Evening News Reads: Tied to a fence and Tied to a bad decision…

Good Evening

Today we have seen a lot of back and forth with Komen For the Cure and Planned Parenthood. It is good to see that PP is getting some big donations in response to the ridiculous actions of the Komen foundation. So I am just going to highlight a few new articles on the whole “Pink You!” debacle…

I must say, when I saw the title of this MoJo link, I laughed and laughed.

Komen’s $7.5 Million Grant to Penn State Appears to Violate New Policy | Mother Jones

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which recently announced that it is ending grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening because of a controversial investigation launched by an anti-abortion Republican congressman, currently funds cancer research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to the tune of $7.5 million. Like Planned Parenthood, Penn State is currently the subject of a federal government investigation, and like the Planned Parenthood grant, the Penn State grant appears to violate a new internal rule at Komen that bans grants to organizations that are under investigation by federal, state, or local governments. But so far, only the Planned Parenthood grants appear to have been cancelled.

An internal Komen memo written by President Elizabeth Thompson and obtained by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic states that if “an applicant or its affiliates” is under investigation “for financial or administrative improprieties by local, state or federal authorities,” then “the applicant will be ineligible to receive a grant.” Penn State, the Pennsylvania university that the Hershey center is affiliated with, is currently under investigation by the federal government over the sexual assault scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. In 2008, the Komen foundation awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to the Hershey center to study treatments that could reduce the risk of breast cancer.

This is why we know that the decision to withdraw support from Planned Parenthood was a targeted attack by someone, cough Handel cough, who had a personal agenda to defund Planned Parenthood from the get go.

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, university officials are required to “issue a timely warning if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community.” The Department of Education announced that it was investigating Penn State over possible Clery Act violations last November, and a Penn State spokesperson told Mother Jones that the investigation is ongoing. The Komen foundation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Of course they won’t comment! For those of you getting talked down to by people who believe Planned Parenhood protects sex offenders/predators, then I think you may want to share the news regarding this grant of 7.5 million to a university that clearly had a sexual predator and child rapist on their payroll…and still do. (I believe Sandusky is still getting a pension, right?) If I am wrong about that let me know.

More on this bad PR move: Komen struggles to defuse Planned Parenthood crisis | Reuters

The world’s leading breast cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, struggled on Thursday to defuse a growing crisis over its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion and birth control services.

The sudden rift between the two top U.S. women’s health advocacy groups triggered a furious debate on social media sites between supporters and opponents of abortion rights.

Democratic lawmakers called on Komen to reconsider its move as the organization was thrust into the center of an intractable dispute that some say will hamper its work for years to come [ID:nL2E8D2HHA]. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged his own money to help Planned Parenthood recoup the lost funds.

I spent most of the day on other sites, commenting on many of the articles that we have linked to on the blog in the last 48 hours. It is unbelievable the amount of smartass remarks from idiots who see no problem with the decision to cut funding for cancer screening programs that are mostly used by lower-income women.

However, the comments from folks who are disturbed by the politicizing of something as important as saving lives…are something to see. I am happy about that.

For one thing, the right’s war on women has been going on with little or no response or fight from women who seem to be detached from the attacks on their given rights over their own bodies. There has been a dull hum from people who have talked and talked about the Christian Jihad against women…we here on Sky Dancing have been a part of that hum…but this decision from Komen to cut ties to Planned Parenthood has really slapped some sense into people! And that is one thing I am glad to see.

One more link on this: Susan G. Komen Top Officials Resign As Backlash Gains Steam

Dr. Kathy Plesser, a Manhattan radiologist on the medical advisory board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s New York chapter, said she plans to resign from her position unless Komen reverses its decision to pull grant money from Planned Parenthood.

“I’m a physician and my interest is women’s health, and I am disturbed by Komen’s decision because I am a very strong advocate for serving under-served women,” Plesser told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating this funding will mean there’s no place for these women to go. Where are these women to go to have a mammography? Do they not deserve to have mammography?”

With her decision, Plesser joins Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, and the executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter, Deb Anthony, both of whom also resigned in protest.

Moving on to something else…and I may get some flak from this, when I complain about the injection of religion into politics and government, it goes both ways.  Obama: Jesus would tax the rich – Jennifer Epstein – POLITICO.com

President Barack Obama on Thursday tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’s teachings have shaped that conclusion.

The rich should pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,’” Obama said at the Washington Hilton, delivering remarks at an annual event that every president has attended since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

You know, I get what he is saying, but I just wish all this Jesus and Christian and God and religious manipulation would stop…from everyone!

It has no place in government…period.

