The California Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that would require faith-motivated crisis pregnancy centers to provide comprehensive information about reproductive health care options, including abortion.
The bill, known as the Reproductive Fact Act, would require pregnancy centers to post notices saying that reproductive health services, including abortion, are available to pregnant women in the state. Pregnancy centers also would have to disclose whether they lack a medical license. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with Republicans objecting on the grounds that it would unconstitutionally compel government speech for the state’s 167 centers.
Abortion rights advocates have argued that crisis pregnancy centers systemically provide inaccurate or misleading information, such as suggesting that abortions cause breast cancer or depression. The advocates point out that advertisements for some crisis centers suggests they provide a full range of reproductive health services.
The modern Republican party, and the conservative movement that gives the party its only real energy, never has been down with this whole right-to-vote business — except, of course, as an equal-protection dodge in Bush v. Gore. The current Chief Justice, John Roberts, kick-started his rise in conservative politics by working to undermine the Voting Rights Act as a lawyer in Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department.
You really have to admire how they’ve done it. First, they turn our elections into a plutocrat’s playground (Citizens United, McCutcheon). Then they uphold in the main voter-suppression tactics designed by the candidates the newly corrupt system produces out in the states (Crawford). Then, they gut any remedy that the people against whom these new laws discriminate have in federal court (Shelby County.) And now, it appears, the day of Jubilee having been declared, the circle may be closing for good.
The court’s ruling, expected in 2016, could be immensely consequential. Should the court agree with the two Texas voters who brought the case, its ruling would shift political power from cities to rural areas, a move that would benefit Republicans. The court has never resolved whether voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters. Counting all people amplifies the voting power of places with large numbers of residents who cannot vote legally, including immigrants who are here legally but are not citizens, illegal immigrants, children and prisoners. Those places tend to be urban and to vote Democratic. A ruling that districts must be based on equal numbers of voters would move political power away from cities, with their many immigrants and children, and toward older and more homogeneous rural areas.
Now that he’s running for president again, many analysts and voters may recall Santorum’s controversial assertions during his 2011 campaign. His frequent comparisons of same-sex relationships to inanimate objects like trees, basketballs and paper towels became a major punchline of the campaign cycle.
But here are ten equally outrageous comments he’s made that you may not remember:
Putting women in combat is a bad idea because of “emotions that are involved.” Women’s “emotions” may render them unworthy soldiers and thus not fit for the battlefield, according to the former Pennsylvania senator. “People naturally may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved,” Santorum said after the Pentagon eased restrictions on women in combat in 2012. He has also made dire warnings about what would happen to the military after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed and gays were allowed to openly serve.
I learned last night the the great Fantasy/horror author Tanith Lee passed away on Sunday.
She was a victim in her later years of the greed that infests the publishing industry. If it wasn’t Game Of Thrones, Twilight, or The Hunger Games publishers just weren’t interested. A pity because Ms. Lee was a brilliant writer.
Farewell Ms. Lee. Today I shall read Night’s Master again and marvel how you can make a demon into a selfless hero.
Ask most people when color photography was invented and they will probably answer World War II or perhaps even later than that. In fact, physicist James Clark Maxwell took the first color photograph in 1863 and several workable, if demanding, color photographic processes were available by the turn of the 20th century. Color photography wasn’t common though until the 1930s when easy to use color films were introduced.
Genuine 102 year old color photograph of a Turkmen woman outside a yurt in Turkestan. This was taken in 1913 by pioneer color photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.
Prokudin-Gorky himself in 1912:
An even more striking example of color imagery from before most people would think it was possible, a spectacular color (kinecolor) film of the great Indian durbar of 1911.
The hazards and challenges of combat flying in World War II are almost beyond comprehension today. So were the challenges of being a black man in the 1940s, Now imagine what kind of human being it took to meet and overcome both sets of challenges simultaneously.
Our greatest generation is disappearing before our eyes. Most of them are already gone. It will take another 20 years or so for the very last to go but what will we say then? If I am still alive by that time, it will seem lonely, as though another parent has gone. The Second World War still loomed very large indeed when I was born in 1949. It fades a little every year and the day will come, a century or more in the future, when no living person can remember the World War II veterans.
May the day come though, when there are no war veterans at all, for the world will have gone 80 or 90 years without a war.
Former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley, a Denver native who was a trailblazer in collegiate sports as well as the civil rights movement, died Friday, days before the day set aside to honor the sacrifice of those who like him defended the nation.
He was 93.
During World War II, Mosley aggressively sought the right to fly and fight for this county.
“He always said that he had to fight in order to fight,” said his son Eric. “He used that saying as a benchmark in his life. He had to struggle to be able to fight for his country.”
“He always had the determination to be the best he could be and be someone extraordinary,” Eric recalled.
Former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. John Mosley (Denver Post file)
Mosley excelled despite segregation and the prejudice that once existed. In his youth, blacks were confined by covenants and standards to living in an area just east of downtown. He refused to become bitter.
“I looked at it as an opportunity to move ahead,” he recalled in a 2008 interview. “I was too busy trying to ensure that I got everything I possibly could out of school and also to participate in athletics.”
The ad failed in all respects. It was factually inaccurate. It made no sense. It actually provoked the opposite response from the one the creators intended. From the article:
“If the first rule of advertising is to make sure to convey your message effectively, this inaccurate, strange, and aggressive bus advertisement must rank as an all-time disaster, damaging the cause it meant to serve while helping those it intended to harm. It’s like a Coke ad that sends customers flocking to Pepsi.”
May 26, 2015
This May 2013 file photo shows wood bison at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. A herd of female bison bred at the center were re-introduced into the wild in Alaska’s Interior earlier this year. Now several bulls are en route to join them by barge.
Loren Holmes / ADN
FAIRBANKS — Four bison bulls are making their way toward an experimental mating herd established this spring near the far western Interior town of Shageluk.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the male wood bison from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center near Anchorage were loaded Saturday onto a barge headed down the Tanana and Yukon rivers in the final phase of a 20-year plan to re-establish the mammal where it was prevalent a century ago.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says their four-day trip will take them to a herd of 100 cows and calves that were flown there in April.
Harms says males weren’t needed right away and could take the slower, cheaper river route.
If the herd is successful, 16 bulls will be added.
Well, here are published facts concluding that man’s direct action both caused and repaired the hole in the ozone layer:
It’s pretty silly in this day and age to think that man has no bearing on our planet’s climate. But sadly, we have a large neanderthal element in the USA that believes snakes can talk, a man built a big boat carrying millions of different species to safety 40 days later, an invisible superman exists in the sky that wants our team to win a football game, and that man cannot affect the Earth’s climate because …Jesus.
Jun 4-7, join science fiction writers from around the world for events including a banquet, a self-publishing workshop, and a tour of Fermilab.