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GOP Maine Representative Hits New Low In Suggesting It's Okay To Rape Women

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If you can't beat abortion legislation, rape the women. That's a loose translation of the inflammatory remarks made by Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst). Via Raw Story:

If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman said. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

"Rape doesn't (in most cases) result in anyone's death?" Whoa there, Mr. Representative. Are you kidding? Some things like psychological scarring and permanent physical damage result that can be far worse than death. And suicides by rape victims are statistically significant according to Suicide.org.

-Rape has long-term emotional consequences that can lead to suicide.
-It is quite common for rape victims to suffer from depression.
-And untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
-About 33% of rape victims have suicidal thoughts.
-About 13% of rape victims will attempt suicide.
-Suicide attempts may occur years after the rape.

Reality calling Rep. Lockman. Please come in. It's as if this Neanderthal is saying, if I can't stop you from getting an abortion, then you can't stop me from raping you. If you get pregnant, you have the legal way to get rid of the fetus. So tough noogies.

Rep. Lockman should be under a psychologist's care. He's not safe out on the streets and certainly not safe sitting in the state capital as a voting member of the Maine legislature. He's not just a one issue nutjob, anti-abortion. Here's a bit more about him:

In one of the quotes posted on the blog, Lockman falsely suggested HIV and AIDS could be spread by bed sheets and mosquitos, and he also said the progressive movement helped spread the virus by claiming “the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.”

“[Lockman is a] disturbed individual who holds some of the most abhorrent beliefs ever heard from a public official in Maine,” said Ben Grant, the state’s Democratic Party chairman in a statement Tuesday.

More and more these wackadoos are coming to light. And they aren't all made of the same whole cloth. But they seem to all have on thing in common -- they're Republicans. As we saw in Arizona with their recent smokescreen anti-gay law (vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer), the right wing, evangelical fraction is still out there, and still active.

Their old ideas just won't die. Perhaps like the old soldiers of Gen. MacArthur's day, over time they will just fade away.

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Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers & Pregnant Women - New Hosts

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New hosts are popping up all over the place recently. Last week it was Jimmy Fallon taking over hosting chores on The Tonight Show. This week it was Seth Meyers taking over the Late Night Show on NBC.

Oh, and there was another new "host" which you may not have hear about. The new hosts are the women carrying a fetus or fetuses in the case of twins or triplets. Pregnant women are no longer mothers-to-be. They are, according to Steve Martin, "hosts."

No, not the famous Steve Martin, comic actor and writer and many times host of Saturday Night Live. If he had said that, we'd be laughing. This new designation as "hosts" comes from an elected official. What he's posted on Facebook indicates that he too is a wild and crazy guy -- only for real, and with the emphasis on crazy.

Huffpo:

A pregnant woman is just a "host" that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

"However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it."

Why not just call pregnant women a "uterus UPS?" 

It's one thing to be against abortions, as Senator Martin has vociferously made clear. He voted for Virginia's mandatory ultrasound bill and supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could affect the legality of some forms of contraception.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, told The Huffington Post in an email that Martin's rant reveals the "contempt" that anti-abortion lawmakers have for women.

"Sen. Steve Martin obviously has zero understanding of the reality of reproductive choice and what it means for women to have control over their bodies, families, and lives," Keene said. "His remarks demonstrate what exactly these extreme lawmakers mean when they talk about 'personhood' - that pregnant women are no more than vessels.

Now what was it RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was saying about the GOP reaching out to women? Maybe he meant to have them pick up and deliver some bundles of joy -- babies -- that have been left under a cabbage leaf, or that the stork was too tired to deliver himself. That's the Republican outlook on science and women's reproduction. Women are simply a host. Well, I hope they're as successful at it as Jimmy Fallon.

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Alabama House "Protects" its Women Folk

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Please welcome our new guest contributor Dee. Dee is a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

After solving unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and ALL other issues facing their constituents, the Alabama state House has passed HB31 – or the Health Care Rights of Conscience Act.

This bill protects citizens against abortion, sterilization, human cloning, and embryonic stem cell research. Wishing to further protect their women folk, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) assert this legislation allows medical personnel to refuse care during a miscarriage, even in risk of death.

