April 30, 2005
It's "The Handmaid's Tale" Again
April 29, 2005
Not Mature Enough For An Abortion, But Mature Enough To Have A Baby?
A social services agency in Florida was granted a court order to prevent a 13 year old girl from getting an abortion. The ACLU has filed an emergency appeal. [Via Bitch, Ph.D.]
Get a load of this: "The state agency argued the 13 1/2-week pregnant girl — described as L.G. in court documents — is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision, according to the ACLU appeal."
So she's too "young and immature" to get an abortion, but she's mature enough to have a baby? Give me a break. She's a girl, not a breed mare. This is just another attack on a woman's right to have a legal medical procedure, namely, an abortion.
In case you were wondering, in 2003, the Florida Supreme Court "struck down a law requiring parents to be notified if their minor daughters seek an abortion."
For The "Chocolat" Fans Out There
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I and my husband watched "Chocolat." I love that movie. I'm going to buy it. I have the soundtrack, and I wanted to share my favorite song from that movie. This is the main theme. I especially like the flute and oboe, which begin about a minute into the song.
As usual, give it time to load in. It takes a couple of minutes.
Friday Cat Blogging
More Friday Pixalated Cat Blogging from the game World of Warcraft! My husband's Night Elf Priest character, Adrienne, upgraded her tiger. It's a Swift Mistsaber. I especially like the background, which is in Ironforge. Look at those teeth!!
I also learned from Lance Mannion that he hates cats. Horrors!! For him, I am posting one of my favorite pictures of Beowulf. Look at that adorable face, and that relaxed furball body. Lance, resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
Friday Random Ten - The "Dedicated To The Heretik" Mix
This is my "Friday Random Ten - Dedicated to The Heretik" mix. I'm dedicating it to that great blogger, The Heretik, because there are two Delerium songs listed. We are both major Delerium fans.
For The Heretik, I've uploaded one of my favorite songs by Delerium - Terra Firma. This song was on the soundtrack to the first "Tomb Raider" movie. As usual, give the MP3 time to load in. It takes a couple of minutes.
1. "Predator", Ultradyne, Antartica
2. "Hyperborea", Biosphere, Substrata
3. "Why!...", Enigma, Le Roi Es Mort, Vive Le Roi
4. "Window To Your Soul", Delerium, Karma
5. "Psychopath (Leftfield Mix)", John Lydon, Hackers 3
6. "Out Of The Darkness", Republica, Republica
7. "Just A Dream", Delerium, Chimera
8. "Loved (Pulsedriver vs. Beam Remix)", Kim Wilde, Future Trance Volume 19
9. "Allegrettango", Adiemus, Vocalise
10. "Fantasy", Mythos, Reality Of A Dreamer
Nevada - Presumptive Joint Custody
Here is a fathers' rights-friendly article about the presumptive joint custody bill in Nevada. I have already posted that Nevada ended up rejecting presumptive joint custody. Fathers' rights activists weren't happy about it, and I posted some of their thoughts. Please go to my post about the Nevada joint custody presumption being rejected to read more about this.
An Overview Of The Anti-Feminist Men's Movement
Panda Amanda (I can't resist typing that) has written an excellent overview of the anti-feminist men's movement. She rounds up the usual suspects, and gives them a royal once-over. She includes commentary about Vox Day (who calls for repealing women's right to vote - something Amanda didn't mention), Glenn Sacks, the Children's Rights Council, Warren Farrell, Fathers 4 Justice, Cool Tools 4 Men, Men's News Daily, and Stand Your Ground. It's an excellent post. She did a great job breaking down what men's rights activists believe. She also linked to my web page about joint custody in making one of her points.
She has a few more posts about the men's rights movement coming soon. Keep your eye on Pandagon
I've Been Invited To Speak At A Conference In Italy!!
I've been invited to speak at a conference in Montenegro, Slovenia, and Italy. The one in Italy is being held in Venice. The focus is "E-education and E-business with Special Emphasis on Semantic Web and Web Datamining." I would have talked about the blogosphere, including how it has made it possible for me to find paid writing work. I can't afford to go, but I'm honored to have been asked to speak. I would have loved to have visited Venice. I've always wanted to go there. The conference is the same day my son starts driver's ed, so I wouldn't have been able to go anyway. Ah, the opportunities that pass me by...
Eeeek! My son is going to learn to drive! Heaven help me...
Rental Impact To Hit Mums Down Under
[This is happening in Australia.]
MUM SAYS CHANGES WILL HURT HIP POCKET
By Michelle Keogh
After five years waiting for public housing, Michelle Lake was overjoyed when she discovered she would finally have a permanent home for herself and 18-month-old son Evan.
But just three months after moving into public housing in Woodberry, the 34-year-old single mother is worried how she will keep food on the table in the wake of the State Government's public housing reforms.
The changes include forcing tenants to pay for water usage, increasing the rents of those on moderate incomes by 5 per cent and introducing fixed-term leases. They will come into effect on July 1.
"I'm shocked and a little bit worried," Ms Lake said.
"I've been waiting for five years or more, I've been in a bed-sit and a refuge and staying with my mother but it's much better now I have my own house.
"Being a single mum takes a lot (of money), I can only just afford what (rent) they've got me on now.
"I would have to miss out on a lot of things food-wise and medicines and things."
Ms Lake said she also disagreed with the introduction of water bills, saying it would unfairly punish those tenants who were already responsible in their usage.
Public housing tenants do not currently pay water usage, but statistics show they account for 8 per cent of the State's high water users.
The new water charges are expected to cost on average $4.80 per week for public housing households.
April 28, 2005
Men's Rights Group Loses Final Attack Against Women's Shelters
I have written about Free Men's attacks against California women's shelters in the past. Mens' rights groups aren't interested in helping abused men. They attack women's shelters by getting an "abused" man to file a complaint that he was refused services, and then the men's groups attack the women's shelter, claiming it is biased against men. Men's groups also claim that women's shelters violate the Constitution. Courts have rejected their arguments each time.
Here are the previous posts on the subject: