Monday Reads: Yeah, it’s Monday all Right

Good Afternoon Sky Dancers!

A girl is traumatized.

I’m in the middle of a major plumbing meltdown. I’m still traumatized by last night’s Game of Throne’s Battle of Winterfell. I really really don’t want to look at the news either because our version of the Army of the Dead is still walking around the Halls of Congress. Oh, and the President told his cult that good OB/GYNs like my daughter basically will murder babies when they actually fit the definition of a living, breathing, sentient human being and not a cluster of cells or a miscarriage in process or whatever of a million things can happen or go wrong in the entire gestation process.

There is nothing pleasant that comes out of a Trump Rally.  So, why does the media normalize anything that happens there?  There is nothing normal about him, his cult, or anything any of them do.  In the Vox Article ” Coverage of Trump’s latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses”, Aaron Rupar writes ” Lying is still being recast as “reviv[ing] an inaccurate refrain.”

Here is exhibit One from Toronto Star’s Fact Checker.

Rupar writes:

The New York Times did attempt to fact-check Trump’s lie about Democrats and abortion— Trump accused Democrats of supporting doctors who “wrap the baby beautifully” before they get together with the mother and “determine whether or not they will execute the baby” — but in so doing, the outlet demonstrated it doesn’t really have a vocabulary to adequately deal with Trump.

Instead of calling Trump’s lie a lie, the Times used the euphemism “revived an inaccurate refrain” in a tweet that was widely mocked. The accompanying article goes out of its way to avoid accusing Trump of lying, instead describing him as “reviv[ing] on Saturday night what is fast becoming a standard, and inaccurate, refrain about doctors ‘executing babies.’”

Major media outlets have long struggled with how exactly to cover Trump, with the Times famously coming to the word “lie” in a headline late, something the paper’s own public editor criticized it for. This effort to find euphemisms for the word “lie” is actually normalizing his worst excesses. Coverage of this sort makes him seem like any other politician.

The irony is that on Saturday night, as always, the media was one of Trump’s foremost targets of abuse — yet the very outlets Trump demeans continue to bend over backward to cover him in the most favorable possible light.

No doctor does that.  They would be arrested for murder immediately and it would be a violation of everything they’ve worked and studied and are paid to do.   There is no such thing as a “partial birth abortion” either even though Republicans pass laws to ban an imaginary procedure. Trump has made this equivocation before.

If that sounds a bit flippant, that’s because, as Jen Gunter, an OBGYN who trained in late-term abortions, pointed out on Twitter, “There is no such thing as a ninth month abortion.” Those who seek late-term abortions are seeking them before a pregnancy reaches full term but often and unfortunately after they have discovered in the second or third trimester some problem with the fetus or danger to the mother.

But the inaccuracies started before Trump even responded: Wallace’s question was problematic right out of the gate because of the term he used. “Partial birth” is a political, not medical, term, and it does not refer to all late-term abortions. It refers to a very specific and rare procedure called dilation and extraction*, in which a fetus is partially pulled through the birth canal and then aborted, nearly always when the fetus cannot live outside the womb and typically when the mother’s health is in danger, the fetus has a serious abnormality, or both. Such a procedure is not conducted lightly: the fetus has a fatal defect and will not survive, or the mother is at risk of death herself.

As this NPR article notes about a partial-birth abortion ban passed in 2003, “when some members of Congress tried to amend the bill to ban only those procedures that take place after viability, abortion opponents complained that would leave most of the procedures legal.” And the Supreme Court ultimately declined to strike down the ban anyway. Further, most states don’t allow late-term abortions: just eight states and Washington, D.C., have no restrictions on abortion timing, and the rest have restrictions and other regulations in place.

As noted, these types of abortions are extremely rare. Although both the rate and number of abortions have steadily fallen in the U.S., an estimated 1 million procedures are performed each year, according to the Guttmacher Institute. These procedures remain very safe, considerably more so than pregnancy and birth, in fact. Of these abortions, 91.4% are performed in the first trimester, less than 14 weeks into pregnancy. Just 1.3% of abortions are performed at or after 21 weeks, and an estimated 0.2% of all abortions involve the dilation and evacuation procedure. And why would women seek them in the first place?

