an appropriate reaction found out there in the tubes:

˙sʇoƃƃɐɯ ʇnoqɐ ɹɐǝɥ oʇ sʇuɐʍ ǝuo ou

Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Block Abortion Restrictions Until The Death Penalty Is Abolished

Source: Think Progress

State Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr. (D) has introduced HB 45, which would prevent Texas from enforcing any of the abortion restrictions passed during this year’s special session until 60 days after Texas abolishes the death penalty:



LIMITATION ON ADDITIONAL ABORTION RESTRICTIONS. Notwithstanding any other law, a law enacted on or after June 1, 2013, that restricts access to abortion or the availability of abortion does not take effect until 60 days after publication in the Texas Register of a finding of fact made by the attorney general that the state has abolished the use of the death penalty as a punishment available on final conviction of a criminal offense.



At the end of June — right before the extra lawmaking sessions began — Texas executed its 500th person. The state has led the country in death penalty executions, contributing to one-third of the total number of Death Row inmates executed in the United States over the past several years.

“In Texas, we’re going to support protecting life,” Perry recently said in reference to his commitment to enacting the harsh abortion restrictions. But that sentiment may not apply to all lives in the Lone Star State. 261 executions, over half of the total number of since Texas reinstated the death penalty in 1977, took place under Perry’s leadership.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/16/2312051/texas-democrats-death-penalty-abortion/

Vatican will nix your time in purgatory if you follow Pope on Twitter

Vatican will nix your time in purgatory if you follow Pope on Twitter
7/16/2013 8:57pm by John Aravosis 5 Comments


The Vatican announced that Catholics wipe out their entire expected time in purgatory by following the Pope on Twitter, among other “social media” ways of expunging their sinful souls.

According to the Italian paper, Corriere della Sera, in order for Catholics to earn years off of their time in purgatory, they must either attend the upcoming Rio World Youth Day in person, or follow the event on Twitter or any other method online.

In the Corriere’s English edition they note that buried in the decree is the following fine print:

The faithful who are legitimately impeded (from attending the event - Ed.])can obtain the plenary indulgence if ...they follow these same rites and pious exercises ...always with appropriate devotion, by the new means of social communication”.



more:
http://www.corriere.it/english/13_luglio_16/plenary-indulgence_137ab582-ee17-11e2-98d0-98ca66d4264e.shtml
http://americablog.com/2013/07/twitter-purgatory-plenary-indulgence-te.html
wait till I tell my mom...
no more Hail Marys

peace, kp

Tavis Smiley to O'Really: "Every Black Person In USA Should Have A Gun Just To See How NRA Responds"

PBS host Tavis Smiley joined Bill O’Reilly to react to O’Reilly’s assertions about the lack of media coverage over black-on-black crime in the United States. Smiley told O’Reilly that institutionally there is a contempt for black men in the United States that has to be addressed. O’Reilly pushed back, while Smiley brought up gun laws and suggested that every black person in the United States should have a gun just to see how the NRA responds.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/tavis-smiley-challenges-oreilly-on-black-crime-lets-arm-every-black-person-and-see-what-nra-thinks/

ZIMMERMAN: "I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

George Zimmerman Discusses Confrontation With Trayvon Martin On Hannity
by Josh Feldman | 9:48 pm, July 18th, 2012
From Mediaite:

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Zimmerman took zero responsibility for being the reason why those parents had to bury their child.

The real kicker came when Zimmerman accused African-Americans of rushing to judgement and asked everyone who he claims rushed to judgement to apologize to him. Zimmerman said, “I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

His statement was very telling in that since Zimmerman himself never apologized specifically for shooting Trayvon Martin, he must not think that shooting him was wrong

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/george-zimmerman-opens-up-about-confrontation-with-trayvon-martin-to-sean-hannity/

VICTORY: Republicans Will Hate New NLRB Nominees! -Chosen by Obama after consulting head of AFL-CIO!


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Update III: President Obama chose these nominees after consultation with Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO:

Republicans got to love that.

As part of the deal to avoid the so-called nuclear option, Republicans agreed not to block the replacement nominees for Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, which were picked Tuesday in consultation with AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.

The nominees will get a hearing next week, said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Harkin said the two will be approved before senators break for August recess.

“We now have a path forward to having a functioning NLRB for the remainder of Barack Obama’s term and even into the next presidency. So I’m very happy about that. so everything worked out,” Harkin said


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http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/white-house-consults-with-afl-cio-head-on-nlrb-picks-94280.html
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/16/1224217/-Republican-Will-Hate-New-NLRB-Nominees


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