Rape, abortion ban drives pregnant teens to suicide in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador’s ban on abortion is driving hundreds of girls who become pregnant after being raped to commit suicide every year because they see no other option, a government official said.

Teenage pregnancy is one of the leading causes of suicide in the Central American country of 6 million people. Three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under 19, latest government figures show.

Many of these girls have not only suffered sexual abuse at the hands of relatives, stepfathers or gang members, but they are also often silenced and prevented from seeking help by the stigma surrounding rape.

On top of that, they face the unwelcome prospect of giving birth to an unwanted baby due to El Salvador’s total ban on abortion even in cases of rape, incest, a deformed fetus or when the women’s life is in danger, campaigners say.

When abortion isn’t available, women die. And the reason is simple: women don’t abort because they feel like it (or because, as conservatives would have you believe, pregnancy is merely “inconvenient”), women abort because they feel they have no choice. Combine this reality with a ban on abortions and women will either turn to unsafe methods to abort or just skip that and go straight to suicide.

And it’s here that the “pro-life” math fails completely. The woman is most definitely alive. If, for the sake of argument, we accept that a fetus is a lifeform as well, then abortion takes one life. Suicide or sepsis takes two. If you shut down an abortion clinic, you aren’t saving any lives – you’re just doubling the risk.

Crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation. The commission further finds that crimes against humanity are ongoing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their heart remain in place.
—  United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on N. Korea. The Commissioner calls for the UN Security Council to “refer the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court.”

I’ve said it before, but North Korea is not a police state. It’s far, far beyond that. It’s the state from Orwell’s 1984. North Korea is a prison state.

You’ve probably heard of “rolling coal”…

But in case you missed it, it’s a fad among teabagging blockheads. They modify their exhaust to belch out black smoke in protest of the “hoax” of global warming.

I was on my bike at an intersection just now. The light was about to change and this truck came barreling down the street – obviously trying to beat the yellow (he failed, by the way, and blew through a red at about 50 mph). As he passed, a pipe in his truck bed belched out black smoke.

What happened was that he saw someone on a bike and decided that person needed to be taught a lesson about not burning fossil fuels, so he “rolled coal” on me. He needed to do this so badly that he ran a red light to do it.

So here’s the skinny on people who “roll coal”:

  1. They’re criminals. It’s illegal to modify your exhaust system like this. Mine didn’t care about stop lights, either.
  2. It’s pointless. They can’t possibly increase their emissions enough to offset even the most modest green energy efforts.
  3. They spend a lot of money. Not only are the modifications not free, but they decrease fuel efficiency, leading to increased costs at the pump.

So, to sum up, these are people who pointlessly choose to spend more money than other drivers on a modification that could earn them a fine and doesn’t actually do anything but eat money, all to fail at being a bully.

Congrats coal rollers, you’re idiots.
FBI: Mass shootings on the rise

(AP) The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released Wednesday.

The study focused on 160 “active shooter incidents” between 2000 and 2013. Those are typically defined as cases in which a gunman in an attack shoots or attempts to shoot people in a populated area.

The goal of the report, which excluded shootings that are gang and drug related, was to compile accurate data about the attacks and to help local police prepare for or respond to similar killings in the future, federal law enforcement officials said.

“These incidents, the large majority of them, are over in minutes. So it’s going to have to be a teaching and training of the best tactics, techniques and procedures to our state and local partners,” said James F. Yacone, an FBI assistant director who oversees crisis response and was involved in the report.

According to the report, an average of six shooting incidents occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to more than 16 per year in the last seven years of the study. That period included the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as last year’s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in which a gunman killed 12 people before dying in a police shootout.

Looking for someone to blame? You could start here.

While the blame for the murder of two cops in Brooklyn ultimately and rightly rests with the one who pulled the trigger, the right has been eager to blame everyone short of Martin Luther King, jr. for the crime. Supposedly, being critical of police drove Ismaaiyl Brinsley to “assassinate” the officers – and somehow, his African-American girlfriend. How everyone else in the world somehow avoided being driven to do the same is likewise a mystery.

