Hoody for Trayvon, Orange for Women

Today my avatar sports a hoody for Trayvon and is colored orange for women. These two issues are VERY related.

As a woman I know that if a stranger stalked me in his SUV, got out and approached me (with or without a gun) I would run. If he caught me I would fight with everything I had. And, if he shot and killed me he would be innocent in Florida. Yet not so long ago a Florida woman fired a warning shot at her abusive husband and got 20 years. This is not a good example of justice but it is the law.

The law is just whatever the lawmakers make it.

As citizens we need to make the connection between things like gerrymandering, big campaign funders, and the fact that the monied elite draft, distribute, and lobby for law that supports their business strategies.

“Shoot first ask questions later” laws were brought to state legislatures in 2005 by ALEC and its benefactors. In this case, the NRA and its benefactors.

Manipulating the law to sell weapons and ammo is no different than manipulating the law to sell ambulatory surgical center services. Both came from the same place, as did voter suppression strategies. It may not make sense on the surface, it may not even be ethical or moral, but it is legal and it is profitable.

One giant leap for plutocracy… for now. We will #FreeTheElected from the control of big business campaign funders and stop this fashionable trend of law for profit.

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More DANCING for DOLLARS at the Expense of Women

More DANCING for DOLLARS in DC: yesterday’s House vote on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is nothing more than a cash cow. Have you had enough of this? I have.

There are millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions to be made by NOT resolving the issue of a woman’s right to choose when she will give birth. Both sides of the political drama benefit, but we, the people out here in reality land, become collateral damage.

Women who seek terminations at 20 weeks or beyond have serious medical conditions that are exacerbated to life threatening status by pregnancy. If an exception is actually given for such cases, all cases will end up as exceptions EXCEPT women without access to primary, let alone specialized, care. It should have been called the “Death to Poor Women With a Life Threatening Pregnancy Act.”

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By the way, what about a Pain-Capable BORN Child Protection Act? No campaign contributions for that one?  Didn’t think so.

Citizenship for Zygotes – so what?

The robo-partisans want to extend 14TH Amendment constitutional rights to zygotes: citizenship for the fertilized egg. Big deal.

I can own a gun – lots of guns. I can shoot and kill a citizen who breaks in to my house or scares me on the street.  I have the gun: the perception of threat is mine. The NRA and ALEC tell me so.

I guess if we recognized rape pregnancies as intruders, or any untimely pregnancy as scary – citizen or not – I should have the right to defend myself. The perception of threat should be mine.

The catch? I think the robo-partisans would have to accept my rights if only doctors used a tiny tiny tiny little gun to end the pregnancy, preferably one purchased at an ALEC – NRA member outlet.

WalMart Shoppers and Forced Abortion

A well-known forced abortion opponent,  Chen Guangcheng’s treatment by the U.S. embassy in Beijing and by Chinese officials is in the news. While some  of the anti-choice persuasion in America want to make political hay from the ginger treatment required in any international incident, I want to point to something more obvious.

Do these people shop at WalMart? Do they buy goods made in China? This is the communist, forced abortion / forced sterilization, land of infanticide (of girls), anti-civil rights nation that controls a good chunk of our economy: the 500 pound gorilla in the corner of our global fiscal demise; a major answer to the question, “where did our jobs go?”; the excuse we get for current gas prices; and the country surpassing ours in every socio economic indicator that matters. This is the country predicted to replace America as the first nation of the world. And we are their best customer.

When will we see that if we want to save lives we should start by saving America?

POSTCARD: Moms, Gas Prices, and Tax Loopholes

Graphic by Paul Smalley

Norquist Pledge signer Michele Bachmann, criticized the president today for gasoline prices, saying that because of him women would pay an additional $2000 this year at the pump, yet, she seems fine with oil companies having paid no taxes and even receiving corporate welfare. Last I checked, a good private school cost more than $2000 per year, and if the oil companies actually paid their taxes, my public school would be in fine shape.

Thanks for your concern, “working mom”.

POSTCARD: Pink Slime and Jobs

I heard the pleading from Iowa governor Branstad that a couple of hundred jobs have been lost in his state because the public won’t tolerate pink slime in their beef. Add to this the recent USDA hinting concern, after decades of credible evidence, that routine use of antibiotics in livestock (made necessary by inhumane treatment that guarantees illness) causes harm to the down stream consumers, and the J-word it out again.

On Up With Chris Hayes this morning, Mark Bittman pointed to the obvious: when employment declines in an industry in favor, it’s a jobs issue, despite the fact that our ever-changing world will always make jobs go away. My mind raced to buggy whips.

Yet, when the Norquist Pledgers demand that the top tax-tier rates remain “cut”, and preserve designer loop holes for some corporations that keep them from paying taxes all together, the resulting  hundreds of thousands of job losses for public servants (conveniently dubbed “government”) like special ed teachers, librarians, school janitors, animal control, public health nurses, fire investigators, crime detectives, and those guys that fill in pot holes to name a few, is NOT a jobs issue, it  is an economic freedom issue.

Who really believes that?

POSTCARD: Let’s Talk About War

When “mega corporate persons” decided there was profit in saying “Happy Holidays” (holy days), some declared there was a war on Christmas. They screamed about “winter break” or lack of a manger on county courthouse lawns (ours has a Christmas tree). The right to private religious practice seems inadequate to them.

There are even religious and political organizations that now challenge the long held stand for the separation of church and state in America,  boasting they will take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. But first they are taking their case to the people’s courts: the pulpit and Fnews.

These are pretty much the same people who say there is no war on women: that the hundreds of laws across this nation and in our Congress, throwing equal access to medical science back over 50 years for over half the population is not an attack; that the fact that some of us will actually die because of these laws does not make this combat; and that imposing their religious beliefs on different-believers is not un-American.

Now, just who has a war on their hands?