First and foremost: don’t forget to have set your clocks back yesterday! I know, you didn’t forget, and if you did, you’ve already had a hilarious mixup and realized your mistake. But I needed an excuse to complain about the fact that I only got 23 hours’ worth of birthday this year. Boo. Hiss.
Santorum won the Kansas caucuses. Santorum. The guy who thinks single mothers should have to take a paternity test to prove to the government who the father of their child is. Won Kansas. My homeland. I am weeping into my coffee. (BBC, CNN)
The war-on-women-disguised-as-some-bullshit-anti-abortion-bullshit continues. Governor Perry of Texas excluded Planned Parenthood from its women’s health program, on the grounds that Planned Parenthood something something abortion something something. I SWEAR THAT IS HOW THEY GET THEIR INFORMATION. At any rate, since PP something something abortion something something, Perry has said that they will exclude it from their low-income health care program, which means they are losing federal funding, which means that the entire program is going to most likely fall apart. BECAUSE THE FACT THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PERFORMS A TINY NUMBER OF ABORTIONS USING NON-FEDERAL FUNDS MEANS ALL POOR WOMEN SHOULD BE DENIED HEALTH CARE. Pro-life, my ass. (NYT)
But, all the woman-hating that is being done by the GOP is pushing many centrist women to look towards Obama. If you want to be woman-hating, you should probably go whole hog and take away the right to vote. (NYT)
The U.S. economy is looking up! Hoorayyyyy! (NPR)
Banks are trying to lure in really rich people. I’m not sure why none of them have called me yet. (NYT)
The Egyptian doctor who is said to have performed “virginity tests” on protesters in Egypt has been acquitted because of witness discrepancies. I can’t believe there is such thing as a virginity test, that it would ever be used, and that there are probably people in this world who think they are awesome. The good news: because of the women speaking out, they have been made illegal in Egypt. (BBC, CNN)
Air strikes on Palestine. 13-year-old boy killed. I can’t. (CNN)
And there have been a rash of beatings and killings aimed at effeminate, emo, and gay teenagers in Iraq. For the fuck of shit. (NYT)
It’s been a year since the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown in Japan. (NPR)
In Syria, U.N. Arab-League Envoy Kofi Annan is supposed to have more talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. So far, the talks are getting nowhere. I’m going to hold out hope that they’ll get somewhere, and the awfulness will stop. (BBC, NYT, CNN) In the meantime, Turkey is getting kind of tired of Syrian refugees. (NPR)
Big shots in the Catholic church are trying to stop gay marriage from happening in England. Because if you let gay people get married, it totally ruins marriage for everybody else. Except not. (BBC)
Grenade attack on a bus stop in Kenya killed at least 5. Sigh. (BBC)
LSD can help treat alcoholism? (BBC)
Stem cell injections in kidney transplants can remove the need for a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs. HEY EVERYBODY STOP FIGHTING STEM CELL RESEARCH. (BBC)
TL;DR: women are less than human, people keep killing each other, and the economy is improving. Same shit, different day.