Posts made in February, 2013

Criminalizing Pregnancy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

This is the outcome, if not the ultimate goal, of the right wing’s constant dehumanization of women.  They do not care about life.  This is evident in their callous disregard for hungry children, their opposition to education and preschools.  But they do want to control women.  To that end they have gradually and successfully criminalized pregnancy.   Thanks to the radical right and their henchmen the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists we now have judges locking women in jail to prevent them from getting abortions.  Here’s the thing:  Abortion is legal in this country.  So let me say that again:  We have judges putting women in jail to keep them from getting abortions.  Not because they committed a crime but because they talked about getting a legal medical procedure which should be between the woman an her doctor.

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-judge-locks-woman-jail-cell-to-prevent-abortion-other-absurdities

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956120/-Iowa-Woman-Jailed-for-Thinking-about-an-Abortion

Is this the kind of country you want to live in?  Seriously?  Because look at where this can go.

If women are required by law to either carry to term every single pregnancy they have or to die trying, then that means the government can requisition the organs of a poor person on the behalf of a rich person.  Crazy you say?  It’s the same idea.  A woman being required to die to provide life support for another being via her own body, whether she wants to or not with no regard for the damage done to her body is the same as slavery.  This is where the so called ‘pro-life’ people want to take this country.  If one person’s life is determined to be worth more than another’s than that person can decide what happens to the body of the less important person.  That’s their argument at its foundation.

 

So we have judges locking up innocent women to prevent them from accessing a legal medical procedure.  We also have hospitals in America letting women die because treatment might harm a fetus.  Of course they lose both the woman and the fetus but what do they care?  They exercised their control over that woman and her body.  If she had to die for them to prove their own control and might, so be it.  Yes the latest story is from Ireland but do not think for one minute this has not happened here in the US.  It has and it will.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/09/1090094/-Kansas-bill-lets-doctors-deny-chemotherapy-to-pregnant-women

http://reproductiverights.org/en/feature/the-protect-life-act-allowing-hospitals-to-ignore-women

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232676/Savita-Halappanavar-dies-Irish-doctors-refuse-abortion-saying-This-Catholic-country.html

 

We also have nurses now organizing so they don’t have to provide medical care but only to women who want or need an abortion.  We already have pharmacists who think they know more than doctors about what medicines women need and for what purposes.  Now nurses too.  If you will not do your job, if you cannot do your job without discriminating against women and lets face this for what it is, power over women, not morality or conscience, it’s bullying when a woman is at her most vulnerable, then you should not be given a job in that field.  These nurses have chosen the wrong career path.  They demonstrably lack compassion.  But they have a belly full of judgmentalism.   http://jezebel.com/5863417/nurses-fight-for-their-right-to-refuse-women-care   

The practical upshot of this is that women cannot trust medical professionals to treat them with their best interests in mind.  No the best we can hope for is that women are vigilant enough to realize that the medical professionals do not care whether women live or die or whether they are traumatized or are in the middle of a crisis they are making worse.  The best women can hope for is to be educated enough to demand proper treatment because the politicians and religious leaders have decided what medical treatments women can have when and how.

This isn’t just about a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy  this is about a woman’s human rights.  This is about the right wing trying to enslave women and reduce them to nothing more than walking incubators for their rape fantasies.

 

 

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Global Warming Is A thing

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Politics, Science | 0 comments

I really hope that we can get through to the traitors in congress who are beholden to big oil and Grover Norquist soon.  Because Global Climate Change is happening and unless we start taking it very seriously we are going to be facing massive and catastrophic changes.  We are staring the end of our way of life in the face.  Now we can either do it in a graceful way, and adapt under our own terms, or we can continue to deny science and the evidence of our own eyes and be forced to adapt rapidly, probably during a crisis and without a safety net.

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/climatesnapshot/arctic-death-spiral-leaves-climate-scientists-shocked-and-worried

A recent CBC report on these CryoSat-2 results was blunt: “Arctic ice could vanish in 10 years, scientists warn … Arctic sea ice is melting at a pace so much faster than once thought that the latest projections say it might disappear by as soon as 2022.”

Professor Wadhams, whose predictions of rapid ice loss have so far been among the most accurate, told the Guardian he thinks summer Arctic sea ice could vanish within four years.

