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California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants

A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly.

Senate Bill 4 would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state exchange, pending a federal waiver, and enroll eligible children under the age of 19 in Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor. A capped number of undocumented adults would also be allowed participate, if additional funding is appropriated in the state budget.

“We are talking about our friends, we are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic health care in the richest state of this union,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the measure’s author. “Ensuring that every child in California grows up healthy and with an opportunity to thrive and succeed is simply the right thing to do.”
SB 4 still faces a challenging road in the Assembly, and should it make to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, a signature is not guaranteed. Brown has expressed skepticism over the bill because of its high cost, estimated to be as much as $135 million annually.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article22904433.html#storylink=cpy


I sure hope it passes and Brown signs it. This will save many lives, and not just the uninsured's. Right now our emergency rooms are clogged with uninsured undocumented immigrants who have no other access to healthcare. If they can get their primary care in doctor's offices, it will be much cheaper, and ease the strain on our emergency rooms. Plus, as Sen. Lara said, it's the right thing to do.

Yes, we can have wind energy without decapitating birds.

It’s no longer surprising to encounter 100-foot pinwheels spinning in the breeze as you drive down the highway. But don’t get too comfortable with that view. A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window.

Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky. The Vortex has the same goals as conventional wind turbines: To turn breezes into kinetic energy that can be used as electricity. But it goes about it in an entirely different way.

Instead of capturing energy via the circular motion of a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of what’s known as vorticity, an aerodynamic effect that produces a pattern of spinning vortices. Vorticity has long been considered the enemy of architects and engineers, who actively try to design their way around these whirlpools of wind. And for good reason: With enough wind, vorticity can lead to an oscillating motion in structures, which, in some cases, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, can cause their eventual collapse.



Roger Goodell Makes $35 Million Running A Non-Profit

Roger Goodell made $35 million running a small non-profit known as the National Football League in 2013. For those who don’t know about it, the league, commonly referred to as the “NFL,” is a professional American football league in which players try to avoid getting “tackled,” or taken down, before they reach the goal zone.

Goodell’s compensation is down from $44 million in 2012, but it still makes him “one of the highest paid chief executives in America,” according to The New York Times. For comparison’s sake, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein made $23 million in 2013, so, yeah.


The NFL is technically a non-profit trade organization, which is the reason it remains tax-exempt. But the league is pulling in $10 billion a year now, and politicians have calculated that the league avoids paying millions in taxes every year as a result of its non-profit status.


Pope says chosing childlessness is "selfish."

Pope Francis: 'Not To Have Children Is A Selfish Choice'

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Less than a month after saying Catholics don’t have to multiply “like rabbits,” Pope Francis on Wednesday (Feb. 11) once again praised big families, telling a gathering in St. Peter’s Square that having more children is not “an irresponsible choice.”

He also said that opting not to have children at all is “a selfish choice.”

A society that “views children above all as a worry, a burden, a risk, is a depressed society,” Francis said.


Says the Pope, who chose not to have any kids...

Disneyland workers diagnosed with measles

Several employees at Disneyland have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed Tuesday, as the total number of measles cases in the California-centered outbreak rose to 53.

The rapid spread of measles is what experts have feared. Health officials generally hope a measles outbreak can be contained within a manageable group of people and eventually extinguished by keeping the ill at home or in a hospital room until they recover, with the outbreak eventually being stopped by the broader community of vaccinated people.

But with vaccination rates falling off over the last several years, the virus appears to be spreading.


Young Handcuffed 'Thug' Saves Arresting Officers Life

A HANDCUFFED teenager is being hailed as a hero after he helped save the life of a police officer who was processing him.  Last September, Jamal Rutledge — a juvenile defendant — was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and burglary, according to NBC Miami. But as officer Franklin Foulks was booking Rutledge, the cop collapsed holding his chest in distress. Rutledge immediately began to kick the security fence and yell for help, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department said.

The FLPD said attending medical staff noted quick action by Rutledge and other cops saved Foulks’ life.

I especially love the poster's comments:

Of course a lot of people will say 'what else would he have done? theres a man dying in front of him'.

