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Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM PST

Hey, Ron Paul: F*ck You

by The Erratic Synapse

Ron Paul's response to the prospect of federal aid for disaster victims in the county right next to mine? Shoulda bought insurance! Read for yourself.

“The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance,” GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said Sunday, just a day after a string of deadly tornadoes touched down in five states, killing at least 38 people.
It's bad enough that his ideology calls for a pathologically apathetic government, but his reasoning for it is complete and utter horseshit.
“There is no such thing as federal money,” Paul said. “Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me.”
There is no such thing as federal money? WHAT?!

This is Constitutional denialism if it's to be called anything. Because he denies the very first Congressional Power.

"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States"

--Article I, Section 8, Clause 1

Helping out the victims of a disaster that has destroyed lives and homes is one of the most apt examples of providing for the general welfare that I have ever seen. But to Ron Paul, the Constitutional power to provide for it with the power of taxation is theft.


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Recently, author Mikki Kandell wrote a courageous piece for Salon in which she retells her story of when it became medically necessary for her to have an abortion. This was due to a placental abruption, where the placental lining separates from the uterus of the mother. This eventually lead to a large loss of blood and hemorrhaging. And when she was brought to the doctor on call, he refused to perform an abortion, despite her dwindling health:

Everyone knew the pregnancy wasn't viable, that it couldn't be viable given the amount of blood I was losing, but it still took hours for anyone at the hospital to do anything. The doctor on call didn't do abortions. At all. Ever.


‎Later I found out that the doctor had taken my husband aside as they brought me into surgery. She promised him she would do her best to save me, but she warned him there was a distinct possibility that she would fail. The doctor who didn't do abortions was supposed to have contacted her (or someone else who would perform the procedure) immediately. He didn't. Neither did his students. Supposedly there was a communication breakdown and they thought she had been notified, but I doubt it. I don't know if his objections were religious or not; all I know is that when a bleeding woman was brought to him for treatment he refused to do the only thing that could stop the bleeding. Because he didn't do abortions. Ever.

Eventually, she had an abortion because a nurse risked her job to bring in a reproductive clinic doctor, who wasn't on call, to save Mikki. The author also laudably points out that she does not want her story construed as "it is only necessary to have an abortion when it becomes a medical imperative." Her opinion is quite the contrary, fortunately.

Well, the empathy-deficient serial liar Jill Stanek decided to summon the swarm mind that is her online forced birther army in a disgusting attempt to shame Mikki for her choice to uh... live. Jill's comment pretty much sets the tone as far as how her bloggers responded:

As a former Labor & Delivery nurse, I really doubt the veracity of Mikki’s story. She may believe it happened as it did, but I don’t believe it happened as it did. No doctor, unless a true quack deserving of revocation of his/her license and a lawsuit, would leave a woman bleeding to death from placental abruption.

And why no lawsuit? There’s a whole other side to this that I’m sure makes sense.

Right. Because no doctor in the history of mankind has put their ridiculous "conscience objections" above a woman's right to live. Because she has to sue the hospital for her story to be believable.

This is just the most vile shame game I've ever seen.

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Tue May 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM PDT

The hate is very real.

by The Erratic Synapse

I forced myself to watch parts of Netanyahu's speech to both houses of Congress, despite the fact that I get easily wound up on the issue of Israel & Palestine. But this diary isn't to talk about the issue. No comparing what Netanyahu wants with what the President wants with what the Palestinians want.

I want to talk about what it means when the Prime Minister of Israel is receiving more gracious (hell, borderline obsequious) bipartisan applause than when President Obama has addressed both houses of Congress. And I'm not basing this on "a count" of the ovations so much as I am the general atmosphere: it was rapturous, near-unanimous approval for Bibi.

And then it hit me: Republicans hate Obama so much that they view an Israeli Prime Minister with more legitimacy than their own President. Hate. What I sensed in that glaring disparity between both of their addresses is an undercurrent of genuine hate. And while I've acknowledged the existence of this hatred in the past, I didn't really appreciate the extent of it until now.

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This morning, I was saw an article by notorious evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, author of such outrageously stupid hits such as Why Modern Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, & Evil and Why we are losing this war, where he suggested a nuclear holocaust in answer to 9/11.

Well his recent article was so amazingly bad that Psychology Today decided to take it down. But because I know how to use Google cache, I am able to present the article to you, in which he discusses why black women are rated as less attractive along racial lines.

Brace yourselves.

