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Oh brother! A governing body worse than Republicans on their need to regulate vaginas!

August 23, 2013 in Women's Rights

After being away from the news for a while for a little R&R, I spent the last hour reading from world media.  No surprise here.  Things are still as amazingly horrible as they were four days ago.  Little has changed (Egypt, Syria, USA, Bradley Manning’s sentence, etc.). Several years ago I thought if I missed reading from about 15 newspapers a day that I would drown in ignorance.  Now slowly, over the past 5 years since I began this blog, I see how little difference it makes whether I read the news or not. It’s going to happen anyway and people are going to continue to act as stupidly and badly as they did yesterday.  This may, in great part, explain my recent interest in urban gardening.  It’s so much more enjoyable.

However, all that being said, let me nominate the following excerpt from the Jakarta Post as the MOST outrageous story of the day from the world media:  The town of Prabumulih, South Sumatra has drawn up plans to conduct virginity tests on female students entering high school.

“A plan to conduct virginity tests on female students entering high school in the town of Prabumulih, South Sumatra, has drawn criticism from various quarters.

“The test will be implemented in 2014 and will be paid for out of the city budget,” Prabumulih Education Agency chief HM Rasyid said on Tuesday. He said the test was aimed at reducing vice crimes committed against students.

Rasyid was optimistic the test would have a positive impact, as it would steer female students away from “negative activities”.

“This is for their own good,” he added.”  [Yeah, right buster. I'm sure  you know what's "good" for someone else--especially a female.]]



Many of us learned at an early age:  Whenever someone said “this is for your own good”–what they really meant was “I am going to hurt you really bad and it has absolutely nothing to do with “your own good” and much more with my own twisted moral self-righteous satisfaction.”


By the way, don’t let Rick Perry see this story.  He already cares more about regulating vaginas than he cares about regulating fertilizer plants–Just ask the folks who live in West, Texas.


In case  you care to pinpoint the location of the Queen’s selection for the height of ignorance this week, here it is–Prabumulih, South Sumatra.  Who knows where ignorance will raise its ugly head next week–perhaps Austin, Texas or Washington, DC.

South Sumatra is a province of Indonesia.  It is indicated in green on the map below.Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands.It encompasses 34 provinces with over 238 million people, making it the world’s fourth most populous country. (Prabumulih is located near the far bottom right corner of the green area indicating South Sumatra.)

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    Connectivity and Finding Justice for Trayvon

    July 15, 2013 in Justice, Racism Noted

    if mycelia change their behavior in response to the environment, then perhaps there is hope for human beings. Then again, perhaps we should leave saving the world up to the mushrooms since it looks like they know more than we do.

    I’m struck this afternoon regarding our human connectivity and all the possibility for healing that it offers.  One of my friends posted  today on Facebook a link to some wonderful research that is being done in regard to mushrooms.  A Crusading mycologist says fungi are key to human and environmental health.

    It’s a beautiful, hopeful and encouraging article (content and photos) about a world that I didn’t even know existed–yet even not knowing, a week ago when I was in Roachs Feed and Seed I saw a bag of mushroom compost and thought:  ”I’ll bet my garden would like that.”  I purchased a bag and spread it in my garden.  A week later and I can tell you my plants like mushroom compost.

    Now today, I learn of Paul Stamets, the crusading mycologist who says that mycelia change their behavior in response to the environment   When  you walk through the forest, they leap up.  They know you are there.  Read Mushroom Manifesto to learn how Mushrooms can save the world.


    I continue to stumble along bumbling down my personal and seemingly serendipitous path finding everything I need as I go and somehow connections are made. Yet I am aware of my own fear and concern that everything may not turn out well–and in fact seemingly does not turn out well (cases in point: my friend’s suicide and the lack of even justice much less life for Trayvon).  Perhaps if I could only learn to be less judgmental of outcomes then I might not grieve things I can’t control.

    Another friend posted a Ted show that was presented by Kristen who has a blog site that I like titled “Rage Against the Minivan.”  It was a fantastic presentation regarding how we use all these various devices such as cell phones, ipads and the Internet and even silly repetitive rituals we perform to divert us from feeling. This was again another message I need to hear as I’m still dealing with my own feelings regarding Paul who recently committed suicide.  I haven’t been Rage Against the Minivan  in a while but I went there today after watching her on the Ted show  and read a great article that might be helpful to many of my friends who are sorting out feelings about the recent trial of the man who killed Trayvon Martin.  How can  you kill someone and not be guilty of manslaughter?   It’s a question that replays in my mind like a broken record.

    Seven Action Steps for Our Outrage [Go to Rage against the Minivan for more detail if you like]

    1.  Push back against racism when  you encounter it.

    2. Stop being so touchy about your own racial bias.

    3. Talk about racism.

    4. Educate yourself on racial injustice.

    5. Listen

    6. Focus on what you can do.

    7. Diversify your world.

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      Florida has a “separate but equal” justice system: one for whites and one for blacks

      July 14, 2013 in Class War, Justice, Legal

      Florida “Justice” for White People

      Yesterday a white man in Florida was declared “innocent” for shooting and killing an unarmed black child.


