Friday, October 31, 2008

Wasilla, Alaska: 99.99% White  

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Smokey Fontaine, of BlackPlanet.com, goes on a mission to find the 32 Black people that live in Sarah Palin's hometown, Wasilla.

Obama on The Daily Show  

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Happy Halloween!  

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Buffet of the Week  

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Lots and lots and lots has been going on. I thought I'd create a buffet to let you sample it all.

  • Ratings show that Obama's infomercial that was aired last night was a success.

  • Michelle Obama was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday. Watch it on YouTube.

  • New evidence is showing that women are paying much more for health care than men are. Who says health care isn't a feminist issue?

  • The anti-choice Attorney General in Virginia is trying hard to reinstate an abortion ban in the state.

  • Barack Obama has a new ad out that attacks McCain's lack of economic understanding. He also uses footage of Palin winking at the camera in the ad.

  • A non-profit organization is offering to pay a couple $10,000 to ban alcohol from their wedding and abstain from sex. Not surprisingly, there are no takers.

  • The organization Women Against Palin is holding a webathon today from 1-9PM, where they will read thousands of letters sent to them by various women who oppose Palin on a live stream.

  • Watch Samantha Bee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tackle McCain's infamous use of air quotes when talking about "women's health."

  • The general of the rebel group that occupies the Democratic Republic of Congo says he wants talks with the government about ending fighting. Since fighting broke out, hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped by enemies.

  • Anti-gay marriage groups in Arizona are pushing for the state to officially ban same-sex marriage and define marriage as only between one man and one woman. Sigh.

  • In an interview, McCain claimed that race won't play an issue in the election outcome because most people will make their decision based on who they feel is more fit to lead. Keep dreaming.

  • The McCain campaign is treating Palin, quite frankly, like shit. From calling her a "diva," to calling her a "whack job," and now it's becoming clear that she is going to be the source of blame from the McCain camp should they lose the election.

  • A new study shows that many female veterans are reporting having experienced sexual trauma during their service.

  • The McCain campaign volunteer who falsely claimed a man attacked her and carved a B (for "Barack") into her cheek has reached a deal in court.

Anything else?

Obama's "political message"  

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Did anyone catch the Barack Obama infomercial last night? 30 minutes of extremely well-produced film consisting of heart-breaking stories of struggling Americans, segments of Obama laying out his plan to "fix" the country, and cornfields blowing in the wind. I think a lot of people must've eaten that shit up. I know I did.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anti-abortion, but oddly pro-choice, radio ad  

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Interesting. I've never quite heard or seen an ad like this before. Faith in Life has begun running unique radio ads that call for decreasing the number of abortions, but don't deliver an anti-choice message. The text of the ad is:

With 1 in 5 pregnancies in America ending in abortion and the number of abortions unchanged from 32 years ago, it's time to stop the political posturing and get serious about protecting life.

2,400 late-term abortions a year is tragic, but what often gets ignored is that 10 times more infants die each year in America largely because of inadequate healthcare.

We need to ask ourselves what it really means to be pro-life and help move the conversation beyond bumper sticker slogans.

Thankfully, some lawmakers are already working on real solutions that will drastically reduce abortions by expanding programs that encourage adoption, increasing pre- and post-natal healthcare, preventing unintended pregnancies, and helping young mothers choose life.

It's time for Democrats and Republicans to come together around solutions based on results, not rhetoric. Please learn more by visiting www.realabortionsolutions.org.


Hear the actual ad here.

Obama as the anti-Christ?  

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This video is incredibly disturbing. While researching a story on biofuels in Missouri, The Guardian's Ed Pilkington stumbled upon the manager of an ethanol plant who says he could never vote for Obama because he's a Muslim and quite possibly the anti-Christ. It blows my mind that people like this exist.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Egypt delivers first prison sentence for public sexual harasser  

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A survey conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights showed that as many as 83% of Egyptian women and 98% of foreign women have experienced some form of sexual harassment or unwarranted sexual advances in Egypt in public. Noha Rushdi Saleh, a 27-year-old well-known film director, became one of those women when she was persistently harassed and groped in the streets of Cairo by an Egyptian man, Sharif Gommaa. He trailed her in his car, and at one point grabbed her breasts so hard that she fell to the ground.

