Archive for May 2012

Video Overnight Thread- Puppy Go Round

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Via Daily What.

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Summer Reruns

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Via.

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Video- President Obama and The First Lady Attend the Unveiling of the Official President Bush Portrait

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There were a couple giggles.

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Former President Clinton heads to Wisconsin to campaign for Tom Barrett in recall election

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Who says public pressure doesn't work? I tweeted my hiney off for this:

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will head to Wisconsin Friday to campaign on behalf of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's recall election next Tuesday.

It's about time. The silence from the DNC has been deafening.

Clinton will team up with Barrett at a Milwaukee rally tomorrow. Neither President Obama nor V.P. Biden are planning to go to Wisconsin before the election on June 5th. Too bad, Biden would have been a perfect fit.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, both campaigned in Wisconsin Wednesday.

Ed's been all over this story:

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VIDEO: Oklahoma doctor refuses to provide emergency contraception to rape victim because of personal beliefs

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Jaw-dropping. Watch and weep:

Via Think Progress:

An Oklahoma emergency room doctor refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old female rape victim because the medication violated the health provider’s personal beliefs, a local CBS News affiliate reports. The hospital also denied the victim a rape kit, noting that it had no appropriate nurse on staff to administer the test.

The good news, if you can call anything about this story good, is that she went to another hospital and got medication and the rape kit. 

I'm beginning to "believe" that the so-called “conscience clause” was created by someone with no conscience.

At the risk of offending anyone whose faith would dictate the same kind of response to a rape victim as that doctor's, very sorry, but I'm going to say this anyway, because my beliefs/opinions are as valid as the next person's:

If your beliefs are getting in the way of doing your job, then get another job.

If your beliefs affect a severely traumatized crime victim in a way that traumatizes her (or him) even more severely, then you need to switch occupations.

If your "Christian" beliefs cause you to act in a not-so-Christian, unsympathetic, unempathetic way to a fellow human being who is clearly suffering, then find employment elsewhere. Do unto others. And stop judging, lest ye be judged right back.

If your beliefs interfere with your Hippocratic Oath, then why did you take the oath? And why did you break it?

And if your beliefs include indulging in hypocrisy about so-called "small government" not intruding on America's privacy-- as you intrude on another person's privacy and personal decisions, someone who is able to decide for herself what she should do with her own body-- then you're in the wrong damn line of work.

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VIDEO- Justice Stevens agrees: Anonymous, unlimited, untraceable, unaccountable campaign money is wrong. Thanks Citizens United.

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A billion dollars. A BILLION dollars.

Imagine how that money could be used to help Americans in need.

The L.A. Times is reporting that retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who dissented from the 2010 Citizens United decision, said that President Obama was right in challenging the court’s opinion during a State of the Union speech.

He was right to say that the president was right:

“First, it did reverse a century of law; second, it did authorize unlimited election-related expenditures by America’s most powerful interests; and, third, the logic of the opinion extends to money spent by foreign entities.” [...]

“During the televised debates among the Republican candidates for the presidency, the moderators made an effort to allow each speaker an equal opportunity to express his or her views,” he said, speaking in Little Rock, Ark. If there were six candidates, he said, they were given roughly the same amount of time to speak.

Both the candidates and the audience would surely have thought the value of the debate to have suffered if the moderator had allocated the time on the basis of the speakers’ wealth, or it they had held an auction allowing the most time to the highest bidder,” Stevens said.

That sums it up so well, so simply, that even a conservative can understand it.

Scroll through our posts about Citizens United here, and be sure to have some Tums nearby.

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Verdict reached in John Edwards trial: NOT GUILTY on receiving illegal contributions. Mistrial on other charges.

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Via an email alert from Fox:

Edwards is charged with six felony counts charging he accepted nearly $1 million from two political supporters to cover up an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter during his 2008 run for the White House. He has pleaded not guilty and faces a maximum of 30 years in prison

I haven't really followed this story closely, but the verdict matters and it is in:

COUNT 3 (accepted, received illegal contributions from Bunny Mellon): NOT GUILTY.

A mistrial has been declared on all other charges.

UPDATE via email:

POLITICO Breaking News
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John Edwards said after a mistrial was declared in his case that while he does not believe he did anything illegal, "I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. There is no one else responsible for my sins."

He expressed gratitude to his family - "including my precious Quinn" -- and thanked the jurors for their hard work. "Thank goodness that we live in a country that has the kind of system that we have," he said.

The jury deadlocked on five counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. They reached a not guilty verdict on one of the six counts of charges stemming from campaign finance violations.

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