23rd September 2011
Link reblogged from MS National Organization for Women with 4 notes
A wonderful article on Huffington Post about what’s going on here in Mississippi.
…Hemmins and the No on 26 campaign said they are frustrated with the majority of Democratic politicians in Mississippi for refusing to publicly oppose the amendment.
“There’s been a lot of ‘off the record’ sentiment, but it’s really disappointing to not see state leadership publicly talk about the shortcomings and dangers of this initiative for the women and families of Mississippi,” said Leola Reis, a spokesperson for the No on 26 campaign.
The personhood measure actually has a fair amount of support from Mississippi Democrats. Jim Hood, the Democratic Attorney General, endorsed the amendment in a statement and said he would defend it if it were challenged. A spokesperson for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, the Democratic candidate for governor, told HuffPost that that he supports the amendment as well, despite his “concerns about some of the ramifications.”
But of all the Democrats in the State Senate, only two were willing to discuss the ballot measure at all, when called by HuffPost…
Read the full article at HuffPo’s website. Please share it widely!!
11th July 2011
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Over the weekend, Truth Wins Out and The Nation exposed the truth about Michele Bachmann’s husband’s Christian counseling service: It tries to “cure” gay people with harmful, quack-science “ex-gay” therapy…
ARS doubts in his post that Bachmann is even a licensed therapist.But Politico indeed confirms that he is not licensed and that Minnesota is one of the few states where you can practice therapy without a license:
The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result.
11th April 2011
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my first snarky thought to that headline: “you mean other than just having one?” i haven’t posted in forever, i will try to be better about that. i have two internships going on right now, one with planned parenthood and one with a non-profit org dealing with mental health so i’m super busy getting ready to graduate in may!!!! (it only took me 12 years.)
now the article:
Liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology.
very interesting, albeit short article. looking forward to hearing more about this study (and more studies like it perhaps?)
[article via ann gleig on fb]
11th February 2011
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great article, definitely worth reading the whole thing!!
Some 60 percent of women who receive care in a Title X family-planning health center say it’s their main source of health care — not a supplement but a lifeline. That’s because 85 percent of them live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and two thirds lack health insurance. What do the House Republicans have in mind for these women and families? Gail Collins distilled their attitude beautifully in a recent New York Times column: “Let Them Use Leeches.”
1st February 2011
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You can send a pre-written message to your representative asking them to oppose HR3 through the National Network of Abortion Funds website. The message reads:
As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you say “NO” to H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” The bill, introduced by Representative Chris Smith on January 20th, would endanger women’s health and safety. It would make it more difficult than ever for a woman to obtain an abortion and force many women to use money they need for rent and food. It will push women to seek the cheapest possible abortion care, jeopardizing their lives. Our society should remove laws that stand in the way of critical reproductive health care, not increase obstacles. I urge you to oppose this and any other effort to make the Hyde Amendment permanent – and I urge you to oppose all restrictions on abortion care.
Thank you for supporting health and safety for every woman and family,
you are able to edit it and add things. it takes just a few seconds to send a message! do it now.
1st February 2011
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tiger beatdown has some great talking points and info on HR3.
- HR3 makes permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for a legal medical procedure. As it stands, Hyde must be renewed each year.
- HR3 will make it harder for rape victims to seek justice, by creating a hierarchy of rape that is based on the worst elements of rape culture. HR3 is based on the idea that “good” people are only raped by strangers and “good” people are the only ones deserving of medical care.
read the full article at tiger beatdown.
12th January 2011
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this is a moving account of what it is really like to live with and love someone with severe mental illness. the stigma is still far too great in this country. mental illness can range from mild to severe, and no matter what it is - depression, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, social anxiety - it is not something that a person should be vilified or blamed for. it is also not something that they can wish (or pray) away, just “get over”, or erase with positive thinking.
if you are not able to understand what it is like to live with mental illness, either that of a loved one or something that you experience yourself, you are lucky. that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t educate yourself about it, and that people who do deal with it don’t deserve understanding, respect, and empathy.
He returned to work and everyone pretended nothing had happened. But it had. Anyway, he didn’t get better. He’d get far worse before he’d get better.
Stew lost his job because he couldn’t work. He had six months of disability, and during that time we had insurance through Cobra. He had a psychiatrist, a therapist and many meds. Some made him sleepy, some made him angry, mostly they made him dull and foggy, and he became a ghost of himself. He saw things that weren’t there. He heard voices that weren’t there. He struggled with knowing what was real and what was not.
The diagnoses changed, he didn’t fit into a category. And then the disability and the health insurance ran out.
follow the link to read the full story at salon.
10th December 2010
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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) polling data.
Via Andrew Adam Caldwell: DADT polling data, Dec 2010. Use these numbers when calling Senators.
21st November 2010
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i really do not understand the logic of electing someone who wants to secede from the US…
A former head of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans post in Hot Springs, Mauch calls the Confederate flag “a symbol of Jesus Christ,” and is a current member of The League of the South, a group which works toward the formation of an independent Southern nation.
Founded in 1994 in Killen, Ala., The League of the South advocates for “the secession and subsequent independence of the southern states from this forced union and the formation of a southern republic,” according to the “Introduction” page on its website. The site also encourages members to “personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America” by home-schooling children and creating “parallel institutions to which people can attach their loyalties.”