"republicans"
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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I have the right to objectively define pregnancy from rape as rare. I have the right to determine separate legitimate rape from all those instances when you were in need of encouragement, wearing a red dress or otherwise asking for it. I have the right to manufacture scientific theories about your body — theories which reinforce my power. If the body doesn’t ‘shut that whole thing down’ then clearly you weren’t raped, and there’s no need to talk about an abortion. And even if I am wrong on every count, I still have the right to dictate the terms of your body and the remaining days of your life.

All of my rationales range from the totally subjective to the outright mythical. But I am the sovereign of the female body. On my word rumor becomes science, and the destruction of your life is repackaged as the defense of someone else’s.

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Te-Nehisi Coates, on Todd Akin and the privilege of magical thinking.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Scientific Community Slams Plan B Decision

prolongedeyecontact:

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled FDA findings showing that Plan B One Step is safe to be sold to all females of childbearing age without a prescription. As we’ve already mentioned, there are some hefty problems with this ruling, including that now the emergency contraceptive will be kept behind pharmacy counters instead of on store shelves, where women will have to present either a prescription or identification proving they are older than 17 in order to purchase it. Yesterday, the president announced his support for the HHS decision.

The reproductive rights community has reacted strongly against the decision, wondering whether it really has to do with data. “When it comes to FDA drug approvals, contraceptives are being held to a different and non-scientific standard—in a word, politics,” Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup said in a press release from the group.

Meanwhile, a less likely voice has entered the mix: that of the scientific community. The Union of Concerned Scientists published a statement yesterday on their website decrying the HHS decision—and Obama’s support of it—as an attack not only on reproductive rights but also on sound science.

The UCS points out that this is the first time an HHS secretary has overruled the FDA on a drug approval. But as Erin Matson, action vice president of the National Organization of Women, noted on Twitter, the administration rarely disagrees with the FDA—drugs or no drugs. She tweeted: “Perhaps the last time the FDA was overruled: A cranberry recall in 1959. Now Obama admin after emergency contraception in 2011. OUTRAGE.”

As such, yesterday’s decision sets an ugly precedent for scientific assessment of drug safety. “The agency needs to be able to do its job without fearing that the integrity of its work will be compromised,” says Francesca Grifo, director of the UCS’s Scientific Integrity Program.

The UCS also points out that this decision flies in the face of Obama’s commitment to scientific integrity in government. A few months after his 2009 inauguration, the president called for the Office of Science and Technology Policy to craft better protections for scientific research in government. “Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions,” the memo says.

But as Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard has written about extensively, those new scientific integrity standards took a year and a half to publish—and when they finally appeared, they were too little, too late. The government standard, she explains, is flawed because it simply sets minimum requirements, instructing individual agencies to then do the rest of the legwork to craft airtight safeguards for the use of science in government decision making.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

A video made at the August 2010 Glenn Beck rally in Washington D.C.

This set of interviews by New Left Media is a very revealing portrayal of many of the Tea Party Republicans.

The interviews were conducted respectfully.

Racism, lies, insults, and wilful ignorance are on full display here.

It’s 13 minutes long. If you don’t have time to watch it now, come back when you do.

These people can vote.  In fact, these people come out to vote a helluva lot more than progressives do.  Just FYI.

(Source: youtube.com)

Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
"Remember how the Republicans, when they took control of the House last fall, said it would be all about jobs? Nearly three months have passed, but no action on jobs except for spending cuts that Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, and others known for their love of money and economic growth say will destroy jobs and damage the whole economy. We did, however, get a proposal that would require anyone audited by the IRS to tell if she had an abortion. So much for the Republican promise of less government intrusion into our lives. When will we get to jobs? It is jobs that produce revenue, and well-paying jobs produce more sales and more tax revenue. How hard is it for us to grasp this?"
David Cay Johnston (via azspot)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
soupsoup:

Tax cut proposal from Democrats and Republicans. Dems would pay down the deficit, republicans would add $36 billion to the deficit and cut taxes dramatically for the top 2% of earners. (source: WaPo)

HAHAHA I HATE LIFE.

soupsoup:

Tax cut proposal from Democrats and Republicans. Dems would pay down the deficit, republicans would add $36 billion to the deficit and cut taxes dramatically for the top 2% of earners. (source: WaPo)

HAHAHA I HATE LIFE.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
newyorker:

In April, the photographer Jason Andrew boarded the Tea Party Express III for the final ten days of a three-week, forty-seven-city tour through the small towns of America. The “Just Vote Them Out” tour focussed on the competitive districts of Democratic incumbents, spreading a message against taxes, spending, and big government. Here is a selection of Andrew’s images, followed by a short Q. & A.

newyorker:

In April, the photographer Jason Andrew boarded the Tea Party Express III for the final ten days of a three-week, forty-seven-city tour through the small towns of America. The “Just Vote Them Out” tour focussed on the competitive districts of Democratic incumbents, spreading a message against taxes, spending, and big government. Here is a selection of Andrew’s images, followed by a short Q. & A.

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