Janay Rice spits on Ray Rice. He punches her but doesn't knock her out. She tries to punch him back. He punches harder. Who is the bad guy?
Young Earth creationist neurosurgeon (a phrase that gives me chills to write) Dr. Ben Carson keeps getting farther and farther out. Here he is on a fanatical religious right webcast, comparing legal abortion to human sacrifice. Carson thinks we have no right to criticize ancient civilizations like the Aztecs, when we’re doing the exact same thing.
Carson is a shoo-in for the GOP presidential nomination. This is where the Republican Party has ended up.
All over the Internets, conservatives are dancing with glee over the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, but there is one man perhaps more than any other who epitomizes the attitude that was endorsed and given legal weight today:
It was a tough choice today. Celebrate Hobby Lobby by going to Chick-Fil-A or making my wife make me a sandwich. #CFAFTW
Here’s an open thread to follow the news around the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
Will SCOTUS really endorse the religious right’s cynical, perverse inversion of “religious freedom?” I have a bad feeling they will.
Breaking: SCOTUS holds govt can’t require closely held corps w/ religious owners to provide contraception coverage
@Gus_802 Anyone who's ever seen what really goes on when the “pro-life” thugs protest at a clinic knows it's a very threatening atmosphere.
We shouldn't forget that right wing blogs and media sites erupted in celebrations when Dr. Tiller was murdered http://t.co/IMsh8vfNtZ
The murderous agenda of “pro-life” groups like Operation Rescue is not on the right wing fringe. It's mainstream.
Most of these people won't actually pull the trigger themselves, but they form a massive support group for the ones who do.
More comments from conservatives openly celebrating the murder of Dr. Tiller and praising his killer as a hero: http://t.co/OsVJK1O4Bz
A right wing blogger posted this after Dr. Tiller's murder: 'Tiller Was Killed by a Pro-Choice Act' http://t.co/FZkrRfqKoF
Another right wing blogger compared the murderer of Dr. Tiller to the man who tried to assassinate Hitler http://t.co/77MLGn3HcP
After Dr. Tiller's murder, Ann Coulter wrote: 'I Don't Think of It As a Murder' http://t.co/Y37JuxHHRO
“Pro-Life” Activist Advocates Shooting Abortion Providers http://t.co/1KRMRcGg9M
The universal right wing celebrations after Dr. Tiller's murder were a major reason why I had to renounce these monsters.
But only one reason. There were lots of others.
When I look back at these posts from 2009, I remember the absolute horror I felt at the right wing's open celebration of murder.
The video Rachel @maddow showed tonight of “pro-life” activists celebrating murder was absolutely horrifying. I hadn't seen this before.
This is what domestic terrorism looks like, directed against women at their most vulnerable moments.
Here there be monsters.
I’m going out on a limb to predict that George Will’s attempt to man-splain his recent column on sexual abuse and rape, in which he claimed women report rapes so they can be afforded the “coveted status” of “privileged” victimhood, isn’t going to win anyone over to his weird, heartless argument.
1/25/14 Susan Hutchison & State Representative Liz Pike @ WA Mainstream Republicans’ Roanoke Conference (Ocean Shores, WA)
WA State GOP Chair Susan Hutchison: So I’d like to add to men; Please don’t mention the word ‘rape’ in any way. Also, let’s not talk about anything to do with women’s reproductive cycles or um um women’s sexuality or um. Let’s just leave that to the women to discuss. Could we just, could we just agree on that? And if somebody tries to needle you, if you’re a, if you’re a candidate just, just change the subject. Talk about um, ya, talk about the Seahawks. Talk about something else.
State Rep. Liz Pike (R- Camas): Thank you for your comments, I am a state rep. in the 18th district, just south of the LD here, and I have some advice for male candidates, for Republicans; Don’t talk about anything in the bedroom or the doctors office.
Susan Hutchison: Bingo. Ya.
See, this is why we call the US conservative movement “reactionary,” as the Heritage Foundation gives an award to the owners of Hobby Lobby, solely because they’re pushing a deceptive redefinition of “religious freedom” (as “freedom to discriminate against women and gays”) into the mainstream: Heritage’s Salvatori Prize Goes to Two Families Arguing Religious Freedom at Supreme Court.
NEW ORLEANS — Two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in defense of religious liberty against a controversial Obamacare mandate, The Heritage Foundation awarded its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship to the two families who brought the suits—the Greens and the Hahns.
