Friday, February 29, 2008

All My Purse Is Full Of Is Disposable Income...

See, here's the deal. I don't particularly want kids. No, it's not a phase. I don't think they're icky because I'm "young" (I'm 24, there are people my age who have school-age kids). I mean, someone my age can make a valid choice to have kids, but my choice not to is invalid? Make sense?

Here's a good article about people choosing not to have kids.

Also, when this was posted on Feministing, it was accompanied by this gem from The Simpsons:

Bart: Mom, I locked your keys in the car.
Marge: Then wait in the shadows!
Bart: Also, Maggie puked in your purse again.
Lindsey Naegle: Poor me… all my purse is full of is disposable income.

I do love my dog, though.


Jesus Tapdancing Christ

Could someone please explain to me when rape became funny?

It's things like this that make rape victims not tell anyone, not report the crime, and act like nothing happened. We live in a culture that blames victims for crimes committed against them. Shirts like this just perpetuate that tragedy.

If you would like to complain, go here.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

There is a fantastic article on about Hillary Clinton. It's called We Bruise Out Daughters When We Bash Hillary Clinton.

But wait.

Before you go "you don't have to like Clinton to be a feminist" or "voting for Obama doesn't make me sexist" go read the article. Every word. Especially the sentence "I don't think every woman should support Hillary Clinton just because she's a woman."

It's not about unquestioningly voting for Clinton because of gender. It's about the damage caused when she is judged inconsistently with her male opponents because of her gender and how that effects little girls and their views of what they will be able to do when they grow up.

It's a fantastic article. Go read it.


Monday, February 25, 2008

Emma Thompson Thinks Losing Weight Is Stupid

And it is, if you're already a skinny actress.

Emma Thompson threatened to quit a film after the company asked co-star Hayley Atwell to lose weight for her role. The two will star together alongside Michael Gambon (a.k.a. replacement Dumbledore) in a remake of Brideshead Revisited.

I think Emma Thompson is just awesome for this. Generally, unless they are playing an anorexic or a heroin addict, there's no reason for actresses to lose weight for a film. First off, most of them are already really skinny or they wouldn't be working. Second, why can't we agree that whatever weight someone's body does naturally is beautiful for that person?


Tina Fey Has Been Promoted to Goddess

Tina Fey did an awesome bit on Saturday Night Live this week talking about Hillary Clinton.


Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch.

Let me say something about that: Yeah, she is.

And so am I and so is this one. (pointing to Amy Poehler)

POEHLER: Yeah, deal with it.

FEY: Know what? Bitches get stuff done.

That's why catholic schools use nuns as teachers instead of priests.

Those nuns are mean old clams and they sleep on cots and they're allowed to hit you.

At the end of the school year you HATED those bitches

but you KNEW the capital of Vermont!

So COME ON Texas and Ohio

Get on board, it's not too late!...


On top of this, SNL did a skit poking fun at the media (especially CNN) for their Obama worship by having a debate in which the moderators are all "Obamaniacs" and ask him ridiculous questions like "Can I get you anything?" while at the same time not actually asking Hillary anything except to talk about what states she's lost to Obama. It went on a little long and got sort of annoying, but the general idea behind it was hilarious.

It was hard to find that online, by the way. NBC apparently had a hissy fit so it's not on YouTube anymore. So if that video suddenly stops working, it's probably for the same reason and I apologize in advance.


Friday, February 22, 2008

Quick and Dirty Update

Since I've been falling down on the job, I thought I'd just post a bunch of links that are interesting/infuriating. I guess you could say this is a la Feministing's Weekly Feminist Reader. Except I focus not only on feminism but also on other issues. And you know, there's is probably better. Anyhoo...

A teacher was fired for being pregnant. Because it's a catholic school and she wasn't setting "a good example as a [c]hristian in her personal and academic life" by having premarital sex. Apparently the catholics are exempt from Title IX and other laws? I really hope this woman sues them hard. I wonder if they'd fire a man for fathering a child while unmarried. I doubt it.

I hope I'm not the last person to discover this delightful site. Is Obama the messiah? Many of his followers (the ones that hero-worship him without knowing anything about his actual platform) seem to think so.

Jennifer Lopez had twins. On of each. I don't know why we care so much about celebrity babies, but there you go.

Lindsay Lohan was used as a model to recreate Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot. Don't ask me why.

