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Will Influenza Interfere With Worship?

Maybe -- it depends on the denomination and the location of the church, apparently. In Mexico, according to the Dallas Morning News' report from that beleaguered nation, church attendance and the sacraments of Mass are being altered -- the Mayor of Mexico City has threatened to close down public transportation there. Read more about Will Influenza Interfere With Worship?

Simon Johnson: "I think the banks have control of the state."

Americangothic On Bill Moyers, via alert reader jawbone. (That's the shorter Simon Johnson*.)

Keep repeating that.

"The banks have control of the state." Read more about Simon Johnson: "I think the banks have control of the state."

Well, that didn't take along, did it?

Condi admits her role in a conspiracy to torture, a felony under 18 U.S.C. sec 2340A

Good catch by Scott Horton. Watch the video and see Condi cornered by students asking smart, knowledgeable questions!

And wait for when she says "No, dear." That's my favorite part. More like this, please. Read more about Condi admits her role in a conspiracy to torture, a felony under 18 U.S.C. sec 2340A

Consensus vs. rights? Obama answer to abortion question raises questions about Obama's stand

Melissa at Shakespeare's Sister has a great takedown of Obama's reply to the question about abortion he got at his One Hundred Days press conference, in which Obama discusses the need for compromises and consensus. Melissa says, "Obama Still Not Getting It on Abortion."

The questioner, Ed Henry, actually did not ask about abortion per se; the question was about whether Obama will fulfill a campaign promise to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act, a law which will clearly protect a woman's right to not only choose but also to effect her choice free of hindrances. Read more about Consensus vs. rights? Obama answer to abortion question raises questions about Obama's stand

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Politics and Media Headlines 5/1/09

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The Dean and I

Via e-mail comes word that MoveOn.org is doing an online chat with Howard Dean about "health care reform," on Monday, May 4, 9 p.m. ET.

Please submit questions here.

The e-mail notes:
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Firearms Bill -- A Very Bad Version

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House Bill 45, the Blair Holt Firearms Regulation and Licensing Bill, may have started out as an admirable, indeed even laudable, idea (never mind that it directly contravenes the Bill of Rights; these days that's pretty well par for the course), but the execution on this one is execrable. Not to mention many of the "givens" the bill assumes irrefutable are in fact highly questionable constructs.

Call me crazy, but I don't see this as improving safety -- just giving ammunition (pun intended) to regulation foes.

Summary, from OpenCongress:

* Short: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 as introduced. Read more about Firearms Bill -- A Very Bad Version

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Beltway Baucus holds a non-hearing

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US Senate Committee on Finance

Roundtable Discussion on “Expanding Health Care Coverage”

May 5 , 2009, at 10:00 a.m., in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Member Statements:
Max Baucus, MT
Charles Grassley, IA

Witness Statements:

Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D., Vice President, Domestic and Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

John Castellani, President, Business Roundtable, Washington, DC

Gary Claxton, Vice President and Director of the Health Care Marketplace Project, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC

Donald A. Danner, President and CEO, National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, DC

Why is torture advocate Charles Krauthhamer on Fred Hiatt's Op-Ed page...

... and Dan Froomkin buried in the blogs?

Answer: Because Fred Hiatt is a bred-in-the-bone Versailles courtier, and Versailles courtiers are war criminals who practice torture, enable torture, or defend those who do. Funny how newspapers run by the morally depraved lose circulation, isn't it? Read more about Why is torture advocate Charles Krauthhamer on Fred Hiatt's Op-Ed page...

Man, these stress tests are wicked transparent

Bloomberg:

The Federal Reserve and U.S. banking regulators will reveal the results of the stress tests on the country’s 19 largest banks on May 7 after financial markets close, according to a government official.

The government will unveil both aggregate information about the capital buffer required to absorb losses if the recession worsens and firm-specific details, the official said on condition of anonymity. Regulators had initially planned to make their announcement on May 4.

OK, date change. I guess the banksters were so busy strangling cram-down they didn't have time to deal with the Fed too....

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The crucifix might have been a giveaway

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, April 29, 2009:

More than half of people who attend services at least once a week -- 54 percent -- said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is "often" or "sometimes" justified.

So, yeah, I stand by my earlier remarks. Read more about The crucifix might have been a giveaway

CEO looting continues unchanged: Salaries down 7%, perks up 7%

Yay!

I.S. companies [and stockholders and taxpayers] remain generous with the perks they give to CEOs, including some that are unfathomable to the average American worker: chauffeured cars, bodyguards, club memberships and free travel in company jets.

I really think there should be more bus tours, to show the peasants what they can aspire to.... Read more about CEO looting continues unchanged: Salaries down 7%, perks up 7%

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