Recent Article on Insane Legislation

(via www.deathandtaxesmag.com)

“Georgia’s newest bat-shit crazy anti-women’s health bill that suggests the death penalty for women who have abortions will never become law. It will however, continue to waste lawmakers’ time and divert us from bills that are passable and potentially harmful.

The bill, presented by GA state Rep. Bobby Franklin—whose past suggestions include the bill that tried to change “victims” of rape and domestic violence into “accusers”—states that abortions and miscarriages caused by “human involvement” would be a felony that would be punishable by life in prison or death. The bill is amazingly offensive for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the clause about miscarriages—an extremely common, traumatic event that is not fully understood by medical professionals.

This isn’t the first amazingly offensive anti-women’s health bill this year. South Dakota considered a law that will expand “justified homicide” to make it possible to legally murder abortion doctors, and the GOP’s hotly debated Rape vs. Rape-Rape bill sought to redefine rape so that federal funds could only cover victims of “forcible rape.” It was quickly abandoned.

None of these crazy-ass bills will pass—all they’ll do is make the same divisive points about when life begins, offend thousands of women who can’t believe they’re still fighting this battle, and influence teeny-boppers like Justin Bieber and Kanye West to make confusing, poorly-conceived comments about reproductive health.

The problem with these right field bills is twofold. First, they’re a massive waste of time for our lawmakers who are extremely busy with much more pressing matters like trying to balance the budget, uphold universal healthcare and secure equal rights for gays.

Second, they’re a red herring for real bills that actually do have an impact on women’s health, like the GOP’s initiative to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. They also divert attention from laws like the one in Kentucky that requires doctors to give ultrasounds one hour before administering an abortion, forcing women to either watch or hear a verbal description of the ultrasound—a procedure which is tantamount to torture.

Abortion is a divisive, emotional issue. These bills, which are insane, are a waste of everyone’s time and they divert the public’s attention from bills that are actually passable as opposed to culture-war fueling nonsense.”

What do you think? I guess this post hints at mine.

Cheers (I guess),
Eric

It Gets Better

This video is a few months old and most of you have probably already seen it, but in case you haven’t, I wanted to post it. It is adopted as part of the “It Gets Better” campaign which seeks to encourage and give hope to GLBT youth who are dealing with the stresses of bullying and harassment. Take a look. It’s a great video and a good reminder for anyone who works with youth in any capacity.

Cheers,
Eric

Review: Iron & Wine “Kiss Each Other Clean”

Before I start into the new album (released just yesterday), I should say this: to say I’m an Iron & Wine fan is a gross understatement. I love everything Sam Beam does. I’ve worn out CDs from too much use and abuse in my car. I first heard Iron & Wine in 2004 when their sophomore release “Our Endless Numbered Days” was released. The smooth vocals and seamless acoustic guitar riffs seemed almost transcendent on quiet, cloudless nights. Now that he has followed up his 2007 album, “Shepherd’s Dog”, with the release of the new LP “Kiss Each Other Clean”, that’s all changed.

From start to finish, there will be a nice blend of familiar and alien for fans of Iron & Wine. His voice is still smooth. There is still those quick, rhythmic guitar riffs. However on the new release, they are infused with funky bass lines and the occasional saxophone fill. Which makes one thing official: Sam Beam has gone pop — at least the kind of pop you might have heard on public radio occupied by a band of hippie visionaries in the early 70’s.

Parts of it seem Beach Boys. Parts seem white-man-James-Brown-ish. All is created out of a place of imagination and wonder of a man who should certainly win the Grammy for Best Country Ballad That Came Out of Left Field for the 5th track on the album entitled \”Half Moon\”*. All in all, it’s hard to see where Sam will go next. But if “Kiss Each Other Clean” has proven anything, it’ll be a place worth following.

Cheers,
Eric

*This is the only (good) version I could find and it’s not as “country-ized” as it is on the  album. Enjoy!

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