SDB Evening News Reads for 072011: Franken, Perry and Kasich walk into a Hooters…

Evening News November 18th, 1914

Well, good afternoon.  Obviously, any blog post that begins with a title like this one has is just trying to make a joke out of a few very serious news articles…which I happily bring to you in this evening’s news reads.

The same state that brought you Bachmann, check out another Minnesotan, Al Franken as he Destroys Focus On The Family Witness, Exposes Misuse Of HHS Study | ThinkProgress

During this morning’s Senate DOMA hearings, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) destroyed Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery’s argument that children are better off with opposite-sex parents by demonstrating how Minnery misrepresented an HHS study. The study — which Minnery cited to oppose marriage equality — actually found that children do best in two-parent households, regardless of the parents’ gender.

Click that link to ThinkProgress to watch the video.

So here is some more disturbing news, this time from the Lone Star State.  Disturbing in that it involves Rick Perry’s foreign policy education, instructed by none other than Donald Rumsfeld himself.  Be afraid…be very afraid…Rumsfeld had role in Perry meeting – Ben Smith –

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped organize Rick Perry’s foreign policy and national security briefing in Austin last Wednesday, Rumsfeld’s staff confirmed today.

Perry’s aides have been tight-lipped about the gathering, which National Review reported included former Rumsfeld aides Doug Feith, Daniel Fata, and William Luti, as well as the magazine’s Andrew McCarthy and others . But I’m told Rumsfeld helped steer Perry’s staff to the low-key advisory group, and his detainee adviser Cully Stimson was also invited, but couldn’t attend.

Oh great, as if Perry’s Jesus/God prayerfest fasting fundraising party wasn’t bad enough.

Go ahead and give this Colbert Clip a minute of your time:

Tuesday July 19, 2011

God Calls Rick Perry to Run

With the tough challenges facing America, Rick Perry thinks it’s time to hand it over to God and ask Him to jump in.

I’d embed the video if I could…a bit of comic humor for you all.  Honestly, humor is the only thing that is getting me through all this crap lately.

Update: Here’s the video embed… Vodpod videos no longer available.

And speaking of crap, yes this next video clip shows us what NBC’s Today Show believes is newsworthy, you know…if I was a woman anchor over on the Today Show, I would have to put my foot down on this story.  Today Show Breasts | Why Do Men Like Boobs | Large Boobs | Mediaite

I don’t know the exact figures, but I’m pretty sure the Today Show airs on NBC for about 42 hours every day. With that much time to fill, you’d think some of the content may strain for substance. Not the case, however, as you could see by today’s Today in which the show sought to answer a question that’s been challenging great thinkers for centuries: “Why do breasts turn men into boobs?”

I’m sure all the camera guys who shot b-roll for this segment must have been really excited. You know, for helping with great journalism and all.

Today’s investigating was so good for this piece that they answered their central question in the first minute, showing an interview with sexologist Logan Levkoff who explained everything:

“The fixation on breasts starts with this evolutionary blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah? Blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah.”

I apologize if that transcription wasn’t perfect. I got distracted because Levkoff is a woman and therefore has breasts.

Give the rest of that post by Jon Bershad a read, it made me chuckle…if only men would pay more attention to women’s health issues, other than focusing on women’s breasts…ah, I am preaching to the choir…I know.

It is obvious that Ohio Governor Kasich doesn’t give a damn about the health and welfare of the women in his state.  Ohio Governor Signs 20 Week Abortion Ban | RH Reality Check

Ohio has become the latest state to ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks, even prior to viability and without any exception for the health of the mother.  Republican Governor John Kasich signed the bill into law today, making it the second major new abortion restriction to go on the books this session.

Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, released the following statement condemning the new law:

“Once again, Governor Kasich put politics over the safety of Ohio women by signing an anti-abortion bill that lacks adequate health protections.  When a pregnancy endangers a woman’s health, or there are serious complications, politicians shouldn’t interfere.  This intrusive new law will force women who face serious health problems later in their pregnancies to wait until their lives are in jeopardy before a doctor can legally terminate their pregnancy and has no exception to provide care for women carrying a fetus with a severe anomaly.  Ohio is on the fast track to becoming the most dangerous state in the country for pregnant women.”

Yes, read that statement again: “Ohio is on the fast track to becoming the most dangerous state in the country for pregnant women.”

Come on people, this is the USA, not some country that degrades and devalues their women citizens…/snark

And in that respect, I will end with this request from Planned Parenthood.

Yesterday I got a mass email from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood.  So here is the gist of the email.  Give this link to PPAction a click and send a message to HHS.

No co-pay birth control for millions of women in America is within reach. Right now, the Dept. of Health and Human Services is deciding whether or not to require new insurance plans to cover birth control with no co-pays. We’re almost there — add your name to Planned Parenthood’s petition:

So what else is going on in your world today?

16 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 072011: Franken, Perry and Kasich walk into a Hooters…”

  1. I think I can get the Colbert video to embed in your post, JJ, if you and others want… I’m always glad to help spread videos of Stephen Colbert, lol.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    This post is hiliarous! Thanks for cheering me up, Minx!

  3. Some spooky polling from PPP:

    -In the Obama/Bachmann head to head 10% of undecideds approve of Obama and 67% disapprove. If you allocate them based on their approval/disapprove of Obama, Obama would lead only 51-49.

    • LOL, this is just sad… he can’t even beat T-Paw, the most boring guy on the GOP side:

      -In the Obama/Pawlenty head to head 9% of undecideds approve of Obama and 75% disapprove. If you allocate them based on their approval/disapprove of Obama, the race would be tied at 50%.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    House Republicans Show Up Outside of White House Demanding Written Proposal on Debt Ceiling | Video Cafe

    The kabuki theater from House Republican freshman on raising the debt limit continues — GOP congressmen show up at White House, want plan:

    While President Obama and Congressional GOP leaders continue to negotiate a debt ceiling deal behind the scenes, several House Republican freshmen are growing impatient.

    Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling.

    Really, this kind of stuff just can’t be made up…

  5. boogieman7167 says:

    sounds like bought and paid for throwing in the towel before he even runs

  6. What’s the deal with this Reuters exclusive that the Fed is planning for a default?

  7. northwestrain says:

    Rick Perry?????????????????????????????

    Mr. Good hair?????????????????

    Not good for America
    and not
    good for your penis.

    The bar was set on the ground for 0bowma — his experience was primarily voting present and taking credit for other State Senator’s work. Then he gets to the US Senate and starts running for the white house — very little committee work. He basically had no real leadership training or experience. Except for that thing worth millions to improve Chicago schools — which was a failure. He has no experience getting legislation through — and I still don’t seem him learning how to lead.

    The big clue for me in his “leadership” ability came while he was candidate for prez and he was called in to “chair” the meeting. He didn’t even know how to conduct a meeting — that mess turned into a free for all. Everyone one else in attendance knew how to manipulate a meeting — and this is one of the key things about conducting a meeting of narcissists — how to control the narcissistic egos.

    But then he has a penis — so . . . . .

  8. dakinikat says:

    Cenk Uygur has left MSNBC