Though the country's criminal code outlines a prison sentence and fine for sexual abusers, never before has Egypt issued a prison sentence for sexual harassment of a woman in public. The harasser faces three years in jail with hard labor, and Noha will receive 5,001 Egyptian pounds ($895) in compensation.

Baby steps.

Loving Republicans  

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This article on Yahoo! News put a smile on my face. It's called "My brother's a Republican, but I love him anyway" and the title basically explains it all. It's a good read for anyone who struggles with a similar situation. It can be extremely hard to have a relationship with someone who holds political views that are the complete opposite of yours. This year, I've come to be friends with someone who's a registered Republican, has a John McCain calendar in his room, is against abortion rights, and doesn't support same-sex marriage. I often wonder if our friendship can truly work. It's hard... but I believe it can be done.

My dad and I were debating politics via e-mail. He's a registered Republican, but I would label him a moderate. Things were getting heated, I sent him a snappy e-mail, and I expected a similar reply back. Instead, all he sent me was an e-mail saying, "I love the fact that you're so engaged!" I think everyone can find common ground, especially if it's with someone who means a lot to you.

Palin mannequin in a noose sparks controversy  

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How does everyone feel about this? Is it art? Or just going too far?
Monday, October 27, 2008

Congressman equates abortion with the execution of rapists  

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Republican Congressman Peter Roskam, who opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, tried to equate abortion with the execution of rapists during an interview. Basically, his ground-breaking logic is that it doesn't make much sense for women to be able to have abortions if rapists aren't executed. Seriously.

"You know, my position is the same as Henry Hyde's. And Henry Hyde put it best when he said, when somebody is the victim of a crime, the law currently says that a rapist can't be put to death. That's the law. A rapist under the court doctrines can't be put to death. He said, why is it that the baby who is the result of that criminal behavior can be put to death? He said, isn't that a sad, sad thing. So my feeling is, look, in the case of that, that's the hard case, right? That's the ultimate painful and difficult case. And what we need to do is love that person and encourage them and support them. But once people are categorized by how they were conceived and the circumstances of their conception, you end up going down a route that ultimately I don't think we want to be."

Interestingly enough, I didn't see any mention of the health and well-being of the woman. The problem with avid anti-choicers like Congressman Roskam is that they always leave women out of the equation.

White supremacists charged with plotting to kill Obama  

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This is really terrifying. Two men have been charged with plotting to hold a "killing spree" against African-Americans, ending with assassinating Barack Obama. Shit like this really makes me wonder how some people can claim that racism doesn't exist anymore. The men, who were a mere 18 and 20 years old, were, not surprisingly, white supremacists.

The men planned to kill more than 100 African-Americans, including 14 who would be beheaded, according to the affidavit. But federal law enforcement sources said there was no evidence Cowart, of Bells, Tennessee, and Schlesselman, of West Helena, Arkansas, had any details of Obama's schedule.

"We take this very, very seriously but we see no evidence these guys have the ability or the wherewithal to pull off what they say they wanted to do," one law enforcement source said.

According to an affidavit from the federal agent who questioned them, Cowart and Schlesselman planned to charge at Obama with a car, firing from the windows as they went. They would be dressed in white tuxedos and top hats during the attempt, the affidavit states.


My God. Full story here.
Sunday, October 26, 2008

The health of teen girls is in danger  

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Uh oh. Proposition 4 might actually pass in California, which would require all minors to get parental consent before obtaining an abortion. Polls show that 46% of people plan to vote in favor of Prop 4, 44% against it, and 10% are unsure. That's really not good.

Becky Bell anyone? The 17 year-old girl who got pregnant in 1988 and was too terrified to tell her parents, and ended up dying from an illegal abortion.

There was also a study done in Massachusetts on the impact of parental consent laws. It was found that 477 minors ended up going to the courts to bypass the parental consent law by proving that they are "mature" enough to make the decision for themselves. Of the 477 cases, the court approved 468 of them. Why are parental consent laws necessary if most minors are already capable enough to make the decision alone? These laws will only overburden the courts when it isn't even necessary in the first place.

