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Welfare cowboy Cliven Bundy’s failed last stand isn’t the only thing making Nevadans blush this week.
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) recently issued a proclamation designating this week “state employees week” — usually, no big deal, governors issue things like this all the time. However, the proclaimation misspelled the word “cultural” in describing the work state employees do to protect “cultural resources.”
The proclamation extolled the hard work of state employees in conserving and preserving “clitorial resources” in Nevada. Perhaps he was just courting the vote of those who have a clitoris?
Oops. Spell-check AND copyediting are crucial, kids. If the governor needs a copy-editor, simianhighway might be available.
Hey, Tumblr. Mitch McConnell has opened his Facebook up for comments about what’s important to voters — with four specific criteria. Go make a serious, genuine comment, or troll the ever-living shit out of the page, I really don’t care.
Either way, he (and his staff) are going to come away thinking this was a terrible idea, so go have some fun, you kooky kids.
First off, just stop. Your boss doesn’t get to dictate what you do with your paycheck, whether it’s buying groceries, donating it all to orphans, or splurging it on hookers and blow.
Your boss might take issue with you buying pork because he’s Jewish, donating it to orphans because she thinks they’re godless, or on the hookers and blow because that’s not very Christian of you. However, your bosses would be ridiculed for thinking they have the right to tail you to make sure you’re spending YOUR money in accordance with their faith, right? There’s not much difference here. Set aside that the insurance is not directly offered by Hobby Lobby, or that they could pay taxes/penalties instead of lawyers and legal fees by kicking everyone onto the exchange, thereby taking away their supposed moral conundrum. Spoiler alert: HEALTH BENEFITS ARE COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LABOR. Why would you think for one second that your boss gets to dictate what you do with your compensation?
Second, I want you to try a thought experiment. Let’s say the owner of a for-profit business is a devout Muslim. It is forbidden in the Muslim faith to consume pork. You’ve gone to the doctor for pneumonia, and your doc gives you antibiotics. Unfortunately, many medicines in gel capsules contain gelatin, which is usually derived from animal protein. Due to fears about mad cow, it’s more common for it to be derived from pigs. Your boss claims to have the right to bar you from taking that antibiotic because your health plan is paid for in part by the company, so therefore your boss gets to dictate the company’s (their) religious belief trumps your doc’s opinion because the for-profit company is an extension of their faith. Can you imagine the pearl-clutching if Muslim business owners told these good Christians (or anyone else, for that matter) that they could not have potentially lifesaving medicine because of the owner’s beliefs? Richard Dawkins might stroke out from rage. Fox News might never recover. Michele Bachmann would require a fainting couch for the resulting vapors.
How about if it’s medicine in a gelatin capsule for high blood pressure, depression, or even erectile dysfunction medication? How about if your devout Catholic boss would only cover erectile dysfunction for married men because premarital sex is a sin, and ONLY if said medication was used with no contraception and in pursuit of conception because sex is only for procreation and every sperm is sacred? Or dictating no treatment for HIV or AIDS because only “sinners” get it and their god says no dice?
Or what if your boss says no insulin because it was derived from animal protein long ago or no Heparin to treat a blood clot because it still contains animal tissue, and their vegatarianism is a deeply-held belief too, isn’t that kinda sorta like religion, please Justice Scalia?
I cannot wrap my head around Hobby Lobby’s view that medical treatment is their business because said treatment might maybe have something to do with their employees doing the sex on their time away from work — y’know, their private lives. Not all contraceptives and reproductive health visits are for preventing maybe babies — hormonal contraceptives have a myraid of uses beyond preventing conception. The only time the sex lives of Hobby Lobby employees is their business is if employees are boning on the clock — THEN Hobby Lobby has every right to say “No sex time ‘til break time, please.” They can’t say, “No sex time ‘til ring time, please. Because Jesus.”
Working for a for-profit employer in the U.S. does not mean you must also swallow their religious dictates hook, line, and sinker. To claim otherwise in the name of religious freedom is a complete fallacy and wholly offensive to the very idea of religious freedom itself.
"When [people] strongly dislike someone they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."
— Clarence Darrow, “The Story of My Life”
Remember, Fred Phelps was the figurehead for a cartoonish bigotry that is much more insidious and practiced regularly in our halls of governance, educational institutions, and houses of worship. Fred Phelps is gone but Westboro Baptist still exists — in fact, they’ve been going strong without him.
However, their sign-holding existence allows legislators and pastors to point to them and say, “I’m not a bigot, I don’t HATE gay people, I’m not like THEM.”
No, bigotry is bigotry. And Fred Phelps and his merry band of miscreants thrive on it and the civil rights lawsuits they provoke when people assault them or prevent their pickets.
