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Reposted from thinkingblue by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops, and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

When I read the below article I realized that we are being driven back into the 20th century, to the 1950's to be exact. I was a young child back then and was growing up in a world of double standards, A MAN'S WORLD to be exact. Any sexual activity was A-OK for the boys but for the girls, all they would get is a slew of nasty labels attached to them for their entire lifetime. I also remember feeling THIS ISN'T FAIR, even though I was only ten.

In our neighborhood one day was a funeral for a girl who died from a back-alley abortion, her coffin was outside of the church on the sidewalk, a priest stood in the doorway of the church yelling at the girl's parents, "SHE CANNOT COME INTO THIS CHURCH BECAUSE SHE HAD COMMITTED A MORTAL SIN."

I cried. thinkingblue

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Reposted from RH Reality Check by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

Catholics for Choice has been hearing a lot from Catholics who are indeed upset.  An excerpt from just one of the letters we've received: "I will start paying more attention to the bishops’ position on birth control on the day a Catholic bishop becomes pregnant. Until then I’ll stand with the 97 percent of Catholic women who use or have used birth control."

Written by Jon O'Brien for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

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Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM PST

I get it now.

by koosah

Reposted from koosah by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

The current storm surrounding the battle for women's reproduction rights has led me to an epiphany of sorts.  The entire notion that someone else can control any aspect of my life without my consent is absolutely nauseating to me.  I appreciate the compromise that President Obama worked out.  I appreciate the subtlety with which he "threaded the needle" and achieved the goal of free contraception coverage for all working women, no matter to whom their employers pray.  But a large part of me seethes inside and thirsts to take on this fight with a bloodlust that left me wondering at its origins.  


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Reposted from Elisa by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

Once again, I find myself shaking indignantly at my church’s leadership and at the same time contemplating what I should do for this year’s annual "Bishop’s Appeal" that supports our inner city Catholic schools, clergy and ministries in our parish. God, I hate Catholic guilt!

And make no mistake. I am Catholic to my core. I am a political progressive who has never voted for a Republican in her life and lives in the equally progressive enclave of Berkeley, California. Nothing has turned heads more here than the revelation that I attend mass every Sunday with my children and that I am active in various ministries at my Catholic church.

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Sun Feb 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM PST

Dear Mr. Matthews:

by I love OCD

Reposted from I love OCD by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

I'll make a deal with you. As soon as you let me spend 12 hours pulling a soccer ball through your penis (while encouraging you to breathe through the pain) I'll promise to try really hard to care what you think about my right to choose how often and when I get pregnant.

As soon as you let some tech squish your balls between 2 metal plates that are at a truly awkward height and shoot some radiation into them, I'll promise to try really really hard to believe you have a clue about women's health care in this country.

As soon as you invite a group of women on your program to discuss women's health care issues, and the day you let one of those women complete a sentence I'll promise to try really hard to think of you as a serious person with serious concerns.

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Reposted from JAM11 by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

In 2008, my son was being confirmed in the Catholic Church. As a consequence, we clocked a lot of pew time for various reasons—special services, required Mass attendance—you name it and we were there.

We asked if he wanted to opt out of confirmation but he didn’t want to be ‘different’ from his friends, all of whom including him attend Catholic schools.  Being different is the social kiss of death for a 13 year old. So I thought, ‘Okey, dokey.’  I will stand by my boy. See below the orange Rorschach blot for more.

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Reposted from Maggie's Farm by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP

Frothyboy and the unhinged GOP are trying to find some issue they can use to attack the President, having no real ideas of their own, and this week they've settled on religious freedom. In their mostly white man world, the federal government's requirement that all health plans provide birth control is an attack on those freedoms:

On Fox News this morning, Rick Santorum described the health care policy as "a direct assault on the First Amendment, not only a direct assault on freedom of religion, by forcing people specifically to do things that are against their religious teachings." NYTimes
Reading the Arizona Republic this morning, I couldn't help but wonder what Mr. Santorum and the other righteous runts in his party would say about this story:
The polygamist-controlled town of Colorado City would be forced to disband its police department under a bill that passed an initial legislative hurdle Wednesday. The measure was approved unanimously by the Senate Committee on Government Reform at the urging of Attorney General Tom Horne. Arizona Republic
If you're not familiar with Colorado City, Arizona, it's one of the few remaining communities where polygamy is practiced openly. It's not just a Mormon town, it's ground zero for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), which controls the city council, police department, and schools. Read Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven if you want the shit scared out of you -- brainwashing, corruption, murder, rape. All in the name of god. Better yet, visit Colorado City: you'll feel like you've stumbled upon the most hateful mob of Stepford wives, husbands, and children imaginable. The message is pretty clear: Get out!

