Civil Liberties

Mike the Mad Biologist

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(from here) Needless to say, I’m disgusted by the amendment introduced by Democratic Congressvermin Bart Stupak which would effectively make most abortions not covered by health insurance, even though many are now. Given the tremendous numbers of women who have had an abortion, it’s not like he’s going to put a dent in the ‘problem’–women…

Over at BoingBoing, we read about the leaked version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty (so much for the Obama Administration’s commitment to transparency. Maybe it’s something in the White House water?). Two items caught my eye: •That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability.…

Because nothing says freedom like government shaming regarding a private healthcare decision:

The ‘Pro-Life’ War on Judaism Continues

By way of Digby, we learn that the anti-abortion movement has decided on a new tactic–declaring that a fertilized egg is a person:

If you’re wondering who Arthur Frommer is, he’s the chief author of Frommer’s Travel Guides, which can be found at virtually every U.S. bookstore. So when Frommer argues that people should reconsider visiting Arizona, that’s not definitely good for Arizona’s tourism sector. But Frommer’s reasons are…interesting (italics mine):

Not a pro-health insurance company thug If you peek over at the sidebar, you’ll notice that my photo is a copy of Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech. I’ll turn the description over to driftglass:

Last week, Glenn Greenwald annotated a campaign speech by Obama about civil liberties and the rule of law (boldface mine):

For those who haven’t heard, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested by the Cambridge Police (the charges were later dropped). According to Gates’ attorney:

Anti-Abortion Means Anti-Birth Control

Nobody could have predicted this (italics mine):

Sadly, I think it’s the latter. As many others have remarked on a variety of issues, one of the most pernicious effects of the right wing has been to mainstream crazy and hateful positions. In terms of gay rights, as has been the case with many other issues, this has reduced the debate to two…