Governor of Texas has a political death wish

Hey! Remember how I said, the other day, that Texas doesn’t actually care about protecting life, because it treats even biological accidents such as miscarriage like a crime? Well, get a load of the governor’s latest anti-life gambit:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday to prohibit any entity — including private businesses — from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers, and he called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law.

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers ensure their employees are either vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” Abbott wrote in his order.

Abbott, who was previously vaccinated and also later tested positive for COVID-19, noted in his order that “vaccines are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but must always be voluntary for Texans.”

Funny how “voluntary” must always apply to vaccines, and never to pregnancy.

So, how is all that “voluntary” vaccinatin’ workin’ out for ya, Texas? Ope:

And oof:

And YIKES:

Today, in Texas, the total COVID case count is 4.14 million, and the death count is 68,057 people. For comparison, the total COVID case count of Canada is 1.67 million, and the death count is 28,254.

That’s right, Texas has had more than three times as many COVID cases — and deaths — as all of Canada.

Meanwhile, here are the vaccination rates for Texas:

So far, little more than half of the vaccine-eligible population of the state is fully vaccinated. And the disease and death toll is still climbing, and the curve is far from flat.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for “voluntary” vaccination, is it?

So. How is all this redounding for Governor Voluntary Vax? Well…

A recent poll shows half of Texans disapprove of how Gov. Greg Abbott is performing in his job right now, with a majority believing the state is “going in the wrong direction.”

The August 2021 poll, conducted by the Texas Politics Project, shows 50% of surveyed voters disapprove of Abbott’s actions and 41% approve. That’s the lowest job approval rating during his time in office, the Texas Politics Project reports.

Additionally, the Texas Politics Project says its poll showed 52% of Texans believe the state is going in the wrong direction, which is the highest percentage recorded in that category since the polling project began in 2008.

The polling project also surveyed voters on how the state government is faring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Results found 49% of surveyed voters disapprove of Texas’ response to the pandemic, 39% approved and the rest were either neutral or didn’t know or have an opinion. The poll showed 53% specifically disapprove of how Abbott is handling the pandemic.

Mask mandates in particular are a point of contention in the pandemic currently, with Abbott’s executive order barring local officials and public schools from requiring face masks on campuses. Several school districts in Texas, including in Travis County, have decided to ignore the governor’s order, making masks mandatory for students and staff. These actions have placed some public schools in legal battles against the state.

The polling project says its recent poll shows 56% of surveyed Texans support requiring public school students and staff to wear masks on campus.

No word in there on vaccines, but I’d imagine similar trends at work. Most people who mask up, also get the shot…and they’re peeved at others who don’t take that belt-and-suspenders approach. OR require it of everyone.

But don’t take MY (fully vaccinated, pro-mask, never-infected) word for it. Here, have some more crunchy numbers:

More Texas voters believe Gov. Greg Abbott (R) does not deserve to be reelected, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 51 percent of registered voters in Texas believe Abbott does not deserve to be reelected, compared with 42 percent who said the governor deserves a third term.

The opposition to Abbott’s reelection was up from June, when a separate Quinnipiac poll found that 46 percent of Texas voters supported Abbott’s 2022 reelection bid, compared with 48 percent who did not.

The most recent poll also found that only 44 percent of Texans approve of the way Abbott is handling his job as governor, compared with 47 percent who disapprove of the work he has done.

Those numbers, according to Quinnipiac, mark the first time since the firm started polling on the Lone Star State that Abbott’s approval rating has sunk below his disapproval rating, referred to as being “underwater.”

Interestingly, those disapproval ratings coincide rather nicely with the pro-vax and pro-mask numbers. Could be a coincidence, but it’s just a little too coincidental. Especially considering those high COVID numbers.

Moral of the story? Don’t pander to COVIDiots. Even if you yourself don’t die in the process, others will…and your political career is going to nosedive into that dry Texas dust, as well.

