Monthly Archives: February 2009

Murder, HIV and Mothers

Is it just me, or are the GOP crazies getting crazier every day?  I mean, I always knew there were some nucking futs out there, but it is a story like this that really hammers it home.  

Democrats were outraged Wednesday morning when Republican state Sen. Dave Schultheis said he planned to vote against a bill to require HIV tests for pregnant women because the disease “stems from sexual promiscuity” and he didn’t think the Legislature should “remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior.” The Colorado Springs lawmaker then proceeded to cast the lone vote against SB 179, which passed 32-1 and moves on to the House.

I would just love to hear the Republican’s take on this.  If anyone finds one, please send it to me and I’ll add it.  Below is a transcript (done by the Colorado Independent) of this audio clip.

 

Thank you, Madam President. You know, this was a difficult bill for me. I voted yes in committee on it because of discussions surrounding the fact that — well, let me just basically say this, it basically modifies the communicable disease laws and it requires the health care providers to test pregnant women for HIV unless they opt out. And that’s basically, that’s the main part of this bill. I voted yes on it. I was a little bit troubled with my vote and was just wondering what was bothering me. I woke up the next morning — Thursday morning — at 5 a.m. and I wrestled with this bill for another hour from 5 to 6 and finally came to the conclusion I’m going to be a no vote on this. I’m trying to think through what the role of government is here. And I am not convinced that part of the role of government should be to protect individuals from the negative consequences of their actions.

Sexual promiscuity, we know, causes a lot of problems in our state, one of which, obviously, is the contraction of HIV. And we have other programs that deal with the negative consequences — we put up part of our high schools where we allow students maybe 13 years old who put their child in a small daycare center there.

We do things continually to remove the negative consequences that take place from poor behavior and unacceptable behavior, quite frankly, and I don’t think that’s the role of this body.

As a result of that I finally came to the conclusion I would have to be a no vote on this because this stems from sexual promiscuity for the most part, and I just can’t vote on this bill and I wanted to explain to this body why I was going to be a no vote on this.

 

Also, in a quote coming late in the day is something that is causing me to lose faith in humanity.  This was said by a state senator.  Please keep that in mind while reading it.

“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

I have no words.  I really don’t.  This coming only days after  Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe compared homosexuality to murder in a debate over a bill sponsored by Veiga that would expand health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.  Video to his words below.

Besides that whole “separation of church and state” nonsense being ignored, how the hell did this man, who seems unable to put a sentence together, get elected?

Crossposted at Feministing Community and it made the front page of Feministing!

Site Review: Lymabean

Verdict: Small, but awesome.  You HAVE to sign up.

I found it while running with scissors around the internet, and fell in love with the design.  It feels like nothing else I’ve encountered.  I love the format.  Downside, it’s tiny.  I mean, really tiny.  Not in ideas or content, but there are just very few people on there.  Give this one a few more months, or sign up and invite your friends who could invite their friends, and so on.  You’ll have fun just signing up.

Lymabean: “The social networking-ish site for college students only.”  Also, not as boring as the guy in the video’s voice.

Acceptance Letter Saga

Jan 9th – UofL tour!  Super excited!  Talk to everyone I lay eyes on, with mixed results, and turn in the last of my documents to the admissions office.  Go to lunch, throw up for no obvious reason.  Continue to walk around campus and meet Terri, the super amazing equine program coordinator.  Be generally excited, giddy and annoying to all I meet.  I’m an incoming freshman, it’s my job.

Jan 11th – Jan 30th – Check my email every 30 seconds all day, all night, jump when my phone buzzes and tells me I have mail.  Check my snail mail twice a day, even though the mail only comes once a day.  Refuse to call UofL for updates for the risk of being annoying.

Feb 2nd – Finally call UofL.  Told that they are behind because of the Great Ice Storm of ’09, to call tomorrow or later in the week.  Freak out because, as a Georgia girl, I’ve seen snow less than a dozen times.

Feb 3rd – Called back.  Informed of my acceptance, that the letter was mailed that morning and will be there Monday.  Dance around like crazy, be generally excited and party.

Feb 4th- 9th – Patiently wait on the letter, still checking the mail too many times.

Feb 10th – Call UofL after hearing rumor that letters sent immediately after the ice storm were being returned to colleges because of mail confusion.  Be assured that if it isn’t there by Thursday to call back.

Feb 12th – Call back at 3pm, get voice mail.  Check mail again, call back at 4:30pm and 4:50pm.  Voicemail.

Feb 13th – Write this, wondering if I’ll get my letter on Friday the 13th or if I’ll have to wait until Monday.  Plan to call the admissions office at 8:59 am.

I’m pretty much convinced at this point that the USPS is holding my acceptance letter to UofL hostage.  I’m not sure for what (a cookie?) but there is no reason it shouldn’t be here.  It should have been here Friday, but here we are early next Friday morning without it.  I get my mail at a place that is in a shopping center close to my horses, so I have to drive by there every day regardless.  I call every day some time between 1pm and 2:30pm, hoping the mail truck has arrived, usually to be told to call back a little later and maybe it will come.  When the truck does get there, I’ve been left alone, letterless.

I’m impatient for a number of reasons.  Firstly, I’m just damned impatient.  B, I have to apply for the Academic Common Market in order to get in-state tuition, and the earlier I do that the better.  Thirdly, I am excited to be going to college.  Also, see #1.

I’ll update with Acceptance Letter Saga Part 2 soon, hopefully.  As soon as I get it.  Which, the way this is going, may not be until I graduate.

Linkage

Feministing: Georgia republicans want to ban queer theory in state colleges (with lolcat)

Feministe: PETA dresses as KKK members in a protest outside the AKC.  If they would have thought this out, they would have gone as Nazis.  Just saying.

AZStarNet: Comcast asking the FBI to solve its porn interruption

RH Reality Check: They Came With My Body

The Ridiculant: New Pepsi Logo that I’m still trying to figure out.

Cracked: 8 TV Ads That Hate Women.  Is it cool to only me that Cracked is the one doing this?

Consumerist: Choose Your Own Adventure, Mandatory Binding Arbitration Style

The Great Stallion Search of ’09

As some of you know, I raise Tennessee Walkers.  As a huge part of life, they are going to part of this blog.  By huge part of my life, I mean the only other things I do are hop on the computer now and again to kill time when I’m not making horse phonecalls, working with horses, or cleaning tack.  So much a part of my life, I’m getting a business degree specially tailored for the industry (which I am excited about), but that’s another story.  This part of the story is all about getting one of my mares knocked up by the right guy. Continue reading

Linkage

Salon: The Great Girl Gross-Out

Reuters: Holocaust-Denying Bishop Removed

Sociological Images: On Gender, the US Workforce, and Recession <- must read!

Consumerist: Great Moments in Commercial History – FarmersOnly.com

Not Always Right: Coming Soon: Laptop Loofas

ABC: First US Face Transplant Patient Leaves Hospital 

Google Images: Darwin Is — 

News.com.au: Victoria’s Killer Fires (Photo gallery)

Learning to Love the Cardinal

 

Can we talk about something weird?  I mean really weird?  Something that disturbs me on a deep level?

My school’s mascot.  It’s a growling cardinal.  And that weirds me out.

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