if we must eat meat, cherry drops, a litmus test for tea baggers

Eating Meat for the Environment

“In order for pasture-based livestock to become a significant part of the meat industry, we need to eat more of its meat, not less,” Hamilton writes. “So if you want to use your food choices to impact climate change, by all means follow Dr. Pachauri’s suggestion for a meatless Monday. But on Tuesday, have a grass-fed burger—and feel good about it.”

Since its unlikely the general public is will adapt a meatless diet any time soon, meatless Mondays the exception of course, the least we can do is go about raising our meat in a more responsible manner.

A similar approach could be taken by anti-choice groups over abortion when it comes to public health-care. Roe v. Wade is not going away any time soon. Besides the government has enough on its plate without policing the day to day activity of every set of ovaries in the country. So if the goal is to at least lower the number of abortion Catholics in Alliance suggests supporting better public health care for poor women (pdf)

Family, social and economic supports reduce abortions
Recent research finds that the abortion rate among women living below the poverty level is more than four times that of women above 300% of the poverty level. This study of all U.S. states finds that social and economic factors such as higher male employment, lower poverty rates and economic assistance to low-income families have contributed significantly to reducing the number of abortions in the United States in the 1990s.

In other words Bill Clinton did more to reduce abortions then Dubya.

cherry drops

Its litmus test time for the tea hordes. Do they really want freedom or are they the dishonest fake populists they seem to be, The Justice Act

Tea Party Expressers who rallied in the capitol last week to protest big government will have another chance to defend “freedom of the individual in this great nation” next week when the Senate Judiciary Committee considers proposed amendments to federal surveillance laws.  The Judicious Use of Surveillance in Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act introduced yesterday by Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold would limit the virtually unilateral power of law enforcement and national security agencies to conduct surveillance on American citizens, under the Patriot Act and FISA, with no meaningful judicial review.  It would also repeal the retroactive immunity granted last year to telecom companies that broke the law by enabling the Bush Administration’s warrant-less surveillance program.

Those that want to get wonky with it can see the details of The Justice Act at Senator Feingold’s web site. Some very common sense steps that return oversight of government surveillance activities to the courts.

Finally just what we needed for the you know whos, a simple cartoon that explains how health-care reform is constitutional.

neve. just a photo i liked. i wasn’t sure whether the photographer was just being whimsical or there was some symbolism with the wall and pillow.

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