A look at the way some forced-birthers see miscarriages as equally suspicious to a woman standing over her child’s body with a gun. I mean, sure, she says she didn’t kill the child, but hmm …
Category Archives: Undead sexist cliches
In South Carolina, one man shot and killed a teenager in the mistaken belief he was shooting at the female bullies who’d threatened his daughter. He got off using Stand Your Ground. However when a woman stabs her abusive boyfriend in self-defense, state prosecutors object that this is a total distortion of the Stand Your Ground principle and shouldn’t be allowed.
•A long, detailed look at the aggrieved mindset and supposed issues behind Gamergate (which I’ve written about before), which the author sees as stemming from the same resentments that fuel the Tea Party. Echidne adds some thoughts.
•California law now requires colleges dealing with rape/harassment accusations to use a standard of affirmative consent—someone has to give assent, even if it’s non-verbal. This freaks a lot of people out, but Jessica Valenti says it’s not going to make relationships that complicated. LGM looks at some legal issues. That blog also tackles another debate over consent.
I will say, contrary to Valenti, that it’s quite possible to think someone’s into you and interested in making love (or making out or whatever) when they’re not. I wasn’t very good at reading sexual signals at all (I can think of a few times in college they flew right over my head) and I suspect I’m not alone. But there’s no way that would have justified me jumping someone because I was sure they wanted it. Double-checking, getting a clear go signal, I think these are good things.
To wit, TYG and I went out to dinner on impulse, to one of our favorite restaurants in the area (Sage, vegetarian Persian cooking). Then I had to finish up work, and now I’m spent, so …
•The deficit is going down, but the deficit hawks who used to worry about it are still complaining because dammit, Obama hasn’t cut Social Security like he was supposed to!
•A new frontier in anti-abortion legislation: Tennessee (in response to judges who say abortion rights are protected by the Constitution) is considering a constitutional amendment that says absolutely nothing in the rest of the Constitution gives abortion rights any protection. Though of course, the legislators backing the amendment say that no, they wouldn’t try to ban abortion or anything …
•A sub-shop chain (Jimmy Johns) has a non-compete clause in its worker contracts that says they can never work for pretty much anyone who sells sandwiches if the restaurant competes with any Jimmy Johns anywhere.
•Helaine Olen (of Pound Foolish) traces the history of the myth that if we just stopped buying coffee at Starbucks in the mornings, we’d all be rich. The real problem, she says, is that the cost of things we have to have (gas, shelter, etc.) has gone up so much.
•Mitt Romney once promised that by the end of his presidential term, unemployment would be down to 6 percent. It didn’t take Obama that long.
•A couple of years ago, a U.S. Park Ranger tasered a man for walking his dog without a leash. The man sued in court and just won.
•NC Senate candidate Thom Tillis supported a resolution condemning slavery. This attracted flak from the right wing, apparently because they see it as the first step to paying reparations for slavery. So Tillis’ has an explanation: welfare is really reparations for slavery, so in condemning slavery he’s fighting the welfare state or something.
A pastor insists Christianity is hideously oppressed by gay rights advocates, though he comes up short of any examples.
•Right-to-life advocates for most of my memory either insist they’re protecting women and avoid the discussion of criminal penalties. As conservatives continue to shift rightwards, right-wingers are starting to call for murder prosecutions.
•Twitter takes on the Justice Department over the network’s right to talk about what requests for information the government has made of Twitter (right now Twitter can’t even say No, We Haven’t Been Asked).
•Unsurprisingly, now that we have a military dictatorship again, the US government is very happy.
•A stock right-wing excuse for supporting military regimes is that if we let left-wingers takeover things will be even worse. Looking at Latin American history, a couple of bloggers say no and no again.
•Giving police a back-door key to get into iPhone and Android systems will make them more vulnerable to anyone else who tries hacking them.
•A look at how long the accused have to wait for a trial in Mississippi (though parts of New York City’s courts have the same problem, though I can’t find the link for it now).
