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Rush Limbough calls Sandra Fluke a “Slut”

February 29th, 2012 39 comments

Rush is the slut. How dare he! How dare Congressman Issa!

This is one war Congress will regret if they don’t pull in their horns. This is the year 2012. No one has the right to dictate who will and will not use birth control.

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What she REALLY said: Sandra Fluke’s testamony about contraception

February 29th, 2012 25 comments

From Rachel Maddow:

The Background:

Last week, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), held a one-sided hearing on contraception access, featuring an opening panel of five conservative men — and no one else. Democrats on the committee had invited a witness, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, but Issa refused to allow her to participate.

House Dems aren’t taking “no” for an answer.

In case it wasn’t already apparent how politicized women’s health has become on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that a Democratic panel will meet this week to hear testimony from just one witness: Sandra Fluke, the woman who House Republicans refused to let testify at their hearing on the birth control rule last week.

Pelosi announced that the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee will meet Thursday at 10 a.m. to discuss women’s health. A senior Democratic aide said it is common practice for party leaders to use that committee to cast a spotlight on overtly political matters.

“We’ve used the Steering and Policy Committee as a place to highlight what the Republicans ARE NOT doing with their hearings,” the aide said in an email.

There was, however, an unexpected twist yesterday afternoon. The Democratic Steering & Policy Committee’s hearing will be held in the House Recording Studio, in order to help broadcast the event, except in this case, it won’t be seen by anyone outside the room. According to House Dems, the Republican-controlled Committee on House Administration has refused to allow the hearing to be televised.

In other words, the House GOP blocked Sandra Fluke from testifying at a hearing last week, and now they’re apparently blocking the public from hearing Sandra Fluke’s testimony at another hearing this week.

 

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Now I understand! It’s about punishment: HB 462 returned to House for approval

February 28th, 2012 26 comments

Richmond Times Dispatch:

UPDATE

The Virginia Senate today passed precedent-setting legislation that would force women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion.

The 21-19 vote on an amended version of House Bill 462, sponsored by Del. Kathy J. Byron, R-Campbell marked a victory for anti-abortion advocates and the conservative wing of the Republican Party, which has been frustrated in recent days with the scuttling of bills aimed at restricting access, funding and length of time a woman may access abortion services.

Senators agreed to an amendment under which a victim of rape or incest who reports the attack would not have to undergo an ultrasound to get an abortion. The amendment means that the measure must go back to the House of Delegates to see if it agrees to the amendment.

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School violence: The Killing Fields?

February 28th, 2012 7 comments

I would like to talk about something that makes ME sick.   Sick and numb.  Today a third student has died as a result of that fatal shooting at Chardon High School outside of Cleveland.  Every day there is violence in schools.  Earlier in the week, an 11 year old girl died in California  as a result of fighting with another girl, over a boy.  There are probably others student deaths that weren’t sensational enough to make the news.   Are our schools becoming killing fields? 

What can be done to stop this type of senseless violence?  The 11 year old girl was a participant.  We can assume willing.  However, the 4 students who were shot yesterday were simply sitting in the cafeteria eating breakfast.  How did the shooter get access to the cafeteria?  He wasn’t even a student in that school any more.  He went to alternative school.  We can only assume that he walked right in with the rest of the students at 7:30 am.

Is there a way to make our schools safer?  From all accounts this school, like Columbine a decade ago, wasn’t in a heavy crime area.  It was just an ordinary school, like our kids go to.  It wasn’t inner city. 

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In Virginia: Women’s Strike Force forms to fight anti abortion legislators

February 28th, 2012 12 comments

Spurred on by David Albo’s silly, tiresome anecdote about his wife cutting him off because of trans-vaginal probes attached to his name, influential Virginia woman have sprung into action and formed a new pac called the Women’s Strike Force. Enough is enough. Leslie Byrne is one of the founders.

From the Women’s Strike Force website:

The Women’s Strike Force is a Virginia PAC dedicated to recruiting and supporting all candidates opposing any elected official who supported the “personhood” or mandatory ultrasound legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.

All funds raised will be used to beat every Virginia Legislator who voted in favor of HB1 or HB462/SB484.

Donations may be made at www.womenstrikeforce.org

They take credit cards and pay pal.

The women  strike back.  May the force be with them.

Is there a war of people of faith?

