Pro-tip: If they can spend less money on their employee’s benefits, every employer will be “morally opposed” to covering birth control. Do these people seriously not understand that if there is a loophole, EVERYONE will exploit it?
In a statement to KSAT, Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Benavides wrote: “The preliminary investigation reveals an officer responded to the location for an individual refusing to leave. This individual appeared to be intoxicated and aggressive. After a brief struggle with police, she was subdued. During that struggle she was struck in the face. We take all allegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly.”
This is how they are describing a sober woman, cowering naked in a closet, who had just been raped who requested a female officer and was refused that request. This is absolutely appalling.
“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your “religious freedom.” If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”—President Barack Obama (via anthagio)
A few days ago, Santorum compared Obama to Hitler, but in fact it is Santorum who has a few political ideals shockingly similar to Hitler’s. Don’t believe me? Take this 50/50 round and see if you can figure out who said what.
I took a class on Fascism and would count myself as having slightly above average knowledge of Hitler and his craziness, and I got a 7/10. This shit is scary.
I got eight out of ten, but that’s only because I’m aware Hitler was a lot more eloquent than Santorum.
“The pro-choice movement opposes forced ultrasounds because they override the doctor’s discretion and the doctor-patient relationship, in a manner that is not only condescending to the woman’s preferred course of action, but also often requires a greater outlay of time, sometimes an entire extra day, as well as money. Not only do they not change anyone’s mind, ultrasounds stigmatize and intimidate women who are already under stress.”—The ultrasound fallacy (via iamdrtiller)
I worry about the level to which I immerse myself in the fantastic. I just spent approximately seven to eight hours straight reading SCP files, largely the experiment log for SCP-914, but also any files mentioned by it, most files mentioned by them, et al, as well as all of the proposals for SCP-001. I’ve spent most the time I haven’t been asleep or on tumblr the past few days watching Grimm, planning to move on to Once Upon a Time when I run out of episodes. I will voraciously devour the mythology of any culture or religion that ends up in front of me; barring the Abrahamic faiths, which I usually only delve into if I have a specific interest. The amount of plausibility with which I begin to view things that I know aren’t real occasionally rises to a level that I find troubling. It’s as though I intermittently begin to lose my grip on reality. I have mentioned my horrible fear of developing paranoid schizophrenia before, correct? It is kind of central to this whole concern.
At the link, there is a petition to sign and information about who in Pennsylvania to contact to voice your displeasure or rage.
Nobody fucking trusts pregnant people to know that they are in fact pregnant. These ultrasound laws are invasive, disgusting and demeaning. From the article:
“In addition to mandating the much-maligned transvaginal ultrasound requirements since rejected by the state of Virginia, Pennsylvania legislators proposed strongly encouraging women to view and listen to the ultrasounds, forcing technicians to give the women personalized copies of the results and mandating how long before any abortion the ultrasound much be preformed — and that’s just for starters.”
What purpose does this serve other than to shame women into having unwanted babies? None, that’s what.
Do Americans really think they’re so special that implementing something several countries have had for a while would cause the world to collapse? I’m Canadian. Thank fuck for my free healthcare.
Yes!!! Have you SEEN their arguments about gay marriage? You’d never believe our neighbors to the north have been letting the evil gays get married for years now without Satan swallowing you whole. For some reason I cannot possibly begin to fathom, not one politician in our country ever says, “Well hey, this worked in X, Y and Z countries, so we should try it!” American exceptionalism allows our citizens to blithely believe that just because something has worked everywhere else, it couldn’t work in America. Or, in the case of Libertarians, that an untested theory of economics could suffice for a system of governance.
American Exceptionalism is a nonsense term someone, somewhere along the line, came up with the justify the inherently solipsistic thinking that most of the country ascribes to. It’s actually a well-worded phrase. These people not only see America as exceptional, but as the exception. “Well, this may not have worked in Europe, but surely it will work in America!” “So what if Canada and most of Europe aren’t drowning in sulfur and hell-fire, that definitely wouldn’t be the case with America!”
Solipsism is a dangerous and inherently alienating line of thinking, and it’s apparently the only one the Republicans have.
“It is shocking that in 2012, Brown and his Republican colleagues would try to pass a law to threaten women’s access to birth control and other health care. Women all across this Commonwealth should have the right to use birth control if they want to. Giving corporate CEOs and insurance companies the power to dictate what health care women can and cannot get is just wrong. Those decisions should be up to women and their doctors.”—In the Boston Globe, Elizabeth Warren rightly notes that Scott Brown (R-MA) and his GOP colleagues are not men who trust women. (via unquietmindofamy)
OK, the headline, and my quoting of Henry Clay Work’s song about Sherman’s March to the Sea might be a little dramatic, but it’s pretty telling that Georgia, which was a state that got fucked up pretty bad last time there was a Civil War, so I’ve heard, has introduced a nullification law. Nullification, as you may know, was one of the first things Southern states tried to do in the scheme of events leading up to the Civil War. And this particular law happens to be pretty broad all around.
Since Barack Obama has been President, there have been numerous instances of leaders threatening to disobey federal laws on the basis of state’s rights and in some cases, Republicans insinuated they would secede from the Union or take up arms to protect their right to reject legally passed legislation they objected to. In Georgia, five state senators including Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R) and senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R) introduced legislation that allows Georgia and its citizens to ignore any federal law Republicans do not want not follow. The legislation ignores the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause that clearly states, “The Laws of the United States which shall be made under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land,” and it is the reason states do not have the right to ignore federal laws.
The Georgia legislators introduced the nullification bill that is summed up with the words, “In the event the General Assembly votes by a constitutional majority to nullify any federal statute, mandate, or executive order on the grounds of constitutionality, neither the state nor its citizens shall recognize or be obligated to live under such statute, mandate, or executive order.” The similarities to pre-Civil War sensibilities of Southern states is remarkable and reflect opposition to, among other things, the Affordable Care Act and the right of women to choose their own reproductive health. However, the impetus of nullification is rejection of Barack Obama as President of the United States and not any one particular law.
So far, it’s just been introduced (+1 to Georgia), but it’s already pretty damn embarrassing, to say the least.
The article also reminds me of other, more narrowly applied nullification laws (some of which have made it to certain states’ books) which I’ll have to factor into the next standings update:
This one was just freaking ridiculous. (Especially when you consider that it was Bush, not Obama, who initiated the phasing out of incandescent bulbs.) And since it made it through the whole process into law, +15 to Texas.
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell signed an obviously unconstitutional law that purports to nullify portions of the Affordable Care Act
Another +15 to Virginia.
Texas will get more points for one Leo Berman, who introduced the birther bill in his state to essentially make Obama ineligible in his state, and also the bill that would’ve made it a felony for federal officials to enforce the Affordable Care Act. (+2 total, 1 for each bill; looks like neither made it out of committee.)
Also, +1 to New Hampshire for introducing this one:
In New Hampshire in 2009, four state legislators introduced a resolution which would invalidate the entire Constitution if Congress passed any law conflicting with the right-wing view of federal power. There is only one connection between all of these nullification attempts and it is they all occurred during President Obama’s term with many coming before the ACA was passed and signed into law.