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Susan G. Komen for the Cure just can't keep its story straight about its decision last week to defund cancer screening at Planned Parenthood. Doing some straight reporting, Laura Bassett at Huffington Post writes about anti-choice Vice President Karen Handel's specific goal of ending Planned Parenthood's Komen funding, which runs counter to the Komen claim that this fiasco was completely apolitical, didn't involve Handel, and was simply a result of procedure changing for grant administration:

Karen Handel was the prime instigator of this effort, and she herself personally came up with investigation criteria," the source, who requested anonymity for professional reasons, told HuffPost. "She said, 'If we just say it's about investigations, we can defund Planned Parenthood and no one can blame us for being political.'"
More, same source:
Americans United for Life and other pro-life groups have been pressuring Komen for years to cut ties with Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortions, even though none of Komen's money was used toward abortion services. Handel's internal strategy, the Komen source told HuffPost, was to exaggerate those attacks and use them to convince the leadership that funding Planned Parenthood was a political liability.

"Komen's been dealing with the Planned Parenthood issue for years, and you know, some right-wing groups would organize a protest or send out a mailing every now and then, but it was on a low simmer," the source said. "What Karen's been doing for the past six months is ratcheting up the issue with leadership. Every time someone would even mention a protest, she would magnify it, pump it up, exaggerate it. She's the one that kept driving this issue."

Note that in the Andrea Mitchell interview, CEO Nancy Brinker specifically denied Handel's hand in the matter:
BRINKER: Well, let me just for the record tell you, Karen did not have anything to do with this decision.  This was decided at the board level and also by our mission, Andrea.  Everything that we get up and do every day is about the mission.  To provide women, vulnerable populations, with care, treatment, and screening.  
Based on the Mitchell interview and the HuffPo piece, Brinker was being less than candid. It certainly appears Komen was at fault for not only pulling the plug on women's health via Planned Parenthood, but lying about what they did and how they got there.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and Abortion.

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  •  Me thinks that there is Chaos in HQ (12+ / 0-)

    You got Ari Fleisher and Ogilvy Public Relations competing for control of the message

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:34:26 PM PST

  •  Indeed, lack of surprise. I know it's bad of me... (25+ / 0-)

    ...but I can't help but think of "Big Love" every time I see Brinker. She needs a prairie pioneer dress to go with that hairdo.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:34:35 PM PST

  •  What still bothers me and won't go away (20+ / 0-)

    is how stupid did Brinker and her board have to be to think that people fighting against health care for women and working to destroy one of the biggest providers of same could possibly be interesting in providing a high enough level of financial support to a group dedicated to women's health care to replace the donors they drove off? It makes no sense. This tier of anti-choicers is hostile to women and doesn't care what happens to them.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:34:40 PM PST

  •  WOW! She's SCARY-lookin'!! (5+ / 0-)

    How'd you like to wake up next to THAT crooked mouth every morning??


  •  Guess what? it doesn't... (12+ / 0-)

    matter what they say because I'm never giving them money again!

    •  Me either. (3+ / 0-)
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      And I feel so liberated and educated by this last week.  Lost a dear friend to breast cancer years ago, and took Easy Street and contributed to SGK.

      Been awoken from my slumber, and feeling light as a feather to finally acknowledge the obvious.  Why not donate directly to Planned Parenthood, and cut out the middle woman, and a bunch of pink spatulas?

      Not to mention, that I think we from center to left have NOT fought for the survival of Planned Parenthood with the passion that the right has fought to destroy it.

      So for me, and I hope lots of us, it's a wake up call on many levels.  The GOP has gotten away with murder in their assaults on Planned Parenthood, because...well, because we all checked out some where a long the line and allowed it to happen.

      NO MORE.  NO MORE.

  •  Cat's Paw (16+ / 0-)

    Sounds to me like Handel manipulated an easily fooled board into taking action which harmed Komen, in order to satisfy her own political ideologies.  

    How is that not a fireable offense?  

  •  this is what she's paid 400+k for huh.. (12+ / 0-)

    They could have thrown Karen under the bus when this first broke last week...

    but after Nancy's straight up lying to defend her, it becomes clear that they can't be trusted anymore.

  •  Komen needs to hire Tommy Flanagan, and his (5+ / 0-)

    wife, Morgan Fairchild ...

