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?


26 Comments on “Evening News Reads: Gossip, Kansas, Pharmacies and Yo Quiero Taco Bell!”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I have been trying to watch the film Seven Days in May…for over three days now…and someone stops me so they can watch their shitty shows.

    Shows like Gold Rush, Vampire Diaries, Doomsday Preppers and Atlas Shrugs. Geez…so sick of hearing asshole men arguing and bleeping of cuss words. Sex crazed vampires eating each other, Beck nutcases, Ayn Rand and screams of agony. (Those screams of agony coming from my own mouth!)

  2. bostonboomer says:

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Well, I don’t know what to make of this: The Associated Press: US officials: Suspect in killings had head injury

    Go to link to read it…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Seeking the roots of a U.S. soldier’s shooting rampage – Yahoo! News Canada

      In the search for an explanation of why a U.S. soldier left his base in Afghanistan at night and killed 16 civilians in their homes, some experts have raised the possibility that mental illness or a brain injury played a role in the massacre.
      “We’re going to look into all of that,” General John Allen, who commands U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, told CNN on Monday, declining to comment further on the mental state of the soldier suspected in Sunday’s attack. A U.S. official told Reuters that the staff sergeant had suffered a traumatic brain injury in a vehicle rollover in 2010 in Iraq, and was treated and returned to duty.
      Experts caution against jumping to conclusions, but two facts are known. This was the sergeant’s fourth deployment. And the risk of mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety-related disorders is generally higher during subsequent deployments than during a soldier’s first.

      That was not an AP link, sooo I could quote it.

      • peggysue22 says:

        My husband heard this on the radio coming home tonight. Not only had this soldier suffered a TBI [traumatic brain injury] but his wife had requested a protection order because his behavior was so erratic when he was home. What was he doing being sent back into an active war theater?

        My youngest son had a TBI. It took him a good two years to recover and you’re never the same. Never.

      • northwestrain says:

        There is already a whole lot of violence on military bases — lots of stories and word of mouth about Ft. Lewis. Cold war or hot war — war is hell on families. Many parents come back so changed that we’d swear that our real dad’s never did return.

        Even without being sent to a war zone — the men come back changed after long deployments. Add to that head trauma and other injuries — and the psychological damage.

        Emptywheel and others are questioning if this was the work of one guy — since a single solidarity, well armed and equipped — on his own — well sneaking out is hard to do.

        Women and children are the ones who suffer most — they are most often the collateral damage. And I hate that double talk for murder via war.

      • Fannie says:

        I was reading where his unit out of Fort Lewis has had problems in relation to the comanders there. What a sad sad situation.

  4. peggysue22 says:

    Btw, that presentation by Hillary was great. “This” is what a feminist looks and sounds like.

  5. freespirit says:

    This is a war against women. Time to get organized, and prepared for battle.

    • northwestrain says:

      To some men in Georgia — women are no different from other livestock.

      http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/12/442637/georgia-rep-compares-women-to-animals/

      I’ve been following the war on human females since I was very young and noticed that god hated women. Any sort of fundamentalist religion was of no interest to me — because as near as I could tell all fundamentalists religions hate women. Most of the hatred was subtle — girls couldn’t play on sports teams or work at certain jobs. But now the war is so overt — and each nut job is trying to out do the haters in other states.

      Seems like the menz are saying — you all hate FEmales that much — well I’ll add more hate in a new law.

      SciFi writers like Frank Herbert are seers of the future — who saw the future of the evil evolution of religion and turning women into reproductive tanks.

      How many sane people are left?

    • Fannie says:

      and prepared to be jailed.

  6. HT says:

    What is it with a lot of men wanting to control women? Why? I have never been able to discern a rational answer to that question and it’s been bothering me for the majority of my life. Why are some women going along and supporting these men? Quite frankly, it’s insane. The Red Beanie crowd (thanks to Charlie Pierce) I can understand – Based on an organization that is 1800 years old, they are desperate to maintain their standing, power and control so they can continue for another 1800 years, however not all men are members of that elite club and women aren’t even allowed entrance as guests – so why?

    That situation in Afganistan is terrible, and quite frankly, how could one man do what this man is purported to do, and further, rationale about a brian injury or whatever will not go far with the Afghan people. Time to get out of there and leave the Afghanis to deal with their own internal situation. Nato has been there for 11 years – time to leave.

    • My 2 cents, Ht: the men who hold all the power (Koch Bros, Cheney, et al) can see the ultimate White Man’s Power & Privilege are slipping away. It’s their birthright & no damn wimmin folk or dirty people of color have any right to usurp their god-given privilege/power. Yes, not all men feel this way. But the ones with the power & the white men whose only power is over their “little women-folk” aren’t going to take this usurpation lying down.

      While Obama’s policies may be in line with their policies, he’s not one of them. He’s a half breed in their estimation & he did get Lily Ledbetter Law passed and appointed 2 women to SCOTUS. And then there’s that Hillary woman doing a bang up job as Secretary of State – she’s no Condi Rice who read directly from the script she was given. Hillary scares the crap out of them. Women in general scare the crap out of them.

      Maybe too simple of an explanation, but I am merely a woman. What do I know, after all?

      • HT says:

        Frankly Connie, in all my years in big biz, women have made the most sense, so I don’t discount your explanation, however there has to be something more – after all, these men have been born of women, and in a lot of cases have female children who they have coddled throughout. How can they rationalize that some women are okay and deserve the rights that they, themselves, so thorougly enjoy, then turn around and condemn the rest to an oppressive near slave condition dictated by them. It doesn’t make sense. What is the basis for their hatred, and yest, it must be hatred, because any human being who loved would never do this. So much for that Xian religiousity – they should drop the “Christ” from their religion because it has nothing whatsoever to do with what Christ was purported to preach.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Memeorandum has their page up from March 12, 2008. They’re supposedly having technical difficulties. Go look before it’s too late. It’s a real flashback!

    http://www.memeorandum.com/

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Mr. Richie Rich does it again! Some of his good friends own NFL teams.

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/discussing-manning-romney-touts-ties-to-football-team-owners/

  9. ralphb says:

    Can anyone please explain why Obama would be losing support from women now! Both the WaPo/ABC and NYT/CBS poll have some fucking weird numbers this month on approval.

    With Republicans running a War on Women now, what the hell is it gonna take to wake people up so they support their own best interest?

  10. peggysue22 says:

    Something else that doesn’t fit the official story about the Afghanistan massacre–in one of those long shots of the bodies? They’ve been burned. What’s that all about? This whole story is beginning to sound very suspicious–one man kills 16 people, execution style, then sets them on fire?

    What the heck are we doing? Cannonfire picked up some posts from right-wing sites, responses to the news of the killings. Demented and deranged to say the least. I wish I hadn’t read them.

  11. ralphb says:

    The problem is women having sex.

    N.C. County Kills Family-Planning Funds

    The elected county commissioners in New Hanover County, N.C. are sick and tired of using taxpayer funds to assist women who can’t keep their legs closed. And so on Monday they voted to reject a state grant designed to cover family-planning services.

    The Wilmington, N.C. Star-News reports the commission in the coastal county has “unanimously voted to turn down a state family planning grant that would cover contraceptive supplies along with other medical services related to family planning.”

    The commissioners didn’t think it was right to use taxpayer money to pay for women who want to have sex for non-procreative purposes.