These come from my twitter, face book, and blog roll feeds.
Reproductive rights (and War on Women generally):
- From Life Site News (a “pro-life” [sic] site): Surprise! Bowling for Abortion is a success and women who support reproductive rights have children and take them to pro-choice events! (via @robinmarty)
- From the Star Tribune: Minnesota Governor Dayton vetoes abortion clinic licensing bill.
Dayton countered that if the issue was health, and not abortion politics, then Minnesota should license all 1,250 outpatient clinics, not just six.
“If regulation of clinics were the concern, the bill should have required licensure of all clinics, not just a select few. If the Legislature wants to create a new regulatory scheme for health care clinics, then all clinics should be treated equally. No clinic or procedure should be the focus of special and unique regulatory requirements.”
- From Shakesville: Liss gives the National “Right to Life” [sic] the Quote of the Day.
- From RH Reality Check: An article on something I’ve known for over two years, Crisis Pregnancy Centers Use Federal Funds to Promote Religion, Lie to Patients, Discriminate In Hiring Practices. Non-Christians need not apply.
- Also from RH Reality Check: S.C. Senator: Fetuses Are “Victims,” Women Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted, Not As Much.
- From NECN: In South Carolina, antichoice politicians vote to deny abortion coverage to rape survivors who rely on state health plan.
- From Knoxville News: Bill Authorizes Prosecution for Death of an Embryo. I can’t see any unintended consequences arising from that.
- Or perhaps I can. From the Guardian: Outcry in America as women who lose their babies face criminal charges.
- From Babble: The flip side to forced-birth, a woman is being bullied by a Texas hospital into giving up on her troubled pregnancy. This is what happens when women are not seen as being fit to make decisions about our own bodies.
- From Panoptic Society: Hey Canada! Get out of my reproductive system! Apparently, the US is not the only country with governing bodies that are trying to govern bodies.
- Speaking of other countries governing bodies, from RH Reality Check: Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan. This has got to stop.
- From Salon: A reminder that the Morning After Pill is not an abortion pill.
- From Women Are Watching: After Arizona defunds Planned Parenthood, Senator John McCain calls ‘war on women’ “ludicrous, partisan, and imaginary”.
- Really? Senator McCain? Because from here, it looks pretty real.
- From Huff Po: Abortion laws proposed in some states expand access, bucking the national trend.
- Also from HuffPo: Women still can’t get justice for sexual assaults and rape.
- Speaking of rape, from Mother Jones: Florida governor Rick Scott slashes rape counseling during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Agriculture (and food generally):
- From Mother Jones: We’re still feeding cows to cows. And testing less than .1% for mad cow disease. This is terrifying.
- Speaking of beef, from Forbes: Food’s Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie. (I knew it! Kobe beef is too special to be used in freaking hamburgers).
- From Grist: This pesticide is so nasty even conventional vegetable farmers are scared of it
- From Slate: Woman whose job it is to increase sales of baby formula writes book attacking breastfeeding
- From Just West of Crunchy: The Ugly Side of Milk Donation
Politics and Elections:
- From Think Progress: Two courts say that Wisconsin’s Voter ID law that Walker signed won’t be in effect for the June 5th Recall Election.
- Also from Think Progress: Mitt Romney’s advice to students, “borrow from your parents“.
- Speaking of Mitt, from Daily Kos: Looks like Romney and his team haven’t updated their maps since the ’80’s.
- From Washington Post: This WaPo editorial confirms what has been saying for years, both sides are not “just as bad“.
- Also from the Washington Post: Why the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote are suing Florida.
- From the Tax Policy Center: The GOP budget proposal would reduce tax as % of GDP to only 15% – lower than any 1st world country. (via @DriveSwift)
- From Media Matters: According to Fox News, “Obama Lowered “The Status Of The Office” But Bush Appeared On Deal Or No Deal!
- From Politics USA: Ann Romney loves the fact that she doesn’t have to work and you do.
- From Huff Po: Sarah Steelman, Missouri GOP Senate Candidate, ‘Not Sure’ What Violence Against Women Act Is.
