prohibit federal meteorologists from competing with companies such as AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, which offer their own forecasts through paid services and free ad-supported Web sites.
April 21, 2005
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April 19, 2005
Every year since 1985, the State Department has published a report international terrorism. But what do you do when you claim to be winning a “war” on terror, yet the number of terrorism incidents keeps rising?
Well, if you’re the Bush administration, you do what you always do when you don’t like the truth. You suppress it.
April 15, 2005
When the GOP nixed 40 of Clinton’s judicial appointees, that was just business as usual.
When the Dems nix a mere 10 of Bush’s, they are anti-religious. So the right wing is now saying.
“The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith,” argues a new telecast from the Family Research Council.
Thankfully, only nutjob extremists at the outer fringe are part of this telecast, right? Only if you consider Bill Frist, the Senate Majority Leader, one of them.
Read more at the NY Times.
April 14, 2005
Well, I hadn’t really wondered about the answer to that question before, but now I am, and boy I wish I wasn’t.
April 13, 2005
Practice What You Preach are another bunch of Texans weighing in on protecting the sanctity of marriage… but wait!
Practice What You Preach believes that the institution of marriage is under assault in Texas from the twin epidemics of divorce and domestic violence. We are not a gay-rights group. We are mainstream, straight Texans who want the legislative leadership to stop making cheap political points by ignoring real problems.
April 12, 2005
He’s a good buddy of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist! He’s the Vice-Chair of the Texas GOP!
And he believes the U.S. should be under “Biblical law”! And got the Texas GOP platform to state that America is a Christian nation!
Ladies and gentlemen, let Frederick Clarkson introduce you to the lovely David Barton.
April 6, 2005
Unfortunately, the majority of this country has decided that they don’t like Bush 5 months after the election. But the latest Gallup poll is still useful to counter the suggestion that he’s popular, especially when placed in a historical context.
April 5, 2005
So you hear about new laws a fair amount in Law School, but this one seems more than a little appalling:
(Lansing, Michigan) Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House. The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.
The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.
The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans. The Conscientious Objector Policy Act would allow health care providers to assert their objection within 24 hours of when they receive notice of a patient or procedure with which they don’t agree. However, it would prohibit emergency treatment to be refused.
Three other three bills that could affect LGBT health care were also passed by the House Wednesday which would exempt a health insurer or health facility from providing or covering a health care procedure that violated ethical, moral or religious principles reflected in their bylaws or mission statement. Opponents of the bills said they’re worried they would allow providers to refuse service for any reason. For example, they said an emergency medical technicians could refuse to answer a call from the residence of gay couple because they don’t approve of homosexuality.
Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann Arbor) the first openly gay legislator in Michigan, pointed out that while the legislation prohibits racial discrimination by health care providers, it doesn’t ban discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation.
“Are you telling me that a health care provider can deny me medical treatment because of my sexual orientation? I hope not,” he said.
“I think it’s a terrible slippery slope upon which we embark,” said Rep. Jack Minore (D-Flint) before voting against the bill.
Paul A. Long, vice president for public policy for the Michigan Catholic conference, said the bills promote the constitutional right to religious freedom. “Individual and institutional health care providers can and should maintain their mission and their services without compromising faith-based teaching,” he said in a written statement.