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  •  Bastards??? (4.00)
    Tsk, tsk, such unwomanly language. How can you possibly say such a thing, when they're only trying to protect you from your own feminine impulsiveness?

    * gone to throw up now, in a quietly unobtrusive and ladylike manner *

    •  I spent so much time on this one (4.00)
      way back when. My first big professional crusade was getting the import alert lifted. Then Clinton came in, and just like that, it was done. Ten years later we're fighting the fucking battle all over again. I just can't take it sometimes.
      •  FACE (4.00)
        felt the same way... At least that hasn't been overturned or weakened yet - I'm in no hurry for replays of Wichita or Buffalo - but I fear that we're in for a return to those days as well.

        A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

        by wickerman26 on Mon Mar 07, 2005 at 10:45:28 PM PST

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        •  The FACE of violence (4.00)
          is being unmasked by the bankruptcy bill -- again. This time around the quotes are more colorful, and opposing violence is "smack(ing) pro-life people in the face."

          A bankruptcy bill pending before the Senate is about to provide a forum for the first abortion battle of the new Congress, and how it plays out could set the stage for much larger fights over abortion restrictions and judicial nominees, including perhaps a nominee to the Supreme Court.

          At issue is a proposed amendment intended to deny bankruptcy protection to protesters who use violence to shut down abortion clinics. The measure is expected to come up for a vote on Tuesday before a Senate with an expanded Republican majority that includes some of the most ardent abortion opponents in American politics.

          "This is the first major pro-choice amendment to come up in this Congress," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, the author of the measure. "It's the first test of how difficult the fight to maintain choice is going to be."

          [snip]

          Mr. Schumer's measure grew out of a 1994 federal law that bans the use of force, threats or blockades to keep patients out of abortion clinics. The law allows clinics to sue protesters who block clinic doors, but some protesters have filed for bankruptcy to escape paying court-imposed fines. The amendment has previously passed the Senate, but in 2002, abortion opponents in the House doomed the entire bankruptcy bill rather than vote for it.

          Mr. Schumer responded by stripping language specific to abortion from the measure and broadening it to apply to any protester who uses violence. Now, the amendment's backers are trying to build support for it by insisting it is not about abortion.

          "That's how we hope to get the votes," said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

          But the tactic is not going over well with abortion opponents. "It's just an obvious attempt to smack pro-life people in the face," Mr. DeMint said. "It's not a substantive bill; it's a political bill."

          Meanwhile, in Wichita AG Phil Kline is still trying to get his hands on the medical records of women who have had abortions, with the flimsy excuse that minor patients may have been victims of sexual abuse, even though no one has filed a complaint.  

          Since the Alan Guttmacher Institute's statistics show that 4 out of 5 pregnant minors in Kansas go on to become teenage mothers, I'm waiting for someone to ask Kline why he doesn't look at all the public birth records at his fingertips instead.

          •  how do the boys escape the wrath of kline? (4.00)
            If the AG is really SOOOOO concerned about teenagers having sex (girls AND boys), then he should subpoena all teenage boys' 16 and under medical records if they have been prescribed Penicillin. Afterall, there is a very good chance that they were prescribed those antibiotics for chlamydia, gonnorhea, etc., thus indicating that they are indeed sexually active. And then Kline could prosecute accordingly.

            Until something like this happens, I don't believe for one second that Kline's motivation is anything more than a femiphobic witch hunt.

            When are we going to have a government-created/funded Committee to Prevent Vice and Promote Virtue? Ayatollah Kline needs to be shipped back to Afghanistan where he can feel at home with his ideological brethren--the TALIBAN!!

          •  I missed that bit w/ the bankruptcy bill (none)
            though I don't know why I'm surprised - they never pass up an opportunity to push their agenda...

            And we're the ones trying to force our views?

            A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

            by wickerman26 on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 06:21:55 AM PST

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          •  But I really want the bankruptcy bill to fail (none)
            I appreciate the tactic, if it stops people from voting for that horrible piece of legislation.

            That doesn't do much for those threatened by the protesters though.

            •  The Amendment Won't Go Anywhere (none)
              The amendment will fail. There's no way there are enough votes to tack it on to the bankruptcy bill.

              The only reason it'll be called for a vote is that it gets 'em on record in a roll call.

              vote early - vote often

              by wystler on Tue Mar 08, 2005 at 10:12:07 AM PST

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