The Texas legislature tried to push through some of the strongest anti-abortion bills in the US this last weekend.
"The meeting had been called with only two hours’ notice and was held in a
tiny room without a live video feed or seating for members of the
public or media."
I don't like this kind of sneakiness. I do admire the hundreds of pro-choice people who tried to be heard at the legislature but were eventually shut down. I don't like that you probably won't hear a thing about this on the news.
"I'm sitting in the Senate galley right now, impressed as hell not only
at the 1000+ who came out yesterday and the who were still standing
strong at 3:24 a.m., but also at the family with 4 young boys who are
clearly taking a day out of their summer vacation to get a real-life
civics lesson. More power to the moms and dads who have the patience,
forethought, and commitment to teach their children why and how our
political process matters for everyone. A gentle and powerful reminder
that women's rights are human rights."
"Not 3 citizens waiting to give testimony -- 300. I was at the Capitol
until around 11:00 PM last night. It was overwhelming to see the huge
number of supporters decked out in orange to protest the bill. And
disheartening to see Republican legislators refuse to listen to us."
The bill's sponsor stopped answering questions about her bill after the
first two hours after she got into trouble denying Democratic
amendments. When Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, called for an
exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest, Rep. Jody
Laubenberg, R-Parker, explained why she felt it was unnecessary.
"In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out," she said, comparing the procedure to an abortion."The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development."
Her apparent confusion about "rape kits" — a phrase generally used to
describe the equipment used by medical personnel during forensic
examinations to gather physical evidence following allegations of rape
or sexual assault — sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites.
Laubenberg, who has difficulty debating bills, then simply rejected all
proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the
I'm sorry, but this kind of marked ignorance and lack of understanding upsets the hell out of me.
I saw Robin Skelton speak once. I think it was at the Kamloops Library. I totally love this poem. I had it taped to my fridge for a long time while I cast spells of my own. Eureka, they seem to have worked!
Let in the clear,
let in the bright
that my love meet
her dream tonight.
Let in the smooth,
let in the warm
that sleep may keep
my love from harm.
Let in the moon,
let in the stars
to watch my love
through these still hours.
Let in the peace,
let in the peace
that all my love’s
long sadness cease.
1. Are easily bored check 2. Are willing to take risks check 3. Don’t like rules check!! 4. Ask “what if…” check 5. Make lots of mistakes CHECK! 6. Collaborate, check 7. Are generous check 8. Are independent check 9. Experiment check 10. Motivate themselves check 11. Work hard check 12. Aren’t alone (sometimes feel that way) check
In 2013, the republican party has initiated over 300 initiatives to control women's access to birth control. Unless people want to return to the 1950's (when you risked pregnancy every time you had sex) people had better wake up and pay attention. They want to over turn Roe vs. Wade.
Here is one example and one courageous woman's voice raised against their actions.
I was on my way home from Cranbrook and came upon this terrible accident at the Skookumchuk bridge. The road was closed for about three hours and as there isn't really an alternate route, I was pretty late getting home. There hasn't been a whiff of news reporting about it yet.
There was also a couple of young men that went missing. They were driving to Canal Flats from White Tail Lake. I don't think there will be good news concerning that accident either.
For the first time in weeks, a day for myself. I scored about 9 meters of raw silk at the thrift store yesterday and I am going to experiment with it. The color is actually an uglier shade of green than it appears in this photo. I am going to try dyeing some of it with my dharma trading fiber reactive dyes. I downloaded their instructions from the internet, so we will see how this goes. I hope to fill up this day with sewing, painting and dyeing. Woohoo!
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