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:40:50 PM PST

  •  Komen needs The Pinocchio Cure (1+ / 0-)
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    with so many lies to set the record straight.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:42:31 PM PST

  •  Brinker less than candid? (12+ / 0-)

    I'm shocked, shocked, to find there is gambling in Casablanca.

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:44:53 PM PST

  •  Brinker's trying to keep her gravy train... (3+ / 0-)
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    ....on the tracks, despite Handel's determination to run it off the rails with right-wig kookery!

    This would be Delightful!
    Except for the utter prevarication of it all...

    For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

    by dagnome on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:46:53 PM PST

  •  I'm starting to think... (4+ / 0-)
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    that Nancy's hair is like Pinocchio's nose, the more she spins the bigger it gets.

    "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." — Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:47:37 PM PST

  •  Time to boycott... (7+ / 0-)

    I hate to say it ladies, but to get real change in this organization and how it runs the board it will take a Boycott Komen to get things done.

    Yes, this will affect current studies and research. But they are already been deeply affected by the financial abuse at the top level. It's inefficiency is it's most critical issue that should bear out that things need to change.

    The only way to cause this change will be to boycott all Komen activities especially fundraising and pink ribbon products.

    So what say you all?

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:49:26 PM PST

    •  This organization doesn't need real change (7+ / 0-)

      it simply needs to go away (i.e., cease to exist)

      It won't be missed.

    •  agreed - total boycott of komen (1+ / 0-)
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      to start, handel must go now.  I think others as well.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:25:41 PM PST

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    •  Sponsor listing (4+ / 0-)

      Corporate Partners

      Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to setting new lower standards for creative collaboration abuse of women in the fight against breast cancer Planned Parenthood.

      Our corporate partners collaborators provide us with the opportunity to reach people where they live, work, and play. In addition to a financial contribution extortion payment, each of these organizations have found a unique way to get their customers and employees involved in raising awareness and hope that we will one-day find the cures destroy Planned Parenthood. We thank them for their commitment to the fight to end breast cancer a women's right to choose.

      ACH Food Companies: Bake for the Cure
      Acushnet - Titleist, Pinnacle and FootJoy Worldwide
      American Airlines
      American Blue Ribbon Holdings
      Anchor Bay Entertainment
      Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
      Aquage (SalonQuest, LLC)
      Arizona AFO
      Armouth International
      Avcor Healthcare Products, Inc.
      Balance Walking by Foot Solutions
      Bank of America
      BCBG MAXAZRIA and ClearVision Optical
      Beemster Cheese
      Berkley Packaging Company, Inc.
      BIC USA Inc.
      Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
      BoConcept USA, Inc.
      Boots Retail USA, Inc
      Boston Proper
      Boston Warehouse
      Bowl for the Cure
      Brinker International
      Brown Shoe Company
      California Pear Advisory Board
      Canari Cyclewear
      Candy Coburn – Pink Warrior
      Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
      Carlisle Collection, Ltd
      Century Payments
      Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage
      Chasing Fireflies
      Chesapeake Bay Candle Co
      Citizen Watch Company of America
      Clean Ones Corporation
      Coldwater Creek
      Collegiate Shipping Products, LLC
      Corning Life Sciences
      Dallas Cowboys - I Promise
      Deluxe Checks
      Deuce Brand
      DS Waters
      Eggland's Best, Inc.
      Evite and Postmark
      Exercise TV
      Exhale Enterprises, Inc.
      Fable Designs, Inc
      Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove and Dare to Dream
      Ford Gum
      Ford Motor Company
      Forever 21
      Fragrance Marketing Group
      Freed’s Bakery, LLC
      FUZE and Honest Tea
      Garden State Growers
      General Growth Properties
      General Mills Pink Together
      Global Filtration
      Globe Electric
      Graphique de France
      GUESS by Marciano
      Hallmark Gold Crown Stores
      Hampshire Designers
      Hand & Nail Harmony
      Helzberg Diamonds
      Holland America Line
      HSN – Shop for the Cure®
      Hunter Boot USA, LLC
      Interfresh, Inc.
      J. Berry Nursery
      Jason Aldean
      Jersey Mike's Subs
      Kelly Gale Amen Design
      Kent International, Inc.
      Kentucky Oaks Ladies First
      Key Brands International
      KeyBank Foundation
      King’s Hawaiian Bakery West, Inc.
      Kobian USA, Inc.
      Koch Filter Corporation
      Koi Design
      La Madeleine
      LaCroix Sparkling Water
      Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
      Liberty Mutual
      LIFE Event-The Val Skinner Foundation
      Louisville Stoneware
      Lowe’s Companies, Inc
      LPGA Golf Clinics for Women
      Major League Baseball
      McAlister's Deli
      MD Jockey Club - Preakness
      MegaGoods, Inc.
      Merck Consumer Care
      Meredith Corporation
      Mobile Edge
      Mohawk Flooring - Decorate for the Cure
      Mrs. Baird's Bakeries
      Napa Valley Naturals
      Nature's Flowers
      NBC Today Show
      Nestle Purina PetCare Company
      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
      New Global Charities
      North American Licensing Company
      Not Your Daughter's Jeans
      Oil Can Henry's
      Old Navy
      On The Border – Fiesta for the Cure™
      Opal Orthodontics by Ultradent
      Oracle Giving Commitment Grant
      Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
      Oriental Trading Company
      Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc.
      Pandora Jewelry
      Paris Accessories, Inc (MMG Corporation)
      Payless ShoeSource
      Pepperidge Farm
      Philips Consumer Lifestyle
      Pink Ribbon Produce
      Pottery Barn Kids
      Premium Outlets
      Pretzel Crisps
      Princess Cruises Community Foundation
      Prolacta Bioscience
      Provide Commerce
      Rally for the Cure®
      Rich Products Corporation
      Robinson Home Products
      Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.
      Samsung Electronics Europe
      Santa Barbara Design Studio and Designs by Lolita
      Sarah Fisher Racing
      Savvi Formalwear
      SELF Magazine
      Shoutback Concepts - Deals for the Cure
      Shuman Produce, Inc.
      Simon Malls
      Specialized Bicycle Components
      Springs Global
      Stanley Black & Decker
      Stein Mart
      Stylemark, Inc.
      Sy Kessler Sales, Inc.
      Teasdale Quality Foods
      The Hillman Group
      The Mohawk Group - Specify for a Cure
      The Republic of Tea
      TPR Holdings LLC
      Trident Seafoods Corporation
      True Religion Brand Jeans
      Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series
      U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
      Wacoal America
      Wells Lamont
      Woman Within
      Yoplait USA
      Young Dental
      Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
      Zumba Fitness

