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On Mandatory Miscarriage Funerals

For my own sanity, I’ve been staying OUT of this election so far. I just don’t have the mental bandwidth to deal with this shit show. So last night when I stopped into the crack van (just to say hi, I wasn’t watching the debate) was the first I’d heard of Mike Pence’s stance on mandatory funerals for miscarried fetuses. Horrified, I mentioned a story then that I didn’t want to take over the crack van to explain, but I’ll tell it now.

I went to Catholic high school during the early 2000s. George W Bush was newly-elected President, and this asswipe was the bishop of the diocese. Catholic values, as they were being taught to me, were basically “the gays are going to hell” and some combination of “if you have sex before you get married you’re going to get pregnant immediately and go to hell” and “if you abort that pregnancy so we can’t tell you had sex before you got married, you’re also going to hell”. There was no compassion, there was no understanding, there was just a lot of if you have lady parts you are a Bad Person.

Well, a friend and classmate of mine, Amy (not her real name), behaved like a normal 17-year-old and had sex with her serious boyfriend. She got pregnant, and because of all of this “no sex, also abortion is bad” bullshit, she starved herself for a month until she miscarried. The religion teacher got wind of this and suddenly “also miscarriage means you’re bad” made its way into the curriculum, along with not-so-subtle hints that naming the miscarried baby and giving it a funeral would make you right with God.

So she did, and maybe it made her right with God, but I don’t think she’ll ever be right with herself again. The last time I heard any news about her, we were 24 and she had four children by two different fathers and was still mourning her high school self-induced miscarriage.

Miscarriage funerals can be very important, positive points of closure for hopeful parents, and I don’t mean to say that they are inherently awful. But forcing a formerly-pregnant person to wallow in that if they just want to move on with their life is… abhorrent when it comes from the Church, and completely fucking unacceptable when it comes from the State.

All in all, I’m thinking it was a good call for my sanity that I checked out of this election process ages ago. I’m gonna go vote early for Secretary Clinton tonight and then crawl back under my rock, thank you very much.

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Autonomy Comes At Too High A Cost

I originally posted this in a comment, but then I remembered that it’s Wednesday and I’m (nominally) the Wednesday guest poster here, sooooo:

I got an email from the chancellor of UW-Madison yesterday, as I’m an employee of the university. You may remember that former chancellor Biddy Martin was the one advocating for greater autonomy from the state for the UW system, and UW-Madison in particular in the first place, and she actually left in no small part because it hadn’t gone through fast enough for her. Current chancellor Rebecca Blank, however, is less excited about all of this:

The $300 million cut is believed to be the largest in the history of the university. In the past, large cuts have always been mitigated by additional tuition revenue from both resident and nonresident students.

This proposed cut, on top of the reduction in the last state budget, would result in a more than 15 percent decrease in state funds to the university over a four-year period. Fully absorbing these cuts would harm our students and their educational experience.

I appreciate the opportunity for additional flexibility and management efficiencies that a public authority might bring, and would work hard to implement these effectively on our campus. It would be challenging, however, to engage in a major reorganization while also coping with a large budget cut.

And Scotty just imposed a two-year tuition freeze, too, because apparently we have a “sizeable surplus”…

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Gruesome grab bag edition

Morning, all!

No unifying theme this week, I’m afraid – just random derpitude.

Let’s start with – Read it and sweep! (composite thread)

Republican Establishment Gloats After Primary Victories
Breitbart ^ | 05/06/14 | Tony Lee

Posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎AM by Viennacon

The Republican establishment gloated after three underfunded Tea Party challengers failed to knock off incumbent Republicans in primaries on Tuesday while another establishment-backed candidate secured the GOP nomination for Senate in North Carolina.

“Next up is that fraud @MattBevin! #GOP,” tweeted Jahan Wilcox, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who is now the RNC’s director of rapid response. (He later deleted it and said his thoughts were his “personal opinions.”)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) defeated her primary challenger Frank Roche despite a series of high-profile outbursts in support of amnesty. Ellmers was heavily backed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us group.

“Folks should be talking more about Ellmers,” tweeted Becky Tallent, a senior aide to Speaker John Boehner who formerly served as one of Sen. John McCain’s top amnesty lieutenants.

