Yet despite a growing sense that the GOP has veered into politically dangerous territory, a full-scale retreat would embarrass the party, and alienate a powerful segment of its conservative base. And that’s left Republicans little choice but to press ahead, illustrating the dangers they’ll face if election year politicking turns further from the economy toward culture war fights that voters thought were settled decades ago.
Evening News Reads: Let the slugfest begin!Posted: March 1, 2012
We had a taste of summer here in Banjoland today…the sun was baking the cow patties and the top floor rooms of our house were getting hot like bun warmers.
Hmmm…speaking of bullshit. (Like how I slid into the first news link of the night?) Limbaugh’s Misogynistic Attack On Georgetown Law Student Continues With Increased Vitriol
And it is awful and vile:
Rush Limbaugh is not backing down after widespread condemnation over his misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University Law School student who testified before Congress recently about the problems caused when women lack access to contraception.
If anything, Limbaugh has increased the vitriol, at one point asking Fluke: “Who bought your condoms in sixth grade?”
Yesterday, Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Today he stepped it up a notch…
Opening his show Thursday, Limbaugh characterized the criticism of his comments as “a conniption fit,” which he called “hilarious.” He offered what he said was a “compromise” to contraception coverage: purchasing “all the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as possible.”
Limbaugh returned to the controversy later, claiming to have “run some numbers” on contraception costs and arguing that contraception coverage was “flat-out thievery” that would force taxpayers to pay to “satisfy the sexual habits of female law students at Georgetown.”
Limbaugh later dismissed concerns over lack of access to contraception coverage and mocked Fluke’s congressional testimony, affecting a baby’s voice and pretending to cry, saying: “I’m going broke having sex. I need government to provide me condoms and contraception. It’s not fair.”
Limbaugh later questioned why insurance should cover contraception and played a portion of Fluke’s testimony laying out the problems many college-age women face paying for contraception. He asked, “Ms. Fluke, have you ever heard of not having sex? Have you ever heard of not having sex so often?”
After saying that the Washington, D.C., Department of Health “will send you free condoms and lube,” Limbaugh said: “So, Ms. Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Horrid, what is this asshole doing on the air? Can someone tell me? Any lawyers out there, please tell me this douchbag can be sued…
You can read more on this here: Limbaugh Doubles Down, Demands Sandra Fluke Post Sex Tapes Online
Let’s move on to another “Douche” in the news today, this one is a dead Douche…uh…those are Matt Taibbi’s words, but if the shoe fits…Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche
So Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here’s what I have to say to that, and I’m sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.
I say this in the nicest possible way. I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart. Not in the sense that I would ever have wanted to hang out with him, or even be caught within a hundred yards of him without a Haz-Mat suit on, but I respected the shamelessness. Breitbart didn’t do anything by halves, and even his most ardent detractors had to admit that he had a highly developed, if not always funny, sense of humor.
You can read the rest of the memorial at the link.
Funny how assholes like Limbaugh and Breitbart are described as “nice” guys when dealing with people away from the cameras or microphones. Women Voter mentioned in the comments that she had a twitter disagreement with Breitbart and he was never out of line…Then you have this “exclusive” from The Hollywood Reporter: Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying (Exclusive)
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sando says he arrived at the bar in the tony Brentwood section of L.A. around 10 p.m. and soon the empty seat next to his was filled by a man with a familiar face.
“I tried to figure out how I knew him,” says Sando, a veteran publicity and marketing executive who has worked at CBS, King World Prods and Turner Broadcasting. “He was on his BlackBerry. And I said ‘Andrew?’ I told him I had seen his work.”
Sando says the duo quickly struck up a conversation that would last a little less than two hours.
“He was friendly and engaging,” Sando recalls. “I said, ‘You can’t be very happy with the slate of Republican candidates’ and he said, ‘Why would you say that?’ I said, ‘Well, they’re talking about contraception,’ and he said, ‘The conversation is being framed by the liberal media.’ I said, ‘Well, the media isn’t writing Rick Santorum’s speeches for him.’ We had a back-and-forth for awhile until we said we weren’t going to agree on some things.”
The friendly debate continued in the bar as Breitbart sipped red wine, says Sando. “We just hit it off, he was delightful. There were other people who sat down and joined the conversation.”
I have heard similar stories about Rush…I mean, isn’t Elton John a friend of his?
When Rush did the voice over for a Family Guy episode, Seth MacFarlane said Rush is a really cool, decent guy. (I know that is one misogynist calling the other cool and decent.)
And that Chris Christie is another one…who makes terrible comments about women and so many other things…yet he jokes about himself, and seems like he could be a “nice guy” when he wants to be…I just don’t understand it all.
Eeek, I better move on. I have a lot of stories about other assholes to get to.
I think this makes the third asshole I am writing about today…Sheriff Joe: ‘Probable cause’ Obama certificate a fraud
An investigative “Cold Case Posse” launched six months ago by “America’s toughest sheriff” – Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County – has concluded there is probable cause that the document released by the White House last year as President Obama’s birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery.
Number four…anyone guess who? If you said Roy Blunt, you’d win the boobie prize. Thankfully the Blunt amendment was defeated in Senate
The Senate defeated Sen. Roy Blunt’s amendment to allow employers to refuse to cover health services Thursday, dealing Republicans a high-profile setback in the fight over the Obama administration’s contraception coverage mandate.
The vote is unlikely to end the fight over the contraception rule, though, as Blunt said the issue won’t go away until the administration backs down and gives a broader religious exemption to the coverage mandate.
Numbers five, six and seven if you please:
Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania joined Republicans in support of the amendment.
Number eight is a nice turtle asshole: GOP Struggles To Contain Birth Control Fallout
The man really looks like a turtle.
