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February 25, 2005

Kansas AG "Protecting" Women By Denying Them Privacy

The horrific AG Phill Kline, who in my opinion should have his law license revoked, is demanding the personal medical files of hundreds of women because they committed the "crime" of having an abortion.

Jodi Wilgoren with contributions from Gretchen Ruethling reports the horror in the NYT:

Attorney General Phill Kline, a Republican who has made fighting abortion a staple of his two years in the post, is demanding the complete medical files of scores of women and girls who had late-term abortions, saying on Thursday that he needs the information to prosecute criminal cases. ...

Noting that personal details like marital status, race, employment history and emergency contacts are in the records, lawyers for the clinics asked, "How can a woman's method of birth control or prior history of abortions or use of drugs and medications be relevant?"

The brief, which provided the first glimpse into a yearlong battle whose records have been sealed, said the laws cited as the basis for the subpoenas are one that restricts abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy and another that requires health professionals to report suspected child abuse.

When Mr. Kline was in the legislature, he helped write the 22-week limit.

Although Mr. Kline emphasized statutory rape in his news conference, many here on both sides of the abortion debate said they suspected that his real target was doctors who provide late-term abortions. ...

Despite that law passed in 1998, Kansas has become a national magnet for late-term abortions because of a doctor in Wichita who performs hundreds of them each year. The doctor, George Tiller, funneled at least $150,000 through political action committees to Mr. Kline's opponent in the attorney general's race in 2002, and his clinic, Women's Health Care Services, is one of the two whose records are being subpoenaed.

P.J. Huffstutter writes about the situation in the LAT:
Lawyers for the clinics said a gag order, issued by Anderson, prevented them from discussing the case.

The order also blocked the clinics from letting patients know that their records would be released, said Elizabeth Herbert, a lawyer for one of the clinics.

"That's an outrageous violation of privacy," said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women.

Emphasis added.

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February 24, 2005

From the Makers of Today's Papers

Comes Today's Blogs.

Today was the first installment of "the latest chatter from cyberspace," and Slate editorial assistant Bidisha Banerjee already needed to make a correction to her post. Ironically, it was regarding the only article written up that I've read (the previously blogged bit about a liberal blasting the "conservative" blogosphere).

Found Today's Blogs via Daniel Drezner. Strange that Slate didn't send me an email announcing the arrival of Today's Blogs since they send me a (now abbreviated) Today's Papers everyday. (It's annoying that WaPo wont just email the entire frickin article.)

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Are Most Bloggers Right Wing?

Blind Boy Grunt pointed me to an Op/Ed by Ted Rall, "But Who Watches the Watchdogs?"

Rall's premise is that like every other place in America, the blogosphere is over-run by hard right reactionaries who get people fired for telling the truth and spew hate speech in the form of death threats to liberal columnists. Since I don't read those blogs, I can't really comment on their content. But he offers absolutely no proof that the majority of political bloggers are ultra-conservative, only anecdotal evidence. You can come up with extremely crazy things if you only rely on comment threads as your source material. For someone lambasting bloggers because we don't have access to primary source material, Rall does an extremely shoddy job of dismissing us.

Furthermore, Anarchoblogs, the Progressive Blog Alliance and P! prove to me that left-leaning writers and readers exist. Are we as obnoxious as the right-wing? IMHO, hell no. Maybe because we haven't been able to get Rush Limbaugh fired we're not as strong as wing nuts, but give us time.

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February 23, 2005

Comments Can Be Annoying

When I was on Blogger, I rarely received spam comments. Now I deal with spammers everyday of the frickin year. 97% of people who comment and 100% of people who trackback to this site do so to advertise online poker or drugs. I am extremely sick of them and haven't found a good way of booting them off - they rarely use the same IP address, so denying access to particular ones seems like a waste of time.

Recently, I enable the comment approval system available via Movable Type. This helps - but now my email inbox is flooded with spam. I know I could just turn off email notification, but then I'd never know that a serious comment was waiting for approval.

I dunno what to do, but I now understand why so many people simply turn off comments altogether.

Just to clarify - I appreciate and enjoy relevant comments. Your comments will never be deleted if they are on topic. The only comments I delete are adverts for completely unrelevant websites.

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The Genocide in Darfur Continues

Nicholas Kristoff wrote an Op Ed in the NYT complete with horrifying pictures of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. He received the photos from a source in the African Union - they are part of a large, classified cache of documentation of the genocide in Sudan.

