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Florida Independent: If birth control was not “controversial” earlier this week, it is definitely about to be. Today, the Florida Senate budget committee adopted an amendment that strikes family planning, including birth control, from Medicaid bill 1972.

The amendment removes line 4186 of the Medicaid bill, which provides “family planning services” for low-income families and replaces it with an amendment that says that state Medicaid plans may elect to not provide birth control and other family planning services “due to an objection on moral or religious grounds.”


Posted: April 14, 2011 in Politics, Social Commentary
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“For the love of EVERYTHING, if I see one more news organization allow Republicans to claim that they are worried about preventing tax dollars from funding abortions, I will lose it. Tax dollars cannot go to abortions. This has been true for over thirty years.Everyone in the House is supposed to know this, because it is a law and they are legislators. Don’t let anyone you talk to get away with this bullshit.” —Miss O, at STFU, Sexists

Alan Simpson (R-WY), co-chair of Obama’s debt commission, crosses party lines by speaking up against pro-life and homophobia.

Who the hell is for abortion? I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, “Have an abortion! They’re wonderful!” They’re hideous, but they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, andI don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue.

Then you’ve got homosexuality, you’ve got Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We have homophobes on our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. Now if they’re going to get off on that stuff—Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals. Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul.

– Simpson on MSNBC‘s Hardball with Chris Matthews


Only a no-fly zone

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Politics
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Obama says, “Gaddafi must go.”

Perhaps he should. Perhaps he shouldn’t. That is not for another country to decide or enforce. The UN sanctioned the use of force only to establish a no-fly zone. Nothing more.

So, please, America, do your job and leave. Nobody wants Libya to be another Iraq or Afghanistan.

Jatiya Sangsad, the Bangladeshi Parliament

It doesn’t matter how many speeches our politicians give about peace and democracy. They’re just empty words in the face of violating the sanctity of our Parliament. How will anyone learn to be civilized from people who don’t act civilized themselves?

Our politicians claim to be democratic. But we aren’t impressed by claims that aren’t blacked by actions. In a democracy everyone’s voice is heard. In a democracy decisions are made after constructive argument between all parties. Democracy isn’t about cursing and shouting at people who have different opinions. If a party doesn’t tolerate disagreement from others then they aren’t suited for democracy.

Our forefathers gave their lives so that we could live a dream. But in 40 years how far have we really come? We look back at the past, we praise our martyrs, we squabble over whose husband or whose father contributed more to the liberation of the country. In the meanwhile, our people starve on the streets, our traffic doesn’t move, the Biman can hardly ever be on time, and our people believe in violence over dialogue.

Our politicians are employed so that they can lead us to the vision our fathers and mothers died for. They are supposed to lead us to a better future, not only socially and economically, but also morally. It is time they stepped up to be the leaders they are paid to be.

Relevant Links (Courtesy The Daily Star)

BNP returns to JS, walks out

20 injured as AL, BNP clash

Supporters of Rival candidates clash, 20 hurts

“This is not professionalism,” says Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes in response to the yesterday’s Star Editorial.

Our government holds the faith of people across the country and, in this case, the lives of thousands of our brothers and sisters in Libya. The government does not do us a favor by protecting us, providing for us and saving us from hostile lands. That is its duty.

Has the government been performing its duty towards its people stranded in Libya? The Foreign Secretary is outraged when this question is made, when it is suggested that perhaps the government has been slacking. But why? We have every right to ask. If we think our government isn’t doing its duty, we have every right to criticize.

If we are mistaken in thinking the government has been shirking its responsibilities then explain to us how we are wrong. Give us a concrete list of what you have done to help our people. Answer our questions with information. Why does the IOM think the Bangladeshi government hasn’t been adequately involved? Why do our people in Libya say they have not seen any Bangladeshi officials there till today?

We would be happy to be proven wrong in this case. We hope our government has, in fact, been taking steps from the start to save fellow Bangladeshi’s in peril. But under no circumstance, is it okay for the government or any government official to insinuate it is not okay for us to ask or criticize.

Lack of transparency is where the end of democracy begins.