Six In The Morning: Even The CBC Has American News Leading

6-in-the-morning 1 WE ARE NOW MORALLY OBLIGATED TO MESS WITH TEXAS Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis attempted a 13-hour filibuster in the Texas State Senate last night, in an effort to prevent the passing of a hideous anti-woman/trans/etc. bill that would have closed down most of the state’s abortion clinics and forced women into the sort of unsafe, disgusting conditions prevalent sixty years ago – the ones that, y’know, lead to the Kermit Gosnells of the world (EDIT: not Kenneth, obviously, as Barb points out below)? – and that, uh, an overwhelming, indisputable majority of Texans opposed. The bill lost, which is good, unless you’re Gov. Rick Perry, who said of the bill, “In Texas, we value all life.”

In other Texas news, Gov. Rick Perry probably spent much of the day not bothering to consider commuting the sentence for the state’s 500th Death Row execution, a black woman who was accused of murdering a white man and faced an all-white jury. Oh and also, meanwhile, that whole Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in the States? The one the Supreme Court gutted earlier this week, bits about ensuring that racist states who are, a lot of them, still fucking trying to deny blacks, Hispanics, and other migrants the vote, in 2013 have at least some legal hurdles to being horrible racist shitheads? If it didn’t exist, Wendy Davis wouldn’t be in the Texas State Senate, according to Wendy Davis. Shoot every Republican straight into the sun.

2 GOOD ON THE GAYS A pair of Supreme Court Decisions managed to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 at the same time, which rules, because the type of secret homophobe who says “What they do is their business but do they have to do so much of it in public?” is going to get incredibly owned by all the gay people getting married and kissing and shit on TV and in newspapers today.

3 MAN WHO PISSED IN MURRAY’S CEREAL I feel like I keep waking up on Wednesdays and telling people to read Murray Mandryk columns. Dude is on fire lately. Today: the Sask Party’s foot-dragging on any review or amendment to the province’s Freedom of Information and Privacy laws combined with its hurry to push through essential services legislation suggest that “this government’s view of due diligence is being dictated by its political agenda and its need to marginalize even valid criticism.” Oof.


5 MEANWHILE IN AUSTRALIA Toilets flush backward and the female PM who ousted her ineffectual predecessor is, uh, re-ousted in favour of said predecessor. Remember when she, like, utterly ethered the scumbag Tony Abbott? Good times.

6 MAN JUST NAME A POLITICAL PARTY “THE BUSINESS PARTY” AND GET IT OVER WITH Cool new stats on education, from the 2011 National Household Survey. I think my favourite tidbit though is that “The United States, Philippines and United Kingdom are the biggest hubs for Canadian students going abroad to get post-secondary degrees and certificates.” The Philippines! I’m guessing it’s nursing and resource industry-related programs or something? It’s a bit of a curveball but good for you, the Philippines.

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14 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Even The CBC Has American News Leading”

  1. Murray Mandryk is my hero. As for the other stuff, it’s been a yay/boo kind of day. WTF, Australia?

  2. (1) You got Gosnell’s first name wrong, and please be informed that that man carried out his actions AFTER Roe v. Wade, so your first sentence makes little sense.

    (4) This is no joking matter, boyo.

    (6) Why guess, when you can actually do research?

  3. Glve it a rest, Barb. You are always distracting from the articles with your superior criticisms. I for one find it very tiresome, and distracting. Oh Oh, now you are invading the Cilty of Regina site, and who knows what others. There is a whole new world of spelling out there with texting. As long as we understand what is being said, thats ok. imo. But, I wan’t a teacher in my former life.

  4. Well, thank you for the “superior” judgement, Simpleton, but please be advised that flattery will get you nowhere.

    You will note that some of the writers who post on this site don’t mind corrections, or being challenged to clarify or amplify their remarks: these are pros, with a pro’s attitude.

    As to where I comment, you and I are equally free to comment on sites in which we have an interest. The only correction I’ve suggested on the City of Regina FB site was an error made by the City which was bound to cause confusion for people already confused about what is or isn’t recyclable; otherwise it’s info comments or service requests. If you have anything worthwhile to share, on any site, feel free. Oh, wait…

  5. JC’s first sentence could stand to be reworked, as its meaning isn’t exactly clear; However, it does make sense — given a charitable reading. If we assume the conditions referenced in the sentence are conditions characterized by the geographic, financial, or legal unavailability of safe abortions for many women then I’m sure we can agree that those conditions were prevalent 60 years ago (leaving aside value judgments about whether this was a good thing or not). Some pro-choice advocates argue that these conditions exist in Pennsylvania today (see here for example). They also argue that the cause of these conditions in Pennsylvania is over-restrictive abortion laws. They further claim the supply of victims without alternatives (due to the aforementioned conditions) led to Gosnell’s continued operations. The laws proposed in SB5 are Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws. JC was basically saying that TRAP laws create conditions for evil operators like Gosnell.

