It’s a beautiful day….
….and I am sure that people have been dancing in the streets today…happy, like this chick who was at the John Mellencamp show on Tuesday:
Of course the churches here in Banjoville will be aflame on Sunday. You should see the hateful shit spewing from the “christians” on Bebe’s Facebook…these kids from her school. Let’s just say she has a few less friends tonight. Like this one who is on a mission trip in Haiti at the moment…
If you can’t read it, the bitch says:
I’m thankful that here in Haiti I’m only surrounded by poverty and hunger and orphaned children instead of the REAL issue that is plaguing America right now; same-sex marriage. Oh, wait…
I mean, how much hate can this girl have…at 16? No, don’t answer that. We know the answer.
Bebe is fortunate, her two best friends are positively affected by the decision today. One is her “gay friend Jerry” whose simple response to the news today was to happily say, “Bebe, now I can get married one day!”
Her other friend who is half-black Haitian and half-white, lives with her mom and her “auntie” (who is the mom’s girlfriend.) This gives reinforcement to the dynamic of this family, especially living LGBT and being black in Banjoville.
Anyway, now…Cagle Cartoons
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All I can say about last night’s-concert….it was fucking awesome!!!!!!
I have no idea what is going on in the world, only that as we were eating breakfast this morning, one of the women working at the hotel was emptying the trash can…no need to say what the color of her skin was….on the news they had a news story about South Carolina’s vote to remove the confederate flag from the Capital. The news anchor also mentioned the movement to ban confederate flags as well. And under her breath I heard her say, quite…without any sense of deep anger or happiness or relief (whatever emotional response anyone would expect), but a feeling of hopelessness with a sigh, “It’s about time.”
All this time and through countless murders, assaults, tortures, lynchings etc of African Americans…Overt racism and continuing blatant discrimination…the fact that a flag may be coming down off a pole is little consolation. It should never have been strung up that fucking pole in the first place.
Good Morning Sky Dancers!!
Dakinikat should have a post later this afternoon; but there are some important breaking stories today and I thought I’d post a quick open thread to keep us occupied until Dak wakes up after her long night of piano playing.
Today the Supreme Court plans to release its decision on the Affordable Care Act case. Doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies are on tenterhooks waiting to see if the health care system will be thrown into chaos.
The Atlantic: The Impending Republican Showdown Over Healthcare.
Rulings on 11 other cases, including the same-sex marriage decision will also be announced.
New York Magazine: Parsing the Clues Ahead of the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision.
There have been some credible sightings of escaped murderers Eric Sweat and Richard Matt in upstate New York.
AP via WaPo: The latest on NY prison escape: Search shifts back north.
More news is breaking about the hate group that mass murderer Dylann Roof named in his “manifesto.”
Bill Sher at Politico: Liberal Isn’t a Bad Word Anymore.
The Hill: China’s hackers got what they came for.
What else is happening? Let us know in the comment thread below. This is an open thread.
Most of you have probably seen this clip from Jon Stewart:
Watch it if you have not…
I wish I could embed this video.
Last night, Jon Stewart gave a searing oration on the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., transitioning, as he as often been known to do in events of national tragedy, out of a comic register and into a powerfully somber one. “I didn’t do my job today. So I apologize,” Stewart said sadly. “I got nothin’ for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina. And maybe if I wasn’t near the end of the run, or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral. But I didn’t. And so, I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness.”
Then…If you haven’t seen this clip of Cenk Unger:
Take a look at that.
So just a few cartoons…
I don’t even think it was lowered to half mast…
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Well, the kids…my mom and I are heading to Memphis for a few days on Sunday. It is exciting because we will be seeing John Mellencamp perform live. I love Memphis, the few times I went there was wonderful. Something about the river, is truly amazing to see. Anyway, I am running ragged so today, on no sleep mind you….the post is an open thread with cartoons.
Top cartoon is from:
More from Cagle:
Something about an Exclamation Point?
Now the rest…
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Royalty…that first video, you see one of the younger women of the aristocracy reacting to the little girl…but damn, everyone else is just Dickensian on the kid.
Only a few cartoons for tonight. It is summer and the kids brought home a shitload of friends….have to feed a crowd.
