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Laffy Note: Apparently David Garber and I both decided to post about this pathetic excuse for a human being, and for good reason. It happens. Two writers, two different takes on the same topic.
Republican Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman says he's sorry for appalling statements he made in the '80s and '90s about women's and gay rights, rape, abortion, AIDS, sodomy, and progressives.
It is now 2014. Do the math, State Rep. Reprehensible (R- Busted), because your "mea culpa" is a tad overdue.
Via the Morning Sentinel:
In a 1995 letter in the Sun Journal in Lewiston, a reader quoted a press statement by Lockman, then part of the Pro Life Education Association, saying, “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? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”
This Moment of WTF brought to you by "rape doesn't result in anyone's death" and "rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom," among other things. By the way, does this genius understand that men get raped, too?
So now he's apologizing, just as some Republicans are currently walking back, tempering, or avoiding their own controversial positions on similar issues with an eye toward future elections.
But that's not why Lockman hung his head, shuffled his feet, and mumbled his regrets about something he put out there years ago. Nope, he issued his apology because Progressive blogger Mike Tipping revived them in a very public way in a recent post. Call it a Tipping Point. Local Democrats demanded the State Rep's resignation.
So basically, he was sorry that his earlier vile remarks were rediscovered and spotlighted.
Lockman attributed his bigoted, ignorant, misogynistic idiocy to being "passionate about his beliefs" and declared that he holds " no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation." Sure. Anything you say, Lawrence. I'm passionate, too, about exposing you, an elected official, who has displayed a jaw-dropping lack of judgment, sensitivity, awareness, and basic knowledge on the taxpayer's dime.
Mike Tipping has much more, including:
“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy,” Lockman wrote in a 1987 letter to the editor to the Lewiston Daily Sunarguing against funding for AIDS education. “They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”
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.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set to oppose a bill increasing access to a lifesaving anti-overdose medication because of concerns rejected by public health experts that it could encourage more drug abuse, according to the bill's chief sponsor.
Fatal heroin overdoses in Maine quadrupled from 2011 to 2012. Naloxone is a drug that can reverse overdoses from heroin and other opioids like morphine. State Rep. Sara Gideon (D) is sponsoring legislation that would place the drug [naloxone], which is sold under the trade name Narcan, in the hands of police, firefighters, at-risk users and their families.
With statistics like those above, why wouldn't any caring public servant not want to provide all possible life-saving options to all first responders? Do they send firemen to fires without water? Do they send cops out on the street without guns? So why this stand by the governor, and why now?
Part of the problem is this man is insane. He's no stranger to controversy. For a quick refresher course on his antics, he's the man who had some words for Democratic State Senator Troy Jackson, whom he battled over the state's budget.
"Senator Jackson claims to be for the people but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline," LePage told Portland station WMTW.
So now who's shoving something where it doesn't belong without lube? Here's LePage's twisted logic: he believes increasing the availability of Narcan will lead the drug user or drug abuser to have this feeling of invincibility. Therefore, why save their lives? Why should we keep alive someone who's a drug user?
Ask Janis Joplin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cory Haim, Lenny Bruce, Billie Holiday, Heath Ledger, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Farley, Curt Cobain, Whitney Houston, or tragically so many more. Maybe the cost of carrying the drug on first responders is a concern. But think of the value these drug overdosers' lives would have had for all of us if they had lived. You can't put a price on a life, but this GOP ultra-conservative believes he can. And he's not alone. Maybe they need to look at this:
In 2010, police and firefighters in Quincy, Mass., started carrying Naloxone as part of their standard equipment -- a scenario similar to that envisioned in Gideon's bill. Since then, Naloxone has been credited with reversing 188 overdoses in Quincy alone, and the head of the Boston suburb's police narcotics unit has become a Naloxone evangelist.
People of Maine, you deserve better. Whatever your reasons for putting your life into this wachadoo's hands, he has certainly not earned your trust. Make sure your state representative knows that the cost of saving lives is nothing compared to what a living person can contribute to you and the rest of society.
Don't let the press scare you if you're a Democrat or an Independent, or if you're a woman, LGBT, believe in evolution or science, are an immigrant, accept climate control, favor social welfare, public parks, clean air, or are young, have college loans or want financial reform. The Republicans who are against all of those things and more are showing signs of cracking. The Republicans might very well lose the House despite gerrymandering and they're certainly not going to regain control of the Senate.
How can I make such broad predictions? Well, here's a taste of what the RNC is thinking and how they're approaching their attack. Here's a piece of a story from BDN MAINE
The Maine GOP’s latest insult to women
Even as Maine Republicans are rolling out a traveling show in an attempt to gain support among young people, they seem to have given up on their attempts at outreach to another problem demographic for the party: the majority of voters that are female.
In a post on the Maine GOP Facebook page today the Party ridicules lawyer Sandra Fluke for considering running for Congress in California with an image macro claiming she “can’t afford birth control” but can afford the filing fee to enter the election.