      "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

      by Wynter on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:40:27 PM PST

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      •  That's a very long list. Lots to lose. (0+ / 0-)

        Are you pleased with your new hires Ms. Brinker...Fleischer and Handel?

        Can't say they haven't done a bang-up job right out of the gate.

        "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

        by 417els on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 08:00:32 PM PST

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  •  What a surprise! (3+ / 0-)
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    I think I'm going to faint from non-shock.

    This is what happens when you try to mix wingnut politics with a good cause.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 05:56:43 PM PST

  •  NPR: Komen losing right wing donors too. (10+ / 0-)

    NPR interview today with the anti-abortion editor of Dallas Morning Star.  One confused puppy but then it is a Dallas newspaper.

    But he stopped giving to Komen because Komen still gave to Planned Parenthood. He gave instead to American Cancer Institute (wait until he finds out they help Planned Parenthood the biggest screener for cancer for poor women without health care).

    So here was Komen losing right wing donors and certainly losing women's rights donors and possibly even corporate donors who will back off from controversial sponsorships.  Komen has made themselves controversial.

    The editor was really confused.  Could not quite figure out that Planned Parenthood screening women who should get mammograms was the single most important step in catching breast cancer early and saving lives.  He further couldn't figure out how only 3% of Planned Parenthood services are for abortions but 15% of costs are for abortions.  Or how Planned Parenthood could use Komen money for just screening for breast cancer.  I suspect the guy was being purposely obtuse to justify how his "religious beliefs" should be used to deny women needed health care but still for a national newspaper editor, very scary even for Dallas.

    •  Those are the talking points. (1+ / 0-)
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      All of the comment sections on the Interwebs are infested with trolls who keep repeating variations of the same things you mentioned: the 3%/15% figures, that money is fungible, and that PP doesn't actually DO mammograms.

      Not that I think you are a troll! I'm just saying that I'm not surprised the editor repeated the same talking points.

      I just wonder who was the original distributor of said points.

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:16:30 PM PST

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  •  cowards & liars (1+ / 0-)
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    The subject is self-explanatory at this point.  But still stunningly disgraceful with regard to SGK's board of directors.

    Other notes:
    - Mitt's weighed in, and has associated SGK's troubles with abortion.  Just what Nancy Brinker wanted to be sure ... or not.  ;-)
    - Wonder how this will impact their races for the cure.  May or may not become for & against abortion venues.

