Everyone had enough of the shutdown yet? I sure have. MoveOn, the National Priorities Project, and CREDO all help you tell Congress to end the shutdown drama, and that's that. And let's not pretend this shutdown has been about the Affordable Care Act. Of course that's what Republicans said it was about at the beginning, before they realized how stupid that sounded, but that's not what it was about. This was about Republicans doing whatever they could to serve their corporate paymasters, and nothing else. No, I don't believe Wall Street has been breathing down John Boehner's neck telling him to avoid a default -- more likely, they know forcing a government default, with all the chaos and misery it'll cause, is their last chance to get our government out of their way for all time. All that stands between them and getting their debtors' prisons back is our will. We've given our Reps their orders, and still they pretend they're helpless, so we tell them again, and again, and again, until they can ignore it no longer.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell Pennsylvania legislators to support SB 872, which would ban "conversion therapy" for minors in the state. Gov. Brown signed such a ban in California earlier this year, and Gov. Christie signed a similar ban in New Jersey last month -- a deed I'm sure won't go unpunished by Republican primary voters in 2016 -- but Pennsylvania doesn't exactly have the most forward-minded legislature or executive. I mean, what bon mot would Tom Corbett bust out in defending "conversion therapy"? Seriously, though, this isn't a case where you just let parents make this decision, because parents don't get to inflict junk science on their children. Don't take my word for it -- take the word of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Also note well that "conversion therapy" actually makes gay kids more depressed, even suicidal. Parents typically don't want that for their kids.