"When you don’t support access to a safe and legal abortion, you are telling women they are not the most able to decide what to do with their bodies. When you advocate against abortion, when you clearly state you want it outlawed, you are showing a total lack of information and knowledge of women’s reproductive health, social problems, and the horrifying time before roe v wade made abortion legal. Obviously, having an abortion is an incomprehensibly difficult decision (for most, though probably not all women) and to uniformly oppose it shows a complete and total disconnect from women’s health and needs.
And let me just say this, you are either part of the solution, of encouraging elected officials to support a women’s right to choose or you are a apart of the antiquated group who would like to go back to the days where women shove coat hangers in their vaginas or take dangerous concoctions of medicines. Because abortion will never be unnecessary, because there will always be gaps in sexual education, rapes, and unwanted, unplanned pregnancies, I will always trust women and support their right to choose."
I would embed this video, but either the person running The Offspring's YouTube account are idiots or Sony BMG are control freaks (guessing the latter). Aren't record companies dead yet? Anyway, the reason for posting this is a) this song has become oddly classic in my mind, reminding me of the last year of school and soft American punk bands blowing up big in the mainstream and b) that was in 1998. 11 years ago. Christ.
Responding to the report in The Telegraph, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, "If I wanted to read a write-up of how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League Cup, I'd might open up a British newspaper. If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I'm not entirely sure it'd be the first pack of clips I'd pick up."
...and this is why the rest of the world hates you America. This is why. I thought the Obama administration was supposed to be working on foreign reputation? Robert Gibbs, you are a stupid asshole, take your crappy American media and your spin and GTFO.
"The Church of Scientology has gone on trial in the French capital, Paris, accused of organised fraud.[BBC News]
The case centres on a complaint by a woman who says she was pressured into paying large sums of money after being offered a free personality test. The church, which is fighting the charges, denies that any mental manipulation took place. France regards Scientology as a sect, not a religion, and the organisation could be banned if it loses the case."
"President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009. The youngster wanted to see if the President's haircut felt like his own."
- 2009 is a blog by David Horvitz filled with suggestions for livening up your day and making it more meaningful. An example and it's end result. I have some others saved in Google Reader to try in the future.
- Beauty Icons by Tavi. It's been a while since I've posted a link dump, so I'm not sure if this is a repeat, but let me just say this: if Tavi and her friends are the future, we're all going to be just fine.
- AskMefi: Enemy Inspired Art
- BBCNews: Crucified Nun dies in exorcism: "I don't understand why journalists are making such a fuss about this. Exorcism is a common practice in the heart of the Romanian Orthodox church and my methods are not at all unknown to other priests"
- Look upon this $8000 house and weep with envy. What an amazing bargain, it's obviously going to cost a lot more in repairs, but the end result? Goosepimplingly awesome.
- Over a month later I read this: Happy 20th Birthday Game Boy: here are 6 reasons you're #1!
"The Jonas Brothers are a flagship weapon in the culture wars. They feign conservative social values while romping around the bizarre hyper-sexual Disney meta-verse where young kids dress like Madonna and Mick Jagger and live the rock n' roll lifestyle, promising to America's young, malleable minds a life of glamor and cool that can never be obtained, while diverting these child automatons from healthy creative engagement, imaginative play, and intelligent thought."
- Regarding the Jonas Brothers, and absolutely epic analysis/rant. [via]