Along with its sister city in Hildale Utah, Colorado City is the town that recognizes Warren Jeffs as a prophet. Families happily gave their young daughters and their savings to the pedophile, who today is serving a life sentence plus 20 years for having sex with underage girls. He still wields control of the sect from prison -- recently banning toys for children, excommunicating members who don't support him, dissolving all marriages, and prohibiting sex until he is released. Some FLDS leaders, of course, proclaim Jeffs' innocence and, reminiscent of the GOP's blather about contraception and the Catholic Church, claim the government is persecuting him because of his religious beliefs.

Senate Bill 1433, which passed unanimously out of committee yesterday, could shut down Colorado City's police department because more than half of the 10-member force have pledged their allegiance to the FLDS Church above the law. The cops practice plural marriage, they do not recognize the state's authority, and they enforce, not state or federal law, but the Church's very scary brand of fundamentalism:

Flora Jessop, a former church member who maintains contacts in Colorado City, said the bill is desperately needed because oppression appears to be at its worst in 15 years. "It's getting to the point where people actually fear for their safety because of the police department," she said. Arizona Republic
Mr. Santorum, this is not the Obama administration demanding that Colorado City disband its police department and recognize state law. It's not Democrats challenging the town's religious principles. It's the friggin' Arizona legislature, which is controlled 2:1 by Republicans. Will you take a stand for the prosecuted believers in Colorado City?
Reposted from Daily Kos by YsosadisticGOP Editor's Note: Collected Diaries: Women ACA, Catholic Bishops and Contraception 2012 -- YsosadisticGOP
In addition to finding that Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to defund Planned Parenthood's cancer screening programs damaged Komen's brand and alienated its supporters, our new Daily Kos-Public Policy Polling survey released today found a rather interesting tidbit:
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screening services (among conservatives only):

Favorable........................................................ 25%
Unfavorable .................................................... 51%
Not sure ......................................................... 25%

Isn't that something? For a group of people who claim to support "life"—not to mention their insistence that they really want to help women when it comes to making the right decisions about their health care—it's pretty striking that they'd rather see women die of cancer than get medical care at Planned Parenthood. Guess the sanctity of their political opposition to women's health care trumps the "sanctity of life."

Click here to contribute $5 to Planned Parenthood.


Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 07:23 PM PDT

Occupy Seattle

by zenBeehive

Moved to Westlake Plaza. Two arrests last night. Medical tent still up as I write. Legal support out and about, encouraging and telling people what to expect. Up to the minute info is here: occupy seattle dot org. From that excellent site comes news about what OccupySeattle does not need:

Ok, people who are on safety and legal groups, we love you. The work you do is invaluable but you need to stop passing on wild speculation and rumor of police action. Over the last three days riot police were "guaranteed" to move in every night, police transport vehicles were on their way, ect. After all these false alarms and dire warnings, we no longer listen to you. Stop spreading panic and fear, your job is to keep people calm and safe, do it!

What they do need is clothing which is warm and water-proof: the rain's been coming down fierce and this morning the temp was 45 degrees. Use the site to find out how to send clothing or dollars. Also they could use some food and some coffee. Pizza. Sandwiches. Bread, mayonnaise, mustard, water, tea. Police drove by last night and blipped sirens to keep people awake. Pretty miserable.

If you can't come for a week and occupy Seattle, just come on down and stand with these 99% for a half an hour. Come by on a lunch break. Come by on your way to the busline, the 17 is good on weekends too. Speaking of the weekend, the General Assembly voted:

"To call for and plan a mass occupation of Westlake Park with tents starting Saturday, October 15, 2011 in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy Movements."

Seattle needs your help to reclaim our occupation. We can not maintain our space unless we attain critical mass, and we need everyones help to do it. Seattle is one of the top corporate head quarters of the world. It is important for the integrity of this movemenet and this country that we the people of the great north west let the powers that be, the powers that surround us, know that this occupation is not going anywhere. So this Saturday, bring your tents, and your sunday best.

Meet at West Lake center, and we will decide from there where we will set up base camp.

Show your support of this event on Facebook, go say you're attending!

That's this Saturday, bring a tent and some food.

And now, on a more personal note, I will tell you something about me.

