Four In The Afternoon: Sunday Blargh

4 in the Afternoon1 WHAT’S THERE TO SAY? A gun-toting yahoo was acquitted of murdering the unarmed 17-year-old black kid he followed, argued with, scuffled with then fatally shot in Florida. There are protests across the United States. More here, here and here. The U.S. federal department of justice is reviewing the case and considering further prosecution of Zimmerman, so that’s one piece of not-terrible news, I guess. Want to talk about how the verdict reflects a racist justice system and society that presumes the guilt of black males? Want to say something about how people shouldn’t be allowed to carry handguns? Want to discuss the gargantuan contradiction of Zimmerman going free (and even getting his gun back) and the case of the Florida woman who fired “warning shots” yet was sentenced to 20 years after she DIDN’T kill her abusive husband? Want to draw parallels between black teens in America and First Nations kids in Saskatchewan? Have at ‘er in the comments.

2 CRAAAAAVAN It was apparently “tame“. “Tame”? Sounds kind of like an insult to all the hard-working party people, to me!

3 VARIOUS THINGS HAPPENED Lac-Megantic mourns, there’s ongoing hunger strikes over shitty conditions in California prisons,  the Conservative government plans a Monday shuffle, Nelson Mandela is getting better, Egypt freezes Muslim Brotherhood assets, A Glee star died and will be autopsied on Monday, and there was some very large hail in Saskatchewan this weekend.

4 EVIL TEXAS REPUBLICAN MORONS, RANT, HISS, FUME, SPIT, SPUTTER, ARRRRRGH Okay.Okay. Calm. Breeeathe. (Foosh…) In case you somehow missed it, that horrible, stupid, misogynist-politician-filled place in Amur’ca finally passed the jackasstastic anti-abortion bill they all had Bible-boners for. I guess it’s no surprise from the holy-rollin’ Southern state with an outgoing governor whose idea of disaster relief was prayer (p.s., it didn’t work).

In fact, Texas’ Republican legislature passed the bill despite being so scared of women it had security confiscate their tampons. For real. Not making this up.


Okay, As always, there’s a caveat:  there’s nothing wrong with someone being personally opposed to abortion for religious reasons. It’s weird, it’s kind of dumb but it’s permissible. But legally forcing such irrational, mystical, religious beliefs on others, as is continually happening in the United States, is garbage. (And it kills women, too. Lots of women.) Didn’t anyone ever read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery? That’s where this Texas-paved hell-road eventually leads. So thank goodness that changing demographics will put an end to this stupidity. Eventually. Okay, in 2024. Sigh.

In the meantime, it’s… I mean, I can’t even… arrrgh! What kind of a miserable fucking hellhole farce of a place criminalizes a woman’s uterus while hardcore supporting gun rights? I am so very angry. So let’s just watch this awesome woman get kicked out of her own state’s  legislature because Conservatives troglodytes want to control her reproductive decisions. The video shall make us furious but also proud.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Sunday Blargh”

  1. A couple of years ago I and my mother and sister went to the museum in Dartmouth NS that showed the history of Africville and black people in that area. There was hardly anyone else there but two ladies in their 50s or 60s, their driver from the hotel and someone to show them around they had prearranged. One of the ladies had a family that had lived in Africville. Both groups (mine and the ladies) looked all around the museum and then we left roughly at the same time. We saw this driver again later at the hotel (same one the ladies were staying at)and he recognised us and came up to us and we got talking and as we were talking a Nina Simone song was playing in the background. He was very impressed we had gone to the museum and enjoyed ourselves. Then he said “Nothing has changed”. From the history of black people in Canada to modern times nothing has changed, not only for him, but for any black person in North America nothing all these years later has changed. But while the readers of this article and my comment that will tut and shake their heads I want you all to read this article:

  2. Commenting again as there were many interesting points you raised in this blog, this time about abortion. I wrote a letter to Prairie Dog discussing this in regards to Jo Katera, I don’t know it was published but I can easily reprint it here. There are many main points to this “issue” but the bottom line is that even in the 212st century women are treated as second class citizens regardless of the battles we have won over the years including voting, being recognised as human beings in Canada since 1922, and even abortion rights in the 70s. It’s been done I can’t believe in my life time we have to do it all over again! For those calling themselves “pro-life” you can be damn sure they would scream the loudest if legislation passed about curtailing the uses of the male sexual organs and the pros and cons of complete castration to see the benefits of such an action (before people bite my head of this is a rhetorical supposition, not something I’m necessarily advocating personally, I am trying to use a turn around example for “pro-lifers” who I am more than well aware are not just men so don’t use male bashing on me). Anyway here is the letter in full: Dear Prairie Dog,

    I hope you will permit me to respond to one of Ms or Mr. Jo Katera in regards to pro-life statement about “murder or slaughtering defenceless children”. Well why don’t these so called pro-life people don’t cry murder when pregnant women, babies and children are murder/slaughtered in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq when the bombs dropped and “friendly fire” was rampant? But I suppose those innocent and defenceless children are war casualties and it doesn’t matter about life in war. Why don’t these people cry murder when millions of babies die of malnutrition everyday and diseases from dirty water and the dangers of pollutants from oil sands and uranium, etc. as in the case of rising cancers in communities like Fort Chipewyan? What about the babies that will be born with birth defects from chemicals like agent orange used in war or preventive war? Why don’t these people cry murder when pregnant women are in an abusive relationship and are attacked? What about the 100 million orphans in the world that have not even a foster parent? But no the woman or girl before she became pregnant is immaterial and the woman or girl after birth is also immaterial. What happens to when the poor woman or girl miscarries and she will be accused of deliberate abortion? Is it a case of have the baby or DIE!? Women have fought for the right to have over control her body back in the 70s. We don’t need to have this fight again. It’s in the books, it’s done.

  3. As a lifelong Shirley Jackson fan, I am puzzled by your relation of “The Lottery” to the Texas legislation. If you read the story with anything like care, you’ll see that everyone involved in the lottery believes in it; they just don’t want to be the one chosen.

    As to “We don’t need to have this fight again”, I hate to break this to you, but you’re wrong. Anyone with any awareness of history knows that no progress is irreversible. It’s never done. As the man said, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

  4. Two simple concepts as concerning Zimmerman-Martin.

    1. Being found guilty without a trial by the social media means nothing.

    2. In a murder trial the concept of ” Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” trumps everything else.

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