February 7, 2013 § 2 Comments
Several months ago on the Michigan statehouse floor, two state representatives were censured for uttering the word “vagina”.
The word offended the delicate ears of a few other representatives so the two women, Brown and Byrum , were stripped of their right to speak on behalf of their constituents for a day.
Yesterday, a bill was introduced by Michigan Republicans that insists upon the insertion of a medical device into the vagina prior to an abortion.
On a personal note, I’ve had recent experience with a transvaginal ultrasound. Physically, it was mildly uncomfortable. Emotionally, it was as embarrassing as hell. Was it medically necessary? Yes. Very much so as a way to determine if some of my lady parts were cancerous.
But, there is no reason for this extra intrusion into a woman’s body before an abortion is performed. An abortion that the woman has requested.
I mean, the woman already knows there’s a fetus up in there. A transvaginal ultrasound is not needed to medically prove what has already been established. I can’t fathom any other reason why this type of test should be done on a pregnant woman other than to establish pregnancy which can be more easily done by peeing on a stick.
As far as I can tell, this is an attempt by Tea Party Republicans to coerce a woman to forgo an abortion through embarrassment and frustration, to cause her further financial hardship because any ultrasound procedure is not cheap, all for the sake of an ideology that only a sliver of the population embrace.
But, a transvaginal ultrasound as a prerequisite for an abortion? It’s just simply ridiculous. Unnecessary. I see it as nothing more than a power trip by a bunch of old white guys that get their rocks off by humiliating women.
That might be a little harsh, but, it’s exactly how I see it.
It’s amazing. One minute a Tea Party Republican cannot bear to hear the word “vagina” and the next they want to ram a probe up there and take a picture.
UPDATE: This bill has been shot down by the Michigan House Speaker….but, I’ll be waiting to hear what will replace it. House Speaker Jase Bolger still has not been cleared by a grand jury investigating election fraud. Who can trust what is said by someone who can cheat so easily?
November 10, 2012 § 6 Comments
After watching the exit polls since Tuesday night, I have to say that I’m most overwhelmed by the so-called Hispanic vote. So-called because “Hispanics” are more than just “Hispanics”. They are Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Latino, etc. etc.
Yet the GOP groups them into one little group and yet still thought, “Hey! They are mostly Catholic, aren’t they?? So they should like our platform!!”
Run on a platform of anti-choice, anti-women, anti-reform, anti-immigration, and see how far that gets ya, GOP.
Immigration reform is a huge deal, folks.
I tried to question my more conservative family members about the “Hispanic” and/or “Minority” vote, and why it swung so strongly towards Obama, and they all said “It’s their lack of amnesty, stupid.”
Actually, they didn’t say that. Only my mother answered me, and she sounded like Sean Hannity had whispered into her ear.
They just don’t get it.
White men, older folks, are now the only GOP base left. Southern Strategy thanks to Richard Nixon. Worked well, I suppose, in it’s day, but…you can only pick up so many votes from a dying base.
Until the GOP realizes this and reaches out to the new, changing demographics of our lovely and beautiful melting pot that is now America, it will continue to lose votes…and a lot of respect.
November 10, 2012 § 1 Comment
A few days ago I read a short blog about the votes here in Michigan; how the Democrats actually had, statewide, more votes cast for their candidates than the Republicans had cast for theirs and yet the Republicans are once again in control of both state houses.
This was due to recent redistricting bullshit. The Republicans carved up the districts to give the voting advantage to themselves.
It’s good to be king.
I wondered if other newly redistricted states had experienced the same results.
October 5, 2012 § 5 Comments
Messed up the reblog. Here is the original post. From Doug Henwood
This is a lightly edited version of my radio commentary from today’s show.
First, I should say that while I am not a Democrat, and never had much hope invested in 2008’s candidate of hope, I do think we’d be marginally better off if Obama won. One reason we’d be better off is that when a Democrat is in power, it’s easier to see that the problems with our politics—the dominance of money and state violence—are systemic issues, and not a matter of individuals or parties. That’s not to say there are no differences between the two major parties. The Republicans are a gang of terrifying reactionaries, which flatters the gaggle of wobbly centrists that make up the other party. But the Dems have some serious foundational problems that help explain what is almost universally regarded as Obama’s dismal performance in the first debate. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 3, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This is a review of Jeff Connaughton’s book Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins by Matt Stoller. An in-depth review of a look inside Washington and to a large extent, a take down of more than a few democratic Senators — most notably Joe Biden. By reading this review one would get the impression of it being the work of a disgruntled ex-employee, the author seems to think that it’s is deeper than that. I really cannot do this justice and I am sure Matt Stoller has left out some of the juicier parts. « Read the rest of this entry »