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GOP officially wants to take your rights away
and give them to this.
Which is still not a person.
Great timing, guys:
Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

The vote to endorse the party's long-standing opposition to abortion and support for a "human life amendment" took place at a meeting of the GOP's official platform committee in Tampa, the site of next week's Republican National Convention.

The party's official stance on abortion was approved after just a few minutes of discussion. [...]

"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the platform language declares. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

Of course it took them only a few minutes to officially adopt the position that is already the official position of the Republican Party. All in favor of continuing to take rights away from women? Probably a unanimous "aye" on that.

What makes it awkward, of course, is that, as Jed Lewison explained, "There is no daylight at all between Todd Akin's position on abortion and the GOP's official position on abortion." So while Republicans are running around pretending they're offended by what Akin said, they just voted to support what Akin said.

Here's the comedy gold, though:

RNC's @Reince on abortion in GOP platform: 'This is the platform of the Republican Party; this is not the platform of Mitt Romney."
@mpoindc via Seesmic twhirl
Republicans are trying to pretend that the party's "let's amend the Constitution to super-screw women" position is somehow different from the not-as-radical position of the Romney/Ryan ticket. That way, Republicans can appeal to their rabid base while also trying to claim to the moderate and not-bugfuck-insane voters that President Romney and Vice President Ryan won't be that bad.

Just one little problem with that:

Paul Ryan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act, which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." No exceptions.
Okay, two little problems:
HUCKABEE: Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?

ROMNEY: Absolutely.

The entire Republican Party believes this shit, from Todd Akin to Mitt Romney and all the Republicans in between. Anyone who disagrees is forced out of the party. (Cough Arlen Specter cough.)

They can pretend to be "offended" by Akin all they want, but he was just saying what they all believe. And now it's official.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Rape and Domestic Violence, Pro Choice, Sluts, Abortion, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Romney-Ryan-Akin (25+ / 0-)

    The Republican trifecta. There's not a damn bit of difference between the three of them.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:36:47 AM PDT

  •  GOP = Party of Rape (31+ / 0-)

    They are Pro-Rapist
    They are Anti-Rape Victim
    They Rape our environment
    They Rape our schools
    They want to Rape women with vaginal wands...
    They are Pro-War, Pro-Torture which is just another form of rape. Political rape.

    This isn't about Akins, or even Napoli or Brownback... or Ryan even.

    This is what the Republican Party is all about and always have been - they are Rapists.  They are Anti-Women, Anti-Children.  They are Pro-Greed, Pro-Waste and Pro-Rape.

    I'm no longer mincing words as they try to own me, my body.  

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    by Damnit Janet on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:37:11 AM PDT

  •  The Republican theme song (12+ / 0-)

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:38:12 AM PDT

  •  If this doesn't GOTV...what will? (35+ / 0-)

    I can't think of any greater motivation than preventing these radical extremists from getting more power.  The lessons of the 2010 election are clear: these people are on an unholy mission to enforce their own version of Sharia law onto us.

    Behold the American Taliban.  They are a real threat.

  •  LEAVE THE NEXT BRITNEY ALONE! (7+ / 0-)

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:42:33 AM PDT

  •  Are they doing this on purpose? (15+ / 0-)

    Is confusion a win at the ballot box?  I assume the presidential nominee is the leader of the party - can they have opposite views on everything and still sell convention unity? What does Sarah Palin think about all of this?

  •  Maybe not every Repuke, though only as a CYA (2+ / 0-)
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    trueblueliberal, nellgwen

    move. I heard on the radio that John McCain has asked Akin to withdraw from the race. At least of few seem to realize that this is hurting their efforts in the fall. The fill-in guest on Ed's show this morning was mentioning that in '92 something like 1 in 6 Repug voters didn't vote for Bush. True, they had Perot to flee to, but it shows that the medevial, backwards stance on women's rights is a problem for the GOP.

