Monday Reads: Summer’s here and the Time is Right (wing)

Good Morning!  And welcome to a week that may set global  records for hot as hell!!!

The heat wave in the country isn’t the only item that convinces me that many folks want to bring hell straight to the US.  Look what’s going onLaura Nyro Stoney End in Ohio which hasn’t got the coverage of what’s going on in Texas but is equally if not more insidious.

Before signing a $62 billion, two-year budget into law tonight, Gov. John Kasich used his line-item veto pen to strike language seen as a barrier to progress on expanding Medicaid while talks continue on the broader expansion the governor has sought.

But he left intact all of the controversial provisions seen as restricting abortions as well as language allowing local government bodies to meet secretly behind closed doors in executive session when discussing economic incentive packages for businesses.

The governor left immediately after signing the budget without taking questions from reporters about his vetoes.

The budget promises a net $2.6 billion net tax cut, consisting chiefly of a 10 percent across-the-board income tax for all taxpayers over three years and a 50 percent cut on the first $250,000 earned by small businesses.

“I’m proud of the tax cuts because I think it’s another installment in Ohio’s comeback,” Mr. Kasich said.

But it also comes with some trade-offs, including a hike in the state sales tax from 5.5 cents on the dollar to 5.75 cents. The budget also draws the line on its subsidization of local property tax bills, saying the state will no longer pay the first 12.5 percent on any new levies that voters approve beginning with those on the ballot this November.

The budget also holds $717 million more over the next two years for K-12 schools, an 11 percent increase. It does not full make up, however, for the cuts schools suffered in the current budget, in part because of the expiration of one-time federal stimulus dollars.

Pro-choice advocates had placed all their hopes in stopping the abortion restrictions from taking place on Mr. Kasich, but Mr. Kasich allowed all of the provisions to stay.

Those provisions included language making it tougher for abortion clinics to get emergency care transfer agreements that they must have with a local hospital in order to keep their licenses by prohibiting publicly funded hospitals from entering into such arrangements.

A last-minute addition that requires a doctor to performing abortions to first perform an ultrasound to detect a fetal heartbeat and then offer to let the woman seeking an abortion hear or see that heartbeat. Failure to following this procedure could lead to criminal prosecution of the doctor.

The budget also places Planned Parenthood at the end of the line when it comes to distributing Ohio’s share of federal family planning funds.

 Why are Republicans trying to create hell realms in our country and what can we do to stop it?  This includes denying climate change despite heat wavethe summers scorching weather is likely to set global records.  Eight states are suffering.

Forecasters called for more supercharged temperatures Sunday as a heat wave gripped the Southwest, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized in serious condition in heat-aggravated incidents in this sunbaked city.

Temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 115 degrees on Saturday afternoon, two degrees short of a record, while Phoenix baked in 119 degrees. Large swaths of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night — and maybe even longer.

In Death Valley — known as the hottest place on Earth — temps reached 125, according to the National Weather Service. Death Valley’s record high of 134 degrees, set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet’s highest recorded temperature.

Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said paramedics responded to a home without air conditioning and found an elderly man dead. He said while the man had medical issues, paramedics thought the heat worsened his condition.

Paramedics said another elderly man suffered a heat stroke when the air conditioner in his car went out for several hours while he was on a long road trip. He stopped in Las Vegas, called 911 and was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

coming to take me away
I’ve been hearing complaints about the heat from my dad in Seattle, BostonBoomer in Boston and her mom in Indiana, and a friend in Dallas, Texas.  Seems like pretty widespread nastiness to me.
So, what other basic acts of science and civilization have these flat earthers thwarted recently?  Remember Bob Dole on the floor of the Senate asking Republican Senators or their votes for the disabled which got turned into some weird twisted diatribe dealing with home-schoolers?  Well, Democrats may have another go at it.  We’ll see what crawls out from under their rocks in opposition this time.

Senate Democrats will try to resurrect a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled that was rejected last year over GOP concerns it would imperil home-schooling.

The treaty fell five votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority in a 61-38 vote in December after former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) led a charge that it would give unelected UN bureaucrats the power to challenge U.S. home-schooling.

Treaty supporters say those worries were unfounded, and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations panel hopes to win approval of the treaty, a Senate Democratic aide said.Menendez hopes to strike a deal on a way forward with the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who voted against the treaty last year.

