Tag Archives: GOP

Video: MN State Sen. Ron Latz speaks against anti-choice bill

17 May

I’ve already spent a lot of time today reading about abortion on the wingnut websites I had to cruise for the last post. But hey, why not. It’s our GOP politicians’ favorite subject of late, so I suppose now it’s mine, too.

The Minnesota Senate already voted to cut state funding of abortions for poor women and to limit abortions to under 20 weeks. Governor Mark Dayton is expected to veto it. That doesn’t make this video of Sen. Ron Latz (DFL – St. Louis Park) speaking against the bill any less awesome to watch.

Latz points out what so many women feel every time these new restrictions on abortion are passed under the justification that taxpayers don’t want to fund them: there are any number of things that taxpayers hate funding — like unjust wars, like the nice government health care plan of any GOP congressman, like crisis pregnancy centers that provide medical misinformation to women.

Yet the fact that the government still spends billions to fight wars to kill children in faraway lands and yet sermonizes about saving $1.5 million on family planning funding and listens to the screeching of an incoherent right-wing agenda that calls itself “pro-life” even as it undercuts social safety nets, health care and education for the increasing numbers of poor — hell, Latz could use a little more outrage.

Gov. Daniels signs law offering to kill women for spot in GOP primary

11 May

A federal judge has refused to issue a temporary restraining order against the new Indiana law signed yesterday by Gov. Mitch Daniels that defunds the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics, meaning that the bill takes effect immediately. The ACLU will now seek an injunction, with a hearing set for June 6th.

From the AP story:

“Family planning dollars fund preventive health services that are critical to low-income and vulnerable women and their families,” [ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken] Falk said. “It is unlawful, unnecessary and cruel to deny these populations health services that they desperately need.”

Idiotically, this law that will hurt thousands of women in Indiana by decreasing access to birth control, pap smears, breast exams and STI testing is nothing more than a playing card in Daniels’s possible presidential run.

It’s 2011. Women’s health is still somehow a playing piece in the pathetic, destructive gamesmanship of our national political landscape. Health, for women. Women’s health. Women, the people who are half of everyone you know, women women women women women womOH GOD JUST NOT THE OIL SUBSIDIES.

Repeat this over and over to yourself: the GOP would like to see women dead of preventable cancer and unsafe abortions. The GOP will actually kill women to get into office. We don’t need women! We just fuck little boys in Denny’s restrooms! The GOP is the party of death. The GOP wants death for you. They want you dead, so they can grind up your bodies and sell it at discount rates to Charles Koch so he can make it into popsicles he feeds to his dogs.

Even conservative feminists getting sick of GOP anti-choice agenda

28 Apr

Over at the blog Red State Feminists, some conservative feminists are getting kind of angry that the GOP men are focusing on abortion to the exclusion of other issues. Yeah, that’s annoying, right?

[Red State Feminists] believe that abortion is one of the most important issues of the day. RSFs also believe, heretically, that the pro-life position can be completely consonant with feminism–because no woman wants an abortion.

But it is with a great deal of frustration that we find that the first issue pushed in new Republican-controlled state legislatures, are further constraints on abortion. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are some reasonable constraints that might make sense. Standards for equipment and facilities, safety inspections, parental notification, and so forth may be seen by abortion proponents as harassment, but can also be argued to be important advances.

I won’t agree wholesale, but these are fairly sane voices in the conservative lady wilderness. The gloss over the debate about “equipment and facilities” aside, since sometimes those standards are falsely used as masks to shut down safe abortion clinics (and sometimes those standards should legitimately be raised), we can pretty much all agree that we’re frustrated by the myopic obsession with abortion currently floating around the GOP. Why? Because it addresses none of the underlying problems. We can get that far together. Continue reading

Nearly half of Americans finally realize the GOP is full of lunatics

12 Apr

Hey, I wonder how the GOP strategy of “kill women and poors” is working out for them lately? It’s the kind of strategy most Americans can agree on, right?

From Talking Points Memo:

The [PPP] poll also found that a plurality of voters (48%) now say the Republican party is “extremist,” while 40% say the party is mainstream. The numbers were almost flipped on the Democratic side, with 46% viewing the party as mainstream, and 39% viewing it as extremist.

Further, in a generic ballot question, Democrats came out on top 46%-41%. That’s a sharp reversal from last year when, in the days before the midterm elections, Republicans held up to double-digit leads in generic ballot tests.

Shit. The whole “appeal to the most lunatic fringe of your base” thing appears to have convinced almost half of America that the Republicans themselves are also lunatics. Why would anyone make that connection? It’s just a game!

Just look how much fun the “elite media” are having asking rhetorical questions about whether Donald Trump is serious or just playing Ignatius with a bit of cynical Murdoch-style pandering and manipulation. Come on, America, even the lamestream media can figure out that your neighborhood cartoon GOP troll is just out there spewing psychobabble to win over the Stupids. Play along.

And yet, maybe somewhere along the way the peaceful dream of doing absolutely nothing on your domestic policy list that you say you will besides lowering taxes (everybody loves that!) stopped working out so well for the GOP, and America started to kind of realize the Republicans were actually going to be serious this time about trying to dismantle every public social support system ever created.

Who could have imagined that might backfire?

Planned Parenthood’s Facebook fans surged 992 percent after the House approved the budget amendment to defund the group in mid-February. More than 810,000 supporters signed its petition denouncing the amendment — more than half of them new users who had never been active with Planned Parenthood prior to the budget debate. The social media activity also drove Planned Parenthood’s surge in online donations.

