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The Seven Things That Make WISGOP's Platform the Craziest in the Nation

http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/seven-things-make-wisgops-platform-craziest-nation


6.) Elimination of four year old kindergarten-- even though Wisconsin is one of only two states that has a constitution that specifically calls for educating children in a public school at age four.

5.) Calls for having elementary school teachers to carry loaded firearms with them at school. Kindergartners and loaded handguns-- what could go wrong?

4.) Calls for completely eliminating taxes on corporate dividends-- the main money-maker for Wisconsin's wealthiest citizens.

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2.) That all birth control pills are really abortificients and should be banned. And it goes without saying that the Wisconsin GOP has written into their platform that their are no exceptions where a woman gets a choice of whether or not to have an abortion-- including when she's been the victim of rape and incest.



Yes, we used to have a very progressive government, to wit, the four year old kindergarten clause in our State Constitution.

The Seven Things That Make WISGOP's Platform the Craziest in the Nation

http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/seven-things-make-wisgops-platform-craziest-nation


6.) Elimination of four year old kindergarten-- even though Wisconsin is one of only two states that has a constitution that specifically calls for educating children in a public school at age four.

5.) Calls for having elementary school teachers to carry loaded firearms with them at school. Kindergartners and loaded handguns-- what could go wrong?

4.) Calls for completely eliminating taxes on corporate dividends-- the main money-maker for Wisconsin's wealthiest citizens.

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2.) That all birth control pills are really abortificients and should be banned. And it goes without saying that the Wisconsin GOP has written into their platform that their are no exceptions where a woman gets a choice of whether or not to have an abortion-- including when she's been the victim of rape and incest.



Yes, we used to have a very progressive government, to wit, the four year old kindergarten clause in our State Constitution.

WIS GOP Protects Real Life "Death Panels," Shoots-Down Cancer Treatment Fairness Act

http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/wis-gop-protects-real-life-death-squads-shooting-down-cancer-tre


Sarah Palin wasn't that far off when she talked about death panels-- except she failed to grasp that they already exist: They're called health insurance companies. Every day, people who have spent decades paying into a health insurance policy, find themselves severely injured or sick and then have to deal with an insurance company that is failing to follow through on their end of the bargain: Paying for the necessary medical care.

One example is oral chemotherapy for cancer patients. In many cases, it's more effective than other forms of chemotherapy in fighting cancer, but because it's more expensive, many insurance companies don't define it as a form of chemotherapy and, therefore, don't cover it. What the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act would simply do is require health insurance companies that already cover chemotherapy, to include "oral chemotherapy."

This bill was supported by a majority of Wisconsin's state senators-- including six Republican state senators. However, because a majority of Republican senators don't support it, Senate Majority Scott Fitzerald refused to even allow it to go up for a vote.

As State Senator Jon Erpenbach pointed out, "the reality is many advocates of this bill will die between now and the next session" because the Wisconsin legislature failed to hold health insurance companies accountable.

Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia

I disagree with the author that "There is no comparison, of course, between the de facto genocide that resulted from British policy, and conservative criticism of modern American poverty programs."


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/paul-ryans-irish-amnesia.html

A great debate raged in London: Would it be wrong to feed the starving Irish with free food, thereby setting up a “culture of dependency”? Certainly England’s man in charge of easing the famine, Sir Charles Trevelyan, thought so. “Dependence on charity,” he declared, “is not to be made an agreeable mode of life.”

And there I ran into Paul Ryan. His great-great-grandfather had fled to America. But the Republican congressman was very much in evidence, wagging his finger at the famished. His oft-stated “culture of dependency” is a safety net that becomes a lazy-day hammock. But it was also England’s excuse for lethal negligence.
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Ryan boasts of the Gaelic half of his ancestry, on his father’s side. “I come from Irish peasants who came over during the potato famine,” he said last year during a forum on immigration.

BUT with a head still stuffed with college-boy mush from Ayn Rand, he apparently never did any reading about the times that prompted his ancestors to sail away from the suffering sod. Centuries of British rule that attempted to strip the Irish of their language, their religion and their land had produced a wretched peasant class, subsisting on potatoes. When blight wiped out the potatoes, at least a million Irish died — one in eight people.

If we die, we're taking you with us.

This is how we drive Monsanto's GMOs off the market

From my email ....




Dear Organic Consumer,

How do we know we're winning the war against Monsanto and Big Food?

Dozens of supermarket chains and natural health stores have declared that they won’t sell GMO salmon in their stores, even if the FDA approves it.

Grocery stores, including major retail chains, are starting to voluntarily label GMO-foods, and in some cases, get rid of them altogether. Meanwhile sales of non-GMO and organic products are steadily increasing.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, desperate to prevent state GMO labeling laws, is peddling a bill in Congress that would preempt state laws—but no member of Congress has been willing to sponsor it.

