Friday Nite Lite: Relief 

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This is an open thread.


Monday Reads: Controlling women

Hope your weekend was great!

0e8d1f24227b6a602c41f42daa6bf339It’s been a depressing and sad few days as we continue to watch the world’s fundamentalist religions–based in so much Iron Age Mythology–continue to assert the need to control and dominate women.  Saudi Arabia has sentenced a maid to death by stoning for adultery while giving the man a few symbolic lashes.   Here in the US, Republican candidates for the US presidency appease a similarly addicted religious minority by skirting the real issues surrounding the shooting at Colorado’s Planned Parenthood.   What we are seeing is the same poison fruit from the same poison tree.

There are so many mass shootings in this country—in a school or a church, a movie theatre or a mall—and so little is expected of American politicians in regard to them that, in the two days since Robert Dear began firing his gun at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, the Republican Presidential contenders have largely been able to hide from the tragedy. At midday on Friday, Dear initiated a gun battle that lasted five hours and took the lives of three people, including a police officer, and wounded nine others. Dear’s motives, and his mental state, are not yet fully known. But, of all the places he could have walked into, he chose a Planned Parenthood clinic, and, of all the fragments of deranged rhetoric he could have repeated, he chose, according to the Times and other press reports, to say something about “no more baby parts.” This is a reference to the false charge that Planned Parenthood has illegally trafficked in the sale of fetal organs—and that is the mildest way of framing the allegations that anyone listening to a Republican debate or rally would likely have heard. The loudness of the slurs against the organization is in telling contrast to the cautious silence that descended when it became a target of gun violence.

I remember my work in high school and university on modernizing state laws so that crimes against women and children were moved from the areas of property crimes to crimes against people. I was appalled to find that state law required three witnesses to a rape as evidence a crime had happened.  I worked at a nascent rape and domestic violence crisis center back in the early 70s that was started by the Junior League and still continues as a major operation at the local YWCA.

I also remember a panel discussion at my Presbyterian church when SCOTUS was deciding Roe v. Wade.  It was my first experience seeing so many ignorant and angry people expressing the need to control other people’s bodies and lives.  I thought that the progress we had made would continue.  Then, came the 1980s and a backlash from the pews of what my family used to refer to as “holy rollers”.

I have two grown daughters now and I never thought that they’d face so many of the same issues that I faced at their age.  When they were very young, I saw those same angry, ignorant faces of my youth beginning to coordinate and organize to target women.  We’ve gone so far back since the early 1980’s and we’ve endured so much harassment from radical religionists that it’s sometimes difficult for me to believe we live in a developed country.  But, here in many parts of the United States, folks take Iron Age Mythology as seriously as they do in the hills and tribes of Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.  Women and children have always been at the forefront of the suffering inflicted by the hyperreligious.  Vigilance and action is required continually and today like never before.

We are going backwards.

We are losing many battles in a war fought to take away women’s rights and autonomy. I spent some time reading this MoJo article on the last few years of Republican control of many local legislatures.  Again, I cannot believe my daughters face challenges that no modern, civilized nation should create.

This is what 2015 looks like: Abortion providers struggle against overwhelming odds to stay open, while women “turn themselves into pretzels” to get to them, as one researcher put it. Activists have been calling it the “war on women.” But the onslaught of new abortion restrictions has been so successful, so strategically designed, and so well coordinated that the war in many places has essentially been lost.

Most abortions today involve some combination of endless wait, interminable journey, military-level coordination, and lots of money. Roe v. Wade was supposed to put an end to women crossing state lines for their abortions. But while reporting this story, I learned of women who drove from Kentucky to New Jersey, or flew from Texas to Washington, DC, because it was the only way they could have the procedure. Even where laws can’t quite make it impossible for abortion clinics to stay open—they are closing down at a rate of 1.5 every single week—they can make it exhausting to operate one. In every corner of America, four years of unrelenting assaults on reproductive rights have transformed all facets of giving an abortion or getting one—possibly for good.

