This flier was distributed in the Dallas Times shortly before Kennedy’s arrival. It’s instructive to see that the same political factions are using the same kind of language against the current office holder. Their fiery words against Kennedy have been relegated to the dustbin of history though; it stands as a mere curiosity. Today’s Tea Party will earn the same dismissive footnote of history.
A gravel parking lot deep in the green hills of Virginia coal country was packed to capacity by 4 a.m. Friday. More than 1,500 people with canes, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks, bleeding gums, black lungs and other ills had come to the Wise County Fairgrounds, camping in tents, sleeping in pickup truck beds or scrunched up in their cars, hoping to see a doctor.
At midnight before the clinic opened, there were 1,204 people in line. And over the weekend, thousands more will come.
This is what health care looks like for many of the folks in this corner of southwest Virginia. And it will keep looking like this, thanks to state lawmakers who could have helped their most desperate constituents but instead blocked, bickered and weaseled until Virginia forfeited billions in Medicaid expansion funds. The result: More than 400,000 people who would have qualified for Medicaid coverage will continue to go uninsured.
(Source: Washington Post)
Jessica Valenti: A world in which all women of child-bearing age are considered ‘pre-pregnant’ is the stuff of nightmares
"Obviously, doing drugs while pregnant is a horrible idea. But criminalizing addicted pregnant women who need treatment is bad for babies andtheir mothers. It’s a short-term, punitive measure with no positive lasting impact to simply ensure that pregnant women who need drug treatment and pre-natal care won’t seek either of those options, for fear of having their children taken away from them.
It also raises questions of just how a state will go about finding pregnant women to prosecute: I’m betting the local prosecutor’s office won’t be doing random drug-testing in hospitals populated largely by affluent white patients.
And Paltrow says that targeting drug-using women is just the start. “This is about making pregnant women – from the time an egg is fertilized – subject to state surveillance, control and extreme punishment.”
Friend responds to John Boehner’s op-ed
John, I consider you a friend of mine. We’ve known one another for well over 50 years. Our parents knew each other, were friends and neighbors in Reading. Our family businesses were directly across the street from each other for over 70 years. But John, what the hell are you doing?
You’ve got nothing more pressing to do than sue a president who was elected twice by the majority of voting Americans?
You say “the majority of Americans are frustrated.” I agree, but not with this president. They’re frustrated with the childishness of those purporting to serve all the American people.
The majority of Republicans are frustrated. Sure, I get that. But everything shouldn’t come to a halt because you don’t control the White House. By the way, you better get used to that too. You won’t get that back by appealing to Old White Guys.
John, whatever time you’ve got left in Washington, roll-up your sleeves and get Washington moving in the correct direction. Not this “we block everything you want” and “you block everything we want” mentality.
Now, how about a round of golf at Sharon Woods on Sunday? On me. I’ll need 2 a side.
Your pal, Mooch
Jerry Mouch, Wyoming