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Monica Wehby, Asshole of the Day for September 19, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Someone over at Buzzfeed noticed that Dr. Monica Wehby’s campaign had plagiarized their health care plan from Crossroads USA.
Now the plagiarism itself is probably not a big deal. Ed Kilgore points out that Karl Rove isn’t going to sue her over it. But what is a big deal is that, when asked about it, the campaign says:

“The suggestion that a pediatric neurosurgeon needs to copy a health care plan from American Crossroads is absurd,” a Wehby campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.”

This response is great if you don’t think about it too much. She’s saying: Too busy saving children! Not like you petty, partisan hacks in the media.
Of course when you think about it for a minute, here’s where you end up:
Her campaign website, the one with the plagiarized health plan, also says this in her bio:

In 2011, Dr. Wehby was elected to the board of trustees at the American Medical Association on a platform of being a conservative change agent. Monica resigned from the board of the AMA to run for the United States Senate in 2013. She currently resides in Portland with her four teenage children.

So she quit her job at the AMA to run for Senate. She knew she’d be busy. But too busy to respond to this accusation.
And she wasn’t too busy to get endorsed by the NRA. But too busy to respond to you trolls in the media.
And not too busy to campaign. I mean look at all these photos of her out campaigning!

Nope. Not too busy to campaign. The only thing she’s too busy for, is commenting on accusations of plagiarism. That she just copied her whole healthcare plan from Karl Rove’s SuperPAC. But she has no time to talk about that because she’s too busy saving childrens’ lives!
We suspect that if the accusation weren’t true, somehow she’d find time to comment. Don’t you?
But, regardless, let’s put aside the question of whether she’s too busy to answer this accusation. Instead let’s ask
Will she be too busy to vote in the Senate?
Too busy to listen to her constituents?
Too busy to read the bills she votes on?
I mean, children won’t stop needing her services and be miraculously cured while she serves in the Senate. Because if she’s too busy to answer questions about her health plan, and whether she just copied it from Karl Rove, then she’s probably too busy to govern responsibly, right?
But that’s not how she sees it. And that’s why she is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Dr. Wehby’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Political Animal at Washington Monthly.

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Monica Wehby, Asshole of the Day for September 19, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Someone over at Buzzfeed noticed that Dr. Monica Wehby’s campaign had plagiarized their health care plan from Crossroads USA.

Now the plagiarism itself is probably not a big deal. Ed Kilgore points out that Karl Rove isn’t going to sue her over it. But what is a big deal is that, when asked about it, the campaign says:

“The suggestion that a pediatric neurosurgeon needs to copy a health care plan from American Crossroads is absurd,” a Wehby campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.”

This response is great if you don’t think about it too much. She’s saying: Too busy saving children! Not like you petty, partisan hacks in the media.

Of course when you think about it for a minute, here’s where you end up:

Her campaign website, the one with the plagiarized health plan, also says this in her bio:

In 2011, Dr. Wehby was elected to the board of trustees at the American Medical Association on a platform of being a conservative change agent. Monica resigned from the board of the AMA to run for the United States Senate in 2013. She currently resides in Portland with her four teenage children.

So she quit her job at the AMA to run for Senate. She knew she’d be busy. But too busy to respond to this accusation.

And she wasn’t too busy to get endorsed by the NRA. But too busy to respond to you trolls in the media.

And not too busy to campaign. I mean look at all these photos of her out campaigning!

Nope. Not too busy to campaign. The only thing she’s too busy for, is commenting on accusations of plagiarism. That she just copied her whole healthcare plan from Karl Rove’s SuperPAC. But she has no time to talk about that because she’s too busy saving childrens’ lives!

We suspect that if the accusation weren’t true, somehow she’d find time to comment. Don’t you?

But, regardless, let’s put aside the question of whether she’s too busy to answer this accusation. Instead let’s ask

  • Will she be too busy to vote in the Senate?
  • Too busy to listen to her constituents?
  • Too busy to read the bills she votes on?

I mean, children won’t stop needing her services and be miraculously cured while she serves in the Senate. Because if she’s too busy to answer questions about her health plan, and whether she just copied it from Karl Rove, then she’s probably too busy to govern responsibly, right?

But that’s not how she sees it. And that’s why she is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Dr. Wehby’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Political Animal at Washington Monthly.

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Alabama GOP Governor Consoles Family Of Murdered 8-Year-Old Black Girl By Suggesting Their Dysfunction Killed Her | video

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What a peach. A child goes missing, her family is frantic and organizing a search for her, and the governor’s first thought when her body is found is to shake his head and pontificate on the sad, sad state of the Black Family In America Today. And let’s keep in mind that absolutely no one in law enforcement has said anything to suggest that the girl’s family had anything to do with her abduction and killing. Needless to say, people in Alabama are Not Happy.

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A new study says our ancestors may have co-existed with Neanderthals for thousands of years. It also suggests the arrival of modern humans in Europe wasn’t the reason for the Neanderthals’ extinction.
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The saga continues!

