The nerds are upset***
The Arizona state legislature passed a bill (H.B. 2549) that would make it a crime to communicate via an electronic device any speech that is intended to “annoy,” “offend,” “harass,” or “terrify” — and some other stuff too. Pretty vague stuff. I’m sure I’ve fired off some tweets from one of my iThings that annoyed, offended, harassed, and terrified a few people. In fact, that’s sort of my raison-d’être.
So, dang. Why won’t Arizona just let me be great?
The Arizona state legislature apparently finds it difficult to tell the difference between a telephone and the Internet and has passed a bill that would extend the definition of harassment originally devised for phone conversations to anything communicated or published online.
This is just getting out of hand:
Personally I’d like to make a law that mandates a woman watch an abortion being performed prior to having a “surgical procedure”. If it’s not a life it shouldn’t matter, if it doesn’t harm a woman then she shouldn’t care, and don’t we want more transparency and education in the medical profession anyway? We demand it everywhere else.
Until the dead child can tell me that she/he does not feel any pain – I have no intentions of clearing the conscience of the living – I will be voting YES.”
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So now we’re traumatizing women just for shits and giggles? Is that it? These people want every woman to be as traumatized as Carolyn Jones was when Texas forced her to undergo an unnecessary ultrasound? What is wrong with these people?
And the War on Women marches on.
The Arizona Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform approved HB 2800 which strips state funding from any group (like Planned Parenthood) that performs abortion even though existing state law and the fucking Hyde Amendment already prohibit the use of state/federal funds for abortion.
From Think Progress:
Having been accused of vagina “fauxrage” in response to my post yesterday about Arizona’s crazy-ass bill which would permit employers to fire women for being slutty birth control users, I feel compelled to make a counterargument.
Actually, I’ll let Susie Madrak at Crooks & Liars make that counterargument for me:
When I was 18, I worked for a publishing company that was a little bit strange. The female department head was a fundamentalist Christian and a member of Jews for Jesus who used to hold Tuesday morning prayer meetings before work. It was well known that if you never did attend a prayer meeting, you could forget about ever getting a raise.
Some nutbag in Arizona — a woman, no less — authored a bill that would allow employers to interrogate their female employees about their sexual practices.
You might want to sit down for this one, actually.
I can’t even.
The Arizona Senate passed a bill (SB1359) this week that allows doctors to withhold from pregnant women information regarding prenatal problems because disclosing that information might lead to an abortion.
From Addicting Info:
The most viewed and most discussed “news” article in The Hill on Thursday was titled, “GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager’s ‘chimichanga’ tweet.”
So much for focusing on “the issues” this election season.
Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama’s campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.
In case you’re feeling special, the answer is no: you were not the only one to recognize the irony of the Republican Party “demanding” anything as reparation for offending Latino voters.
Arizona Republican Cecil Ash suggested that the state consider celebrating “White American Day.” I guess he’s tired of black folks acting all uppity ‘n shit for 28 (29 this year!) days straight:
Arizona Republican Cecil Ash could be the new standard bearer for his state’s racist reputation. During a discussion in the state house about perhaps enacting a Latino American day or month like Black History Month, Ash suggested that the state should also consider a “White American Day” of some sort.
If GOP Gov. John Kasich got an ugly bloody nose from public unions last year and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and his GOP pals wanted to leave public unions bleeding in the street (only to now face the wrath of the state’s voters), Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is by comparison sending wreaths and dry cleaning her little black dress for the occasion.
With a sweeping series of bills introduced Monday night in the state Senate, Republicans in Arizona hoped to make Wisconsin’s battle against public unions last year look like a lightweight sparring match.