But if you really do need someone to blame for violence, look to the people trying to pick fights. These t-shirts, mocking the dying words of a man killed by police, are meant to provoke outrage and anger. In short, it’s an incitement to violence. On twitter, racist terms like “chimping out” are used to describe protests and riots. Hashtags like “pants up, don’t loot” are an obvious racial slur. Random parents are told to raise their children better. Others are told to get a job and get off welfare, with the assumption being that all black people are on welfare. People are taunted with images of fried chicken and watermelon.

As I say, all of the blame lies with Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the murderer. But if you really feel you have to blame someone else, why don’t you go ahead and blame these assholes and those like them who are out there every day, stirring the pot and trying their damnedest to provoke a violent reaction.

How Mo Brooks’ ‘War on Whites’ gaffe became worse by several orders of magnitude.

You probably heard about Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks’ accusation that Democrats are waging a “war on whites.” If not, the story is here. Suffice it to say that he reached for the racist dog whistle and accidentally grabbed a megaphone.

What happened afterward was wonderfully disastrous. Step one in this cascading PR disaster was entirely predictable; liberals used the hashtag #WarOnWhites to make fun of Brooks and Republican dog whistle racism in general.

But it turned out that the hashtag was already being used by the sort of batshit crazy racists you’d expect to use it. These are white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other lifestyle racists who are convinced that immigration and “race mixing” is a form of “white genocide.” Never mind that as these genocidal minorities are supposedly watering down whiteness, it stands to reason that they’re also watering down their own ethnicity with the whiteness they’re supposedly trying to wipe out. In other words, if mixed race people represent a white genocide, they also represent a self-genocide of the people doing the genocide. The whole thing makes no sense because these people are a). stupid and b). see A.

Anyway, #WarOnWhites trended for most of the night and people visiting for the yucks were also treated to the occasional butthurt Nazi trying to convince everyone that what Mo Brooks said was the truest thing ever.

Especially funny were the conservatives who joined in on the hashtag, only to run screaming after they slowly (very slowly in many cases) realized that those they were slapping on the back and agreeing with were klansmen and skinheads. This is especially fun because the 'baggers have convinced themselves that racists are all lefties, for reasons far too long and stupid to go into with any great detail here. Here they found actual Nazis decrying liberals and “Marxism” and they were confronted with the suddenly undeniable fact that these clowns are conservative to the core.

And of course, there’s all the praise Mo Brooks is getting for his racist statement from the white supremacists. It would’ve gone under the radar – few pay attention to these crackpots unless they hold a sad little rally someplace – if it weren’t for the fact that people used their hashtag to make fun of them.

As I tweeted to the particular KKKlown who posted the image above, “You think you’re helping, but you’re SO not!” If Alabama dems don’t use Brook’s popularity with Nazis against him, it’ll be a case of political malpractice.

Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is. [Geldof’s husband] Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken.
—  Bob Geldof
7 dead in drive-by shooting near UC Santa Barbara

‘I will slaughter every single blonde s**t I see’: Seven people killed as son of Hunger Games assistant director carries out drive-by shooting 'because women rebuffed his advances and he was a virgin at 22’

  • -Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a shooting rampage in Santa Barbara, killing six
  • -Rodger also died of gunshot wound to the head; authorities have not confirmed if it was self-inflicted
  • -He posted a video to social media Thursday in which he rants about how women have rejected his advances
  • -Lamenting that he was a 22-year-old virgin, Rodger promises 'retribution’ and 'punishment’
  • -He says he plans to enter the 'hottest sorority on SCSB’ and 'slaughter’ the girls inside
  • -Rodger is believed to be the son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger

Unfortunately, what I think we have in a large case is governors playing politics with people’s lives and people’s health.
—  Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, on Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid merely to earn anti-Obamacare street cred.

Scott Walker, I’m looking at you.
NY Times Writer Admits He Made Big Michael Brown Mistake

(Huffington Post) The writer of a much-maligned New York Times article about Michael Brown admitted on Monday that he had made a mistake when he described the slain teenager as “no angel.”

Those two words that John Eligon chose, along with a series of of descriptions about Brown’s “dabbling” with drugs, alcohol and rap music, set off a scorching round of criticism for the way the paper had characterized Brown. The Times dug an even deeper hole for itself by writing a concurrent article about Darren Wilson, the man who killed Brown, in which Wilson was described as a “well-mannered, relatively soft-spoken, even bland person.” Many said that the contrast seemed to fit a pattern in which black victims of crime are maligned in the media.