Basic Human Decency

Mike the Mad Biologist

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Before I get to two videos of Democratic congresswomen talking about abortion and birth control, something that Adam Serwer wrote is very germane: These videos are striking because they’re a reminder of how little of media coverage of political battles over abortion reflects the views of real human beings, as opposed to the reductive, paternalist…

Last week, The National Journal broke the story, since confirmed by other sources, that the Obama administration plans to cut billions of dollars from the LIHEAP program that subsidizes energy costs for the needy (italics mine): President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government’s energy assistance fund for poor people,…

Sean-Paul Kelley recounts two prosecutions in Texas. First: My wife has defended indigent mothers charged with Food Stamp Crime. She has never pleaded one out as guilty. Here’s the typical situation if they do not have a good lawyer, as most do not, because they are represented by public defenders who are just collecting an…

Not so much. Because, according to a letter signed by over 400 hundred U.S. rabbis, Fox seems to have a Glenn Beck problem: We are rabbis of diverse political views. As part of our work, we are devoted to preserving the memory of the Shoah, and to passing its lessons on to our future generations…

The most awful thing about the proposed bill, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 3), is, well, the bill itself: With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to “forcible rape.” This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many…

Reading the prepared text of Obama’s speech at the Tucson Memorial Thursday night, there was one part I really liked: And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy,…

Martin Luther King Supported Public Workers

As the ongoing assault against public sector employees continues, it’s worth remembering why Martin Luther King was in Memphis when he was assassinated: he was supporting striking sanitation workers. Due to conservative revisionism, we seem to have forgotten the radicalism of King, that he detested both war and economic rampant inequality. There was much to…

I found this comment to a Bob Herbert column by a teacher who works at a school attended mostly by poor whites. I’m excerpting it in full as comments have a tendency to disappear into the ether, but also because I don’t think many people have (fortunately) any idea what poverty really means for educational…

…getting an abortion. Because that seems to be the message from the presidents of the third-year class of the UC Davis veterinary school–with the apparent approval of the Chair of the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. By way of ScienceBlogling Dr. Isis, the enlightened solons: Dear Colleagues, One of our classmates recently gave birth and…

The Rotten Revolving Door

Marshall Auerback comments on the new ‘creative’ economy (italics mine): Finally, there is the odious problem of political corruption, which manifests itself in many forms, but most recently through the cynical revolving door policy between Wall Street and government. Peter Orszag’s move to Citi after spending months launching broadsides against Social Security from his perch…