So put on your boots or put on your best, throw back a cold one, and light a flame — let’s dive into the weekly news of this mad, mad world on our desperate search for truth, love, and hope.
Apparently VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) passed with barely a smidgen? From Think Progress, “Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led the opposition to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — even leading Senate Judiciary Republicans to unanimously vote against it because they object to its protections for LGBT victims, immigrants and Native Americans.” Come on fellows, sometimes they just yack and it’s all you can do to shut one of them up, amirite? What with their demand to be respected as autonomous people. Next thing you know, they will want representation and respect. Good great white Jesus. (Think Progress)
George Zimmerman opened his own Facebook page entitled “The George Zimmerman legal case.” Seriously. It even has a fancy logo. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, in what seems to be either the most offensive or least ethical decision in years, created both a Facebook and Twitter account for Zimmerman. Was this a way for O’Mara to say he is sorry after disabling Zimmerman’s previous website, which raised $200,000 for him, which was, whoopsies, not revealed in court when Zimmerman made bail? Seriously, this case is — I cannot even. (Detroit Free Press, GZ Legal Defense)
Motherhood vs. Feminism! The argument that the NY Times has been pushing for years and yet still always seems to piss everyone off. Seriously, can we stop talking about “destroying feminism” and “attachment parenting”? How about let people parent how they want? Or recognize that feminism is about a series of choices, as is parenting? How about asking about the social circumstances that make up the choices available to people when deciding how to parent or how they can parent? No? We are just going to stick with the Motherhood vs. Feminism feud like it’s the Yankees vs. the Red Sox? Ugh. (New York Times)
Unmanned drone strikes — just like mother’s milk! The U.S. is reportedly defending its use of drones to wipe out “terrorism suspects.” Yeah. Okay. (Al Jazeera)
It’s the twentieth anniversary of the L.A. Riots and both Arturo Garcia at Racilicious and Jorge Rivas at Colorlines have highlighted a round-up of the many voices reflecting on the cultural moment. (Racialicious, Colorlines)
Well, pumpkins, that wraps us up for another mid-week round up — but remember, when the news looks frightening and insults your intelligence, just remember, life is short, and while you have to fight the good fight, you also have to love yourself and others, because progress is a long, hard battle.