Mitt's past is right in step with the republican party. Bullying is what it's all about; a new target every week. I think everyone should keep in mind that when Mitt was asked about the incident, he actually chuckled as he talked about his prankster days.
Strike one; you don't laugh about bullying. Secondly, though the incident left horrifying memories for the witnesses, Mitt doesn't even remember. Either he committed so many of these, "pranks," that he can't remember all the faces, or he never felt that bullying and attacking another person is anything bad. Strike two; takes a cold man to ignore another's pain. Then there's the so-called apology. “If anybody was hurt by that or offended; obviously I apologize.” Strike three; apparently he doesn't have any remorse
Just who we need to lead the country. Governor Walker of Wisconsin is leading Barrett by six points in the latest poll, and two thirds of his war chest is from out of state big donors. Thank the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizen's United. Money rules.
Vice-President Biden has started to campaign. His, "these guys don't get us," is a message that may resonate with blue collar workers. Biden is a weapon that needs to be used more often.
In Arizona, where they can now claim to be the, "most lame state in the union," the birther issue is again at the forefront of conservative politics. The state's second in command, Secretary of State Ken Bennet, is now not sure that the President is a U.S. citizen and wants to keep him off the ballot. He says he had to take the stance because of 1,200 emails he received after crazed Sheriff Joe Arpaio's nonsensical investigation. Senator McCain says Obama will remain on the ballot and I would think he is right.
The House passed a defense budget that contradicts last years agreement with the President on the deficit. No surprise there, why would anyone believe a conservative would honor his word?
Greece may be heading in a totally different direction than the rest of Western Europe. Alexis Tsipras is looking to get the most votes on the June 17 election. "It's a war between people and capitalism," is his mantra.
Michigan is watching the Wisconsin governor's recall election closely. With a similar attempt being made to oust their own tea party governor. Governor Rick Snyder has actively worked against having a democracy in Michigan by using Emergency Financial Managers to take over local governments. His eminence decided to take a walk in Benton Harbor's Blossomtime Parade.
The Friday before last the state rolled back access to contraceptives for women. This one is a Separation of Church and State issue; it allows religious employers to restrict access.
Friday before that they defunded Planned Parenthood. In spite of the fact that public funds for abortion are already restricted.
The month before they decide when you may have an abortion, (if you could find anyone that would give you one). Pregnancy starts before a child has been conceived. Utah:
Here you need to wait three days before you can have an abortion. There are many comments on this one, mostly mocking the legislation. The reasoning behind the law is that women can contemplate the ramifications of their decision. You know, because they didn't think about it at all before wanting the procedure. Alabama:
The House has given final passage to a bill that would ban insurance coverage for an abortion. They are also moving on a bill to restrict abortions by mandating physicians have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and more. Oklahoma:
Doctors can lie to women about their babies health and not be sued. If your baby has birth defects, they can omit that information so you will not have an abortion, and you can't even take them to court for doing so. At the same time, doctors can be sued for performing an abortion. If he didn't do an ultrasound, didn't give pamphlets concerning abortions to patients and more. Kansas: A 69 page anti-abortion bill passes the legislature and Governor Sam Brownback says he will sign, even though he hasn't read it. A sales tax on abortion, establishing when personhood begins, and even mandates that doctors spread the lie that abortions cause breast cancer. Georgia:
Passes abortion bill that criminalizes the act after 20 weeks, no exemptions for rape or incest. Called the "Women as Livestock," bill, it is a disaster. Washington, D.C.:
The face of evil pictured is Arizona's Congressman Trent Franks. He is trying to impose anti-abortion laws on the District of Columbia. Why is someone from Arizona trying to impose their beliefs on the District of Columbia is the question.
The enemy is capitalism. It allows public schools to be shut down as private enterprise takes over. In Philadelphia forty public schools are set to close this year and sixty-four in all by 2017. This is an informative article on public school closings in major cities and elsewhere that, for the most part, are targeting poor and ethnic students. For-profit schools are scamming the military now. Swindles and hoodwinks rampant. When the President has to step in, you know there's something wrong.
