Wednesday Reads: Lysol Disinfectant…Still “the girl he married”

offending_lysol4Good Morning

Oh, I am really trying to stay awake here, but just not making it work at all!  This sinus crap has its grip on me dammit. So…this is going to be a link dump…with a huge image gallery to boot!

It looks like there is some wingnut asshole planning a revolution? I guess you can call it that, I don’t know what else to call this shit: Operation American Spring promises to drive Obama from office this Friday

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Lysol AdOperation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

Yes, that is no mere coincidence that my first link of this morning’s news reads is about a douchebag… and all the images you will see on the thread today deal with douches. I am very literal when I feel like shit.

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests.

They also plan a sister event the same day in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups have gathered to support scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy in his dispute with the federal government.

Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.

Tea Party Nation promoted Operation American Spring last month in an email to its members from founder Judson Phillips, who hinted at a violent response from the federal government, and sent invitations in January to the protest.

“There is no way a militia with small arms can defeat the kind of arms the U.S. government can bring to bear on such a battle, but one has to admire the courage of those people who showed up to confront them,” Phillips said, comparing the protest to the American Revolution. “That’s quintessentially American!”

000kpcseGawd, can’t these assholes be arrested for treason or something? (I know that they can’t.)  You really need to read the rest of that Raw Story article, it is beyond belief…well, no it is not. We all know what these batshit crazy bastards are capable of…Case in point: Ron Paul fanboys think those Sandy Hook truthers are on to something, so hmmm…

After the post went about about the dick who stole the sign from Grace McDonnell playground and then called the girl’s mother to tell her her daughter never existed, I was alerted to a little somethin’ somethin’ at The Daily Paul.

What is the Daily Paul, you might rightly ask?  It’s just a hub for Ron Paul lovin’ and also ‘Peace … Gold …Love,’ just like Jesus and Ron Paul preached when they were talkin’ ’bout rEVOLution.  Over at the Daily Paul you can get your fill of guvmint being wrong stuff, sovereign citizen updates, and some truly sweet Ron Paul swag, ownership of which will come in handy if you wear it to your interview for an ambassadorship in Rand Paul Administration.

Providing, of course, President Rand doesn’t cut off wasteful communication with foreigners because they are not Americans.

And you can also find out that the whole Sandy Hook massacre thing that left 27 people dead seems a little hinky and is probably not true and here is just the guy to ‘splain it all to you from this man-castle in Florida.

Meet Wolfgang W. Halbig.

This dude is not your average douche of the truthers…he has credentials. The former law enforcement kind…and he has been “inside” the public school system…as the Raw Story article continues,

He’s worked in public education as a teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal of an alternative school and as the Director for School Safety and Security for the Seminole County Public Schools, a school district of approximately 65,000 students.”

He has also been a Florida State Trooper, which gives him law enforcement cred, because Florida is the crazy crime center of the universe.

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6a011168ca5559970c014e86b0b15c970d-800wiWhat set Wolfgang’s conspiracy gears ratcheting up into overdrive was a couple of Florida homicide detectives stopping by his home and telling him to quit sending harassing letters to Connecticut officials and school board members and even the Sandy Hook nurse who hid in a closet with some kids. You can read a few of his increasingly shrill letters here.

My favorite is to Sandy Hook Elementary nurse

To: Sally Cox <xxxx@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: SHS Parent Contact

I am a trainer for the US Justice Department COPS IN SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Are you a registered Nurse?

Why in the closet for four hours?

Why close your eyes when you have seen blood before you are a nurse?

Wolfgang W halbig

Seems like a reasonable request of a woman who was on-site when a crazy person strolled around and murdered twenty elementary children and six of her friends and colleagues. WHY SO QUIET LADY! WHAT ARE YOU HIDING!??!

6a011168ca5559970c014e89bc7cd1970dAnd lest you think that Halbig is just a lone crank in the wilderness, he set up an account at gofundme to raise money to complete his ‘investigation,’ because he needs the money to hire lawyers to depose employees of the school and the officials who investigated the massacre and, hey, maybe a few of those fake grieving parents.

Who wouldn’t want to relive those days to satisfy the curiosity of some guy who lives a thousand miles away?

Total raised so far: $20,370.00, with the page shared 1.5K times on Facebook.

What the fuck is it with these people?

423410746_715b406ed7They are so willing to donate money to the cause of shit like this, but will not consider a slight tax for assistance to feed hungry kids in their own states?

