March 4th, 2012

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More incendiary rhetoric from Newt Gingrich: Iran "should expect to get hit"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with President Obama next week and Iran will most likely “dominate the conversation” as the New York Times noted. While the President made a strong case for diplomacy in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program during an recent interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Netanyahu warned against talks.

On Fox News, Greta Van Susteren asked GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich how he’d handle the meeting with the Israeli prime minister. While Gingrich said he would brief Netanyahu on all the “non-military means” he would employ to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, he added that Israel “would receive support from the United States” if it decided to attack Iran. But the former House Speaker didn’t stop there:

GINGRICH: I would also point out that a Gingrich presidency would communicate publicly to the Iranians that if they continue to do what they’re doing, they should expect to get hit, and it will be their fault for having caused it.

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I hope she does sue

Will Sandra Fluke Sue Rush Limbaugh?

Sandra Fluke said Friday that she is entertaining the possibility of a suit against the conservative talk show host.

“I’ve certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point,” the 30-year-old Georgetown University law student told The Daily Beast.

Limbaugh called Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut” for testifying that she and her classmates could pay $3,000 for three years of birth control at Georgetown, a Catholic-affiliated school whose health plan does not cover contraception. That sum, Fluke said, is out of reach for many.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi held a hearing on contraception after Fluke was denied entry into Rep. Darrell Issa's hearing on the topic. These discussions are taking place in response to the Obama administration's mandate that employers provide contraception to their employees free of cost. After blowback from religious groups, including the Catholic community, the administration added that insurance companies would shoulder these costs for religious institutions that ideologically oppose them.

Fluke was quick to emphasize that preventing pregnancy is not the only reason women choose birth control, and that it can be necessary for other health reasons.

The possibility of a lawsuit over Limbaugh’s remarks was floated Friday by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York. Introducing a speech by Sen. John Kerry at New York Law School, Maloney said “we will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he’s really trying to do is silence a young woman. It’s unfair, it’s un-American.” Maloney also suggested that Sybil Shainwald, a prominent women’s-rights attorney, would be the perfect counsel for the case.
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Lucy - Fierce & Fabulous


"It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions." - Harvey Milk (1973)

Warnings, Notes, and Disclaimers
SPECIFIC TRIGGER WARNINGS: Classroom-safe descriptions of discrimination. Nothing graphic.
IMAGE CONTENT: People, signs, and rainbows.
NOTES: More detailed, follow-up posts for each "letter" are already scheduled. I was going to try to include some sections about discrimination, history, societal attitudes, important people, etc. in this post but they're such huge topics I think they'd be more justly served if they got their own posts. DAMN YOU, character limit!
DISCLAIMER: If there is no post next week it's because I'm playing Mass Effect 3.

Info Posts are a "safe space" to ask questions you might otherwise be too shy to. Please do not reply to people with "Plz Google" or "educate yourself". Everyone should enter these posts with a learn and teach mindset (in that order). WITH THAT SAID, HOWEVER, please remain mindful of your questions and phrasing, be open-minded, learn, and know when to be quiet. If you are flippant with your ignorance, I will not stop angered members from telling you about yourself.

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Thanks for reading, as usual!

Comments are back on. I think I'm going to randomly edit the post with moar pics throughout the day though. Thank you for your patience!
hockey duncs.

You Can Play: Behind Patrick Burke’s bold effort using NHL players to fight homophobia in hockey

Patrick Burke calls it "casual homophobia" in hockey.

It's the jocular language used in the locker room and on the ice that's intended to be humorous among teammates or insulting to opponents, but are essentially gay slurs for comedic effect. It's the kind of language that's helped keep gay players in the NHL and other levels of professional hockey from being candid about their sexuality, feeling the environment isn't a friendly or safe one.

"Those guys are using homophobic slurs but not meaning them in a homophobic sense. You see a guy say 'don't be gay' and he's not saying 'don't be a homosexual,' he's saying 'don't be an ass,'" said Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers.

"We're all about makin' fun of each other. I understand how guys bond. But we need to cut out that language so those athletes that are hiding can feel safe."

You Can Play is Burke's bold new initiative that enlists NHL players — the count is up to around 30 as the campaign kicks off on Sunday — to "change the sometimes homophobic culture of locker rooms with a message that athletes should be judged on athletic skill and ability, not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors," according to the organization.