This is the part where happy fat people say "boo-ya": feeling like you are too fat is actually worse for you than being fat. Which means accepting your body no matter what size it is benefits you more than obsessive dieting. I'll probably go into more depth about this later.

In political news, Obama is now slightly ahead in delegates, though I still maintain we won't be certain until the actual convention. And allegedly John McCain may be schtupping some lobbyist. A republican getting a little on the side? *gasp* Aren't they supposed to be bastions of all things ethical?

Anything else?


I Know You've Missed Me

Sorry I haven't been posting this week. I've been surprisingly busy considering I don't have a lot going on in my life.

Somewhere in the past few days, I rediscovered Associated Content which is this site that pays meager little amounts of money and publishes writing online. I occasionally send them stuff that I've already written cuz hey, if I can get a few bucks off of it, why not. I'm going to pimp my work though, because they also track how many times your work is read and pay you bonuses for that. So here it is.

Anyhoo, back to business.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Jane Fonda Chastized For Really Stupid Reason

On Thursday, Jane Fonda was on the Today Show with Eve Ensler talking about V-Day and The Vagina Monologues. In the interview, she used the word "cunt" in passing. And the world flipped out. It's Janet Jackson's nipple all over again. Meridith Viera came on the air and apologized for Fonda. I kind of wonder if Jane Fonda even wants to apologize, or if the network just put it up to avoid getting fined by the fascist FCC.

Here's the deal. Certain words, when used in a derogatory manner, are incredibly insulting and demeaning toward women. Even violent. When this oh-so-scary word is used in that context, yes, that's a problem. But in that case the issue is the intent and not necessarily the individual word. You could replace it with any other word and if the message is the same it would still be offensive and hateful.

However, when we're referring to the title of a monologue, as Fonda was, or a part of our own anatomy, I don't get why we're so up in arms about it.

If this was reversed, and someone had used a slang for male anatomy, there wouldn't be a problem. How many times do words like "dick" make it on TV? How many apologies have been issued over it? Exactly. So why is female slang offensive?

Apparently, because we're icky.

It's annoying that every news article I could find about this referred to "cunt" as "vulgar slang." I hate the word vulgar, it's judgmental. Yet it's used in news articles.

I think this calls for another vagina emoticon. ({})


Thursday, February 14, 2008

({}) Yes, that's a vagina emoticon

OK, let's all face it. Valentine's Day is stupid. I'm not just being bitter and single. If you think about it, really, it's a ridiculous holiday. There's really nothing behind it except jewelry and Russel Stover. I mean, I loves me some chocolate and things that sparkle, but I have never understood why we have to dictate a single day to give them as gifts.

Anyhoo, I adore how Eve Ensler and her Vagina Monologues cohorts have made today V-Day, which is a day of awareness to end violence against women.

Sounds great, right? It is. But it probably doesn't com as a surprise to anyone that anti-feminist groups oppose the idea, saying it "kills romance." This includes *cough* lovely people like Lori Gottlieb, who recently wrote an article about how women over 30 should settle and marry any man who will take them. Seriously. I couldn't make that up. There's even this sickening, anti-feminist poster at the Independent Women's Forum website (The name makes them sound like a feminist group, no? yeah, they're clearly not):

Try not to gag.

Awesome blogger Ann at Feministing has created a pretty fantastic parody of it:

Much better. :) Plus, anything using an image from The Simpsons can't be ALL bad, right?

Sorry, I know those pictures are too wide for this page...I'm not all that spectacular with HTML so I don't know how to shrink them, or if it's even possible. Putting in pictures and links with the occasional boldface or italic is as far as I can go.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Getting Paid Is Nice

So the writers' strike is officially over. The WGA members voted overwhelmingly to approve the deal with the studios.

The writers are set to go back to work today. This means that any seasons to be salvaged could feasibly air again in about 6 weeks.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hockey Skates and Carotids Should Never Meet

Ouchie. At a game in Buffalo, Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers took a skate to the neck. In the third period, Zednik's teammate Olli Jokinen accidentally hit him with his skate when he was upended. The Sabres' trainer led him off the ice and he was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital. Apparently he's going to be fine. The team has resumed practice, and Zednick could be playing again next season.

