Sunday Reads: It’s Nightmare on #DISH Network

enhanced-buzz-4452-1369640571-2Good Morning

It is all I can do to get myself out of bed lately, sleep is the thing that seems to hold me down. This is worse than usual. Yesterday Boston Boomer titled her post Extra Lazy…no way.

But the inability to lift my fat ass from the mattress of late does not owe itself to “laziness” or the fact that I am still recovering from one of the worst bouts of bronchitis…it is due to DISH induced depression.

Yes! That is it! That has to be the only explanation, because I cannot tell you just how upsetting this whole TCM blackout has been for me. This week alone I’ve missed The Innocents, The Woman in White (which is the one that hurts the most) and tonight’s Diabolique .

The thought of this ongoing DISH disaster really does have me screaming in agony and disgust…that is, when I am not in bed sulking.

So, any lawyers out there? Tell me. Can I sue Dish for causing my depression to become overwhelming and my general mental health to deteriorate?  Fuckitall.

Today’s post is the way it is…not because of laziness. Nope.

0a866403f2526e97c6c56ac0242215a4It is the way it is because of lack of giving a shit about anything else, because the Basturds at Dish Network have made it impossible for me to think about anything but Eleanor Parker appearing in the shadows as a ghostly figure dressed in white.

So, the links are out-of-order and all over the place. The images are varied and generally photos from Hollywood Horror flicks…with a few behind the scenes shots.

All that being said, here we go:

Therapists Missed Adam Lanza’s Rage As A Teenager

Really? You think?

The extent of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza’s growing rage, isolation and delusions when he was a teenager were apparently overlooked by his mother, psychiatrists and counselors, according to a report expected to be issued next month.

eee254ee58f045eff0a1c7daf78e546bThe report found that Lanza, who gunned down 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago, did not have to become a violent adult, Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, said on Friday.

Say that again…

It says better screening and evaluation might have helped detect earlier the 20-year-old’s potential for violence.

We’ll definitely talk more about that later on next month…

For a quick infographic: The Most Popular Words Used In Classic Books (INFOGRAPHIC)

Personally, I would have edited the thing to get rid of the little words, but I guess that is the whole point.

Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass has a reputation for championing the individual (“I am large, I contain multitudes”), so it’s surprising that the most frequently used word in the poem — “all” — applies to the collective or universal.

A word cloud generated on WordItOut.com shows that “one,” “body,” “old,” “new” and “man” — words more adherent to the 98ab01d38beed8fffe6ca5a946ec01a4contemporary conception of Whitman — are also among his favorites. The unexpected appearance of “all” reveals the less readily clear heart of the poem: that all individuals are connected by their primal, natural desires, and that upholding the importance of the individual simultaneously romanticizes the universal.

In a way, the visualization of Whitman’s language can serve as a map to understanding the underlying emotions his work is meant to evoke. “All” is a nexus around which more specific details (“sea,” “land,” “war,” “words,” “woman”) float.

Hey, look here…there may be a chance: HUFFPOLLSTER: New Polling Gives Michelle Nunn An Edge In Georgia

In other happy news: Government recognizes same sex marriages in six new states | MSNBC

The federal government will now recognize marriages between same-sex couples in six more states, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday.

Same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming will now qualify for Social Security benefits and other types of social insurance typically reserved for married couples.

1c7eef9921a262617c92e6a298826dc8“With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans,” said Holder in a Justice Department statement.

“We are acting as quickly as possible with agencies throughout the government to ensure that same-sex married couples in these states receive the fullest array of benefits allowable under federal law.” he added.

That graphic is interactive so go check it out.

Hillary…in North Carolina: Clinton: ‘Protect women’s rights’ | TheHill

“The fact that women in North Carolina still get paid less than men for the same work costs those women and their families thousands of dollars every year. Imagine what a working mom could do with the money she is owed, the better home she could rent or even buy?” she said. “This is not just a women’s issue, this is a family issue, a fairness issue.”

[..]

“Women’s rights are the canary in the mine. If you don’t protect women’s rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost,” she said. “You have to ask yourself, do you want a senator who will always defend a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and won’t ever shame or judge a woman for decisions that are complex and deeply personal, or do you want a senator who will push so-called ‘personhood’ laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control and ban abortions even in cases of rape or incest?”Psycho (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Shown: Janet Leigh (as Marion Crane)

I took out the usual snarky shitass commentary.

Over in Arizona: Arizona Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Birth Control : US News : Latin Post

On Monday, Oct. 20, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 to endorse the Arizona House Bill 2625, which would allow Arizona employers to repudiate health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious affirmations.