      Florida “Justice” for Black People

      Marissa Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. Nobody got hurt, but this month a northeast Florida judge was bound by state law to sentence her to 20 years in prison.

      Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of a toddler and 11-year-old twins, knew it was coming. She had claimed self-defense, tried to invoke Florida’s “stand your ground” law and rejected plea deals that could have gotten her a much shorter sentence. A jury found her guilty as charged: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Because she fired a gun while committing a felony, Florida’s mandatory-minimum gun law dictated the 20-year sentence.


      NOTE:  Marissa was smart to reject offers of a plea deal because the same “justice” for a plea deal is also applied to black people in those cases too.  More often than not, the black person who cops a plea still receives the harshest sentence.  Admitting guilt only makes it easier for the harbingers of racism to play their filthy hand of “justice” .

      Here are some facts from a paper titled Plea and Charge Bargaining
      Published January 24, 2011/Lindsey Devers, PhD. CSR Incorporated
      Issued from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance

      This research summary will show that plea bargaining results in disparate treatment concerning both legal and extralegal characteristics, especially regarding those who are more likely to be granted lenient sentences.

      According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2005), in 2003 there were 75,573 cases disposed of in federal district court by trial or plea. Of these, about 95 percent were disposed of by a guilty plea (Pastore and Maguire, 2003). While there are no exact estimates of the proportion of cases that are resolved through plea bargaining, scholars estimate that about 90 to 95 percent of both federal and state court cases are resolved through this process

      The plea bargaining process has been criticized for allowing prosecutors too much discretion compared with judges, who are held to concise sentencing guidelines (Burke, 2007; Finkelstein, 1975; Ma, 2002). Prosecutors have been found to use threats that coerce defendants intoaccepting pleas to secure a conviction when the evidence in a case is insubstantial (Finkelstein, 1975). Moreover, several researchers have noted that prosecutorial biases can influence the plea bargaining process, because prosecutors are given such wide latitude when they reduce charges for offenders (Burke, 2007; Ma, 2002).

      Prosecutorial discretion also has resulted in harsher penalties for those defendants who opt for going to trial, rather than accepting a plea. Many researchers have found that those who go to trial are more likely to receive harsher sentences than those who accept a plea when comparable offenses are considered

      The majority of research on race and sentencing outcomes shows that blacks are less likely than whites to receive reduced pleas.  Both legal and extralegal characteristics are heavily influenced by prosecutorial discretion and by the region where the case is processed.

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        How to Lock down your Facebook Privacy

        July 9, 2013 in Corporations, Justice, Legal, Wackos

        Stop at least some of the  government and corporate snooping into your personal life and create some security for your information.

        Mashable has provided a step-by-step guide to shutting out your Facebook  to snoops.

        Here is the link to the instructions:

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          What could be more appropriate on the Fourth than restoring the Fourth Amendment

          July 4, 2013 in Existing Laws, Justice

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            50 year Anniversary of Medgar Evers’ Murder

            June 12, 2013 in Justice, Racism

            Fifty years ago today — June 12th, 1963 — 37-year-old civil rights organizer Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. In the early 1960s Evers served as the first NAACP Field Secretary for Mississippi, where he worked to end segregation, fought for voter rights, struggled to increase black voter registration, led business boycotts, and brought attention to murders and lynchings. We hear from Edgers’ widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, on how she wants her husband to be remembered “a man for all time, one who was totally dedicated to freedom for everyone — and was willing to pay a price.”

            In the early morning of June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s speech on national television in support of civil rights, Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go,” Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle; it ricocheted into his home. He staggered 30 feet before collapsing. He died at a local hospital 50 minutes later

            On June 21, 1963, Byron De La Beckwith, a fertilizer salesman and member of the White Citizens’ Council (and later of the Ku Klux Klan), was arrested for Evers’ murder.

            District Attorney and future governor Bill Waller prosecuted De La Beckwith. Juries composed solely of white men twice that year deadlocked on De La Beckwith’s guilt.

            In 1994, 30 years after the two previous trials had failed to reach a verdict, De La Beckwith was brought to trial based on new evidence. Bobby DeLaughter was the prosecutor. During the trial, the body of Evers was exhumed from his grave for autopsy. De La Beckwith was convicted of murder on February 5, 1994, after having lived as a free man for much of the three decades following the killing (he was imprisoned from 1977 to 1980 for conspiring to murder. [SOURCE: WIKI],[/p>

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              When Republicans “re-district” everyone loses–especially in large states such as Texas

              May 30, 2013 in Texas and Texans, Women's Rights

              As most realize,in the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts. And this is what Rick Perry is in the throes of doing–gerrymandering.

