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Purvi Patel, a South Bend Indiana woman, was sentenced to 41 years for feticide and felony neglect of a dependent on March 30, 2015.  She is ordered to spend 20 years in prison due to the sentences being served concurrently.

In 2013 Ms. Patel presented to the Emergency Room with heavy vaginal bleeding.  Although she denied having been pregnant at first eventually she said that she had had a miscarriage and discarded the fetus in a dumpster.

From RH Reality Check:

In order to support the contradictory charges of feticide and felony neglect of a dependent, the state was required to prove that Patel both “knowingly or intentionally” terminated her pregnancy “with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus,” and that she neglected a dependent.

A charge of feticide requires a dead fetus, while a charge of neglect of a dependent requires a live birth.

Apparently this isn't the first time an Indiana woman has been prosecuted under that state's feticide laws, which exist in several states, but are (ostensibly) intended to prosecute those performing illegal abortions or those that harm a pregnant woman and cause her to lose the fetus.

Again from RH Reality check:

Patel is the second pregnant person in Indiana to be charged under Indiana’s feticide law, and the first person to be charged, convicted, and sentenced for the crime of feticide in the United States. Another Indiana woman, Bei Bei Shuai, was charged for the crime of feticide after she attempted to commit suicide when she was eight months pregnant.

Shuai survived, but her daughter did not. The feticide charge against Shuai was ultimately dropped after Shuai accepted a plea deal of criminal recklessness, a Class D misdemeanor.

I read The Handmaid's Tale recently.  This is some seriously scary stuff happening in this country.  

And Indiana, glad my brother moved away so I don't have any reason to travel there.

[]  Link to RH Reality Check article


Not passed by the Oklahoma Senate yet, and no word on what Governor Fallin will do if it reaches her desk, but just crazy.

Proposed by Rep. Todd Russ, the amendment to state law governing the duties of court clerks removes issuing marriage licenses.  The bill would require marriage licenses issued by court clerks to have the signature of an ordained clergy.  People who don't want a religious aspect to their marriage could file for an affidavit of common law marriage.  So my being an atheist puts me out of luck I guess.

Obviously the bill is a response to the federal appeals court overturning Oklahoma's ban on same sex marriage last year.

So, I guess it is true.  Same sex marriage will ruin traditional marriage because states will just pass laws saying if same sex couples getting married is okay they'd just rather no one got married at all!

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 06:04 AM PST

Wikipedia fund raising drive?

by TokayAsriel

Is this legit, anyone know?  Doing an internet search on Blaze Starr (watching "Blaze") and thinking the feather dance in "The Right Stuff" was supposed to be Blaze Starr...a famous stripper.  

Anyway, Wikipedia is asking for donations to protect their independence.  Is this an annual thing, is it legit?

I know Wikipedia is subject to spin and distortion (according to their own Wikipedia entry lol), but I find it useful to look up stuff.

I'd donate if I thought it was for real, and I will look up more, but you are my first resource!


Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 05:20 AM PST

Twizzlers or Red Vines?

by TokayAsriel

A big old Keeshond
Just testing.

Twizzlers or Red Vines?

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This is too tiny to even warrant a mention in the grand scheme of things.  But a black male teenager rang my doorbell this evening selling candy bars for the Second Chance Youth's something.  I am a middle aged white woman and my husband and dog were not home.

I actually rarely answer the door.  I had a break-in about 20 years ago and it has made me leery.  Plus the old "No Solicitors" thing as well.  But I steadily have gotten better and now it's just my mood that dictates whether I answer the door.  I have purchased magazine subscriptions on occasion from kids saying they need to win something or other for a scholarship, although I have stopped doing that because I think they are probably backed by some sort of christian school outfit and I also think kids shouldn't have to go door to door begging for scholarship money.  I have graciously accepted Jehovah's Witnesses literature while assuring them I am an atheist.  And I have tiptoed through the house until I figure whoever is ringing the doorbell is gone.  Whatever!

Beside the point, today I am feeling happy with my own space so I answered the door and there was this kid.  Selling name brand candy.  Looking somewhat miserable and sheepish about it, made a deprecating remark about bugging me.

I told him to come in while I went to get my checkbook and he did, left the door open.  I left the room to get my checkbook, the cat wandered out and I hollered "don't let the cat out!" so he shut the door a bit.

Wrote his check, chose my Baby Ruth bars, and sent him on his way.

Now this is where good old liberal guilt comes in, I am feeling pleased with myself for letting this kid in my house.  

Then I does this kid know that when I left my room to get my checkbook that I wasn't leaving the room to get a gun to shoot him down?  Or to call the police (to be less hyperbolic)?

 That was some mutual trust of humanity, in a very small way.


Sat Aug 02, 2014 at 07:04 PM PDT

WW1 - 100 years ago this month

by TokayAsriel

I meant to do a quick (like one sentence) diary noting the 100 year anniversary of WW1 on July 28, but forgot in part because the world is in such crisis now.

I don't know much about World War 1, the only history I've read was The Guns of August, and some historical fiction.  But what I've gleaned is that it was a war of choice and it arose out of prior smaller wars and increased Imperialism across the globe.  And I would like to learn more about it; it ushered in the true 20th century.

I despair if the human people will ever achieve real peace and enlightenment.  But I believe that progress cannot be stopped, and I have great hope that our young people (who have greater diversity in their own lives and circles) will eventually bring us forward into the 21st century.

Just some random thoughts on a warm (and dry) CA evening.


Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 04:29 AM PST

No one comments on Red State

by TokayAsriel

Seriously.  Daily Kos front page diaries....a ton load of comments.  A diary on Red State...most I've seen lately about 200 once.  This is their intellectual base?  I think they're tired.