This is a sign of fear. Why? Well, for starters you can't get farther away from California than Maine on any map of the US. Then look at the target of this attack. It's Sandra Fluke. She's best known for being denied a chance to speak to congress by the GOP as well as the over the top, outrageous misogynist and truly misinformed comments by Rush Limbaugh. He's the cartoon you look at when you want to point out crazy.
Finally, look at this campaign against the Fluke filing. She's just filed. So have two others and more are expected to vie for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman in Los Angeles. It's a Democratic seat and most likely will be filled with a Democratic candidate. But when just the filing of a political neophyte (and that doesn't mean she isn't an excellent candidate), brings on the opposition money and shivering in their timbers by Republicans across the country who will have no say in a Los Angeles area election, it says something. It says a lot. And true colors are coming to the surface. No matter how much lip service Republicans give to being inclusive, having a large tent or any other analogy, they clearly are not. They're white, old, out of touch with reality, anti-women, anti-employment, anti-Black, anti-immigrant and you can take that to the bank (polls).
They say animals can smell fear. Well so can people. And right now, if you take a whiff, that's the GOP's stinking, fear-filled carcass, not the licorice smell emanating from waters of West Virginia.
Meet David Marsters, via the Portland Press Herald:
David Marsters, 68, who is running for selectman, says he told Secret Service agents who questioned him Tuesday that he was not threatening the president when he posted the message at 8:17 p.m. Friday. It appeared above a picture of Obama and a link to a story about how some Republican lawmakers think the president deserves to be impeached.
The message said, "Shoot the ..." and included a racial slur.
Of course Marsters is denying it was a threat, saying, "I might have used the wrong words. ... I didn't say I was going to do it."
No, you didn't say YOU were going to do it, just that somebody, anybody, should. I'd say that + racist language = more than "wrong words." Then again, your conservative "family values" appear to be different than mine.
Here's what else he said:
"What I really meant to say is, 'When are we going to get rid of this (expletive),'" he said. "I should have said, 'I hope the bastard dies.'"
MUCH better! Who would ever find that offensive?
Local police officers, the Secret Service and CIA agents all paid him a visit. They wrote up a report, but Marsters wasn't arrested. Yet. Being the patriotic paragon of law enforcement, America, and apple pie he is, I hope he served them cookies and lemonade!
Did I mention Marsters is a retired police officer?
That would make him someone who people turn to for help. Methinks the guy who incites violence, calls for the assassination of the President of the United States, and posts despicable, hate-filled words is the one who needs a whole lot of help.
Steve Wessler, a former civil rights prosecutor for the Maine Attorney General who helps investigate hate crimes:
"Just think about how a 14-year-old black boy or girl reacts to hearing there are people not only referring to the president by that word, but talking about 'We want to shoot him.' That's extraordinarily degrading."
But hey, Marsters justified his actions, so we're good:
"I'm not prejudiced," he said. "There's a lot of people in the white community I don't like either."
See? He's an equal opportunity hater! What's the big deal?
In other Facebook posts, he expressed more disdain for President Obama and links to a bunch of right-wing websites. Here's an example of one of those posts:
"Everyone says he has to go, but guess what. ... (he) will be voted in again. So sad that people can be buffaloed by him. Maybe Seal Team 6 should look him up."
That would be the same Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden.
So why does he hate the president so much? He says it's because Obama uses a Teleprompter, needed more experience, plus Marsters is not a fan of the president's policies like-- wait for it-- immigration and food stamps.
And when a Facebook commenter reminded Mr. Police Officer that the First Amendment doesn't allow people to shoot the president or encourage anyone else to commit such a crime, his response was, "He is not a legal president."
Did I mention that he wants every county resident to own a gun?
I'll end with these screen grabs from his Facebook page:
H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation
Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted: "House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) jokes that murder would make his job easier." Oh wait. It was yesterday:
I’ve always wondered about so-called “pro-lifers” and their hypocritical obsession with guns, and then there’s that conservative fixation on rape. Now we have the GOP House Majority Whip making murder jokes. He must be one of those Family Values types.
And now it's today. Meet Governor LeCrass, the Republican leader of the great state of Maine. He, too, is one of those "pro-life" Family Values types.
Via the Portland Press Herald:
Gov. Paul LePage made his dislike of the Portland Press Herald abundantly clear Friday while sitting in a fighter jet simulator: He said from the cockpit that he would like to blow up the newspaper's building.
The Republican governor made the offhand remark while participating in a fighter jet simulation at Pratt & Whitney, a defense contractor in North Berwick. In video footage from the event, LePage is asked, "What would you like to do?" He replies: "I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up." [...]
At least twice, he has told students that his biggest fear is newspapers. He once said that buying a copy of a newspaper is like paying someone to lie to you.
Oh come on, this was clearly just a slip of the tongue. Nobody in his position espousing his views in front of his people would utter a hostile, violent one-liner like that more than once:
Later in the event, a television reporter from WMTW asked LePage again if he had any targets. The governor answered: "The Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News."
The video of his so-called quip is here, right at the beginning.
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