February 27th, 2012 35 comments

Tonight Bill O’Reilly spent a great deal of his show addressing Rick Santorum’s remarks about JFK making him (Rick) want to throw up.  The remarks of both men were heard and then O’Reilly deferred to Ronald Reagan.  While saying that Santorum had gone too far, O’Reilly pretty much said that there was a war on people of faith.

Frankly, as a ‘people of faith,’ I have never felt a war on my faith.  What I have felt is people of other faiths trying to shove theirs down my throat, from knocks at the door, to having to say someone’s prayer in public meetings, or listen to lectures from others about who would and would not get to the promised land.  I have been questioned about my right to call myself a Christian. 

Yes, I feel under attack.  I shouldn’t have to do any of those things.  I prefer a secular world outside of my church.  I feel that I go to my church to learn, worship,  restore and commune.  What I bring out is behavior that is reflective  of my faith.  I should treat others as I would like to be treated.  I watch Elena live her faith.  As you all know, we are of different faiths.  Yet she and I have more in common than I do with many other Christians.  I was raised that my religion was not to be shouted about.   To do so was to show off. 

So I don’t feel the war.  How is war declared on Christians?  I don’t want the recent flap on contraception as part of an answer.  That  just becomes circular talk.   Let’s find some other examples.  How about wars on other faiths?   When did it start?   Was Madalyn Murray O’Hare the beginning or did her efforts free us up from other people’s religion?  I would very much like to hear how the secular world has declared war. 

 

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Rick Santorum: JFK’s promise to keep Pope out of politics ‘makes me want to throw up’

February 26th, 2012 17 comments

From the New York Daily News:

RICK SANTORUM on Sunday said President Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech pledging to keep Pope and politics separate “makes me want to throw up.”

He spoke about the importance of political leaders respecting people of faith — then slammed President Obama for apologizing for the accidental burning of Korans at an American military base.

“I think it shows weakness,” he told ABC.

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

On NBC, he said, “This idea that we need to segregate faith is a dangerous idea, and we’re seeing the Obama administration not only segregating faith but imposing the state’s values.”

Most Americans have always admired JFK for his ability to convince  the voters that he intended to keep church and state separate.  He later became the first (and to date, only) Catholic president.  He assured America that he would not be under the control of the Vatican in a speech given to ministers  in Houston, Texas in 1960.  Had Kennedy left doubt in the minds of voters, he would have not been elected president of the United States. 

Rick Santorum seems to be trying to tear down that wall of separation so many of us revere with his bare hands.  He simply doesn’t get it. 

On Saturday Rick Santorum dug himself deeper into the cultural warrior quagmire by calling President Obama a snob because he wants all kids to have the opportunity to go to college.  According to the Washington Post:

“President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “There are good, decent men and women who go out and work hard every day and put their skills to test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor to try to indoctrinate them. Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”

Is wanting to go to college the making of a snob?  Since when did going to college stop being the American dream?  I will be the first person to say not everyone should go to college.  Academically  some folks simply don’t belong there.  But not going to college shouldn’t be because of inability to pay.  Santorum also took a slam about liberal arts colleges.  Liberal Arts colleges, according to Wikipedia:

Students in the liberal arts generally major in a particular discipline while receiving exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, including sciences as well as the traditional humanities subjects taught as liberal arts.

A “liberal arts” institution can be defined as a “college or university curriculum aimed at imparting broad general knowledge and developing general intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum.”

Since when is being literate and possessing general knowledge a sign of snobbery?  Does he want us all to be dumb asses?  That makes no sense if the United States is going to compete in a global economy. 

Is it possible that any one would consider Rick Santorum for president?  In one weekend he has managed to shred the very fabric of what makes most of us Americans.  Rick Santorum makes ME want to throw up. 

  What is this foolish man trying to do?  He attempted to dilute the first amendment and he bashed our egalitarian educational system.  He is unelectable. 

Hear Barry Lynn from Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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Bob Marshall throws Governor McDonnell under the bus

February 26th, 2012 33 comments

 

This violation courtesy of the Virginia GOP

(Ultra sound trans-vaginal probe ‘decorated’ by The Rachel Maddow Show)

 

Bob McDonnell is is walking a thin line as he is  quietly trying to do damage control on the devastating mess the far right wing of his party made last week, in particular, with two extremist abortion bills.  One bill, sponsored by anti-abortion activist Bob  Marshall, defined personhood  to be at conception.   The other required all women seeking  an abortion to undergo an ultra sound first.  The sneaky part of that bill was that 90% of all women seeking abortion would require a trans-vaginal probe in order to determine gestational age. 