Minors are still going to find ways to get around these terrible laws, whether it's going to the courts, crossing state lines, or getting a dangerous illegal abortion. Parental consent laws will bring so much more harm than good. No on Prop 4!
Friday, October 24, 2008

Woman allegedly attacked over McCain sticker  

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Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old volunteer for the McCain-Palin campaign, claimed that she was attacked while taking out money from an ATM in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. She says that a man came up behind her, put a knife to her neck, and demanded money. She gave him $60 and managed to walk away. However, she says the mugger then noticed her McCain bumper sticker on her car and went nuts. He allegedly hit her in the head, and pinned her to the ground where he proceeded to carve the letter B into her cheek, proclaiming, "You're going to be a Barack supporter now." This photo was released:



Originally, I didn't think to question this story. But after reading posts on other blogs that are more than skeptical, I'm inclined to call "hoax" on this one. First of all, the "B" is extremely light - it's almost more of a scratch than a knife wound. Secondly, why is the "B" backwards? She claimed the man sat on her chest and pinned her arms down with his knees while he carved it, so there is no reason for the "B" to look like that. People are starting to envision her carving it herself in a mirror, thus the reason it was backwards. Also, that black eye looks a little fishy. Shouldn't there be some swelling? And why is the "B" so incredibly perfect? Wouldn't she be struggling to get away? How would anyone be able to keep a steady hand in that situation?

Lastly, Ashley's story is beginning to change. First she claimed it was the McCain sticker that angered the attacker, and now she's saying it may have been a McCain button on her jacket. Also, she's now claiming that she lost consciousness at one point and that the attacker sexually harassed her.

I don't know. Some are unsure of why she might have faked this, but I think her motives were clear. I mean, she was a volunteer for the McCain campaign, and this attack certainly makes Obama supporters look bad. Even Michelle Malkin is skeptical.

So what do you think? Real or hoax?
Thursday, October 23, 2008

McCain/Palin hurt women  

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This is a powerful new ad put out by FeministsForObama.org. They expose the fact that McCain voted against funding for fighting domestic violence, opposed funding for breast cancer research, and McCain/Palin oppose abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Very powerful ad, but also very intense... so don't view it if you think it will trigger you in any way.

Republican group: Obama is a "Muslim socialist"  

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Recently, a New Mexico Republican women's group, the Republican Women of Otero County, has come under scrutiny for their extremely poor choice of words when talking about Barack Obama. Their claims? Obama is a "Muslim socialist" and "Muslims are our enemies." In an interview, the head of the group said:

"I don't trust them at all. They've sworn across the world that they are our enemies. Why we're trying to elect one is beside me."

Nice.

The head of the group, Marcia Stirman, will be asked to step down from her position. Rightfully so. But these racist and ignorant ideals are still way too prominent in this election.

Sarah Palin encourages voting... amongst Democrats  

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I'm perplexed. Take a look at Sarah Palin's new (ahem, $15,000) scarf.




What's wrong with this picture?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Same-sex marriage will destroy our children!  

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A little girl runs into a kitchen. Her mom asks, "What did you learn in school today?" The girl replies, "I learned how a prince married a prince, and I can marry a princess!" The mother's face falls. She is appalled.

Why is this so horrifying to people who are desperately trying to defeat same-sex marriage in California? I have absolutely no fucking clue.

The ads supporting Proposition 8, which would heartlessly snatch away marriage rights that were just granted to same-sex couples in California, are disgusting. They make me angry. They lie (in actuality, the defeat of Proposition 8 would not affect education in schools), they use cheap and shameful tactics, and they promote a message of discrimination and inequality. Someone tell me how exactly is Proposition 8 any fucking different than the Jim Crowe laws?! How is "you can get married, but you can't get married" any different than "you can sit here, but you can't sit here"?

These ads are truly appalling. There is no excuse for denying two people who love each other the right to marry. One ad actually had a slideshow of dozens of photos of heterosexual couples to "prove" how "sacred" marriage is. Give me 10 minutes and I can find just as many pictures of happy same-sex couples. Or unhappy heterosexual couples.

