May 032016
 

Faux Noise never disappoints when it comes to the asinine, whether O'Lielly, Hannity or a host of others including Tantaros.  Read on!

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Frequent viewers of Fox News, and those who mock it for a living, have noticed a familiar face has gone missing this past week. Rumors abound as to what pushed "Outnumbered" co-host Andrea Tantaros off-air a day after the launch of her new anti-feminism book, Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable. 

Whatever the reason, Fox News is certainly missing an element of entertainment in the form of daily doses of Tanta-rants, so to pacify your need for an IQ drop, we’ve compiled a list of some of the dumbest things Andrea Tantaros has ever said (which was only difficult because there was a ton of material to choose from). 

1. Tantaros says she would look "fabulous" on the food stamp diet.

During a discussion about food stamps on Fox Business, Tantaros suggested she would look amazing if she tried the food stamp challenge: eating on $133 a month.

“I should try it, because do you know how fabulous I’d look?” Tantaros said. “I’d be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds 10 pounds, it really does. I’d be looking great.”

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Click through for the other seven moments.  Tantaros is an insult to real women and the human race.

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Apr 162016
 

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Here is the eighty-fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Governor and Presidential also ran, John KKKasich (R-OH). He is so honored for his Republican views on women’s role in society.

KKKasichAt a town hall in Watertown, Pennsylvania on Friday, a local college student asked Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich what he would do as president to make young women like her feel safer on campus. She cited what many consider a current epidemic of “violence, harassment and rape” at colleges and universities.

Kasich at first ignored the student’s question and turned to his staffer, joking that he had to go and didn’t want to miss his ride. He then suggested that all colleges offer victims of sexual assault “confidential reporting,” rape kits, and “the opportunity to be able to pursue justice after you have had some time to reflect on it all.” He concludes by telling the woman, a first-year at New York’s Saint Lawrence University: “I will give you one bit of advice. Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”…

…The Democratic National Committee blasted Kasich for “blaming victims of sexual and domestic violence,” and noted, “It is no wonder women are turning away from the Republican field in huge numbers.”

 

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He actually sounded almost reasonable until the end, but this was not a case of simple misspeaking. Rachel Maddow covered his issues in much more detail.

KKKasich’s attitude on a woman’s place could not be clearer.

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Apr 152016
 
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It was a rough week.  I was truly challenged to limit myself to three stories and a reference in passing which really call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as "unceasing," "grudging," and "vengeful destruction."

Did you know that the CIA has a "Venture Capital Arm"?  I didn't, but I do now.  It's called In-Q-Tel.  You can read about it at its own website or on Wikipedia (probably less self-serving).  I'm sure it will surprise no one that this entity is investing in tools to mine technology such as cell phones and social media, but my eye was caught by a deal it has going with a skin care company.  Skin care?  WTF?

Yes, Skincential Sciences is getting funding from In-Q-Tel for a product they call "Clearista."  It is, or is based on, and I quote, "a patented technology that removes a thin outer layer of the skin, revealing unique biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests, including DNA collection."  It is, quote, "said to require only water, a special detergent, and a few brushes against the skin, making it a convenient option for restoring the glow of a youthful complexion — and a novel technique for gathering information about a person’s biochemistry."

Now, you may be wondering – I know I am – how in the world they expect to harvest this stuff in any way that is traceable to any particular person.  However – I have little faith in the CIA's ethics, but I have great faith in their ability to dream up ideas like harvesting DNA.

The names of several other firms funded by In-Q-Tel have come out this week, and if anyone decides to try to follow the money, you will find it is quite a Pandora's Box (I'm sure the Furies are familiar with those LOL).  The CIA, on its own and through In-Q-Tel, seems always to be messing with things that don't concern them.  It just never quits.  So I think, maybe Alecto, you might be the one to look into this.

