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Bill Nye “The Science Guy” implored Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday to stop wasting time by denying that the climate was changing and to start leading the charge to do something about it…

Nye pointed out that Blackburn and other climate change deniers were trying to introduce uncertainty.

“This is unscientific, this is not logical,” he said. “It is a way, apparently, that the fossil fuel industry had dealt with our politics. This is not good. You don’t need a PhD in climate science to understand what’s going on, that we have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing… Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to? When you asserted, Congresswoman, 320 to 400 parts per million is insignificant, my goodness… That’s 30 percent!” [Nye] said. “I mean, that’s an enormous change. And it’s changing the world. And that’s just over the last few decades.”

- Nye Shames Blackburn On Climate Change: Stop Denying And Start Leading

Making $2.15 an hour certainly does sound worse than today’s minimum wage, which federal law mandates must be at least $7.25 an hour. But what Blackburn didn’t realize is that she accidentally undermined her own argument, since the value of the dollar has changed immensely since her teenage years. Blackburn was born in 1952, so she likely took that retail job at some point between 1968 and 1970. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator, the $2.15 an hour Blackburn made then is worth somewhere between $12.72 and $14.18 an hour in today’s dollars, depending on which year she started.
“Meet the Press” to host climate change “debate” between GOP’s Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye “the Science Guy”

This Sunday, “Meet the Press,” the renowned televised political news forum, will host a discussion of climate change — perhaps the single most pressing issue of our time — featuring a professional children’s entertainer and a Republican member of Congress. Yes, David Gregory will be refereeing a “debate” — their word — between “Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ and Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.” Nye will be arguing the pro (climate change is real and bad) and Blackburn will be arguing the anti (climate change is made up and not bad). By the end, America will be just a little bit more stupid and doomed.

Hey, Bill, a word please? I admire greatly your passion for science and your desire to teach it and promote it at every opportunity. I really do. But debating irredeemably stupid people like Ken Ham and now Congresswoman Marsha Bachmann, er, I mean Michele Blackburn … er or is it Marsha Blackburn, R-Batshitstan, is not really helping anything. You’re not going to convince hordes of ignorants to see things your way no matter how solid your rhetoric is. Again, see Ken Ham debate.

There’s words of wisdom: “Never argue with an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” Might want to heed it in the future. For the good of us all.
Congresswoman Backed By AT&T, Comcast Introduces Bill To Kill Net Neutrality

“We’re not saying that Rep. Blackburn introduced this bill because of the substantial donations from these groups, but when the congresswoman states that “My legislation will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations,” you might be getting an insight into whether she’s on the side of consumers or the ISP industry”

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): A true misogynist

Voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ✔

Voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act ✔

Voted against the Violence Against Women Act ✔

Voted to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act ✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔

Opposes Planned Parenthood ✔

Republican spokesperson for the House anti-abortion trap law ✔

Here’s her e-mail (it requires you enter a valid TN zip code: 37098-2013) if anyone wants to say hi and let her know it’s not cool to trample on women and their reproductive rights. Oh, and here’s the phone number: (202) 225-2811

Planned Parenthood is fighting a losing battle...

June 1, a letter was sent to the Department of Health and Human Services to call for an official investigation against Stem Express (tissue procurement company) and Planned Parenthood (abortion factory) stemming from the undercover videos which came to light last year. The letter indicates that the Select Panel pouring through documents turned over by Stem Express, Planned Parenthood, the Center for Medical Progress, and other involved parties found that HIPAA medical privacy laws may have been violated in regard to information collected from abortion patients.

But that’s not all that was uncovered.

Contracts between Stem Express and three specific Planned Parenthood clinics on the west coast show Planned Parenthood was paid for only usable organs and not for the services as a whole. This means unequivocally that Planned Parenthood sold human body parts in violation of federal law. 

Here’s the portion of the contract between Stem Express and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte regarding payment:

For those confused about the language, POC means ‘product of conception’. In other words, Stem Express wasn’t paying for procurement services whether they could use parts or not. They were paying only for usable parts. Again, paying for body parts.

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Click here to view the letters sent to HHS requesting the investigation.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Climate Change-Denying Politicians, Says They're Ending The Age Of Information

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Climate Change-Denying Politicians, Says They’re Ending The Age Of Information

Astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson will be airing a new show on April 20 called “StarTalk,” on National Geographic. Fed up with our society’s seeming blindness to our ever-changing climate, Tyson stuck it to the climate change deniers (a.k.a. Republican politicians) in an interview with “ThinkProgress.”When asked to elaborate why he blames the culture of denial on the…

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House Democrats Call Out Marsha Blackburn For ‘Reckless Disregard’ After Unredacted Memo Goes Public
Democrats are calling out Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for her “reckless disregard” for the privacy and safety of medical professionals.

In March, the House investigation into Planned Parenthood took a dark turn, subpoenaing a list of names of doctors and researchers involved in fetal tissue research. At the time, Democrats on the committee likened it to a witch hunt.

Now, Democrats are calling out Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for her “reckless disregard” for the privacy and safety of those medical professionals — following the public, unredacted release of the some of their names.

“This Panel has shown a reckless disregard for protecting private information and now a troubling possibility has come to light,” Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky said in a press statement. “Inexplicably, anti-abortion activists have learned of confidential information provided to the Panel — raising the specter that the Republicans may be funneling confidential information back to those individuals and groups.”

Democrats on the committee have long warned that the investigation was ignoring important rules around privacy and putting doctors and researchers at risk – or, in the words of Rep. Jarrod Nadler (D-NY), “effectively painting targets on the backs of scientists and researchers for no particular reason other than the Republicans’ desire for a culture war.”

Now it appears that risk has become a reality.

