- Religious Risk To Obama Care
- Little For Teachers, Lots For Billionaire
- French Geography Lesson
- The Ghost of Richard Nixon
- Spring Break In Havana
BY SAM FIELDS
There are now 46 religiously based lawsuits attacking Obamacare’s requirement of birth control coverage. The Supreme Court will have the final say as to whether the “free exercise” clause of the First Amendment trumps that requirement.
While the Catholic litigants want to eliminate all birth control coverage, some Protestant fundamentalists only object to the “morning-after” pill because they see it as a first cousin to abortion because it violates their religious “core values”.
This litigation is about something a lot bigger than birth control.
This “core value” argument could apply to practically any religious objection.
Jehovah’s Witnesses might refuse coverage for blood transfusions or hospitals that provide it.
Orthodox Jews might refuse payment to hospitals that serve non-kosher meals.
Buddhists might object medicines that were tested on animals.
And Muslim fundamentalists might object to their money covering male gynecologists examining lady’s hoo ha’s .
There would be no end to it
Little For Teachers, Lots For Billionaire
This session the Florida legislature is considering a $450,000,000 raise to Florida’s public school teachers. That’s less than $2500 each to the same teachers who just lost 3% in the last session and now may be losing their fixed pension.
At the same time those wonderful folks in Tallahassee will be asked to give $200,000,000—an amount equal to 45% of what our 183,827 teachers might get—to one guy, billionaire Steve Ross, so he can add “doodads and baubles” to his football stadium.
I know who I’m betting on…and it ain’t the teachers.
French Geography Lesson
On January 28th it was reported that as part of their fight in the African nation of Mali against the Islamic wackos, French troops seized the city of Timbuktu.
Admit it. While you knew the name Timbuktu, it was not until today that you knew where it was.
It brings to mind the observation of Mark Twain: “God created war so Americans would learn geography.”
The Ghost Of Nixon
John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for whistle-blowing — the “who” “when” and “where” of torture committed by “The Company.”
Up until the Bush/Cheney Administration, people went to jail for waterboarding…not for revealing it.
How do you justify the 180 on that?
Nixon said it best during his David Frost interview when he was confronted with authorizing burglaries, perjuries, etc.,: “Well, when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
That clears it up.
It Was Just A Joke
Senator Jeff Flake, R-AZ, joked that one way to get even with Fidel Castro was to allow Spring Breakers to go to Havana.
Cuban-American Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, freaked, citing to all the torture victim.
Gosh, the last thing you want to do is make fun of dictators.