“Every day is just frightening,” Chelian said. “I think things are bad, and then they get worse somewhere else. And you go, ‘Oh my God, it could be worse.’ And I go to sleep with that. I wake up with that.”

It’s gotten so bad that women are going back to the days of hangers.  It’s been estimated that up to 240,000 women in Texas alone have try to give themselves abortions.Radicaly Christianity

Ever since Texas passed HB2 in 2013, the omnibus abortion law at the heart of a pivotal case the Supreme Court will review early next year, more than half of the state’s 41 abortion clinics have been forced to close. As these closures have mounted, advocates in the state have worried that the decline in abortion access could lead to a rise in the number of women trying to terminate pregnancies by themselves.

A new study quantifies some of those fears: At least 100,000 Texas women—and as many as 240,000—between the ages of 18 and 49 have attempted to self-induce abortions, according to a report released today by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). The study also found that it is possible that the rate of women attempting to self-induce abortions is rising in Texas as a result of the state’s additional restrictions on abortion care. The report points to previous studies that have explored the correlation between a rise in abortion restrictions and the prevalence of self-induced abortions. A 2008 national study found that about 2 percent of women reported that they tried to terminate pregnancies on their own. In 2012, a year after Texas passed several new abortion restrictions, a study of Texas women seeking care at an abortion clinic found that about 7 percent reported attempting to end their pregnancies without medical assistance before seeking clinic care.

“This is the latest body of evidence demonstrating the negative implications of laws like HB2 that pretend to protect women but in reality place them, and particularly women of color and economically disadvantaged women, at significant risk,” said Dr. Daniel Grossman, one of the study’s co-authors and a professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of California-San Francisco, in a press call Tuesday morning.

None of us that have been active in the women’s right movement for decades were surprised at the most recent attack and murders at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.  We anticipated it happening some where and we are not surprised by the deflection of the enablers of violence against women and those who help women.  There has been a long, well-funded and organized racket supported by media outlets and capitalized on by the Republican party to reinstate witch hunts and burnings. We also know this is not about life.  It’s about controlling women. Amanda Marcotte–writing for Salon–explains this well.

Victim-blaming and avoiding responsibility was the norm on the right, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger going on CNN while Dear was still holding the clinic hostage and ranting about “these barbaric videos,” in reference to the hoax videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of “selling” fetal tissue that were released over the summer and that all Republicans are apparently duty-bound to pretend are somehow meaningful despite being thoroughly debunked. He also pushed the idea that there’s a chance that Dear’s choice of a target is random and not rooted in anti-choice ideology.

Since then, of course, conservatives’ slim hope that Dear was somehow just a random psycho instead of an anti-choice nut has grown slimmer. Sources spoke about the “baby parts” line and that Dear mentioned Obama in his statements to police.

Ever since the Paris attacks, we’ve been hearing from the right how there is no excuse for religious fundamentalists using violence to terrorize people for the making life choices the fundamentalists don’t approve of. I do wish they would take their own advice on this front.

This whole display is especially bizarre when you consider that there is nothing new about anti-choice terrorism, which has taken the lives of eight clinic workers prior to this attack. That this would happen was entirely predictable. Since the release of those hoax videos, there’s been a rash of arsons and bombings of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, a story which has received a surprisingly small amount of media coverage.

In other words, this is what everyone in pro-choice circles has been dreading would happen any day now. As recently as October 29, an abortion provider in Washington, D.C., penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about how her life is being rather unsubtly threatened by anti-choicers who put her picture and address online. You know, for “information.” Answers about who would need that, except someone who was intending to harm her, are not offered.

Anti-choice demagoguery is fruitful politics for the right. There’s a lot of fear out there about women’s changing social roles and increasing independence, coupled with a ton of resentment over other people’s sex lives. The anti-choice movement has created a perfect cover story—it’s about “life” and “babies”!—that allows conservatives to indulge these ugly urges while pretending to have noble intentions.

