Thursday, May 9, 2019

What's the Difference?

I have heard repeatedly that this is the "new" South.  Okay, then what is that exactly as I am not clear.

Let's take a look at Alabama, the once most racist state in America. I can't say for certain it still is but I suspect so. But we can say it is utterly a haven of right wing crazies determined to turn the clock back with regards to women's rights and particularly their reproductive ones.

The Legislature of Alabama is just a fetal heartbeat bill away from passing a law that will perhaps is the death knell to Roe v Wade that the right wing pray to their Jesus for daily.  They are sure Trump is the second coming and that Kavanaugh is the right hand to God so they want to see the Supreme Court abort that landmark case into the toilet where they can film it and flush it.

 The measure would effectively ban most abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalize the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with a felony and face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion unless a woman’s health was at “serious” risk. On Thursday, in a maneuver that helped set off a chorus of shouts and screams on the Senate floor, some Republicans sought to abandon provisions that would have allowed exceptions to the abortion ban in cases of rape or incest.

The House has already passed a measure without such exceptions, and a Senate committee added them on Wednesday, stirring anger from some who thought they watered down the effort to ban abortion as broadly as possible and to force a new look at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion up to the point when a fetus is viable outside the womb, usually about 24 weeks into a pregnancy. Although the Senate removed the exceptions on Thursday, the provision could be restored before a final vote.

“If we want to talk about privacy, I would want to talk about the right of privacy of that unborn child,” said Senator Clyde Chambliss, a Republican from the Montgomery area. “That child has a right to develop and be delivered without its privacy being invaded, invaded by forceps and scalpels. That’s what this bill is about today.”
Democrats have complained that the measure would nearly eliminate abortion rights in Alabama, and they have argued that lawmakers should spend more time on the state’s most pressing issues, not national cultural battles. But they have also conceded that the bill is very likely to pass the Legislature.
“We will probably spend more money on legal fees on this particular case than it takes for us to be able to bring healthy babies into the world,” Senator Bobby Singleton, the top Democrat in the chamber, said on Thursday. “But we’re willing to do legislation for grandstanding versus the ability to look at the human factor and allow a woman to have her own choice.”

The legislation has moved through Montgomery, the Alabama capital, just as opponents of legal abortion in the South and beyond have been encouraged and emboldened by the realignment of the Supreme Court with the arrival of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. This year, especially in the South and Midwest, state lawmakers have pursued a range of proposals to limit abortions, including so-called heartbeat bills that essentially ban abortions at six weeks of pregnancy.
Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, has not committed to signing the measure into law if it reaches her desk, but many state lawmakers expect her eventual support.
Opponents of the legislation have vowed to sue to block the measure if it becomes law. They said that they would argue that Alabama would have unlawfully restricted access to abortion, a right that the courts have repeatedly reaffirmed since Roe.
“Passing bills that they know will be struck down in federal court are a waste of millions of taxpayer dollars that could be going to address the urgent needs in our communities,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama said in a statement. “Ignoring those needs in favor of scoring political points is an irresponsible use of their power and privilege.”
In the statement, issued ahead of the bill’s turbulent appearance on the Senate floor, the A.C.L.U. warned, “If the full Senate and governor insist on passing this bill, they will see us in court.”
Although the bill’s supporters expect it to be blocked in at least one lower court, they hope that the Supreme Court will ultimately seize on the legal battle to reconsider its essential holding in Roe.
“Our position is just simply that the unborn child is a person, and the bill goes directly to that,” said Representative Rich Wingo, a Republican who supported the legislation. “Courts can do — and have done — many things good and bad, but we would hope and pray that they would go and that they would overturn Roe.”

Alabama, a conservative state where Republicans dominate politics and where the number of abortion clinics has fallen over the years, has long sought to limit abortion access. Last year, voters supported an amendment to the Alabama Constitution that declared that the “public policy of this state is to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.”
In the past, lawmakers set a 48-hour waiting period for abortions; mandated that women receive counseling before undergoing procedures; and required minors to receive consent for an abortion from a parent or legal guardian.
It was not immediately clear when the Senate would resume its consideration of the measure and how Republicans would settle the matter of rape and incest exceptions, which some of the Republican Party’s leading figures support.
Democrats, though, seemed to sense an opportunity to depict at least some Senate Republicans as reckless with their power over the chamber’s business.
“I know you all are for this bill, and I know this bill is going to pass,” Senator Vivian Davis Figures, a Democrat and one of the few women in the Alabama Legislature, told Republicans on the floor on Thursday. “You all are going to get your way, but at least treat us fairly and do it the right way.”

