Alabama Abortion Law: Lawmakers Outlaw Nearly All Abortions In The State : NPR

From the article:

The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening to ban nearly all abortions. The state House had already overwhelmingly approved the legislation. It’s part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion.

It would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened or in case of a lethal fetal anomaly.

The vote was 25-6, with one abstention.

Doctors in the state would face felony jail time up to 99 years if convicted. But a woman would not be held criminally liable for having an abortion.

Source: Alabama Abortion Law: Lawmakers Outlaw Nearly All Abortions In The State : NPR

The point is to force this to go to the Supreme Court, and try to overturn Roe vs Wade, and create a precedent to outlaw abortion in total.

I fucking hate the South right now. There might be good people that live there, but it’s a fucking hellhole for women’s rights, LGBTQ people, and racial inequality.

This is a big deal. This constant unrelenting attack on reproductive rights is exhausting and cruel.

I can guarantee you that women with money, like upper class white women, will not be half as effected. They will just pay the funds to fly to a different state and have it done. (The only moral abortion, being their abortion.)

It will be the poorer women, without the means, that will be stuck. In this case, it will also be the victims of rape and incest.

Arthritic woman arrested at Disney World for having CBD oil in her purse files lawsuit / Boing Boing

From the article:

Hester Burkhalter (69) of North Carolina was arrested at Disney World in Orlando for having a small bottle of CBD oil in her purse. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis extract and Burkhalter said her doctor told her to use it for her chronic arthritis pain. Now she is suing the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Disney World.

Source: Arthritic woman arrested at Disney World for having CBD oil in her purse files lawsuit / Boing Boing

CBD oil is legal in Florida. The woman is 69 and suffering from a chronic illness. This is the threat we are supposed to be worried about? Seriously?

Texas Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed ‘Pregnant’ Black Woman Outside of Her Apartment Complex

From the article:

During said struggle, the officer used his taser, which was allegedly wrestled out of his control by the woman and used on the officer. The officer then jumped to his feet and fired five shots, hitting her at least once. In a video of the altercation circulating online, the woman can be heard yelling “Why are you harassing me?” and “I’m pregnant!” prior to being shot.

Source: Texas Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed ‘Pregnant’ Black Woman Outside of Her Apartment Complex

The officer shot a pregnant woman, that clearly told him she was pregnant, five times while she was on the ground. FIVE FUCKING TIMES.

This is so fucking wrong.

Why desperate Americans are driving to Canada in caravans for insulin | CBC News

From the article:

Nystrom, who has Type 1 diabetes, requires insulin to stay alive. She is on a type of fast-acting insulin called NovoLog, which costs about $300 US a vial. The Canadian equivalent, NovoRapid, is about $30 per vial. She was shocked to learn about the price difference.

Source: Why desperate Americans are driving to Canada in caravans for insulin | CBC News

How long a vial lasts is dependent on your needs. Sometimes a vial of insulin only lasts a week.

The very notion that diabetics have to caravan to Canada to buy insulin to literally stay fucking alive is so wrong.

Here’s another instance from the article:

Lija Greenseid, who organized the Caravan to Canada, lives in St. Paul, Minn. Her 13-year-old daughter has Type 1 diabetes and she and her husband buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Last year, she said they spent $13,000 US just to obtain health insurance — and then $14,000 US out of pocket before her daughter’s insulin was covered.

“It’s a huge amount of money for us. Because of that, we didn’t put any money into our kids’ college savings accounts or put anything into retirement for the year. We really just had to pay our health-care bills,” Greenseid said.

“So now you can see why we do crazy things like go across the border and buy insulin.”

This should not be happening. People should not being going through extraordinary measures just to keep their kids alive. It should not bankrupt people to life.

I used to be a nurse. In my first career I have seen what happens to people that ration their insulin. Nothing good.

This is just wrong.

Watch this woman suddenly demean & spit on a gay man as he tries to ride the subway / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

A bystander on the Jubilee line of the London Underground caught a homophobic attack on film as one rider used anti-gay slurs and spit on another passenger.

The video of the apparently intoxicated woman, originally reported by the Daily Mail, was provided by an unnamed onlooker who said that the attack was unprovoked..

The short clip shows the woman shouting at a passenger while several other riders look on.

At the beginning of the clip, she tells the man, “because you’re gay I’m gonna be like, ‘nah, he’s gay, just let him go?’ No! Because you’re gay, even more, I’m going to violate you.”

Source: Watch this woman suddenly demean & spit on a gay man as he tries to ride the subway / LGBTQ Nation

I am not shocked that a violent asshole attacked an obviously gay man on the subway. That is the reality that LGBTQ face. If we leave our homes, and just exist in public, there are people like this woman that feel entitled to violence against us.

I fear this for my wife every time she leaves the house without me.

However, times are changing, as the another passengers in the car tried to stop her.

One Of The Top Voices For Women In Sports Doesn’t Think Caster Semenya Is A Woman

From the article:

It’s difficult to talk about women in sports without talking about the work of Nancy Hogshead-Makar. She won three gold medals as a swimmer in the 1984 Olympics, and that’s possibly the lesser part of her résumé given what she’s done since. She’s spent decades advocating for equality for women in sports, through her work with the Women’s Sports Foundation and later her own organization, Champion Women. She’s testified before Congress.She’s been profiled by Outside magazine for her work representing young athletes who’ve suffered sex abuse. She’s been quoted in countless national outlets—the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, and here at Deadspin—as an advocate for women in sports.