This combination has been so successful at inciting the masses, raising money, and turning out the vote that the anti-choice movement has become increasingly bold in recent years, expanding the legal attacks beyond abortion and looking for ways to undermine access to contraception as well. The increased outrage at Planned Parenthood in recent months, while ostensibly about abortion, is in actuality a lot more about contraception. None of the money that Republicans are cutting from Planned Parenthood is for abortion, but for contraception and STI prevention and treatment. Or even prenatal care, in some cases.

You cannot relentlessly stoke people’s sexual resentments, day in and day out, while calling it “moral” without some of those people (mostly men) tipping over into outright violence. Anti-choice extremism is a logical home for angry, bitter men who want to blame women and women’s sexuality for their own personal failings and frustrations. And there are a lot of angry men out there, furious at women for not being what they want us to be, using “baby killer” as a cover for resentments that have nothing to do with actual babies.

12294709_805987522861125_5352633551362743771_nThere’s so much evidence and history that’s it’s very hard to deny that this is a well orchestrated and well funded movement.  We have only to go back and remind ourselves of the murder of the late Dr. Tiller and the words of Bill O’Reilly to see how the right lights the fires of fanaticism and violence. 

O’Reilly said that liberal groups were targeting him unfairly.

“Even though I reported on the doctor honestly, the loons asserted that my analysis of him was ‘hateful,'” O’Reilly wrote. “Chief of among the complaints was the doctor’s nickname, ‘Tiller the baby killer.’ Some prolifers branded him with that, and I reported it. So did hundreds of other news sources.”

O’Reilly went on to criticize media outlets for glorifying Tiller in order to silence those who oppose abortion, especially late-term abortion.

We wanted to see what O’Reilly had said about Tiller, to see if O’Reilly was indeed being criticized for his reporting on other groups’ characterization of Tiller as he said.

We searched transcripts of The O’Reilly Factor , his show that appears on the Fox News Channel.

We found at least 42 instances of O’Reilly mentioning Tiller by name, going back to 2005. In 24 instances, we found that O’Reilly referred to Tiller specifically as a “baby killer.”

Most of the time, O’Reilly would simply refer to the Tiller as “Tiller the baby killer” or as “Dr. George Tiller, known as Tiller the baby killer” without attributing it to anyone. We found four times when O’Reilly said that “some” called him Tiller the baby killer. We did not find any instance where O’Reilly named an individual or a particular antiabortion group that referred to Tiller that way.

Here is how O’Reilly has discussed Tiller in 2009, prior to Tiller’s death:

• May 15: O’Reilly discussed President Barack Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University, saying he was troubled that a Catholic school would allow Obama to speak. “Barack Obama throughout his political career has enabled abortion. There’s no doubt that he has. All right? He has recently appointed Gov. (Kathleen) Sebelius to (Secretary of) Health and Human Services. Gov. Sebelius is the most proabortion governor in the United States. Based upon Dr. Tiller, the baby killer in her state and all of that, all right.”

• May 11: O’Reilly wondered whom Obama would nominate to the Supreme Court, saying that he thought Obama was “callous” when it came to abortion. “I mean, the guy puts Sebelius in as the health — you can’t get a more fanatically — and that woman is proabortion,” O’Reilly said. “She wants the babies done for. She supported Tiller the Baby Killer out there. So, enough with her.”

• April 27: O’Reilly discussed Sebelius’ nomination as secretary of Health and Human Services. O’Reilly said that Sebelius “recently vetoed a bill that placed restrictions on late-term abortions in Kansas. The bill was introduced because of the notorious Tiller the Baby Killer case, where Dr. George Tiller destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000. There’s no question Ms. Sebelius is one of the most proabortion politicians in America.”

• March 27: Tiller was charged with misdemeanor offenses for violating Kansas law on late-term abortions. Tiller was acquitted. O’Reilly said, “Now, we have bad news to report that Tiller the baby killer out in Kansas, acquitted. Acquitted today of murdering babies. I wasn’t in the courtroom. I didn’t sit on the jury. But this, there’s got to be a special place in hell for this guy.”

