Strange, we keep finding reasons to use this

Mississippi came perilously close to entering the 20th Century last week (The 21st? Not even close!) as a conference committee considered a bill that would add domestic violence to the acceptable grounds for divorce in the state. In the end, Mississippi (which only ratified the end of slavery in 2013) decided it wasn't quite ready to take such a radical step, thanks to a last-minute amendment which would also have allowed people to divorce after two years of separation.

The bill, sponsored by three Republican senators, had originally simply allowed divorce on the grounds of "one or more instances of domestic violence ... if established by clear and convincing evidence," but two state House members decided that was far too sweeping, so they amended it to allow less wiggle room:

Domestic Violence: An intentional act where the perpetrator causes serious bodily injury to his spouse or attempts to cause serious bodily injury to his spouse, if established by clear and convincing evidence. 'Serious bodily injury' is defined as bodily injury that involves: (1) a substantial risk of death; (2) extreme physical pain; (3) protracted and obvious disfigurement; and (4) protracted loss or impairment of the function of a body part, organ or mental faculty.

The amendment sent the bill back to conference committee, where another amendment got tacked on allowing divorce after "Willful and continued separation without co-habitation, with the intent not to return or resume or otherwise continue the marital relationship, for not less than two years."

That was simply too much for state Sen. Angela Turner, a Democrat (?!?), according to one of the bill's original sponsors, Sen. Brice Wiggins, who explained, "She argued that people should stay married." Turner moved to send the bill back to the conference committee, where it quietly died. So hey, all you Yankee smartasses saying Mississippi is so backwards it wouldn't allow people to get divorced for domestic violence, you are wrong. Mississippi is actually so backwards it thinks people should be forced to stay stuck in marriages even when they've given up on living together. Let's get that straight, okay?

Sen. Wiggins, sounding like some kind of crazy liberal with his hair on fire, said maybe lawmakers should consider reality in divorce law:

"People are stuck in marriages, but in particular children are placed in situations that are not healthy," Wiggins said. "The marriages are there because they can't get out of them. A party will hold the other party hostage for child support or just to be vindictive. The only other option is irreconcilable differences.

Wiggins acknowledged that "There are some who think you just stay married because it's biblical in nature," but added that he and Sen. Sean Tindell, who are both attorneys, deal with people on a daily basis who really, really should not be together. He said he'll try to introduce a bill allowing divorce on grounds of domestic violence again next year.

In the meantime, victims of domestic violence will have to try to convince a judge that being beaten counts as "habitual cruel and inhuman treatment," which you'd think might fit the bill, except we can see how the "habitual" part might get in the way if a husband only beat up the little woman the couple few times and he's real sorry and will never do it again, he promises. On the upside, people can already get divorced in Mississippi for grounds such as impotence, adultery, bigamy, habitual drunkenness, or mental illness, so maybe that's enough progress for now.

May as well end a Mississippi story with Nina Simone yet again.


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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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