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Live Out Your War Crime Dreams–Shop Target And Buy Women’s “Trophy” Shirt

July 22, 2015

If you weren’t convinced of Target’s ability to sell women’s bodies, starting when they are little girls with sexualized shorts set to encourage pedophilia into the norms, you might find more proof in the form of the t-shirt that calls women a “trophy” as if they are spoils of war, handed about like property or otherwise sold into Target-style slavery.

While “supporters” of sexual slavery call it “fun,”

In response to the individual Facebook posts, Target expressed appreciation to users for sharing their opinions. “Thanks for reaching out to us! It’s never our intention to offend guests with our merchandise. This has been shared with the appropriate teams,” it wrote in response to one of the photos.

Some of those customers have posted online defending the shirt.Wrote one fan of the shirt on Twitter: “There’s nothing wrong with selling a ‘trophy’ shirt. That’s just letting people know, if you get me you’ve won.” Another added, “I would honestly buy the trophy shirt from @target. I think I’m great, and I want people to know how great I am.”

not all are in that same camp:

One woman has even started a petition on Change.org demanding that Target stop selling the shirt. “The truth is that millions of women and young girls are taken as ‘trophies’ every year in war, sex trafficking, slavery, and rape,” writes Amanda R., the author of the petition. “The perpetrators see women as ‘things’ that are bought, sold, traded, and ‘won’ through force where they are then beaten, abused, tortured, raped, and murdered for the sole purpose of ‘victory.’ The word trophy should not refer to any person, man, or woman because we are not THINGS — we are human beings. Labeling any person as a ‘Trophy’ is demeaning their humanity and objectifying them as a tangible object that can be bought, used, and disposed of.” The petition, which was posted online in June, has received more than 700 signatures so far.

What’s wrong with treating women like “trophies” or war crime prizes? Nothing if you think you would like to espouse, say, Serbia’s ideology. Perhaps Boko Haram isn’t a problem for women, Target? Who is really that out of touch?

 

Talk Sex At Work? Be A Clerk In Tennessee (or Texas) And Exercise Your “Constitutional Rights”

July 22, 2015

Sexual harassment at work? Pish. Sexual discrimination? Not real. Sex talk at work? Bring it on in government jobs, clerk work, please. Think talking about your sexual preferences at work is your Constitutional right? Sign up to work in Tennessee, and you might be able to talk your sexual preferences all day long. Don’t like sex except what you do? Man and woman only? Missionary position? Ok. Don’t issue marriage licenses until people talk sex to you, specifically about how they only do it with the opposite gender. Tell you in detail about cunnilingus? Man-woman only. Okay, married in Tennessee.

Or, if you don’t want to talk sex at work and issue marriage licenses in Tennessee, you could always quit:

Decatur County, in west Tennessee, was unable to issue marriage licenses last week after County Clerk Gwen Pope and both of her assistants, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, resigned rather than comply with the Supreme Court’s marriage order because of their religious beliefs.

Ms. Pope told reporters none of them had any idea what they would do to support themselves, but trusted that God would figure it out for them.

“It’s kind of sort of like you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for any reason,” Pope said. “That’s not why we’re doing this. Not doing it in any way to draw attention to us. It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory.”

Now, the Mayor of Decatur County, Mike Creasy, has figured out how the County Clerk’s Office can go on without Ms. Pope. The mayor, who says he, like Ms. Pope, personally believes in marriage discrimination, released a statement saying he recognizes that the Supreme Court ruling must be followed. In order to assure Decatur County is in compliance with Obergefell,Mayor Creasy has appointed an interim clerk to run the Decatur County Clerk’s Office.

Mayor Creasy announced the appointment of commissioner Jack Martin (photo right) as Decatur County’s new interim county clerk. Mr. Martin has affirmed his willingness to follow the Constitution regardless of his own religious beliefs, and will serve until someone can be appointed by the County Commission.

Or, you could talk sex at work until the government tells you not to…

“I made the decision pretty much to not issue at all,” Smith County Clerk Clifa Norris said.

Norris said she put her foot down after the Supreme Court lifted bans on same-sex marriages. She even put signs on the doors.

