It’s All About Control by Vibha Shetiya

A good look at the abortion issue

VibhaWhen I first moved to America, I was shocked to learn of the high rate of domestic violence here. Surely, American men weren’t like that. Besides, American women were strong – they would never take BS from their husbands, fathers or brothers. How could this be even remotely possible? Of course, I was younger then, and not quite aware of the insidious workings of patriarchy. But then America is supposedly one of the most liberal and progressive countries in the world. Being of Indian heritage, it was “natural” that I had heard of and witnessed male domination and control. After all, we Indians were “backward.” But America? Really?

I have, for a while now, been utterly confused by the inherent paradoxes within both countries, but it was Justice Kennedy’s retirement and the possibility of the overturning of Roe v. Wade that helped clarify my thoughts.

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Caucus with the Democrats



Hey, Jeff Flake.

Hey, John McCain.

Hey, Susan Collins. Lisa Murkowski. Ben Motherfucking Sasse.

Hey, Bob Corker, probably. I mean, I haven’t looked, I assume he’s still a disingenuous attention-whoring shitbag like the rest of them.

Hey, all you assholes.

STFU. Get off Twitter. Get off TV. And start making phone calls.

Because until you caucus with the Democrats to stop this bullshit, I don’t want to hear another word out of your cheeto-dusted mouths.

In the early days maybe this shit was cute, this whole “the president of the United States is a traitor I am powerless to stop although I am uniquely empowered to stop him” dodge you’re pulling where you can handle some treason if it comes with abortion bans and guns.

It wasn’t cute to me or anyone else whose life was on the line but I could see where if you were some kind of…

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More on “Redefining Incivility”

The Propaganda Professor

Red Hen

Some time ago, we documented how right-wing fanatics have a habit of redefining incivility (and civility) to suit their purposes, making huge shifts of the goalposts as it suits their needs.  In recent days, there have been two well-publicized incidents that have made this tendency painfully apparent: the Red Hen affair, and the Maryland newsroom shooting.

In case you came in at intermission, here’s the backstory. For the past couple of years the nation has been totally dominated by the character who is now in the White House. On a daily basis, he has threatened and insulted people, characterized his media critics as “fake news” and egged his fan club to commit violence. He has cozied up to Nazis and white nationalists, whom he characterizes as “very fine people”.  He is, with little doubt, the most uncivil politician in the nation’s history. But since he spends about a third of…

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Kavanaugh: ‘You Knew The Job Was Dangerous When You Took It’

Tells ya everything you need to know about this asshole

Mock Paper Scissors

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.

Because SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has left a rather immense paper trail (and was in Chimpy’s Reign of Error in some legal capacity, so therefore his legacy is available for perusing from a FOIA perspective), there is a lot we can learn about him.

Everyone it seems is convinced that as a practicing Catholic that he is going to tear up abortion rights and marriage equality, but what about the poor, over-regulated amusement park industry?

The Big Think:

“[Judge Brett Kavanaugh] was also one of three judges who oversaw SeaWorld’s appeal of citationsthe company received because of the death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, when she was drowned and dismembered by a killer whale named Tilikum after a performance.

“…In a telling bit about who this man is and how he thinks, Kavanaugh argued…

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