    Assuming that the SGK board has some elements of decency -- a safe assumption I'd like to think -- what a nightmare.

  •  She's talking through both sides of her mouth! (3+ / 0-)
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    Oh, nevermind, that's her plastic surgery.....

    If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

    by Bush Bites on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:07:36 PM PST

  •  She's a straight talking liar, typical RW (2+ / 0-)
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    ToeJamFootball, labwitchy

    1%er monster.


    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:11:08 PM PST

  •  Couldn't she find a spokesperson (1+ / 0-)
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    to fill in for her? One that doesn't look disfigured?

    Romney 2012 - The Bourgeois Are People, My Friend!

    by kitebro on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:11:27 PM PST

  •  Anyone who missed Georgia Logothetis' diary (7+ / 0-)

    yesterday, should definitely read it tonight.

    She debunks not only the "investigation excuse":

    The most obvious grant that highlighted Komen's hypocrisy was the $7.5 million to Penn State (Penn State is under federal investigation for its role in a sexual abuse scandal). Others were just as embarrassing. Days before the Komen scandal erupted, the USDA announced it launched an investigation into Harvard's treatment of primates in its research labs. The Education Department had just announced an investigation into whether Harvard discriminated against Asian-Americans in its undergraduate admissions policies. Meanwhile, two members of Komen's prestigious Scientific Advisory Board work at Harvard, while Harvard Medical School and the affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received over a million dollars in Komen funding.

    From Komen-funded hospitals being investigated for Medicare fraud (example) to Komen-funded universities being investigated for civil rights violations, it became immediately apparent that the "local, state or federal investigation" prohibition cast a shadow over a substantial portion of Komen's good work. Within hours of the scandal breaking, it was clear Komen needed a new excuse.

    but also a few others they're trying on for size.

    Sorry, I don't want to hijack this excellent diary, but you'll definitely want to read Logothetis' diary, too.

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:11:54 PM PST

  •  Can't tell the same story twice = lying (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know why the media cannot understand the simple concept that if a person or corporation cannot tell the same story twice then that person or corporation must not be telling the truth.

    As my friend Katherine Black wrote in her first book, "Women May Be From Venus, But Men Are Really From Uranus," (eBook available on Amazon) the Susan G. Komen Foundation is proving itself to be more from Uranus than from Venus with these various stories.

  •  fire handel already (0+ / 0-)

    geez, this organization has zero credibility.  I wouldn't give them a nickel.  If they are interested in restoring credibility then first off karen handel must go.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:24:47 PM PST

  •  straight talk = sound science (0+ / 0-)

    brought to you by:

    Americans Against Obfustication

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    by RumsfeldResign on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:31:25 PM PST

  •  A nonprofit this large should not engage (1+ / 0-)
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    in self-dealing behavior like appointing relatives to the board. That would be totally cool for a family foundation, of course, but I'm not sure I would donate to a foundation that gets most of its revenue from individual and corporate grants and still sees employment or governance as a family thing.

    Pareto Principle: 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

    by jeff in nyc on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:32:25 PM PST

  •  And by less than candid (0+ / 0-)

    you mean lying out of whatever the heck she did  to her mouth.

  •  Komen brought this upon themselves (2+ / 0-)
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    417els, Spoc42

    By hiring a well-known, right-wing ideologue, Komen made it clear that they were willing to forego their non-political stance for a right-wing political stance.

    Again, I reiterate, they brought this upon themselves.

    They read the tea leaves wrong.  Women in this country were willing to set aside political differences for a larger cause:  the fight against breast cancer.

    Komen, however, chose to drink the right-wing kool-aid.  And now, the chickens are coming home to roost.

    You will not get one red cent out of this woman or her family.  I will vocally and vociferously denounce  your organization for what it has been exposed to be:  a front for padding one's pocket with large executive compensations and first-class amenities while promoting a right-wing agenda.

    Buh-bye, SGK.

    "Anything that diminishes the humanity of anybody, seems to me, to be violently opposed to the essence of the Christ figure that I understand in the New Testament." - Bishop John Shelby Spong

    by TigerMom on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 06:57:33 PM PST

  •  And now a word from (4+ / 0-)
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    presidential candidate, Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney: Susan G. Komen Was Right to Cut Planned Parenthood

    Romney has a long way to go to convince conservatives of his anti-abortion credentials. He emphasized in the interview on Monday that he is a "pro-life individual" and was a "pro-life governor." Nevertheless, he sought Planned Parenthood's endorsement during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign, attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, and answered in a Planned Parenthood questionnaire that he supported state-funded abortions.

