The Republican resistance to this bill is maddening:

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men. Every female Senator supported the bill.

Among the most notable votes against the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

VAWA expired during the previous Congress, and because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native American, undocumented, and LGBT victims of domestic violence, the different versions approved by the House and by the Senate were never reconciled, and the bill died without final passage at the end of 2012.

Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has established a system for helping women in danger. The law created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, made stalking illegal, and helped drive down the number of partner homicides.

[…] The version passed by the Senate today will next go to the House for a vote, where it is expected to encounter some difficulties, particularly over the protections of tribal women included in the bill.

Debtors prison

This was hard to read, because as I’ve mentioned, the IRS is after me. Imagine, as little money as I make — while these multinational corps don’t pay a cent. It sickens me, I just don’t know what to do because now they want to put a lien against my bank account. I’m afraid. (I don’t get afraid very often.)

I don’t deserve this. No one does. Justice now is only for the powerful and the wealthy, not people like us.

Bill would legalize pot in PA

I can’t imagine it passing, but it sure would be smart. (Which is why I can’t see it passing.)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -While marijuana is still against federal law, states are moving in the opposite direction.

Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat, wants Pennsylvania to join the movement, treating marijuana like tobacco and alcohol.

“There are other intoxicants that are far worse that we do not treat the same way. We do not accuse people of criminal offenses for consuming,” Leach said at a Harrisburg press conference Monday afternoon as he introduced a bill to legalize pot.

Leach argues marijuana is safer that other legal drugs.

“Marijuana is not physically addictive,” he said. “Alcohol and tobacco are physically addictive.”

I don’t know about the addictive part, but we already know tobacco and alcohol are. So what’s the difference?

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