- Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Corporate Commandments:
- What's coming up on Sunday Kos ...
- Pre-registering young people to vote: A key strategy for 2014 and 2016, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Why that 'Worst President' Quinnipiac poll is catnip for right-wingers, but essentially meaningless, by Steve Singiser
- Hobby Lobby: SCOTUS reserves right to establish state religion of its choice, by Dante Atkins
- Poverty shot up last decade, but 'poverty areas' grew even more, by David Jarman
- Hobby Lobby demonstrates that RFRA violates the establishment clause, by Armando
- The Supreme Court deals a blow to poor women and the idea of the fair share, by Laura Clawson
- Being an American citizen is complicated, by Egberto Willies
- The proper business of government is not business, it is service to the common people, by Mark E Andersen
- Cheap and safe birth control from Hobby Lobby:
The court found these beliefs to be “sincerely held,” but I can think of another reason a craft store might oppose birth control: Non-procreative sex is the enemy of crafting. Who would latch hook if they could be having sex? And Hobby Lobby’s mainstays—sewing, crotchet, knitting, scrapbooking—are all the province of nesting breeders and virgins. (My tenth-grade scarf collection is a testament to this fact.) In fact, many of the knickknacks and craft projects for sale at Hobby Lobby double as a kind of contraceptive: guaranteed not to get you laid.
- Public transit still unsafe for women, but that can be changed. Eve Andrews at Grist writes:
[I]n 12 post-pubescent years of spending many, many hours on urban public transit up and down the Western hemisphere, here is an incomplete sampling of things that strange men have done to me: Masturbated in front of me (Chicago, Red Line), tried to take photos up my skirt (Brooklyn, waiting for the G train), groped me unapologetically in a crowded train car (Buenos Aires, Linea A). Allow me to repeat: I am not an exception. Quite frankly, on the spectrum of violence toward women on public transit, I think of these experiences as small potatoes — things that have been cynically laughed off with friends over drinks.
- Rightwing financial angel Richard Mellon Scaife dead at 82: The billionaire banking and oil heir Richard Mellon Scaife has died. Two months ago he announced that he had untreatable cancer along with the remark "Some who dislike me may rejoice at the news. Naturally, I can't share their enthusiasm."
As of March 2013, he was worth $1.4 billion. Over the years, he provided tens of millions to right-wing organizations through his control of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Carthage Foundation, the Alleghany Foundation and, until 2001, the Scaife Family Foundation, which his son and daughter now control. He also promoted his point of view through his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Scaife's money has established or supported "activist think tanks that have created and marketed conservative ideas from welfare reform to enhanced missile defense; public interest law firms that have won important court cases on affirmative action, property rights and how to conduct the national census; organizations and publications that have nurtured conservatism on American campuses; academic institutions that have employed and promoted the work of conservative intellectuals; watchdog groups that have critiqued and harassed media organizations, and many more."
One of his targets in the 1990s was President Bill Clinton, his attacks being a big part of what Hillary Clinton famously labeled a "vast right-wing conspiracy." He claimed in 1998 that the Clintons might be tied to the deaths of numerous administration officials and associates, a point of view that the Tribune-Review pounded on for years. He also accused Republican Kenneth Starr—the independent counsel whose investigation refuted the murder claims and led to Clinton's impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal—to be a "mole working for the Democrats."
- Most voters approve of getting out of Iraq, disapprove of Obama's recent handling of Iraq, but disapprove of Bush's handling of it more: A Quinnipiac poll found American voters say (61-32 percent) that invading Iraq in 2003 was wrong and that President Obama was right (58-37 percent) to withdraw the troops in 2011. But by 55-37 percent, they disapprove of the way Obama is handling the situation in Iraq now.
- British Medical Association calls for end of investment in fossil fuels: The motion, apparently approved by about two-thirds of the members who voted, is part of a growing divestment movement in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Supporters of disinvestment argue on two main grounds. They say avoiding the worst impacts of climate change demands a rapid move away from fossil fuels; and if world leaders agree to do this, they say, most oil and gas will have to be left in the ground as unburnable, becoming “stranded assets.”
- On today's encore performance Kagro in the Morning podcast, it's the July 8, 2013 show. And it's still relevant! Greg Dworkin and Armando join in a show touching on the Middle East, guns, Snowden/NSA, 1%er foibles and even the oft-storm-battered NC Outer Banks! Prescient!
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