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  • Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Your Daily Gun:
    Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Your Daily Gun
  • What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
    • I am sick and tired of dumb people arguing against marriage equality, by Hunter
    • The banana republic in which we stand, by Mark Sumner
    • Will Calhounsim Bring Down DOMA, by Armando
    • Is the Affordable Care Act unaffordable? Mitch McConnell wants you to think so, by Joan McCarter
    • The U.S. has learned nothing from Europe's deadly obsession with austerity, by Georgia Logothetis
    • The Stolen Generations, by Denise Oliver Velez
    • America's soft power secret: Hip Hop, by brooklynbadboy
  • Elon James White, Managing Director of This Week In Blackness invites you to listen to the latest episodes of #TWiBRadio and TWiB! In the Morning: "How NOT to be a Pundit"; where we covered the extreme pundit fail on The Hannity Show, more controversy about NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, and much, much more. Folks wishing to engage directly with #TeamBlackness should comment at the original post.
  • Here's a map of female mortality rates in the United States, with the headline reading "pretty terrifying." The headline is correct.
  • They should be ashamed. But bigots never are:
    The Texas A&M student senate late Wednesday passed a bill aimed at letting students opt out of funding the university's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center on religious grounds.

    After three hours of tear-filled testimony and impassioned debate, the senate voted 35-28 to approve the measure to allow students to choose not to pay portions of their student fees to specific university services that conflict with their religious beliefs.

  • A bittersweet anniversary:

    40 years ago today, the World Trade Center's Twin Towers were officially opened.
    @nypost via SocialFlow
  • With baseball season finally upon us, where does your team's owner rank on the asshole-o-meter?
    In early February, a US Patent and Trademark Office court in Washington, DC, confirmed what baseball fans had suspected for more than a century: The New York Yankees are evil. After an internet startup, Evil Empire Inc., had attempted to trademark the phrase "Baseball's Evil Empire," the Yankees filed an injunction, and the panel of judges agreed. As the court put it, "The record shows that there is only one Evil Empire in baseball and it is the New York Yankees." If only it were true. The ranks of Major League Baseball owners include some of the richest men—and they are almost exclusively white males—in the country, as likely to open their wallets for a super-PAC as they are a top-shelf free agent. Viewed in the context of the competition, with its anti-discrimination settlements and SEC investigations, the Yankees are, like their Opening Day roster, fairly pedestrian.

    So where does your team's ownership rank? We took a stab at it, analyzing each franchise by its level of political activity (based on campaign donations and office-seeking) and relative degree of evil—copyrighted or not.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Everything on the show today has a Greg Dworkin component to it. First, an extended version of his regular segment, featuring Monte Frank of Team 26, for a recap of their Newtown-to-DC ride, an update on their activities & word on what's next. Then, the story of the surprising phone call Greg got from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, regarding my reading of his article, "What The NRA's 'School Shield' Would Cost." While I finished up the article, Armando called in to go to bat for Johnston & pitch an effort to get him on the show.

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  •  Texas A&M: opt out of paying for religious groups (6+ / 0-)

    I guess if it's okay to opt out of things that disagree with your religious beliefs, then it will be okay to opt out of paying for anything that has a religious connection.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:06:27 PM PDT

    •  Students have this right already, (5+ / 0-)

      by disenrolling from Texas A&M.  Baylor's just up the road, and as a private institution, they have much more latitude in which student groups to recognize, or not.

      How far do you think someone in College Station would get with a religious objection to funding ROTC?

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:18:50 PM PDT

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      •  how about a Jewish student objecting to paying (1+ / 0-)
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        PSzymeczek

        for Christian organizations.  Wait that would be prejudiced for the student to do such a thing, right?

        (BTW a la David Horowitz and his ilk;  the RW has long advocated their RW adherents gain control of student levers of power to enforce the RW agenda.  They also advocate students acting as thought police to root out faculty radicals and inform their elders so they can take action:
        http://crooksandliars.com/...

        •  As it stands now, (2+ / 0-)
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          Phoenix Rising, PSzymeczek

          the law says there's no establishment clause violation to funding Christian groups from student activity fees as long as voluntary student associations of whatever stripe are given equal footing.  The thinking is, they're funded in spite of the religious affiliation, not because of it.  If, however, the act of ponying up the fee is treated as religious expression, that conclusion becomes precarious.  As with most expressions of bigotry, this approach is somewhat self-defeating.

          I remember hearing a lot about Horowitz in the late '90s, when college students really had no bigger concerns than campus politics (and, to be fair, some legitimate and worthwhile fights over womens' and ethnic studies programs, sports nicknames, and early recognition of LGBT groups).

