SDB Evening News Reads for 071411: Manatees from Hell and EPA Blues

Good evening y’all, I got some good stuff for you today…with all the debt ceiling talk going on…I am going to highlight some news you may have missed.

Okay, first things first…check out this narrative of a college student and the problems she is having now that Planned Parenthood in her state has been defunded.  The State War On Planned Parenthood Heats Up

Planned Parenthood
When 21-year old Christina Martel would renew her birth control prescription at Planned Parenthood, it was usually a relatively simple affair. But this summer, getting her prescription became significantly more difficult.

Martel, who is uninsured and makes less than $1000 a month at her part-time job, said she can’t afford to go to a regular gynecologist to get her prescription adjusted, so she asked her new Indianapolis Planned Parenthood clinic about their sliding-pay scale for low-income patients this past June.

The clinic told Martel she would have to pay full price to meet with a physician because they had just been defunded by the state government, so she decided to wait until she returned to her home-state New Hampshire last week to have a doctor’s appointment. Not only had Planned Parenthood been defunded there as well, she found out, but their license to dispense birth control and antibiotics had also been taken away.

“I was shocked to learn that they were no longer able to dispense medication on-site, and enraged when I realized this meant that I would have to pay triple the cost to get it filled at a pharmacy,” she told HuffPost in an email.

Martel had paid $12 for a month’s worth of birth control pills at Planned Parenthood. She now has to pay $33 a month at the regular pharmacy, which she said really starts to add up.

Hey, going from 12 bucks to 33 bucks a month can be a difficult thing to deal with, especially if you are living on Raman noodles and peanut butter.

We all know who is making this war on women…but here is a good quote from a Connecticut Democrat Representative Rosa DeLauro.

GOP lawmakers in four states so far — Indiana, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas — have defunded Planned Parenthood in their 2011 legislative sessions because some of the organization’s clinics provide abortions. A council of five men in New Hampshire voted to stop the flow of Title X family planning funds to Planned Parenthood and cancel a state contract that allowed it to dispense low-cost birth control and antibiotics on site. Texas passed a bill that puts Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the priority list for state funds, and an Ohio lawmaker floated a “Dear Colleague” letter on Wednesday announcing his intention to defund the health provider.

“The real purpose here, as I’ve come to view it, is to impose a traditional view of a women’s role,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) told HuffPost. “Republicans don’t really care what the benefits of Title X funding are in terms of women’s health, so women’s health is held hostage. Planned Parenthood can prevent 4,000 women a year from dying of cervical cancer with screenings and vaccines, but that is not of interest to them because of a personal and philosophical agenda.”

Damn straight!  Now on to crimes against humanity.  Attacks in Sudan Could Amount to War Crimes, U.N. Report Says – NYTimes.com

An unpublished report from the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Sudan gives details of violence that has erupted in an important border state, including widespread aerial bombardments that kill civilians, executions, possible mass graves and attacks on churches.

The report emerged as the newly minted Republic of South Sudan, which officially seceded from the northern part of the country on July 9, was admitted to the United Nations on Thursday. Its designated ambassador, Ezekiel Gatkuoth, broke out a few jubilant dance moves as the new country’s striped flag, with its distinctive yellow star, rose alongside those of the other 192 member states.

What is upsetting here is that it appears certain ethnic/religious groups of people are being targeted.

Yet the United Nations report suggests that in its effort to stamp out any lingering rebellion in the state, South Kordofan, which borders South Sudan but will remain entirely in the territory of Sudan, the northern government based in Khartoum has carried out widespread human rights violations that could amount to war crimes.

Much of the violence is focused on the Nuba people, a mostly Christian minority that fought alongside the south during many of the decades of its 50-year independence struggle.

I am still working my way through the book Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, by Jason K. Stearns, and I have to say that targeting a group of people because of their ethnic or religious background seems to be a common practice in Africa.  (Actually all over the world, but you all know that already.)  The thing about this kind of violent discrimination is that it is supported and enforced by the military…who train young children soldiers (ages 11 or 12 and up) to kill and rape these people as if it was second nature.  The book continues to show in interviews how natural and matter of fact many of these former soldiers from Rwanda and Congo discuss the violence they committed.

The latest on the News Corp hacking…FBI Launches Investigation Into News Corp. 9/11 Hacking Allegations | Reuters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a preliminary investigation Thursday regarding allegations that News Corp. journalists attempted to hack the phones of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are reporting.

The decision comes a day after Rep. Peter T. King, a Republican from New York, sent a letter to FBI director Robert Mueller insisting the bureau open such an investigation. The FBI told TheWrap its policy is to neither confirm nor deny reports of investigations.

I think the shit is really hitting the fan for Murdock over in Great Britain…

Just two more links for you this evening.

First the EPA got kicked in the ass today…Steve Fleischli: House Votes to Roll Back Clean Water Act

In a 239 to 184 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to roll back key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act by passing H.R. 2018, formally known as the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011.” We call it the “Dirty Water Act.”

As my colleagues and I have pointed out (here, here and here), this bill creates disastrous consequences for water quality across the country. “Shortsighted” and “reckless” are words that immediately come to mind. As EPA has warned, H.R. 2018 “overturn[s] almost 40 years of federal legislation by preventing EPA from protecting public health and water quality.”

The bill stems from its sponsors’ distaste for EPA’s recent important efforts to protect water quality in West Virginia and Florida.