Double shit! Of course, even people who tacitly support a cause come to its defense when it is existentially threatened.

We can only hope the GOP continues its self-destructive death march “in the name of angry overtaxed Jesus” to try to destroy unions, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, Planned Parenthood, food stamps, and the environment. Then perhaps the millions of middle-class and struggling Americans who were “tacitly supporting” their own existence will recognize the threat to their own human dignity and economic security now that – hey, math – another $127-a-year tax cut is not going to make up the difference on the $127-per-month rise in health care premiums.

Haikus for John Boehner on the occasion of our government shutdown

8 Apr
Unless you are dead or willfully ignorant, you are aware that the federal government will probably shut down in, like, the next five minutes. Why? Because a bunch of fringe radical Taliban-wannabes have “double-terror hijacked” the negotiations with all the gusto of a band of demon zombie pedophile priests flying out of hell straight into a 5-year-old’s birthday party. What? That’s right, the GOP is so hell-bent on defunding Planned Parenthood, they’re willing to shut down the entire government, the federal parks, the space program and send home 800,000 people from work without pay just to prevent low-income women from getting cancer screenings.

So to celebrate this spectacular new achievement in American Hatefulness, I made haikus.

Do I have cancer
Cancer in summertime
Jesus would not care

Falling to the ground
Dicks raining down on us
Showers from Congress

Angry white teeth gnash
May I have tea with my blood
A lefty slut screams

Where is Batman now
Or really anybody
To bitch slap these dongs

GOP would like IRS to have benefit of hearing your sexy abortion stories

18 Mar

I love this one. Nick Baumann of Mother Jones, still bravely sifting through the surrealist existentialist masterpiece that is the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (HR3) in the same way that some literary aficionados bravely spend months enduring Infinite Jest with a tortured smile, finds that in the world Republicans imagine on paper, for money, paid for by taxpayers (and I can’t get paid to write fiction), IRS agents have some free time and would like to hear a sexy bedtime story about your incest-fueled abortion dramedy (and yes, that was one sentence). IRS agents love to hear about those things, that’s what they exist for. Not only do they want to hear about it, they want to see some drawings of it maybe.

Under standard audit procedure, a woman would have to provide evidence to corroborate facts about abortions, rapes, and cases of incest, says Marcus Owens, an accountant and former longtime IRS official. If a taxpayer received a deduction or tax credit for abortion costs related to a case of rape or incest, or because her life was endangered, then “on audit [she] would have to demonstrate or prove, ideally by contemporaneous written documentation, that it was incest, or rape, or [her] life was in danger,” Owens says.

It’s a good thing Republicans are getting paid, in Congress at their desks during work hours, to write these classic cultural tomes that illuminate the soul of our society with such lyricism. We as Americans are so indomitable, so inimitable. It’s like the Congressional bill-writing equivalent of the poetic ad I just saw in the Miami airport Burger King that said, “THIS IS PERFECTION.”

GOP war-death machine pleased to formally declare war on women’s health

18 Feb

Well, the House of Representatives formally declared war on women’s health by a vote of 240-185. We hadn’t declared war in such a long time, the House representatives who voted for the bill said, it felt really good!

Irrelevant person Fred Thompson has something to say about it on the Twitter.

Except, whoops:

Defunding Planned Parenthood will cost taxpayers more money, since every $1 spent on family planning saves the government $4 the next year in Medicare costs. I’m not sure what lives he thinks will be saved, since taking away access to millions of breast and cervical cancer screenings is more likely to kill people than save them. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he can’t possibly imagine women will cease obtaining abortions just because they can’t get cancer screenings, since abortions are the one thing that the federal government money going to Planned Parenthood actually does not fund.

So in the true sense of GOP “victory for America,” this does exactly what they like to do: spend more taxpayer money killing more people, just like wars are supposed to.

That’s GOP math for you, ladies. It’s math similar to you “We kill you = you are free now” and “No government health care because death panels = insurance death panels tell you to go fuck off and die.”

Tell your friends!

The GOP time machine: culture wars all over again, because there’s no economic crisis

11 Feb

America, here is what your news is about again today: ABORTION.

Pretty much all the major news outlets are talking about Mike Pence’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood, because of those stupid videos made by an insane-looking newsmonger who wants to be a Hollyweed actress, and here we go, success, America no longer has to worry about the economy, or the future, or Obama’s stupid plan to Win the Future or get skin-lightening surgery so he can look like Ronald Reagan enough to convince some half-blind Olds that he is no longer a Kenyan in 2012, and welcome back to 1995 when we pretend like the economy’s awesome, there’s a popular Democrat in office that Republicans hate with a passion, and the only thing Congress really has to worry its pretty little head about is the culture wars. Nope, nothing else to worry about.

Is this proof that even Republicans in a way long for the Clinton years?

The GOP needs to be at war with something, established fact. They had the Bush years to make real wars, and hey, we still have a war going on right now but I guess that’s losing some traction with the public, and you sort of get the feeling that they have this large penis-shaped file cabinet in a windowless back office papered with photos of Dick Cheney without the redeye removed, and it’s full of folders like “climate change,” “Iran,” “French food,” “abortion,” “gay marriage,” “Mexicans,” “socialism,” “bin Laden,” “North Korea,” etc that they sift through now and again and decide, WAR AGAIN.

And that is what feudal society looked like. Powerful landowners with serfs got bored and said, YES, LET’S DO A WAR and dragged all their annoyed poor inhabitants with them into it instead of creating a better, more prosperous life for anyone but themselves.