PS: My best friend adds the following: “Another important detail you might want to add in the section that compares total cases and total deaths in Canada and Texas — Canada’s population is about 38 million. Texas’ population is about 29 million. So we have millions more people in Canada, yet we have far fewer cases and deaths than Texas.”

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What it’s like to have a miscarriage in Texas

Marlena Stell, founder and CEO of Makeup Geek Cosmetics, tells a harrowing story of what it’s like to have a wanted pregnancy go terribly wrong. In her case, it was the second time a pregnancy ended in miscarriage and required medical intervention. (Without it, there was a strong possibility that she’d suffer an infection that could have rendered her infertile at an age when many are already struggling to get pregnant by choice.)

It’s bad enough to have a miscarriage in the best of circumstances, but Texas and its six-week “heartbeat” law are NOT the best of circumstances. They’re pretty damn near the worst. Just Marlena’s struggle to find an obstetrician who would see her bears that out: She had to call a dozen doctors before finding even one who would take her on as a patient. (Or, as they call it, a “client”!)

So why would that be? Why, in a state that claims to be all about “protecting life” as soon as there’s a “heartbeat”, would they be so callous to a woman who is already alive, and who already has a heartbeat, but whose heart is aching because her fetus has gone MIA due to what’s poetically called a blighted ovum?

Well, maybe it’s because they don’t care about human life at all. Not even at the earliest stages of its development. Because if they did care, they wouldn’t make it so hard for a person whose wanted pregnancy isn’t going right to get treatment — in this case, a D and C, which is also a procedure that happens to be used for some first-trimester abortions. (Yeah, surprise, God doesn’t make every pregnancy — much less every baby — perfect. Why do you think we have ob-gyns?)

And since they don’t really care about life at all, they don’t even care if there is no baby in there. Nope, it’s all about punishing women for having sex — or getting raped. And that means logic goes right out the window, and unconstitutional, inhumane bullshit gets written into law. It doesn’t even matter if the pregnancy was wanted and worked for, and worked for HARD. All that matters is punishing imaginary sluts for imaginary sins, while very real pregnant people — most of them cis-women — suffer very real pain and complications. Complications that could, if left untreated, lead to infertility or even death.

But shit, what’s one more dead woman as long as “life”, as right-wing men and their useful idiots define it, is “protected”?

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Juvenile terrorist has a ridiculous new legal defence

Jayzus. I’m sensing a theme here with these racist guys:

Yup, he was hunting humans, too. Pretty sure they’re not granting hunting licences for that. Even if the cops made approving noises at him initially, the fact is, this shit’s not legal. Nor is his carrying an assault rifle anywhere, let alone on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

If I had one piece of legal advice to give the little shit, it’s this: Be vewy, vewy quiet.

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Cops Behaving Badly: The Human-Hunters of Minneapolis

Ben Carollo breaks down what transpired during the protests against George Floyd’s murder-by-cops. And guess who was on the lawbreaking side of it all? Yup…the COPS. And the white supremacists they backed up.

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Confederate human-hunter doesn’t want you to see how racist he is

Oh he doesn’t, does he? Well, too bad, because I’m gonna show you anyway:

Yeah, I should think that belongs in there. After all, he’s accused of lynching a black man. Hunting him down like he was jacklighting a deer in the Georgia woods, for fuck’s sake.

Don’t anyone tell me that the Confederate battle flag doesn’t have a history of racism behind it, either, because hooboy, are YOU ever wrong. Here are the articles of secession for the state of Georgia prior to the Civil War. A lot of high-flown rhetoric, to be sure. But, if you read all 3000-odd words of those articles, slavery is mentioned throughout. And there is only one kind of slavery in it, at that: the chattel ownership of African blacks.

Ahmaud Arbery was hunted down like a deer, and hit with a truck bearing that Confederate battle flag, and blasted out of his life with a shotgun, because of that proud ol’ Southern tradition of lynching. Which of course is what happened after the South lost the Civil War, and slavery was abolished. And which is still going on, in an ever-varying series of forms, today.

