♀ Lindsey Graham: as president I would deploy the military against Congress – Graham is proposing that his first act as president would be to use the military to force the legislative branch to pass his agenda. In the real world that’s known as a ‘coup d’etat’. Do Republicans seriously have no brain-to-mouth barrier?
Abortion & Reproductive Rights
♀ The ‘Five Horsemen’ Of Wikipedia Paid The Price For Getting Between Trolls And Their Victims – The Five Horsemen were editors dedicated to removing any edits that didn’t mesh with Wikipedia’s policies and didn’t come from reputable sources, according to Wikipedia editor and writer Mark Bernstein who first blogged about the problem in January. The editors, he said, were part of targeted attack from Gamergate supporters.
♀ Arkansas Rocked By Rape Case Involving Adopted Daughter Of State Lawmaker – The full story of Harris’ adoption of the three sisters and exactly what occurred inside the family’s home remains murky.
Good Cop (☺)/Bad Cop (☠) (NEW Section Title!!)
(Most cops aren’t bad. Its just my job to point out the ones that are.)
♀ (☠) The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ – This goes way beyond corruption or the militarization of the police. It’s a wholesale negation of basic civil rights!
♀ (☠) DC police admit botching 11-year-old girl’s rape case, arresting her instead of her attackers – Well, at least they admitted it.
♀ (☠) NYPD Caught Editing Eric Garner Wikipedia Pages, Along With Other Police Brutality Victims (IMAGES) – Maybe if you can’t hide your mistakes, you can at least clean up the details?
Good News For A Change (NEW Section!!)
♀ Family Told No ‘Right to Bear Arms’ While Raising Foster Children – A couple in Nevada is seeking a change to state law after being denied a license to raise foster children due to a regulation that bars foster parents from carrying loaded firearms. Because nothing could possibly go wrong with providing already traumatized children and teens with access to loaded guns.
♀ This Democratic Congresswoman Wants the FBI to Take on Gamergate – Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), backed by the National Organization for Women and the Human Rights Campaign, asked her House colleagues to join her in demanding tighter enforcement of cyber-stalking and online harassment laws.
♀ Christian university shuts down bake sale benefiting homeless LGBT youth -The university would be happy to raise money for homeless youth, just so long as they’re straight or being served by an organization that is trying to turn them straight.
♀ Georgia middle school teaches Civil War in way designed ‘not to offend whites’: parents – Because, you know, southern heritage, or something.
War On The Poor (NEW Section!!)
♀ Homeless Portland Man And Woman Charged With Theft For Charging Their Cell Phones – In this case, the theft was first reported by Portland Patrol Inc., and two Portland police officers followed up to issue the woman and her co-defendant, a homeless man who was also charging his cellphone at the “privately owned” planter box outlet, citations to appear in court for third-degree theft of services- a theft amounting to a fraction of a penny!
Women In History
♀ YOUNG, BLACK AND VICTORIAN: WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTORIAN WOMEN OF COLOR – Unfortunately, a lot of these photographs have no names attached to the women posed in the photographs. I’d love to know the stories behind each photo. What each woman’s life was like. Sadly, we’ll probably never know.
♀ Mapping history’s ‘invisible’ women – “These women have been edited from history not because they didn’t make meaningful contributions to society but because someone deemed their stories not worthy of being told.”
Women In Politics
♀ AP Sues State Department For Access To Hillary Clinton’s Records – Whatever. Just because we had two Bushes, must we really have to have two Clintons? I know a true Progressive is too much to ask, but I’m not happy with a ‘Pocket Progressive’ (you know, in the pocket of big money).
♀ Elizabeth Warren challenges Obama (and Clinton) on trade – You go, girl!
♀ Bold Progressive Donna Edwards Enters Key Senate Race – It is not often that a serious contender for a US Senate seat announces her candidacy with talk of grassroots environmental activism, fighting for union jobs and “protecting women’s reproductive rights from Tea Party attacks,” or with a pledge to answer proposals to “compromise away Social Security and Medicare” with absolute opposition—“no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ ‘buts’ or ‘willing to considers.’”
Women’s Health & Image
♀ Why Republicans Will Never, Ever Have a Real Health-Care Plan, in 7 Charts – As always, ideology, not money, is the root of all evil.
♀ Actress Emma Thompson and her husband refuse to pay ‘a penny more’ in taxes until HSBC tax evaders go to jail – ‘I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax,’ Wise told the Evening Standard. ‘I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.'”
Violence Against Women
On A Lighter Note