The House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that would make it next to impossible to protect Americans’ health or the environment in the future. As unbelievable as that sounds, it’s no exaggeration. This is the most radical bill this Congress has yet considered — in fact, more radical than any bill considered by any Congress in decades — because it would fundamentally change the way the public is protected, setting the system all the way back to the way it was in the late 1800s.
The bill, known as the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (or REINS Act) would require both houses of Congress to approve every proposed major standard that would protect health or the environment — or anything else. (The bill covers all protections, from limits on Wall Street activities to safety requirements for toys.) Instead of scientists and other experts in federal agencies making judgments, politicians in Congress would decide for each and every issue when and how to protect our health and environment. And if just one chamber of Congress — the House or the Senate — followed industry’s bidding and opposed a protection, that would be the end of the story.
The REINS Act would not solve any problem, but is instead an outrageous effort to throw out a system that has protected American families and communities for more than 100 years.
What to do: Send a message urging your representative to oppose and vote No on the REINS Act (H.R. 10).
"I was in Alabama yesterday. They passed some laws and now the Justice Department, the Obama administration is coming down on them just like they came down on Arizona. I don’t agree with that. I believe that the actions that Alabama took and that Arizona took to try and defend themselves and to do something about this is the right thing to do.”
- Herman Cain on illegal immigration
Totally makes sense, right? Of course, law enforcement officers should have the right to stop certain looking individuals on the street and require that they present their freed papers alien documents on site, among other things.
As a child I always thought the scene in ‘Panther’ when they marched on the state Capitol of California was actually Capitol Hill in DC…Well I think it’s time to make that thought reality and actually march on Congress.
And not a thousand or so people, either. I mean ‘I Have a Dream’ Civil Rights movement kind of march with 125,000 - 150,000+ people from every corner of the country and walk of life. The chants and singing would be so loud outside they wouldn’t be able to conduct ‘business as usual’ inside.
Our Senators and Congressmen & women have long since forgotten the primary role of the job for which they have been elected. Instead of passing bills to aid constituents like the jobs bills; they instead find every way possible to push their religious agendas onto the American people.
They can ignore us while we’re spread out across the country, a cancelled speaking engagement here or ‘why don’t they just get jobs’ comment there. But if we all converged into one united force in one central location…it’s impossible to silence the sound of 100,000 voices united.
NYC was a shame and Boston was disgraceful. But after what occurred in Oakland, something ‘BIG’ has to and needs to happen! And if the nation’s Capitol, where the 1% occupies our government, is not the perfect location for such a thing to take place, I don’t know what is…
Try to write porn but it just develops a life of its own. It’s suppose to be simple: ‘They Meant, They F*cked, They Came’. But Nooo. My stories have to have plots and the characters start getting complex feelings and stuff…urrggghhh…Everything is so mushy, tons of sappy romance…
Crazy for simultaneously working on 3 different stories anyway… Not an aspiring author, just something to keep my skills slightly sharp during this semester-long break
Admin’s note(This is a personal note and not affiliated with OccupyPhilly):
I’m posting this because between this article and what occurred at OccupyPhilly regarding racism, this is a major issue with the OccupyMovement that really needs to the address. I know some people want to ignore it, or push it aside for another time because there are ‘more important issues’ to be address. But that’s the problem. The issue with racism has been going on for a while and pushing aside and forgetting about it is not going to solve any problems. Blacks have been a part of the 99% for the longest time, and when there is finally an opportunity for everyone to come together for a similar cause, black people are met with the same racist issues that they have been dealing with for all of their lives.And that is not right. Racism exists within the 99%. It needs to change now. Not tomorrow. Not when OWS is over. NOW.
You want to know why many POC won’t get behind OWS? This is why. Until everyone can come together and address this issue, nothing will change and we will all be divided. So let’s all unite to address racism once and for all.
I Only Want to Go to a Black Gay Club, Is that Wrong?
I know that we’re suppose to be ‘post-racial’, unified, kumbaya, and all that. But I have an overwhelming disinterested in mainstream, predominately white night clubs. And it seems like thats all there is in Philly’s Gayborhood (let’s me be honest, Gay guys rock).
Granted I’ll dance to pretty much anything with the correct amount of alcohol in my system and the right company but the music at most mainstream clubs is pretty bad. And I’ve been to several. It isnt the selection per se, my iTunes lib has pretty much everything on it; its the quality, or lack thereof, of the DJ. The people they call their DJs have terrible mixing skills, pairing sped-up vocals with house beats that just do NOT belong; then randomly switching from song to song with little regard for creating a ‘set’. A girl can only take but so much before enough is enough. I want to go somewhere where I can anticipate at least the tempo of the next song that will be played. Where I can dance around singing it at the top of my lungs without some sweaty sleaze with a phallus beckoning me to gyrate on him every song (I was never into grinding, unless its going to lead somewhere and if you have one of the before mentioned, its not going to lead anywhere. Go to the strip club for lap dances like everyone else).
To me music is like alcohol. A bar can be stocked with top-shelf everything but if the bartender hasnt a clue what he/she is doing, the drinks will be terrible. This isnt to say that every DJ at a black club is good or understands the art-form because thats far from the truth. There are so many laptop DJs out here who havent a clue but when I put them side-by-side, they beat the other guys every time. Really its the variety of music they play that beats the other guys and gals.
Maybe there is a Utopia somewhere with a quality DJ, perfectly mixed drinks, and gay men…a girl can hope…