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All you need to know about Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in one sentence: VIDEO


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I’ve written about GOP Senator David Vitter so often that I’m pretty sure– due to my ingestion alone– I’ve single-handedly increased the stock value of Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Alka-Seltzer. In fact, he sickens me so much that I dubbed him “the Vitter Pill,” because he’s just that. Hard. To take.

As you may recall, David Vitter favors corporations over sexual assault victims; he wants to defund Planned Parenthood; he was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam and he (allegedly) has a diaper fetish. But despite his illegal sexcapades, the Republican party of “family values” has forgiven him for his sins and kept him in office.

Too bad they weren’t as willing to be that generous with former President Bill Clinton, right? But that’s another post for another time.

Right now, take a few seconds to watch this video. It tells you all you need to know about Senator David Vitter’s so-called “values”:

Here is the transcript of the words that oozed out of the mouth of David Vitter. He said them at a town hall meeting at Blanchard Elementary School on March 18, 2014, and– wait for it– he got applause. Grab the Pepto, here we go:

I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans on the face of the Earth.”

“… God bless the Koch brothers. They’re fighting for our freedoms.

Or to put it another way, God bless Citizens United, the appalling influence of dark money, the demolition of democracy, and slime.

vitter pillH/t: HuffPo


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“Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with ‘slut’?” “Alas, that word is ‘stud’.”


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Another Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “A birth control double standard,” Opinion, May 20

Bravo to Meg Waite Clayton’s articulate Op-Ed regarding society’s double standard for male and female sexuality, and the Obama administration’s consequent restriction of access to emergency contraception. As an adolescent medicine specialist, I have seen the punishing results of stigmatizing girls’ sexual expression firsthand, having cared for 12- and 13-year-old mothers. Conversely, I have seen many patients who greatly benefited from using Plan B, the so-called morning-after pill.

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ efforts to bar easy access to an extremely safe, effective medication with negligible side effects (much safer than, say, a bottle of Tylenol) reflects society’s mistrustful, punitive attitude toward young women and its shameful disregard for scientific expertise.

Putting our collective heads in the sand will not stop young people from having sex. But nurturing and supporting their resourcefulness, resiliency and proactiveness can prevent a life-altering, unplanned event. Plan B should be available without restriction to all youths, regardless of gender or age.

Claudia Borzutzky

Los Angeles

The writer, a medical doctor, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC.


Clayton asks, “Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with ‘slut’?”

There is such a word, one that’s widely considered to be the masculine complement to the designation “slut.” It’s also a monosyllable, and it has three of the four letters that appear in “slut.” Alas, that word is “stud.”

As long as the boys themselves, men in general and, indeed, many of the girls who sleep with these guys think along these lines, the double standard that Clayton laments will continue to reign supreme.

Bruce Burroughs

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Cliff Notes– IOKIYAR: Republicans preach morality but do the opposite


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Recently I posted about hypocrite extraordinaire Pete Domenici, the former GOP senator who admitted to a secret affair and fathering a child outside marriage.

Which brings me to my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, who has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

Domenici is certainly not the first politician to suffer from “Strom Thurmond’s Disease”. … Just another sad story of conservative hypocrisy, and in Thurmond’s case, one of many dalliances with women not his wife for the “family values”-spouting, Lost Cause romantic.

This is not to say this kind of thing doesn’t happen on the Democratic/liberal side… Yet, the difference is that like most Republicans, Domenici was abundantly concerned what was going on in our private lives if we were gay, a woman, or a President being impeached in the 1990s over an affair.  […]

For kicks, here was his statement at the time, dripping with enough irony to quench even Marco Rubio’s thirst. […]

Truthfulness is the first pillar of good character in the Character Counts program of which I have been part of establishing in New Mexico… Guess which one of these pillars comes first? Trustworthiness. Trustworthiness… So what do I say to the children in my state when they ask, “Didn’t the President lie? Doesn’t that mean he isn’t trustworthy? Then, Senator, why didn’t the Senate punish him?”

Ooh, I have an answer! How about you tell the children of your state that if character counts, your life adds up to a goose egg? […]

Frankly, the most important part of this affair is that it’s another reminder of why the troupe of old men playing pajama dress up, known as the “Tea Party”, are so perpetually angry. This is the way the world is supposed to exist… Old white guys thumping Bibles on weekends … and doing the very things they warned us to avoid.

No longer do they get to just live in this world of white, male privilege, and it’s a serious bummer. It’s why you see Ted Nugent doing performance art for dementia, and more famous white guys from David Mamet to Rick Warren striking out with articles or tweets that make no sense in the real world. And let’s not even get started on Pope Benedict.

These guys have to actually answer today for the ultimate form of elitism: their white male privilege of being able to tell us all how to behave while blithely ignoring the very same dictates. … [W]e have the numbers at polling booths, and it’s driving them bonkers.


opposite worldCliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients. 

Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter