mediamattersforamerica:

What are Sean Hannity’s opinions on NSA surveillance? 

It depends on who the President is when you ask him.

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Tags: america

"There have been 694 proposed abortion restriction provisions in the first three months of 2013 alone."

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Guttmacher Institute, via ThinkProgress (via actualfactsaboutabortion)

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sinidentidades:

Hospitals Caught Deporting Sick, Undocumented Immigrants

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants have been deported back to their country of origin by hospitals seeking to curb high costs. According to a recent report compiled by immigrant advocacy groups, at least 600 immigrants were removed over a five-year period because they were ineligible for public insurance as a result of their immigration status.

The report published by the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) at Seton Hall University School of Law and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) cites more than 800 cases of attempted or actual medical deportations across the country in recent years, including: a nineteen-year-old girl who died shortly after being wheeled out of a hospital back entrance typically used for garbage disposal and transferred to Mexico; a car accident victim who died shortly after being left on the tarmac at an airport in Guatemala; and a young man with catastrophic brain injury who remains bed-ridden and suffering from constant seizures after being forcibly deported to his elderly mother’s hilltop home in Guatemala.

“When immigrants are in need of ongoing medical care, they find themselves at the crossroads of two systems that are in dire need of reform—health care and immigration law. Aside from emergency care, hospitals are not reimbursed by the government for providing ongoing treatment for uninsured immigrant patients. Therefore, many hospitals are engaging in de facto deportations of immigrant patients without any governmental oversight or accountability,” Lori A. Nessel, director of CSJ said in a statement.

“This type of situation is ripe for abuse.” Nessel went on to say.

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Four years ago, as the recession took hold and layoffs around the country were approaching 500,000 a month, a group of workers in Chicago saved a factory and inspired a nation. Fired by their boss, they occupied instead of leaving. Fired by a second boss, they occupied and formed a worker’s cooperative. Now they are worker-owners of a load of equipment and they’re setting up a factory in a new location.  

Today the top 100 U.S. co-ops make over $150 billion in sales each year. Areas of recent growth include natural food groceries, purchasing cooperatives, credit unions, and worker cooperatives.

Instead of negotiate with the boss a handful of American unions are cutting the boss out of the equation. An example is the United Steelworkers union (USW) in collaboration with the Basque Mondragon Corporation.

In the Basque region of Spain Mondragon employs 83,000 workers in 256 companies. About half of those companies are cooperatives, and about a third of Mondragon’s employees are co-op members with an ownership stake in their workplace. With billions of euros in annual sales, Mondragon is the largest industrial conglomerate in the Basque region and the fifth-largest in Spain.

The cooperatives use workers’ cash investments as part of the capital needed to finance new projects, and members get to vote on strategy, management, and business planning. The highest-paid managers’ salaries are capped at six to eight times what the lowest-paid workers make. In the United States CEOs now make 380 times more than the average worker.

justinspoliticalcorner:

(Crooks and Liars: NRA ‘A’ Rating Now a Scarlet Letter)

Rachel Maddow detailed the surprising dynamic going on in a Democratic primary in Illinois where a former congresswoman likely won’t win because of her vocal support of the gun nuts lobby, even to the point of channelling Wayne LaPierre with her [gun laws] “always hurt law-abiding citizens” crap from a 2010 YouTube video for a Second Amendment Freedom Rally in Chicago.

For her part, Halvorson blames outside groups like Bloomberg’s PAC for trying to buy a congressional seat. Halvorson even claims she’s still the frontrunner, seemingly oblivious to her fate. Or perhaps she figures she’ll land a gig at Fox News slamming Democrats anyway, as evidenced by this segment with Megyn Kelly last week.

This makes me crazy. Why can’t we be reasonable? I, personally, hate guns. But I don’t want to take them away from anyone who is responsible and mentally sound. I don’t understand… 

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anarcho-queer:

The Pentagon unveiled a new medal for those who kill people by remote control in a remarkable gesture of contempt for and defiance of human rights advocates.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the Distinguished Warfare Medal would recognise those who take part in high-tech killing far from the front line.

