This recap was written prior to the sad news last night about the death of Whitney Houston.
I was dismayed and disgusted to see some very callous and cruel judgments being made about her on some social network sites almost immediately following the announcement. She was given a great gift, which she shared with the world while dealing with pressures and personal demons few of us can even imagine. I prefer to remember her for the beauty of her soul, the talented little girl in the church choir who grew up to be the legend and did the best she could.
May you find the peace in death that often eluded you in life, beautiful lady.
If we’re going to revisit the 1970s, I want my perky boobs back…
Hard to believe that in 2012 we are still arguing issues about a woman’s right to control her own body.
Catholic bishops expressed outrage this week when the President announced that Catholic hospitals, like all other institutions employing and serving the general public, would have to offer health plans with free contraception coverage to its female employees. Birth control has long been against the teachings of the Church, possibly due to a concern about a diminished supply of altar boys.
While that bastion of old white men cries "foul," it's no secret that the majority of Catholic women have been telling the Church to shove it on this issue for decades.
Republicans in Congress, recognizing a good diversion from their failure to create a single jobs bill despite having control of the House since 2010, jumped on the bandwagon accusing the President of “declaring a war on religion.”
The Republicans would know a lot about war, having created the current one on the middle class.
Meanwhile, GOP flavor-of-the-week Rick Santorum did them all one better by declaring contraception to be a “danger to this country,” and “counter to how things are supposed to be.” Apparently, “how things are supposed to be” are embodied in the revolving door vagina of TV’s most-prolific-family-not-on-Animal Planet, the Duggars, who have publicly endorsed Google-Me-Elmo, calling Santorum “the next best thing to Jesus.”
“Personhood” legislation defining life as beginning at conception continues to pop up on state ballots despite having been defeated even in Mississippi, a state abundant with the spawn of first cousins.
Women are not taking this lying down. In Oklahoma, state senator Constance Johnson added her own amendment to the legislation: “Any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman’s vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”
Nothing like the potential criminalization of her male colleagues’ favorite pastime to get their attention.
While at CPAC, the yearly gathering of the right-wing’s most-likely-to-assassinate-a-doctor, among the freebies lucky attendees could score were these tiny rubber fetuses. Take two! They’re small! Do these people know how to have fun or what? And just to make sure no one accused them of racism, notice the diversity of color, because these whack jobs are nothing if not sensitive. Just imagine the delight of their children when they greet Mom and Dad at the door, jumping up and down and shouting, “What did you bring me?”
Monty Python said it best. Every sperm is sacred.
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