Let's All Wish Hertha Ayrton (Renowned Scientist) a Wonderful 162nd Birthday
Yes, there are two Americas’ Virginia, they exist as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. One tolerant and broadminded, the other intolerant and narrow-minded! Sincerely, thinkingblue, from the TOLERANT AND BROADMINDED USA PS: Joe (You Lie) Wilson, et al reside in the other America!
Prince Eulogy Excerpt: I think it’s an appropriate sentiment, yes? One we can all share in these cruel and trying times? I’m sure you agree.
Look, I’m not trying to be greedy. I’m not – not in this particular column, anyway – asking to be granted, say, any of the impeccable ethereality/lithe genius of the late David Bowie, AKA ‘He who set the standard for creative self-expression as yet unmatched in modern popular culture’. The man even made his own death an expression of his art. I mean, come on.
Nor am I requesting, as of yet, any of the wise graciousness of the late Oliver Sacks, or the rib-cracking brilliance of Robin Williams, or the sweet blue tones of BB King, or the sly insights of Garry Shandling. Innovators, groundbreakers, icons and creative masters, all. I’m certainly in no need whatsoever of the nasty, callous gobbledygook of Antonin Scalia; such pompous intellectual bigotry does nothing to help us gather here today 2 get through this thing called life.
Verily, my request at this particular moment is simple enough: God grant me an enormous, glittering syringe of Prince-grade creative fearlessness and/or fearless creativity, slammed straight into my quivering soul like Travolta slamming adrenaline into Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. Twice.
Grant me this gift, oh lord, and I shall forevermore kneel before the Princely altars of shrugging off critics, becoming arguably the best live performer in pop history, utterly destroying the Super Bowl halftime show, freely mixing musical genres (and making up a few new ones), fighting for intellectual property (and winning), destroying stereotypes and defying every norm and upending every status quo, all whilst championing girls named Nikki masturbating with magazines in various hotel lobbies.
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Some scream that abortion is murder. Oh, really? Then why are these same fanatics not calling for the death penalty(which they love so much in other contexts)for the women who make these difficult private, still legal, decisions? For argument's sake, how is it that the women are not themselves accessories at a minimum to this "murder?"-- END HYPOTHETICAL ARGUMENT --And what of the doctors? The religious fanatics certainly have no problem calling for the murder of the doctors. Where is their right to life when performing a legal medical procedure? Last time we checked nobody was running promotional ads, "Ask your doctor if abortion is right for you." Bandit doctors are not roaming the streets hunting for pregnant women to grab and commit an abortion crime upon.How remarkable, therefore, that in response to Trump's logical (off the top of his head as always) admission, that presuming abortion was illegal there should be punishment for the woman as well, that the ENTIRE pro-lifer right wing came down on him like an avalanche of holy bricks, so much so he was force to repudiate the whole concept almost immediately.The woman is a victim too they profess. Right on that ... the long standing victim of THEIR religious fundamentalism.How pathetically hypocritical does it have to get?Either abortion is murder or else it is not. If anybody, anywhere, anytime, committed anything even remotely resembling murder in THIS country (foreign countries excluded), these same blood thirsty zealots would be shouting for retribution against anyone involved any way. In FACT, there HAVE been proposals made in various state legislatures to punish women who have abortions, or even miscarriage, and some have actually passed already.They just don't have the courage of their convictions to publicly admit what they actually believe. Their true doctrinaire agenda is held in the strictest secrecy from the rest us who don't hear the same dog whistles.Trump's sin from their standpoint is that he spilt the beans.And that is the most compelling reason why NONE of these people should be allowed anywhere near an offical position in our government. Their only problem with Sharia law controlling our government, another of their favorite paranoid pinatas, is the text of the book, not the character or the degree. We oppose ALL establishment of religion by government, one of the most basic foundations of our constitution.In the meantime, with the nomination on the Democratic side still very much in the air, now is also the time to pick up a bumper sticker bulk pack for the candidate you like best, to really demonstrate your support.Bulk "Money Out, BERNIE In!" Stickers:http://www.peaceteam.net/bulk_bernie_stickers.phpBulk "She's For Us" Stickers:http://www.peaceteam.net/bulk_hillary_stickers.phpNo contribution ever required for single bumper sticker requests if you don't have one. Of course if you can make a donation of any amount, this is what makes it possible for us to send free stickers (upwards of 15,000 so far) to anyone who cannot make a contribution right now:Your Choice bumper stickers: http://www.peaceteam.net/your_choice.phpAnd bulk packs of the new Bernie campaign buttons are here, all as nominal as possible:Bulk "Money Out, BERNIE In!" Buttons:http://www.peaceteam.net/bulk_bernie_buttons.phpYou may forward this message to any friends who would find it important.
Excerpt: “Today is a perfect example of a bunch of middle-aged guys sitting in this room making decisions about what we think is best for women,” said Rep. Sean Eberhart, a Republican who described himself as “as pro-life as they come.” Rep. Sharon Negele, a Republican who sponsored a bill to impose restrictions on Indiana’s Planned Parenthood last year, agreed: “The bill does nothing to save innocent lives. There’s no education, there’s no funding. It’s just penalties.”The bill rolls together familiar forms of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (known as TRAP laws) with new and creative ways to punish women. Its most ghoulish piece of symbolism is the requirement that women pay for the cremation or interment of the aborted fetus—a provision that also adds to the cost of the procedure, which is already prohibitive for many. The bill also mandates that women travel to a clinic for an ultrasound that involves listening to the fetus’s heartbeat—a measure that Salon rightly calls “pure intimidation”—and then travel back for the abortion after an 18-hour waiting period. All this is made more difficult by the fact that clinics are operating in only four of Indiana’s 92 counties. The bill would likely cause more clinics to close with its requirement that abortion providers obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals; this formality has shuttered clinics across Texas, among other states, since hospitals are usually reticent about granting privileges to anyone who performs the controversial procedure.
More Here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/03/15/indiana_s_hb_1337_abortion_bill_is_so_extreme_even_republicans_don_t_like.html