…not Blowhard Politicians!
…not Blowhard Politicians!
Tear in my eye, Sister Rosa.
Really regret the number of years I’ve wasted voting for Democrats hoping that when they get someone halfway decent elected – they’ll keep on progressing.
Still, I may get to vote for a Black woman for president before I’m 90 from the 2 major parties we’re more-or-less “allowed” to vote for.
❝ In India, they tell us that women can be anything we wish. We can be fighter-jet pilots, corporate CEOs, paratroopers, athletes — and, of course, prime minister. (We never get tired of reminding Americans of this, since the United States is still waiting for its first female head of state.)
But God forbid we dare to argue that, in 2019, menstruation should not bar us from praying at a temple. What sort of global power can the world’s largest democracy aspire to be when our monthly period is still used to make women feel like polluted pariahs who must be kept at a distance? Is this not repugnant modern-day untouchability?
❝ Last week, a 620-kilometer “women’s wall” made up of an estimated 5 million protesters drew global attention to the shame unfolding at the Sabarimala shrine in the southern Indian state of Kerala. For more than two months, there have been violent protests and riots over the entry of women at Sabarimala. According to mythology, Lord Ayyappa, the deity at the 800-year-old temple, was a bachelor god who took a vow of celibacy and set clear rules for the pilgrimage to seek his blessings. And thus, by custom, women in their reproductive years must keep away.
❝ The women’s wall is a fight for what agitators are calling “renaissance values.” Mobilized by the left-wing government in Kerala, the women, with their arms outstretched in determined defiance, occupied all the national highways across the state to protest the brazen discrimination at the temple. It may well have been the largest single gathering of women in the world.
RTFA. Don’t tell me how India is going to surpass China as the leading economic force in Asia. Please.
As long as spooky religious ideology holds political sway in a nation in the modern era, that nation is guaranteeing minor status for itself on the world stage. Start that way – or convert – and you are done for unless government and law resume normal service with justice for all.
❝ In 1967, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer made history when she defiantly became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon — even as race officials tried to physically stop her.
Fifty years later, she finished the race again, donning the same number: 261.
❝ “I just ran the fastest marathon I’ve run in 46 years,” she told NBC News after crossing the finish line Monday.
❝ It’s an impressive feat for someone whose coach once told her, “No dame ain’t ever run no marathon.”
Her story is well-known, especially to female runners.
As well as aficionados of sport – and more. RTFA for the whole story. She’s still an example for us all.
Republicans are scared crapless over democracy. Still.
We’re #50, We’re #50!
Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
There are some sharper cartoons around, today, that might fit the edges of this blog better. But, I just couldn’t pass this one up.
My favorite bumper sticker, here in New Mexico, says, “Hey, man, I’ve been this way since 1969.”
Actually, I’ve been this way since about 1955. 🙂
Perhaps no advocacy group played a more pivotal role in the fight for same-sex marriage rights than Freedom to Marry. Now, with the Supreme Court’s decision to bring marriage equality to the US, the group plans to shut down in the next few months.
But the group is going down with style, posting the video above that amounts to both a history lesson on marriage equality in the US and an incredibly moving celebration.
Now, if we only had a political party with the same level of progressive understanding and guts to represent mainstream America.
White House illuminated in celebration, tonight
A special Thank You to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He is the sole traditional American conservative within that court. The sole honest conservative in that court. Willing to look forward, willing to join in building progress and understanding in a nation still wracked by divisions grounded in hate and fear on the Right.
Including the syllabus of the original filing, here is the Supreme Court’s decision [.pdf] – which Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.