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Open letter to medical professionals and the AMA: Start the conversation

I would have included a few more "whereas" 's about HFCS, some specific pesticides, more about Endocrine Disruptors and antibiotics, and linked to more bad news about infant mortality and learning disabilities, but hey, it's a start.


Nathan Deal Suggests New Restrictions for Good Government Whistleblowers

news piece. In case you missed it.

George Will: Sexual assault victims enjoy ‘coveted status’ on college campuses

In a column published in both the Washington Post and New York Post, Fox News contributor George Will dismissed claims of college sexual assault –using ‘scare quotes’ around the term– while stating students see victimhood as a “coveted status.”

Writing that college administrators are being “educated by Washington,” Will writes, “they are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous” they are promoting the idea that victimhood is “a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”

Relating the story of a Swarthmore coed who was coerced into sex after saying “no,” Will dismissed her claim of “sexual assault” claiming it was part of the “hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.”


Ronald Reagan's Freedom From Religion spot

aired on Comedy Central last night. I was blown away! I literally stood up and cheered. Here's an article I found this morning:


Rachel Maddow's take

on last night. Pretty interesting. If you missed it:


Benghazi: If Chuck Todd says it's over, it's probably over

Chuck Todd has a message for Republicans still harping on Benghazi: it's over, people.

The panel on Tuesday's "Morning Joe" was discussing the new House Select committee formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. The inquiry comes after several others into the attacks, all of which led Todd to suggest that the latest investigation is not necessary and is more of a "partisan" process than anything else.

"I’ll hear from Republicans that say, ‘But there are unanswered questions!’ Well, no, all the questions have been answered," he said. "There’s just some people that don’t like the answers, that wish the answers were somehow more conspiratorial, I guess."

Todd said that there were a number of issues, like policy or the United States' response to Arab Spring, worth discussing. "But to sit here and investigate talking points seems to be totally missing the larger point here," he added. "It’s like investigating who cut down one tree in a forest that’s been burned down."

His comments echo his remarks earlier this month that the new committee "looks nothing more than a partisan stunt.” House Speaker John Boehner recently named Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy to lead the investigation, while some Democrats who are threatening to boycott the committee.


10 most absurd right-wing Christian billboards

These are hilarious! And you'll be reminded again at how terrible the right is at grammar, mechanics and punctuation.


So a house in my neighborhood burned down

It apparently caught fire in the afternoon. No one was injured but the entire place is charcoal splinters. My reaction was complete astonishment that the fire department had been able to contain the blaze--the houses are pretty close together--without anything, even trees or lawn on adjacent property, sustaining any damage whatsoever. Someone else's response was to put up a HUGE sign in the yard: "Thank you God for your mercy and blessings."

Harder to drive, harder to vote?

My husband stopped at the GEORGIA DMV to routinely renew his driver's license before his May birthday. He was surprised, and so was I, to learn that to accomplish this previously routine transaction he was required to have THREE forms of ID: a birth certificate, a passport, and/or Social Security identification, and proof of address. His old driver's license, with our still current address, was inadequate as a form of identification or as proof of address. (And while no one seems to care, my own Social Security card clearly states that it's not a form of ID.) He was told that they was now strictly enforcing the " new" identification requirements, but no one in my family had heard anything about this.

My internet research reveals that the "new" law went into effect in 2013, but it's been a well kept secret. Seems to me that the intent here is purely and simply voter repression. Obviously anything and everything that makes it more difficult to get a driver's license will make it more difficult to vote. Or am I, blue in a red state, just getting completely paranoid?

Phyllis Schlafy still alive; still unconscious

Days after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly, founder of "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum, claimed that providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances of finding a “suitable mate” in a Christian Post op-ed published Tuesday.

Since a woman prefers to marry a man who makes more money than she does, Schlafly argued, decreasing the gender pay gap would leave women unable to secure a husband.


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