Now that’s power

Maybe the SEC Western Division should change its name to Mufasa.  Given the historic feat of putting four teams in the top 5 ranking at the same time, I don’t think there would be much of a difference with that name change.

With the latest AP Top 25 poll, the SEC has Mississippi State at #1 followed by #3 Ole Miss, #4 Alabama, and #5 Auburn.  I’m sure Florida State feels quite humble to be surrounded by greatness like that.  At the same time, they’ll have to deal with the SEC West if they want to try to repeat as national champs.

There have been 30 times that a conference has put three teams in the top 5 ranking.  Out of those 30 times, the SEC has done it 16 times alone.  Now, the SEC has one-upped things by putting 4 teams in the top 5.  If it’s not bad enough to have 4 in the top 5, they all come from within one division of the SEC.

Things will get undoubtedly get tossed around over the next few weeks as Mississippi State still has to play at Alabama and Ole Miss.  Auburn has to travel to both #9 Georgia and #4 Alabama.  Ole Miss has Auburn at home before playing Mississippi State at the end of the year.  Alabama has both Mississippi State and Auburn coming to Tuscaloosa.

Looking towards the last month and a half of college football, I have two quotes that come to mind.

The first one involves one of my favorite actors in what I though was one of his best roles ever.

The second one is probably one of the best sh*t talking men to ever walk the Earth.

So, by the time we reach the end of November, we’ll know the man because he would have beat the man while dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight.  WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Why can’t she ‘Stand Her Ground’?

South Carolina ranked first in the nation in the rate of women murdered by men, with a rate of 2.54 per 100,000, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data. Source: Violence Policy Center

I was reading through headlines at Fark.com when I came across an interesting story from Think Progress.  I usually don’t read much from them because of the obvious leftward slant of their reporting.  That said, I found their story regarding Charleston, South Carolina’s prosecutors views on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in regards to domestic violence quite interesting.

South Carolina is one of more than 20 states that has passed an expansive Stand Your Ground law authorizing individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. The law has been used to protect a man who killed an innocent bystander while pointing his gun at several teens he called “women thugs.” But prosecutors in Charleston are drawing the line at domestic violence.

In the cases of women who claim they feared for their lives when confronted with violent intimate abusers, prosecutors say the Stand Your Ground law shouldn’t apply.

“(The Legislature’s) intent … was to provide law-abiding citizens greater protections from external threats in the form of intruders and attackers,” prosecutor Culver Kidd told the Post and Courier. “We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”

Source: Think Progress

If I’m understanding what Kidd is suggesting is that a woman in fear of her life from domestic abuse can’t exert her right to self-defense in her own home because the person trying to kill her also lives there?  What the f**k kind of sense does that make?  Being kinda skeptical of the reporting, I decided to go and check the source articles for myself, and I found that Think Progress was right on the money.

I should have paid close attention to Kidd’s statement about the reach into homes and personal relationships and considered that a major red flag.  From an article at The Post and Courier in Charleston, I received quite the education on the issue of domestic abuse in South Carolina.  Two different passages from that article laid the situation out before my eyes, and I couldn’t believe what I read.

Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, said lawmakers had not contemplated the application in domestic situations when he introduced the bill in 2005. It’s ultimately up to judges, though, to figure out what the law means, he said.

“But in the end,” Smith said, “our purpose was that if you’re presented with a perilous situation, you’ve got the right to use force.”

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The crux of Kidd’s appeal, though, is rooted in the wording of the statute itself.

It says that people should be expected to fear for their lives if someone is breaking into their home, their car or their business. Most people in those situations can defend themselves. But if people share their home with the target of their force, they don’t have that “presumption” of fear, the law says.

The law also extends the self-defense right to “another place” a person is allowed to be if it’s necessary to prevent injury or a violent crime.

To Kidd, “another place” means somewhere besides the home. He argued that the provision does not apply to the home when an attacker is a legal resident.