I urge you to write to your Congressperson and Senator to demand US action on this horrifying, preventable massacre. It's estimated that every month, 10,000 more innocent people die.

Here's what I just wrote to Congressman Danny Davis:
I am writing to urge you to work with your Congressional colleagues to immediately begin an American response to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

I am sure you are aware of the situation and how horrific it is that the United States continues to do nothing to stop the murder of 10,000 innocent people every month.

Today, Nicholas Kristof published photographs and an op-ed in the New York Times clarifying the depth of the atrocities. Please take a look at the photographs to see the horrors caused by the Sudanese government and their janjaweed militias.

As a resident of Forest Park and a national board member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, I beg you to help stop the torture, starvation, and killings of thousands of innocent people in Sudan.

Thank you for your help in this humanitarian crisis.

Sincerely,
Cynthia Minster

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February 19, 2005

Vegas, Baby!

Chicken Foot Stew is currently on hiatus until Tuesday. Be a proud American and enjoy President's Day by spending money you don't have (preferably someone else's) and drinking copious amounts of alcohol with friends and fam. If possible, stay near your lover. It makes for a much happier vacation....

!Viva Macy's!

!Viva Las Vegas!

!Viva Breakfast a la Mom!

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February 17, 2005

Even Republicans Recognize "Emergency" Request Includes Non-Emergency Spending

Mike Allen and Josh White report in WaPo on Congress grilling SecDef and SecState on the $82 billion "emergency" request for Iraq and the war on terror. Let's just think about that number for a minute - how can you spend a paltry billion dollars without knowing ahead of time that you're going to need the money? How can you possibly get to 82 billion dollars without budgeting for your expenses?

The request includes $658 million to build a new American embassy in Iraq - the largest US embassy in the world, staffed by more appartchiks than any other embassy. Lemme get this straight; we need more diplomats in Iraq than in the UK, Japan, China, Russia, France, Germany or any other country in the world? And you want me to believe we're not occupying Iraq? Puh-leeze.

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SecDef Spat on Congressional Oversight

Read the entire WaPo article by Dana Milbank on SecDef Rumfeld's appearances on Capitol Hill yesterday.

The first two graphs:

Two dozen members of the House Armed Services Committee had not yet had their turn to question Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at yesterday's hearings when he decided he had had enough.

At 12:54, he announced that at 1 p.m. he would be taking a break and then going to another hearing in the Senate. "We're going to have to get out and get lunch and get over there," he said. When the questioning continued for four more minutes, Rumsfeld picked up his briefcase and began to pack up his papers.

It gets worse...

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Shrub to Leave Every Child Behind in Cali

Duke Helfand, with contributions from Joel Rubin, reports in the LAT that the USG is demanding California place more school districts on the "failing" list because their students' test scores haven't improved enough in the last two years. Get this - if you're a problem district, you can offer after-school tutoring to your students. If you're a failing district, you're S.O.L. and your students get zip. I haven't even started on how unfair standardized tests are and how they've turned schools into memorization centers instead of learning zones.

Everyone from the mostly-rich Santa Monica / Malibu district to the behomoth LAUSD will be deemed failures. No word yet how Shrub expects new immigrants to become proficient enough in English in two years to make up for poor education in their home country and the English-only requirement of the tests. Also no money given by the Feds for school construction and maintenance, nor are they offering more funds for the teacher payroll or supplies. But there's been plenty of mandate to break up LAUSD into "mini-districts," allowing the district to spend money leasing new office space and hiring new middle managers to direct principals and teachers on the proper way to teach in over-crowded schools.

More on the state of education in Cali:
In the spirit of progressive action, students, parents, and teachers in Los Angeles formed the Coalition for Educational Justice to end mandatory high school exit exams (and were a critical voice leading to those tests being set aside while the state studies their efficacy). CEJ currently works to end racism in public education and to de-militarize public schools. (Full disclosure, my sister - a teacher in LA - is a founding member of CEJ.)

Two CEJ leaders, Alex Caputo-Pearl and Kirti Baranwal, wrote an article about Brown V. Board of Education and LA Schools in an online journal from UCLA.

