A Colonoscopy with the 19th Amendment

So Rush Limbaugh apologized, sort of. It was a pretty weak apology, obviously, and of course it starts out with an excuse, right up front, first sentence.

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week.

This is the conservative version of personal responsibility, folks.

In the second sentence, Rush seems to imply that the real problem was that he forgot to bring his thesaurus to work that morning.

 In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation.

Right. Because Rush’s main point was correct, but he chose the wrong words?

By the third sentence, he gets down to lying.

I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

Of course he did.

Rush said that Ms. Fluke was asking Congress to pay her for having sex. He wondered aloud whether this made her a slut and/or a prostitute. He suggested that she must have boyfriends lined up around the block. He suggested to her that perhaps she should consider having not so much sex. He suggested that he’d be willing to pay for that sex if he could watch the video tapes. He said that her parents should be ashamed of her. This did not happen in one show, in a single segment where he momentarily lost his mind. It happened over a course of three days on three broadcasts.

Word choice was not the problem.

And make no mistake, Rush didn’t apologize because he thought about it and felt bad. He apologized because he lost about eight sponsors in four days.

The Virginia legislature passed that transvaginal ultrasound bill before revising it in the face of public outcry. But Virginia isn’t alone. Texas has had a similar law enacted three weeks ago. Similar laws have been passed and are being challenged in North Carolina and Oklahoma. Alabama, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Mississippi are also considering transvaginal ultrasound legislation. Twenty states now require some sort of ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. Small government!

Since Republicans swept into power on promises of fixing the economy in 2010, they have enacted 92 laws in 24 states to restrict abortion.

This is your government in the hands of the GOP, America. Jobs, jobs, jobs!

In January, the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive a grant to provide free breast cancer screenings because 3% of its services were for abortion. The ensuing scandal forced out (former GOP gubernatorial candidate) Karen Handel, but the damage to Komen’s reputation was done.

This is what the GOP is all about. They have shown their collective ass. It’s time to shove the 19th amendment up it.

It's for their own good.

Karen Handel has left the building

So Karen Handel has resigned from the Susan G. Komen Abortion is Bad Fund, and from the excerpts of her resignation letter that are being reported, she claims the following.

  •  The decision for the strategy was approved by the board in November, and no objections were raised.
  • The decision was not based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology.
  • The decision was designed to help Komen better serve women and to avoid controversy.

Okay, first of all, Mollie Williams, Komen’s top public health official, resigned over the decision, so it’s a little hard to suggest no objections were raised.  Secondly, the thousands of women who have received free breast exams at Planned Parenthood might have a different opinion about how Komen can better serve women.  And avoiding controversy?  Um…

In short, she’s incompetent or lying, or possibly both, which really makes you wonder how she lost a Republican Primary for governor of Georgia in 2010.  Usually that combination of blind stupidity and a willingness to lie about it is GOP electoral gold.

What a remarkable story.  Just a few weeks ago, Komen’s brand had amazingly high positive ratings among just about everyone in the country, from the women it sought to protect to the men who, well, like boobs.  Right, Left, men, women, Republicans, and Democrats all seemed to look favorably on the pink ribbon.  The extent of the NFL branding, for example, was really remarkable.



I mean: Google Image Search for NFL pink ribbon branding.

Now, after first deciding to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood, and then reversing that decision when it blew up in their faces, they have managed to piss off everyone.  How do you follow up a performance like that?

Karen Handel: showmanship.

Synchronicity and the Komen debacle

It really is amazing what they have managed to (un)do in a very short time, and one thing it reminded me of is the thrilling tale of Ocean Marketing, where one email chain of really bad customer service basically sunk a career and a small business.

Of course, Komen wasn’t a small company at all, but a huge multi-million dollar brand ostensibly d/b/a a charitable organization that cares deeply about issues of life.

Pro Life!


And now, this releases today:

And it makes you wonder about things.

Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconciousness.

UPDATE @ 11:38 West coast (civilized) time: John Cole over at balloon-juice suggests that we liberals should treat Komen the way the right treated ACORN.  Sounds about right.

Komen for the Cure Fail

I realize that everyone has pretty much already weighed in on this stupid story, so I probably don’t have much useful to add, but I would love to get some satisfactory answers to this question some day from one of my many “Pro Life” friends/family members.

Are you so blinded with (righteous?) anger at the thought of some woman aborting a pregnancy before the baby is capable of brain activity, that you would potentially sentence other women to horrific early painful deaths from breast cancer?

And yes, those quotation marks belong around the words “Pro Life”.  The religious right had really better hope that they are wrong and there is no God, because otherwise they are going to have a very bad Judgement Day for all the evil they do in his name.

Just disgusted.