This past Sunday in Steubenville, Ohio, two adolescent males were convicted of a searingly self-defining crime, one that will mark these offenders, Cain-like…forever. They raped, by digital penetration, a 16-year-old female so drunk at the time of the offence that only through subsequent reconstruction – via the photos taken of the offenders by others and circulated among those present who did nothing to intervene, while she was repeatedly violated – did she actually understand the enormity of what had happened.… [Read more]
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued the historic Roe v. Wade decision. In making its decision, the court overturned a Texas interpretation of abortion law and, as a result, made pregnancy termination legal in the United States. In a vote of 7–2 the Supreme Court held that a set of Texas statutes that criminalised abortion violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy.… [Read more]
Take a guess. If you guessed congressional inaction then you guessed correctly. The common denominator for all of the issues is obstruction in the matter of doing something about them. In April 2012 the Violence Against Women Act was up for renewal but it was vehemently opposed by conservative Republicans who objected to extending the Act’s protections to same-sex couples.… [Read more]
In the center of Paris, an exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, C’étaient des Enfants, chronicles the story of the children who were deported to the war camps during World War II. A number of these children disappeared right from our neighborhood; almost every school within ten blocks of our home has a plaque to commemorate the children who were taken.… [Read more]
Meritocracy is driven by an abiding faith - true progressive thinking is powered by good ideas, irrespective of their place of origin on the conventional political spectrum. Too many avowedly passionate Americans give otherwise sensible social solutions the swift heave-ho because, well… ‘they’, those rotten, lying bastards on ‘the other side’ thought of it! Not exactly consistent with the collective pursuit of excellence that elevates a society.… [Read more]
Google told me today, thankfully, that “genius and madness are akin.”
We are enthralled in the dramatics displayed by some shockingly misguided and delusional beliefs expressed by a man who’s mother may not… [Read more] have told him that elves are make-believe. It is a display of how “we,” as a nation, allow powerful men to assume they have the right to say what they want without challenge from the people.
Many Americans were disgusted at Congressman Todd Akin’s outrageous claim that woman do not get pregnant when raped. He says he believes, doctors have told him women have a process of shutting down their reproductive system when being ‘legitimately’ raped and that’s the reason there are so few births by rape.
We all know what Congressman Akin was saying; we have deciphered ‘Republican Speak’ many times over when they use racist statements in describing Barack Obama.… [Read more]
For his entire political career, Republican Congressman Todd Akin, US Representative for the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, has injected his religion into his job, working tirelessly to ban all abortions, including when unwanted pregnancy results from forcible rape.
Now, the Congressman is in hot water for referring to rape, an act of extreme violence and domination, as “legitimate rape” in his television interview on KTVI-TV (a Fox affiliate, naturally) a few days ago, as if any rape can be thought of as legitimate.… [Read more]
Dear Daniel Tosh,
Dude. You messed up. Big time.
I know you want to blame everyone else or blow it off and use the tired excuse of “just kidding!” but let me repeat, YOU MESSED UP.
Let me handle this the way I would if you were a teenager in my classroom and you just said that to a girl in class who was uncomfortable with you joking about rape.… [Read more]
The last two episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” that I saw really got to me. Both started with rapes – one particularly violent and disturbing because it took place in a mental hospital.
Maybe I’ve lost my spine because, lately, I’m having trouble looking at such things — and that means I can’t tolerate a lot of television these days.… [Read more]