Now I support finding a cure for cancer. I lost one of my 1st cousins to a rare form of it last August. But not ones like this.
Voter purges in FL. Making it harder for college students to vote. Voting machine tricks in OH. Now trying to sabotage the recall process in WI. Republicans are contemptuous of democracy. Rather sobering.
Wisconsin State Sen. Dan Kapanke • Expressing fear that he might get recalled due to the fact that his district has a lot of public-sector union workers in it. A secret recording caught Kapanke saying this along with a few other things. He noted in the clip, taped last week at the Cedar Creek Golf Club in Onalaska, Wisc., that two other state senators were in serious danger of losing their seats, too, and offered up this harbinger: “If they gain control of the Senate, it might be over for us. Because redistricting will play a role, as you know, and we lose that power.” Well, that doesn’t sound optimistic, does it? (h/t ThinkProgress) source (via • follow)
Sorry to bust your bubble, Sen. Kapanke, but you can’t pick ‘n’ choose constituents. Maybe you should find a nice, conservative district in Texas to represent from now on. I hear they hate hippies and love to pray for the formation of raindrops.(via pantslessprogressive)
Unable to afford the doctors visits and medical bills associated with an actual medical abortion, Jennie L. McCormack of Idaho instead had her sister purchase drugs online to ingest in order to cause a miscarriage. McCormack, who is the mother of three, is now being charged with “unlawful abortion” according to the Associated Press.
If McCormack is found guilty, she could be subject to a $5000 penalty as well as up to five years in prison.
McCormack’s case is a sign of the true desperation of women in this country. She said she believed she was only 14 weeks along, although the examination of the remains concluded it was more likely 20-25. She is already a mother of more than one child, one still a toddler. But financially she was cut off from any choice she wanted to make about how many people she wanted in her family, unable to procure an abortion she couldn’t afford, and now facing criminal penalties for taking the only option left to her.
According to the report, McCormack was turned into the police by the sister of on of her friends, a woman who stated “There’s other things she could have done. She could have asked for some type of help.”
But it’s obvious that the only “help” that was acceptable in this situation, according to the tipster, was to have the baby, and that the woman who contacted the police did it solely to punish McCormack. “I’m a grandmother myself. And the love and the compassion I have for my grandkids? They’re my life. And I felt that if somebody didn’t speak up for this baby, who would? It doesn’t have a voice anymore,” Carnahan said.
Something can not be a crime without a punishment.
- Able privilege is when you assume someone is not disabled and abusing resources just because they look able.
- Able privilege is putting out the message that a person’s illness does not exist, even though it’s well-documented by the medical community.
- Able privilege is assuming someone is more fragile due to their disability. (They will tell you what they can and can’t do, don’t assume anything.)
- Able privilege is telling a person with emotional illness that if they just think happy thoughts their illness will go away.
- Able privilege is assuming it’s okay to ask a person personal questions about their disability.
- Able privilege is telling a person on the Autism Spectrum they are unable to feel emotions or empathy.
- Able privilege is telling sick people that we are not allowed to get health insurance because we are a risk, even though health insurance is made for sick people.
- Able privilege is thinking a person with AIDS should have to let everyone they come in contact with know that they have this illness.
- Able privilege is the fact that someone with a disability or illness usually does not disclose this disability unless it’s very obvious for fear of losing their job.
- Able privilege is telling a person with chronic illness that if they just ate healthier or exercised more they will no longer be sick.
- Able privilege is stereotyping people with allergies or Asthma as all being nerds.
- Able privilege is telling a person with chronic or terminal illness, “We all get tired sometimes.”
- Able privilege is not allowing a person with disability to vent.
- Able privilege is feeling sorry for people with disabilities.
- Able privilege is assuming disability only affects children.
- Able privilege is using terms reserved for describing disability or illness in a negative way see: the r-word.
- Able privilege is refusing to add trigger warnings for people who have emotional illness.
- Able privilege is saying crap like “Life is hard,” if someone bothers to mention anything to do with their disability or illness.
- Able privilege is praising sick people who don’t complain.
- Able privilege is patronizing a person with disability.
- Able privilege is saying things like, “I hope you get AIDS and die.” “This dog guarding this house has AIDS.”