This would give Arizona businesses license to request that female personnel being prescribed birth control pills verify they’re using them for intentions that are non-sexual or non-reproductive, such as acne treatment or hormone control.

91b76f15ca68dbd68da13ce02f09aaae“I believe we live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” said Majority Whip Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, who penned the bill. Lesko also stated that said bill corresponds with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was endorsed March 2010. “So, government should not be telling the organizations or mom and pop employers to do something against their moral beliefs.”

However, many people, like Planned Parenthood Arizona President Bryan Howard, say the Arizona House Bill 2625 would intrude on women’s rights in regards to preserving the confidentiality of their medical records. Howard also noted that zero grievances have been filed by insurance companies since 2002 when Arizona passed the Contraceptive Equity Law, which barred religious establishments from refusing its personnel contraceptives for non-sexual or non-reproductive reasons.

ce7a6bebf978a5b2d1c760e067b7c1f5And in Tennessee: Abortion Capital of Bible Belt? Tennessee Vote Tests That Idea – NYTimes.com

…abortion opponents here who believe that Tennessee has for too long been a Bible Belt outlier due to a State Supreme Court decision in 2000 that ruled that the state’s constitutional guarantee of a right to privacy includes the right to an abortion. Over the years, the ruling has served as a partial bulwark against the wave of abortion restrictions that have swept other conservatives states.

Now, anti-abortion forces are trying to change that at the ballot box by passing Amendment 1, which states that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution “secures or protects” a right to abortion.

Two other states, Colorado and North Dakota, are also trying to restrict abortion this Election Day with so called “personhood” ballot measures, which would extend extra rights and protections to the unborn. Colorado has previously voted twice against versions of the measure.

c15c87f0dc9552fc67cc794dc9a07855Here in Tennessee the ballot fight has taken center stage this political season, and abortion opponents are buoyed by the Democratic Party’s comically poor chances of recapturing the governor’s mansion. The party’s challenger to incumbent Bill Haslam, a Republican, is Charles V. Brown, a retired construction worker and political neophyte best known for his suggestion that Mr. Haslam be strapped to an electric chair.

“When there’s no real candidate to vote for, it’s hard,” said Rebecca Terrell, the executive director of Choices, a clinic in Memphis that offers abortions, in acknowledging that abortion rights forces face a hard time getting out the liberal vote.

That is beyond pathetic.

But you know…Get Real: Planned Parenthood’s sex ed is better than abstinence-only programs at getting kids to abstain.

3c678611f641a840bb2414f71d408ab4Yep: Proof That Comprehensive Sex Ed Classes Actually Help Kids Put Off Having Sex | ThinkProgress

But not that it will make any difference. Right? Supreme Court and circuit court rulings on voter ID and abortion: Poor and powerless don’t count.

The Supreme Court of the John Roberts era gets one thing very right: It’s one of the most free-speech-protective courts in modern history. There is no purveyor of semi-pornographic crush videos, no maker of rape-aspiring violent video games, no homophobic funeral protester, no anti-abortion clinic counselor, and no filthy-rich campaign contribution–seeker whose rights and privileges will not be treated by the court with the utmost reverence and solicitude.

d4347171725e080fda4e85642cc841f8This is important and vital, and one doesn’t want to slag the court for the boundless attention and care it lavishes upon the most obnoxious speakers in America. After all, the First Amendment is kind of the constitutional gateway drug, the portal to the rest of the Bill of Rights. And without securing meaningful protection for the rights to speak, assemble, worship, and publish, so many of our other rights might be illusory. Great. Stipulated.

That makes it extra weird whenever the assorted (lets call them largely “conservative”) justices of the Roberts court, and judges on lower courts across the land, turn their attention to the protection of other rights—equally crucial but perhaps less sexy—like, say, the right to vote or to obtain an abortion. That’s when the nameless, faceless rights seekers all blur into oblivion, a great unwashed mass of undifferentiated shadow people. And that is when some judges find it all too simple to bat these rights away with a stroke of the pen.

In the past few weeks, it’s been astonishing to contrast the regard afforded to individual speech rights with the cavalier dismissal of other, equally precious hallmarks of democracy.

 

5ae7ac721e9607560b0d52adfa59d29fOh yeah, sing it sister. You go and read the rest of Dahlia Lithwick’s article at the link.

One thing is certain…it all stinks like shit…or something else? Scientists say Rosetta’s comet stinks — literally – LA Times

Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland say that if you could take a whiff of the cloud of gas surrounding the icy nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko you would smell a pungent mix of hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs); ammonia (horse stable); and formaldehyde.

