What We Missed

How did we miss this? On Wednesday, the Senate rejected the House Republican spending bill, including the Pence Amendment that would defund Planned Parenthood and other Title X-funded clinics. Now, back to the table for “negotiations.”

This is what class war looks like.

Pema Levy at Tapped on fetal pain laws, and how little about pain they actually are.

The “Congressional Theater” of Peter King’s Muslim Hearings.

Since marriage equality was passed, the state of marriage in Washington, DC is twice as strong as it was before.

Miriam is representing Feministing at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) conference this weekend. She’ll be presenting on a panel with Latoya Peterson from Racialicious tomorrow, called Tech Power to the People. Check it out if you’re in Austin for SXSWi!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    “Since marriage equality was passed, the state of marriage in Washington, DC is twice as strong as it was before.”

    As awesome as it is that same-sex couples can marry in DC, it is a gross exaggeration to look at marriage rates doubling from one year to the next (rather than looking at the total portion of adult residents who are married) as marriage somehow becoming twice as strong. These marriage rates are going to drop heavily over the next one or so years, but it won’t mean marriage is getting weaker — it’ll just mean the backlog built up by an immoral law will be mostly cleared out.

    It is notable that Peter King is unwilling to deal with radicalization and terrorism in general (instead of just his pet target — which I think qualifies as religious bigotry by itself), because he himself is/was a radical who supported the Irish Republican Army. It would be one thing if he actually owned up to how badly the IRA acted, but for him to say things like it doesn’t matter because it wasn’t against the United States shows how unqualified he is to investigate radicalization objectively. But the unwillingness to deal with radicalization in general actually causes efforts on Islamic radicalization to fall short. You can’t find the context for what makes radical Muslims without looking at radical Christians, radical Whites, radical Blacks, and so on, because these groups are interrelated. In the end, he is an ineffectual Joe McCarthy, but he will probably also escape the blowback he richly deserves.

  2. Posted March 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    These constant budget cuts while the government bails out corporations is disheartening. I’ve seen some stuff lately that’s been very enlightening about the current state of our economy and our planet (environmental crisis, hunger and poverty, war and violence, etc). 

    I highly recommend investing 10 minutes in watching this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=911PGB_wFpw

    And then the full-length film: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w

    And learn more here: 
    http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/the-venus-project-introduction/faq

    I believe a society that values our health over profit is long overdue.
    Much love and peace =)

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