And while we are speaking of spying and intrusion (and sometimes it seems that those are one and the same – a class action suit has been filed by the Michigan chapter of CAIR on behalf of 18 named plaintiffs and thousands of unnamed plaintiffs against the Terrorist Screening Center, which comes under the FBI.  One of the named plaintiffs – well, the court has his name but his identity is being protected – is a young man, an American citizen, now four, whose name was placed on the watch list when he was seven months old.  Numerous current and former employees of the Terrorist Screening Center are also individually named in the suit.  Apparently any one of us could get onto the list if someone is having a bad day and happens to see our names.  "No accountability" hardly seems to cover it, does it?  But I'm happy to let CAIR handle this for now.  We can always jump in later.

Now I have a situation in Arizona.  Seems their state Speaker of the House, David Gowan, has come up with a New Rule, as speakers are wont to do.  Under this rule, any reporter who wants access to the floor of the house will have to submit to a background check.  Anyone with certain offenses on their record will be disqualified from the floor of the house for up to ten years.

Quote: The new policy goes as far as to list specific offenses, including misdemeanor ones like trespassing, which automatically disqualify a reporter from being on the House floor for up to 10 years. That’s significant because misdemeanor trespass is an offense that Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson was convicted of following a bar fight a couple years ago.

Early this year, Stephenson wrote a piece scrutinizing Gowan’s use of a state vehicle during a 19-day period last October during which he logged nearly 4,800 miles of windshield time. Some of the events he traveled to were related to his congressional campaign, and using a state vehicle for that purpose is unlawful. Gowan has since reimbursed the state more than $12,000, and his is office is now under investigation by Arizona’s Attorney General for misuse of public resources.

And, as Hunter at Daily Kos says,

Yes, what ARE the odds that the only House reporter who seems to be disqualified by these new, very specific rules is the one whose reporting cost David Gowan $12,000 worth of free state vehicle time. It is uncanny, and so forth, and so on.

To their credit, state reporters are refusing to go along with the "background" checks, because there doesn't seem to be anyone in the state who really believes this is about anything other than David Gowan being peeved that reporters caught him doing something blatantly illegal.

That's vengeful indeed.  So, Tisiphone, this one's for you.

As I said, it's been a busy week, and I could give another voter ID story, but this story on a different subject just seemed so grudging I had to put it in for you, Megaera.  Readers Digest version:  "If you had an abortion in Missouri between 2010 and 2015, you’re on Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer’s hit list."

Schaefer (need I say he is a Republican?) is demanding that Planned Parenthood, and a St. Louis area pathologist, turn over to him all medical records of all women who had abortions in Missouri  between 2010 and 2015.  (Need I say this would be a blatant violation of HIPAA?)  Doesn't phase him.

He hasn't mentioned what he would do with the names if he got them, but I'm thinking suboenas to a House hearing, which would also result in publication, which would certainly resuly in shaming, if not harassment, if not dangerous physical violence.

Even the main stream media (in the form of the St. Louis Post Dispatch) says his demand is “…a thinly veiled effort to expose the identities of abortion patients as a means of shaming and discouraging other women from exercising their constitutional rights.”  But he is not backing down, and has managed to seduce or extort the Missouri Senate's Rules and Ethics committee to approve a resolution to compel Planned Parenthood's CEO to “appear before the whole Senate to explain why they should not be punished for failing to comply with the demand.”  (Spoiler: It's HIPAA, stupid) 

Did I mention he is running for Attorney General?

He has also threatened to hold her in contempt if she fails to produce the list he wants.  Personally, I think she would be rationally able to rejoin, "What a coincidence.  That's exactly how I feel about you."  But she probably has better manners than I do.  Besides getting him, Megaera, I hope you will have her back.  Many thanks.

The Furies and I will be back. 

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Apr 082016
 
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I was hoping to be able to give the Furies a week off this week. As it happens, I can't, but I can lighten the burden a little, in what I consider to be a most interesting way. As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as "unceasing," "grudging," and "vengeful destruction."

At least, ladies, you won't have to go to Indiana.  Or – have you already been there, and been holding training town halls?

