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New Mom With Stage IV Cancer Denied Promising Treatment Due to #GOPShutdown: "This Is a Matter of Life or Death"


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Michelle Langbehn, 30, has a one-year-old daughter.  She also has stage IV sarcoma, with a life expectancy of one year.  That is unless she is able to beat the odds as a result of promising new treatment undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But Langbehn, according to the Washington Post (WP), won't be receiving the treatment that she was scheduled for due to the House GOP not passing a new federal budget.  The resultant cutbacks at NIH (for what are deemed non-essential services) have stopped clinical trials dead in their tracks. [...]

She has a message for Congress as she told the WP:

I want to tell them that lives are at stake. This isn't just a matter of inconvenience. This is a matter of life or death. I’m not just doing this for myself. There are 200 people that are trying to get into clinical trials each week. I want to speak for all of us.


RT online reports that some of the cancer patients denied clinical trial treatment are children [...]

There is no guarantee that the clinical trial Langbehn is being denied because of the House GOP government shutdown will prolong her life indefinitely, but it does provide a great deal of promise and hope -- to her young daughter and family.

"Lives are at stake," she told the WP -- and indeed they are.

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Why Wendy Davis May Be Texas's Next Governor, Despite Conventional Wisdom


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis is on the radar screen of most BuzzFlash at Truthout readers for her defiant filibuster against an extremist anti-abortion law in Texas earlier this year. [...]

Alas, Gov. Rick "Goodhair" Perry called a special session of the Texas legislature and got the "put the government into a woman's ovaries" law passed. [...]

... Davis took that step in announcing that she is running for governor of Texas.   Perry won't be in the picture this time; he's stepping down to open a chain of male hair salons (sarcasm alert!).  But already the pundit handicappers are predicting that Davis will make headway, but lose because Texas is 100% Republican governed on the state level.  It hasn't had a Democratic governor since George W. Bush, with Karl Rove pulling off the dirty tricks, Bushwhacked Democratic Gov. Ann Richards in 1994.

However, a commentary by CNN digital national political reporter Peter Hamby offers 8 "contrarian" reasons why Davis might just become the next governor of Texas, and they are pretty compelling:

1. Davis knows how to win
2. Her opponent is well-funded but not well-known
3. Campaigns matter and are unpredictable at times
4. The Texas Hispanic boom
5. The Obama hi-tech, voter identification SWAT team is in town
6. A potential Tea Party spoiler might enter the race as independent
7. Suburban women in Texas are trending Democratic
8. Outside money will flow into the Davis campaign


But that's only half the story. ... Texas -- which used to be run by "yellow dog" Democrats -- will likely, at some point in time, demographically swing back into the Democratic column.

[T]his is a single woman, child in hand, who went from living in a trailer to Harvard Law School and has never lost a political race.

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You can follow Wendy Davis on Twitter here: @WendyDavisTexas and donate to her campaign, as I did, here.


GOP Tin Foil Hat Caucus Reps Get Paychecks for Putting Millions Out of Work



Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

The estimate of how many federal workers have been rendered jobless as a result of the fringe Tea Party-precipitated shut down of the federal government varies widely.  Some estimates are that immediately 800,000 federal employees were out of work and without pay as of October 1... the ripple effect could reach into millions as federally contracted workers are laid off and more federal employees are told not to come into work.

Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, members of the House and Senate continue to receive their paychecks on time. They earn $174,000 a year [...]

The irony is a bitter one: here is a group of tin foil hat ideologues who spout American Exceptionalism but represent American lunacy, greed and dysfunction.  And they are getting paid for shutting down the United States government, putting perhaps millions out of work (due to the ripple effect), and terrorizing our economy.  While the people that they put out of work are applying for unemployment, these demented lemmings are cashing their high-salary paychecks.

They are literally getting paid to make people jobless and make the federal government dysfunctional.  Don't people get fired for that sort of egregious damage or may be go to jail? Isn't this sort of internal domestic sabotage?

As MSNBC reported, the federal workers have been besieged by the neo-Confederate rear guard of demented white political revanchists. ...

Federal employees have already had their pay frozen for the past three years. In addition, many of them have been furloughed without pay or received a salary cut as their employers have struggled to adjust to across-the-board sequestration cuts. For federal employee unions, the threat of a shutdown has only added to the sense that their members are under attack. [...]

If ever there were stark proof of the decline of the United States, this is it.

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If Sabotage of the US Economy is Terrorism, Send the House GOP to Guantanamo



Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

If economic sabotage of the United States is terrorism, then most of the House GOP should be sent to Guantanamo. Not that BuzzFlash at Truthout supports the opening of Guantanamo in any way (we believe it should be closed forthwith), but the members of the House GOP do.  And since they are terrorizing the American economy and precarious financial conditions of so many US citizens with a government shutdown and the threat of not increasing the debt ceiling, they should -- according to the cliche -- get a dose of their own medicine. [...]

But protecting "national security" -- i.e., about 95 percent of the use of that loaded term -- really means protecting the economic interests and dominance of the United States. [...]

So, that would mean those who undercut our economy with zealotry and fanaticism are akin to terrorists.  That would put the House GOP caucus right in there as part of the jihad against the US financial system.

Financially wounding the US by not passing a budget; threatening a default of the US treasury -- these are economic acts of terrorism that threaten our "national security," just like the groups and individuals (who are relatively small in number) who this nation is going broke spending hundreds of billions of dollars to target.

In our own Congress some elected officials who are either wearing tin foil hats or feeling the jingle of campaign money in their pockets from stirring up the primordial pit of emotions in white Americans feeling the multi-cultural society (and resenting a black president) close around them...these congressional representatives are committing an act of terror against US interests. The National Journal even attributes the current government shutdown to what it calls Newt Gingrich's "permanent insurgency."