Boehner (R-OH) unsurprisingly coasted to victory against challenger J.D Winteregg. In response, Ana Navarro, the Jeb Bush ally, promptly tweeted,”Congratulations to @johnboehner on decisive primary win. Rumors of his demise were greatly exagerated…who’s crying now?”

Ohio freshman Rep. David Joyce defeated Matt Lynch, who was endorsed by FreedomWorks and Ron Paul, which prompted Brian Walsh, the former NRSC director of communications who still advises the group, to tweet, “BOOM.”

In the night’s main event, Tillis avoided what would have been a costly runoff to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate by securing more than 40% of the vote. He will take on vulnerable incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the fall. Tillis defeated Greg Brannon — who was backed by FreedomWorks, Rand Paul, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and nearly every local Tea Party group — and Mark Harris — who received the support of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Chamber of Commerce, and American Crossroads backed Tillis for the win.

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And these people are relying on suckers to vote for them henceforth. Just listen to their sneering jibes. If you think these people will save America, you’re dead wrong.
1 posted on ‎5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎AM by Viennacon
If you think bugfuck crazy fringe candidates are going to win elections, you’re dead brain.
To: Viennacon

Flux the GOP and the majority morons called voters. Flux politics too all rotten stuff mostly with mostly rotten people involved. Precious few are salt of the earth types.

2 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎36‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
Go flux yourself.
So – how did this ever happen (since the teahadists have their finger on the political pulse of America)?
To: Viennacon

Liberals are really circling the wagons now. Wonder how much primary fraud is going on?

4 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎38‎:‎52‎ ‎AM by Olog-hai
Never mind.
To: Olog-hai

Liberals circling the wagons? My friend, just look at some of the other threads here tonight. MASSIVE surge of pro-Karl Rove, anti-conservative sentiment. Not sure if these poindexters were sent over specifically from DU or if they are just the more insane McCain section of FreeRepublic rearing their ugly heads.

One thing is for sure, JimRob needs to get out the Zot, and set it to kill.

6 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎43‎:‎48‎ ‎AM by Viennacon
WOO HOO!!! MOAR PURITY WARS!!!
To: Olog-hai

It’s beyond madness. The Establishment is right now tearing into conservatives, on the war path… and various Freepers are jumping on the bandwagon!

If this is not fixed, then FR will have transformed from a conservative site to a republican site… two very different things.

10 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎50‎:‎08‎ ‎AM by Viennacon
To: Viennacon
“If this is not fixed, then FR will have transformed from a conservative site to a republican site… two very different things.”

That happened long ago.

18 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎06‎:‎37‎ ‎AM by Godebert
Ban-Watch_It
To: Viennacon
One thing is for sure, JimRob needs to get out the Zot, and set it to kill.

Oh yeah! That’s JUST what we need. Another purge after the very first series of primaries. Good grief.

44 posted on ‎5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎6‎:‎12‎:‎48‎ ‎AM by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
More after the quantum singularity…

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But why can’t I assume I know you already?

We gon’ talk about some gender issues today, sorry kids:

Some women are so excited to take on the name and identity of their husband. That is great! Some women want to combine their past with their future through hyphenation. My mother was progressive by dumping her middle name and making “Steinhorst” her middle name. Even though I am Alana Henkel, I am still Mrs. Laufman. I am defined by my husband whether or not I ask for it. Why can’t he be Mr. Henkel, the husband of Alana Henkel?

The issue of changing (or not) one’s last name upon marriage has been done to death, not just on the internet, but in a lot of people’s personal experiences as well. I have cousins who are siblings but their last names are different: the older brother has my aunt’s last name but the younger two siblings have my uncle’s. Women who do significant things (publish articles, perform in shows, whatever) when unmarried have an additional pressure to not change their names to remain associated with their previous work.

But the taking of the husband’s name is also simply our cultural norm – because people like being able to assume things about other people. They like to look at a pair of apparently opposite gender people, see a pair of rings, and think “I only have to learn one last name: his”. Even if he were Mr. Henkel, husband of Alana Henkel, people would still refer to her as Mrs. Laufman, wife of [his name] Laufman. Cultural norms and assumptions like that make us think we know a lot more about everyone around us than we actually do.