We’re winning, one battle at a time. But until we bring down Monsanto’s evil empire once and for all, we still have work to do. If you help us raise $200,000 by midnight, March 31, two donors—Mercola.com and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps—will pitch in to match our $200,000 by donating $100,000 each. We’ll use that $400,000 to fight for state GMO labeling laws, and county bans on GMO crops. Can you make a donation today?

Since January 1, 2014, our Organic Consumers’ network has donated $165,000 to the Vermont state GMO labeling campaign, and $15,000 to the Maryland state GMO labeling campaign.

We’ve also donated a total of $80,000 to campaigns to ban the growing of GMO crops in several Oregon counties.

Next week, we’ll send the first $100,000 of our $500,000 pledge to support the November 4 state ballot initiative in Oregon, an initiative that will require mandatory labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients.

Many of you helped us raise millions of dollars for state ballot initiatives in California and Washington State, only to be disappointed when Monsanto and Big Food squeaked by with narrow wins. I was disappointed, too.

But you can’t put a price on exposing Monsanto's lies and driving genetically engineered foods off the market. What you helped us accomplish in California and Washington State has cracked the foundation of Monsanto’s evil empire.

Now we need to finish the job.

Like you, I look forward to the day when we no longer have to raise money to fight for the basic right to know what’s in our food—and the right to ban the growing of crops, and the manufacture of foods, that are poisoning our soil, air and water, and ruining our health.

Until then, we’re all in this together.

Every donation made by midnight, March 31, no matter how large or small, will bring us closer to our goal of $200,000—and that much closer to matching funds from Mercola.com and Dr. Bronner’s.

Thank you!

Ronnie Cummins
National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

P.S. Funds donated directly to campaigns must be raised through the Organic Consumers Fund, our allied 501(c)4 lobbying arm. If you need to make a tax-deductible donation, please donate to our 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your donation will indirectly support our GMO bans and labeling laws by funding our ongoing education and media work.

Reminder to Politicians: That Microphone May Still Be Live

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/us/politics/reminder-to-politicians-that-microphone-may-still-be-live.html

WASHINGTON — Senator Lindsey Graham has witnessed enough congressional hearings to know: If you want to have a side conversation, cover that microphone. Mr. Graham, a top Senate Republican, seemed to forget that lesson on Thursday when he was caught on an open mike offering to help Secretary of State John Kerry cajole Speaker John A. Boehner into supporting an expansion of loans to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund.

“Hey, John, good job,” he told Mr. Kerry, referring to the secretary’s just-finished testimony on the State Department budget. “Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner.” So, it seems, Democrats and Republicans can work together after all. They just cannot do it publicly.

The episode recalls Michael Kinsley’s famous adage that a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. In this age of ubiquitous digital electronics, then, open-mike gaffes are becoming about as common as the iPhone.

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Of course, when these same politicians know the microphone is on, they revert to form. Just a few months ago, Mr. Graham was bashing the “failure” of Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry to improve relations with Russia, citing it as evidence of a bankrupt foreign policy. No one called it a gaffe.


Craven Statehouse Behavior

Political cowards grovel before gun lobby ...


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/opinion/craven-statehouse-behavior.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1

Despite all the lethal mayhem caused by the Stand Your Ground laws now on the books in nearly two dozen states, the gun lobby is inviting more trouble. In Georgia, for instance, a pernicious bill approved by the House authorizes an array of dangerous laissez-faire gun provisions. One would allow convicted felons who kill someone with an illegally possessed gun to seek justification under the state’s Stand Your Ground law. A second would allow concealed guns on college campuses, despite the opposition of 78 percent of polled Georgians.

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The pro-gun zealots who occupy the statehouses appeared to let up after the schoolhouse gun massacre in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. But as the country enters a new election cycle, the gun lobby is prodding lawmakers for even more advantageous laws, despite growing evidence that Stand Your Ground, far from protecting the public, hobbles prosecutors and gives defense lawyers unwarranted leeway to invoke self-defense in a mockery of law and order.

The number of justifiable-homicide cases in Florida has jumped by 200 percent since enactment of the law, according to a survey of F.B.I. data by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-safety group alarmed by the way the statehouses run roughshod over community gun controls.

Justifiable-homicide cases rose 83 percent in Georgia, where the House’s deplorable gun bill has now moved to the Senate, where the gun lobby is busily at work. Georgians should stand up for sanity and rebuff the latest threat to public safety from lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby.

I'm confused about "Common Core". Are we for it or against it?

Serious question.

Stop the assault on Wisconsin's water supplies

From my email ...



Scuba,

Right now, anti-environmental lawmakers are attempting to ram through the state legislature a terrible groundwater bill that would threaten Wisconsin’s water supplies for future generations. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true.

The good news is that our friends at Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters are mobilizing to stop this irresponsible legislation.

Will you join the thousands of other Wisconsinites who have already urged state lawmakers to oppose this horrible bill?

Thanks,



Kristin Brown
Online Campaigner, League of Conservation Voters
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