Evening News Reads: Gossip, Kansas, Pharmacies and Yo Quiero Taco Bell!

Good Evening

Tonight’s post is going to be along the lines of what Wonk the Vote calls…a link dump.

What I am going to do is group them into subjects. Let’s start with the angry stuff first, and then we can move on from there. I say angry cause these new items are sure to get you fired up.

* War on Women

A few of these links just got published, so I know it will be news to you.

Use Birth Control? You’re Fired!

Here is where the “Yo quiero Taco Bell” comes into play…

First, a bill that gives immunity to doctors who lie to couples about the results of their prenatal tests in order to prevent them from getting an abortion. Now, a bill that would give your boss the green light to fire you for using birth control. You think I am kidding? I wish. For a decade now, Arizona insurance companies have been required to provide coverage for contraception just like other prescriptions. But, because they saw an opening to score some political points, some politicians there are suddenly moving to take that coverage away from women and their families.

And we aren’t talking here just about exemptions for religiously affiliated employers like Catholic hospitals and universities. We are talking about authorizing secular, for-profit employers to deny a woman coverage for birth control if the employer doesn’t believe that she and her partner should be allowed to have sex without getting pregnant. Yup, that’s right. If the owner of the Taco Bell where you work opposes birth control, Arizona legislators want to give him a legal right to deny you insurance coverage for your pills.

Sadly, that isn’t even the half of it. You may want to sit down for this one. Arizona legislators know that whether or not her insurance covers it, a woman may get the prescription she needs to prevent an unintended pregnancy. They want to give her boss the right to control that too. The bill they are pushing would not only allow employers to take the insurance coverage away, but it would also make it easier for an employer who finds out that his employee uses birth control to fire her. You heard me right . . . to fire her.

Do you believe this? It is an outrage! My damn blood pressure went up just posting this quote.

ACLU: Tell Politicians: Don’t Play Politics With Women’s Health

That link will take you to an advocacy page…so you can sign a petition. I signed so many petitions regarding the Texas Planned Parenthood Defunding, state sanctioned rape laws and other ridiculous anti-woman legislation…and it did not make a difference. I think the advocacy folks need to get campaigns going on Twitter, that really seems to get the ball rolling.

A couple of more links for you on women’s issues.

Kansas to Pregnant Women: “A Little Lie from Your Doctor Won’t Hurt You” –  Wrongful Birth? These laws are promoting the kind of bad medicine that goes along with the war on women. Doctor’s purposely keeping information about your health and the health of your fetus to keep them from infringing on their rights… “religious conscience” strikes again.

Not Again: Two More Pharmacies Refuse to Sell Emergency Contraception to Men –  Same shit different pharmacy.

“Mad as Hell:” Wisconsin Women Rally Tomorrow Against Last-Minute Rush to Pass Anti-Choice Bills –  “Women Watch, Women Rally, Women Vote: Mad as Hell” Three bills are up to bat in the state legislature…and women are pissed off and getting together to protest the bills.

Expanding Catholic Hospitals Put Reproductive Care, Women’s Health at Risk  –  Article and map that breaks down the percentages of Catholic hospitals per state throughout the US.

10 Badass Moments in Girl Scout History–  That title is self-explanatory.

Women In The World Summit 2012: Highlights From HuffPost Women–  Another summary of the Summit held this weekend.

Hillary Clinton: Extremists “All Want to Control Women…Even Here At Home” [VIDEO] –  The woman who fights for all of us…

I love this woman..just listen to the three minutes. America must lead by example. Yes!

* Big Fat Misogynistic Pig Update

EXCLUSIVE: 141 Companies Drop Advertising From Rush Limbaugh

* Rich Man Poor Man

Building A Caste Society – Krugman

* GOP Farts In Your General Direction

A Mighty Wind

A Mighty Wind © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Climate Change, Climate, Global Warning, Deniers, Denial, Hurricane, Tornadoes, Rain, Snow, Flooding, Drought, Hoax

* Fuck Bank of America!

