Tidbits 1.23.12. Justice Blackmun, for the majority, Roe v. Wade

Compiled by Wm Olkowski, PhD and republished from 1.23.12

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Roe vs Wade Blackmun’s ruling still holds, nothing has changed.

“This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy. The detriment that the State would impose upon the pregnant woman by denying this choice altogether is apparent. Specific and direct harm medically diagnosable even in early pregnancy may be involved. Maternity, or additional offspring, may force upon the woman a distressful life and future. Psychological harm may be imminent. Mental and physical health may be taxed by child care. There is also the distress, for all concerned, associated with the unwanted child, and there is the problem of bringing a child into a family already unable, psychologically and otherwise, to care for it. In other cases, as in this one, the additional difficulties and continuing stigma of unwed motherhood may be involved. All these are factors the woman and her responsible physician necessarily will consider in consultation.”

— Justice Blackmun, for the majority, Roe v. Wade

Recent Drug War News

Agence France Press – “Mexican Poet Aims to Take Drug War Protest to the U.S.”
San Francisco Chronicle – “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Drug Talk”
LA Daily News – “L.A. protest urges end to war on drugs”
LA Weekly – “Freeway Ricky Ross Defends His Crack-Dealing Past, Takes A Swipe At Rozay”
High Times – “Reform Regroups: 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference”
RawStory.com – “New York program aims to revolutionize drug addiction recovery”
RawStory.com – “Flex your rights: The top 3 things to do in every police encounter”
RawStory.com – “Federal medical marijuana patient: Cannabis worked a ‘miracle’ for me”
RawStory.com – “Washington Dem: We will end the drug war”
RawStory.com – “Mexican social justice leader urges solidarity with ‘Occupy Wall St.’”
2011 Reform Conference Press Release
No More Drug War Rally Press Release
2011 Reform Conference Huffington Post Op-Ed

A real tidbit, couldn’t pass it up, its an example of what we could have done with some of the money we pay for oil:

Qatar has a benign dictator.  60 minutes last Sunday–and the highest standard of living in the world–all health care and all education, even university, is free for its citizens.

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Obama Hails Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion by affirming his backing for the right, for decades one of America’s most polarizing issues.

“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said in his statement.    Read more

From: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/765981/for_the_record%3A_george_w._bush_is_the_real_%E2%80%98food_stamp_president%E2%80%99/#paragraph3

Other GOP candidates have made claims that African-Americans (or “blah” people) are the majority on public assistance in the United States. That’s also not true.

36 percent of those receiving food stamps are white, 22 percent were African American and 10 percent were Latino, according to the most recent Department of Agriculture report on the general characteristics of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “food stamp” program.By Jorge Rivas | Sourced from Colorlines

Posted at January 23, 2012, 8:56 am

Financial Reform


Financial Regulatory Reform

Updated: Sept. 20, 2011

The near-collapse of the world financial system in the fall of 2008 and the global credit crisis that followed gave rise to widespread calls for changes in the regulatory system. A year and a half later, in July 2010, Congress passed a bill expanding the federal government’s role in the markets, reflecting a renewed mistrust of financial markets after decades in which Washington stood back from Wall Street with wide-eyed admiration.

In its broad outlines, the bill resembled the sweeping reform legislation President Obama had proposed in June 2009.  Its progress was marked by fierce industry lobbying and partisan battles, as almost all Republicans voted against the measure. In the year since its passage, the stock market is up, banking profits have grown and institutions that invest on behalf of average Americans are praising the tougher stance in Washington.

Dodd-Frank aims to rein in abusive lending practices and high-risk bets on complex derivative securities that nearly drove the banking system off a cliff. It creates a bureau to protect consumers from financial fraud, cuts fees banks charge for debit-card use, and sets up a means for the government to better supervise the nation’s largest financial institutions to avoid expensive and catastrophic failures. And it calls public exchanges on which derivatives and other complex financial instruments are traded.

But there remain signs that the tightened regulatory measures could still be undone, creating uncertainty about whether the actions that have helped to stabilize Wall Street will be in place when the next crisis hits. Two dozen bills in Congress seek to dismantle parts of the Dodd-Frank Act. Business groups have argued that too many new regulations could snuff out the start of an economic recovery. And Republican candidates for president have used the law as a symbol of government overreach that is killing jobs.

Since Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, they and the financial industry have stepped up their efforts to rein in the new law, which itself left hundreds of important decisions to be worked out in one of the most complex rule-making processes ever undertaken by the government.

By September 2011, only a small portion of the law has taken hold. Of the up to 400 regulations called for in the act, only about a quarter had even been written, much less approved.

Key targets of the bill’s opponents include reining in the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reconsidering limits on debit card fees and restricting the budgets and growth of the S.E.C. and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. And some of the most powerful players in the derivatives market — which is closely controlled by just a small group of banks — argued that the government should allow a slow pace of changes for rewriting derivatives contracts.

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The Economic Idiocy of Economists

With a brain trust like this, a lost decade for America looks likely – unless the citizenry can steer a different course.



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