The thing that I find funny about this whole brouhaha over religion is that religious freedom is an individual right. Religious freedom is not a corporate right. The Obama administration was asking corporations, not people, to cover contraceptives. They were asking that they cover contraceptives, not abortion. Yet, we had this explosion because there was a “war on religion.” Nothing could be further from the truth. As far as I know, you can still worship anywhere you want to. You can be Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Mormon, whatever, without the government telling you how to practice your religion. Jon Stewart had more to say on the subject:
Republicans, as usual, are trying to seize the day and the moment. Republicans are now willing to wage a fight over birth control. I wish them luck. It seems to me that birth control has been the greatest invention of the last 60 years. Women no longer have to worry about having a baby every time they have sex.
Mitt Romney is in a world of trouble. Several months ago, I mentioned both on my blog and on the air that Mitt Romney had a problem with the Republican Party. They simply didn’t like him that much. The fact that he was barely able to eke out a victory in Maine and the conservatives in Maine thought that Ron Paul would make a better president (he only lost by a few percentage points) should be somewhat disturbing to the folks who have supported Mitt Romney. The latest polling shows Mitt Romney to be in a dead heat with Rick Santorum in Ronmey’s home state of Michigan. Whatever Romney is doing to win this nomination isn’t working.
Moody’s may cut the AAA rating for Great Britain and France.
The Economic Policy Institute has clearly shown that public school teachers and other government employees do not have lavish compensation packages.
One of the ways that Fox news has been so successful is that they will say something that is so outlandish and so ridiculous that most Americans will ignore it. Then, they will keep saying it over and over again and, after a time, whatever it is doesn’t sound quite so outlandish anymore. Fox news contributor Liz Trotta stated that women serving alongside men in the armed services should expect to be raped. Expect to be raped? What a reactionary moron!! I hate name-calling but I can’t think of anything else to say. Women should never expect to be raped. Never. Men and women in the armed services are expected to follow a code of conduct, no matter who they are, no matter where they are. It is that simple. Reactionary knuckleheads should not make excuses for people who do not follow a simple code of conduct and decency. I feel that I should smack this women in the face for saying something so over-the-top, but I won’t, because I too have a code of conduct.
I have wanted to link to this story for the last several days. It’s a story about the intern that was seduced by JFK. I simply found it interesting.
The chaos and violence are continuing in Syria. Russia and China could help work to end the bloodshed, but they seem to be unable to understand that it is possible that we, the United States, are completely right in this case.
President Obama continues to push for the payroll tax cut. It makes sense. It will help the American people and the economy. Opposing it really doesn’t make sense.
Retail sales increased in January.
What stories are you following? What’s on your mind?