A Night Off

I’m too saddened to blog about the terrorist attack in Spain and too tired to deal with Trump’s bullshit reaction to it. I’m going to avoid the news for the rest of the night, or at least try to.

This is just exhausting.

Here’s some mental sorbet:

Texas Women Will Now Be Forced to Take Out ‘Rape Insurance’ for Abortion

Why is the background in black and white while these three grinning fallopian tubeless people are in color? It’s like even the picture is saying, ’21st century men still stuck in an earlier time.’

It’s 10:30 am and I’m ready for this day to be over.

On Tuesday, August 15, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 214 into law while flanked by the bill’s primary champions in the state legislature. As one might guess from their rictus grins, this law concerns one of Texas Republicans’ favorite punching bags: reproductive rights.

Nicknamed the “rape insurance” bill for its cruel lack of exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities, HB 214 mandates abortion coverage be removed from all private, state-offered, and Affordable Care Act insurance plans and sold as a separate — and unprecedentedly specific — policy. What this means in theory is that people who want to be covered in the event that they need an abortion will have to purchase extra insurance for it. In practice, it means insurance companies may simply stop covering the procedure altogether, the profitability of an “abortion-only” add-on being questionable at best.

As with many such laws, the state GOP’s stated purpose is to “prevent those with moral, religious and philosophical objections from having to pay for the procedure.” “As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” said Governor Abbott in a press release. “Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans.” He did not say what Texans who want to subsidize abortions via group health plans are supposed to do, or what religious groups with objections to other legal medical procedures should do to avoid funding them—Jehovah’s Witnesses, for instance, who are still paying for blood transfusions despite believing it’s a sin to take blood from someone else.

Documentary-maker C. J. Hunt recorded one white supremacist who was doing it all for “fun”—until shit got real.

From GQ:

It was Saturday, and the police had finally called for everyone to clear the park. As I filmed officers opening up a blocked street, a young man ran into view, screaming for help. He wore the khaki-and-white uniform of the white nationalist group Vanguard America. He had been separated from them and was being chased by at least one protester. He ripped off his shirt and begged the crowd for mercy. He wasn’t actually into white power, you see.

“Barely,” he clarified to me. As he shoved his polo shirt into a plastic bag, the fear on his face settled into a smirk. “It’s kind of a fun idea,” he explained. “Just being able to say ‘white power,’ you know?”

A fun idea? It’s the epitome of white privilege to be able to take off your “uniform” when things get too out of control. Minorities don’t have that ability to shed their identities to protect themselves in a world of full of racism.

Trump ‘Sad’ Over Removal of ‘Our Beautiful Statues’

The “Beautiful Statues” are the ones dedicated to the men who fought to keep human beings enslaved:

WASHINGTON — Under fire for defending racist activist groups, President Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he was “sad” to see United States’ history torn apart by the removal of “our beautiful statues and monuments,” echoing a popular refrain of white supremacist groups that oppose the removal of Confederate monuments.