Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Nellie Bly Message Still Prevalent Today


It's 2015 and still we hear Republicans describe a woman's role in society as "Barefoot and Pregnant". What is it that makes these right-wing people so afraid of a human females' advancement?
Never mind, it doesn't really matter what motivates their fear of women. What does matter is females like Karen Lee Orzolek could  never return to the nonsensical days of yesteryear when a popular closed minded columnist would write an article for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, titled, "What Girls Are Good For," in it, Erasmus Wilson wrote that women belonged in the home doing domestic tasks and called the working woman "a MONSTROSITY." Over a hundred years later Erasmus Wilson's ideology still lives.
(CNN)Tuesday's Google Doodle pays tribute to trailblazing journalist Nellie Bly on her 151st birthday with a melodic ode.
"Oh, Nellie, take us all around the world and break those rules 'cause you're our girl," the song goes.

If you listen closely, you might recognize the voice of Karen O, lead singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The indie rocker, whose real name is Karen Lee Orzolek, penned "Oh, Nellie" to go with the doodle of Bly, who was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864.

It's the first original song to be written for the delightful illustrations that appear on Google's homepage.

The song formed the basis of Google artist Katy Wu's doodle, which is also the first to feature stop-motion animation. The musical animation pays homage to Bly's extraordinary life as a pioneering journalist and adventurer in an era when little more was expected of women than child rearing and housekeeping, Wu said.

As Wu sees it, Bly and Orzolek have plenty in common even if they were born more than a century apart. They're bold, edgy and daring, unafraid to challenge conventional ideas of what a woman should be or do.

"If you see her onstage, she's daring in her own way," Wu said of Orzolek. "She doesn't conform; she does what she wants."

Compare that with Bly, who got her first job with the Pittsburgh Dispatch by penning an impassioned condemnation of its most popular columnist. In the column titled "What Girls Are Good For," Erasmus Wilson wrote that women belonged in the home doing domestic tasks and called the working woman "a monstrosity."

The first line in the Karen O's song evokes the column: "Someone's got to stand up and tell them what a girl is good for."

Cochran's letter impressed the paper's editors, and they hired her. She started writing under the pen name "Nellie Bly."

She eventually talked her way into the offices of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and took on an assignment that would change her life. She spent 10 days posing as a mental patient in New York's notorious Blackwell's Island and returned with stories of cruel beatings, ice cold baths and forced meals.

Her reporting led to reforms of the system and set the tone for her career. She exposed corruption and the injustices of poverty by telling stories of the disenfranchised, the poor and women. When she covered the Chicago Pullman Railroad strike in 1894, she was the only reporter to share the strikers' perspective.

As the song goes, "We've got to speak up for the ones who've been told to shut up."

She reached the height of her fame when she took a whirlwind trip around the world in 1889 to beat Phileas Fogg, the fictional hero of Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days." She returned to New York in 72 days, beating Fogg's record of 80 days.

All those moments figure in the doodle, which took Wu about two months to create in a sort of labor of love. She hopes Bly inspires others to question authority and challenge expectations.

"She gave women a space in newspapers when they were generally preserved for men's perspectives," Wu said. "She gave women a voice in current events and media and dared to do a lot of things that women weren't generally allowed to do."
Give a listen to the today's, Erasmus Wilsons in the following video:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SCOTUS, Learned Body or Kindergarteners?

Excerpt: In a telling moment at Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case.
“I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case,” he said. “I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn't that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?”...

Professor Koppelman and other scholars filed a brief, urging the court to strike down the four same-sex marriage bans before it, on sex-discrimination grounds.
“If Ann is permitted to marry Bob, but Charles may not marry Bob,” it said, “then Charles is being discriminated against on the basis of sex.”...

A basic premise of Chief Justice Roberts’s question was that the issue before the court is not “gay marriage.” Same-sex marriage bans, after all, do not prohibit gay people from getting married. A gay man, for instance, is free to marry a lesbian in all 50 states. What same-sex marriage bans do is bar people of the same sex, gay or straight, from getting married.
SAY WHAT? Is it just I who feels as though these (SCOTUS) arguments appear, childlike? (Almost to the point that little kindergarteners are arguing the laws that we must all obey throughout our short lives) No, it can't possibly be just me, after all, isn't this the body of supposedly learned human beings who gave us the unseemly “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the rise of super PACs” laws, therefore, some of their “reasoning’s have appeard a bit, bat-shit-crazy, before?

If they could rule on a law that in actuality can gut democracy allowing the rich to choose, who can and who cannot lead this nation… (in the wealthy schemer’s favor) then assuredly they can command who we can and who we cannot (as in one human being) be allowed to legally marry (with all the legal benefits that marriage affords). Not only Bat-Shit-Crazy but also cruel.

Federal Rights and Protections Granted to Married Couples
There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law. In June 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision inU.S. v. Windsor struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which excluded same-sex married couples from recognition for all federal benefits and programs [1]. Because of this ruling, same-sex married couples across the country have been recognized for federal purposes for the first time.  However, the persistent patchwork of state marriage laws continues to stand in the way of many couples fully accessing the federal benefits they have earned including Social Security and Veterans Benefits.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Yes, GOP News Is That Stupid!

