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Opinion | What Do We Have A Government For?

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      Are government regulations wonderful or horrible? Should we repeal them as fast as we can or pass more by the bushel? Can we have a conversation about this without vitriol and fixed bayonets? Gail Collins and Bret Stephens offer some hope--

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/opinion/health-...

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      Gay Pride Organizers Embrace Bigotry Toward Jews

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          Gay pride organizers in Chicago told Jewish gay marchers they had to stay away unless they denounced their own liberation movement.

          No other minority group was given such a test. You could march as a gay BLM member, a gay supporter of any minority liberation in the world - so long as not Jewish.

          They even claimed that seeing a Star of David on the Gay Pride Flag made some gay people "afraid" - but for some reason they were not afraid to see flags of entities that like to kill gay people -- such as Palestinian flags. No problem with Gay Pride Flags with the Star and Crescent on it, even though Muslim nations on the whole are the most vehemently anti-gay nations on the planet. You know - burning them alive; throwing them off roofs; etc.

          And apparently zero concern for gay Jewish marchers who might not "feel safe" with flags around referencing organizations that would love to see a genocide of the Jews in the Middle East.

          Morality has gone upside down. The organizers actually said the march was in part to be "pro-Palestinian" even tho you could be murdered for trying to march in gay pride in Gaza or the West Bank. Some actually and that it was wrongful "pink washing" to even mention that gay people have full equal rights and are visible in all aspects of Israeli society.

          We are living in very dark days. We need to stand up against the growing bigotry within the Left as hard as we do against the long-existing bigotry of the Right. When bigotry is embraced by both ends of the political spectrum we can know we are facing potential calamity.

          https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

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          Minimum Wage Laws Cost Jobs

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              By Associated Press

              Published: June 26, 2017, 10:23 AM0

              SEATTLE — Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week.

              A University of Washington team studying the law’s effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked, The Seattle Times reported. For an average low-wage Seattle worker, that’s a loss of about $125 per month, the study said.

              “If you’re a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a sizable amount of money,” said Mark Long, one of the authors. “It can be the difference between being able to pay your rent and not being able to pay your rent.”

              There would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in the city without the law, the study estimated.

              Seattle was one of the first U.S. cities to adopt a $15 minimum wage law, and its experience is being closely watched as other cities have followed suit and as advocates push for a higher federal minimum wage.

              The city’s law is raising the minimum to $15 for all businesses by 2021.

              In the years covered by the study, 2015 and 2016, the minimum wage was at most $13, depending on business size, worker benefits and tips. The current minimum wage in Seattle ranges from $11 to $15, and unemployment is at a historically low 2.6 percent, thanks in part to the booming tech sector. Seattle has added about 40,000 jobs overall in the last few years.

              Last week, a review by University of California at Berkeley economists found the law raised pay without hurting jobs in the restaurant industry. An author of that report, Michael Reich, criticized the University of Washington team’s methodology.

              The University of Washington effort compared economic data from Seattle with economic data from other parts of Washington state — a statistical model referred to as “synthetic Seattle” — for which economic trend lines were previously similar to Seattle. By comparing the “synthetic Seattle” where no minimum wage increase took effect with Seattle itself, the researchers tried to figure out the minimum wage law’s effect on Seattle’s economy.

              But Reich took issue with how University of Washington team compiled its “synthetic Seattle.” It was based on areas that “do not at all resemble Seattle,” Reich warned in a letter to the city Monday .

              By contrast, the Berkeley study compared Seattle to a statistical model based on areas around the country — not just within the state — and was thus a “more representative” comparison, he said.

              The University of Washington report excludes “multisite businesses,” such as large corporations, restaurants and retail stores that own their branches directly. Single-site businesses, though — which are counted in the report — could include franchise locations that are owned separately from their corporate headquarters.

              Reich said multisite businesses employ a large percentage of Seattle’s low-paid workers. That meant workers who left single-site businesses to work at multisite businesses were counted as job losses, not job gains in the UW study, he said.

              Jacob Vigdor, a public policy professor and one of the authors of the new report, stood by the team’s findings. He noted that his team’s study actually corroborated Berkeley’s conclusion, finding zero impact from the minimum-wage law on restaurant employment — when taking into account jobs at all wage levels within the restaurant industry.

              But for low-wage restaurant workers, the law cost them work hours, the new report said. If the minimum wage law hadn’t been in effect, those workers would have seen an 11 percent increase in their hours, the report said.

              “When we perform the exact same analysis as the Berkeley team, we match their results, which is inconsistent with the notion that our methods create bias,” he said.

