sodomy, & fornication. Maybe they
can do away with rape and molestation while they're at it.
Orwell would be proud;
'cause every body knows changing the definition of something
is the best way to make it go away.
[W]e need creative language "to keep the brain alive." He points out that so much of our language today, written in bullet points or simple sentences, fall into predictability. "You can often tell what someone is going to say before they finish their sentence" he says. "This represents a gradual deadening of the brain."- Professor Philip Davis,
University of Liverpool's School of English,
Via. Big Think.
I'm not sure what is really scarier to the Florida GOP, the mention of the word uterus or the public invocation of the concept of "regulation."
But Scott Randolph is my new hero -- in one stroke he managed to not only tie together the entire social agenda of today's GOP -- crush unions, restrict abortions, and allow corporations to do as they please -- but to also reveal the hysterical prudery of the folks currently in charge in Florida.
A woman's womb is a scary thing, indeed.
Meanwhile, can someone get to work on my next T-shirt: "Get the government out of my uterus, and into Goldman Sachs"?
- by Andrew Leonard.
Perhaps it is not too much to hope for the three wishes of Dorothy’s companions: A Brain to think about what we say; A Heart toward our fellow humanity; and the Courage to accept that we are but one human race with diversity having common needs.
[D]oing nothing allows all kinds of fiscal changes that politicians generally abhor to take effect automatically.
First, doing nothing means the Bush tax cuts would expire, as scheduled, at the end of next year. That would cause a moderately progressive tax hike, and one that hits most families, including the middle class. The top marginal rate would rise from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, and some tax benefits for investment income would disappear. Additionally, a patch to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting 20 million or so families would end.
Second, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obama's health care law, would proceed without getting repealed or defunded. The CBO believes that the plan would bend health care's cost curve downward, wrestling the rate of health care inflation back toward the general rate of inflation.
Third, doing nothing would mean that Medicare starts paying doctors low, low rates. Congress would not pass anymore of the regular "doc fixes" that keep reimbursements high. Nothing else happens. Almost magically, everything evens out.- Annie Lowrey, Slate.
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[I]f by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
- by John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960.
"The moral measure of this budget debate is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless or poor are treated. Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.
A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons. It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly."United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it's a joke.
- Søren Kierkegaard