Monday, Funday Evening ReadsPosted: July 2, 2012
Today I had to deal with the idiots who work at Walmart Pharmacy…they must follow the ideals of Rush Limbaugh when it comes to hormone “birth” control pills used to help patients with painful periods, ovarian cysts and other health concerns. These same folks who make snide remarks while filling prescriptions are the ones who sit in the big baptist churches while their kids (some as young as 12) are out having sex or send nude pictures via text messages and not feeling any emotional connection to it. Ignorance is the stuff that makes assholes become righteous bullies that spread the stupid to other idiots…
Sorry about the rant but I had to just get this out of my system.
So, what about those news headlines for tonight’s evening reads? The big news is really no news at all…Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay.” This is no surprise, but I am glad he finally said it.
Now that I have that bit of info out of the way, let us move on to the recent polls: Obama Now Leads Romney, 48% to 43%
Good news…I guess.
President Barack Obama has maintained at least a slight margin over Mitt Romney in each of the last six Gallup Daily tracking averages, including a 48% to 43% lead among registered voters in the July 2 report, spanning June 25-July 1.
This morning, Dakinikat mentioned she is sick of politics, I could not agree more. Even though I was off on vacation, and stayed away from the news for ten days…when I came back home and started reading the back and forth again, my PAD came back with a vengeance. This is the reason I will just post the rest of the political links in a dump format.
Mitt Romney’s campaign is aligning itself with President Barack Obama—and breaking from other Republican Party leaders—by saying the government will be imposing a penalty, not a tax, on people who don’t buy insurance under the new health law.
The break from his Republican allies illustrates the difficulty the presumptive GOP presidential nominee faces in criticizing the president for a national health-care law that resembles the one Mr. Romney signed as Massachusetts governor. Both laws include a requirement that most individuals buy insurance coverage.
Why should he be against Obamacare? 7/3 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Mitt Romney | Mike Luckovich
Then there are the folks who are bound and determined to take the whole asshole thing to another level. Political Animal – Scott and Jindal Go Over the Brink on Medicaid Expansion
The reality is that pols like Scott and Jindal are using the supposed fiscal burden of the Medicaid expansion—or of any move towards covering the uninsured—as a fig leaf for their ideological opposition to the very idea. If the feds were offering to pay 100% of the cost, or 110% of the cost, the answer would be the same.
I know, I know, it’s widely thought to be incontrovertible that logic, pressure from providers, and the sheer idiocy of states with stingy Medicaid programs turning down a massive redistribution of resources in their favor, will all convince Republican governors to go along with the Medicaid expansion after they kick and scream for the benefit of “the base.” Perhaps that’s true, and that the rhetoric is the latter-day equivalent of the “massive resistance” southern lawmakers pledged to wage against the federally-imposed demise of Jim Crow.
But as the civil rights precedent showed, the competitive pressure of demagoguery is sometimes a lot more powerful than the “business logic” of going along with a more rational course of action. Now that Scott and Jindal have thrown down the gauntlet, can Nikki Haley or Scott Walker or Rick Perry or Sam Brownback be far behind?
I am too disgusted to answer that obvious rhetorical question, so I am going to skip the rest of the links gaining traction on Memeorandum and get to a few other news items that you may not have seen.
The deadly crash of a military cargo plane fighting a South Dakota wildfire forced officials to ground seven other Air Force air tankers, removing critical firefighting aircraft from the skies during one of the busiest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever to hit the West.
The C-130 from an Air National Guard wing based in Charlotte, N.C., was carrying a crew of six and fighting a 6.5-square-mile blaze in the Black Hills of South Dakota when it crashed Sunday, killing at least one crew member and injuring others.
The crash cut the number of large air tankers fighting this summer’s outbreak of wildfires by one-third.
The military put the remaining seven C-130s on an “operational hold,” keeping them on the ground indefinitely. That left 14 federally contracted heavy tankers available until investigators gain a better understanding of what caused the crash.
Five million “test tube babies” have now been born around the world, according to research presented at a conference of fertility experts.
Delegates hailed it as a “remarkable milestone” for fertility treatments.
The first test tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in the UK in July 1978. Her mother Leslie Brown died last month.
However, delegates at the conference in Turkey warned couples not to use fertility treatment as an “insurance policy” if they delayed parenthood.
The International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Icmart) presented its latest data on children born to infertile parents at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference.
It said official figures up to 2008, plus three years of estimates, put the total number of test tube babies born at five million.
And lastly, there is good news out of Georgia: The Associated Press: Ga. woman with flesh-eating bug leaves hospital
Since it is an AP article, I’ll refrain from quoting, so please head on over and check it out!