- From NPR: Gov’t files first criminal charges in BP Spill (not really politics or elections, but not sure where else to put it)
Parenting and School:
- From When the Flames Go Up: Stepping up without stepping on toes. Gracefully and graciously co-parenting after divorce.
- From Pink is for Boys: Sure, I’ll wear a tiara. What weapons does it have?
- From Yahoo! News: Bullied 13-Year-Old Set on Fire Changes Thinking
- From Raising WEG: When did Attachment Parenting go mainstream and why was I not told?
- From Forbes: University of Florida cuts computer science. Boosts athletics.
- From Wisconson Voices: Teacher says kids aren’t getting fed due to budget cuts.
Media (and books, but only slightly):
- From Mediaite: Rush Limbaugh on Hilary Clinton, “She has reached the pinnacle, and all she is is a secretary“.
- From Babble: Forbes Asks, “Do Bloggers Really Make Money?” and Cecily responds.
- From Little Green Footballs: Fox Nation Fabricates Story to Blame Green Activists.
- From the Associate Press: Drug overdose antidote is put into addicts’ hans. This article caught my eye because the antidote is mentioned in Trial Run, a mystery by Dick Francis (from 1978!)
- “Dear Dolby, before naming your new product you should GOOGLE DOCTOR WHO ” (via @owillis)
- “I’m beginning to think Dick Morris is not what most people would call “ethical” (via @bendimiero)
- I’m ashamed to admit I only missed two of these: Huffington Post’s Before They Were Stars Quiz: Guess The Style Icon
- First up, from Equality Loudoun: Virginia has done something really right for once. WOW!
- From Prop 8 Trial Tracker: Sponsor of NC’s Anti-Gay Amendment 1 will vote against it.
- From the Washington Post: Swiss scientists show partially paralyzed person can control robot using brain signals.
- From CBS DC: Family Misses Flight After TSA Gives Pat-Down To Girl With Cerebral Palsy.
- From Fair Lawn (New Jersey) Patch: Building Patient-Centered Medical Homes for the Developmentally Disabled.
- From Shakesville: “We have nothing to fear from Love“. Anglican Church is having internal disagreements over civil rights for LGBT people.
- Lizz Winstead asks, “Remember that time the LA Archdiocese paid their sex abuse scandal settlements by selling the nun’s house?”
- From Think Progress: Notre Dame Professors Call For Bishop To Apologize or Resign From Notre Dame Board For Comparing Obama To Hitler.
- From The Daily Beast: “Newt gets to marry 3rd wife in church, but Vatican wants to prevent my having one civil marriage w/no church involved“
- From Foreign Policy: Why Do They Hate Us?
- From Ebony: Black Woman ‘Stood Her Ground’, Faces 20 Years in Prison.
- From the Political Carnival: Couple held at gunpoint by neighbors, arrested. Nobody believed they were the new owners.
- From Huffington Post: Waiter Racism Survey Shows 40 Percent Of Waiters Discriminate Against Black Customers.
- From American Progress: Very cool idea: retrofitting foreclosed homes for greater energy efficiency & higher resale value (via @DrGrist)
- From Shakesville: The return of the Debtor’s Prison.
- From Think Progress: Austerity Pushes The UK Back Into Recession — Will American Conservatives Learn The Lesson?
- And now more locally, from Ashburn Patch: An article on Discovery and Enterprise by Stevens Miller with pictures by Deb Keirce.
- From Leesburg Patch: Lots of people in Loudoun are going hungry. Won’t you help?
- From me: My “reputation for conservative activism“
- And ABOUT me! SQUEE! @CecilyK wrote an article for Babble about Women Blogging After Age 40, and I’m in it!
And last but not least, I’m going to give a reverse shout out to Loudoun.gov. Their new website is atrocious. One would think clicking on Community Services on the menu would take one to the Loudoun Community Services Board page, but it doesn’t. And there is no link that specifically says “Developmental Services”. The CSB page header says, “Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Dev. Services”. How is that helpful for people looking for services for their mentally challenged family members? Somebody in the Loudoun government, please fix that mess.