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:45:49 AM PDT

  •  Female anatomy according to Todd Akin (14+ / 0-)

    {click on pic for larger view}

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:52:33 AM PDT

    •  Awesome. (0+ / 0-)

      Dr. Don Newcomb, sitting in for Thom Hartmann today, led off with this issue, and noted with awe the human female's ability to distinguish Friendly Sperm from Terrorist Sperm.  I wish I remember the rest of the diatribe, interspersed with quotes from Todd the Akin and his other Rethug ilk.

  •  They sure are firing up the base... OURS. (19+ / 0-)

    I've never seen my Facebook feed so amped up on something political, as it was yesterday over Akin.  Including several older women relatives of mine, former coworkers who don't usually post anything political, college students I'd befriended at a conference, etc.

  •  This lawyer is interested in the criminal penalty (6+ / 0-)

    Most right wingers favor the death penalty for 1st degree, premeditated murder.

    If abortion is murder -

    Then it is premeditated murder (otherwise it's a miscarriage) -

    And if 1st degree murderers should get the death penalty.

    Then every mother who aborts her fetus should be put to death.  Or, at least, imprisoned without possibility of parole.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:54:30 AM PDT

    •  They're working on it, trust me. (0+ / 0-)

      Don't forget the doctor -- oh, excuse me, the abortionist.  They're also guilty, guilty, GUILTY!!!

      It's time we brought back Biblical death penalties, I say.  Stoning, at the very least.

  •  Thanks to Todd Akin for redefining this election (19+ / 0-)

    around the issue we should have been discussing all along:   The Republicans are redefining women to be second class citizens without the ability to choose their own health decisions.

    Now we will get into it and they will not be able to wrap a Christian Taliban flag around this one.

    By hammering away at this, Democrats should be able to win all up and down the ballot.

    The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

    by captainlaser on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:54:46 AM PDT

    •  There are plenty of issues that deserve a full (3+ / 0-)
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      nellgwen, sparkysgal, DSPS owl

      airing this election.  Women's rights is definitely one.  The role of government in the economy to me is more than women's rights - though it does have a role.  Whether the government should be involved to the extent of ensuring everyone should have some base quality level of existence (which the New Deal basically promised) or whether government has no role to play in the health and welfare of the people here, and it should all be survival of the fittest.  The role of the United States in the world is another issue - are we to be the world's policemen, including starting wars when we want to irregardless of the UN and international law, or should the United States be more on an even level with other countries where we support better lives for everyone.  

      In many ways, how the US treats its citizens is an example for how the US treats citizens of the rest of the world.  Republicans are all in favor of survival of the fittest, dog eat dog and everyone should be out for themselves, damn the consequences to everyone else.  Democrats are at least more of the view that everyone should have a basic level of decency, self-worth, food, shelter and when the world's people are better off, the world will be a better, more peaceful place.

      I'd rather live in a world where nobody has to live in fear, and we nurture people, the earth and we take care of everything.  I guess in some ways I'm a DFH.

  •  Their base believes it too... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Even with Citizens United (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueoregon, captainlaser, nellgwen

    there's not enough money in the world to attack all these weaknesses popping up...

    I'm one of those evil, digitally published writer guys.

    by Jeffersonian on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:55:51 AM PDT

    •  I don't think David Koch wants to be spending his (5+ / 0-)

      money on values issues.   He wants to get rich.  There is no getting rich by pissing off half of the population.

      Watch them scurry like cockroaches and look for cover.

      The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

      by captainlaser on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:59:36 AM PDT

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      •  Do you suppose they'll find a way to keep (1+ / 0-)
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        captainlaser

        women away from the ballot?  "You must show your marriage certificate and your birth certificate if your name isn't the same as you were born with" or some such underhandedness?  How can they afford to have all these voters with girly bits at the polls ready to vote Dem?

        •  They already have with voter ID (3+ / 0-)
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          deep, Cassandra Waites, captainlaser

          You need your birth certificate and marriage cert to get a drivers license - and if you get a divorce, you'll need that paperwork also. And if you have been married more than once? - you'll need that paperwork also.

          That's why I didn't change my name when I got married 25 years ago - simplifies the paperwork. But - most women change their name - so they have to get all their papers. Each costs money - so this is why voter ID is a poll tax. Some older women have difficulties getting paperwork - the states just don't have records on some of this.

