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When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 2)

"In the Potemkin justice of the Roberts court, the right to vote is under attack, while the power to buy elections is sanctified by law. Corporations are called people under a faux doctrine of free speech, while women are denied standing to combat discrimination." - Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

    Most of us came of age with nearly blind trust in this once-austere body, this third branch of government charged with deciding the most challenging questions of our time. But times have changed, and so has the purpose and direction of the Supreme Court. It's literally gone off the rails, ...

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When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 1)

"Five conservative Republican men serving on the Supreme Court, led by a chief justice who has violated 200 years of judicial precedent, despite pledging under oath during his confirmation hearings to respect judicial precedent, are waging a legal war of mass destruction against core principles of American democracy . . ." -- Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

  Every June, I get nervous about the Supreme Court, and the Roberts's court in particular. My knees have been shaking at the very idea that they may rule anyway now to give Hobby Lobby and all corporations/employers' the ...

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Right-wingnuts bless progressives

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"The Republican base is driving the party toward a political agenda that makes its candidates increasingly unelectable for national and statewide offices." -- Howard Dean, former Vermont Governor, the preceding Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and founder of Democracy in Action, speaking to Politico Magazine

We spent the entire year before the 2008 presidential election, we only realized later, in a state of distress as we contemplated the downfall of our country should it be taken over by right-wing extremists or nut jobs like PTSD-sufferer John McCain. On election night, with Obama victorious, the tears flowed ...

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MSNBC’s Toure: Can a man be a feminist, too?

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We were so happy to hear Toure, one of the anchors of MSNBC's The Cycle, talk about a favorite topic of ours: men can and should ascribe to feminism. The battle for any identity group's liberation cannot and should not proceed solely with members of that group, and it never does. Not only is feminism the most modern expression of progressivism, men's direct involvement is crucial to its continued success in setting aside old, useless, coercive, and harmful systems imposed on society in favor of preserving that which is old and also good, and melding that with new, ...

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Supreme Court: Don’t F#ck it up

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Congressional Clarity: Americans United, Allies Deliver Briefing on Hobby Lobby Suit

"Should the Supreme Court rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, employers would be able to privilege their religious convictions over their employees’ – something we consider to be an egregious distortion of the principle of religious liberty" -- Litigation Counsel, Greg Lipper, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

A robust national debate has been going on leading up to the soon-to-be ruling from this session of the Supreme Court regarding the standing of a corporation's religious liberty, (in this case, Hobby Lobby) with respect ...

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Super-hero Holder calls out Boy Scouts

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Last week, we lamented the flagrant hypocrisy of newly appointed Boy Scouts President, Robert Gates (former Bush and Obama Defense Secretary) in failing to step up to resolve the organization's dislocation when it comes to accepting gay scoutmasters. Last year, after public pressure, the Boy Scouts finally reversed a century of discrimination against gay people with a new policy allowing young, openly gay boys to participate. The organization's failure, however, solidified with the hiring of Gates, lies with continued discrimination against adult scoutmasters. They couldn't justify excluding gay scouts, and they will not be able to justify excluding gay scout ...

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Desire and accomplishment are inseparable

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With the last released excerpt of our upcoming book on sex and spirituality, we introduced the concept of an eventuating Supreme Being, free from superstition or myth, and available for both the believer and non-believer. Here we are continuing this thread, and welcome your feedback. It is difficult for some of us to imagine how a being can be identical to a desire. Are not our desires just feelings that drive us to act? Are not beings just consciousnesses capable of action? When we unify the desire for action with the accomplishment of that action as one and the same occasion we enter ...

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New “SecureDrop” is a game changer

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Guardian Launches SecureDrop System for Whistleblowers to Share Files We took to Facebook the other day, so thrilled to see that The Guardian has just launched something called SecureDrop for use by anonymous whistleblowers to securely submit documents and data. Our first reaction? This . . . will be a real game-changer. Game-changer really understates the significance of this matriculation from grassroots efforts such as Anonymous, a loose, silent brotherhood of freedom fighters, and WikiLeaks, a bold and successful effort to organize these nascent efforts. Now the Pulitzer-winning Guardian, a 200-year-old news organization ...

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National Sex Study reveals what we are up to

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National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior A new study, the largest in 20 years, represents a clarion call for anyone having sex (or not having sex for that matter). Researchers from the Center for Sexual Health Promotion (CSHP) at Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation examine the sexual experience and condom-use in almost 6000 people, ages 14-94. “These data about sexual behaviors and condom use in contemporary America are critically needed by medical and public health professionals who are on the front lines addressing issues such as HIV, sexually transmissible infections, and unintended pregnancy.” (CSHP Director, ...

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Voluntary sex work is destined to evolve into a legitimate Sexual Healing Industry

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Jamie Raskin, law professor and Maryland State Senator, is trying in vain to explain to the luddites in Congress why free speech shouldn't cover things like bribery to politicians, recently okayed by the US Supreme Court in several rulings. He wisely invokes prostitution to get their attention, to show the context of free speech, but it's just used as a expositional device. But let's take his point in another direction. The legalization or decriminalization of prostitution is a campaign VenusPlusX and ...

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