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This is just barely a diary but I wonder....the wing nuts have made it their life's work to shame women, doctors and Planned Parenthood for the "killing" of embryos. Why doesn't the left start doing the same to the NRA? Military assault weapons in the hands of untrained individuals are responsible for the deaths of countless actual living human beings every day. Why isn't this a source of shame for the NRA who advocates for no gun restrictions whatsoever? Why aren't we making it a point to starve the NRA of membership and therefore lobbying funds? The only way to stop the influence of the NRA is to shame their members into no longer supporting the insane leadership of that organization.

Just my two cents.


Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM PDT

"You do this on the sly"

by cls180

Update: Entire interview now posted....

Amazing admission by fund manager John Taylor on CNBC. He stated Rmoney/Ryan will lose in November because they have put the issues of tax and spend up front. Some money quotes...

"You're gonna lose all the old guys"

and the kicker....

"You do this thing on the don't do this as a public opinion poll" meaning in an election.

What is most interesting is what CNBC cut off after that last statement. Taylor went on to say is you do this on the sly then you implement your vision THE DAY AFTER the election. We've known Republicans have been doing this for years, saying one thing to get elected and doing another once they are in. It was just stunning to me to hear a rich guy flat out say it in public. No wonder CNBC cut off the video link before that last bit...

Just go watch!


The White House has a new petition tool that allows anyone to put up a petition on the White House website. If the petition gets enough signatures, someone in the White House theoretically pays attention to it. It needs 150 sigs to become visible and 25,000 to qualify for attention. Here it is:

I am asking why it is legal for private equity and leveraged buyout firms to raid a pension fund, file for bankruptcy and put the costs of the pension fund on the backs of taxpayers. By signing the petition, you agree that pensions should be disbursed to the workers and retirees not to the equity partners and shareholders. Seems like a fair question, doesn't it?

Please sign if you agree. I realize this is a legislative question but someone needs to be asked WHY IS THIS LEGAL?


Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 08:33 AM PDT

The face of anti-choice is changing

by cls180

Just a quick diary on the subject today.

Apparently, disgusting, old white men carrying graphic signs are being replaced with skeevy young white hipsters with a van and a sonogram.

A Facebook friend posted this.

Since I have worked in a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, I've seen and heard it all when it comes to the reasons for seeking an abortion. My Facebook friend is a Christian youth minister but very moderate in most if her beliefs. Many if her followers are hard core Evangelicals however. Here was my reply:

This is spoken by a person with actual experience with women who have made the choice....First, seeing a sonogram never changes anyone's mind. Women know they are pregnant and why they came to the clinic in the first place. The current state push for sonograms is a shaming thing, nothing else. Planned Parenthood already does sonograms before every procedure thus the reason why PP hasn't been screaming about it being a problem. (Forced transvaginal ultrasounds are a different story). Second, does it seem like a good idea to replace skeevy old white men hanging around in front of clinics with skeevy hipster young men poking into a woman's private business? Unless this guy is the father, why is this his business? Third, there is a woman attached to the blessed embryo you know. Rather than shaming her or yelling at her or threatening her or ignoring her until she is carrier of the blessed embryo, maybe offer her some support in advance so she never finds herself at that clinic. Treat her like a full-fledged member of the human race rather than an object to be controlled and ridiculed. If she is poor, make sure she has access to birth control, proper healthcare and nutrition. It seems to me that treating 51% of the population like livestock isn't exactly the Christian thing to do. Maybe if you want to save lives, worry more about guns, war and state sanctioned capital punishment. How about abuse and neglect of the babies that are already here? Where is the Christian uproar over those things? Jeez, this obsession over a life form that naturally terminates itself more tha 30% of the time (miscarriage) is getting pathological. Have you ever noticed that the activists, televangelists and politicians that continually keep you ginned up over this are making money off you? They. Do. Not. Care. So no, nice white hipster boy with a van and a sonogram machine is not a God send. He's just another in a long line of grifters.

I try to be civil but apparently I didn't have it in me today..... is a continuation of the discussion:

Her reply....Well...I didn't write this I just posted it. 2. If you read the post they aren't yelling at anyone or coercing anyone they are offering resources and they have a licensed technician doing the sonogram not some untrained hipster. And to say people don't care is a blanket statement that's really harsh. The truth is that most media doesn't show the people who genuinely care for the poor and downtrodden. It doesn't make for good news fodder, rather highlighting the radicals who bomb clinics and are general monsters make a better point. Just like targeting the small percentage of doctors who do late term abortions and saying that all abortions and people who perform them are like that.

Me: The dude is still a grifter....he provides nothing that is not readily available. I know many Christians care about the poor and downtrodden but shouldn't they be putting up a fuss at the offices of the politicians who are trying to tear up the social safety net? Or is it just easier going after vulnerable women rather than powerful men? I know you are very moderate in your social and cultural beliefs but as a group, Christians should worry about how they are viewed by society at large. The "radicals" among you are starting to be viewed as the norm. The last straw for me is Christian groups fighting anti-bullying legislation in the states. This anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-poor stance being carried out by "Christians" with a megaphone is hurting you all. I'm just offering a view from outside the Christian bubble you live in. The view is appalling from here. As the Christians say about the moderate Mulims.....why don't you police your own?


Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM PST

Oil speculation is killing our economy

by cls180

Do you think oil prices are high and going higher because of demand? Think again:

"It’s a scam folks, it’s nothing but a huge scam and it’s destroying the US economy as well as the entire global economy but no one complains because they are ‘only’ stealing about $1.50 per gallon from each individual person in the industrialized world.

It’s the top 0.01 per cent robbing the next 39.99 per cent – the bottom 60 per cent can’t afford cars anyway (they just starve quietly to death, as food prices climb on fuel costs). If someone breaks into your car and steals a $500 stereo, you go to the police, but if someone charges you an extra $30 every time you fill up your tank 50 times a year ($1,500) you shut up and pay your bill. Great system, right?"

"Approximately 60 to 70 percent of the oil contracts in the futures markets are now held by speculative entities," he argues. "Not by companies that need oil, not by the airlines, not by the oil companies. But by investors who profit money from their speculative positions."
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Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM PDT

Republicans in Indiana unhappy?

by cls180

My mother, a native Hoosier but living in California for the past 45 years, heads for the Midwest once every year to meet up with her sister and her cousins.

Mom was a lifelong Republican until Obama came along, she voted for a Democrat for president the first time in her life in 2008. Due to the political dysfunction in California, she has completely disavowed the Republican Party on the state level. She nearly always refers to the R's as "those Republicans" these days.

It's one thing when a California Republican goes to the bright side and gets wise to the utter nihilism of the Republican Party but it's another thing completely when Republicans in Indiana start expressing doubts. She tells me that the group did not discuss politics much but that 2 of the 7 in attendance expressed disgust with the Republicans and one found both parties distasteful when the subject came up. Keep in mind, these people are (were?) hard core....not only conservative but Christian Evangelical conservative. She has not shared her more liberal political leanings with them in recent years so was not leading the conversation.

I know this is anecdotal but I to this day marvel at the fact I  can now talk politics to my mother and she agrees with everything I say. I worked her for YEARS to get her to this point.

I'm wondering if, in Indiana anyway, where there's smoke there is fire. If conservatives are saying out loud they don't like the direction of the Republican Party there has to have been a fair amount of discussion amongst themselves to reach this conclusion.

Anyone else noticing anything similar within their family?


Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 09:39 PM PDT

You do realize.....

by cls180

....that everything negotiated in this debt ceiling package is totally back loaded and will likely be overturned by a future Congress? You did notice that even the MSM has been referring to the tea bagger's in less than flattering terms? Has it escaped you that Obama has been talking for weeks about the need for more revenue? Did you happen to notice he never makes a public statement without mentioning those corporate jet owners? Almost all recent polls had even a majority of Republicans seeing the need for a balanced approach to debt issues, did you see those? Did you notice the social safety net was left untouched in the final package?

In the 2000 election, Ralph Nader continually made the point that there wasn't a bit of difference between the 2 parties. In 2011, a manufactured debt crisis was in fact a match of political gamesmanship and Obama took full advantage. He painted the difference between the 2 parties in the starkest of terms. He played politics with the teatards and I have no doubt, beat them to death. He gave the Dem's an incredible platform to run on next year.....and it all started with Paul Ryan's budget plan. There will be more of these skirmishes over the next year but it will be just more opportunity for Obama to paint the tard's as clueless, uncaring bastards.

So have your hissy for today but when the Dem's are running as the party that saved Medicare and wanted to tax billionaires but the Teathuglicans would have none of it......remember when your President started making that case. They are toast but they are too stupid to know it.


My husband and I buy our health insurance as individuals on the open market. We are in our early 50's, we exercise, eat right, don't smoke....we do have wine with dinner because we're not absolute freaks. Just as a reality check for anyone not covered by a government single payer program of any kind or gets their health care insurance through an employer or another group plan, this is what it costs:

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Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 06:03 PM PDT

The Dems need to counter legislate Ryan

by cls180

Everyone knows that Paul Ryan's budget will never be passed. It's understood, matter of fact, that Ryan is just laying down a far right marker for future negotiations. Unless the Democrats release a counter plan to Ryan's (and soon), the negotiations will begin with the current center right position (and it is center right, the American social safety net is one of the skimpiest in the modern world), and meet somewhere between what we have now and Ryan's radical agenda.

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(Keep in mind as you read this, I’m likely not talking to you, the dKos community member. I think I’m just yelling at clouds by posting this here but where the heck does this stuff get printed where the people that need to read it will?)

I was a patient advocate for many years at Planned Parenthood. It was my job to be there for the patient during her procedure, to hold her hand or a barf pan, whatever it took to get her through a difficult experience. I even once wrote a  diary  about a day in the life of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to dispel some of the outright lies that the anti-choice crowd insisted in telling about what an abortion was really like.

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM PST

UID less than 10,000?

by cls180

With the return of Armando, it feels like old-timers night around here. I got started here during the Dean campaign, Mar 6, 2004. My UID is 8093. You can check yours by logging in and clicking on your screen how many old-timers are hanging around tonight?


Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 08:37 AM PST

David Brooks and the Greek debt crisis

by cls180

Whereas most of David Brook's winners of the Sidney awards had merit, Mr Brooks got through his analysis of the Greek debt crisis without spelling out the one aspect of the catastrophe that was the main cause of the meltdown. He explains the problems in Greece this way:

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