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Another Nail in the Coffin of Democracy: Negroponte is Intellegence Czar Designate

Perhaps you don't remember that in addition to being UN Ambassador during the lead-up to the current Iraq war and the current Ambassador to Iraq, Negroponte was a key player in the Iran-Contra Affair. If you're reading this, you probably agree that he's the last person we need in charge of intelligence. I am disturbed beyond words. The man should be in jail, not Chief Spy of the USA. From the Associated Press via the LAT:

Negroponte's confirmation to the United Nations post was delayed a half-year mostly because of criticism of his record as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In Honduras, he played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government.

Human rights groups alleged that Negroponte acquiesced in human rights abuses by Honduran death squads funded and partly trained by the CIA. Negroponte testified during the hearings for the U.N. post that he did not believe death squads were operating in Honduras.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., reacting to the news, said, "The number one problem that has plagued our domestic war on terror is that the individual agencies responsible for intelligence gathering still don't share. It is my hope that the president will give the resources and authority to Ambassador Negroponte to turn things around in our disconnected intelligence community."

Good to see the Dems stickin up for human rights. How the hell can anyone like the guy?!? How do you vote for a candidate who puts his trust in scum like Negroponte? I am deeply saddened by the state of the nation. Saddened, but unfortunately, not surprised.

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February 16, 2005

Lies About Your Tax Dollars

I've been following local and national stories about budgets. The strangest thing to me is the fact that states can get away with solving their budget problems on the backs of smokers. Now, here me out on this one - I have no problem with smokers being taxed to contribute to the public health costs associated with smoking. But nowadays, the "sin" tax added to a pack of smokes has nothing to do with emphysma or lung cancer. Here in Illionois, the guv wants smokers to pay for the state school budget. WHY?!?! Why is it so easy to take specific people for their bad habits, but political death to suggest that all people should share a portion of the tax burden? Why are smokers, alcohol drinkers, and airline passengers such easy targets? Why can't all tax payers accept that paying taxes is the price we pay for the institutions we've created?

More on money in these articles -
"Bush's Saving Strategies: Two tax-advantaged account plans in his budget are up for study by an advisory panel," by Joel Havemann and Warren Vieth in LAT
"To the Debate Over Social Security, Add One More Variable: Immigration," by David Rosenbaum and Robin Toner in NYT
"Social Security debate ignores the disabled, Harkin says," by Jane Norman in the Des Moines Register

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CIA No Longer Wants to Imprison the Elderly

So the CIA agreed to be in charge of detaining terrorist leaders after 9-11, when they thought everyone in DC would expand their mission and pull weight on the "war" against terrorism. The CIA pushed for explicit support of their torture techniques, which they got in 2002. They're frustrated that the administration is withdrawing support for the chaos and leaving them "holding the bag."

The C.I.A.'s current leadership is concerned, the officials said, that the legal authority for interrogations and detentions is eroding, and that there is no clear plan for how the agency can extricate itself from what could be a lengthy task of holding and caring for a small population of aging terrorists whose intelligence value is steadily evaporating and who are unlikely ever to be released or brought to trial.
Poor, blameless spooks. I feel so sorry for their predicament. [/dripping sarcasm]

From "C.I.A. is Seen as Seeking New Role on Detainees," by Douglas Jehl with reporting by Jehl, David Johnston, and Neil Lewis in WaPo

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Militias Rock!

From Today's Papers by Eric Umansky in Slate:

The Journal details the latest craze in Iraqi security forces: ad-hoc forces "commanded by friends and relatives of cabinet officers and tribal sheiks," which usually operate with government funding. A U.S. major explained, "We don't call them militias. Militias are ... illegal. I've begun calling them 'Irregular Iraqi ministry-directed brigades.' " There are an estimated 15,000 of these guys, and though there's obviously the potential problem of command-and-control, they're apparently pretty motivated. "Pound for pound, the toughest force we've got," said an American officer about one unit. Asked about the advisability of keeping them around, top training Gen. David Petraeus said, "To be candid, I would err on the side of fostering initiative. I want to get the hell out of here."
Emphasis added. I'd like for the American military to get the hell out of Iraq too...I'm not sure if allowing national art treasures to be stolen and paying independent militias is the lasting impression I'd want to leave on a country, but that's just me...

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February 15, 2005

New American Priorities: Make War Not Peace

Shrub unveiled his "emergency" spending request for his imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan yesterday. As WaPo points out, a signficant amount of annual DoD spending needs were rolled up into this request. It appears Shrub and his cronies want to hide the cost of their Make War, Not Peace Plan for the USA. They also want to stop pesky Congressional oversight.

