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I took this picture cause I knew this story was tumblr worthy.
So I had been sitting in my big white van behind the lowell building, not going to class, and staring happily at a brick wall.
out of the corner of my eye, i notice a man coming up the alley, slow down a little past the car, but ultimately keep going.
the term ‘weirdo’ passed my mind, and I locked the doors even though any actual threat was minimal, and soon I was staring at the wall again.
Not less than 5 minutes later I heard a knocking at the passenger side window. I look over, and it’s the same weirdo who walked by the car before; Except now he looked particularly nervous and had his nose pressed against the glass.
I should mention that I never felt particularly frightened of this man. he was quite skinny, and seemed extremely skittish and fearful both when I saw him starting up the alley, and now, as he knocked.
Anyway, I rolled down the window slightly and asked “can I help you?” with one eyebrow raised and a general look of confusion.
he gestured at me with his chin, and said with an equally confused tone “you…eh…you…sex?”
We had a moment of silence.
Eyebrow still raised, and before I knew what was coming out of my mouth, I raised both my hands, shook my head and said “I’m wearing mittens”.
He immediately started shaking his head up and down as if he understood, and practically started sprinting away.
I lowered my hands after a minute and I….
I can’t tell which is funnier: The fact that this strange man thought I was some sort of portable hooker, parking my van behind churches and waiting for patrons, or that my proof against being a hooker was the fact that I was wearing mittens.
Now that I finally look preggers, I did this. I’m not all that big, but I can’t wait to get back to my smaller size since I worked SO hard to get there!! i’m still not as big as I was when I first came to Japan in April 2011, but all my clothes are frustrating me now cuz all my maternity stuff is too big lol. Ten more weeks to go~
Yes, he really did say that!
Yet another reason why I hated Romney wanting to run the country like a business.
Obligation? No. Do you wish to engender good worker and public relations, as well as staff loyalty? Treating your workers right is a good business strategy.
SERIOUSLY? ”If our employees work their asses off for us and we profit from it, we have no obligation to share it with them.” Maybe not legally, but I think it shows low morality when you wouldn’t feel that the people who worked so hard to make something happen for you deserve to benefit from it as well.
One of the jokes I have often made about so-called personhood amendments is that if you give a fertilized egg full rights as a person, you should get to claim them on your taxes, too.
Suddenly, that joke is a lot less funny.
Michigan Republicans are now pushing a bill that would grant a tax credit to any fetus proven to be at least 12 weeks along by December 31st. Calling it an “advance” on the actual tax break the family would receive the next calendar year, the GOP frames the financial help as a chance to offset expenses with pregnancy.
“You’re recognizing the fact that people have additional expenses, another person to take care of,” [bill sponsor Rep. Jud] Gilbert said of the rationale behind allowing fetuses to be claimed as income tax exemptions. “Money saved there could be contributed to doctor’s bills and all kinds of things.”
The bill, if it passed, would provide about $160 per family and would cost the state $5 million to $10 million per year, according to the report. Hospital costs associated with a pregnancy tend to range in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars, especially for women without health insurance. In the meantime, the state has continued to fight against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the state insurance exchange.
The lack of financial impact the tax credit would offer families make it clear that this move isn’t about family support, but about reproductive rights. Zach Pohl, Executive Director of Progress Michigan, calls the move for exactly what it is — redefining “personhood” via the tax code. He said in a press release:
“This is really a backdoor way of passing extreme personhood legislation, which has been rejected by voters in states across the country. Even worse, this would create a special new tax credit for unborn fetuses, after Lansing Republicans eliminated the tax credit for living, breathing children last year. It’s time for our elected leaders to get their priorities straight and start working together to create good jobs and improve education.”
Provide extra support for a fetus while cutting off aid to those who are born? Anti-choice politicking at its best.
Well, look here, more proof that they care about fetuses more than actual children. Surprise, surprise
So this would provide negligible help to a pregnant mother, but provides a foot in the door to declare a fetus a “person”. The wording declares the true intent of the credit.
I’m all in favor of a tax credit for expectant mothers, not for unborn fetuses. Probably some minor changes in wording here would make for something desirable. Or would it? Would bigoted conservatives really be in favor of giving a tax break to “unmarried whores who got themselves knocked up due to their own irresponsibility”? No? But it would accomplish the exact same thing financially. It just wouldn’t allow you to use this credit as an excuse for a fucking person-hood bill later on.
I hate all this sneaky shit.