There would also be a hint of the smell when a match is struck (sulfur dioxide) and a whiff of alcohol (methanol). Carbon disulfide would add just a touch of sweetness, the scientists say.

Rotten eggs and horse piss.

What does not smell like bullshit is these chicks who are speaking up for women’s right to choose abortion: Meet 5 kick-ass women advocating for abortion rights

edd55713aae96df4fe4c73c492b15e1eThere are a few interesting flicks coming out or already playing that have women behind the camera…or writing the checks.(I told you this post was going to be all over the place.) Weekly Update for October 24: Women Centric, Directed and | Women and Hollywood

And for those with an art history bent: Classical trends in Byzantine and Western Art in the 13th and 14th centuries Medievalist.net

Oh yeah…check this out: Vatican’s manuscripts digital archive now available online

Then again, if you want to look at one book which tracks our human history, look no further than a dictionary: New Statesman | The joy of dictionaries

Y0fa68566d1fa5bec39f7057cb0631801ou could write a history of the world just by looking at the words that got into the dictionary, and disappeared from it. You would of course have your great scientific advances: oxygen, aeroplane, penicillin, and boob job. But politics would play its part, for it was the world of politics that gave us Cold War, glasnost, ayatollah and suicide bomber. New habits make themselves known through phrases like sofa-surfing and texting. And art and music can be seen with the arrival of impressionism, ragtime, heavy metal, hip-hop, and emo. New social types arrive. Before the 1980s there was no such thing as a Sloane Ranger or a yuppie (from “Young Urban Professional”). And the 1990s gave us Britpop and ethnic cleansing.

Sometimes these words merely involve a new label applied to something that already exists. The teenager was never heard of before 1942. This doesn’t mean that the ages thirteen to nineteen didn’t exist before then. It was merely that they weren’t considered that important. You were a child and then you were a young man or woman. You played with toys, then you put those toys away and got yourself a job. The teenage phenomenon could only start when the teenagers were separated out by language. They were given a name and with it they were given an identity and very soon they were able to listen to teenage music, dress in teenage fashions, and do teenage things like dancing and sulking.

More at the link.

Those of you in LA, hopefully you can see this show: Over 800 Living Folk Artists Come Together For Massive Iboamerican Exhibition

I love this: Stephen Hawking’s First-Ever Facebook Post: ‘I Know I Will Forever Be’ | Mediaite

 

Open Thread – Old White People Complaining About Halloween? | Crooks and Liars

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Blue gal makes a point at that link.

 

Another interactive infographic at this link: WHO: global Ebola cases now exceed 10,000 | Ars Technica

Oh, and something more on Ebola: Ebola’s evolutionary roots more ancient than previously thought — ScienceDaily

01a57881b49e0972f77b0099072b3972Sticking with history…and cinema (of sorts.) The tragic genius of Alan Turing and The Imitation Game | Stephen Liddell

If you’re not familiar with the name Alan Turing, the chances are that you soon will be with the release of the new film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the starring role.   Alan Turing holds a unique place in history as being someone who not only one of the greatest minds in history who helped save his country and the free world in WW2 but one whose personal life was mired in secrecy which led to a terrible end for him and a shame to his country and a loss to the world.

The tide is turning it seems: The Shifting Politics of Cuba Policy – NYTimes.com

af5decd822bdb0952170db519b53f093There was a time, not too long ago, when any mainstream politician running for statewide or national office in Florida had to rattle off fiery rhetoric against the Cuban government and declare unquestioning faith that the embargo on the island would one day force the Castros from power.

For generations, among Cuban-Americans, once a largely monolithic voting bloc, the embargo was a symbol of defiance in exile — more gospel than policy.

That has changed dramatically in recent years as younger members of the diaspora have staked out views that are increasingly in favor of deepening engagement with the island. Cuba still looms large in Florida politics, and to an extent nationally. But it is far from the clear-cut issue it once was.

Yesterday, I saw this The View From Your Window « The Dish and thought…damn that looks familiar. Turns out it was taken just a spit away from Banjoville:

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Blue Ridge, Georgia, 12.22 pm

Look carefully. You may see some NRA card carrying Republicans stalking a deer in the underbrush.

2dfdbed2c0864b47a6337efc7cf27641This is a terrible story out of Gary, Indiana and it is not about the serial killer:  Indiana man shoots and kills 13-year-old neighbor for laughing at him

A Gary, Indiana man shot and killed a 13-year-old neighbor boy for laughing at him on Friday night.

