Let’s get real about military-style assault rifles in the hands of the public

-From a conversation I had with a friend online about how we talk about AF-15 assault rifles in the public sphere.

For me, it’s relatively simple. I am against guns, of any kind. I don’t even think police should use guns, though I don’t know how that would work with so many guns on our streets today. But the culture of violence that we live in has got to stop.

I am also not a hunter, so it’s hard for me to understand putting hunting rights ahead of our children’s safety. Or the public’s safety. I know not everyone feels this way and were these normal times, then this could be a normal debate about gun rights. But this isn’t normal times, and we are not having a normal discussion. We aren’t doing ‘normal’ right now. We’re not doing much of anything at all, except point fingers, yell, and try to make this a political issue with sides, -rather than the public safety issue that it is.

We aren’t having a legitimate debate in Washington or in most of the media, where they are still debating whether to pass background checks-or not, whether military-style assault weapons should be banned- or not.

We’re arming teachers, we’re yelling about second amendment rights, and ignoring the 70% of people in this country who want these guns off our streets.

For me, this isn’t whether or not people use AR-15 style assault weapons to hunt with, modify them to shoot bean bags, use them to hunt for food or protect their home from ‘invasion’.

To me, whatever else that gun may be used for, that tells me what I need to know:
This gun was designed to shoot the most amount of people as possible as fast as possible.
It is designed for war.
It is designed to kill,

Why would we arm a public with guns designed to kill people in war? Why would we think this doesn’t send the message that anyone you have a problem with, you have the “right” to kill as though they are an ‘enemy combatant’ of war?

Would we allow the public to indiscriminately arm themselves with bombs that similarly could kill a lot of people quickly?-bombs designed for war or mass destruction?

Are we going to war with our neighbors? With school children? With nationalized citizens? With innocent bystanders?
-Where do we draw the line?

The truth is, no one needs military-style assault rifles to hunt with.
No one needs them to shoot beanbags, or for safety. The only thing anyone would “need” a gun like this for is to kill a mass amount of people as quickly as possible.

They have no place in our communities, our schools, our public spaces, in the hands of community police officers, or even in our homes. And apparently, 70% of America agrees -that’s a clear majority.

The guns themselves are only a part of the gun violence crisis we are facing. But they are a big part of that problem. We are the only industrialized country in the world with this kind of gun problem.

Yes, we need to do better in the way we talk about these issues. To me, this means not getting sidetracked by political talking points or inaccuracies in the media that obscure and supplant what we all in our guts and hearts and minds should know.

We need to get real with ourselves and each other about gun violence and lead with discernment:
Arming our citizens with military-style guns designed to kill people is simply wrong and it needs to stop now.

TishaCP.

What an AR-15 Can Do to the Human Body
All guns can kill, but they do not kill equally. Compare the damage an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun can do to the human…www.wired.com


Bernie Sanders Plans to End Corporate Buybacks with…Chuck Schumer?

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After watching a recent clip on YouTube from Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer about a proposal they are working on together to end corporate stock buybacks, among other things, a few cringe-worthy alarm bells began worrying loudly in my ears.
Here’s the clip.

~ And, Here’s my take on the latest issue of:


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While I understand the political strategy here, seeing Chuck Schumer, one of the biggest corporatists and anything BUT a defender of working and middle-class taxpayers, pandering to voters, trying to piggyback off of Bernie’s long-held agenda for reigning in corporate greed and closing tax loopholes for corporate billionaires just bothers me.

Chuck Schumer, known defender of tax breaks for hedge fund managers and private equity firm CEOs, whose biggest backers include investment lawyers, real estate, insurance, and corporate lobbyists (in that order), whose top nine campaign contributions between 2013-2018  were all from financial institutions, with over $4.5 million from corporate PAC donations alone (vs. the less than $600K he’s raised in small individual contributions under $200) between 2013-2018.

The New York senate democrat who held seats on both senate banking and finance committees when the New York Times cited in a 2008 article that he’d,

“…embraced the industry’s free-market, deregulatory agenda more than almost any other Democrat in Congress, even backing some measures now blamed for contributing to the financial crisis.” 

