Friday Reads

vintage-summer-sonja-quinteroGood Morning!

The same news is dominating the cycle.  Republicans have gone crazy attempting to circumvent the democratic process in order to instill the religious right’s anti-abortion views on the country. People are still playing ‘Where’s Snowden?’  Every one is hashing over the new SCOTUS decisions and watching to see if Trayvon Martin will find justice and his parents will get peace.  The Supreme Court’s term this year has brought up speculation about Ruth Bader Ginsberg and possible retirement.

At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench.

In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election.

Ginsburg said she had fallen in the bathroom of her home in early May, sustaining the same injury she suffered last year near term’s end.

“I knew immediately what it was this time,” she said, adding that there was nothing to do but take pain killers and wait out the six weeks as her ribs healed. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said on Wednesday that the day after the May 2 incident, Ginsburg was examined at the Office of the Attending Physician at the Capitol and then went about her regular schedule.

I’ve been so tired of all the assaults on women, minorities, and the GLBT by the religious right in this country that I’ve nearly taken to leaving the TV off and limiting my time looking at the news.  Here’s some of the things these folks have to say about women.

Women are made to be led, and counseled, and directed. . . . And if I am not a good man, I have no just right in this Church to a wife or wives, or the power to propagate my species. What then should be done with me? Make a eunuch of me, and stop my propagation. –Heber C. Kimball, venerated early LDS apostle (1801-1868)

·         A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. –Official statement of Southern Baptist Convention, Summer 1998, (15.7 million members)

·         The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. — Pat Robertson, Southern Baptist leader (1930–)

The Holiness of God is not evidenced in women when they are brash, brassy, boisterous, brazen, head-strong, strong-willed, loud-mouthed, overly-talkative, having to have the last word, challenging, controlling, manipulative, critical, conceited, arrogant, aggressive, assertive, strident, interruptive, undisciplined, insubordinate, disruptive, dominating, domineering, or clamoring for power. Rather, women accept God’s holy order and character by being humbly and unobtrusively respectful and receptive in functional subordination to God, church leadership, and husbands. –James Fowler, Women in the Church, 1999.

·         Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture. Mark Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill nondenominational mega-church franchise.  (1970–)

This just makes me want to airdrop them all on the Taliban so they can have their little wars all to themselves.  screen-shot-2011-11-16-at-7-57-34-pm

Here’s a great little bit of information that relates today’s shrill TeaBots to the real Boston Tea Party Patriots?  What would the founders have done with today’s group?

The fact is, the Founding Fathers would have hated the Tea Party – misspelled signs and all.Yes, you heard that right, they would have despised the ammo-hoarding sycophants of AM talk radio for a number of reasons, and would have likely lined them up in front of a firing squad or fitted them for a noose if this was the 18th century.

First of all, the original Tea Party was a protest of being forced to pay taxes on imported goods for which there was no competition. The East India Trading Company had the cozy relationship with the British government that allowed them to have a monopoly on tea and other items. Imagine Walmart being the only store from which you could buy and they dictated both cost and taxes on everything. The real Tea Party wasn’t about mentally unstable rants about oppressive government and imagined Muslim takeovers, it was about actual oppressive government in which there was no representation for the colonists.

In the modern United States, we do have representation and theoretically, everyone can vote. The American Revolution used bullets because ballots weren’t available and the East India Tea Company had too much power in government. Now we have ballots and so-called “patriots” are trying to take away voting rights, talking about using bullets if they don’t get what they want, and supporting corporate power in government via Citizens United. You know, the opposite of what the Founding Fathers and the real Tea Party were all about.

The Tea Party is ramping up against the immigration bill.  And of course, Fox News knows all about it.

After spending weeks dealing with the fallout from the IRS targeting scandal, Tea Party groups are starting to focus their energy on the immigration bill — a development that could imperil President Obama’s hopes for a speedy approval.

Before adjourning for the Fourth of July holiday break, the Senate easily approved its version of the legislation. The bill now rests with the House, where Republicans say they will take up their own version.

Obama, during his Africa trip, called on the House to “get this done” before the August recess.

But House lawmakers already are hearing conservative calls to slow things down. And if the debate leaks into August — when Congress takes a nearly month-long recess — the prospects could get even more wobbly. The Tea Party, during the 2009 August recess, famously helped stall ObamaCare by storming town hall meetings and other events.

Tea Party groups may be preparing to again mount demonstrations during the summer break. And even if the House passes a bill this month, it’s unlikely the two chambers would be able to agree on a unified piece of legislation by August — leaving the work unfinished going into recess.

While Tea Partiers await that opening, they’re already beginning to stir the pot.

Earlier this week, dozens of conservative groups including the Cincinnati Tea Party sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to declare the Senate package “dead on arrival.” They complained that the Senate bill, by virtue of giving up to 11 million illegal immigrants a shot at legal status, would make life harder for U.S. workers “struggling to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder.”

Yes. I am sure that’s their concern.  That’s why we see so much emphasis on jobs and higher wages in Republican held legislatures all over the country.  But cheer up, Ted Nugent is considering running for President.  Imagine that!
So, what’s on your reading and blogging list today?

21 Comments on “Friday Reads”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    I saw that piece on Alternet earlier this week. After the initial shock wore off, I’ve come to laugh at Pat Robertson’s infamous quote. I do wonder how women are destroying capitalism. And if feminism drives women to kill their children, what exactly drives men to kill their children, which they do much more frequently than do women?

    I’m now looking forward to the Repug’s primary debates. I wonder if Nugent will wear his loin cloth for the festivities? Competing for goofiest candidate along with him could be Rick Perry once again. Maybe those debates should be aired on Comedy Central with Jon & Stephen as the moderators. Maybe even Rand Paul will join the competition too.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Just to keep the conversation going, Pope Francis has just “cleared the way” for Pope John Paul 2 for sainthood.