• March 26: O’Reilly talked about the ongoing trial: “Another revolting situation is Dr. George Tiller in Kansas, known as Tiller the Baby Killer, who’s on trial for killing babies who are about to be born, late-term abortions.” O’Reilly also said, “If you want to kill a baby, you hire Tiller, you’ve got to pay him 5,000 up front, and he’ll kill the baby. … You should know, his best friend is the governor of Kansas, Sebelius. … She has taken specific steps to carve out the law so that it will protect Tiller the baby killer.”

• March 17: Still on the Tiller trial, O’Reilly said, “You know this George Tiller, called Tiller the baby killer, is charged with 19 misdemeanors. And what this guy does, and we have proven it beyond a reasonable doubt, Kelly, is that he kills babies in late term. He aborts them in late term. They’re no longer fetuses. They’re viable babies. He aborts them for any and all reasons if you pay him $5,000.”

• March 2: O’Reilly said Sebelius took “campaign money from George Tiller, known as Tiller, the baby killer. He’s currently charged with a variety of crimes centering on his abortion practice. He aborts babies at any time for just about any reason if you pay him $5,000.”

• Jan. 26: O’Reilly discussed an executive order Obama signed allowing federal money to go to international family planning groups that provide abortions. O’Reilly complained that Obama quietly signed the order rather than publicizing it. “I wanted George Tiller the baby killer going, ‘Yeah, can I make more money killing babies now,'” O’Reilly said.

That’s just from 2009. There were many other examples in previous years.

There is so much history between the inflammatory and false propaganda from radical christianists that we actually have a term for it.  This is an example of “stochastic terrorism”.  Republicans and radical 12322515_10153377072693512_11229952260469184_ochristianists systematically incite violence against women and organizations designed to give them rights. 

Republican members of the Religious Right incited violence as predictably as if they had issued a call for Christian abortion foes to take up arms. Inciting violence this way is called stochastic terrorism:

Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.”

In an incident of stochastic terrorism, the person who pulls the trigger gets the blame. He—I use the male pronoun deliberately because the triggerman is almost always male—may go to jail or even be killed during his act of violence. Meanwhile, the person or persons who have triggered the triggerman, in other words, the actual stochastic terrorists, often go free, protected by plausible deniability. The formula is perversely brilliant:

  1. A public figure with access to the airwaves or pulpit demonizes a person or group of persons.
  2. With repetition, the targeted person or group is gradually dehumanized, depicted as loathsome and dangerous—arousing a combustible combination of fear and moral disgust.
  3. Violent images and metaphors, jokes about violence, analogies to past “purges” against reviled groups, use of righteous religious language—all of these typically stop just short of an explicit call to arms.
  4. When violence erupts, the public figures who have incited the violence condemn it—claiming no one could possibly have foreseen the “tragedy.”

Stochastic terrorism is not a fringe concept. It is a terrorist modality that has been described at length by analysts. It produces terrorism patterns that should be known to any member of Congress or any presidential candidate who has ever thought deeply about national or domestic security issues, which one might hope, is all of them.

We can be confident that communications teams for Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and others are scrambling at this very moment to figure out the nuances of plausible deniability—weighing how best to distance themselves from the violence that killed a police officer and two others without making their protestations of surprised dismay sound as hollow as they actually are—without actually denouncing the disgust and dehumanization of women who have abortions and those who provide them.

12278772_10153741974534795_2469658826698273023_nThe FBI warned about the uptick in terrorist threats against Women’s Health Clinics and specifically Planned Parenthood months ago.  There have been firebombings and other acts of vandalism.  It was only a matter of time before that video and the rhetoric of the Republican Presidential candidates turned into direct violence against people.

For several months now, law enforcement has been concerned about people targeting reproductive health facilities — specifically Planned Parenthood locations across the country.

As CBS News first reported in September, an FBI intelligence bulletin went out to law enforcement agencies nationwide with that warning. It came asCongress was debating Planned Parenthood funding and on the heels of the release of a series of videos by Center for Medical Progress that purported to show Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue from abortions.

The intelligence bulletin warned of “lone offenders using tactics of arsons and threats all of which are typical of the pro-life extremist movement.”

At that time there had already been nine criminal or suspicious incidents in seven states and the District of Columbia.

