Trump on Terrorist – If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em 

Favorite bloggers “Margaret & Helen” are at it again, saying “I wish I had something funny to write. I really do. But this isn’t funny anymore. I mean it. Really.”

Margaret and Helen

Margaret, which voters have their heads farther up their asses, Trump supporters or Brexit voters? Wait a minute. Is it farther or further? I don’t know, but either way the asshats they are now wearing aren’t making anyone great again.

I know I offended some Bernie fans when I posted my support of Hillary. But let’s be clear on how the cow ate the cabbage. We need to get on the same team or we’re gonna end up a lot deeper in the shitter than the Brits. If Donald Trump wins this election, the only Bern anyone will be feeling is heartburn.

Donald thinks the way to handle terrorists is to fight fire with fire. According to him, water boarding is bad but it’s no worse than what the terrorist do. So Donald’s plan to deal with terrorists is to be more like the terrorists? In my book, that’s kind…

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Benghazi Panel Won’t Stop Going Nowhere

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The House Committee on the tragic deaths of four people in a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has slogged along for almost 800 days—longer than the 704 days that the 9/11 Commission worked to dig out every piece about the worst terrorist attack on the United States. That committee created a bipartisan report endorsed by all the commission members. The Benghazi committee was created on May 8. It has lasted longer than investigations in Pearl Harbor, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the Hurricane Katrina debacle and found nothing new over the first seven Benghazi inquiries.

The committee isn’t finished. Although the Republicans on the committee has already released an 800-page report, they interviewed another witness today, a man who used the hashtag “#ifyouvoteforhillaryyouarebeyondstupid.” The Air Force mechanic posted an argument on his Facebook page that planes from his European base could have saved the people who died. His superiors have already testified that there’s…

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Women’s right to choose survives

Newport News Times, 29 June 2016

By Nel Ward, Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW)

The Supreme Court has said “no” to whether states can pass laws to restrict abortion access
without benefits for women’s health by claiming that these laws are health regulations. The
decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt earlier this week overturned two provisions of
a 2013 Texas law mandating that abortion providers have admitting privileges from local
hospitals and that abortion clinics meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
The 5 th Circuit Court agreed with the Texas law, but the Supreme Court overturned the lower
decision. In the majority opinion for this landmark 5-3 ruling, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that
these two “unnecessary health regulations” impose an “undue burden” on women’s right to
choose.
During the first year of the Texas law, 5.4 million women of reproductive age in its 268,820
square miles lost 23 of 41 clinics. Breyer had earlier stated in oral arguments that further travel,
expenses, time off work, etc. endanger women’s health because they are more likely to have
illegal abortions—and at least 240,000 Texas women have done so since the law was
implemented. If the Supreme Court had not overturned the law, another nine would have been
forced to close, resulting in more undue burden on women.
Several states have laws similar to those struck down by the Supreme Court. Fourteen states
mandate local hospital partnerships for abortion providers, and 22 states require ambulatory
surgical center standards for abortion clinics. They all use the excuse of women’s safety for a
procedure far safer than pregnancy, childbirth, colonoscopies—even tonsillectomies and dental
surgeries. Whole Woman’s Health makes these laws highly vulnerable.
A woman’s right to an abortion became the law of the land in 1973 when Roe v. Wade legalized
abortions throughout the United States during the first two trimesters. Two decades later, the
Court reduced that time to fetal viability in Planned Parent v. Casey (1992) and allowed states
to make restrictive laws about abortion rights. In the same decision, however, justices ruled
that laws cannot place an “undue burden” on the woman.
Conservative state legislatures competed to see which one could further whittle down women’s
reproductive rights through extensive waiting periods, forced ultrasounds, mandatory
counseling, required mandatory dissemination of false information, forcing doctors to lie to
patients, etc. Between 2011 and 2015, 22 states imposed 288 new restrictions on abortion
clinics and eliminated abortions in all except 12 percent of U.S. counties—3 percent if you don’t
count metropolitan areas. Doctors are no longer trained in the procedure: less than one-half of
ob-gyn residency programs include first trimester abortion as a routine education.
Oregon is the only state without these restrictions, yet the lack of accessibility requires many
women to travel long distances for abortions. The closest clinic for Lincoln County women is
over an hour away; women in other Oregon areas have farther to go.
Fortunately, Oregon women can access funds that help them receive safe abortions. Legal
Oregon residents for at least five years who meet income limits may receive funding through
the Oregon Health Plan (https://cairproject.org/info/oregon/). Women who do not meet these
requirements can access other funds and information: Community Abortion Information
Resources, http://www.cairproject.org – referrals and funds; Network for Reproductive Options,
http://www.nroptions.org – referrals, funds for abortions, transportation, and lodging; Planned
Parenthood, http://www.ppcw.org; The NARAL Spring Adams Fund, http://www.orfrh.org/springadams
transportation and lodging from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho to Portland; and Cascade
Support Collective, http://www.cascadesabortionsupport.org – referrals, funds, and emotional support
for women in the Portland area.
Abortion is a difficult issue to discuss; it deals with a deep-seated need for procreation. But 56
percent of people in the U.S. think that women should have access to abortions in all or most
cases, and one-third of all women will have abortions during their lifetimes. Eight-six percent of
voters agree with the statement, “however we feel about abortion, politicians should not be
allowed to deny a woman’s health coverage because she is poor.” The Supreme Court decision
does not erase these laws across the country, but it’s the first step toward blocking anti-
abortion laws that fail to serve women’s health needs.
Nel Ward
Newport, OR
Central Oregon Coast NOW
Page A6, Newport News Times, June 29, 2016