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:46:59 PM PDT

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        •  Now I remember, (1+ / 0-)
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          PSzymeczek

          Horowitz used to write for Salon, along with Camille Paglia, back when there were no blogs, just e-zines.  Anyway, I sort of just assumed they were both dead.  Horowitz, I think proved too kooky even for the right after 9/11 (or, rather, the right was vitriolically anti-Muslim enough, he was superfluous), and Paglia ran out of the ability to coast on one book.

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:49:43 PM PDT

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          •  he is still around, just not as loud as before (2+ / 0-)
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            Loge, PSzymeczek

            most of his organizations have collapsed but he is still trying to take over campuses in his own way RW Watch mentions him from time to time

            •  Yeah, I think it was a bigger deal (1+ / 0-)
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              PSzymeczek

              back when he would put out lists of the most Godless colleges or whatever, and we wore it as badges of pride.  It seems these days with the Internet, outside of large public universities, student bodies are largely ideologically self-selecting or at least know what they're getting into.  My undergrad I was some sort of conservative (much like at DK from time to time), because I not only thought that people should vote for Al Gore over Ralph Nader but I affirmatively believed it was because Al Gore would have been a better President than Ralph Nader, precisely for the reasons that Nader gave for running.  Of course we had a few young republicans who insisted that the professors defer to their views, too.  Nobody's perfect.

              I have to think the economy means students have less time for that sort of bullshit.  

              Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

              by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:08:48 PM PDT

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      •  Under the new rule, (0+ / 0-)

        a student could opt out of funding ROTC. And support for bible study.
        I wonder how many students would bother to exercise an option to opt out. I have been the United Way rep in a workplace a couple of times. United Way had the ability to split your donation or to opt out of specific organizations you do not wish to support. Out of the 80 or so people in my workplace, I think I had one, maybe two, opt for not contributing to Planned Parenthood. Maybe 10 people designated one organization to receive their entire donation, like the Red Cross or their local volunteer fire department.
        The vast majority simply wrote down an amount per pay period and signed the bottom line, not caring to designate yea or nay where their $$ went.
        I'm not saying it would have to be that way at TX A&M. How organized & fervent is opposition to LGBT groups on campus?
        Are the young people at TX A&M necessarily more bigoted than those of their generation attending college elsewhere?
        This could be much ado about nothing.

        Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:51:09 PM PDT

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      •  baylor isn't secular (1+ / 0-)
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        PSzymeczek

        Baylor's motto: "For Church, For Texas"

        If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

        by papa monzano on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:02:11 PM PDT

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    •  Consider, this is Texas A&M... (1+ / 0-)
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      TomFromNJ

      where Gov. Rick Perry was once a Yell Leader, ("i.e., a butched-up version of a male cheerleader.") The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Note that Rick Perry is also trying to oust the President of the University of Texas, William C. Powers, because he won't kowtow to Gov. Oops.

      But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

      by dewtx on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:37:07 PM PDT

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    •  Latest news (9+ / 0-)

      http://blog.chron.com/...

      Student body president John Claybrook has vetoed the bill. And he is good-looking too.
      Also Rep. Bill Zedler's defunding amewndment to the state budget has been withdrawn.
      So you see, not everything that happens in Texas is bad. And Don Hrachovy, an alumnus of Texas A & M, started the mailing list of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, back in the late 1970's.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:45:46 PM PDT

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    •  Student Body President vetoed it. (2+ / 0-)
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      TX Freethinker, TomFromNJ

      BREAKING: Texas A&M student body president vetoes illegal, anti-gay bill

      Texas A&M Student Body President John L. Claybrook has vetoed an anti-gay bill passed by the Student Senate on Wednesday that would have allowed students to opt out of funding the campus GLBT Resource Center with their activity fees if they have religious objections.

      'Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.' -John Steinbeck

      by Eddie L on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:53:11 PM PDT

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  •  New Diary on Obama's "Grand Bargain" deal (0+ / 0-)

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:06:56 PM PDT

  •  Actually I don't find this (4+ / 0-)
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    I am sick and tired of dumb people arguing against marriage equality, by Hunter
    as disturbing as when smart people (e.g., Ben Carson) do it.
  •  About opting out of university fees (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    I want to opt out of anything that funds ROTC.

    Hopefully ...... soon, Mom. My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

    by pucklady on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:09:09 PM PDT

    •  I feel my private, Quaker alma matter (0+ / 0-)

      should continue to not have ROTC, but a public university like TAMU should recognize both.  I would say that what's good for the goose . . .

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:20:33 PM PDT

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  •  "sick of dumb people against marriage equality" (1+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle

    Looking forward to Hunter's piece this weekend, but in the meantime, I just read a clear and eloquent analysis of just what they DO Have to lose.  