As Jen Hayden says, "Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed bill HEA 1337 into law, making it one of the most intrusive and extreme laws governing women’s health in the United States….  It’s so extreme that many so-called “pro-life” Republicans refused to support it.  Indiana women aren’t taking this new attack on their healthcare lightly….  A group called "Periods for Pence" recently sprang up. They decided that if the governor was so interested in what is happening with their bodies, he deserved more frequent updates. The ladies of Indiana have been busy calling the governor’s office with details."

And here are some of the calls –

Me: "Good morning. I just wanted to call and let the good Governor know that I am still not pregnant, since he seems to be so worried about women's reproductive rights."
Irritated lady on the other end of the phone: "And can I get your name, please?"
Me: "Sure, it's Not Pregnant Laura."

Just got through to Governor Pence's office. (The operator must be on break.)
Me: Hi, is this the operator, or the Governor's office?
Them: Um, this is the office, but I am covering for the operator right now.
Me: "Oh, good. I need to get a message to the Governor that I am on day three of my period. My flow seems abnormally heavy, but my cramps are much better to–"
Them: (Seriously pissed and trying to keep their voice down, but not quite succeeding) MA'AM, WHAT IS IT THAT I CAN HELP YOU WITH? Me: Oh, I don't need your help, I just wanted to keep Governor Pence informed of my reproductive cycle, since he seems so concerned. Them: "Ugh." *click*

I called to let him know that I am a lesbian so I won't be needing an abortion (or legal protections, for that matter lol double whammy! Thanks, Pence!) also mentioned that I'm not currently menstruating but I might be ovulating.

Them: "Good Morning, Governor Pence's office"
Me: "Good Morning. I just wanted to inform the Governor that things seem to be drying up today. No babies seem to be up in there. Okay?"
Them: (Sounding strangely horrified and chipper at the same time) "Ma'am, can we have your name?"
Me: "Sure. It's Sue."
Them: "And your last name?"
Me: "Magina. That's M-A-G-I-N-A. It rhymes with–" Them: "I've got it."  *Click*

Someone from Pence's campaign literally just rang my doorbell, wanting to know if I was likely to vote republican or democrat in the upcoming election. I let him know that I wasn't sure, and that I'm going to be ovulating soon, and that I was unclear on whether or not I was legally required to fertilize the egg. He started cracking up.

Operator: Governor Mike Pence's Office, please hold…  >6 minutes later<   Operator: Governor Pence's office, thank you for waiting… Me: Hi, I'm a native Hoosier who derives from the uterus of another native Hoosier… Operator: >clears throat< Me: I now live in California and I'm wondering if my uterus still falls under the juridiction of Governor Pence or– ?  Operator: Please hold. >click<

Now that's a campaign I can get behind.

Unfortunately, not all the news is that good.  I still have a project for the Furies, as well as one situation they may need to keep an eye on for possible follow-up.  The project is in Australia, and it also has to do with gender, but with money instead of reproduction.

dinosaurSo, in Australia, at the University of Queensland, every semester they hold a Feminist Week with multiple events.  Two campus organizations collaborate on this – the Women's Collective, and the women's department of the student union.  This semester, the scheduled events included a seminar, a picnic, a movie screening, and a bake sale.

The bake sale, full title "Gender Pay Gap Bake Sale," was meant to generate discussion in a fun way about Australia's wage gap – or, really, wage gaps, because there are other factorsbesides gender which affect wages.  All cupcakes were base priced at $1.00.  A white, straight, abled man would pay $1.00 for one.  A white, straight, abled woman would pay 83¢ for one (a little more than in the US, where that figure would be 78¢).  A woman of color in the legal profession, however, would pay 55¢ for the same cupcake.

Sad to say, this fun event led not just to fun, but to on line accusations of "reverse sexism," denial of the existence of any pay gap, wistfully yearning for the "good ole days" when a good ole boy could "beat a woman with a stick," and miscellaneous threats of death, rape, and other sexual violence.  I said "on line," because that's where they were.  No one showed up to physically protest the actual sale.  {Not to trivialize cyberbullying, which is widespread and dangerous.)