Tennessee's anti-science law is old news, but shows how religious ideology is making inroads into public education. The good news is that the legislation is failing in other states. In Oklahoma two anti-science bills failed. Apparently the Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education won this round.
In New Hampshire, the," Evolution is a a Theory," bill was shot down. This one included a provision that included informing the students on the theorist's political and ideological viewpoints and their thoughts on atheism.
A recent attack on education in Alabama has recently failed as well. Representative Blaine Galliher sponsored a measure that would allow public schools to establish creationism courses that students could take off campus and earn credits for those courses.
There is another way that the education system in this country is being sabotaged, and that is by attacking teachers. I think this is where my attention will be for awhile. If you get rid of well payed educators, you get rid of well educated students. As I've stated, the privatization of the public education system is about profits only. The way to increase profits is to destroy unions and benefits that protect the pool of educators. Less pay and benefits equals less qualified teachers.
No matter what you hear, you get what you pay for.
If you have inaccessible higher education because of cost, you have a developing nation of ignorance.
Fracking is still being investigated. A recent study hows how fracking could impact our water supply. Hint; it has to do with abandoned wells and the well itself.
Another new study shows that the more fracking we do, the better a job we do at it and the less of an impact the process will have on the environment. This study is from the University at Buffalo's Shale Resources and Society Institute. Go ahead and read the nonsense if you want, but I suggest scanning the article and clicking on the bios of those who did the study. If you do, you will find that everyone of these fools is working for an Energy company or the CATO Institute. No truth to be found here.
I bring this up because it's starting to feel like climate science. Bring in the industry and lobbying, "experts," to defend profits from science. Why is it that we allow those who have a conflict of interest publish anything?
France banned fracking last year, Vermont is the first state to ban fracking in the U.S., though that procedure hadn't been used in the state as of yet. A complete source of perceived problems with the procedure can be found at nofracking.com.
Something new for doone's, "The Beer Facts," discussion. Brooklynites against fracking. The Brooklyn Brewery brewmeister warns against the toxins that could be in a beer near you soon.
In education, Quebec students still upset. How do you deal with the protests? End classes early and hope that the protests stop. 122 students have been arrested so far. The emergency laws and masks ban have been ineffectual in stopping the protests. Yesterday, 69 protestors were arrested.
In the United States, college tuition has increased 500 percent since Reagan; did your income keep up?
My favorite Occupy story this week has to do with Occupy the Farm at University of California's Gill Tract. As an educational tool and as an example for other communities, it seems to be well intentioned. What if there was no land for you to farm? What if all land that could be used for agriculture is owned by corporations? Though most of us are at ease with our food sources and have no intention of farming, what if you didn't have that choice? An interesting story on many fronts.
In New York, Occupy legal battles seem to be helping the protestors. Apparently arrests are being made that are being overturned by videos of the arrest.
The Martin/Zimmerman case is still grabbing headlines. They found trace amounts of THC in Martin's blood. Some spin that information by simply saying Tayvon Martin had marijuana in his system the night he was shot. If it was trace elements it would mean he hadn't smoke an a while, or seldom smokes. If he was high that night he wouldn't be aggressive. Useless data. What makes it even more nonsensical is that Zimmerman was not tested for drugs the night of the shooting.
The National Review's Andrew McCarthy seems to think this fully exonerates Zimmerman. Adam Serwer has an interesting take on the thought, comparing rape with the incident. Martin deserved to be shot because he was high, much like the woman rape victim, "had it coming," debates of the past. Interesting analogy.
Some people are excited about the news that more, "minority," babies were born than white in the U.S. for the first time. Am I the only one that realizes that some non-white babies are being born to white mothers or fathers? So many mixed relationships out there effect this statistic. Some may look at this as a threat, (like those supporting keep them women pregnant contraceptive laws), while others realize it's a normal progression. We will not be a white or black country in the future, but we will be a mixed heritage populace of browns.
Maybe some day the little ones will grow up to rule the world.