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WTF happened to Alex Jones?

HooWEE! The Rational National has found an old clip of him in action, and it’s absolutely stunning:

Amazing, innit? Once, he was a trim, fairly lucid, good-looking guy with a full head of hair, and he even did something oddly resembling actual journalism. Now he’s unrecognizable: bloated, balding, paranoid, and ranting about gay frogs and eating his neighbors — when he’s not stripping down to his skivvies while trying to prove he’s still a fit parent to his kids.

I don’t know what’s in the water down there in Austin, but maybe the health department will finally get off its ass and investigate.

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9-11: The Afghan connection

A French documentary on the unheeded warnings of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Northern Alliance leader assassinated by the Taliban two days before 9-11.

You cannot understand the current situation of Afghanistan, much less its connection to the events of 20+ years ago, unless you know who Ahmed Shah Massoud was, and what he represented to the diverse peoples of Afghanistan. For he was, until his death, their best hope to defeat the Taliban, the hypocritical, fanatical, fundamentalist army of ignorami allied through marriage with Osama bin Laden. You cannot understand the abrupt fall of the so-called Afghan government this past month unless you know of him and his role in the background events of 2001, which in fact were not hidden at all, but merely obscured by the horrors of 9-11.

Above all, you cannot understand what has happened unless you examine the role of the various western military-industrial complexes and their dealings with another regional ‘stan, namely neighboring Pakistan. For it was there that the Taliban’s main backers in the region lived, and it would be there that Osama bin Laden was eventually killed by Seal Team 6 in Abbottabad. If Ahmed Shah Massoud held one end of the thread that could unravel the Taliban, the other end lies with the Pakistani government, its military…and their western suppliers who preferred to supply democracy’s enemies with weaponry, while denying it to Afghanistan’s best hope. It is them, and their crooked capitalism, that really signed Massoud’s death warrant twenty years ago.

Never forget!

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Fahrenheit 9/11: A full screening (and some random thoughts 20 years later)

This was actually broadcast yesterday, but in case you missed it, here it is in full (with Michael Moore doing a podcast beforehand, and a Q & A after):

(If you just want to see the movie, fast-forward to minute 38.)

For those who say “Never Forget”, here’s what they forgot. Here’s what you really shouldn’t forget. Here’s the antidote to everything our corporate crapaganda media have been feeding us from the minute the Twin Towers were struck.

Even up here in Canada, we haven’t been immune to this disease; our local toadies and bootlickers fell over each other in their haste to be the first to hold the bullies’ coats. The simple humanitarian goodwill that prevailed in Gander and Whitehorse was soon forgotten as our so-called opinion shapers decided to fawn on the most bellicose Yanks, like Miss Jean Brodie on Mussolini and his Fascisti, while dismissing dissenters with a lofty wave of their hands. They have a lot to answer for, but so far, nobody who mongered for war has been fired or even been called on the carpet for their facile defences of the indefensible. I can only conclude that the rich bastards who own our media, and who paid those jokers’ salaries, profited from that war as much as any of the weapons dealers and oil companies. They certainly were NOT the voices of reason or morality, no matter how hard they tried to posture as such.

I never went along with their narrative. I refused to buy into the “clash of civilizations” bullshit, or the “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” bullshit, or the “we will be greeted as liberators” bullshit. I rejected the notions of both terrorist “jihad” and corporatist “McWorld”. One doesn’t enlighten the world by being embedded with the perpetrators of Collateral Murder and selling them as the Good Guys. And one cannot claim to be enlightened oneself if one permits the blinders to be clapped onto oneself by those who materially profit from war-mongering.

Our right-wing media garbage peddlers have only prospered since then, and that’s fucking disheartening. There ought to be consequences for those who supported Dubya Bush’s war crimes, and so far there have been none. Nobody’s been fired or even censured. Nobody’s apologized or admitted they were wrong. Everything got glossed over after the Bushes were gently broomed out of the White House by the Obamas. Even Ellen DeGeneres, the so-called “Queen of Nice”, proved her own class loyalties by cheerfully sitting next to Dubya at a baseball game, instead of ostracizing him like the war criminal he is. Money talked, and many a crook walked. Hell, Donald Rumsfeld even went to his grave this year merely retired, and utterly unpunished. He got more praise than criticism from the moron media, even in death. Sic semper tyrannis!

