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Obama Rips GOP Over Denial Of Medicaid Expansion


President Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing, mostly to celebrate the most recent ACA enrollment numbers and to take questions from reporters.

After announcing that 8 million people signed up for health insurance through the exchanges, he chided Republicans for clinging to their failing narrative about the failure of the Affordable Care Act.

In response to a reporter’s question about whether Republicans would ever come to a point where they would work with Democrats on technical fixes to the law, the President acknowledged that Republicans are going through the stages of grief, but haven’t yet reached the acceptance stage.

Almost as an afterthought, but with more passion than any other answer, he then circled around to chide Republicans for denying health care to the poorest Americans. Expressing his frustration with their stubborn refusal to agree to expansion, the President addressed “states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite.”

An aggravated Obama said “you’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states…they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.”

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Fish  caught in remote lakes in West found with contamination raising concerns and questions.

Excerpt AP report:

Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service said that most fish they caught had acceptable levels of mercury, but 4 percent exceeded healthy levels.

Mercury occurs naturally, but scientists say its presence in national parks, which are supposed to leave wildlife unimpaired for future generations, was cause for concern.

AP also reports that levels vary, but it’s presence in such remote wilderness indicates that air pollution is to blame.

IIRC mercury was used in gold panning, but was banned decades ago and the scientists are probably correct about the current source.

I actually hope this is a developing story and there is going to be a concerted effort to find ways of controlling the contamination.

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Picture above of June Lake and the Ansel Adams Wilderness is used via Creative Commons License Attribution (CC by 2.0) thanks to flicker user Frank Kolvalchek who has no connection to this blog or blogger.

Don’t look for any tightening of emissions anytime soon, that would hurt citizen corporation, maybe. Although help citizen corporation in the long run, but citizen corporation is only in it for the short haul. You know, all those investors want their fucking dividends to the max, fuck the environment. Yeah, corporation and our enabling just pushes it right along. Government used to do stuff about that….once.

Saying things like “we’ve gone from white hoods to business suits” is one way to seem to speak to contemporary racism’s less vocal, yet still insidious nature. But it does a disservice to the public understanding of racism, and in the process undercuts the mission of drawing attention to contemporary racism’s severity.

It wasn’t the KKK that wrote the slave codes. It wasn’t the armed vigilantes who conceived of convict leasing, postemancipation. It wasn’t hooded men who purposefully left black people out of New Deal legislation. Redlining wasn’t conceived at a Klan meeting in rural Georgia. It wasn’t “the real racists” who bulldozed black communities in order to build America’s highway system. The Grand Wizard didn’t run COINTELPRO in order to dismantle the Black Panthers. The men who raped black women hired to clean their homes and care for their children didn’t hide their faces.

The ones in the hoods did commit violent acts of racist terrorism that shouldn’t be overlooked, but they weren’t alone. Everyday citizens participated in and attended lynchings as if they were state fairs, bringing their children and leaving with souvenirs. These spectacles, if not outright endorsed, were silently sanctioned by elected officials and respected members of the community.

It’s easy to focus on the most vicious and dramatic forms of racist violence faced by past generations as the site of “real” racism. If we do, we can also point out the perpetrators of that violence and rightly condemn them for their actions. But we can’t lose sight of the fact that those individuals alone didn’t write America’s racial codes. It’s much harder to talk about how that violence was only reinforcing the system of political, economic and cultural racism that made America possible. That history indicts far more people, both past and present.

The ‘Real Racists’ Have Always Worn Suits | The Nation (via so-treu)

Well said.


My follow-up to yesterday’s posting,”Too Much Stupid.”

Thoreau says it with such perfection. You read one bloviation from someone like Limbaugh and do you really ever need to read another?

And, of course, the same goes for a whole list of windbags and idiots.

It’s like that time you got too drunk on tequila, or Amaretto, and you couldn’t touch the stuff again for years. That’s the feeling. Like, if I never read another quote from asshats like Limbaugh, or Ryan or any of a dozen other idiots, I won’t be missing anything.  And I won’t think,”why did I just waste more of my time reading something I knew was going to be fucking stupid?”

Would [anyone decent] rush to [Brandon Eich’s] defense if it turned out he was a Grand Wizard in the KKK? Of course not. We are allowed to be intolerant of people who operate outside the bounds of civil decency. This wasn’t governmental action infringing on any Constitutional rights. This was Mozilla developers saying they refused to do work with a bigot, private websites blocking access to the Firefox browser because they refused to do business with a bigot, and employees of the firm speaking up because they refused to work for a bigot.

In short, it was the free market expressing itself. Eich was perfectly within his rights to stay at Mozilla, but he would then face a hostile market and eventually faced the reality that he couldn’t do his job in that environment. The free market spoke, and a free market enterprise was forced to react…

Conservative views on marriage equality are now fringe, and especially so with the younger people who matter most to marketers. So the free market [right-wingers] worship has turned against them. They can cry about “McCarthyism” all they want, but this is just market forces at work.

Brandon Eich was a victim of market forces, conservatives should applaud (via smdxn)


BREAKING: The Supreme Court has handed down its #McCutcheon v. FEC decision, deciding to strike down aggregate limits on direct political contributions by claiming they are unconstitutional based on the First Amendment.  

It’s another major blow to America’s campaign finance system.

While we are not surprised by today’s outcome, we are disappointed that the plutocracy we predicted is now sanctioned by the high court. Thanks to the high court, wealthy donors can now pour millions more into federal elections - the decision effectively ties a big bow around Congress and delivers it to the 1%.

Read Sunlight’s full response to #SCOTUS's decision here:

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