The presentation was made during a luncheon at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel as part of the annual Resource Bank gathering hosted by Heritage.
As the Christian owners of two businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the families went to court to challenge Obamacare’s “HHS mandate,” the requirement that they provide certain abortion-inducing drugs and devices through employee health plans.
The dishonesty of these people is mind-boggling. What they’re calling “abortion-inducing drugs and devices” — the morning-after pill and the IUD — have absolutely no connection to abortion whatsoever, and they do not “induce abortions.”
It’s very frustrating to see people who should know better (i.e. the Supreme Court) treating this mendacious argument as if it were even open for debate. The truth is that the US religious right is now setting its sights not just on abortion, but on contraception as well, because these are contraceptive measures, pure and simple.
And it’s offensive that they’re using the language of “religious freedom” to try to justify and support a reactionary agenda that seeks to deny freedom of choice to women.
The right wing media are staging another one of their absurd freak-out sessions, this time pretending to be gravely offended by the use of wire coat hangers as a symbol of illegal abortion.
And rarely have I read such a truly despicable example of anti-choice propaganda as Kevin D. Williamson’s disgusting attempt to mansplain and deny this bloody history in the National Review: The Symbol of a Lie.
Warning: this is some really sick thinking.
But first a word of praise for the DC Abortion Fund: The group at least has the intellectual integrity to put the word “abortion” right there in the middle of its name — no NARAL-style “choice” euphemisms for this merry band of butchers. Valerie Solanas had her Society for Cutting Up Men, and nobody would be better pleased than I if Cecile Richards et al. embraced their true identity: The Society for Cutting Up Mankind.
Alec Torres noted this exercise in horrifyingly bad taste on the Corner, and the subsequent response on talk radio and elsewhere inspired the DC Abortion Fund to publish an apologia pro carnificibus titled “The Coat Hanger as a Symbol, and Why Abortion Access Matters,” which reads in part: “The coat hanger is a symbol of the reproductive justice movement because lack of access to abortion causes women to go to desperate lengths to terminate a pregnancy, similar to those undertaken in the pre-Roe vs. Wade era. At that time, consuming Lysol and household poisons was not uncommon to instigate abortion. Nor was inserting knitting needles, Coke bottles, and — yes — wire coat hangers into their cervices.”
That is untrue. It has long been known to be untrue. The wire hanger is indeed a powerful symbol — the symbol of a lie engineered with malice aforethought.
Where’s Williamson’s evidence that women never used coat hangers to perform abortions? Well, he has none. That’s right, he offers not a single piece of evidence for this categorical denial.
And refuting this dishonest, horrible piece of work is incredibly simple. All we have to do is read the history and testimonials from those who were there.
For example, this 2008 essay in the New York Times by retired gynecologist Waldo L. Fielding: Doctor Recalls Abortion Complications Before Roe v. Wade.
I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals.
There I saw and treated almost every complication of illegal abortion that one could conjure, done either by the patient herself or by an abortionist — often unknowing, unskilled and probably uncaring. Yet the patient never told us who did the work, or where and under what conditions it was performed. She was in dire need of our help to complete the process or, as frequently was the case, to correct what damage might have been done.
The patient also did not explain why she had attempted the abortion, and we did not ask. This was a decision she made for herself, and the reasons were hers alone. Yet this much was clear: The woman had put herself at total risk, and literally did not know whether she would live or die.
This, too, was clear: Her desperate need to terminate a pregnancy was the driving force behind the selection of any method available.
The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.
We did not have ultrasound, CT scans or any of the now accepted radiology techniques. The woman was placed under anesthesia, and as we removed the metal piece we held our breath, because we could not tell whether the hanger had gone through the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, in the cases I saw, it had not.
In a long tradition of shameful right wing propaganda, the National Review has outdone themselves with this one. What the hell is wrong with these people?
Would you be surprised to learn that Mike Huckabee’s weird, disturbing statement that women use birth control because they “can’t control their libido” was wildly popular among the right wing base? No?
The latest survey from Democratic PPP released Wednesday showed the former Arkansas governor surging among Republican voters nationwide in the wake of his head-scratching comment about the female libido.
According to the poll, 16 percent of GOP primary voters said they would prefer to see Huckabee as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016, making him the top Republican in the field. Only a month ago, PPP showed Huckabee polling at 11 percent and trailing both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) among GOP voters.