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Jul 5, 2013
 
James Sprinkle
Liberal guys like me are often kind of squeamish when it comes to talking about abortion. I mean, we support it. We describe ourselves as pro-choice. We share the ridiculous things that asshole Republicans say on Facebook.(Did you hear the one about the masturbating fetus…?) If we’re straight, and we maybe decide to join our girlfriends or wives or whatever at the rally, we’ll wear the pink or orange t-shirt they pass out, and when they chant “My body, my choice!” we will chant “her body, her choice!” and consider ourselves allies. Look at us A-plus dudes, cisgender and incapable of becoming pregnant, out there to demonstrate for someone else’s rights! We could just stay out of it, but we care!
I know that’s how a lot of men think of abortion rights: like it’s someone else’s fight, and we might occasionally show up and offer support. And while I understand the impulse, that’s not good enough. The fact that guys like me need to realize is that abortion rights are our rights, too.
When I was 23, a young woman I knew needed an abortion. More importantly to me, so did I.
I wasn’t ready to be a father. Not in the least. I wasn’t prepared to be tied to this woman for the rest of my life. I wasn’t interested in any part of fatherhood. I had plans, and things I wanted to see, and do, and become.
I like to think that, if it had come down to it, I would have changed those plans, and taken an interest, and prepared myself. But I didn’t have to find out, because abortion was safe, affordable, and accessible.

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Jul 5, 2013
 
I spoke about this on the floor of the Texas Senate last week, during public testimony for a state senate bill that would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. That’s bad news for the roughly 5.7 million women in Texas of reproductive age, for sure. But it’s also bad news for Texas men, too. Yet when it came time to testify at the Texas State Capitol last week, when the state Senate debated the bill that would strip access to safe and affordable abortions from so many Texans, there weren’t a lot of fellas there to speak up. The testimony offered to the Senate committee – whether it came in the form of personal (often heartbreaking) stories of need and circumstances, or in fact-based indictments of the ways that the proposed bill would limit the rights of people who needed abortions to get them – came almost exclusively from women. I think there were three guys who spoke up. There were, unsurprisingly, a lot more men who testified in support of the bill that would limit abortion access.
At some point, it starts to seem absurd: For every unmarried woman who testified about the pregnancy she was not in a position to see through, there was also a single man who was not ready to become a father. For every married woman who spoke about the life-threatening circumstances of a much-wanted pregnancy that she had to terminate, there was a man who was within a few hastily-written laws of losing his wife. The idea that those men might think that the fight to keep abortion safe, affordable, and accessible is somehow not really their fight doesn’t make any sense at all.
The truth is, abortion rights aren’t just about women. That’s true not just because there are transgender men who are capable of becoming pregnant (though there are, and they shouldn’t be forgotten in this) but also because men like me – straight, cisgender men who are capable of getting a woman pregnant – also need abortion to remain accessible.
We treat abortion like it’s something men have no part in because it’s possible for men to avoid the consequences of an unintended pregnancy. For men, sometimes it’s as simple as changing your phone number. But when we talk about the responsibilities that men have in the event that they get a woman pregnant, we rarely talk about how we have to ensure that abortion remains accessible. When we don’t do that, it’s just a different form of walking away from our responsibilities.
A lot of liberal men have rightly internalized the message that a woman is the only one who gets to decide what she does with her pregnancy, but a lot of us have also taken that to mean that we don’t have a personal stake in the outcome. There are a lot of men who aren’t ready to be fathers, just like there are a lot of women who aren’t ready to be mothers. Maybe the reasons are financial, or maybe they’re personal. Maybe raising a child isn’t part of the life plan at any point. But just like a man has a responsibility if he’s going to be a father, he also has a responsibility to make sure that not becoming a father remains an option.
Sometimes, when you’re a man who speaks up for things that are seen as women’s rights, you can come down with best-dude-ever syndrome, where you’re told by a lot of women that you’re really a great person for caring about things that men don’t typically seem to care about. But guys who speak up about abortion rights aren’t doing anything spectacular: All we’re really doing is making sure that our rights are intact, too.

