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.
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.)
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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.)
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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
Remember, this is all by design of our right-wing, pro-corporate governor’s administration, not an unintended consequence:
(HARRISBURG, Mar. 9, 2012) – A toxic mixture of state special education and charter school laws and more than $23 million in funding cuts are violating the civil rights of Chester Upland School District’s 700 special needs students, according to a federal complaint Pennsylvania’s largest school employee union and two other public interest groups have filed with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mike Crossey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, explained that PSEA, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a civil rights complaint with the federal Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights in order to protect the interests of Chester Upland’s special needs students.
“The crisis in Chester Upland is so severe that it could become a full-blown tragedy for students with special needs,” Crossey said. “The civil rights of these students are at stake and we need to stand up for them.”
Crossey explained that state laws forcing Chester Upland to make artificially inflated payments to charter schools are draining the district’s resources.
Chester Upland is forced to pay $24,528 for each special education student who attends local charter schools, an amount nearly twice the $13,458 per student special education subsidy the district receives for its own students. Enrollment numbers in at least one local charter school indicate that the charter school is identifying an unusually high number of students with mild disabilities and experiencing a payment windfall.
“These laws are fundamentally unfair, they favor charter schools over traditional public schools, and they are draining Chester Upland’s resources,” Crossey said. “This bizarre payment scheme is among the root causes of the district’s financial distress.”
The school district is on the brink of closing its doors because of these crushing payments to charter schools and unprecedented state funding cuts, which have hit poorer school districts even harder than their wealthier neighbors.