Here is the another story about fire fighters doing their jobs:
Firefighters are battling a six-alarm fire in the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. Officials say the fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday…
The interesting thing about this story? The fire took place last night. In New York City. During Hurricane Sandy.
Firefighter personnel saved scores of people from the fire, sometimes maneuvering hoses through chest-deep water.
The backup power generator at NYU Langone Medical Center failed, forcing evacuation of patients, including 20 babies from the NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit), all during 60-mph winds and torrential rain.
A construction crane on 57th Street came loose from its moorings and is dangling 75 stories in the air by entangled cables. The NYC Building Department sent inspectors up into the building (during a freakin’ hurricane!) to assess the situation; a spokesman described the inspectors as “the best of the best”.
And this morning I found this:
“A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program that contradicts fundamental contents of faith and morals. Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally ‘complicit’ with these choices which are intrinsically evil. This could put your own soul in jeopardy.”
–Wisconsin bishop David Ricken, from a letter published to 200+ parishes this week
It’s time to start taxing the churches, folks, especially the Mormons and the Roman Catholic Church, and any other church that wants to play politics.
As for faithful Catholics — what a despicable way to “persuade” believers how to vote. Why are you putting up with nonsense like this??
(Thanks to George Carlin, one of the Great Trinity of Comedy, for the title quote.)
From playwright Doug Wright:
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights.
Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, “My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.”
It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you ‘disagree’ with your candidate on these issues.
(tip o’ th’ hat to Joe)
- One of Romney’s top advisers, Bay Buchanan, told Buzzfeed:
“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman.”
Like any family, the Romneys have faced hardship: Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, and more recently fought a battle with breast cancer. She credits her husband’s unwavering care and devotion to her for helping her through these ordeals.
And as the New Civil Rights Movement states:
So, while Mitt and Ann recognize how important it is to face health crises together, he would actually allow states to prohibit same-sex couples from having the same hospital visitation rights that he and Ann have. We’re not allowed to exercise “unwavering care and devotion” like the Romneys.
Watch all of the video, please.
The first is a video from David Blankenhorn. You all remember David, right? The expert witness testifying for California’s Prop 8? The guy who spent a decade trying to convince people that gay marriage was bad.
Be prepared to be surprised.
(I couldn’t get the YouTube link to load properly, so here’s a local copy.)
The second is an announcement of a streaming event featuring a debate concerning marriage equality between Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe…and an empty chair.
It’s at 17:00 CDT on 10/19/2012. That’s today! Right now! Go watch it !
(There will be a recording of it, so if you miss it, you can see it here later.)
Everyone’s heard of the old Reagan-era trickle-down economics chestnut called “job creator”. According to David Stockman, and with the enthusiastic support of the newly-elected Right in power in Washington in 1981, the key to creating new jobs was to ensure greater economic inequality in America by lowering taxes on the rich, and spendspendspend.
In recent years Stockman has repudiated his advocacy for trickle-down (or “supply-side economics”, as he used to describe it).
Other capitalists have done the same, including such entrepreneurs as Nick Hanauer. Here’s what he had to say in a recent TED talk:
“Here’s an idea worth spreading: In a capitalist economy the true job creators are middle-class consumers, and taxing the rich to make investments, to make the middle class grow and thrive is the single shrewdest thing we can do for the middle class, for the poor, and for the rich.”
The real clue that Hanauer knew whereof he spoke was that TED management did not put the talk online until there was an uproar about the exclusion. (It’s no longer posted, BTW.)
(I’ve talked about this talk before, but it’s well worth a repeat.)