Last week, Blackburn sent two public letters to the Obama administration that contained theunredacted names and contact information of researchers at the biomedical company StemExpress, university and hospital researchers, and Planned Parenthood staffers. The unredacted letters were also posted on the select panel’s website. In an interview with Rewire, a representative for Blackburn said that the release was staff error.

In a letter sent to Blackburn, House Democrats raise concerns that Republicans on the panel may be feeding sensitive information back to anti-abortion groups who wish to do harm to members of the reproductive rights community. They point to the public release of the name of a doctor who has previously been threatened by anti-abortion groups, along with the specific information about when he will be required to appear before the panel.

“Assurances that you take seriously individual privacy and security concerns are insufficient,” the letter reads. “You reneged on promises to protect the individual privacy and security of a deposition witness. Just last week, Panel Republicans leaked letters to FOX News and posted documents on your website that contained names, contact information, and other personally identifiable information of doctors and researchers. You publicly advertised the date, location, and time that a doctor who lives in fear for his life would be compelled to appear before the Panel.”

House Democrats have repeatedly called for the investigation – convened following allegations made in widely-debunked sting videos that Planned Parenthood illegal profits off fetal remains – to be disbanded. Numerous state and federal investigations have cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing, and lawmakers say that the committee is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars and valuable congressional time.

Outside of Congress, scientists have warned that targeting fetal tissue research – and the researchers who use it – puts life-saving research at risk. Fetal tissue research is instrumental to developing cures to diseases like Alzheimers, multiple schlerosis, and could be essential to developing a vaccine to the rapidly-spreading Zika virus, which poses a serious risk to pregnant women.

Nonetheless, the committee is moving forward with more subpoenas to health care providers, researchers, patients, and E.M.T first responders – without asking for voluntary compliance first. In an op-ed published Tuesday, Reps. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) call this a “particularly unique form of congressional harassment.”

At first, some schools and organizations blacked out the names of researchers in documents provided to the committee to protect their researchers’ safety – but the more recent subpoenas issued by the committee didn’t allow for that security measure.

StemExpress, targeted in the most recent subpoena request, has received hundreds of threats since the now-debunked allegations that Planned Parenthood was profiting from donated fetal tissue surfaced.

H/T: Laurel Raymond at Think Progress Health


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Rep. Blackburn Falsely Claims Majority Supports Defunding Planned Parenthood | Right Wing Watch

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is encouraging her colleagues in the House GOP to once again attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, even though in the last election 59% of voters said they were pro-choice and 53% opposed efforts to defund the women’s health organization. But not according to Blackburn, who told Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council yesterday that “the majority of the American people,” and “the majority of American women,” oppose abortion rights and Planned Parenthood funding.

Blackburn claimed that Planned Parenthood “outsources” cancer screenings and birth control services and uses federal money “to subsidize the abortion services,” while Perkins worried that the government was creating a “feeder system for the abortion business” by naming it as a “resource” for women.

Contrary to their assertions, the government is banned from funding abortion services (which represent just 3% of Planned Parenthood services) and the dollars are not fungible.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW
Congresswoman Votes Against VAWA Because of LGBT Inclusiveness
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said she rejected the VAWA because of its LGBT inclusion.


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A Republican congresswoman admitted that the only thing preventing her from voting in favor of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because of its’ LGBT-inclusive provisions, among others. Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn told MSNBC that she voted against the newly approved House version of the VAWA due to added protections for LGBT people subjected to partner violence, as well as Native American people and immigrants. Blackburn was one of the 138 to vote against the bill, with 286 in favor. Eighty-seven Republicans supported the LGBT-inclusive VAWA.

“I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups,” she said. “What you need is something that is focused specifically to help the shelters and to help out law enforcement who is trying to work with the crimes that have been committed against women and helping them to stand up.”

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) offers bill to defund Planned Parenthood |

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., offered legislation today to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, thus reviving a fight from the last Congress that had Republicans and Democrats talking about a government shut down.

“As a woman, I believe America deserves better than abortion,” Blackburn said in a statement on her bill. “America shouldn’t celebrate abortion and our taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who profit from the destruction of human life with taxpayer money. It’s fiscally irresponsible and morally indefensible.”

The bill would “prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions.” Blackburn’s office cites a 2010 report from the Government Accountability Office saying that Planned Parenthood — the largest abortion provider in the country — receives $340 million from the Department of Health and Human Services under Title X, which provides funding for family planning services.

In 2011, Democrats said they would shut down the government rather than pass an appropriations bill that cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“We agreed on a number [of spending cuts],” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor at the time. “But we are not — we are not! — bending on women’s health.”

Republicans ultimately scrapped the provision, but talk of a government shut down is already growing as they prepare to fight for spending cuts when President Obama asks Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

Planned Parenthood says that the federal money does not pay for abortions. “[T]he idea that tax dollars fund abortion is not true,” the organization Gulf Coast affiliate says. “Every dollar from the federal government that Planned Parenthood receives pays for lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, family planning visits, annual exams, testing for HIV and other STIs, and other kinds of basic care.”

Opponents observe that money is fungible, “meaning that every dollar the government gives Planned Parenthood for family planning services, STI and HIV prevention and treatment, and cancer screening ‘frees up’ money for it to spend on abortion care.”

Marsha Blackburn’s playing the GOP hobby horse: “Defund Planned Parenthood.”

h/t: Washington Examiner
Rep. Marsha Blackburn: "Obama could take away your right to buy cheap shoes" | The Raw Story

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Rep. Blackburn: Obama could take away your right to buy cheap shoes (via Raw Story )

Rep. Marsh Blackburn (R-TN) warned on Thursday that President Barack Obama could soon take away the freedom to purchase cheap shoes if his health care reform law was allowed to stand. At a House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, the Tennessee…