 

Maybe it’s time we stopped pandering to the ultra wealthy who seem to imagine their piles of money will somehow protect and save them when the entire economy crashes and half of Florida is under water.   Maybe it’s time we started thinking about how we as a people, not me as an individual, want to face the future.  This whole, “I got mine, you’re on your own,” attitude is wrong.  It is morally bankrupt, soulless and ethically unsound.  It is short sighted, ignorant and cruel.

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How is it that the ERA has not been ratified yet? How is it that Venezuela is Coming to Our Aid?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Politics | 0 comments

That is my question today.  How is it possible in the land of the free and the home of the brave that the ERA has not been ratified yet?  How is it possible in a country that was founded on the idea that all men (meaning mankind) are created equal, that women are still second class citizens?  What can we do to change this and treat our women as equal human beings and children of God?  Because no moral, no freedom loving, no Godly nation of any kind can possibly tolerate treating women as less than human.  http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/14/women-are-not-equal-in-america-what-you-can-do/

We don’t want to hear about how other things take precedence over our basic civil and human rights. Give us full legal equality and give it to us now. Put the ERA up for a vote and end the greatest injustice ever swept under the American carpet.

What we can do is contact our government officials.  Becasue, despite the rash of state mandated rape bills making the rounds, we vote and we outnumber the rapists.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact  We can also contact the president, because although he’s not perfect he is a decent man and is trying to do right by as many people as he can.  https://twitter.com/BarackObama

 

I’ll tell you how.  Because religious and republican men both hate and fear  women.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/message-to-girls-about-re_b_1518849.html#slide=327551 

Fear is why these men “officially” investigate Girl Scouts while perversely shielding child rapists. It’s why they obsess over your “purity.” It’s why they segregate you in public and private spaces. It’s why they instruct girls and boys that girls’ bodies are either shameful and dirty or sacred and belonging to men. Fear motivates them to teach that you pollute others by your very nature. It makes them intent on making sure you stay home and not be fully engaged in the world. It leads them to sanction marriages of 8-year-olds to old men. It convinces them that rape and its consequences are a “gift from God.” It’s why they empower others to stone you to death and disfigure you with acid.

 

And if this isn’t enough, here’s something that is at once disturbing and funny.   It would seem that the sociopaths and entitled brats who make up the MRA tried to create a thing on twitter the other day to counter #needfeminismbecause hashtag and came up with one of their own that was promptly and creatively hijacked and mocked mercilessly with truth and a bit of bitterness..  Check it out  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ineedmasculinismbecause&src=hash   There are some beauts there.  And the ones that are serious are so misogynistic that they read like parody anyway.

 

How is it possible that the wealthiest country in the world needs the help of Venezuela to get heating oil to those in need in our own country?  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342972  There once was a time when America was strong.  When we donated to the needy and took care of our own.  Now we tell our poor, the working poor who have full time jobs and still need to get food stamps because employers won’t pay them a living wage, tough.

In 2005, a pair of devastating hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, led to dwindling oil supplies and skyrocketing fuel costs. Some of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, including many elderly people on fixed incomes, found themselves having to choose between heating their homes or providing food, clothing or medicine for themselves and their families. Since that first winter, CITGO has provided 227 million gallons of free heating oil worth an estimated $465 million to an average of 153,000 US households each year. Some 252 Native American communities and 245 homeless shelters have also benefited from the program. This winter, more than 100,000 American families will receive Venezuelan aid. With the US government estimating that households heating primarily with oil will pay $407 (19 percent) more this year than last, the program remains an invaluable helping hand to many needy Americans.

“The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program has been one of the most important energy assistance efforts in the United States,” CITGO CEO Alejandro Granado said at the Night of Peace Family Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, where he and Citizens Energy Corporation Chairman Kennedy launched the 2013 program. “This year, as families across the Eastern Seaboard struggle to recover from the losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, this donation becomes even more significant.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342972#ixzz2KS2a9TAQ

So tell me again how destroying the middle class makes America great?  We are seeing a point in time where greed and deliberate ignorance are destroying not just the American way of life but also the planet.  The Tea Party states unequivocally they want to destroy our government.  What is unique about America is our form of government.  And yet people vote for this!  It astounds me.

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