Oh my god do they ever love life.
Under normal circumstances, forced birth enthusiasts calling themselves "pro-life" is a pretty galling thing. Not simply because it suggests that everyone else is "pro-death," but also because most of them are only "pro-life" in incredibly specific circumstances. They care if a fetus is aborted, but they, often, could not give a crap less if that baby has health care or food (things one needs to live) after it is born, or if the mother has access to pre-natal care or family leave. They are often pro-war and pro-death penalty and anti-subsidized health care. While they often care deeply about braindead people being kept alive by machines not being taken off of those machines by those who love them and don't want them to "live" that way, they likely would not be bothered in the least if the reason the person were unplugged was because the family could no longer pay their medical bills.
And once again, some anti-choicers are proving that they are only pro-one-very-specific-kind-of-life, as the 40 Days for Life campaign has vowed to continue daily protests of abortion clinics around the country, despite the coronavirus outbreak and the fact that we have all been urged to stay home in order to ensure that as few people die from this as possible.
So many babies!
If there is anything that has gotten tiresome over the past few years, it is the near constant obsession over baby eating. According to the QAnon people, all of the celebrities and Democratic politicians love getting together over some nice roast baby and then getting high on their adrenal glands. According to some lady who jumped into my mentions a few weeks ago, Bernie Sanders eats babies and that can't be an obviously anti-Semitic reference to blood libel if it's true, which it isn't. There's just so, so much baby eating that we can barely keep track.
Over on the Christian site The Pathway, Editor Don Hinkle — a "saved" Southern Baptist Minister who was the "top news writer" in the Department of Defense in 1981 (according to his bio) — is very concerned about baby eating. So concerned that he published an article on Tuesday titled "Could we be eating, drinking aborted babies?"
No, for real.
They always have a damn bowtie.
Rude of them to be on the same day.
Today is International Women's Day! It is a day when we are supposed to celebrate women and how super great we are, but usually it just turns into a day of brand pandering. Which, you know, sucks.
It is also Daylight Savings Time, the only benefit of which is that, on the other Daylight Savings Time, you get to stay at the bar later. Or, if you are going by Pete & Pete rules, you have one hour to "go back in time" and fix something you screwed up in the past year, which I have always found very romantic.
But on the whole, it is bad! And stupid! And guess what? We think it's for "the farmers," that we're all doing this annoying thing because "the farmers" need it to harvest our food correctly, but as it turns out, "the farmers" do not want it and have been one of the biggest lobbies against Daylight Savings Time. I have never felt so betrayed as I was five minutes ago when I learned this brand new information.
That is some quality International Women's Day pandering right there
I don't drive.
It's not because of how I am a woman and everyone knows we are bad at driving, but rather because I live in a city with very good public transportation and owning a car would be a big pain in the ass. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a little when giant evil corporations take a break from murdering the environment to do a little International Women's Day pandering!
And that's just what Shell is doing this year. Sort of! As part of the company's International Women's Day festivities, a female-owned gas station in San Dimas, California will be putting an apostrophe on it's logo so that it reads "She'll" instead of "Shell."
Warren's interview with Rachel Maddow makes us miss her all the more.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign ended Thursday and so did a lot of our dreams. I confess I'd hoped 2020 would end in a head-to-head between Warren and Kamala Harris: East coast versus West Coast. Instead, Warren exited the race without a single win. Hillary Clinton is still the only woman to have won a presidential primary contest. This is a distinction Clinton gladly would've shared with Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Harris, and Warren (#NeverTulsi). I don't want to join the many pundits vivisecting Warren while she still breathes, but I do want to set the stage for how impressive her interview with Rachel Maddow was last night.
Maddow raised the concern many women shared yesterday that if Clinton couldn't beat Trump, if Harris can't make it to the Iowa, and if Warren can't win her own state, maybe it "just can't be any woman ever." Maybe it's not whether a woman candidate is too "angry" or too "shrill" or too "opportunistic" or just too "woman." Maybe the American electorate isn't Goldilocks. Maybe there's just no pleasing voters if you're a woman candidate. We're just going to run "white men in their late 70s against each other" forever.
Warren, even while bearing the fresh scars of defeat, refused to accept this as our reality.
MADDOW: There's a feeling that your campaign ending is very specific to you and also it also feels a little bit like a death knell in terms of the prospects of having a woman for president in our lifetimes.
WARREN: Oh God, please no. That can't be right. I know exactly what you're talking about. This cannot be the right answer. Part of the reason I know it's not the right answer is I walked through my headquarters today and I saw all those strong powerful women. I saw all those women who said, "Thank you for standing up to Michael Bloomberg." I saw all those women who said, "Thank you for being smart and making that okay." "Thank you for talking over men sometimes because I'm just damn tired of always having it go the other way."
