“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”—Albert Einstein. What’s better than Snapple facts? The quote inside the label of Honest Ade drinks. (via sojourner4life)
In Georgia, State Rep. Bobby Franklin wants to criminalize not just abortions—but miscarriages as well. His 10-page bill would make any “prenatal murder” a felony punishable by death or life in prison—and that includes miscarriages, in the event the woman cannot prove that there was “no human involvement whatsoever in the causation” of her miscarriage.
The fact that a psychopath like this is occupying any sort of position of authority is fucking terrifying.
This is the same man who wanted to refer to rape victims as “accusers”. Also, he says being gay is “unrepentant criminal behavior”.
And you know what the most horrible part is? People voted for him. Because you can say this one man is crazy and be done with him. But somewhere, a majority heard about his opinions, agreed with him and felt that they wanted him to represent them.
Reblogging again because, wow.
I am not commenting the abortion part, but miscarriages punishable? by death? Please tell me someone heard him wrong. That’s just… unbelievable [can’t speak]
“In the public consciousness, part of this story translates into “Gone with the Wind”-style mythology about big manor houses sat on sprawling plantations; fair, delicate, pale-skinned maidens in frilly dresses; brave and handsome men in gray; and solid, traditional American values. This rosy view of the antebellum South only holds up if you don’t scratch too deep. But we’re not likely to do that and disturb the patriotic version of history. We like myth better.
That is why, over the years, at least two women have gushed at me: “I would just love to go back to that time!” One, a white woman who had recently read the Margaret Mitchell novel that became the classic movie, did not consider that for her to be “Scarlett,” I would have to be a darkie working in the fields. My family would have to live in bondage as chattel–our very lives dependent on the whims of our masters. The way of life she associated with the antebellum period, and the economy that supported it, was dependent on free labor and the dehumanization of people of color (not to mention a bunch of classism and sexism). As an African American descendant of slaves, I cannot overlook that bitter reality. My acquaintance read “Gone with the Wind” and wondered how grand it would be to be Scarlett O’Hara. I wondered how awful it must have been to be Mammy.
“We’re seeing the classic pattern in American politics play out there that we’ve seen grow in intensity since 1980. Republicans take power and aggressively seek to roll back what the rest of us thought was settled; people throw the Republicans out when their extremist agenda becomes obvious; Democrats take power, and they dither while Republicans consolidate their gains, and in doing so nauseate everyone who expects them to fight to win back what the Republicans took away; voters whose disgust with spineless Democrats is fresher than their memory of the irresponsible extremism of Republicans vote Republicans back into power; Republican claim a mandate, pick up where they left off, and take the next step in aggressively rolling back what the rest of us thought was settled.”—After the Future (via azspot)