“One need not agree with her substantive position to support her right to respectful free expression. And yet, some of those who disagreed with her position — including Rush Limbaugh and commentators throughout the blogosphere and in various other media channels — responded with behavior that can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”
Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia, defending Sandra Fluke, a student there who came “under incendiary attack from Mr. Limbaugh.”
- Georgetown President Decries Limbaugh’s ‘Misogynistic, Vitriolic’ Attacks (thinkprogress.org)
- A Tipping Point On Limbaugh? (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Georgetown president backs student, calls for civil discourse (thehill.com)
This will certainly pick up anybody who’s been following the Health care debate. Except, of course, Rep Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
Have a great week!!!
Oh, and one last thing:
A huge part of the blame for today’s disaster attaches to conservatives and Republicans ourselves.
At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994.
Only, the hardliners overlooked a few key facts: Obama was elected with 53% of the vote, not Clinton’s 42%. The liberal block within the Democratic congressional caucus is bigger and stronger than it was in 1993-94. And of course the Democrats also remember their history, and also remember the consequences of their 1994 failure.
This time, when we went for all the marbles, we ended with none.
—David Frum, Former George W. Bush speech writer, on his blog. The title of the post? Waterloo.
From The National Catholic Reporter, via Greg Sargent:
Twenty-five pro-life Catholic theologians and Evangelical leaders yesterday sent letters to members of Congress urging them not to let misleading information about abortion provisions in the Senate health care bill block passage of sorely-needed reform.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, a Washington-based advocacy group, said that the Senate health bill upholds abortion funding restrictions and supports pregnant women.
The letter included a page by page analysis of the Senate bill as it pertains to abortion.
The group asked members of Congress “to make an informed decision about this legislation based on careful deliberation guided by facts.”
From @BreakingNews: “Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) suggests Democrats should ‘take a breather for a month’ or more from health care to regroup after Mass. election loss.”
This is what happens when you’re running for the hills. Or running for cover. You run out of breath!
Temp Firms a Magnet for Unfit Nurses
This story was co-published with the Los Angeles Times  on Dec. 6, 2009.
Firms that supply temporary nurses to the nation’s hospitals are taking perilous shortcuts in their screening and supervision, sometimes putting seriously ill patients in the hands of incompetent or impaired caregivers.
Emboldened by a chronic nursing shortage and scant regulation, the firms vie for their share of a free-wheeling, $4-billion industry. Some have become havens for nurses who hopscotch from place to place to avoid the consequences of their misconduct. (see related story: A ‘Crazy’ Way for an Industry to Operate )
A joint investigation with the Los Angeles Times found dozens of instances in which staffing agencies skimped on background checks or ignored warnings from hospitals about sub-par nurses on their payrolls. Some hired nurses sight unseen, without even conducting an interview.As a result, fill-in nurses with documented histories of poor care have fallen asleep on the job, failed to perform critical tests or stolen drugs intended to ease patients’ pain or anxiety.