Second class citizens…

On Monday, the US Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin (which divided itself by conservative and religious lines), declared that employers who object to contraception as a violation of their deeply held religious beliefs do NOT have to cover their employees, one of the most important points of the Affordable Care Act. 

Ya know, I’ve got a lot of experience reading between the lines…

Unless you’re living under a rock (and you’re probably not if you’re reading my stuff), you already know about the blowback from the trade of former POW Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five former residents of Gitmo, Afghan detainees we were preparing to keep indefinitely. As in forever. As in we never ever intend to close Read More …

It’s all right there, if you want to see…

oligarchy ol·i·gar·chy (noun ˈä-lə-ˌgär-kē, ˈō-; plural: ol·i·gar·chies) Full Definition of OLIGARCHY: 1 :  government by the few 2 :  a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also:  a group exercising such control [emphasis mine] On April 9, 2014, this report was released on Princeton University’s website, and it’s shaken up news reports all over the world. Read More …

No vast right-wing conspiracies here. Nope.

And here we are, at the end of the first full week in January. That didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. Koch-backed political coalition, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012 “The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of Read More …

It’s not just me…

In case you were wondering. Slate has done the homework this time, and they’re dead on. This is what the year’s going to look like, whether you like it or not. Here’s hoping you’re employed, because if you’re not, it’s going to be a long eleven months. Obamacare. Obamacare. Obamacare.  The Republican strategy for winning Read More …

Unemployment Blackmail

ex·tor·tion [ik-stawr-shuhn] noun 1. an act or instance of extorting. 2. Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority. 3. oppressive or illegal exaction, as of excessive price or interest: the extortions of usurers. 4. anything extorted. Yesterday on Facebook, this little gem popped up in my feed. I was nearly done for the night, and with all Facebook’s recent monkey business and tampering with the way news filters through, I might have missed it. But no, it hit me about this time last Read More …

It all comes down to this…

On Facebook a few days ago, Matthew Rose posted this public status that’s making the rounds on my list of friends: Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.” Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.” Jan 2009: “We are going to shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.” July Read More …