Darrell Issa was on Bill Maher's panel last night, and right near the beginning was an interesting little exchange that not many people may have noticed.  Bill was talking about the SOTU address and said President Obama's line about minimum wage "Give America a raise" was a good line, right?  Looking to Issa to see if he could, at the very least, admit that was a catchy phrase.  From memory, here was Issa's response..."Look, no one wants to lower wages but..."  I had to rewind the teevee to see if I really heard what I thought I heard.

So Bill Maher is talking about the president talking about raising the minimum wage, asks Issa if, at the very least, that's a good political line, and Issa talks about lowering wages.  Freudian?  I think so...  Because of course they'd like to eliminate the minimum wage altogether, not raise it.


Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 09:17 PM PST

Farewell Candlestick

by TokayAsriel

Great exciting game, especially the second half.  And that clutch interception inside 2 minutes?  That was so freaking awesome!

So much history... the Beatles, Willie Mays, The Catch, the dank and cold, the Pope, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, the Loma Prieta quake,  on and on and on.  

I went to only 3 Niners games since moving to the Bay Area in 1985, but the last one was just a few weeks ago, and man, the place just smelled old and funky and filled with times that came before.  

Farewell Candlestick.


Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 11:51 AM PST

Single women are the problem

by TokayAsriel

apparently, at least according to one Red State diary by a John Hayward, published November 7th, 2013.    Link

This was a long, Very Serious, examination of the reasons why the "conservatism" of the Tea Party doesn't resonate with single women, and what can be done about it.  Opening statement (italics in original):

The Virginia governor’s race was yet another example of the massive voting gap in a huge demographic: single people, particularly single women.  According to exit polls, Republican Ken Cuccinelli won handily on the “hard” issues facing Virginia voters, and won most other demographic slices, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe won big with single people, crushing Cuccinelli by nearly fifty points among single women.
Jaw-dropping quote for me below the single orange swirlyQ
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Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:18 AM PDT

Why I am a Democrat

by TokayAsriel

Well, I have alway been a Democrat I guess.  I've never actually felt the need to examine why, because I just believe in what it stands for.  What "it" is, in my mind, remains unchanged despite the manifestations that the party goes through.

Partly of course, like many, because my parents were Democrats.  My earliest memory of politics was a party my parents had supporting Eugene McCarthy for president in 1968.  I don't remember the party so much, but the flower power stickers were posted all over the house.  I was 9.

I grew up Moorestown New Jersey.  A very wealthy suburb of Philadelphia then and it still is.  My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Cunningham.  She was a black woman and I loved fourth grade, one of the grades I remember most (seventh being another).  We did the coolest projects, a homemade yearbook with shellacked binding, and black history.  I played Phyllis Wheatley in the school play of famous black people in American history.

My mother says that was the worst year of her Daddy was merciless in teasing me about Mathew Henson etc.  I would sit at the dinner table and talk about what I learned in school that day about what Mrs Cunningham was teaching us and Daddy would tease me. I loved school and learning, and I just stood my ground because I just did, but my mother says I would fight while crying.

Lest you think my dad was horrid, I suppose he was but this was in the 60s.  I didn't know from the Civil Rights Movement, but I guess he was an adult witnessing all this change.  As a child, this was normal, to learn about black history.  As a child, you just accept that what is around you is the way it's always been I think.

As a young adult visiting my dad in LA, I saw him giving change to people on the street begging. He said he always kept some cash in his pockets to do that.  I do this to this day.  Not always.  Sometimes I try to avoid being in the lane where people are standing with their cardboard signs.  Sometimes I hope the stop light stops so I can lean out the window and give some few dollars.  I hope that every time I look at these people and think about them.  I do think about them.  And I remember my father keeping some change in his pocket for them.

My grandparents were of the Mad Men type.  Very successful Madison Avenue people.  My maternal grandmother was one of the first women executives in an ad firm, J. Walter Thompson.  I remember her saying must always vote the party, not the man.  This has guided me in always voting a straight Democratic ticket.  I have never voted Green or any other party.  I also remember that once my grandparents finally went into the assisted living facility they lamented the fact that they were outnumbered by Republicans in their place.  By this time of course, I was a fully grown woman and more politically aware.

I've had 2 abortions, both in my 20s.  No rape, no incest, no danger to my life or health.  I just had 2 unwanted pregnancies and since I didn't want them I handled them.  Legally and safely.  My business and no regrets ever.

Clinton was the first President that I actually voted for that won.  OMG, I remember the party we were having on election night with my friends in SF.  This may have been the first time someone we voted for as President actually won!  We had southern food for Clinton and Gore, we had juleps, we were drunk, giddy, singing, dancing.

I remember the gas rationing the 1979.  I guess it was a big stink (I was 20 so whatevs).  But I never cared too much.  I was 20.

I am a nurse.  I've been a critical care nurse for years.  I have seen the difficult decisions that patients and families have to make when people are dying.  I have held the hand of maybe a dozen people as they died.  I have removed the tubes and washed and wrapped their bodies and delivered them to the hospital morgue.  End-of-life counseling is crucial, it's part of the ACA as it should be.  

I was in a staff meeting the day after Barack Obama was elected the first time.  I spoke up and said how much I knew my Daddy would appreciate the day.  I am inspired by the very fact of his election and his reelection.  

I'm wiser now, and I pay more attention.

Most lately, wow.  These are scary times and I'm more proud now to be a fighting Democrat!

But I've always been a Democrat. These aren't reasons why, this is just me.


Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 11:01 PM PDT

Filled with rage and helplessness

by TokayAsriel

If I saw any single one of these Republicans on fire I wouldn't piss on them to help them out.  

And if I saw any single one of them and they weren't on fire I'd spit in their faces.

Pure hate is what I feel.  I know it's not cool, but I can't help it.

Enough said.

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