abortion rights, Alan Keyes, DOMA, el-Qaddafi, gay rights, Georgia, GOP, Iowa, Middle East, Obama, Paul Broun, right wing extremists, unions, Wisconsin
I do believe that 2011 will go down as the year when we, the human life contingent lost its ability to be shocked by anything happening in the world.
I mean, who would have thunk that the Middle East would have erupted into all this?
Who would have believed that the insipid Sarah Palin would still be uttering inanities?
Who would believe that Alan Keyes would write in WND that the end of DOMA is akin to reintroducing slavery into America? Don’t worry. You have to be as insane as Keyes is in order to even follow his argument.
Who would believe that some Georgia legislator (read escapee from a state hospital) would propose a bill that required any woman who suffered a miscarriage, prove by a preponderance of the evidence that she had not voluntarily aborted, or face prosecution?
You’re not shocked are you? No, we’ve realized that the extremists among us are capable of virtually anything, no matter how utterly Machiavellian or down right down home stupid it might be.
As we expected, the forces of right-wing intolerance are jumping up and down, waving their arms, drooling with spittle, slathering away in unison. They DEMAND that the GOP take up the flag of homophobic hatred known as DOMA and defend her ugly precepts. Strangely, the rank and file “GOP establishment” has remained fairly silent. They know what a sticky wicket they’ve been thrust in.
Ahab has more links to reactions as well.
Meanwhile rational human beings in Hawaii and Maryland move closer to respecting the rights of our LGBTQ friends.
Fun to watch doncha think?
That abortion billboard we reported on earlier this week in Soho? It’s been taken down. Thanks to Al Sharpton. The mother of the girl pictured was incensed as well that her child’s stock photo was used in this way.
One of the fascinating things that the uber right-wing does, is to put off on the left what it does itself. Namely, highly dangerous and inflammatory rhetoric. Perhaps the peaches in Georgia are rotten, but another infected individual there inquired of his Georgia lawmaker in an open forum:
“When will someone shoot Obama?”
The lawmaker, Paul Broun, didn’t do what we would expect. He was not horrified. He did not sputter and dress down such a sick suggestion. No. Rather, he commiserated with the “frustration” of the speaker. Need I say, that Broun is a Republican? To be fair, this is not new to Broun, who called the President’s state of the union speech, filled with venom?, compared him to Hitler, said that people would die from clean energy spending, and that the elderly would die from death panels. In other words, Broun is simply an ignorant hate monger.
Andrew Sullivan calls for his resignation. Witnesses claim that Broun laughed at the call for assassination of the President. By all accounts Broun is a bigoted sicko who has no place as a representative of any state.
People are gathering in all 50 states to show their support for Wisconsin’s fight against union busters. If you want to find out where your rally is being held, follow the link.
Don’t know as you heard how the Wisconsin Assembly managed to get the vote through on busting the union. During the midst of the filibuster, with no explanation, the Rethuglian speaker pro tempore simply cut off debate, called for the vote, the GOPer’s (all in on the ruse) hurriedly voted, and a few seconds later, the window to vote was closed. They declared victory and marched from the chamber. This literally occurred in a few seconds. Cheaters never win in the end. Sad and pathetic. Of course, in years past, the duplicitous governor has decried these late night sessions and called for their end. But of course when you are duplicitous, anything goes. Senate Democrats remain out of the state, continuing to block further movement of the bill.
Remember that bill in South Dakota, that would make killing an abortion doctor justifiable homicide? It was tabled due to “public outcry”. Well apparently the deaf Rethuglians in Iowa didn’t hear. They have introduced their own law, co-signed by 29 other GOPer sickos. As we have said, this is all just a waste of time, since the Senate is in control of Democrats. And Kraig Paulsen continues to waste taxpayer money on bills that are doomed to failure.
And the killing goes on in Libya. How do you deal with a madman? Qaddafi is insane, of that almost everyone agrees. Still I can’t come to wish him dead. Only out of power. I am enraged at his use of mercenaries willing to kill for pay. I know of no solution to end this. I pray for the people of Libya and hope that their misery soon ends. Sigh……
- GOP Rep. Paul Broun Doesn’t Bat An Eye At Obama Assassination Question (oliverwillis.com)
- Republican Congressman Declines To Condemn Person Who Asks “Who’s Going to Shoot The President?” (outsidethebeltway.com)
I was horrified at the Georgia comment too. What does it say about the state of our culture when violent comments have become a “normal” part of our political discourse?