“Because I just don’t believe that way,” Norris said. “It’s not just something I agree with.”

Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said members of his group began polling Tennessee’s counties on Friday.

“To see whether they are in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling that grants marriage equality to all, including same-sex couples,” Sanders said.

Monday, Norris received a phone call from the state telling her if she didn’t give out marriage licenses to all couples, she would likely get sued and lose.

“I feel the people of this county voted me in to do the best job that I could do,” Norris said. “I tried to do what I thought was right. Unfortunately, I have to do something that I feel is going to go against my belief and a lot of people in this country. But that’s government and I can’t help that.”

Norris said going forward, she will issue licenses to all couple that want one. But she now refuses to perform ceremonies.

Guess you don’t have to disown doggy style in order to get married in Norris’ office. You don’t even have to talk sex to get married.

Constitutional right to talk sex at work just took a hit…

Clerks Who Refuse To Issue Marriage Licenses in Tennessee–Since When Is It A Constitutional Right To Talk About Sexual Preferences At Work??

July 21, 2015

Clerks in the South have been having trouble

In Tennessee on Thursday, the Decatur County clerk and two employees in the clerk’s office resigned due to their opposition to same-sex marriage, County Commissioner David Boroughs told The Jackson Sun ( http://bit.ly/1JD8WS0 ).

In Alabama, however, one of the states where numerous clerks were refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, all counties appeared to be complying with the Supreme Court ruling as of Thursday, lawyers representing gay couples said.

In Louisiana, where most parish clerks had been issuing same-sex marriage licenses since Monday, the state Office of Vital Records, which issues the licenses in New Orleans, didn’t begin doing so until Thursday.

Immediately following the Supreme Court ruling last Friday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshearordered all clerks to fall in line. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway followed up with a warning that failing to do so might open them up to civil liability.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses but can expect to be sued:

County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday.

Paxton noted that clerks who refuse to issue licenses can expect to be sued, but added that “numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs,” in many cases without charge.

Kentucky clerk Casey Davis, also a pastor, has refused the Kentucky Governor’s mandate that he conform to the ruling of the Federal Supreme Court and issue marriage licenses:

Earlier today, Casey Davis left a one-on-one meeting with the Governor of Kentucky, DemocratSteve Beshear, who ordered the county clerk to do his job, issue marriage licenses to all couples regardless of gender – or resign.

Davis says he is refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples, and is refusing to resign.

“I’m going to trust the Lord with all my heart,” Davis, who also happens to be a pastor, told reporters when he explained he would not change his position, nor resign. Davis then appeared to quote the Bible, and added, “my position remains.”

Kim Davis, who has been sued by the ACLU on behalf of those denied marriage licenses, says she can’t sign a license because of her religious beliefs, and the idea of a separation of church and state eludes her:

Davis told the court she’s an apostolic Christian and her religion says that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. She says her right to freedom of religion affords her the ability to deny same-sex licenses because she believes the wording on the certificate means she’s authorizing the license. Davis said that is something she can’t do.

“If I authorize it, I’m saying I agree with it. I can’t do that,” she said.

An attorney representing the couples who are suing Davis asked her how far a clerk could take their religious beliefs when it comes to denying licenses.

He asked, for example, whether a clerk could refuse a license if they did not believe interracial marriage was biblical. He also asked whether a clerk could deny a license to someone who wanted to get remarried after a divorce.

Davis said she couldn’t speak for anyone else and didn’t answer any hypothetical questions.

The attorney asked Davis who had the final say when it came to what the Constitution says. Davis replied that she didn’t know.

After the hearing, the plaintiff’s attorney, Dan Canon, said that Davis’ explanation was unworkable.

“If you apply her conception of the discretion that a county clerk has in office to its logical conclusion, the simple fact of the matter is that anybody can deny anybody a marriage license anytime they want to based on their own personal religious beliefs. That policy, quite frankly, if applied statewide, would be chaos,” he said.

