September 7, 2004 was the night I was raped.
September 7, 2004 was the night that my rapist’s sperm met my egg and I was impregnated with the child of my rapist.
I thought about all of this as I watched you passionately advocate on behalf of “the tiny little babies” and the only reaction I could muster was "how dare you.”
How dare you, Representative Franks. Your claim of caring about the “pain of the tiny babies” rings hollow when one remembers your support of the Ryan Budget, which would have slashed over $36 billion from food assistance programs. You called them “slush funds” and “runaway federal spending.” This from a member of the House of Representatives, who makes more in a month than I do in a year.
How dare you, Representative Franks. Your claim of caring about the “increased risk of suicide” among those who seek abortions rings hollow when, again and again, you have voted to strip people like me of health care by voting for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the slashing of Medicare and Medicaid. These programs that I, personally, rely on so that I can afford counseling to help me deal with the trauma of being raped. After all, “health care” involves your mental health as well.
How dare you, Representative Franks. Your faux concern for the physical and mental well-being of parents and their children is sickening when you have over and over again proven your concern for both is nonexistent.
—Bria Murray in her open letter to Trent Franks
A reporter for a conservative news Web site interrupted President Obama’s announcement of a new immigration policy in the Rose Garden on Thursday, drawing a rebuke from a visibly agitated Obama.
The reporter, who identified himself as Neil Munro of the Daily Caller, shouted out questions while Obama was explaining that his administration will block deportations of young illegal immigrants. That prompted the president to respond: ‘Not while I’m speaking.’
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
'Both sides do it' or 'There is plenty of blame to go around' are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization.
Sort of destroys that silly conservative bedtime story about the big mean liberal who vilifies successful people doesn’t it? Sleep well, silly conservatives!
My email w/r/t Trayvon Martin:
The only thing surprising to me here is that these people haven’t started using the ol’ rape apology of choice “He was dressed like he wanted it…If he had only been dressed as Carlton Banks, I would have known he was one of the good ones.”
And on March 23rd, this happened:
But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.
The point is - conservatives, republicans, fox news, rape apologists, general misogynists, racists, etc. etc. etc. are just all so fucking predictable. It’s like they’re following a fucking text.
Victim blaming will always beget victim blaming. As long as we can blame victims for rape, blaming victims for their own murders will always be seen as logically acceptable/equivalent. I just hope people who are inclined to say “Well, why was she wearing that short skirt?” will read/see/hear Geraldo’s comments and realize how absurd that line of “thinking” is.
Another classy Wall Street protester
Yes, that is the American flag under him and those assholes are laughing.
I know that you are all about slanting the news and making up stories to suit your cause, but please try a little harder. I had my doubts immediately about this being a legit photograph of an Occupy Wall Street protester, mostly because there was no link provided. So what did I do? I took to Google, a lying conservative’s worst nightmare. I typed in “Defecating American Flag” and looky what I found? A 4 year old picture from an anti-war protest in 2007.
So let it be known to all that this is NOT an Occupy Wall Street protester, and worst of all, let it be known that talkstraight, the original poster of the above image is infinitely more lazy than any of the “lazy, dirty hippies” that conservatives are currently attempting to devalue and slander.
Please feel free to reblog and expose these liars for what they are. And to show them that no amount of false information and hate mongering are going to blind the American people from what is really going on. Though they are certainly going to try.
Another Classy Conservative!
Yes, that is another conservative douche spreading mis-information with nary a fact check. And most of his commenters are too dumb to corroborate!
Dear Mike Huckabee-
I am completely confounded by your recent statements about Natalie Portman.
CNN quotes you as having said:
One of the most troubling things is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet that boasts of, hey look, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having children and they’re doing just fine.
It seems like you may just be trying to rile some media attention the way Dan Quayle did when he had his Murphy Brown moment, but let me make a few things clear to you:
1.) Natalie Portman earned a degree from Harvard.
2.) Natalie Portman is among the most successful actors in Hollywood. In 2011 alone she has five films coming out.
3.) Natalie Portman is several months shy of 30 years old and is engaged to be married.
What you’re telling me is this - an educated, successful woman having a baby at a time many would consider late in life is sending a bad message because she’s not married?
I think waiting until you have a degree and a career before having a child sends a great message! Never will she have to worry about how to feed or clothe her child, or if she can afford medical treatment for him or her. Women can look up to Ms. Portman as someone who was able to get an education, find a comfortable spot for herself financially and professionally and then pursue a family. That’s a fabulous role model!
(Or perhaps you would rather women not earn an education and become successful, I suspect that you prefer that scenario.)
Mr. Huckabee, I find it absolutely baffling that you and the other people in your party talk such a big game about the government staying out of our lives, yet you see it your business to talk about the acceptable and unacceptable times in a woman’s life for pregnancy. Very consistent messaging there.
If you want something to concern yourself with, why not check out MTV’s series Teen Moms. I’m certain the circumstances of those girls should be far more troubling to you.
P.S. - No mention of Bristol Palin either, eh?