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Mission Accomplished!! Relentless Obstruction and Government Embargo by GOP Makes Obama Unpopular!!

Congratulations, GOP! You did it. And it turned out exactly as you planned. You defined your strategy even before the Obama Presidency began.

U.S. poll: more voters see Obama as worst president in modern times

An interesting, but not supprising, tidbit.

"In a survey of 1,446 registered voters, 33 percent said Obama was the worst president since World War Two, while 28 percent pointed to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the worst, the poll by Quinnipiac University found.

Most voters said Ronald Reagan, who served two terms in the 1980s, was the best president since 1945, the survey showed."

Not One More ... Using our voices, in song, to end gun violence

There are many groups and sites dedicated to addressing the issue of gun violence in our schools (and elsewhere). The voices and efforts of those who try to overcome the campaigns of the NRA and related groups to protect people's "right to bear arms" over the people's right to life and safety in our country, all too often seem to be lost in the noise. This post is one songwriter's effort to make a statement using the tools that I know best, my music, to further the cause for an end to gun violence.

Why Do We Lavish Benefits On Corporations? WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT IN RETURN?

Corporations are are ubiquitous... part of the air we breath. We probably can't imagine a time when they never existed, or if so, in radically different forms. And it's understandable why one would form a corporation. The benefits from government... I mean, from We The People, are just too generous to refuse.

It's Tribalism, Stupid. The right will HATE whatever Obama does no matter what it is. Compromise is Futile.

Our country is no longer having a debate anymore between left and right, in case you haven't noticed. It is clear today that, while ideology, race, and gender get a lot of ink in the press, tribalism trumps all.

Stephen Gaskin Requiescat In Pace

Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm, dies at 79

Stephen Gaskin — an often tie-dye-clad hippie philosopher, a proud "freethinker" and iconic founder of The Farm — died Tuesday morning at his home. He was 79.

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Commits Suicide

A Mississippi newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, reported that the state's Tea Party leader and lawyer Mark Mayfield, 57, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Mayfield left a suicide note. He along with three other Tea Party activists had been involved with taking a picture and posting it on a blog of Mrs.

Judicial Review

Thom Hartmann's article at Alternet --- Hartmann: The Radical Right Wing Supreme Court Is Acting Like It's a Monarchy --is scary. The Framers of the Constitution did intend for judicial review. See Madison's notes to the debates or the following link for a discussion about judicial review and the need for checks and balances.

Boycott Hobby Lobby

I do not care that Thom thinks boycotts do not work. They do in other countries where people support them. If the women that currently shop at Hobby Lobby go elsewhere they will get the message. We need a movement to Boycott Walmart, Georgia Pacific, Hobby Lobby and others.

Thoughts On Recess Appointments vs Pro Forma Sessions

In the Framer's time... a recess of the Senate was an inherent aspect of its existence. At a time when carriage travel was the fastest mode of transport available, Senators had to have some long recess to travel back to their distant home states like Maine and Georgia...

So just what was the intent of the Framers here? From Article 2:

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Why Is Religion Given Preference In The Constitution?

Obviously not all conflicting religions can be true. Yet historically religious beliefs are perhaps the most personal and fervently held. As such they are granted special protections in the First Amendment. Wisely, there are also protections against the government using its power to favor or promulgate religion.

But there's never been any actual evidence of a God or if there is one... what religion s/he/it favors.

What if religions are just crazy belief systems... perhaps the least valid of all the nuttiness humans are capable of concocting?

Does Hobby Lobby decision violate the First Amendment?

With the Hobby Lobby decision, the right wing majority on the Supreme Court for the first time permitted a for-profit company to become the vehicle for the owner's Christian religious beliefs... in this case against birth control. In claiming the decision is limited to just to some Christian beliefs against birth control, does the Hobby Lobby decision violate the First Amendment's prohibition of establishment of religion by not also deciding in favor or other creeds such as against blood transfusions etc?


HOBBY LOBBY is a VERY bad decision for American women . . . they can be denied legal benefits, and protections, that the Federal Government has decided that they are entitled to, based on their boss's religious beliefs.

Why ANY woman would ever step into a HOBBY LOBBY store, again, I do not know.

This decision also leaves open the question of whether a closely held corporation can discriminate based on an employee's sexual orientation, based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Browser Extension Reveals Campaign Contributions

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GOP Blocks Equal Pay...again.

Just in time for election season, Senate Republicans blocked legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap. For the third time since 2012, Republicans refused to allow debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, and reminded women that the GOP doesn't believe in equal pay for equal work.

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