I don't understand what opponents of gay marriage are so fucking scared of. GOD FORBID children learn about different types of people. GOD FORBID you have to see two women walking out of a church or a temple after having just been wed. GOD FORBID the marriage application says "Party A" and "Party B" instead of "bride" and "groom." GOD FORBID GOD FORBID GOD FORBID! If gay marriage is finally legalized, people will see that it does not affect them. The world will still go round, marriage will still be valued in our society, and Nazis will not come back riding on dinosaurs. I promise. Everything will be okay.

Yet, there are dedicated supporters of Proposition 8 who feel that somehow their existence will be threatened by sharing their heterosexual privilege. Those people produce ads like these:






However, there are equally dedicated people who will do everything they can to oppose stripping people of their rights through Proposition 8. Those people produce ads like these:





Please please please vote no on Prop 8.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Not exactly women's studies  

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Check out this charming online advertisement I noticed. I clicked on it, and it led me to this gem of a website.



Babeology. Cute.

PalinAsPresident.com  

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Do it.

This 'Joe the Plumber' stuff needs to end  

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Objectification of Palin goes even further...  

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"Ick" is really all I can say about this new porn movie coming out called "Who's Nailin' Paylin." Yep, first it was a Sarah Palin sex doll and now it's an entire full-length movie. I'm not even shocked anymore by the endless sexism that's plaguing this election. Here's the first minute of the movie. It's pretty much your typical super cheesy porno that exists solely to objectify women. Enjoy!


Monday, October 20, 2008

Liberals hate "real Americans"  

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Quote of the day! Quote of the day! You're going to love this. At a pro-McCain rally, Republican North Carolina Representative Robin Hayes shared his pearls of wisdom. Quick, get a pen and write this gem on a post-it to stick to your refrigerator so you are constantly reminded of the goodhearted and intelligent people that live in this world. Hayes' statement:

"Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God."

Wow! It warms my heart to know that we have such wonderful politicians in this country who would never, ever make some sort of ignorant generalization. No way. We can always count on Rep. Hayes. After all, this was the guy who said that stabilization in Iraq depends on "spreading the message of Jesus Christ." Hayes for president!

Fox News is scrambling to connect Obama with terrorism  

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I can always get my daily amusement from Fox News. On their main page, the two biggest stories are, of course, about the candidates. The John McCain story is about how he's making gains in battleground states. The Barack Obama story is about how he's BFFs with a terrorist. Seriously, they made breaking news out of the fact that Obama gave a positive review of Ayers' book in 1997, a book that has nothing to do with terrorism.


You can check out the book for yourself here. Dear God, Fox News, is this the best you can do?

The real Sarah Palin on SNL  

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I have a feeling that if her political views weren't so different from mine, and she didn't represent everything I fight against, I would like Sarah Palin.



But I still like Tina Fey way better.
Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thank God we have a vice president to counter those liberal feminists!  

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(Courtesy of Feministing. I vote we spread this video around as much as possible because it's just that ridiculous).
Friday, October 17, 2008

Celebrate love  

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For those of you who might be able to get out to New York City this weekend, there will be a same-sex wedding expo (held by Same Love Same Rights) on Sunday from 1:30 - 4:30PM. Visit their website for more information!


Is McCain really proud of these people?  

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I don't care if I lose my job, I want my facial!  

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I was surfing the New York Times website and I noticed that they had a guest blogger write about "what women want." My immediate thought was "uh oh." I clicked on the link and learned that my "uh oh" was right.

According to Bonnie Fuller (I should've known this would be bad when I saw she used to be editor in chief of Cosmopolitan), women want their facials. We want our spas. We want our botox. In Fuller's eyes, the economic crisis may be put our jobs in jeopardy, but dammit, we're going to look good! Because "the need to look good trumps the bank account."

In all fairness, she's specifically talking about New York City women, who admittedly are often concerned about image, but when I saw an article on "what women want," I had hoped it would paint women to be a little more than superficial snobs.

Recession be damned: the relationship between a woman and her hairstylist and colorist continues to be as tight as the one with her broker. "We were packed like a railway station last Saturday," says John Barrett, owner of the John Barrett Salon, where haircuts and color treatments cost up to $500 a pop. While Barrett has heard rumors that some retailers are experiencing heavy returns on clothing, he believes women feel they need to look pretty even as the world is going to hell in a handbasket.