I bring this up in light of a post I reblogged on tumblr (all spelling and capitalization is [sic]):

nice when cis people have their preferred pronouns up on their page. this isnt sarcastic i really appreciate when cis people do this because it helps reject the normalization of the assumption of a persons gender based on their appearance. thank u if u do this and if you dont it would be nice if you would. its helpful.

Why do we just look at someone and assume we know what their gender is? As a woman on the internet I get misgendered a lot, and it’s jarring. One of my friends is trans* but has not yet started medically transitioning, merely binding his chest and dressing masculinely. He and I were walking through a vendor room at a convention, and a person we’d never met stepped back for us to “let you ladies through”. When someone looks completely androgynous, it’s not uncommon to hear confused people wondering “what is that, a boy or a girl?”

Could we have a conversation about this, First Draft? You’re not the typical group of people with whom I have this conversation, so I’m very interested in your opinions. Have you had any last name snafus? Ever had your pronoun usage corrected? How would you react if someone introduced themselves to you and added their preferred pronouns?

Parting the Red Sea

Uterus-not-havers, buckle up, cuz we talkin’ ’bout menstruation today.

My first period happened when I was 11. Every roughly 20-26 days after that, I got to bleed for another 8. The first two nights I didn’t get to sleep because they did not make feminine hygiene products that could deal with the amount of blood I lost. My cramps were so bad that my choices were “knock self out with Excedrin” or “be screaming in pain” and I’m not actually exaggerating this time.

I mention this because if there happened to be a math test on day 1 of “that special time” when I was “not at my best” because my “vagina was bleeding”? I was completely and totally screwed. Roughly once a month I was physically incapable of being a functional member of society, not because of any sort of social taboo or “moon hut” or whatever, but because my body was attempting self-seppuku. I was actually ecstatic when my period showed up on a weekend because while it completely ruined my weekend, at least I wasn’t missing obligations.

When I was 21 I found out that the birth control pill could be used to at least help regulate that sort of thing and might even make things a little less awful. When I finally got around to telling my parents that I was on the pill, it was in the context of being out shopping on day 1 of my period and my mother stopped and stared at me with her mouth open like “holy shit you can move?!” Last summer I got a hormonal IUD implanted and I haven’t had a period since – and I have never felt so much like an actual, functional member of society. This is what half of society feels like all the time, with no interruptions to their concentration or having to think about crap did that tampon just blow out and I need to get to the bathroom to check but I have to finish out this meeting because it’s important and nope there go my favorite work khakis and my pride.

We’re so squeamish as a society about menstruation, we’re fighting to get contraceptives removed from obligate insurance coverage because SLUTS, but the unfortunate side effect of that is not just that people with uteruses who like having sex with people with penises might occasionally be “punished” with unwanted babies but also that we’re Keeping Women In Their Places because they can’t afford to choose when and if Aunt Flo shows up or what force she shows up with. And that’s some bullshit right there.

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Women’s voices matter

To begin: I am a woman teacher of introductory computer sciences. My two sections this semester have 150 students each. When I say there’s a “pretty good” gender balance, I mean it doesn’t take me too long to find women to make eye contact with while I’m lecturing. It’s definitely nowhere near 50-50, though.

I had a student come into my office hours on Monday and mention, in passing, how intimidating it was that whenever I’d ask a question there were a bunch of male hands that would immediately jump into the air. “The guys already know all this,” she told me. The thing is – they don’t. Most of the time their answers are incomplete or straight up wrong, but the hands are there. The hands always go up. Clearly they know.

I make an absolute point of calling on a woman if she raises her hand, because it’s important for other women – and men – to hear a female voice answering a question. But am I self-sabotaging? Are women afraid to raise their hands now because they know they’ll be called on? I don’t know. What I do know is that right now, the class is falling back into that depressing rut of “programming is for white and east Asian men”, and I feel like I’m already defeated.

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Feed Ferguson

While I’ve been following the events of Ferguson as closely as I can from three states away, I haven’t felt like my white ass has had a lot to add on the subject.

Clearly I’m speaking up today, but I’ll still just keep this short and to the point:

As the world watches the events unfolding in Ferguson, many people have thought “how can I help?”. As a public school teacher, my first thought is always about the children involved in any tragic situation like this. When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.

