Tuesday Reads: Same as it ever was

Good Morning!

Temple and DinahDid you enjoy your long weekend?  The cats and I have been getting Temple acclimated to City life and the rule of Miles.  Temple is an extremely bright and friendly dog!   She’s been charming the neighborhood too. It’s fun to see all these recent transplants see the basic Louisiana dog for the first time.  The Catahoula leopard dog really has the most beautiful coat you’ve ever seen and it comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  I was surprised to learn that it was the first true North America Dog Breed.  Temple is a Silver Leopard Catahoula cur with a mix of something that’s not clear. She’s a little on the small side which is fine by me.

Speaking of Louisiana Curs, the administration of La Tech decided to “honor” Phil “marry a teenage girl so she’ll pluck your ducks for ya” Robertson in a really sneaky last minute ploy to avoid bad publicity and responses.  I can only assume they’re trying to get his money.  Still, the local GLBT student body association and some professors walked out in protest.

 On Friday afternoon, a group of Louisiana Tech students involved in Prism, the organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their allies on campus, were alerted to the fact that the university would honor Phil Robertson from the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty at the commencement ceremony held on Saturday.

Students only found out about Robertson’s role in commencement from faculty members, who also found out about the award the day before the ceremony.

Only a few months ago, Robertson came under fire for anti-LGBT comments in his interview with GQ Magazine. As soon as they found out about the recognition of the reality TV star, Prism members and other students at LA Tech began organizing a social media action to let the university know they did not support the university’s actions.

Students, faculty, and people across the state posted Facebook statuses and tweeted at Louisiana Tech using the hashtag #NoHonorInBigotry to send a message to the university.

Hannah Ellsworth, President of Prism, said, “We wanted to make a statement displaying our disapproval of the honoring, and for several reasons, including the minimal time we were given to react, a social media campaign was the best way to do this. Faculty, staff, and students didn’t have any time to give input since no one new until the day before.”

The social media campaign accompanied a walk-out by several faculty members during the commencement ceremony.

Prism is a coalition member of Equality Louisiana (EQLA), a statewide coalition of over 30 LGBT and allied organizations. The student organization had the support of EQLA and other advocates.

I am surprised at the number of people who think that a university should just allow anybody to stand up and represent them as an “honored” alum no temple on bedmatter what they say because “free speech”.  I’m sure if Ol’ Phil had done a program knocking jeebus and white people those same people would be hollering about the hate and religious persecution they feel.

In Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana, an Indy car Track is worth more than a child with Down’s Syndrome.  Jindal shifted 4.5 million dollars in state funds from helping persons with disabilities to fund an Indy-style Race Track.  

Several budget changes made by the Senate Finance Committee Sunday has state senators scratching their heads, but one — the shifting of $4.5 million from helping persons with developmental disabilities to pay for development of an Indy-style race track — has raised concerns for a number of lawmakers.

Even some senators on the committee said Monday they believe that action could be overturned when House Bill 1 is debated by the full Senate, even though Gov. Bobby Jindal promised the developer the state would supply the money.

How on earth could that happen?

The Louisiana Legislature is poised to take $4 million of your tax dollars away from supporting disabled Louisianians in order to give it to a corporate indycar event at a private racetrack owned by a multi-millionaire. That is not spin:

We’re taking money away from the disabled community and giving it to motor sports?” Claitor asked during the committee meeting.

The answer to your question, Sen. Claitor, is yes,” said Sen. Jack Donahue, R-Mandeville, the committee’s chairman, in response.

Outrageous

After the meeting, Donahue said he was optimistic that more money could be found for services for people with disabilities as the budget advances through the legislative process. Money had to be put toward IndyCar, he said, because Jindal had promised $4.5 million in upgrades to NOLA Motorsports Parkin Avondale as part of the deal to lure the event to New Orleans.

NOLA Motorsports is owned by Laney Chouest, a multi-millionaire co-owner of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). He seems like a fine enough chap, one devoted to building a world class racetrack. Now, of course, he’s done it with his own fortune. Good for him. He even opened it to the public, so normal folks could go racing or go-karting around his prize.

But the idea that we need to pay for $4m in “track improvements” to “lure” a billion-dollar national racing league to New Orleans for a race almost no one cars about, INSTEAD of patching our meager budget for the disabled, is absolutely sick. Just because Jindal “promised” the billionaire owners he’d scoop some tax dollars up for them. Absolutely sick.

temple in bedIt’s really hard to know what to say to that isn’t it?