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Keep in mind the Abortion Issue is not as much about Abortion which is despicable in itself, but the Right to have one.. It all boils down to Personal Rights and Freedoms. Like with firearms, we have a right to keep and bare firearms though rights are limited by the need for permits. But it is still a Right.

We have to separate the act provided by a freedom from the freedom itself. Discussion anyone??

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We’re Not a Christian Nation

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Despite what many on the Christian right claim, America was not founded as a Christian nation. Author Fred Rich on why we should be afraid of their agenda on our Independence Day.

Most Americans saluting the flag this Independence Day grew up being taught that the nation for which that flag stands is a constitutional democracy. As Lincoln put it, the United States was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. But a significant number of your fellow citizens have a very different vision as they hoist the flag. They were raised to believe—or have now been convinced—that our Founding Fathers gave us what they call a “Christian Nation.”

A tattered American flag sits on top of a wooden cross at a roadside memorial in Lafayette, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty)

On this July 4, 2013, we live in a country where our fellow citizens have a dazzling diversity of religious beliefs (and non-belief), and most of them do not present any threat to our democracy. But one influential strain of Christian fundamentalism, which insists most loudly that we are a “Christian Nation,” has a vision for America that is profoundly theocratic. So if you want to engage in a small but meaningful patriotic act this Independence Day, you might want to educate yourself about what the “Christian Nation” movement means, and what our country might look like if the “Christian Nation” vision were to be realized.

It’s tempting to think that those who call America a “Christian Nation” simply mean that Christianity historically has been the majority religion and the basis for many elements of our national culture, which of course is true. But that is not what they mean. Evangelical preachers and conservative politicians calling for America to be a “Christian Nation” mean something very different: a country uniquely favored by the Judeo-Christian God, founded to create a “Godly Kingdom” in the new world, and destined, as the shining “city upon a Hill” envisioned by the Puritans, to be a just and pious land dedicated to drawing all the nations of the world to the redemptive message of Jesus. And some of them believe that realization of this destiny is a condition for the second coming of Christ.

In the “Christian Nation” these Americans envision, Christianity enjoys a uniquely privileged legal and political position; separation of church and state is anathema. Christian pseudo-historians like David Barton, together with fundamentalist legal “scholars,” thousands of home-schooling educators and many Christian broadcasters, relentlessly promote the message that church-state separation is a “myth” concocted by liberal elites to deflect America from realizing its true destiny as a “Godly Kingdom,” where the Bible is the highest law of the land, and our political leaders talk to God and tell the rest of us what He says.

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Jul 7, 2013
 
Continued from "We'er not a Christian Nation"
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life estimates that groups representing these citizens spend about $390 million each year to lobby the government to impose their religion-based agenda on the rest of us.
Millions of nonfundamentalist evangelicals are increasingly bombarded with the fundamentalist message that the architects of our Constitution really intended to give birth to this sort of “Christian Nation,” a message that is usually supported by highly selective quotations from the “Founding Fathers.” This message is manifestly untrue. Our Constitution does not contain a single mention of God. Instead, the great innovation of our Founding Fathers was to abolish the Old World system where deviation from the religious beliefs of the State or monarch was not tolerated. Rejecting this model, the founders gave us a secular republic where religious minorities benefit from guarantees of freedom of worship, conscience, and speech.
Despite its patent fallacy, the impact of the “Christian Nation” revisionist history on American attitudes is substantial. Recent evidence of its success includes a YouGov Poll conducted in April, which found that 34% of Americans were in favor—and 20% were strongly in favor—of establishing Christianity as the official religion in their state. You read that correctly: 34% in favor of establishing Christianity as the state religion.
These numbers were no surprise to me. In the course of researching my novel, Christian Nation —a work of speculative fiction in which McCain/Palin win the presidential election in 2008 and Sarah Palin becomes president when McCain dies in 2009—I learned that the religious right’s base of support remains remarkably steady, virtually uninfluenced by the ups and downs of national politics. For over a decade, polls consistently report that 30-40% of our fellow citizens self-describe themselves as “born again” or “evangelical,” and report their belief that all of the Bible is literally true and that Biblical prophecies set forth a specific sequence of end-times events, likely to occur within their lifetimes. Their leaders control both the vast Christian broadcasting movement and much of the Republican Party at the precinct and state level. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life estimates that groups representing these citizens spend about $390 million each year to lobby the government to impose their religion-based agenda on the rest of us, making the Orwellian argument that their own religious freedom requires the rest of us to live our lives in accordance with the dictates of their own religious beliefs. This strain of Christian fundamentalism is not disappearing and, despite the recent successes of the marriage equality movement, in great swaths of the country they are winning the “culture war” they have fought for 30 years.
Although the “culture war” debate centers on abortion, contraception, gay rights, school prayer, creationism, and what are often referred to as “social issues,” the primary agenda of the Christian fundamentalist movement is political. Americans living in cities and states where the evangelical influence is minimal consistently underestimate both the ambitions and power of the religious right. We need to wake up and pay attention: for those of us who value civil liberties and the separation of church and state, the most serious mistake we could make would be to think that “it can’t happen here.”
Our Founding Fathers knew how dangerous theocracies could be. They gave us a constitutional democracy in large part to protect minorities from the yearnings of a religious majority. This Independence Day, their design of a secular state, with no religious belief receiving preference over any other, should be celebrated common ground for all Americans, whether conservative or liberal, religious or secular.

