While ten states in the US have advanced LGBT rights forward, Texas goes and does this:
I have got to get out of this state.
I have got to get out of this state.
Did you know “IN THE CLOSET” is a sexual orientation but asexual is not?
This segment was great. Taking the survey now!
there is also no way to indicate if you’re transgender
it also asks if you support building a fence around the US border to keep out illegal immigrants
DOING REAL GOOD ON COURTING THE MINORITY VOTES, REPUBLICANS!
Senate Bill 1128 is a bill by which college courses in Mexican American history and African American history would not count towards a college degree in Texas public universities. We must stop this bill because college courses that teach about Mexican American history and African American history teach undergraduate students from a critical standpoint; students understand the meaningful contributions from individuals of color that help make this state and our country a great one. Further, students are given a multicultural educational perspective that not only underscores inclusiveness, dismantles stereotypes, and provides an opportunity for students of all racial backgrounds to collaborate towards social justice.
Followers, please take time to sign this important petition. Ethnic studies are indispensable to the liberation and empowerment of all PoC.
Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is pushing legislation that would impose restrictions on abortion clinics — a move that she argues is necessary because the procedure is a major surgery that removes the largest “organ” in a woman’s body.
“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”
A “child” is not a bodily “organ.” Indeed, children have organs of their own. The largest human organ is actually the skin. According to National Geographic, adults carry about eight pounds of skin, which is slightly above the average weight of a newborn baby.
McClurkin’s argument actually undermines the “personhood” bills being pushed around the country by other like-minded Republican lawmakers. Those pieces of legislation argue that undeveloped zygotes are people too and should therefore be given full legal rights, thus making abortion — and even certain forms of birth control — illegal.
McClurkin’s bill would impose stringent requirements on abortion clinics that could make it hard for them to keep their doors open. It would, according to the Montgomery Advertiser, “require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; require clinics to follow ambulatory clinic building codes and make it a felony — punishable by up to 10 years in prison — for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications.”
There are five remaining abortion clinics in the state of Alabama. McClurkin and her allies have argued that the bill is not meant to stop abortions, but rather to make sure that patients who do undergo the procedure are kept safe.
Opponents, however, note that studies have shown that abortion is already safe, and McClurkin’s bill would likely shut down clinics.
“The real purpose of this bill is to make safe and legal abortion in Alabama unavailable under any circumstance,” Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, told the Montgomery Advertiser.
Hospitals, for example, aren’t required to extend admitting privileges to doctors at abortion clinics, which would make it impossible for those doctors to comply with the bill’s restrictions. According to Williams, Mississippi physicians were rejected at seven hospitals.
In the 2012 elections, the Republican Party stumbled after some of its candidates put forward unscientific claims in order to argue against abortion. The most high-profile, of course, was former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) — then a candidate for U.S. Senate — who said that women are physically able to stop themselves from getting pregnant after a “legitimate rape.”
The GOP: Where An Embryo Becomes A Fetus, Then Becomes An Organ
Complete and utter lunacy! So, I’m guessing under the GOP’s logic that once a child doesn’t benefit them anymore they can cast it out like an organ that needs to be removed from the body.
A loving “Christian” bunch, aren’t they? One minute, a child is a “miracle that doesn’t deserve to die,” the next, they are “the biggest organ in the human body.”
I am at a loss for words…
My young friend who blogs at RightSided asked me to comment on this
painfully stupidexciting new petition drive to allow Texas to secede from the United States:
The petition is as follows:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s [sic!] citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
Specifically, my young friend wanted to know whether I thought the good people who signed the petition — more than 30,000 strong — were racists or were motivated by the economic woes of America that are crushing hard-working, non-racist Texans.
First of all, this doesn’t matter. If you stopped reading now, I would understand why you made that choice. It’s because thirty thousand people is roughly the equivalent of no people at all. The population of Texas is twenty five and a half million.
Second of all, every single one of the people who signed might be really interested in the economic well-being of Texas and want to disassociate themselves from the failed economic policies of the federal government; in other words, from the wording of their brilliant petition, it might have nothing whatsoever to do with our current president or creeping socialism or shifting demographics that might mean things won’t always favor white men quite the way everything once did … and it might have everything to do with their distrust of government, broadly understood.
Thirdly, I’d be happy to see the petition amended so that these particular 30,000 people can secede and leave the perfectly reasonable Texans alone. It’s also interesting to note, if you actually look at the signatures, that a sizable group are not actually Texans … which means that a bunch of non-Texans also want Texas to leave.
