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Allen West, Another Member Of The Untalented 2010 Class

Allen West proves his disdain for women. Again.

He is becoming quite the caricature.  Those with no talent, foresight, and ability make it more apparent by their constant need for the spotlight.

Anyone can push wedge issues.  That’s why West does it.  He has no ability to lead on any real, substantive ground.  I hope he enjoys this last year and a half in office.  And I hope he’s polishing his resume.

Making Planned Parenthood The Enemy

So… Planned Parenthood is the reason we’re in the fiscal ditch?
…about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s activities. That’s less than cancer screening and prevention (16 percent), STD testing for both men and women (35 percent), and contraception (also 35 percent). About 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s users are over age 20, and 75 percent have incomes below 150 percent of the poverty line. Planned Parenthood itself estimates it prevents more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions. It’s also worth noting that federal law already forbids Planned Parenthood from using the funds it receives from the government for abortions.
So though the fight over Planned Parenthood might be about abortion, Planned Parenthood itself isn’t about abortion. It’s primarily about contraception and reproductive health. And if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people. Folks with more money, of course, have many other ways to receive all these services, and tend to get them elsewhere already.

The fight also isn’t about cutting spending. The services Planned Parenthood provides save the federal government a lot of money. It’s somewhat cold to put it in these terms, but taxpayers end up bearing a lot of the expense for unintended pregnancies among people without the means to care for their children. The same goes for preventable cancers and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

Do people even know what Planned Parenthood does exactly?  It’s quite clear conservatives do not.  How serious are they really about fiscal restraint?

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New Bill Escalates The War On Women’s Rights To Dangerous Heights

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In keeping with the tradition of hypocrisy and doublespeak, pro-life conservatives in congress have upped the ante in their quest to destroy the rights of women–and to deny them the very breath they breath.

A conservative lawmaker has introduced a bill that would essentially allow a doctor to determine the fate of women–by refusing care for a pregnant woman if that care would harm the fetus:

At the same time, these anti-choice politicians opened a new attack on women’s health. They added a new provision to H.R. 358, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania. The new H.R. 358 would allow hospitals to refuse to provide abortion care even when it’s necessary to save a woman’s life!

We’re starting to tread into dangerous territory.  I’ve often thought fringe elements of the pro-life movement never cared for the health or rights of women as they pursue their course.  This illustrates just how menacing and twisted their ideology is.  How pro-life is your cause, if you’re casually disregarding the lives of women in order to eliminate therapeutic abortions?

Frankly, to even think about making this horrendous provision into law twists the fabric of what I consider morally just, and it perverts their cause of supporting and protecting life.

Just like the flawed, insulting slavery-abortion analogy, fringe pro-lifers continue to push a misguided ideology– devoted to the subjugation of women– and the destruction of their lives coded as pro-life rights.  It is divisive, hypocritical, and deadly.

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Abortion And Slavery: An Analogy Of Ignorance That Ignores History

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Seldom do I come across a piece of work as arrogant, intellectually bankrupt, and irresponsible as Peter Heck’s blundering piece on Barack Obama, slavery, and abortion.   Heck shares in the belief that abortion is as morally repugnant as slavery– and believes President Obama should join every other black person and denounce its virulent wickedness.  I can’t begin to do his work justice.  Here is Heck making his main point:

Intellectual honesty demands that we face a harsh and uncomfortable reality: Barack Obama – our first black president – has chosen to take up the whip against his fellow man.  By doing so, he carves out an eternal legacy for himself far removed from the dignified halls of honor reserved for those with the moral courage to defend the defenseless.  By instead regarding them as subhuman, Obama wars against the life work of Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.

So now he’s a traitor to his race?  That is unfathomably ignorant on a myriad of levels.  Rather than engage in an argument regarding a black man’s path to decide his own compelling moral interest–an argument Heck would find himself on the wrong side of, and one that sounds awfully close to a slave mentality– I’m going in another direction.

What these short sighted revisionists fail to recognize–probably because it deflates their case– is that abortion and slavery have been intricately linked for many years.  It’s not some new discovery.  It’s the latest attempt to buffer their own attempt at reversing Roe v. Wade, and it’s a desperate gambit.  This crooked analogy consists of rotten logic, and flawed suppositions.

I would surmise Mr. Heck has no experience coping with soul crushing captivity.  If he had,  he would understand that slaves–particularly slave women– might not have relished the childbirth experience.  It was a pipeline to hell.   It provided the slave owner with more property to feed the machine, and it deprived them of their own flesh.  More simply:

When people talk about slavery and abortion as if they existed in two separate realities, they are ignoring so much and giving enslaved women very little credit and no agency.  At the same time, as Morgan so beautifully writes it, having a child as an enslaved woman was not the wonderful thing we like to imagine motherhood and childhood to be.  I think that is really important when we think of the institution of slavery, abortion nowadays, and the history of enslaved women.

Two things strike me quite clearly:  First, these rabid pro-lifers have no regard for the welfare of women in the context of this argument.  They are seen strictly as constructs, malleable figures moved across the board to divert attention from the real issue–forcibly controlling a narrative, and taking away the right for women to make their own moral argument.  This narrative continues to encompass a blindingly blatant disrespect, and malice toward women.  While race provokes and titillates, it is ultimately the false argument; the real fight is, and has always been the fight for a woman’s right to equality.

Secondly, folks like Heck and Rick Santorum have no real understanding of the black struggle personified through and by slavery.  I’m sure they really have no desire to understand it– which makes their invocation of the slave/abortion analogy so fiendish.  If they cared so much about Barack Obama “disgracing his racial ancestors,” they should ask themselves how disgraceful it would be to spare their babies from the acid-tinged sting of the whip.  Would they subject them to the life-long chains of servitude  if they could choose?  Can they answer these questions with the same moral clarity and certainty they use in judging and condemning another human being’s personal choices?

Until then, I suggest they desist from the degrading exploitation of slavery as a means to prop up their pro-life narrative.  My ancestors have suffered enough.

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Congressman Franks Suggests We Should Bring Back Slavery Because Black Folks Made Out Pretty Good

When I was younger, I had a friend who had an uncle named “Rick.”  Uncle Rick was one of those older men who deliberately made outlandish, offensive statements just to get a rise out of anyone unfortunate enough to be in his presence.  On one very special occasion, Uncle Rick suggested that slavery was a “creative fairytale” on the part of the African people brought over here– against their will and in chains– so they could tell fantastic stories to their young.  He said, and I quote, “Colored Africans should have been grateful for what was given to them. I don’t know why they told the tales they did.”  I always knew Uncle Rick was so uncomfortable with his own level of intelligence, that he felt the need to drag all those around him down to his level.

And that leads me to today’s episode of verbal diarrhea.  The offending party is Republican Congressman Trent Franks:

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My Favorite Posts Of 2009: A Letter, A Question, And No Answers

Scott Roeder, accused of killing abortion doctor George Tiller

From a reader of The Daily Dish, June 1, 2009:

I remember sitting in my bible study shortly after the Sept 11 attacks.  The women were discussing the horrible things Islamic terrorists do in the name of their God and their religion.  I was too private to let them know my experiences.

I ran three Plan Parenthood Clinics in the early 90s.  I worked for Planned Parenthood when Dr Gunn was murdered in Pensacola.

I had been followed home from work.  I had my car vandalized with pictures of aborted fetuses.  My nurses had to receive police escorts to their cars in our parking lots.  My office had rocks thrown through it.  The clinic had to be searched by bomb sniffing dogs one night after being broken into.  I received threats in the mail on a regular basis. My parents were always afraid I would be shot at going to work.

All this in the name of a Christian God and a Christian religion.  It was religious terrorism.  And it was US Citizen on US Citizen happening right here in our suburbs.

Hmmm… Are we allowing a virulent strain of religious fanaticism to engulf us?  Don’t we already condemn and repudiate this behavior in Muslim extremists?

This was a poignant, all-to real letter from an American citizen– worried about our disintegrating politics– and our inhumanity to one another.  The murder of abortion doctor George Tiller tore a new chasm into the fabric of the abortion debate.  And it also created a parallel argument– one that asks the question: are rabid anti-abortionists religious terrorists?

More validation of President Richard Nixon's addled mind

This is from Ben Smith in Politico:

A remarkable bit of history from Charlie Savage, who is listening to newly released Nixon tapes:

Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases, such as interracial pregnancies.

“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”

Barack Obama was 11 at the time…

A new round of Richard Nixon tapes have been released by the National Archives, showing a more disturbed, paranoid, and frighteningly profane Nixon than ever before. How incredibly shocking is the above blurb?  This coming from the President of the United States?  These tapes provide a snapshot of the thinking of one of the most controversial men of the twentieth century, at a time of great change in our country.  They also give us something that we are never privy to:  the innermost thoughts of a president.  This is fascinating material.  Does it surprise anyone that our former president was a racist, anti-semite, and fear-mongerer?