I strongly believe that our government has to legislate for reality, not ideology. So, if we don’t provide contraception coverage and healthcare, that’s not going to stop anyone from having sex, whether they should or should not be. And we really have to take care of women’s healthcare and not worry about policing their moral choices.
Hope Has A Posse of the Day: Street artist Shepard Fairey remixes his iconic Obama “Hope” poster with the Anonymous-associated Guy Fawkes mask in support of the Occupy movement.
He writes on his blog:
Change is not about one election, one rally, one leader, it is about a constant dedication to progress and a constant push in the right direction. Let’s be the people doing the right thing as outsiders and simultaneously push the insiders to do the right thing for the people.
Out of concern for their own safety?
Look at that photo (or the video I posted earlier). They were “surrounded” by people with cameras. They didn’t mace the people “surrounding” them; they maced the people sitting on the ground.
Dear police departments: This is why you are losing respect and credibility. You rush to immediately defend any actions taken by officers, before any reasonable investigation could possibly be conducted. We rely on you to protect us—even from yourselves. Blind, absolute defense like this is not how civil servants behave; it is, however, exactly how gangs operate.
Out of concern for their own safety?!
Keith Olbermann provides eloquent rage (and appropriate mockery) for Bloomberg’s crackdown on Occupy Wall Street.
He’s right, of course, which is unfortunate. Bloomberg’s done a lot that I’ve supported, but his response to the protesters has been so draconian—and his justification for preventing press access to their brutal eviction so Orwellian—that it serves to utterly eclipse the positive things he’s done for New York.
As well it should.
Keith Olbermann brings me to the yard. As usual.
Protecting public safety and quality of life for downtown residents, and guaranteeing free expression are not exclusive of one another. Mayor Bloomberg made a needlessly provocative and legally questionable decision to clear Zuccotti Park in the dead of night. That some media and observers were prevented from monitoring the action is deeply troubling.
I know of no one—protesters included—who desires a permanent occupation of lower Manhattan. But provocations under cover of darkness only escalate tensions in a situation that calls for mediation and dialogue. I call on the Mayor to find a sustainable resolution—as other cities have done—that allows for the exercise of free speech and assembly, with respect for the rights of all New Yorkers to peaceful enjoyment of our great city.
I’m a liberal, so I probably dream bigger than you. For instance, I want everybody to have healthcare. I want lazy people to have healthcare. I want stupid people to have healthcare. I want drug addicts to have healthcare. I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare. I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it. And not just by crowding up an emergency room that should be dedicated exclusively to helping people in emergencies.
Thumbs up from an EMT who deals with emergencies, lazy people, stupid people, drug addicts, smelly people, and the waggling finger of health insurance laws on the regular. Everyone deserves health care. Bar none.
This is how Norwegians respond to their worst terrorist attack ever: resisting the reflex to heighten security and calling on famous satirists to mock the attacker’s agenda.
Damn, Norway, you so cool and level-headed.
Agreed. My hat is off.