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Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Posted by on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Obama Chastised by Federal Appeals Court: Labor relations appointments made while Senate was in recess were deemed unconstitutional, even though Clinton and Bush made the same kind of appointments almost 200 times apiece. The decision not only invalidates Obama's 32 such appointments, it narrows the executive power to bypass an obstinate Senate, gridlocked over even the smallest appointments, to the week or so a year between sessions, and only if the gap arises in that period.

Life Begins at Conception, Bro: Check out the literally thousands of protesters who hate choice.

Are Women People? In other abortion news, the Guardian takes up the age old question.

Violence in Egypt: On the second anniversary of the uprising, police clashed with demonstrators in 12 out of 27 provinces. So far, 450 have been injured. For months, demonstrators have been calling for President Morsi to get the eff out of office for betraying the revolution. The president responded by calling in the army and tweeting for the country to return to peaceful dialogue.

Think Different About Your iStuff: Apple found a bunch of kids working in its factories.

Socialize the Risk, Privatize the Cheddar: Kinder Morgan, a Canadian constructionUS-based energy firm, plans to build an oil pipeline running to the Salish Sea. It would bring 890,000 barrels per day of crude tar sands oil to be exported to Asia. Since the project is too big to insure, taxpayers will bear 90 percent of the cost of any spills around Vancouver and Victoria.

Census Finds Homelessness Is Up: In King County, the homeless population increased five percent over last year. King County is responding by stepping up emergency shelter in addition to building affordable housing. Thurston County has also seen homelessness spike, and sponsored an event where people could got health checkups, immunizations, and haircuts.

This Isn't Nam...There Are Rules: Somebody is advertising for T-Mobile on the high seas in direct violation of the no floating billboards rule.


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Pope Peabrain 1
Why do I get the impression the ant-choice protesters are paid shills?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM · Report this
NotSean 2
Optimist says: If the president cannot make recess appointments then the senate may be forced, or at least far more inclined, to sincerely review the appointments instead of *forcing* the president into the politically undesirable 'recess predicament'.
Posted by NotSean on January 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Original caption for the anti-choice picture: "DO WHAT YOU'RE TOLD, BITCH!!!"
Posted by tiktok on January 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 4
Most of the young people are just there because their youth group was going. They'll either get over it, or become like the troll when he gets his panties in a bunch about abortion.

Abortion isn't going anywhere. It's been around since the first woman got pregnant, and it will be around until the last woman has given birth to the last child. All "outlawing" it would do would be to clean up the statistics. Typical simple-minded conservative solution.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on January 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 5
That dude on the right has a pretty sweet iron hoodie.
Posted by Asparagus! on January 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
seatackled 6
Those anti-choice guys look like date rapists.
Posted by seatackled on January 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM · Report this
"All 'outlawing' it would do would be to clean up the statistics."

And bring back the unsanitary and unsafe procedures of old.
But this has always been more about punishing women than about preventing abortions.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on January 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
ferret 8
Kinder Morgan is a US firm, with Rich Kinder, former COO of Enron before quitting/leaving in 1996 after a fallout with Ken Lay, bought some major gas pipelines from Enron to start Kinder/Morgan. If it is based in Canada, that is news to me. Its headquarters I believed are in Houston, another major hub for gas pipelines...
Posted by ferret http://!/okojo on January 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 9
Chinese children working in an Apple factory, well sure beats them working in a field of vegetables. It pays better and is cleaner. And really those Chinese kids should know that hipster trendy 20 and 30something Americans buy those neat Apple products they make. Thank you Chinese children for keeping Hipster young Americans hip!
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
lauramae 10
One sure way to stop abortion is to neuter men
Posted by lauramae on January 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
The judge in the recess appointments case is a vest-pocket "constitutionalist" who basically thinks regulatory agencies should not exist since they aren't specifically mentioned in the Constitution, and took this case as a way of gutting the NLRB while simultaneously backhanding Obama. Thank you, teabaggers.
Posted by Calpete on January 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Sam Levine 12
@1 because you are trapped in a cultural bubble where the only time you read or hear about people that disagree with you is when they post passive aggressive posts on Facebook or when they are brought out for two minutes of hate.
Posted by Sam Levine on January 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Michael of the Green 13
I wish those guys, Li and Fe, would somehow magically find themselves pregnant. Fist-pumping is easier when it's not your body being legislated.
Posted by Michael of the Green on January 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 14
Dirty little secret... Crude derived from tar sands is denser than water, making it essentially impossible to clean. The industry doesn't have a fucking clue how to clear it up - that's why the spill on the Kalamazoo has taken so has been so incredibly expensive.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 15
Bah, me no am speak English this morning.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
disintegrator 16
+2 for the Lebowski reference.
Posted by disintegrator on January 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
mikethehammer 17
What's the Lebowski reference?
Posted by mikethehammer on January 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 18
@17: "this isn't nam, there are rules"
Posted by Max Solomon on January 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 19
@12 If only that were true...sigh. But you sound pretty passive aggressive yourself. BTW we just had an election where all I heard were the people I disagree with. And, despite cheating and lying, they lost. Is that what's got you down?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Sandiai 20
@5, I prefer the lithium hoody.

