There are so many problems in the country that we actually could make some progress on, except the GOP is just dead-set on obstructing anything the Democrats want and holding to totally outdated dogma.
Look at abortion. Even Pro-Choice people don’t like abortion, and no one on that side is going to stand up in opposition to non-coercive policies aimed at reducing abortions. It is utterly incomprehensible that we don’t have strong sex ed in schools, cheap and easy birth control access, and more affordable prenatal services.
These are all things that reduce abortions. Look at any country in the world, and pretty much, the more of those three things they have, the lower their abortion (and STD) rates are. Yet the GOP will fight tooth and nail against these ideas, despite mountains of evidence that they do, in fact, save a LOT of lives. (You know, especially if you’re a “life begins at conception” type.)
For NO logical reason at all -aside from pandering to the religious extremists- the GOP opposes all those things and is, in effect, helping to encourage abortions.
Fox has officially declared themselves to the right of the Westboro Baptist Church.
what the fuck
FRI SEP 14, 2012 AT 06:34 PM PDT
Rachel Maddow just reported on this. Under pressure from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), the state Board of Health reversed their prior ruling and applied a new trap law designed to shut down every single abortion clinic in the entire state.Under pressure from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia Board of Health voted on Friday to pass a set of building regulations that could force many abortion clinics in the state to shut down.
Opponents of the regulations, which include minimum hallway widths, specific ventilation systems and covered entrances, argue that they are medically unnecessary and meant for the construction of new hospitals — not as regulations for existing outpatient abortion clinics. None of the 20 clinics in the state that are applying for a new license currently meet the requirements, and in order to come into compliance in the allotted two-year time period they would have to undergo costly, extensive renovations.
The board voted to pass the regulations in June along with an amendment that would have grandfathered in existing clinics. But Cuccinelli refused to certify the version the board passed and told members that adopting such an amendment was outside their scope of power. He said the legislation that directed the board to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals, sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), did not intend for existing clinics to be exempt. The legislation called for the board to pass regulations on building specifics.
More from the Washington Post.
This is the anti-choicers’ new MO - instead of attacking Roe v. Wade, they gut health care funding and shut down clinics by any means possible.
Many of the abortion providers in Virginia also offer other general and reproductive health care services, including some who also offer a sliding fee scale for those who can’t afford regularly-priced health care. Is Virginia equipped to deal with the demand for these crucial services if they shut the clinics down? I doubt it.
There’s still time. If McDonnell and Cuccinelli (both Republican cis men - where have I heard that before?) both sign off on the regulations, there will still be a public comment period before the board votes next year.
Virginians, you know what to do.
ALL HAIL CHER
And there, hiding between the Doctor Who gifs, was Cher!
Jon Stewart rallies the Republicans. We Built It!
Repubs, get your shit together. Seriously.
This man is not a hero.
Let’s not forget that they do discriminate as well: The media keep saying Chick-fil-A has never discriminated, but the truth is that Chick-fil-A has been sued over a dozen times for employment discrimination. That’s what a leading business publication, Forbes, stated in 2007, when they also called Chick-fil-A a “cult” and reported that Chick-fil-A’s founder and CEO Truett Cathy said he wanted to hire married people because they are more industrious and productive. Truett Cathy has also said he would probably fire someone who “has been sinful or done something harmful to their family members.”
That is number 4 in this article: Chick-fil-A: 5 Reasons It Isn’t What You Think
Reblogging for the additional commentary by hatefulatheist.
For the record, Chick-Fil-A was the only fast food place in my hometown that would hire out LGBT people.
I keep seeing this reblogged without this additional commentary:
Several Chick-fil-A stores are franchises and the owners of those franchises may not hold the same views as the CEO, for example, one store in New Hampshire (the only one in New Hampshire) broke with the CEO’s and sponsors LGBT pride.
Though, that still doesn’t absolve the company’s founder of his support for what’s listed in the image above, it is something important to keep in mind.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a Chicago Alderman named Joe Moreno has pledged to block construction of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in his ward over Cathy’s anti-gay views. Boston Democratic Mayor Thomas Menino is also trying to block construction of a Chick-fil-a restaurant over its president’s anti-gay views.
Menino and Moreno have it wrong.
Real talk: You (via motherjones)
:/ Yeah, as much as I’m all, “Fuck Chick-fil-A and their hate” this seems like it’s flirting awfully hard with a first amendment violation.
Calls for boycotts are one thing (which I completely agree with doing), but when you start blocking construction because you don’t like a business’s political stances, it sets precedents, for example, lets say a mayor of town decides that they want to block construction of a business that is publicly pro-gay equality, or blocking a business run by an atheist from operating in their town.
I feel these guy’s hearts are in the right place, and I agree in principal, but again, it sets a dangerous precedent.(via abaldwin360)
In short, these sanctions:
- Hurt average Iranians,
- Have increased Iranian unemployment,
- Do not hurt Iran’s leaders,
- Punish a nonexistent wrong,
- Are not effective, and
- Could be construed as an act of war
And yet, we’re still sanctioning.