All Further Articles for 2011-07-08

Friday, July 8, 2011
Let Them Eat Cuts in Vital Social Services
Oh, the hypocrisy: Rep. Paul Ryan, godfather of belt-tightening for the poor, sick and elderly, spent an evening this week sipping $350 wine - actually, two bottles, for $700 - with like-minded cohorts. The event was caught by a Rutgers business professor, who noted they spent more than the weekly earnings of a two-income family making minimum wage.
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The 'Don't Steal From Medicare For Socialized Medicine' Phenomenon
Underscoring the challenges of changing social policy, a study by a Cornell professor shows that half of Americans who get help from the federal government - including 40 percent of those on Medicare - believe they "have not used a government social program." Sigh. "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." - H. L. Mencken
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Visa Blocks Wikileaks Again
Visa Europe says it has stopped payments to WikiLeaks a second time after an alternative online site briefly restarted donations to them. Wikileaks has said they plan to sue credit-card companies for their "economic blockade."
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On the Humane Protection of Women and the Innocent Fruit of Conjugal Intimacy
Michele Bachmann is the first presidential contender to sign a pledge by Iowa's right-wing Family Leader promising not to do any funny stuff like sleep around or get an abortion or follow Sharia law. The Marriage Vow covers alot of bases, from supporting the Defense of Marriage (one guy, one gal, no sheep) to safeguarding military personnel from "intrusively intimate commingling among attracteds" to banning pornography - like, maybe, trying to dictate the terms of other people's private lives according to your own twisted, fearful vision?
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
How Many Republicans Does It Take To Screw Up Entirely Sensible Energy Efficiency Standards?
Because they have nothing else to do and they are not the brightest bulbs in the House, Republicans are working to repeal a 2007 light bulb efficiency law. The move isn't just stupid; it's based on a lie. "It was never my goal for Washington to decide what type of light bulbs Americans should use... I will vote to protect consumer choice and guard against federal overreach.”
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Hopeless Raving Sputtering Partisan Jumble: Get Your Tickets Now!
In time for today's critics' screening in New York, the trailer for Palin's documentary, "The Undefeated." It looks like a joke but apparently it isn't. Already banned: the Post movie critic who offered the above assessment, along with "an excruciating combination of bombast and whining." And he voted for her.
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