UPDATE: This petition must get 100,000 signatures by December 24th of this year! Boost this as much as you possibly can and make sure to sign!
In 31 states, rapists are allowed to sue victims they’ve impregnated for custody rights.
There’s a case in Boston, MA right now in which a rapist is taking advantage of this. He pleaded guilty of rape in 2011 and was sentenced to 16 years probation; however, this sentence includes 16 years of family court as well, which the victim must also attend. He’s using this to sue for joint custody of her child and will only withdraw his law suit if he is free from paying any form of child support. This entire sentence seems like much more of a punishment for the victim than it is for the rapist, and for the state to allow such a thing, the victim is suing.
As stated in the court complaint, “Even if the family court ruled in the [victim]’s favor on issues currently in dispute, such as whether the criminal defendant should be granted visitation rights to [her] child, [she] will suffer harm from the constant threat of new issues arising in family court until her child reaches adulthood, including, for example, efforts by the criminal defendant to seek to modify child support orders and enforce his parental rights at the trial court level and on appeal.”
If this woman is forced to attend 16 years of family court with her rapist, she is not only forced to confront a traumatic event that she should never have to deal with again, but she is subjected to the possibility of losing pieces of her child to him over and over again for all of those years. In addition to this constant state of fear and anguish she would face, just by being sent to something considered ‘family’ court—for her and her rapist—she’s being disrespected and her rape undermined by even the suggestion that this is a family situation. By doing this, the law is making felony into family.
In 31 states, rapists are actually given rights instead of having much of anything taken away. In being given these rights, they are being given the chance to further torment the woman and possibly abuse the child. It is not okay to reward rapists and further punish victims, and the ignorance of rape and how our justice system is handling it needs to turn around.
Please sign this petition to ban rapists from being able to sue for custody rights. This issue is so little known, yet so important, and I don’t know any better way of trying to make this change.
HOW ARE THERE LESS THAN A HUNDRED SIGNATURES!?!!
It’s now up to 3,473, with mine.
These laws are just ghastly sick sign.
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Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes? That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood. Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.
And the wealthy pay 1 or 2% while the poor struggle to patch the roof with 20% property taxes.
Yep, huge problem. Republicans love it though, it enables them to cut spending to education. They love a dumb electorate, need a dumb electorate.
State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax -
Excerpt from the article:
Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.
The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as “free-market thinktanks”, includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campaigns to reduce the wages of government workers and eliminate income taxes, school voucher schemes to counter public education, opposition to Medicaid, and a campaign against regional efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
Hold onto your hats everyone. It’s going to get ugly!
Going to? They are just practicing in Arizona and the South, now they’re ready to put it all into action.
Why does the right!republicans hate education, environment, and people so much?
Hundreds of lobbyists got together to write a trade deal. What happened will scare you senseless. -
Congress is about to sign away it’s Constitutional right to oversee a huge trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP for short) — and members of Congress won’t even get a chance to read the agreement first! The text of the treaty is a closely-kept secret, but based on what’s leaked out of the negotiations, we can be sure the TPP will be a massive corporate power-grab.
Our last best hope to stop this deal is to convince Congressional Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to come out against “fast-track” authority, which would surrender Congress’s right to amend the deal. We need to flood her office with calls to make sure Congress doesn’t pass NAFTA on steroids without reading it.
Click the link for more info and a phone number.
Another GOP meme bites the dust: study shows unemployment benefits don’t discourage people from finding work.
[photo by Brenda Gottsabend]
Another GOP myth SHATTERED!
FCC chair: ISPs should be able to charge Netflix for Internet fast lane -
Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC’s Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country’s network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not “unreasonably discriminate” against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.
"[B]roadband providers that sought to offer pay-for-priority services would have an incentive to limit the quality of service provided to non-prioritized traffic," the rules state. “For a number of reasons… a commercial arrangement between a broadband provider and a third party to directly or indirectly favor some traffic over other traffic in the broadband Internet access service connection to a subscriber of the broadband provider (i.e. ‘pay for priority’) would raise significant cause for concern. … [A]s a general matter, it is unlikely that pay for priority would satisfy the ‘no unreasonable discrimination’ standard.”
The Open Internet Order is being challenged in court by Verizon. A Verizon win would let ISPs block content or charge providers for a faster lane to customers. But the rule is still in place, at least until the US Court of Appeals makes a decision.
Wheeler (a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries) spoke positively about the order but said he wouldn’t mind if Netflix has to pay for a faster lane to consumers while answering questions Monday after a policy speech at Ohio State University.
This is a pretty big deal, and potentially a very bad thing for broadband customers.
What does it say that most broadband providers are also cable television providers (or are FiOS TV providers), and that these broadband providers want to charge extra for applications like Netflix and Hulu to to use their networks?
