Quote of the Day

“Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.”

Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an opinion that will allow Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic to stay open.

A good day for the women of Mississippi and women all over America.

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Why Are We Going Backwards?

Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, but IUDs have been widely used in this country for contraception since the late 1950’s.  If IUDs cause abortions, they would have been illegal prior to Roe.

Why is Hobby Lobby even allowed to argue in court that IUDs cause abortions?  Why are we going backwards?

Hobby Lobby’s Legal Claim Is Based on Lies

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby does not require any legal determination about the religious rights of for-profit corporations.

This case can, and should, be decided on the facts, which are that the birth control methods Hobby Lobby objects to (Plan B, Ella and IUD’s) are contraceptives, not abortifacients.

The religious right, willfully in my view, continues to confuse Plan B with RU-486, which is an abortifacient and is not covered under Obamacare.

This is just another infuriating example of religious nuts refusing to accept non-controversial medical and scientific facts and trying to impose their ignorant views on the rest of us.

Listening to Hobby Lobby’s lawyers and the conservative justices today, I was reminded of Galileo and the Catholic Church or the Scopes trial.

It’s going to take more than the re-make of Cosmos to turn this country around.

1062 and All That

GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees.  No soup (or wedding cake) for you!

As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.

Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia.  I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.

How Stupid is Bob McDonnell?

Former GOP Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, under federal indictment along with his wife on 14 counts of corruption, rejected a plea deal that would have allowed him to plead guilty to a single count for bank fraud.  His wife would not have faced any charges.

The single count would have been for failing to disclose the loans from Star Scientific’s Jonny Williams on a mortgage re-fi application.

Dumb move, Bob.