Rodeo Roundup – Little Earthquakes Edition

Well, this week hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows for news, has it? At least we had some earthquakes! Let’s jump right in!
The Bad:

    The Penn State scandal is everywhere. I don’t have much to say on it right now.
    Penn State, I only hope you and the program can learn and rebuild from this. It’s a shame the students rioting got a lot of coverage because there were students and faculty that supported the schools decision. They held a vigil the night the news broke. Thank you for that, and I’m sorry you didn’t get the coverage you deserved.

    In Twitter news, there were some pretty interesting hashtags this week: #mencallmethings and #thingsayoungmomdoesntwanttohear were both really enlightening. #mencallmethings highlighted what women encounter just by making themselves visible in the blogosphere. The words don’t merit repeating here; just click the link. #thingsayoungmomdoesntwanttohear shows how condescending society is to young mothers, how people treat them badly, and the stigma we have attached to having a child at a young age. Heartbreaking.

    I simply don’t know what to do with Herman Cain, his rampant disrespect for women, or his alligator-filled moat. I give up on the GOP (well, I did that years ago). WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? ALL OF YOU?

    This week was chock full of rape culture. Like, spilling over the damn glass, onto the table, and flooding the room full. Please, educate yourself and others on how we might all be contributing to rape culture.

The Good and the Kinda Good:

    Oklahoma just received a “D” on the March of Dimes’ newest preterm birth report card. The entire nation did not fare much better with an average grade of “C.” However, most Oklahoma birthing hospitals have started participating in “Every Week Counts,” a collaborative effort to eliminate scheduling medically unnecessary Caesarean sections and inductions before 39 weeks. Experts believe this will reduce rates of premature birth and improve health outcomes for birthing women and babies in our state.

    You know what I did the other night? I watched the GOP Debate-just for funsies (I totally live tweeted that jawn). I can’t decide if the world is playing a joke on the U.S. Did Mitt Romney just have really bad allergies? WHAT IS GOING ON WITH RICK PERRY? I mean, he is acting stranger than usual, like he ate some bad fish or special brownies. Is Michelle Bachmann hearing voices in another room; she looks like she is.. Who is that other guy? Does Newt bathe in Rogaine and Tiffany’s diamonds? Ron Paul thinks college costs as much as a cell phone! Santorum, you ignorant dumbass, go cry to someone who cares about your ‘google problem.’ This is all a theraflu-induced dream/nightmare, right?

    In other political news: Houston re-elected Annise Parker as mayor. HOUSTON, ya’ll. In Texas. This is amazing and inspirational.

    Ya know, Polling Place workers could possibly be under a ton of stress on election day-don’t nitpick about signs or booths or stuff or your nose might get bit off! Do you think this will be a tactic in the 2012 elections? Along with everything else the GOP is attempting to pull regarding voters rights. Sigh.

So that’s my wrap up for this week. We had some victories (Personhood defeated in MS! Woot!) and then the rest ^^^^

There’s only one thing to lift my mood and that’s Beyonce rocking that pregnant belly in her new(ish) video. Happy Friday, Friends!

Molly is still looking for the perfect pair of silver leggings. She enjoys drunk cleaning and plucking dog hair off her clothes. Follow her on twitter if you like rants about her new neighbor listening to Matchbox 20 really loudly.

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