Judy Widdicombe dies: she put women in charge at abortion clinics she founded

From St. Louis Today: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/judy-widdicombe-dies-she-put-women-in-charge-at-abortion/article_2b57e99b-48a7-5564-a6ee-b1ac37ede2d7.html

BY MICHAEL D. SORKIN
Posted: Sunday, November 6, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Working as a hospital nurse here during the 1960s, Judy Widdicombe, who died last week, saw firsthand the results of illegal abortions.

“Women were dying in St. Louis,” she later recalled. She watched women come into the emergency room at her hospital bleeding after an illegal abortion, sometimes one that was self-induced.

“You had to wonder what kind of pain and trauma was going on in their minds to make them do this,” Ms. Widdicombe told the Post-Dispatch.

When the Supreme Court ruled, on Jan. 22, 1973, that abortion was legal, Ms. Widdicombe set about providing medical facilities for women.

She founded Reproductive Health Services, whose clinics in the Central West End and West County were for years the only places where women could obtain legal abortions in eastern Missouri.

The clinics were the scenes of bitter demonstrations by abortion opponents. The clinics merged during the 1990s with Planned Parenthood.

Judith Ann Widdicombe died Thursday (Nov. 3, 2011) at Gambrill Gardens retirement center in Ellisville. She was 73, had heart surgery several years ago and was diagnosed this summer with cancer, her family said Saturday.

At 16, Ms. Widdicombe spent the summer volunteering as a hospital nurse’s aide. She remembered the day a woman was wheeled into the emergency room bleeding profusely from an illegal abortion.

The woman died, Ms. Widdicombe recalled, amid a frenzy of doctors and nurses shrieking, “Who did this to you?” and “Where did you go?”

Abortions were illegal then in Missouri and most states.

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Republican Vote Tampering: Block the Vote: Ohio GOP Bars Early Voting to Suppress Pro-Labor Turnout

The Conservatives hate democracy and people having the right to vote.

They were the Tories who sided with England, during the Revolution.  They were the Confederates who fought to defend slavery during the Civil War.  They have applauded the killing of hard working Americans who wanted to unionize.  They passed Jim Crow laws to deny African Americans the right to vote.  They Opposed Civil Rights and labeled anyone who supports civil rights a communist.

Conservatives hate America and freedom.

They especially hate the idea of the American people finding out what scumbags they are and voting to over turn the last 40 years of Republican’s efforts at turning this country into a racist, homophobic, woman hating oligarchy run by and for rich white men.

Now they deny us the right to vote them out, heedless of the consequences.  Blind to how they are destroying America and everything it stands for, they wrap themselves in a flag and thump a bible while spitting on the hard working American People.

From The Nation:  http://www.thenation.com/blog/164430/block-vote-ohio-gop-bars-early-voting-suppress-pro-labor-turnout

John Nichols
November 6, 2011

TOLEDO — When Mitt Romney’s dad was a candidate for president back in the 1960s, Republicans competed on the strength of their personalities and ideas.

It was the same when Newt Gingrich was an up-and-coming Republican leader in the 1980s and the early 1990s.

But no more?

Republicans have a new strategy for competing in tight elections.

They cheat.

In Ohio this fall, the party faces a serious challenge. Republican Governor John Kasich, a GOP “star” for the better part of three decades, has staked his political fortunes on an attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees while undermining the ability of their unions to function.

The move has proven to be massively unpopular. More than 1.3 million Ohioans signed petitions that forced a referendum on whether to implement the anti-labor law. Polls show that Ohioans are ready to do just that when they weigh in on referendum Issue 2.

But Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State is trying to make it a whole lot harder for Ohioans to cast those votes.

On Friday, across Ohio, county boards of elections shut down early voting for next Tuesday’s election. They did so on orders from Secretary of State Jon Husted. A Republican stalwart,

Husted served as the party’s legislative pointman (rising to the rank of Ohio House Speaker), co-chaired GOP campaigns (including that of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain) and has been closely tied to national conservative groups working on issues such as school choice and privatization. While serving in the legislature, Husted was allied with the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which has promoting Voter ID laws and other rule changes designed to suppress turnout.

Continue reading at:  http://www.thenation.com/blog/164430/block-vote-ohio-gop-bars-early-voting-suppress-pro-labor-turnout

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Penn State’s insufficient action amid child sex allegations stunning

For some 9 years this story has been swept under the rug and largely ignored.

After all we can’t damage the University/Sports Industrial strength money generating machine by exposing a child raping football coach.

This should bar Penn State from inter-collegiate football for 10 years plus however long they overlooked this incidence.

If it is a capital sentence for their football program then so be it.

