While the federal government is mostly inept, sometimes they do a bit of good. A bill proposed in the House of Representatives would allow pet owners to bring their well-behaved dogs on certain Amtrak trains. I like dogs and I like Amtrak, so this sounds good in theory… until you end up on a train full of dogs, all stinky and snarling and farting and humping each other.
Politicians are mostly full of shit, and often in West Virginia doubly so, but one politicians in West Virginia has put forth legislation to make science fiction mandatory public school reading. Ryan Canterbury, you are a hero.
In light of all the recent tragedies that have been happening, it’s good to see something truly wonderful happen. Check out the video of the bill passing, as the entire parliament breaks out into song.
The CISPA cybersecurity bill is back, and it passed the US House this morning. Now it will go on to the Senate and possibly the White House. The bill gives the government the authority to collect private computer and internet data without a warrant as a tool to fight cyberattacks and espionage, but most people are rightfully wary of letting the government snoop through our digital lives without warning or a warrant.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is set to open on May 1st in Dallas, and they might need suggestions on what exactly would preserve the Bush Jr. legacy. Any thoughts?
In Missouri, gay marriage is neither legal nor recognized. One of the strongest emotional arguments for marriage equality played out in real life this week as Roger Gorley, who had been given power of attorney over the affairs of his long term boyfriend, was arrested when he refused to leave the hospital bedside of his dying partner when the bedridden man’s family ordered Gorley to leave.
In 2011, the Department of Health and Human services head Kathleen Sebelius said that the Plan B “morning after pill” was only to be given to women ages 18 and over. But this past week, a court ruled that decision purely political and not based on the fact that any girl, once she’s ovulating can become pregnant, and should have equal access to emergency contraception.
Across Europe, from Paris to Stockholm, women stood outside the embassies of Arabic nations topless, protesting the second-rate citizen status in many Muslim majority countries. There are pics below and they are NSFW.