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Michigan's Rape Insurance -- A Tragic Catch-22

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We all know what a Catch-22 is: A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions. Or to borrow from the famous New England expression when asked for directions, "You can't get there from here."

And that is the condition in the state of Michigan as of Thursday, March 13, 2014: you can't get there from here.

Legislation known as "The Rape Insurance bill," which passed in the Republican dominated state house has become law. Yes, wake up all you sleepy-head women in Michigan!  As of today, if you get raped, and somehow become preggers despite what Todd Akin said, your insurance will no longer cover an abortion. Well, that's not fully true. Insurance companies can cover this procedure if you purchased a separate rape insurance policy -- in advance.

So, all you have to do is plan ahead for your next rape. C'mon, women - take some personal responsibility! Is that so much to ask? After all, it generally takes two to tango, if you catch my drift.

Just go out and get some rape insurance. Don't make a big to-do out of this. It's for your own protection. I mean we all have auto insurance because everyone gets into a fender bender from time to time. And we hopefully now all have health insurance (ACA) because sooner or later we all have medical issues. So why not just carry rape insurance?

Well, that's a good question. Sadly the answer isn't quite as good. NO INSURANCE CARRIERS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN CARRY RAPE INSURANCE.

It seems there's a mandated insurance coverage should this situation arise, but not a mandated provider for that coverage. That's the Catch-22. There's where the insanity lies. And that's why you can't get there from here.

This is literally all the Republican's fault. And Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bill into law.

If you want to feel the outrage, listen to Rachel Maddow railing over this last night.

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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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Do You Know What Women Want And Deserve?

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Picking up where Laffy left off yesterday in her great post Fed Up Dems...

If I knew what women want, I'd be a kazillionaire because I'd write a book about it and rake in the dough. The truth is I have no idea what women want. I know this because I'm married to a wonderful woman. And just when I think I've got it figured out, I'm told I'm wrong, asked what was I possibly thinking and then met with a silent shake of the head. My male, married buddies tell me I'm lucky that it's just a silent shake of the head.

So building on a platform of I'm no expert, I do know some things. I know that women want and deserve the right to self-determination, just like the guys. They don't want to be treated differently -- just fairly. And I don't have any argument against that.

But the Republicans do. Their mostly white, older men composite seems to feel that women are inferior mentally and emotionally, that they're not capable of rational decisions -- even with it comes to their own bodies and health issues. More of them think along the legitimate rape lines than in rational scientific reasoning. And those genteel, Southern Gentlemen who demurely dismiss women with their cloak of protecting them from themselves, "those sweet little souls. They are so lovely, aren't they -- like a field of violets or Lady Slippers, swaying in a warm, summer's night." And all the while the Lindsay Grahams spew their charming tripe, their mind is busy with the melodic refrains of "Dixie."

In the wake of Roe v Wade, individual states, feeling the decision of the SCOTUS was wrong, have set out to correct this injustice. They've taken a clearly decided issue and are chipping away at the rights determined by the highest court in our land. That's the conservative, right-wing way.

Finally, after assault on assault at the state's level, accelerated in every red state with a Republican-led legislation, women's rights and protections are being circumvented or even stricken. This has got to stop.

How?

Kraken

Well, the slow moving but well-intentioned Democrats in Congress have finally had enough. They've gone from being a sleeping giant to a forceful vociferous champion of women.  Release the Kraken-- Sen. Richard Blumenthal.  HuffPo reports:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will introduce the Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, joined by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). The bill would prohibit states from passing so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws, which impose strict and cost-prohibitive building standards on abortion clinics, require women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds, and create other barriers to abortion access.

Looks like good ol' Connecticut Senator Blumenthal's gonna be gettin' sometin' sometin'  from Mrs. Senator B when he goes home on his next break. And you know what, he deserves it. My only criticism is why this took so long. The last pro-active abortion legislation to pass through the Senate was in 1994, with the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. That made it a federal crime to block or harass patients or doctors who entered or exited abortion clinics.

When Republicans don't like something, they propose a bill and there's immediate discussion, press coverage and oftentimes votes. In the case of Obamacare, 42 votes. Of course that's the House and they're led by government shutdown fever and Republican leader, Speaker John Blunder.

Blumenthal's bill wouldn't automatically overturn states' existing anti-abortion laws, but because federal law trumps state law, it would provide a means to challenge them in court. The bill would direct judges to consider certain factors in determining whether a restriction is legal, such as whether it interferes with a doctor's good-faith medical judgment, or whether it's likely to interfere with or delay women's access to abortion.

This bill will surely pass the Senate. In the House, it'll probably never even come to a vote. But when the 2014 elections come around, you can add that to the Democrats long list of things the Republicans did -- stopping immigration reform, shutting down the government, restricting women's rights, repressing voters rights, obstructing qualified presidential appointees to the bench, pushing for war with Iran, and so many others. I'll need another blog just to continue the list. And like my wife, I make lists.

