Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor asks the question
You often hear the rough definition of true liberty is every person’s right to do what you want up to the tip of someone else’s nose.
Does a corporate employer who believes in faith healing invade your rights when refusing to allow your health insurance to cover any medical procedure?
If the employer is a corporation, and closely held, and three of the five shareholders are faith healing believers, while the other two are dissenting physicians, does the corporate majority determine health care for an employee may only be faith healing?
Just imagine you were denied health insurance to cover your children because it defied his faith healing belief.
Some children have died because of the misguided religious faith healing belief of parents who refused medical procedures to save their children.
The Dying Gaul
In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war.
It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. The US saber rattles in response. Partisans insist we must do more.
It could be as “simple” an error in the Ukraine as giving the separatist “freedom fighters” weapons that they should never have had. The Russians entrusted these weapons in the Ukraine conflict. They thought they’d trained them no doubt. When the plane went down, the “freedom fighters” said they’d downed a military transport. When they found out otherwise, the separatists went dark. The United States weighs giving these weapons to other “freedom fighters” in Syria.
Not only do we have to trust these people – freedom fighters – if you must – to use the weapons in a just war, whatever that is these days, we also have to trust that they really know how to use the weapons at all, under the right circumstances, and, oh yes, that they won’t lose, give or sell the weapons we supplied to be used against us.
Lawrence Gaughan, 5th District Congressional Candidate (photo by John P. Flannery)
Lawrence Gaughan, 47, his family name pronounced “Gone,” as in “Gone with the Wind,” has launched a special political campaign in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District as the Democratic nominee.
“This is the district,” Lawrence says, “where it all began,” a large district from Fauquier in the North to Danville, where the nation was conceived, declared independent of Great Britain, given birth when the constitution was ratified, and re-born at Appomattox after our civil war.
In a year with few rhetorical campaign excursions beyond the same-old wedge issues that manipulate voters at the polls in cookie cutter campaigns, Lawrence is staking out some plain talking common sense basics to get the nation going again, focusing on governing our nation, instead of tearing it apart.
Frank Wolf, Andrew Nicholson, and Barbara Comstock.
Andrew Nicholson, Chair of the Clarke County GOP, recently wrote a letter to the Leesburg Today. Sue Liggett, Chair of the Clarke County Democratic Committee, noticed something. She responded:
Dear Editor: I recently read a curious letter to Leesburg Today from an Andrew Nicholson of Berryville, promoting Republican candidates for Congress. To the casual observer, the letter would appear to be written by an unaffiliated member of the public. It wasn’t.
Children working Tobacco Fields – Source: Human Rights Watch
We talk so much about saving the future for the young from our selfish excesses.
We should therefore be stopping tobacco companies right now in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, from using child labor as young as 7 years old as field hands to pick poisonous tobacco leaves under hazardous working conditions.
We obviously need to pass a law to prohibit child labor from picking tobacco younger than eighteen and tobacco companies should refuse tobacco from suppliers who use child labor – and are paid less than the minimum wage – no exceptions.
We probably all recall when the great leaf tobacco companies were immortalized, raising their right hands, at a widely publicized congressional hearing in 1994, solemnly swearing that nicotine was not addictive. (See the sworn corporate denials on line) These tobacco corporations confessed four years later at another set of congressional hearings that tobacco was indeed addictive.
Michael Moore, the Mississippi Attorney General, who was the lead negotiator in the settlement with the tobacco companies said these tobacco companies were “the most corrupt and evil corporate animal that has ever been created in this country’s history. They sell the drug, they make a drug, and they sell it knowing that it’s addictive. They market it to our children, who they know will become addicts and they know that they will die from … tobacco related disease[s].” Continue reading