There is this op/ed from David Ignatius. Is Israel preparing to attack Iran? – The Washington Post

You can go and read it at the link, I’ve been so focused on the Komen Krap  and the violence in Egypt, that I really haven’t kept up with the latest out of Iran.

Now, this last article is disturbing…In NYPD Custody, Trans People Get Chained to Fences and Poles

A trans woman says that when she was arrested for a minor subway violation, NYPD officers belittled her, called her names, asked about her genitals — and kept her chained to a fence for 28 hours. Now she’s suing. And it turns out she’s far from alone.

In her lawsuit, Temmie Breslauer says she was arrested on January 12 in a subway station for illegally using her dad’s discount fare card (only seniors and people with disabilities can get these). She says the arresting officers — the suit names one, Officer Shah — laughed at her. When they took her to the station, a desk sergeant asked her “whether she had a penis or a vagina.” Breslauer explained that she was in transition. Then, instead of putting her with female inmates or in her own room, the department allegedly chose this course of action:

[S]he was fingerprinted, seated on a bench, then painfully chained to a fence wherein, for no apparent reason, her arm was lifted over her head and attached to the fence to make it appear that she was raising her hand in the classroom. She sat there in that position for 28 hours.

She also says officers not only refused to call her “she,” they instead referred to her as “He-She”, “Faggot,” and “Lady GaGa,” and asked her “So you like to suck dick? Or what?” Meanwhile, people arrested for the same minor crime (misdemeanor “theft of services”) she was were calmly processed and allowed to leave. Finally, she was able to go before a judge, who gave her two days of community service. She says the whole ordeal aggravated her existing PTSD and left her sleepless and suicidal.

There seems to be a pattern of police brutality when it comes to crimes allegedly committed by Transgender persons.

And this isn’t the first time the NYPD has been accused of mocking and abusing a trans person. In October, Justin Adkins, director of the Multicultural Center at Williams College, was arrested for protesting on the Brooklyn Bridge as part of Occupy Wall Street. At The Bilerico Project, he reports almost exactly the same treatment that Breslauer got. When a male officer found out Adkins was trans, he asked Adkins what he “had down there.” Then, at the the station, this happened:

They had me sit down in a chair next to the filthy toilet, and handcuffed my right wrist to a metal handrail.

Why was I segregated from all of the other protestors? Perhaps the answer lay in the fact that police officers were coming by to ogle me, and were laughing and giggling at me through a window. It was obvious that prisoners were rarely handcuffed to a railing in this manner, because a number of officers asked a female officer why I was handcuffed to the railing. She told them something, I couldn’t hear what, but then, on each of these occasions, they would laugh and giggle while looking at me pointedly.

Adkins was chained up for eight hours, sometimes with his arm twisted painfully behind him, before he was finally released.

Adkins is waiting to hear back about his formal complaint filed with Internal Affairs. He has requested a standard procedure for arrest of Transgender detainees, however, his is not the first request.

A list of demands issued to the NYPD in 2009 by a group of transgender advocates and lawyers includes this:

NYPD officers place detained transgender women in cells with men in dangerous situations against their will no matter the circumstances. Transgender men have been cuffed to rails outside of cells for hours on end.

The list also says that, “In 2004, a transgender woman filed a law suit against the NYPD alleging a pattern and practice of engaging in unconstitutional and overly invasive searches of transgender people. Since then, at least four other transgender women have sued the NYPD about violations of their civil rights.”

The reporter ends this article with this:

So far I haven’t been able to get anyone from the NYPD to comment on this issue in any way. Emails to the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information have gone unanswered. When I contacted Timothy Duffy, the NYPD’s LGBT liaison, he declined to comment and referred me right back to the DCPI. All the advocates I talked to expressed some hope that the NYPD would change. But I bet lots of people in the trans community would feel a lot more hopeful if the department would make a public commitment to treating them like people. Until then, all they have to go on are some vague assurances of reform — and a lot of lawsuits that show the exact opposite.

Reform, that favorite of all stall tactics…

What are you all doing this evening? With all that has happened on the women front, I will be making brownies…lots of brownies!

25 Comments on “Evening News Reads: Tied to a fence and Tied to a bad decision…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    It looks like many of us are on the ball with that Penn State Komen grant article from MoJo…

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Here are a few articles on Egypt, I wanted to include some updates in the post above, but I wanted to get it published as soon as I could. That info on the Penn State grant is gaining speed…and I thought it needed to get posted.

