Friday, August 09, 2013

The Hyde Amendment: Are we clear on this, yet? It does NOT stop tax funding of Abortion!

"Abortion can't be funded by taxpayer dollars. The Hyde Amendment prevents that from happening."

Heard this before? It's a nice derailing tactic in an argument. Problem is, it's not true.

People need to quit spreading around misinformation about the Hyde amendment:

In U.S. politics, the Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions with exceptions for incest and rapeIt is not a permanent law, rather it is a “rider that, in various forms, has been routinely attached to annual appropriations bills since 1976. The Hyde Amendment applies only to funds allocated by the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. It primarily affects Medicaid.

More info:

Does the Oregon Health Plan pay for about 4,000 abortions a year? (Politifact Oregon.)


“Nothing in the preceding section shall be construed as restricting the ability of any managed care provider from offering abortion coverage or the ability of a State or locality to contract separately with such a provider for such coverage with State funds (other than a State’s or locality’s contribution of Medicaid matching funds).”

GAO to Audit Planned Parenthood & other Abortion Providers that use taxpayer funding.  

ACLJ: How Obamacare uses taxpayer money to pay for Abortions.

ACLU: Public Funding For Abortion:

"Most states have followed the federal government's lead in restricting public funding for abortion.  Currently only seventeen states fund abortions for low-income women on the same or similar terms as other pregnancy-related and general health services.  (See map.)  Four of these states provide funding voluntarily (HI, MD, NY,and WA); in thirteen, courts interpreting their state constitutions have declared broad and independent protection for reproductive choice and have ordered nondiscriminatory public funding of abortion (AK, AZ, CA, CT, IL, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, OR, VT, and WV).2  Thirty-two of the remaining states pay for abortions for low-income women in cases of life-endangering circumstances, rape, or incest, as mandated by federal Medicaid law.3  (A handful of these states pay as well in cases of fetal impairment or when the pregnancy threatens "severe" health problems, but none provides reimbursement for all medically necessary abortions for low-income women.)  Finally, one state (SD) fails even to comply with the Hyde Amendment, instead providing coverage only for lifesaving abortions."

Jug Face: Anticipating the Feminist Spin that will no doubt commence

Before I give my ideological take on the soon-to-be released to theaters Indie Horror flick Jug Face, allow me to give a brief rundown on just how I became aware of this movie, and what initially prompted me to watch it. In 2008 I met Independent Filmmaker Mary Anne Benner of Ailgif Studios, who was in the process of doing a documentary on Street Musicians in Portland, OR titled "Artbeat of the City." I was interviewed for my street performing of original songs and cover tunes for spare change in the years 2008 - 2010. 

One other busker who figures into this story was also interviewed in the same film, the illustrious Abby The Spoon Lady. To make along story short, Abby and her bluegrass band has a cameo appearance in the Jug Face movie, near the begging during the celebration of the "Joining" as it was called, or "Engagement Party" as the rest of the world knows it.

You can hear part of my interview as well as Abby's for the Artbeat of the City documentary by clicking here.  Pardon my chipmunk cheeks! :p

And now that I've rambled on enough about that, back to talking about Jug Face.

I watched Jug Face as a Video-On-Demand available through prior to it's theatrical release. It's a good low-budget thriller that is not too long in length (80 minutes) and delivers what it promises: A gut-wrenching tale of Ada, a Teenage girl pregnant by her own brother, trying to keep the secret from the secluded rural community she grew up in, which worships an unseen being that lives in a mud pit. That and the fact that she also knows one other thing no one else does: "The Pit" is hungry for a new human sacrifice and she's on the menu!

You can get a good synopsis of Jug Face from a more qualified Horror Movie reviewer than myself, here. You can also watch the official trailer:

Now to answer the obvious question based on the title I've given this blog post: Just what makes me think that a so-called "Feminist Spin" will be visited on this lil' 'ol country-fried thriller? 