In one incident in August, someone poured gasoline on a New Orleans Planned Parenthood security guard’s car and set the vehicle on fire. According to the FBI, there was another incident in July in Aurora, Colorado in which someone poured gasoline around the entrance of a Planned Parenthood facility, also causing a fire.

The public faces of these fanatics are quick to pray the one day they aren’t harassing women at clinics.  You can read JJ’s and BB’s last post over the weekend for many examples of the reaction of the right to the Gloria_415_291_55attack on the clinic and the murder of three people.   All you have to do is volunteer to be a clinic escort or watch the antics of “protestors” to see the roots of the violence and know that it’s not about life or love.

I was the first appointment that day and noticed a few men, all in their 50s or 60s, milling around the parking lot when we pulled in. Once we got out of the car, one made a beeline for us with a fistful of pamphlets. My aunt said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and he got irate, screaming, “How can you do this? You’re killing your baby to continue on your whore lifestyle, you jezebel!’ Suddenly we were surrounded by five other men — that’s when the baby-doll parts starting hitting us.

They had a box filled with torn apart baby dolls covered with red paint. All three of us were hit — in the head, chest, torso. As they were pelting us, they yelled, “This is what you’re doing to your baby! Look at the street! It’s strewn with the blood of your baby. That’s your baby scattered across the street!” It was surreal and terrifying at once. And we still had to cross a wide street to enter the clinic. Then they shouted at my aunt, “Grandma, why are you letting her do this? Tell her to give her baby up for adoption!” My aunt responded, “First of all, I’m not old enough to be a grandma. Second, come talk to me when you have a uterus and a vagina.”

It’s a systemic attack on women’s autonomy. We know that it’s nationwide, well-funded, well-organized and it’s basically a syndicate like organized crimes.  We know this because many of the law suits against these people involve Civil RICCO. 

I’m not sure what it’s going to take to get the majority of this country to realize that we have a huge issue with homegrown white male, christianist terrorism.  We can’t get sensible gun regulation because of the NRA syndicate.  We also see systemic demonization of Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood.  One of the major political parties and its small but vocal and voting minority are the problem.

What’s on your voting and blogging list today?

 

 


Live Blog: Breaking News….Paris Attacks

State of Emergency Declared…

All France’s borders are closed until further notice.

According to reports on Al Jazzera America broadcast.

The president of France was at the soccer game, that actually continued after the bombing stopped play for a few moments. They had to secure President Francois Hollande and reports are he is safe.

Some reports say, Hollande has cancelled his visit to the G8 Summit. (per twitter feed above.)

Below is current news.

Updates in the comments…

Shootings, Explosions Reported in Paris | Al Jazeera America

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More than 150 dead after siege at Bataclan concert hall and attacks across Paris – live | World news | The Guardian

Paris attacks: At least 118 die in shootings, explosions – CNN.com

Live stream, at that link.

Shootings and explosions leave dozens dead in Paris – Al Jazeera English

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Halloween Reads! Trick or Treat?

12195855_1153312621365508_2747854582366771102_nHappy Halloween from New Orleans!!!

BB’s on her way back to Boston so I have your tricks and treats today!!  We’ve got a foggy, drizzly day here.  Seems like a great day to do a cemetery walk!

First up, a skeleton treat!!!! A find in Northeast Ethiopia has yielded yet another possible human ancestor.  Scientists are trying to decide where on the hominid family tree this petite female will go.

Fifteen years ago, a group of fossil hunters, including a UC Berkeley graduate student named Yohannes Haile-Selassie, crawled on their hands and knees across a patch of 4.4-million-year-old sediment in northeastern Ethiopia’s Afar region. Moving shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the group, Haile-Selassie spotted a small, white fossil on the reddish clay. It turned out to be a hand bone, the first piece of a partial skeleton of a female Ardipithecus ramidus(nicknamed Ardi). She would have mainly eaten plant foods, and probably spent much of her time in the trees that covered the area when she was alive. She stood about four feet tall, weighed approximately 110 pounds, and had a brain the size of a chimpanzee.

