7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart

KICK BACK is a series of posts attempting to interact with the news and the internet in a more empowered way. To literally kick back and fight media with media. This one reads a piece by John Nolte, published in Breitbart on September 22, 2017. Italics are mine.

Should Graham-Cassidy, the latest manifestation of the seven-year Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, manage to pass the Senate next week, ironically enough, conservatives will owe a debt of thanks to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man single-handedly responsible for saving Obamacare in the last vote-around.

This is an incredibly accurate statement here to start this article, at its heart. Yet Breitbart still manages to obfuscate the truth by omission. John McCain was the single man responsible for “saving Obamacare”, as they say, saving Republicans from themselves, other conservatives may say, or even making a big sacrifice for what may sadly be a futile act to preserve the solidity and honor of the United States Senate, as I say.  But his were not the only hands that cast a no vote that early morning in July. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also voted no. And they did so for reasons of their own, particular to their state. Reasons, it should be said, that do not seem the least bit resolved by Republicans in this Graham-Cassidy bill. Continue reading “7 Things the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About Graham-Cassidy, Says Breitbart”

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How to Kick Back!

Roland Barthes asks in the Rustle of Language, “In a word, haven’t you ever happened to read while looking up from your book?” The answer is yes, in fact we all do it. And with the news these days, it’s easy to write a whole book of worst case scenarios, just reading the headlines on the train to work. It can be a scary story a lot of the time. But doing that is a lot of the fun of reading books or even the news.

Kick Back is about writing the story that runs through the mind more intentionally, having more fun engaging in the ideas we all so naturally submit ourselves to constantly. The text we write when we look up?” Barthes thought there should be a word for it.

Kick Back! To consider the reader and loosen the power of the article.

New HRC Prez Visits the Castro

Starting his new job a day early and outside of Washington, D.C., Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin made a quick stop in San Francisco last weekend, where he met with friends of the late Supervisor Harvey Milk and toured Milk’s former camera store, now the site of HRC’s store and action center.

While in the Castro Sunday, June 10, Griffin offered a glimpse of his agenda as he starts his tenure at the country’s largest LGBT rights organization and has made it clear that LGBT youth will be near the top of the list.

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.

NAACP Prez Urges Repeal of Death Penalty in CA

With an opportunity for California voters to repeal the state’s death penalty law, Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, spoke to congregations at three Bay Area churches, urging people to vote for Proposition 34 on the November ballot.

The measure, known as the California Death Penalty Act, would change death penalty sentences to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Jealous told the Bay Area Reporter that California is part of “a nine state plan we have to get a solid majority of states that oppose the death penalty.”

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.

CA Justices Hear Medical Pot Dispensary Case

Following oral arguments Tuesday, it appears that the California Supreme Court was not persuaded that medical marijuana dispensaries could operate in cities that have banned them.

The main questions in front of the justices, which held a special session on the University of San Francisco campus, were: do municipalities have the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their city or county limits or can state law strip them of their power to regulate land use within their borders?

The case, City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center, was one of three the justices heard February 5th on the college campus.

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.

Bar Owners Urged to Organize Around Nightlife Issues

Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener may call himself an “old fuddy-duddy who doesn’t stay out as late as he used to,” but that doesn’t mean he wants the rest of San Francisco to turn in early.

Speaking Monday afternoon at the fourth annual Nightlife Summit, held at the public library’s main branch, Wiener urged those who work in or alongside the city’s “other 9 to 5 industry” to support state Senator Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) “last call legislation,” which would allow restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in San Francisco with after hours permits, and within areas zoned for late night operation, to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

I covered San Francisco news and politics for the Bay Area Reporter from the end of 2011 to 2013. Read the full article here.

Healthcare Discussion Draft or a Bill? House Moves State Tax Simplification and Greg Gianforte Booed

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The Republican healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was released Thursday at 11 a.m. and by 11:30 a.m. there were images on television of Capitol Police dragging protesters away from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office. Democrats’ efforts to rally their base around resistance to the bill started earlier in the week with a late night speech session on Monday and Ron Wyden (D-OR) calling on Americans to speak out against the mysterious bill and “make their voices heard.”

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer attacked the bill on the Senate floor for what he saw as deep cuts  to essential benefits. “By allowing states to waive essential benefits,” Schumer said, the bill “may well not guarantee coverage for preexisting conditions” as insurers could decide things like childbirth and addiction treatment are too expensive and choose not to cover them. Continue reading “Healthcare Discussion Draft or a Bill? House Moves State Tax Simplification and Greg Gianforte Booed”