Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday insisted that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be overturned and that people with preexisting conditions should be denied coverage if they had never had insurance before.
During an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, host Jay Leno told Romney that he knew people that had never been able to get insurance before “Obamacare” was passed.
“It seems to me like children and people with preexisting conditions should be covered,” Leno noted.
“People with preexisting conditions — as long as they’ve been insured before, they’re going to continue to have insurance,” Romney explained.
“Suppose they were never insured?” Leno asked.
“Well, if they’re 45 years old, and they show up, and they say, I want insurance, because I’ve got a heart disease, it’s like, `Hey guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you’re well, and if you get ill, then you’re going to be covered,’” Romney replied.
“We grow up being told that anger is bad. Good girls do not express their anger, good girls play nice, they accommodate, they please. It is time we start looking at anger differently. Why are we so bent on suppressing this anger when for so many, it is the only emotion left in the face of injustice? Why should young women appear compliant and docile when they are obviously being subjected to violence or inequity? Why shouldn’t anger be a legitimate drive for our politics? Change will not come because we ask for permission, change will happen because we leave no other alternative.”—Flavia Dzodan, “Show them how to resist: Connecting girls, inspiring futures” at Tiger Beatdown (via morecoffee)
“I’m trying to figure out how insulated one has to be from the wider world to be shocked! shocked! that racism is pervasive in American culture, and among American teens. Those wide-eyed tweets about Rue’s death being less sad because she’s black clearly come straight from the brains of adolescents (nearly all of them white, presumably) who have bathed in subtly and overtly racist culture since birth, absorbed far too much of it, and not yet learned to second-guess or even censor themselves when they parrot its tenets. They’re surprising only if you haven’t noticed that when real people of color are killed, there’s always an immediate attempt to justify or downplay the deaths. Art imitates life; reactions to art likewise imitate life.”—
Really, men hardly listen to women. It’s funny that our whole society and all of our so-called “relationship advice” treats this phenomenon like it’s natural rather than a symptom of patriarchy/ men thinking they’re more important than women.
Our culture with regards to our military is so incredibly hypocritical. On the one hand we essentially worship the military as a civic religion, and on the other we treat our troops as if they are mindless automatons or plastic game pieces on a chess board.
“To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”—Theodore Roosevelt From a letter to J. C. Martin, November 9, 1908 (via retrocampaigns)
“There are people who were gay and lived the gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore. I don’t know if that’s the similar situation or that’s the case for anyone that’s black. It’s a behavioral issue as opposed to a color of the skin issue, and that’s the diff for serving in the military.”—
Rick Santorum has never seen a black person irl (via redsuspenders)
im reading words but i don’t know what they are trying to say
Florida law allows for the use of deadly force in certain extreme scenarios. Deadly force is permitted in order to protect oneself or another person from death or serious bodily harm, or to prevent a forcible felony such as rape, robbery, burglary, or kidnapping. Florida law specifically notes that verbal threats are not justification for the use of deadly force, nor are most physical fights. It seems highly implausible that a physical attack by one unarmed 140 pound teenager would be able to inflict on an adult male with a deadly weapon would ever truly merit the use deadly force. Under Florida law deadly weapon does not even have to be fired to secure a conviction for battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, or improper display of a firearm. In 1987, a Florida woman was convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm for brandishing an unloaded gun at a mechanic. The woman, a mother of three with no prior charges or convictions, had to serve a mandatory three-year sentence.
“Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said there is no evidence to dispute self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman’s assertion that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin out of self-defense.”
As an attorney, who is also a woman of color, who is also a daughter and sister and cousin to men of color, hearing this is some insane bs. To put it simply, you are permitted to protect yourself and others. You are not however allowed to unreasonably escalate the level of violence. So, if you’ve just hit me a few times, but there’s no basis for me believing that my life is in danger (you’re not 10x my size, you don’t have some instrumentality that could endanger my life, etc.) I can respond, but I cannot do something that will likely result in your death.
So this “no evidence to disputethat it wasn’t self defense” is already a misnomer. Self-defense only stays self-defense if your response is on equal footing to the initial aggression. Here, not only is there a question as to who was the aggressor (all signs point to Zimmerman) but the response of shooting someone a hundred pounds lighter than you that has no weapon, is insane. And based on the information that has been released, there is no indication that the child said that he had a weapon or that Zimmerman would have any reason to believe his life was in danger.
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.”—Zooey Deschanel (via sugar-and-heartbreak)
“Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion.”
There is just SOO much wrong with this statement that I can’t even begin to describe my rage. I’m sorry, and I don’t really judge based on political parties, but I think I’m against all of the Republican candidates in this election. (via beccabear93)
Wow. Just wow. Because Newt totally follows that traditional religion completely by the Book…
An Ohio State Senator is turning the tables on men seeking to regulate women’s access to reproductive health. Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced legislation regulating men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs. The Dayton Daily News has the details:
Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.
The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week.
A critic of efforts to restrict abortion and contraception for women, Turner says she is concerned about men’s reproductive health… Turner said if state policymakers want to legislate women’s health choices through measures such as House Bill 125, known as the ‘Heartbeat bill,’ they should also be able to legislate men’s reproductive health.
Turner’s bill tracks FDA guidelines which recommends doctors determine whether the root cause of men’s sexual disfunction is physical or psychological. She describes her bill as an effort to “legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb.”
There have been similar efforts in other states. An Illinois bill would require men to watch a “horrific video” on the side effects of Viagra. In Virginia, Sen. Janet Howell (D) submitted a bill requiring men to undergo a digital rectal exam before recieving a prescription for erectile disfunction drugs.
I hope Rick Santorum is sitting in the food court when Bill Murray walks up, takes a huge bite out of his burger and a handful of fries, tells him “No one will ever believe you,” and then no one believes him.
“There is a dangerous myth going around this country that sexism doesn’t exist anymore, that we have gotten past it and that ‘alarmist’ feminists are an outdated nuisance. Warnings like, ‘Oh, watch out—here comes the feminazi!’ abound in our culture, as if for a woman, entitling yourself to an opinion puts you on par with followers of the Third Reich.”—Margaret Cho (via morewaterdeeperbreaths)
There are a few folks Tumbling about how they disagree with the use of abortion as contraception. The sheer ignorance of that statement demonstrates to me that the folks making this point don’t know much about significance of reproductive freedom and why we advocate for progressive policies on reproduction.
The country with the lowest abortion rate in the world is The Netherlands, and they have legal abortion access. They also have the following:
Mandatory, medically accurate sex education. (You might not know that several states that do have ‘sex education’ lie about the effectiveness and use of contraception, deliberately.)
Full socialized womens health care. That’s right, birth control for anyone who wants it and the knowledge to use it correctly. (Which if you haven’t noticed, many of the crusaders against birth control don’t fucking know how it works.)
Sex positivity. That’s right, they don’t buy into the antiquated, draconian notion that sex is a bad thing, nor do they shame people who enjoy it.
They’ve accomplished the goals that we in America want to see: making abortion legal, safe, and rare.
Being that we can point to The Netherlands’ polices on reproduction as proof that liberal policies actually prevent abortion, one has to wonder what constitutes the real goals of so-called ‘pro life’ people?
We learned the answer to that when Darrell Issa barred women from testifying on birth control access, and the answer is statutory misogyny.