The silver lining?

 “We have had a number of students contact us stating, ‘I didn’t believe feminism was still relevant until I started reading all the comments,’” said Madeline Price, vice president of gender and sexuality at the University of Queensland Student Union.

Most of the negative reactions seem to have been in one place, a Facebook group called UQ StalkerSpace.  I can't be the only one who wonders why a group with such a name is even allowed on Facebook, can I?  Granted, requiring it to be taken down would "upset" their tender fee-fees even more than currently, and could lead to acting out.  Dear Furies, I think you are the ones to educate this group and its members.

Finally, this situation in Texas is one to keep an eye on – yet no one should be holding his or her breath.  That's because the FBI is doing the investigating.  And I'm sure we all remember how long it took the FBI to hand down any kind of indictment for Cliven Bundy.  That's because they put a lot of time and effort into identifying both exactly what has happened (and can be proved) and also exactly what charge or charges are appropriate to the actual event.  And this IMO will lead to even more serious charges than Bundy's.

It seems there is a medical company in Frisco, TX named Novus Heath Care Services Inc., owned by a certified accountant named Brad Harris.  Some of the allegatons against Harris include that he "sent text messages like 'You need to make this patient go bye-bye,'" that he "told a nurse to overdose three patients and directed another employee to increase a patient’s medication to four times the maximum allowed," that he "told other health care executives over a lunch meeting that he wanted to 'find patients who would die within 24 hours,'" and that he "made comments like, 'if this f— would just die.'"

Leslie Salzillo, who wrote the story for Daily Kos, briefly explains how the laws are written so that statements like the above make perfect economic sense – if not ethical sense, or compassionate sense, or human sense, or avoiding-barf-bag sense.  She also points out it's important for a story like this to be republished widely.  But at the moment, what we probably need most to do is keep a watchful eye on the FBI (and HHS who are helping them) to see where the story goes.

Oh yes – one follow up – the 90 year old veteran in Wisconsin who was not allowed to vote – an email from the AFSCME informs me that before, before the Presidential primary, the Governor relented and ordered that veterans' ID cards be acceptable ID for the primary.  Thanks, Erinyes!

The Furies and I will be back. 

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Apr 082016
 

My new A/C is certainly powerful enough to cool my tiny place.  It’s also very loud, and the noise bothered me last night.  I’m sure I’ll get use to it, and after a night of three, I won’t even hear it.  I’m about to leave to go to PT with Courtney.  Later.  Back and pooped.  George needs an ankle adjustment.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:48 (average 4:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The Guardian (H/T Daily Kos):A group of Polish women walk out of a church service to protest against a proposed tightening of the country’s abortion laws. The video, posted on Facebook, shows the women leaving as a priest reads out a letter in favour of the ban. In Warsaw, thousands of people have attended a pro-choice rally outside parliament, after the leader of the ruling party backed a call from Catholic bishops for a full ban on pregnancy terminations.

 

It looks like Poland has Republicans that hate women too!

From Daily Kos: In disappointing Tuesday news, the Wisconsin Supreme Court race went to Rebecca Bradley, a conservative. Bradley beat progressive candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg in the non-partisan election. Wisconsin residents are now stuck with Bradley for the next ten years.

It’s a sad end to an ugly race, and an ugly type of race at that. Judicial elections are rife with problems as a general matter—politics, bias, secret money, and low voter engagement, to name a few. But in Wisconsin the elections have been particularly grimy.

Bradley is so Republican, she makes Nancy Grace seem like a progressive. This is how she won.

From Media Matters: A Media Matters investigation of the discredited right-wing group Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), the main source of baseless smears against, and false characterizations of, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, reveals a familial web of self-dealing between the organization, a major dark money funder of JCN called the Wellspring Committee, and a third nonprofit that also receives funding from Wellspring.

 

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Nepotism’R’Us, Nepotism (R-US), or just plain Koch sucking?

