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Noontime News Roundup – January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012

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Noontime News Roundup – January 5, 2012

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Critics Question Pentagon’s New Strategy

For two decades, the Pentagon has maintained that it could fight two wars at the same time. But as the Obama administration releases its new military strategy Thursday, some question whether the Pentagon will abandon that long-held commitment.

Solar Panels Compete With Cheap Natural Gas

Renewable energy is growing rapidly in the U.S., with wind and solar industries enjoying double-digit growth each year. Part of that growth comes from more homeowners choosing to install solar panels.

With government subsidies, some people can even make a financial argument for installing the panels. But in recent years, the price of one fossil fuel — natural gas — has declined so much that solar panels are having difficulty competing.

Mile-High Health Concerns Leave Steelers Star On The Bench For Playoff Game

When the Pittsburgh Steelers start the NFL playoffs Sunday with a road game in Denver, they’ll do it without free safety Ryan Clark. That’s because Clark, who has 100 tackles and the confidence of his coaches, also has sickle cell trait, which can cause severe complications at high altitudes.

Gaps In Health Coverage Can Disrupt Preventive Care

People without health insurance don’t get enough preventive care — simple but important things like vaccinations and blood tests.

But surely having insurance every now and then is better than none at all, because people can get caught up on their tests when they are covered, right?

Union-Basher Rick Santorum Has A History Of Voting To Protect Unions

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s unexpected finish in Iowa has thrust his record into the spotlight. Naturally, his anti-choice, homophobic, and patently outrageous positions only help shore up his right-wing credentials. As he said in Sioux City, “A track record is a pretty good indication of what you’re going to do in the future.”

The 1 Percent Solution: Koch Brothers Bankroll Right-Wing ThinkProgress Clone

The Koch Brothers are worth $50 billion. They’ve bankrolled the Tea Party, the campaign against climate change science, and entire university departments to advance their right-wing agenda. The newest item on their shopping list: their own Center for American Progress.

Florida Bill Would Make Abortion A Felony With A Maximum Sentence Of Life In Prison

Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant (R) is starting 2012 with yet another radical effort to ban all abortions in the state unless the woman’s life is in danger. Declaring that “the Legislature acknowledges that all persons are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that first among these is their right to life,” the Florida for Life Act would essentially (and unconstitutionally) make it a felony to perform an abortion except when a physician meets very specific circumstances.

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  • winterbanyan

    I have a friend who has full sickle cell anemia, and the health ravages and costs are huge. Keeping Ryan Clark out of the game strikes me as a wise move, and I commend the Steelers for benching him rather than handing him an oxygen mask between plays.

    The effects of this illness are not simply the short-term and obvious ones, they are also long-term, taking a severe toll on the heart and other organs over time. It is not something to fool with.

  • glendaw271

    OMG, the Republican crazy just keeps spreading! 😯

    In New Hampshire, three republican congressmen plan to introduce a bill that won’t take the state back to the last century, or even to 1781! No, they plan to introduce a bill to take the state back to 1215!

    House Bill 1580 is the product of such a brainstorming session this summer between three freshman House Republicans: Bob Kingsbury of Laconia, Tim Twombly of Nashua and Lucien Vita of Middleton. The eyebrow-raiser, set to be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes next month, requires legislation to find its origin in an English document crafted in 1215.

    “All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived,” is the bill’s one sentence.

    The Magna Carta, while famed as the first major declaration of rights under English monarchy, is a bit outdated in its actual prose.

    The Magna Carta is indisputably an important historical document, with ideas about liberty that inspired America’s founders. But as the Concord Monitor points out, the substance of the document is fixated on the tedium of feudal times, and has little if any relevance to modern American life.

    • winterbanyan

      This is craziness carried to the extreme. OMG indeed.