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Chely Wright:

There’s a war on women

by Susie
And it isn’t stopping.

I can’t even remember how many years it’s been since I lived in the Hellmouth, when I used to take the train downtown to the office. One morning the train was late, and I got into a conversation with another woman at the station.

She asked me what my job was, and I told her I worked for a political consulting firm. She looked at me as if I were slightly dotty and responded proudly that she was a Republican. “Really?” I said. “I could never be a Republican. All those people who insist they want the government out of their business, and instead they want it in mine.

I remember she said she would “never” have an abortion, so it didn’t concern her. “They’re not stopping at abortion,” I said matter-of-factly. “They’re going after birth control, too.”

“Oh, that’s crazy,” she said. “They wouldn’t do that.”

“Not only are they going after birth control, they want to stop married couples from using it,” I said. I started to tell her about Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court ruling that decided married couples had a right to privacy that allowed them to purchase birth control, but you could tell she thought I was a wacko. When the train finally came, she sat in the next car.

Now we have Rick Santorum running for president, a man who has often said he’d like to overturn Griswold. But it doesn’t really matter which Republican, because even the ones who aren’t crazy have to placate the forced-birth wing of their party.

I wonder if she ever remembers that conversation. I wonder if it ever sank in that her daughters won’t have the same rights we did.

by Boohunney
Just arrived home from the week in Savannah. Had to find Scout the Kitty. Went outside and shook cat food bag. She showed up fast.

I’ve been road trippin’ lately. I got to travel with Daddylonglegs to Americus, Jawja. The little town was the 3rd in the U.S. in the early 1900’s for agribusiness. Now, it’s claim to fame is a real nice old hotel and it is close to Plains, Jawja. Just a short drive to Billy Carter’s gas station.

This place is always busy. No more billiards, but, still some darn good hotdogs (if you are into that kind of thing.)



by Susie
The blood tests were all normal (or what passes for it in American medicine), which I figured they would be because I started to feel good again the day after I had them. I guess it was just one of those mysterious viral things that come and go. (Plus, the well-known magical healing power of blood tests, akin to taking your car to the mechanic’s to diagnose a persistent funny noise, which of course immediately disappears.)

The doctor told his nurse to tell me to “take Vitamin D.”

“Tell him I already take Vitamin D,” I told her. So much for the personal touch!

Anyway, that’s good. It means I can go back to the gym again without any problems. I’ve been riding my exercise bike and doing squats at home, but there’s nothing like having my Latina trainer yell at me: “Come on, chica, one more set!” (Bitch. No, really, I like her. She hates yuppies.)

It will be good to be back. So much of my life consists of sitting on my poorly-toned blogger butt all day, and as we know, this is very bad for me.


by Susie
Hopefully the same thing will happen in Pennsylvania:

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot out of concerns it could harm some Hispanic voters who lack such identification.

The state law approved in May 2011 required voters to show government-issued photo identification, which could include a driver’s license, a military identification card, a birth certificate with a photo, a current U.S. passport, or a concealed handgun permit.

‘Insufficient influence’

Oh, yeah. I was just thinking the same thing:

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ken Griffin, founder of the hedge fund Citadel was asked if he thought rich people had too great of an influence on politics.

“I think they actually have an insufficient influence,” he responded. “Those who have enjoyed the benefits of our system more than ever now owe a duty to protect the system that has created the greatest nation on this planet.”

He also told the Tribune that he believes he should be able to donate an unlimited amount of money to Super PACs.


David Cay Johnston on his trip to Stockholm:

Permission note

by Susie
Wingnuts say any comparison is silly, since Viagra is used to treat a “medical condition”. But there’s more to this story:

An Ohio State Senator is turning the tables on men seeking to regulate women’s access to reproductive health. Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced legislation regulating men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs. The Dayton Daily News has the details:

Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.

A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health… Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the ‘Heartbeat bill,’ they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health.

Turner’s bill tracks FDA guidelines which recommends doctors determine whether the rootcause of men’s sexual disfunction is physical or psychological. She describes her bill as an effort to “legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”

There have been similar efforts in other states. An Illinois bill would require men to watch a “horrific video” on the side effects of Viagra. In Virginia, Sen. Janet Howell (D) submitted a bill requiring men to undergo a digital rectal exam before receiving a prescription for erectile disfunction drugs.

But there’s actually a legitimate reason to regulate the drug, at least, if you follow wingnut logic. It seems that using Viagra not only results in extramarital affairs, but in more sexually transmitted disease:

Viagra use has been linked to a dramatic increase in sexually transmitted diseases in older men because it fuels extramarital affairs, British doctors say.

New Zealand figures on rates of sexual infections among older men were not available, but many sexual-health physicians say the British findings ring true.

[…] According to British health information, rates of sexual infections such as gonorrhea more than tripled in men aged 45 to 64 a rate more than four times that of the increase in rates among teenagers.

There were also dramatic increases in other sexual infections in the same British male group, with the number of chlamydia cases increasing by 315 per cent between 1997 and 2006.

Well! Obviously any decent, God-fearing person sees that it only makes good sense to discourage the use of this marriage- and health-destroying drug!

Lone gunman?

by Susie
The Times is reporting that one sergeant is responsible for the Afghanistan massacre yesterday, although one witness says otherwise:

Mr. Hadi said there was more than one soldier involved in the attacks, and at least five other villagers described seeing a number of soldiers, and also a helicopter and flares at the scene. But that claim was unconfirmed — other Afghan residents described seeing only one gunman — and it was unclear whether extra troops had been sent out to the village after the attack to catch the gunman.

Do we trust the military to tell the truth? Not really. We may never know what really happened.

Mercury retro

Starts tomorrow today at 3:49 am EDT, 12:49 am PDT. You know the drill: Don’t buy electronics, cars, computers, etc. Expect things or people from the past to turn up now; you can also use the period to resolve something from the past, too. (This seems to be a time I’m more prone to lock my keys in the car, for some reason.)

When you make plans with people, double-check. Did you say Third Street at 2 p.m., or Second Street at 3 p.m.? Miscommunication is more likely.


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