Only a simply majority vote is needed to remove the flag, contrary to what many media outlets have reported. On Tuesday, Charleston newspaper The Post & Courier asked lawmakers what they think about the Confederate flag. Many said they would vote to remove it and some wouldnt answer or were undecided, but eight House representatives said they were sure they would vote no. Heres a closer look at those eight.
Rep. Mike Burns (R-Greenville)
Burns, a South Carolina native, said the flag shouldnt be taken down because people view is as a way to honor their heritage and their ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Greenville, Spartanburg)
A son of Confederate veterans, Chumley said the issue of the flag didnt need to be discussed further, as it was decided in a 2000 compromise to move the flag from the Statehouse dome to the Capitol grounds. This needs to go no further, he told the Post. It has been settled already. A compromise is a compromise.
So who's surprised they're all Repubs? And why don't any bring up the fact that that 'heritage' they're so proud of is sedition? Oh, and since when do Repubs want anything to do with compromise (Rep Chumley)?
And I bet they all call their seditiously-proud selves 'patriots.'
There is something to be said about Republicans and their never-change direction agenda that may be related to their conservative affliction. For the past five years one of the primary goals of Republicans they just cannot abandon is fulfilling the demands of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to ban contraception use in America. It was not enough that the Papal-5 on the Supreme Court ruled that religious employers could restrict their employees use of birth control, so now Republicans have resorted to their annual attempt to eliminate the Title X program that provides family planning services, including contraceptives, to roughly 4.6 million impoverished women. As usual, since Republicans in the House control the nations purse strings, they are using the 2016 budget to eliminate all funding for Title X and finally end the program that has been one of their cherished goals since taking control of the House in 2011.
When the Title X program was created in 1970 under Republican president Richard Nixon, the concept of federally-funded family planning services had overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who acknowledged the pressing need to make birth control more accessible to impoverished American women. Republicans and Democrats both agreed with former president Nixon that being poor should not mean a woman had to be perpetually pregnant. But that was long before Republicans won control of the House in 2010 when, instead of fulfilling their campaign pledge to create jobs, they declared a religious war on women and defunding the federal program became their raison dêtre as hardcore theocrats. One of the first items the Republican-controlled House voted on in 2011 was dismantling Title X and they did vote to completely eliminate the then-forty one year old program along strict party lines.
Over the past five years, the evangelical Republican war to abolish the now 45 year old family planning program was successfully thwarted by a Democratic-controlled Senate. However, now with a Koch Senate repaying evangelicals for getting out to vote in 2014, it looks like Republican theocrats will finally do right by the Vatican, eradicate Title X, and deprive at least 4.6 million women from having access to reproductive care including safe, dependable contraceptives, cancer and STD screenings, and assistance in planning when to start their families. It would be the ultimate wet dream for evangelical Republicans and Vatican loyalists to see several million, mostly poor women, denied family planning services and access to contraception; it is just what good evangelical and Catholic Republicans have panted to accomplish for the past five years.
Before 2010, support for Title X had broad bipartisan support and most legislators agreed with then-president Richard Nixon who said on Title Xs inception that, It is my view that no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition. Of course that was long before Republicans became Vatican puppets and women, although still thought of as second class citizens in 1970, were not yet relegated to the role of being perpetual birth machines by evangelical Republicans.
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The Historical Origins and Development of Racism
by George M. Fredrickson
Racism exists when one ethnic group or historical collectivity dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another on the basis of differences that it believes are hereditary and unalterable. An ideological basis for explicit racism came to a unique fruition in the West during the modern period. No clear and unequivocal evidence of racism has been found in other cultures or in Europe before the Middle Ages. The identification of the Jews with the devil and witchcraft in the popular mind of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries was perhaps the first sign of a racist view of the world. Official sanction for such attitudes came in sixteenth century Spain when Jews who had converted to Christianity and their descendents became the victims of a pattern of discrimination and exclusion.
