Rick Perry hardstyles with himself, apparently.
Fuck Rick Santorum.
This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Republican presidential nomination hopeful Michele Bachmann is the first candidate to sign the “pro-marriage” pledge of conservative Christian group The Family Leader.
According to the Des Moines Register, those who sign “The Marriage Vow” [pdf] agree “to personal fidelity to his or her spouse, the appointment of ‘faithful constitutionalists’ as judges, opposition to any redefinition of marriage, and prompt reform of uneconomic and anti-marriage aspects of welfare policy, tax policy and divorce law.”
The vow also affirms the signee’s belief that homosexuality is a public health risk and a choice, and on par with polygamy and polyandry.
Worse still is the vow’s shocking suggestion that children born into African-American families under slavery were better off than they are today because they were “more likely to be raised by [their] mother and father in a two-parent household.”
And, finally, for good measure, candidates who sign the pledge must also make a point of rejecting Sharia law.
A spokesman for Rep. Ron Paul has expressed reservations on behalf of the congressman, while Tim Pawlenty’s spokesman said the former Minnesota governor was reviewing the document. Most of the other candidates refused to comment on their plans; only Jon Huntsman has stated (through an aide) that he will not sign the pledge as he “never signs any pledges.” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats — who was state chair of Mike Huckabee’s Republican presidential campaign in 2008 — said his organization will only support candidates who sign the pledge.
(NB: It should be noted that the controversial passage in the pledge that refers to the “protection” of women and children from “all forms of pornography” may not be a call for the outright banning of porn as some assert, but is certainly worth questioning.)
Related: Bachmann compared same-sex marriage to Pearl Harbor in 2004.
Republican Governor Mitch Daniels released a statement Friday afternoon saying he will sign legislation stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood in Indiana, the first state to make such a move.
The statement reads:
“I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers.
I’m tired of living in this state.
House GOP leaders triumphantly announced a plan to cut the defense budget: no more color photocopies!
No, seriously. And we wondered: How does that measure up with the rest of America’s military spending? Well, the money the GOP is saving could:
- Run the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for about 2.5 hours.
- Buy 8.6 percent of a fighter jet. One (1). Fighter. Jet.
- Cover the cost of one-sixth of the Tomahawk missiles we’ve lobbed at Libya…so far.
- Purchase a crapload of Humvees that the Army doesn’t want…but a GOP congressman is forcing them to buy, because the vehicle’s maker donates a lot to his campaign fund.
Indiana yesterday passed a ban on all abortions after 22 weeks, including in cases of rape or incest. The reason, as you can see GOP Rep. Eric Turner explain in this video, was because “someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”
Democratic Rep. Linda Lawson responded to Turner with understandable emotion, since she used to work in a sex-crimes unit. “They don’t make it up!” she said, tearily.
We wish this was an April Fool’s. We really do.
Immigration status has always been a pervasive issue in my life. I come from a family of undocumented immigrants. One of my earliest memories is of my mother coming home panicked after surviving an Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) raid at the factory where she worked. It didn’t dawn on me until later that her U.S. born children would have gone days even weeks without knowing what happened to her if she had been deported. I am one of millions of U.S. citizens who is directly impacted by immigration policies because they affect my family.
Immigration as an issue is different from most public policy issues in that undocumented immigrants have little recourse to advocate for themselves in the U.S. They cannot vote or contribute monetarily to campaigns, two of the things that are essential to move any legislation in this country. As a result the movement has struggled to gain popular support and it shows. I have many conversations with friends who are generally progressive but have a very difficult time wrapping their heads and values around the issue of immigration. One recent conversation I had with a friend focused on building a fence on the border. I kept going back and forth with this person about how all the proposed policies dealing with immigration were racist, inhumane or just plain ridiculous. I argued against every point and finally she just asked in exasperation “well how do we solve the problem?” This frustration is shared by many on the left including me. How do we solve the problems with immigration without solely reacting to policies that are misguided and bigoted? How do we address these issues in an anti-racist, humane and sane manner?
This is a conversation about values
As progressives we need to get on the same page and agree on what the problems are, and start offering solutions that don’t rely on punitive policies that promote the erosion of our own rights and values. Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws are an example of policies that stood out for their sheer magnitude of fuckedupness towards undocumented immigrants. Arizona also managed to legalize racial profiling of U.S. Citizens under the guise of being tough on immigration.
I want to offer a different way to think about immigration reform a way to think about this issue that focuses on changing systems and addresses the impacts rather than punishing individuals. This is a long conversation and it will take up its fair share of blog posts, so check back often.
Value #1: No human being is illegal
We need to change our language when addressing undocumented immigrants. Using the term “illegal” effectively dehumanizes immigrants, and allows us to justify the types of punitive policies that we would not stand for if they were designed to impact U.S. Citizens. (For example, when the federal REAL ID Act passed, it was largely rejected by the states–not because it was designed as an attack on immigrant rights, but because it was seen as a broad erosion of civil liberties. Talking about REAL ID through an immigrant rights frame was passed over, in part, because many of us continued to believe that immigrants were not human beings deserving of human rights, but “illegal aliens,” and less than human.) Just because someone is undocumented doesn’t mean their existence or the core of their being is “illegal,” and we shouldn’t stand for anyone saying so–least of all other progressives.