According to the Gary Post-Tribune, police have not released the shooter’s name, but said that he shot Kobe Jones, 13, nine times. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m. on Friday by the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak told the Post-Tribune that the gunman’s home was broken into and robbed some time on Friday afternoon. The man arrived home around 5:00 p.m. and discovered the robbery and flew into a rage.

As he was having a noisy tantrum in his back yard, a crowd of neighborhood residents gathered. Jones made the mistake of laughing at his neighbor’s histrionics, which drove the man to even greater heights of rage.

a021240d11c2215d25f08e0d1730a949He produced a gun and shot Jones nine times, killing him. The shooter and his girlfriend fled the scene in a car, but returned at around 7:00 p.m. and surrendered to police.

They are both currently being held at Gary City Jail. Charges are reportedly pending.

In world news:

Afghan Mullah Who Raped Girl in His Mosque Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence – NYTimes.com

Putin accuses United States of damaging world order | Reuters

Australian Researchers build reversible tractor beam that moves objects 100 times farther than other efforts

In out of this world news:

93db2603eb0d572362eee41e072b9b14Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner’s World Record – NYTimes.com

Y’all see the shit going on in Reality TV land?

More ‘Sons of Guns’ stars arrested: Pro-gun reality TV family charged with child abuse

This comes after: ‘Sons of Guns’ reality show star Will Hayden arrested for rape of 11-year-old child and his own daughter when she was 12 years old.

But the big story this weekend is: Mama June — Dating Man Who Molested Her Relative | TMZ.com

53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child — forcing oral sex. June was dating McDaniel at the same time he molested the child.

[…]

d96497d0dca3851e5c587e733d7592c8McDaniel served 10 years and was released this past March. He is now a registered sex offender in the state of Georgia.

The show has since been cancelled. Turns out the 8-year-old was that shitass Mama June bitch’s little girl…

‘Honey Boo Boo’ shocker: Mama June’s daughter Anna says she was victim of mother’s child-molester boyfriend: report  – NY Daily News

In the wake of the cancellation news, June took to Facebook on Friday to deny the reports that she is romantically involved with the registered sex offender.

“The statement of me dating a sex offender is untrue,” she said to the camera in what she described as a “truth video.”

“I would not ever ever put my kids in danger I love my kids too much,” she continued. That is my past. I have not seen that person in 10 years.”

7ca93c3a52a8e5b302a98f68d85a1d7dDespite her denials, new photos of June and McDaniel continue to emerge. TMZ published pictures of the two house-hunting in Georgia on Saturday, including one photo of the two appearing to hold hands. The site reports that the photos were taken last month.

Now the reason I post all this Boo Boo Reality crap is so that this next link makes sense:

TLC Producer Wants List Of 100 Fucked-Up Families On Desk By End Of Day | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Saying that he didn’t “give two shits” if they had to knock on the door of every trailer and halfway house in the country, TLC producer and programming director Mark Livingston reportedly told his staffers Friday that he expects to see a list of at least 100 fucked-up families on his desk by the end of the workday. “We’re up shit creek right now, so I need each one of you assholes rooting through every gutter in the goddamn Ozarks to find me a household of inbreds, addicts, or fat-as-fuck morons that we can put in primetime,” a visibly aggravated Livingston said to his staff following the cancellation of the network’s popular Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, stressing that the new families had better be “borderline brain-dead” and “messed up as all fuck.” “If they have 20 dipshit kids, that’s great. If they only have one greasy dimwit kid who can barely string a sentence together, that’ll work too. Hell, you get me some snarl-toothed family of backwoods idiots who all call their dad Papa Pig or some shit like that, and I’ll sign them immediately. Just find me some family of sewer people I can throw in front of the goddamn camera, got it?” At press time, Livingston was angrily telling his staffers that they could all find a new job wiping asses at the Disney Channel if they brought him one more suggestion for a morbidly obese teen mother.bfb36ce4eb1f47fa5cd0a83e333bfec2

Just a few more links.

Did anyone notice:

Frank Mankiewicz, Press Secretary To Sen. Robert F. Kennedy And President Of NPR, Dead At 90

Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday. He was 90.

Mankiewicz died of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, said a family friend, journalist Adam Clymer.

Mankiewicz was a longtime Democratic political operative as well as a lawyer, journalist and author. McGovern once recalled his former campaign aide as a perceptive, straightforward political adviser.

b4a7217f5f44e748686cdd99bd79e76d“I never got any bad advice from Frank,” said McGovern, a senator from South Dakota who was the Democratic nominee for president in 1972. “I found him just fascinating to travel with during the campaign. I picked up a lot of perspective, a lot of insights and a lot of humor from Frank.”