It sounds a lot to me like they are trying to exert control over content delivery methods, along with finding a way to milk every cent possible out of their customers.
Second, Tom Wheeler is a disgustingly obvious industry shill and has no business as chair of the FCC.
There is currently a whithouse.gov petition to have Wheeler removed, but then again, whitehouse.gove petitions have proven been pretty ineffective.
Corporations Must Control All!
I think if you have to hit Iran, you don’t put boots on the ground, you do it with tactical nuclear devices and you set them back a decade or two or three. —
GOP Congressman says U.S. should use nuclear weapons if it attacks Iran. (via think-progress)
Will the Republicans ever stop?
Alright now, has the CIA been secretly dosing the republicans with Acid or something I mean the wackiness is just not ending.
What?!? Private prisons suing states for millions if they don't stay full -
The prison-industrial complex is so out of control that private prisons have the sheer audacity to order states to keep beds full or face their wrath with stiff financial penalties, according to reports. Private prisons in some states have language in their contracts that state if they fall below a certain percentage of capacity that the states must pay the private prisons millions of dollars, lest they face a lawsuit for millions more.
With the ability to sue it gives the private company a lever to pull. What does that lever do? It encourages Judges, police, DA’s to go all out, throw the book. Problem with the arrest, no worries he’s a good cop, probably just had a bad day, we’ll let that slide. DA didn’t show up, throw the…..ah he probably had too much to drink let’s give him another chance. Hey Judge how did you afford that new pool?
don’t you dare not reblog!!!!!!
If you don’t reblog this I’m judging you.
D: no… just… noooooo… :’(
don’t you dare
anytime I hear of a suicide actually…
I love you all. TT^TT please stay safe.
Please don’t go…
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Companies That Pay High Tax Rates Create More Jobs Than Tax Evaders -
"Paying high tax rates doesn’t stifle job creation at the country’s biggest, most profitable companies and low tax rates seem to be more correlated with job losses, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government."
GOP “creators” talking point DEAD.
dont kill yourself tonight ok
you have a really pretty smile and i know its not always easy to manage one but itd be a bummer if we never had the chance to see it ever again
youre really important and you matter a lot so stay safe and try and have a nice sleep
I would like a moment to thank the people who reblog post like this so that it eventually shows on my dash.
It is keeping me alive
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THIS IS THE POST OF THE CENTURY
LTMC: killed it.
Portland orders preteen to stop selling mistletoe to fundraise for braces, tells her to beg instead -
11 year old Madison Root is finding out the hard way that big government always impedes economic growth. She wants to sell bundles of mistletoe over the holidays in order to raise money so she can get braces for her teeth, but the City of Portland shut her down for not having a business license.
Here’s video of the local news report:
She’s hoping to raise money to chip in for her braces. The dentist says they’ll cost $4,800.
"I felt like I could help my dad with the money," she said.
Madison and her dad bagged up the mistletoe and started selling them next to the Skidmore Fountain in Downtown Portland on Saturday morning.
That’s also where the Portland Saturday Market holds its weekly venue.
A private security guard asked Madison to stop selling because city ordinance bans commerce like that without proper approval.
"I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place," said Madison.
And she’s right — to a point.
In fact, we saw people protesting, hold signs, playing music, and begging all over the area on Sunday morning as well.
The Saturday Market is incredibly diverse.
You can buy whistles, order crepes and sign a marijuana petition all without walking more than ten steps.
But you can’t open a business without going through the market’s formal application process. The market sets rules for vendors which Madison agrees make sense.
Begging is different.
That’s a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, explains Mark Ross, spokesman for the Portland Parks Bureau, which manages the city park and rents it to the Saturday Market.
The guard, hired by the market from a private security firm, told Madison she could sell her products on city sidewalk outside the park’s boundaries or simply ask people for donations for her braces.
"I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg," said Madison.
"It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot."
read the rest
There’s a fine liberal policy for you: you can’t work hard and earn money without the state’s approval, but you can beg instead. You’ll find this kind of absurd statist policy at every level of government.
I’ve got some more bad news for you Madison: the Obamacare medical device tax is going to make your braces even more expensive. That’s big government: it’ll get you ever time.
Hate to tell you that sometimes rules look silly and do tangle up the innocent. Off course we could allow Toothpaste made with industrial abrasives and Childrens toys with lead paint if we didn’t have these pesky rules that can be used on a slow news day.
Hey let’s just go ahead and allow any one at all to peddle their wares on the sidewalk. Then everyone will be saying “government you have to do something about all these merchants on the street. Plus all the trash they leave and they just piss wherever they want since there aren’t any restrooms. Its just gross.”
You know people instead of thinking about the poor little girl, look at the big picture.