Sep. 29th, 2010 02:22 pm
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I really wish the Democratic Party would stop hounding me for money, or hounding me to remind me to vote.

When they would like to actually accomplish something, they can talk to me.

No forward movement on DADT, a healthcare bill that isn't enough, more chipping away at the abortion rights, a whole lot of being too scared of the republications to actually accomplish anything - they can bite me. 

I am no longer voting for the lessor of two evils.  I will vote for a  politican deserves my vote.  I suspect I won't be voting for many this year.  

If there is someone that you think I should vote for, send me a link to their voting record.  Please understand that I am liberal, I am the far left kind of liberal, and I actually think taxes are good thing, so don't bother if it's a tea party candidate.


Mar. 6th, 2009 10:07 am
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New York Times announced today that the unemployment rate is 8.1 %

That doesn't include the people that have been unemployment long enough to run out of benefits, or the people who took part-time work while they continue to look for full-time work.  I have seen speculations that the actual unemployment  rate is between 9 and 10 %.

I can't even comprehend these numbers.  I just can't.


Feb. 26th, 2009 11:35 am
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Wow, not even trying to hide the evil these days.

Republic State Senator Dave Schultheis  (Colorado) votes against a bill that would make mandatory HIV testing (with the option to opt out for the woman) for pregnant women.


"Sen. Dave Schultheis, of Colorado Springs, on Wednesday opposed a bill requiring pregnant women to be tested for HIV so that if they are infected their babies can be treated to prevent the virus's transfer.

"This stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and I just can't go there," he said."

And then he felt he had to explain himself some more:

"“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

You see, it is possible for a woman with HIV to give birth to a HIV-free infant - if she knows about her disease in advance and precautions are taken.

But, nope, this man wants the child to be sick.




Feb. 6th, 2009 11:45 am
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Tonight, I will bang on drums, hug my best friends, and, potentially drink some booze.

Because right now I am pissed.

My email box had 3 emails in it about the court case to revoke the marriages that happened before Prop 8.  My lj had links to a petition.

I don't have money to donate right now, but I am seriously considering how much I need another BPAL, and maybe the money would be better spent trying to convince people not to hate.  

I am angry.   I can't understand - I don't want to understand the kind of person who can try to unmarry these couples.  I am ashamed of California right now, and will be until that damn Prop  had been defeated, somehow, someway.  I hate being reminded of how we failed.

And I really should have stopped reading at that point - because then I got another lesson in how far we have to go -

There is a women in Italy, she is comatose, no hope of ever waking.  She had her made her wishes clear before her accident - she would not want to be kept alive.  Her father has fought to have the feeding tube removed - and the Italian government has issued an emergency decree insisting that the tube not be removed.

And this is what the Prime Minister has to say "I will do everything I can to save her life.  Eluana is alive, and she could have children."

Not brain function, but the ability to have children.  


I have been in the hospital room, with my father, my bio father who loved me and who I loved, when the doctors told us that he was going to die, that there was no hope, that the brain damage was going to be extensive.   I told that doctor off - I was barely a teenager and those words, they just couldn't be true - and we received a miracle - he lived, he woke up, the brain damage was much, much, much less than anticpated - some memory and balance problems, no cognitive function lost.

And yet?  I still support the right of anyone to say "I don't want to be kept alive if I am in vegetative state. "  I support their right to chose to die rather than be kept alive, in  a coma, in a hospital.  

And for the reason to a woman to be kept alive despite her wishes because her reproductive organs still work?  That is creepy and awful, and EVIL.

It's days like these that make me wish I believe in karma. 


Jan. 29th, 2009 06:43 am
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I was wrong.

I thought when it was time to compromise, Obama would be most likely to get rid of the things that were "woman's" issues.

Nope.  He didn't even wait to for it to be time to compromise...


Not a single damn republican vote, but hey, why not just take out any family planning in the health section.   Because the republicans will like that and vote for... nope, no votes there.
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So, Obama is having Rick Warren speak at his inauguration.

The same Rick Warren who likens abortion to the Holocaust and was one of the main forces behind the Prop 8 side.

I would just like to say to all those people who told I was worrying about nothing, nope it wasn't nothing. He's going to take the party to the right.


Nov. 5th, 2008 06:10 pm
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I am in the state's capitol. My hotel is the one that Arnold stays at.

While the hotel said it had internet, it failed to mention the really high fee it wanted. So I walked the mile to a Starbucks that had internet, but I need to walk back to complete today's work activities.

No internet, spotty news.

So I log on, find that prop 4 failed to pass (YES!) but also that Prop 8 will pass.