Source: The Post and Courier

Basically, if a woman is getting beat in her home by someone else who lives there, she can’t be afraid of her life.  To completely understand the foolishness of his position, you have to juxtapose his idea of the intent of the law with the fact that South Carolina is Number One in America for domestic violence deaths.  According to a series done by the same newspaper, the State of South Carolina averaged one domestic violence death every 12 days over the course of a decade.  You have to read the series itself to understand South Carolina.

Suffice to say that one fact that struck me as f**ked up, as a father of two girls, was that all 46 counties in SC have at least one animal shelter to care for stray dogs and cats but only has 18 domestic abuse shelters to deal with around 36,000 cases of domestic abuse per year.  If you read the series, Till Death Do Us Part, be prepared to take a walk along a path where you find state legislatures caring more about pets involved with domestic abuse cases as opposed to the victim herself.  You’ll find that even when guns are the first choice of weapon, the legislature cares more about people having access to guns as opposed to what they do with them inside their personal relationships.

Based on what I’ve read, neither one of my girls will ever reside in South Carolina, especially if their views and environment on domestic violence stays the same.  If someone were to lay a hand on either one of them, that would likely be the last time they laid hands on anyone or anything.  I don’t understand how fathers in South Carolina don’t feel the same way.  Then again, some of them play a part in the cycle of domestic abuse anyway.

Supreme Court order allows some Texas abortion clinics to reopen

Wendy Davis during her filibuster over the Texas Abortion Law. Source: The Dallas Morning News

I’ve followed this whole Texas abortion law fight with interest almost since the law was signed into law back in 2013.  The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions.  Also, the clinics themselves have to meet the clinical and physical requirements of ambulatory centers in order to remain open.

While the surface view gives the appearance that Texas cares about the health care of pregnant women, the view changes entirely when you peek below the surface.  To combat the abortion clinics, anti-abortion groups have used the tactic of opening pregnancy crisis centers to counsel women and talk them out of having abortions.  The rise in numbers of those centers in Texas gives away the entire smoke and mirrors game that Texas is trying to pull on its citizens.

The reason why I can opine such a thing with great confidence is laid bare inside an article written by Aljazerra America.

A McAllen Pregnancy Center counselor reached by phone told Al Jazeera that the center does not employ a doctor because the ultrasounds it conducts aren’t for diagnostic purposes but for “seeing the baby.” Medical experts, like the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the ACOG, take a dim view of such practices. They warn that women could be falsely reassured about their health or that of their fetus, and if abnormalities are discovered, there’s no guarantee that pregnant women will receive the follow-up care they need.

Though it might not be obvious to Betsy that she isn’t receiving medical treatment, the McAllen Pregnancy Center isn’t behaving like a rogue operator. Unlike abortion clinics, sandwich shops and nail salons, crisis-pregnancy centers in Texas don’t have to comply with state or federal safety standards. The state health department does not inspect the clinics, not even the ones that offer ultrasounds and call themselves pregnancy medical clinics. (The McAllen Pregnancy Center doesn’t call itself a medical clinic because it says its ultrasounds are nondiagnostic.) Even the Texas Medical Board, which is responsible for the good conduct of licensed physicians, shrugs at its doctors’ activities. It doesn’t require physicians to report where they serve as medical directors, and it investigates only if someone files a complaint. So far, no one has.

Such a laissez-faire climate means that anyone can set up shop and call it a pregnancy medical clinic. The anti-abortion powerhouse National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) sees this as a ripe business opportunity. As NIFLA says on its website, “Ultrasound opens a window to the womb where the mother is first introduced to her unborn child. By allowing this connection to happen, medical (clinics) experience dramatic increases in the percentages of their patients that choose life.”

Source: Aljazerra America

Check the highlighted and underlined portions if you missed them.  These clinics offer pregnancy counseling and even sonograms, and they openly acknowledge it’s not for purposes related to the actual medical assessment or course of treatment for pregnant women.  It’s basically to shame them into not having an abortion.  Furthermore, the state knows these clinics are using medical equipment in a setting that gives the appearance of being a licensed medical facility, when there are no regulations they have to abide by.  At the same time, they’re regulating the hell out of the clinics that actually provide medical services.  What the f**k kind of sense does that make?

