Although federal and state laws prevent hospitals from discriminating against doctors who perform abortions. last month doctors Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia received letters alerting them that their admitting privileges had been revoked because the hospital claimed that the physicians’ “practice of voluntary interruption of pregnancies creates significant exposure and damages to [the University General Hospital of Dallas’] reputation within the community.”

The situation with Cliven Bundy of Nevada should be a no-brainer for people from both the left and the right. Bundy has been stealing from the taxpayers for years, illegally grazing his cattle on federal lands while refusing to pay for the privilege. Both liberals and conservatives pay taxes, so such blatant theft should outrage everyone equally. Indeed, conservative media claims to take theft from taxpayers very seriously, with Fox News spending so much time on the minuscule problem of food stamp cheats that the number of minutes spent on it has likely long ago exceeded the number of pennies lost to this non-problem.

Bundy has stolen far more than any hypothetical food stamp cheat ever did, but when the government tried to show up and take what was theirs, he met them with armed resistance, pushing him from the “ordinary fraud” category to the “violent criminal” column.

And yet, for some reason, Bundy’s outrageous theft of services from the taxpayers is not being taken seriously by the right-wing press. As Roy Edroso of Village Voice and Eric Boehlert of Media Matters have chronicled, the conservative response to the whole incident has ranged from minimizing the seriousness of the crime to outright cheering Bundy on in his efforts to use the threat of violence to continue stealing from the taxpayers.

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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.

Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not.

So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat.

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Deadbeat on the Range - Timothy Egan, NYTimes.com

Only one day after the Center for Public Integrity’s reporting series on denials of black lung benefits to coal miners was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) defended the controversial law firm at the center of the investigation.

He agrees with his views…not his behaviors. But read what he wrote in a letter to the editor of his local newspaper a decade ago:

I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings. The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United State’s workforce…

Made a few Jews rich by killin’ us off…

Jew-run government backed banking industry turned the U.S into the world’s largest debtor nation.

There some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us. We’ve got a false economy and it’s, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there. The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money and freely hands it out, I think that’s completely wrong. The people that run the Federal Reserve, they’re Jewish…

New Hadron discovery at CERN.
Every time I hear about CERN I remember when they started building the super conducting super collider right here in Texas, but gave up on the project as “too costly.”
That, of course, was during the Reagan years, and for me marks the anti-science fork we took in the road.

New Hadron discovery at CERN.

Every time I hear about CERN I remember when they started building the super conducting super collider right here in Texas, but gave up on the project as “too costly.”

That, of course, was during the Reagan years, and for me marks the anti-science fork we took in the road.

A federal judge has ruled that a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is “invalid and unconstitutional.”

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday ruled that the law passed last year by the North Dakota Legislature “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge.”

The law would ban abortions as early as six weeks.