Sunday, August 31, 2014

Labor Day, Part 2

Here's a chunk of highly rational thinking:

They argue about this in Eire as well as in the United States. Here, however, it seems that all the old, once obvious premises, have been forgotten, and women defending their constitutional right to a choice in the matter of pregnancy--a right grounded in a fundamental Supreme Court decision, Roe V. Wade--have tended to search for an appealing victim. This tack, unfortunately, gains little ground with the majority of the "pro-life" crowd--a cohort who are fine with murdering doctors, harassing and shaming pregnant women and their supporters, and these days devising patently disengenuous legal obstacles to women's health providers which toss all rationality and logic to the winds in order to achieve a predetermined goal. "Pro-Life" is, in a word, bad faith. It is a lie even in its name, and avoids the truth with a monument of further lies, no matter the general cost to our overall view of law and democratic governance. (It's somehow not surprising that the strong "pro-life" former Governor of Virginia is willing, with the compliance of his wife and daughter, to mount a defense of his patently obvious corruption of his former office as being somehow all the fault of his "weaker" half. This is the ultimate practice of the "wives must submit" doctrine instituted by the Southern Baptists some years back.)

As the cited post states:

For most it [abortion] is a difficult and emotional decision ultimately made for pragmatic reasons in the cold light of rationality. It is within this context that debate on abortion should be based. The fear that women may choose en masse not to become mothers suggest a problem with that status in the first place, and is in contrast to society’s imposition of the mother role on women as a natural state only to be avoided by the deviant or unique women.

Until the ground of debate shifts away from the woman as the ‘other’ to woman as a fully formed autonomous human being, control of women’s reproduction will remain in the hands of the misogynists. People, such as those who designed the abominable Eighth Amendment in the South and whom are trying desperately to further restrict abortion in the North have for too long framed the debate to their liking.

It is time for women to take control of the conversation and to look these people in the eye and say, ‘I choose abortion because, I choose abortion’.

Perhaps we need to go back to a fundamental defeat--the failure of the United States to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The implications of that failure are as enormous for women as the adoption of the Southern Strategy is for persons of color. And as with the Southern Strategy, the piecemeal collapse of a defacto presumption that women and men are equally citizens and equally protected under our system of law is dangerous for everyone, male or female--because we're all subject to the law.

It serves the interests of power to keep everyone else in a state of tragic muddle. After Roe V Wade there were some years of agreement, amongst nearly all parties. Then the Republican Party took the view that "Pro Life" was a fundamental tenant. Along with the Southern Strategy--really its paternal twin--these two evil children have led us to a state of profound disorder, where one major political party aims to destroy logic and governance in the democratic fashion, by any means whatsoever. It's all of a certain piece: science denial, the destruction of fundamental rights, the "war on women."

This is a Labor Day to see where we stand. Here in NC, a confirmed "pro-lifer," Tom Tillis, runs against a capable and female sitting Democratic Senator, Kay Hagan. I'm hopeful that there are still enough clear thinking women in our electorate to keep Ms Hagan in office. Democrats are a jumbled, confused lot. They are frequently frustrating, and sometimes wrong. They have not, however, embraced confusion and outright insanity wholesale. These are the choices we have, Labor Day, 2014.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day 2014

I got the following link from Driftglass:

Here in North Carolina we've had this "right to work" law in place since the late 1950s. Unions are so weak here that I don't recall ever meeting anyone in a union growing up, and my only encounter with a union as a personal matter was my membership in the Musicians Union, which was required in order for my band to work in New York City back in 1975. (We joined a local NC branch that did absolutely nothing, but I do recall that we could have gotten health insurance through the union had we thought, at that time, that we were not entirely invincible early 30-somethings who would never ever get to some place in life where any medical encounters might be needed.) We paid our dues. When I left the band never to be mentioned in 1981, taking a job banging nails for a local hippie builder, I let my membership lapse. Oh well.

Lately the so-called "right to work" idea has taken root up nawth. It's a shame. In the link you'll see that the idea has real history--it's tied to the John Birch Society and the Koch Brothers (who's daddy was tied to the Birchers). It's incredible how much effect a zillion dollars can have on how all of us live. That there free speech, what a weapon. Thank you Mr. Chief Justice.

Anyways, for this Labor Day you might want to thank some of the union men--"bosses" in the nomenclature of lies that now fill the heads of the misinformed and misguided. Without unions the cops would be even more likely to shoot you down like a dog even if you happened to be white, as was once the case in this great land of ours. Maybe, as the embers die around the fire pit, and the crickets and lightning bugs come out for one last hurrah before the coming of fall, a round of "This Land Is Your Land" would also be in order.

The article is in part talking about a case up before the Supreme Court:

Joel Rogers, a professor of law and sociology at the University of Wisconsin, calls it "the most important labor law case the court has considered in decades."

This is because when the Supreme Court decided to take on the case, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation dramatically expanded the scope of the case beyond the home health care workers to include all public sector workers, from teachers and firefighters to sanitation workers to librarians. If the court follows National Right to Work's lead, every state in the country would essentially turn into an anti-union "right to work" state, which would be a significant blow to public sector unions' collective bargaining efforts and also complicate thousands of existing contracts between organized workers and municipalities, cities, counties, and states across the country.

It's not a promising prospect. There was once a right to vote law, and the current Supreme Court kinda shut that one down. Said there was no more racism, so no need for Federal oversight.

There was a time when people died for the right to have a union. See, e.g., Matewan. After it gets entirely dark, go inside and watch Harlan County USA again. You can watch it on line too. Give it a google.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No Limits to Dumb

Here's a quote:

The outdoor Bullets and Burgers shooting range attracts tourists along U.S. 93 between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

“Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons,” the website claims. “At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns.

“Let ‘em Rip!”

The girl, who was vacationing with her parents, fired an automatic 9-mm Uzi as she stood near the instructor.

The worst part is, a little girl has accidentally killed someone, a thing which will live in her memory and life forever. If we're determined to worship something, we'd do a lot better worshiping rocks, or even mouse turds. The gun is Baal.

Hat tip to Digby for the photo. The owner of the establishment was given a lengthy interview last night on Up With Chris Hayes, which is surely now available on the MSNBC website. The owner was doing a passable job of damage control. He said this was the first injury ever at his establishment, and that all his instructors are NRA approved and former military or police. Perhaps Officer Wilson, or the guys who slaughtered the black kid shopping in that Walmart in Ohio will find new employment in Arizona should things turn sour for them.