While last year’s vote took place after the presidential election, advocates believe the debate got tied up in election-year politics and that a revote this session could be successful.

The treaty would extend the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act to people with disabilities around the world, including Americans living abroad, according to advocates.

“We believe very much there is a path forward for victory,” said Marca Bristo, president of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. “If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be putting in this effort.”

Opponents have long warned that it may come back up. Last month, the Home School Legal Defense Association jumped the gun and sent out an action alert to its members warning – inaccurately – that Menendez’s panel had scheduled a hearing for June 4.

“Thank you for joining us in this battle to protect our children and our children’s future,” wrote association president J. Michael Smith. “You defeated this treaty last year. Standing together, we can defeat this treaty once again.”

The treaty’s path to ratification remains a challenging one.

Meanwhile, we’ve got another woman legislator with a sense of humor trying to pass an every sperm is sacred bill in response to the assault on women’s health and autonomy.  This is in response to the nastiness in Ohio discussed above.

One thing is certain about the bevy of legislation targeting women being introduced by conservative men. Women are mad and they aren’t taking it anymore. One female lawmaker in Ohio has introduced bill that would regulate men’s reproductive health.

According to the Dayton Daily News, State Senator Nina Turner introduced SB 307, which requires men to visit a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and get their sexual partner to sign a notarized affidavit confirming impotency in order to get a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill also requires men who take the drugs to be continually “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.””

The bill is a response to the Republican effort to pass House Bill 125, which would ban abortion if the fetus has a heartbeat, which is about six weeks after conception. Turner, an opponent of the bill, says if Republicans are allowed to legislate women’s health, men’s health should also be regulated. “I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb,” Turner said.

 Can we just label the current Republican Party the party of crimes against humanity and just get it over with?
So this post was set to music today?  Did you catch it? What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

69 Comments on “Monday Reads: Summer’s here and the Time is Right (wing)”

  1. Liked the music Dak. And I agree with you, the right wing is all hot and bothered with what happened last week. I just wish the women’s rights mini victory in Texas was not drowned out by the DOMA decision. (Not that I am complaining about the SCOTUS decision) but like you said in yesterday’s post, time ran out before Rachel Maddow could get to the woman issue.

    Bob Dole was the one who pushed for the UN disability vote thing? I don’t remember that, it is too early and I guess I am not awake yet…

    Hey check this out: 20-week abortion ban too soon: Our view it’s an op/ed in US Today.

  2. Pat Johnson@ I DON’T RECOGNIZE US ANYMORE | The Widdershins

    How does one reason with a jerk? How does one find common ground with an empty headed dimwit? How do we attain progress when dealing with assholes devoid of commonsense, judgment and vision?

  3. Wow, things are also heating up in Egypt: Biggest Demonstrations in Egyptian History: Millions Demand President Morsi Step Down | Informed Comment

    The Egyptian military estimated that “millions” of Egyptian demonstrated on Sunday to demand early presidential elections, only one year into the four-year term of President Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The nationwide rallies were, the military said, the largest in Egyptian history.

    The streets leading into Tahrir were so packed that late arrivers could not reach the Square. Tens of thousands of protesters marched from the Square to the Ittihadiya presidential palace, chanting “The people want the fall of the regime” and chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood from which the president hails, calling for the fall of the rule of the Supreme Guide (Muhammad Badi` is the head of the Brotherhood, and they were accusing Morsi of being his puppet).

  4. Beata says:

    Not. Dead. Yet.

    • Beata says:

      We are actually having flash flooding here. Climate change comes in many different forms.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Take care, Beata.

      • NW Luna says:

        Hope you stay above the flood line, Beata.

        Here in usual rainy cool Seattle (yeah, even in June) it’s hot. High 80s and supposed to hit 91 today. Don’t laugh, all you folks from the south. I can’t think well when the temp goes much over 78. Supposed to cool off in a coupla days, thank the deities.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Soledad O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America

    O’Brien will contribute short-form segments to Al Jazeera America’s current affairs magazine program “America Tonight,” and her production company Starfish Media Group will produce hour-long documentary specials.

    • RalphB says:

      OK, that means I will have to pay attention to Al Jazeera now. Soledad is fantastic!