The period of the Renaissance and Reformation was also the time when Europeans were coming into increasing contact with people of darker pigmentation in Africa, Asia, and the Americas and were making judgments about them. The official rationale for enslaving Africans was that they were heathens, but slave traders and slave owners sometimes interpreted a passage in the book of Genesis as their justification. Ham, they maintained, committed a sin against his father Noah that condemned his supposedly black descendants to be "servants unto servants." When Virginia decreed in 1667 that converted slaves could be kept in bondage, not because they were actual heathens but because they had heathen ancestry, the justification for black servitude was thus changed from religious status to something approaching race. Beginning in the late seventeenth century laws were also passed in English North America forbidding marriage between whites and blacks and discriminating against the mixed offspring of informal liaisons. Without clearly saying so, such laws implied that blacks were unalterably alien and inferior.
During the Enlightenment, a secular or scientific theory of race moved the subject away from the Bible, with its insistence on the essential unity of the human race. Eighteenth century ethnologists began to think of human beings as part of the natural world and subdivided them into three to five races, usually considered as varieties of a single human species. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, however, an increasing number of writers, especially those committed to the defense of slavery, maintained that the races constituted separate species.
The Nineteenth century was an age of emancipation, nationalism, and imperialism--all of which contributed to the growth and intensification of ideological racism in Europe and the United States. Although the emancipation of blacks from slavery and Jews from the ghettoes received most of its support from religious or secular believers in an essential human equality, the consequence of these reforms was to intensify rather than diminish racism. Race relations became less paternalistic and more competitive. The insecurities of a burgeoning industrial capitalism created a need for scapegoats. The Darwinian emphasis on "the struggle for existence" and concern for "the survival of the fittest" was conducive to the development of a new and more credible scientific racism in an era that increasingly viewed race relations as an arena for conflict rather than as a stable hierarchy.
The growth of nationalism, especially romantic cultural nationalism, encouraged the growth of a culture-coded variant of racist thought, especially in Germany. Beginning in the late 1870s and early 1880s, the coiners of the term "antisemitism" made explicit what some cultural nationalists had previously implied--that to be Jewish in Germany was not simply to adhere to a set of religious beliefs or cultural practices but meant belonging to a race that was the antithesis of the race to which true Germans belonged.
The climax of Western imperialism in the late nineteenth century "scramble for Africa" and parts of Asia and the Pacific represented an assertion of the competitive ethnic nationalism that existed among European nations (and which, as a result of the Spanish-American War came to include the United States). It also constituted a claim, allegedly based on science, that Europeans had the right to rule over Africans and Asians.
Death of Penna. man in fracking truck accident shows need for greater traffic safety measures
Submitted Column to Wilkes-Barre PA Times-Leader, January 9, 2015 http://www.timesleader.com/news/opinion_columns/51001898/THEIR-VIEW-Frackers-pose-rural-traffic-risk
From a Letter by Edward Ciarimboli, founding partner in the legal firm of Fellerman and Ciarimboli, a personal injury law firm with offices in Kingston, Scranton and Philadelphia
A fiery crash in Susquehanna County last week took the life of a 27-year-old Marine and father of two young boys. The SUV in which Staff Sgt. Andrew Stevens was driving reportedly was stopped behind two fracking trucks when a water truck smashed into the back of him.
An increase in natural gas fracking has led to a spike in traffic fatalities in towns that find their roadways filled with large drilling rigs and fracking trucks. Drilling activity increases too quickly for many small communities to keep pace in making changes in road safety, such as building new roads, improving or widening existing roads or installing traffic signals in areas where they might now be needed. ...
... data in six drilling states show that in some places fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004, a period when most American roads have become much safer. ...
... fatal crashes on Texas highways increased 50 percent from 2009 through 2013. This increase in fatalities came after decades of declines in Texas, just as the boom in fracking operations was beginning. ...
... Pennsylvania is in the top five states in fatal crashes, with 1,211, following only Texas with 3,021, California with 2,632, Florida with 2,247 and North Carolina with 1,222. These five states accounted for more than a third of the fatal crashes in the entire country.
... traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania drilling counties rose 4 percent from 2009 to 2013, while in the rest of the state they fell 19 percent.
Crackdowns in reproductive rights to 'blue laws' keeping businesses from opening on Sunday (latter finally overturned in 1970s).
Just as we were finally breaking their grasp on the national character, St Ronnie allies with the radicals and a new, fully theocratic bulldozer starts plowing its way through long-fought for rights.
With their juggernaut of political allies, even the blatant unconstitutional, wholly religiously-based addition of 'under God' in the pledge and changing the inclusive motto 'e pluribus unum' into the divisive 'In God we trust' was allowed to stand for so long that courts accept them as legitimate due to tradition.
The 2016 field of GOP candidates is nothing more than a host of theocratic tyrants. And, worst of all, the supposed Christianity they bow down to bears virtually no relation to what Jesus taught.
The Second Coming of the Dark Ages is nigh. Keep those liberty torches handy. Be ready to hold them high.
The Religious Rights Full Page Denunciation of the United States Constitution
By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
As theocracy arrives in North Carolina and Michigan, the Religious Right, going with its penchant for hyperbolic full-page ads in major newspapers, publicly announced last week that if forced to choose between Bible and Constitution, the Constitution will lose.
Then, almost as though begging us to laugh at them, they used their various propaganda organs like the Tea Party, The Catholic Beat, Christian Examiner, World Net Daily, and so forth, to announce how heroic and great they are for putting their unconstitutional AND unbiblical beliefs on full display.
The ad, which took the form of an open letter to the Supreme Court, appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, and in other papers, offered us the voice of all the usual suspects Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Frank Pavone, Don Wildmon, Jerry Boykin, Alveda King and Alan Keyes:
We will not honor any decision by the Supreme Court which will force us to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.
Wow, that would be great but these folks have demonstrated their lack of a biblical understanding of marriage, because there is very little in the way of examples of biblical marriages that are between one man and one woman.
The irony here is that it is they wrote to the Supreme Court. The United States Constitution that they say is superseded by the Bible, establishes the authority of the Supreme Court. Therefore, if you think so little of the Constitution, why write to the Supreme Court, and then just tell the justices that if they dont do what you want, youre going to ignore them anyway?
More, incld full text of ad:
WV Energy Policy? Pipelines! Export our Resources a.s.a.p.
Hundreds of Miles of Land are Being Disturbed
We should not forfeit the future for the sake of energy today
Letter from S. Tom Bond, Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, June 7, 2015
The fossil fuel industry is finding more and more opposition as time goes by. The reasons are many. The list of new pipelines is amazing for example, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Momentum Pipeline, the Rover Pipeline on and on it goes.
These are no babies; some of them are as large as 42 inches, and they operate at up to 100 times the pressure of the atmosphere at 1440 pounds per square inch. They will be among the largest ever built in the United States.
Literally thousands of miles of pipelines are being built to transport gas at a time when fossil fuels face a political and technological storm of a variety of problems hardly meeting public attention a decade ago.
Recently the International Monetary Fund published in a white paper that fossil fuels get a worldwide subsidy of $5.7 trillion, which amounts to 6.5 percent of the world gross domestic production, mostly due to environmental costs and damage to health with coal the primary culprit.
The science papers on effects of fracking have been doubling yearly. The press and scientific experts no longer ignore health effects of fracking, ...
Banks dont want drilling on mortgaged property because of loss of value, and insurance companies dont want to pay for losses due to drilling contamination or accidents on ones property. ... huge subsidy from the poorest property owners to the industry.
Disposal of huge quantities of waste is a growing problem, ...
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Way past time for Dover ruling and trial transcript to be required reading for all elected officials, esp school board members.
Oh, and add a calendar so they can be aware of the fact we're in the 21st century.
And a copy of both the US Constitution and the Treaty of Tripoli so they'll be clued in on the fact this is not a Christian country.
And most importantly, a copy of their OWN STATE CONSTITUTION, Article IX: http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/stcon/articl09.htm
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