The son and nephew of Hollywood filmmakers, Mankiewicz studied journalism and law. He worked for newspapers in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles before assuming the role of President John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps director in Lima, Peru, in 1962 and later was a regional director in Washington. In 1966, he became press secretary to Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-N.Y., who was assassinated two years later while campaigning for the party’s presidential nomination.

97c1959d5d783f26177a7085923cba96In June 1968, Kennedy had just won the California primary and finished his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Mankiewicz left the entourage for a moment to help the candidate’s wife, Ethel, step off a platform.

“She was at the time three months pregnant, although I don’t think anybody knew it, except the inside group,” Mankiewicz recalled on the 30th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. “We helped her down. And then she said, ‘Go on,’ and we started to move off quickly to catch up. And that’s when we heard the shots.”

Frank Mankiewicz, 90, Press Aide to Robert Kennedy and NPR Chief, Dies – NYTimes.com

A scion of Hollywood, the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote “Citizen Kane,” and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed “All About Eve,” Mr. Mankiewicz grew up with an Algonquin West round table in his Beverly Hills home, regaled by movie stars and famous writers.

He05fcaa7e290583164010c03f0acf5454 became a journalist and lawyer and, inspired by the Kennedys, went to Washington at the dawn of the New Frontier and took an executive position at the Peace Corps, full of idealistic hopes. What he encountered were assassinations, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandals.

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Frank Fabian Mankiewicz was born in Manhattan on May 16, 1924, one of three children of Herman and Sara Aaronson Mankiewicz. His father, early on a drama critic for The New York Times and The New Yorker, began his celebrated Hollywood career in 1926. The household was awhirl with the famous: Regulars included F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Marx Brothers, Greta Garbo, James Thurber, Margaret Sullavan, Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

e7de491b4586bebedad6f28a340e743d“They got serious about things that didn’t matter to me, such as clothes and how much money you made,” Mr. Mankiewicz said of his parents in a People magazine interview in 1982. “That kept me out of the movie business.”

He attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania for a year, then joined the Army infantry in World War II and saw combat at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he resumed his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating in 1947, then earned a master’s degree in journalism the next year from Columbia University and found newspaper work in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Mankiewicz married Holly Jolley in 1952 and had two sons with her. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1988, he married the novelist Patricia O’Brien.

Ms. O’Brien survives him, as do his sons, Joshua, a correspondent for NBC News, and Benjamin, a host of Turner Classic Movies; an older brother, Donald Mankiewicz, a novelist and screenwriter; four stepdaughters, Marianna, Margaret and Maureen Koval and Monica Krider; a 1-year-old granddaughter; and eight stepgrandchildren.

07d9c1a22cb3017ed1328dc807834833Round this post off with a grouping of movie links:

HullabalooSaturday Night at the Movies Fright night at the art house: A top 10 list By Dennis Hartley

moviemorlocks.com – Halloween Won’t Hurt You: Or, How My Daughter Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob

40 Awesome Behind The Scenes Photos From Horror Movies

29 Awesome Behind-The-Scenes Photos From The Sets Of Classic Movies

Have a great day…while I go back to bed and mope about missing out on TCM…enjoy the videos below by the way!

Photos found on Pinterest.

 

 


44 Comments on “Sunday Reads: It’s Nightmare on #DISH Network”

  1. Running late. I’ve still got to insert the photos. Look at the picture in this link: Dalai Lama visits Alabama church at center of civil rights movement | Reuters

    it is great

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Great links today, JJ. I didn’t find your post at all confusing.

    I love that photo of Tony Perkins at the top! When was that taken? BTW, did you ever see “Pretty Poison” with Perkins and Tuesday Weld? Terrific movie.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    The article by Dahlia Lithwick is great.

    There was no better reminder of this phenomenon than watching the justices simply write off the voting rights of what may well amount to 600,000 Texas voters, many black and Latino, last weekend, in the wee hours of the morning, without stated reasons or written opinion. As Richard Hasen has explained, after a nine-day trial, a district court determined that there were “hundreds of thousands of voters potentially unable to get IDs because they were hours away from the government offices issuing IDs.” The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was not much bothered by the fact that hundreds of thousands of Texans would be forced to travel for hours to obtain proper ID for the midterms, and the Supreme Court agreed. Meh, what’s a few hundred thousand disenfranchised voters when you have “electoral integrity” to protect?

