Under the Maple Canopy

Singing Union Songs Since 2009

From 2009 – Wendell Potter and Bill Moyers

I referred to this a little back in 2009.  As the Maddow Blog points out, it’s every bit as relevant and appropriate today as it was then.

From the transcript:

WENDELL POTTER: I was. I went home, to visit relatives. And I picked up the local newspaper and I saw that a health care expedition was being held a few miles up the road, in Wise, Virginia. And I was intrigued.

BILL MOYERS: So you drove there?

WENDELL POTTER: I did. I borrowed my dad’s car and drove up 50 miles up the road to Wise, Virginia. It was being held at a Wise County Fairground. I took my camera. I took some pictures. It was a very cloudy, misty day, it was raining that day, and I walked through the fairground gates. And I didn’t know what to expect. I just assumed that it would be, you know, like a health– booths set up and people just getting their blood pressure checked and things like that.

But what I saw were doctors who were set up to provide care in animal stalls. Or they’d erected tents, to care for people. I mean, there was no privacy. In some cases– and I’ve got some pictures of people being treated on gurneys, on rain-soaked pavement.

And I saw people lined up, standing in line or sitting in these long, long lines, waiting to get care. People drove from South Carolina and Georgia and Kentucky, Tennessee– all over the region, because they knew that this was being done. A lot of them heard about it from word of mouth.

There could have been people and probably were people that I had grown up with. They could have been people who grew up at the house down the road, in the house down the road from me. And that made it real to me.

It annoys the living daylights out of me that we’re still having this conversation in 2013.

Jumping through hoops…

Lesson learned for today:

What seems like a “simple” visit to the doctor requires more hoops than you could ever dream of. Granted, I haven’t really used our health insurance much over the years. Is it just me or has it gotten worse?

Reason number 2,478,952 why single payer is absolutely necessary in this country.

Also, you know what else should be considered a part of women’s wellness care? Dealing with the inevitable…issues…that arise after carrying and giving birth to children.

All of the above is a corollary to the lesson learned last week – not all “clinics” are billed as such, even if they have “clinic” in the name. Sometimes a “clinic” is the same thing as outpatient hospital. The difference? About $275.


On Certain Faux Outrage-a-holics

Freedom of religion means that we all have the freedom to observe whatever religion we wish. That is what has made this country great for all of the time it has been a nation. However, with ignorant displays as this will detail, to Fox News, freedom of religion means freedom for Christians to practice their traditions, not freedom of religion for everybody else, and to them, there is no freedom of religion for people who choose not to believe. This we already know.

Being tolerant doesn’t mean you have to agree. It means that you recognize that other people besides you live here in this country and that your work isn’t to convert the entire country over to your point of view.

-Dakota O’Leary, “Of Fox News, Wiccans and midwives: Tucker Carlson, witch hunter

Fox News – Masters of Projection

I first read about this story over at The Wild Hunt (“The Mainstream News Media Dance with Wicca“) yesterday, but didn’t get around to watching the videos until today.  There’s plenty that one could comment about in the video.  It’s chock full of privileged, tone-deaf, insulting, ignorant, and unprofessional statements.  Among the things that most stuck out to me was this idea that Wiccans and Pagans should be outraged because they are “being used for a political agenda.”  I hate to break it to you, Tammy Bruce, but the only one using Wiccans and Pagans for a political agenda is the folks over at Fox News.

Note to the blond in the middle:  You can, in fact, wish anyone you want a “Merry Christmas” on your own time.  Just don’t be offended if I don’t respond or wish you a “Happy Holidays” in return.  Your right to say “Merry Christmas” is not in jeopardy.

Oh, and for the record?  Our family celebrates Imbolc, Vernal Equinox (Ostara), Beltane, Summer Solstice, Lammas (Lughnasadh), Autumnal Equinox (Mabon), Samhain, and the Winter Solstice (Yule).  Perhaps if you had done just the slightest bit of research you might have realized that Pagan beliefs are not a homogeneous sort of thing.

Best takedown of their “news” story? Thudfactor’s “Pagan Holidays and the Fox.”