In the first three months of 2011, legislators in 49 states introduced 916 measures related to reproductive issues, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a New York nonprofit research organization that supports abortion rights but is viewed by both sides of the debate as providing reliable statistics on the issue. (h/t to Crooks&Liars)And lets not forget Florida regulating the wearing of baggy pants. Really important shit they're fixing down there. Cuzz the mid-terms were all about the economy. And Jobs.
Call me whatever the hell you want, but I would think that "the right to life" would extend at least a wee bit past the fetal stage. Maybe into what some people consider a person's life like you know, that period of time between birth and death. I wonder when these creeps and those that vote for them will realize this conundrum. I guess I should say "if" not "when."
And as previously noted:
(updat (3/11/11) Gotta love this one: Thanks to the folks at Crooks and Liars:
As our contributor Scarce so aptly pointed out, the U.S. fired 110 tomahawk missiles, each costing $569,000. That's more than 5 years of NPR federal funding in less than an hour. That's some serious f-ed up priorities to me.Well they have oil over there. Unlike Darfur. Or Burma. Or Gaza and the West Bank.
Remember folks, just like there's always room for Jello... there's always money for war. In the eyes of republicorp. Even when there's no money, there's money for war. As long as money doesn't go to "little people." Heaven forbid; they might use it for something stupid like food... or clothing... or shelter... for their kids... or grandparents...
If only we had a president who could promise us some true hope of change.... oops... never mind.
Update (3/19/11): Cuzz Republicorp is alllll about jobs, jobs, jobs... I've heard the Boner and C*nter say so... we have a new effort in their two pronged guns or rubbers strategy:
The IRS is going to investigate how abortions are paid for. I should be back to work in no time (I was laid off on Fri 3-11) with efforts like this! Added to the Bachmanite efforts in Minnesota's war on poverty... if only she could get her federal counterparts to see the light... Don't like poverty? Outlaw it.
Are you happy now, working class republicorp voters? Have they undercut your livelihood enough yet? Shown enough disregard for you? Demonstrated their hatred of anything and everything that might make your life better? Proven themselves totally lacking in their ability to set priorities yet?
Come on.... defunding NPR constitutes an emergency session? That breaks their pledge of open government? WOWWWW.... I haven't seen such wisdom and and and... Since Terri Schiavo had to be kept alive at all costs.
(update 2/24) So.... been a while. Where were we? Oh yeah, one of the Dakotas decided they like the idea of legalizing murder; when the victim is an abortion provider. Nebraska seems to like that idea as well. And Georgia has a bill up that will require any woman having a miscarriage to provide proof -- to whom? ??? -- that said miscarriage was a natural occurrence. And if the vagina police are not suitably appeased? Forced fertilization???
Yessiree.... small government... sso small it can hide in your bedroom closet.
And on the gun front, some crazy Texan wants it to be OK for college students to pack heat. Cuzz college students are sooooo responsible.
So I wonder how many jobs will be created? Because we KNOW, because they've SAID, it's all about jobs. In the undertaker profession..? Speaking of jobs..
A Missouri legislator wants to unravel, invalidate, obliterate, etc ALL child labor laws. I guess that's so your grand kids can buy you the good cat food your new and improved(not) Social Security puts out of reach. Not the assholes and eye sockets cheappy cheap stuff
And as previously noted:
The new Regressive Republicorp political dynamic. It replaces that age old dynamic and debate over "guns or butter." And no, it's not because they're more in favor of margarine. Actually, it's not new at all, it's just continually becoming more blatant and obscene that they really don't give a damn whatsoever about social programs except from the point of view of ensuring that they restrict people's rights, freedoms, privacy and abilities to choose. ESPECIALLY in the case of a woman's choice of options with regard to her reproductive organs.
The right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.
Update (1-30-11): Regressive Republicorp hard at work protecting the rights of rapists to propagate.
“A ban on taxpayer funding of abortions is the will of the people, and it ought to be the will of the land,” Boehner said on the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade last week.So we learn that the will of the people and the will of the land are two different things. I know the Boner will dance and spin on this, but combine this statement and the House's actions of late with the record of the Senate's obstruction since 2006, and it's clear that the will of the people equals the will of the regressive membership of congress. Blue Dogs included.
Taking "principled" stands like this allows the Regressives to hide behind the indisputable fact that they have no clue how to actually govern in a way that "promotes the general welfare" of the nation, as the Constitution and its preamble clearly charge them. They'll fight for the right of incestuous parents to see their offspring, they'll fight for the rights of crazy people and people on the terrorist watch list to attend and buy at gun shows without restraint, and they'll fight for the rights of corporations to have rights with no responsibilities. The rest of us? Oh yeah, we'll have the right to go bankrupt and homeless from health care costs. After we lose our jobs to their outsourcing campaign contributors. We'll have the right to live in poverty after we retire with no social security.
Update (1-24-11): I knew I wouldn't have to wait long on the "guns" part. I actually got a two-fer.