I find this story disturbing, then I start to wonder, suppose it had been an 18-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl . . . .
For the first time in San Jose and just the third time in the state, the California Dental Association operated a free dental clinic to anyone willing to wait, marshaling more than 1,700 volunteers — including 800 dentists, hygienists and lab assistants.
More than 2,000 people, many traveling by BART and bus from the East Bay and beyond, waited for hours on end. Some arrived as
Their swollen jaws, painful grimaces and reluctant smiles gave them away.
“I’ve been in line since 5 a.m., and I’m not leaving,” said Carrie Flores, 49, of San Jose, who was hoping a dentist inside the cavernous tent building behind the San Jose McEnery Convention Center would extract two or three of her back teeth and maybe save another. She’s been in so much pain she can’t sleep or eat any solid food.
Also, pigs, wings.
Traditional Marriage, Life on the Streets:
Follow the link for more traditional values in NYC.
The triumph of politeness.
An excerpt from the accompanying article:
That paragraph grants to Congress the express power to provide for authorizing and funding state militias, whose officers are appointed by the respective states. It seems clear that these militias envisioned by the Constitution are presently the state national guards.
In a twist, instead of Congress funding militias, we have militants funding Congresspersons.
Let Joel Connelly explain at SeattlePI. A snippet:
Last week, after Minnesota became the 12th state to say that people of the same gender can wed, Minnesota’s Council of Catholic Bishops described the new law as “a serious threat to the religious liberty and conscience of Minnesotans.”
While doubtless poll-tested, the language is Aesopian. The “liberty” and “freedom” being defended is the right to deny freedoms to other Americans, and to refuse goods and services to a defined class of citizens.
As well, the language heard now, directed at gay and lesbian Americans, has been heard in the not-too-distant past — and even the present — to justify discrimination against African-Americans, women, Jews, Muslims . . . heck, even the Irish.
It is indeed possible for both sides to be wrong.
Answer to the title below the fold.
I missed it when it happened, because such things usually go down on Friday, so the mess can be cleaned up over the weekend, but yet another bank disappeared, this one on Tuesday:
Der Spiegel interviews a garment worker who survived the building collapse in Bangladesh, that is, one of the persons who makes the clothes you wear for the brands you trust.
Personally, I have no expectations for the future. What should we workers hope for? Everything depends on the whims of the factory owners. For example, it only takes a little bit of rain before there’s mud and water half a meter high. How often did we tell the managers they had to do something? We arrive at work soaking wet and get sick. They promised us they would take care of it. But of course nothing changed.
Read it; see the fee hand of the market at work.
You know, the one white folks don’t want?
It ain’t happening in Martinsville either.
Reg Henry counsels caution. A nugget:
In this week of scandal, in which the conservative outrage meters have been howling about administration actions (or inactions), those of us who do not get our aerobic exercise by jumping to conclusions are forced to reconsider our cautious reserve.
This reserve is justified by the experience of recent years. During the Clinton administration, those crying wolf were in full throat over the Whitewater scandal, which wasted much time, cost millions of dollars to investigate and left the Clintons sitting pretty.
And so it goes. From the moment President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the hate machine was cranked up. This happened with the last occupant of the White House, too, but that was a Model T hate machine compared with the super-duper, industrial-strength lie mixer rolled out for Mr. Obama. No other president in memory has had to fend off claims that he was not actually an American — and that was just for starters.
If you look at the facts on the supposed scandal, there’s really not much there there.