No place for minorities on the Roberts Court

A majority of the Supreme Court of the United States thinks we are a post racial country, while at the same time, a traditionally prayerful one. In two decisions over the last three weeks, we have been told that religion and public prayer can be mutually exclusive, even as that prayer affirms a specific religious… Continue reading No place for minorities on the Roberts Court

Affordable Care Act Upheld!

This is a a summary of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision, from Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the… Continue reading Affordable Care Act Upheld!

For you and me – the fight to GIVE our country back

It's our country, and it's their country. It's my country and it's your country. It's a Christian country and a Jewish country and a Muslim country and a Hindu country and a Buddhist country and an atheist country. It's a country where Africans, Asians, Europeans, Latin Americans, Arabs and Persians are as American as the… Continue reading For you and me – the fight to GIVE our country back

The stink of corporate money and the spoiling of our political infrastructure

"[W]e will see whether the [Supreme C]ourt decides to blow the stink of Washington into Montana, or whether we can preserve our fresh mountain air." - Montana governor, Brian Schweitzer (D), in an op-ed published Sunday, in the New York Times, discussing his state's open challenge to the court's 2010 Citizens United decision We do… Continue reading The stink of corporate money and the spoiling of our political infrastructure

The Effluence of Influence

"On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh." - Rachel Carson, in her seminal book about the unchecked use of pesticides in post-war America ,… Continue reading The Effluence of Influence

Immigration decision stills the harvest

SCOTUS ruling has farmers fearful of labor shortages The Supreme Court decision, Thursday, that confirmed the employer sanctions aspect of a 2007 Arizona immigration law (not the more controversial SB1070 signed in 2010), has chocked at least on wheel of the wagon for immigration reform and impeded the possibility for prosperity in Arizona and at… Continue reading Immigration decision stills the harvest