Morning No: No Exaggeration

by: Natasha Chart

Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 07:42

- The Nelson abortion provision in the Senate bill isn't status quo, goes beyond Hyde, and is very likely to end most abortion coverage in a few years, when at present, the vast majority of private plans cover it.

- The reason why the Nelson language is indeed such a big deal is that, like the Stupak language, any federal money is assumed to taint the entire plan, requiring that separate checks be written for abortion riders on plans that have even a single enrollee getting federal subsidies to purchase insurance. It's expensive to insurance companies in administrative costs and stigmatizing to individuals.

- Republicans are children, part the 374th. Bad tempered, grandstanding, overgrown children.

- Just this month, a male prostitution ring was uncovered at the Vatican. Further, the Pope was implicated in covering up child molestation in Germany, as well as having issued a global edict before becoming Pope that instructed bishops to hide any child abuse or molestation they knew about. New revelations about abuse in Ireland and Brazil have upped the stakes in what's clearly a worldwide epidemic of child abuse. That's Congress' moral guidance.  

- Britain will open a new executive space agency that will direct separate efforts outside the European Space Agency.

- Google has shut down its Chinese website after refusing to cooperate any longer with government censorship laws following hacker attacks traced to Chinese universities that targeted the gmail accounts of Chinese dissidents and compromised proprietary source code.

- While the health reform fight will lead to some important benefits to the public, it also led to a president who ran on repealing the Hyde amendment now reinforcing it through executive order.

- World oil reserves may be exaggerated by as much as a third.

- In order to protest the destruction of over 470 American mountains by mountaintop removal mining for coal, activists locked themselves down to EPA headquarters for 32 hours to request that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson take a flyover tour of Appalachia to view the damage.

- With retail not expected to come back until 2012, more mall stores are expected to close, which sounds likely to have a knock-on effect on sales in other stores as shops go empty.

- I heard this song the other day and it reminded me that, being varnish season again (you know, the season when you can leave the windows open so the air in your place doesn't become flammable,) it's coming time to drag out the sanity-saving hobbies. Bones in syndication only goes so far.

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The Catholic Church Is A Criminal Organization (4.00 / 2)
What's surprised me most is that I somehow didn't know about the letter revealed in ths 2005Observer story.  It clearly implicates the Pope in a massive conspiracy to obstruct justice.  How did this not become a major scandal?  How could I not have known about it?

This is not just a passive failure.  Or an active coverup by underlings that higher-ups failed to counter.  This is the full force of the [renamed] Inquisition threatening anyone who cooperates with police and prosecutors with excommunication.

That makes the Catholic Church a criminal enterprise, pure and simple.

Pure and simple.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

I'm pretty sure (4.00 / 3)
this is how he GOT to be Pope. Who picks the Pope? Cardinals. And if he'd been doing all of them "favors" over the years, making their little problems go away, well, he would have a lot of leverage when the time came would he not?

Montani semper liberi

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PART of How He Got To Be Pope, Anyway (4.00 / 2)
If anything, this should suggest that we're still only seeing the tip of a very large iceberg.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Word (4.00 / 2)
This crop of bishops has been running the church like a NAMBLA brothel. I suspect their interest in forced birth has a lot to do with topping up their altar boy collection in the face of declining membership.

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If I get one more email solicitation (4.00 / 3)
from Emily's List or some other "progressive" organization asking me to donate because of their great victory in stopping the Stupak amendment, I'm going to scream.  This is not a victory for women, this is a failure of women's and progressive* groups to protect women's rights.  If they think I'm going to contribute to thank them for selling me out so Obama can get his "victory", they're insane.  I have given them money in the past specifically to STOP this sort thing.  

I'm beginning to think this is what "progressive" politics is all about, raising money by promising to do better next time.  

* Although to be fair to progressives groups, I'm not sure they have any interest in protecting women's rights.  They've certainly shown no indication that it's a priority for them.      

I saw this whole thing (4.00 / 2)
as a very clarifying moment. Basically any organization that has emailed me asking for congratulations or, worse, a handout, I dropped into my spam filter.

It's good to lighten the load sometimes.

Montani semper liberi

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True (4.00 / 2)
One of the ironies is that now that I'm to a place in my life where I can afford to make decent-sized political donations, there are virtually no organizations that I want to donate to.  

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Yep. Planned freaking Parenthood? A victory!?!?! n/t (4.00 / 2)

re: hcr bill (4.00 / 4)
the funny thing is what obama signed says very clearly that there are "new protections" for providers or facilities that are unwilling to even tell a woman her abortion options ("coverage") or send her to a doctor that is willing ("refer"), but I'm told that's in my imagination:

The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges. Under the Act, longstanding Federal laws to protect conscience (such as the Church Amendment, 42 U.S.C. §300a-7, and the Weldon Amendment, Pub. L. No. 111-8, §508(d)(1) (2009)) remain intact and new protections prohibit discrimination against health care facilities and health care providers because of an unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

the "new protections" aren't for women, they're for providers. and the RH link says the same:

Includes "conscience clause" language that protects only individuals or entities that refuse to provide, pay for, provide coverage for, or refer for abortion, removing earlier language that provided balanced non-discrimination language for those who provide a full range of choices to women in need.

so, a woman's life's in danger but the health-care provider is unwilling to tell her what to do in order to live and she dies. now the gov't wants to punish the hospital by withholding federal funds to ensure that doesn't happen again. can't do that says obama. let the woman die.


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