While I go cry in a corner and try to compose myself, watch this clip of Warren on Maddow.
How's Madam Senate Majority Leader sound to you?
Do you remember Election Night, 2016? Boy do I. My husband had made us Hillary COOKIES. We did not eat them, and the champagne stayed in the fridge for years, until I finally broke it out for some tiny non-defeat I now forget.
I remember my unyielding fury at our nation, and my contempt. I remember the unconquerable sickness. It was at least six months before I could wake up in the morning without remembering Trump was president before i'd even opened my eyes.
Well, it's happened again. I don't know about you, but this time, I'm sort of blessedly numb. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders aren't Trump. Things will be better under either of them than they are now. They're both ... fine. Just, with Elizabeth Warren reportedly dropping out of the presidential race today, things won't actually be good. That's okay. We're used to "not actually good."
You can be heroes!
I've got a secret to tell you that I haven't told ANYBODY: I am a Warren person!
Oh I am just joshing, you all knew that already. What fun and #jokes we have here at the Winemom Cafe!
Now, after "Super" Tuesday, it is not looking good for our old gal. And I woke up this morning ... kind of okay with it, actually. I think it really really really helped I had a Mexican vacation last week. I have my opinions on both our current frontrunners, the B
Almost Octogenarians Boys, and I sorely wish my fellow Americans had done what I wanted and made me the king of choosing presidents. But it did not happen. Maybe E Dubs will stay in! Maybe she really is gonna persist until there's no more persisting! It's crazy that people wanted her to drop out before Super Tuesday, since literally every contest so far had had a different winner, and yesterday's might have been hers! But it wasn't, and I am, extremely surprisingly, chill.
(It helps that I am envisioning Senate Majority Leader Elizabeth Warren. Will you join me?)
Joe's an all right fella in a lot of ways, but Bernie's more to my liking policy-wise, and damn oh damn I wish some of his worser followers weren't "worser." Because sure, not everybody lives on the Internet, but you do, and I do, and the reporters do. And for every "DON'T CALL ME A BRO" out there who's been alienating natural allies like most Warren supporters by telling us we just elected Trump and have blood on our hands, because somehow there is always a woman to blame, there is a media person seeing that shit and internalizing "BROS ARE ASSHOLES WHO WANT EVERYONE TO BEND THE KNEE," because of how that is what they themselves keep saying, out loud, with their mouths.
So I had an idea, and it is a free idea, and it is a sincere idea, and I'm literally not even being a bitch:
Arguments for June Medical Services v. Russo start today.
Today, the Supreme Court starts hearing arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo, an abortion-related case that hinges primarily on everyone involved agreeing to pretend to not know, and have no way of finding out, how emergency rooms work. This particular case could very likely result in Louisiana, which currently only has three abortion clinics, having zero abortion clinics.
At issue is a 2014 Louisiana law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges. Sound familiar? It should, because a law exactly like this was struck down in 2016. In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court decided 5-3 that Texas could not require clinics to have admitting privileges because requiring that would result in the closure of many clinics, which would make it far too difficult to obtain an abortion in the state. Normally, that would be that. But now we have two more super anti-abortion judges on the bench, and they're giving it another shot. Which, just to be clear, means that they will almost certainly be deciding in favor of the state of Louisiana, and any state that wants to will soon be able to just eliminate all of the abortion clinics by requiring them to get admitting privileges at hospitals, and then pressuring those hospitals not to give admitting privileges to physicians who perform abortions.
Chris Matthews announced his retirement last night. It was abrupt!
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and perennial thorn-in-the-side of actual liberals and anyone who does not hate women, announced last night that he will finally be retiring. Phil Donahue could not be reached for comment, on account of the fact that I have no way of contacting Phil Donahue. Which is unfortunate, because Marlo Thomas is super cool.
Matthews's announcement was abrupt and and occurred in the middle of the show's very first segment, leaving MSNBC with a random hour of airtime to fill.
Matthews explained that although he really loves his job and is excited to get up and do it every morning, and loves his producers, after a talk with the bigwigs at MSNBC, he has realized it's time for him to step aside for someone more hip and with it.
Mazal Tov to the three white geezers and Liz Warren!
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar just KlobuQUIT the presidential race. She's taking her salad comb and going home. You won't have old Amy to throw staplers at you any more. At least she outlasted her arch rival Pete Buttigieg.
See, it's funny because lady bosses are all raging bitches. It's funny because women are so emotional that they throw things and cry at work. It's funny because her voice was OMG, SO ANNOYING. It's funny because women being competitive is just adorable, and it's a CATFIGHT with the gay candidate.
