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More Stellar Legislation

August 7, 2006

The Deficit Reduction Act contains a provision that would mandate all citizens applying for Medicaid or renewing medical coverage to show a passport or birth certificate to ensure their status as U.S. citizens. Dum and Dum and camp are considering new legislation. The bill would call for no exceptions for any Medicaid applicants or beneficiaries, including individuals with physical or mental impairments such as Alzheimer’s or ALS diseases.

Here we go again with the hatred of immigrants, children and women. What does this mean for women? If you are a woman and you cannot find your birth certificate or passport, you would be delayed or unable to obtain important medical services like birth control, yearly ob/gyn visits, or screened for female cancers. The same is true for men with prostate and testicular cancer. For children, it’s a public health matter with immunizations and various other education requirements.

Under rules imposed by the dumbest administration in US history®, millions of Americans could face significant delays or lose health coverage altogether because they do not have access to their birth certificate, passport, or similar documents.

What is at stake?

• People who experience an emergency and require Medicaid coverage immediately but do not have immediate access to documents (some states and cities can take a weeks to months to provide a duplicate birth certificate when one is requested);
• Those who are homeless, mentally ill, or suffering from senility or a disease such as Alzheimer’s, and who may not be able to secure a birth certificate (or even to recall where they were born);
• Americans in nursing homes or the severely disabled, and may have additional challenges to obtaining their birth certificates; and
• Those affected by disasters like Hurricanes or tornados that have lost most of their possessions and records.

Ask yourself if this is really about deficit issues and how much this will really save the US government. What are the costs associated with implementing and continuing this program versus the cost of the number of illegal immigrants on the program? Also, aren’t those immigrants supposed to be leaving according to Dum Dum’s new legislation? Could it be more effective, I don’t know – to end a war and cut tax loops for the wealthiest Americans?
This week the agency that oversees Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is accepting comments from the public on these rules. Go here to share your concerns.

References:

http://www.cbpp.org/1-5-06health.htm
http://www.ppfa.org/pp2/portal/
http://www.saveroe.com/

Global Warming — Atleast Some Get It!

July 26, 2006

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In June, the government of Quebec announced a carbon tax on oil and gas companies as an initiative to fight climate changes. Reactions were positive and Canadians recognize the tax as paramount to attempts to reduce man-made greenhouse gases. President Premier Jean Charest went further by insisting that oil producers not be allowed to pass the tax onto consumers.

Imagine a politician who isn’t on the side of big business? Why is it that Canadian politicians get it and American politicians do not appear to have the slightest clue? Perhaps elected folks from Oklahoma should take a lesson from its neighbor to the north who not only defeated America in a war many years ago, but has lived peacefully and civilly for far more years than America can ever imagine.

Another Classy Move

July 17, 2006

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(Leaving space here for UC to tell us why this picture is offensive.)

CNN.com reports:

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — U.S. President George W. Bush expressed his frustration over the situation in the Middle East by using an expletive in comments to British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg Monday.

Not realizing his remarks were being picked up by a microphone at the summit of world leaders, Bush bluntly expressed his frustration with the actions of Hezbollah.

“See, the irony is what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive),” Bush told Blair in a discussion before the Group of Eight leaders began their lunch.

Bush’s remarks were picked up by the summit’s closed-circuit television, which was filming the leaders sitting down to eat.

Normally, the images are transmitted with sound that does not allow reporters to pick out individual comments. But in this case a microphone picked up Bush’s comments to Blair.

Blair, whose remarks were not as clearly heard, appeared to be pressing Bush about the importance of getting international peacekeepers into the region.

A few quick thoughts on this:

As President, does he think he really has any privacy? Especially since he himself is pressing for all the NSA invasion of freedom?
No wonder Europeans say what they do about Americans with a C student like this at the helm.
Is it really Syria’s job to do this, G-dawg. And who are you to say so? What about what the UN has suggested?
Yes George, this shit does have to stop. However, there is a correct way and a wrong way to encourage this. Perhaps you wouldn’t be so pissed if it weren’t infringing on your personal cash flow from Iraq. Oh but wait, can’t you and Cheney sell some goods to Lebanon and Israel and profit?

Real Value of the Minimum Wage

June 22, 2006

 Here’s the real (inflation adjusted) value of the minimum wage (that won’t be raised by our do-nothing Congress) over time:

Here’s how far below the already-ludicrous Federal Poverty Line you are if you’re making minimum wage:

Thanks, Congress!  You’re the BEST!