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Charles Pierce smacks down MTP for inviting Ralph Reed to pontificate on gay marriage.

    There are dozens of perfectly articulate bigots who aren’t tied in with crooked lobbyists and discarded fetuses who nonetheless would be more than happy to come on TV and explain to Kindly Doc Maddow why Jesus thinks she is a lesser form of human. Hell, you should pardon the expression, Jim DeMint is several of them all by himself. Why does NBC go out of its way to help rehabilitate someone whom, if the American political system had a functioning immune system, would have been devoured by its phagocytes years ago? Why isn’t everybody else on that set vomiting into their hands at the very presence of Ralph Reed in their midst? The man is human e.coli.

    • dakinikat says:

      I still don’t know why Reed isn’t in jail.

    • RalphB says:

      Pierce had this bit from Glenn Smith, a long time activist, and it speaks for me as well. We are an ATM for the Democrats and they suck millions out, putting nothing back in. That has to change and now’s a good time for it.

      So, we’ve been working our asses off down here and Wendy and the Democrats had a good couple of days. Then today, on my email, I’m getting flooded with DLCC and DSCC and DWhateverthefk emails raising money off of Sen. Davis. National Democrats treat Texas as an extraction economy and I am fucking sick of it. Not one person who had anything to do with these national solicitations has a clue who Wendy Davis is. So, you national Democratic fks, stick it. You can use celebrity politics to sucker Texas donors and you can sucker national donors into exploiting our celebrities. While you are at it, real people you claim to care about are getting sick and dying under GOP policies here. Children are not being educated. Women are made second-class citizens. So, Democrats, if you’ll spend money in Egypt or Syria or wherever the fk where, why not Texas? I am truly sick of your celebrity obsession and your willingness to let third-world Texas fund your campaigns while people here suffer and die.

  7. dakinikat says:

    The party of jerky whites-only people is at it again:

    Who Needs Hispanic Votes?
    Maybe not Republicans. How demographic math may convince GOP House members that it’s smarter to double down on white voters than back immigration reform.

    • RalphB says:

      RCP’s “genius?” Sean Trende started that line. Maybe he really hates them since he used to pimp polls for Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods.

    • roofingbird says:

      Nah, I think it’s a form of white blindered racism to assume that many more white voters would have anything to do with them.

  8. dakinikat says:

    BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 2m

    US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has applied to Russia for political asylum, Russian officials say

    • dakinikat says:

      because, you know, Russia has such a more morally superior country that never spies on any one

      • RalphB says:

        Huh? I think this means he should stop sharing secrets with everyone else 🙂

        Vladimir Putin: “He should cease his work aimed at damaging our American partners

        • bostonboomer says:

          Putin wants them all to himself, but I seems as if Snowden has already handed them over to Wikileaks. Der Spiegel published stuff yesterday. I don’t know if Snowden is in control anymore.

          • Fannie says:

            He is not in control………..when you don’t have a passport…….guess what.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Now RT says he didn’t apply for asylum in Russia.

        This is becoming a boring soap opera.

  9. roofingbird says:

    The next Texas Senate Second Called Session starts at 2:00 PM CDT.

    Senator Davis was anticipating that the 20 week abortion crap would be reintroduced.

    • RalphB says:

      Protests today begin at Noon on South steps of the Capital. Should get bigger later in the day.

    • RalphB says:

      On Monday at noon at the south steps of the Capitol, a coalition of the Texas Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and clinic provider Whole Woman’s Health, among others, have planned a rally. So far, more than 5,000 have pledged to attend via Facebook. The organizers joke that plans were already being generated before they started officially getting involved.

      “It keeps blowing our expectations,” says Tanene Allison, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party. “Even if we didn’t want to organize something, people want to be at the Capitol on Monday. They want to have a presence when the special session starts.”

    • roofingbird says:

      I’m having trouble loading UTube, but a tweet on the page says: recess until Tuesday, July 9th at 11am. Any confirmation? The last bit I got was a point of inquiry over the Senate clock running about 2 minutes too slow and what was the official time?

      It got to be hot outside for all those protesters.

      • RalphB says:

        The Tribune feed, Senate Info Channel says the second called session adjourned until July 9 but there is a Finance Cmte hearing on July 2nd. I don’t know what they’re doing?

