State Senator Nina Turner introduced SB 307, which requires men to visit a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and get their sexual partner to sign a notarized affidavit confirming impotency in order to get a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill also requires men who take the drugs to be continually “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”
Believe this: the past 24 hours have seen some historic changes and challenges.
Yesterday in Texas, Senator Wendy Davis stood for 10 hours to filibuster one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills to come along. Republicans watched carefully, looking for weak points, procedural missteps, to end Senator Davis’ efforts. After declaring that Senator Davis had “three strikes”, the Republicans tried to bring the measure to a vote, but Democrats fought back, debating procedural points of their own, until the final vote was taken. However, do to the time, and some confusion, SB5 died, despited “passing” by majority vote.
Today in Washington, D.C., the SCOTUS ruled DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) to be unconstitutional and rolled back California’s Prop 8, thereby making gay marriage legal again in that state. This is a major victory, not only for the GLBT community, but also for those of us Americans who believe in equal treatment under the law.
However, do not let these victories lull you into a false sense of complacency; there are still many battles left to fight, more obstacles to overcome, and opponents seeking to limit our rights.
By now, you have most likely heard about the tragic fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. In fact, in 1911, one of the most tragic industrial accidents occurred at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory when 146 people, mostly immigrant women and even children, perished in a fire with no fire escapes, locked doors, and no fire suppression equipment or training. All in the name of “affordable fashion”. The pictures below are hard to view, but the parallels are too similar to dismiss. Please share this post with everyone you know.
This is something that happened to a friend of mine in her own words.
“So, on Friday night my friend and I were at her house and wanted to get out and do something for the evening. We brainstormed ideas and she brought up the idea of seeing a show at the Laugh Factory. I’d never been, I thought…
Revised Preamble to The United States Constitution (post-Citizens United)
We the People Corporations of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union Right-to-Work state, establish dictate Justice corporate rulings, insure domestic Tranquility Profitability, provide for the common defence military industrial complex, promote the general Welfare free-market economy, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity profit margins, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Corporate States of America.
There is an effort going on by Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott to “to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voter rolls.” However, the data being used is outdated and inaccurate, resulting in hundreds, possibly even thousands of eligible registered voters being mistakenly identified as non-citizens and removed from the voting rolls. The Florida government has been notified and knows that the data is flawed, but continues to go forward with the purge. Due to the extent of this scandal, I am devoting an entire posting to list links to stories concerning this.
In what seems like a flagrant breach of First Amendment safeguards, New York lawmakers have drafted twin State Senate and Assembly bills that would force New York-based website administrators to remove “any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
Sort of negates the whold “anonymous” part, doesn’t it?
“I feel the best way to ensure Americans’ freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people.”—John Ashcroft
DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown told an Atlanta talk radio show a day after the raid that a dozen squad cars and dozens of deputies were needed for the dead-of-night raid because Occupy Atlanta had set up tents on Frazer’s property, and his perception of the Occupy activists in other cities led him to believe they could be armed. He also said he timed the eviction to avoid media coverage.
“I made the decision that we were going to do this at 3am for a couple of reasons,” he told WAOK’s Derrick Boazman. “Number one, I have seen the various Occupy groups in various cities operate before. It was an ugly scene in Oakland. I have seen them firsthand in Washington. I’ve seen them on Wall Street. I’ve seen them in Atlanta.”
“I will not participate in a mass demonstration arrest with television cameras when I am not sure I can trust the people who say they will offer passive resistance,” Brown said. “Our intelligence told us that there were at least 10 Occupy Atlanta folks there on the property; that turned out not to be the case. Our intelligence told us that the family had vacated the house; that turned out not to be the case… We made the decision to have enough resources there to make sure it would not get out of hand.”