I am shocked. I am saddened. I am actually in a state of disbelief, and I am ashamed of California right now.

And I wish like hell I knew what to do about it.


Aug. 23rd, 2008 03:32 pm
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Joe Biden.

He voted for the bankruptcy bill.  Voted for a ban on partial-birth abortions that had no limitation on life or health of the mother.
He supports abstinence education.  He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Way to get more conservative Obama!

Not going to inspire me to change my mind about Obama.
I hope they lose.  I really, utterly hope they lose.  I want a liberal candidate.  I want a liberal candidate who doesn't feel the need to call women "sweetie" or "fiesty".

Maybe if they lose by enough there won't be a rush to middle next time.


Jun. 22nd, 2008 01:28 pm
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Obama is in support of the new FISA bill.  IE - it's legal to violate the rights of american citizens if the President says it is.

I will be calling senators this week, but one of them will be for it, and one of them against it, and nothing I do with change the for it's mind.


Jun. 13th, 2008 07:37 pm
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I am not going to be low hanging fruit*.  I will not be voting for Obama come November.   I am not going to vote the lesser of two evils, and I am not going to vote for Obama because I have less of a chance of losing Roe if he wins. 

To be frank, I don't trust him.  I don't trust him to not allow my rights to continue to be widdled away.  I don't trust to him to keep my interests in mind.   

CA isn't a state that will feel the loss of my vote, but I don't know that that would matter to me at this point.  I am getting rather sick of voting for people that I can't respect.

So those of you who know something about the independents, where should my vote go? 

From a recent transcript - from Media Matters for America -
"CHUCK TODD: ... So, I think when you look at this, and our experts, our pollsters said, boy they would worry about the suburban women thing. If they were Obama they'd worry about the suburban women thing first, before the men. They say, you know what? Hey, Bush won men by this much; you can still win it by losing men by that much. I'd argue and say if he slices men from 20 to 15, and you assume those women come home, then that's how he wins a big win. And he forces McCain to play defense.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: But in a political [unintelligible], women are low-hanging fruit, though, in the terms of politics.

TODD: Correct.

MATTHEWS: You can reach up and say, "I'm pro-choice, he's not.""

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"Reporter: Senator, how are you going to help the American auto worker?

Obama: Hold, hold on one second, sweetie—we're gonna do, we'll do a press availability…"

It's not the first time.  It's the second time that he's been caught at this. 

A female reporter is not "sweetie". 

I have a habit of referring to people as "hon" or "darling".  I get it from some of my relatives.  It's a habit that I really should try to break myself of, but I tend to call both male and females this way, and I do try to break the habit. 

I never once do this at work.  Never in a professional setting.  Never to anyone other than a friend or non-professional acquaintance.  Never when there is a power differential. 

He should know better.  He should care better.  Calling a female reporter "sweetie" and ignoring her question just doesn't fly.


Apr. 23rd, 2008 08:40 am
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10 pt lead!  10 pt lead!

Clinton is still in!!! 

<does the happy dance>


Feb. 29th, 2008 09:47 am
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If Obama wins the nomination, I will be once again voting against a candidate, rather than for one.

Obama gives one hell of a speech.  But in debates I have trouble telling exactly what his views are.  And he's too moderate for me.  He wants to leave the gay marriage situation at the state level (though he does want to revoke the DoMA) -

"But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage."

I don't want this decided at the state level.  

And I no longer trust him regarding choice:

"The issue of abortion, I don’t think, has gone away. People think about it a lot, obviously you do and you feel impassioned. I think that the American people struggle with two principles: There’s the principle that a fetus is not just an appendage, it’s potential life. I think people recognize that there’s a moral element to that. They also believe that women should have some control over their bodies and themselves and there is a privacy element to making those decisions."

Some control.  Some control.

I don't trust to him help end the slow erosion of abortion rights.  I think he will make concessions here and there, and that he doesn't care enough about this issue that I can trust him to keep our best interests at heart.

If Roe vs. Wade dies with a whimper instead of a bang, it's still dead. 

I was hoping for a election where I was proud to cast my vote for my candidate, rather casting my vote in fear of what the next four years could bring.

I am watching the arguments on my feminist blog debating not voting for Obama - staying home, voting for a third party candidate - and I have always come down on the side of doing less harm with your vote - if you are pro-choice, not voting for the candidate that will nonimate pro-choice judges is stupid.  (And henceforth for the other issues - normally one candidate is more moderate than the other).

But I am sick and tired of it.  I am sick and tired of voting in fear instead of pride.  I am sick and tired of democrat candidates hating to be called liberals.