Nothing makes you pro-choice faster than an inconvenient, unplanned pregnancy, amiright? Or a malformed, non-viable fetus (because sometimes shit happens).
I see a crowd of young people who are *more*-likely to have an abortion in the next few years than "damn educated liberals" like myself who know how to use birth control. Like someone said above, it's not about reducing the number of abortions, otherwise idiots such as these would embrace blue-state policies of comprehensive sex education, easy access to birth control (and the morning-after pill*), prenatal care for mothers who want to carry the baby to term, post-natal daycare for young mothers who want to stay in school and comprehensive health care for all families.

*Personally, I'd prefer that an abortion happen as early after fertilization as possible.
Posted by Sandiai on January 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
@9 thank you for the fact check! Ugh, careful reading can be hard so early in the morning. I'll have a coffee beforehand next time.
Posted by Guest Author on January 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
prompt 22
I think Goldy, as a shareholder in Apple, owes us an explanation as to why he supports child labor.
Posted by prompt on January 26, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 23
@10: I suppose, although it would get kind of lonely. Tell me, are you sharpening blades as we speak?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM · Report this
@12: I dunno, the matching hoodies all of them are wearing sets off red flags.
Posted by treehugger on January 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM · Report this
@20: Somebody honestly tried to argue with me earlier that this was actually about adoption. I asked them to make that their main statement rather than abortion. They blocked me. Boo-hoo.
Posted by treehugger on January 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Sandiai 26
@25. I wish. It's hard to be against adoption.
Posted by Sandiai on January 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 27
ALL your computer stuff is made by little kids. Their fingers are so much more nibble to hook up those little wires
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM · Report this
Sandiai 28
I just pictured a kid licking their little fingers for some reason.
Posted by Sandiai on January 26, 2013 at 5:22 PM · Report this

and praise the maker for it.

we hate to think how many more snot nosed Liberals would be running around today if not for abortion.
Posted by Liberal Abortion: God's Gift to America on January 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 30

Despite the mainstream acceptance that the morning after pill prevents implantation, and the looney-tunes antichoicer belief that it's an abortion pill, the morning after pill doesn't prevent implantation of a fertilized egg, it prevents ovulation. There's no evidence to suggest that it prevents implantation better than the woman's uterus, whether or not she's on the pill.


Given the way adoption worked in the days before Roe, I find it easy to be against adoption. Single mothers had their children taken away from them, often with the argument that simply having sex outside of marriage was enough evidence to prove that they were deficient mothers. Then there were the institutions where girls and women were sent to give birth; they were, more often than not, not allowed to so much as see their babies before those babies were handed off to a nice rich couple. That kind of treatment didn't just happen in Ireland in the Magdalene laundries; it happened here in the U.S. too and is a direct result of women's choices not being respected or honored.

Then there's the fact that such antichoice douchebags as Randall Terry became antichoice activists because there was a lack of healthy white babies for them to adopt. Plenty of prospective adoptive parents see themselves as entitled to someone else's child, to the point that the adoption industry in the Third World can be extremely ugly, with children being taken away from their mothers, against the mothers' wishes, to give to rich white Americans.

So, in other words, fuck adoption.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 31
Oh troll, I love it when you engage in sweeping generalizations. Promise me that you'll never lose your childlike view of the world.

It's been my experience that conservative parents, like the Catholic Education System, are absolutely wonderful at creating irreligious liberal adults.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on January 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM · Report this

now Cat, don't go confusing the Whore of Babylon with Conservatism.
Posted by arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold on January 27, 2013 at 3:47 AM · Report this

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