The Wisconsin protests continue. The crowd swelled to 70,000 yesterday, according to Rockford Register Star. Here is a great diary on our brother site, Daily Kos, by a protester responding to critics who say that union members should just be happy to be employed. These were my favorite lines in that piece:
I’m happy as hell to have a job too. I’m sure a sharecropper is happy to chop cotton and dig peanuts for the landlord. I’m happy that I’m not starving to death or living under a bridge. But that doesn’t make our community a place where the dignity of working people is upheld and justice for all is preserved.
If we want to live in a banana republic where the money and power of a tiny minority of wealthy people and corporate weasels crush the hopes of free people, then yes, a mouthful of bread and a warm place to defecate is all you need. But that isn’t the land of the free & home of the brave I grew up in. I’m too damn proud of my country and my state to cower in fear every time the Koch brothers snap their fingers.
Exactly. It is sad to me that corporations have made bank on the backs of employees in developing countries and workers spread very thin in the U.S. — yet the workers are the greedy ones? Pfft!
In other political news: the House just blocked federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to MSNBC.com. I have a response to the so-called “Christian” Republicans who called this a “victory for life.” A mere two to three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions. The grand majority of their services is basic health care, including for pregnant women, men and children. I know I have relied on Planned Parenthood for pap smears, check-ups and heavily subsidized birth control whenever I have been uninsured.
I can’t believe that certain Christians and Republicans would prefer denying health care to poor people — that could cost the life of an unborn child! — over the two to three percent of PP’s clients who go there for abortion. Yet, more evidence that we hate poor people in this country…
In better — happier — news: the “mid-life crisis” is actually a myth, according to Live Science. Thank you.
Also cool: Facebook just added “civil unions” and “domestic partnership” as relationship statuses, according to the New York Daily News.
From the bizarre news file: the body of a dead newborn baby was found in the bag of one of the girls who attend Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa, according to ABC News.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?