A large part of the request, $36.3 billion, would go to the combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another $5 billion would be used to help the Army break down its huge divisions into smaller, more mobile "modular" brigades as part of a major reorganization.

Loren B. Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute think tank, which has research contracts with the Pentagon, said such "modularity" costs -- while necessary -- hardly constitute an emergency and should have been included in the president's base budget unveiled last week. Much of the costs of replacing equipment will probably turn out to be regular weapons-procurement costs not related to Iraq emergencies, Thompson suggested.

"Why this funding is in an emergency supplemental [request] is hard to explain. It looks as though they want a bigger defense budget without admitting it," he said.

On Capitol Hill, some Republicans and Democrats have criticized the Pentagon's reliance on the supplemental request, saying it curtails congressional oversight and distorts understanding of defense spending. "It removes from our oversight responsibilities the scrutiny that these programs deserve," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told military service chiefs at a hearing Thursday.

From "President Requests More War Funding: Money for Iraqi Forces Rises Sharply," by Jonathan Weisman with contributions from Ann Scott Tyson.

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Dirty Assassination in Lebanon

I heard about former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri being killed in a car bomb on NPR this morning. I even heard that people were blaming Syria. What I didn't hear is that Hariri was the vocal leader of a political movement that opposes the current Syrian occupation of Lebanon. He was also a billionaire with close ties to the Saudi royal family.

Read all about it in Hassan Fattah's article in the NYT with contributions from Katherine Zoepf.

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February 14, 2005

Where Asking A Question Can Lead to Criminal Charges...

Blind Boy Grunt pointed me to this press release from the United States Helsinki Commission. Apparently, a journalist could face up to one year in prison for "insulting" a public official. The journalist asked a police officer if his refusal to shake her hand was related to the fact that she is Romani.

What is the Commission? According to the press release,

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
A further explanation is on their website.

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Palestine and Israel Are Inching Towards Peace

Steven Erlanger writes in the NYT about his 40 minute interview with Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas. Highlights from the article:

1. Abbas will be 70 on March 26 and plans to retire after one, five-year term.
2. Abbas wants to negotiate permanent borders and not declare a sovereign state under temporary borders.
3. A refugee himself, Abbas cares about upholding UN Resolution 194 which declared all Palestinians have the right to return to their homeland or be compensated.
4. Abbas on Palestinians: "They want job creation, they want to eat, and they want security."
5. He encourages Hamas and Islamic Jihad to put up candidates for local elections, because he sees it as part of the process of turning the groups into political parties. He believes that democracy will grow in Palestine and doesn't want to deny any Palestinians the right to participate in the democratic process.

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White Supremacist Groups Are Using Mainstream Ads to Garner New Members

Stephanie Simon writes in the LAT about the growth of mainstream advertising by white supremacist groups. A billboard in Vegas said "Stop Immigration." In Salt Lake City a billboard said "Securing The Future for European Americans." The National Alliance paid for both of those ads.

Civil rights monitors consider the National Alliance one of the most virulent neo-Nazi organizations in the country. It was founded in the 1970s by the late William Pierce, who called for herding Jews, homosexuals and "racemixers" into cattle cars and sending them to abandoned coal mines.

Although the group's website says it "does not advocate any illegal activity," National Alliance members have been convicted of violent acts over the last two decades, including armed robberies, bombings and murders. The FBI's senior counterterrorism expert told Congress in 2002 that the National Alliance represented a "terrorist threat."

Articles like this remind me why many people don't consider Jews "white." I also wonder about public agencies that take ad money from this trash - they had signs in St. Louis commuter trains for a week before they were pulled because of complaints. Shouldn't someone who works for the city of St. Louis have checked out the group before accepting their money and plastering all of the commuter trains with their ads?

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February 10, 2005

One Down, Only Seven Left At The Top of Fortune 500 Companies

According to the Chicago Tribune, with Carleton Fiorina being fired from her job as CEO of HP-Compaq, there are only 7 remaining females leading Fortune 500 Companies. That means female CEOs are 1.4% of the top level positions in Fortune 500 companies.

