11/27/2005 09:26:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
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|||113314606084051108|||Migrating to a new blog!11/22/2005 06:30:00 AM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Here's what he says:
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said "religious right" leaders believe "unless you attend my church, accept my God and study my sacred text you cannot be a moral person."

"What could be more bigoted than to claim that you have a monopoly on God?" he said during the movement's national assembly in Houston, which runs through Sunday....

He used particularly strong language to condemn conservative attitudes toward homosexuals. He said he understood that traditionalists have concluded gay marriage violates Scripture, but he said that did not justify denying legal protections to same-sex partners and their children.

"We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations," Yoffie said. "Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry."...

Yoffie said liberals and conservatives share some concerns, such as the potential damage to children from violent or highly sexual TV shows and other popular media. But he said, overall, conservatives too narrowly define family values, making a "frozen embryo in a fertility clinic" more important than a child, and ignoring poverty and other social ills.
|||113265902988974476|||Leader of Reform Judaism blasts the Religious Right11/18/2005 12:35:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Robin Hood it ain't. After narrowly voting to decrease funding to important social programs for the neediest Americans, the US House of Representatives is set to consider tax cuts for the wealthy. Hear the NPR story here.
|||113233571186643497|||Cut from the poor, give to the rich11/18/2005 06:04:00 AM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Charles Krauthammer comes out against ID:
Let's be clear. Intelligent design may be interesting as theology, but as science it is a fraud. It is a self-enclosed, tautological "theory" whose only holding is that when there are gaps in some area of scientific knowledge -- in this case, evolution -- they are to be filled by God. It is a "theory" that admits that evolution and natural selection explain such things as the development of drug resistance in bacteria and other such evolutionary changes within species but also says that every once in a while God steps into this world of constant and accumulating change and says, "I think I'll make me a lemur today." A "theory" that violates the most basic requirement of anything pretending to be science -- that it be empirically disprovable. How does one empirically disprove the proposition that God was behind the lemur, or evolution -- or behind the motion of the tides or the "strong force" that holds the atom together?
|||113231185703174258|||Conservatives against "Intelligent (sic) Design"11/17/2005 12:10:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Read how the CIA developed its torture methods.
|||113224751759724230|||US tradition of torture11/16/2005 07:01:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Contrary to earlier statements, US forces
are using white phosphorus in Iraq; that makes the administration either incompetent or a liar.

Supposedly we went to Iraq to make the world safer by ferreting out weapons of mass destruction-- including chemical weapons-- that Hussein would have used on his enemies or on his own people. Now here we are using chemical weapons on our enemies and the Iraqi people. That makes the administration hypocritical.

So, can we go ahead with a war crimes tribunal for George W. Bush?
|||113218567919546043|||Liars and Hypocrites11/16/2005 10:22:00 AM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Here's proof that the White House was cozying up to big-business while refusing to hear environmentalists:

A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress....

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who posed the question about the task force, said he will ask the Justice Department today to investigate. "The White House went to great lengths to keep these meetings secret, and now oil executives may be lying to Congress about their role in the Cheney task force," Lautenberg said.
|||113215454067667189|||Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force11/15/2005 01:32:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Mitt Romney, while saying we need to improve our education standards, could not resist taking a gratuitous jab at France:
"We cannot continue to have an excellence gap with the rest of the world and intend to remain the economic superpower and military superpower of the planet. That's just not going to happen," Romney said. "We're in a position where unless we take action, we'll end up being the France of the 21st century: A lot of talk, but not a lot of strength behind it in terms of economic capability."


I guess that's the way to court conservatives in this day and age: insult other countries who don't follow along, even if they have been and continue to be your allies.
|||113207971271618318|||And this guy wants national office?11/15/2005 06:35:00 AM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Read Froomkin's column:
Amid all the tumbling poll numbers of late, Bush's biggest problem is this: A sizeable majority of Americans -- 55 percent according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll -- believe that he intentionally misled the American public in making his case for war in Iraq.


To "mislead intentionally": that means "to lie."
|||113205450633340421|||America is realizing Bush lied11/15/2005 06:21:00 AM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
The New Yok Times tells of a report by the Government Acountability Office on the unusual, political treatment given to the "morning-after" pill by the FDA:
Top agency officials were deeply involved in the decision, which was "very, very rare," a top F.D.A. review official told investigators. The officials' decision to ignore the recommendation of an independent advisory committee as well as the agency's own scientific review staff was unprecedented, the report found. And a top official's "novel" rationale for rejecting the application contradicted past agency practices, it concluded....

The report suggested that it quickly became apparent that the agency was not going to follow its usual path when it came to the pill. "For example," it said, "F.D.A. review staff told us that they were told early in the review process that the decision would be made by high-level management."


It gets better:
Congressional investigators had been unable to uncover the role in the Plan B decision played by the former agency commissioner, Dr. Mark B. McClellan, because agency officials told investigators that all of his e-mail messages and written correspondence on the subject had been deleted or thrown out. The Democrats charged that these acts contravened federal records laws.


And how does the extreme right feel about dogma overruling science and politics overruling protocol? Gee, surprise:
Wendy Wright, executive vice president of Concerned Women for America, a conservative women's advocacy group in Washington, said that the report's finding that top agency officials had overruled staffers was comforting. "The F.D.A. has been making some pretty serious mistakes lately," Ms. Wright said.
|||113205370874630370|||GAO report details dogma, politics at the FDA11/14/2005 03:56:00 PM|||Victor Chudnovsky|||
Here's a response I got from Target about the whole emergency contraception situation:

Dear Target Guest

In our ongoing effort to provide great service to our guests, Target consistently ensures that prescriptions for the emergency contraceptive Plan B are filled. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also requires us to accommodate our team members’ sincerely held religious beliefs.

In the rare event that a pharmacist’s beliefs conflict with filling a guest’s prescription for the emergency contraceptive Plan B, our policy requires our pharmacists to take responsibility for ensuring that the guest’s prescription is filled in a timely and respectful manner, either by another Target pharmacist or a different pharmacy.

The emergency contraceptive Plan B is the only medication for which this policy applies.Under no circumstances can the pharmacist prevent the prescription from being filled, make discourteous or judgmental remarks, or discuss his or her religious beliefs with the guest.

Target abides by all state and local laws and, in the event that other laws conflict with our policy, we follow the law.

We're surprised and disappointed by Planned Parenthood’s negative campaign. We’ve been talking with Planned Parenthood to clarify our policy and reinforce our commitment to ensuring that our guests’ prescriptions for the emergency contraceptive Plan B are filled. Our policy is similar to that of many other retailers and follows the recommendations of the American Pharmacists Association. That’s why it’s unclear why Target is being singled out.

We’re committed to meeting the needs of our female guests and will continue to deliver upon that commitment.

Sincerely,

[ name deleted ]
Target Executive Offices
|||113200206170320652|||Target "Plan B" response