•Back in 2008, nine people died from contaminated peanut butter. Three executives were charged with knowingly shipping the tainted food and they’ve been convicted on various charges.
•There’s a voter registration drive targeting blacks in Ferguson Missouri. Conservatives consider registering black people to vote is inappropriate.
The Supreme Court’s decision not to review several cases striking down gay marriage bans makes gay weddings legal in five states (and will eventually affect several more, including North Carolina). Scott Lemieux argues it’s a very good outcome, as there’s no guarantee which way the court would have ruled.
•Yes, I think Amazon workers should be paid while they’re standing in line for security checks.
•I’ve blogged about it before, but some male atheists are as sexist as any patriarchal right-wing Christian
•Norway decided not to bid on the Winter Olympics. Among the International Olympic Committee’s requirements for a bid were that Norway create separate lanes on any roads the IOC would use and keep all other drivers out of them.
•In 2012, Floridian Michael Dunn shot a teenager he said threatened to shoot him after Dunn complained about the rap music in the teen’s car. Dunn claimed self-defense and got a hung jury. Now he’s been retried and found guilty. In case you’re wondering, no other witnesses saw a gun and no gun was ever found.
Not as much bicycling as usual due to schedule conflicts, but it was a beautiful ride in the cooling fall weather. First time I’ve had to wear my long pants to ride in a while.
But still it wiped me out, so nothing terribly deep.
The most striking blog post I read today was this one on Hullabaloo, showing former Executive Director of the Republican Party Todd Kincannon once again tweeting his heart out. Previously he’s discussed how Trayvon Martin would have grown up to be a drug whore (and deserved to be put down like a mad dog), and how a US soldier turned anti-war activist should have come home in a body-bag. His new assertion is that we need to wage war on Muslims “the way our forefathers did to the savages that infested America … A civilized people must never be afraid to charge through the savages and shoot all the males over the age of 12.” So much the same view as right-wing Christian Gary Kass, plus the added bigotry against Native Americans. Which doesn’t emerge as often in politics these days but it’s there (as witness Repub Pat Rogers two years ago saying for Arizona’s governor to meet with native tribes insulted and dishonored General Custer).
•A really grim article from Buzzfeed on how women who don’t stop their partners abusing their kids are sentenced to jail. Sometimes for as long as the abuser. Sometimes longer. Sometimes even though they were abused too, or tried calling police on their partner multiple times. And no, male spouses of abusive mothers are not held to the same standard. (Hat tip to Echidne).
•A look at how the story of the heroic marine who stands up to his atheist professor has developed on the Internet.
•Israel supporters often equate any criticism of Israel to anti-semitism. But here we have an open anti-semite (he’d love to see his neighbor sell his place, But Not to JEWS!!!) who explains no, he’s just anti-zionist.
In El Salvador, all abortion is banned. Even if the fetus can’t be born alive. Even if it’s a nine-year-old. One 18 year old spent four years in prison because police found her miscarriage suspicious (it would have been thirty if she hadn’t had support).
•Jim Hines dissects one guy’s solution to “taking the power back” from men who cat-call women: Ask the guy for his number!
•California bans non-reusable plastic bags.
•In Louisiana, the state pays for the cost of rape kits at the E/R, but the hospital often charges victims for the visit, any drugs they get … While in another state, the victim has to pay for a drug test (if she thinks she was roofied) unless the prosecutor agrees the expense is justified.
•Transferring money from families to relatives in prison is very profitable for the companies that do it.
•Ms discusses “benevolent sexism, a kind of reworked version of putting your wife on a pedestal.
•If you think the GOP is conservative now, it’s going to get worse after the election.
•Lena Dunham had a wonderful idea for her upcoming tour: hire people to work as her upcoming acts and not pay them.
•In the wake of the recent beheading by that Muslim guy in Oklahoma, the right wing freaks out (surprise!).
•A North Carolina teacher explains that the public school system’s attack on Christianity is like the Holocaust.
•The FBI objects to the very possibility smart phones might become so secure the FBI can’t just access them.