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              SCOTUS UPHOLDS 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF CHURCH

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                  SCOTUS RULES IN FAVOR OF TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH:

                  " Pp. 9–11. (c) The Department tries to sidestep this Court’s precedents by arguing that this case is instead controlled by Locke v. Davey. It is not. In Locke, the State of Washington created a scholarship program to assist high-achieving students with the costs of postsecondary education. Scholarship recipients were free to use state funds at accredited religious and non-religious schools alike, but they could not use the funds to pursue a devotional theology degree. At the outset, the Court made clear that Locke was not like the cases in which the Court struck down laws requiring individuals to “choose between their religious beliefs and receiving a government benefit.” 540 U. S., at 720–721. Davey was not denied a scholarship because of who he was; he was denied a scholarship because of what he proposed to do. Here there is no question that Trinity Lutheran was denied a grant simply because of what it is—a church "

                  https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-577...

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                      While shooting footage of an anti-fracking protest for a documentary on climate change entitled, “The Way We Live,” cinematographer Tom Jefferson was the target of an ugly, racist tirade.

                      https://www.good.is/articles/ugly-racist-tirade-la...

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                      Mom Of Boy With Rare Genetic Disorder Tweets Hospital Bill

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                          As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out.Alison Chandra's son, Ethan, was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which organs form on the wrong side of the body.

                          "Heterotaxy syndrome literally means different arrangement," Chandra told CNN. "Any of the internal organs can be malformed, missing, multiplied or misplaced."
                          "Ethan was born with nine congenital heart defects and he has two left lungs. Five or so spleens of dubious function, his liver and his gallbladder are down the middle of his body along with his heart, and then his stomach is on the right instead of the left side," she said.
                          On Friday, she tweeted her son's latest hospital bill and it went viral.

                          "It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan's most recent open heart surgery," she wrote.

                          she also wrote...

                          "I didn't follow politics before November. I was overseas for both of President Obama's elections," Chandra said. "I have been shocked at how loudly each side yells about their specific talking points. It paints these issues as black and white when they are anything but that."
                          "It seems like our kids are being reduced to a line in a budget," Chandra said. "No one seems to realize there are real people behind it."
                          The new bill also raises some fears for Chandra and her family.
                          "My fear is that this bill comes into play and suddenly essential health benefits are no longer covered, like hospitalization, prescription medications," said Chandra. "He will rely on prescription medications for the rest of his life. He is functionally asplenic and will need to take prophylactic antibiotics the rest of his life to prevent and protect against sepsis, a huge risk of death for our kids in the heterotaxy community."
                          Since posting Ethan's medical bill on Friday, the tweet has been viewed over 73 thousand times.
                          "That is why I like to tell our story. Maybe you hadn't thought of this side before. You don't picture a 3-year-old with all these fees."
                          "Never in a million years did I think this would happen," Chandra said of her posts. "As a mother with a kid who has disorder you feel alone. I have now found a community of other heterotaxy families and the community is just so excited that heterotaxy is a word that is being spoken about on a national level. I am really hopefully this will lead to more awareness and maybe that mom who receives a heterotaxy diagnosis won't feel so scared."
                          But the mother of two says at the end of the day, the medical bills mean so much more.
                          "To see him go from a kid who lost his breath after going up a few steps to a kid who can hike by myself, be able to keep up with his sister and his friend, that is what that medical bill gave us and that is priceless to me."
                          "We just want him to be a kid."



                          THIS IS WHY WE NEED HEALTHCARE FOR ALL! IF YOU DON'T NEED IT THEN FINE. BUT OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON HAVING HEALTHY ADULTS AND CHILDREN. WITHOUT THEM AMERICA HAS NO FUTURE.

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                          Look my son in the eyes and tell him that he's fought so hard to be here but sorry, you're just not worth it anymore. I dare you. pic.twitter.com/IgdQOounyB

                          — Ali (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017

                          And now this bill wants to take all that and throw it away for the sake of tax cuts for people who don't even need them.

                          — Ali (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017


                          If you call yourselves pro-life, you need to fight for life from beginning to end. That's what Ethan's doing, what we're doing. Join us.

                          — Ali (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017


                          It's mind boggling to me that the 'pro life' party would reduce our children to lines in a budget.

                          — Ali (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017

                          Here is the mother's twitter feed https://twitter.com/aliranger29


                          "Pro-life" focuses on a single issue while supporting war, death penalty, & wanting sick to fend for themselves. It has for a long time.

                          — Morgan Bolt (@MBoltAuthor) June 24, 2017

                          Why do they charge 15,000 for lab chemistry? It's ridiculous how inflated things are even before discussing insurance.

