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Will the Supreme Court be challenged?

March 30, 2013

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I agree with those who ask why the Supreme Court finds it so easy to find constitutional protections for corporations and yet so hard to enforce equal protection for same sex couples.”
~ U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, cosponsor of the
We the People Amendment

Dear Daniel,

Over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Supreme Court has been called everything from “timid” to “cowardly.” While the court appears to be questioning the constitutionality of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, it also has signalled that it is “inclined to leave in place” dozens of state laws that deny equal marriage rights to same sex couples.

Remember, this is the same institution that ruled that Americans don’t have a constitutional right to vote (Bush v. Gore), thereby stopping the vote count in Florida and making George W. Bush President.

It’s the same court that has given the presidency unlimited power to wage war and to spy on and kill American citizens, nevermind noncombatant civilians.

It’s the same court that inserted corporations into the Constitution by giving them the rights of natural born people, thereby opening the floodgates to the wholesale purchase of elections and politicians in the U.S..

What a contrast. Striking down laws that deny equal protection is considered “too sweeping” by this court. But striking down laws that protect we the (real) people against corporate power? No problem.

It’s great to see that so many people have made personal statements by changing their Facebook photos to an equality sign. But we need to do more than post images and sign online petitions.

One thing you can do right now is to write a letter to the editor or a blog post. Point out that the Supreme Court is at best cautious when it comes to protecting the rights of the oppressed, the poor, the less powerful, and eager when it comes to protecting the powerful.

We think it essential that the Supreme Court – one of the most anti-democratic institutions of our federal government – is questioned. Challenged. Pushed. And resisted. And while there will be many more future times of necessity in which we must do all these things, right now is one such time. It’s a teachable moment. Please write and send your letter.

We here at Liberty Tree have been working to build a democracy movement for the U.S.A. for the past seven years and will continue to do so no matter what the Supreme Court decides in June. We will continues to stand side by side for equality and democracy and to oppose corporate rule.
STAND WITH US:  Donate to Liberty Tree. 

   Sincerely,

      Sarah, Adam, Dave & Ben
      Liberty Tree team

P.S. We’re finalizing the Democracy Convention website, and will be announcing the beginning of registration soon – stay tuned! For now, mark your calendars – August 7-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Former Missouri Republican State Majority Floor Leader warns current leaders about SB207 & HB398

March 22, 2013

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Dear Daniel,

In case you missed this Op-Ed that was published by The Ozarks Sentinel, we wanted to make sure you read what Former Republican Majority Floor Leader Jason Crowell had to say about big utility-backed legislation being considered by the Missouri Legislature as early as Monday.

“As a former legislator who fought to ensure Missourians kept their hard earned money, I believe SB 207 and HB 398 are horrible public policy.  It is legislation that will hit Missourians the hardest; in their pocket books with a new surcharge on electric bills and faster unnecessary rate increases.  I feel so strongly about this new surcharge that will cost Missourians their hard earned money that I ask you to oppose it with me.

The only thing worse than more taxes on Missourians is to institute stealth taxes that take away the economic freedom and opportunity of Missouri families and businesses…

The proposed new “infrastructure” surcharge is little more than a vehicle for monopoly utility companies like Ameren, Empire Electric & KCP&L, which already operate on the very fringe of our capitalist free market economic system, to take more hard earned money out of Missourians’ pockets.  Even worse, this is for the same exact energy we receive today, they just want you and me to pay more for it…

Please join me in contacting your state legislators and let them know you are against this back door tax increase, no matter what the utilities and politicians call it.”

Contact your legislator today and tell them you oppose the surcharge that big utilities are trying to pass on to their consumers.

Sincerely,

The FERAF Team
Fair Energy Rate Action Fund

• PO Box 1153 • Jefferson City, MO 65102
Paid for by the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund.
www.fairenergyrates.org

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The Todd Akin bill of the session? Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

March 20, 2013
   

 

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Dear Daniel,

Last week the Missouri House voted to pass the Denial of Care bill (HB457), which is designed to protect and encourage those who refuse to provide critical reproductive health services to women in Missouri – even workers who deny rape survivors access to or information about emergency contraception.

Here’s what Representative Stacey Newman, (D-87 St. Louis) had to say during House debate:

“This bill terrorizes rape victims. Is this what we’re gonna do?  This is the Todd Akin bill of the session? Come on!”

Denial of Care is now before the Missouri Senate, which is likely to debate the bill next week.

Take Action NOW! Tell your Senator that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Missouri law already grants protections to individuals who refuse to provide access to safe and legal abortions. The Denial of Care bill unnecessarily expands the law to protect and encourage the denial of birth control including emergency contraception to rape survivors, sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. Denial of Care also allows medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Senator to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

Dear Daniel,

Last year, Congressman Akin’s inaccurate and insulting statements about “legitimate rape” shocked the nation.  Missourians responded at the polls and sent a clear message that survivors of sexual assault and rape deserve accurate information, support and respect.