So yesterday during a discussion with regards to this bill a friend commented that she had no arguments anymore with these people as they respect no one's personal rights and that their Religion and faith has determined they are right.  Sure whatthefuckever.  Here is my argument:  If you are so into prenatal rights and preventing women from making decisions about their body then you must be equally engaged in the post natal process.  This includes Child Care, Education, Health Care, Wages, Family Leave, Support from the sperm source, if the child is adopted the same and even more security about the process to ensure that no child is left behind and tightening the safety net for foster care and include those pesky Homosexuals the right to foster and/or adopt.    Oh and this is from conception to the age of 18 for the child.  Wait, you say that is too much!  I see.  So let me see you don't want a woman to abort but you don't want her to learn ways to prevent a pregnancy, have access to medical care and education that would enable her to care for her child should she find herself in a circumstance where the pregnancy was unplanned and you don't really care about the kid after that because once abortion is outlawed your work is done. Thank JESUS!

Meanwhile the shenanigans in the sexed up Tennessee Legislature has made it to the Washington Post.  Now while this story about the blow and the toilet fucking is new this story is not.  The Legislature went through this just shy of three years ago with the Jeremy Durham scandal and clearly they learned a whole lot of nothing.   And what is odd is that all of these sexed up fuckwits are from the Franklin area.  Is it the cows and the water?

Legislature not releasing stats on harassment

In 2017, then-House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, said the legislature would be releasing raw numbers of violations of the legislature's harassment policy. 

Connie Ridley, the legislature's administrative director, said the policy "does not provide for the release of statistics or any other information concerning complaints, investigations, lawsuits, and corrective actions" and did not previously allow for its release.
Estimates from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicate sexual harassment of women in the workforce range from 25 percent to 60 percent. 
And experts believe sexual harassment is under-reported because of fear of facing negative reaction, the possibility of inaction and being blamed. 
Palumbo said part of the long-term shift that needs to take place in statehouses around the country is promoting diversity within the workforce, including those who run for public office and employees of legislatures.
Although the allegations against Tennessee's lawmakers have run the gamut from Durham — who was found by the attorney general to have had inappropriate sexual contact with at least 22 women — to Staples, experts say any form of harassment should not be tolerated.
"People really want to say well this isn't as bad. Well you can get to the extreme and say as long as they weren't raped, they're good to go," Roberson said.
She said the standard that needs to be considered is whether a reasonable person would be offended by a particular type of behavior. 
"If the answer is yes, it doesn't matter if doesn't amount to as bad off as a Harvey Weinstein," she said, referring to the Hollywood film producer who since October 2017 has faced allegations of sexual abuse from more than 80 women and been charged with rape and other offenses.

 And that sums it up if you are not up to 80 rapes or allegations what is the problem!?
 Well again people here are really really stupid.   What they now think is that offices and hearing rooms are bugged. Yes you know with listening devices.  Okay then.  Did I mention that people here are really stupid?

And there is no shortage of lawsuits filed against varying bills all which cost the taxpayer more money but then again all of these businesses that want to move to the New South clearly will not cre and they will bring big checkbooks to cover the cost right? Wrong.  I already wrote about Waste Management and their CEO's comments on this area and it was dismissed as irrelevant as he did not get incentives.  I see, he comments on the surrounding colleges as lacking, the failure of infrastructure to keep up with demand, the size of the airport and the lack of diversity of culture that attracts employees.  Yes but we have hot chicken!  We have brown people we just don't like them and segregate them to the point we hope they resolve this internally so we don't have to put them in jail like we used to! Or maybe not.

Missouri another fine Southern state is on the verge of making birth control illegal as it prevents conception and of course legal to discriminate towards women who use birth control, have had an abortion or maybe just a slut. And irony that their Governor at the time was one!    At this point like the hate crimes here in Tennessee no law is dead unless it is about a criminal and then oh yeah he is dead. Funny how they are all right to life but Capital Punishment not so much.

John Oliver did an amazing takeaway on Capital Punishment on Sunday and it defies the whole Cruel and Unusual part of the  Constitution. Again this is the South and the Constitution only applies when it applies to shit that matters to the lovers of Christ and the friends who pretend to love him or them or whatever. It is an odd incestuous community which may explain why they don't want exceptions to the abortion laws and in turn they must really love Game of Thrones.

I constantly point out that here contradictions in terms are a daily occurrence and that this conundrum in which they act on one thing, say another, then in turn fail to do another logical step defines the South. From racism to classicism to using the Bible to defend and support their regressive and oppressive logic, or lack thereof, is not just from the past but very much in the present. Here have a glass of sweet tea, maybe you'll choke on it.

Welcome to the New South same as the Old South.

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