It's reminiscent of 1989 when Clint Malarchuk took a skate to the neck during a game against the St. Louis Blues. Again, this occurred in Buffalo. So apparently Western New York is just bad for the neck. Yeah, I know, it's a stretch.

Don't worry, this post isn't getting a picture.

Only one hockey player has ever died on the ice. Bill Masterson slammed his head onto the ice. This was basically the reason the NHL began requiring helmets.

Since we're on the subject of hockey, I would like to point out that I love the fact that Ryan Miller is in that Amp commercial. He out-smack-talks another goalie (possibly someone from the Kings?) by switching languages. If it wasn't a Sabres player, that commercial would be really stupid.

I'm OK with him being a commercial whore. He's pretty much the only good player the Sabres have this year. Which is why that Sabres-Rangers game I went to was so sad. It wasn't the loss (hello, I'm from Buffalo, I can handle sports teams losing), it was the complete hopelessness of the entire game.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Calling "Shenanigans" On The Media's Portrayal Of Clinton

I found this really fantastic article about Hillary Clinton and all of the hypocrisy, sexism, and violence directed at her campaign. You can go read the whole thing, but I'll put a few of my favorite lines here:

"Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who’s emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics."

"When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at BO, it would’ve inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor."

"Goodbye to the most intimately violent T-shirts in election history, including one with the murderous slogan “If Only Hillary had married O.J. Instead!”"

"So goodbye to conversations about this nation’s deepest scar—slavery—which fail to acknowledge that labor- and sexual-slavery exist today in the U.S. and elsewhere on this planet, and the majority of those enslaved are women."

"[Goodbye to] the notion that it’s fun to elect a handsome, cocky president who feels he can learn on the job, goodbye to George W. Bush and the destruction brought by his inexperience, ignorance, and arrogance. Goodbye to the accusation that HRC acts “entitled” when she’s worked intensely at everything she’s done—including being a nose-to-the-grindstone, first-rate senator from my state."

Yeah, it's a really good article.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Is The Strike Going To End This Week?

The Writers' Guild and the Producers may have reached a deal that will end the strike. It's a three-year deal that will include actually being paid for work available online. Nothing feels good like being paid for your hard work, no?


This Just In: Kansas and Louisiana Rapists To Be Released From Jail

They must want that, since those two states went to Huckabee, Lover of Rapists. The only positive thing is that I don't think he'd have a chance in the general election.

Obama also took a few states. The Democratic race is still really close, Obama has 1,039 and Clinton has 1,100 according to CNN.

On another note, I've noticed that Obama's supporters are a lot less friendly than Clinton's. Anyone else? I've actually had someone ask me if I was voting for Clinton because I don't like the black man. And I've had people yell at me on the street for having a Hillary button on my bag. I've seen lots of people with Obama buttons, and none of them get harassed. And I think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who'd ask you if you hate women because you have an Obama button on. So lighten up, people. We're on the same side for Christ's sake! Every Clinton supporter I know says they will vote for Obama if he gets the nomination. I can't imagine the Obama people would vote for a Republican if Hillary gets it, so let's stop the accusations and rudeness. Can't we leave the mudslinging and immaturity to the Republicans?


Friday, February 8, 2008

See, I Said I'd Find Something On McCain

I am forgiving of someone who originally was for the war in Iraq but is now against it. Bush and his cronies lied to everyone and made a false case to invade. While I didn't personally fall for it, I can see how someone might have. A lot of people were duped into thinking that war was a good idea, necessary even. Most of those people have since realized it was a fiasco and have changed their opinion. Those are the people I forgive. This includes civilians as well as government officials. The people I don't forgive and frankly have no use for are those who have watched Bush's plan go down in flames and still stand by it.

So when sent out an e-mail about John McCain's continued support of the war, well, I wasn't exactly surprised, but I almost blew calzone onto my computer screen. And it's been about four hours since I had dinner, so you can imagine it wouldn't be pretty.

Move On sent out a memo regarding McCain's unending support for the Iraq fiasco. It's pretty long, so I'll link to it instead of posting it here. What frightens me most is that he actually said "[M]ake it a hundred" years in Iraq and "that would be fine with me." Especially when I noticed he said this just a little over a month ago (January 3, 2008).

So along with Huckabee, Lover of Rapists we now have McCain, The Hundred-Year-Fiasco Warrior. We no longer have Romney the Mormon Dog Hater, as he "suspended" his campaign this week.

