Posted on: September 30th, 2008 The Post Office is Keeping Me Down
Absentee ballot applications are no longer available at local post offices due to a “directive” from the U.S. Postal Service prohibiting the presence of the election forms in post office lobbies.
at WFMU BOTB
Posted on: September 30th, 2008 Liam & Hugo
Posted on: September 30th, 2008 McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere
Frank Rich: McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere
Posted on: September 29th, 2008 Go Easy on Her… Or Else
Posted on: September 29th, 2008 The Choo Choo Barn
Mini-Break Potential: The Choo Choo Barn – Strasburg, PA.
Posted on: September 29th, 2008 Vampire Fangs for Halloween, etc.
I’ve posted about this before but now I have some more up-to-date resources:
Posted on: September 26th, 2008 Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits
The rape-kit controversy is a troubling matter. The insult to rape victims is obvious. So is the sexism inherent in singling them out to foot the bill for investigating their own case. And the main result of billing rape victims is to protect their attackers by discouraging women from reporting sexual assaults.
That’s why when Senator Joseph Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, he included provisions to make states ineligible for federal grant money if they charged rape victims for exams and the kits containing the medical supplies needed to conduct them. (Senator John McCain, Ms. Palin’s running mate, voted against Mr. Biden’s initiative, and his name has not been among the long list of co-sponsors each time the act has been renewed.)
That’s also why, when news of Wasilla’s practice of billing rape victims got around, Alaska’s State Legislature approved a bill in 2000 to stop it.
“We would never bill the victim of a burglary for fingerprinting and photographing the crime scene, or for the cost of gathering other evidence,” said Alaska’s then-governor, Tony Knowles. “Nor should we bill rape victims just because the crime scene happens to be their bodies.”