According to Edward Tricomi, a co-owner of the Warren-Tricomi Salon, women will let their homes get shabby before they let their hair go: "If you're a professional businesswoman, you can't go to a meeting with your roots hanging out!"


Oh no, God forbid we have to be judged on anything aside from our hair! You know, like our intelligence, our skills, our capability. Visible roots trump all of those.


So far, the comments are less than favorable. It seems to me like Times readers are too smart for this crap.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Scenes from a presidential debate  

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I wanted to wait until after the debate to blog about it, but I just can't wait another ten minutes. I nearly jumped out of my seat when abortion rights were finally brought up. Not surprisingly, Obama expressed his pro-choice views, and McCain deemed himself "proudly pro-life." Obama blatantly stated that no one is "pro-abortion," and not two minutes later, what phrase did McCain use?

"The pro-abortion movement."

Oh HELL nah. What pro-abortion movement?! Holy crap. I got so fired up watching a 72 year-old man telling me that I can't have a choice. He also reprimanded Obama for not voting for a ban on late-term abortions - to which Obama responded that he felt the ban would undermine Roe v. Wade.

Reproductive rights are, slowly by surely, being chipped away at. Now more than ever we need a pro-choice president.

Aside from abortion, Obama also brought up equal pay, specifically the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which McCain voted against. I was watching the ticker at the bottom of the screen which records the live reactions of uncommitted voters in Ohio to the debate, and McCain's support amongst women went waaaaay down during that part.

Show your hot body some love  

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Happy 'Love Your Body' Day!




Today is the day to realize that women come in all shapes and sizes. That the stick-thin big-chested tan-skinned models you see in magazines only represent 1% of the population. That every woman is beautiful in her own way, despite what the media tells you. So wear a short skirt, dance naked, make a list of your favorite features... do whatever it takes to find appreciation and love for your curves, your stomach, your thighs, all the way down to your toes.

Visit NOW's website for more info on the Love Your Body campaign.
Monday, October 13, 2008

Palin supporter caught with racist Obama doll  

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Wow. Look at this. A camera caught a man at a pro-Palin rally holding a stuffed monkey with an Obama bumper sticker wrapped around it. Once he realized he was being filmed, he took the sticker off the monkey and gave the stuffed animal to a random little boy. Ick.

"Gay-friendly" high school?  

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What does everyone think about this new "gay-friendly" high school that might open in Chicago? Apparently, it won't be exclusive to GLBT students, but it will work hard to be completely accepting and create a comfortable atmosphere for those who have been tormented for their sexual orientation. Lessons on sexual identity will be included in classes, and counseling will be provided to all students.

I like the thought behind it, because GLBT students are being brutally harassed in normal high schools and are therefore more likely to miss class and less likely to graduate. However, I feel that creating a separate school will only encourage more of a division between heterosexual students and homosexual students. If all GLBT students and their allies are put into one school, homophobes won't be forced to accept and understand these students. And that's not good. I think that incorporating lessons on sexual identity is a wonderful idea - but I think it should be put in all schools. Education on GLBT people should start young - maybe around 4th or 5th grade - and should continue to high school. I don't think separating people is the answer.

Thoughts?

Men put themselves in our shoes... literally  

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I thought it'd be good to post about one of the amazing groups that are working hard to stop violence against women. One of my favorite events is Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a march in which only men participate, aimed at stopping rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. The best part? All male marchers must wear high-heeled shoes to "walk a mile in her shoes." I think it's wonderful that these men are willing to go through the pain and agony of high-heels because they believe that rape and sexual assault is not just a women's issue. They realize that because it happens so often, it is highly likely that someone they know has been a victim of sexualized violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has 125 marches scheduled for 2008 alone. Go to their website to see their schedule. If you're a male, consider participating! If you're a female, consider standing on the sidelines and clapping like hell for these amazing men.
Sunday, October 12, 2008

W.  

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I'm actually really intrigued by the new Oliver Stone film coming out entitled "W." Yep, it's a movie about George W. Bush's life. I'll be seeing it ASAP because frankly, I'm more than just a little curious as to how a man like that ended up running our country. The movie premieres Friday!