Another thing that scares me is that one of the apartments in my building has a McCain sign in their window. I will be shopping for a gigantic Hillary sign this coming week. My window is visible from the BQE, their's is too low to be seen.

Need I say more?

If I was better with Photoshop (or if I could afford it), I'd be having so much fun with that picture.


Does This Mean I Get More Than Eight Episodes of Lost This Season?

I have said before that I love the writers' strike. I would sacrifice the second half of Lost season 4 for the writers to be fairly paid. But if I don't have to, that would be spectacular.

Speculation is that the strike could end as soon as next week. Which means some TV seasons could be salvaged to a certain extent. Which would be great for the viewers who don't care about fair compensation and are simply crying over their lost shows.


Campaigning For Your Own Mother, The Horror!

Miraculously, the daughter of a strong, outspoken woman has grown into a strong, outspoken woman. How did that happen?

There was nothing wrong with Alexandra Kerry campaigning for her dad. Even her Cannes dress snafu was forgiven.

There's nothing wrong with the Bush twins' support of their father. Plus, no complaints about the parading of one's engagement to seem like a wholesome American family.

When John Edwards would bring his young children out, no one thought anything of it.

Michelle Obama is perfectly within her right to campaign for her husband.

Yet somehow, according to MSNBC's David Shuster, Chelsea Clinton is being "pimped" by her mother. Oh no, she didn't make her own choice as an adult (she's 27!). She couldn't possibly support her mother because, you know, she agrees with her policies or anything. She couldn't be relishing the fact that her own mother could very likely become the first female President (I couldn't be the only one that gets chills any time I read or write that). Nope. She's being pimped by her mother.

Like Chelsea hasn't put up with enough? Spending her teenage years (which are awkward for everyone) under constant scrutiny for her looks and had every tiny thing she did in the newspaper (like breaking up with a boyfriend, since she's the first girl to ever do that) weren't enough? Now she can't even support her own mother without MSNBC calling her "unseemly"? Gag me.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Whaddya Know, We CAN Make Our Own Decisions!

According to an article I saw on Feministing, South Dakota's state Senate ruled that pharmacists cannot refuse to dispense birth control. The state has a law allowing pharmacists to refuse to dispense pills they believe will be used for suicide or an abortion, but the decision ruled that this does not cover birth control. Emergency contraception wasn't mentioned.

My only issue here is allowing them to refuse medication that could cause an abortion. I am assuming this means that mifepristone (RU-486, "the abortion pill," or whatever you prefer to call it) is not dispensed through regular pharmacies. I would assume you get the pill on-site at the clinic or doctor's office if you need an abortion (I'm not sure of the procedure; I've never had one and if I did it probably wouldn't be in South Dakota). This makes me think that "miscarriage" would be a better term in the law than "abortion." I mean, if a woman needs to fill a prescription that will cause an abortion she is choosing to have, the pharmacist should not have the right to deny her. But I cam imagine that if a woman was pregnant and planning to carry to term, she would be appreciative of the warning that a prescription she was filling could cause miscarriage.

Unless, of course, they left the term "abortion" on purpose. That way the people who are so misguided/misinformed/brainwashed that they STILL think emergency contraception is an abortion (it isn't) could impose their beliefs/misguided notions on women.


Super-Duper-Megatron Tuesday, Democratic Indesicion Edition

Technically, Hillary Clinton is still ahead, delegate-wise. But seriously not by much. We at least have to wait for the last few states with primaries (Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas are the biggies). Ohio and Pennsylvania are both expected to go to Clinton, but in this race, who even knows what's happening anymore. Predictions are worth very little these days. It's like the Super Bowl, and I hope New York prevails in this game too.

I have a feeling we won't be certain who the official nominee is until the actual Democratic Convention. It wouldn't surprise me if we had no clue until the speaker actually uttered the person's name. Part of me wants to pass out now and wake up in late August just in time to hear the nomination speech.

I seriously think that whichever one gets the official nomination should choose the other for their (*cough* her) running mate. McCain and whatever white dude schmo he picks for veep wouldn't stand a chance.