And his subsequent support of the big bank bailout at taxpayers’ expense, now trying to position himself as an alleged proponent of stricter regulations for big corporations and/or changing the tax code to limit profits made off corporate dividends, I find just a little hard to swallow.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), accompanied by Senate Minoirity Leader Chuck Schumer, speaks with reporters following the party luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington

The same Chuck Schumer who, as senate minority leader in 2016 said,

“For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” 

(and we all know how well THAT strategy turned out)

~ This, After ringing in the era of the “New Democrat” (a.k.a. moderate-republican/economically conservative centrists) in 2004-2006, sixteen of whom recently voted to roll back Dodd-Frank banking regulations put in place following the 2008 financial crisis, three of  them (Donnelly, HietKamp and McCaskill) subsequently losing re-election in 2018, largely due to running “republican-lite” pro-Trump/corporate tax cuts, anti-democrat campaigns.

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~NOW, all of a sudden, we are supposed to believe that same ol’ Chuck is just like Bernie- looking out for low and middle-income workers in America?

Who wants to reign in Wall Street, stop corporate buybacks and tax dividends for corporations?

That he, too, wants to raise wages, invest in pension funds and ensure working families have the opportunity to live the “American Dream”?

~Really?

Well, I’m sorry, Schumer, if I’m a little bit skeptical of your intent.

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I’m even more skeptical of politicians trying to align themselves with Bernie progressives by alleging support for some of Bernie’s progressive policies while remaining less-than-enthusiastic about his key platform positions like medicare-for-All, Free college tuition, the fight for $15, expanding Social security, The green New Deal, lowering prescription drug prices, Campaign Finance Reform, Ending Citizens United, the crisis in Yemen, and closing private prisons and detention centers, among other issues, or for Bernie himself, especially if/when he decides to run for president…

Still, it’s good to see Bernie pushing democrats like Chuck Schumer back to the left and their democratic base, ~ the working and middle-class majorities that make up this country, still struggling so hard to survive, for whom the “American Dream” is simply out of reach.

TishaC.P.

Have a Thought or Comment or a different take on this issue? Please feel free to add your own opinions below!

(please keep any personal attacks to yourself).

Sexism, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton

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OK,  after several weeks with no posts I am finally writing my weekly rant! I’ve been collecting snippets of edited diatribes in responses to Facebook and Twitter posts, intending to formulate them into some sort of cohesive singular “rant” each week, but out of context, they are hard to follow and often change course midstream-such is the way of the Tisha-rant! Still, I think it’s better I post these things here than bombarding unsuspecting FB friends with repetitive, vitriolic ranting.

Oh, and while you are here, please stick around to check out the article my 17-yr-old budding-feminist daughter wrote on activism and reproductive rights, or better still, post a comment yourself or submit a piece of your own if you like. I’ll  happily post it for you, and probably ask you for a few more!!

On to the article:

If every woman who’s had an abortion took tomorrow off in protest, America would grind to a halt. And that would be symbolic: because women grind to a halt if they are not in control of their fertility.
—Caitlin Moran

 

I started responding to the plethora of posts and comments about Hillary Clinton and sexism recently without realizing the context of the day- the rueful legislation passed by Congress marginalizing women and the LGBT community. Awareness of this was quickly followed by the typical onslaught of attacks on progressives and Bernie Sanders by Hillary supporters and centrist Democrats still upset over mythical sexism and divisiveness caused by Bernie and all us angry “Bernie Bro’s” that no one can ever find. We simply disappear into the ethereal mist of hot air coming from their vehement attacks while ignoring (at least for the moment) the real sexists and gender-oppressors of the day sitting in Congress and our misogynistic, sexist, racist, TRULY divisive president, the orange-man Mr. T who instigated this attack against  our right to govern our own bodies.

I suppose it would be too much to ask that this strong opposition to sexism be aimed at the actual sexists who passed the unconstitutional legislation rather than the people who are fighting the hardest for gender equality protections and reproductive rights with Medicare-for-all coverage that includes ALL women’s health and reproductive needs, not just the ones a bunch of non-medical doctor in Congress decides is important.