Isn't that just the funniest joke ever? Isn't it hilarious that none of the candidates of color could get any traction or raise enough money to compete in the Democratic primary? Don't you just love it that we're down to three white septuagenarian men and the one woman who runs circles around them and gets completely ignored? Doesn't it make you want to wear your suffragette-white pantsuit with pride?
Apologies for all of this Chris Matthews content...
Why is Chris Matthews?
This is the question many of us, one would hope, are asking ourselves this week. At least I am. The man has been spiraling. He's been comparing Bernie Sanders to Hitler invading France and claiming that Sanders would have cheered to see him, Chris Matthews, beheaded in Central Park. This week, he had the gall to interrogate Elizabeth Warren about why on earth she would believe a woman (and several other people!) who said Michael Bloomberg told her to "kill it" when she was pregnant, instead of believing Michael Bloomberg. He was very, very upset about this. Couldn't believe it! Why on earth, after all, would a man lie about sexually harassing his employees? It just doesn't make sense!
FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE DOT GIF.
Chris Matthews Thinks Mike Bloomberg Too Busy Chopping Down Cherry Trees To Lie About Mistreating Women
Why is Chris Matthews still on our TV?
Political pundits might've forgotten Elizabeth Warren is running for president, but she still showed up at last night's Democratic debate in South Carolina. That wasn't good news for Mike Bloomberg. During the throwdown in Charleston, Warren mentioned how she'd lost a teaching job almost 50 years ago because she was pregnant. She tied this injustice to her favorite new punching bag.
WARREN: At least I didn't have a boss who said to me, "Kill it," the way that Mayor Bloomberg alleged to have said to one of his pregnant employees.
Bloomberg denied on national television having ever said this, which might've been a trap Warren set for him.
The Massachusetts senator later sat down for a migraine-inducing, post-debate interview on MSNBC with Chris Matthews, who was shocked Warren would believe a "former New York City mayor" would say something so dehumanizing and misogynistic. Warren reiterated that she believed the woman who stated as much under oath.
The grand irony of "pro-lifers" in America, is that over the years, many of them have turned to killing and injuring people to spread their message that "killing" clumps of cells is wrong.
At a recent town hall in Hayden, Idaho, Rep. Vito Barbieri (R-Dalton Gardens), wondered out loud, in a room full of people, why no one had nuked the Planned Parenthood on State Street, in Boise. Apart from the fact that it is very unlikely that the Army of God has access to nuclear weapons.
Which, just for the record, is a thing we should probably all be very grateful for.
Might as well just get it done.
Once upon a time, a very long time ago (but not that long ago considering the whole of human history), ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment was mostly considered a no-brainer. The very first version of it was written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman back in 1923, and for many years both Democrats and Republicans had it in their party platforms. The plan was to ratify it by 1977, but only 35 of the required 38 states had ratified it, and the deadline was extended to March 22, 1979, and it seemed like things were really headed that way.
After all, it really isn't all that controversial:
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
But then a lady named Phyllis Schlafly came along and murdered it by telling everyone that it would be a horrible thing because then ladies could be drafted into wars and wouldn't be able to get alimony or keep their kids after a divorce. Somehow it didn't occur to enough people that abolishing the draft might be a good idea and a pretty easy way of solving this problem. The fact that we still have a draft and require 18-year-old boys to sign up for it when they can't even legally drink (or smoke now!) is completely horrifying.
Then the 1980s happened! And, well, it was the 1980s.
Weinstein was found guilty of sexual assault and rape today.
One of the small but galling things about writing about Harvey Weinstein for nearly three years now has been having to refer to him as an "alleged" rapist and an "alleged" sexual predator. It is, of course, a rule we must observe for legal reasons and to protect people accused of crimes they didn't commit. But in his case, when the evidence against him has been so overwhelming, it felt particularly unfair to those who had been victimized by him.
But now, the time for "allegedly" is over, as he has officially been found guilty of two felony sex crimes — criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of two counts of predatory sexual assault, which the testimonies of several women whose cases could not be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations on sexual assault were meant to prove. One of those women was "The Sopranos" actress Annabelle Sciorra, who testified that Weinstein raped her in her apartment nearly 30 years ago.
Can't wear that to a breadline!
On Wednesday morning, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stopped by The View to chat about Bernie Sanders and the primary... and can you believe it? She wore clothes. Like, actual human clothes that she bought at a store, probably. In fact, she wore a super cute purple leopard sequin dress that I am pretty jealous of.
Highlighting one tweet with 12 likes from a lady with about 600 followers, The New York Post did a whole entire article this morning on all of the "tongues wagging" about how AOC was wearing a fancy designer dress by Rickie Freeman, because of how she is a hypocrite.
Oh, for shame!
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