But for several days on Twitter, Hogshead-Makar has been arguing that South African runner Caster Semenya is not a woman. It began on Sunday, when Hogshead-Makar responded to a tweet about Semenya by saying “We must protect women’s sport for women’s bodies.”

Source: One Of The Top Voices For Women In Sports Doesn’t Think Caster Semenya Is A Woman

Caster Semenya is a woman. She’s not even a transgender woman. She’s not intersex. She’s just a woman, plain and simple.

I’m horrified that there are people trying to take away her achievements because she has an elevated testosterone level. All star athletes have higher testosterone levels.

There isn’t even a consensus on what elevated testosterone in a woman even means, medically.

This is a personal racist attack on Caster Semenya. It’s a way to cut a winning champion out of her wins because she does not match the white European ideals.

What they have put Semenya through is horrific. Lab tests, physical exams, and constantly questioning if she is really a woman. It’s enough to put me off the Olympics forever.

Trump administration is trying to strip a child of American citizenship because he has two dads / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

In 2016, Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks had two children via a surrogate and an anonymous egg donor in Toronto. Elad is Israeli, and Andrew has both American and Canadian citizenship. Andrew’s sperm was used to create Aidan, and Elad’s for Ethan, and both men are named on both of the boys’ birth certificates.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Related: Immigration officials asked these gay asylum seekers shocking questions & then rejected them

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Related: Immigration officials asked these gay asylum seekers shocking questions & then rejected them

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

Source: Trump administration is trying to strip a child of American citizenship because he has two dads / LGBTQ Nation

ICE and immigration departments in the US are devolving into a kind of petty evil I never thought I’d see in this lifetime.

I am really ashamed of my countries behavior.

New Report Details Failure of Nation’s Police Departments to Protect and Serve Transgender People | National Center for Transgender Equality

From the report:

Of the 25 largest police departments, the report found:

  • No department explicitly requires regular training on transgender interaction policies for all members across rank.

  • No department required for officers to respectfully record the name currently being used by the individual that is separate from the spaces used for legal names or aliases in Department forms.

  • No Department explicitly provides for transgender individuals to be transported along with individuals of the same gender identity.

  • Only two departments explicitly prohibited sexual conduct between officers and those in their custody

  • Out of the sixteen departments with holding facilities, only four adequately address access to hormone medications.

  • Out of the sixteen departments with holding facilities, 10 failed to provide specific guidance on housing placement for transgender individuals.

  • A majority of departments (16 of 25) fail to provide search procedures for transgender individuals and/or require members to perform searches based on sex as assigned at birth or genitalia.

  • Only nine of the 25 departments include gender identity and/or expression language in their non-discrimination policy, which is the best way to clarify that transgender people are protected.

Source: New Report Details Failure of Nation’s Police Departments to Protect and Serve Transgender People | National Center for Transgender Equality

This is not shocking. Dealing with the justice system when you are transgender is a never ending nightmare. I hope this report helps things to get better.

Suspected Colorado gunman joked about school shootings, friend says – CNN

From the article:

One of the suspects in the deadly Colorado school shooting is a bully who joked about shootings and threatened other students for years, a former friend said.

Source: Suspected Colorado gunman joked about school shootings, friend says – CNN

It’s not really shocking that the main instigator in the shooting was a young man that traded in violent threats and bullying. If you look back to the Columbine shooting, it’s much the same, despite the mythology of it all.

In fact, if you want a really good break down, Ask a Mortician does one of the best I’ve seen. She breaks it down in under under 14 minutes, how the mythology is so incredibly off base to what really happened.

Having another school shooting isn’t shocking in this country because there will always be violent young men, and we give them far too much access to guns. It’s that simple. Guns expedite the process of murder.

The shooting takes an unusual twist in that the second boy in the shooting was transgender. 

In all the usual news sources, this has become something of a sensationalistic point. Conservative hate-sites are just boiling over with this tidbit of news. In reality, transgender men have similar crime patterns as cis men.

As a transgender man, it’s sad to see someone going through what I have choose to become a fucking murderer. I know it’s going to end up used as a sensationalistic talking point by those that want to attack transgender people. It’s even possible that this might poke a hole in the invisible curtain that hides transgender men from view, culturally. It’s not exactly the kind of representation I was hoping for.

In all, I don’t have a lot of empathy towards anyone that engages in violence, even someone from my own community.

I am so tired of these events happening, and out lawmakers putting up their hands to give “thoughts and prayers” and not actually fixing the issue.

Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses – The New York Times

As a financial auditor, you can read this news one of two ways.

  1. Donald Trump is a terrible business man that loses money hand over fist, to the tune of 1 billion fucking dollars.
  2. Donald Trump is a liar, who cited loses to the tune of 1 billion fucking dollars to play the IRS and take advantage of loopholes in an egregious way.

Either way, this isn’t good. There is no way to spin this as a good things and it probably why his administration is fighting to keep his tax returns from coming out.

If I was a betting man, I would point to the second possibility because of the man’s history of lying, and bragging that he didn’t have to pay taxes. I suspect there are losses, but I also suspect there were lies.

This article really takes you through it in a non-accounting way, so it is interesting to read.