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This Oklahoma anti-abortion law is completely deranged — and comes with a big bill

It’s bad enough when the government requires institutions to post political propaganda. Now it wants them to pay for it, too.

A law passed last summer in Oklahoma requires licensed bathroom facilities open to the public to post signs containing anti-abortion messages. What the law did not include was funding to purchase and provide the signs businesses and other public institutions will need in order to be in compliance.Read more...Collapse )

The anti-abortion legislation that’s scarier than the heartbeat bill you’ve been hearing about

A horrifying bill that would essentially ban all abortions cleared the legislature in the state of Ohio earlier this week. Justifiably, abortion rights advocates are freaking out. The clearly unconstitutional measure would ban all abortions once a fetus’ heartbreak can be detected, which can happen just six weeks after conception.

Another piece of legislation the Ohio legislature has passed is perhaps even scarier because it will almost certainly stick as Stassa Edwards explains for Jezebel:Read more...Collapse )

Ohio’s extreme abortion bill is a reminder that if a fetus is considered a person, then women are not

The Ohio legislature voted this week to ban abortion at first detection of a fetal heartbeat, which is banning the procedure before some people even know they are pregnant, which is largely indistinguishable from banning all abortion. Now Republican Gov. John Kasich will sign it or veto it. Either way, the measure has done something significant.

The point of a heartbeat bill is bigger than policy. It’s also marketing. Pass or fail, it carries a message: We will never stop trying to take your body from you.Read more...Collapse )

Texas is about to enact horrifying new rules about abortion

Despite vehement protests from women’s health groups and abortion rights activists, new Texas rules will mandate that hospitals, healthcare centers, and abortion providers cremate or bury all fetal remains–regardless of how far along the pregnancy was.

The new rules, which are set to take effect on December 19, were proposed by Gov. Greg Abbott, who said in a summer fundraising email that fetal remains should not be “treated like medical waste and disposed of in landfills.”Read more...Collapse )

Source of all the above articles: Fusion

Those wacky anti-choicers, they just never stop, do they? And I have a feeling the shit has only just begun to hit the fan. Since the election, they've already started to get bolder and bolder. After the inauguration, look out!

ETA: UPDATE
Since this was posted, Kasich signed the 20 week ban into law and vetoed the heartbeat bill. The 20 week law sucks, but at least OH won't have to spend a fuck ton of taxpayers' money defending an indefensible law that would ban almost all abortions. *weary sigh*

Btw, until I posted these articles, I wasn't aware of how many states already have a 20 week ban. Horrifying.
I'm going to explain the Donald Trump phenomenon in three movies. And then some text.

There's this universal shorthand that epic adventure movies use to tell the good guys from the bad. The good guys are simple folk from the countryside... while the bad guys are decadent assholes who live in the city and wear stupid clothes.

In Star Wars, Luke is a farm boy... while the bad guys live in a shiny space station. In Braveheart, the main character (Dennis Braveheart) is a simple farmer... and the dastardly Prince Shithead lives in a luxurious castle and wears fancy, foppish clothes. The theme expresses itself in several ways -- primitive vs. advanced, tough vs. delicate, masculine vs. feminine, poor vs. rich, pure vs. decadent, traditional vs. weird. All of it is code for rural vs. urban. That tense divide between the two doesn't exist because of these movies, obviously. These movies used it as shorthand because the divide already existed.

We country folk are programmed to hate the prissy elites. That brings us to Trump...

If you only read one article about the election, make it this one.Collapse )

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Amazing piece about American's rural/urban divide. I read this last night and couldn't stop thinking about it. The truth is that Democrats forgot about these people; and since Leadership is systemic, so did we, the "elite" rank & file. Most of these rural areas could probably be easily be taken over by Democrats or Progressives but instead, they're ignored and made to feel like bad people. We must listen if we want to learn and work together
Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so.

He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion.

He believes that women he finds physically unattractive or overweight are lesser people.

He thinks that many Mexican immigrants are rapists.

He mocked people with disabilities.

He encouraged violence against protesters at his political rallies.

For years, he was the most notable person pushing the conspiracy theory that the first black president was illegitimate because he was supposedly not born in the United States.

And now, he will be America’s 45th president ― a position of power and prestige, meant to be the role model for children all over the country and offer the best of the best to the rest of the world.Read more...Collapse )

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Mods and everyone: I hope we can all try to remember that this is a very deeply felt loss for at least some of us here. Some people in this comm are genuinely suffering, devastated, and worried sick about REAL SHIT like health care and deportations and people losing rights they've fought long and hard for (not to mention fucking WWIII). Among other things, it would be awesome if we could all please try to play nice for a while, so some of us can have a chance to fucking heal from this debacle, instead of plunging this comm back into Hillary v. Bernie hell. Thank you.
CINCINNATI — In an arena normally reserved for ice hockey, the Donald Trump crowd was on edge.

Some wore shirts with slogans like “[Expletive] Your Feelings” or, in reference to the female Democratic nominee, “Trump that Bitch.” Others had buckets of popcorn, ready for the show. When the media entourage entered, thousands erupted in boos.