Over the next three years, an international team of paleoanthropologists found about 130 pieces of the skeleton. Since then, researchers have studied and reassembled the bones in the hope of creating the most complete picture of someone who is becoming one of the most controversial figures in evolution. Their findings have major implications for understanding how the human race came to be: Why did our species evolve the ability to walk on two legs? What was our last common ancestor with chimpanzees? And, most critically, was Ardipithecusa direct ancestor of modern humans?

Ultimately, the team discovered pieces of 35 Ardipithecus individuals scattered across roughly four miles of ancient landscape near an Afar village named Aramis. The fossils include a nearly complete hand and ardipithecus1arm, as well as a lower jaw. But the partially complete Ardi skeleton has generated the most discussion, especially over a bone from the base of her big toe called the medial cuneiform. It shows that her toe would have stuck out from her foot like a thumb and that she would have been able to use it for grasping. “It really doesn’t differ from apes, and that’s the surprising thing,” says University of California, Berkeley, paleoanthropologist Tim White. “It is fully apelike.” White had been expecting a foot that looks more like one belonging toAustralopithecus afarensis, the species to which the famous Lucy skeleton belongs. Afarensis lived about 3.7 to 3.0 million years ago and had feet that were much like our own, with toes that point forward. Ardi’s apelike feet raise the question: Was she evolving toward walking on two legs? The team’s anatomist, Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University, believes she was. Lovejoy points to several bones in Ardi’s foot that he believes show it was becoming more like a modern foot, able to better withstand the pressures of bipedal movement. The shape of her pelvis also reveals she was becoming more effective at walking on two feet.

CSqc7dWWIAAqHJQHere’s a trick! (And no it’s not about infamous Louisiana Trick Senator David Vitter).  Blathering idiot Marco Rubio appears to be the most likely bet of the day for the Republicans’ Presidential nominee.  He’s continuing his legacy of attracting big money for big favors.  David Brooks–well known sycophant–is placing bets on him too.   Fortunately for us, the BBC isn’t the NYT and our neighbors up north have some good reasons why the boy wonder is really the boy unremarkable. 

On Wednesday night Mr Rubio shrugged off a question about his past personal and campaign finances dealings by turning it into a shot at media bias and then a rumination on his humble upbringing.

While it worked in the context of a debate where every panel question was viewed with scepticism or outright hostility from the audience, Mr Rubio may not always be so fortunate. And some of the issues aren’t just about poor personal financial planning but tilt toward allegations of corruption

As the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza points out, there’s a litany of questionable actions in Mr Rubio’s past – such as failing to report a home equity loan from a political supporter, double-billing the state and the Republican Party for travel expenses and using political funds to pay for seemingly personal expenses like car repairs and groceries.

Mr Rubio also was a friend and real-estate partner with David Rivera, a Florida politician and former congressman, who has been fined more than $16,000 [£10,500] for government ethics violations and is still under federal investigation for relating criminal acts.

“Rubio is about to go through a period of much more intensive media scrutiny,” Mr Lizza writes. “Complaining about media bias won’t be enough to get him through it.”

CSqZWmnXIAU68ukThat was so bad that I thought I add this treat!  Now that the Republicans are showing they won’t answer tough questions and will complain about liberal media bias if asked to defend their lies, Catherine Rampell of WAPO says the media is to blame because they’ve enabled them forever!

Look straight into the camera, and with complete conviction, say something that is not true. Maybe your lies will get fact-checked later, but if your certainty can sufficiently excite pundits in the interim, no one will care (or notice) that you lied.

We saw this strategy successfully executed in the second Republican debate, when Carly Fiorina confidently described a horrifying undercover Planned Parenthood video.

The footage in question turned out not to exist. (At best, she was describing areenactment.) But by the time her statements were checked, Fiorina had been anointed the winner of the debate, thanks largely to that riveting, shocking sound bite. Since then, any time someone has called her out on this missing footage, she has just claimed media bias (see Lesson No. 3).

No surprise, then, that on Wednesday the candidates lied boldly, and repeatedly, even when their statements were easily disprovable.