“This means that even if the hospitals know that the on-duty doctor won’t provide appropriate medical care, Alabama law says that in most cases they have no obligation to find someone who will,” the ACLU noted. “In effect, the Alabama legislature is saying to a pregnant woman in distress, ‘Good luck. You are on your own.’”

Read More of the Story by David Edwards at Raw Story.com

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You're 'Pro-Life'? Will You Raise the Children of Pregnant Mothers Who Don't Want them?

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A few years ago when Mississippians voted against the 'Personhood' amendment, Amendment 26, in, according to some at least, the most religious state in the nation, I stood holding a 'No on 26' sign from dawn to dusk down the street from a polling station. I have never received such good will sent my way on any other occasion. Cars going by honked, people waved, people stopped to tell me thay had just voted against the amendment or were on their way to vote against it. I felt like an Olympic hero must feel bringing home the gold. They were of all ages and races.

Until one guy came up to me, Bible literally in hand, and started to berate me for encouraging people to kill babies. We went through the usual discussion, that a zygote or a fetus is not a baby, that it's the woman's decision to choose what to do with her own body, and so forth.

Then I asked him what he would do if his wife got raped? (He was wearing a wedding ring.) Note: his wife was nowhere to be seen.

He told me she would bear the child. Then I asked him what they would do once the child was born. He said they'd give it up for adoption, of course. When I asked him why they would not keep it, he said it would be the child of a crime and not of their blood.

So what does his attitude tell me? One, that he did not for a second consider what his absent wife would have thought about it, that he made a decision for another person about what she would do with her own body, and three, that, once the child was given away to the adoption agency, he would completely wash his hands of the matter.

So just who are these people who proclaim themselves 'pro-life'?

I am not maintaining that all 'pro-life' people are terrorists or child molesters, but here's one who is and he does not seem all that dissimilar to the Bible carrier who verbally harangued and assaulted me. Just sayin'

A few paragraphs from the article:linked-to below:

On Friday, a Washington man named Curtis Anton Beseda was charged with 1st degree child molestation of an 11-year-old child at a local grocery store. When confronted by a store employee, Beseda stopped fondling the little girl and fled, escaping any immediate capture or arrest. But, the molestation was actually caught on the store’s video cameras, so the police were able to have local media broadcast the man’s face out to the public, looking for help with his identity.

Beseda claims that the abortion clinic bombings were “for the glory of God.” And so what about the child molesting? Is that too for the glory of God??

As insane as this is, Beseda is actually considered a hero and a martyr for the pro-life movement. They even honored him at their 1995 national banquet, and read his hand-written letter from prison to the gathering. In his letter, he pleaded for support for Shelly Shannon, who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for the 1993 shooting of a Kansas abortion doctor. She also set fire to more than 6 clinics.

Abortion Clinic Bomber Charged with Child Molestation

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God Unleashes Disasters, Dementia, and Autism. Why? LGBT Rights.

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Yes, friends, read the headline again. It's not a joke. It's for real. And that's what cuckoo-bird-crazy U.S. Congressional candidate Susanne Atanus had to say to the the editorial board of the Chicago Daily Herald in her interview for their endorsement. This Republican candidate is running against incumbent Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

According to TPM Livewire:

If you're afflicted with autism or dementia, or if you've lost your worldly possessions due to a tornado, Susanne Atanus thinks you should blame the LGBT community.

"We are provoking Him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military, it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

Okay now, you LGBT folks, Stop it! Stop it right now! No more hurricanes or polar vortexes, and don't you go putting the dementia hex on any of us! And while you're at it, how about removing the autism you caused. I don't know how you did it, but if you women-hating,  minority loathing, gay-bashing Republicans say you LGBT people did this, you must have. The Tea Party doesn't lie.

A moment of reality here. Yesterday I wrote about a crazy man in the Tea Party, a candidate for Florida state's legislation, Joshua Black, who tweeted and Facebooked that Obama should be hung for treason. If you missed it, it's here, with video: FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PROPOSES OBAMA LYNCHING. Now we get this in Illinois. What state is going to be next?

