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Ancestral WV hillbilly & old-style liberal who believes in US Constitution & detests RW revisionism of its principles (esp Establishment Clause)

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The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

Science Daily

The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother's body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health.

More points on the side of choice and that abortion is a women's health issue.

Top five posts on RightWingWatch.org this week.

Top five posts on RightWingWatch.org this week.

5 Times Ashley Madison User Josh Duggar Attacked Gay Marriage As A Threat To Families

Rick Santorum: Liberals 'Rewriting History' To 'Fit Their Ideology' Like In Communist China, USSR

Jim Bakker Preparing To Go To Jail Again, This Time Because Of Jade Helm 15

Pat Robertson: Christians Forced To 'Bow Down' Before Gays Who Are Bent On Destroying Us

Links f/ above here:http://site.pfaw.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=85324&em_id=64001.1

WV Editorial debate: EPA's terrible War on Coal and 2 actually rational responses

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Stephen Reed: Eliminating coal an irresponsible idea

The new environmental regulations released weeks ago by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency are not only a “War on Coal,” but they also are extraordinarily irresponsible and will affect millions of Americans who rely on the inexpensive electricity coal brings to the table.

The rules are the final, tougher regulations that were first announced by the EPA in 2012 and 2014, so they come as no surprise. Legal challenges are forthcoming from coal states like West Virginia.

Should this final attack by the EPA survive these legal challenges, more of what we already have seen during the Obama years will result: hundreds of coal-fired power plants will be shut down and many new coal plants will not be built. Welcome to Green America.

Just one mammoth problem: what is the existing substitute for coal in America’s energy portfolio?


Charleston Gazette-Mail | Christopher J. Regan: Paying every price in W.Va. coal communities

John Kennedy, in his inaugural address, said that America would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, or oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” He need not have said this in West Virginia. West Virginia had already done that.

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Even so, West Virginia has never been rich. As ton after ton of coal came out of the earth to fuel America, and to save Europe from fascism and Nazism, the working people of West Virginia never profiteered — never made more than a bare living on the hard work of mining coal and working steel. The great fortunes made in timber and coal were never widely shared. Even at the height of the industry (in terms of employment), more than 50 years ago, poverty in West Virginia’s coalfields was a scandal, that President Kennedy himself brought to the nation’s attention, and worked to end, before his assassination.

For more than 150 years, West Virginia has done her part, to build, to preserve, and to defend America. Come to find out it’s not enough. Even more is being asked of our state, much of it on behalf of people who don’t live here.

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One thing that has to be recognized as we think our way through these changes is this: The country owes a literal and moral debt to our coalfield communities. West Virginia has done its part, and others have reaped the benefits, for a long, long time — that debt must be repaid.

We’re not talking about companies, owners and executives. West Virginia has minted a thousand millionaires in coal. No one owes them a thing. It remains a great scandal that executives, bankers and owners are trying to renege on retirement benefits and health benefits that coal miners were promised. It’s sickening to see millions, and tens of millions, taken by suits while working families suffer for want of the modest sums they worked hard to earn.

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We are not talking about a “handout,” any more than the retirements miners worked for and were promised are a “handout.” We’re talking about fair treatment and just compensation — an even playing field, and a chance to make it to the future. There are billions of dollars to be had to re-tool, re-train, and re-vitalize our state and West Virginia must seize them.


Gazette editorial: Obama’s plan to help coal communities

Several coal corporations, including Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal — have filed for bankruptcy in recent weeks. Value of their stocks and bonds sank into the cellar. Numerous mines have closed, and thousands of miners have been laid off. Painful suffering is felt in Southern West Virginia coal counties, exacerbating existing problems of poverty and drug addiction.

Most of this slump is attributable to a flood of cheap natural gas, to depletion of good Appalachian coal seams, high company debt and the fall of coal prices. Yet West Virginia leaders blame it all on federal pollution controls and a supposed “war on coal.” They offer nothing to help devastated coal communities.

In contrast, the Obama administration proposes a wide array of efforts to rescue hard-hit coal towns. The White House 2016 budget contains a “Power Plus Plan” that would:

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All this sounds like the only sensible plan to resuscitate stricken counties. Too many West Virginia leaders, who don’t want to acknowledge to voters the long-predicted decline in coal jobs, are criticizing Obama’s plans instead of embracing them. Count the elected leaders who urge generation after generation to hitch their wagons to coal, even while coal companies continue to get out of pension, health care and pollution obligations in bankruptcy court.

Frustrated, the president complained about coal-state resistance:

“They will claim this is a ‘war on coal’ to scare up votes, even as they ignore my plan to actually invest in revitalizing coal country and supporting health care and retirement for coal miners and their families, and retraining those workers for better-paying jobs and healthier jobs.”


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Why Israel’s Security Experts Support The Iran Deal — And Why Iran’s Hardliners Don’t

Natinal Memo

Why Israel’s Security Experts Support The Iran Deal — And Why Iran’s Hardliners Don’t
On the Iran deal, mainstream opinion in Israel's military and intelligence circles is more closely aligned with Barack Obama than Bibi Netanyahu — as two former chiefs of the Jewish state's spy services have publicly declared.
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#BlackLivesMatter protesters shut down Bernie Sanders rally

The Hill

Protesters shut down Bernie Sanders rally
By Elliot Smilowitz and Megan R. Wilson

Protesters who claimed affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement stormed the stage during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Seattle on Saturday, taking over the microphone and forcing Sanders to leave without ever speaking.


The Associated Press: Sanders talks at rally after activists disrupt earlier event

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to a packed crowd Saturday night at the University of Washington campus about his commitment to criminal justice reform as well as addressing income equality.



I would like feedback from those on the 'front lines' of this matter. As a Caucasian, my perspective can only be 'support staff' so I'd like insight from those with a more personal connection as to whether shutting down political rallies helps or hinders the message.

My initial reaction is that completely shouting down rallies, etc is a bit too extreme, but some comnentators have suggested the tactic has succeeded in getting face-to-face meetings w/ Dem candidates, therefore proving effectiveness. If true, why not harass Repubs as well?

'So Long, Ladies,’ Says GOP

National Memo

It’s nice to already know the Republicans’ strategy as they lurch toward the long and bumpy road to someone else’s presidency. Removes the mystery.

Their new mantra, in GOP-speak: So long, ladies.

I’ll give them this: They’re no longer pretending to care about us. Yay for them for ending that charade. They don’t want us, and apparently they’ve decided they don’t need us. Or, as Jeb Bush put it on Tuesday: “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”

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Last month, a fake group with a fake name released hidden-camera video it claimed showed Planned Parenthood illegally selling tissue from aborted fetuses. This was a lie. Nonetheless, Republicans heralded it as their version of proof that (a) women cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own health care, (b) Planned Parenthood — cue Star Wars‘ “Imperial March” — is the Evil Empire and (c) this is what happens when you give women the vote.

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(Katha Pollit)-
“As long as women were firmly ensconced in the family as wives and mothers with few rights and little social power,” she writes, “abortion was legal or tolerated as a way to save unmarried daughters from shame, limit family size, and protect exhausted mothers from the rigors of yet more pregnancies and births. … But once middle-class white women began to emancipate themselves and get involved in public and political life … abortion took on its modern meaning of self-determination and independence and active decision making.”


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