Go and read the whole article, I picked through it, there is more audacity to shake your head at…also Alex Jones.

Since I am on the douchebag crazy kick now: Tea Party Scores Wins in Tuesday primaries | Washington Watch | McClatchy DC

That should make you cringe.

What about this for a turn: Not Crazy Enough | BobCesca.com | News and Politics Blog and Podcast | We Cover the World

Why did Charleston Republicans censure South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham? Was he caught wearing diapers with a hooker?

No, of course not. Republicans don’t censure for that anyway. Lindsey Graham was censured for not being crazy enough.

37387729_0109ba28d2_o_edited-1The censure document against Graham included more than two dozen points, such as Graham supporting President Barack Obama’s nominees for the Supreme Court and also working with Democrats, according to the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina.

The vote to censure Graham was 39-32. It was conducted by secret ballot.

Graham is charged with committing the most unholy of sins; working with Democrats for a very brief moment before going back to bleating about Benghazi.

Seriously, I feel like we beat a dead horse here. It just amazes me, these right wingers are like the EverReady bunny…they never quit.

Now that it is prom season, Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn’t Lead Boys To ‘Think Impure Thoughts’ | ThinkProgress

The dress was not bad either, I have seen way worse:

clare-e1400003181333-638x711A 17-year-old high schooler from Virginia says she was kicked out of her prom because the parental chaperones were worried she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among the boys in attendance. Even though her dress adhered to the “fingertip length” dress code requirement, she was asked to leave.

Clare recounts her experience in a guest post on her sister’s blog. After Clare and her boyfriend bought tickets to the Richmond Homeschool Prom, she bought a new dress that she made sure was long enough according to the event’s “fingertip length” rule. But Clare is 5’9″, and even though the hem of her dress was within the guidelines, she says her long legs led some chaperones to assume she was breaking the dress code.

After Clare and her friends hung out a little bit on the dance floor — she writes that they weren’t even dancing, just “swaying with the music and talking and enjoying ourselves” — Clare was pulled away by one of the dance’s organizers, who told her that some of the fathers chaperoning the event had complained about her. They reportedly said that her dancing was too “provocative” and she was going to “cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts.”

When Clare protested that she wasn’t even doing anything, she was told that her dress was too short and she needed to leave. She says she demanded to speak with the woman who was in charge of the prom, but the other chaperones refused to let her.

article-0-14AA3A80000005DC-298_306x688“I was told that the way I dressed and moved my body was causing men to think inappropriately about me, implying that it is my responsibility to control other people’s thoughts and drives,” Clare writes in her blog post. “I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.”

The so-called “fingertip rule” is a common dress code requirement in public schools to monitor girls’ hemlines. But Clare isn’t the first student to complain that it doesn’t accurately reflect different body types. Last week, an eighth grader in California wrote a letter to the editor of the Merced Sun-Star arguing that it’s a bad way for schools to regulate shorts. “Some girls have longer arms, almost to their knees, and others have arms that end about quarter of the way down their thighs. How is enforcing this rule equal and fair if fingertip-length varies?” she pointed out.

douche37I love what she wrote about her ass…and about the men being part of the problem. Kudos to you Clare!

And one thing honey, your ass is nowhere near big babe!

In a surprising ruling: Texas judges halt execution over mental health appeal | Al Jazeera America

Go figure, I was certain that execution was a go for launch.

The US is on a special list, according to the UN: GENEVA: U.S. alone among Western countries on lack of paid maternity leave, UN finds | Now that, is not a surprise.

So, big news in underwater archeology:Exclusive: Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria – Archaeology – Science – The Independent

More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean, archaeological investigators think they may have discovered the vessel’s long-lost remains – lying at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. It’s likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries.

“All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said the leader of a recent reconnaissance expedition to the site, one of America’s top underwater archaeological investigators, Barry Clifford.

june-13-1941-lysol“The Haitian government has been extremely helpful – and we now need to continue working  with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck,” he said.

If that does not tickle your fancy, perhaps this will? Video: Dumbo octopus | Earth | EarthSky

If you have never thought of an octopus as being cute, here’s your chance.

This dumbo octopus was spotted during the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition and identified as the highlight of the cruise by many of the scientists and viewers alike.

Scientists say it displays a body posture that has never before been observed in a cirrate octopod (Cirrata is one of the two main divisions of octopuses.) And non-scientists say it displays a cuteness never before observed in an octopus!