    Same-Sex Marriage DOES Threaten "Traditional" Marriage"
    This essay says just what I've always tried to say, only better.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:10:28 PM PDT

  •  There's that image again (2+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, Dogs are fuzzy

    Rural, check.

    Bearded with checkered shirt, check.

    Poor rural scene in the background including kids and poor looking building with tire swing, check

    front page at DK with anti gun post, check.

    Translation rural poor people with guns are gun nuts, check.

    Surprised there isn't some bits of straw poking out of that mans shirt.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:13:19 PM PDT

    •  caricatures are so easy. (0+ / 0-)

      I love it on FB when I tell my friends I am a gun owner. They know me in so many other ways; some political, some similar types of work, some similar interests like writing to gardening or whatever...but they all know me as liberal.

      It so funny to have discussions with them (sometimes it's friend but friends of friends) and they find out I own a coupla guns, one that even has 13 rounds. They caricature liberals and liberals caricature them. It's so much easier than t=having to rely on...actual interaction.;)

      •  lol, maybe you should listen to your friends (1+ / 0-)
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        mdmslle

        perhaps their disapproval is sound, and you're the one who's doing something silly.

        The gun owner bubble is bursting. You shouldn't be surprised that people who don't indulge in such things are no longer deferring to your perspective...

        •  Yo make my case perfectly. (0+ / 0-)

          You don't even know my perspective. See how you just caricatured me?

          I, in fact, AM in favor or some regulation. Universal background checks for starter including gun shows.

          Do you want to contunue to caricature me? And assume that I have a host of friend beating me up on FB because because I just Wayne LaPierre?'

          You prved my point so pefectly. You created a HWOLE caricature in your mind about me and were off to the races based on one thing. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME OR MY POSITIONS ON GUN CONTROL AND REGULATION. Only what the caricature is in your mind of a gun owner.

          sad.

        •  BTW you also assumed the disapproval (0+ / 0-)

          was coming from liberal friends.

          Here's another caricature busting fact: It wasn't. I was arguing with right wingers about what regulations we should be considering. And you know what, they HAVE to listen to me because I, like them, own a gun. They can't just dismiss me as some "gun grabbing liberal". No. They can't even use non-sensical arguments like they might with the uninformed on these issues. I know what they're talking about. I know their language and yet, I;m a liberal. I get to fuck with their heads when I ask them is they believe it's only republicans who own guns? I get to fuck with their heads when I say, well, I own gun but we do need some regulations. I get to fuck with them when I let them know I'm a liberal who owns guns and I;m law abiding and can argue with them about, say, the ease of gun show purchases and the problem with straw purchasers.

          See, I can make my point and argue with then in a way you cannot. They don't listen to you because you don't know anything about guns.

          I;m not arguing with liberals on my FB page. Amazingly, I have more in common with them regarding gun control regulation than with rightwing gun owners. That said, I do disagree with some of the legislation t hat's being proposed not because it "infringes" but because they'll not be as effective as we need them to be. These are things I have found it easy to talk about with my liberal friends. Winger hate me. But I own a gun and they can't deny that.

    •  Looks like a hunter to me. (2+ / 0-)
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      sow hat, TomFromNJ

      Here's what the man says in the actual ad sponsored by Bloomberg's group:

      "I believe in the Second Amendment, and I'll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That's why I support comprehensive background checks."
      Now, as a gun guy, you may think he's a caricature. But to the 65% to 70% of American households that don't own guns, his comments sounds like common sense.

      You seem to be more offended at what you are projecting onto him than how the majority of Americans would view that person and what he had to say.

      Suggested liberal gun lovers' motto: "More liberal than the NRA on everything except guns."

      by Bob Johnson on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:23:29 PM PDT

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    •  That guy is a natural Democrat (0+ / 0-)

      We can't cater to his "social conservatism" but he (abstract "he") hates being treated like a psycho or a murderer because he owns a rifle. He could probably get behind some changes to gun laws if it weren't for the attitude that there's something inherently wrong with him.

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:25:05 PM PDT

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      •  And here's what he says in the ad from which (2+ / 0-)
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        Eddie L, sow hat

        ... the image is taken:

        "I believe in the Second Amendment, and I'll fight to protect it. But with rights come responsibilities. That's why I support comprehensive background checks."
        So when ban nock writes this:
        Translation rural poor people with guns are gun nuts, check.
        ban nock is really missing the mark (pun intended). What the man says is common sense to some gun owners and many more non-gun owners.

        He's not "nuts." He's right.

