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The latest on Komen

As you know, I’m not fond of the Pinkification of Mammary Gland Cancer to begin with, but now they’ve given me some more ammunition. It came out yesterday that they stopped funding stem cell research, too:

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3, founded theSusan G. Komen For The Cure Advocacy Alliance, a 501(c)4 non-profit that, under IRS rules, can spend unlimited donor funds on lobbying. It’s that arm of the Komen Foundation that former Secretary of State and failed gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel (R-GA) was hired to run in April 2011, despite being once investigated for issuing voter ID regulations that the Department of Justice determined to be discriminatory against non-white voters. She’d beenserving “as a consultant” to the organization since January 2011.

Before Handel’s hiring, Komen’s lobbying shop was staunchly Democratic — from its head to its hired guns, former Democratic aides did most of the heavy lifting on everything from the breast cancer stamp to breast cancer research to its advocacy on the health care bill. And when their lead lobbyist, former Democratic staffer Jennifer Luray, quietly left in 2010, she took with her a six-figure severance package not in keeping with an employee that just found a new job.

At the time Handel was hired as a consultant — shortly after Luray left — Handel told the local magazine Northside Woman that Komen was her first and only client, and that her role was to “[work] with [the affiliates] to make sure they are as strong as they can be,” adding, “we’re making sure there’s a good relationship between the national group and the affiliate group [sic].” She told the Atlanta Trend last year, “Everybody understands that budgets are really, really tight in virtually every state. And that means that every program, no matter how worthwhile, is on the table to be scrutinized.” That would seem to belie Komen Foundation President Nancy Brinker’sassertion today that Handel wasn’t involved in the decision to end most affiliates’ grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, let alone her assertion that none of their decisions were “political.”

Sure sounds like the right wing did a really good sales job.

By the way, their founder put out this piece of PR hackery to try to save them. Do you suppose she goes to the same place as Callista Gingrich for her Botox?

Impeachment dreams

Only people who weren’t paying attention didn’t know this the Republicans were going to impeach Clinton no matter what. Charlie Pierce:

This has been a consistent something-more-than-a-rumor ever since Bill Clinton took office — that the Republicans wanted him removed from the first day he took office, and that they were not waiting for a crime so much as they were waiting for the moment when they had the votes to do it. (That this is a monumental act of contempt for the people who elected him their president should not concern us here, because it apparently never concerned the Republicans.) At this point, of course, impeachment was still considered by the country at large to be a constitutional artifact, as it had been even at the beginning of the country. Thomas Jefferson was both wary of the political uses to which it could be put, and also prone to ridiculing the whole notion. In 1798, in a letter to James Madison, Jefferson called it “the most formidable weapon for the purpose of dominant faction that ever was contrived.” Twenty-two years later, in another letter, this one to Thomas Ritchie, he famously dismissed it as a “scarecrow.”

However, in committing themselves essentially to the impeachment of Bill Clinton with or without criminal cause, and simply because they had the votes for it, the Republicans seriously upped the ante, and they put flesh on Jefferson’s scarecrow into the bargain. It was seriously argued in Republican circles that it is within Congress’s power to impeach the president if they simply do not like the policies he attempts to enact. (In her impeachment book, Ann Coulter surmises that President George H.W. Bush theoretically could have been impeached for raising taxes, and thereby breaking a promise he’d made in accepting the Republican nomination in 1988.) I followed this whole thing pretty closely in 1997 and 1998 and I don’t recall any of our prominent pundits, or many of the people covering the events, mentioning at the time that the Republicans were preparing to impeach Clinton for something just about from the moment his hand left the Bible, which is pretty much what Inglis copped to when he spoke to the former president more recently.

Which makes me a little less sanguine than most people when I hear that Grover Norquist is going on about the subject again:
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So I asked one of my friends last night what she knew about shingles, and just as we were getting off the phone, she added, “Sambucol is good for shingles, by the way. It boosts your immune system.” (Sambucol is the elderberry extract I’m always plugging for respiratory illness.)

A little bell went off. See, I couldn’t figure out why the pain got so much worse after being okay for the first two weeks after surgery – it hit me that I’d been taking Sambucol for an impending cold that whole time. The pain got much worse after I stopped taking it.

So I started taking it again last night. I slept through the night for the first time in a week, and more important, the pain is much better today. There’s still pain, but it’s not as intense. It’s bearable. Very, very interesting.

Ha ha

Bye bye, Heath!

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