Well, that is my own personal opinion!

Here are two articles from Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism:

The Legal Lie at the Heart of the $8.5 Billion Bank of America and Federal/State Mortgage Settlements

Is the Fed Going to Go Easy on the Banks to Help Obama?

* Afghanistan and Iran

Afghanistan Is Turning from a War to a Madhouse, by Charles P. Pierce

This weekend, everything about the United States policy in Afghanistan stopped making whatever sense it ever made in the first place.

An American soldier, Christ alone knows why, committed an act of terrorism against the Afghan people. According to reports, the soldier wandered off the base and into an Afghan village, where he systematically went door to door and murdered 16 people, including nine children. There are now the low, mumbling noises of regret from the U.S. government, and the general tone of the commentary in this country is to ponder deeply how this might affect the American “mission” in Afghanistan.

(Also, if I see one more headline calling this thing a “spree,” I may be forced to regret my own career choice. A spree is when some drunken frat-boy shoots out the streetlights on campus. This was mass murder, no different from the mass murders committed by Richard Speck or Jeffrey Dahmer or William Calley. If the American press tries to soften the edges of what happened with euphemism, which is what I suspect is already underway, the American press is guilty of one more crime against truth.)

I cannot express how sad and completely enraged I feel about this “spree” of bullets that murdered these innocent civilians.

U.S. soldier to be charged in Afghan shooting spree <————— See…crimes against truth!

A 38-year-old Army staff sergeant could be charged as early as today in the killings of 16 Afghan civilians in southern Kandahar province, a U.S. military official said Monday.

The Army soldier, whose identity wasn’t yet being released, is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, officials said. He was in military custody and was expected to be charged in Kabul.

The staff sergeant had done three tours of duty in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan, renewing the question of whether the multiple deployments — which have become the norm for U.S. service members over the past decade — contributed to emotional stress that set off the shooting spree, the worst of its kind in the decade-long U.S. war in Afghanistan.

This story has affected me greatly. My fingers are numb when it comes to writing about what this killer did. (Or, quiet possible killers.)

Afghans express skepticism over shooting account

Afghans are expressing growing skepticism that a shooting rampage that killed 16 civilians was carried out by a single U.S. soldier.

Abdul Rahum Ayubi, who is a lawmaker from Kandahar province where the tragedy occurred, said Monday it seemed impossible for one soldier to cover the ground between the houses that were attacked — over a mile (2 kilometers) — and also burn the dead bodies.

Bismullah Afghanmal, a parliament member, said the reports he received from villagers indicate the shooting before dawn Sunday came from several directions.

But Gen. Mohammed Zahir Azimi, defense ministry spokesman, said initial reports indicate a single shooter.

From 60 Minutes this weekend: The Spymaster: Meir Dagan on Iran’s threat

Meir Dagan has been described as “hard-charging” and “stops at nothing.” For more than eight years, Dagan made full use of those qualities as chief of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, where he focused on keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. When that job ended, Dagan did something unheard of for an ex-Mossad chief: he spoke out publicly, voicing opposition to Israel launching preemptive airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities anytime soon. Dagan believes the Iranian regime is a rational one and even its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who has called for Israel to be annihilated – acts in a somewhat rational way when it comes to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Lesley Stahl reports.

Sigh…I don’t know about you…but I am worn out!

*Insider Hollywood Gossip

After all that news up top, I had to end with something that requires no brain cells. Is a Secret Celebrity Tattletale Actually Robert Downey Jr.?

A certain anonymous commenter has become internet-infamous in the last few weeks by dropping some incredibly detailed, disturbing and very insidery gossip about Hollywood — regarding incest, pedophilia, and secret call girl rings that allegedly involve young starlets like Hayden Panettiere and Amanda Bynes — in the comments section of a popular blind item blog. Crazier than what he’s saying is who many believe is doing the blabbing: Robert Downey Jr.

That is it, I told you it was a dump!

What are you all doing this evening…any thoughts…what else are you reading about tonight?