                          — peter randall (@PeterPeterra) June 24, 2017


                          It's mind boggling to me that the 'pro life' party would reduce our children to lines in a budget.

                          — Ali (@aliranger29) June 24, 2017

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                          SORRY ABOUT THE REPEATS EVERYONE I GUESS YABBERZ IS HAVING HICCUPS. I TRIED TO CLEAN IT UP AND IT WAS REMOVING EVERYTHING.




                          http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/25/health/mom-tweets-on...

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                          The Real Hacking Of America.

                          There is a big supreme court ruling coming up soon. No it is not A.H.A. This is much bigger. It is the ruling on the Wisconsin gerrymander. If the state and Scott Walker win, well it will be many years before the Democrats ever get power in the states again. What they doing is out and out braking apart the American Constitution. It will end the one person one vote. There 5 others states that are watching this very close. I hope the A.C.L.U. is also watching this. You think Russia hacking made a difference in the elections. Well this is ten times worse and the American media just looks at this and don't know what to do. The Republicans have already defunded the Census bureau. That is another guaranteed by the Constitution. They trying to make it so you do not count. That is also called gerrymandering. The stacks are big here. Do not let the Democrats poo-poo this away. Also never waste money that we all have spent on stupid race's, that we could never win.

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                          Paul McCartney Was Shocked. There Was No Segregation In England.

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                              He was visiting America. It is said that he was sitting, resting, when he heard a woman screaming. He looked up to see a black woman being surrounded by the police. The police had her handcuffed, and were beating her. He thought the woman had committed a terrible crime. He found out "the crime" she committed was to sit in a section reserved for whites.


                              Paul McCartney was shocked. There was no segregation in England. But, here in America, the land of freedom, this is how blacks were being treated. McCartney and the Beatles went back home to England, but he would remember what he saw, how he felt, the unfairness of it all.


                              He also remembered watching television and following the news in America, the race riots and what was happening in Little Rock, Arkansas, what was going on in the Civil Rights movement. He saw the picture of 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempt to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School as an angry mob followed her, yelling, "Drag her over this tree! Let's take care of that n**ger!'" and “Lynch her! Lynch her!” “No n**ger b*tch is going to get in our school!”


                              McCartney couldn't believe this was happening in America. He thought of these women being mistreated, simply because of the color of her skin. He sat down and started writing.


                              Last year at a concert, he would meet two of the women who inspired him to write one of his most memorable songs, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, members of the Little Rock Nine (pictured here).


                              McCartney would tell the audience he was inspired by the courage of these women: "Way back in the Sixties, there was a lot of trouble going on over civil rights, particularly in Little Rock. We would notice this on the news back in England, so it's a really important place for us, because to me, this is where civil rights started. We would see what was going on and sympathize with the people going through those troubles, and it made me want to write a song that, if it ever got back to the people going through those troubles, it might just help them a little bit, and that's this next one."


                              He explained that when he started writing the song, he had in mind a black woman, but in England, "girls" were referred to as "birds." And, so the song started:


                              "Blackbird singing in the dead of night
                              Take these broken wings and learn to fly
                              All your life
                              You were only waiting
                              for this moment to arise."


                              McCartney added that he and the Beatles cared passionately about the Civil Rights movement, "so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: ‘Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.’ "


                              "Blackbird singing in the dead of night
                              Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
                              All your life
                              You were only waiting
                              for this moment to be free."


                              ~ Paul McCartney, born June 18, 1942

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                              A THOUGHT THAT'S STILL VALID, ONE YEAR AFTER BREXIT.

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                                  I just saw this post on another social site, apparently from someone in the UK, which seemed to resonate with what we know of the inspiration for Brexit to happen: the anti-Muslim bigotry:

                                  A THOUGHT THAT'S STILL VALID, ONE YEAR AFTER BREXIT.

                                  After todays totally and utterly unbelievable, mind-blowingly stupid result by the leave campaign those of you who voted "leave" can now pat yourselves on the back for a job well done!!
                                  You Screwed the Scots who wished to Remain, You screwed the Welsh who wished to remain and you screwed Northern Ireland and Gibraltar who also wished to stay in, what you will now witness from here on in will be the dissolvement of the unio
                                  n whereby the Scots will now seek independence and get it and the same can be said for Wales, you will also now lose your hold on Ulster as well as Gibraltar, to most of you with brains regardless of where you are from well done for voting remain!
                                  To all you little bigoted insipid mindless, uneducated ratbags have your England because now you will see yourselves isolated and alone on an island you shall no longer control, just another Zionist occupied colony . . is that right?

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