And Qaddafi/Kaddhafi/Kadaffi/Mel-Brooks-Wax-Figure-Left-Out-in-the-Hot-Sun Guy? His behavior grows even more outrageous and destructive each day. No wonder so many Libyans want him out.
Isn’t it just awful? He’s a real piece of work. In fact both of them are cut from the same cloth perhaps. One is just nasty, the other is insane. Fine people to be leading anyone! Not fit to lead a dog in my opinion.
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Morning Quickie said:
Why women miscarry is still a mystery to medical science. There are untold factors that could influence whether the baby is carried to term or not. To find out more, read this: http://morningquickie.com/2011/02/25/miscarriage-is-not-your-fault-and-not-a-crime/
Thanks so much for your point. I agree fully.
Shocked? No. I quit trying to change dim light bulbs a while back.
Yeah, I can’t help but tell idiots that they are indeed idiots. I can’t let them think it goes unnoticed!
Paul Sunstone said:
The closest I’ve come in a long time to being shocked by something in the news happened just a few minutes ago. I read a post on Astasia’s blog, which can be found here, although I don’t recommend reading the post to those who already have high blood pressure. The gist: Judge lets off convicted rapist on grounds victim asked for it. I doubt, though, that everyone would be shocked by that story. I was. But it probably just caught be at the wrong moment.
Sherry, I’ve been wondering how far the extremism in America will go? Will it ever subside? What do you think?
It seems that we are intent on going backwards when it comes to women’s rights and health. I guess it has something to do with the proclivity of Republicans to think of women as property still and that they belong with the children with their mouths closed. Disgusting attitude.
Paul Sunstone said:
I agree we seem to be losing ground on women’s rights and health issues. And I keep wondering where the Democrats are? We’ve only got two real parties — one seems at war against us, and the other has recently seemed absent from the field. At least to me. Maybe I’m just misinformed.
Paul – I think you read htat correctly. Both parties – with a few honorable excepitons – are now slaves to those who finances their campaigns and the army of lobbyists who share DC with them. Add that to the brilliance of GOP propaganda and the failure of Dem propaganda over the last 30-40 years and you have a country that has turned away from any issues having to do with quality of life or moving forward. There’s only one thing driving our national life now, and that’s profit. We are all Ferrengi.
Jack Rip said:
Why not be shocked? People go through terrible traumas, Gulags, long hungers, starvation, concentration camps, etc. They go on to live normal lives, they hurt, cry, laugh and wind and lose.
Sure they do Jack – but we have every right to expect something better from rich, developed nations – we’re supposed to be modern adn educated and leading the way. These guys who would quash women’s rights are probably the same ones who love war against the Taliban, who have thier own little war on women.
My point is that people act so incredibly insane these days, that there is nothing much left that a human can do that is shocking. Guess you missed my point. Sorry.
Snoring Dog Studio said:
I pray to God we haven’t all become so numb that we fail to be shocked by what we’re hearing and seeing. But being shocked to numbness won’t help change things. I sincerely hope the next election in 2012 sends the right message and that people show their disapproval toward the emotionally and socially depraved like Broun. One can hope and pray.
Oh, I don’t think we are numb, or at least I hope not. I guess it simply makes it all the more clear to me that we must not give in to this rabble and their hate mongering ways. The more they are exposed, the more chance there is that average people will do the right thing I hope.
running out of time today….found a nice source of info on what is happening in Madison
this will be happening in Indiana and Ohio, too…remember to support labor and the middle class in those states too….
it has also been pointed out that Limpaugh, InHannity, and O’Really are all Union members…interesting.
….also… snowing again. All hell is breaking loose and freezing over at the same time. God help us all…..oops, forgot I was a pagan there for a moment. 😉
okjimm – Sherry has joined me in saying ‘thank Elvis’ – works well as an alternative and you are welcome to adapt it!
but but but….. I never LIKED Elvis!
That’s all I’ve got!