Or, maybe at least for the moment, you can lay off the attacks against someone as they stand up for our healthcare rights and strong opposition against this kind of horrible legislation ( not to mention who hold a consistent 100% rating on the support of women’s rights issues as a legislater). It’s rather ironic seeing all these Bernie Sanders posts and tweets today condemning the utterly disappointing legislation congress just passed, championing the importance of protecting women’s rights, and  access to adequate, affordable health care coverage that actually includes abortions, gynecological exams, and contraception alongside these erroneous claims from neo-liberal centrists attacking  Bernie for his sexism and divisiveness. Bernie has never once, to my knowledge, responded to any of these inflammatory remarks, but rather continues to focus his and our attention on vital issues like these instead.

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I know many of us, (myself included) from all sides of the issues can get caught up in arguments and reactionary responses to each other over our various forms of social media, but I got to say, Bernie Sanders is the least incendiary politician around when it comes to personal attacks or smearing. But if it makes you feel better to rail against the person leading the fight for Medicare for all, and promoting equal pay and opportunity for  women, affordable access to childcare for working families, and extended paid leave during illness or after giving birth-for both parents, rather than the sexist racist a-holes in congress and the white house who passed legislation that violates our civil liberties and protections and risks both the health and well-being of many  women around the country, especially the already marginalized, low-income women underserved in rural areas, as well as members of the LGBT community, well, then knock yourself out, I guess.

You’ll understand,  of course, if I and thousand of others think your machinations are ridiculous.

 

 

Onto Hillary and sexism:

The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsiblefor her own choices.

~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

I started the day rebuking the idea that sexism was the main reason Hillary lost the election. Why we are still debating this or why I continue to get caught up in the debate are beyond me. Still, in light of recent events I’ve had to rethink my position a little. While I do not think it a prudent idea to marginalize gender-inequality in any way I do think there was more than sexism involved in why she lost the election. I also think fake feminism claims that hold Hillary Clinton up as the poster child for women’s rights and gender-equality issues is a bit of a stretch and maybe even harmful. Any sane person knows Hillary has never been exemplary on ANY issue, nor has she been consistent.

 

While she’s offered some important gains for women over equal pay and support of Planned Parenthood, when it comes to women’s rights and LGBT issues, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act notwithstanding,   Hillary has otherwise flipflopped. She’s changed her views more than once over LGBT protections and even waffled on reproductive health and pro-choice, at times. She supported significant policies like DOMA  and Doesn’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and waited until 2014 to come out in support of same-sex marriage and has been open to negotiations with rightwing Republicans when (and if)  they propose “reasonable”  changes to abortion rights.

Still, she isn’t  the reason Republicans are attacking our reproductive rights so that’s enough about Clinton on this issue, and instead, let’s start pushing back on what Congress and Trump are doing to our rights and civil liberties.

You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.
—Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

Forgetting, for a moment that this is a women’s health issue and not one that politicians without medical degrees or a vagina are qualified to make decisions on, it’s also, at least for the present, a protected right and not up for negotiation. We have to stop allowing legislators, especially sexist, out-of-touch male Republicans with anti-abortion crusader oppressive agenda’s to continue to think that what, who, how, when, where, if or why I do anything with my own body is any of their damn business.