    Egyptian Protesters Unleash Anger After Soccer Violence – NYTimes.com

    Analyst Says Egyptians Blame Military for Soccer Violence | Africa | English

    Egypt mourns soccer riot victims; thousands march in Cairo – latimes.com

    I will post some updates from twitter shortly.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      TheMiinz Menna منّة Alaa
      500 from Ultras attacking Police Headquarters in #Suez , the police is answering back by throwing tear gas. via @Nadiaglory
      1 Feb
      Retweeted 66 times
      Sofia Smith سهى
      SmithSofia Sofia Smith سهى
      MT @m0hd_: Urgent: 26 r wounded w/ shotgun shells & tear gas in #suez urgent blood donations r needed in #suez ► lts.cc/zJ0mS3
      5 minutes ago
      Deena Sami
      DeenaSamiCNN Deena Sami
      Two people have been confirmed dead in #Suez #Egypt after violent protests
      6 minutes ago
      Rasha Abdulla
      RashaAbdulla Rasha Abdulla
      Reports from several tweeps that the count is up to 3 dead in #Suez #Egypt
      45 minutes ago
      Dima Khatib أنا ديمة
      Dima_Khatib Dima Khatib أنا ديمة
      “@Rehab_Elbakry: Translation “@Monasosh: Two confirmed martyrs in #suez: Mohamed Atta & Mohamed Farag. God rest their souls.” #Egypt”
      53 minutes ago

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        We are the intersection of Fahmy and Mohammed Mahmoud streets
        1 minute ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        We pushed forward a little bit. Now they are showering up with rubber bullets.
        3 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        Most of us don’t have masks. Including me.
        5 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        Its like the battle should be over. But its not.
        6 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        They are waiting for us to run.
        13 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        Riot police on two fronts now. The others are waiting nor
        14 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        They are coming from the other side. We are being surrounded
        17 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        I’m the dude with a gray hoodie and Syria’s flag on my face.
        19 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        If you’re looking for me. I’m at the intersection.
        22 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        That tear gas is way too intense.
        30 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        We are like only a few dozen people at the intersection .
        31 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        There are too few of us. We got pushed back. Too much tear gas
        34 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        Atmosphere is loaded with tear gas.
        40 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        I can already hear the rubber bullets being fired.
        41 minutes ago
        Ahmad H. Aggour
        Psypherize Ahmad H. Aggour
        At #Mansour street. Time to go to the front.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Susan G. Komen Foundation Adopts New Cancer Screening Policy for Worthwhile Lives

    In conjunction with their controversial recent decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation today announced a new screening policy for providers, meant to detect and help save only “the most worthwhile” lives, which included a new emphasis on stamping out breast cancer in the unborn.

    “The Susan G. Komen foundation has always worked towards a day when no woman has to lose her life to breast cancer,” said spokesperson Jean Gladson. “Thanks to these new screening policies, which will help providers determine early, and decisively, which lives are worth our saving, we’re going to be able to take a huge step in the right direction.”

    “By eliminating further treatment for those individuals whose survival importance we deem ‘stage 0,’ our overall survival percentage rates are going to be WAY better,” Gladson concluded.

    The new screening methods allow care providers to determine which individuals seeking care are deserving of actual treatment based on a series of simple preliminary questions about the patient. Some of these include: “Is the patient Latina, Non-Gentrified Black, or another non-specific Poor?”; “Has the patient ever shopped at a Wal-mart? If the patient refuses to answer, use the ‘smell test’ guidelines included at the back of this pamphlet”; “Does the patient’s insurance information, or lack thereof, lead you to believe that society as a whole might be better off if this patient died from untreated, but not-provably-breast-cancer-related, illnesses?”

    According to the Komen Foundation, the new guidelines have been especially effective in improving breast cancer outcomes in fetuses, or “pre-infants,” one of the few groups the screening methods deem still eligible for treatment.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jilly-gagnon/susan-g-komen-foundation-_b_1250666.html

  4. northwestrain says:

    Transgender — they are still human beings — and this is a “Christian Nation” I don’t think so. This is cop behavior one would expect from a third world country — oh but the US is a third world country.

    The Komen group has made NO mention about how they will reach out and provide health care services to women that Planned Parenthood already provides.

    The damned “Christians” have turned cancer into a political discussion. The Politics of Cancer is a worthwhile article — and this is what the damned “take no prisoners” extreme right taliban is doing — turning cancer into a political battle field. In other third world countries — if a woman is preg. she is banned from having cancer treatment. Next step all women of child bearing age will be banned from cancer treatment — all we all to do is Google how other third world “Christian” countries treat females to find out how the Christians Taliban will behave once they get their laws in place. Generally it is the Christian missionaries of the extreme right who seem to ge doing the damage — Uganda is an example as is Costa Rica.