    This is of course the same 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that, only weeks earlier, was not much bothered by the prospect that 900,000 women in Texas will soon live more than a 150 miles away from the nearest clinic offering a safe and legal abortion, or that 750,000 would live more than 250 miles away, if Texas’ draconian new abortion restrictions are allowed to stand and a majority of reproductive health clinics must shut down. For now, at least, the Supreme Court has blocked the law, in another unsigned order. But the staggering lack of concern for not just hundreds, not just thousands, but tens or hundreds of thousands of women was all over the 5th Circuit’s opinion.

    I posted another good one yesterday from The Atlantic, in case anyone missed it.

    On Race and Voter ID, John Roberts Wants It Both Ways

    • Yes that was a very good article bb I had it saved myself for today but you beat me to it.

    • RalphB says:

      Shockingly since Texas has required Voter ID the state has issued only 279 ID cards. That’s since 2011 folks!

      • bostonboomer says:

        That is very shocking!

        • gregoryp says:

          What is even more shocking is that every individual age 16 and up is required by law to actually have a valid ID. So, if you are following the law then you should be able to vote regardless of whatever law people find offensive. And just to be straight here, I think that this law is going to hurt the Republicans more than the Democrats because in this state I think Republicans are much, much more corrupt and likely to engage in voter fraud.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Question:

            Are you talking about Texas law or Federal law? What is a valid ID? What do you have to do to get one? Would it be difficult for a poor or elderly person to get these “valid ID’s?”

            Why is a concealed carry gun licence accepted, but not an out of state driver’s licence?

          • gregoryp says:

            A valid ID: Texas ID card, Texas Driver’s license, a picture ID from another state, a picture ID from the Federal government aka passport card. But it IS the law. Everybody living in Texas is required to have a valid ID. Everybody. It isn’t optional. People who act like this is going to curb minorities from voting just aren’t thinking straight. What this is going to do is keep dead people from voting Republican. It is going to keep Republican insiders from voting dozens of times using aliases of real people. If democrats were doing these things we’d be in the majority here. This isn’t a state where everyone walking around is a Republican. We used to have a democratic governor. I think Voter fraud and racists are keeping the Republicans afloat. Can’t do anything about the stupid racists. Eliminating voter fraud IS the only way to go.

          • bostonboomer says:

            This Texas woman was threatened with arrest by a state trooper when she tried to use her CA license to get an ID. She owns homes in both states but votes in TX.

            The TX SOS website says you must have a TX drivers’ license to vote, so she tried to get an ID and was treated like a criminal. Here’s the official list:

        • gregoryp says:

          You know BB, I read that article. She was told that living in Texas after 90 days with an out of state license is illegal. Guess what? It is illegal. If she gets pulled over they can and will arrest her. Does Massachusetts have the same law on the books? Whether or not someone likes the law is beside the point. We are OBLIGATED to follow the law. If you live in Texas you must get a Texas ID.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Is it possible to have drivers’ licenses from two different states at the same time. As for MA, we have massive numbers of students living here and driving out of state cars with out of state licenses. There would be no way to enforce a law like that, but I’ll try to find out if we have one.

            I don’t have to show any ID when I vote. The people at my polling place recognize me, for Pete’s sake. I do have to tell them my address and then they check to see if I am listed as living there. That’s it.

          • gregoryp says:

            No. When you go to college in Texas you are a resident here. If not, you pay extreme tuition fees. If you are a resident you are required by law to have an ID. It is quite simple. It isn’t draconian.

      • gregoryp says:

        Where are you getting your stats from? That seems strange to me. When I was teaching almost every kid I knew had either a drivers license or a state ID card. Also, when you have a Driver’s license you don’t need an ID card. Kind of silly to be getting an ID card when you can get a Driver’s license.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Not everyone can get a driver’s license, and not everyone can afford to own a car. Many elderly people no longer drive.

          What is the cost of a driver’s license? Here it costs $50. That’s a lot of money for some people.

          What is the cost of a state ID card? Do you have to travel to a distant location to get one?

          If the ID card isn’t free, the state is charging a poll tax. Poll taxes were used to keep black people from voting in the bad old days. Now Republicans a bringing them back.

          Also you have to present a birth certificate to get the state ID. Some elderly people and immigrants don’t have birth certificates.

          Please read the article by Dahlia Lithwick that is linked in JJ’s post.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Here’s another useful article.

            Analysis: A Missing Piece in the Voter ID Debate

            The details about the number of voters affected emerged during the challenge to the law, and were included in the findings of U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos.