Super-Duper-Megatron Tuesday, Pretty Much Final Results Edition

The Democrats are close, people. But Hillary Clinton is ahead. She has 845 delegates to Barack Obama's 765. I think that it would be wisest of whomever is officially nominated to choose the other as running mate. In a more beautiful world, we would be looking at a Clinton/Obama ticket or an Obama/Clinton ticket. Clinton actually won one less state than Obama, but she won the big ones (New York, California, etc)

Not that anyone cares, but MaCain is the lead schmuck Republican. He got 613 delegates to Romney the Mormon Dog Hater's 269 and Huckabee, Lover of Rapists' 190.

As far as McCain goes, he scares me less than Romney or Huckabee, who would basically completely disregard the separation of church and state and destroy all of our rights and lives. I'm not saying McCain would be particularly great (he certainly would not be), but at least he doesn't pull the god card as frequently.

It also amused me to no end that Georgia went to Huckabee. Why am I not surprised?


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super-Duper-Megatron Tuesday, Early Results Edition

OK, so California is slow. Well, actually, they're 3 hours behind me, but that's no excuse. They're one of only two Super Duper States that hasn't reported results yet. The other is Missouri.

Even without those slowpokes, Clinton has 410 delegates to Obama's 331. And Hil is the projected leader of both Missouri and California.

I think there were some Republican results in there too, but who really cares?

Just kidding. McCain has 349 delegates, Romney the Mormon Dog Hater has 95, and Huckabee, Lover of Rapists has 123.

I promise McCain will get a pet name as soon as I dig up something notable on him. Give it time. Those other stories fell into my lap.

All of this information is coming from the New York Times.


Super-Duper-Megatron Tuesday

They should really rename it that. We could change the parties' names too; the Democrats could be called Autobots and the Republicans could be Deceptacons. But I digress. And regress, it would seem, into my childhood.

I've already said that I support Hillary Clinton. I would say I endorse her, but I don't think a blog that has had about 4 people read it is in any position to endorse anyone. I think you need to be in some kind of influential position to do that.

Anyhoo, if you are in one of the 24 states with primaries today, be sure and vote! Even if you aren't voting for Clinton.

The Super Tuesday Super-States are:

Idaho (Democrat only)
Kansas (Democrat only)
Montana (Republican only)
New Jersey
New Mexico (Democrat only)
New York (woot)
North Dakota
West Virginia (Republican only)

Apparently they are already calling West Virginia for Mike Huckabee. The only solace to be found in that is that he wouldn't be hard to beat in a general election.

P.S. I do actually have a Hillary Is My Homegirl t-shirt.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Because Who Doesn't Like Seeing Pop Stars Get Hit In The Head With Flat-Screen TVs?

I was pretty disappointed with the Super Bowl commercials (though not the game!) last night. But this one was my favorite:

Though I think these two may be the best ever:


She Must Work For Fox

This cartoon was too big for the page. But it's a good one, so everyone should go look at it.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

$928,073 Doesn't Begin To Cover It, Mikey

There was a really good article in yesterday's New York Times about the fate of Michael Vick's dogs.

Twenty-two of them are at a sanctuary in Utah called Best Friends Animal Society. Twenty-five others are in foster care around the country. One was euthanized for being too aggressive against people to rehabilitate.

The article focused on Best Friends. Some of the dogs are court ordered to be there for the rest of their lives because they will likely never be adoptable. Some may eventually be adopted out. One, named Georgia, had all 42 of her teeth pried out so she wouldn't fight back when she was forced to breed. The workers at Best Friends are working with the dogs to try and make them trust humans again so they can find homes.

Pit bulls have been used for fighting because of their trusting nature and eagerness to please. They aren't inherently violent dogs (yes I am pimping my own work). Having worked in an animal shelter, I have seen dogs of all different breeds come in in all different states. There have been pit bulls, Rottweilers, and other "mean" breeds that were some of the gentlest dogs that came in. And there were dogs of other breeds that were aggressive. It was all about the environment they came from. If a dog is treated well, it will be a good dog. If it is neglected, left outside alone, mistreated, or in any other way abused, it will more likely be aggressive (though not always, I was there to meet Max, a mistreated German Shepherd who was very sweet).

PETA wanted to have all of Vick's dogs euthanized. Fortunately, there were shelters who were willing to take them in and work to rehabilitate them.

Heart-string-tugging picture:


Saturday, February 2, 2008

We Don't Serve Your Kind Here, Tubby

I can't even find words for this. This is me, though, so I'll dig deep and pull some out.