How about, just for a day, we regulated the choices those 25 republican men decided for us without including a single woman in their negotiations on what THEY can do with their penises, or how about we pass  some legislation of our own  to control their reproductive and sexual health, and let’s face it, our basic human rights to decide if or when we become mothers and what decisions, if any,  we have about preventing pregnancies. What they’ve done hasn’t just taken away our health coverage, it’s taken our choices as well about what we can do with our bodies sexually and given those choices to sexist men intent on oppressing women. So if turn around is fair play, how about we set the limits for them on what they can or can’t decide about their reproductive and sexual organ and if they’re allowed to have sex outside of marriage without risking pregnancy or being fired for trying to prevent one without insurance for birth control. How about we take away their access to the plethora of health issues related to their sexual and reproductive organs and system, starting with viagra which is still covered by their healthcare plans, and condoms, while we’re at it. How about we prevent them from being treated for any of the sexually-transmitted diseases that Planned Parenthood offers that make up more than half their annual budget every year,  and lets throw in some other issues similar to what hospital maternity costs will be without any insurance and the restrictions to our access and ability to treat some of the other reproductive/sexual conditions now limited to us from.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Inflammation of the penis.  redness, itching, swelling, and pain in the foreskin, usually due to a yeast or bacterial infection.
  • Paraphimosis, The foreskin becomes lodged behind the head and can’t contract, causing a medical emergency that can cause serious complications if not treated.
  • Penile cancer, a rare type of cancer that starts in the skin cells of the penis.
  • Papillomavirus,  An easily transmitted virus that causes genital warts and raises risks for penile cancer.
  • Testicular cancer
  • An inguinal hernia 
  • Hypospadias 
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Low Testosterone/Sex Drive

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  • Epididymitis: inflammation of the coiled tubes that connect the testes usually caused by an infection, such as the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, and results in pain and swelling next to one of the testicles.
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Hepatitis B

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~ Feel free to add your own additions to the list.

Tishacp.

 


Why you should stop using “brand name” shampoo’s

{Disclaimer: I am not a scientist nor am I trying to pretend I am, I just want you wonderful people out there to know what your being sold and to know there is a better way.}

Hey guys…

You might just be using that same bottle of pantene that your family buys from costco every other week, but listen up cause I’m going to blow your mind! Im going to explain why brand name shampoo’s (& conditioner) are detrimental to your hair and in some cases even toxic to your body.

Let me start with what everybody knows and loves: your friendly neighborhood toxic shampoo!

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Now I’m not targeting just Pantene but this picture is so rediculous. However, it is one to look out for along with any “mainstream” beauty brand selling shampoo. This is because of little devils like parabens, sulfates, & even cruelty.

In my opinion condoning any of these in your life (yes by buying products that aren’t cruelty free you are not only condoning but supporting animal abuse) your hurting both the global community we live in as well as yourself. You can choose which of those is more important to you. ( I can write another blog about that later so be sure to stay up to date on this page for that.)

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Parabens: the myths & truths

Parabens do not lead to or cause cancer in anyway.  That is a myth created back in the early 2000’s. However, they aren’t good for your hair. Some people say they are fine on your skin, others say they are dangerous. The truth is they are (at least in terms of cosmetics) synthetic replicas of a natural chemical. This means they aren’t inherently toxic, but they will damage your hair.

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Sulfates on the other hand are just bad bad bad! These are horrible toxic chemicals, guys. The FDA says that they can be “safe” in small doses. Think about that statement for a second. They can be, meaning maybe??? HELL NO! You better not be putting that in your hair, fam. Definitely not on your skin or inside you.

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Now about what they actually do to your hair: The sulfates coat your hair in a waxy shield that prevents the natural oils in your skin/ hair from reaching your ends, which might sound good but it’s really bad. You need those natural oils for your hair to grow & be strong, but the parabens strip all the oils, including those good natural ones & the sulfates keep them from re-distributing. This causes your scalp to go into overdrive trying to re-oil itself & that can lead to build up &/or an oily scalp.
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Hold up down there, my fellow dry scalp wonders, you are so not off the hook! These chemicals are doing the same exact thing to your hair as our oily scalped friends in the paragraph upstairs. In your case, though, the already small or clogged pours on your scalp are jammed shut, which means that you’ve stopped generating those good natural oils (or are not generating enough). This could be an effect of the chemicals or it could be something else. In my case, I had really dry skin to start with and thats why I wasn’t generating enough oils in my hair.

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So what do you do about it? READ THE INGREDIENTS WHEN YOU BUY YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS! I’m serious guys, this is really so important. It will honestly make all the difference in your hair if you first read those ingredients and then opt for brands that are not chalked full of sulfates or parabens. Also, make sure your always checking for the cruelty free stamp. comparing-certified-cruelty-free-bunny-logos-side-by-side

For more about this stay posted on The Write Hat & be sure to let me know what you wanna hear about.