              What many don’t realize is that this is not a good idea for any voter, regardless their party–especially in states as large and diverse as Texas.Because Texas is such a large state, it has a highly varied topography. The state has ten climatic regions and 11 different ecological regions. The topography types vary from mountainous to forested hill country to coast plains and prairies in the interior.

              Below is a map showing economic regions of Texas.  Voters living in the economic regions of Northwest Texas are not going to have the same priority issues as the voters living in the Metroplex, for one example.  Yet gerrymandering could result in districts being drawn that traverse several economic regions.  In a state as large as Texas, this means that many voters issues will not be fairly represented–regardless the party–if for no other reason than the elected official cannot possibly stretch themselves that thin to even learn about all the varied needs.  Furthermore many of the interests from region to region, regardless the party, are conflicting.

              Furthermore, Perry’s Gerrymandering Is Likely an Exercise in Futility for His Party who Continue to Cling to the Demographics of Yesterday

              Perhaps none of this matters–Gerrymander or Not–because the Republican Party continue to ignore the largest and fastest  growing demographic of all:  No it is not the Latino demographic.  It’s single women and they do show up and vote.

              They continue to play to the white male and the married, stay-at-home female–both of which are shrinking demographics.

              The one outstanding difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats have passed legislation for women while the Republicans support legislation that is anti-woman.  If the Republicans continue down that path, they will continue to lose more and more elections.

              Perry can gerrymander until all the cows come home and are milked for all the good it will do the Republicans.  We currently have 34% of our population who are white male.  As for the women, the Republicans seem to fail to notice that the overwhelming majority of women are not married–much less stay at home moms with rich husbands.   Of course these women care about equal pay laws, child care, women’s health, etc.–all the issues that the Republican leadership are famous for ignoring and even bashing.  DUH.

              Furthermore, single women are a MUCH larger demographic than the white male demographic. Unlike white males who along with the NRA, are fixated on 2nd Amendment rights, single women are not.  Ask most moms raising two kids where gun rights rank in their list of priorities and take it from there because your priorities as a politician should be closer to those priorities than the NRA or the white male–if you are smart and care about winning.

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                PATHETIC! Five Senior Citizens Serving Life Sentence without Parole for Pot!

                December 27, 2012 in Issues, Justice, Prisons

                Right now, five adults await death in prison for non-violent, marijuana-related crimes. Their names are John Knock, Paul Free, Larry Duke, William Dekle, and Charles “Fred” Cundiff. They are all more than 60 years old; they have all spent at least 15 years locked up for selling pot.  They are all model prisoners.

                Before he was incarcerated 18 years ago, Paul Free obtained a BA in marine biology and was starting a school while teaching English in Mexico. Now 62, he has continued his passion for education behind bars, where he has lived for the past 18 years.

                Larry Duke, a 65-year-old decorated Marine, has spent the last 23 years of his life behind bars for weed. On top of the difficulties life in prison lays on the psyche, Duke suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from multiple tours in the Vietnam war.

                write a letter to President Obama demanding their release,  This more than exceed the “cruel and unjust punishment”  a life sentence for selling pot?  Please.  Especially now that it is legal in two states.


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                  Speaking of gun control and sensible . . .

                  December 27, 2012 in Community, Existing Laws, Justice

                  Matthew Thuney, a long time columnist and feature writer in the Pacific Northwest offers the following observations and three helpful solutions regarding gun control.  We don’t allow people to operate vehicles without demonstration of proper training an skills.  Additionally, in most states people with certain mental and physical conditions are barred from driving a vehicle.  For example, many states have laws barring people who have epilepsy from driving cars. Matthew welcomes your comments to his input below at  I particularly like the one regarding insurance.


                  At the very least, perhaps we ought to tighten the requirements for those who want to acquire firearms and increase the accountability of those who do own guns. That’s what we ask of people who want to own and operate vehicles; it is astonishing that we don’t do the same when it comes to firearms.

                  So, let us begin with:

                  • Registration: Each privately owned firearm should be accompanied by a certificate of registration, just like a privately owned vehicle. In order to obtain said certificates, the applicant should be subject to an immediate background check and standard psychological profile. Upon complete evaluation of the check and profile—perhaps a ten-day waiting period—the applicant can then take possession of the firearm(s) in question.
                  • Licensing: Gun owners should be licensed according to the category of firearm(s) they possess. Just as different classes of vehicles require different classes of operators’ licenses, so it should be with firearms. Knowledge of elements like proper use and safe storage should be tested. These firearms licenses should be renewed every four years.
                  • Insurance: Just like drivers, gun owners should be required to purchase firearms insurance covering potential damage and death. It’s high time insurance companies were kicked out of the health care business; here’s a new field they can concentrate on.
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                    3 women die every day from domestic violence and Republicans don’t think they need protection

                    December 11, 2012 in Women's Rights

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