Chronic Tonic at VOTS-This Weather Isn't Helping

WTF, Canada? Why are you sending all that cold air down here? Look, I watched the weather last night, I know it's you. My kid wants sidewalk chalk in his Easter basket. How the hell is he supposed to use it on a cold, wet patio? Now, it's supposed to be Spring, knock this shit off.

Yeah, I'm a little crabby. It all started with a little tingle on my lip, so I started the Abreva right away, and that usually works, but not this time--fever blister. Next, pressure in my face. Hey, aren't you supposed to get the sickness or the fever blister, not both? Why am I getting both? 

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Gender Prison: Restroom Privileges

 photo photo1_zpsf27b62e3.jpgIt really is a predicament...an eye-rolling monster of a predicament...for people who are transgender, anyway. When we appear to be male, having been born female, or appear to be female, having been born male, what restroom is it appropriate for us to use?

This isn't just a matter of convenience. When one has to go, one has to go. But someone who appears female entering a men's room is a recipe for assault...especially if one is then identified as being a transwoman. And similarly, someone who appears male who uses a women's restroom will definitely not be peaceable accepted.

So we think it out and try to take what we perceive to be the path of least resistance. And, yes, we do hope that the law can be modified in order to make our lives easier.

That last thing is more difficult than one might think.

There is a segment of society who perceives us as perverts, seeking to prey on whoever might be vulnerable. Oh, sure, those who oppose us sometimes mention that they do not believe we are perverts, but that actual perverts might take advantage of anything that makes our lives easier in order to perform their nefarious deeds, but since when do we punish one group pf people because of the potential actions of a totally different group?

Is that the kind of country this is?

I have three stories, from Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado, on the inside.

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Hellraisers Journal: Union Miners Have Put Back On Their Fighting Clothes!

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Thursday March 26, 1903
Mother Jones Speaks on the Great Anthracite Settlement

There appeared to be some tension developing between John Mitchell, President of the United Mine Workers of America, and his employee, Mother Jones, as Mother offered this opinion on the decision handed down by the Roosevelt commission for settlement of the strike involving more than 140,000 miners:

The strike was won. Absolutely no anthracite coal was being dug. The operators could have been made to deal with the union if Mr. Mitchell had stood firm. A moral victory would have been won for the principle of unionism. This to my mind was more important than the material gains which the miners received through the later decision of [Roosevelt's] board...

The commission found in favor of the miners in every one of their demands. The operators gracefully bowed to their findings. Labor walked into the House of Victory through the back door.

Mother Jones prefers for "her boys" to have the right to use the front door.

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Senator Bernie Sanders - Daily News

Social Security: "Senate vote for an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders put the Senate on record against cutting Social Security and disabled veterans benefits..."

Global Warming: "Senate liberals haven't given up on forcing votes on steps that would take on greenhouse gases directly..."

Older Americans: "Sen. Sanders “scored a modest — if largely symbolic — victory for older Americans as the Senate pulled an all-nighter last Friday to debate and vote on budget amendments..."

USPS: "Legislation to fund the government through Sept. 30 included a provision requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six-day delivery..."

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Hellraisers Journal: "Stop, rest, my brother," Arturo Giovannitti

Wednesday March 25, 1903,
Washington DC-Roosevelt Commission Hands Down Decision for Great Anthracite Stirke
Hailed as a victory by some within Labor's ranks, the decision grants the miners a ten per cent increase in wages and the nine-hour day. However, instead of recognition of the United Mine Workers of America, a six-man conciliation board will be established to adjudicate all disputes. The award also states that "the right to remain at work where others have ceased to work, or to engage anew in work which others have abandoned, is part of the personal liberty of a citizen, that can never be surrendered, and every infringement thereof merits, and should receive the stern denouncement of the law..."

Supporters of the open-shop have hailed the decision as a defeat for unionism.

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Senator Bernie Sanders - Daily News

Doctor Crisis
[Daily News]

“We need many thousands of new primary care doctors now and, by some accounts, 50,000 more within a decade. But the deck is stacked against a big increase, given medical school cultures that push students toward specialization; a system in which Medicare sets the baseline for doctors’ pay; and a federally-mandated limit on medical residents positions since 1997,” according to Sunday’s New York Daily News. “It’s a wildly irrational system,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said. “We do not need more specialists. We need primary care physicians in rural and poor urban areas, not on Park Avenue.” Sanders chairs a Senate committee on primary health care.

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Open Thread

The IRS has their own in-house television studio. You learn something new every day.

"A training and instructional video that spoofs "Star Trek" was produced by the Internal Revenue Service and reported on Friday, drawing criticism and mockery.

The video was obtained by CBS News, which filed a Freedom of Information request after the IRS had previously refused to provide a copy to the House Ways and Means.

Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr., chairman of the panel, said that the video was produced by the IRS's own in-house television studio that's based in New Carrollton, Md. The video features IRS employees."

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100,000 say veto the Monsanto Protection Act, you in?

Tell President Obama to veto the Monsanto Protection Act!

 

We regret to inform you, but late last week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill - HR 933. Once again, Monsanto and the biotech industry have used their lobbying power to undermine your basic rights.

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