It’s a strange concept to say that acting in an official government capacity entails acting out one’s own religious beliefs. I don’t think most people who work for the government look to fulfill their religious duties through their governmental job, so the concept of using a government job to champion religious beliefs is alien. In my own opinion, part of working for someone else is that you are working for someone else, ergo, your job can’t be used to project your own viewpoint, religious or otherwise, particularly when it comes to sexual preferences. Most workers don’t expect to verbalize ever sexual concept that they have a work–that is considered sexual harassment. So, why do clerks, in particular, clerks in Kentucky, feel that it’s acceptable to broadcast their own sexual peccadillo  at work? Or on national television as part of their job? Who knows? It’s Kentucky, nuff said.

 

Michigan Judge Threatens Teen Girl: “Do You Like Going to The Bathroom In Front of People?” and Throws Them in Jail For Not Having Lunch With Their Father

July 10, 2015

At what point should Michigan judge, Lisa Gorcyca be removed from office? When she threatens teen girls with sexual threats like,

Do you like going to the bathroom in front of people?” she asked the girl, threatening to send her to detention for her birthday.”?

When she belittles children’s intelligence in the court room, as a matter of public record?

“You’re supposed to have a high IQ, which I’m doubting right now,” Gorcyca told the boy, according to the transcript. “You have no manners.”

What about when she jails three children for refusing to have lunch with their father and threatens to leave them there?

Gorcyca sentenced all three children to a youth shelter. The shelter holds three dozen people, said George Miller, director of the Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the center.

The judge banned the mother from visiting and ordered that the siblings be “kept away from each other as much as possible.” Gorcyca set a review of the punishment for Sept. 8, but said the father may request an earlier hearing if the children start getting along with him.

“When you can follow the court’s direct order and have a normal, healthy relationship with your father, I would review this,” Gorcyca said. “It might be three years. It might [not] be till you’re 18.”

“Judge” Lisa Gorcyca wins the Asshole of the Week Award. Is she allowed to do this? No, but will anyone in Michigan step in? Not so far.

Outrage appears to be growing as news of the punishment spreads. A small group protested in front of the courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Petitions calling for the judge’s firing and for therelease of the children  had more than 2,000 signatures Thursday afternoon.

Kristen Staley, associate director of youth justice policy at the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, said she believed the judge acted within her authority. But she said she had concerns about placing non-offenders in a detention center set up for delinquents.

 

Here is the thing, not even criminals can be incarcerated without a bail hearing, so why are kids who don’t want to see their dad being thrown in jail with the judge saying she will toss the key?

A friend of the children’s father said that this has happened after five years in court, as if that is any excuse to violate children’s Constitutional rights.

“This is not a case of, ‘These kids would not have a meal with their father so they were sent away,’” Torossian said. “That’s ignoring five years in court. … There’s been a lot of inappropriate conduct by the mother throughout the years.”

Notice who is blamed, but notice who is jailed. The mother is blamed, but the kids are thrown in jail? Notice the friend says that they kids were “sent away,” ignoring that nasty jail bit?

Here is some of the transcript from the Detroit Tribune. The boy apologized to the judge.

“But I do not apologize for — for not talking to him because I have a reason for that and that’s because he’s violent and he — I saw him hit my mom and I’m not gonna talk to him,” the boy said, later telling the judge, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“No, you did,” Gorcyca replied. “You — I ordered you to talk to your father. You chose not to talk to your father. You defied a direct court order. It’s direct contempt, so I am finding you guilty of civil contempt.”

Regardless of what the child did or didn’t do, the judge’s actions of throwing them into a juvenile detention center as a remedy speak to her inability to cope with the case. When the only remedy is  juvenile detention center for a 10-year old, what capacity does the judge have to arbitrate the case effectively, espceialy when she compares the children to Charles Manson? No one thinks this judge’s objectivity has been compromised?

