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Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

Way to burn $24 billion!!!  This cremation was brought to you, recently furloughed, anxiety-filled workers, by people who complained of the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act.  This destruction was brought to you by the gang that is willing to economically destroy their own voters.  This gang is willing to inflict pain on their constituents, people who in 2014 will probably vote for them again, because their constituents are people who are willing to believe that Obama is a secret Moslem who was born in Kenya, easily abused people who equate belief with fact.  The exploitative, Tea Party-driven Representatives and Senators who were willing to sacrifice $24 billion in GDP in a gamble to get the President and the the Democrat-controlled Senate to kill a law that Teabaggers say is killing the economy are not hurt by what Republican Senator Richard Burr called “[t]he dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”  They will continue to receive access to excellent health care and $174,000 per year.  You have to wonder where will the Teabagger Representatives and Senators get their donations as they support policies which will deplete the resources of their voters whether furloughed workers or people who were hindered by the $24 billion GDP hit and the victims of off-shoring and outsourcing?  The answer is the same people who fund Heritage and Cato, the people who stand to gain the most from cheap labor and an eviscerated middle class, the people who stir antagonism for immigrants as a means of diverting attention from the off-shoring of profits and outsourcing of jobs.  You guessed it the RepubliCons who are longing for an opportunity to elect a President who can put another corporations-Scalia clone on the Supreme Court.  When you look at places like Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and other Red States where voters vote for people like Paul Ryan who propose to “slash spending for the poor”and “privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare”  you have to know that you are dealing with people who Noam Scheiber might refer to as “aspirationally rational people too dense to grasp the big picture,” a big picture which clearly shows that they are the tools of their own destruction. 

Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

Shutdown Prompts Emergency Declarations In Utah : The Two-Way : NPR

And just think the citizens of Utah have their Senator, Mike “laughing stock” Lee, to thank, in part, for the government shut down.  Betcha former Senator Bennett would not have been so ridiculous when it comes to shutting down the government.  The Tea Party activists, who ousted Bennett, argued for a smaller government with less economic intervention.  But now its Utah’s Governor who’s pleading to “President Obama to reopen the region’s National Park areas.”  I wonder if the “don’t-tread-on-me” gang, when complaining about that big bad government that should be “small enough to drown in a bath tub” wanted a government so small that it couldn’t  provide resources that would allow “four Utah counties” to be “dependent on National Park and public lands visitors.”  No that would make a portion of Utah part of Mitt Romney’s 47%ers.  Now from county officials in Utah you have “pleas “for Congress and the administration to get the parks open.”  The clown Teabagger Senators have advanced the conservative falsehood to the point where it is now hurting large segments of their states, the falsehood that in the United States of America, we do not have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Cut it blindly, like a clown in an operating room and you risk “losing as much as $300,000 a day in tourism spending and tourism-related tax revenue.” But with these devil-take-the-hindmost, Ayn Rand disciples, the belief is that government should not be concerned with things like that because we are running deficits, even as they collect $174,000 a year and take advantage of excellent healthcare made accessible by the government. 

Shutdown Prompts Emergency Declarations In Utah : The Two-Way : NPR

Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Nothing eery about voter ID | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com.

All of a sudden I saw it. It had reappeared on the internet, a defense of Mississippi’s photo ID law from a reader in Alabama. It was time to take another one down and perform an autopsy.

Inside the guts of “Nothing eery about voter ID”

Nothing eery about voter ID

Scrambled Religion for Breakfast?

Just watched Dr. Carson’s speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. Never knew he was a spokesman for FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation with all that talk about Health Savings Accounts(at 21:10 in the video). In his deified “free-enterprise” system (a system that has never existed when you considered how big players routinely combined to bar entry and restrict competition see McCarran–Ferguson Act) how many “85 year-olds” with “six diseases” are going to have anything in a HSA to pay medical bills? When you consider the crack about not having to worry about a “Dealth Panel” because you have an HSA that may be the idea behind the practice basically to make sure that survival of the economic fitness is given a chance to fully flower. Who needs any stinking end of life counseling? Just let the money run, end of conversation. Isn’t that so much more humane?
(Listen to Dr. Carson’s example about the diabetic “choosing” to go the clinic instead of the emergency room because of the amount of money he has in his HSA at about 21:40 in the video)

In this “free-enterprise” system who is the “we” who will put money into the HSA’s (would they be like a Goldman-Sachs account) of the indigent instead of some implied “Medicare-like bureaucracy” as you propose? What is amazing is how American-styled capitalism (it’s not the only type of capitalism that exists) how American-style capitalism has left us a nation where doctors who have Jesus as a role model (see video about 17:58), I don’t recall Jesus charging the paralytic for healing or the lepers filing bankruptcy because they couldn’t pay for their cure, are supporting a health system which is put to shame by the Buddhist in Japan :).

Bricks without straw!

Mississippi Republicans in a veiled effort to give their charter (cherry-picking) school plans more momentum came up with another oppressive scheme convinced that if they kill it, they will come. In a bricks-without-straw tale, conservatives suggest: deduct the funds for remediation of college students from their high school district. Starting with Brown vs. Topeka advancing through the massive flight from public schools with 1969’s Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, conservative Mississippians have maintained a long assault on quality public education of minorities. Segregation academies exist to this day in Mississippi with very little minority enrollment. Not properly funding the public schools has been one way of lessening the expense of maintaing two education systems with many of the affluent and middle-class diverting their attention and resources to the private (Seg) academies. We won’t get into what this has meant in terms of networking and wealth and societal development. In a manner befitting a neo-feudal state maintaining a rear position, “the mid-20th century per pupil spending in Mississippi was a mere 37 percent of the national average and only 57 percent of the southern states’ average.” And now this conservative legislative majority in Mississippi knows that “[m]ississippi has never adequately funded its public schools on a sustained basis – even after it passed the Mississippi Adequate Education Program 15 years ago.” And now the response to the cry for equity is to give the district from which students needing remedial education come less funding. That thing about the arch of the moral universe bending looks a little dim at times and makes you wonder like Fannie Lou Hamer, “is this America?” But I am still keeping the faith because the Lord has promised good and a King went to the mountain top and told us we will get to the Promised Land.

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Slavery defined – giving a child to her father

Only in the mind of a conservative, Thomas Sowell, would uniting a child with its father be compared with an institution which, among many horrors, was responsible for separating children from their parents, slavery. In the mind of a conservative, a father, soldier Dusten Brown, who had second thoughts (“within two weeks, he changed his mind and began petitioning for custody”) about giving his daughter up for adoption and sued for custody, is ruining his “child’s life.” Mr. Sowell even draws on the Solomon-child-splitting threat scenario to cast the father as a villain. And a law, ICWA, which would allow this is merely protecting a “tribe’s turf.” This despite the fact that, by Mr. Sowell’s admission, “in the past, Indian children were wantonly wrested from their Indian parents and sent off to be raised by non-Indians.” In an effort to lambast Mr. Brown, Mr. Sowell who seems to have a problem with Indians who want their children to know about Indian culture, resorts to giving figures on the number of Indian children in foster care and lamenting how people won’t adopt Indian children if they may be forced to give them up. But if Mr. Sowell were really concerned about the “welfare of a flesh-and-blood human being,” he would do well to train some of his fire on laws like the one in South Carolina which “ends a father’s paternity rights when he has not provided pre-birth support or taken steps to be a father before and shortly after birth.” Wealth and speed should not be deciding factors in cases like this. One could get the notion that “Indian children were wantonly wrested from their Indian parents and sent off to be raised by non-Indians.”