Things I can’t quite get my head around, in no particular order, that don’t need more info in the blogosphere:
*The House health reform bill passed with the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which makes huge strides in limiting reproductive options for low-income women. It makes me heartsick, and as Ann at Feministing put it, “It’s pretty fucking cramped underneath this bus, what with 50% of Americans down here.” As she often does, Shark-Fu takes on a sad issue with humor and activism.
*Horrific homophobe and Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri vetoed a bill that would have provided unmarried domestic partners with funeral planning rights. Though I fully expected the veto, the message was an extra kick to the gut. He notes that granting simple dignity “represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage”, and is compounded because the state has no mechanism to differentiate between committed and informal partnerships. While some of us would reply that this is a good reason to create a mechanism to codify and recognize committed partnerships, the Gov thinks the issue should go to the voters. Interesting, given that he vetoed fishing license legislation because “[Rhode Island] is a place where people have been free, up to now, to cast a line into Narragansett Bay without government intrusion.” I am heartened, however, by the results – and comments – of this ProJo poll.
*The Fort Hood shooting, and the aftermath, and Afghanistan, and Islamophobia.