            During the 2011 legislative struggle to pass the voter ID law, she wrote, Republican lawmakers asked the Texas secretary of state, who runs elections, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, which maintains driver’s license information, for the number of registered voters who did not have state-issued photo identification.

            The answer: at least a half-million.

            There was evidence, the judge wrote, that Sen. Tommy Williams asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to compare its ID databases with the list of registered voters to find out how many people would not have the most common of the photo IDs required by the law. No match was done to see how many people did not have other acceptable IDs. “That database match was performed by the SOS, but the results showing 504,000 to 844,000 voters being without Texas photo ID were not released to the Legislature.”

            Gonzales Ramos sourced that finding in a footnote, noting that in a deposition, Williams, a Republican from The Woodlands who has since left the state Senate, said he requested that information and then did not share it with fellow lawmakers.

          • gregoryp says:

            It is NOT the same thing and you know it. You are advocating voter fraud. Everybody in this state is required to have an ID. Everybody. It isn’t expensive either and it lasts for years. You guys are on the wrong side of this issue. If you get asked for an ID from a police officer in this state and can’t produce one you WILL go to jail. It has been this way for years and years. While that may be unfair it is the law and the way it is.

          • bostonboomer says:

            Do you mean to say that TX allows troopers to ask people for their ID’s when they haven’t committed a crime? Good grief!

          • gregoryp says:

            Drivers licenses cost the same as the ID. $16 bucks every 6 years. It is still not a poll tax. The ID is required whether or not you choose to vote. I think you are being purposely obtuse on this.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I see the ID card costs $16.00 and you have to pay again in 6 years. It’s $6.00 for people 60 and older. That is a poll tax.

          • gregoryp says:

            No it isn’t. The ID law has been on the books for many years and the cost of having an ID is extremely minimal.

          • bostonboomer says:

            It is a poll tax, because you have to pay $16 plus travel expenses and time off work every six years if you want to vote.

          • gregoryp says:

            So you think that black or brown people in Texas can’t afford to pay $2.50 a year for an ID? Strange, considering the absolute richest people I know is an African (actually from Africa) and the other is Mexican (from San Antonio). Lets be honest here, I live on a street with both Mexicans and AA’s and quite frankly ALL of them are doing better than me and we live a couple of blocks from the projects which is now populated by about 50% poor whites. Black and brown people aren’t quite the victims Democrats portray them as. Most are quite able and quite successful at least in my neck of the woods. $2.50 is nothing to these folks. Nothing and they already own the stupid ID. Why not have to present it? Like I said, the only folks committing election fraud here are Republicans.

          • gregoryp says:

            No point arguing about this. I think/know you are wrong. Democrats just want to always be the victims I guess. This is not a poll tax and IS a real step in the right direction. 1 person, 1 vote. No more Republican gaming of the system. No more people who think that because they are on God’s side they can cheat and lie because they are righteous. But whatever, let’s work diligently to overturn the 1 real mistake the Republicans have made that will lead them to losing elections here in a state that really has more Democrats than Republicans. Sigh. Democrats can’t win because they don’t want to win.

          • bostonboomer says:

            It’s not a question of what “I think.” The federal court looked at the numbers provided by the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Again, the result they found was between 500,000 and 800,000 did not have the ID required to vote.

            I’m soooooo glad I live in a civilized state. Here, for a state ID you just have to have a social security number and something to prove where and when you were born. It costs $25. Everything is more expensive here, but you don’t have to pay to vote.

          • gregoryp says:

            Your state is no more civilized than this one. You just have the absolute wrong impression of this state because of how Republicans led by W. gamed the system. We have more black and brown people living here than white people. Black and brown people also do quite well here economically. Everybody has the stupid ID except people who are purposely avoiding getting one for whatever reason. Call it a poll tax if you want but the end result will be to actually help democrats win elections in spite of themselves.

          • NW Luna says:

            The point is not the cheapness or expensiveness of the non-free ID, it’s that one cannot vote without paying $$. A poll tax is a poll tax whether it’s $1 or $100. Focus on dollar amount is merely a tangential issue.

          • gregoryp says:

            But NWLuna that is wrong. It is demonstrably wrong. These folks are REQUIRED by law to already have the ID. It isn’t optional. Also, lets keep on pretending as if AA’s are a subhuman species that aren’t technologically savvy, don’t have jobs, aren’t sophisticated in the ways of the world and have NO access to transportation public or private. Any clues as to why many people think that liberals like us are considered MORE racist than people who are so racist they make our skin crawl?

          • NW Luna says:

            Tangential.

