It’s a very anti-choice state.
It’s worked, too. Abortions have been going down and down here. They are half what they were 20 years ago. Women have to jump through a lot of artificial hoops made up to make getting an abortion difficult—mandatory counseling, waiting period, forced to look at sonograms, etc. We try to fuck with their fragile heads as much as possible around here. So far, though, we’ve drawn the line at shoving medicial instruments into their vaginas. So far.
Today in the local paper, they are lamenting the rise in unwed pregnancies in the state. Lulz.
It seems that unwed, single mother pregnancies have gone up and up, kinda like how abortions have been going down and down, only backwards.
It’s a real head-scratcher, I’m tellin’ ya.
The people lamenting this, of course, say a bunch of tired crap about how important mom-and-dad traditional families are, but mostly they’re worried about what all these little babies are going to cost. You see, a great many, if not the majority, of these single unwed mothers are poor and are seeking and getting help from the state.
And that’s expensive.
Anne Hajek, one of our state legislators, wants to know, and I quote, “Who pays the bill?”
Gee, I wonder, Anne. Another real head-scratcher.
Linda Schauer, state director for the anti-choice group Concerned Women for America, said, “It appears that perhaps a woman in South Dakota in an unplanned pregnancy is more likely to give birth and raise her own child.”
She also noted that the sky was blue, mountains tall, and rocks hard.
But isn’t this the whole point of passing laws designed to be mean and intrusive, to limit abortions? Since the Supreme Court won’t let a state ban abortion outright, states have to make getting an abortion so difficult and uncomfortable they’re practically banned anyway.
So now we have all these little babies who need state assistance. Schauer says we need to make sure the parents take care of them.
With or without the help of the community, Schauer? Help from the wider community in which a person lives is usually derided by conservatives as “welfare” or “entitlements”. According to conservatives, not only MUST you carry that baby full term, you have to fend for yourself with it after it’s born, amiright?
Whether or not you are pro- or anti-choice, we should all be pro fucking baby once the damn thing is born.
I miss those wacky bastards!
Now we’re back to politics as usual, with conservatives arguing tiredly against the same old shit as they continue to fade further and further into ultimate irrelevance.
I miss the anger and utter shock, the crazy pronouncements of doom for America. At least those guys were interesting. There was that brief moment of soul-searching which resulted in absolutely nothing learned, then back to the grind.
How the hell am I supposed to write about politics in this environment?
— Rachel Maddow
They will be hearing arguments on two gay marriage issues, California’s Prop 8 and DOH! MA, the Defense of Marriage Act. Prop 8 bans marriage equality in California, though it is on hold while the Supremes review it. DOH! MA defines marriage as being between a man and a woman at the federal level, but is pretty much irrelevant because the Obama Administration is not enforcing it.
The Supremes are tilted right and could really make a bone-headed move here, but I don’t think they will. By upholding these two laws, they would be flying in the face of history and overwhelming public opinion. They KNOW this. These are 8 very smart people (excluding, of course, Scalia). Rarely, if ever, has the Supreme Court ruled against very obvious historical trends and/or the broad public opinion behind them—even when, ideologically, it may wish to do so.
Leading up to them hearing arguments on these two cases, all kinds of marriage equality shit has happened, putting even more pressure on them. A Republican, Rob Portman (R-OH) came out in favor of it. Hillary Clinton came out in favor of it on Monday.
Golly gee, Hill, are you sure you’re not rushing into anything? Haha.
Also on Monday, Republican Party leaders admitted that the party’s stance on marriage equality is driving away young voters.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents thousands of pediatricians, only this morning took a firm position in support of gay marriages in a policy statement drafted by two Boston doctors.
Polls of every kind show the majority of Americans support marriage equality, especially younger people. If you look at the polls, though, it isn’t just younger people anymore. Support in every age group is growing, even among the +65s.
When the Supreme Court is tilted left, it tends to be innovative and bold. When tilted to the right, as it is currently, it nudges the brakes cautiously. I highly doubt, however, that they will slam them to the floor. That’s my prediction anyway.
But even if they do, though, it doesn’t really matter. The stone has been pushed to the top of the mountain and is now rolling down the other side on its own. Anybody who stands in the way is simply going to be bowled over.
So I’m listening to Sandy Rios In The Morning. Right wing radio. I love it. Some people watch orange New Jersey-ites vomiting on beaches. This is my prurience.
Poor Sandy was just flabbergasted at how “slutty” Beyonce was. Yes, she used the S word. Also, the R word (“reprobate”).
I didn’t see the Superbowl, nor the halftime show, but now I wish I did. “What is this doing to our men and boys?” Sandy wondered.
Easy. Massive world-wide wood, Sandy. And don’t forget our gay and bi females out there: massive world-wide moisture.
After lamenting about how sexy Beyonce was during her performance, she ran down a list of “decent” black women, like Whitney Houston (“at first”). She talked about how Whitney once sang the National Anthem in a sweatsuit, which I guess is the American burqa. Mariah is now ok, but “she was really slutty at first”.
Finally, she brought a white woman into the discussion: Miley Cyrus, who, being white, isn’t a slut, but is “using her sexuality to enhance her talent when she doesn’t need to.”
“Why?” Sandy Rios asks.
If you’re unfamiliar with this clown’s show, let me tell you she is perpetually questioning, flabbergasted, surprised, and amazed at all the crazy, crazy liberalism around her. The entire gist of her show is just: SMH! OMG! Whine! Whine!
Like a lot of right wing whack jobs, Sandy Rios thinks she’s a Christian—or pretends to be. American fascism has been hidden in Evangelical Christianity, causing a rejection of Christianity in general. Say what you will about Satan, the Father of Lies, but he’s no a dumbass.
But the thing Sandy Rios doesn’t realize is that Beyonce is IN the Bible. Oh, yes, IN IT. In the Song of Songs, chapter 7, there is a passage about Beyonce, a woman born thousands of years after it was written.
I posted it before.
Beyonce is a gift from God, so shut up Sandy Rios In The Morning. Go find another couch to faint onto.