Palin booed at hockey game  

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Wow.
Saturday, October 11, 2008

Abortion rights leader honored in Canada  

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Seriously, why is Canada so much cooler than the U.S. sometimes? Yesterday in Quebec, Dr. Henry Morgentaler, an abortion rights leader of almost 40 years, received the Order of Canada, which is the highest civilian honor. Dr. Morgentaler first became a prominent pro-choice figure in 1969 when he opened an illegal abortion clinic in Montreal, which consequently led to his time in jail. But once out, he effectively led the fight for legal abortions in Canada, which were granted in 1988.

A quote from Dr. Morgentaler on his website:

I believe that children should receive love and affection so that they may grow up to become kind and responsible persons. I also believe that the best way to achieve this is to allow women and couples to decide at what time in their life they should bring a child into the world. In a case of unwanted or accidental pregnancy a woman should have the right to choose and obtain an abortion under good medical conditions to protect her life, health and future fertility. I have dedicated the largest part of my professional life as a physician to help women obtain safe abortion in an atmosphere of compassion and empathy.

He well deserves the honor.
Friday, October 10, 2008

Only 47 to go...  

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States Where Same-Sex Couples Are Legally Allowed to Marry:

  • Massachusetts
  • California

And now... CONNETICUT! YAY! Oh, the taste of sweet justice and victory.

Conservatives want their picture-perfect candidate back!  

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Just saw this on Feministing, and was extremely infuriated. For those of you who saw the latest issue of Newsweek, you probably noticed that the cover features a very up-close-and-personal photo of Sarah Palin. Conservatives (see: Fox News) are now pissed because the Palin photo wasn't airbushed. UH... say WHAT? I wish I were kidding. They're taking it to mean that Newsweek intentionally put her wrinkles and stray hairs on display to give Republicans a "slap in the face."

Personally, I get what Newsweek was doing. Their article on Palin was arguing that her folksy personality might work against her, rather than for her. It's clear what the photo was trying to do. Newsweek was exposing the fact that too many people are blinded by her charm and good looks - but when you look really close, you'll see many flaws - flaws that a vice president just shouldn't have. That was their statement. But all Fox News sees is a beauty issue. I find it hilarious that the same news station that calls Democrats "sexist" for questioning Palin's credentials is advocating for her photo to be airbushed like she's Heidi Klum on the cover of Elle magazine. Watch one woman call Newsweek "liberal elitist" media. I wish I had a nickel for every time conservatives played the elitist card.


SNL parodies the second presidential debate  

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Hilarious. I could hardly even breathe towards the end. And the John McCain impersonation is SPOT ON.

Quote of the day  

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I just had to share with all of you this lovely gem of wisdom from Sarah Palin's radical right-wing friend, Mark Chryson. While talking about the Alaska Independence Party, which believes Alaska should secede from the union, Chryson proudly stated:

"The AIP is very family-oriented. We're for the traditional family — daddy, mommy, kids — because we all know that it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. And we don't care if Heather has two mommies. That's not a traditional family."

Thank you so much, Mark, for your kind words. FYI: Palin was once a part of this party. Maybe that's why she tried to ban a book that sought to teach kids about same-sex couples.
Thursday, October 9, 2008

Oh... my...  

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So wonderfully clever.

McCain supporters are getting pissed  

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

John McCain's temper could put this country in danger  

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Check out this very well-done video put together by Brave New PAC.

And the winner is...  

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I'll admit: last night's debate wasn't nearly as riveting as it could've been. But one good thing did seem to come out of it - John McCain definitely did not give the stunning mavericky performance necessary to turn his campaign around. After last night, the general consensus seems to be that Obama "won" the debate. Here's a sampling of the online polls to prove it:











Man shot for wearing Obama t-shirt  

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"I fucking hate niggers!" a man shouted at 36 year-old Dube Egwuatu on the streets of London after spotting his Barack Obama t-shirt. Egwuatu zipped up his jacket to cover the face of Obama, and got into his car, but not before the enraged racist pointed his ball-bearing pistol and shot the Obama supporter three times - in the face, hand, and shoulder. Bleeding heavily, Egwuatu sped away and immediately called for help. He's perfectly fine, albeit with a broken spirit, and the gunman has yet to be found.