          "The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." Ayn Rand

          by aznavy on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:49:10 AM PDT

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          •  All you need here in the Beaver State (0+ / 0-)

            is to fill out a voter registration form (name, birthdate, address).  If you don't have some kind of ID with your address on it a utility bill will do.  I worked elections for 12 years and don't recall a single case of registration fraud in either of the counties I worked in.  Vote by mail would end most of this right wing evil doing but I won't hold my breath that it gets past the Rep controlled legislatures.  

            •  Same is true in MD (0+ / 0-)

              but if you don't provide a driver's license or MD ID, you may have to wait longer to get registered.  This will affect those who try to register at the wire on Oct. 16.  If the Board has to find you and ask you to provide other ID like a bill, it might be too late.

              The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

              by captainlaser on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 02:12:54 PM PDT

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    •  Like George Will pointed out last month : (4+ / 0-)
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      hulibow, Cedwyn, nellgwen, Penny Century

      advertizing is only as effective as the underlying product. He then added that Ford spent millions promoting the Edsel!

      Keep the law out of women's lady parts!

      by Templar on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:01:24 AM PDT

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  •  IRONICALLY.... (5+ / 0-)

    ..in all of this, only one chap is telling the truth:

    AKIN!

    He says it was one word misspoken that is causing the problem.  He's right.  That one word is causing the problem among republicans and other narrow-minded, big-govt (when it comes to uteruses and terri schiavo) sacks of regressive sexist horseshit.

    Obviously it is not Akin's views or his policies that are the problem among repubs:  it is merely that one word he used.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:56:17 AM PDT

  •  Romney: Do I agree with the Republican platform (8+ / 0-)

    on abortion?

    I don't know, help me here, what day is this and what was my position yesterday?

    Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

    by ZedMont on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:56:24 AM PDT

  •  Talk about the "gift that keeps on giving." In (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    my wildest dreams I never envisioned that we would be this lucky a year ago!

    Keep the law out of women's lady parts!

    by Templar on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:56:28 AM PDT

  •  And in the same breath they disavow the platform. (15+ / 0-)

    They adopt a platform, and then say it's not Romney's platform. The duplicity is breathtaking.

    The official platform language poised for approval at next week's Republican National Convention doesn't fully represent the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday.
    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/...
  •  Let my peoples go! (11+ / 0-)
    Paul Ryan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act, which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." No exceptions.

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:57:08 AM PDT

  •  If Akin is unfit to run for Senate, why isn't he (12+ / 0-)

    being removed from the House of Representatives?  Or at least his assignment to the Science and Space Committee.

    His statements about human biology pretty much give away the fact that he doesn't know shit from Shinola.

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:57:12 AM PDT

    •  Actually, one of the MSMBC commentators said (7+ / 0-)

      this morning that there are petitions to remove him from the Science committee. Nothing further was reported.

      Keep the law out of women's lady parts!

      by Templar on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:07:42 AM PDT

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      •  If there is a petition, post it, I'll sign. (1+ / 0-)
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        Templar

        I spent a long time and considerable effort to earn my degree(s) in science.  It galls me that this AH is in a position to determine anything "scientific."

        I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

        by AllanTBG on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:27:17 AM PDT

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      •  Ministry of Magic and Secrets. (2+ / 0-)
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        AllanTBG, Matt Z

        ''He that shall not be named' will lead the committee of 250 secret GOP members.  

        Magical thinking will continue to partner with ALEC, the GOP, and angry old white leaders everywhere at every level, to spread the good news for good people.

        "Looking at both sides" will be used to slide Overton windows beyond right, ultra-right, to worm holes that can explode and then swallow any position in a few news cycles.

        They plan to maximizes Citizens United resources to add warp drive to your next Swiftboating project.

        Secrets to include:  Rmoney's tax returns, his plans to grow the economy,  lists of communists in congress,....   Best of all, in secret land, no one really knows if any of the items exists or not.

        Barack Hussein Obama- Don't Mock the Constitution.

        by odenthal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:35:10 PM PDT

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  •  The Republican Party is so backwards (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    It is so ignorant and obnoxious that they will not let women make their own choices regarding their medical issues. Mitt Romney doesn't have to give birth to a child so why should he have a say in the issue?!