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Jul 7, 2013
 
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From our friends at Democracy NC:

"Churches and non-profits with tax-exempt status can engage in electionrelated activities IF they are non-partisan. That means they must not show favoritism for electing a candidate or candidates of a political party.

You can use church resources for a non-partisan “Souls to the Polls” program for your community.

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Jul 7, 2013
 
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Something to listen to if you vote and care for our State.

Why you should know Art Pope:

Chris Hayes talks with Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies about a powerful force behind North Carolina's political swing to the right.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/52211452#5...

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Fracking Chemical Disclosure Divides North Carolina Officials
By cnance | July 07, 2013
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By Sue Sturgis
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"Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states — and in North Carolina the issue has pitted a regulatory commission against the state lawmakers who created it.

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Last week the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) voted unanimously to protest the state Senate’s effort to take away its authority to set rules about fracking chemical disclosure. The legislature set up the commission last year after voting to allow fracking in the state and charged it with creating an oil and gas regulatory program."

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Jul 9, 2013
 
Email I received.. Another perceived attack on Social Security!

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The momentum is on our side. We can't let the Chained CPI--which would slash benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries--gain any traction in Congress.

Please donate today to keep the pressure on members of Congress who are yet to join our movement opposing the Chained CPI.

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Date: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM
Subject: What a Chained CPI Would Mean


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Last week, Social Security Works members made a huge impact on the discussion over the so-called Chained CPI. You held “human chain” rallies in 50 cities across the country and sent over 108,000 emails to members of Congress. Your voices are being heard and momentum is building!

With Congress returning today from the 4th of July recess, this month will be critical in bringing more members of Congress onboard opposing these cuts. We need to keep the pressure on in July before Congress departs on their August recess.

Please donate today to keep the pressure on members of Congress who are yet to join our movement opposing the Chained CPI.

Social Security is the most successful anti-poverty program in the history of the United States and has not contributed one nickel to the deficit. Yet opponents continue to call for unnecessary cuts through a chained consumer price index or Chained CPI. This would mean if you’re 65 years old today, you would lose more than $650 a year when you reach 75 and more than $1,000 a year when you reach 85.

That might not sound like a lot to a member of Congress or a corporate CEO, but if you’re living on $17,000 a year, taking a $1,000 cut is significant.

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Jul 13, 2013
 
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This morning's Winston-Salem Journal has a lead article on food stamps in northwest NC. Coble & Foxx both want to deal with food stamp funding seperately, and to reduce it. Wilkes & Surry have 23% of their population on food stamps, Stokes 15%. Not my idea of good congressional representation. What they need to be working on is bringing jobs to the area, not defunding the safety net.

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James Sprinkle
"Someone I know responded on FB to the McCrory abortion bill signature by saying, "You lie!" Maybe the governor should be greeted with that phrase everywhere he appears in public."

