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Insane Sex Laws Inspired by Republicans (Via Mother Jones)

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We all know that the sexist theocratic Republican Party is doing their damndest to turn 2012 into the year of the vagina. In fact our caring, conservative lawmakers across the country are working feverishly to lay an even larger patriarchal claim to the uterus. Many states across the country are considering or passing ridiculous laws which wreak of misogyny and seriously hamper the right to choose.

What many may not know, is that many liberal law makers are fighting back with proposed bills that regulate men’s health (wink wink), by issuing procedures to follow before allowing them to fill prescriptions for erectile dysfunction drugs. What’s good for the gander is good for the goose, am I right?

Thanks to Mother Jones, a state by state list has been compiled for your reading pleasure. My favorite is the bill proposed in Illinois, which mandates that any man seeking treatment for E.D, must first watch a video that shows how an erection that last longer than it should is treated. Let me tell you folks, the treatment is NOT pretty-YEOUCH!!!!!

Without further adieu, I share with you:

Insane Sex Laws Inspired by Republicans

—By Hannah Levintova

Delaware: By an 8 to 4 vote, the Wilmington, Delaware, city council recognized the personhood of semen because “each ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government.”

Virginia: As the state Senate debated requiring transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Sen. Janet Howell proposed mandating rectal exams and cardiac stress tests for men seeking erectile dysfunction meds. Her amendment failed by just two votes.

Georgia: Responding to a Georgia house bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Rep. Yasmin Neal wrote a bill outlawing most vasectomies because they leave “thousands of children…deprived of birth.”

Ohio: A bill introduced by state Sen. Nina Turner would compel men to get psychological screenings before getting prescriptions for impotence meds. “We must advocate for the traditional family,” Turner said, “and ensure that all men using PDE-5 inhibitors are healthy, stable, and educated about their options—including celibacy as a viable life choice.

Illinois: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy proposed requiring men seeking Viagra to watch a video showing the treatment for persistent erections, an occasional side effect of the little blue pill. As she explained, “It’s not a pretty procedure to watch.”

Missouri: Protesting the legislature’s vote to reject Obama’s contraception coverage mandate, nine female lawmakers cosponsored a bill restricting access to vasectomies except for men risking death or serious bodily harm. “In determining whether a vasectomy is necessary,” the bill reads, “no regard shall be made to the desire of a man to father children, his economic situation, his age, the number of children he is currently responsible for, or any danger to his wife or partner in the event a child is conceived.”

Oklahoma: When a zygote-personhood bill came before the state Senate, Sen. Constance Johnson penned an amendment declaring that ejaculating anywhere outside a woman’s vagina constitutes “an action against an unborn child.” Bonus: Johnson also suggested that any man who impregnates a woman without her permission should pay a $25,000 fine, support the child until age 21, and get a vasectomy, “in the spirit of shared responsibility.” In response to the same bill, state Sen. Jim Wilson proposed an amendment requiring the father of an unborn child to be financially responsible for its mother’s health care, housing, transportation, and nourishment during pregnancy.

Texas: Contesting a bill mandating sonograms before abortions, Rep. Harold Dutton unsuccessfully offered three amendments in a row. The first would have required the state to pay the college tuition of children born to women who decide against an abortion after seeing a required ultrasound image. The second would have subsidized the children’s health care costs until age 18. When that failed, he lowered the age to 6. That didn’t fly, either.

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Obama and Rick Santorum are Coal Brothers

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I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but President Obama seems to be a big fan of “clean coal”. When he talks to the nation about energy, usually the first thing out of his mouth is “clean coal”. I would imagine that he probably wakes up in the middle of the night screaming “damn it Michelle, CLEAN COAL!” It’s almost as if somebody might be contributing to his campaign to win such a ringing endorsement for this environment crippling source of energy; Hmmm, I wonder who that could be?

Obama isn’t alone though: he has a bi-partisan ally in Rick “give a hoot please pollute” Santorum. You see, when Mr Frothy Mix isn’t busy bashing homosexuals, immigrants, and women over the head with his bible, he’s nestled contentedly in the wallet of one of the nation’s biggest coal producers, Consol Energy. From 2010 until August of 2011, he “volunteered” his services to Consol to the tune of nearly $150,00. Previously, Consol donated nearly $75,000 to his coffers during his time as a legislator. This is actually a mere pittance when compared to the
$10,000,000 that Consol spent last year to lobby against caps on greenhouse emissions. In every instance, Santorum’s pro pollution stance has mirrored that of Consol. I would bet that when Santorum is fucking his wife (missionary style and only missionary style, anything else would be absolutely sinful), he cries out Consol’s name!

In light of this, I have one piece of advice for President Obama: Distance yourself from “clean coal”. Continue to push our country to clean, renewable sources of energy. Stop sharing the back pockets of the coal industry with the likes of Rick Santorum. Climb out of that soot covered bill fold, and look to a future of clean energy. There is profit there after all; you’ll probably see more green by continuing to go green 😉

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Terrorist-proof Toilets in Moscow | Mother Jones

First, poop steaks in Japan. Now, terrorist proof toilets in Moscow. This has been one shitty Friday!

Terrorist-proof Toilets in Moscow | Mother Jones.


Choking On Your Chicken? It’s Because It’s Loaded With Arsenic!

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Here’s a deeply disturbing article from Mother Jones that may cause you to stop eating chicken forever. According to MoJo, Pfizer, the same company that sells us those little blue boner pills, also manufactures a chicken feed additive called Roxarsone, which contains arsenic. Early last week, Pfizer announced that it would no longer make the additive, because there were significant levels of arsenic found in raw chicken at the supermarket level. Until this year, Pfizer was producing 2 million pounds of the additive a year, which is half of what is sold in the U.S.

Roxarsone has been around since the 40’s; it is used to kill Coccidiosis, a parasitic condition that results from the chickens standing around in their own crap all day while they’re waiting to be slaughtered. It was also discovered that the arsenic laced additive was helpful in boosting the chicken’s growth, so that we would be able to ingest poison from even bigger birds. Stay with me here; it gets worse.

An average chicken house contains between 25 to 30 thousand birds, producing literally tons of poisonous chicken poo to dispose of. So where does all this
crap go? It gets used as fertilizer of course, either directly spread on farmland, or converted and sold as fertilizer pellets. As a result, arsenic is now found in tap water where the fertilizer is used. I would bet my ass that it’s found in the food grown on those farms as well.

In 1999 the European Union forced European producers to stop using the additive because of the arsenic. In 2004, Tyson stopped using it as well. As a result, both the FDA and USDA responded by doing nothing. Even though they damn well knew that the additive causes bladder,kidney,lung,liver and prostate cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even neurological disorders in children, they didn’t do a fucking thing to stop the use of Roxarsone . Way to look out for the consumer, you money grubbing douchebags. Even after Pfizer’s announcement, both agencies refuse to acknowledge the health risks.

This is another example of how the over consumption of poultry and meat is coming back to bite us in the ass. Supply struggles to meet demand, creating overcrowding on chicken ranches, which results in disease. The chickens are fed arsenic laced feed additives to produce bigger, healthier chickens, which in turn is not only in the poultry we consume, but is also found in the water we drink, and the vegetables we eat. No wonder our health care costs continue to sky rocket!

My partner and I have been transitioning to a primarily organic, meat free diet. It may cost more, but we both feel so much better! I don’t know about you, but I’m done poisoning myself. I already take in enough pollutants from the air and water. I certainly would like to avoid death by poultry.

Furthermore, we should all thank the FDA and USDA for their silent condoning of the use of Roxarsone, by treating them to a big bucket of extra crispy.

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