OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

He's an expert on ... stuff
While we here in the civilized world were happy to see President Barack Obama sign into law the Violence Against Women Act, Rush Limbaugh—who is certainly the nation's foremost expert on, um .... no, not that ... not that ... um ... Oh! On Dominican prostitutes and illegal use of pills for limp dicks—reported on his show that it's all a big scam.
The president of the United States has just signed another law, and this law is the Violence Against Women Act. No, no, it means you can't. It's not—it doesn't permit it. It's against violence. You can't, you can't be violent. I guess you could, up until the law was—I guess it used to be okay to be violent against women, but now we've fixed it. Because now we have a law. Because Obama just signed it. The Violence Against Women law. I don't have the act right in front of me, but I can guarantee you, it's about much more than violence against women. You see, it's classic. It's classic. Somebody proposes this thing, under the guise that women are being beat to a pulp in this country because of the Republican War on Women. Women are being beat up, they're being creamed, they're being mistreated all over the place. So we need a federal law saying you can't do it anymore.

So now the Democrats get all of this credit for being compassionate, tolerant, understanding, protective of women. The whole idea is to create the notion that there's some people out there that are violent toward women, and they're obviously a bunch of neanderthal Republicans, and we're going to now be able to punish them.

And Obama [unintelligible] this law will help bring more offenders to justice. So I guess there were outs, so you go out and be violent toward women, I guess there were ways you could get away with it that now you can't. Cause we've really gotten serious about it now.

Sigh. Where to begin? Maybe with a quick history lesson. See, President Obama and the Democrats didn't cook up this bill to humiliate the Republicans for their ongoing War on Women. Republicans do that just fine on their own. This act has been law for nearly two decades and, except for the latest obstructionist hissy-fit from Republicans, it has always been reauthorized with broad bipartisan support.

Second, while it obviously really chaps Rush's pill-popping ass that Democrats might "get credit for being compassionate, tolerant, understanding, protective of women," House Republicans are trying like hell to give themselves credit too. Many of them—27 to be exact—have even gone so far as to claim they supported and voted for the Violence Against Women Act, when they voted against it.

And while we could spend all day—heck, all year—fact-checking the bile that spews out of Rush's mouth, let's just look at one more little inconvenient fact he apparently isn't aware of, as he so casually mocks victims of violence and insists there is just no way women are being victimized, you know, regularly, so we obviously don't really need this law. Here, here's something right out of today's headlines:

The Justice Department says the rate of sexual violence against women and girls age 12 or older fell 64 percent in a decade and has remained stable for five years.

In 2010, women and girls nationwide experienced about 270,000 rapes or sexual assaults, compared with 556,000 in 1995, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey released Thursday.

So yes, Rush, women are being beaten and raped and assaulted every day. Lots of them. But you know what has helped bring those numbers down? The Violence Against Women Act, which, thankfully is once again the law of the land.

(Via)

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:54 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.