You might try to tell me that's because women haven't been in the workforce as long as men. Which is a bunch of hogwash, but even if we're only referring to paid work, women have been in business as long as they've been in the legal field, correct? And if we assume the Supreme Court is the height of power in the legal realm, than the fact that two of nine Supreme Court Justices are female equals 22.22% female inclusion in the upper echelon of power in that field.

I can't debate the merits of letting Fiorina go. I can direct you to the extremely well researched article in the NYT by John Markoff with contributions by Laurie Flynn and Gretchen Morgenson. I believe that the management style that got Fiorina the job ultimately caused her to be let go. I don't believe she was hired or fired because of her gender, and I believe that's a good thing.

I remember when Fiorina got the job - she was a true inspiration to me and my fellow college seniors. After all, she started out not knowing what she wanted to do with her life - had some odd jobs, went to law school and dropped out after a year and went back and got an MBA and a Master's of Science. She was MIT's class of 2000 commencement speaker, a fact I rued bitterly since my commencement speaker was my class dean. (I felt we deserved another speaker. After all, the class dean always speaks at Swellesley graduations. According to the college, our dean was being honored because she was retiring.)

I'm rambling off point. My real point is that I wish Fiorina the best in her future endeavors. I think her $21 million severance package is lower than other CEO severance packages, but clearly enough that I'm not worried about her going hungry. And I hope to see more female CEOs of major corporations in the near future.

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February 9, 2005

Bush Is Killing the World's Poor in the Name of Morality

Barbara Crosette, former chief correspondant for the NYT in Asia and the United Nations, wrote a powerful condemnation of Shrub's foreign policy in the Winter issue of World Policy Journal. The article is six, extremely lucid pages long. I highly encourage you to read the whole thing. As an appetizer to the real deal, I offer these highlights:

1. Shrub and the ultra-right wingnuts have aligned the US with ultra-Catholic and Muslim nations. The USG and its right wing allies refuse to listen to scientific experts on family planning because most of them believe a women should have total control over her own body, which includes access to birth control and abortions. Shrub and his cronies believe in only teaching abstinence (in the face of rape being used as a tool of war) and denying people access to condoms and any organization that gives information about abortion.

2. The right wing nutjobs have stopped all US funding for the UN Population Fund, despite the fact that it began as a US initiative.

3. Women's rights and women's involvement in the political process is being denied in International Treaties and Statements.

In addition to everything Cossette says, think about this: SecDef Rumsfeld couldn't even utter the words women's rights or women's political involvement when asked point blank by Tim Russert on Meet the Press last Sunday. He deferred to the moral opinions of the Iraqis in their own affairs. When exactly did the USG concede human rights to the religious opinions of other nations?

Women's rights are human rights. Reproductive rights are human rights. Reproductive freedom affects every single human being regardless of gender.

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More Discrimination in Reproductive Healthcare

Here's the deal: Most people don't live in a city where a doctor preforms an abortion. Women seeking an abortion from places where there is no provider often must stay overnight in a hotel either before or after the procedure. In Wichita, Kansas a provider listed La Quinta Inn as a convenient hotel to his office in his promotional materials. Sometimes, nurses would check in with post-op women at the hotel.

"Operation Rescue" - an extremely active anti-choice group - called for a nationwide boycott of La Quinta Inn because they thought the inn had a business relationship with the Wichita doctor.

In response, La Quinta Inn issued a statement that their facilities cannot be used for medical procedures (meaning nurses wont be allowed in to visit guests), asked the doctor to remove the hotel's name from his marketing material, and said "oh, but we wont kick out a guest simply because she's having an abortion."

Reuters article here.
Bitch, PhD post here.
Subject found via Red Harvest.

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February 3, 2005

Apparently, I was at a Different Conference

Here is an article on Women's eNews re the YWTF Conference. Apparently, I attended a different conference. Read this fabulous excerpt:

The task force attendees were asked to develop issue statements about nine topics of concern to women ages 19 to 39. Besides feminism, these included media representations of women and women's body image; sexual and reproductive freedom; and access to education and career opportunities. Attendees say the issues differ somewhat from the agenda of feminists in the 1970s. While older feminists were concerned about discrimination in the workplace and securing abortion rights, attendees tackled issues such as the number of women featured in the media, violence against women and eating disorders.

The attendees recognize that the issues that mattered to women in their 50s and 60s aren't the same as for them. While reproductive rights meant abortion rights in the 1960s, today it means birth control that's not covered by insurance companies even while Viagra is.