I totally agree with ya Jim. Though I detest Abortion, I believe people have freewill.. Yes women also have freewill to choose their own way.. I don't like Abortion, but I realized years ago you can not Legislate Morality no matter how many laws you pass!
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Will try and keep you up with what is going on and how you can help the state survive the new laws and regulations in they are coming up with in Raleigh.. Will try and help show you how to get involved and what you can do to make a difference..
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13th Ammendment: Abolished slavery
100% Republican Support
23% Democrat Support
14th Ammendment that gave Citizenship to Freed Slaves

94% Republican Support
0% Democrat Support
15th Ammendment Right to Vote For All

100% Republican Support
0% Democrat Support
This Obama Care Monstrosity:
0% Republican Support
86% Democrat Support
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican:
The man who started the KKK was a Democrat.
So who has been lying to you blacks and fooling you down through the years?
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Abortion is murder. Why should babies have to pay with their life because people are fornicating outside of marriage? This is sorriness at it's sorriest.

You kill a dog and/or her puppies and you go to jail. You kill one of God Almighty's little babies and you go to hell. The laws is agains God and the Constitution as we have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. God's law is above that which man may think. Actually this is written by the framers about God's law.
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Keep in mind the Abortion Issue is not as much about Abortion which is despicable in itself, but the Right to have one.. It all boils down to Personal Rights and Freedoms. Like with firearms, we have a right to keep and bare firearms though rights are limited by the need for permits. But it is still a Right.
We have to separate the act provided by a freedom from the freedom itself. Discussion anyone??
No, but abortion is about MURDER. It is illegal as everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happines.

God says he knows these souls before they got into the womb.

These innocent babies should not have to pay for people fornicating outside of marriage. God will NOT foret the murder of these children.
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Our Costitution is above that which man may think and judge. The Spirit of the Law is to protect. Killing these babies is not protecting. People should do what is right in the eyes of God Almighty. What mankind thinks is not going to count when the "dealing's done." The signs (signals) that God is coming are here and the time is very near. See John Hagee's Four Blood Moons videos on You Tube.
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All you people voting for the right to kill babies are as a part of the murder. You politicians who are twisting God's word will not be found innocent of murder of these babies. The only rights people have is the right to ask for salvation and be saved from hell. That is the only prayer an unsaved person has; for until they are saved they have no Father in Heaven. After they repent (turn away from sin) ask for Christ to come into their heart, and forgive them of their sins then they will have someone to pray to. Let it be kown you have been told.
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The Republicans did abolish slavery during with the 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments did as you claimed. Can't argue or make up History. And yes the Democrats even created and enacted the Jim Crow Laws in the South between 1876 and 1877 to democrats chagrin. But since mid-20th Century seems as if the Democrats have became the GOP of the 19th Century and the GOP, with the help of the Neo-NAZI Party and other Ultra Conservatives groups the GOP has became the Democrats Party of the 1800s.

Now blackyb in keeping in mind how the Old Democrats from 1792 to mid-20th Century were in hopes we don't repeat History, I must ask one question.. What have the Republican Party aka GOP aka Tea Pee'ers and Neo-NAZIs done to promote Civil Rights in the US in the last say 30 years?
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13th Ammendment: Abolished slavery
100% Republican Support
23% Democrat Support
14th Ammendment that gave Citizenship to Freed Slaves
94% Republican Support
0% Democrat Support
15th Ammendment Right to Vote For All
100% Republican Support
0% Democrat Support
This Obama Care Monstrosity:
0% Republican Support
86% Democrat Support
Abraham Lincoln was a Republican:
The man who started the KKK was a Democrat.
So who has been lying to you blacks and fooling you down through the years?
The Republicans

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Abortion is about one thing and one thing only, personal choice. You can not Legislate Morality! It must be learned from our parents and those around us. I am against Abortion as a means of Birth Control, but I am also for a Woman's Choice because I believe a woman is mature enough and wise enough to make her own decisions as to what happens to her own body!
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No, but abortion is about MURDER. It is illegal as everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happines.
God says he knows these souls before they got into the womb.
These innocent babies should not have to pay for people fornicating outside of marriage. God will NOT foret the murder of these children.

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