Tuesday, February 07, 2012

"Good-Bye" Get on your broom and ride! Where will she turn up next?

 January 2011 - After an unsuccessful run (click title to entry - thank you) for Georgia governor, Karen Handel joins the Susan G. Komen Foundation as a consultant. She was then hired as a senior vice president for public policy. During the Georgia primary, Handel’s platform included advocating for Planned Parenthood’s defunding.
 Spring 2011 - The Komen board forms a three-member subcommittee to look into Planned Parenthood funding. Komen staff also begin meeting on the issue. Both the staff review and board subcommittee conclude that funding for Planned Parenthood should continue....
With the Queen of Swing for the Anti-Abortionists gone, Komen may have solved their CREDIBILITY problem.  Planned Parenthood needs to move toward autonomy.  The Women's Care Movement has made a mistake in believing we didn't need more than one camp in conquering breast cancer.  It is still surreal to find there is an agenda put ahead of care and decency.  Buoy.  Some really do believe they are god.

I am getting a clear picture General Dempsey and I won't see much the same way.

General Dempsey is wrong.  Flat out wrong. It is unfortunate Mayor Bloomberg believes he has to follow orders.

The Iraq War is over.  The MISSION is complete.  

It is wrong to ask wonderful soldiers that stood up for their country and completed their mission to 'stand down' for a welcome home with a parade.

This generation of soldiers have sustained absolutely cruel war conditions.  They have sustained it, returned to fight with artificial limbs after losing their own.  

They have suffered in ways no other soldier in any generation has suffered.  They need to come home in a real way that says thank you and by the way if there is anything you need simply ask.  They need to be home, loved, engaged in life and enjoying a life they fought to have.  They have won the right to be proud and home.  They have won the right to live a life they fought for.  We, as the recipients of their gift are grateful and we have a right to thank them.

The mission is complete and the parades should be conducted with vigor so they can feel it!

...Bloomberg (click title to entry - thank you) said he had discussed it with military brass, including General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey, and Army Secretary McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Odierno made it clear - we talked about it - they do not think a parade is appropriate now,” Bloomberg said on WOR radio’s John Gambling show.

“They think a parade would be premature while we still have so many troops in harm’s way around the world.”
The revelation disappointed Staten Island Councilmen James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio, who were calling for a ticker tape parade down Manhattan’s “Canyon of Heroes” for Operation Iraqi Freedom vets....

It is about Civil Rights. Equality.

In this Aug. 12, 2010 file photo, Billy Bradford of Castro Valley, Calif., waves a pair of flags outside City Hall while same-sex couple line up to see if they can be married in San Francisco, Thursday, August 12, 2010.
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) 

Seems very straight forward to me.  The idea there can be separate classes of people, some deserving freedom and some not is straight up bigotry.  That is not allowed by the USA Constitution in a variety of venues.  Judges practicing different rights for different classes of people have to be questioned to their constitutional knowledge and ADHERENCE!

...A three-judge panel (click title to entry - thank you) of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

The court said gay marriages cannot resume in the state until the deadline passes for Proposition 8 sponsors to appeal to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit. If such an appeal is filed, gay marriages will remain on hold until it's resolved.

Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors have repeatedly said they would consider appealing to a larger panel of the court and then the U.S. Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.

"Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently. There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted," the ruling states....

The State Health Insurance Exchanges will help with difficult employers.

Vermont may for the short term allow small businesses to offer low-premium, "bronze" insurance plans. In other news, a N.J. legislative committee approved a bill to establish a state health insurance exchange, and a California plan to move 875,000 children to Medicaid raises concerns....

The objection of the Catholic Church is wrong.  Women are good decision makers and their religious hierarchy simply doesn't understand.  The Catholic Church also has a strong history of impoverishing their members.  The USA is not the only country the Catholic Church conducts its faith.  There are many countries where religious pressure results in altered lifestyles and poor quality of life.  The Catholic Church implodes its own tithers with unrealistic family size that also prevent mothers from employment to promote their families' well being and improvement.  

The Catholic Church in the USA has a right to their faith and their faithful, but, they are not allowed to pressure women of other faiths to practice differently.  There is quality of life and religious freedom at stake.  Once the State Exchanges are established, employers have the option to give employees monies instead of insurance so they seek health insurance that covers their needs.  

Critiquing the churches values and standards is not the answer, but, offering and legislating options everyone can live with is.  The decision by Health and Human Services is correct, there is no other option for women seeking birth control currently, but, the future will have options to enhance choices in health care.  Let's hope that is the case.

The States are finding many interesting options and even Vermont recently stated if large employers can provide a comprehensive health plan at reasonable cost to their employees they are welcome to do so.  

Emergency contraception is important to women and it should always be available, especially in hospitals where rape and incest victims find care and evidence collection.

...One of the models (click title to entry - thank you) under consideration for testing in the accountable care project is a payment incentive or gainsharing. For example, if federally qualified health centers, which participate in Medicaid and deliver primary care, meet a certain savings target, they can potentially keep some of the amount over the target that was realized in savings.

Those conversations have a lot of promise for Colorado and other states. “It moves us away from a state budget environment where we’re seeing Medicaid being potentially pitted against education or other budgetary needs,” Arenales said.

Super Pacs is not where it's at, but, I would donate after I support the candidate fund FIRST!

We have to be able to compete against the Plutocrats!  These mountains are not unusual to the people of the USA, we can make it happen if we focus on the horizon and not the ideology.

I plan to give to the campaigns I am supporting and then will give to the super PAC after I've received the maximum I can provide to the candidates.  

Americans have to put the well being of their families first.  The circumstances the Middle Class face cannot be ignored, nor can they ignore the importance of HEALTHY candidate giving.  Family first, politics second.  Priorities matter and winning in November has never been more important but not at the cost of homes and health.

..."With so much at stake, (click title to entry - thank you) we can't allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm," Messina said. "Therefore, the campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP super PACs."...