Bonfire of the manatees

Reading this post today, everything finally clicked into place. I finally understand the Christianists, though it makes my head want to explode.

No, it's not about the Tea Party assassin in Norway. It's about Tea Party dominionists in Florida who want to loosen environmental restrictions that protect ocean animals. These god-fearing Christian soldiers are proud to say: "We cannot elevate nature above people," explained Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview. "That's against the Bible and the Bill of Rights."

We have such fools here at home, those in favor of turning North Carolina's beaches into concrete bunkers. Those who want to give zygotes the same exalted status as living humans. Those who believe mercury is an essential ingredient for North Carolina rivers. Those very same partisan whores who believe elected officials should choose their voters instead of vice versa.

On My Last Weekend, Or, Wanna Save A Few Trillion On Health Care?

So I disappeared for a full week, right in the middle of what should have been a busy writing schedule, and I have to claim some “personal days” to cover the time we missed here at the blog – but it won’t be time entirely wasted.

Instead, I’m going to jump into my own personal life for today’s story, and I’m going to do it so that we can stimulate some thinking about where we really need to go to if we ever hope to make some sense out of the crazy way we deliver health care in this country.

Since this appears to be the weekend that a lot of decisions are either going to be made about the future of our “social safety net”…or they wont; we’re entirely unsure…let’s talk about how it actually works for a lot of us – and how it could work a lot better.

Miscarriage of justice

If North Carolina Republicans have their way, the Old North State will join the likes of Mississippi and South Carolina in 2012, criminalizing miscarriage and abortion. Inspired by the zygote zealots at the NC Family Policy Council, they're now pushing a "life begins at conception" agenda that follows the road straight to hell.

Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in Mississippi over the death of her unborn child. Gibbs became pregnant aged 15, but lost the baby in December 2006 in a stillbirth when she was 36 weeks into the pregnancy. When prosecutors discovered that she had a cocaine habit, though there is no evidence that drug abuse had anything to do with the baby’s death, they charged her with the “depraved-heart murder” of her child, which carries a mandatory life sentence.

Here at home, of course, that mandatory life sentence will never happen. As abortion and miscarriage morph into capital crimes, life in prison will be replaced by the death penalty. And mothers who have abortions or miscarriages in our state will be executed as the murdering whores in the true tradition of the Tarheel Taliban.

You think I'm kidding?

Criminals and their guns are not born, they're made

Blocking the path to the dark side for both:

Many of the guns confiscated this month were stolen – a good number of them locally, but some from out of state as well...too often gun possession by criminals is not punished as harshly as perhaps it should be. People need to know that if they are illegally carrying a gun, they will go to jail.

Common sense dictates that legal gun enthusiasts would embrace efforts to crack down on the illegal gun trade, since that could reduce the likelihood of having their precious guns stolen. But I gave up a long time ago on expecting any form of common sense out of that crowd.

The year of the pink slips, 2nd edition

NC GOP solution to unemployment crisis: Make more:

Nearly 7,600 state workers, including teacher assistants, community college and university staffers, lost their jobs in June, driving North Carolina’s unemployment up to 9.9 percent, the highest rate since last October.

And the next brilliant move by NC's intrepid Republicans: Solve NC's mental health issues by importing meat tainted with the Bovine Spongiform (Mad Cow, for you Fox watchers) Virus, so at least we'll know what the problem is. Idiots.

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