Governor McDonnell had originally stated that he would sign the ultra sound bill until last week when Virginia became the laughing stock of the nation on Saturday Night Live, Rachel Maddow, Colbert Nation, and Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.   He quickly back-pedaled when those shows started informing the public what all was really involved.  Two protests  on the Virginia State Capital Grounds last week punctuated the attitude of Virginia women.  One protest was silent.  Legislators had to past hundreds of protesters who just stared at them and said absolutely nothing. 

 The good governor, not wanting to be known as the Vaginal Probe governor, should he be selected as the Vice presidential candidate,  tried to talk the lawmakers into less draconian measures.  Probably the Maddow prop like the one shown above that stated “I can see the White House from here” probably smarted the most as McDonnell attempted to reined in his maverick legislators.  Some refused to listen.  According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bob Marshall was having none of that and was more than willing to throw Gov. McDonnell under the bus:

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, among the most conservative members of the legislature — and the sponsor of the “personhood” bill that the Senate scuttled Thursday — disagrees. Marshall said the governor badly mishandled the abortion issues in particular.

“You don’t attempt to correct the manipulations of your opponent (and) you sound the call for retreat? Who the hell would put that person in charge of an army in the field?” he said.

Marshall suggested that McDonnell’s maneuvering was an attempt to salvage independent and moderate votes in November.

“This is clearly an abandonment of Ronald Reagan’s legacy,” he said. “He’s also abandoned the Republican platform.”

Is it any wonder that many in the GOP want Marshall out?  He simply is not a team player.

On the other hand, McDonnell might be getting what he deserves.  He should research all bills before he signs them or says he will sign them.  Furthermore, the hyspocrisy of this bill is astounding.  Is Virginia not one of the states suing the federal government over mandated health care?  How about mandated ultra sounds that are an unnecessary medical procedure that add cost and discomfort to the entire procedure.  I guess that’s OK though.  The outcome on the ultra sound bill is still unclear.  There are still several more anti abortion bills that will require attention.

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Williams and Buchanan both fired for stating opinions

February 26th, 2012 1 comment

Has anyone noticed 2 missing people from TV news shows?  We all know that Juan Williams was fired by NPR over remarks they felt were not politically correct.  Well, 2 other people have disappeared.  Where is the Judge?  Judge Napolitano vaporized from Fox News.  At least they gave Glenn Beck a send off.  The Judge just poofed. 

He isn’t the only MIA.  Pat Buchanan also was fired from MSNBC, very quietly.  He too poofed.  I hadn’t missed him.  I noticed he hadn’t been on for a while.  Apparently in his case,  his book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”     irritated too many people who called for his ouster.  Pat has written about his firing in a piece he calls  The New Black List.

Juan Williams interviewed Pat Buchanan.  The two journalists have a few things in common, the main one being that they were both fired for stating their opinions.  During the interview, he asked Pat Buchannan if he was a racist.

 

 

 

 

 Pat Buchanan claims that what some of the groups who clamored for his ouster are black-listing those they want to silence.  Juan Williams agreed with him.  Both men had a very congenial conversation.  This is an interview worth watching. 

 Are people being black-listed and who is responsible?   By the way, Buchanan said no, he wasn’t a racist.

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Virginia Women don’t take crap

February 24th, 2012 14 comments

Women lined the way to the Virginia General Assembly building to silently protest the house bill that would require a trans-vaginal ultrasound before the state would ‘allow’ her to have an abortion.

The protest yesterday over the personhood bill was NOT silent. Not even close.

The women of Virginia do not plan to go back to the dark ages.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/news/2012/feb/24/tdmain01-senate-scraps-personhood-bill-ar-1711922/

As an aside, is Bob Marshall likening himself to Christ?

Demonstrators lined the pathways leading from the General Assembly Building to the Capitol, cheering Democratic opposition and giving the silent treatment to Republican supporters of the measure. Marshall sidestepped the gantlet, telling a reporter: “Even Christ avoided stonings.”

What a coward!  Get out there and face the music, Mr. Marshall.  And by the way, you and Jesus Christ have little in common.  He was humble, for starters.

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