Pardon me if I seem to be in a bad mood…

…but I’m rather frustrated at the outcome of the North Carolina Amendment One vote. It’s always lovely to see that 61% of the voters in a state think you’re such a threat to civilization that they have to enshrine your inequality in their state constitution. I just love being reminded that I’m a second class citizen and that my rights are subject to the whims of a bunch of bigots who think that this country is a theocracy that should be governed by their ignorant twisting of scripture and their bad theology. You know what though? No matter how many laws you pass, now matter how much you try to enshrine our second class citizen status in state constitutions, you’re not going to magically make us disappear. 

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I don’t think I want to live on this planet anymore

Kim Kardashian’s political ambitions are being treated as if they’re a real thing. You might as well just shoot me now, I don’t think I can live in a world where Kim Kardashian’s political ambitions are taken remotely seriously, even if it is just Huffington Post that’s taking them seriously. We’re talking about a woman who got famous for being a friend of Paris Hilton who copied Paris’ route to fame and made a sex tape. She’s not even an original fame whore, she exactly copied another person’s route to being famous for absolutely no reason at all. And now she’s spouting opinions about how she was impressed by “Rick Santoro” and his daughters, and people are reporting on it as if it is political news.  BRB, jumping off a bridge. The apocalypse is clearly upon us, the Mayans were right.

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This does not compute

One recurring theme in the fight against providing coverage for birth control, is the idea that sex is for recreation and insurance should not cover someone’s recreational activities.  Now, theoretically, I can understand the logic behind that even though I think that it’s a bad argument for a myriad of public policy reasons, not the least of which being that if you want to reduce the number of abortions it makes no sense to make access to birth control more difficult. However, what I cannot understand is that the people making this argument are, by and large, the same conservative Evangelicals who have spent decades railing against a society that cheapens sex and reduces it to nothing but a recreational activity. How is it that the same people who argue that sex is for procreation when they’re fighting tooth and nail to keep me from ever getting legally married are arguing that sex is for recreation now that they’re trying to cut off access to birth control?  But this isn’t really about paying for birth control, is it? It’s the first salvo in an attack on Griswold v. Connecticut and privacy rights. The end game isn’t just not paying for birth control, it’s banning access to birth control. And they’re not going to stop with birth control, it’s about getting rid of the constitutional right to privacy. People in right wing circles have been grumbling about privacy rights for years–“Griswold” is almost as dirty a word as “Roe”–and they’re seizing the opportunity provided by the health care fight and running with it.  Or at least that’s the only explanation that makes sense to me, because I can’t see how going after women’s birth control is a winning political issue in an election year. If they’re not playing a long game and going[…]

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Okay, so this Scumbag Scalia meme isn’t an entirely accurate representation of Scalia’s tl;dr on the healthcare law or of his lengthy opinions, but it is an accurate representation of how I feel about having to read his lengthy dissents. And truthiness is what matters, right?

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