Tell Your Lawmaker They Shouldn’t Have Voted for H.R.7: Alert Taken – NARAL Pro-Choice America

Tell Your Lawmaker They Shouldn’t Have Voted for H.R.7: Alert Taken – NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The Republican controlled House passed the anti-choice H.R. 7 with 227 votes. What is particularly of note is that our ultra conservative congressperson Ted Yoho voted with the majority. We must deluge him with signatures of the above e-mail. It is past time that we show in people who do not agree with his extreme positions exist in the conservative district that most of Gainesville and Alachua County have been gerrymandered into. The same is true of all the others who voted for this misguided legislation and other far-right measures. We must put the heat on them and never let up.

State of The Union

9:34pm. -“Climate change is a fact.” Amen. This is the best thing the president has said so far. Why did he not say it before?

He has made a vague call for patent refore, but we need to move rights from cotrporations to inventors, not curb litigation. He points out that our depend on foreign oil is down, but this was achieved by drilling.

I am glad to see he just brought up the failure to extend unemployment benefits. Now he just told congress to rectify this. Very good.

Now he makes a tepid reference to the need to teach people to think, not pass tests. Obama is still playing it cautious.

He wants to help students with loan debt, but makes no proposal.

Wow! He called the gender wage gap an “embarrassment.”  “It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.” Powerful. That is much better.

Next, he just asked employers to do all the can to raise the employees wages.

Finally, an executive order. He says he will require federal contractors to pay a “fair wage” of $10.10 hour, followed by another appeal for higher private sector wages.

Proposes a new savings bond,  My IRA.  It will ” offer employees access to an automatic IRA on the job.”

Ah, now we come to health care. He is lauding the ACA’s achievements. He is challenging the  GOP to come up with their own plan.  He also admonishes them against another repeal attempt. Touché!

“Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote.” Roger that!! He class for reforms proposed by a commission. Weak.

Touting the upcoming “pullout” from Afghanistan.  Says that we must get off a permanent war footing. Advocates limits on drone use and transferring detainees. Good, good. Do not hold your breath, though.

Talking about Syria, says chem weapons are being eliminated, but that is a small factor iIn the war there.

Embraces Israel.

Touts deal with Iran. “We are clear-eyed.”

Says that aiding disaster victims help our long-term security.

Talking about a soldier who survived a severe brain injury. This person is given a standing ovation.

President Obama ended with flare while Boehner glared, a statesman and an orange grinch.

This was another cautious, well-delivered speech, but it was punctuated with a few promising proposals. Whether he can follow through and survive the right-wing cascade of nonsense(they are already ranting about big government) and fanatic obstruction only time will tell.

Week in toons

Here are this weeks toons from the Obama diary. Most of them are rather poignant. The second points out that the Republican Party has shifted from blaming everything on President Obama to blaming everything on Hillary Clinton. How about that: they even attack unannounced candidates now.

AMAZON WATCH » Stop Chevron’s Attacks Against the People It Poisoned!

AMAZON WATCH » Stop Chevron’s Attacks Against the People It Poisoned!. This is an important and urgent protection. Chevron is poisoning people in the Amazon. Now that these people and some environmental groups are fighting back, the polluting Oil Company is attempting to use the RICO act to make such actions by indigenous groups and environmental groups illegal. This is beyond outrageous.

The RICO act was enacted to fight racketeering. This legislation was intended punish criminal acts. Applying it to grassroots organization efforts to hold corporations accountable for their actions is a hideous and insidious misuse of the judiciary. This nonsense must be stopped ASAP!

Hold The New York Times and Associated Press Accountable

Hold The New York Times and Associated Press Accountable.

This is an important petition from NARAL Pro-Choice America to demand that the Associated Press and the New York Times report accurately on the case now before the Supreme Court concerning buffer zones in front of abortion clinics. Free speech is important, but protesters harass doctors and patients. The  AP and the times have given the impression that the protesters are just a group of kindly old people.Actually they come in all ages and the harassment is severe. Free speech and freedom from harassment must be balanced outside abortion clinics. The first step is to demand that the corporate media give an accurate picture of the situation. Please sign the petition.

Help Nosey! Urge the USDA Not to Renew Cruel Elephant Exhibitor’s License

Help Nosey! Urge the USDA Not to Renew Cruel Elephant Exhibitor’s License.

This is an appeal to help a hurt animal who is being forced to uncomfortably give rides. PETA and others have been trying to stop this for some time. From city to city the handlers have been getting away with it. This must a stop. Please sign the petition. Cruelty to animals is an abomination.