Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: February, 2017

Now that AT&T has an unlimited plan, let’s compare the Big Five

As of today: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular and T-Mobile all have unlimited data on their postpaid plans.

We’ll also dive into a comparison of their prepaid plans in another post.

First, below the fold, here are the unlimited postpaid plans and their prices.

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Judge slams Fort Collins for discriminatory public nudity ordinance, halts enforcement of the entire ordinance


Denver, Colo. — A federal judge slammed Fort Collins for enacting a discriminatory public nudity ordinance that also runs afoul of Colorado’s state law, state constitution and Equal Rights Amendment.

District of Colorado Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote the ordinance — which mandates women will not knowingly expose their breasts in public — is rooted in discrimination against women. He did not immediately rule on whether the ordinance, which exempts breastfeeding, violated the freedom of expression clause of the First Amendment or whether the ordinance was also discriminatory against men because it allowed mothers to be “partially nude when nursing” – two of the other claims made in the combined lawsuit.

“Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype ingrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not,” he wrote in his order. Read the rest of this entry »

Activist judge illegally convicts Free the Nipple activists for violating an ordinance that is expressly forbidden under New Hampshire law


Laconia, N.H. — A trio of Free the Nipple activists were found guilty by an activist judge who should have known that the city’s public indecency ordinance is impermissible under New Hampshire state law.

Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair, and Ginger Pierro, three of the five women in the above photo, were illegally convicted on February 7 of violating the aforementioned illegal ordinance by activist judge Jim Carroll (photo below right).

judgejamesmcarroll2015The women’s attorney, Dan Hynes, sought to dismiss the case since the state of New Hampshire preempted all anti-nudity ordinances. His motion was denied by Carroll.

Ms. Lilley, Ms. Sinclair and Ms. Pierro – through Attorney Hynes – have vowed to appeal this egregious and illegal conviction.

I hope the New Hampshire Supreme Court is paying attention to this case. New Hampshire is one of 36 states with an enforceable Equal Rights Amendment.

Time for the people in the Live Free or Die State to contact their state government and demand Concord to enforce their state law forbidding municipalities like Laconia to pass anti-nudity ordinances.

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Think Teen Vogue’s advice on post-abortion support is frivolous? Then you’re an idiot

“If you think an angry uterus heating pad or period underwear or a coloring book celebrating a Supreme Court Justice glorifies abortion then you are seriously an idiot.
“I was going to keep the pregnancy, but instead I’m going to pay $800 and have an unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound and take two days off work because of the mandatory 48 hour waiting period just so I can get a cool pin and a heating pad from my bestie!” If that’s what you really think, you are an idiot.  Our laws make abortion punitive and there is nothing anyone can do after the fact to erase that shit.
If you think young girls ages 12 or 13 are going to think abortion is cool because of a needlepoint then you are an idiot.”

Read more: Think Teen Vogue’s advice on post-abortion support is frivolous? Then you’re an idiot

AT&T removes all new Windows 10 Phones from site


Dallas — If you are looking to order a new Windows 10 Phone, you are out of luck if you want the carrier with the largest LTE footprint.

On Friday, AT&T removed the listings of all new Windows 10 phones. Only the Used listings of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 950 remain on the site.

The good news is that the Barnwell AT&T store still has brand new Lumia 950 phones in stock, despite the recent rash of thefts at the store. The Aiken, North Augusta, Orangeburg, Augusta and Statesboro stores still have the phone as well, but it is unknown if any of those stores still have the Lumia 640 in stock. We know that Barnwell no longer has the Lumia 640.

The Lumia 950 costs $299.99 at the AT&T physical stores. You can still pick up a dual SIM unlocked phone on the Microsoft Store or eBay web pages and put it on AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Cricket or Straight Talk for $50 more.


Hawaii, New Hampshire mull bills decriminalizing sex work

Honolulu — Hawaii is one of two states pushing a for a bill that would decriminalize sex work.

House Bill 1533 would repeal any and all harmful bans on prostitution (sex work), and would preempt any municipal ordinance that bans sex work.

However, it is a double edged sword: if passed, HB 1533 would also remove Hawaii as one of the only states that bans cops from having sex with sex workers for any reason. The current anti-sex work law is one of the numerous provisions in the 50 states’ laws that criminalizes what would otherwise be considered as consensual sex under the rubric of “Offenses Against the Morals”.

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Midland Valley Mustangs’ coach arrested for rape

Horse Creek — A rookie coach for the Midland Valley Mustangs’ girls basketball team was arrested for rape.

The Aiken County School District said their officials uncovered allegations of inappropriate contact between the coach and a female pupil shortly after school returned from Christmas break, which led to an immediate internal investigation by the school district, during which the suspect and the alleged victim denied having any inappropriate contact with one another whatsoever.

After interviewing numerous people of interest, the suspect was told to stay away from the victim and given a cessation of contact order.

Five weeks later, the victim then changed her story and confirmed that she and the suspect did something criminally inappropriate.

“We are extremely disappointed and upset by the nature of the allegations, and we will vigorously support the future prosecution of this case,” said the the Aiken County School District in the release.

Paul Quiller, information unknown, was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday and charged with statutory rape. The Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

This is not the first time someone who has ties to Midland Valley High was arrested. Last month, another adult who worked at Midland Valley was arrested.

And in 2014, Paul Waters, a former employee of Midland Valley, was arrested at South Aiken High School for statutory rape. Also a former coach at Williston-Elko, Mr. Waters pleaded guilty to the charges against him 29 months ago.

Savannah media confirm Bulloch County tornado, seven injured

eastern Bulloch County damage

Hubert, Ga. — Savannah media confirmed this afternoon that a tornado hit eastern Bulloch County early this morning.

The media outlets (WSAV-DT, WTOC-TV and WJCL) along with severe weather surveyors from the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency toured the damage that happened along GA Highway 119 and SOUTH OLD RIVER RD.

A Hubert man who lost his home thanked WTOC for the app alert on his duopoly phone. Read the rest of this entry »

Regardless of what happens, Fort Collins women’s topless rights will be in the hands of judicial activist Neil Gorsuch

Trump Supreme Court

Fort Collins, Colo. — Women in one Centennial State city already have their Constitutional rights at stake, regardless of whether Neil Gorsuch is appointed to the stolen US Supreme Court seat or he is rightfully filibustered and stays in the Tenth Circuit Court.

Gorsuch is currently a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a senior member, he has a very high likelihood of hearing the lawsuit we at Aiken Area Progressive will call Brittany Hoagland and Samantha Six vs. Fort Collins. Read the rest of this entry »

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