But, the more you think things will change for the better, the more it because clear that there are quite a few people that will not get with the program.  I may complain about Louisiana, but the one thing that I can say is it is never as bad here as it is in Mississippi.

The family of Eric Rivers, 20, filed a complaint against Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger, who is white, accusing him of striking Rivers at the market on May 8 in Canton, Miss.

“This is 2014, not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out, ‘Run, n—–, run,'” former Canton Mayor William Truly, now president of the Canton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Clarion-Ledger.

An apparent witness, Tammy Westbrook, told the newspaper Rivers was offering to help flea market vendors unload their goods when Weisenberger slapped him twice, then yelled “run, n—-, run” as he fled. Westbrook and her sister, a vendor at the flea market, recalled that they thought Weisenberger was a law enforcement officer because he was wearing a security guard’s uniform.

Weisenberger did not respond to the Clarion-Ledger’s requests for comment.

The local NAACP head told the newspaper that he plans to file further complaints against Weisenberger and expects a grand jury will eventually hear the case.

“No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred,” Truly said Friday in a news conference, as quoted by the Clarion-Ledger.

So, even though we are inching towards marriage equality and our first woman president, we still have to deal with the violence that comes with those temple 2men that think women should be available to them sexually at all times.

A California man allegedly fired his gun at three women Saturday morning who refused to have sex with him and his friends.

The women, estimated to be between about 18 and 19 years old, had gone to the home of three men late Friday night in the northern California town of Stockton, according to Stockton Police. After the men asked to have sex and the women refused, the men kicked the girls out, Stockton Police Department Public Information Officer Joseph Silva told ThinkProgress. When the women started to leave, multiple shots were fired, but none of the women were injured, Silva said. The women fled the area to a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, where they called police.

All three girls corroborated the story, according to Silva. The security guard in the building also heard the shots and called the police independently. Silva said eight shell casings were found at the crime scene, but the men cannot be found. He does not know whether the gun was possessed legally.

The suspected gunman is Keith Binder, 21. But police have not yet arrested or charged him, saying the case is still under investigation and Binder has not been located. Two other men were at the scene, but police only know their nicknames: “Little D” and “Little Eggy.”

The incident occurred around 1:45 a.m. Saturday morning — just hours after Elliot Rodger took took seven lives in Santa Barbara, Calfornia, over what he described as retribution for women’s lack of sexual interest in him.

We’ve talked a lot bout rape culture and misogyny.  We read these stories that are so shocking!   I wish society spent as much time teaching our straight young men not to rape women as us mothers of girls spend teaching our daughters to avoid being the victims of rape, sexual harassment, and  battery. Men in our society and nearly all societies get the idea that women are available to them at all times in any way they desire and they are in no way at fault for anything that happens.  As a matter of fact, even our media makes up excuses for them.

Just as past school shootings in America, the media has reacted by isolating the event as a monstrous and heinous act with no precedent. Rather than seeing Elliot Rodger as a product of society, the media has depicted him as a bloodthirsty madman, a mere glitch in the system. And yet the facts show a very different story.

What happened in Santa Barbara is nothing less than a hate crime, and yet mainstream news outlets are distilling the issue to “mental illness” and “premeditated mass murder.” Although we should be shocked by Elliot Rodger’s actions, we should not be surprised. In fact, most school shootings share chillingly similar characteristics. It’s time we stop treating these incidents as anomalies and start recognizing the deep societal issues at play.

The thing that makes me the most mad is the folks that claim that when the GLBT community or women or minorities stand up to say this is not just “boys being boys” or religious people whose rights to believe whatever should be respected or “just” another mentally ill person they are being intolerant.  It trivializes and mischaracterizes every one’s concerns and further enables these outrageous examples of entitlement and privilege. Besides, why tolerate bigotry and bullies?

So, some times it just seems that it is and will be the same as it ever was.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


42 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Same as it ever was”

  1. Sweet Sue says:

    A darling dog. I hope you all will be very happy for a long time.

  2. Fannie says:

    Temple is a cutie. Glad she is out and about in the neighborhood. Wiki says her breed suffers from hip dysplasia. I have had many labs that when they aged had the same problem.

    I hope women cut off relationship that aren’t good for their health. Men need to look at their own attitudes, and stop trying to control women. They need to look at their emotional and verbal abuse that lead to the violence against women.