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You know who is really and truly pro-life? TX Dem gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

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Via the Dallas Morning News, we get to see Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis turn the old "pro-life" talking point around on right wing, pro-forced birth activists. Take that!

Via Taegan, because the Dallas Morning News is subscription only:

"I am pro-life. I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children's future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else."

As you may recall, Wendy Davis stood on her pink-sneakered feet for eleven hours filibustering fighting against this:

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I've used the images below over and over again in my posts to point out habitual GOP hypocrisy; they seem especially appropriate now:

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

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Wendy Davis is the true "right-to-lifer."

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Fags, Baby-Killers, Wetbacks and Rubio

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If you're trying to figure out which of those four -- Fags, Baby-killers, Wetbacks or Rubio is most offensive, let me help. The last one.

Why? Because Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration. It's worth repeating. Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration.

For a man with his lofty political ambitions, to become the president of the United States, he's tossed away any realistic chance to get his party's nomination with his stance. But that's not the biggest concern.

To be competitive in the Republican Party today -- that's combining the Tea Party faction with the conservatives and the moderates (a silent minority) -- you have to race to the right. Way right. Like off the map, right. You have to out conservative the most extreme elements that the GOP can muster. And therein lies the rub.

What we will see is not the party taking a shift toward common sense and human respect. They will go as hard as they can for regression. They really do want to see Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians "put in their place." Women having babies and not asking any questions. And stopping all immigration, legal or otherwise. They want us armed, uneducated and letting Wall Street and Big Banks have their way. They don't want the rich to be taxed and they don't care to uphold human rights. If you're not straight, there's no place for you here. Homosexuality is to them, a jail-able offense.

HuffPo has this headline:

MARCO RUBIO TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANTI-GAY GROUPS ANNUAL EVENT

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker at the "conservative dinner event of the year": the Florida Family Policy Council’s 8th Annual Policy Awards Dinner on Nov. 16.

The FFPC, a staunchly conservative nonprofit dedicated to promoting anti-gay and pro-life policies, is run by John Stemberger, an outspoken anti-gay activist who supports banning gays from participating in the Boy Scouts.

That's some company Rubio is keeping. And it gets worse. Marco is actually going back against a bill that has his name on it, the senate immigration bill. The junior senator from Florida is accusing Obama of being a liar on keeping your health care plan if you want. Well Marco's no less a liar when he pushes through a bill, votes for it, then pulls his support once it passes.

He strongly opposes all LGBT rights while he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He doesn't seem to care that the Supreme Court has made rulings which indicate that ain't gonna happen. Just this week Illinois passed a bill to legalize same sex marriage and Hawaii is poised to do so as any day now.

Look at some other issues this Party of No member has recently recently cast support to. He voted to keep the government shut down as well as voting against the Employment non-discrimination act.

So LGBTer's, women, immigrants, Jews, poor, young, old -- if you want or need a champion, this is not your man.

He's setting the bar way to the right and sadly, I fear we're going to see the other GOP candidates tack even further to his starboard side. Watch out America. The racists and haters aren't just coming. They've already arrived.

Rubio, Paul, Cruz

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VIDEO: Trick or treat! Kids get anti-abortion propaganda in their Halloween bags

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Dear Trick or Treaters,

Here is a bonus trick for you! A little something that Mommy and Daddy can read to you at bedtime:

"I am a human being.”

“53 million killed.”

There now, isn't that special?

Trick or treat, Albuquerque children! Message courtesy of cards from the Right to Life movement.

More like Right to Propagandize, Right to Politicize Halloween, or Right to Traumatize unsuspecting, impressionable little kids.

Via KRQE News 13:

“I am not a clump of cells," the card with an image of a fetus proclaims. Another one asks “Am I not human?”

We just noticed these cards attached to certain candies and started pulling them off, and we were pretty shocked to see that kind of stuff targeted at kids,” one parent, Frank Valdez, told local news affiliate KRQE News 13. “They’re forcing an agenda on little kids, pretty much.”

Think Progress has more.

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How Do You Run For Office On:

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Question Mark 2

Here's what's facing the Republican Party in the next elections:

How do you run on forcing a government shutdown?

How do you run on defunding Obamacare and removing 30,000,000 PEOPLE from receiving health care?

How do you run on cutting $39,000,000 from the food stamp program (SNAP) depriving 6,500,000 kids and 170,000 veterans of food assistance?

How do you run on cuts of 18 percent for federal firefighting efforts?

How do you run on cuts to the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by $5 billion.

Question Mark

How do you run on refusing to end job killing sequester cuts?

How do you run on walking away from Immigration Reform?

How do you run on taking away minorities rights to vote?

How do you run on climate change denial?

How do you run when you vote to take away control of women's bodies and their reproductive rights?

How do you run when you claim "I think there are senators who are going to find Jesus and do the right thing."

How do you run when you defy 90% of the population asking for gun purchase background checks?

Republican Suicide 2

You call yourself a Republican, cross your fingers, kiss your ass good-bye and then end it all with a prayer.

RIP GOP. Even Reagan can't save you now.

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