And to that I say... well he could have tackled the officers sister as she came running in concern for her brother and lock her in a police car feet away from her dying sibling all while refusing to administer aid...  

Or he could have ignored any signs of distress emanating the officer... perhaps pleas of 'I can't breathe'?

Blamed the officers condition on his diet and left it at that?


Video of incident and story about how the teen was subsequently formally honored for saving the officer's life:


Women in India agitate for their right to pee

According to government figures, Mumbai has 3,536 public restrooms that women share with men, but not a single women’s-only facility — not even in some police stations and courts. Enter the Right To Pee movement, a coalition of NGOs fighting for more — and safer — toilets for women.

Deepa Pawar, an activist from a women’s rights organization called Vacha, has collected horror stories over the past three years about how the lack of toilets hurts women in Mumbai.

Some women get bladder and urinary tract infections from holding in their urine, while others simply don't drink water all day to avoid the bathroom. Many women are raped or assaulted each year when they leave their homes to find a toilet, and those who find toilets safely can face other risks — scorpions, rats, infections.

And there are the larger societal issues as well: “The number one reason that girls drop out of school is because there are no toilets," Pawar points out.


Is Orange County screwing with Dems' ballots to block a supermajority?

According to the LA Times, Dems' chance to retake the state house as a supermajority rests on two contested seats:: Solorio v. Nguyen in Orange County and Chavez v. Vidak in the Central Valley.


I've been voting by mail-in ballot for over 10 years in Orange County --always as a registered Democrat. My ballot has always come at least a month before the election. Here it is October 19 and I still don't have my ballot. This has never happened before. My husband, who is a registered Independent, got his ballot several weeks ago. I did receive the Sample Ballot booklet when my husband got his. Both booklets tell us we are registered as a mail-in ballot voter and we must vote using our mail-in ballot; we can't go to a voting booth.

So I call the Orange County Registrar of Voters on Friday and the clerk says a lot of people have been calling about late ballots. I point out my husband, who lives at the same address as me, has had his ballot for several weeks. She says yes, she's been hearing about a lot of those kind of situations. She tells me the best thing to do is just for her to re-register me for an absentee ballot so that she can send me out another ballot. And she says I called just in time because Monday October 20 is the deadline to request an absentee ballot. Then she tells me I will also receive a Declaration I must sign promising I won't vote both ballots if I end up getting both in the mail. But, she tells me the Declaration must be mailed back separately. Now I'm waiting for my replacement ballot and this Declaration to sign. This whole process sounds screwy.

Is anyone else here an OC Dem who still hasn't gotten their ballot? This delay seems really fishy to me. Or am I being paranoid?

Bolling apologizes for "boobs on the ground" insult, but Gutfeld doesn’t.

...During a segment about Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, a female pilot from the United Arab Emirates who led a mission this week against ISIS in Syria, Eric Bolling referred to her mission as 'boobs on the ground.'
'Problem is, after she bombed it she couldn't park it,' said Greg Gutfeld.
Now, after outrage from viewers, and even his own wife, following these insensitive remarks, he has apologized.

'I made a joke and when I got home, I got the look, and realized some people didn't think it was funny at all,' Bolling said on the air today...I said sorry to my wife and I apologize to all of you as well and want to make that very clear.'
Gutfeld still has yet to apologize for his statement.



When Ed Schultz made a sexist comment, he made a teary apology and was taken off the air for a week by MSNBC. Fox seems happy with a limp apology--or none at all in the case of Gutfeld.

State Farm dumps Rob Schneider for anti-vaccination views

State Farm Insurance has dropped an ad campaign featuring the "Deuce Bigalow" star in a reprisal of his "Richmeister" character -- a.k.a. the "making copies" guy -- from "Saturday Night Live." The decision stems not from an objection to rehashed humor from the mid-'90s, but to Schneider's outspoken stance against childhood vaccines. 

Schneider has not taken the news lightly, posting a quote on Twitter attributed to George Washington implying that he'd been denied his 1st Amendment rights and thanking his supporters "who believe as I do that parents should decide what's in the best interests of their child, not Gov't mandates." 



I'm glad these anti-vaccination idiots are becoming pariahs.
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