    Personally, I think that the story of Gosnell is the story of an exceptionally greedy, evil man and the not-so-exceptional failure of authorities to investigate and enforce currently existing laws. It is not indicative of abortion clinics post-Row v. Wade, nor is it indicative of operations in states who have passed TRAP laws.

    There is an argument that could potentially be made that TRAP laws negatively impact the health outcomes of women, but that argument should be made with data, not with speculation about TRAP laws contributing to Gosnell. So, while I disagree with you, Barb, about whether the sentence makes sense or not, I think we can agree it doesn’t present a very strong argument.

  6. Well put, Brad. The topic is serious enough to warrant careful and clear writing.

  7. @Simpleton drive: I think you meant to to say condescending and pedantic, although from your tone I did manage to infer that no compliment was intended as did most of us “pros with a pro’s attitude”.

    You might be interested, for future reference, in what psychologists refer to as “narcissistic personality disorder”. According to Dr. Leon Seltzer: “When criticized, narcissists show themselves woefully incapable of retaining any emotional poise, or receptivity. And it really doesn’t much matter whether the nature of that criticism is constructive or destructive. They just don’t seem to be able to take criticism, period. At the same time, these disturbed individuals demonstrate an abnormally developed capacity to criticize others.”

    Some of the more critical internet posters fit this diagnosis. If left unchallenged this disorder can actually foster a superiority complex that would lead the afflicted individual to believe that a clearly ironic criticism is in fact a compliment. Those afflicted might also interpret criticisms as indicia of worthiness.

    Finally, I suspect that true narcissist would feel duty-bound to pass unnecessary and gratuitous judgement on statements made by others, reinforcing their inflated sense of importance.

    Don’t be put off by such posters, they are far more transparent than they believe…. Then again so are completely pretentious assholes like myself.

  8. 4. With luck the statistics might help advocates who have been waging a several decades long struggle to got some real positive response for all levels of government to this horrible problem. It might be overly optimistic but how about Saskatchewan winning the “most improved player” award on this one? Anyone who can should support a local shelter — remember, Captain Picard is behind this cause, and probably so are a lot of people you know and love.

  9. Dear JMM: wow! Can’t you tell sarcasm when you see it? It’s a much better response than name-calling, and more fun.

  10. Barb: honestly, is your objective to stroke your ego or to try to productively engage with people who don’t share your viewpoint? Some people don’t like being belittled for typographical errors or held up to the standards of a self-appointed judge. You certainly gain nothing by accusing others of being “thin skinned” or failing to appreciate your alleged sarcasm. Most of us don’t disagree with your points, simply the manner in which you express them. Dialogue is two way, which means that those involved are willing to put aside their defensive responses in the interest of reaching a better common understanding. Derisive nitpicking ill-serves that goal, helping others to better articulate themselves does.

    And no, sarcasm at another person’s expense is not my idea of fun. Nor is having to point that out to someone who should know better.

  11. The standards of journalism are not mine, but the profession’s, and they stress clarity and correctness. The fact that several writers on this site don’t mind having errors pointed out so that they can fix them speaks to their desire to make the blog, like the newspaper, a good-quality product. In fact, the paper has a regular feature which encourages readers to spot and report errors in each edition; they award a $10 prize to the first person to do so. If the writers don’t mind, why should you and Simpleton?

    Your attempted lay diagnosis above, while it gives me a chuckle, is thinly disguised name-calling, which is a failure to engage in dialogue. Perhaps you should read up on “projection”.

  12. Glad that the diagnosis inspired mirth, it comes up when you Google “dish it out but can’t take it”. I could have just said that, but I am a self-described and admittedly pretentious asshole. [as per my prior comments].

    I’ve come across projection before, I think I cover it in my psychology lectures. I got me some fancy book-learnin’ too….

    Been swell, I’m outie…

  13. i don’t think it’s unfair to suggest that folks like gosnell – predatory and mercenary, at absolute best – thrive in an environment whereby the legal and social conditions surrounding them give them ample prey. and TRAP laws do exactly that.

    incidentally, i put links into my sentences for a reason; the mother jones piece linked in the first sentence is clear about the abattoirs women find themselves in when access to abortion is limited. it rings true regardless of roe v. wade. there are other ways to force desperate women into corners than to simply overturn that supreme court ruling – ways like, say, passing the bill wendy davis filibustered.

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