- Able privilege is labeling a child in your class as difficult rather than trying to see what is going on with them.
- Able privilege is apologeticism about people being disabled. Like, “I almost had a retarded child, I’m so glad I don’t have one. I love all kids now.” or “Whoah I didn’t know you were disabled (or sick). If I had I wouldn’t have said that.” Why don’t you do some research and talk when you’ve actually learned something?
- Able privilege is holding a picture up of a person who is disabled or sick, who probably never gave you permission to use their picture in this way, and say that you’re so thankful not to be them. We’re not here to be an example of what life shouldn’t be.
- Able privilege is assuming everyone with disabilities and illness use it as an excuse for every situation at every moment. We don’t. Period.
- Able privilege is telling someone they can’t use whatever word they want to label themselves as because they haven’t gone through enough pain or suffering. Fuck you I’m a survivor.
- Able privilege is labeling someone before they get the chance to tell you what label they would prefer.
- Able privilege is telling people they don’t need medication for their illness, or that emotional illnesses don’t require medication. WTF?
- Able privilege is telling parents of children with ADHD/ADD they are harming their children by giving them medication.
- To add to the link above, Able privilege is also telling an adult that they are to blame for their child’s disability, and we are excluding abusive or neglectful parents.
- Able privilege is assuming a person who can’t spell/punctuate/use grammar correctly must be stupid.
- Able privilege is assuming a person who can’t read a clock must be stupid.
- Able privilege is the fact that term “wrong” is what’s used to describe disabilities and illnesses, ie, “What’s wrong with you?”.
- Able privilege is not allowing people to do religious activities or enter countries just because they are disabled.
- Able privilege is making someone talk about their disability or illness when they don’t want to.
- Able privilege is if someone with disability has an exceptional talent, they are treated like they have overcome something very huge in their life, rather than recognizing their talent for what it is.
- Able privilege is staring at someone in public who has disability or illness.
Feel free to add more as you see fit.
Able privilege is saying that people with mental illness shouldn’t be in relationships because they’re not capable of loving someone else.
(No, I won’t link to the post. The offensive hatefulness of it makes me sick to my stomach.)
“The Justices ruled 8-1 allowing officers, who loudly knock on a door and then hear noises suggesting evidence is being destroyed, may, without a warrant, break down the door. The court does not define what may be a ‘suggestive’ sound. Prior to this ruling, the court has ruled the police can enter a home only with a warrant or the owner’s permission with Justice Alito saying in the past, ‘The 4th Amendment has drawn a firm line at the entrance to the house.’ The exception being if the police hear screams coming from the house then they were permitted to enter.”
Aaron Gouveia and his wife were already having the worst day of their lives. Then came the abortion protesters.
“You’re killing your unborn baby!”
That’s what they yelled at me and my wife on the worst day of our lives. As we entered the women’s health center on an otherwise perfect summer morning in Brookline, two women we had never met decided to pile onto the nightmare we had been living for three weeks. These “Christians” verbally accosted us—judged us—as we steeled ourselves for the horror of making the unimaginable, but necessary, decision to end our pregnancy at 16 weeks.
After extensive testing at a renowned Boston hospital three weeks earlier, we were told our baby had Sirenomelia. Otherwise known as Mermaid Syndrome, it’s a rare (one in every 100,000 pregnancies) congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together. Worse than that, our baby had no bladder or kidneys. Our doctors told us there was zero chance for survival.
I’m not a religious person and I’ve never believed in heaven or hell. But there is a hell on Earth. Hell is sitting next to the person you love most and listening to her wail hysterically because her heart just broke into a million pieces. Hell is watching her entire body convulse with sobs because she’s being tortured with grief. For as long as I live and no matter how many children we have, I will never forget that sound. And I vowed to do everything in my power to make sure she’d never make it again.
Across a crowded street, two people with “God Is Pro-Life!” signs and pictures of torn-up fetuses managed to drive the blade in even deeper. Again, I was left trying to console the inconsolable, feeling even more helpless this time, because I wasn’t allowed into surgery with her.