        Suggested liberal gun lovers' motto: "More liberal than the NRA on everything except guns."

        by Bob Johnson on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:29:31 PM PDT

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    •  no chaw of 'baccer say redman tucked away (0+ / 0-)

      in one cheek?  I am really disappointed

    •  Or He's A Wharton MBA Investment Banker Whizkid (0+ / 0-)

      Who finally made enough money to have that rural hideaway he uses 3 times a year without giving up his Park Avenue condo.  You'd have to count his teeth to tell.

      Or it's this real guy with his 44 lever action and snakeproof chaps, shooting feral hogs. (nice running headshot at 1:45)

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:50:43 PM PDT

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  •  So does this mean that non-Christians at TA&M (3+ / 0-)
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    get to opt out of funding for anything involving the word "Jesus"?

    Somehow, I think not.

  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction Diaries Series (2+ / 0-)
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    Okiciyap logo

    These diaries are to promote the Okiciyap Quilt Auction which will directly benefit Okiciyap Food Pantry and Childrens Center.  Please visit, read & recommend them.  The Auction Has Begun.
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    Okiciyap Quilt Auction, plus a Youth Library ~ nomandates

    Okiciyap: When We Help, the Transformative Power of Compassion ~ Grizzard

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: It's All About Community ~ Smoh

    New Day - Quilt Matching Funders seek your help in raising $6,000 for Okiciyap ~ navajo

    Quilt Matching Funders seek your help in raising $6,000 for Okiciyap ~ Meteor Blades

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: We Are All Responsible ~ peregrine kate

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Strength in Numbers, Synergy and Symbols ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Food Pantry Still Needs Us, Please Donate or Bid Today~ weck

    Okiciyap- Why a food bank, by the numb3ers ~ ZenTrainer

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit: Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Dave in Northridge  

    Okiciyap: Feeding The Hungry ~ glorificus

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Thanking DK Quilters Who Share Their Quilt Story~ Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse

    Two-Spirit and Okiciyap ~ Horace Boothroyd III

    This quilt is not invisible- Okiciyap is Lakota for 'we help' and we can help auction it ~ Denise Oliver Velez

    Okiciyap Quilt Guild Auction. We Help. That's What It's All About. ~ radical simplicity

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Let the Bidding Begin ~ GreyHawk

    Okiciyap Quilt Auction benefit begins Wednesday. Help the people of Cheyenne River ~ Meteor Blades

    Okiciyap - We Help ~ OPOL

    DK Quilt Guild & Okiciyap Quilt Auction: Why this Quilt ~ leu2500

    Okiciyap Dkos Auction Quilt ~ BeadLady

    Of Quilts and History: The Okiciyap Quilt Auction ~ winifred3

    DK Quilt Guild: Okiciyap Quilt Auction~We Quilt For Others ~ Pam from Calif

    Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit: Okiciyap (We Help) ~ Aji

    Twelve is a community number ~ GreyHawk

    Helping the Helpers Who Helped the Helpers ~ Glen The Plumber

    DK Quilt Guild: The Okiciyap Quilt ~ BeadLady

    TIME FOR THE BIG SHOW!!!! ~ glorificus

    DK Quilt Guild: Quilting for a Good Cause ~ weck
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    Okiciyap 2013 Quilt~ DK Quilt Guild

    If you cannot afford to bid on the quilt, or if you were outbid, you can contribute here:

    Okiciyap Food Pantry

    P.O. Box 172

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    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:15:38 PM PDT

  •  Friend in Little Rock directed me to (4+ / 0-)

    new blog posts on Tar Sands Blockade on the Ark. pipeline bust.

    Ain't nothin' pretty.

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:22:04 PM PDT

  •  Notice something about female mortality map? (2+ / 0-)
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    Notice how the 'red' counties (meaning rising female mortality rates) parallel politically red regions of the country?

    This is not a coincidence. Low socioeconomic status for women generally and for women of color in particular is a powerful predictor of premature mortality.

    For our Republican bretheren it's "Mission Accomplished". I guess.

    •  Life Expectancy Plunging For WHITE RepublicanWomen (2+ / 0-)
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      Although the article does not say it, those declines are for white women in the areas with the lowest levels of educational achievement.  The life expectancy for black women (although lower to begin with )  is relatively unchanged.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:28:09 PM PDT

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    •  Red states = WoW so why it is surprising that (0+ / 0-)

      assaults on reproductive freedom and cut backs in social services including medical care would result in higher female mortality.

      I was appalled to read quotes by the pts of the Philadelphia doctor who is indicted for murder of his pts due to conditions at his abortion clinic.  The second most prevalent reason woman used this butcher was because they did not wish to brave the ranks of anti abortion activists shouting at them and intimidating them at the mainstream clinics.