Denial of Care

Well, some Missouri legislators did not get that message.

Among several bills filed to restrict access to reproductive health care is Representative Jones’ Denial of Care bill (HB457).  HB457 singles out women’s reproductive health care, including information and access to emergency contraception for rape survivors, for refusal of care. 

We hear they are fast-tracking this bill for a vote on Monday (3.11)! Tell your Representative to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control!

Under the guise of protecting religious liberty, which is already protected by the United States Constitution and Missouri law, HB457 would needlessly expand Missouri’s already extensive refusal clause.  This bill simply goes too far.

HB457 would protect and encourage the denial of birth control (including emergency contraception to rape survivors), sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. HB457 would even allow medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Representative that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

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March 13, 2013
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September 18, 2012
 

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Missouri trails nation in energy efficiency

October 10, 2012
 

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Dear Daniel,

Last week, a report by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Missouri as 43rd in the nation for its energy efficiency efforts. Read more here.

“Missouri remains a laggard when it comes to encouraging energy efficiency, according to a national report released Wednesday. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy sixth-annual energy efficiency scorecard ranked the Show-Me State 43rd for its energy efficiency efforts…

“The study evaluates a variety of state policies and programs aimed at reducing energy use in homes, businesses and the transportation sector…

“The East and West coasts, areas where energy prices are higher, continued to lead the rankings. But states in the nation’s mid-section are gaining ground. They include two of Missouri’s neighbors, Iowa, at No. 11, and Illinois, which moved up three spots to No. 14.

Steven Nadel, ACEEE’s executive director, said energy efficiency is being embraced by by both Democrats and Republicans in many states and will play an increasingly important role in helping meet the country’s energy needs, creating jobs and benefiting the environment.”

To learn more about our efforts to keep Missourians’ energy rates fair, check out our website, and sign the petition. Don’t forget to share this message with your friends and neighbors.

Thanks for your support,
The FERAF Team
Fair Energy Rate Action Fund

• PO Box 1153 • Jefferson City, MO 65102
Paid for by the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund.
www.fairenergyrates.org

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August 23, 2012
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On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won’t get out of your way
and you can’t seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
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Reply from Senator Roy Blunt Corrupt MoFo

August 16, 2012

Sent: August 16, 2012 11:02 AM

Subject: Reply from Senator Roy Blunt

Dear Daniel,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule for power plants, also known as “Utility MACT.” 

This rule is just another example of the EPA’s regulatory overreach. This Administration continues to impose regulations without regard for the increased costs to families and the inevitable job losses that result. The imposition of Utility MACT, paired with other burdensome rules, would kill almost 1.4 million American jobs between 2013 and 2020. It would also force electricity rates in Missouri and other areas heavily reliant on coal to increase by almost 20 percent.

On June 20th, the Senate voted on S.J. Res. 37, which would use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn this burdensome EPA rule. The CRA provides for an expedited Senate floor procedure to overturn executive agency rules by a simple majority vote. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Reid and 52 other Senators voted against the resolution.

We need to continue to look at other ways to stop this onslaught of regulations. I am a cosponsor of S. 609, the Comprehensive Assessment of Regulations on the Economy (CARE Act), which would set up a committee to determine the total cost of several major, controversial rules coming out of the EPA. The CARE Act ultimately is about transparency, which is critical to representative government. I also am a cosponsor of the Regulatory Time-Out Act, S. 1538, which would ban new regulations for the next year.

I will continue working to stop rules like the Utility MACT and other job-destroying regulations that fall squarely on Missouri families and job creators struggling to get back on their feet. Business owners should not be forced to choose between complying with burdensome regulations and creating jobs, and families shouldn’t be forced to divert precious resources to unnecessarily high energy costs.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RoyBlunt) about the important issues facing Missouri and the country. I also encourage you to visit my website (blunt.senate.gov) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,

Roy Blunt
United States Senator 

Men Who Lack Female Supervision.

August 10, 2012

Days Of Black And White

July 28, 2012

You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

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My Mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and

spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a

brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t

remember getting e.Coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming

in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring),

no beach closures then.
We all took PE … and risked permanent injury with

a pair of Dunlop sandshoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light

reflectors.I can’t recall any injuries but they must have

happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. 

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something

before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers,

Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV

cable stations.

Oh yeah … and where was the Benadryl and sterilisation

kit when I got that bee sting?  I could have been killed!

We played “King of the Hill” on piles of gravel left on

vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mum pulled out the 48 cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better

because it didn’t sting like iodine did) and then we got

our butt spanked.

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Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10

day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics and then Mum

calls the Attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a

horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.


To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been

told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that? 

We never needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills,

that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t

taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA.  AND TO ALL WHO DIDN’T, SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. 
I WOULDN’T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING!

Pass this to someone and remember that life’s most

simple pleasures are very often the best.

 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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