vettecat: (Zatanna)
The Globe will now be printing the Herald as well.

New England's Komen foundation not cutting funding for Planned Parenthood.

Washington state senate votes for gay marriage.

Sorry I haven't been following up on things, having a crazy couple of weeks... will catch up someday soon, I hope...
vettecat: (really stupid)
Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

vettecat: (symbolic)
This is brilliant, for those who haven't seen it yet...

vettecat: (symbolic)
Spending my morning job-hunting (whee), and stumbled across this:
Arlen Spector becoming a Democrat
vettecat: (straight)
Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

(via... many)
vettecat: (stupid war)
From [ profile] new_man:

PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified. Apparently the right wing knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters in swing states. Please do two things -- this takes 20 seconds.

1) Click on link and vote yourself.

2) Then send this to every single Obama-Biden voter you know, and urge them to vote and pass it on.

As John Stewart said "Republicans have been feminists for only a month."
vettecat: (stupid war)
Someone forwarded me this interesting example of "It's all in how you look at it"... Read more... )

And in the unlikely event you haven't already... register to vote.
vettecat: (inconceivable)
via [ profile] lensman from various other people...

vettecat: (stupid war)
Bush could weaken Endangered Species Act

Hasn't enough damage been done already? Gah!
vettecat: (organize)
Received this via e-mail and thought it would be of general interest...

Just in time for Mother's Day, Senator John McCain opposed the Fair Pay Act — a bill that would help guarantee women equal pay for equal work. The bill simply would have restored critical anti-discrimination rules that the Supreme Court struck down in a recent decision, and failed by just three votes.

Adding insult to injury, McCain said that the solution to employment discrimination was for women to get more "education and training." Maybe that made some sense in his day, but today with women outnumbering men on college campuses, it makes none. Study after study has shown that women are paid less than men for the same work, even when they have the same education and training. Senator McCain and his Republican allies have chosen to stand in the way of enforcement of a law that's been on the books protecting women for 40 years.

Call on Senator McCain and Congress to pass the Fair Pay Act now.

Our friends at MomsRising will deliver this petition to Senator McCain with the media in tow, to make sure our message gets out. And if you're as incensed as we are by McCain's statement that women are somehow poorly educated and trained, you can do one more thing: Submit your resume when you sign the letter and we'll deliver that too, so Senator McCain can see for himself that women are actually quite educated nowadays.


Feb. 4th, 2008 11:18 pm
vettecat: (WW reading)
Yet another political poll... Read more... )
vettecat: (just people)
A friend's friend has been posting good candidate profiles on his journal, I wanted to share. So far he's covered...
John McCain
Mitt Romney
Mike Huckabee
Rudy Giuliani
Ron Paul
vettecat: (coexist)
Great post by Elizabeth Moon on the separation of church and state.
vettecat: (just people)
A few sites people have shared which are useful in determining candidates' positions:
On the Issues
2 Decide
NYT Election Guide

And, my (slightly different) results on two match-the-candidate tests... Read more... )
vettecat: (melting pot)
Does anyone know the location of a good, unbiased chart showing where all the candidates (D & R) stand on various issues? I keep finding myself being asked "What does so-and-so say?" and it would be really nice to have a reference...
vettecat: (night)
I wish he'd run... but he seems to be busy...

DECEMBER 10, 2007
Read more... )
vettecat: (stupid war)
I really like this one: Send George Bush a copy of the constitution! (Thanks to [ profile] bridgetminerva for the link!)

(For some reason it also makes me think of [ profile] lukeski's "Give Lindsay Lohan a Sammich" Foundation...)
vettecat: (bookcase)
Saw an article in a printer's newsletter today about a Supreme Court decision that will affect us in a positive way. Apparently they've overturned an old antitrust law, with the result that manufacturers can now enforce, rather than merely suggest, retail prices. (I imagine that [ profile] osewalrus has been following this already.) That's good for us because it should reduce the number of people undercutting our prices and stealing away customers we've worked with. But I wonder how it's going to affect discount chains and such. This should be interesting...
vettecat: (cartoon)
For those of you who haven't seen this past week's Doonesbury strips, I had to share... Read more... )


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