You know.
some serious boinking was going on…

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interestos:

A new study says our ancestors may have co-existed with Neanderthals for thousands of years. It also suggests the arrival of modern humans in Europe wasn’t the reason for the Neanderthals’ extinction.

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The saga continues!

You know.

some serious boinking was going on…

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How Many Women are in Prison for Defending Themselves Against Domestic Violence? | Bitch Magazine 
Marissa Alexander was sentenced to prison after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband.
Last week, domestic violence was front-page news in America as the video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice beating his partner circulated online. Sunday morning news shows interviewed domestic violence survivors, social workers at domestic violence agencies, and even police chiefs about their departments’ policies around domestic violence calls.
But in all this discussion about the realities of domestic violence, one perspective was clearly left out: the people who are imprisoned for defending themselves against abusers. Where are the stories about how the legal system often punishes abuse survivors for defending themselves, usually after the legal system itself failed to ensure their safety?
Many readers already know the name Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three who was arrested for firing a warning shot to dissuade her abusive husband from assaulting her. In 2012, Alexander was found guilty of aggravated assault and was given a 20 year sentence. Her sentencing coincided with the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, drawing wider public attention than she might have received otherwise. People across the country rallied to her defense, organizing fundraisers and teach-ins and bringing media attention to the injustice of her case. Alexander appealed her case and was granted a new trial, which is scheduled to start in December 2014. The prosecutor has said that, this time, she will seek a sixty-year sentence for Alexander if she is convicted again.
While awaiting her new legal ordeal, Marissa Alexander is allowed to be home with two of her three children. (Her estranged husband, the same one who had assaulted her and then called the police on her, has custody of her youngest child.) If it weren’t for that outpouring of support nationwide, Marissa Alexander might very well still be in prison on that original twenty-year sentence.
We know Marissa Alexander’s name, but there are countless other abuse survivors behind prison walls whose names and stories we do not know. We actually do not know how many women are imprisoned for defending themselves against their abusers. No agency or organization seems to keep track of this information. Prison systems do not. Court systems do not. The U.S. Department of Justice has some data on intimate partner violence, but not about how often this violence is a significant factor in the woman’s incarceration. In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of the women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them. That study found that 67 percent of those women reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. In New York State, 67 percent of women sent to prison for killing someone close to them were abused by that person. But these are just two specific studies; no governmental agency collects data on how frequently abuse plays a direct role to prison nationwide.
This past Sunday morning, an ABC news segment reported that 70 percent of domestic violence calls do not end in prosecution. That story stressed how many abused people choose not to press charges against their loved ones. Not mentioned, however, is how often systems fail to help survivors when they doseek help. Domestic violence survivors have reported that, time and again, they sought help—from family members, from their communities, from domestic violence agencies and from police. Many times, they found that help was unavailable to them. As we collectively wring our hands about domestic violence, shelters for people seeking help remain grossly underfunded. Passing the Violence Against Women Act (which relies heavily on criminalization and arrest, both problematic for women of color and other marginalized people) required a monumental political effort. 
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How Many Women are in Prison for Defending Themselves Against Domestic Violence? | Bitch Magazine 

Marissa Alexander was sentenced to prison after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive husband.

Last week, domestic violence was front-page news in America as the video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice beating his partner circulated online. Sunday morning news shows interviewed domestic violence survivors, social workers at domestic violence agencies, and even police chiefs about their departments’ policies around domestic violence calls.

But in all this discussion about the realities of domestic violence, one perspective was clearly left out: the people who are imprisoned for defending themselves against abusers. Where are the stories about how the legal system often punishes abuse survivors for defending themselves, usually after the legal system itself failed to ensure their safety?

Many readers already know the name Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three who was arrested for firing a warning shot to dissuade her abusive husband from assaulting her. In 2012, Alexander was found guilty of aggravated assault and was given a 20 year sentence. Her sentencing coincided with the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, drawing wider public attention than she might have received otherwise. People across the country rallied to her defense, organizing fundraisers and teach-ins and bringing media attention to the injustice of her case. Alexander appealed her case and was granted a new trial, which is scheduled to start in December 2014. The prosecutor has said that, this time, she will seek a sixty-year sentence for Alexander if she is convicted again.

While awaiting her new legal ordeal, Marissa Alexander is allowed to be home with two of her three children. (Her estranged husband, the same one who had assaulted her and then called the police on her, has custody of her youngest child.) If it weren’t for that outpouring of support nationwide, Marissa Alexander might very well still be in prison on that original twenty-year sentence.

We know Marissa Alexander’s name, but there are countless other abuse survivors behind prison walls whose names and stories we do not know. We actually do not know how many women are imprisoned for defending themselves against their abusers. No agency or organization seems to keep track of this information. Prison systems do not. Court systems do not. The U.S. Department of Justice has some data on intimate partner violence, but not about how often this violence is a significant factor in the woman’s incarceration. In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of the women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them. That study found that 67 percent of those women reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. In New York State, 67 percent of women sent to prison for killing someone close to them were abused by that person. But these are just two specific studies; no governmental agency collects data on how frequently abuse plays a direct role to prison nationwide.