And now, for some secular chumploafs!

June 21, 2006

We interrupt our live coverage of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church making asses of themselves in order to bring you….

The members of the Unites States Congress making asses of themselves! 

TWICE! 

I actually got a raise last year.  A pretty nice one, too.  Unfortunately, our company health insurance premiums went up so much that the Board of Directors put a cap on health care costs and we now have to pay the difference out of pocket.  It worked out rather neatly that the per-paycheck deduction is about the same as the per-paycheck increase I’d gotten from my raise.  So my pay stayed level, and with inflation, I’m actually making less!  And I’m a technology professional and a salaried manager.

And what about our brave congresscritters?  They themselves have seen over $35,000 in pay increases since the last time they raised the minimum wage in 1997.  Did I mention that their healthcare is free?

I can’t find the quote online, but NPR had one Republican congresstroll actually saying — into a microphone!! — that people should get better, non-minimum-wage jobs.  Stupid poor people, CHOOSING low wage jobs!  Get with the program, losers!
Though I promised a thoroughly secular post, one does have to wonder:  WWJD?

Episcopal Church Flip-Flops, Makes Ass of Self

June 21, 2006

Many of you will no doubt be thrilled to learn that today is the last day of the 2006 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. And what a day it’s been….

Yesterday, resolution A161 (which, as amended by the House of Bishops, would have placed moratoria on both the consecration of GLBT bishops and the development or authorization of rites for blessing same-sex unions) was resoundingly defeated by the House of Deputies. The reaction from the House of Bishops makes me wonder if the Presiding Bishop hasn’t already had some sort of back-channel message from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the effect of “no resolution, no invitation to Lambeth”. So they managed to whip up a resolution (B033) originating in the HoB, which reads as follows:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, that the 75th General Convention receive and embrace The Windsor Report’s invitation to engage in a process of healing and reconciliation; and be it further

Resolved, that this Convention therefore call upon Standing Committees and bishops with jurisdiction to exercise restraint by not consenting to the consecration of any candidate to the episcopate whose manner of life presents a challenge to the wider church and will lead to further strains on communion.

Frank Griswold++ (the current Presiding Bishop) presented this text to both houses at a special joint session (called by Bishop Griswold himself). At one point, it looked like the resolution was going to be stopped by procedural maneuvers, and all of the sudden the Presiding Bishop-elect asks to address the Deputies. Since the President of the House of Deputies can invite guests to speak, he extended an invitation to +Katharine, and this is what she said:

“Yesterday afternoon, the bishop of Louisiana spoke eloquently in our House about living in a church with two minds — one church, two minds. As he was speaking, an image was rising in my mind. It is a challenging image.

We have read many stories in the news about conjoined twins — two bodies or parts of body united in one being. …. Some parents have to wrestle with the decision of trying to separate or not trying to separate those twins. They operate with the assumption that it is wrong to attempt to separate those twins unless both can live full lives.

I think we are in a church much like that. this creature, this Body of Christ, is not wholly one and it is not wholly two. The resolution which stands before you is far from adequate. I find the language exceedingly challenging, but my sense is that it’s probably the best we’re going to do today, and at this convention. I am fully committed to the inclusion gay and lesbian Christians in this church. I certainly don’t understand adopting this resolution as slamming the door, and I do think that if you pass this resolution, you have to keep working with all your mind at finding a common mind in this church. I don’t find this an easy thing to say to you, but I think this is the best we’re going to manage at this point in our history.

Thank you.”

Apparently, the deputies agreed.

VOTING BY ORDERS IN THE HOD ON B033
VOTE RESULTS
LAY: yes 77.4 no 21. divided 11 carried

CLERGY: 75.8 yes 24 no divided 10 carried

RESOLUTION B033: CARRIED

I am feeling fairly inarticulate at the moment, so I’ll let Father Jake express just exactly what I’m feeling right now:

“..exercise restraint by not consenting…” How else can this possibly be heard except as a slap in the face to Bishop Robinson and all of our faithful glbt brothers and sisters?

The world was watching to see if at least one segment of the Body of Christ would reject the self-righteous bigotry that they have come to expect from those who call themselves Christians. And we have shown them that we’re not any different from the Falwells and Robertsons that regularly make a mockery of our faith. Most likely many will shrug and say they were not surprised, and then turn to the next page of the Wall Street Journal. We have crawled back into that box the secular world has built for us; a box that is quickly becoming irrelevant in many people’s lives anyway.