Value #2: We don’t support racism
Let’s face it: the communities that are heavily impacted by anti-immigration policies are not white and mostly of Mexican descent. Current immigration policies are not just about containing immigration but culture.
Value #3: We can be better neighbors
Our international economic policies contribute the majority of immigration from Mexico. Mexico and other Latin American countries are deeply tied to our own economy which means that our economic international policies have a huge impact on immigration. We posted about this recently http://wp.me/p1foYW-L.
Value #4: We’re PROGRESSIVES
Current Arizona Style anti -immigrant policies are creeping their way into every part of our country and are supported by the same groups who work against all that we hold dear women’s rights, racial justice, LGBT justice, labor and environmental justice. These conservative policies are the foot in the door for the most radical on the right to seize power and erode our rights.
Clearly anti-immigrant movements violate our progressive values. If I described a racist, anti-labor, xenophobic, jingoistic policy we would be outraged, yet we are on the fence about immigration. If we have any hope in changing the tide on immigration we need to start at home. Here are a couple of suggestions.
Get Educated. We cannot let those who seek to oppress dictate the direction of this issue. Understanding the impacts of anti-immigrant laws and the causes of immigration will better equip the movement for fair and progressive immigration reform.
Support your local immigrants rights groups. Immigration reform is one of the most unpopular issues in the country and progressive groups are woefully understaffed, and under resourced. What’s worse is that support for anti-immigrant groups is growing exponentially. When pro-immigrant rights groups put out a call to contact your legislator, do it! If you can’t afford a large donation become a monthly donor. Volunteer and get an insider’s perspective on the current immigration movement.
Talk to your friends. Immigration is a hot-button issue and therefore something that most people avoid talking about with their friends and family. However, YOU are the strongest influence for your friends and family. We are bombarded with anti-immigrant rhetoric everyday and we need to start counteracting it with real conversations that expose the hateful rhetoric.
— “Can’t See the Border Through the Fence” on Yrwelcome.wordpress.com (via femmeglitterati)
WE MADE BILL O’REILLY!
Apparently CatholicVote.org put together this charming video of people they interviewed during the Chicago Walk for Choice. Then Bill O’Reilly linked to it (not sure if it was on his show or not).
The video is called “Expose Planned Parenthood,” and is… exactly what you think it is. Highlights:
- The fact that they put a “Warning: this video contains explicit language and disturbing content and behavior” thing before it. Being pro-choice is not exactly “disturbing behavior.”
- The psychological-thriller-movie music they play over the whole thing. DUN DA DUN DUN DUN DA DUN!
- The opening credits calls the event ‘Walk for “Choice”.’ Thanks for the scare quotes!
WE’RE FAUX NEWS FAMOUS, GUYS!
Also: “According to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 Annual Report, abortion accounted for 98% of its services to pregnant women.”
Wow. They’re not even trying to come up with plausible lies anymore, are they?
Swearing! Bus drivers! Everything conservatives hate.
I walk for choice because it pissed off Bill O’Reilly.
Why do you?
My friends Kevin and Olivia are in this! And I was at this protest too!
So this is how I’ve been feeling lately. I imagine I’m going to lose at least a few followers/internet friends, but the recent attacks on human rights are disgusting. Also, I used 28ct for the first time and it was scary as all hell!
Shae, you rock my world.
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.
7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Congress will vote any day now on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).
This is an email I got from Kat Barr, MoveOn.org Political Action.
In Kentucky: The state is the second, after Oklahoma, to pass legislation requiring women not only to undergo an ultrasound before seeking an abortion (as is the case in many states), but to actually be shown the ultrasound screen while a technician describes the fetus in detail. If a woman chooses to avert her eyes from the screen, she will still be subjected to the technician’s description. Kentucky women also will be required to wait 24 hours before they can receive an abortion procedure. According to ThinkProgress, “[c]ases of rape or incest are not exempted from this requirement, and doctors face fines as high as $250,000 for disobeying the law.”
In Ohio: AlterNet’s Robin Marty reports on a “heartbeat bill” which would define life as beginning at the first sign of a heartbeat, extremely early in a pregnancy, and be an effective total abortion ban. Even more frightening, it would seek to divide abortion from other reproductive services affected by other similar attempts, the so-called “personhood” amendments. Read her story here.
Trigger warning: Information about rape, incest, abortion
ALL RAPE IS FORCIBLE, YOU MISOGYNIST ASSHOLES.
Just goes to show how far Palin’s whiteness can take her. Zero intellect, two high school drop-outs, an unwed teen mother, a quitter of the one major job she had. Master of hateful coded language targeting opponents as not “real Americans”. Belongs to a church outside of the mainstream. Still a top GOP candidate.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama, a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, lawyer, and university dean who made over $200K/year, gets called “ghetto” and a “welfare queen”.
sometimes you just gotta get shirtless and eat and entire frozen cheese pizza. you just gotta.
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