Politics 101

The journal of a 19 year-old with hopes and convictions.
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”On envoie nos jeunes en Afghanistan, pourquoi ne pas les envoyer au parlement pour voter?”

”We send our youth to Afghanistan, why not send them to parliament to vote?”

- Jack Layton

(Source: Tout le Monde en Parle)

The Firth Circuit has repeatedly illustrated its hostility to first amendment rights and victims seeking compensation claims. Texas too has a bad track record when it comes to high-profile rape cases. A recent case involving the gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl by at least 18 men, including several student athletes, caused national outrage after many in the community tried to blame the victim. For years Texas has forced women to pay for their own rape kits. Two months ago, the Texas House approved a bill that would require victims of rape who became pregnant to get an ultrasound and hear a description of the fetus before getting an abortion.

Marie Diamond: Supreme Court Denies Justice To Texas Cheerleader Who Refused To Cheer Her Alleged Rapist

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most conservative courts in the country, ruled last November that the victim — who is known only as H.S. — had no right to refuse to applaud her attacker because as a cheerleader in uniform, she was an agent of the school. To add insult to injury, the Fifth Circuit dismissed her case as “frivolous” and sanctioned the girl, forcing her family to pay the school district’s $45,000 legal fees.

(via corruptpolitics)

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Officially a member of the Liberal Party!

I finally joined the CLP today! I encourage you all to join the party of your choice, the fees are minimal but make a difference to them. It’s time for people to get involved and make a change!

An attack on women rights

In a 251 to 175 vote this evening, 16 anti-choice Democrats joined every House Republican present in passing H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. A chief weapon in the House GOP’s “comprehensive assault” on women this bill proposes some of the most radical and draconian restrictions on women’s rights. They include:

Redefinition Of Rape: The bill sponsor Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) faced serious backlash after he tried to narrow the definition rape to “forcible rape.” By narrowing the rape and incest exception in the Hyde Amendment, Smith sought to prevent the following situations from consideration: Women who say no but do not physically fight off the perpetrator, women who are drugged or verbally threatened and raped, and minors impregnated by adults.

The committee report for H.R. 3 says the bill will “not allow the Federal Government to subsidize abortions in cases of statutory rape” — thus excluding statutory rape-related abortions from Medicaid coverage.

Tax Increase On Women And Small Businesses: H.R. 3 prevents women from using “itemized medical deductions, certain tax-advantaged health care accounts or tax credits included in last year’s health care law to pay for abortions or for health insurance plans that cover abortion.” In doing so, the bill forces women and small businesses that provide health insurance that covers abortion to pay more in taxes than they would otherwise. Both economic conservative Grover Norquist and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce noted that the bill is basically a tax increase. 

– Rape Audits: Because H.R. 3 bans using tax credits or deductions to pay for abortions or insurance, a woman who used such a benefit would have to prove, if audited, that her abortion “fell under the rape/incest/life-of-the-mother exception, or that the health insurance she had purchased did not cover abortions.” Essentially, the bill turns Internal Revenue Service agents into “abortion cops” who would force women to give “contemporaneous written documentation” that it was “incest, or rape, or [her] life was in danger” that compelled an abortion.

Despite receiving nearly 135,000 signatures in opposition to the bill, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and the House Republicans leveled a serious blow on American women and their right to choose. Some Republicans even suggested holding the debt ceiling increase hostage over the passage of H.R. 3. The bill, however, is unlikely to pass as a standalone in the Democratic-led Senate. President Obama has also threatened to veto the bill.

If you’re a woman and you vote Republican… you’re not paying attention.

(Source & Full article: Addicting Info, Originally from Think Progress)

Harper Canada is 2 cool 4 school

Or how to come off as an egocentric douche and rewrite canadian history.

In 2009 at the G20, Stephen Harper issued the following statement:

"Canada remains in a very special place in the world. … We are the one major developed country that no one thinks has any responsibility for this crisis." 

We’re the one country in the room everybody would like to be.

"They [the G20 Nations] would like to be an advanced developed economy with all the benefits that conveys to its citizens and at the same time not have been the source, or have any of the domestic problems, that created this crisis".

"We’re so self-effacing as Canadians that we sometimes forget the assets we do have that other people see." 

"We are one of the most stable regimes in history."

We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them,” he said.

"Canada is big enough to make a difference but not big enough to threaten anybody. And that is a huge asset if it’s properly used.

 

(Source: Rabble)