 

What You Need to Know About the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline | National Organization for Women

By Angela Myers, Communications Intern The juvenile justice system is criminalizing sexual assault victims. In our juvenile justice system, many, if not

Source: What You Need to Know About the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline | National Organization for Women

Brexit Fails; So Will Trump

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The “Leave the EU” campaign has won, and it doesn’t seem to be working for them. Leading “Leave” politicians made failed promises:

“Leave” promise: EU cash will go to the National Health Service. The campaign even put the promise on its big red bus: The EU costs £350 million a week, “enough to build a brand new, fully staffed … hospital every week.” Politicians repeated the promise, but after the vote, Leave leader Iain Duncan Smith said that the campaign didn’t say “all” of the money, just “a significant amount of it.” After the vote Nigel Farage, another Leave leader, said, “No I can’t [guarantee it], and I would never have made that claim.” The UK gets about half that money back for farmers’ subsidies, research grants, and infrastructure funding.

“Leave” promise: We’ll take control of the UK’s borders. The claim was that the expected immigration to fall. “Leave”…

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A Victory for Women | National Organization for Women

NOW is deeply relieved that nearly all of the abortion clinics forced to shut down by Texas’s infamous TRAP law may now reopen. Last year, the Supreme Court

Source: A Victory for Women | National Organization for Women

Marriage Equality Celebrates First Birthday

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Happy First Anniversary

One year ago today, the Supreme Court declared marriage equality the law of the land. The last year has not seen an easy transition everywhere.  Chaos continued the day after the Supreme Court ruling:

  • Mississippi said the decision was not “effective immediately”; the state AG said that they were waiting for a lower court ruling.
  • The Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, Roy Moore, said that “the U.S. Supreme Court [has] no legal authority to redefine marriage” and that the decision may be invalid because two of the SCOTUS  justices voting for the majority opinion didn’t recuse themselves.
  • Louisiana AG said that the state would not be issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples because there was no “mandate or order making [the] decision final and effective.”
  • Utah tried to stop the state from issuing any marriage licenses.
  • Texas AG Ken Paxton described the ruling as “a judge-based edict that is not based…

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