Donald Trump denied ever taking a dig at Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, even though the dig in question was on Trump’s Web site.

Ben Carson denied having any “involvement” with a sketchy maker of nutritional supplements, even though evidence of this involvement (including a video testimonial) is easily findable online.

Chris Christie claimed Social Security money was “stolen” and that the system will be “insolvent” in seven to eight years, even though both claims are wrong. Fiorina recycled a statistic about women’s job losses that Mitt Romney used in 2012 and subsequently abandoned when it, too, was proved wrong.

And so on.

Fact checkers had lots of material to mine, but the candidates’ dramatic delivery — and the immediate plaudits they earned from talking heads — made post-debate truth-squadding seem pedantic and tone-deaf.

Here’s a local treat!  There used to be sailboat races from Pensacola to Cuba but Cold War Politics put an end to it.  Some sailors are now Cuba bound in a reboot of the tradition.promoted-media_544e8eaae0444

A fleet of sleek racing sailboats and cruisers will line up in the waters just off Pensacola, Fla., early this Halloween morning, to launch the rebirth of a Gulf Coast tradition long stifled by international politics and diplomatic relations.

Twenty-two boats are participating in the first Pensacola to Cuba regatta, with nearly a quarter of those boats coming from New Orleans. After the start just off the Florida coast, they’ll travel more than 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, skip past Rebecca Shoal and the Dry Tortugas to arrive next week at Hemingway Marina, about eight miles west of Havana.

The race is billed as one of the first legal regattas from the United States to Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power of the island nation in 1959. But the lure of Havana has long been an irresistible siren song for Gulf Coast sailors — even during the U.S. embargo when some American yacht clubs and organizations risked legal wrangling and angry protesters to continue hosting regattas to Cuba.

That all changed this year, when President Barack Obama eased restrictions and resumed diplomatic relations with the island. The water is now officially open, if boats are willing to apply for permits and deal with all the legal red tape.

New Orleans sailor Tim Cerniglia signed up as soon as the Pensacola Yacht Club posted notice of the race. For him, it’s a chance to satisfy a lifelong fascination with Cuba and reconnect with his family’s history.

His mother, Elise Cerniglia, was born in New Orleans but spent her childhood on the island. Her father was a chemical engineer at a sugar cane plantation there. After moving back to the Crescent City, she would eventually become an advocate for immigrants, helping to resettle thousands of Cubans who fled Castro’s communism.

“I can still remember people coming over to our house, and my mother rounding up clothes and furniture and other things they needed,” Cerniglia said. “And growing up, we had family talks about her time in Cuba. It’s always had a mystique for me.”

Cerniglia, an attorney who’s participated in ocean regattas to Mexico several times, will sail his red-hulled boat, Radio Flyer, a Valiant 40, with a crew of five. When he arrives in Cuba, he hopes to hire a driver and visit the sugar plantation where his now-deceased mother once lived.

bdf6df1a4fcdbbfcf60596be9371d666So, I’m thinking that’s enough today!  What’s on for Halloween by your mom and ’ems today?

We’re under a Tornado watch and will probably have some thunderstorms tonight so they sent the kids out trick or treating around here last night.  I’ve got some nasty end of the year on line training to take on the usual stuff so I’ll be home with a good set of horror movies running in the background.  Maybe I can get JJ to give me some advice on what to watch.  I really want to try the early zombie movies after getting a good education on them from last night’s episode of Z Nation.  Anyway, I certainly hope the weather is better where ever you’re skydancing tonight!

Take care and have a great Halloween!!!

 

 


Friday Nite Lite: Dark tails.

Well, it is lovely to watch Cat People on the old circle box. Love October on TCM…the rest of the night is devoted to Val Lewton. So if you get a chance to catch the rest of the shows:

10/30/2015 Cartoon by Steve Kelley

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I don’t know what all the Debate cartoons are about, I’ve been busy with hospitals and such.