ALL OF THIS MONEY WILL GO TO FEED KIDS IN FERGUSON. A dollar or a hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter. You will be helping to put food in the mouth of a child who needs it. Regardless of your opinion on the civil unrest in Ferguson, there is no need for innocent children to go hungry because of it.

There’s only a day left in the fundly campaign, which started with a goal of $20K and as of this writing is over $125K. These kids aren’t going to be starting class until next Monday at the earliest. Let’s make sure they’re not going hungry in the meantime.

(Additionally, if you’re in the St. Louis area and want to volunteer, contact the Food Bank directly.)

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Mouldy Ouldies edition

OK, folks – reaching WAY back for these. Kibitzer, hand me the chisel – these oldies are rusted shut, but too rotten to throw away.

Duck Hunt: CNN Fabricates New Phil Robertson Controversy
Breitbart’s Big Journalism ^ | January 2, 2014 | John Nolte

Posted on ‎1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎26‎:‎59‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet

Even though CNN’s phony controversy hasn’t even been able to pick up traction at MSNBC, that hasn’t stopped the left-wing cable news network from attempting to manufacture more trouble for Phil Robertson and “Duck Dynasty.” But why would we expect anything less from the same network that fabricated evidence to frame a working-class Hispanic man?

The CNN report below, covering Robertson’s humorous relaying of marriage advice, is taken ultra-seriously by the CNN correspondent, and asks, “What is the tipping point to getting kicked off the air?”

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

Does CNN not hear the crowd laughing? It is obvious that Robertson is going for laughs. That doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to make a point (his wife was 16 when they married) but there is no question he is performing and exaggerating to entertain a crowd that is entertained.

Good heavens, it is so controversial that a happily married and successful man would suggest others follow his same path!

Glaringly missing from that CNN report is Robertson adding “Check with Mom and Dad about that, of course.” “That” being marrying as a teenager.

Another fact CNN leaves out of its hit-piece is that with parental permission, in more than ten states, teenagers as young as 15 can marry.

In the media capitol of the world, New York, teenagers as young as 14 can marry.

In the state of Georgia, where CNN is headquartered, teenagers can marry at 16…

1 posted on 1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎26‎:‎59‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet

To: 2ndDivisionVet

CNN has a politcal and socila agenda that has nothing to do with reporting news.
They run a relentless daily attack on Conservatives, Christians, Americans.

3 posted on 1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎30‎:‎01‎ ‎PM by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to od about their hsign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)

And, of course, child molesters. Fucking commies!

To: 2ndDivisionVet

The commies

See?

in the state controlled “media” don’t give a hoot about the fags or 15 year old girls.

What about 15 year old girl fags?

They are after the Robertson family because of the family’s strong belief in G-d

G-d is going to send you to hell for fucking up his name.

and love of traditional American values.

Like marrying off 16-year-olds (caution – may not be a family value in states where marrying your cousin is legal)

PERIOD!

6 posted on 1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎41‎:‎42‎ ‎PM by FlingWingFlyer (The Truth Is Out There. Just don’t let anyone know that you’re looking for it.)

Period!

Hopefully.

To: 2ndDivisionVet

In the state of Georgia, where CNN is headquartered, teenagers can marry at 16…

Maybe the problem is the bolded word – teenagers. For us it means someone who is not quite an adult. To them it is also a code word for blacks.

DumbassRaptorGod

Replace the word ‘teenager’ with the word ‘black’ and they would be thoroughly scandalized.

Replace the word “teenager” with the word “daughter”, and they would be all upset and shit. Well, maybe not.

Add 40 points to their IQ and they might recognize the use of the term ‘teenager’ in the ordinary sense.

Okay, okay. Add 60 points.

7 posted on 1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎9‎:‎49‎:‎50‎ ‎PM by 17th Miss Regt
Add 100 points to yours, and you might be able to feed yourself without help.
To: montanajoe

I tend to agree. I think that this situation could get increasingly embarrassing, and we might be best off quietly backing off from it rather than making huge fools of ourselves. I’m not saying to throw him under the bus( I hate that expression but it fits here) but just quietly back off from the whole thing. I began to get concerned before his marriage remarks— I began to get concerned when I heard about his race comments. Meanwhile, there’s a lesson here—don’t get in a really big hurry to take sides in this stuff if you haven’t given it some thought and may need to know more.