    "Talk about the extreme other side of the pendulum," said Tricia Wajda, spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:04:30 PM PST

    •  Furthermore ... (3+ / 0-)
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      "I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood," the former Massachusetts governor added. "Look, the idea that we're subsidizing an institution which is providing abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood ought to stand on their own feet, and should not get government subsidy."

      Mittens added, "I would stand on my own two feet also, except I just shot off my left big toe. Damn, that smarts!"

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:16:30 PM PST

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      •  And he tried to follow up with a (2+ / 0-)
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        flip flop but couldn't get his other foot out of his mouth.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:32:30 PM PST

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        •  Except when his companies took corporate welfare (3+ / 0-)
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          Everyone should stand on their own two feet! . . . Unless you're a "person" (corporation) owned by Bain. Then you want to take as much govt. $$ as possible to make Uncle Willard millions.

          When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

          by PhillyJeff on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 08:09:38 PM PST

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  •  Together now..1, 2, 3.. It's the cover-up, stupid! (3+ / 0-)
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    While SGK would have been criticized for yanking PP's funding in any case, trying to cover up the truth of who was responsible and what the motivation was has made the mess XXX times worse.

    Will those who place themselves in the public eye ever learn?  

    Adding insult to their own injury, SGK tried to pawn off blame for the mess on Planned Parenthood for going public about being axed by SGK!  That bastion of integrity, generosity and good taste, SGK, had expected Planned Parenthood to keep quiet about the yanking of already granted funds...sigh, what a disappointment. tsk, tsk tsk.

    $700,000 is is chump change to SGK (but a huge blow to Planned Parenthood). Was it worth it Ms. Brinker?  Are you proud of yourself, Ms. Handel?  Mr. Fleischer, is this your idea of success?

    I want to know:  Who, in addition to Planned Parenthood, was cut off in this sudden, innocent, non-political restructuring/streamlining?

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 07:24:39 PM PST

  •  A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words (1+ / 0-)
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         I'm just drunk enough to say this.
         Jesus, just look at that woman.
         As the late George Carlin said:

    "Did you ever notice that the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn't want to fuck anyway?

    "There is such BALANCE in nature!"

  •  Karen Handel's miraculous metamorphosis (7+ / 0-)

    I worked for Karen Handel in 1996. I was her one and only direct report for 10 months.  We became very close.  I still have her home phone number and her cell phone number. We used to joke that she was the only Republican I loved. She was very vocal about her politics, even in that corporate setting, but she was just as vocal about the fact that SHE WAS PRO-CHOICE. She was vocal about the fact that she was fiscally conservative but socially moderate. I am a lesbian, and we worked with other out gay people.  Karen was always an advocate for us.

    Ultimately she left that job, and the next job, so she could get back into politics. She became the deputy Chief of Staff for the Republican Georgia governor, and offered me a job as her Director of Constituent Services.  We went out to dinner and spoke candidly about it.  I asked her point blank: how can you work in a Republican administration knowing that you have personal beliefs -- like a woman's right to choose -- that are contrary to the prevailing party position? She very thoughtfully told me that they hired her to do a job, and in order to do that job, she just had to put her personal beliefs aside and carry on. I was struggling with the offer she had put before me: I loved working for Karen, but I could not see me working for a Republican governor, and turned her down.

    Not long after that, she ran for Fulton County Commissioner, and lobbied the Log Cabin Republicans heavily to win their support. She was pro-choice and pro-gay until she ran for governor (and lost).  But anyone who knew her then knows that. Her complete abandonment of those principles, her complete 180 on these issues, leaves those of us who knew and loved her stunned, furious, nauseated and sick to our stomachs. I can't believe this is the same woman I worked so closely with. I can't believe her betrayal, her hypocrisy. She's not just a name on a page to me, a player in a serious political drama. I knew her. She was my friend, my mentor, and someone who hired me once and tried to hire me again. We were close. And she's a fucking liar when she says she's always been pro-choice. She disgusts me now. Karen, I hope your minions are googling this.  You're a fucking liar. You richly deserve all the blame and embarrassment being hoisted on you now.

  •  The Great Texas Echo Chamber, by Jim Schutze (0+ / 0-)

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