U.S.Women Abused While Birthing Their Babies Speak Out: Birth Trauma –US Abysmal Place To Give BIrth, Safer to Give BIrth in Albania

July 10, 2015

It’s about time hospitals started recognizing women have rights, even if they are giving birth. Medical professionals often act like they own women’s bodies and their babies, threaten to call the police, and threaten with all sorts of things while assaulting women with s0-called procedures that women don’t agree to. Now, there is a photo essay of women who are speaking out about Birth Trauma, how mothers in the U.S. are injured.

https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/women-traumatized-by-birth-experiences-c1436366400246.html

Lest you think that the U.S. is just doing what is necessary to save lives, consider that among developed countries, the US ranks 55th in safety rates for mothers globally. Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality rates nearly doubled. That means twice as many women died from childbirth complications or medical complications during childbirth even with the advent of “advanced” medical care. Other countries saw their maternal mortality rates drop 34%, and ours rose 200% in that time frame. Over half of those deaths are preventable, according to the article quoted above. Arguably if other countries’ rates of maternal mortality decreased 34%while the US increased 200%, more than half are preventable. The US is an abysmal place to give birth compared other countries. In the US, “near-misses” or times that medical care related to childbirth that caused women to almost die or be mortally injured ROSE 27% between 1998 and 2005.

What happened between 1995-2008 that made maternal mortality rates rise 200% and caused injury rates to jump 27%? From 1998-2006, rates of medical and surgical birth interventions jumped 56%, resulting in a deadly medical experiment on American women that caused the deaths of 200% more women. Except, and here is the kicker, the medical establishment doesn’t acknowledge this–they say there is no causal link between rates of medical interventions and women dying in exponential numbers in the US during childbirth and postpartum periods. 29 states in the US don’t even track maternal deaths, meaning they don’t even mention that women die in childbirth, just that the women died, which means that the 200% increase that has been proven hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of how many women die from childbirth related complications that aren’t tracked in almost half the states in the nations. Those 200% increase in mama deaths don’t even measure the total number of women dying in childbirth in the US.

Consider that it is safer to give birth in Vietnam or Albania than in the United States. Time to talk about birth trauma. Time to talk about women and their choices, because when it is left to the medical profession, women are dying in record numbers.

Morehead Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Refuses to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Facing Lawsuit

July 9, 2015

Not only does Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refuse to issue marriage licenses as a government official, using her governmental position to position “her choice” (her words) to deny marriage licenses she doesn’t believe in, but she also refuses to allow the gay couple applying to video their encounters, which also violates their rights. Huffington Post put a copy of the video, found below, on its website, with the history of the encounter below:

The video, which has been watched more than a million times to date, shows the couple going to the Rowan County clerk’s office in the hopes of acquiring a marriage license. They, however, are told by an employee behind a counter that because of a “choice” made by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, they would not be able to get a license there.

“You can go to any other county and get your marriage license, we’re just not doing it at this time,” she said to the couple, as a police officer looked closely on.

Davis has said that her Christian beliefs prevent her from abiding by the Supreme Court ruling. The clerk told The Associated Press that she will no longer be issuing marriage licenses to couples — gay or straight.

“It’s a deep-rooted conviction; my conscience won’t allow me to do that,” she said. “It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life.”

Davis herself appears at the end of the video, which was filmed Monday. As a screenshot from the clip shows, the clerk insisted that the camera be switched off — a demand that Moore (pictured below) complied with.

Here is the problem with this situation, a governmental employee may have his or her own rights, but as an employee of the government, they don’t have the right to impose those beliefs onto other people by using their appointed governmental rights to do so.

The ACLU has filed suit against Clerk, who acting in her official capacity as a government employee, imposed her religious beliefs onto others living in her county. The ACLU has already commented on the filing:

In explaining the ACLU’s decision to file suit on the couples’ behalf, ACLU of Kentucky Cooperating Attorney Laura Landenwich stated, “Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs.”

The couples named in the suit are April Miller & Karen Roberts, Shantel Burke & Stephen Napier, Jody Fernandez & Kevin Holloway, and L. Aaron Skaggs & Barry W. Spartman.

In explaining why obtaining a marriage license in Rowan County, as opposed to a neighboring county is important, Plaintiff Aaron Skaggs stated, “We have been citizens of Rowan County since the beginning of our relationship and love being members of this community.   So, it only makes sense that we would want and should be granted our right to be recognized as a loving couple having freedom to marry here at home.”

Commenting on the suit, the ACLU of Kentucky Executive Director Michael Aldridge stated, “When our laws are updated or changed, government officials have a duty and a responsibility to impartially administer those laws.”

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