Friday, April 19, 2013

Last Call: They Got Him

They got him.

Authorities have successfully apprehended what appears to be 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, according to Boston police. The second Boston marathon bombing suspect is alive and in custody after a standoff with officials in the suburbs of the city. Tsarnaev was believed to be hiding in a parked boat. 

So yeah, best 4/20 ever coming up tomorrow.

Another Milepost On The Road To Oblivion

Explosions kill three in Boston, followed by two shootouts and a carjacking, and a city and a million people get locked down for a day.  No expense is spared to find the suspects.

We say "Never again will we allow deaths like this to happen."

Fertilizer plant explosion kills at least 12 in Texas, flattens an apartment complex and middle school, we shrug and say it's just too expensive to inspect plants for safety.

We say "What can you do about deaths like this?"

Guns kill thousands, we stop any effort to do anything to prevent more deaths and vote down laws that would be small steps towards containing these preventable deaths.

We say "We will not let you do anything about these deaths, accept them."

Then we wonder why our country is so messed up.

Buckeye Ladies, Have A Seat

Ohio Republican lawmakers in the State House just told Ohio women that their health needs are literally the last thing the state is worried about funding.

A sweeping state budget that would give residents an income tax cut while scrapping an expansion of Medicaid passed the Republican-controlled House on Thursday after lawmakers agreed to continue discussing health coverage for the poor.

The $61.5 billion, two-year budget rewrites Republican Gov. John Kasich's proposals for overhauling the state tax code and drops his plans to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands more low-income residents.

The House voted 61-35 on the spending blueprint, which would begin July 1. The plan, with the support of one Democratic lawmaker, now goes to the GOP-dominated Senate, where more changes and hearings are expected.

So it's looking like no Medicaid for Ohio's poor because, well, screw them, they're poor.  Why should Ohio Republicans give a damn, right?  Oh, but it gets better for the ladies in particular:
Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempts to boost money for local governments and delete a provision that sends Planned Parenthood to the back of the line for public family planning money.

Yep.  Ohio is about to become the latest state to defund Planned Parenthood.  The state's about to learn what happens when you put Republicans in charge:  they go after women.

Have a seat, ladies.  The GOP War on Women just came home.


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