One of the articles that quoted Obama at the debates shown him saying over and over again "It's not liberal to want (universal healthcare, etc).

Damn it, is liberal to want universal healthcare.  It is liberal to advocate birth control sex ed rather than just telling kids to not have sex. 

There is nothing wrong with being liberal. 

And a democratic candidate that feels that he need to not be a liberal, is a candidate that I don't want to vote for.

I don't want to see this country get worse.  But maybe if the people who don't consider it shameful to be called liberal stay home or vote third party we might eventually get a candidate who doesn't think being a liberal is shameful.


Feb. 14th, 2008 03:29 pm
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Obama is looking better.

But I was listening to NPR  - and someone pointed out that Obama is carrying the primary votes in states that will not be giving their electoral votes to a democrat.

Now I need to track down a breakdown and see if that's right.  Gah. 


May. 15th, 2007 10:31 am
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So, a majority of the judges on the Supreme court are Catholic.

The pope has come out stating that those in politics who support abortion, at all, are to be excommunicated.

Yeah, that's going to turn out well.
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SCOTUS decision.

5-4 to confirm the constiutationality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

This ban includes no exception for life and health of the mother.

This is not an abortion someone gets because they wake up one day and decide they no longer want to be pregnant.  The majority of these cases happen when the life of the mother is in danger, or the fetus is nonviable, or has extreme birth defects. 

The ruling:

And this is the face of that procedure - this is the type of woman who had to make a decision with her doctor that that type of abortion was the best for her:



And Ruth Ginsberg from the dissent:

 “the Court’s opinion tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception protecting a woman’s health.”

And partial birth abortion is a politically charged made up term, it's a not an actual medical term.  Nor is it adequately described in the freakin' law.   Most assume that it is the Dilation & Extraction procedure - but hell, if the bill had described it well enough, it couldn't be a springboard for more bans.

40 states already have bans on third trimester abortions except where the life or health of the woman is at stake.  An abortion past viability is already illegal in all states.

This law just makes women who already facing difficult decisions go through a little more hell.  This is often the procedure used when a women who has a wanted pregnancy that goes wrong - it becomes life endangering, the fetus is found to have severe defects.   Those who currently get D&X procedure do so because their doctors have decided that that particular procedure is the safer and easier than the alternatives - it doesn't mean that there aren't alternatives.   The alternatives are just more risky to the women's health, to her life, to her chance to have a child later.

It's not a lot of women affected - it's estimated that only 2200 of these procedures are done a year.   But it adds an additional burden to the women it does affect.  And it paves the way for further restrictions, further bans.  Last year we were speculating that Roe vs. Wade isn't going to be overturned per se.  It's just going to be weakened to be worthless.   And this is the opening salvo.

From American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' statement on the decision.

"According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) amicus brief opposing the Ban, the Act will chill doctors from providing a wide range of procedures used to perform induced abortions or to treat cases of miscarriage and will gravely endanger the health of women in this country....This decision discounts and disregards the medical consensus that intact D&E is safest and offers significant benefits for women suffering from certain conditions that make the potential complications of non-intact D&E especially dangerous"

Between this and the article that blames the first women murder at Virginia tech for "sparking" the killing spree.  The one who didn't even know her killer. 

I am sick of women as the scapegoat.  I am sick of politicans deciding which medical procedures a women should get. 

Don't try to talk politics with me for a bit.   I am angry.  I am  not going to be reasonable.  This is not a reasonable world. 
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Bristol-Myers is donating up to $100,000 to the National Aids Fund.

For each person who goes to their website (up to 100,000) they will donate $1 to the fund.   The counter was at 66705 when I went.  Here's the link.



Sep. 29th, 2006 10:09 am
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We are the downslide, folks.

The following is a link that lets you know how your senators vote on a given item.

I started emailing Boxer and Feinstein a year ago on issues that mattered to me. Starting getting emails back that look like _someone_ is reading my emails and bothering to respond (got one from Feinstein back that was very paternalistic over the Flag-Burning bill - but at least someone read it enough to try to logically answer my logic). Here's a link where you can see how your senators voted on a given bill. I need to hunt up my 'look up the wording of a bill' link. I don't have it accessable anymore - the computer it was on died, and I hadn't yet found delicious. (delicious is a web-based link saver - you can access your bookmarks from any computer using it).


I am not articulate enough to go into all the reasons why the Military Commissions bill is a very bad idea. It really boils down to - do you trust your government enough to take away the checks and balances? I don't.

about time

Aug. 17th, 2006 12:15 pm
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Warrantless wiretapping has been ruled unconstitutional.

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"We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine; and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular... We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." - Edward R. Murrow


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