And, if a dumbo swimming octopus doesn’t do it for ya, maybe this? Most detailed view yet of Milky Way’s magnetic fields | Science Wire | EarthSky

The Milky Way's magnetic field as seen by ESA's Planck telescope. Image redit: ESA and the Planck Collaboration

A new map of the entire sky offers a remarkably detailed picture of the magnetic fields that shape the Milky Way, including field lines that run parallel to the plane of the galaxy and great loops and whorls associated with nearby clouds of gas and dust.

Researchers created the map using data from the Planck Space Telescope, which since 2009 has charted the light from the universe shortly after the Big Bang known as the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

But Planck also observes light from much closer than the farthest reaches of time and space. With an instrument called the high frequency instrument (HFI), Planck detects light from microscopic dust particles within our galaxy. The density of the dust is incredibly low; a volume of space equal to a large sports stadium or arena would contain one grain.

But then, you may be the sentimental type, so something like twins being born holding hands is syrupy enough for you: These Rare Newborn “Mono Mono” Twins Held Hands Just After Birth

These Rare Newborn "Mono Mono" Twins Held Hands Just After Birth

Identical twins are rare, but monoamniotic identical twins, who share the same amniotic sac and placenta, are even more so—they make up just 1% of all twin pregnancies. That’s why everyone is so excited that a lucky Ohio mom gave birth Friday to a pair of “mono mono” twins who clutched each other’s hands as doctors held them up.

“They’re already best friends,” said Akron, Ohio, mom Sarah Thistlethwaite, 32.

offending_lysol3-2-e1389382456610Then again, nothing makes me feel feisty like reading about old people in wheelchairs and walkers kicking ass and taking names.

Silver Patrol: Crime-fighting seniors on the beat look out for one another | Al Jazeera America

ean Smoak, a 70-year-old great-grandmother, made her way across the parking lot of her senior housing complex on a recent Friday night with her cane in hand, looking out for drug dealers and prostitutes.

The dealers, she said, cruise down Black Rock Avenue from Park Avenue in their “fancy sports cars” and stop by the lot’s entrance, where they reach out their car windows and exchange drugs for cash.

Smoak, a retired health care worker, said she’s fed up. She’s been jotting down license plate numbers, which the leader of her senior crime watch group plans to pass along to police.

“When they come and do that, other dangerous things can happen,” she said of the dealers. “The person that is waiting for it can come and steal money from people coming into the building.”

Smoak has also been taking notes on the dates and times she sees prostitutes on the corner, suspecting that some stray from a nearby homeless shelter.

“They come out with their Daisy Dukes and short skirts and tights,” she said, “and they’re standing there like they’re talking to themselves and they wait for a car to drive by.”

Smoak is one of 10 members on the Silver Crime Patrol at the Eleanor, a 63-unit, low-income senior housing complex on Park Avenue on Bridgeport’s west end.

See, birth and old age…a cycle of life…if you will.  Pictures at the link, you won’t be disappointed.

On another fight, this one for life too: Henna Crowns Help Cancer Patients Bring Beauty to a Difficult Time

Henna Crowns Help Cancer Patients Bring Beauty to a Difficult Time

Henna Heals, which boasts 150 henna artists around the world, offers a substitute to the traditional hats, scarves, and wigs that many use (my mother swore by the entire line of Raquel Welch wigs when she lost her hair) to cover their heads. Artists create intricate temporary crowns on the bare head with homemade henna paste. The designs last for about two weeks and, according to the organization’s founder, Frances Darwin, are both empowering and healing:

This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.

Nice.

And finally, an explanation of the douche advertisements: Early contraceptive ads, for your viewing pleasure

.Early contraceptive ads, for your viewing pleasure…Lysol advertising in the 1920s and 30s – specifically, on the use of Lysol as a contraceptive douching agent. Needless to say, it didn’t work so well, and lots of women ended up with vaginal burns and lots of other medical problems from applying Lysol to their lady bits.Early contraceptive ads, for your viewing pleasure

 

 

 

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ETA: these are 4 of the 8 ads I looked at personally, from 1926-1934, but Lysol contraceptive advertising continued through the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

More vintage advertisements I found myself below, hope you enjoy them.

If you have any links you want to share please do, and….

Y’all have a “Lysol” clean day!


75 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Lysol Disinfectant…Still “the girl he married””

  1. bostonboomer says:

    OMG, I’ve never heard that “lysol” was for “feminine hygiene.” What about masculine hygiene? Is that ever needed?