  •  Of course this isn't Romney's position. (5+ / 0-)
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    zed, ColoTim, nellgwen, OjaiValleyCali, Matt Z

    His fetus disposal business would be worthless with a 'human life amendment.'

  •  Specter said he may vote for Romney (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, irmaly, Matt Z

    He said that recently.  He also continues to say if he had it to do all over again he would still vote for McCain-Palin over Obama-Biden.  Democrats in 65 of PA's 67 counties rejected Specter in the 2008 U.S. Senate Democratic party primary.  

  •  My "independent" and Repub "friends" (7+ / 0-)

    will laugh and shrug this off.

    "They're not really serious... it'll never happen... your side has extreme positions too..."

    •  Then you should pull out a map and show them (0+ / 0-)

      All the states where GOP legislatures are "seriously" doing exactly that

      The naïveté of some people astounds me. And yes, I know many of the same kind of peope. Some are naive, some ignorant, many apathetic. They care more about what they THINK will be the loss of $20 per paycheck (they're wrong, of course) than they do about their daughter's civil rights.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:27:25 PM PDT

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    •  Do both men and women react that way? /nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  They don't know the difference between (0+ / 0-)

    a chicken and an egg, but the want to govern America ? ? ?

    Just say NO!

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:58:17 AM PDT

  •  This is the sound (0+ / 0-)

    of the (R)'s imploding in the 2012 election cycle. I figured we would keep Pres. Obama in office but now it looks like the down ballot races are turning heavily in our favor. There is only so far you can go with rhetoric before it becomes obviously deranged.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

    by plato 451 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:58:45 AM PDT

  •  Someone needs to debate this issue with every one (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    of these people.

    You want smaller government but not if it doesn't fit your idealog.
    Someone should ask Romney if they take away government programs will the CHURCH.. Any church be mandated to take care of the programs they are willing to cut.
    Food stamps or enough food for all those in a community on a regular basis.  Done..By the community leaders, and churches and organizations.

    Are they willing to mandate these same organizations to lose their tax exemption if they are unwilling to provide transportation, health care screenings such as mammograms, pap smears, colon tests, all of the things that government has had to privide including free text books.

    Are they willing to give back in subsidies the very same amount the government does.

    BECAUSE THESE ORGS AND CHURCHES ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS.

    Are they willing to take care in each community or fund rather
    all unwanted children, provide food and clothing and other necessities for lack of birth control or provide adoption assistance funds or foster care or TANF.

    Are they willing to live their mission statements or their bibles of caring for the poor and are they willing to strike that portion of the consituation of providing for the common welfare from the bill of rights.  What is their alternative?  They have none and this is a debate every single progressive needs to pose to the tea partiers and right winged idealogs.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:01:08 AM PDT

  •  They should come after my daughter (0+ / 0-)

    and see what happens.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:02:31 AM PDT

  •  Decriminalizing Rape And Child Molesting (2+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, tonyahky

    If abortion is not available, many of these crimes will go unreported.  Plus there is the mainstreaming of the idea that they "asked for it."  

    it's hard to believe that there isn't a cultural push to decriminalize rape and child molesting.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:03:19 AM PDT

  •  Overturning Griswold v Connecticut (10+ / 0-)

    Forget Roe v. Wade.  The fundies won't be satisfied until they get rid of Griswold and the Constitutional right to privacy as manifested in a woman's right to use birth control.  Fundies see this decision as ushering in the age of Godlessness and promiscuity.

    Great NY Mag piece on this about 4 years ago.  It made perfectly clear that the real focus for the fundies is not the "unborn".  They are simply using the unborn as political tool.  The fundies' ultimate goal is to undo the "sexual liberation" of the 1960s and regain control of women through severe constraints on the use of birth control.  

    Trust-Fund Kids of America Unite... save the Bush tax cuts!

    by JCPOK on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:03:25 AM PDT

    •  This. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      schnecke21

      This is a fight for the civil rights of women: the right to autonomy and self-determination.