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I was gone all day yesterday, having spent over three hours of my life at a dance rehearsal for one of my daughter’s friends. Hey…that alone should tell you, three fucking hours? The show was called Prop It Up, you had to prop up the audience after sitting on their asses for that long, I’ll tell you that.
There was 18 numbers, the only ones we were interested in (two of them) were numbers 4 and 14…the rest, was excruciating. We are talking like 6 numbers for the one group alone, 5 dance performances for the tiny babies…I mean, WTF? One of the solos, was to that Christina Aguilera’s Candyman…
Oh yeah, but with portions edited out, “he makes my panties drop…he makes my cherry pop”, and it was a bad edit at that. It was so obvious, like they just cut the music at that time in the song. You only heard blank air, a void, then it would break into a little portion of the song…a few notes and bam, cut again.
What was the next number?
It was one of the six dances by, what I assume is the group with the wealthiest parents, and it was to this song: What the Fox say?
(Warning, this is one shitty song. It sucks beyond anything you can imagine…it will ruin your day. But, you need to listen to the way the chorus lyrics are sung to fully get the story’s punchline.)
(You can start it around 1:20 for the full affect, shitstain lyrics and the unbelievable chorus.)
So this “song” is playing loud and long, and my mom leans into me and says….are they saying, What the fuck, eh?
After sitting in that school auditorium for 2 hours, with no break, I almost lost it.
Looking around at all those old redneck grandparents, I can only imagine what they all must have thought.
Were they all saying the same thing as my mom?
What the fuck, eh?
So, there is a reason for this “tail” of a fucked up fox I’ve set up for you this Sunday. Many of the links will have you saying out loud…What the fuck, eh?
In another example of the kind of crap women and girls have to put up with as they strive to achieve, a Florida teen has been stripped of her National Honor Society title because she showed her shoulders at an event.
The average temperature this time of year in Fort Myers, Florida, hovers around 90°F, which may explain why student Cameron Boland decided to wear a white sundress to help beat the heat at a National Honor Society event where she was to be named Lee County “historian” – a job whose duties include managing the county’s social media page and making press releases. Unfortunately, her career lasted less than an hour. Her spaghetti-strap sundress had seemingly given some of the crowd the vapors and quick condemnation over her offensive dress followed from those in attendance.
Before she had even left the event, she was told that she no longer held the title. She asked if she could grab her jacket (which she had been wearing earlier in the day) and apologize, but apparently the damage was already done. Her bare shoulders had scandalized the entire event. The crowd was milling about in a daze after the supposed trauma they had received.
Here’s Cameron wearing the dress that this crowd in Florida – a state built on bikinis and sweltering heat – found too hot to handle:
But, if you see…there is no actual “dress code” Brazen Florida Teen Exercises Right To Bare Arms, Loses National Honor Society Gig | Wonkette
Cameron says the NHS advisors told her she’d violated the NHS bylaws, but neither the county nor the national NHS has bylaws that mention dress codes. Now, the school district dress code does prohibit bare shoulders, because Fort Myers is plagued with shoulder-baring sluts. This is, after all, Florida, where they take dress code violations seriously.
Cameron and her mom, Caroline Boland, have pointed out that the dress code doesn’t specify that it applies to extracurricular activities, and that nothing in the district’s Code of Conduct says anything about dress code violations resulting in a title being revoked, but the school has a very good answer for those troublemakers:
Amity Chandler, a spokesman for the school system, said the district’s dress code is contained within the code of conduct.
“It’s an implied expectation for events during the school day,” she said. “As was indicated by the more than three dozen students that were in dress code on this day, including others from Fort Myers High.”
Cameron, why can’t you dress properly, like the other proper young people? The dress code is unequivocally clear, right there in … well, not an actual written rule, but everyone else managed to follow what the school has decided is definitely the policy’s perfectly clear implication. But noooo, you had to go and shove your bare shoulders down everyone’s throats.
Also, funny thing about that student Code of Conduct: While it doesn’t say anything about losing your NHS office, and only “implies” that it applies to extracurricular activities, it actually does say, quite explicitly, that the penalty for a first offense is that students will be given a verbal warning and their parents will be contacted. You’d think that was pretty straightforward. Not that it matters, because the school district had another explanation, beyond the fact that all the good kids knew not to dress like common shoulder-baring slatterns. The decision was made by NHS advisors, so it’s really out of the school district’s hands. Any decision to reinstate Cameron would have to come from the NHS advisers, and who knows when they’ll meet again?