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Apr 052016
 

Yesterday my CAT-Scan was uneventful.  I’m confident that it will show that my COPD is no worse, since I quit smoking last year.,  After all these month’s, however, I still get cravings that are both frequent and intense.  Then Lu came to use my phone and computer to deal with some of her issues.  I’m expecting her and her daughter today at Noon, both for my shower and to take my window A/C away.  I gave it to Lu, and she’s giving it to her daughter.  Tomorrow is a grocery delivery day.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 6:40).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Attempting to repair some of the fallout from his recent remarks about women, Donald Trump said on Sunday that the decision of whether women should be considered humans should be left to the states.

“I wouldn’t want to tell Texas whether women are humans, for example,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “They obviously have some very strong opinions about that.”

When asked point-blank whether he considered women humans, the billionaire responded, “It should be a case-by-case thing.”

Andy is doing news again. What Fecal Dump Trump does is express the thoughts that drive the policy of other Republican politicians and pundits.

From Daily Kos: If there’s anyone left in America that thinks Maine Governor Paul LePage is still fit to hold elected office, maintaining that position on a day-to-day basis must be quite the slog. Having won a special election on Tuesday, Susan Deschambault is the newest elected Democratic state senator in his state—or she would be, but Gov. Paul LePage has apparently locked himself in a closet and refuses to come out.

Deschambault was scheduled to be sworn in this morning before 9am, and has her family with her at the State House to witness the ceremony, but LePage’s spokesperson now says that won’t be happening because he’s mad about an unrelated vote in the Labor Committee against his nominee for labor representative to the Unemployment Insurance Commission.

Only one word is sufficiently vile to describe a person that governs in such a manner. LePage is a… Republican.

From Upworthy: Remember how companies used to market board games in the ’90s?

They were commercials filled with cheesy music, bad acting, and unrealistic expectations of how much fun you’d actually have playing the game. Last week, Comedy Central released its own board game commercial, promoting The Glass Ceiling game for girls. The hilarious parody video tackles those commercial hallmarks while hitting the girls in it with a harsh dose of grown-up reality about wage gaps and women in the workplace.

 

Sadly, it’s so accurate that disgust overwhelms the humor.

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Apr 032016
 

Almost every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, they push the envelope on just how lunatic InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

4. Religious right leaders are glad that the whole idea of punishing women for having abortions is now out in the open.

0403WoWAlthough Donald Trump has completed his 180 on the topic of making abortion illegal and making women who have one criminals, he sure got the religious right all hopped up about that possibility.

Pat Robertson seemed to struggle a bit with the issue. While he acknowledged that it seems “a bit draconian” to punish women, the fact is, “if somebody says abortion is murder, then what do you do to somebody who commits murder?”

Uncle Pat’s just asking. Just wondering. Just a little idle chitchatting.

Another right-wing charmer seemed much less perplexed about it. Jay Sekulow of the misleadingly named American Center for Law and Justice, a legal group Robertson founded, said if Roe v. Wade is overturned, states can just start making laws on how women can be punished! Yeehah!

RightWingWatch reported extensively on Sekulow’s comments if you’re game to get even more terrified…

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Behold the forgiving love of Republican Supply Side pseudo,Christians (the polar opposite of authentic Christians).  This is the fourth of five listed lunacies.  Click through tor the other four,

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Apr 012016
 

I don't know about where you live, but here in Metro Vancouver, BC it was sunny with nary a cloud in the sky and temperatures around 22 C (72 F) today as well as yesterday.  Many of the fruit blossoms are finished, but there are still many magnolia trees (Magnolia liliiflora) in full regalia but they too will be finished before long.Yesterday I was teaching English and French, and tomorrow I will be working with my first student.  My two adult students are at such different places in the command of the language.  My young French student gets very excited when she knows I am coming over and it is cute to behold.  Today is the last class in my Pastoral Care programme and we will be commissioned on 24/04/2016.  Next Thursday I start another study group called Immersion.  It is geared to we flaming liberal Christians and will be taught by our Pastor Dave along with the woman who was leading the Pastoral Care programme.  So lots going on!  So who said retirement was for relaxing?  Retirement is for doing what you enjoy but seldom had the time to do!