    • bostonboomer says:

      Mother Jones: When Women Used Lysol as Birth Control

      [W]omen who couldn’t afford or gain access to medically administered birth control had to come up with their own strategies for staying baby free. Douching was cheap, accessible, and widely advertised as a feminine hygiene product; however, as Andrea Tone writes in the book Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America, it was also the most common form of birth control from 1940 until 1960—when the oral contraceptive pill arrived on the market.

      The most popular brand of douche was Lysol—an antiseptic soap whose pre-1953 formula contained cresol, a phenol compound reported in some cases to cause inflammation, burning, and even death. By 1911 doctors had recorded 193 Lysol poisonings and five deaths from uterine irrigation. Despite reports to the contrary, Lysol was aggressively marketed to women as safe and gentle. Once cresol was replaced with ortho-hydroxydiphenyl in the formula, Lysol was pushed as a germicide good for cleaning toilet bowls and treating ringworm, and Lehn & Fink’s, the company that made the disinfectant, continued to market it as safeguard for women’s “dainty feminine allure.”

      Douching may have been cheaper than condoms or diaphragms and available over the counter in most drugstores, but it didn’t work. In a 1933 study, Tone writes, nearly half of the 507 women who used douching as a birth control method ended up pregnant.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I remember when douching was thought to be a viable contraceptive method. I knew people who had their own special contraceptive mixes that they swore by. In those days some states outlawed the sale of condoms altogether and where you could buy them you had to get them from the pharmacist. They were literally behind the counter at the pharmacy like a prescription drug, they certainly weren’t given a place of prominence in the personal needs aisle like they are now. Also you had to be 21 to buy condoms and show proof of age. And then there was the issue that condoms weren’t nearly as effective as they are now and were prone to break. Now condoms and sexual performance gels are advertised on TV like breakfast food. I’ve even seen condom dispensers in the ladies room replacing the sanitary napkin machine. 🙂

        • bostonboomer says:

          I remember that too, but Lysol? It was dangerous as well as completely ineffective. Of course you could get diaphragms back in the ’40s, but you’d have to find a doctor to prescribe one.

          • ANonOMouse says:

            Yep. I never heard about Lysol being used either. And I don’t remember the advertising as feminine hygiene, but I’m old enough that I could remember it, It likely just went over my head. I do remember that Amway cleaning disinfectant was used but I don’t think it was advertised for that purpose. Women also used Amway disinfectant as a sitz bath for yeast infections. The funniest story I ever heard was a woman I worked with telling the story of sitting in a tub of water and Amway cleaning disinfectant to treat a yeast infection. She described her exit from the tub with her burning private parts as a rocket launch. I also remember carbonated beverages being used for contraception, but I don’t remember what or if they were used in combination with something else.

            I think remembering all this makes us old BB. 🙂

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Silly girl, vulvas really stink and everyone knows that schwetty balls are roses on a string.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    JJ, you accurately brought the message home: we are swimming in a pool of crazy!

    The loons have taken over the asylum leaving the rest of us to try and live with their dictates.

    Giving attention to anyone who questions the murders at Sandy Hook just shows how far down we have floated when true crazies are given a forum.

    And I have a feeling it is going to get worse.

    • RalphB says:

      You can say that again! It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

      • leefeller says:

        You know I maintain this crazy stuff is well groomed diversion by button issues to divide, smoke and mirrors directing attention from real issues.

        • RalphB says:

          I think it started that way but it got away from them somewhat and now the dumber followers actually but it all.

    • Oh yeah Pat, I know the point of the douche stuff should have been the birth control, but I had to connected to the douchebags that are fucking everything up for the rest of us.

  3. ANonOMouse says:

    You’re on fire today JJ.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I second that emotion!

    • Thanks Mouse…I really got pissed this afternoon when I read our local paper. Oh the bias, we have elections next Tuesday. I need to write about it when the paper puts up its pdf links.

      I have to give my puppy, Little Shitty a dip…yuk, he might have mange. Considering he is literbox trained and does not come into contact with other animals, I am guessing he got it from the groomers when he went a few weeks ago. Not looking forward to it one bit.

      But first we have to take the girl all the way to her eye doctor two counties over and pick up her glasses now. That is a long ass drive. See y’all later, much later.

  4. RalphB says:

    Raw Story: Poor Kentucky has no stomach for Obama, even if he backs programs they depend on

    A reminder of just how grotesquely ignorant and racist people can be in some places.

