SDB Evening News Reads for 071411: Manatees from Hell and EPA BluesPosted: July 14, 2011
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
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.”
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!
- Technically manatees are illegals living off the grid. Just wait, they’ll want to vote soon.
- They’re totally nude. Get a caftan, dude, that’s half a ton of wrinkly wrong right there.
- 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!!
- Thomas Jefferson had a speedboat, and trust me, manatees back then got the hell out of HIS way.
- Manatees have no natural enemies. News flash, genius, you’ve got some now!
That’s it for me, y’all have a good evening.