Finally, the petition is all about finances and it focuses on the fact that Texas balances its budget while the U.S. does not. It would be interesting to see how well Texans fared without federal assistance. For example: From 2001-2009, “FEMA alone has sent $3.45 billion to Texas. $3,449,142,397 to be exact. That figure does not include funding from any other federal agencies (of which there is plenty), nor does it include funding for Hurricane Ike recovery.” [Source] More: “During the 2009 and 2010 award periods, the federal Department of Homeland Security through FEMA awarded $39,747,075 to Texas fire departments and state organizations for firefighting, through the Assistance to Firefighter Grants, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants, Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, and Fire Station Construction Grants. That dollar amount does not include complete data for two of the grant programs (FP&S and FSC) which have not yet provided their information for the 2010 grant application period. In 2009 those two grant programs gave a total of $4,339,014 to Texas.” [Source]
And, if we’re still thinking about balancing budgets, there’s also this: “A report released in April 2009 by the Federal Funds Information for States, a subscription service of the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures that tracks the financial impact of federal actions on states. It estimated how much Recovery Act money each state would receive under about 40 major grant programs. Texas ($16.3 billion) ranked third, behind California ($27.1 billion) and New York ($21.7 billion). Another count for Texas comes from the state comptroller’s office, which tracks stimulus dollars coming into state agencies and public colleges and universities. As of July 11, 2010, $19.7 billion had been awarded, with $11.7 billion received. The Legislature appropriated $14.4 billion of the total for fiscal 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to the comptroller’s website.” [Source]
Oh, and this: ”More than $380 million in early grants and other aid from the federal health law have already gone to businesses and agencies in the Lone Star State, according to figures from the Department of Health and Human Services … Now, the state is waiting for final approval of a new waiver from federal Medicaid rules that could allow the state to draw down an additional $12 billion in funds from the federal government. And that’s before the main parts of the Affordable Care Act even kick in, bringing billions of dollars to Texas in extra Medicaid funds and subsidies to help people buy private coverage through a new health insurance exchange. If the law survives its upcoming review by the Supreme Court, its expansion of Medicaid alone could cost the federal government anywhere from $53 billion to $67 billion in aid to Texas by 2019, according to estimates from the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.” [Source]
Perhaps the new country of Texas would just tax its citizens in order to compensate for the loss of these federal funds. Those citizens could afford it, after all, because they wouldn’t be paying federal income tax.
But Texans currently pay no state income tax at all … so I suspect it would be a rude awakening to secede from the United States because they don’t like their current economic situation and then find themselves paying the same amount in income tax in order to continue to balance their new country’s budget.
Or perhaps the new country of Texas will simply decide not to provide any services to its citizens:
No health care? Whose fault is that?!
Hurricane season? Hope you have lots of private insurance!
This way of thinking would suit the secessionists well, I presume, since they principally want to get away from the rest of the U.S. and its policy of spending money in an attempt to take care of those who are suffering without health care or in the wake of a natural disaster or in the face of a terrible economic recession.
So, in sum, to these few brilliant secessionists with their bold plans for an economic paradise free of the federal government and its thievery: You want out? Fare thee well! You have no idea what you’re talking about.
Snoop Dogg’s reasons for not voting for Mitt Romney. Number three is pretty special. Via Instagram.
i like number 7 on both sides best
“that nigga look like he can fight”
dat muthafuckas name is mitt tho hahahaha i love his handwriting btw o:
“He’s a Morman but he aint got no hoes”
Two trans women incarcerated in the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County have been on hunger strike for over a week in an attempt to be allowed to share a cell together. Because they are trans, prison officials refuse to take them off single-cell status. Presumably, they have both been restricted to being in single cells to prevent them from having to share a cell with a man, however, it’s clear that this is not for their own protection when there are two of them and they want to share a cell together.
According to a statement released yesterday, the hunger strike began on Friday September 21st and they are asking their supporters to call in and help:
Call Warden Paramo the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility: (619) 661-6500
Demand that Eva Contreraz (C-45857) and Catarine LaPre (K-67313) be take off single-cell status and be allowed to share a cell. Demand that an end to the discriminatory housing policy against trans women in the correctional facility.
Isolation has commonly been a discriminatory practice prisons have used against trans prisoners, and many confine trans prisoners to solitary confinement in order to avoid having to place them with either men or women. Often, such solitary confinement ends up being over extended periods of time or even throughout the duration of incarceration, despite many indications that extended solitary confinement can cause lasting psychological damage and may be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Being restricted to a single cell appears to be a different practice than solitary confinement. Nonetheless, it is a discriminatory practice where trans prisoners are subjected to additional punishment that other prisoners do not have to deal with.
Earlier this year the Prison Rape Elimination Act regulations put out by the Obama administration acknowledged the increased risk trans prisoners are at and put in place regulations to deal with the problem. Enforcing isolation for all trans prisoners against their will is not a recommended practice for reducing violence.
- yes both obama and romney have done and will do many horrible, inexcusable things that have led and will lead to people dying both in the u.s. and abroad
- yes the two-party system and electoral college suck
- yes the fact that voting in america means choosing between the lesser of two evils is unappealing and shitty
- yes both parties are distressingly conservative
- yes america will continue to be violently imperialistic regardless of who is president come january
- no that does not mean there’s no difference between obama and romney.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said in a Sunday interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin, who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in November, then claimed that even if these biological mechanisms don’t work, the perpetrator, not the child, should be punished. Kind of tough to defend that.
We don’t even. Akin, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the House GOP’s plan to redefine rape.
This dude does not know how pregnancy works.
Shut the fuck up and quit trying to make laws about things you clearly have no understanding of.
There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.
Melissa McEwan, of course, on the terrible bargain. My life as a woman, as a queer person, as a fat person, is not your thought experiment. (via sanitywatchers)
This really struck a chord. Even my boyfriend, feminist that he is, can have this reaction when I’m in tears after an NPR story. This is my fucking life. Excuse me if I can’t remove the personal.
I reblogged this before, but I like it a lot so I’m reblogging it again.
This whole thing is the reason why confrontations with people that I consider friends always leaves me crying. Like, I get so angry and so flustered because it’s not just some stupid game to me, like it is to them. It’s something that’s real and personal.
I will always reblog this.
Which is why I don’t argue with my family anymore. Same-sex marriage, abortion, reproductive rights, equal pay, etc. are not just some political talking point, they affect my life.
I am so sick of people (my parents) telling me that people won’t take me seriously if I get emotional, that I have to remain calm to be convincing.
Years of having my concerns dismissed because I’m emotional has led to an extreme aversion to any form of confrontation. Instead of arguing my point, I just shut down. I don’t even try. I get quiet and I can feel myself pulling inwards, trying to be as small as possible.
And then I go cry somewhere and hate everyone.
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