Are the Republicans really this extreme? I think in many cases, yes. There are some who border on sanity, but they're becoming harder and harder to find. Hopefully this is a wake-up call to both parties. We've got to pay more attention to who our candidates are and what they represent. Could anyone really support a candidate like Sussane Atanus? You bet your ass. She's currently an outlier, but she and her ilk are starting to become the rule. This is scary. And we need to rally our votes before these nutsos are making the rules for the rest of us.

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Pope Francis Spanks US Cardinals

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It's not nice to fool Mother Nature nor is it wise to play fast and footloose with the Holy See. He walks softly and carries a big stick. He's not someone who suffers fools and intolerance easily or without response. I gotta say, from an outsider, I like this guy. Add me to the list headed by Bill Maher who thinks the church made a good choice this time.

Pope Francis showed what he's made of on Monday when he took action against a conservative American cardinal who has been an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage. The Pontiff replaced Cardinal Raymond L. Burke from the Congregation for Bishops on a powerful Vatican committee with another American who is less identified with the culture wars within the Roman Catholic Church.

This action is seen by those inside the velvet church ropes to be a warning. There's a new sheriff in town and he's strong, compassionate, understanding and believes on lifting the church and all of it's congregants to new levels of humanity and humility. Two good "H's" to shoot for.

Ideology meet theology. Catholic Church meet the real world. There's plenty of changes coming, and there's plenty of room for them. Catholics all over the world have been yearning for a leader to take them into modern times and deal with contemporary issues. The pope can't do that alone. He's going to need allies and help.

To replace Cardinal Burke, Francis chose Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, an ideological moderate with a deep knowledge of the Vatican but also with pastoral experience. Father Reese noted that Cardinal Burke had been a leader of American bishops arguing that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be barred from receiving communion, while Cardinal Wuerl had taken an opposite tack.

The change in theocracy isn't just in replacing Pope Benedict XVI with Pope Francis, or Cardinal Burke with Cardinal Wuerl. The all-star team on the Pontiff's team has another new player in the fold.

The pope also removed Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of Philadelphia, from the Congregation for Bishops. From his committee post, Cardinal Rigali has long been a crucial player in shaping the American hierarchy. He stepped down as archbishop of Philadelphia amid a scandal over his handling of priest abuse cases there.

And Francis reconfirmed the congregational posting for Cardinal William J. Levada, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Like Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal Levada is considered a moderate.

So plow on Christian soldiers. You're building a good, strong team. And we owe a tip of the hat to your manager, Pope Francis.

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Voters In Albuquerque Abort Anti-Abortion Bill

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Albuquerque New Mexico is a small sample, when you look at the nation as a whole. Yesterday it became the center of the world for the Women's Rights movement. A very strict anti-abortion bill was on their municipal voting ballot. This bill, if passed, would have banned late term abortions and set the limit for receiving the legal procedure at 20 weeks -- a restriction beyond the Roe v. Wade finding.

TPM news reports:

Albuquerque became the focus of the latest anti-abortion campaign because it is home to Southwestern Women's Options, one of just a handful of clinics in the country that perform late-term abortions. The proposal would have banned abortions after 20 weeks except to save the mother's life.

Twenty week limitations are being fast-tracked across the nation. States are trying to flex their legislative muscle and Republican led bias in state houses where the GOP holds majorities. But this particular vote was brought to the people, bypassing the monkey court-like grandstanding in some heavily populated GOP-governed states. Granted, this one vote was on the local level, and only effects those within the boundaries of the most populous city in New Mexico. But it's a start. And it's an important vote. It's the first of many baby steps it's going to require to curtail the Republican plot to shut down's women's rights to control their own bodies.

Perhaps the most surprising observation is that the vote wasn't even close.

Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.

A coalition of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and Planned Parenthood, called the results a huge victory for Albuquerque women and families.

Make no mistake, this was only a wake-up call to all the anti-women's legislators around the country, especially in the Red States. You must respect a woman's right to choice. It's proper, it's demanded and it's the federal law. Try to take that away, and the voters are going to stalk your re-election campaigns and mow you down with their votes.

Voting is the power all of us have and elected officials know that. That's why so many repressive Red states are trying to challenge our right to exercise our vote. They conveniently forget that voting is a right, not a privilege. We can't let that happen or we'll be enslaved forever. The men and women of Albuquerque have shown us the light. We must join with them and Howard Beale from Network in saying, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

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