I am asking that any discussion of Margaret Sanger stay on this thread. There are serious issues in our community and none of them have one damn thing to do with Margaret Sanger.
I think it is important to note that all historical figures must be evaluated in their own place and time. Additionally, the language changes over time. Let’s start with Thomas Jefferson, one of my favorite historical figures.
I grew up in the shadow of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. I lived in a house off of Rugby Road less than three blocks from Mr. Jefferson’s University. In Charlottesville, everything is Jefferson. He is our hometown hero. He, Jack Joutte and Paul Goodloe McIntire are the three most mentioned town heroes. Jefferson’s influence is certainly national in scope. He is the author of the Declaration of Independence, Revolution visionary, one of the most prominent thinkers of his time, inventor, statesman, diplomat, first secretary of state and president for two terms.
The new Comfort Memorial located in Fairfax near the Fairfax County Government Center has sparked a spate of protest from the Japanese Embassy. the Embassy accuses Fairfax of trying to ignite bad feelings between Koreans and Japanese residents. According to the Washington Post:
Anchored by butterfly-shaped benches, the new Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden in Fairfax County honors women forced into prostitution by Japan during World War II — a chapter of the global conflict that has long fueled tensions between South Korea and Japan.
There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Terry McAuliffe. From NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:
Gov. McAuliffe has just ordered a review of dangerous targeted regulations on Virginia’s women’s health centers! These burdensome regulations (also known as TRAP regulations) were designed to close the vast majority of abortion providers – and were enacted only after former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli bullied the Board of Health. It is past time that these TRAP regulations get the evidence-based review they deserve – and Gov. McAuliffe has taken the first step!
At an event for National Women’s Health Week this morning, Gov. McAuliffe announced that his administration is:
- Instructing Virginia’s Board of Health to conduct an immediate review of the medically-irrelevant, burdensome, targeted regulations on abortion providers that they approved last year under pressure from Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
- Making five appointments to fill seats on the Board of Health
- Approving Planned Parenthood health centers to participate in a cost-reduced medication purchasing program that will enable them to provide affordable care to more Virginians
It’s about time to put an end to laws that do not make women’s health safer. The purpose of TRAP laws is to weave a web of regulations around abortion providers so that abortion simply becomes too expensive and too inaccessible. Good for Terry McAuliffe. He is doing what I voted for him to do. Of course this fight isn’t over. Not by a long shot! But it has started and that is what is important. Also, last I heard, there is a lawsuit filed by Rosemary and Wayne Codding. Hopefully that will blast a few people out of the water. I simply cannot stand disingenuous concern. The Virginia TRAP laws are based on ignorance.
Is Michele Bachmann getting stranger and dumber? An ideological shrine to abortion? Give me a break.
HR863 sounds like a bill to pass. It authorizes a study on how to move forward with the women’s museum initiative. Why shouldn’t there be a museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women in this country? According to rawstory.com:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday opposed the National Women’s History Museum by connecting it to “eugenics” and same-sex marriage.
During a House debate on whether or not Congress should appoint a commission to study how to move forward with building the National Women’s History Museum, Bachmann stood up and urged her colleagues to vote against the measure.
“I rise today in opposition to this bill because I believe ultimately this museum — that will be built on the National Mall on federal land — will enshrine the radical feminist movement that stands against the pro-life movement, the pro-family movement and the pro-traditional marriage movement,” she announced.
Nooo, we aren’t singling out abortion clinics for special treatment. Noooooo, we aren’t blurring the lines between church and state. Found on the front page of Sentinel, a weekly newsletter from Elizabeth Anne Seton School for parents and students:
On Monday, March 10th at some time after 5:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers, the Manassas City Council will vote on Marc Aveni’s proposal to require new medical facilities (to include abortion clinics) come before Council and the public before locating in the City. Your prayers, attendance and possible speaking during citizen time in favor of this effort are needed again.
I suppose that once again there will be a sideshow over at City Chambers where everyone will be strutting out their most pious behavior. Marc Aveni is getting himself some free advertisement for his cause. (Will I get a thank you note for providing some coverage for him?) I don’t think those of us in the County can pick up City channels so we will miss the show but I expect it will be a rendition of Brother Love’s traveling Salvation Show of Neil Diamond Fame.
Yesterday’s story actually became the story. Most of our contributors know that there is a certain decorum around here and nearly everyone goes along with it without question. I think all of our ‘in moderations’ have even been turned loose and that we all agree that the rules around here really aren’t so bad. Hell, we even let people cuss and more than a few people last week used a socially inappropriate word or two without having to sit in the naughty chair.
One of the major rules here is about county employees. I went back through the thread and its comments just to make sure that *I* had adhered to our own rules. I think I did. I think I urged others to do the same. We also encourage people to be respectful of each other as much as is humanly possible during political debate. That extends to name calling.
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging! Mike Huckabee apparently has never heard that wise old adage. Huckabee needs to put down the shovel and stop digging.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday defended recent comments he made about women’s libidos, saying “it was just a colorful expression” about something that’s wholesome and God-given.
“My point was, not that I believe this, but I said the Democrats act as if women are only concerned about these reproductive issues,” Huckabee said on Fox News’s “Cavuto.
Huckabee last month came under fire when he slammed Democrats for accusing the GOP of waging a war on women.
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without ‘Uncle Sugar’ coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it,” he said at a luncheon address to the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington.
I thought Mike Huckabee was smarter than this. Obviously, he ignores the figurative speech about War on Women. He would be ok if we didn’t have the slut-shame attempt aimed at Sandra Fluke, aspirin remarks coming from GOP high donors, and countless bills aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood and other centers that receive Title X funding. He would be ok if there weren’t efforts to deny birth control to women going around every corner. He would be OK if literally hundreds of new laws weren’t passed in state legislatures by Republican politicians that restrict reproductive rights, via any hook or crook they could think of.