        • roofingbird says:

          They are probably hoping everyone will go home for the 4th and not come back. I don’t know, could they change their mind and complete the session in the middle of the night?

          • RalphB says:

            Sure but people are watching them.

          • RalphB says:

            From the Texas Democratic Party …

            Anti-women’s rights legislation will be heard in the State Affairs Committee tomorrow in the Capitol, room E2.030. The public will be able to testify between 3pm and midnight.

            This legislation is virtually identical to the legislation halted by Senator Wendy Davis and the People’s Filibuster.

            We need thousands of Texans to come to attend and tell their personal story for three minutes. We know that those who oppose women’s rights will be out in force.

          • roofingbird says:

            Thanks Ralph, I figured they were up to no good!

          • RalphB says:

            Here’s the deal, committee hearings were where the People’s Filibuster delayed the House long enough for Davis’ filibuster in the Senate.

            TPM: Texas Legislature Recessed, Anti-Abortion Bill Will Get Public Hearings

    • RalphB says:

      Some good pictures from the protest. 1000s of people showed up to Stand with Wendy, again.

  10. RalphB says:

    Democrats seem to have the high ground with the public.

    Texas Tribune: How Public Opinion Fueled Senate’s Abortion Fight

    While much attention has been paid to the political conflict on the floor of the Texas Senate last Tuesday, the subtleties of public opinion on abortion in Texas framed the clash in the upper chamber. Results from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll suggest that Senate Bill 5 triggered intense public opposition because the bill’s provisions threatened to significantly limit women’s access to abortion. A significant share of the public has been tolerant, even accepting, of measures to regulate abortion, but opposes attempts to significantly restrict access to abortion services or to abolish the availability of the procedure altogether. The line between “regulating procedures” and “restricting access” may be a blurry one, but SB 5 appears to have crossed it, given the opposition it aroused in a reliably conservative state.

  11. NW Luna says:

    SB 307, which requires men to visit a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and get their sexual partner to sign a notarized affidavit confirming impotency in order to get a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill also requires men who take the drugs to be continually “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.””

    Also, in accordance with current medical evidence, they need testing and treatment for diabetes, impaired insulin, dyslipidemia, and be placed on a supervised, intensive physical conditioning program.

  12. Fannie says:

    Nina Turner is running for secretary of state…………….yay.

  13. NW Luna says:

    And though maternity care costs far less in other developed countries than it does in the United States, studies show their citizens do not have less access to care or to high-tech care during pregnancy than Americans do.

    “It’s not primarily that we get a different bundle of services when we have a baby,” said Gerard Anderson, an economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health who studies international health costs. “It’s that we pay individually for each service and pay more for the services we receive.” ….

    The average total price charged for pregnancy and newborn care was about $30,000 for a vaginal delivery and $50,000 for a C-section, with commercial insurers paying out an average $18,329 and $27,866, the report found. Women with insurance pay out of pocket an average $3,400, according to a survey by Childbirth Connection, one of the groups behind the report.

    In most other developed countries, comprehensive maternity care is free or cheap, considered vital to ensuring the health of future generations.

    Whereas here in the good ol’ USA, it’s profit-oriented with third-party insurers.

  14. NW Luna says:

    Glad to read that my state legislator-critters passed this:

    Lawmakers barred employers from demanding passwords for social media sites like Facebook at the workplace and during job interviews. It also stops employers from making workers friend managers so that their profile is viewable.

  15. RalphB says:

    You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting a musician. 🙂 Heat didn’t stop them but the larger rallys are supposed to be later today.

    Texas Tribune: Abortion Rights Activists Descend on Capitol

    Opponents of Republican-backed legislation to dramatically curtail abortion rights in Texas descended on the Capitol by the thousands on Monday, spurred on by musicians, celebrities and their new hero: filibustering state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. …

  16. RalphB says:

    NYMag; Can Wendy Davis Help the Democrats Crack Texas?

    “Until this week, the Texas Democratic Party has been like a dull black-and-white old movie,” the GOP strategist Mark McKinnon told me in an e-mail. “Wendy Davis has suddenly provided some 3-D excitement and color. More importantly, parties don’t make comebacks. Parties come to power when they have bold and compelling personalities leading the charge. Texas Democrats now have a crusader in Wendy Davis.”