    “Cancer Politics”: The last thing that most cancer patients are going to think about is the politics of abortion. Being between things, most cancer patients discover that the world is more complex than the portrait painted by a zealot of any persuasion. Being forever between health and illness, most cancer patients have a non-partisan take on the disease, supporting organizations that fund cancer research, cancer screening, and survivorship programs, all of which help people of diverse social standing deal with the physical and psychological challenges of the disease.

    In these hard times, the Komen Foundation’s “pro-life” decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood will comprise the health of millions of economically challenged women, which is likely to result in needless pain, suffering and death. In so doing they demonstrate how little they know about the people — cancer patients — they serve. Such are the real life consequences of zealotry in public life.

    Having long been a beacon for women’s health and for cancer advocacy, the Komen foundation seems to have shamefully succumbed to the ignorance of zealotry, which has no place in the world of cancer. They will probably lose much of their support — sadly and rightfully so.


  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    Komen speaks on Planned Parenthood – The Washington Post

    I just got off a call with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson, in which the two officials spoke at length about the group’s new policies that would bar the funding of Planned Parenthood. A few takeaways:

    It’s now less clear why Planned Parenthood lost the Komen funding. Komen had initially told the Associated Press that Planned Parenthood could not receive funding because it was under government investigation. But today, in no uncertain terms, Johnson indicated that the decision actually had very little to do with an ongoing congressional probe.

    “First and foremost, it doesn’t really have anything to do with that,” she said, adding that she didn’t know “very much” about the investigation because she works “20 hours a day focusing on our mission.”

    Then they go on to spin some sort of excuse that PP doesn’t perform the mammograms onsite. 3 PPs are still getting funding for now, but the interview with Brinker on MSNBC she said that they are up for grant review at a different time then all the other PP. She would not give guarantee that they would continue to get funding after the review.

    “We have decided not to fund, whereever possible, pass-through grants. We were giving them money, they were sending women out for mammograms. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms.”

    Komen had initially funded 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates and, in the wake of new funding policies, will only continue funding three of those chapters. The three that will continue to receive funds are in Northern Colorado, Southern California and Waco, Tex., because “they are the only provider” of breast health services in the areas they serve, Brinker said.

    Link to the interview I mentioned: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/susan-g-komen-founder-tells-shocked-and-angered-andrea-mitchell-they-didnt-de-fund-planned-parenthoo/

  6. Minkoff Minx says:

    Susan G. Komen Foundation Twitter Responses That Made Us LOL

    Many may recognize the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation from their ubiquitous pink ribbon or their Race for the Cure, but unfortunately, just as many people might recognize them from their promotional “awareness-raising” merch; the KFC chicken buckets, the cell phone cases and the limited-edition Smith & Wesson pistol.

    The foundation announced Wednesday they would be cutting all their funding for Planned Parenthood, a long-standing grant they’ve given each year to help women get breast exams, per a brand new policy within the organization that prohibits them from partnering with groups who are under investigation. As of Thursday there is still no word as to whether or not the foundation plans on cutting ties with Bank of America, one of their major partners who has been facing some federal investigation drama of their own over the past year, but hey, let’s not split hairs.
    we couldn’t help but notice a few comedians out there on Twitter making their opinions known via more lighthearted means.

    While it’s certainly a serious issue, and you can donate to Planned Parenthood here if you’re inclined, we couldn’t help but LOL at these tweets.

    Click the link to read the tweets

    • dakinikat says:


      When the decision was announced over the Planned Parenthood email list (it had initially been broken a short while earlier), it felt like a crippling blow to women’s healthcare–and in some ways it still is. But the big story is actually how furious many Komen supporters are, how many have taken to the Internet, to petitions, and more to declare the end of their support and donations to Komen.

      This is a big change, considering the fact that Komen was a beloved, celebrity-endorsed brand — and Planned Parenthood was increasingly under attack. But something shifted after this announcement: immediate analyses from social media in fact show that the number of angry comments against Komen and in favor Planned Parenthood vastly, vastly outnumbered the comments that applauded the decision — even as Komen began to frantically erase them on its Facebook page.

      • northwestrain says:

        Komen appears to be a corporate cult — and they aren’t interested in women’s health– a companion piece at the same link — breasts yes — vagina no.

        In fact it seems that Komen is busy covering for other corporations and helping to block information (and laws) about the link between environmental causes of breast cancer. I’ve seen several articles mention different efforts to block research and/or information.

        Pink used to pretty up cancer — how awful. Mind boggling.

        Ultimately this is a good thing to happen — Komen dumping Planned Parenthood. Thousands of us are getting an education about the basical evil character of corporations — even the ones that are supposed to be working for women. I just never knew — the extent of the corruption at Komen.

