Our fellow blogger Sara Anderson may be having surgery soon for the mass in her brain that she and her docs discovered just a week ago. Keep sending prayers and healing vibes to Sara and her husband Andy, who has been writing on her behalf at F-words. Hopefully, we'll have good news soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd post about a couple of stories that I suspect would irk Sara.
Did you see the Idaho Statesman piece today about the UCLA student magazine that performed what amounted to a sting operation on Planned Parenthood offices around the country, with a would-be donor at first masquerading as a person concerned about women of color, then morphing into a bigot who wants to abort black babies ("you know, the less black kids out there the better?") (Click here.) At least Planned Parenthood of Idaho has apologized for the incident, which - based on the transcript - really was handled horribly on the part of its employee. I don't expect the same from the zealots who proudly perpetrated this divisive stunt.
Note to The Advocate and others who would make abortion illegal: Without Planned Parenthood and its contraception services, there would be more abortions, not fewer, and more women and babies would die. If you really want to help black babies, stop electing extremist goons who won't fund health care and education for the ones already born, and who start unjust wars that are disproportionately fought by teens of color.
The Unequivocal Notion notes that the morality police are at it again in Nampa, trying to ban library books that the library board voted to keep just last year.
Finally, the news that Gov. Butch Otter wants to raise Idaho vehicle registration fees may or may not rile Sara, but her fellow Northern Idaho scribe D.F. Olivera (at the Spokesman-Review's Huckleberries Online) had this to say yesterday: "I can't believe that Butch Otter would on one hand refuse to cut or eliminate the sales tax for grocery while on the other suggest raising vehicle registration fees sixfold - to rebuild Boise-area roads. Rich guys like him just don't get it. The vast middle class in this state are getting hammered by the new stagflation. Dunno whether he's hard-headed or surrounded by numbskull advisers, but Otter continues to not impress."
Personally, I'm embarrassed to say my household of three people has three vehicles and this would hit us hard. On the other hand, I am happy to report that we drive those three rigs less than 15,000 miles a year, total. (We drive our two main cars - a '97 Camry and '99 Cavalier - far less than the national average and use our '88 Chevy truck strictly for hauling.) I'd like to see registration fees somehow be linked to miles driven. It makes sense that long-haul commuters ought to pay more than people who bike, walk, use public transit, and drive as little as possible.