All Further Articles for 2012-02-07

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
In the Souls of the People
Rachel Maddow has won the John Steinbeck Award, given to writers or artists "whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people." Saying his father "would have adored" Maddow, Steinbeck's son Thomas cited his sense of trust in her, the feeling she projects that "I’m part of an alliance." "From our beginning, our social direction is clear. We have moved to become one people out of many. We have failed sometimes, taken wrong paths...But we have never slipped back." - Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath.
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Let Them Eat Cake, But Only On Their Birthday If They Make It From Scratch
Assuming anyone poor enough to need help is too dumb to know what to eat or not eat, Florida Republicans want to bar food stamp recipients from buying anything remotely unhealthy - from chips to a kid's birthday cake. The pending bills also require a campaign to teach clueless poor people about nutrition and not spending their money "in the wrong places." Intrusive and patronizing much? Alas, Florida isn't alone.
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Monday, February 6, 2012
Fight Like A Girl
For now, the final word on the Susan Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle goes to the inimitable, 80-something-year-old Helen of Margaret and Helen, who is some pissed. She is "tired of pink razors," and declares that "from now on, if you push us, we will push back." "Exactly what women’s health clinics did they think we women were using for years before we started racing for a cure? Did they think that the millions of us who had gone to Planned Parenthood (weren’t) aware of the services we were provided? Trust me. When you go (and) have a doctor poke around your hoo-ha, you pay attention."
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