Wal-Mart, Our Surprise Salvation, Part II

(The continuation of Dr. Patricia Allen's proposal that Wal-Mart administer the public option in health care reform. The first part is here.) Never one to shrink from audacity, Dr Pat, our Medical Mentor and Wise Woman called for recognition that Wal-Mart can be the solution to our health care crisis yesterday. Here is Part II of her compelling argument that Wal-Mart could actually make America healthier. ...more

Gay couples join fasting tradition

It has been an eventful year for sexual minorities in India. After successfully challenging in the Delhi High Court a Colonial-era law that criminalizes homosexuality, the community cleared another hurdle last month when the Central Government declined to take a stand on the issue and left it up to the Supreme Court (which is hearing a challenge to the high court ruling) to decide. ...more

Melissa, thank you for stopping by.

From your travels to India (you have a nice blog!) ...more

Wal-Mart Could Be The Surprise Salvation of Health Reform; Part 1

by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen In America, we have 43 million Americans without health insurance.Ultimately, the political infighting about our health care crisis isn’t the point. The possibility of solving it is. I am as surprised as you might be to be believing that the best hope lies with Wal-Mart.First, a few facts: ...more

Free Speech vs. Animal Cruelty Videos

Marked by bizarre hypotheticals, the Supreme Court struggled yesterday with a law banning videos depicting animal cruelty. At question is not animal cruelty itself (which is already illegal) but how the law might impinge on that most sacred of American rights: Free speech....more

Yes, I agree that the profit motive needs to be removed to make sure people aren't making ...more

Taking the Court by Storm

Her nomination to the Court may have been controversial (at least at first, until nearly everyone realized that not only was she qualified, but she was replacing, of all people, David Souter), but brand new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is not allowing that to hamper her first week on the bench. Instead, she's proving that she was born for her job....more

Hey Joanne,

Your legal-eagle-eyed view of the SCOTUS proceedings would be a great read. ...more

Once Again, Food Safety is an Urgent Concern

Let's get one thing straight; I love a good, juicy, flame-grilled burger, preferably with cheese. But I'm not dying for one. Unfortunately, a story in today's New York Times reveals that after years of industry self-regulation, tens of thousands of people are sickened every year by E. Coli. a bacteria commonly found in animal feces. In a small percentage of those cases, people are sickened to the point of paralysis or death....more
I produce ground beef you can trust and feel good about eating. Even at what are ...more

Roman Polanski, It's not the 1970's Anymore, Thank God

by Chris Lombardi ...more

Privacy. Does it have your attention yet?

Privacy stories and concerns are everywhere. There are constant issues over privacy at Facebook. Look, for example, at 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy and at Could I have my stuff back, please. ...more

that you are right.

Virginia DeBolt


How Will Health Care Reform Address the Shortage of Health Care Workers?

We don't have enough doctors, nurses or allied health personnel in the United States, and many are worried that health care reform will exacerbate existing shortages by bringing millions more patients into an already-overburdened system. That's why I'm surprised that there isn't more discussion about the provisions in the proposed legislation that are intended to increase the ranks of health care professionals.  ...more

Really? I must look that up! My nerdy kids will be interested in this ...more

Of Google, Glenn Beck and Van Jones

Let me start by saying that Glenn Beck drives me bananas. Just the sight of him makes me fly into the kind of rage I usually reserve for Joy Behar and people who wear leggings without an appropriately long shirt (they aren't pants. LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS). In fact, I often find myself, when I am at home, alone with a television and an individually-sized Jose Curevo bottled margarita, cursing his very existence and the negative contribution he makes to an already intellectually adrift party. And he needs a new wardrobe. ...more

Princess, I think this is my favorite post of yours that I've ever read on this ...more