It's the GOP jihad alright, obsessed with Obamacare for the simple reason that the repetition of its name rallies its troops against the name of a black president and everything they resent in the fact that a person of a different skin color could be president.

Call it racism, call it political opportunism...but by all means call it terrorism against our "national security."

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Climate Deniers Threaten the Lives of Our Children


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

As BuzzFlash reported on September 13, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)...  is widely expected to issue a stern report about the dangers of ignoring human-caused climate change. [...]

But, as an article in the Guardian UK reports, it is the children of the planet who are going to suffer the most as a result of the current placation of global industry in regards to reversing global warming:

Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study published on Monday. And food prices are likely to soar as a result of warming, undoing the progress made in combating world hunger.... [...]

Unicef estimates that 25 million more children will suffer malnourishment because of climate change, with a further 100 million suffering food insecurity, where they and their families are on the verge of running out.... [B]abies and small children are more likely to die or suffer heatstroke because they find it difficult to regulate their body heat. [...]

UNICEF argues that, although children are more vulnerable to the effects of global warming, they have been largely left out of the debate. [...]

Many of them will be, in the not distant future, collateral damage to the profit margins of corporations who recklessly and criminally endanger future generations.

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"Only Difference Between a Skinhead Racist and GOP Member Cutting Food Stamps Is Three Inches of Hair"


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

So last week the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to cut food stamps by about $40 billion over a few years.  That compares to a proposed $4 billion cut in the senate... Studies on Food Stamps have shown that up to $1.70 goes back into the economy through the food distribution change for every dollar spent.  [...]

But Food Stamps have been up there with Ronald Reagan's "welfare Mom in a pink Cadillac" stereotype for acceptable symbols of the white racist tribal identity edge of the social wing of the GOP.  This is the wing whose base prejudices are manipulated by the likes of the Koch Brothers' organizing groups to blame poor minorities for the increasing economic woes of the white working and middle class -- instead of where blame belongs on the upward distribution of money to the wealthiest in America. [...]

And what the GOP in the House wants to do is basically starve minorities because they are gaining too much voting power, and the GOP doesn't -- and hasn't -- ever wanted to split the wealth of America with the descendants of slaves or contemporary de facto slaves: Mexicans working in the US for barely survivable wages. [...]

[President Obama] has been hampered by the Grand Canyon of American politics: a very large percentage of white Americans are tribalists who don't want a black man in charge, and think blacks are somehow inferior to whites (the very whites who vote against their own economic interests: think Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security and Veterans Benefits, for example).  In short, even if a black man offers a better financial deal to many whites, they will go with the white GOP leadership that is pickpocketing them purely due to white identity politics. [...]

The Root ran an article, "Poor White Cash: GOP and Food Stamps. Republicans have become so deluded that they're engaged in class warfare against their own loyal voters"[...]:

And of the 254 counties where the number of food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican candidate Mitt Romney won 213 in last year's presidential election. Bloomberg's John McCormick and Greg Giroux compiled research revealing that Kentucky's Owsley County -- which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote -- had the largest proportion of food stamp recipients of all the communities where Romney won.  [...]

That translates to more than 80% of the counties in which food stamps doubled voting for Romney, the anti-47% moocher crusader. [...]

So, if you again think it is sensational to compare white Republicans (or Democrats, or independents) who avidly support candidates who vote to cut their own food supply because of racist stereotypes, then you should think again.

This is the battle of America now, whether racism is going to see a lot whites chewing off their own legs just to make sure a black president fails and minorities get their legs cut off too.

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Mayor 1% Bloomberg Accused Likely Next NYC Mayor of Racism for Having a Bi-Racial Family


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

After three terms of carefully grooming an image that the mainstream media referred to as an "independent thoughtful" mayor, Michael Bloomberg -- who got the City Council to change the rules and allow him a third term -- spent the last few weeks of the NYC mayoral primary ... making a few remarks that normally one expects from a racist sexist cracker. [...]

As the Washington Post (WP) reports, it may have been Bloomberg's remark that de Blasio was a racist for essentially having a bi-racial family that boomeranged in de Blasio's favor:

... Just before Tuesday’s primary, a New York magazine interview was published in which Bloomberg labeled de Blasio’s campaign “racist.” Why? Because de Blasio, who is white, had featured his black wife and bi-racial children in his campaign ads and his family had frequently joined him on the campaign trail. Bloomberg said de Blasio was “making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing.”

[...] But Bloomberg also revealed the ugly, ill-informed side of his stop-and-frisk policing policies during the campaign in response to de Blasio denouncing them [...]

Okay, so according to Mayor 1%, a politician is a racist for marrying a black woman and having children who are bi-racial and campaigning with them. And according to the mayor of Wall Street, white people are stopped more under his stop and frisk program than blacks, even though this is an egregiously preposterous statement according to the facts.

These are the kind of sub-epidermal racist sentiments of a billionaire who has spent three terms helping to redistribute the wealth upwards to his best buddies in the financial and real estate worlds, few of whom one can presume are black or Hispanic. [...]

WaPo: In addition to the aforementioned remarks about Quinn’s wardrobe and hair, the mayor was forced to clarify remarks he made about drunken Irish people (Quinn is of Irish descent).

[...] Often a key problem for billionaires and big dog politicians is that they are surrounded by people who slavishly agree with them.  This makes them extremely vulnerable to becoming publicly unglued when under pressure.

Such appears to be the case with the multi-billionaire lame-duck mayor.

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