Read All About It.
GOP News of the Week!
GOP Doctrine: THOU SHALL NOT STRAY FROM the CONSERVATIVE GOP CREDO of STUPID!
Read More Here: Rubio Meltdown
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Pseudo News and The Fox News REAL Response.
A Very Depressing Fact:
From this article: How To Predict An Election
This next cartoon, sadly, speaks volumes.
Also Read: Adelson Pimps

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Who Pimps For Sheldon Adelson?

No one, he doesn't need a pimp, his money can buy anything but The Moon. (But maybe someday he'll even own that...) 
Thanks to SCOTUS!
Excerpt: That offers Cruz a vital opening to confirm to some of one of the most famous Republican benefactors, consisting of gambling establishment magnate Sheldon Adelson, that he’s the most electable, pro-Israel Republican in a group of prospects making the exact very same pitch. The coalition is deeply split, with huge teams of benefactors thinking about Cruz, Bush, Walker and Rubio, baseding on a half-dozen RJC members. Agreement seems far in the range– if it will ever reach all.“I don’t think currently there is any bigger faction than other,” said Ron Bloom, a California GOP donor on the team’s board which is unsure. “I’ll dedicate to 4 of five of them financially due to the fact that I enjoy them all– and we’ll perceive which triumphes.”.The four loads board members in attendance this weekend break consists of several of the largest names in the pro-Israel donor network, including Adelson, potential Rubio finance chair Wayne Berman, leading Bush bundler Sam Fox, and also hedge fund manager Paul Singer. As well as various other Israel supporters– incensed by President Obama’s recent agreements with Iran as well as his viewed snubbing of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu– will draw document attendance, with concerning 700 overall individuals anticipated to go to the springtime conference.
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AND WE THOUGHT WE LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY THAT CONDUCTED FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS... More Here: http://www.observerchronicle.com/all-white-house-candidates-are-going-to-vegas-to-meet-jew-donors/3389/
EXCERPT: “We completely expect them to be submitting to Mr. Adelson, trying to out-conservative each other, trying to convince Mr. Adelson to throw them a lifeline,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz informed reporters Friday on a teleconference. “This ought to not be considered real outreach to the Jewish community.”.
Wasserman Schultz slammed Cruz for his comparison of the battle to defund Obamacare to that against Nazi Germany, claiming “those sort of loosened references to the Holocaust are shocking and also unwanted and also downplay one of the most awful human tragedies in past history.”.READ MORE: 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Guard loses life After Shootout At Us Census Bureau


Another human being loses his life in a senseless shooting by a deranged person with a gun. Again, another notch in the bedpost of the NRA. How many more?
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The chaos started when the gunman kidnapped his wife in the 300 block of T Street NE Thursday afternoon, police said. The gunman, described by police Thursday only as a man in his 30s or 40s,  is also suspected in a shooting on Bruce Place in southeast D.C.
As police were getting word of the kidnapping, the gunman drove to the headquarters of the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland.
Buckner spotted him arguing with someone in his car. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said when Buckner approached the car, he was shot.
Later, D.C. police spotted the gunman's car. He shot at pursuing police at 3rd and K streets in Northeast, Lanier said. In the area of 11th and H streets, a busy section of northeast D.C., police were able to block the gunman's path with their cruisers, causing a collision with the gunman's dark green Honda.
In an exchange of gunfire with police, the gunman was shot multiple times. There was conflicting information about his condition Thursday night.
A D.C. police officer was shot in the leg during the confrontation at 11th and H, and brought into a nearby restaurant for triage. Two other police officers were injured. All the officers have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The gunman's wife has been located, safe.
The Census Bureau headquarters will operate on a 2-hour delay Friday. Essential employess are expected to report on time. The Census Bureau headquarters, which opened in 2006, houses about 5,000 permanent employees.
"There has been an incident at the Suitland Federal Center and there is an ongoing investigation," the tweet read. "We are committed to the safety of all staff who work at the Census Bureau and are currently making sure that everyone is safe and secure. We will provide more details as they become available."
Buckner worked for Hunt Valley, Maryland-based Masters Security for 15 years, according to another employee of the security company. He was stationed at the Census Bureau for about 5 years.
The FBI is investigating the shooting at the Census, which is federal property.
Meanwhile, police in D.C. say H Street will be closed between 10th and 11th streets until further notice
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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Light-Skin Cops Become Judge, Jury and Executioners, At Whim

Please, say it isn't so... Another light-skin cop shoots an unarmed person with darker skin for no apparent reason except for the light-skin's anger. What the hell is going on? It appears, we are living in a world where more pigmentation that developed during our evolution (due to climate) is a death sentence no matter what the circumstances. How sad for us all that the very people who we hire to keep the peace, can become our judge, jury and executioner, at whim.
Bigotry in government that trickles down to departments and agencies, which are in place to make sure there’s justice for all, but do the opposite choosing instead, who deserves justice and who does not, it’s reprehensible.
It sure didn't help when Ronald Reagan used bigotry to win elections… Encouraging those who were already filled with hate and prejudice, that it’s OK to feel that way, as long as you vote for those who feel and believe like you do… In other words, vote for the bigots who run for office… and they will make our country so intolerant, that all those with more pigmentation will become marginalized, or in prison or dead, and it continues to this day… Sadly, it's starting to appear as though this is no joke!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Mike Pence Dog Won't Hunt

The Mike Pence Dog Won't Hunt
But that doesn't stop the Old Boy from broadcasting lies to save his Hate Law. The man undeniably HAS NO SHAME.




Also see:

Indiana's New Religious Law legalizing Discrimination