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Arizona, you are looking ugly. Defenders claim its Draconian measures are a result of the failure of US immigration policy, and I have to agree. Everyone seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, but like the weather, no one wants to do anything about it. The Democrats have a bill, but no one…

Health deform, Second Amendment edition

We’re only just learning some of the crap that’s in this health care deform compromise/giveaway to the insurance industry, but some of it has come out (via the Manager’s Amendment .pdf [and I admit I don’t exactly know what this is except it contains legislative language allegedly in the bill]). For starters, rest easy. Your…

Health care deform

We are on record as favoring single-payer health care and taking certain things like vaccines out of the market system, but beyond that we don’t do much health care politics here. But we have opinions, like everyone does, opinions formed by working for more than four decades within the health care and public health professions.…

And the Big Fool says to Push On

What else is there to say? Lyndon Johnson may have done a powerful amount of good for civil rights but his legacy went down the Vietnam toilet. He was a big fool who listened to the wrong people, people who told him to push on. Barack Obama seems to be another Big Fool: Pete Seeger,…

Acknowledging Obama’s failures

It looks like there’s going to be some kind of health care reform bill, but we’re not celebrating. It’s legislation that could have been important and meaningful and instead is a neutered industry-friendly cup of weak tea with a Draconian anti-choice amendment. That Obama would disappoint us is no surprise. We expected it and predicted…

Status report at DailyKos

We are otherwise occupied, but fortunately DemFromCT has a great status report on swine flu up at DailyKos. I suggest you also follow the first link to his piece at The Arena, although reading after his astute observations is not for the faint-of-heart. The politicization of this issue by Republicans is to be expected and…

Franken-sense: it’s about time

Al Franken may have made his name as a comedian on Saturday Night Live, but as a Senator (D-MN) he’s a force to reckon with. In this clip from hearings this week he nails a witness from the right wing Hudson Institute pimping for the health care industry. Her claim? That health care reform would…

People complain that ministers in the cabinet Iran’s recently selected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government will say things so outlandish no one else would even think of saying them, but Declan Butler over at the Nature blog, The Great Beyond, begs to differ. Take Iran’s Science Minister, Kamran Daneshjou. Daneshjou’s credentials had been questioned in an…

RIP: Mary Travers, 1936 – 2009

It’s been a hard year or two. First Miriam Makeba. Then Odetta. Now we’ve lost another one, Mary Travers, the Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary. Mary died Wednesday of leukemia in Connecticut. Even before Mary, Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow formed one of the iconic sixties folk groups in 1961, Mary sang back up…

It was only a matter of time before the Right Wing smear machine set its sites on Obama’s nominee for Director of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels. And now that time has come. David is a friend and colleague and his name is not a stranger here (and here, here, here and probably other posts as…