Back to the Addicting Info link, lets make that school dress code point a little more clear:
Her school does have a dress code that prohibits bare shoulders, but doesn’t suggest students must meet it even at out-of-school events. Even if it did, her punishment didn’t match the required course of action. News-Press lists the offense and “corrective actions” specified as follows:
- Violations of Dress Code will result in the following corrective actions: (1006.07, Florida Statutes)1st Offense: Verbal Warning and Parent Contact.
- •2nd Offense: Loss of eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities (maximum of five days). 1 day ISS if not involved in extracurricular activities. Parent Contact.
- •3rd and Subsequent Offenses: Level II (ISS 2 days) Loss of eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities. (maximum of 30 days), verbal and written parent contact regarding consequences.
In addition to this, it looks like another sexism standard is being learned. Back to Wonkette:
Cameron’s also learning another very important lesson about standing up to the system: Her mother, trying to get the decision reversed, “said she has spoken to myriad school district officials, from her daughter’s principal to school board members, and said she’s been told to drop the issue and that she was being argumentative.” So that’s a good thing to learn, too: don’t be a troublemaker, especially not on the behalf of your scofflaw daughter. Rules are Rules, even if they’re not terribly clear.
Ah, but it’s not entirely bleak! Cameron, her mother, and the other shoulder-barer and her parents have been called to a meeting with Lee County School Superintendent Nancy Graham and other school officials, including the principal and NHS adviser of Fort Meyers High. Cameron is hopeful; she’s spoken to the kid who took her place as NHS historian, and he’d be perfectly cool with sharing the job. So who knows, maybe a reasonable compromise to the Great Florida Sundress Scandal is in the offing?
Can you say it with me?
What the fuck, eh?
In other news, there are other downsides to the end of Planned Parenthood programs, basic health care and community HIV public health clinics. It is called STDs, HIV, HepC and other diseases or health issues that have been increasing in conservative states where funding has been cut.
…the faces of the new rural red-state HIV epidemic: They are predominantly white, economically disadvantaged, and in their 30s. (Cases have been reported in adults as young as 18 and as old as 64, according to the state’s Joint Information Center). And they are often related: For some families here, shooting up Opana, a legal painkiller, has become something of an intergenerational pastime.
“The virus doesn’t know any politics,” says Greg Millett, vice president of policy at amfAR, the Aids Research Foundation. “What’s clear about HIV is that it’s in the largest urban centers, which have been in blue states. But the policy in those areas have been effective in confronting it.”
Take New York, for example. In 2013, New York City saw 50 new infections spurred by injection drug use—a third of the number of infections the tiny town of Austin has seen in the past five months. A 2014 report by New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute found that in 1992, 52 percent of new infections derived from injection drug use. In 2012, after needle exchanges had been operational for more than two decades, those cases accounted for 3 percent of new diagnoses.
“Indiana could be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to the potential for the outbreak in rural areas among injection drug users,” Millett says. “In some of these red states, they are making fixes to bad public health policy after the fact.”
So, what has got Indiana Governor and his minion so upset about all this? Is it out of concern over the health of those poor rural voters? What do you think?
Treating 160 new HIV cases in Indiana will cost taxpayers an estimated $57 million.
Can you say it with me?
What the fuck, eh?
Here you can find a few articles about the situation:
The last link for you today is one that proves, there are some animals out there who are smarter than the Governors of these Red states. I mean, when you have an octopus who plans for possible dangers, by protecting itself with coconut shells, cutbacks to healthcare seems even more ridiculous.
It doesn’t take a backbone to be a genius — or a master of the comedic arts, apparently.
An octopus has been captured on film exhibiting one of the most remarkable (and amusing) examples of tool usage in the animal kingdom. Footage shows the eight-limbed animal literally walking along the ocean floor carrying two halves of a broken coconut shell beneath his arms, seemingly without rhyme or reason.
But this tentacled one knows exactly what he’s doing.
As it turns out, some octopuses, like this one, possess the foresight to actually pack along coconut shells to use as protective shelters when exploring areas without adequate places to hide.
Scientists say this behavior is the first evidence of tool use by an octopus, putting the aquatic animals in a league with a small number of other animals known to do the same.