        Thanks for the link Dak

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    This is horrible!

    Stolen Babies? Mother Loses Four Kids – ABC News

    The scars of childbirth were still healing on Amelia Reyes Jimenez’s stomach in 2008 when police came to her Phoenix apartment and took her three-month-old daughter from her arms.

    Three and a half years later, Reyes Jimenez and her four children have become statistics in the U.S. crackdown on illegal immigration. Each year thousands of children of undocumented immigrants, like Amelia’s kids, wind up in foster care when their parents are arrested for immigration violations. Some are even adopted by U.S. citizens while their parents are held in federal detention centers or deported back to their native countries.

    Reyes Jimenez’s son and three daughters are now living in foster care in Phoenix, and are awaiting possible adoption. Reyes Jimenez is back in Mexico, her parental rights terminated by an Arizona judge, and she cries when she remembers the raid that began it all.

    • northwestrain says:

      The green ICE vehicles are everywhere the closer you get to the border here in AZ. There are check points — some have been closed but others are gearing up to stop all traffic. Apparently you have no rights at the check points — sort of like the TSA north of the border. This is a huge waste of money — the stat I read was that lock ups of “illegals” is costing about one million dollars a day. This is big business for the Private prisons. So now we know the why — Corporations at getting rich. Also the women are being raped while in these private prisons. Homeland Security wants to excuse the rape of “illegals” — rape in other prisons is bad — but if you are caught up in a raid and locked up for months while ICE decides what to do with you and you get raped — too bad — so sorry.

      Also AZ has the highest number of US citizens locked up — swept up in ICE raids.

      Stealing children — and in some cases putting kids in jail with their parents is just mean.

      Up north the US Coast Guard use the speed boats to harass all boaters — demanding to see some sort of citizenship papers. So the CG rather than doing what we all thought they were doing are actually working for ICE.

      That story is so sad — parents have no rights — especially if they are “illegals”.


  8. northwestrain says:

    Suicide in one town is way up due to extreme bullying of gay kids by classmates. Yep one of the major causes of death of teens is due to suicide and often because of the damned bullies.

    This particular school is in Michelle Backmann’s home district — amazing, surprising — NOPE.


    More of the good work of “Christians”.

  9. ralphb says:

    Obama Wall Street Fundraising Evaporates As Donors Flee To Romney

    President Barack Obama has been abandoned by the world of finance.

    Over the course of the 2012 election, his presidential campaign has received about one dollar in donations from the financial sector for every five dollars given to his top competitor, Mitt Romney, according to figures provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). During the final three months of 2011, however, the margin has widened dramatically.

    This keeps up, we may see some perp walks on Wall St after all. 😉

    • bostonboomer says:

      I never thought of that. Romney’s list of donors looks a lot like Obama’s did in 2008. Goldman Sachs is number 1 followed by several other TBTF banks.

      • ralphb says:

        Last 3 months of 2011, Romney out fundraised him on Wall St 11 to 1 or some such number. Wonder if Obama decided to not stay bought?

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Apologies if someone posted this already. According to Care 2, Komen has also defended stem cell research centers that they were previously supporting.

    In addition to pulling funds from Planned Parenthood for The Susan G. Komen Foundation also decided to stop funding embryonic stem cell research centers making it fully transparent the organization has evolved from non-political non-profit to a partisan advocacy organization.

    That means the loss of $3.75 million to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, $4.5 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center, $1 million to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, $1 million to the Society for Women’s Health Research, and $600,000 to Yale University. That’s a loss of nearly $12 million dollars in research money to eradicate breast cancer this year alone.

    This is a new position for the organization which had previously supported all sorts of scientific research targeted at finding a cure for breast cancer and saving women’s lives. It’s new position is that the organization will categorically no longer support any embryonic stem cell research.

    Instead of the loud, clumsy announcement Komen made in severing ties with Planned Parenthood, this is a decision they quietly slipped in during November 2011. After all, with this new pro-life branding you would think the Susan G. Komen Foundation would want to crow about it’s policy change since embryonic stem cell research is an issue near and dear to the anti-choice crowd Komen now serves.

  11. ralphb says:

    Republican greatest fears about an Obama 2nd term

    ORLANDO, Fla.—“We cannot survive four more years of this!” moaned Kelly Clem-Rickon. She was one of Newt Gingrich’s Hillsborough County co-chairs, assigned to keep a Tampa crowd cheering and cheerful while the candidate made his delayed way over to give a speech. “We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into 1,000 years of darkness!”

    It was a perfect quote—a direct line from Ronald Reagan, an allusion to the Third Reich and the Revelation to John.

    There’s an enlightening slide show here. Idiot America at work full time.