— Randall Balmer, Thy Kingdom Come (via slacktivist)
Anne Lamott (via apoplecticskeptic)
Abraham Lincoln, letter to Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855
What we have seen in the last two weeks around the country, and now at Davis, is a radical departure from the way police have handled protest in this country for half a century…
These issues go to the core of what democracy means. We have a major economic crisis in this country that was brought on by the greedy and irresponsible behavior of big banks. No banker has been arrested, and certainly none have been pepper sprayed. Arrests and chemical assault is for those trying to defend their homes, their jobs, and their schools.”
David Lazarus: Most conservatives are perfectly at ease with the idea of requiring all phone users to pay a fee to provide universal coverage for telecom services. But they balk at the idea when it comes to health insurance.
"Many of these guys who scream about socialized medicine represent largely rural states, and without these subsidies, there wouldn’t be universal phone and broadband service," [Art Brodsky] said. "Basically, the phone subsidies are a form of corporate socialism."
…After all, why should anyone be deprived the benefits of our state-of-the-art telecom system? It’s un-American to even consider such a notion.
The public cost of universal health coverage would run significantly more than a few bucks a month. But when it comes to mandates, the principle is the same: spreading the risks and expenses evenly among all members of society.
Conservatives grow bug-eyed at the thought of such a thing. They say that healthcare is a privilege, not a right, and that no one can be forced to pay for insurance.
It’s a ludicrous distinction. Either the government is tasked with ensuring fairness and equality in society, or it isn’t.”
(Source: Los Angeles Times)