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I really love this and it's a step in the right direction. Seeing many of my favourite athletes involved in this is great.
Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

Britain's most senior Cardinal: We cannot afford to indulge this madness

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien (Archdiocese: St Andrews and Edinburgh) 

sets out his opposition to the Government's plans to legalise gay marriage.

The Government is this month launching a consultation on same-sex marriage, asking the public whether it should be introduced in England and Wales.

I hope many respond and consider signing the petition in support of traditional marriage organised by a new organisation, the Coalition for Marriage.

On the surface, the question of same-sex marriage may seem to be an innocuous one.

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Louis Theroux in Hell

let the heathens spill theirs on the dusty ground ♪♪

Wilmington City Council Passes Resolution Urging 'Personhood' Rights For Sperm

The Wilmington City Council has a message for men -- sperm are people, too.

The council for Delaware's largest city passed a resolution by an 8-4 vote Thursday calling on the Delaware legislature, other state legislatures and the U.S. Congress to pass laws granting "personhood" rights to eggs and sperm. The resolution was authored by councilwoman Loretta Walsh as a protest in the current battle over women's health care access.

"[E]ach 'egg person' and each 'sperm person' should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian," says the resolution. "[L]aws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States to promote equal representation, and should potentially include laws in defense of 'personhood,' forbidding every man from destroying his semen."

The vote came the same day that the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment that would have given employers the right to refuse any health care service to employees for moral reasons.

Walsh isn't the first lawmaker to introduce such a measure. Sen. Constance Johnson, a Democratic state senator from Oklahoma, introduced and later withdrew an amendment to a "personhood" bill that would have given zygotes the same rights as adults. "However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child," reads the amendment.

Other legislators have lodged similar protests. As the Virginia legislature considered a bill requiring women to undergo mandatory ultrasounds before abortions, state Sen. Janet Howell put forth an amendment mandating that men get a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test prior to being treated for erectile dysfunction. (The mandatory ultrasound bill has since passed the state Senate and the governor is expected to sign, albeit no longer requiring an invasive transvaginal ultrasound.) Georgia state Rep. Yasmin Neal introduced a bill vastly limiting vasectomies for men as a protest against an abortion bill in her state.

"What's good for the gander is good for the goose," said Walsh, according to The News Journal.

Huffington Post

Huh?  From cail
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The PR Man Behind the Oscar Night Anti-Humane Society Slam

Americans who endured Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony were treated to a surprisingly aggressive campaign-style ad attacking the Humane Society for supposedly spending less than one cent of every dollar it takes in on animal shelters. The ad opens with a blaring siren on one side of the screen and footage from a Humane Society TV spot on the other. "Consumer alert!" a voiceover declares. "If you've seen this ad or donated to the Humane Society of the United States, you should know that only one penny of every dollar donated goes to local pet shelters."

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"The only reason he's attacking us is that we're the most effective animal protection group in the world, not because we're bad at what we do," Pacelle says. He pointed out that just a few weeks ago the Humane Society persuaded McDonald's to stop confining pregnant pigs in cramped gestational crates. "They'd love it if we put all our money exclusively into rescuing animals on the street and didn't get to the source of the problem."

Source is Mother Jones, always an excellent source for shenanigans from the right.

Video embedded at the source.

TV advert for The Guardian newspaper.

This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion.

OP: The power of modern print and social media through a modern retelling of the Three Little Pigs story. Thought-provoking in a surreal kind of way I think.
Gryffindor corgi

Women's HERstory Month Day Four: Ain't We Women?

Day 4: Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth

Born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Harriet's ancestors had been brought to America in shackles from Africa during the first half of the 18th Century. Harriet was the 11th child born to Benjamin Ross and Harriet Greene (slaves of Edward Brodas), her given name was Araminta and she was often called "Minty" as a child. But by the time she was an adult she was calling herself Harriet.

As was the custom for many slaves, Harriet began working at an early age. When five years old, she was first sent away from home, "loaned out" to another plantation, checking muskrat traps in icy cold rivers. She quickly became too sick to work and was returned, malnourished and suffering from the cold exposure. Once she recovered, she was loaned out to another plantation, working as a nurse to the planter's infant child. By the age of 12, she was working as a field hand, plowing and hauling wood. At 13, while defending a fellow slave who tried to run away, her overseer struck her in the head with a two-pound weight. This resulted in recurring narcoleptic seizures, or sleeping spells, that plagued her the rest of her life.