  3. I have been so over-saturated with the disgusting misogynistic entitled comments of late…it is getting to me big time.

  4. NW Luna says:

    I love that brindled mottled coat! and what a sweet-looking dog. Hope she and the kits get along well, and in the meantime the cats can hang out on the high places.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Interesting article about the difference in the way Rodger’s misogyny is being treated by the media vs. the coverage of the man in PA who killed women in an aerobic class.

    In covering Elliot Rodger, writers aren’t shy about blaming misogyny and the groups that perpetuate it

    This time more writers are acknowledging that these are hate crimes and the Men’s Rights Movement and the pick up community bear some responsibility.

  6. RalphB says:

    tpm: Watch Gun Rights Activists Get Kicked Out Of Chili’s And Sonic

    This is the kind of thing gun rights activists in Texas apparently don’t want to see anymore. A pair of videos uploaded to YouTube earlier this month show groups of people with semiautomatic rifles being refused service at Chili’s and Sonic locations.

    The videos, which were posted by the San Antonio, Texas chapter of Open Carry Texas (OCT), have since been taken down from public view. But Mother Jones obtained copies, and published them on Tuesday.

    I think this is a small positive development.

    • RalphB says:

      This is one reason I love women. The gun-loving posse visits a Chili’s restaurant, and is confronted by a woman, who calls them “Texas retards.”

      “There’s children here,” she says as she makes a video of each of their faces. “And you’re a dumbass.”

    • RalphB says:

      That seems ominous. Wonder what this means? Maybe unsubstantiated sightings?

      Despite reported sightings of the girls by the public, both are still being considered missing by police.

  7. dakinikat says:

    http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/true-detective-season-2-cast-three-leads-california-setting-1201193624/

    In a recent interview with public radio program “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” Pizzolatto revealed that in the new season’s current form, “we’re working with three leads. It takes place in California — not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser known venues of California — and we’re going to try to capture a certain psychosphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.”

    He added, “The characters are all new, but I’m deeply in love with each of them. We’ve got the entire series broken out with a couple of scripts, and we’ll probably start casting in earnest in the coming months.”

  8. RalphB says:

    Raw Story: 3 shot and killed at oceanfront hotel in Myrtle Beach

    Three people were killed and a fourth wounded in a shooting at a oceanfront hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Southeast, police said on Sunday.

    Officers responded to a call of shots fired at the Bermuda Sands resort on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk around 11 p.m. EDT on Saturday, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

    Two men and one woman were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition, he said. …

    Nice start to a tourist packed summer.

  9. dakinikat says:

    This Indiana judge is running unopposed…
    He told the victim that she should ‘forgive’ her rapist… SMDH http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/indiana-judge-under-fire-after-giving-no-jail-time-rapist-n115216

  10. RalphB says:

    FTC pushes Congress for law allowing consumers to opt out of commercial data mining

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Companies known as data brokers collect and sell information about “nearly all” U.S. consumers, drawing potentially harmful conclusions about them largely without their knowledge, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday.

    The Federal Trade Commission called on Congress to pass legislation that would enable consumers to learn more easily how data brokers collect, use and sell their data, to correct it or to opt out of the process, especially when it comes to sensitive information such as about their health status. …

    Big props to the FTC for trying to get this done!

  11. RalphB says:

    Now they’re really just phoning it in 😉 …

  12. RalphB says:

    bloomberg: American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015

    Common sense needs to prevail over the RMNJs and the NRA!

  13. RalphB says:

    Little travelogue. You don’t usually think of waterfalls in Australia but I’ve been to all of these except Wangi and they’re gorgeous.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    Campus Killings Set Off Anguished Conversation About the Treatment of Women

    There have been three rapes, including two gang rapes at UCSB in the past several months.

  15. bostonboomer says:
  16. RalphB says:

    Texas Tribune: Publisher Posts Details of Wendy Davis Memoir Online

    The soon-to-be published memoir from state Sen. Wendy Davis has a title and a cover.

    Davis, the Fort Worth Democratic senator who shot to national prominence after filibustering a Texas bill restricting abortion access, has titled her first book Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir, according to the publisher’s website.

    The memoir is scheduled to be released on Sept. 2 …

    From the primary runoff results today, the RWNJs will be out in force in Texas this cycle, Yuck!

  17. RalphB says:

    NY Daily News: Woman ‘devastated’ to be named by Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger as motivation for killing spree, dad says

    The little blond girl was 10 and he was 12 years old. Loony tunes.