If I were to go buy some medical equipment and counsel people into not having medical procedures, I’d be quickly arrested for practicing medicine without a license.   If I do the same thing to talk women out of having an abortion, then I’m a hero to some.  I don’t see how that makes any sense.  I also don’t see how such a disparity in law and regulations can exist with courts calling this crap constitutional.  There’s no way in hell this is constitutional.

Now, before you anti-abortion people decide to label me a baby killer or whatever other name you like, consider that I just brought home my third child from the hospital yesterday.  I personally don’t believe in abortion, but I also respect the fact that people have the right to seek medical treatments that have been upheld as constitutional, even if I don’t agree with them.  The fact that I don’t agree with having them is not enough to warrant trampling the rights of others who may see things differently from me.

I feel that abortion is a decision between the parents and their doctors, and the rest of America should stay the hell out of someone’s personal business.  If you were not part of the creation or funding of the pregnancy, then you don’t have a dog in any decision made in regards to that pregnancy.  If we allow outsiders to invade the doctor/patient privilege when it comes to abortion, who’s to say that some other medical procedure won’t be attacked the same way in the future.  I might love and respect you all, but I’ll be damned if I allow anyone outside my family get involved with my personal medical decisions.

As for the Supreme Court decision, I say bravo!!!  Let’s end this underhanded crap once and for all.  If anti-abortion people feel so convinced their cause is right and true, then quit hiding your intentions behind bogus laws such as this one.  Simply legislate what you wish to do, make abortions disappear.  I’ll give you a hint on how to do it.  It’s called education.  Give people access to education on all aspects of health care so they can make the proper decisions BEFORE they get pregnant.  You can’t have an abortion if you don’t get pregnant.  Contrary to popular belief, abstinence-only  education doesn’t work.  People are going to screw, so you may as well educate them on how to do it without creating a life in the process.

What in the hell happened to HIPPA

Source: The Guardian

I asked myself that question this evening while sitting in the hospital with my family.  Reading a story online, I saw that the nurse, currently in isolation for Ebola in Dallas, had been publicly identified.  If you don’t know the ins and outs of HIPPA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) , part of that law strengthened the laws that dealt with patient medical record disclosure.

Why?  What good does it serve to plaster her name and health records all across the public airwaves?  Does the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska need to know her identity?

Ebola is a serious disease, but the ratings/revenue driving has to quit.  There is no need for 24/7 reports on the effects of Ebola.  We already know what it does as well as how nasty it happens.

With the current hysteria, it’s almost guaranteed to get you clicks if you add the word “Ebola” into your headline in some form or fashion.  That’s why I specifically refused to do it.  I’ve seen it in my page hits with the few posts I’ve written.

Unless these people have desired to make their medical history public knowledge, there is no reason for the media to engrave the Scarlet E on their forehead.  We don’t need to know who these people are.  Given how they contact trace each and every case, you will definitely be notified if you have had any contact with someone suspected or diagnosed with Ebola.  I can personally attest to that.

I used the names in the past after they were identified through the media.  From this point forward, I refuse to use names unless I know for sure that the individual has consented to their medical records being made public.  I’m not giving the name of my son out to the public because I guard my privacy like my life depends on it.  I can’t disregard someone else’s privacy knowing how I feel about mine.

No, the dog didn’t eat my posts

With all the newsworthy things going on, I have to admit that the dog didn’t eat my posts for today.  As a matter of fact, I don’t even own a dog.

I do, however, have a valid excuse for not posting today.

I now have a son!!!

The Brosephus family officially added the newest member at clock nothing this morning, so a brother passed tired about 12 hours ago.  I can now take credit for scoring the hat trick, as this  is child #3, and for all intents and purposes, the last one.

Posting may be sporadic over the next week, but somewhere I’ll drop something on voting, Ebola, and the other hoopla going on.  For the moment, I’m taking care of 3 ladies and one guy.