Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: March, 2014

Nudists replace DiEldorado, vows to fire proponents of nudity ban in International Women’s Day protest

SAN FRANCISCO — After about a year and a third, the nudists say that they are ready to go forward with a lawsuit against the city and county over its constitution-violating nudity ban.

First, though, they had to cut Christina DiEldorado after they disagreed on the direction of the lawsuits.

During the event on Saturday, Gypsy Taub told the world of one of the reasons why we don’t like to wear clothes:

“Almost every piece of clothing sold in stores today is made to emphasize one area of a woman’s body. Women are commonly treated as sex objects and at the same time are subjected to severe body shame. They are both admired and hated for their sexual powers. We need to end the war against women.”

San Francisco County’s ordinance bans all forms of nudity — except for breastfeeding and female toplessness.  Unlike most other ordinances (all of which are also unconstitutional), this ordinance has absolutely no exceptions for parades, events, doctor offices, YMCAs, bathing or protests.

Bans on public nudity are unconstitutional and violate the 14th amendment in all 50 states (pending likely passage of a breastfeeding bill currently making the rounds in West Virginia’s legislature), and such bans violate the Equal Rights Amendment in 36 states.

While there is a little bit of ambiguity with the language in the 14th Amendment (however, no ambiguity when it comes to nudity), that’s not the case with the Equal Rights Amendment:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

If this amendment is ratified, bans on public nudity go bye-bye immediately after ratification (although the amendment itself doesn’t take effect for another two years), since a man’s right to be nude in public are being abridged in 48 of the 50 states, and the language of the ERA makes absolutely no distinction between women-identified people and men-identified people.

And since most States (including California, Georgia and the Carolinas) have also usurped authority from municipalities, the ERA would also apply to every town, city and county in every State with a Home Rule Act.

Because California has both an ERA and a Home Rule Act, the nudists are suing San Francisco for discrimination and for violation of the First Amendment rights in being denied proper event permits.

“Our society is tragically out of balance — and as the women suffer, so do we all,” said Mrs. Taub.  “Our society also lashes out against men who favor their feminine side, who are softer, gentler and more compassionate and are not the macho stereotype that is glorified on every billboard. Our society devalues the feminine while glorifying violence, war and oppression.”

George Davis, who is running in District 8 against the most unpopular person in the Bay Area — Scott Weiner, gave the world the reasons why he wants to rid the county of one of the worst politicians in America today.

Public support for the nudity ban authored by Mr. Weiner has plummeted significantly.  In fact, bans on public nudity is the third-least popular thing in America today.  Only the US House of Representatives and the US Senate fare worse than bans on public nudity.  Approval of these things are below 30%.

Mr. Davis noted that the seat he is running for and Weiner currently holds was once held by the late Harvey Milk, and he blistered Weiner for disrespecting the wishes of Mr. Milk and San Franciscans.

“I want you to have the right to be nude, just like I want you to have the right to be a Christian,” said Mr. Davis.

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Williston Rescue Squad, source of scandal as of late, ceasing operations at end of month

The Williston Rescue Squad, the source of two scandals that led to the arrest of a former employee and an $800,000.00 fine from the federal government, is ceasing operations on Saturday, March 29.

Barnwell County Councilman Keith Sloan, who is also on the county’s healthcare committee said, “It’s sad.”  He also said it was “virtually impossible” for the emergency transportation provider to continue financially.

Director Phil Clarke said that until April 1, “We’re going to continue to operate like we have in the past. None of that (service) is going to change.”

The Barnwell County Council threw their support behind Williston Rescue late last year, despite the fact that the company was hit with an $800,000.00 fine.

“We obviously knew there were risks in that,” said Councilman Sloan, but they were hopeful for a financial recovery for WRS.

That recovery has not happened, and Williston Rescue was hit with another scandal just weeks later, when one of their former employees was arrested and charged with being the mastermind an all-women gang assassination of her husband, who was the fire chief of Branchville.

Despite all of this, Councilman Sloan said that he expects a “seamless transition” from Williston Rescue to MedShore Ambulance Service, which will take over WRS’s duties on Sunday, March 30.

MedShore originated in Anderson in 1976.  That ambulance fleet is operated by Greg Shore, the chief executive officer.

MedShore already has a contract with Southern Palmetto Hospital, which was formerly known as Barnwell County Hospital (the medical center is located about 50 feet from Polly Best Center).

Mr. Shore said his company, which has 78 ambulances across the state, will work with Williston Rescue in the transition and will likely hire some current WRS EMTs and paramedics to stay on in the county.  He also said MedShore will bring its own equipment to the county but may purchase the assets and property of Williston Rescue.

MedShore will have four around-the-clock stations in the county with an ambulance at each one and a couple of non-emergency vehicles in operation too, Mr. Shore said. There will be protocols in place to determine where an emergency patient is taken – whether it’s to Southern Palmetto Hospital or somewhere else like Aiken Regional Medical Centers – to ensure they get the appropriate care, he said. But, he added, patients will always have the choice on where they go.

Mr. Shore said there will be a partnership between MedShore, the hospital and the county to provide good, quality care for the residents of Barnwell County.

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