Friendly reminder that Xellos is actually a cone.
Or as Adlay put it: POISONED ICE CREAM CONE!
So apparently the US senate may have come up with a way to forestall more squabbling until about mid January
But what’s even more horrifying is that THIS ABORTION BILL PASSED THE TEXAS SENATE.
All of Wendy Davis’ hard work, her filibuster, they didn’t even care. They got it passed anyway.
You disgust me, Texas government.
This needs to change.
"If you are angry about what happened in Texas tonight — and what’s happening in other states all around the country — there is something you can do about it," spokeswoman Dawn Laguens said. “Register to vote, and vote for candidates who will protect women’s access to health care."
American politics are literally terrifying at the moment, and I don’t really know if I’m looking forward to the breaking point of all this polarized bickering or not.
LET’S CLEAR A MISCONCEPTION THAT’S RUNNING RAMPANT AROUND TUMBLR RIGHT NOW.
The Supreme Court did NOT rule that the Voting Rights Act is irrelevant today, and any source that tells you otherwise is incorrect. They did rule that the act, while still necessary, was outdated - as it was created in 1965, and the zoning map that accompanied the law no longer corresponds adequately with the demographics of current America. The Supreme Court ruled to continue to uphold the act, but with a change in the map to better reflect the modern day conditions.
However - and this is where the real problem comes in - it is unclear (and frankly, unlikely) whether or not our partisan Congress will be able to come to an agreement on which state’s need to be monitored for voter suppression. If they do not agree on a new map, this will effectively dismantle the Voting Rights Act, and make it impossible to enforce. This is something to worry about and fight against, yes - but you can’t run around saying that the Supreme Court ‘struck down’ a law when it didn’t, even if that’s the projected effect that it will take.
This is Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D), and she needs to be known and recognized right alongside Senator Wendy Davis.
She couldn’t be at the start of the senate session because her father died in a car crash last week and the funeral was the day of Davis’ filibuster. She left the funeral to lend her voice to Davis’ cause and worked her ass off to make it count. She made so many parliamentary inquiries on behalf of the filibuster that it’s now become the new slogan of the Texas rebellion. When Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the acting Senate president, attempted to skip over and ignore her inquiries time and time again and seemed to purposely skip over her in favor of the men, she had this to say: “At what point must a female senator raise her hand, or her voice, to be heard over the male colleagues in the room?”. She put the needs of herself aside in favor of her people; for the women that needed her to speak up when they couldn’t.
Let’s add Leticia Van de Putte to the list of important names to know.
Thousands of people are protesting against the government right now because of the violence and injustice they’ve been subjected to when they were peacefully protesting against government’s decision to cut down the trees and demolish a park.
Please share and let the world know that these people will not stand this torment and injustice anymore. They are chanting “We’ll have revolution!” and “Government resign!” and courageously resisting the police against the tear gas and physical brutality.
The following link will take you to the Republican State Leadership Committee’s website, where the article describes how Democratic candidates for the U.S. House won 1.1 million more votes than Republican candidates, yet republicans still control the house.
Basically, this entire article is a boast about how gerrymandering has paid off for the GOP.
Yet, I’m willing to bet something important to me - like my first cup of coffee tomorrow morning, that republican voters will simply dismiss this by saying that “the other side does it too.”
No matter the fact that here we have the Republican State Leadership Committee gleefully boasting that they are subverting the will of the people.
It’s only the 2nd day of new year, I shouldn’t already want to quit. Let’s not protect anyone because those we deem unworthy may benefit as well. Fantastic job Washington, glad to see your agenda of serving yourselves and your egos hasn’t changed.
One of the jokes I have often made about so-called personhood amendments is that if you give a fertilized egg full rights as a person, you should get to claim them on your taxes, too.
Suddenly, that joke is a lot less funny.
Michigan Republicans are now pushing a bill that would grant a tax credit to any fetus proven to be at least 12 weeks along by December 31st. Calling it an “advance” on the actual tax break the family would receive the next calendar year, the GOP frames the financial help as a chance to offset expenses with pregnancy.
“You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of,” [bill sponsor Rep. Jud] Gilbert said of the rationale behind allowing fetuses to be claimed as income tax exemptions. “Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.”
The bill, if it passed, would provide about $160 per family and would cost the state $5 million to $10 million per year, according to the report. Hospital costs associated with a pregnancy tend to range in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, especially for women without health insurance. In the meantime, the state has continued to fight against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the state insurance exchange.
The lack of financial impact the tax credit would offer families make it clear that this move isn’t about family support, but about reproductive rights. Zach Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan, calls the move for exactly what it is — redefining “personhood” via the tax code. He said in a press release:
“This is really a backdoor way of passing extreme personhood legislation, which has been rejected by voters in states across the country. Even worse, this would create a special new tax credit for unborn fetuses, after Lansing Republicans eliminated the tax credit for living, breathing children last year. It’s time for our elected leaders to get their priorities straight and start working together to create good jobs and improve education.”
Provide extra support for a fetus while cutting off aid to those who are born? Anti-choice politicking at its best.
Well, look here, more proof that they care about fetuses more than actual children. Surprise, surprise
So this would provide negligible help to a pregnant mother, but provides a foot in the door to declare a fetus a “person”. The wording declares the true intent of the credit.
I’m all in favor of a tax credit for expectant mothers, not for unborn fetuses. Probably some minor changes in wording here would make for something desirable. Or would it? Would bigoted conservatives really be in favor of giving a tax break to “unmarried whores who got themselves knocked up due to their own irresponsibility”? No? But it would accomplish the exact same thing financially. It just wouldn’t allow you to use this credit as an excuse for a fucking person-hood bill later on.