15 posted on 1‎/‎2‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎22‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by crazycatlady
BanHimCannon
To: 17th Miss Regt

“To them it is also a code word for blacks. Replace the word ‘teenager’ with the word ‘black’ and they would be thoroughly scandalized. Add 40 points to their IQ and they might recognize the use of the term ‘teenager’ in the ordinary sense.


Most blacks are seldom marrying.

Most teabaggers are seldom firing neurons in sequence.

They simply procreate to live off the US taxpayers.

Yeah, right, dipshit.

The words “marry” and “self sufficiency” are the pc codewords that CNN can’t stand.

37 posted on ‎1‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎6‎:‎45‎:‎40‎ ‎AM by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn’t like it)
The words “Child molester” and “underage girls” are the codewords YOU can’t stand.
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Why aren’t you at work?

This summer is a sort of transitional period for me, between having been a TA and graduate student to being a faculty associate without the hassle of having to defend a dissertation. I taught a class for three weeks to a group of gifted and talented (and overwhelmingly upper middle class and white) kids, which paid me roughly what a summer of research assistanting would because ain't nothin' payin' like makin' privileged people's lives slightly more comfortable. I do have research to do, but no one is paying me to do that research.

What this boils down to: I have, essentially, a month and a half wherein I am completely without employment obligations for the first time since probably middle school. I blame Obama:

But Elmendorf backed Republicans' central argument — fewer people will work because of the law's subsidies. 

"The act [the ACA] creates a disincentive for people to work," Elmendorf said, under questioning from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. 

Ryan clarified that the CBO report found not that employers would lay people off, but that more individuals would choose not to work. 

"As a result … that [lower] labor supply lowers economic growth," Ryan said. 

Elmendorf answered: "Yes, that's right."

The fact that I'm not actively gainfully employed – that I'm sitting at home listening to construction equipment across the street and cars on their morning commute – is actually seriously distressing, despite the fact that I have all my bills taken care of until I start back up working again. I've been told to "take the time" and "enjoy it" by people who I know would all be feeling similarly restless and unfulfilled if they were in similar situations, because I have health insurance coverage, enough money to pay the bills, and I'm also kinda really fuckin' white.

However, my incentive not to work is not "because I will still be okay even if I'm not working", as Messrs Ryan and Elmendorf seem to think – that's just something enabling the decision, like what new parents are expected to do in this country. No, my incentives not to work are: to recover my sanity, to get in some reading and knitting, to clean up the house a little, and to be fresh and ready to go again come fall. Because I'm a people, and people need to do things like that sometimes. Other people have other incentives like "there are no jobs available right now" or "I don't want my kids to grow up while I'm off working" or "this book will turn out better if I just sit down and write it in one go".

As jobs become scarcer, it becomes more important to both enable and incentivise people to not work sometimes, because that's going to have to happen anyway. I'm aware that this concept rankles my betters and goes against everything Republican Jesus taught us, but maybe if more people had a bit of downtime to catch up on their families and housework and recreation, we'd all be just a bit more sane.

 

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – No Bundy Tonight In My Coffee edition

Good morning, all!

Well, I was checking the new drums of stupid sitting in the staging area, and the most remarkable thing has happened – all the Bundy drums are gone! Vanished! As if they had never existed!

The posts (which had been running around 8-15 threads per day for a month and a half) just stop on April 30. That means no threads whatsoever in the last 5 days. Imagine that. Oh well – down the memory hole.

That means it’s time for – Affluenza, or lesbians??

Rich man who pled guilty to raping his young daughter gets probation
Hotair ^

Posted on ‎3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎36‎:‎44‎ ‎PM by chessplayer

Via David Freddoso, money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love but maybe it can buy you a light sentence after you molest your three-year-old.

A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.

Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists…

1 posted on ‎3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎36‎:‎45‎ ‎PM by chessplayer

Ulp.

Did one of the 1%ers let the Freeperati down? Did the doctrine of Ayn Rand just take a real-world pounding?

To: chessplayer

Judgy-Wudgy should fare well with this sentence some nice kickbacks should be coming his way any day.

5 posted on ‎3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎39‎:‎47‎ ‎PM by Gasshog (DemoKKKrats: Leaders of the Free Sh!t World)
To: GeronL

Prison? Assuming the facts are as presented, the judge should be hanged from the nearest tree.

