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"What is #Christie doing if not trying to control the free market?" He's protecting monopolies.

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Oh that scamp New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, he says he is all about the free market. He's so supportive of a free market that he's doing whatever he can to stomp all over it in the name of "protecting consumers." Isn't that just like Governor "Heartbroken"? Always so concerned about his people; why, he's so concerned that they're still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy due to his broken promises and (alleged) nefarious deeds.

Gee, when you think about it, his position is about as hypocritical as that of pro-forced birthers who demand that Big Government stay out of our lives as they force trans-vaginal ultrasounds up women without their permission while denying them the right to choose what to do with their own bodies. To protect "children." But they're not "children," they're zygotes and fetuses. But I digress.

Both are the kind of "protection" we can do without.

And with that, here is today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "The car dealers' racket," Opinion, March 17

So New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed a decision last week by the Motor Vehicle Commission to "protect consumers" and effectively kick Tesla out of the state by prohibiting it from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers.

It appears, however, that the Christie administration is actually protecting long-established dealership monopolies.

Christie recently huffed, "We have an opportunity problem in this country because government is trying to control the free market." What is Christie doing if not trying to control the free market?

Another Christie talking point: "We need to talk about the fact that we're for a free-market society that allows your effort and your ingenuity to determine your success; not the cold, hard hand of government determining winners and losers."

I challenge Christie to come up with a better example of the free market at work than Tesla Motors, the first successful new American car company in more than half a century.

Linda Nicholes

Huntington Beach

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Women again asking partners to beat them, "much like pre-Roe." Laws don't prevent abortions.

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Unless you've been hibernating for the past few years, you are well aware of how the GOP has been successfully denying women their reproductive rights by retrofitting this country with pre-Roe v. Wade legislation. How's that power trip outreach thing workin' for ya?

Check out the image below from The Rachel Maddow Show that lists some of the restrictions set by mostly white, male Republicans, the same Republicans who insist that Big Government is a very bad, intrusive, commie pinko thing... unless it forces women to do whatever mostly white, male Republicans want them to do with their bodies. Powerful legislators are making choices for women, choices that women should and can make for themselves:

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Access to health care services has been severed with increasing and alarming frequency. Now women must seek help from those unqualified to provide safe, legal medical procedures. Even more disturbing: women are so desperate that they are trying to perform abortions themselves, without doctors, resulting in trauma, injury, and even death.

None of this is necessary. None of these new laws prevent women from terminating their pregnancies. Instead, it causes patients to resort to dangerous, even fatal methods. So to all you "pro-lifers" out there, lives aren't being saved, they're being lost, because you are forcing scores of clinics to close. Here's Maddow's exclusive reporting from Texas:

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Amy Hagstrom Miller, Whole Women's Health founder in McAllen, Texas:

"We're also seeing more and more women take matters into their own hands... People go over the border, they get medication to try to self-induce abortion, and so sometimes they'll come to us afterward for an ultrasound, to see if they're still pregnant. Sometimes they'll be actively bleeding... So we saw an increase in self-induction... With flea markets, with crossing the border...

The sad thing is, with the misuse of the medication, something that is actually pretty safe, women could really do harm to themselves not knowing what they're doing...

We have seen women putting things into their vagina trying to dilate their cervix, we've seen people ask their partner to beat them, just the same stories we heard pre-Roe. We've seen people doing douching with Coke or douching with Lysol... It's very much like pre-Roe...

This law didn't do anything to prevent the need for abortion... We just blocked their access to getting it safely... It's obvious we're gonna have a public health problem on our hands."

Lucy Carreon, patient advocate:

"It's unthinkable that a complete stranger, whether it's an individual or a group such as the Supreme Court, you know, they can make such a personal decision for someone that they don't even know. That's crazy."

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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VIDEO: Safety of alternative meds vs. conventional meds reminiscent of George Carlin's "Baseball vs. Football"

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Maybe it's because I've been feeling like a truck ran over me for the past week or so, or maybe it's because I was raised by a superb internist who regularly gave me insight into this very subject, but a Sunday L.A. Times op-ed stuck out like a sore thumb... a sore thumb that shouldn't be treated with unregulated meds.

