Tell the GOP: Stop Blocking the Surgeon General Nominee

With Americans understandably concerned about the Ebola virus, and with misinformation running rampant, it certainly would be helpful to have a trusted public health expert who could educate the American people about the actual risk, and apprise them of the steps necessary to minimize it.

This is precisely why the post of Surgeon General was created, and this is precisely the role surgeon generals have played in past public health crises.

Unfortunately, the post has been vacant for more than a year because Republicans have been blocking confirmation of President Obama’s eminently qualified nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy. And they have been blocking him for reasons that have nothing to do with his abilities:

Murthy’s nomination has been held up by Republicans and a few red state Democrats due to this surprisingly controversial stance: He believes that guns can impact your health. Well, to be fair, this conservative coalition is not troubled by his stance, so much as they are fearful of the NRA, which decided to try to scuttle Murthy’s confirmation. The NRA wrote a strongly worded letter, Rand Paul put a hold on the nomination, and Red State Democrats begged Harry Reid to not force them to vote. It’s funny that the strongly worded letters of ordinary citizens don’t seem to have quite the same effect.

So thanks to NRA power and Senate cowardice, we are left with no surgeon general during a time when, we not only have Ebola arriving on our shores, but are also dealing with the mysterious Enterovirus, which is infecting and contributing to the deaths of children in the U.S. (source)

Enough is enough. America needs a surgeon general, and it’s shameful that that post has been vacant for a year.

Sign your name, send a message, and tell Republicans it’s time to stop blocking Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

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Ted Cruz: An even bigger ass than you thought

Proving to be an even bigger ass than we thought, Ted Cruz is now pushing a Constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.

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New shirt

You know, I’m patriotic and all, but this shirt seems less about patriotism and more about people with a weird creepy zoophilic obsession with bald eagles. EagleFettish
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Dick Cheney is lecturing us on Iraq? Seriously?

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For all you word game fans out there…

Here’s a fun little effort that we just launched…. 3Wordz.

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Tell the EPA: Fracking Chemicals Shouldn’t Be Secret

Imagine finding out that you’ve been unknowingly drinking water contaminated by fracking, the extreme process of extracting oil and natural gas by pumping toxic chemicals underground. Now, imagine that you don’t know, and aren’t allowed to know, what’s making your water toxic.

Tell the EPA: Fracking chemicals need to be disclosed.

Fracking is an extreme method of extracting oil and natural gas by pumping toxic chemicals underground. Despite the serious risks involved in the process, fracking companies are exempt from key environmental protections. There’s no amount of transparency that will make fracking safe, but disclosure of the chemicals used in the process will give communities more power to fight back.

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on whether or not to require fracking companies to disclose the toxic chemicals they use.

Tell the EPA: Fracking chemicals need to be disclosed.

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