      Yep a doc who supposedly hired non-doctors to perform gynecological and obstetrical surgeries did not have a single picket or protestor during his decades of practice

    •  Loosely... (0+ / 0-)

      Some exceptions.  Arizona looks good.  Texas looks fair by comparison.  Iowa looks somewhat bad.  But there is a lose affiliation there.

      'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

      by RichM on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:02:47 PM PDT

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  •  regarding TX A&M does this mean (3+ / 0-)
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    nonChristians can object to having their dollars support student Christian organizations?  In those students' minds who passed this rule, it has never occurred that religion can mean more than Christian

  •  Tyranny of the majority (0+ / 0-)

    This is kind or ironic because it is exactly what conservatives fight against, the majority making decisions that hurt the minority.  For instance, the 99.99% might decide that it is legal to kill the top .001 of wage earners, take their funds, and pay of the deficit.  Clearly nothing so drastic has been forwarded, but even less drastic measures have been clearly identified as tyrannical.

    This is clearly another example of the christian terrorists trying to push superstitious ideas onto the populous.  They want to right to rape women, kill children, all while having their materialistic temples and celebrations funded by the tax payer.

    here is the thing.  It is going to bite them in the ass.  Every GLTB person is going to remember what these terrorist did.  If in 25 years the christians are actually suppressed, which is what we are going to have to do if the country is to remain free, it will be because of actions like this.

  •  anniversary of my spouse's death (2+ / 0-)
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    grief continues
    life continues
    the dream will never die

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:41:26 PM PDT

  •  modest proposal (0+ / 0-)

    sweep the Rutgers U scandal clean, specially since they've now fired the men's BB coach, the AD and one of the general counsels, with the Assistant BB coach resigning

    new interim President: former Senator Bill Bradley
    new AD: C. Vivian Stringer (new women's BB coach: Chris Daly)
    new men's Basketball coach: Ben Howland or Jeff Van Gundy

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:45:54 PM PDT

  •  Isn't the map of female life expectancy (0+ / 0-)

    just about a one to one mapping of red versus blue counties within states?

    Reporting from Tea Bagger occupied America

    by DrJohnB on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:46:25 PM PDT

  •  Silver Lining? (0+ / 0-)
    After three hours of tear-filled testimony and impassioned debate, the senate voted 35-28 to approve the measure to allow students to choose not to pay portions of their student fees to specific university services that conflict with their religious beliefs.
    I wonder what programs are going to get unintended cuts because of this?


    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.—Carl Schurz
    "Shared sacrifice!" said the spider to the fly.—Me

    by KingBolete on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:46:35 PM PDT

  •  Time for some good news from Georgia (0+ / 0-)

    From the integrated prom FB page: "We would like to start by saying THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you to each and everyone of you all over the world for your outpouring of LOVE, SUPPORT, COMMITMENT, DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS. We would also like to give a very special thank you to MS. HARRIET HOLLIS of the SOUTHWEST GA PROJECT for RACIAL HEALING, of Albany, Ga.. Without them, we never would have gotten to you. Through your generosity, we are happy and overjoyed to say that we have met our goal for our Prom. If you would like to continue donating, the monies will be used for scholarships for the students who have worked tirelessly for this Prom since its inception, as well as, for the future generation of leaders.
    The world is saying that we are such an inspiration but to us you are the REAL INSPIRATION. You have confirmed our belief in the human spirit and that LOVE is a universal language, because GOD is love. We believe that, that LOVE is why you reached out to us with open hearts. So we say THANK YOU again from the bottom of our hearts.
    Please stay tuned for the upcoming pictures and videos from the "little event", that is now an amazing Prom. :-). We love you and appreciate all that you have done and are doing. May God continue to bless each and every one of you.

    Wilcox County Integrated Prom of 2013- 'Daring to Lead'"

  •  My most enduring memory of the WTC (1+ / 0-)
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    You could actually see the WTC from the class rooms in my high school (it was 12 stories high in Brooklyn Heights). But my most enduring memory was the first time my Dad let me drive to Manhattan, was not only my brother's birthday, but the day Phillipe Petit tightrope walked between the 2 towers. It backed up traffic for miles. What a first drive.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 12:59:02 PM PDT

  •  Texas A&M *VETOED* by student body president!! (0+ / 0-)
    “The damage must stop today,” Claybrook wrote in a letter announcing his intention to veto. “Texas A&M students represent our core value of respect exceptionally and I’m very proud of the family at this university. Now, more than ever, is the time to show great resolve and come together, treating each other like the family that we are.”

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:52:02 PM PDT

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