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The massive recall of cars with exploding airbags got me thinking about other things that are deadly and/or dangerous either by design or neglect.
The recall of the Patriot Act, or at least the sunset of its most pernicious sections, looks like it could really happen, thanks to Mitch McConnell being incredibly bad at Majority Leading the Senate. Unfortunately, everything else in this cartoon will probably be injuring/maiming/killing innocent people for years to come.
Is this the end of our domestic spying pal, Snuggly the Security Bear? Most likely not. Snuggly will probably still be in business and up to his usual tricks, he just may have to work with a huge telecom company or some kind of NSA-corporate partnership.
Mitch McConnell recently attempted to ram through a last-minute extension of provisions in the Patriot Act that have been used to keep domestic spying "legal." (Never mind that the Second Circuit Court said that Section 215 of the Patriot Act cannot be used to justify bulk collection of everyone’s metadata.) Very long story short, barring any last-minute legislative slight-of-hand, NSA collection of everyone’s phone call metadata will come to an end this Monday.
The spying-at-all-costs crowd is still pushing to keep things as they are, allowing the NSA to harvest scrillions of bits of data on each and every person in the United States. Chances are a "compromise" will come out of Congress that even the NSA endorses. (Which should give you an indication of the extent of this "reform.") Hey, it’s a start! Domestic spying will be reined in somewhat, and chances are we’ll find out in a few months that really not much has changed, methinks. Pray for Snuggly, comment, like and share the cartoon—and dig deeper into some of the links behind the cartoon.
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This week, Ireland voted YES (by vast majority) for same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum, becoming the 20th country to do so, and the first in history to legalize marriage equality democratically. This is wonderful news for the Irish, and for global progressive thinking on the whole.
And it got me wondering: Ireland's citizens have come forward in overwhelming support of a pro-same-sex marriage agenda despite Catholic Church dominance in all walks of Irish Life. So how do other countries with strong governmental Christian ties deal with the issue?
The answer, it turns out, is sometimes quite well. This cartoon highlights the various nations that have found no problem in having both an official Christian State religion, and a legal right for all people to marry freely. And then of course, one nation that has a bit more trouble with both.
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Ireland's Same Sex Marriage vote this weekend was historic and happy news for gays & lesbians on the Emerald Isle. I believe the Supreme Court will decide this summer that a little rainbow in our lives is not a threat to anyone's marriage in the USA.
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From the Global Justice Center:
Hundreds of women and girls have been forcibly impregnated by Boko Haram. Unofficially, 214 of the recently rescued girls have been reported pregnant after facing horrific circumstances of sexual slavery and violence. Organizations like the UNFPA are working as best they can to provide for the women, with a spokesperson saying, “We look after them and ensure they get antenatal care and that they deliver properly and that they even get cesarean section when necessary.” While UNFPA are doing good work helping these pregnant women and girls, they are hamstrung, by a decades old US policy, from providing the full range of medical services these women and girls require.
Yes, thanks to the late Senator Jesse Helms, and the persistence of this deadly, utterly retrograde foreign aid policy, these survivors of war may have to bear their rapists' children. Not that it's being discussed much in American media.
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A Pew survey came out last week showing that the ranks of Christians are declining in America, while the unaffiliated and other faiths are growing. Of course Christianity will remain a super-majority in the U.S. for decades to come, but it offers some hope that in the distant future, the religious right might lose their grip on national politics. Maybe.
Jeb Bush has performed a valuable service with his recent missteps and flubs, he’s reminded the world of the baggage he willingly carries. I’m not tarring him with the same brush as George W. Bush just because they are brothers. Jeb has voluntarily staffed his foreign policy team with 17 people from his brother’s administration. (This is out of a foreign policy team of 21, mind you.)
Sure, the dynasty thing is bad enough and it’s the same Bush family as before—but whether Jeb is a Bush or not, he deserves to be pilloried for putting people like Paul Wolfowitz in places where they might have an impact on, you know, foreign policy. (It boggles my mind Wolfowitz is actually showing his face in public, never mind appearing on cable news and advising another Bush.)
Besides Wolfie, there are loads of other people on Jeb’s list of advisers—people like Porter Goss, who gets a bone-chilling shout out in this week’s Frontline piece. (Right after the 43 minute mark.) While the run up to the Iraq war may seem like a long time ago and a president or two away, Jeb is actively bringing these guys back.
These inept hawks are the ones who took this country to war on a lie and actively contributed to the deaths of thousands of United States servicemen and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens. And remember, this was not just about "faulty intelligence," the George W. Bush administration (many of who are now in Jeb Bush’s circle of advisers), knowingly used false intelligence to make the case for an unnecessary war. It’s important to remember the recent past so we don’t put the same criminals and idiots in power again. Fortunately, things aren’t looking too good for Jeb right now, but the campaign has barely begun. Enjoy the cartoon, like, comment and all that other good stuff—and be sure to check out the links behind the cartoon.