    • gregoryp says:

      I just don’t get how Democrats are so opposed to showing an ID that you already are required to have. Doesn’t make any real sense to me especially in a state where the people committing the election fraud are the Republicans. In my opinion the 5 biggest reasons why Democrats lose elections in Texas:
      1. Uninformed voters.
      2. Low turnout of AA and Hispanics.
      3. Gerrymandered districts
      4. Racism
      5. Election fraud.

      Easily stopping #5 helps #2 and #4. More Democrats here than Republicans by a long shot but many don’t vote because they think their vote doesn’t count. Make the vote count more than get better turnout. Better turnout means Democrats in office. Democrats in office results in districts going back to normal. With normal districts than voting in racist blocks doesn’t help rendering that moot. Then the only challenge is actually informing the voters. But whatever, lets keep on letting Republicans game the system, rigging elections, disenfranchising brown skinned people and committing election fraud all because we think showing an ID that the voter already owns is a stupid poll tax. We have the technology to fix our elections. Lets do it. Lets not keep on acting like this is 1940 or something like that.

      • bostonboomer says:

        You don’t get it. Not every state requires that every person has to have an ID. And allowing the police to demand that citizens show their papers is unconstitutional. It smacks of Nazi Germany.

        Having people show ID’s to vote is not going to stop Republicans from stuffing the ballot boxes or throwing away votes.

  4. NW Luna says:

    We still don’t have adequate protection for working people, including pregnant women:

    When I told my bosses I was expecting not one but two simultaneously sprouting spawn, I assumed they would understand. Both have children, one a father of three, and had shared with me numerous times the painful joys of parenting.

    Two months later I was let go after pregnancy complications left me hospitalized for a week. The reason given? My “condition” was “unpredictable.”

    The American Journal of Epidemiology interviewed 2,000 women in 2013 and found that the increased risk of stillbirth was directly related to the amount of stressful situations a woman faced during her pregnancy. Stressors included losing a job, moving and homelessness, among others.

    Three weeks after I lost my job due to my “condition,” I found out I lost one of my babies. While I could blame my former managers for facilitating one of the many stressors associated with stillbirths and miscarriages, I believe they are working cogs in a system that perpetuates pregnancy discrimination. It is not individual employers but the system as a whole that needs radical change. Mothers should not be the only ones calling for it.

  5. In the latest ongoing reality show, Georgia’s child abuse bound to happen: Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Celebrity News | TMZ.com

    Mama June has not only been lying … she’s been exposing her young daughter to a child molester.Take a look at this pic — taken last month. A smiling June sits on a staircase as her 9-year-old daughter, Honey Boo Boo, is touched gently by the hands of a man who forced oral sex on another one of June’s children … who was a year younger than Honey Boo Boo when she was violated.June lashed out after we posted a pic of Mark McDaniel — fresh out of prison — and her in a hotel room, claiming she hadn’t seem him since he was released from prison in March.But then we posted pics of the 2 of them shopping for a house. And then we posted a pic of June buying him a car.But now … here is Mark McDaniel, a registered sex offender, making contact with a young girl.

    As if these kids exploited lives weren’t bad enough.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Quarantined nurse to CNN: ‘My basic human rights’ are being violated

    On Sunday afternoon, Norman Siegel, Hickox’s attorney, told CNN that he will be filing papers in court for Hickox to have a hearing no later than five days from the start of her confinement.
    Siegel, a New York lawyer and former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said Hickox’s quarantine is based on fear.

    “People are panicking, and people are scared,” he said.

    • 60 Minutes is giving time for the Texas hospital…and it looks like it is giving the hospital a pass…blame the CDC and the Duncan.

      • This male ICU nurse is very sympathetic.

        • gregoryp says:

          I think we already knew that the nurses were people of extremely high character and sympathetic. At least, I hope we all know that. What is problematic is the “hazmat” suit they were wearing which was basically a hospital gown, the doctors and the administration. Those are the sucky people. Nurses are like gold. Gifts from God if you believe in that.

  7. dakinikat says:

    I love October. I love watching all those old horror movies. And New Orleans Loves Halloween. The adults celebrate it more than the children down here. It was really fun in the quarter when the kids were small. All we had to do was sit in front of the front door on the sidewalk and the tricks and treats came to us. People wheel their little ones around the quarter in decorated wagons and every one just shows them with all kinds of things. The Halloween parade is the best! It way beats xmas!

  8. gregoryp says:

    I guess I am scared to ask or read the article but what happened to the girl that got raped if the Mullah got 20 years?