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24 March 2006 @ 09:42 pm
Personal and Political odds and ends--South Dakota update  

I seem to get most of my music these days by hearing it on tv shows. Am I watching too much tv? But there are so many good shows right now! Really good dramas! Not to mention Bill Maher...

The latest find is a group named Syntax that was only together for a short while and apparently not very well promoted at that. Their music made it to the shows "Nip/Tuck" and "Bones" before their demise, so I got to discover them. The song Pride is available on iTunes and I just ordered their album "Meccano Mind." It has great reviews from customers on Amazon.

I had a mellow day today. I overdid activity yesterday and got very sore, so today I made myself take it easy. I will try and walk again tomorrow. We finished the evening with Indian takeout and spent some time together before daveseeker had to go to bed. He's doing some overtime tomorrow, helping his company with their move from one building to another. We can use the money.

I located my old resume and am working on the new, improved version. For me, writing a resume is like pulling teeth. I dislike bragging and that's all a resume is. So I've procrastinated but the time has come to dust it off, spruce it up, and buy my interview clothes. I have to figure out what size I am right now. I know I went down at least one size.


The South Dakota news is continuing to make the rounds, with the vile statements of Senator Bill Napoli being quoted over and over again. Sure, why not one more time:


FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Napoli says most abortions are performed for what he calls "convenience." He insists that exceptions can be made for rape or incest under the provision that protects the mother's life. I asked him for a scenario in which an exception may be invoked.

BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.


The natural implication in his words is, of course, that non-virgins are not quite so traumatized by rape. I mean, having been broken in and all. What's one more male appendage or two?

Fortunately for (non-virginal) South Dakota women, the president of the Oglala Sioux tribe is a woman with a background in health care, and she has promised to establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on reservation land, immune to state laws against abortion.


"When Governor Mike Rounds signed HB 1215 into law it effectively banned all abortions in the state with the exception that it did allow saving the mother’s life. There were, however, no exceptions for victims of rape or incest. His actions, and the comments of State Senators like Bill Napoli of Rapid City, SD, set of a maelstrom of protests within the state.

Napoli suggested that if it was a case of “simple rape,” there should be no thoughts of ending a pregnancy. Letters by the hundreds appeared in local newspapers, mostly written by women, challenging Napoli’s description of rape as “simple.” He has yet to explain satisfactorily what he meant by “simple rape.”

The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

“To me, it is now a question of sovereignty,” she said to me last week. “I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction.”

Strong words from a very strong lady. I hope Ms. Fire Thunder challenges Gov. Rounds and the state legislators on this law that is an affront to all independent women."

http://www.indianz.com/News/2006/013061.asp


And an LJer found more information for those who'd like to support this cause:

http://kathrynt.livejournal.com/366823.html

Thanks, kathrynt!

ETA: Apparently, President Fire Thunder spoke before having anything arranged with Planned Parenthood itself, so the future clinic may or may not end up officially connected to them.

http://tezliana.livejournal.com/174980.html

Thanks for the additional info, tezliana.

ETA: another perspective:

http://penmage.livejournal.com/473178.html

and a more current link to President Fire Thunder's follow up statements:

http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?feature=yes&id=1096412706

The upshot is, she won't personally be building a clinic at Pine Ridge...but supports Planned Parenthood in doing so on some SD reservation.

My advice: keep in touch with Planned Parenthood and donate to them when or if they indicate they will do so. But donations to the Sioux nation is always helpful.

As I keep digging, yet another link:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/3/23/133656/438

A really thorough look at the whole chain of events with her statement, how it was first issued, and how the idea is gaining momentum through sheer enthusiasm across the internet--so don't give up on the idea of it happening!
 
 
 
Tapatitapati on March 25th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
background on President Fire Thunder:

http://falcongirl.livejournal.com/703165.html