Running on pure adrenaline, and without even a hint of a plan, I grabbed my cell phone and crossed the street. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, I just knew I wanted to make public the cowardice of these protesters.
I learned a few important things from this encounter. First, these people aren’t used to being confronted. They prey on the weak and they pounce on the wounded. It’s easy to berate people and shame them when they’re too beaten down to fight back. But I chose to do just that, and you can see what happened.
They spout the same tired rhetoric passed out at rallies and subway stations. They don’t have one salient response to any of my questions.
The most telling thing about their cowardice is when the woman on the right gets upset that I’m recording the conversation (which is perfectly legal) and then threatens to call the police. The irony is rich. She wanted to call the police because I was peacefully expressing my opinion on a public sidewalk and exercising my First Amendment rights, which is exactly what she was doing. But I’m not on “God’s side,” am I.
She also claims the women at the clinic are suicide risks. Even if she believed that were true, does she really think yelling at them and shaming them in public is going to encourage these women not to kill themselves?
You never know the circumstances surrounding this kind of decision. Consider this my plea: stop terrorizing women. Stop adding trauma to their trauma. If you’re able, stand up to these bullies in nonviolent ways. Speak out. And if you have a camera, use it.
There are stages to being poor, sort of like Dante’s levels of hell.
It goes all the way from people living in refrigerator boxes in alley ways to people who have what look to be decent homes and cars and still struggle to make the ends come together.
Poverty isn’t just one thing. It isn’t just not having food. Food is seemingly the most basic thing and the one that gets people riled up the most, but there are a lot of things poor people do without.
The first year I lived in Arkansas we ate deer meat and chicken all winter. Deer meat because my uncle killed one and gave us the meat and chicken because Mom could buy gigantic packs of it for cheap. I’ve eaten squirrel, duck and rabbit. And while I wasn’t real happy about it, it was that or not eating that day.
When I was older, she made huge batches of Chili mac that we’d eat on for DAYS. I still can’t eat that stuff. My father and his family lived off of Hamburger Helper when he was a kid and he hates it.
And believe it or not, I didn’t eat a lot of prepackaged food growing up. Because we lived in an agricultural area with a long growing and harvest season, we were able to get our hands on a lot of fresh produce.
Urban poverty is different from rural poverty though and this insistence that all poor people are the same and have the same situations and have the same priorities and — most importantly — can’t make those decisions for themselves is patronizing and assholish, on both sides.
There’s a whole lot of “I understand poverty better than you!” coming from people who can’t possibly understand poverty because they’ve never been there. But trust us, we’re here. On your Interwebz. Being all poor and shit. Ask us about it sometime.
Our thought process is as follows: terrorism is a threat, and it justifies waging war anywhere on earth where there are terrorists. As we all know, however, it’s impossible to kill every last terrorist. Thus the war on terrorism rolls on. Even if we leave Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, it’ll continue.
Give the hawks their due: terrorism is an ongoing threat to the United States. In fact, it’s likely to pose a bigger threat with every year that passes, insofar as technological advances are permitting people with meager resources to obtain ever deadlier weapons. Heaven forbid they get a nuke or a killer virus. What the hawks fail to recognize, however, is that perpetual war poses a bigger threat to the citizenry of a superpower than does terrorism. Already it is helping to bankrupt us financially, undermining our civil liberties, corroding our values, triggering abusive prosecutions, empowering the executive branch in ways that are anathema to the system of checks and balances implemented by the Founders, and causing us to degrade one another.
Despite a decade without a major terrorist attack, the government continues to claim ever broader powers and to spend billions more in treasure. So what do things look like after another decade? Or after another major terrorist attack? Or when the Oval Office is occupied by someone who wields powers President Obama already claims in an even more abusive fashion?
All the metrics I mentioned are bound to get worse until Americans demand more than improved tactics, or an exit strategy in Iraq or Afghanistan, or the assurance that a leader will do what is necessary to keep us safe. Though terrorism will always threaten us — as it always has — the American people should demand an exit strategy in the war on terrorism, and an approach to safeguarding the homeland that isn’t likely to bring about our fiscal ruin, the loss of our liberty, and the corrosion of our morals. Being far more powerful than our enemies, we pose the biggest threat to ourselves.