Phelps will not have a funeral to picket. Which is fine — let him be buried in an unmarked grave, mourned by no one and forgotten by history. Or let his ashes be scattered the wind.
Those people suggesting a gay pride parade or picketing Fred Phelps’ allegedly imminent funeral are missing that he and his family are hate-fed attention hounds. Do not feed the beast. Whatever happens, I hope his funeral is not picketed, but ignored. Let him be buried in an unmarked grave in a potter’s field, forgotten by all and mourned by no one.
Toast to the satisfaction of one beast quieted, but remember the most insidious bigotry exists in our halls of governance and many mainstream houses of worship. Phelps was the obvious, cartoonish hate-monger screaming on the corner, but he was also the one to whom the most dangerous bigots could point to and say, “At least I’m not like HIM,” as they legitimize state-sponsored discrimination and attempt to bar equal rights and assistance to LGBTQIA people.
There is nothing that I can say about this that isn’t utterly horrible and tasteless. I’ll bite my tongue overall.
Whatever happens, I hope his funeral is not picketed, but ignored. Let him be buried in an unmarked grave in a potter’s field, forgotten by all and mourned by no one.
Good news! Gov. Jan Brewer did the right thing.
But we’re not done, y’all. These bills are popping up all over the country and amount to state-sanctioned bigotry that already exists in communities all across the globe.
Breaking news out of Turkey
But don’t forget, kids — he’s a self-described ally of the transgender community. Just leave him alone and be grateful he even CLAIMS to support you, you bigots! /sarcasm
But seriously — if people from a marginalized community call you out on your shit and this “poor me” whining is your reaction, you aren’t an ally, you’re a problem on two legs.
It is cisphobic to call out sexism and transphobia, according to Piers Morgan. Got it.
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BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL!
And, according to this anti-choice charmer, everyone has the right to get hit by a truck.
These comments are from CBS’ story on the recent case of a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman’s family being allowed to remove life support. She was kept alive against her wishes, and those of her family, because the hospital applied a Texas law stating life support may not be withdrawn from a pregnant person if the fetus is viable.
The judge did not interpret the constitutionality of the law, only ruling that because the fetus was severely abnormal, life support could be withdrawn — meaning a situation like this could happen again.
These comments were one of hundreds calling for the execution of her husband. This sums up why I use “anti-choice” versus “pro-life.” They are anti-people-having-a-choice. All they cared about was the possibility that the fetus be born. Nothing about this woman’s wishes, or the potential suffering of that child should it be born alive. Not one of them voiced concern for the suffering of her family, as they watched a woman they all loved be used as an incubator by the state.
If you want to talk about “playing God,” well, then this woman and her unborn child died last year in November. She was kept “alive” by man, by machines that created an illusion of life. Basically, this woman sums up the hypocrisy of the “pro-life” movement nicely: “Everyone has the right to be born, but if you do shit I don’t like after you’re born, I don’t care if you get hit by a truck!”
"Pro-life" ‘til the birth canal ends.
[Image text]: “Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Insurance Commissioner on or after the effective date of this subchapter that provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for prescribed drugs or devices approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.”
Behold, the Equity in Prescription Insurance and Contraceptive Coverage Act, signed by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2005. A rational law, mandating the coverage of contraception by health insurance providers in Arkansas.
Fast forward nine years later, and government mandates about contraceptive coverage are because “Uncle Sugar” thinks women are libidinous moochers. So which is it, Mike Huckabee?
So I have a shitload of asks right now, and I will be answering a bunch of questions this weekend, BUT I’m also offering to answer your questions as best as I can about the ACA. If you have a question like, “How do I sign up?” make sure you include your state, or else I can’t answer as specifically as I’d like.
Also let me know if you have tried to sign up yet. Some of you sending bitchy asks about not having health care but you’re wayyyy broke — well, come to find out in conversation you haven’t even checked if you’re eligible yet. Feel free to give me specifics, and we’ll see for which subsidies or programs you might be eligible.
Send me your ACA questions until 12:01 AM PST Sunday. I’ll answer them or if I can’t, direct you to where I think you CAN get answers. One question per person please! If you want me to answer it privately, let me know, or I will answer it publicly. Other than that, I’ll do my best! I’m not an expert, but I’ve done a significant amount of research and helped a lot of people sign up. I know the ACA has problems, it’s not working for everyone, it’s just a start, but it’s working for me. Hopefully I can help some of you folks get this healthcare shit figured out.
I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama
that came from taxes I paid.
Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.
I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!
Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.
Actually, Obama care reduces the deficit.
Watch this video linked above about how the ACA reduces the deficit! It’s incredibly informative AND well done. Then forward to your auntie that keeps sending you the annoying email forwards about death panels.