If you really want outrage, all you’ve got to do is point a finger at any one thing the right wing is doing on any given day. Right now, I’m looking at you, Arizona. Again.
On Faux Outrage, and Real Ones: I’m a mom. I know moms. Is it hard work? Sure. It’s hard whether you stay at home or not. Moms that stay at home often would like not to and moms that have to work wish they could stay at home sometimes.
The latest conservative freak out is all about
Ann Romney’s hurt feefees Mitt Romney’s appalling record with women voters. Could Rosen have said what she said differently? Sure. Was she wrong? No.
Ann Romney talks a good game about choice, but it’s just a game. For the vast majority of women, there’s no choice about it, and if the conservatives get their wish, they’ll have even fewer choices than that. Romney got to choose to stay at home. Good for her, seriously. But don’t turn around and talk about struggles, don’t you dare. In most circumstances, I’m willing to take an “it’s all relative” approach. Everybody struggles in their own way, we’ve all got our own pain, blah blah blah. But this time? No way. Ann Romney is so painfully out of touch here on what the average woman, the average mother, has to go through. Ann Romney’s never had to be worried about whether or not she could afford to have 5 kids in the first place. She’s never had to be concerned about whether the state she’s in has draconian abortion and family planning options that will make it impossible for her to stay in the workforce – a workforce that will pay her less because money isn’t supposed to be important to women – in order to feed the kids she does have. She’s never had to worry about getting medical care for her kids, or herself for that matter. I don’t begrudge Ann Romney any of these things. I just wish that they were available – that they were the choice Ann Romney mentioned – to the majority of women, rather than the slimmest sector of women in the 1%.
As to the choice Ann Romney mentioned, I can’t be the only one that gritted their teeth at her mention of it. Choice? When the right wing hacks and slashes at a woman’s right to choose, it really does take some sort of nerve to get up in front of people and talk about choices. When the right wing has stripped not only reproductive choice but so many other choices from women, that really does take some fucking nerve. [FD Brightly/13 Apr 2012]
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Zimmerman’s Lawyers Unironically Whine That Their Client Can’t Go to 7-Eleven Without Potentially Getting Attacked: If there are any lawyers out there who would like to explain to me how this could possibly help George Zimmerman, I’d love to hear it. Each time I heard it I gasped at the insensitivity — and foolishness of using that example. One mistake I could understand, I guess. But twice? Is this an inept strategy to conflate their client with the victim or are they both just clueless? [Hullabaloo/digby/12 Apr 2012]
Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Will Invoke Stand Your Ground Law: Zimmerman showed up in court today, and Zimmerman pleaded not guilty. His lawyer asked that bail be posted for his client. The defense has signaled they will attempt to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to obtain immunity from the charges by proving he acted in self-defense. [firedoglake/David Dayen/12 Apr 2012]
Diplomats: Annan urges Syria troop withdrawal: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday he was “encouraged” at the start of a fragile cease-fire in Syria but said the government failed to keep its pledge to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from cities and towns. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current council president, said Annan urged council members to demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad order his troops back to barracks. She quoted Annan as saying in his video briefing to the council that “troops and heavy weapons remain in population centers.” Annan asked the Security Council to quickly authorize the deployment of an advance U.N. team to monitor the cease-fire, ahead of the deployment of a larger monitoring mission. South Africa’s U.N. Ambassador Baso Sangqu said discussions on the text of a U.N. resolution authorizing the deployment would begin Thursday afternoon, and diplomats said it could be adopted as early as Friday. [Associated Press/EDITH M. LEDERER/12 Apr 2012]
Syria Truce Holds As Ceasefire Deadline Passed: The U.N. and Arab League brokered ceasefire in Syria appears to be holding as Syrian troops held their fire on Thursday. “Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground,” said U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan in a statement as he briefed the U.N. Security Council. Annan pressed the Syrian government to fully comply with the ceasefire agreement and withdraw all its forces from urban areas. “The cessation of hostilities appears to be holding,” said Annan. “This is bringing much-needed relief and hope to the Syrian people who have suffered so much for so long in this brutal conflict.” Opponents of the regime are planning major protests tomorrow after weekly prayers which Reuters notes “will be the first major test” for the ceasefire.
Update- Syrian National Council’s spokeswoman Bassma Kodmani said the ceasefire is only being “partially observed” and that there “is no evidence of a significant withdrawal” of government forces from towns and cities. [thinkprogress/Eli Clifton/12 Apr 2012]
Long silence in North Korea after rocket failure: Pyongyang – News of North Korea’s abortive rocket launch was flashed around the world Friday but there were four long hours of silence before Pyongyang admitted the highly publicised attempt had failed. [AFP/13 Apr 2012]
Ethnic tensions high in N. Kosovo city: Mitrovica, Kosovo – Violence this week in Mitrovica, an ethnically mixed city in northern Kosovo, has brought condemnations from European and U.N. authorities. Mitrovica, a city of 71,000 in the predominantly Serbian northern part of Kosovo, was the scene of a bombing Sunday in which an Albanian man was killed his two children injured when an explosive device went off on his apartment window, the Serbian Beta News Agency reported. Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said the incident had the look of a professional job. Other ethnically charged incidents happened shortly thereafter. [UPI/12 Apr 2012]