And of course, no one among the talking heads observed the extreme irony of a “war on terror” that perpetuated terrorism and multiplied it thousandsfold; likewise, none of those vociferous defenders of Freeze Peach could even see how antithetical it was to their so-called democratic western values to put antiwar protesters in the States in literal people-pens on the sidelines while the pro-war parade rolled on. I guess it’s easy to be so blinkered when you’re so well paid to write drivel that isn’t fit to line a birdcage with!

Well, no matter. Some of us still protested for peace. Here, in my otherwise conservative and downright drowsy hometown here in Southern Ontario, even the police supported our right to do so, cordoning off the streets so our peace march could proceed without fear of some deranged wingnut driving into us. What a contrast to the “Free Speech Zones” in the States! And also, what a contrast to now, when some truly fascist governors in the States have actually flirted with legalizing vehicular homicide against any protester who dissents against them!

I remember what a cold winter’s day that was, when we marched against the impending war in Iraq; it was -18ºC, with a windchill in the minus-twenties. I bundled up, double-dosed myself with some heavy-duty medication for the bad head cold I was fighting, grabbed my Betsy Ross peace flag, and went.

Our march was small, but well received. The only local people who opposed us, at least that I could see, were three goofy-looking teenage boys carrying pro-war placards and heckling from the sidelines; a woman from our march went over and confronted them. I don’t know what she said, but clearly it had a healthy effect; the would-be trolls left in tears. Unimpeded, we marched from the town hall to the county courthouse, getting lots of supportive horn-honking, smiles, and waves from passing cars. I was photographed with my flag, and asked why I was carrying it. “It’s in solidarity with our friends in the States who don’t want this war either,” was what I said. It was also in solidarity with the ordinary people of Afghanistan and Iraq, who had done nothing to deserve the shitstorm that was falling on them, or just about to.

It was one of the proudest days of my life, even if it was one of the loneliest at the time. You haven’t felt truly proud, or scared, until you’ve held an unpopular opinion that’s actually justified. And when you don’t let terrorism blind you to the ugly truths of imperialism, vulture capitalism, and blowback. And when you don’t go along with the prevailing racism, religious bigotry, or the unspeakable F-word…FASCISM. Because that’s what we were up against that day, those few hundred people in a town of thousands, who dared to speak out.

Flash forward from 2003 to now, and I feel more than ever that I was right to go to that march, even sick with a bad head cold. Even opposed by feckless idiots of the chattering classes, who wouldn’t have been out of place if they’d stood with those three dumb little high-school boys on the street corner. Even on a day when both the political climate and the literal weather were chilly towards the likes of me, and the viewpoint I went to express.

Time has proven us peaceniks right: the war in Iraq was pointless, and the fake good guys lost. The war in Afghanistan, which has only just now been called off, was also pointless, and the fake good guys lost ignominiously. It was a whole lot of bloodletting for nothing, and those of us who knew all along that it would be, are now vindicated. And Michael Moore, who was initially ostracized for criticizing it in his documentary, is now a cultural hero. That’s pretty sweet.

It would be so much sweeter if there had been a bringing to justice, instead of yet another crank-up of the old war machine. And if there weren’t millions dead for nothing, and if their murderers weren’t still at large, and if their enablers had only faced some consequences for their lack of credibility.

We’re still waiting. And we will still be protesting.

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Quotable: Martin Luther on surviving the bubonic plague in the 1500s

Even half a millennium ago, some Christians understood how NOT to be a plague rat.

Are you listening today, evangelicals?

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Music for a Sunday: More fodder for a new lost generation

They gave us TV dinners, now it’s TV rock ‘n’ roll.

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