Our military reserves its highest decorations for those who display gallantry and valour in actions where their lives are on the line,” Mr Panetta said.

But we should also have the ability to honour the extraordinary actions that make a true difference in combat operations.

The new medal ranks between the Bronze and Silver Stars.

Unlike other military awards, it does not require the soldier to perform a physical act that may put their life in danger.

The US has regularly faced sharp criticism over the death of civilians killed by the unmanned drones targeting funerals or hitting social gatherings in error.

(politico)

This is a parody of the WORST commercial I’ve ever seen. I’m so glad someone did this. 

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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Ten Republican U.S. senators — out of a total of 45 — have filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting congressional leaders in their defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The 10 are Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Dan Coats of Indiana, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Charles Grassley of Iowa, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both of Mississippi, reports Equality on Trial.

The brief comes in the case of Windsor v. United States, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in March. As the Obama administration has declined to defend DOMA, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, led by Republicans in the Senate and House, has taken up defense of the antigay law.

Those who signed on to the brief claim their support of DOMA, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, is not based on hostility to gays and lesbians. “There is no basis to equate support for the traditional definition of marriage with unconstitutional animus or ‘a bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group,’” the brief says.

Later, it continues, “It is simply not irrational or bigoted to oppose the redefinition of marriage in a manner ‘unknown to history and tradition,’ to use the language of the court below. … To the contrary, when faced with a proposed fundamental redefinition of the institution of marriage, it would be irrational not to consider ‘American society’s historical view of a marriage as being between a man and a woman.’”

Read more here.

It should be criminal for a person elected to represent a diverse population to be so abusive with their power. Also, I’m sick of looking at old, white, rich men tell us what is or isn’t historical. There has ALWAYS been queer people, disabled people, people of color, oppression, sexism, racism, etc. Grow the fuck up. 

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

thepeoplesrecord:

blaze-ferrari:

A quote from Glenn Greenwald, one of the best journalists that fight for our civil liberties. Thanks to Beyond Bars for the meme.

http://www.facebook.com/BeyondBars has so many great memes, graphics and photoquotes. We just shared several of them @ http://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesRecord. 

Consider looking into incarceration in the United States. The boom is partially a result of mandatory sentencing that came about during the “war on drugs.”
As of 2009, the three states with the lowest ratios of imprisoned people per 100,000 population are Maine (150 per 100,000), Minnesota (189 per 100,000), and New Hampshire (206 per 100,000). The three states with the highest ratio are Louisiana (881 per 100,000), Mississippi (702 per 100,000) and Oklahoma (657 per 100,000).
Mostly through intimidation 94% of criminal cases in the United States are settled by plea bargain rather than by a jury trial. They system simply can not handle the massive amount of people being pushed through it. Including around 56% of subjects who are innocent for reasons including avoiding of formal quasi-legal processes, uncertainty, possibility of greater harm to personal future plans, or deprival of home environment due to remedial courses.
Cases, seen often with occupy, get busted down to time and cash saving citations, or violations. Taking an arrest where the person had to spend time in jail and was treated and told they were facing anything from a class A misdemeanor on up and then denying them a trial where the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt: per statue in all cases originating as crime, a jury trial, and the right to counsel. Public defenders are often honest with the reasons: Saving money, helping along weaker cases or cases with more sympathetic defendants where evidence is a problem. For Occupy examples out of Portland see this, this, this, or this.

thepeoplesrecord:

blaze-ferrari:

A quote from Glenn Greenwald, one of the best journalists that fight for our civil liberties. Thanks to Beyond Bars for the meme.

http://www.facebook.com/BeyondBars has so many great memes, graphics and photoquotes. We just shared several of them @ http://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesRecord

Consider looking into incarceration in the United States. The boom is partially a result of mandatory sentencing that came about during the “war on drugs.”

As of 2009, the three states with the lowest ratios of imprisoned people per 100,000 population are Maine (150 per 100,000), Minnesota (189 per 100,000), and New Hampshire (206 per 100,000). The three states with the highest ratio are Louisiana (881 per 100,000), Mississippi (702 per 100,000) and Oklahoma (657 per 100,000).