Seriously? Mississippi? You want to forbid fat people from eating in restaurants? Why don't we just start selling them into slavery? I mean, it's not a big leap.

There are so many problems with this I don't know where to begin. First of all, civil rights acts cover all people, right? So this law would not only be completely unconstitutional (I'm pretty sure the 9th Amendment's "unenumerated rights" includes eating) but it would violate previous laws as well. Next, this is completely unenforceable. You can't tell someone's BMI by looking at them. What looks like obesity to one person might look svelte to another. And what weight is healthy for one person might kill someone else. It's completely ridic.

So...I can go to the grocery store and stock up on cookies and ice cream, but I can't be served a salad at Applebee's? Yeah that makes sense.

Oh, and how can we overlook the fact that someone who is overweight and extremely healthy will still be seen as disgusting and sick, yet a thin person who doesn't take care of herself and eats poorly and never exercises is "lucky?" Another extremely logical double standard.

This bill is so ridiculous and offensive that I can't write anything more.

It's akin to this:

(I also would like to point out the grammatical error. I guess they only serve things belonging to white people?)


Striking Writers and Studios Talking

First off let me say, I love the writers' strike. When I heard how little they recieve for DVDs and Internet, I was nearly ill to think of how many movies I own. I will gladly take a miniature season of Lost if it means the writers get paid fairly.

Anyhoo, according to the New York Times, the writers and the studios are in informal talks that could mean the end of the strike is near. I hope the writers get what they are asking for and don't settle for something less than they deserve.


Crawl Out of Hole, See Shadow, Freeze

In case anyone cares, Punxatawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. Which, the way things have been going, will mean more rain and temperatures hovering just above freezing. Joy.

Bundle up, kids.


Friday, February 1, 2008

Because Serial Rapists Are Excellent Members Of Society

I know this article is a little older, but I'm pretty sure it's still relevant. In 1999, Mike Huckabee released a serial rapist from prison 25 years before his sentence was up. When I first read this I was speechless for what may very well be the first time ever.

Look, if someone is actually willing to rape another individual, that is an indicator of a deep-seated problem.

Let me sum up the case.

Wayne Dumond raped 17-year-old Ashley Stevens in 1984 (who, by the way, is Bill Clinton's cousin). He was sentenced to life + 20 years. But the governor who followed Clinton, Jim Guy Tucker, reduced his sentence to 39.5 years (as a side note, I have a hard time taking anyone seriously when their name is "Jim Guy"). When Huckabee took office in 1996, he almost immediately sought to release Dumond. Obviously, Stevens and the many other women Dumond had raped were outraged. They wrote to Huckabee demanding he change his plans, but they were ignored and information about their letters was never revealed. Dumond was released in 1999, when he moved to Missouri and proceeded to rape and suffocate 39-year-old Carol Sue Shields, then rape and murder 23-year-old Sara Andrasek. He died in prison in 2005.

So, if Huckabee is willing to let someone get away with rape and murder, what else is he capable of? And remember, this is a man running under the guise of religion. 'Cause, you know, rape is a Godly thing to do.


Lest We Forget the Dog Food

So apparently the company that makes RU-486 (more commonly referred to as the abortion pill) has been experiencing problems with other drugs it manufactures. A cancer drug made by the same company has reportedly been causing leg pain and paralysis in patients.

While bad medication is OBVIOUSLY a huge problem (I wouldn't want to go to the hospital for leukemia treatment and come home with no feeling in my legs, thanks), you know this wouldn't be making many headlines in the U.S. if the same company didn't make RU-486 (which is apparently called mifepristone to the medically knowledgeable). This is just going to give anti-choicers more ammunition to cause false alarm and try and talk women out of abortions.

I suppose this would be a good time to point out that, while the company that manufactures mifepristone did manufacture tainted drugs, the actual plant where RU-486 passed their most recent F.D.A. inspection. So there isn't actually cause for alarm, but if you are concerned and in need of an abortion, there is always Vacuum Aspiration.

Remember the pet food recall? I don't believe anyone tried to convince people not to have pets. There were simply lists published about what foods were safe and what foods weren't. It's the same thing. If the drugs are contaminated and medical abortion isn't an option, choose another method.

By the way, I hope I'm not the only one who starting singing "Tainted Love" when I read the headline starting with the phrase "Tainted Drugs."