dreadfulpenny:

themattsmith:

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).
Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.
These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

I’m neither subservient, nor a man and I voted Republican. Why? Because Republicans actually know what they’re doing the majority of the time compared to Obama and his ilk. By the way, using race as some identifier just makes you racist. Bottom line.

You’re right, that was maybe over the line.  I’m sure there are all kinds of great reasons for a woman to vote Republican.
But, as I’ve maintained, you can’t vote for the GOP because of the economy and pretend the hate, the fear, and the ignorance inherent in today’s GOP doesn’t exist.  You may very well believe that gays shouldn’t marry, women shouldn’t have the right to choose, AND that our children’s education and the rights of workers should take a back seat to that cardinal sin of raising taxes.  I think you’re wrong (and kind of a bad person) if you do, but that doesn’t matter, it’s your right to think that way.  Those men up there believe the same thing.  Representative government.

dreadfulpenny:

themattsmith:

think-progress:

Republicans’ Committee Chair(MEN).

Another thing that’s awful —> What radical positions these men have taken.

I don’t know what the problem is.  This is representative democracy in action.

These men are a pretty accurate representation of the people that voted for them- white men and subservient white women.

I’m neither subservient, nor a man and I voted Republican. Why? Because Republicans actually know what they’re doing the majority of the time compared to Obama and his ilk. By the way, using race as some identifier just makes you racist. Bottom line.

You’re right, that was maybe over the line.  I’m sure there are all kinds of great reasons for a woman to vote Republican.

But, as I’ve maintained, you can’t vote for the GOP because of the economy and pretend the hate, the fear, and the ignorance inherent in today’s GOP doesn’t exist.  You may very well believe that gays shouldn’t marry, women shouldn’t have the right to choose, AND that our children’s education and the rights of workers should take a back seat to that cardinal sin of raising taxes.  I think you’re wrong (and kind of a bad person) if you do, but that doesn’t matter, it’s your right to think that way.  Those men up there believe the same thing.  Representative government.

We should ban life jackets and other flotation devices. They only encourage risky behavior. The only 100% effective way to prevent drowning is total abstinence from going in the water.

And if you do, by chance, find yourself struggling with drowning, then no life-saving or otherwise procedure or act should be allowed to be administered. You got yourself into this mess, you have to live with the consequences.

You should see drowning as a gift.

You, there with the sunglasses! You’re just asking for it.

Also, if you were forcibly pushed into the water, don’t worry. If it was a legitimate pushing, your body will find a way to shut out all the water and survive the drowning.

Planned Parenthood, Komen & Moving Forward

So Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure today announced that they will no longer give any funding to Planned Parenthood.

This funding allowed Planned Parenthood to provide breast examinations and referrals for mammography and ultrasound to patients at their health centers, patients who were able to be seen and treated at Planned Parenthood regardless of income or insurance, because of Planned Parenthood’s sliding scale fees and commitment to treating as many people as possible.

In the aftermath of this, which has turned into a flurry of opinion and counter-opinion, deleted comments on Komen’s Facebook wall, and a tweetstorm of epic proportion, some salient points worth consideration:

While pressuring Komen to reverse this decision is an option (and there is already an online petition going for that purpose) it seems unlikely to be effective. I am decidedly pessimistic about Komen walking back from this precipice.

Komen has said that this decision arose from a new policy of not funding any organization that is under government investigation. Since Planned Parenthood was already under investigation when the policy was changed, it’s pretty clear that the policy was targeting PP.

Moreover, this Komen policy and the subsequent de-funding came quickly behind the hiring of Karen Handel as Komen’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy. Those in Georgia recall that in 2010 Handel ran for governor of Georgia with a extremely anti-choice platform. This woman is responsible for policy decisions for Komen, and she is clearly opposed to Planned Parenthood.

And we cannot forget that the founder of Komen, Nancy Brinker, has long been tied to the highest ranks of Republican politics.

Komen didn’t cave to external pressure from the right wing, because the right wing is intrinsic to the executive power structure of Komen.

Those who rely upon Planned Parenthood as their health provider, who still need breast examinations, who still need funded referrals when there is an issue, well, they’re collateral damage in a culture war that begin more than 30 years ago and has always had its sights set not just on Planned Parenthood but any organization that supported or affiliated with them.

So where do we go from here?

Well we give Komen the business. We email (news@komen.org), we tweet (@komenforthecure), we call (972-701-2168). We absolutely refuse to donate, not directly, not by buying pink ribbon festooned (and pinkwashed) products, not by sponsoring someone for a 5K or a 3 day walk. So long as Komen plays politics with human lives, they should not see another single penny of our money.

But more importantly, far more importantly, we do donate to Planned Parenthood, we go over and above the money that they will lose because of Komen, we get every penny we can to Planned Parenthood to ensure that no one will go without a needed cancer screening, no one’s life will be placed at risk because of where they get their medical care.

Planned Parenthood — and its clients, by extension — must be our primary concern and our primary focus. The political battle will always be there, it can be put on hold for a while. The patients whose care is hanging in the balance cannot wait.

We must keep our focus, we must redouble our commitment, we must step into the breech.

Join me in making a tax-deductible donation to Planned Parenthood right now.

(via: amaditalks)

cognitivedissonance:

After tonight, I’m convinced.

cognitivedissonance:

After tonight, I’m convinced.

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

The last 3 years, explained in one cartoon.

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

The last 3 years, explained in one cartoon.

"Diversity creates conflict. If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict."

Rick Santorum (via soupsoup)

This is glorious.

"I think a good example is the space industry and there’s a lot more that we could look at (reporter asks: Like what besides space?) I’ll leave it at space now (reporter asks: Really? That’s the only place you can see?) I’m just leaving it as space for right now…I don’t want to give a flip off-the-cuff answer."

GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann when asked by KGO’s Mark Matthews what she would invest in if she became President of the United States. Bachmann attended a private Tea Party breakfast at a residence in San Rafael, California on Thursday. [KGO] (via producermatthew)

She is wonderful.  If I absolutely sure she’d never have any power, I’d just want keep electing her for the LOLs.

"Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join."

Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)

Pop Quiz!

motherjones:

Which of the following groups and events does Newt Gingrich think will destroy America:

A.) Barack Obama

B.) Atheist Islamists

C.) Gay and secular fascists

D.) Disputed congressional elections

E.) The American Civil Liberties Union

F.) The secular-socialist machine

G.) All of the above.