Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white people driving our news cycle. Roman Catholic bishops have denied their tradition of helping the poor and been so eager to destroy this president they aligned themselves with white Evangelical bigots and tried to stop health care reform, all because the President wants to give women a fair shake. The bishops even called him “anti-religious” because the president wants insurers to pay for contraception.
There is no excuse to be drinking and driving, help keep yourself and other people safe this New Years Eve.
One correction: It is NOT nationwide, so AAA recommends calling beforehand and verifying that they are operating in your area. But definitely a good service if it’s available to you!
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The American Petroleum Institute last week sent a letter to the South Portland City Council to warn that a proposed moratorium on the importation of oil sands would spur legal challenges if enacted.
The five-page letter argues that the moratorium would violate state law, federal law and the U.S. Constitution.
South Portland Mayor and City Councilor Jerry Jalbert confirmed to the Bangor Daily News that council members received the letter last week. Jalbert said the letter was similar to one the City Council received from the API prior to the first reading of the moratorium.
The South Portland City Council is currently considering a proposed 180-day moratorium that would ban “development proposals involving the loading of unrefined oil sands onto marine tank vessels docking in South Portland.”
The moratorium, drafted by city attorney Sally Daggett, was reviewed by the City Council on Nov. 6, the day after voters narrowly defeated a waterfront protection ordinance that proposed similar restraints on development that could be perceived as related to the delivery of oil sand crude, also know as tar sands.
In the letter, API, a national organization that represents businesses in the oil and gas industries, called the moratorium “ill-advised, unnecessary and unsupported.”
The letter also claimed the proposed 180-day moratorium would discriminate against API members and, if enacted, would “face strong legal challenges and would be found invalid under state and federal law.” The API claims the moratorium would violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits states and municipalities from discriminating against or unduly burdening interstate commerce.
“The Moratorium discriminates against interstate commerce by banning — perhaps indefinitely — the handling and transport of oils [sic] sands products that come exclusively from out-of-state sources, while allowing the transport and handling of other petroleum products,” the letter says.
Attempts to reach a spokesman for the API were unsuccessful on Tuesday afternoon.
The fight over tar sands in South Portland revolves around Portland Pipe Line Corp., which owns a 236-mile pipeline that runs from Montreal to South Portland. Currently, the company uses the pipeline to carry crude oil unloaded from ships on South Portland’s waterfront to refineries in the Montreal area. But the company has expressed interest in possibly reversing the flow of the pipeline to carry oil sands, referred to as tar sands though it does not contain tar, from Canada to South Portland.
The waterfront protection ordinance would have prevented any developments on the city’s waterfront to allow the loading of oil sands onto ships in South Portland harbor, but it was defeated at the polls Nov. 5. Many people and the oil-related businesses in the city expressed concern that the ordinance was too broad and would yield unintended consequences for waterfront businesses.
The moratorium is designed to give the City Council time to draft a new ordinance that would reflect concerns that opponents of tar sands have about its environmental impact and potential health implications for South Portland residents.
CALL THEIR BLUFF!