William S. Burroughs - A Thanksgiving Prayer
William S. Burroughs - A Thanksgiving Prayer
"Never before has the supreme court held that a for-profit corporation, rather than an actual person, has the right under the RFRA to refuse to abide by generally applicable laws and regulations. Doing so opens the door to a slew of issues: If you work for a Christian Scientist who believes illness should be cured by prayer, are they obligated to cover medical care at all? Should for-profit companies be allowed to refuse to hire or cover healthcare for married women if they believe that it’s a woman’s religious duty to raise children and stay in the home? If you sincerely believe that Aids is God’s punishment for homosexuality and promiscuity – a belief expressed by some of the most prominent members of the Christian right – should your company be able to opt out of covering HIV care for your employees? Since Obama’s healthcare law also requires that employee health plans cover vaccinations, which some religious people oppose, should companies be allowed to refuse vaccine coverage for all employees and their dependents?"
Slavoj Žižek on “They Live”
Dear Amy: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child.
He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule.
Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you.
— Feeling Betrayed
Dear Betrayed: You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice — to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.
I assume that my suggestion will evoke a reaction that your sexuality is at the core of who you are. The same is true for your son. He has a right to be accepted by his parents for being exactly who he is.
When you “forget” a child’s birthday, you are basically negating him as a person. It is as if you are saying that you have forgotten his presence in the world. How very sad for him.
Pressuring your son to change his sexuality is wrong. If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere.
A group that could help you and your family figure out how to navigate this is PFLAG.org. This organization is founded for parents, families, friends and allies of LGBT people, and has helped countless families through this challenge. Please research and connect with a local chapter."
Jesse Ventura Walks Off Opie & Anthony
Soylent: How I Stopped Eating for 30 Days (by MotherboardTV)
A two-part investigation by NPR and the Center for Responsive Politics found a tier of social welfare groups that operate behind the scenes, raising money and doling it out to other, more public groups, while reporting those grants to the IRS only annually. Read Part Two here: http://n.pr/1hMrjqi
Read Part One here: http://n.pr/1ehajZt
Want to learn more?
From the NYTimes: Should 501c4’s Be Eliminated?
From the Brennan Center for Justice: ABA Supports Disclosure of Secret Political Spending
From the Center for Competitive Politics: Money in Politics
From the Minnesota Law Review: Donor Disclosure: Undermining the First Amendment
Considering the years-long battle to pass the Affordable Care Act and the lengths to which Democrats went to protect it, the launch of President Obama’s healthcare law was something of a disaster, marred mostly by the program’s broken website. But now we know just how awful the enrollment numbers were from those first few days.
According to documents obtained by CBS News from the House Oversight Committee, just six people enrolled in the program using its website during the first 24 hours, despite the Obama administration’s claims of 4.7 million unique visitors to the site over the same time period. And the second day wasn’t much better: just 248 people were able to enroll nationwide.
As CBS News notes, the healthcare program needs an average of 39,000 enrollees per day to meet its goal of 7 million users by March 1.
"Potential VP nicknames. Romney’s search for a running mate was dubbed “Project Goldfish.” And his search brought him to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Pufferfish), former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (Lakefish), Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (Filet-O-Fish), Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (Pescado) and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (Fishconsin)."
"Best healthcare system in the world"
"Welcome to the real world."