Anger and hostility were the most overwhelming sentiments at a Trump rally in Cincinnati last week, a deep sense of frustration, an us-versus-them mentality, and a belief that they are part of an unstoppable and underestimated movement. Unlike many in the country, however, these hard-core Trump followers do not believe the real estate mogul’s misfortunes are of his own making.Read more...Collapse )

Source: Boston Globe

So much to comment on here, I barely know where to start. One thing that stands out for me, though (not just here, but all over the place), is the disconnect between statements from the "Trump Campaign" and the pronouncements of its figurehead. "We reject violence in any form and will not allow it to be a part of our campaign,” SOUNDS great, Trump campaign sycophants, but how can you expect anyone to believe that when your candidate is running round actively promoting hate and violence in his stump speeches? Give me a break! Oh well, I guess that's what happens when you sign on to work for the reincarnation of Joseph Stalin (I say Stalin rather than Hitler, because Stalin is especially known for killing or deporting to forced labor camps millions of his own citizens (basically anyone he regarded as a threat, i.e., anyone who disagreed with him), something I could definitely see Trump doing, given the opportunity.) You sign on to work with someone like that, and you have to flush any ethics you may have come in with down the crapper, because sooner or later, you will find yourself doing all kinds of unethical things and lying like a rug as a matter of survival.

Meanwhile, Trump himself continues to stir up his adoring followers, and his rhetoric is getting uglier all the time. To Trump's campaign toadies and all the spineless Republican politicians who continue to endorse him (this means YOU, Paul Ryan), I don't know if any of YOU care whether Trump's ragtag army of deplorables erupts in violence when he loses, but I can guarantee you that their fearless leader would like nothing more. And whatever happens is on all of you: every Republican "leader" who stood by, endorsed, and/or declined to denounce him when they had the chance. May God have mercy on your souls. No, what am I saying, you already sold those. Have fun in hell.
It’s going to get worse for Donald Trump and his Republican party. Much worse.

Normal candidates might have realized they were bumping along the bottom of their election – if not, their life – when video emerged of them bragging, as a newlywed, about forcing themselves on women, genitals and all.

But not the man who promises to make America great again. Read more...Collapse )

Source: The Guardian

Ding-dong, the witch is dead! Stick a fork in that disgusting piece of trash, because he is DONE!
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday held a rare town hall event in New Hampshire that looked a lot like a trial run for Sunday’s second presidential debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

But the softball questions selected from a Trump-friendly crowd offered little practice for a nominee who desperately needs to overcome his widely panned performance in last week’s debate.Read more...Collapse )

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OMG, I don't know where to start. Everything about this -- the ridiculous "softball" questions (actually more like nerf balls than softballs!), the whiny baby excuses (waaahhhh, Hillary got all the easy questions, boohoohoohoo), his denial that she is prepping her ass off as we speak -- just screams that he didn't learn a THING from the first debate and that the narcissistic alternate reality he lives in will not allow him to recognize that he got chewed up and spit out because HE did a shit job, because Hillary knew what she was talking about and HE didn't know jack. All of which frankly makes me jump for joy and whets my appetite for Sunday.

I know, I know, don't count your chickens, don't get your hopes up, and all that. But lbr: everything in this article is totally in character for him, totally in sync with everything we know about his royal orangeness. So Even though I know life doesn't come with any guarantees, yadda yadda yadda, I'm enjoying the fuck out of this for now. I can already taste the schadenfreude pie, and it is DELICIOUS.

Oh, and Donnie? The CUBS are going to win the World Series. Just so you know.
Michelle Edmisten is angry. The Christian mother from Tennessee is upset that her daughter learned basic facts about the Islamic faith in her seventh grade social studies class.

Specifically, the class was expected to know that Islam’s holy book is called the Quran, and that there are five pillars of Islam that include performing ritual prayers and a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Unfortunately, it can be hard for some to step outside of their comfort zones and learn about the lives and experiences of other communities, though also very American. So Edmisten is taking it up with the Sullivan County school.Epic levels of stupid ensue.Collapse )

Source has video that I can't figure out how to embed.


In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.

That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.

Congratulations. We played ourselves.Collapse )

Weep with me ONTD_P

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OP: It appears that this article is a satirical piece, and Pence hasn't actually said any of these things. I have changed the tags to reflect this. Mods, should I take this post down? Please advise.

Mike Pence Opposes Word ‘Vice’ On Religious Grounds, Doesn’t Want To Be Called Vice Presidential Candidate

Mike Pence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s running mate, told the news media at a press conference Thursday that he no longer wants to be called a vice presidential candidate.

The Indiana governor, an evangelical Christian, explained that he opposes the word “vice” on religious grounds. Pence said that the Bible has strict prohibitions against vice. He said the word “vice” means, among other things, “immoral” or “wicked behavior.”

“That’s not who I am, and that’s not who I want people to think I am,” he said. “I can’t in good faith willingly condone a word I find deplorable without violating my Christian principles.”Read more...Collapse )

Source: HuffPost
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There was a trainwreck on American TV last night, in the form of NBC’s “Commander-In-Chief Forum,” hosted by The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer. In front of an audience of military veterans, Lauer asked presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in separate 30-minute segments, about matters of US foreign policy and national security.
It was tough to watch.

Lauer devoted nearly half of Clinton’s allotted time to re-litigating the questions over the candidate’s private email server while she was secretary of state—time that would have been better spent discussing more substantive issues, such as how the US will deal with the ongoing crisis in Syria. When Lauer did eventually ask Clinton more pressing questions, he repeatedly interrupted her, at one point telling her to respond to an audience member’s question about deploying US troops—the most grave and consequential decision an American president can make—”as briefly as you can.”

Then it was Trump’s turn. Lauer kicked things off by asking the businessman what in his life has prepared him to be the commander-in-chief of the American military. Trump’s response was that he “built a great company,” and has “dealt with foreign countries.”

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http://qz.com/776678/matt-lauer-displayed-the-worst-habits-of-american-journalism-during-nbcs-clinton-trump-commander-in-chief-forum/

My first post, be gentle please, I tried. lol
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