What would you do if the Department of Health and Senior Services director of your state pretty much ignored maternal death cases but tracked the periods of every woman in your state who gets an abortion, personally reviewing each person's case? If that doesn't make you furious, you may not live in Missouri, where this is actually happening, and how it doesn't violate HIPAA laws, I don't know. This guy should be sued for violating the privacy of every patient rather than working for the government, and yet there he is.
A bill that makes animal cruelty a felony on a federal level was just passed in the House in a unanimous decision, demonstrating how all parties can work together when they really want to do something. Great, they can all agree that hurting animals is horrible; now why don't they all agree that global warming is, too?
As scientists warn that we only have a short time left to fix our home before it becomes uninhabitable for humans and the rest of the organisms who live here (or most of them, anyway; I have my money on the giant squid becoming the next dominant species), it's time that we all made some big changes in our lives.
Given that it's nearly Halloween, we're bound to hear a lot more booing than usual, but if Donald Trump is involved, it's an entirely different sort of booing. That's what happened when he showed up to a World Series game and the crowd took to booing him. Now there's a big debate raging regarding whether or not it's okay to boo your own president.
As a parent, I'm appalled that spanking remains a legal form of punishment for a child. It's illegal to spank anyone from a convicted felon to a dog, which is how it should be, yet our most vulnerable members of society are perfectly fine to knock around? No. It's not okay, and neither is conversion "therapy" for gay kids, which is just as harmful. Both need to be outlawed immediately.
This week, I was so pleased to hear that my favorite spice company, Penzeys, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on pro-impeachment ads. Not only are their spices THE best, but they also support progressive values, which I appreciate so much.
The Supreme Court is discussing whether or not a person may be fired from a job for being LGBTQ, and although it has many of us thinking, "How can this still be a debate in 2019?" it's the reality that many people continue to face. There are people fired, kicked out of their apartments and discriminated in other ways because of sexual orientation today and that's got to become a thing of the past.
If all of your friends are jumping off a cliff, you're not supposed to join in, or so the saying goes. But when the world is on the brink of burning up if we don't drastically make some changes, the United States needs to act and fast.
As much as Trump terrifies us (and the rest of the world), sometimes he does offer us such ridiculousness that we can't help but laugh. When he shared an obviously doctored photo of Hurricane Dorian, complete with a Sharpie swirl, the Internet went bonkers making fun of it and it was the most fun we've had since the day before he was "elected" in the first place.
While watching an old George Carlin special that mentioned supporting the government in the "war on terror," it hit me: our government lied to us about weapons of mass destruction to enter a war and totally got away with it. Totally. What hope do we even have against fascism as it rises across not only our own nation, but the world itself? Once all branches are in one party's pocket, there are zero checks and balances, and it's terrifying.