This past Sunday morning, an ABC news segment reported that 70 percent of domestic violence calls do not end in prosecution. That story stressed how many abused people choose not to press charges against their loved ones. Not mentioned, however, is how often systems fail to help survivors when they doseek help. Domestic violence survivors have reported that, time and again, they sought help—from family members, from their communities, from domestic violence agencies and from police. Many times, they found that help was unavailable to them. As we collectively wring our hands about domestic violence, shelters for people seeking help remain grossly underfunded. Passing the Violence Against Women Act (which relies heavily on criminalization and arrest, both problematic for women of color and other marginalized people) required a monumental political effort. 

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A large part of my adult, career-related life has been lived by Susan Ivanova’s examples and wisdom.

i don’t really know who this is i think she’s from babylon 5 but AWESOME

Oh man.  MAN.  Man.  Lemme tell you about Susan Ivanova.

Susan Ivanova, second in command of Babylon 5, has been through a lot of shit.  First, off, Babylon 5 is a deliberate melting pot of a place where. after a really bad war, different species can come to seek peace.  Earthgov is skeptical about it.  The other species governments are skeptical about it.  As a result, the station often stands between the universe and very bad shit going down. 

Commander Ivanova is in charge of operations.  All the day to day stuff.  She handles it pretty well.

 

Mostly, anyway.

She is not here to put up with anyone’s shit.  Not even if you’re from Earth.

She’s second in command of a station with captains that are perpetually putting themselves and the station through a lot of political… well, ugly politics.  She’s often the one left behind, having to tell folks the Captain is not available and she’s in charge.  Honestly, for having to be the grownup among so many damned children, she’s very well liked. 

She’s not all business, though, she’s a great friend as well as commander, with a lovely, dry, gallows sense of humor.  I’m not sure there’s a person on the station who doesn’t have a private joke or at least a friendly word with her (provided they’re not fucking up her schedule).

Her family is Russian and Jewish, and it actually comes up from time to time.  She occasionally sends a shout out to god (she’s not practicing, iirc, but she still identifies as Jewish and keeps a few traditions), She commentates often on her Russian heritage.

Susan Ivanova: I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. 

She meets up with family and friends from her past and doesn’t shy away from them:

Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova: So how are things back home? 
Rabbi Koslov: They change, they stay the same. Russia is Russia. Your father used to say: “If regret could be harvested, Russia would be the world’s fruit basket.” 

She had a rough time growing up - her mother was a telepath, and in this universe if you’re telepathic and human you have two options: join a quasi-militaristic organization called the PsiCorps that will immediately take you from your family and control your whole life (they even have a saying: the Corps is Mother.  The Corps is Father.  It’s as chilling as you think,); option two is to take some drugs that suppress your abilities.  Ivanova’s mother chose the second option, and after a long, ugly period suffering under the effects of the drug, she took her own life.

You can imagine Susan is not thrilled with anyone associated with the Psicorps. But when a Psicorps telepath named Talia Winters comes on board, some interesting things happen.

At first she avoids the hell out of her.

But then, eventually, Susan doesn’t mind her so much.

Talia reaches out, and turns up at Susan’s quarters late one night.

They actually become real friends.

And you know, they have scenes like this.

And then, when Talia is gone she confesses:

Susan also later falls in love with a man named Marcus Cole, which means for my money she’s the first bisexual lady in space that I ever saw on TV.  Possibly ever.

For all that though, for her friendships and lovely jokes and cuddly-as-a-cactus-flower appeal, they never ever forget how good she is at her job.  She is shatteringly competent.

She is a military commander, and from time to time, she shows it.

Also, she was airlocking people before it was cool.

The whole crew is in on the airlocking thing, really.  They support her airlocking habits.  It’s lovely of them to do.

In summation:

Commander Susan Ivanova, bisexual Russian Jewish space princess of my heart.  Forever.  Watch this show.

Always share St. Ivanova.

YEESSSS. Babylon 5 fandom, we yet live!!

And did we mention the part where she coopted part of the hydroponics bays so that she could grow coffee to prevent her from committing homicide?

Susan Ivanova is my queen.  Also my rebbe.

(I refuse to call her St Ivanova because what part of “Jewish” are we forgetting, thanks for the erasure).

#another on the endless list of shows I want to get around to watching

YES. Yes, you do. It has its problems, it’s the first show to do all its SFX by computer (Amigas with Video Toaster cards) and sometimes it looks it, and it starts slow but god damn once it gets going it is fucking amazing and awesome.

Also, Ivonava and Talia’s relationship is canon and confirmed and intent, and the only reason it stopped when it did is because Talia’s actress wanted to leave the show to do other things nobody cares about.

I have never watched this show but this makes me want to!

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He was a Texas surgeon. Performing operations while reportedly using cocaine. Two patients died…. others were paralyzed. Doctors spoke out, but the hospital did nothing to stop him. Families and victims sued the hospital. Then weeks after accepting a quarter million dollar campaign contribution from the hospital’s chairman, Greg Abbott got involved. Using his office to go to court, against the victims. Greg Abbott. Another insider. Not working for you.

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Y’all ain’t even on this level

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this is definitely the best gif in the world

Y’all ain’t even on this level

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