From Yahoo News:  http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=dw-wetzel_penn_state_child_sex_case_110511

By Dan Wetzel,
Yahoo! Sports Nov 5, 2011

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 1, 2002, a Penn State graduate assistant entered what should have been an empty football locker room. He was surprised to hear the showers running and noises he thought sounded like sexual activity, according to a Pennsylvania grand jury “finding of fact” released Saturday.

When he looked in the shower he saw what he estimated to be a 10-year-old boy, hands pressed up against the wall, “being subjected to anal intercourse,” by Jerry Sandusky, then 58 and Penn State’s former defensive coordinator. The grad assistant said both the boy and the coach saw him before he fled to his office where, distraught and stunned, the grad assistant telephoned his father, who instructed his son to flee the building.

The next day, a Saturday, the grad assistant went to the home of head coach Joe Paterno and told him what he had seen. The day after that, Paterno called Penn State athletic director Tim Curley to his home to report that the grad assistant had told him he had witnessed “Jerry Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.”

A week-and-a-half later, according to the grand jury report, the grad assistant was called to a meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, the school’s senior vice president for finance and business, where he retold his story.

Sandusky had retired from the Penn State program in 1999, a surprise to many who saw him as a possible successor to Paterno. He instead dedicated himself to “Second Mile,” a group home he founded in 1977 dedicated to helping troubled boys. He often brought troubled kids through the Penn State facilities, including the famed Beaver Stadium, bought them gifts and took them to sporting events.

Curley did not notify university police or have the graduate assistant further questioned involving the incident. No other legal or university entity investigated the case.

Continue reading at:  http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=dw-wetzel_penn_state_child_sex_case_110511

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The Universal Insanity of Religion

Pilgrims ‘stone Satan’ in dangerous hajj rite

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Occupy Honolulu protesters arrested in Thomas Square

From The Star Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/133313283.html

By Associated Press
Nov 06, 2011

Police arrested roughly a half dozen protesters after organizers of the Occupy Honolulu movement attempted to establish an encampment at Thomas Square.

Some 20 police officers arrived late Saturday at the park near downtown Honolulu. Members of Occupy Honolulu had said earlier Saturday that they planned to begin camping at the park starting at its 10 p.m. closing time.

About 40 protesters had gathered at the site when authorities told them to leave.A number of those arrested had refused to leave when asked.

The Honolulu protesters are part of a broader movement that is largely demonstrating against disparities in the nation’s economic system.

Complete article at:  http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/133313283.html

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What Happened When I Tried to Get Some Answers About the Creepy NYPD Watchtower Monitoring OWS

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/152954/what_happened_when_i_tried_to_get_some_answers_about_the_creepy_nypd_watchtower_monitoring_ows

There’s a metal monster looming over Liberty Square, but don’t ask questions about it or else.

By Nick Turse
November 6, 2011

LIBERTY SQUARE – The drummers drummed. The guitarists strummed. And the hearty souls building a new society in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park traded in their tarps for tents as the temperature dropped. All the while, Officer Guzman stood watch.

But there was something special about Officer Guzman. He wasn’t one of the 25 police officers I counted standing on the perimeter of Liberty Square that first wintery day. He wasn’t one of dozens more shooting the breeze with their partners inside a police van or sitting alone in a cruiser texting. Officer Guzman spent the day suspended in the air, two stories up, at the corner of Trinity Place and Liberty Street, inside a little metal box that goes by the name Sky Watch.

For the initiated, Sky Watch is like one of those mechanical forest walkers from the Star Wars movies without the lasers or the walking. Imagine an 7-foot by 6-foot metal box, with blacked out windows on its four sides, bristling with cameras, spotlights, and a small spinning anemometer (to calculate wind speed), atop spindly hydraulic legs that allow it to sit on the ground or rise up two stories. Inside that climate-controlled cube is a control panel with switches to turn on the lights, a joystick to raise and lower the unit, and various other remote controls that Officer Guzman or someone like him can use to direct the cameras and watch their feeds on video screens (while they are recorded on multiple digital video recorders).

Also used by the U.S. military, from Marines in the tiny African nation of Djibouti to sailors at a Navy base in the United Arab Emirates, as well as police departments all around the U.S., the 8,000-plus pound Panopticon-like structure — originally used by hunters to shoot quarry from overhead — has become a favorite of those who are partial to coercive surveillance. As the company that makes them puts it, Sky Watch provides “the vantage point necessary for law enforcement officials to deploy their forces to the greatest effectiveness while simultaneously acting providing [sic] a continuous crime deterrent.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/152954/what_happened_when_i_tried_to_get_some_answers_about_the_creepy_nypd_watchtower_monitoring_ows

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Carlin On Conservatives

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