Oh, I don't know... perhaps this review from Katie Bonham on

"Jug Face explores a plain and raw view of life, death, sex and the primitive values within this tight knit community; where girls are tested as virgins, and whipped if they go against community rules. Equality is dead...get your jugs out for the pit..."

Perhaps Katie was being tongue-in-cheek, but I noticed she only gave the movie 2 stars in her review. Not exactly an exalting acclaim.

But what of this claim by Ms. Bonham? Ada was betrothed ("joined," in the language of the village) to Bodie, son of another family in the community. It appears this engagement was brought on by a financial arrangement/transaction not unlike the ones found in stories of the Old Testament part of the Bible. And yes, Ada is tested for whether or not she had been sexually active as it may "disgrace" her family if she's found to be given away while not a virgin. She is whipped 'til her back is bloody for the indiscretion (how blind as a bat does one need to be to not notice the man getting whipped right beside her?). It's only after this that it comes out about her incestuous pregnancy. Well and also after the deaths of Bodie, her brother, and mother-in-law & sister-in-law-to-be.  

And there's where we need to keep perspective on it all: As much as the movie shows Ada as an oppressed figure, it shows everyone, men and women to be oppressed, caught in the web of this dictatorial folk religion. Four individuals die because Ada has kept her dark secrets from  the community, and only one of those was a woman. There appears to be no reason for Bodie to die, other than his connection to Ada. Her Father seems to have been taken by the pit also for no apparent reason. Dawai, the Jug Maker is brutally beaten and an attempt is made on his life, though he's completely innocent of everything that transpires. Counting it all up that's 3 male deaths and one false accusation against a man to 3 female deaths overall. Despite the meta-narrative we're often led to believe: the shape and nature of Oppression is not about how bad it is on the women, but how bad it is on everyone including the men. 

To add to the disturbing quality of the film, there's the opening sequence which shows a series of crayon sketches that tells a mini-story of it's own: Apparently the villagers were all devout Christians until one of their own became deathly ill. They tried praying for the healing of this girl, but it didn't work. It turns out that the local Minister was the 1st "Jug Face" - the 1st to have his likeness appear on a clay pot someone cast, and the villagers conclude that some force in this mud pit in the center of the community wanted a human sacrifice. So they sacrifice the Minister, and the illness is reversed.

The townspeople didn't operate under the "Patriarchy" of  Christianity, they rejected it. Women are not the "downtrodden" in this little society at all. Ada's mother Loriss is a control freak piece of work who gets away with abuse and a generally surly attitude. She is never taken by the Pit, although she seems more of a likely candidate than Sustin, her husband and Ada's Father, who is killed by the monster near the end. They lost patience with Yahweh, and made a pact with Baal. As a result, life only seemed to become better for everyone. In reality, they were the victims of their own sewing and reaping. Indeed, "The Pit wants what it wants," and their appears to be no mediator between it and it's faithful servants.

Up and coming Director Chad Crawford Kinkle does an excellent job taking this simple, low budget and basic story and giving it heart. The acting is worthy of a major-league budget film, in a league with the Coen Brothers 2000 flick O BrotherWhere Art Thou. The camera work is simple,yet straightforward and effective. Occasionally it gets a bit confusing, as for example when Bodie's sister is killed - she's washing clothes in the creek and doesn't appear to be anywhere near The Pit. But overall, it's a well told story and well worth checking out. Everyone will have their own take on the significance of what this film is all about. Now you have mine, for what that's worth. 

Friday, August 02, 2013

I love it when a Feminazi tells me I'm disgusting.

The above video by A Voice for Men contributor Typhon Blue  is what sparked the discussion that I've taken screen shots of. The whole discussion or discussions can be found on Reddit Men'sRights. I love it when a Feminazi tells me I'm disgusting. It mean's she'll soon shut up.

the 1st four images are from another user on the same thread (not shown here) who was trying to point out that the phrase "I Love Sluts" was perfectly in tune with the spirit of so-called "Slut Walks" Also the "comedy routine" the other user I was arguing with is shown as an image here, too.

No Calvinism~!