Man, I wonder what Laura really thinks about everything. She’s still measuring her words. Via.
Man, I wonder what Laura really thinks about everything. She’s still measuring her words. Via.
Today’s guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber.
IT’S AWARD SEASON
Okay. Tonight’s the night. I have my copy of the 85th Academy Awards ballot in front of me and I’m about to make my predictions. Oh, wait, what’s this? Stuck to the back of my ballot is another one. Why it’s the 112th Congressional Fool awards or as it’s better known, The Jerkies. How’d that get there? Better yet, let’s see who’s made the cut.
Best Bonehead Quote of the Year. The Nominees are:
1. Todd Akin for “Legitimate Rape”
2. Mitt Romney for “The 47 % Solution”
3. The GOP for “You Didn’t Build that…” intentional misquote
4. Newt Gingrich for “We will have the first base on the moon.”
5. Eric Ferhnstrom: “It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.”
2012 Idiot of the Year. The Nominees are:
1. John Boehner for insisting his name is pronounced ‘Baner’.
2. Mitch McConnell for still trying to make Obama a one term president.
3. Eric Cantor for trying to convince the GOP he’s not after Boehner’s SOTH position
4. Chief Justice Roberts for leading the SCOTUS into believeing corporations are people
5. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for signing the forced vaginal medical rape he calls an ultra sound test.
The Most Deserved Spanking of the Year Award”. The Nominees are:
1. The GOP led Congress for it’s obstructionism and anti-populist positions
2. The Democratic led Senate for cowardliness in settling on a handshake agreement on the flilibuster
3. The entire Congress for being scared poopless of the NRA
4. Rush Limbaugh for being Rush Limbaugh
5. Fox News for everything
Wow, that final category was pretty tough. They’re all so deserving. How do I choose? Wait, what’s this box I can check off over here:
Choice solutions for 2013: Best way to show our disgust with the current government:
1. Write/call your congress person and put them on notice that you’re watching them.
2. Attend political gatherings and speak up.
3. Educate yourself about the facts, not just accept what you hear on the TV faux news.
4. Speak out with your vote. Don’t take your eye off the ball and don’t let them take your vote away.
5. Dump the Chump — vote out all incumbents and replace them with new, responsive representation.
Boy, I better get my ballot filled out. This is really going to be a big award’s night. I can’t wait to see who wins.
Is the 113th Congress really nicknamed, “Django Unchainged?”
For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”
Another day, another dangerous Republican nutcase. This time it’s a female lawmaker in New Mexico who introduced a bill that would legally require rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term. Why? Because she wants the fetus to be used as evidence in a sexual assault trial.
This insane bill will probably not pass since Dems hold the majority in both chambers of the New Mexico state legislature, but the fact that it was even introduced is beyond disturbing. Unfortunately, this kind of extremism is becoming more commonplace (and/or perhaps more widely reported), and is not only appalling, it’s downright scary.
So to those of you who need even more proof that there is a War on Women, here it is, perplexingly brought to you by a woman, via HuffPo:
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit organization opposing the bill:
“The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“
Davis called the bill “blatantly unconstitutional.”
When it comes to rape, Republicans have yet to learn to keep their big mouths shut. Their bizarre, backward attitudes have never served them well, as Richard Mourdock, the guy who says rape pregnancies are “intended by God“ and Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin can attest, and have spotlighted their insensitivity and ignorance.
But to try to force birth by criminalizing rape victims is beyond the pale.
In California, my home state, an Orange County Superior Court Judge named Derek G. Johnson has been admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for his Todd Akinesque remarks in a sexual assault case.
Back in 2008, he denied a 16-year prison term for Metin Gurel who had been convicted of rape, forcible oral copulation, domestic battery, stalking and making threats against his former live-in girlfriend. He also threatened to mutilate her face and vagina with a heated screwdriver.
Johnson sentenced him to 6 years.
Here’s how his minuscule speck of a brain worked, via the L.A. Times:
“I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something. If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage in inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case.
“That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.”
So clearly, this was another case of illegitimate rape, because he also said the rape was “technical,” and not “a real, live criminal case.”
That would make him an “illegitimate judge”. Someone should shut him down.
The commission, the one that admonished Judge Ignoramus, said it did not learn of the judge’s remarks until May 2012.
Johnson remains on the bench.
Todd Akin, who said Claire McCaskill was “like one of those dogs: Fetch”; who omitted information on financial disclosure forms; who said abortions were done “on women who weren’t pregnant;” and who infamously asserted that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ don’t get pregnant, had Republicans running from him faster than Paul Ryan in a marathon.
For awhile. Remember?
As it turns out, the GOP were for him before they were against him before they were for him.
In the last days of the 2012 campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party, which appears to have used the money to run TV ads for Rep. Todd Akin’s ill-fated Senate campaign.
They waited until the last minute to transfer the money, which they did on the first two days of November, so nobody could be sure where it came from until after the election.
Democrats would have had a field day with this, had they known it was from the NRSC. But they know now:
Democrats were quick to pounce on the news [...]
“It is not only wrong that the NRSC would provide funds to support a dangerous extremist like Todd Akin; it was underhanded and dishonest that they would purposely mislead the public about their actions,” said Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Another example of the unsurprising lack of judgment that the GOP so frequently demonstrates, especially considering the poll numbers, which showed McCaskill well ahead.
Another example of unsurprising GOP secrecy.
And it’s also another example of the unsurprising tone deafness that ultimately lost them the election.
A must-read report by The Nation includes 1981 audio of Lee Atwater while he was working in Ronald Reagan’s White House. He was interviewed by Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University. Campaign consultant Atwater explains how Republicans could win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Jaw-droppingly, appallingly, painfully stomach-turning.
States’ rights. Sound familiar?
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