On March 21, Vikki (she requested we use only her first name) proudly tweeted a pair of photos of herself for #BeforeAfterFriday. On the left, dated 2009, was a ruddy-cheeked, button-nosed dude sporting a newsboy cap, black T-shirt, and five o'clock shadow. On the right was present-day Vikki, resple ... More >>
A U.S. map that shows where pot is legal looks a lot like recent electoral college maps, except instead of blue, the liberal states are rendered in green: the entire West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada), progressive mountain and Midwest states (Colorado, New Mexico; Michigan, Illinois ... More >>
Whoo, hey, everybody, government shutdown! Are you psyched? No? Well, that makes sense. It'll be expensive and embarrassing for the country, and you're not crazy. Rightbloggers, on the other hand, see in this mayhem an opportunity, and their hope is that this catastrophe will make America love them ... More >>
The New York City Department of Social Services launched a new campaign last week, filling bus stops and subways across the five boroughs with a torrent of anti-teen pregnancy propaganda. One subway poster reads," I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen." Another ... More >>
As Maine tries to come up with ways to manage its medical marijuana program, one of the state's lawmakers is speaking out against some proposed restrictions. As detailed by the Portland Daily Sun, Rep. Deb Sanderson worries that the state will implement rules that "are more restrictive and divergen ... More >>
Today brings free contraception for all (as long as you're one of the millions insured and you don't work for a Catholic organization), under the Affordable Care Act. Effective today, these provisions cover most major preventive services without a co-pay.According to data provided by Planned Parenth ... More >>
Though the feds have come down on California dispensaries, including Oakland's Harborside Health Center, other states are pushing ahead with prescription pot initiatives. New Jersey, in fact, is so down with medical marijuana that one lawmaker has criticized state bureaucracy for taking too long to ... More >>
Goddamn, have we got some good news for your ladyparts! As the Voice's inimitable Steven Thrasher reported this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, claiming that the ACA is constitutionally kosher as a tax. Almost immediately after, Planned Pa ... More >>
A "haggard-looking and hoarse-voiced" Mayor Bloomberg critiqued U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision tp prohibit girls under 17 from buying the morning-after pill over the counter. On December 7, Sebelius overruled a decision by FDA commissioner Margaret Hambur ... More >>
http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/A Texas woman who was denied food stamps fatally shot herself and severely wounded her two children in a state welfare office Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.
Bloomberg aims to help the young black and Latino men he has been throwing in jail for a decade
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided that FDA-approved contraceptive methods will be available for free, without co-pays or cost sharing, to women covered by new insurance plans in the U.S. "Not doing it would be like not covering flu shots," said Health and Human Serv ... More >>
Of Minutemen and hygiene
"Snowflake" babies, embryo "adoption," and being pre-born again
In an interview on the Today show earlier today, President Obama said the Food and Drug Administration needs to step it up. With a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter blamed for eight deaths and sickening over 500 people, Obama said he wants to examine how the agency operates. "I think that the FDA ... More >>
On the stump, Rudy can't help spreading smoke and ashes about his lousy record
State's failure to pass sex ed act fucks young people
We haven't been able to keep out immigrants based on their HIV status. But should we worry about it?
Has anyone seen Alphonse? Julia Mae?
Affordable health care and services for women
Educators argue that adolescent sexuality is healthy and vital
Bush makes war on the city's immigrant neighborhoods
For Immigrants, Hard Work Yields Few Benefits
Justice Is Served
Bush's War on Women
The Once and Future Shambles at the INS
A Homophobe Hides Behind His Right to Discriminate
Will Our Refugee Program Survive 9-11 and the Breakup of the INS?
Marriage Programs Preview What Bush Has in Store
From Celebrity Chefs to Gourmet Guerrillas, Americans Confront the Hazards of the Food World
How Global Heroin Shifts Could Hit Home
The Peoples Republic Has Long Been Suspected of Selling Organs From Prisoners. Now One New York Doctor Knows the Rumors Are True.
Fighting to Reduce Infant Mortality Among Immigrants and African Americans
After 10 Long Years, American Women May Finally Get the Abortion PillWith Restrictions that Could Obliterate All It Has to Offer
Fight Back Online
An Expert Analyzes the Prison Population Boom
The INS Blocks A Visitor With HIV
Diagnosing Medical Fraud May Require a Second Opinion