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Sojourner Truth was born in 1797 on the Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh estate in Swartekill, in Ulster County, a Dutch settlement in upstate New York. Her given name was Isabella Baumfree (also spelled Bomefree). She was one of 13 children born to Elizabeth and James Baumfree, also slaves on the Hardenbergh plantation. She spoke only Dutch until she was sold from her family around the age of nine. Because of the cruel treatment she suffered at the hands of a later master, she learned to speak English quickly, but had a Dutch accent for the rest of her life.

She was first sold around age 9 when her second master (Charles Hardenbergh) died in 1808. She was sold to John Neely, along with a herd of sheep, for $100. Neely's wife and family only spoke English and beat Isabella fiercely for the frequent miscommunications. She later said that Neely once whipped her with "a bundle of rods, prepared in the embers, and bound together with cords." It was during this time that she began to find refuge in religion -- beginning the habit of praying aloud when scared or hurt. When her father once came to visit, she pleaded with him to help her. Soon after, Martinus Schryver purchased her for $105. He owned a tavern and, although the atmosphere was crude and morally questionable, it was a safer haven for Isabella.
But a year and a half later, in 1810, she was sold again to John Dumont of New Paltz, New York. Isabella suffered many hardships at the hands of Mrs. Dumont, whom Isabella later described as cruel and harsh. Although she did not explain the reasons for this treatment in her later biography narrative, historians have surmised that the unspeakable things might have been sexual abuse or harassment (see the biography on Harriet Jacobs, the only former slave to write about such), or simply the daily humiliations that slaves endured.

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Rukia wtf?

Right to assemble? Surely you jest!

Peaceful Protesters Opposed To Virginia GOP’s War On Women Get Surrounded By Riot Police And Dragged Away (VIDEO)

On Saturday, a group of protesters gathered at the Virginia state capitol to protest the Republican war on women, which hit a climax last week when the state GOP faced a firestorm of criticism over the transvaginal ultrasound bill. Though the language has been toned down, the bill is still seen as a violation of women’s rights and privacy.

But instead of being allowed to peacefully protest, riot police moved in, surrounded the group and dragged them away under gunpoint. Here’s the shocking footage.

This is just a jaw dropping response to protesters fighting for women’s rights, and it is despicable that Governor Bob McDonnell and the Republican Party allowed it to happen. If this group had been an anti-abortion group, there wouldn’t have been any harassment by police whatsoever. But since the protesters are pro-women’s rights, they had to be silenced by the anti-women GOP.

Fuck the police.  Fuck everything.  

Sauce here and in the title.
Dai Li - Mindbending

NBC/WSJ poll: Primary season takes "corrosive" toll on GOP and its candidates

By Mark Murray, NBC News Senior Political Editor

As another round of voting takes place this week in the Republican presidential race – with 11 states holding Super Tuesday contests – a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that the combative and heavily scrutinized primary season so far has damaged the party and its candidates.

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OP Note: For some odd reason, the Nelson Laugh is playing in my head over and over again. I can't quite figure out why.

Pride & Prejudice

I've spent the past 2 days trying to convince my 16-year-old she is not a "slut"

I can hardly type, can hardly put this into words! I have been writing and rewriting this because if I don't break down in tears, I get so angry that I can't think straight! I know that so much has already been written about this whole issue, but I am writing this diary from a very personal point of view; forgive me if I find no humor in any of this, excuse me if I take no part in celebrating the loss of sponsorship for that pig's radio program.

You see, my 16 year old daughter came home from school on Friday in tears and has been in a state of utter despair since. She was told, in no uncertain terms, that she is a slut, a prostitute, a horny piece of trash that is out to sleep with every guy in school! The horrid little monsters who started harassing my daughter had the audacity to tell her their mothers were the ones who labeled her with these despicable opinions- they were just "telling it like it is, you know, like that guy on the radio! The one who isn't afraid to tell the truth!" Who does this?! How does Rush Limbaugh or anyone else have the right to do this, to say these things about anyone?

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Putin 'wins' Russia's presidential election

Putin 'wins' Russia's presidential election
Vladimir Putin on course to victory in the first round over his four rivals, exit polls and initial results show.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led the pack in the first report of results announced by the Russian Central
Electoral Commission seconds after polls closed in the country's presidential election.

With 30 per cent of the votes counted at 19:00 GMT, Putin was leading by a landslide, with 63.4 per cent.

He appeared before a crowd of around 100,000 supporters at a square near the Kremlin on Sunday evening to celebrate his victory.

Speaking with the current president, Dmitry Medvedev, at his side, Putin showed uncharacteristic emotion.

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