I wish this story weren't true, but you can read it for yourself. It happened. Racism still plagues our world, and hate crimes happen everyday. This man was obviously sick in the head, but unfortunately, there are so many more like him.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Teaching diversity to children  

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Because there are way too many ignorant morons in this world, I've vowed for years to raise my children to be intelligent, understanding, and open-minded. That's probably harder to do than it should be. My one main problem is: what movies and TV shows can I show to my children?! Of course I'll allow them to watch Disney movies and such if they so desire, but isn't there some children's show/movie that doesn't revolve solely around white heterosexual couples? I want my kids to know that there are all kinds of families and relationships, but there are so few children's cartoons that portray diverse people.

A few years ago, on the children's show "Postcards from Buster" an episode was made where Buster visited a lesbian couple. Of course they didn't talk about sex, they didn't attempt to explain what "sexual orientation" means to young viewers, they didn't even focus on the fact that the women were lesbians. Buster visits all kinds of families, and this family just happened to have two mommies. But for some reason, people decided that exposing children to the fact that there are all types of people in the world and teaching them to be respectful wasn't acceptable, and that specific episode of "Postcards from Buster" never aired.

I went on an online hunt to find any cartoons or kids shows that feature GLBT people. I was only able to find two. One is called "Buddy G, My Two Moms and Me":




The other is "Dottie's Magic Pockets":

Monday, October 6, 2008

Now, you can choose life for your car!  

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Want to jazz up your car? Buy a "Choose Life" license plate! Show the world your avid stance against choice and your desire to take personal rights away from every and any woman. The best part: proceeds will go to other anti-choice organizations, including the wonderful "crisis pregnancy centers" which work hard to present women with false information and anti-abortion propaganda! And no worries, because not a single dime will go to organizations that dare mention abortion as an option for pregnant women.

And even more good news! Anti-choicers in Arizona can now purchase the license plates too, because the high court ruled in favor of the Arizona Life Coalition, thereby forcing the state to allow their distribution. Now the promotion of ripping reproductive rights away from women and demanding that they have no control over their bodies can be spread across the country! Buy yours today.
Sunday, October 5, 2008

SNL takes on the VP debate!  

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Candy sex symbol  

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Is anyone else really creeped out by the ongoing sexualization of the famous Green M&M? She's the only female M&M (thus creating this really disturbing potential gang-bang scenario, much like in The Smurfs), and so of course she has to be the one with the high heels and the long legs. Every commercial she's in, she's made into this bizarre cartoon sex symbol (with a delicious chocolate filling) and I find it both creepy and sexist.



Thursday, October 2, 2008

Vote!  

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Watch this amazing video in which several celebrities urge the importance of voting. Then send it to five friends.

Palin: every feminist's nightmare  

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On Slate.com, there's an article about "feminism and Palin." I immediately braced myself for another commentary by a mistaken journalist about how Palin represents a "new kind of feminism." However, Emily Bazelon's article is about just the opposite - it articulates the "agony" women are feeling as we watch Sarah Palin.

Palin is the most prominent woman on the political stage at the moment. By taking unprepared hesitancy and lack of preparation to a sentence-stopping level, she's yanking us back to the old assumption that women can't hack it at these heights. We know that's not true—we've just watched Hillary Clinton power through a campaign with a masterful grasp of policy and detail. Clinton lost in part because she was the girl grind. Complex sentences, the names of Supreme Court cases, and bizarre warnings about foreign heads of state invading our airspace weren't her problem. The fear now is that Palin is the anti-Hillary and that her lack of competence threatens to undo what the Democratic primary did for women. Palin won't bust through the ceiling that has Hillary's 18 million cracks in it. She'll give men an excuse to replace it with a new one.

Quite the morbid article, but it has a lot of truth to it. Read the rest here.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The diverse supporters of Obama  

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I saw this lovely website posted on Feministing and I adore it. You have to check it out. It's called the We Are the Ones Project. They travel across the country, photograph Obama supporters, and compile all of the pictures in an online gallery to show the diversity amongst his voters. It's an amazing idea, and the portraits are beautiful.