30 Senators Vote NAY on Anti-Rape Amendment

In 2005, 19 year old Jamie Leigh Jones was allegedly gang raped by some of her Halliburton/KBR co-workers. Her attackers locked her in a shipping container for more than 24 hours to prevent her from reporting the rape. Jamie has been denied the right sue.

According to the Huffington Post:

The rape occurred outside of U.S. criminal jurisdiction, but to add serious insult to serious injury she was not allowed to sue KBR because her employment contract said that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration–a process that overwhelmingly favors corporations.

Junior senator from Minnesota, Al Franken, recently proposed an amendment that would deny defense contracts to companies who made employees sign away their right to sue. Seems simple enough, but not to 30 Republican Senators. The amendment passed but there were 30 NAY votes.

The most egregious remarks came from Senator Jeff Sessions who said:

… he opposed the amendment because it “would impose the will of Congress on private individuals and companies in a retroactive fashion, invalidating employment contracts without due process of law.” However, because the amendment applies to the fiscal year 2010 defense bill, it would not apply retroactively.

Sessions added one more reason for opposing it. “I think we should listen to the Department of Defense and vote no on this amendment,” he said.


[ED. Note:  Elena and I decided to add the Franken floor speech.  It is critical to the discussion]



Jon Stewart goes on the war path over these 30 NAY votes as only Jon Stewart can:

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The senators have had a lot to say about fake prostitutes and ACORN but apparently real RAPE doesn’t count. There are just some things that should not be political. Rape is one of them.

There are some mighty surprising names on the list of 30 senators who voted NAY. I hope they will be able to explain this to voters next time they are up for re-election. I am shocked at some of them!

See Al Franken’s presentation on the floor of the Senate. It is horrifying that any woman serving overseas should have to endure what this young woman has gone through.

Louisiana Justice REFUSES To Marry Interacial Couple

This story is appalling! The year is not 1960 but 2009, and yet this couple has to search for another Justice of the Peace to marry them because they were denied their right to marry based soley on the color of their skin? I believe the state of Virginia, in Loving V. Virginia, resolved this many years ago, who would, or could, imagine such blantent racism still existed today.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — A justice of the peace in Louisiana who has drawn widespread criticism for refusing to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple says he has no regrets about his decision.

“It’s kind of hard to apologize for something that you really and truly feel down in your heart you haven’t done wrong,” Keith Bardwell told CNN affiliate WAFB on Saturday.

Bardwell, a justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, 30, and her boyfriend, Terence McKay, 32, both of Hammond.

“I’m not a racist,” Bardwell told the newspaper. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.” Bardwell, stressing that he couldn’t personally endorse the marriage, said his wife referred the couple to another justice of the peace.

Virginia Tech Student Morgan Harrington Missing after Metallica Concert

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Morgan Harringon: Facebook



 More Tech tragedy. VA Tech student Morgan Harrington disappeared from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville Saturday night and has not been seen since. News sources earlier today reported that she had called her friends that she had gotten locked outside the John Paul Jones Arena. Her purse, cell phone and id were found in the parking lot. Her car was there also. Her time of disappearance was about 8:45 pm.



Harrington’s father, Dan Harrington of Roanoke reported her missing when she failed to meet him for a math tutoring session. He appealed to anyone who might know of his daughter’s whereabouts to please contact police.

Tech has had more than its share of tragic events in recent years. All of us hope that Morgan comes home safe and sound. Her father seems to feel she would not have just disappeared without calling home.
Where were the campus police? Are there no security guards at events like this? Why are all doors locked? Did her friends try to find her or let her back in?

Too many bad things are happening to young people.

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