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  1. Duke Cox says:

    to paraphrase Napoleon Bonaparte… "Morality (religion) is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich…."

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    Interesting piece in Politico this morning. Congressional gridlock isn't actually Newt Gingrich's fault. He just took advantage of it.  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/05/the-house-of-jim-wright-117718.html#.VUuFbflViko

    And this’ll put a knot in the shorts of the survellance state’s boosters.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/appeals-court-rules-nsa-record-collection-violates-patriot-act/2015/05/07/c4fabfb8-f4bf-11e4-bcc4-e8141e5eb0c9_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage

  3. BlueCat says:

    The "we're number one" stuff is proving ever farther from the truth in category after category. No longer number one in middle class prosperity or upward mobility. Our education system is far from number one. Plenty of western countries offer citizens just as much freedom so we certainly aren't uniquely the land of the free anymore. Here's one in which we're number 33:

    The United States is the 33rd best place in the world to be a mother, according to the 2015State of the World's Mothers report prepared by Save the Children. And, adding insult to injury, 33rd is actually two spots lower than last year's ranking. We are literally standing by as mothers die. This is not benign neglect — it is malignant neglect.

    Women in the United States face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst odds of any developed country in the world, according to the report.

    At 33rd, the U.S. ranks behind Croatia (30), Poland (28), Belarus (25), Portugal (16) and Italy (12). For some context, the monthly minimum wage in Portugal is less than 600 euros a month.

    The top 10 best countries to be a mother are almost all European countries (from 1st to 10th): Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Australia and Belgium.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/05/1382611/-U-S-is-33rd-best-place-to-be-a-mother-in-the-world-Yes-33rd-Behind-Portugal-Belarus-Croatia?detail=email

  4. DaftPunk says:

    On the 407 miles of open road between home and a Montana abortion clinic, a woman has a lot of time to think about how she got from there to here

    This was a drive Emily had never taken for a procedure she hadn’t imagined needing, in a time when fewer clinics and tougher laws were making the geography of abortion more complex. Because of the sensitivity of the abortion issue, The Washington Post agreed with Emily’s request not to use her last name or identify where she lives. In some parts of America, the accessibility of abortion has remained unchanged, but not in great swaths of the country…

  5. Progressicat says:

    Money Badger confirmed.

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