It starts out with a comparison to one of my all time favorite George Carlin routines, "Baseball vs. Football" (a must-watch video if you've never seen it before) in which he says, "Football has hitting … and unnecessary roughness and personal fouls. Baseball has the sacrifice... in baseball, the object is to go home! And to be safe!"

These days, at least as it relates to the political priorities of all too many lawmakers, safety is vastly underrated:

Some might say the same can be said for conventional and alternative remedies. Conventional medicine has chemotherapy; alternative medicine has aromatherapy... Orthopedists operate; chiropractors adjust.

Then it gets to the heart (literally) of the matter. Please take a moment to read the entire piece, because too many people don't seem to be aware of many of the dangers associated with remedies that are not subject to government oversight. For example:

Unfortunately, because of the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act, dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so companies are under little obligation to support their claims or admit their harms.

For example, blue cohosh can cause heart failure; nutmeg can cause hallucinations; comfrey, kava, chaparral and valerian can cause inflammation of the liver; monkshood and plantain can cause heart arrhythmia; wormwood can cause seizures; stevia leaves can decrease fertility; concentrated green tea extracts can damage the liver; milkweed seed oil and bitter orange can cause heart damage; thujone can cause neurological damage; and concentrated garlic can cause bleeding.

In 1992, one of the worst dietary supplement disasters in history occurred when about 100 people developed kidney failure from a "slimming" mixture that contained the plant Aristolochia. At least 70 people required kidney transplants or dialysis; many later developed bladder cancers.

Memo to GOP: Regulation exists for a reason, and that reason is to keep us safe in any number of ways. "Big government" isn't always a bad thing (forced trans-vaginal ultrasounds being one major exception), and the insistence by some conservatives that corporate profit should trump the health and welfare of Americans is as absurd as it is dangerous.

More from George Carlin (with whom I had a few awesome personal encounters):

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.
Football begins in the fall, when everything's dying. [...]

Baseball has no time limit: we don't know when it's gonna end - We might have extra innings.
Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we've got to go to sudden death.

In the world of medicine, it should be obvious to our elected officials that sudden death is something we should go out of our way to avoid, not encourage via willful negligence.

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As tornadoes hit OK, NOAA-- including National Weather Service-- ends sequestration furloughs

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That evil, dictator-y Big Government, what does it know? Get rid of it! Every man (women, of course, are dependent on men so they'll do as they're told) for himself! All anyone needs is an assault rifle, some seeds, and a copy of the U.S. Constitution (RWNJ edition). Duh.

Clearly, government does nothing but offer handouts-- like Obama phones!-- (More like “Reagan phone” and “GW Bush phone) to dark-skinned moochers, immigrants, and bums anyway.

Did I forget to mention that sometimes Big Evil Commie Socialist U.S. government helps to save lives? Oh, but that's just some hippie Marxist abortionist lore, pay it no mind.

Via The Hill:

The agency in charge of the National Weather Service will no longer furlough employees under sequestration.

The announcement from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came late Friday as severe tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area, taking nine lives. [...]

In an email to staff, NOAA Acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said the tragedies emphasize "how important every single employee within NOAA is."

The Department of Commerce sent a new sequestration plan to Congress, but per The Hill, lawmakers were miffed at Commerce (they run NOAA) for allowing furloughs in the first place.

But wait, remember this? Hypocrisy in Action: Republicans Support Sequester Despite Promises Made, Impact on their Constituents.

I wish everyone would make up their minds.

As Think Progress reports in How Climate Change And Budget Cuts Could Make This The Most Dangerous Hurricane Season Ever, "agencies responsible for predicting storms and protecting communities in harm’s way are being forced to grapple with significant cuts on the eve of what’s predicted to be a serious hurricane season."

Why does it always seem to take a tragedy to force politicians to do the right thing? (Rhetorical)

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Here it is: The article every liberal needs to show a conservative

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How many times have you been in a conversation with a conservative on Twitter, Facebook, face-to-face, on the phone, or just standing in line somewhere, and you blank on an easy to understand, informative comeback? Need a handy dandy guide that sums it all up beautifully? Why, here's one now!