I’ll tell you one thing: I will never refer to myself as an Anglican again. We have created a golden calf that is not worthy of our worship, let alone our respect.

Keep in mind that this will not be enough for Anglican bigots like Peter Akinola. TEC is going to continue to be treated like a naughty child who must be disciplined. We have managed to not only compromise our integrity, but have also produced nothing that will be considered acceptable to the Communion. We blinked.

My heart is broken. Beyond that, I am outraged. There must be consequences created for this act of cowardice.

Not much to add to that, except to emphasize and concur with his point: this will not please the conservatives one iota. A quick survey of the popular conservative Anglican blogs shows that they’re already starting to howl and moan. We have sold our birthright for a mess of pottage.

Also, I wonder precisely what “manner of life” means? Does that include having a vagina? Or being divorced? Neither of those currently disqualifies one from the episcopacy in our church, but would disqualify one from the episcopal office in many provinces of the Anglican Communion.

This is yet another example of the Episcopal Church trying to buy peace with the conservatives for the moment at the price of a future of discord. It would have been better to have the courage of our convictions and say to the Communion, “we can’t commit to this because we are not of one mind”. Instead, they’ve put out this “call upon…exercise restraint” nonsense, which will almost certainly be challenged. The Bishops, being more collegial, will probably hold the line. I doubt the Standing Committees of the liberal dioceses will be so compliant, though, and where will that leave us? With the bishops refusing to consecrate those who have been chosen by the people?
My final thought for now is this: although I’m trying to have an open heart about this, it sure looks to me like the new Presiding Bishop-elect’s first act was to give the finger to the gay and lesbian members of her flock so that she can be sure of her place at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s little tea party.

UPDATE: The Archbishop of Canterbury is apparently wasting no time in letting up know just how little we’ve bought for ourselves by compromising our integrity:

Archbishop’s statement at the conclusion of deliberations on the Windsor Report and the Anglican Communion at the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America

Wednesday 21st June 2006

“I am grateful to the Bishops and Deputies of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (USA) for the exceptional seriousness with which they have responded to the request of the Primates of the Anglican Communion that they should address the recommendations of the Windsor Report relating to the tensions arising from the decisions associated with the 74th General Convention in 2003.

“ There is much to appreciate in the hard and devoted work done by General Convention, and before that, by the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, in crafting the resolutions. This and the actions taken today show how strong is their concern to seek reconciliation and conversation with the rest of the Communion.

“ It is not yet clear how far the resolutions passed this week and today represent the adoption by the Episcopal Church of all the proposals set out in the Windsor Report. The wider Communion will therefore need to reflect carefully on the significance of what has been decided before we respond more fully.

“ I am grateful that the JSC of the Primates and ACC has already appointed a small working group to assist this process of reflection and to advise me on these matters in the months leading up to the next Primates’ Meeting.

“ I intend to offer fuller comments on the situation in the next few days. The members of Convention and the whole of the Episcopal Church remain very much in our prayers.”

My big gay post on the Episcopal Church

June 17, 2006

UPDATE: I’m going to keep this post at the top while the General Convention is considering the resolutions discussed below. For the usual Republic of Dogs fare, scroll on down past this post.

This week, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA is meeting in Columbus, OH. The GC meets every three years to conduct the business of the ECUSA. It is a bicameral legislature, with each diocese represented by its diocesan bishop in the House of Bishops, and by a delegation of four laypersons and four priests (who are elected, though I’m not sure how exactly, slacker that I am) in the House of Deputies. Legislation must pass both houses in identical form (or be “concurred”) to become law within our church. The GC is the highest authority in the Episcopal Church. It elects the Presiding Bishop, it revises the Book of Common Prayer, it sets the budget…and on and on.

Since there’s nothing that the prurient pinheads in the press corps love more than controversies over Teh Gay, you may have heard about one issue that is before GC 2006: a resolution to “apologize for the consecration of an openly gay bishop”, as some droner on NPR phrased it this morning. True to form, the media love to report on something that involves butt-sex and the culture wars, but all the boring details make their little heads hurt. But religion reporting depends on the details, because the context is everything, and the issues are almost never as simple as our national Strategic Reserve of Journalism Majors wish they were. So, here are some details:

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Fish is the Man!