"For them, it was laws and bills," Stein said, referring to older feminists. "For us, it's implementation and everyday life."

Several conference attendees said they paid their own way to the conference because they wanted to think about topics affecting all women.

Does that make attendees who didn't pay their own way less committed to these frickin topics?!?! I thought it just meant we're POORER.

I'm not trying to be catty - I'm just really frustrated. I know people who reject the label "feminist" because their understanding of the issues is beyond the white, middle-class paradigm implied by that term. Why should I spend time baby-sitting people who aren't willing to stand up for equal rights, but are able to say "Yay! I'm a Young Woman!" ?!? I suppose I should just stop trying. After all, I can't even get access to the Issue Statements Email Group b/c it was placed on Microsoft's evil system.

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February 2, 2005

SOTU 05

Live blogging, via slow modem connection. (DSL connected within the week.) ABC looks great - NBC looks terrible - on this non-cable teevee.

In other news, someone thought I was a Republican because I want to watch the SOTU. Sigh. Just to clarify - Not in the least. Ever.

Count the frees, freedom, democracy, and Iraq in his speech. You could get drunk on a very simple drinking game....

Screw You! High Stakes Testing Does Nothing But Teach Kids How to Pass a Multiple Choice Test! It DOES NOT create a better educated secondary school student body!!! ........

Small businesses....apparently they're helping me get ahead. Junk law suits? You mean when consumers get together and hold you and your capitalist cronies accountable?!?!

JOHN MCCAIN CAUGHT CLOSING HIS EYES - he looked like he was sleeping - ON ABC!

Advances in medicine...did you hear about the Harvard study that the majority of bankruptcies every year are caused by medical bills? And the majority of people forced into bankruptcy by healthcare costs are middle class folks with health insurance? Great advances he's makin in healthcare...

Our society has NOT changed that much since SS started. In fact, it's gotten worse - less guaranteed pensions, more insecurity for seniors...

Personal Accounts...ruining the good idea of SS by lying and telling ppl to trust the stock market. Anyone heard of the Great Depression? Caused by a stock market crash? The actual reason for SS?!?!

Grolsch, back rubs, and seeing Orrin Hatch sleeping is keeping me sane..

I HATE HIM AND HIS BULLSHIT SACK OF LIES.
Culture of Life?
Is that why you invade other countries with your imperialist army and kill innocent people?!?!

mi chavo says FLOTUS is in charge of Getting More Black Boys into Basketball Programs

what the hell does the Force of Human Freedom mean?!? I guess it's intentionally vague enough to force the Dems to stand and clap like monkeys.

Women voters in Afghanistan and fishnet stockings. Who would've thunk they would've come together in SOTU? Evil Rice will head to Palestine and Israel to tell the Palestinians to get in line and cower in the face of Israel.

I'm bored and need to pee...

Where exactly is Tay Rahn on the map? The blue finger is really over-played....they look foolish...

Casting a vote does not a democracy make.
Now I'm really falling asleep.
What a great challenging party we have. They continue to clap like monkeys, including the Great One who distinguishes his position on Iraq by....clapping at Shrub's clap lines.

I couldn't have missed much in the last twenty minutes...Dems responding...how interesting could that be?

Turns out I didn't miss the Dem response. Good thing I woke up to hear about lil Devon...

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One More YWTF Comment

There is one aspect of the YWTF Conference that I'm really proud of - the issue statement created by the Economic Justice issue group. I was a participant in the group and I'm glad we were able to keep such strong language, despite the fact that one of our members was staunchly anti-union.

Economic Justice

In the context of globalization, the Younger Women’s Task Force identifies the following important international and domestic economic issues:

We recognize that all forms of discrimination and inequality in the work place impact our ability to be full economic participants and the general economic health of society.

We recognize these work/life balance issues are important to parents, nontraditional families, and individuals: supporting all care giving, mandating living wages, re-defining success, honoring life outside work and the place of work in life, and expanding economic literacy and participation.

Within the domain of economic justice, we recognize that healthcare should be a universal right for all individuals, regardless of life choices, family status, or group membership. With a general wellness focus throughout the life cycle, including but not limited to coverage for mental health, contraceptives, and maternal/paternal support.

We recognize the need for encouraging women to raise their voices by voting and taking leadership positions ranging from grassroots organizations, to corporate leadership, and domestic and international policy making.

We demand a societal shift to reflect these priorities.

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