    • RalphB says:

      Jim Feltner’s days are empty. He is a poor man in the poorest county in the United States and lives off government aid.

      But the Kentucky resident has nothing but scorn for the head of that government, President Barack Obama, who has made the fight against economic inequality one of his battle cries.

      Feltner sits in a plastic chair outside his ramshackle mobile home, surrounded by rusty cars and car parts. He has no television.

      People around here, he says, are “just surviving, barely. I know, because I’m one of them.”

      A victim of two heart attacks, he lives off disability checks, and $105 a month in government food stamps.

      Feltner voted for a previous Democratic president, Bill Clinton, but now says: “I will vote for anybody against Obama.

      “I don’t care who runs against him, I’ll vote for him. I don’t care if it’s a Democrat, a Republican, an Indian, a Pakistani — even a Frenchman!”

    • leefeller says:

      Now, I have to fourth it?

  5. Fannie says:

    It just gets whacker and whacker. Operation American Spring is a freakin’ sick joke. I mean why not Thursday, Saturday, today. Why Friday? I am sure they are listed as a hate group by the SPLC. Col. Riley says he wants it to be peaceful, then on the other hand they will be coming fully armed. The sister site will be going to be Bunkerville, Nevada (yeah put the sisters on the frontline, and fire away). I hope the FBI, and US Army will be there to greet them. This is suppose to be their come to the constitution and jesus moment, right. The tribunal will consist of those with principles of “West, Cruz, Lee, Demint, Paul, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan, Issa, and more freakin whackesr than you ever seen in one place. What a sick joke. This being the same group that said millions of truckers would show up in DC last August, and total to 30 trucks showed up. They are expecting 10 to 30 million people, if that’s the case, their advertising is piss ass poor. Our country does not deserve such hate. How sick can they be?

  6. bostonboomer says:

    The corporate media is finally reporting as an “exclusive” the name and history of the FBI agent who shot Ibragim Todashev. The names of the agent and the MA state troopers who were with him were first revealed by the “The Boston Marathon Bombings: What Happened?” blog on May 5. I wrote about it here on May 6.

    Globe reporter Maria Sacchetti deserved credit for belatedly reporting the story and naming names, but all she did was follow the instructions provided by blogger B. Blake.

  7. RalphB says:

    Audit finds New Orleans appears safer because police misreport half of rapes as lesser crimes

    An audit released this week by the New Orleans inspector general found that nearly half of the rape cases studied had been incorrectly classified as lesser crimes, making the city appear to be safer than it actually was.

    New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux told WWLTV that his auditors reviewed 90 cases, and found that 41 of those cases had been misclassified, and not reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

    Quatrevaux’s biggest concern was that the New Orleans Police Department automatically classified potential sexual assaults as a “miscellaneous incident” or “Signal 21X.”

    The audit found that the practice “effectively shut down investigations for a significant proportion of possible sex crimes.” …

    This effectively decriminalizes rape since investigations are stopped.

  8. leefeller says:

    Impure thoughts in Virginia? Geez I would ask the thoughtless how they acquire those impure thoughts, me thinks those impure thoughts came directly from someplace, but not necessarily a higher one if it even exists. Actually I remember once I was asked to leave a bar in Okinawa for having impure thoughts. It taught me a lesson, so I gave them up.

  9. leefeller says:

    Sexism was so different in the old days…what seems apparent is the conservatives want to bring back the old days.

    • RalphB says:

      Fantastic cat!

    • dakinikat says:

      When we first got married we inherited a cat from a neighborhood boy. We switched his name from Smart to TIgger. He was just a big ol alley cat and gray tiger stripped. We were in university in Lincoln and we would go up to Omaha and stay with one set of parents or the other frequently and would take Tigger along. My little sister in law’s dog was a medium size goofy terrier named Taro. One day, I was sitting on the sofa and Taro came running into the living room with his tail between his legs like a bolt of black lightening. He dashed behind a big chair and was followed by Tigger hissing and spitting and all fluffed up, running on his tippy toes. Taro had been playing roughly with my ex and Tigger figured he was under attack and took on the dog for him. I never laughed so hard in my life.

      • RalphB says:

        When my daughter was little, she rescued a kitten and when we took it for a check up and shots, the vet told us he was a siamese and bobcat mix, which I imagine is rare. He grew to be a quite large house cat and was the best I’ve ever had. I watched him and a german shephard get into a fight in my front yard which was over in maybe 2 seconds with the dog howling in pain and running away as fast as it could go. Cat wasn’t even ruffled.

