From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…
Maine's Delegation Responds With A Unanimous "WTF?"
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D):“I’m disappointed by today’s ruling and believe it is an affront to a woman’s right to access basic healthcare services,” said Michaud. “I have the utmost respect for religious freedom---it is one of the defining principles of our nation. However, I believe today’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent that opens up the door to discrimination in the workplace under the guise of religion. Unfortunately, this is not the direction in which we should be moving.”
"I think it is disturbing because I don’t know where you draw the lines. Number one, I don’t understand how a corporation can have a religion. A corporation is an artificial person. I have never seen a corporation sitting in a pew at St. Paul’s Church in Brunswick. People sit in pews."Senator Susan Collins (R) [from same link as King's, above]:
And this from State Senator Diane Russell (D) from Portland:She says the ruling deserves careful study because it could have unintended consequences. "If employers can start going through a list of standard benefits and saying, 'I don’t believe in blood transfusions,' which some religions do not," she says. "And I respect that belief, but does that mean that they will not cover blood transfusions for their employees?"
I won't even give 'em the time of day anymore from my cuckoo clock made out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands. And glitter. Lots and lots of red, satanic glitter.
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Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Note: Today's note will be doing sidewalk counseling from 11 'til 1 in front of Staples to convert wayward memos, laundry lists and blurbs into god-fearing notes like itself. If you wish to join it, please bring a pro-note sign and wear comfortable shoes.-
Days 'til the midterm elections: 126
Days 'til the 22nd annual International Mango Festival in Coral Gables Florida: 11
Percent of Americans who agree and disagree, respectively, that employers "should have the ability to limit coverage for contraception based on religious beliefs": 35%, 53%
(Source: Reuters poll)
New minimum wage at Ikea, up from $9.17/hr that will start in January: $10.76
Amount Blackwater and its mercenaries received in government contracts after threatening to kill a U.S. government official: $200 million
(Source: Think Progress)
Percent chance that if Rand Paul wins the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate, the ticket would be "Paul-Ryan": 100%
(Source: Ezra Klein)
World Cup Soccuh
France 2 Nigeria 0
Germany 2 Algeria 1
Tuesday Words of Wisdom from the Right-wing Blogosphere:
The whole thing is a religious and occultic demonstration of what the Powers That Be have intended for us. People need to understand that mainstream movies are nothing but venues for the New World Order agenda. They use the "Transformers" characters for eye candy and metaphores. As you alluded to, the viewer needs to pay attention to the background. Not the foreground.All together now: 1…2…3… Classy!
---Commenter undecided at World Net Daily
Puppy Pic of the Day: 'Tis the season
need a bigger boat.
pies although those, too. Okay, last one in the pool's a rotten egg---"Cannonball!!!"
CHEERS to a bright spot on a crappy day. All I can do is echo what others have said about the Supreme Court's rulings on contraception and unions: despicable. But lost in the Hobby Lobby and Union-busting rulings was this niblet:
The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.However, ex-bigot therapy will continue as usual because you can see it actually works. My method has a 100 percent success rate: each client get a punch card, and when they've hugged an L, a G, a B, a T and a Q, they turn it in for a free feather boa.
JEERS to a Supreme waste. And speaking of SCOTUS, twenty-three years ago today, George "41" Bush nominated Thurgood Marshall's replacement to the Supreme Court: porn-obsessed, sexual-harassing federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas. During his tenure he has contributed virtually nothing except a reliable hard-right vote and lots of Federalist Society infrastructure building behind the scenes at SCOTUS. But at least he never speaks. Thank God for small miracles.
CHEERS to the bloody turning point. 151 years ago today, on July 1, 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg began, marking the high-water mark of the Confederacy. (For the record, Maine won the war, although we love to hate to brag about it, because it's true but we're modest.) In a show of magnanimity---because, hey, what's a little treason between friends---I bought the South a gift today, on account of I thought it was fitting for the occasion. It's a Robert E. Lee cuckoo clock:
Five years ago in C&J: July 1, 2009
JEERS to unwanted raises. The credit card legislation passed earlier this year already has lenders passing the pain...to you:
that fly like greased lightning.)
The ink has barely dried on credit card reform signed by President Obama in May, and already, issuers are raising prices again. ...
[S]ome critics say that issuers are taking advantage of a loophole in the law to bolster their financial conditions. Increases in credit card rates have been "widespread" as issuers try to make up for falling revenue because of higher loan losses and pending restrictions, says Bill Hardekopf, chief executive of LowCards.com, an information site. ... In a statement Monday, [Senator Chuck] Schumer slammed issuers for trying to "wring more dollars out of their customers." Some of the changes in card terms, Schumer says, are "against the spirit of the law and ... just plain wrong."
But their million-dollar commercials are cute. And, really---doesn’t that count for something?
And just one more…
Have a Tuesday. In fact, take tue. Floor's open...What are you cheering and jeering about today?
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