    One would think that perhaps “sainthood” is one where a person’s life may be filled with adversity and hurdles rather than living most of one’s life in splendor while denying women and gays the right to exist without being told they are unworthy “in the eyes of god”.

    We might be better off looking at those who live in war torn countries where oppression is part of their daily lives but who somehow manage to survive. Or those who eke out a living under the tyranny of some crazed dictator but still manage to keep their souls intact.

    Conferring “sainthood” on someone who has turned a blind eye to pedophilia and rewarding the perverts who were actively carrying out these abominations during that time by embracing them in full view of the cameras does not pass “the sainthood” test IMHO.

    But then I am just one of those unworthy women who limited their number of children so who am I to judge?

    Looking for a “saint”? Not too hard to find some people today who sacrifice their own needs to feed their children whose circumstances are as far from Rome and all its splendor as one can get.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Surviving real life isn’t considered worthy of sainthood. The meek shall inherit the Earth? Hmm, if there had been someone like the Jesus we’ve been taught about who really existed, it’s no wonder he was crucified – he was (or at least the portrayal circulated about him) a revolutionary, a rabble rouser, a populist. A person like that is a danger to the establishment, be it gov’t or the church fathers. I always look forward to your perspective in these matters Pat.

      • NW Luna says:

        Jesus drove the usurious moneylenders out of the Temple, said that a camel would go through the eye of a needle sooner than a rich man would enter Heaven, exhorted his followers to help the poor and the sick, and lived with street people. So the stories say. Hardly what Pat Robertson, Ted Nugent, and their ilk do.

        • ecocatwoman says:

          Yep, spot on Luna. The stories certainly paint a man filled with compassion yet the Crazy Christians of today, (H/T to Rick Perry) are sorely lacking in compassion toward those most in need.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah … just shows you how easy it is for them to make up stuff to lull the masses into a stupor. What miracles? Ignoring suffering children?

    • NW Luna says:

      Sounds like another good ol’ boys club — sainthood and Popes.

      Helluva lot of hubris involved in determinations of sainthood, IMO.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      But, at least, they are conferring sainthood on John the XX11, as well, and he truly was one of the great ones.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Good morning, everyone! The weather here today feels almost surreal. I think I’m getting somewhat acclimated to the extreme heat, but my brain feels like it’s moving in super slow motion.

    Every time I get the urge to do anything, I think “why bother?”\

    • dakinikat says:

      It is storming off and on here … huge thunderclaps

    • NW Luna says:

      Good morning, BB! Neurons don’t function well in heat — no wonder you notice your brain moving slowly. Physiologically it can take more than a month to acclimate well to higher temps. I too am overwhelmed with inertia when it’s hot. Fortunately, the temps here are back down to usual, and I can think again. Hope you get some cooling off soon!

      • bostonboomer says:

        The good news is the humidity feels lower today, so it’s actually not too bad.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      For me it feels like trying to swim in a pool filled with molasses. Not only is my brain infected but my body feels heavier as if I have cinder blocks chained to each arm & leg. I cannot imagine living without air conditioning – you are a trooper BB. When my power was out for week during the 2004 hurricanes, I would go out to my car & turn the AC on full blast, or take another cold shower.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I have strategically placed and very powerful fans. You’d be surprised how well they work.

  4. NW Luna says:

    Well. Parts of RomneyCare, errr, ObamaCare will be outsourced:

    U.K. business wins big contract to help with new health-care law

    Facing an October deadline, Obama administration officials said Thursday they had awarded a contract worth as much as $1.2 billion to a British company to help them sift applications for health insurance and tax credits under the new health-care law.

    The company, Serco, has extensive experience as a government contractor with the Defense Department and intelligence agencies, and it manages air traffic control towers in 11 states and reviews visa applications for the State Department. But it has little experience with the Department of Health and Human Services or the insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, where individuals and small businesses are supposed to be able to shop for insurance.

    Serco will help the Obama administration and states determine who is eligible for insurance subsidies, in the form of tax credits, and who might qualify for Medicaid. Tasks include “intake, routing, review and troubleshooting of applications,” according to the contract. ….

    The Government Accountability Office found that the administration had spent $394 million on contracts to establish federal insurance exchanges. More than three-fourths of the money went to 10 companies. They include CGI Federal, a subsidiary of the Canadian company CGI Group ($88 million); Quality Software Services ($55 million); and Booz Allen Hamilton ($38 million).

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Is it just me that cringes when I hear the words “outsource” & “privatization”? When Mel Martinez was Chairman of our county commission, he spent oodles of money researching whether or not to privatize our animal control department. He moved on to bigger & better things before the deal was finalized. Years earlier the manager of animal services set up a partnership with area veterinarians to do low cost spay/neuter. It was an abysmal failure. With many more vets, animal services spent more money, hired additional employees to schedule appts & send out vouchers and fewer surgeries were performed than when animal control did the surgeries themselves. That experience soured me on privatization/outsourcing. Gov’t red tape is miniscule in comparison to putting the reins in for profit companies. Seems like a no brainer to me. But then corporations are not only people – they are GOD to our elected officials.

  5. RalphB says:

    Along wih the ACLU lawsuit, we need more of this and less internet screeching.

    TP: BREAKING: Privacy Advocates To File Supreme Court Petition Challenging NSA Surveillance Program

    Amie Stepanovich, Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), announced that her organization is submitting a petition asking the Supreme Court to vacate Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court (FISC) ruling that authorized the National Security Agency’s (NSA) to siphon up metadata on all domestic phone calls on Monday.

  6. RalphB says:

    greatest first pitch evah… thrown by a woman gymnast.