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November 27, 2013

On November 21st, 2012, I wrote about a potential pitfall of the Hobby Lobby case


I wrote this post over a year ago. Evidently Maddow brought the same point up recently. Sucks to have not been wrong.

Consider a more extreme (but highly probable) scenario: the First Church of Christ, Scientist. These people do not believe in medicine: they are faith-healers. So if your employers were Christian Scientists, they could deny you any and all health care coverage. You’d get nothing. Except, perhaps, for a bunch of nimrods praying by your bedside as you died of appendicitis. This is a legal church, as legal as the Catholics, Babtists, Methodists and entitled to the same tax and legal benefits as any other religious entity.

If employers are allowed to use their personal beliefs to avoid paying for health care that they find objectionable, this writer submits that many tightwads will quickly “convert” to some sort of faith-healing sect in order to save money by denying their employees the care that that need. Soon, there would be few, if any, people covered by employer-based health care plans.

Think it couldn’t happen? Think again. In a society that rewards greed and glorifies ignorance, it is not only possible; it is predictable.

More at the link. Also, here:http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024100087
November 27, 2013

Hobby Lobby is a threat to your religious freedom. And your health. And your wallet.


Remember Animal Farm, where everyone was equal, but some were “more equal than others”? That is what the Supreme Court is all too likely to decide. Don’t scoff, they did it before with the Citizen’s United ruling, in which they decreed that while we all have the right to freedom of speech, rich people have more free speech than do the rest of us.

We are talking about a potential assault on the very principles on which our nation was founded, and on which our Constitution was based. The idea that your boss’s religious beliefs can overrule yours is not all that different from having your government’s religious beliefs likewise trump yours. This would completely take away our constitutional freedom of religion as hitherto guaranteed under the Establishment Clause.

More at the link.
November 26, 2013

Wingnut Republicans want the President to be assassinated. Coincidentally.


As noted last week, the same hate speech that helped get President Kennedy killed is being used against President Obama. Of course, with the manifold new technologies that have appeared over the past fifty years, there is even more hate speech and incitement to be found these days, so we can say that the Prexy is in a whole helluva lot of danger. Coincidentally, he’s our nation’s first Black Chief Executive.

Also on the 22nd, a Birtherbot threatened to kill the President. On the anniversary of Kennedy’s killing. Coincidentally.

On the following day, treasonous, seditious, child-molesting scumbucket Larry Klayman held a rally in DC, calling overtly for the overthrow of our legitimately elected government. Covertly, he called for Obama’s assassination. Coincidentally.

On the same day as that “rally”, a “Christian militia” group declared that they have the right to kill the Prexy.. Coincidentally.

This writer is not the sharpest tool in the shed, nor is he the brightest bulb on the shelf. But it seems pretty interesting that all of these high-profile death threats against our President took place within 48 hours of the anniversary of another Presidential assassination. Coincidence, the threateners say; why, there’s no connection between between their groups, not at all, honest, pinky swear. Coincidence.

And hey, maybe that’s so. But even if these exceedingly similar death threats are not connected, it says a lot about our nation that they are happening at this time. And by an amazing coincidence, what it says is nothing good.

Links to sources at the link.
November 25, 2013

Congressman Steve Stockman. Not just bats*** insane, he’s a secretive crook, too.


Short version: he has violated Federal laws and is telling reporters to pound sand. Details and source material at the link.
November 25, 2013

Benjamin Netanyahu can’t tell fantasy from reality. Ignore him.


Just a few hours ago, Ol’ Bibi (yes, he really likes to be called that) denounced the preliminary deal with Iran. You might not see that as a problem: after all, Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel on more than one occasion. So, perhaps Bibi is not talking s***?

Nope, he’s talking s*** all right: you see, back in October, right after the talks started, Mr. Netanyahu denounced “the deal” as “a bad deal”… when there was no deal. That’s right, the Israeli Prime Minister was denouncing something that did not exist.

So why listen to him when he denounces something that does exist?
November 23, 2013

Did Michele Bachmann REALLY Say THIS?

Fuckity Von Fuckington, this shit is un-fucking-believable.
November 22, 2013

The Many Lessons of Nov 22. (And how Conservatives learned the wrong lesson.)


Long post, with graphics and links. Couldn't paste it here via my mobile device. Anyone who wants to is welcome to do so.
November 21, 2013

Maybe Tucker Carlson isn’t a necrophiliac…


"But he does support positions that would result in a lot of people dying through lack of access to health care. Mind, this writer has no degrees in psychology, and so can not diagnose the man. One does have to wonder why a non-necrophiliac would advance causes that would increase the number of dead people, though."

"It is almost inconceivable that Tucker Carlson finds his pulse quickening, his palms sweating, and his jockey shorts tightening when viewing news stories about the miseries suffered by the uninsured. But he does support positions that would result in a lot of people people being very miserable indeed through lack of access to health care. Mind, this writer has no degrees in psychology, and so can not diagnose the man. One does have to wonder why someone not so perverted would advance causes that would increase the number of miserable people, though.

This writer was at the gym yesterday, walking on treadmills and pedaling exercise bikes, and had the great good fortune to be stuck in front of a TeeVee that was tuned to Fox “News”, which was in full “F*** ObamaCare” mode. Tucker’s “solution” was to get rid of the ACA, and ditch the few pathetic bits of pre-ACA regulations and oversight as well."

More at the link.
November 20, 2013

For all of the stupid f***s who want to drug-test food stamp recipients:

" One of the Congresscritters who voted for that measure just got busted on a cocaine charge. Really:

WASHINGTON — In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would allow states to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they’re not on drugs. In October, police busted the Florida Republican on a charge of cocaine possession."

More at the link.

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