6 posted on 3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎41‎:‎02‎ ‎PM by QuisCustodiet1776 (Live free or die.)
To: chessplayer
Sorry, but stories like this do not deserve an audience. Yes we should be informed, but to read this is painful, something I do not want to know. p>
8 posted on ‎3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎41‎:‎30‎ ‎PM by Fungi
Hear no evil see no evil speak no evil post no evil
There’s GOTTA be some way they can pin this on the other side. Has to be.
To: chessplayer

Is he related to the Kennedy clan?

9 posted on ‎3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎43‎:‎16‎ ‎PM by VeniVidiVici (Play the ‘Knockout Game’ with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
No, but an A for effort.
To: chessplayer

“A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter…”

Biased much? Just wait for the class warefare to ensue… Take. The. Bait.

12 posted on 3‎/‎31‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎47‎:‎42‎ ‎PM by sagar
False Flag?
Come on, boys – there has to be SOMETHING!
To: chessplayer

I looked at the woman judge’s pic and thought … she’s a lesbian.

I did some quick research … confirmed.

24 posted on 4‎/‎1‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎15‎:‎01‎ ‎AM by boycott
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Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Dead Man Typing

Thursday isn’t my day to post (sorry Michael) but I’d like to sneak in here and encourage you all to read this letter from Ray Jasper, writing from death row in Texas.

Today in Decent Human Beings

Now that school’s out for the summer, I have the capacity to brain again and was going to celebrate with a nice long post, but then I found something too awesome to pass up:

Atomic Grill, a barbecue restaurant in West Virginia, recently got an UrbanSpoon review that owner Daniel McCawley felt went too far: it wanted his staff to “show more skin.”

“I’m willing to accept any kind of criticism on food or service, but not the way that we have too many clothes on,” he told ThinkProgress. Worse, the review (which has since been deleted) singled out one female server in particular and “got a little obsessive, a little creepy,” he said, to the point where coworkers walked her to her car when she left. “I’m a father and a husband, I’ve got five sisters,” he said. “So this sort of thing hit home especially hard for me.”

His response wasn’t to lash out at the reviewer, however. Instead, the restaurant is offering a potato skins special, selling them for $7 through Memorial Day, asking customers to “Come out and help Atomic show our skins! Potato skins, that is!” And the profits from the special will be donated to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services. When asked about the decision to donate the money, McCawley said, “We’ve got to put our money where our mouth is.” He explained that the organization does a lot for women’s rights in West Virginia. “It seemed like a no-brainer there.”

I’m still not a huge fan of the idea that the only way men appear to be able to relate to women’s issues is by considering them as “wives, daughters, sisters” (that is, their positions relative to men rather than as fellow human beings). That being said, though, this made me super happy. Well done, Mr Restaurant Owner Dude.

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Now that school’s out for the summer, I have the capacity to brain again and was going to celebrate with a nice long post, but then I found something too awesome to pass up:

Atomic Grill, a barbecue restaurant in West Virginia, recently got an UrbanSpoon review that owner Daniel McCawley felt went too far: it wanted his staff to “show more skin.”

“I’m willing to accept any kind of criticism on food or service, but not the way that we have too many clothes on,” he told ThinkProgress. Worse, the review (which has since been deleted) singled out one female server in particular and “got a little obsessive, a little creepy,” he said, to the point where coworkers walked her to her car when she left. “I’m a father and a husband, I’ve got five sisters,” he said. “So this sort of thing hit home especially hard for me.”

His response wasn’t to lash out at the reviewer, however. Instead, the restaurant is offering a potato skins special, selling them for $7 through Memorial Day, asking customers to “Come out and help Atomic show our skins! Potato skins, that is!” And the profits from the special will be donated to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services. When asked about the decision to donate the money, McCawley said, “We’ve got to put our money where our mouth is.” He explained that the organization does a lot for women’s rights in West Virginia. “It seemed like a no-brainer there.”

I’m still not a huge fan of the idea that the only way men appear to be able to relate to women’s issues is by considering them as “wives, daughters, sisters” (that is, their positions relative to men rather than as fellow human beings). That being said, though, this made me super happy. Well done, Mr Restaurant Owner Dude.