My wife, the lovely Mrs. zenBeehive, would have been sixty-two today. She passed three years ago. We met when she was a dispatcher at my station, in 1985. Two more different people I don't think ever existed. I was a bullish, uncharming man and very proud of my sharpshooter medals; she was a pacifist and preferred debate to conflict. Unmarried, she had moved back home to live with her dad, who was dying of lung cancer. Days she worked at the police station; nights, she cooked and cared for Jack. I knew nothing worth knowing before I met her.

Her favorite writer, Molly Ivins, considers protestors and civil rights after the toasted croissant.

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Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 09:01 PM PDT

Prosecute Bush and Cheney

by YsosadisticGOP

What would Molly Ivins say about a petition to prosecute Bush and Cheney for war crimes? When she was alive, she wrote about the administration's crimes often.

There was that crime of stifling dissent, and the crime of starting the Iraq war through false pretenses:

I am sick of the right wing claiming patriotism as its exclusive purview. No one serves this country well who blindly supports misbegotten wars in the name of patriotism. The right to dissent is one of the founding principles of this country and is in itself a high form of patriotism. What you owe your country is your best evaluation of whether we are or are not going in the right direction.

There was that crime of making the Iraq war about religion, and finding solace and righteousness in the Bible:

Back in the 1950s, when the late Rep. Bob Eckhardt was still in the Texas Legislature, a bill to cut off all state aid to illegitimate children was under debate. After listening to some of his "Christian" colleagues explain why illegitimate children should be left to starve, Eckhardt rose and said, "I am not so much concerned about the natural bastards as I am about the self-made ones." I consider that one of the most Christian things I've ever heard said during legislative debate. 

There was the crime of sending men and women into war unprotected, and the crime of bringing them home to fight privately for funds and health care services:

Just before Memorial Day, Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi said, "Our active military respond better to Republicans" because of "the tremendous support that President Bush has provided for our military and our veterans." The same day, the White House announced plans for massive cuts in veterans' health care for 2006. 

There was the crime of starting two wars with state-of-the-art equipment and a mid-eighteenth century understanding of the territory and people:

It is quite possible the final lesson of the Iraq debacle will be that the military is the wrong tool for the terrorist job. This brings us back to the original rhetorical trap we got ourselves into by talking about "the war on terror." Wars are fought by the military, but the tools needed include a huge intelligence operation as well as criminal investigation. 

To this end, how stupid is it that we have two dozen treasury agents chasing Cuban embargo violators and only four tracking terrorist money.


But the big crime was finding opportunity in war to write the PATRIOT Act, occupy foreign countries and kill their citizens, further private neo-con objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorize the world and threaten more of the same...all the while making life easier for friends of the administration:

This goes back to an old sore point in this administration's fight against terrorism. When the Bushies came in, they abandoned the multilateral efforts Bill Clinton had set up to track offshore money, and even after 9-11 they only reluctantly endorsed increasing Treasury's power to follow the money. It is not paranoia or conspiracy-mongering to point out that this reluctance stems from the unhappy habit of so many American rich people to keep their money in offshore accounts in order to avoid taxes (see Enron, etc.).

As awful as the Bush Administration treated their own citizens, Molly Ivins called our attention to the atrocities done to others in our name:

So, Haditha becomes another of the names at which we wince, along with Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and My Lai. Tell you what: Let’s not use the “stress of combat” excuse this time. According to neighbors, the girls in the family of Younis Khafif—the one who kept pleading in English, “I am a friend. I am good”—were 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1. What are they going to say? “Under stress of combat, we thought the baby was 2”?

She can't sign the petition below to investigate Bush and Cheney for war crimes: but we can.

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Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 05:15 AM PDT

A Jalapeno in Every Line

by papa monzano

"Raise more hell", a rant in paragraphs inspired by the writings of Molly Ivins and the continuing Republican onslaught of stupid.

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June 15, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas — Such comfort. At the close of the G-8 summit, described by President Bush as "very successful" (except we didn't get anything we wanted), the president offered us comfort on the uncomfortable topic of torture: "Look, I'm going to say it one more time. The instructions went out to our people to adhere to the law. That ought to comfort you."

"We're a nations of laws," he went on. "We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at those laws, and that might comfort you."

There, don't you feel all better now? How comforting to know the Department of Justice memo on the subject of torture advises it "must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impaired bodily function or even death." (Memo available on Just beating the living crap out of someone doesn't count at all.
                                               ------Molly Ivins

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