After viability, every effort is made to save the infant–when possible–who is fully outside the womb, breathing and considered as human as you and me.

Good News every one! It appears a huge portion of the population does not want to vote for Trump.  This means he’ll be looking for Russian, Saudi, Chinese, etc help again.  The Republicans will go full metal voter suppression.  AND we need a hero … I’m borrowing Arya from the Game of Thrones Realm because she was definitely there with mad battle skills when every one most needs it.

“And what do we say to the God of Death?

Not Today.”

No memes.  Just Arya warrior woman photos for us today.

Politico suggests that folks are saying Joe is a front runner in name only.  Ah, Joe, it’s so!!!

Even with Biden in the race, several more prospects — among them, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) — are still looking to get in. And while Biden begins from a commanding position in the polls, it’s unclear how much of that support will remain adhered to him. Rival campaigns expect it to erode.

TV crews still follow the hordes of candidates running under 10 percent in the polls, any number of whom have good reason to believe that with far lower name recognition than Biden and the other behemoth in the race, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), their own campaigns have time to grow.

The key milepost, nearly every campaign agrees, is the first official debate in June.

“Between now and the debates, polls are going to be all over the place, and then even post the debates, polls are going to be all over the place,” said Robert Wolf, a venture capitalist and influential Democratic donor who raised money for and advised former President Barack Obama.

Predicting the Democratic field would not narrow to a “true top 5” until the fall, Wolf said, “In 2007-2008 it was really a choice between Obama, Edwards and Clinton. In 2016, it was a choice between Bernie and Hillary … Today, you could argue no one’s north of 25 percent, and you know, it doesn’t feel like that many people are picking one [candidate] versus the other.”

Three of the nation’s most influential activists are launching an organization that aims to harness the political power of women to influence elections and shape local and national policy priorities.

Dubbed Supermajority, the organization is the creation of Cecile Richards, the former head of Planned Parenthood; Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter; and Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. The group, which describes itself as multiracial and intergenerational, has a goal of training and mobilizing 2 million women over the next year to become organizers and political leaders in their communities.

The effort comes at a moment when women have emerged as perhaps the most powerful force in politics.

Millions of women marched in cities across America to protest President Donald Trump’s election. Women also comprise the majority of the electorate in the 2018 midterm elections, sending a historic number of female candidates to Congress and helping Democrats retake control of the House. A record number of women are also seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, including four senators.

Richards, who has long been a force in Democratic politics, said women “feel newly empowered and frankly motivated to take action, including so many women who never thought themselves as an activist before.”

Richards, Garza and Poo spent the past year traveling the country talking to women about how to harness their activism. They found that despite increased energy, many women find getting involved in politics intimidating and are unclear about how to do more than just march or protest.

“Women are mad as hell and we’ve been in resistance mode for two years,” Garza said. “Now it’s time to equip people.”

28 Comments on “Monday Reads: Yeah, it’s Monday all Right”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Happy Birthday Pat!

  2. dakinikat says:

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Dammit, today is Monday…I forgot yesterday was Sunday, but at the same time, I thought I had written my post. I never did. I think I am losing my fucking mind.

  4. dakinikat says:

    After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans’ Levees Are Sinking
    Sea-level rise and ground subsidence will render the flood barriers inadequate in just four years

    By Thomas Frank, E&E News on April 11, 2019

    • NW Luna says:

      Oh FFS. NOLA should never have been built, or allowed to have grown so big. Realistically there needs to be a plan to move everyone out over the next decade or so.

      I have relatives who built on a 100-yr floodplain near a big river that overruns its banks far more frequently. There haven’t been records kept there for more than about 60-70 years and upriver there’s been thousands of acres logged. They’re right-wing gun nuts, though, so have little understanding of science or statistical likelihood.

  5. roofingbird says:

    This is a timely post, Dak, I’m pretty pissed about the infanticide smear too.