June 13, 2006

Shelley the Republican Cobag is at it again. However, this time she left a message at Fish’s blog. Check it out! It’s good for a laugh.

Fish, you are RoD’s new hero!

Great Whores of American Journalism: Campaign 2008

May 24, 2006

First in an Ongoing Series

right in my mouth, Senator!

Laura Blumenfeld: Clueless Fuckwit, or Pervert Monkey-Lover?

If you were perhaps thinking that 2006 is a little early for the Washington Post and NY Times, the two great brothels of the eastern access-whore establishment, to start bashing Democrats and blowing Republicans – well, Dear Reader, think again! It’s NEVER too early to get a head-start on ensuring the maintenance of the whore-friendly status quo that the whores helped to bring about in 2000, helped to continue in 2004, and are hell-bent on extending in 2008.

To whit, behold the NY Times taking a probing and timely look at the intimate lives of the President and First Lady. What kind of freakish dysfunction lies behind the placid façade? I can’t WAIT to find out!

My, but we DO so love our pills!

Photograph courtesy of my new favorite website

Not THAT President, silly buttons! He’s our Daddy! No, we’re talking about THIS President, the hillbilly sex-maniac with the dyke wife. His nightmarish eight-year reign of peace and prosperity nearly bored us to death before he gave us all new a hobby by having tEh sExXx0r!

We come fer yer daughter, Chuck!

 

So anyway, yeah. This year we’re gonna party like it’s 1995!

From the Capital City Whorehouse, we have this rather astonishing combo blowjob-rimjob piece from little Miss Laura Blumenfeld, who straps on her official-issue Washington Post knee-pads and hits the pavement to give Bill Frist the tongue-lashingbath of a lifetime in a soft-core “human intrest story” that should have been called “Post Reporter Overpowered By Frist’s Blood-Drenched, Monkey-Scented Manliness, Forced To Gobble Senate Majority Leader’s Knob”. Or maybe just “Monkey Business”?

Frist listened to the heart; the gorilla’s lub-dub sounded human. “When you’re this close, you feel this kind of oneness with them,” Frist said. The stink of ape sweat and gorilla testosterone soaked his hair and clothes. “Gorillas, people, men.”

BLLAGGHHHHHHHRRHRHRGGGAAAAAHHH!!
Oh, excuse me. I was just vomiting. Moving right along.

In medical school, Frist cut out a dog’s heart and held it in his palm. It continued to beat for a slippery minute.
“Watching it beat, the beauty of it,” Frist recalled. “I decided I would spend my life centered around the heart.”

You know, I think I’ve read something like that before. In the opening chapters of an Ann Rule novel! RUN AWAY, CHILDREN! RUN!

But enough with the senseless slaughter of man’s best friend. Let’s get back to Laura Blumenfeld’s every-moistening panties!

Frist joined the team, as he had on other mornings, tying on a mask. He unbuttoned his business shirt, revealing jungle-pattern surgical scrubs and a pair of hairy, toned biceps.

Then he gazed into her dark, vulnerable eyes and proclaimed in his husky voice, “I’m Dr. Thrustingood, and I’ll be your new gynecologist.” That novel had FABIO on the cover, Dear Reader! Good times.

Anyway, let me wrap up with the shorter Laura Blumenfeld: Republicans possess a more natural and authentic manhood, as evidenced by my schoolgirl giddiness around some old white guy who smells like monkeys.

Something had changed inside of the beast while he slept. Frist smiled and spoke unremarkably from the lectern, reeking of silverback testosterone.

Looks like WaPo and the Gray Harlot have already made their picks for 2006 and 2008, and I’m sure they sincerely hope you’ll enjoy another eight years of having sophomoric soft-core porn like this shoved down your throat with a meat-hose labeled “Political Coverage”.

My mind: blown directly out my ass.

May 24, 2006

AGGGGGHHH!!

The current Bush administration has also accorded legitimacy to the cult leader. Under the Bush administration’s faith-based initiatives, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave a $475,280 grant to fund Free Teens USA, a Moonie-run after-school celibacy club that recruits people into the cult. (Quick note: on the issue of nonmarital sex, the former womb-blesser is now a sadistic puritan: “If your love organ,” Moon once told his male followers, “does not listen to your conscience, then you should cut off the tip [with pliers].”)