10/30/2015 Cartoon by John Cole

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10/30/2015 Cartoon by John R. Rose

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10/30/2015 Cartoon by Randy Bish

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Trick or Trick: 10/30/2015 Cartoon by Tom Curry

Cartoon by Tom Curry - Trick or Trick

Scary Candidates: 10/30/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Scary Candidates

10/30/2015 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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RYAN is SPEAKER: 10/30/2015 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - RYAN is SPEAKER

Rent Too Damn High – Truthdig

 

Mike Luckovich: GOP Halloween – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

This is an open thread.


Reads: Sh*tload of Problems Link Dump

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Check out this chick’s name…

Good Evening

Today has been one problem after another. My loptop (browsers) are being difficult and not saving my links. So here are a shitload of links I had planned on using for my post. As you can see, I had the links organized. But I think I am losing it. I can’t type words properly. It is coming out as gibberish. There is a reason for my open thread choice of music. These meds, the switch to Prosac, and the other scripts for anxiety, agitation and sleep. It seemed like it was working but then nope. All this crap about stop doing shit for people, it doesn’t fucking work because they just don’t get it. You know what they do, they do more outrageous things to hurt you. And you can’t stop doing shit because when you do, something happens like…. you ask him…did you turn the heater off in the bathroom, you get an answer “yes” but then a couple hours later you discover it wasn’t turned off. He knocked the damn thing over and it shut itself off temporarily. I am done.

The links are just copied and pasted. Fuck everything.

First a few on the recent loss of one of Golden Hollywood’s greatest stars:
A technicolor goddess, what a perfect description:
Next, various headlines of the day:

Stories from the uterus:

And more takes from the fuckers on the right side:

The right wing side that is….
Science-y news and shit like that:
Artsy/interesting stuff:
The last link:
Have a good night or good day depending on when you get a chance to read this post.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/4-dead-after-car-crash-at-oklahoma-parade.html

http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/10/25/chuck-todd-asks-rep-trey-gowdy-why-did-the-amou/206411

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-patricia-manzanillo-20151025-story.html

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/10/17/probe-underground-body-brokers-leads-detroit/72621318/

http://accesswdun.com/article/2015/10/344950

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-stelter-fox-wouldnt-have-cut-away-from-benghazi-hearing-if-hillary-was-struggling/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/u-prime-minister-apologizes-role-iraq-war-article-1.2410610?

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/10/megyn-kelly-flips-out-over-positive

http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/paul-ryan-david-hoppe-chief-of-staff/?dcz=

http://theslot.jezebel.com/pro-immigration-protester-kicked-dragged-out-of-trump-1738543501?

http://www.themarysue.com/jeremy-renner-does-it-again/

http://www.occupydemocrats.com/busted-republican-trey-gowdy-caught-using-private-email-server/

http://prospect.org/article/sorry-paul-ryan-far-reasonable

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/museum-departments/curatorial-departments/islamic-art/ruminations/2015/architectural-glass-from-samarra?

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/10/15/3712653/missouri-planned-parenthood-proposal/

http://mashable.com/2015/10/20/taiwan-woman-plane-baby/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#g1Z4Es7SnqqN

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/girls-skeleton-found-in-suitcase-is-daughter-of-woman-found-dead-five-years-ago-750-miles-away-a6702106.html

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/10/21/in-ireland-debate-over-abortion-takes-center-stage.html

http://www.salon.com/2015/10/22/israels_descent_into_unmasked_right_wing_extremism_a_new_generation_rises_to_fight_occupation_settler_colonialism_apartheid/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/florida-death-row-inmate-asks-electrocution-article-1.2409469

https://thsppl.com/why-i-m-absolutely-an-angry-black-woman-2cf74c95828#.1jb2scf4z

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/two-more-women-accuse-bill-cosby-of-sexual-assault/

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/10/24/ben-carson-says-he-will-outlaw-liberal-speech-on-college-campuses-not-conservative-speech-audio/

http://www.abebooks.com/books/features/vintage-hollywood-photographs/


Soy Infeliz … Puro Teatro: Temporary Open Thread

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So unhappy….Play acting

Good Afternoon

 

 

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I have such a link filled, long ass post in the making, that I regret it is going to be late. Until then, enjoy the music and pass some time with an open thread.