  10. dakinikat says:

    This is a sad story about what is probably the first US example of ecological refugees of climate change and what the oil industry has done to our country’s ecology.

    http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/tribal_chief_on_isle_de_jean_c.html

  11. dakinikat says:

    Washington Post ‏@washingtonpost 44s
    We’re on the brink of a majority of gay Americans being able to marry http://wapo.st/1oPFwFl

  12. dakinikat says:

    This is a good reason why I hate Nebraska and never want to go there again:

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/05/14/3437587/nebraska-sasse-absolute-religious-liberty/

    “[O]ur right to the free exercise of religion is co-equal to our right to life,” according to the campaign website of Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who won his party’s nomination to the United States Senate on Tuesday. Nebraska is a solid red state that preferred Romney to Obama by a massive 21 point margin in 2012, so Sasse is now all but certain to succeed retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R) this November. If he does, Sasse promises to promote an almost anarchistic vision of religious liberty as a member of the Senate. According to Sasse’s website, “[g]overnment cannot force citizens to violate their religious beliefs under any circumstances.”

    This basically would have kept slavery legal.

  13. dakinikat says:

    Robert Reich: How the Right is Literally Killing Women
    The maternal death rate is growing. That is just wrong

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-how-right-literally-killing-women

  14. dakinikat says:

    Did This School Cover Up Sexual Assault Because The Perpetrators Were Related To Board Members?

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/05/09/3436066/west-virginia-rape-school-coverup/

    • RalphB says:

      I read about that the other day and the answer is almost surely yes, they did exactly that! This should lead to a huge lawsuit against everyone involved and the district in general.

      • RalphB says:

        If it were up to me, it would also lead to obstruction of justice charges against the people who covered it up.

  15. RalphB says:

    The scheduled execution was stayed …

  16. RalphB says:

  17. RalphB says:

    Arkansas Times: The potential First Man rises to Hillary’s defense

    Bill Clinton. Force of nature. Master explainer of the complicated. Great with a sound bite. Like today, when he was asked at the 2014 Pederson Fiscal Summit about Karl Rove’s effort — aided by Fox News — to plant the baseless notion that Hillary Clinton suffered brain damage in a 2012 fall.

    “First they said she faked her concussion and now they say she is auditioning for her part on the Walking Dead,” Clinton told PBS’s Gwen Ifill. “If she does, I must be in really tough shape because she is still quicker than I am.”

    Clinton said he was “dumbfounded” by Rove’s comments, which even many Republicans criticized, but that the GOP would surely continue to raise questions about her age.

    “They’ll get better at it,” Clinton said. “I’m still waiting for them to admit there was nothing to Whitewater,” he added.

    Defense as it should be done!

    • Fannie says:

      That was a good comeback from Big Dawg. We have watched Karl Rove for many years now, the man was made from dirty tricks, hence his long career in Texas and DC spreading the disease of falsehood. This is the man that created the misinformation machine, who has gone after liberals since his brain got sick back during the Nixon years. All he has left is a dollar size pancake for a brain. Les we forget, Karl Rove was the War President’s Pet Goat. All he wanted was to focus on war, and that is exactly what our Country did, until somebody finally began to question 9/11, and all the shit about you are either with us or against us.
      It wasn’t like Clinton who gave us a surplus, and did what was best for Americans. Bush and Rove’s agenda was all about destroying our country……..all for themselves and not for we the people. Like many conservatives, he has a blind hatred for women, and thinks the GOP is a shure win with all his lies.

    • NW Luna says:

      Another good thing about Hillary in ’16! Bill on the stump again!

  18. dakinikat says:

    Major US cities including Boston, NY and San Francisco after 12 feet of sea level rise.

    http://www.climatecentral.org/news/u.s.-cities-under-12-feet-of-sea-level-rise-17436

  19. dakinikat says:

    Christian Lobbyist wants US government to fine athletic teams who hire openly gay athletes and btw, he was on the DC Madam List.

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/christian-lobbyist-launches-boycott-of-st-louis-rams-visa-for-hiring-michael-sam/discrimination/2014/05/14/87388

  20. Fannie says:

    Damn it’s only May, and the Jerry Brown has declared state of emergency for the Wildfires burning in San Diego. Many homes have burned, San Marcos college campus and Camp Pendleton evacuated, hundreds forced out of their homes. Here’s some photos:

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Wildfire-burns-homes-in-San-Diego-County-5476345.php