Corporate Theocracy

So, because they hate abortion so much, Hobby Lobby pushes an agenda that will result in more unwanted pregnancies and almost certainly increase abortion rates. And in order to make sure this ruling falls in line with their party’s political agenda, the justices on the fucking Supreme Court set a precedent that corporations can ignore federal law by simply claiming anything they don’t like is against their religion. Jesus fucking Christ…

One of the most disturbing aspects of this ruling is that it sets a precedent for allowing businesses to define medical terms. The four contraceptives the companies were suing against do not cause abortions. They prevent fertilization in the first place. Doctors and reproductive specialists testified to this point. But yet Justice Samuel Alito wrote “The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients.” Read that carefully. Not the contraceptives ARE abortifacients, and therefore violate their religious beliefs. No, they are allowed to just decide for themselves if something is an abortion or not, despite having no medical expertise. Their religion gets to define what an abortion is.

What’s to stop their religion from defining what cancer is? What’s to stop their religion from defining a condition or disease as a God given punishment for which an operation or medicine could be seen as blasphemy? Or whether a psychological condition is actually demonic possession to be treated by a priest instead of a certified psychologist? The implications of this ruling are fucking chilling. This seems like an enormous step backwards, not just for women, but for science and medicine in this country. This disgusts me.

Countdown

Kasey Kasem played the voice of Cliffjumper in the 1980s Transformers series. In the 1986 movie, Cliffjumper provided the pre-launch countdown before the launch of a critical shuttle mission. The countdown. It’s 28 years later, and I JUST got the joke. Well played, Mr. Kasem. And now, on with the countdown!

The scene is in no way played for laughs, and it’s in the beginning of the story, so it is in the midst of building tension and action. Trust me, I’ve seen this movie FAR more than any mentally healthy person ever should, so if anyone should be kicking himself it’s me. But I’m cutting myself some slack on this one, because the animation during this whole sequence is just so goddamned PRETTY. Your eyes really do kind of take over and you get pulled into the moment. I didn’t think it was possible, but I think I may actually love this movie a little more now. After almost 30 years, it’s given me something new to smile about.

My description here is for anyone who might read this and have no clue what the hell I’m going on about. I find it’s safe to assume whomever I’m talking to has never seen The Transformers: The Movie. You have no idea how many people in my presence have referred to that 2007 Michael Bay travesty as the “first” Transformers movie. And every time, I can feel the adamantium claws just aching to pop out.

One-Sentence Reviews: Cosmos

If I could convey just one sentiment to the makers of Cosmos, I’d skip my overwhelming gratitude and amazement and instead go with a much more urgent and deeply felt request: MORE.

Fuck Utah

2022 Update: Above is a 2020 pamphlet distributed by clergy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to 14 year old girls before a dance.

I find it ironic that Utah, a state dominated by a religion that institutionalized forced marriages, child brides, statutory rape, and polygamy, would have the gall to challenge the rights of gay people to be married there. Hey, Mormons, would it make you more comfortable if the older gay guy was marrying four or five 12 year old boys against their will? Because you seemed pretty cool with that arrangement when that was the way you treated little girls.

Education: The eradication of child abuse begins with building informed, empowered communities with the courage to talk openly about this difficult issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is a crime of secrecy. As high-profile cases capture media attention, social outrage continues to drive the conversation out of the shadows.

Start the dialogue. Inspire others to talk openly. Open conversation is the most effective tool we have to eradicate child abuse.

Parents: Educate your children about child abuse in an age-appropriate way. If you’re uncertain how to approach it, contact your child’s physician or a local Children’s Justice Center to learn ways to approach this conversation. Recognize and report suspected abuse. 
Learn the signs and symptoms of abuse.
• Be aware of the reality of child abuse in Utah and across the nation.
• Know the role and impact of the Children’s Justice Centers Program.
• Report abuse when it is suspected. Contact law enforcement or child protective services to get help.