Here are a few excerpts from a substantive post that includes gun rights, marriage equality, "Christian values," fiscal responsibility, "small" government, abortion, the debt ceiling, spending, and tax cuts. Thank you, Forward Progressives:

Marriage is a Sacred Bond Before God: [...]

[I]f you feel your religion should control all others, and all Americans, you then support a theocracy and apparently oppose the United States and our Constitutionally protected freedoms. [...]

I Want Big Intrusive Government–That Never Does Anything Good–Out of My Life!

Did you drive today?  Did you take your children to public school?  Did you enjoy a safe commute as you traveled thanks to traffic signals and signs?  Did you whisk through your city or state on an Interstate Highway?  Did you enjoy running water and plumbing that properly, and safely, disposes of waste?  Did you get a college degree at a public university because it was much cheaper than a private one?

Hey genius, that’s all government.

Republicans: The Party for Christian Values: [...]

If you want to say you’re the party of “Christian values” and you worship Jesus Christ…

Start by helping the sick, the poor, the needy—not opposing programs that do. [...]

Republicans are the Party of Small Government

Big government regulations, they’re un-American!  They’re unconstitutional and ruining your way of life!

Unless that big government regulates:

  • What language to speak

  • Religion to follow

  • When life is created

  • Who can marry

  • Who can serve in the military

  • Invasive health procedures on women

  • That we have prayer in school

  • Mosques aren’t built in certain locations

  • Corporations are people

  • The Patriot Act

  • Unions don’t have rights

  • When alcohol can be sold

  • The requirement of an ID to vote

Those were but a few of the responses that Forward Progressives provided. Please follow the link for more.

The post was written by Allen Clifton who has a degree in Political Science. He is the founder of the popular Facebook page "Right Off A Cliff," on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. His work has been featured on many sites online, and on Current TV's popular "The Young Turks" program.

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How DARE Los Angeles pass laws to "force" more earthquake safety measures?! Saving lives? Pushy, pushy, pushy!

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oyToday's Los Angeles Times had this headline: San Francisco OKs quake retrofitting for at-risk buildings. It caught my eye because we've done a lot of retrofitting here in the Los Angeles area, plus on a personal level, my family and I are huge San Francisco fans and travel there often. We're even thinking of moving there one day, and it would be reassuring to know it will be made safer.

And after having lived through countless L.A. quakes, I can attest that that kind of added security is more than welcome.

According to the article, property owners would be required to reinforce wood-frame soft-story buildings with parking garages or storefronts on the ground floor built before 1978.

Sounds reasonable. It's always a good thing to make every effort to be prepared, improve the structural integrity of buildings that people work and live in, and, you know, keep people alive.

Added benefit: More employment.

So as I'm reading this encouraging news, this caught my eye. Before you read the next part, grab some Pepto and a Valium:

Some landlords in Los Angeles remain firmly opposed to the type of retrofitting now required in San Francisco. Dan Faller, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Apartment Owners Assn. of California, said he does not believe the government should force property owners to make upgrades.

"They're telling businesses how to run their business — after the city has already given approval to the building the way it is and after the owner has purchased the building the way it is. If they want to make a requirement like that, make the city pay for it," Faller said. "Don't pass a law that forces me to spend $100,000 on my building."

Damn that Big Government doing what it's supposed to do!

Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think that Los Angeles is... concerned! About safety! And lifesaving measures! And planning ahead! And even saving some of the money and effort that would be required to clean up after a disaster! In an earthquake-prone area!

Photo credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times

Photo credit: Rolando Otero / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 17, 1994: The collapse of the second and third stories onto the first story at Northridge Meadows apartments in the Northridge quake killed 16 people and crushed cars.

What could they be thinking?

face palm oy triple fail gop

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Quickie: Don't tell the GOP, but Chris Christie defended the Big Bad Federal Government

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Today's Quickie:

Chris Christie reminds us why the Big Bad Federal Government isn't so big and bad after all. In fact, it can save lives. Wait. Isn't protecting U.S. citizens exactly what it's supposed to do? Why yes. Yes it is.

Via NorthJersey.com:

“The gas situation should be figured out in the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said. “It’s not just a supply issue, it is a power issue and we were not frankly, in the private sector, prepared for this widespread loss of power.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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