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Huffington Post — On Oct. 21, Jessica Grubb flipped open her laptop and watched a live stream of her father telling President Barack Obama about her addiction to heroin.

Obama was in Charleston, West Virginia, Jessica’s hometown, to discuss the opioid epidemic. When the local newspaper solicited questions for the president from its readers, Grubb’s parents asked their daughter if they could tell her story.

“Absolutely,” Grubb said, hoping it might help somebody else in need.

If she’d been in Charleston, Grubb would have tried to attend the president’s visit herself. But she was in Michigan, where she’d moved for a residential drug rehab program.  …

GrubbJessica Grubb  1986 – 03 March 2016

Jessica Grubb “had a twofold reaction” to her story being shared with Obama, David Grubb recalled. “The one part was, ‘Wow, the president’s talking about me.’ The second reaction was, ‘Wow, the president’s talking about me. It was bittersweet.”

Hearing about a life lost so young; about parents fighting so hard for their daughter, and ultimately all daughters and sons, yet losing the battle . . . it leaves me hollow.  David Grubb is correct . . . something has to be done.  He lists some things that are being done, but more is needed.  Drug addiction is a health issue that needs to be addressed everywhere.  In Squatch’s Open Thread 29/12/2015, I presented an article about how Portugal had decriminalised drugs and began treating drug addiction as a healthcare issue rather than a punitive issue.  I then followed it up with a piece in Squatch’s Open Thread 30/12/2015.

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Need anything more be said?  I have never enjoyed his genre of writing, but on these  words I agree.

Daily Kos — When I watched the Chris Matthews interview with Trump on MSNBC tonight, I’d already seen the video exchange where Trump said that women who had gotten an illegal abortion should be punished.  But when I watched the entire discussion, Trump made an even more shocking, and I think, more newsworthy statement that no one even bothered to mention. 

The blogger has a point.  Here is the Chris Matthews interview with Drumpf.

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Sometime later, Drumpf tried to clarify his position but only succeeded in making himself a pathetic figure in my opinion.  From The Guardian:

“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions,” the statement said.

Raw Story — Senator Orrin Hatch took to the New York Times op-ed page to try to make the case for the Senate refusing to take up President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

It didn’t go well.  …

If Hatch and his fellow Republicans want to vote against Judge Garland, they have every right to do so. But they should stop being cowards. They should make a substantive argument against him. vote against him, and accept the political consequences of that vote. They should stop pretending that this reckless path they have chosen is anything but a desperate attempt to hold onto a Supreme Court majority.

Amen!

My Universe — h/t Carol B, Ted W at Care2

Which one of these is not like the others?

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Mar 312016
 

Lu did not show up yesterday, but I was able to get ahold of her daughter last night, who told me she will be coming this afternoon.  I sure hope so.  I also have lots of paperwork to do today.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:26 (average 5:16).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Daily Kos: Utah will become the first state to require anesthesia for women receiving abortions after 20 weeks gestation. Let’s be clear: This is not about sparing women pain. The law is based on the (scientifically questionable) claim that fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks, and requires that women be anesthetized in order to spare fetuses the pain that science says they probably do not have the neural development to feel. That has serious implications for women’s health:

Dr. Sean Esplin of Intermountain Healthcare in Utah said anesthesia or an analgesic would need to go through the woman in order to reach the fetus. Doctors could give a woman general anesthesia, which would make her unconscious and likely require a breathing tube, or a heavy dose of narcotics.

In case you had any doubt that this law is about punishing women for being sinners in the eyes of the lawmakers who passed the law, there’s this:

The new law would not apply to women who must have an abortion because their life is at risk or the fetus will not survive outside the womb.

And the Republican war on women never ends.

From The New Yorker: Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential front-runner, touched off a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday by suggesting that, if elected, he would build a wall inside the uterus.