Mostly through intimidation 94% of criminal cases in the United States are settled by plea bargain rather than by a jury trial. They system simply can not handle the massive amount of people being pushed through it. Including around 56% of subjects who are innocent for reasons including avoiding of formal quasi-legal processes, uncertainty, possibility of greater harm to personal future plans, or deprival of home environment due to remedial courses.

Cases, seen often with occupy, get busted down to time and cash saving citations, or violations. Taking an arrest where the person had to spend time in jail and was treated and told they were facing anything from a class A misdemeanor on up and then denying them a trial where the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt: per statue in all cases originating as crime, a jury trial, and the right to counsel. Public defenders are often honest with the reasons: Saving money, helping along weaker cases or cases with more sympathetic defendants where evidence is a problem. For Occupy examples out of Portland see this, this, this, or this.

(Source: the-promised-wlan)

On episode 192 of the Matthew Filipowicz Show Tracy Weitz from Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health discussed their new study finding that abortions are just as safe when performed by nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified mid-wives as when performed by physicians. ANSIRH’s Health Workforce Policy Project is training these providers in abortion care and provision at clinics across California.

By 2005, the number of abortion care facilities in the United States had decreased 38% from its peak in 1982 and, since then, the proportion of US counties with no facility is 87%; more than one third of women aged 15 to 44 years live in these counties. Abortions at later gestations are associated with a higher risk of complications and higher costs. 

The outcomes of abortions completed by 5,812 physicians and those competed by 5,675 newly trained NPs, CNMs, and PAs were evaluated. Abortion complications were clinically equivalent between the two groups,

If we let research and U.S. constitution lead we would adopt policies to allow trained health care professionals, other than physicians, provide early aspirations to expand access to abortion care, because although the discussion around abortion is complicated the procedure is not. 

ANSIRH results have been published in the American Journal of Public Health

cognitivedissonance:

politicalprof:

The real face of American inequality. Cost increases of consumer goods, poverty rates, child poverty rates, social program effects to reduce poverty, and growth in income and consumption.

It’s bad to be at, or even anywhere near, the bottom in the US.

From Thomas Edsall, NY Times

Hello from the bottom.

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justinspoliticalcorner:

Late last week, democracy scored two important victories over a Republican plan to rig future presidential elections by changing the way electoral votes are counted in several key blue states. Two Virginia Republican state senators spoke out against the plan, effectively killing it. And Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) attacked the election-rigging scheme as trying to “change the rules of the game.”

In Michigan, however, which is the bluest of the six blue states where the election-rigging plan has been discussed, state House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) appears quite open to rigging his state’s electoral college votes to benefit Republicans.

In other words, Republican voters in Michigan are upset that Democrats win elections simply because there are more of them. And Bolger wants to fix that by giving the few Republicans more votes than the majority.

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice

In 2012 Jase Bolger was involved in the recruitment of a phony Democrat, 22-year old Matt Mojzak, to run against then-Democratic Michigan state Rep. Roy Schmidt so that Schmidt would have no real opposition. In turn, Schmidt would switch his party affiliation to Republican immediately prior to the filing deadline, ensuring victory for now Republican Schmidt.

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disciplesofmalcolm:

malditafeminista:


Stokely Carmichael—a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Göran Hugo Olsson, 2011)
 
http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/black-power-era


Do you think the man is going to just give it up?

disciplesofmalcolm:

malditafeminista:


Stokely Carmichael—a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Göran Hugo Olsson, 2011)

 

http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/25/black-power-era

Do you think the man is going to just give it up?

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callingoutsexists:

A collection of racists who thought it was appropriate to refer to Martin Luther King Day as “n-word day”
David James Majors from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Justin Parker from Monongah, West Virginia
Jerry Hartzog from Mishawaka, Indiana
Steven McCulloch from Somerset, Colorado
Tyler Brown from Wister, Oklahoma (he gets bonus racism points for having a Swastika tattoo)
Dillan Troxel from Stockton, California
Cory B. Gill from Norco, California
Jeremy Wilson from Rocky Grove, Pennsylvania
Branden Glass from Mansfield, Ohio
Jon Shuman from Erie, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Batten from Nashville, Tennessee