    • dakinikat says:

      I have friends that are clinic escorts and then my kid who is with a hospital clinic so I don’t think there’s abortions done there. I’m not sure what the Washington State set up is on that but I think frankly, this puts every ob/gyn and delivery nurse in jeopardy. It’s scary. Those anti abortion folks are totally nuts and will believe anything! And, I’ve done escort work and still hear friends tell story. They are mean, angry, and can get violent. It’s why there’s armed guards around them too.

      • roofingbird says:

        Yep. And don’t get me started about the rise in Syphlis, and fewer PP’s

      • NW Luna says:

        Depends on the hospital whether abortions are done there or not. If Catholic, no abortions, no sterilizations (incl no vasectomies). At other hospitals it depends on the hospital board of directors, but then it also depends on if there are clinicians trained to perform surgical abortions. Abortions can safely be done in a stand-alone clinic exam room. After all, there’s less risk than with labor & delivery (which seems to always surprise the forced-labor crazies).

        • dakinikat says:

          My Daughter’s first partners were up in the Mount Vernon Hospital. He was gay and he and has partner had moved up there to raise their kids in a better environment than Atlanta. He used to say that he had done internship in a catholic hospital that had a room that “GOD can’t see” which appears to be the way the state can force those Catholic hospitals to offer some things like sterilization. Jean’s practice is in Belleview now the Mt Vernon hospital is rural and one of only two in the area and being bought by whatever the Catholics Medical wing is and she said that Washington State is making them have one of those rooms too. But the first time I heard this was a friend who was a 4th year med student at Creighton in Omaha doing an ob/gym rotation. He said the doctor had a priest come in to talk a woman into carrying a fetus with nothing but a brain stem to term. it’s insane torture to put a women through that whose carrying a child that has no higher brain function and can’t live outside of the womb but a few days.

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  7. NW Luna says:

    Creepy Bernie and his bullies have a new harassment tool.

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  10. RonStill4Hills says:

    Thank you thank thank you, a thousand times thank you for highlighting my girl Arya Stark of Winterfell.

    Among the fandom there has been much talk about whether or not Arya had lost her humanity and become a mindless killing machine. Fight of all I doubt that question would even be asked about a boy. They would called it singleminded determination, blah blah blah.

    But right before Art takes out the big bad she is in a room with three people who previously featured prominently on her list.

    She very clearheadedly took in all the new information that she had and made new decisions.

    She knew what strategically needed to be done and went and did it.

    I was thrilled with several of the ladies on Sunday night. Ser Lady Brienne, Little Lady Mormont, The Khaleesi (easy to be a badass on the back of a Sixty foot fire breathing dragon but once thrown she pick up a dragon glass sword and stood her ground), and of course the wolf girl.

    Never been more proud to say FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!

    • dakinikat says:

      Yes!!!! i just saw the neatest take on Lyanna Mormont from Amanda Marcotte:

      “Okay, #GameofThrones fans who watched last night’s episode.(Those who didn’t, skip this!) Here’s a fun tidbit that will add to your understanding of one very big death in the episode.


      So there’s a theory that Lyanna Mormont is Tormund Giantsbane’s daughter. You know how he brags that he fucked a bear? Well, in the books, Lyanna’s mother — Maege Mormont — is literally called the She-Bear. And she refuses to tell anyone who the father of her children is.

      So it’s easy to put two and two together. Tormond likes himself big warrior women, and Maege Mormont is that. And she doesn’t want to be held back by a husband, which would make wildlings attractive to her. And Tormond, remember, goes south of the wall all the time before the story even begins.

      So I consider that theory confirmed, as Lyanna proved that she was the literal giant’s bane.”

      • Ronald Wood says:

        I have heard this theory and I believe it.

        If the books go another way, so be it, but in my mind as far as the show is concerned Lyanna “The Litte Bear” Mormont is the daughter of Tormund Thunder-Fist, The Giant’s Bane, Husband of Bears!

        Tormund says that the She-Bear gave him many strong sons but no daughters. Maege Mormont has several warrior daughters and no sons. It is very possible that they took their sons north of the wall while the daughters stayed in the south. 🙂