[Here's a guest post from @deaniemills about Texas's state-sanctioned rape *law* and her personal experience in having a transvaginal sonogram. I emphasize "law" because it is already being enforced. -ABLxx]
According to a law passed by a Tea-Bagger Texas statehouse and signed as an “emergency measure” by Governor Rick Perry, and mis-presented to the public at the time the bill was passed, along with the 5th Circuit’s decision that this procedure CAN proceed even as the law itself is being appealed–women can now be legally raped in the state of Texas if they see a physician about getting an abortion.
By “rape,” I mean that the sonogram which is required by this law for all women seeking abortions in the first 10 weeks–which nearly all women now do–is not a “jelly on the belly” procedure, as State Rep. Carol Alvarado pointed out, in which you take off your clothes, put on a flimsy gown, climb up onto a cold table, have some colder jelly smeared on your stomach, and then wait while a technician or doctor rolls the wand around and interprets the picture that appears on the computer screen. Continue reading →
I wrote before about how Dana Loesch, who as far as I am aware is still employed by CNN, said on her radio show that she would have joined four Marines in urinating on the bodies of three dead Afghans, as depicted in a video that surfaced this week.
Now, tea party darling Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has joined in, making some perfunctory noises about the Marines’ actions being wrong. His recommendation is for field-grade Article 15s (this being a relatively common form of military “non-judicial punishment,” issued by an officer of the rank of at least major) and for the soldiers “in full dress uniform [to] stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.”
Usually I don’t participate in the back-and-forth of an election season, because it’s draining, and because it doesn’t really matter to me who the GOP nominee is: I’m not voting for them. I found this piece to be too awesome to pass up, however. The bishop Gene Robinson, the man who gave an invocation at President Obama’s inauguration kicking off the event, schools Rick Perry on his viciously anti-gay campaign ad – you know, the one people in Perry’s own campaign hated.
The governor begins this 30 second spot with “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian.” He goes on to say things that Christians should be ashamed of him for.
But it gets better:
The blood of gay and lesbian soldiers flows as readily and as redly as that of other young Americans fighting in Afghanistan, yet Gov. Perry feels free to use them as political cannon fodder for his campaign. In an attempt to garner conservative Christian votes, he would stigmatize these brave young men and women who are, as we speak, risking their lives on our behalf. If this is patriotism, count me out!
Perry, like most of the current Republican field, thinks that running an anti-gay platform is going to be successful in 2012. There’s ample evidence that this is not only not paying off, but it is also damaging and fracturing Republicans and many Americans.
Robinson, like a lot of Christians, sees this as a dangerous attack on his religion and as a distortion of something that was made to be beautiful and that is based on a commitment to human rights and respect for everyone. Catholics and even young evangelicals are increasingly more supportive of gay rights, and increasingly more at odds with scripture and church doctrine. Continue reading →
Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet with Rick Perry has been called many things: a “rare but likely costly unforced error,” a re-enforcement to “the perception that he’s the out-of-touch elitist in the race,” a very “1 percent” thing to do.
But would he have won that bet?
At issue was Perry’s repeated attack against Romney’s alleged support of a national health care mandate, which Perry says was written in Romney’s book, “No Apologies,” but then redacted when the paperback version was printed.
In the hardcover edition, Romney writes under the subhead “The Massachusetts Model” that “We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.”
This is the line Perry continues to quote in attacking Romney for supporting the same type of “Obamacare” insurance mandate that conservatives believe is bankrupting America.
Is it proof that Romney supported a national mandate? Not exactly, but…actually…yeah, it is.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have squandered any chances he had of returning to front-runner status as the Republican presidential nominee following a gaffe that The Hill reported “could be a campaign ender,” that Politico called “potentially disastrous,” and that New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait described as “epic brainmelt” in an overall performance that was “so world-historically awful” that his campaign “truly seems beyond all repair.”
For details of the gaffe, let’s go to Politico:
The Rick Perry comeback hit a potentially disastrous snag Wednesday night, as the Texas governor again froze on the debate stage while attempting to list three federal agencies he’d eliminate as president. ??After saying confidently that he’d do away with the Departments of Education and Commerce, Perry struggled through a long, awkward moment that ended with an “oops.” “I would do away with Education, the – Commerce and, let’s see, I can’t,” he said. “The third one, I can’t.” Perry used his next question, several minutes later, to clarify: “By the way, that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for a while ago.” ??But the damage may already have been done for Perry…
That’s it. In this race, where Tea Party talking points are divine prophecy, forgetting which parts of the government you’re going to destroy as president is an automatic disqualification.
Republican pollster Chris Wilson has come forward, claiming that he witnessed Herman Cain sexually harass a co-worker while Wilson and Cain were both employed at the National Restaurant Association.
From KTOK News Radio in Oklahoma:
Oklahoma political consultant Chris Wilson says if the woman behind the reported sexual harassment complaint against GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain is allowed to speak publicly, it’ll be the end of Cain’s run for the White House.
Interviewed today on KTOK’s Mullins in the Morning, Wilson, of Wilson-Perkins-Allen Opinion Research headquartered in Washington, D.C. explained he was a witness to the incident. “I was the pollster at the National Restaurant Association when Herman Cain was head of it and I was around a couple of times when this happened and anyone who was involved with the NRA at the time, knew that this was gonna come up.”
Wilson described the woman as a low level staffer who was maybe two years out of college. “This occurred at a restaurant in Crystal City (Virginia) and everybody was aware of it,” he continued. “It was only a matter of time because so many people were aware of what took place, so many people were aware of her situation, the fact she left—everybody knew with the campaign that this would eventually come up.”