GOP withdrawals med. pot bill because voters "harass" lawmakers?
Issues in the news:
I. Fox News, the propaganda arm of the religious right-wing in America, is upset that Google didn't do one of their famous holiday doodle screens with an Easter theme, on Easter. Who did they honor that day? Well, one of the greatest labor leaders that North American has ever produced, Cesar Chavez.
No, not the boxer. It was because of Chavez and others who tirelessly worked, that Mexican and American workers (especially farmworkers) make more then they would have without him. Unfortunately, nobody has risen up to be the next Cesar Chavez.
Well, Fox News was upset because a private company didn't put up a doodle of a chocolate bunny, or something like that. How dare Google! How dare they honor one of the greatest labor leaders of all time? After all, if one thing that Fox hates, it is organized labor.
II. Please check out this parody in the Daily Mash (an English version of the Onion) in which the U.S. Supreme Court takes on the eating of shellfish. After all, the god of the bible condemns the eating of shellfish, so to those who state we can't have same sex marriages because the bible says so, shouldn't the government ban you from eating at Red Lobster?
III. North Carolina Republicans tabled (or withdrew) a North Carolina medical marijuana bill not because it was too unpopular, but because it was too popular. Seems too many people were contacting their legislators to urge them to vote for it, so the N.C., GOP leadership felt that these constituents were "harassing" these poor lawmakers. No, this isn't an Onion or Daily Mash parody. They couldn't make this up.
Polls by the way showed form 58% to 66% support for medical marijuana in that state. It is amazing to think that there probably isn't a state left where there isn't majority support for medical marijuana though it is illegal in most states. I guess the drug cartels and drug companies are laughing all the way to the bank because they get to keep their monopolies.
IV. Finally, I was arguing with a religious right-wing talk show host and stating that "God" should not be on our money or the Pledge of Allegiance. He wanted me to state I was offended by simply hearing the word God, as if I was some vampire and the word itself was a cross I was frightened about. No, just don't want the government promoting religion.
He stated that I could only object, under legal grounds and in the courts, if I was offended. I have to say, that is one of the most idiotic things I have ever heard on Christian right-wing radio, and I have heard a lot.
Once again, if you want to support church/state separation, humanism or gay rights, please think about joining the American Humanist Association, Americans for the Separation of Church and State or the Human Rights Campaign.