Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16

7 Mind Blowing Moments From Zimmerman Juror B37′s First Interview

The party of fiscal responsibility is hard at work policing uteri in North Dakota:

North Dakota already has spent more than $52,000 defending the 2011 state law, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Records show that Dr. Donna Harrison, the president the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has billed the state more than $49,000 to act as an expert witness.

In his ruling Monday, Corwin was highly critical of Harrison, saying her "opinions lack scientific support , tend to be based on unsubstantiated concerns and are generally at odds with solid medical evidence."

The AAPLOG is all for trans-vaginal ultrasoundagainst insurance paying for contraception, and against Plan B. They think abortions cause breast cancer, cerebral palsy and a host of other ills, and they think the jury is out on whether having an IUD or taking the pill is committing abortion. I'd suggest checking their find a physician page to make sure your or your family member's OB/GYN isn't a cult member.


After all the shit the Republicans have pulled: Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup


GOP Push To Eliminate The Individual Mandate Would Leave Over 13 Million Uninsured

25 Years After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Company Still Hasn't Paid For Long-Term Environmental Damages

(Jackson, TN) A Mid-South woman has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health after she said the doctor she went to see for back pain gave her an insulting diagnosis.

"He said 'I know what the problem is. It's ghetto booty,'" said 55-year-old Terry Ragland about what she was told by Dr. Timothy Sweo in April.


"What I was trying to explain to that patient is that she has lumbar lordosis, which is a fancy name for the curve of the lower spine that makes the buttocks protrude more. In trying to explain that I said that she had ghetto booty and she didn't like that apparently. That was my attempt to explain why she had the back problem. It wasn't the whole problem but it was part of it and she got upset about it," said Sweo by phone. "You cannot cure lumbar lordosis."

"think I do understand why her feelings were hurt but I don't understand what's offensive about it," said Sweo. (Emphasis mine.) 

Actually, let me retract my first question and ask this: Do you ever wonder what would have happened if we'd just let the South secede and try to make it on its own?


Texas GOP Caught Discriminating Against African American Voters

TPM with the evidence:

In 2011, Texas Republicans put forth a redistricting plan that a federal court in Washington, D.C., concluded was intentionally designed to dilute the strength of African-American and Hispanic votes. Purposeful — not merely incidental — discrimination. As a result, it was blocked under the now-neutered Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. A series of highly revealing emails between Republicans about the redistricting process, which included redrawn maps for state legislative districts as well as congressional districts, were unearthed in the ensuing litigation and proved fatal to their case.

This comes as no surprise, and it's happening in every red state in one form or another. Now if we can only use the Civil Rights Act to target the… oh wait. Never mind.


If you're looking for a laugh, check this out.

The site includes a sample"'budget journal" for McDonalds' employees that offers a laughably inaccurate view of what it's like to budget on a minimum wage job. Not only does the budget leave a spot open for "second job," it also gives wholly unreasonable estimates for employees' costs: $20 a month for health care, $0 for heating, and $600 a month for rent.

$20 for healthcare? When did they start serving hallucinogenic drugs at McDonald's?


Peak Sirota

This is it. This is the Sirota Singularly where light itself disappears into a black hole.

On the contrary, Zimmerman's presumption of guilt and his subsequent actions mimic those of his own government, and therefore reflect a larger attitudinal shift in the nation at large

Remember, in the same year that saw Zimmerman kill Martin, Zimmerman's president, Barack Obama, extrajudicially executed Anwar al-Awlaki and then his 16-year-old son, without charging either of the two U.S. citizens with a single crime. [...]

Explaining the Zimmerman-like aggression against the Awlakis and thousands of others who find themselves targeted by U.S. drone strikes missiles, the federal government later offered up the Zimmerman Principle, repeating the same sentiment that Zimmerman expressed during his cellphone call to non-emergency responders.

President Obama is just like George Zimmerman, a wannabe vigilante hunting "fucking coons" and "fucking punks" at night who he deems to be out of place in their own neighborhoods because they're black and scary.

Aside from being one of the most offensive things I've read recently, even more offensive than the words of characters such as Rush Limbaugh and Gerald Rivera, this is a gross dismissal of the reality faced by African Americans every single day in America. This idea that 'we're all threats now' defies reality, because we aren't all treated as threats as young African Americans are from the day they're born. That is unless the very white Sirota has been pulled over for driving while black or stopped and frisked for walking while black. How about wearing a hoodie while black?

But let's keep it real — Sirota is basically saying that President Obama, like George Zimmerman, is an angry hot-head with anger management issues who stalks and kills people for racially-motivated reasons. And he says this apparently without recognizing that the president himself is a person of color who knows full well what members of the African American community face on a daily basis in places like Chicago where he was a community organizer.

And let's not forget Zimmerman was also kicked out of college and accused of molestation by a family member. He's a sick fuck who David Sorta is openly comparing to the president.

At this point I'm not sure why Sirota doesn't just dispense the pleasantries and call the president a ni**er. That is very clearly what his opinion of him is. He paints a picture of an angry black man who never has second thoughts or even a conscience. He kills people with reckless abandon, didn't you know?

It's funny that Sirota also goes on to cite the fake NSA scandal as further evidence to support his premise because that's another good example of him having no clue whatsoever. To people of color, the idea that they may be profiled is a fact of life. For David Sirota and his ilk, the notion that the NSA or other intelligence agencies may be profiling them is a shocking revelation. And he's more than willing to co-opt the prolonged scrutiny of other races to justify his own feelings of profound victimhood.

Salon should be embarrassed. I'm embarrassed for them.


Carbon County wants to pave Nine Mile Canyon road

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