In essence, the bill takes the “federal” out of the federal Clean Water Act by allowing states to veto EPA water quality decisions even when a waterway is severely polluted. The bill also limits EPA’s ability to effectively make improvements to state water quality standards to deal with modern pollution challenges (like toxic pollutants). By hamstringing EPA in these ways, H.R. 2018 removes a national safety net that guarantees everyone in this country a minimum level of water quality protection no matter where you live.

So, all you folks that live in places where the EPA has found high concentrations of toxic crap in your water, take notice.  Honestly, these GOP politicians want to do the population in.  Can you guess who is usually more affected by polluted toxic chemicals in water?  Children are always more susceptible because as they grow they covert these toxins in a different and more dangerous way then grown adults.  But kids are worthless to these people.

And, on to another worthless creature.  I love this picture, he looks like my English Bulldog…and what a sceptical expression in those little eyes. The Maddow Blog – Manatee mayhem: This aggression will not stand!

Just look at him. Roaming OUR waters like he owns the place. Twelve hundred  pounds of soft, smug entitlement. Manatees. Face it, it’s us …or them.

Luckily, some tea partiers in Florida are making a stand against these freeloading punks. Reports the St. Petersburg Times:

“A Citrus County tea party group has announced that it’s fighting new restrictions on boating and other human activities in Kings Bay that have been proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Fumed Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, “We cannot elevate nature above people, That’s against the Bible and the Bill of Rights.”

Hell yeah, these manatees are coming right for us, we got to protect ourselves against these ferocious monsters.

And before any bleeding hearts start whining, oh, but manatees are endangered, here are five solid reasons to shut down this sea cow scurge, stat!

  1. Technically manatees are illegals living off the grid. Just wait, they’ll want to vote soon.
  2. They’re totally nude. Get a caftan, dude, that’s half a ton of wrinkly wrong right there.
  3. As for their swimming, you say slow, I say passive aggressive. They can swim 50 miles an hour…if they WANTED to. Tick tock, tick tock!!
  4. Thomas Jefferson had a speedboat, and trust me, manatees back then got the hell out of HIS way.
  5. Manatees have no natural enemies. News flash, genius, you’ve got some now!

That’s it for me, y’all have a good evening.

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17 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 071411: Manatees from Hell and EPA Blues”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Are Anti-Abortion Groups Trying to Keep Women Away From the Polls? | Mother Jones

    Not sure if any of you saw this one.

    Wisconsin held a special election on Tuesday, the first round of voting in the recall elections spurred by this spring’s union battle in the state. But some voters in Wisconsin received an automated “robocall” from Wisconsin Right to Life on Monday—the day before the election—informing them that they would be receiving an absentee ballot application for the upcoming recall elections in the “next few days” and urging them to use that form to vote by mail.

    A source working on the special election provided Mother Jones with a recording of the voicemail, which the source believes was designed to confuse voters and keep them from the polls on Tuesday.

  2. okasha says:

    Let’s call HR 2018 the Bohner-Cantor Cholera and E. Coli Epicemic Creation Act.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Great post! You cheered me up with the Manatee story and photo.

    I’ve been reading depressing stuff about the debt talks all afternoon. You probably heard that nothing got accomplished today, and Obama is hold a press conference in tomorrow at 11AM.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59022.html

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Eric Cantor is leading the fight to keep Big PhRMA from having to discount drugs for poverty stricken seniors.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59032.html

    • Branjor says:

      Those f@7%%#*s! I need medicine for a chemical burn rash I have from my own sweat and two tiny tubes of the stuff cost a whopping $94 !! I have NO money now. I am working now, but I haven’t been paid yet and don’t even have enough cash to mail in my stock certificates to be redeemed. Meanwhile, my car insurance premium is also overdue (I have a 15 day grace period before it is cancelled), I’m down to a quarter tank of gas and my property tax is due Aug. 1st.

  5. madamab says:

    Oh, you got me with the manatee…but I thought they had all been converted to Christianity a long time ago, so I don’t know how they could be against the Bible. It is a puzzlement.

    Branjor, so very sorry to hear of of your money troubles. The sociopaths in Washington truly don’t get it.

  6. JeanLouise says:

    Branjor, I’m sorry to hear about your money troubles, too. I’ve been there. It was a long time ago but I remember that the anxiety over how I was going to pay for the necessities never went away, even when I was sleeping. I hope you catch a break.

    • Branjor says:

      Thanks, JL. It helps to know others have been there too and somehow survived. :) At this point, I feel like there’s nowhere to go but up.

  7. Pat Johnson says:

    Perhaps the devastation being imposed on all women with the defunding of Planned Parenthood will cause them sit up and take notice of the women candidates running in federal, state and local races who hold the view that defunding is nothing more than “an act of slavery” where women are concerned.

    Women like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin support these cuts and before these women consider either one of these to patriarchal water carriers “feminists” they should know exactly what to expect when considering them as viable candidates for the positions they seek.

    The “War on Women” is just not being waged by men but is supported in large part by women as well.

    I am so sick of reading comments from women who prefer to boost the candidacies of either one of these TeEvangelicals simply because of gender without considering the danger they place other women in by their support of these chains of slavery being enacted on a national, state by state effort.

    Women who support women who are in line with this religious thinking and wish to withhold the benefits of reproductive rights are no better than the women who seek to deny them choice.

  8. Allison says:

    “We cannot elevate nature above people, That’s against the Bible and the Bill of Rights.”

    Where do you even start with that one…I would love to know where in the Bible and the Bill of Rights it says that people come before nature. Nevermind nature – people don’t need no stinkin’ nature!!!!1!