Monday, January 09, 2017

Blood Money!

            Techno Thrills

College Students Demand Free Tampons
"My heart bleeds for them."

USA Today reports:

College students are demanding free tampons on campus

Julie Chen, a sophomore at Emory College, wanted to help students get access to free tampons on campus, but she didn’t know how. So she started a petition last January to see how many people would use the supplies. In one week, it received more than 900 responses.

“It wasn’t supposed to go viral,” said Chen, now a junior and the college council vice president of finance. “Seeing all of those names made me really motivated and passionate to keep going on with it.”

In March, President Barack Obama became the first president to comment on menstruation when he asked why 40 states tax tampons as a luxury item. In July, New York became the 11th state to eliminate the sales tax on menstrual care products.
The petition received so many responses that Emory launched a pilot program during the fall 2016 semester to provide free tampons. The university changed the tampon dispensers in three locations — a dining hall, the library and one of its academic buildings — to make them free. If enough people use the program, it could become a permanent, university-wide initiative.

“Everyone was really excited about it, and we’ve definitely heard positive responses,” Chen said. “One girl left a comment that said, ‘If men had a need for tampons, they’d be falling out of the sky.’”

Emory is not alone: Students at colleges across the country are demanding free menstrual products. The University of Arizona, Columbia University, Reed College and the University of Minnesota, among others, have launched similar programs on campus, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Tampons are Funny

Charles: What about me? The trouble is I need you several times a week.

Camilla: Mmmm, so do I. I need you all the week. All the time.

Charles: Oh. God. I'll just live inside your trousers or something. It would be much easier!

Camilla: (laughing) "what are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?

Both laugh

Camilla: Oh, You're your'e going to come back as a pair of knickers.

Charles: Or, God forbid a Tampax. Just my luck! (Laughs)

Camilla: You are a complete idiot (Laughs) Oh, what a wonderful idea.

Charles: My luck to be chucked down the lavatory and go on and on forever swirling round on the top, never going down.

Camilla: (Laughing) Oh, Darling!

Charles: Until the next one comes through.

Camilla: Oh, perhaps you could come back as a box.

Charles: What sort of box?

Camilla: A box of Tampax, so you could just keep going.

Charles: That's true.

 ' T H E C A M I L L A G A T E T A P E S '

Stilton Jarlsberg, Alas

I love this panel! Alas, Stilton Jarlsberg (Hope & Change) calling it quits, I'm already missing him.  I know skoonj  will too (he e-mail links me every day).  And, not just his 'toons; his commentary is usually dead-on, and deliciously written.  

Carry Reciprocity Coming ?

In 1833, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote, “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” Those words are every bit as true today.

That’s why it’s important that Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) has now introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which requires states to recognize each other’s concealed carry firearm permits, though citizens must abide by the laws of whatever state they’re visiting. “Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said in a statement. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

Conservatives are normally hesitant to create federal law that overrides state law. But in this case, it’s gun grabbers who are hiding behind the principle of federalism. We don’t believe states like Illinois, for example, are abiding by the Second Amendment, and many constitutionalists believe the Fourteenth Amendment “incorporates” all the Bill of Rights against the states. In other words, Illinois can’t infringe on the Second Amendment rights of its citizens or of the residents of other states whose concealed carry permits are void upon crossing its border. Several deep blue states — California, New York and Oregon among them — do not recognize any other state’s permit.

Consider a driver’s license, on the other hand. Any state’s driver’s license allows its holder to drive in any other state, subject to the laws of the state in which he or she is driving. Concealed carry reciprocity already works in a similar manner for states that allow it. It’s time a right actually enumerated in the Constitution worked the same way. [Patriot Post]

There will be, of course, the usual reaction.  However, the way things are going in our increasingly lawless country, as people become "victims" of random attacks, that will inevitably mount, so too will acceptance.

By the bye.  I just heard on One America News that not only did Cally voters not vote to strike capital punishment, they voted to speed up the execution process.  Their oxen having been gored, so to speak.

Winning Whine


When the old man was doing Christmas you could (if of age) drink soda or Manhattan's [Jim Beam, a pinch of sweet vermouth and lots of ice]  That's it. The only people drinking were me, him and my b-i-l.  Now, I've had to change the bar menu.  Cater to kids, and their spouses, all of whom drink.  Wine.  That's all. Wine. 

So, no Dec 23rd I told my sommelier to put together a case of wines, mostly white, with some red Argentinean wine, which I'd heard good things about.  The jury is in.  The overwhelming winner (based on MoSup telling me it was the "best ever," and all the girls thought so too) is Moscato D'Asti.  I didn't try it, but since it's made in Asti (Italy), I'll guess it tastes like spumante without the bubbles.  No matter.  I like it when she drinks wine (which is seldom), so will be buying more of it.  You should too, especially if you're single and having a party.

You're welcome.