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Right on, Mr. President! A local news network in Ohio had a chance to sit down with the President where they discussed things such as gas prices and the anti-union bill here in Ohio, Senate Bill 5. He had this to say about Governor Kasich's priorities (starting at 0:50):

‎"Let's make sure that we've got shared sacrifice, that we make sure the burden doesn't just fall on one set of folks. Let's certainly not blame public employees for a financial crisis that they had nothing to do with. And let's not use this as an excuse to erode their bargaining rights. And so, whether it's Wisconsin or what we're seeing in Ohio, I strongly disapprove."
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In Kansas, there is a bill under consideration that would outlaw abortions that occur after 22 weeks. The basis for this bill is the notion that a fetus can feel pain around this time, though naturally that’s a claim that’s not really based on any sound science. Of course, not having facts on your side has hardly stopped the forced birthers in the past.

The bill has cleared the state house and will be considered by the state Senate this Wednesday.

Tiffany Moore Campbell testified in opposition to the bill before the Kansas State Judiciary Committee last Thursday. The crux of her argument is that if a woman had discovered at 21 weeks that she were in a situation comparable to Tiffany's—where the fetuses were diagnosed with TTTS, a very serious complication that in the most severe cases has a high mortality (60-100%)—there would not be enough time for a woman to contemplate her decision.

Sound reasoning.

In a private meeting between Tiffany and State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, the State Senator referred to Tiffany as a "killer" for exercising her right to choose. When called out for this attack, the State Senator altered her answer to say the doctor was the "killer".

This is a vile, ignorant, and unacceptable attempt to shame a woman into believing she killed a child.

Please call State Senator Pilcher-Cook at 785-296-7362 or email her at to let her know that this language is unacceptable and that she should immediately apologize to Tiffany for her comments.

I implore you to read more about Tiffany's story over the fold, as I believe it demonstrates the spirit of an undeniably brave woman. I will also make the case that the pro-choice movement needs to make such stories heard.

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This is so regressive that my jaw visibly dropped when I read it.

Ohio will be the staging ground for a new breed of abortion limit that would prohibit women from ending pregnancies at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as 18 days after conception.

Read that again:

Ohio will be the staging ground for a new breed of abortion limit that would prohibit women from ending pregnancies at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as 18 days after conception.

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So far anyway.

John Kasich, like any other chief executive, deserves an essentially free hand to choose his Cabinet and inner circle. After all, voters elected Kasich as Ohio's 69th governor, and they will judge will him on how well his administration performs.

That said, it is disconcerting -- in 2011 -- to look at a composite of the 20 permanent state agency heads whom Kasich has hired so far and see only white faces and barely a handful of women.


The last Ohio governor with an all-white Cabinet was Mike DiSalle; he left office in 1963, when Kasich was 10 years old.

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As some may have noticed, it's been pretty hard for me to blog about what's happening at the level of our federal government because of how frustrating everything is to watch: fake deficit hawks, a House where the majority is a group of pathological lying neanderthals, and internal problems within the Democratic Party that are frustrating to discuss. So let's try a new tune.

I'm going to blog about two unique opportunities we have for progressive change: single-payer in Vermont and single-payer in California. Vermont in particular is where our prospects are the best, though our prospects in California are certainly better than they were under Schwarzenegger.

Yesterday, Peter Shumlin was sworn in to Vermont's governor office. He had these words to say:

"...we must create a single-payer health care system that provides universal, affordable health insurance for all Vermonters that brings these skyrocketing costs under control. Let Vermont be the first state in the nation to treat health care as a right and not a privilege; removing the burden of coverage from our business community and using technology and outcomes-based medicine to contain costs."

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I know the spectacle we say today in the Senate was not technically a filibuster with respect to the rules of the Senate, but it's a paradigm for how filibusters should have gone: if you oppose the something a majority of your peers support and want to filibuster it, you should ACTUALLY stand before the American people and explain yourself until you're too tired to do it anymore. You don't just go "lol NAY" as an easy way to block your opponent's agenda. The filibuster shouldn't be merely a tool for obstructionism or political calculation. You explain why you want this to be deliberated with REAL energy and REAL speeches.

Like Sanders did.

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Not another fucking word.

It's part of a distraction campaign. There's no genuine concern about reducing the deficit.

You people in Washington invoke deficit fear mongering as an excuse to cut spending, but when it comes to the Bush tax cuts -- one of the biggest contributors to our deficit -- suddenly the deficit means JACK FUCKING SHIT.

So stop talking about it. You don't fucking care. I'm sick of watching you pretend that you do. No more deficit commissions either.

Give us a goddamn JOBS commission and stop looking for ways to benefit your rich buddies at the expense of the majority of Americans.

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