Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mr. President,

Thank you very much.
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Harvey Milk to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Victory Fund has learned President Barack Obama plans to award America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Harvey Milk, one of the country's first openly gay elected officials. The award will be accepted at a White House ceremony August 12 by Stuart Milk, the nephew of the late San Francisco Supervisor and civil rights activist.
Stuart Milk echoed Wolfe's praise, saying, "The President's action today touches the core of our very human hearts and my uncle would be so proud of this high honor. His election was, for him, a beginning-a chance to make real change. That change is happening, but we still have so far to go. I hope this recognition inspires LGBT Americans everywhere to heed Harvey's call to run for office, to serve openly, to live proudly with authenticity and to demand the equality that we all deserve."

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dan is a real American hero!

The only thing about this article that is a little off putting for me is the slight tone of a eulogy, and Dan is, as far as I know, still very much alive. He helped me really get what "faith" and "courage" mean, in action, not just nice sounding words.

Berrigan and the Peace Movement

View a selection of photographs from the life of Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and his long involvement in the Catholic peace movement. Father Berrigan talks with George Anderson, S.J., in the July 6 issue.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Republican push back to health care reform is just fear mongering.

The conversations are no more than a few months old, and already the conservatives are leading us to believe that only illness, death and poverty are going to result from Obama's plan to "fix" the health care delivery system. Isn't that odd -- they destroyed the housing market for the next decade, but never a word about that. Get real!

What do the world's "laboratories of democracy" tell us about health care?

Republicans, at least rhetorically, claim to value federalism and to believe that the states can function as "laboratories of democracy"-- places where policy experimentation can take place.
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who go bankrupt as a result of medical bills = 0
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who lack access to routine medical care = 0
The number of people in other industrialized democracies who feel trapped at their jobs for fear of losing their (or their family's) health insurance = 0.
That last number is particularly galling given conservative reverence for entrepreneurism. Though it's difficult to quantify, I would bet that our dysfunctional health care system, more than any other factor, discourages entrepreneurial risk-taking in this country. Which makes all this talk about free markets all the more absurd.
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