In proposing an addition to the uterus, a major female reproductive sex organ, Trump sought to draw a distinction between such a wall and the wall that the uterus already has, commonly referred to as the uterine wall.

“No, no, no, this would be a much better wall than that wall,” Trump said. “People are going to love this wall.”

Gee, Andy! That idea might have been quite practical, had the wall been installed in Fecal Dump Trump’s mother!!

From Upworthy: This woman’s must-watch speech just settled the whole ‘bathroom bill’ debate.

 

I could not have said it better.

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Mar 292016
 

My eyes have always been super sensitive to the drug used to dilate them, and it was almost midnight before I could see normally again.  I now know that apparent veli are rarely malignant.  I’m still quite frustrated that  I have to deal with yet another malady that will consume large bunches of time that I could put to productive use.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:26 (average 4:18).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From The New Yorker: Bernie Sanders failed to impress major media outlets over the weekend as he barely managed to win seventy per cent of the vote in three western primaries.

The major cable networks briefly mentioned Sanders’s vote tallies in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii but noted that he ran out of steam well shy of eighty per cent.

“There’s no point in sugarcoating it,” one analyst put it. “Rough night for Sanders.”

According to one cable executive, Sanders needs to “put up some big numbers fast” if he expects the networks to continue giving his campaign airtime.

“It’s going to be harder and harder to justify covering him while he’s stuck down in the seventy-per-cent range,” the executive said.

Did Andy nail this one or what?

From Huffington Post (H/T Daily KOS: The Supreme Court has taken four big whacks at the Affordable Care Act in as many years. But the conservative justices still don’t seem to understand how it works.

During oral arguments this week in Zubik v. Burwell — a set of seven challenges to Obamacare’s contraceptive-coverage mandate on behalf of religious nonprofits — Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues on the court’s conservative wing gave the impression that they don’t really grasp what the ACA’s health insurance exchanges do, or indeed how the market for health insurance itself even functions.

In a nutshell, Zubik hinges on the question of whether it’s a “substantial burden” for religious nonprofits to be required to fill out a form noting their objections to providing contraception under the law. The Little Sisters of the Poor and a smattering of religious nonprofits from across the country argue that it does — that, in fact, it essentially makes them complicit in providing coverage for services they view as sinful. The federal government, which provided this accommodation, obviously disagrees.

During a back-and-forth in the courtroom about women whose employers don’t cover contraception, and the subsequent lengths they must go to get it, Roberts suggested that it’s not actually a big deal if women in such situations have to get their birth control covered some other way. Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito appeared to share the same belief.

“They’re on the exchanges, right?” Roberts said, implying that women without access to contraception from their religious employers can just sign up to receive it through the federal insurance exchanges instead.

For Justice Sonia Sotomayor, this seemed to be the last straw.

“They’re not on the exchanges,” she said. “That’s a falsehood.”

Injustices ReichRoberts, Scalito, KKKennedy, and TEABAG (who, as usual, said nothing) knew the truth. Pretending not to gives them an excuse to ignore the Constitution and discriminate against women. Kudos to Justice Sotomayor for calling them on it and getting the truth on the record.

From NY Times: The Justice Department said on Monday that it had found a way to unlock an iPhone without help from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal effort to compel the tech company to assist in a mass-shooting investigation.

The decision to drop the case — which involved demanding Apple’s help to open an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a gunman in the December shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that killed 14 people — ends a legal standoff between the government and the world’s most valuable public company. The case had become increasingly contentious as Apple refused to help the authorities, inciting a debate about whether privacy or security was more important.

When the government hacked the phone, privacy rights lost.  Nevertheless, those organizations claiming to have won the debate, and requesting donations, based on that victory, are still lying. Please give them nothing, inform others, and ask others to give organizations, who lie to get money,  nothing. More and more left wing organizations are adopting unethical Republican fund raising tactics. Even though many are worthy causes, the worst thing we can do with our dollars is teach them to act like Republicans.  People who act like Republicans to defeat Republicans become Republicans.

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