Okay, I have lost count…but here is something from a Peach State asshole: Georgia Right-To-Life Strongarms On 20-Week Ban While OB Calls Bill “Heartless” I have to quote the short post because it all is just to important.
Debate continues in Georgia over a proposed 20-week abortion ban pushed by anti-choice advocates based on the erroneous claim that a fetus can feel pain at that point in its development. But Georgia Right-to-Life, a key supporter of the bill, is getting concerned that some of the votes they need for passage may be slipping away.
And they aren’t going to let that happen.
Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Dan Becker, the president of Georgia Right to Life, is facing off with state House Republicans whom he believes might waver on supporting a bill that would cut the time for elective abortions and tighten medical exemptions for treating pregnant women. His confrontation with Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, who has anti-abortion credentials, left her flustered and complaining near noon Wednesday. Cooper said Becker threatened her political career.
Threats are apparently necessary in order to keep Republican votes in line. The bill is being panned by numerous doctors who worry that they will not be able to perform life-saving procedures on women with medical complications due to a rule stating that a fetus “must be delivered in a way that tries to keep it alive.”
One anonymous OBGYN who specializes in later terminations calls it heartless to not allow women to abort “medically futile pregnancies.”
As a prominent Atlanta obstetrician told me this week, consider a woman who at 20 weeks discovers that her fetus suffers from anencephaly, which means it’s missing part of its head. The goal of his practice is to see high-risk pregnancies through to a healthy, successful live birth, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.
“The fetus has no skull,” he explained. “I don’t think many of us walk around without a skull. It is not going to survive no matter what you do. We tell the mother what we found, and we let her go through full counseling, grief counseling. And at the end of that, we give her the option of carrying that pregnancy or not.”
Under HB 954, that option would no longer be available.
That fetus will be carried to full term, under the false excuse of sparing it pain, and the result will be a baby “condemned to writhe in agony” as it dies shortly after birth.
Despite listening to the objections of many in the medical profession, the bill was left with no exceptions for a woman’s health or for nonviable pregnancies.
No exceptions…like so many other asshole sponsored bills throughout the country.
Some of this anti-abortion religious conscience crap has been knocked down in the courts over in Scotland. Midwives lose abortion duties case
Two senior midwives have lost a legal case in which they argued that having to supervise staff who carried out abortions violated their human rights.
The two women were challenging a decision by Greater Glasgow Health Board that neither was entitled to refuse to support colleagues involved in abortion procedures.
Judge Lady Smith ruled they were sufficiently removed from direct involvement to afford respect for their beliefs.
Video report at the link, take a look.
This next article is really going to piss some of you off.
Albany Bill Would Bar Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution – Read the article and tell me WTF is wrong with this crap…
When she worked the streets, Yvette Gonzales said, she frequently saw other prostitutes working without condoms. But they were not having unprotected sex at the request of their customers.Often, Ms. Gonzales said, the police would confiscate condoms when making a prostitution arrest so they could be used as evidence. And as soon as the prostitutes were released from jail, she said, they would go right back to work without protection; or refrain from carrying condoms at all, for fear of being arrested.“It breaks my heart,” said Ms. Gonzales, who now works for a nonprofit group, the Positive Health Project, that counsels prostitutes, tests them for infection and provides them with free condoms. “The police need to understand: Don’t take their condoms. You’re taking someone’s health from them.”
Assemblywoman Barbara M. Clark, Democrat of Queens, and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Democrat of Brooklyn, have sponsored a bill to keep the possession of condoms from being used in criminal court as evidence of prostitution. The bill was first introduced in 1999 and has been re-introduced every year since, but has consistently died in committee. This year, its backers express optimism.
When is a crime to carry condoms?
The New York Police Department did not respond to questions about the proposal, but prosecutors said they wanted the option of including condom evidence at trial. “I oppose any law that would restrict our use of evidence,” said Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney. “Prosecutors in my office assess evidence on a case-by-case basis, determining what is appropriate in each situation.”
Excluding certain types of evidence from criminal court is rare, but not unprecedented. One example is the rape shield law, which limits evidence or questions in rape trials about a complainant’s previous sexual conduct.
Ms. Baskin said her organization had become involved in the issue because of the confusion on the issue that sex workers expressed during free legal workshops the group provided. “They’d ask us, ‘How many condoms can I legally carry?’ ” Ms. Baskin said, adding, “That’s a disturbing question, because it’s not a crime to carry condoms.”
I guess when you are a woman…it seems outrageous that a condom, and we are talking unused condoms, in the wrapper…can be used as evidence.
Most criminal cases end with plea deals. But in one that went to trial last year in Manhattan, the defense lawyer, Kate Mogulescu of the Legal Aid Society, tried to have the court exclude from the trial a condom that had been found in her client’s purse. The police said her client had confessed, but that alone was not enough to win a conviction. So prosecutors were using the condom, along with other evidence to corroborate the confession.
The judge, Richard M. Weinberg of Manhattan Criminal Court, said he would take the evidence for what it was worth, but his opinion became apparent when he added, “I’ll tell you again, in the age of AIDS and H.I.V., if people are sexually active at a certain age and they are not walking around with condoms, they are fools.” He acquitted the woman.
Damnit, what kind of society are we living in? I saw a tweet sometime this week that said it is illegal to purchase a dildo in Alabama, yet they are trying to make women have one fitted with an ultrasound device shoved up their vaginas if they want to have an abortion…
It makes me so mad. I want to scream.
Alright, one last link for you…how many assholes have I talked about tonight? Well I can add three more in one shot. ‘Fox & Friends’ Expanding by an Hour
Ay Dios Mio! As if three hours with the gang of bungholes weren’t enough.
That is it, I am off to enjoy a piece of apple pie à la mode. It’s the only thing that will make me feel better. See you later in the comments.