      When we use the phrase "reproductive rights," we are fighting on their turf.

      Accesss to birth control is what freed women to go into the workplace, into Congress, into Space, etc in numbers never imagined.

      It allowed us to rely on no one but ourselves.

      This is a fight for civil rights.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:34:37 PM PDT

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  •  What offended me about Akin wasn't that he (4+ / 0-)

    said the words about rape, since I've heard those before and I've known Republicans (amongst others) can go to great lengths to downplay rape that doesn't happen to them.  What offended me was the sheer ignorance of biology in terms of what causes pregnancy and whether the woman's body has any defenses against sperm.  Akin basically said that women never get pregnant from rape, which, as we've learned since Saturday, is a slap in the face of over 30,000 women per year in the US.  For him to think that they're pregnant because somehow they wanted to be (since their bodies didn't protect them from pregnancy) and to then be someone who has the power to force these women to have to give birth to their rapist's child just enrages me.  He has no right to make decisions over a woman's body, her health and her ability to take action to minimize, if she chooses, the lasting impact of the rape itself.  Forcing a rape victim to carry a child to term is imposing punishment on the victim, yet he obviously thinks she must have wanted the child.

    That's what I'm so offended by.

  •  The only thing this really means (8+ / 0-)

    is that Mitt Romney is a figurehead.

    Other people will tell him what to do his entire presidency.

    Figuring out who they are will be tricky.

    The easiest way out, of course, is to not vote for such a weak person in the first place.

    Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

    by blue aardvark on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:04:41 AM PDT

    •  Nightmere scenario (1+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark

      GOP holds House,  takes Senate.

      Cheney spawn swarm over the executive. "Heck of a job" Brownies everywhere.

      They appoint 2 more supremes.

      They spend 50 years athwart history, trying to revert America to the 1950s.

      Barack Hussein Obama- Don't Mock the Constitution.

      by odenthal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:41:27 PM PDT

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  •  And while we marvel at how far-right... (6+ / 0-)

    they've gone, PPP now shows Romney WINNING Wisconsin, 48%-47%, a 7-point shift in his favor since last month there.

    Of course, after what Wisconsinites did as a whole in 2010 and then in the recall, I have very little faith left in them as a whole.

    •  i dont either (1+ / 0-)
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      nellgwen

      i emember hearing during the recall  WI isnt going to reelect walker. we know how that went

      "It's never too late to be who you might have been." -George Eliot

      by live1 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:13:01 AM PDT

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    •  Ralph Reed (0+ / 0-)

      said he could beat OFA and the unions.  People here poo-poohed him.  The recall happened and their excuse was that Obama is somehow different.  Now some of these same people are talking about a national downticket landslide.

      Those of us who have watched a few more elections know the amount of Stupids that Republicans can find and get to the polls on Election Day.

  •  Sanctity of Life Act (4+ / 0-)
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    which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." No exceptions.
    So miscarriage = involuntary manslaughter?

    I hate these idiots.  I'd call them as dumb as a bag of hammers, but it's really unfair to the hammers.  And the bag.

    Obamacare! OMG! Socialism in the US! Time to move to Canada.

    by asm121 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:05:43 AM PDT

    •  Oh the humanity (0+ / 0-)

      Did God really create a world with so many mis-carriage deaths?   All those zygote-souls?

      The GOP fears the tree of knowledge.  Satan's seed.  

      Ignorance is strength,
      War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery

      Barack Hussein Obama- Don't Mock the Constitution.

      by odenthal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:46:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Paging Hunter (2+ / 0-)
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    Dear Diary,
    Beam me up.
    Your better

  •  Mean people (1+ / 0-)
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    Mean people get more attention than nice people.  And attention is the aphrodisiac of the self-centered and self-absorbed. Deprivators get high on deprivation.
    Only masochists would vote for such people.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:06:19 AM PDT

  •  This is the platform of the Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    One of the few times I've ever agreed with Rinse Prepuce.

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:08:06 AM PDT

  •  they didn't call his position offensive (1+ / 0-)
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    their concern was simply damage control.

    Mitt Romney seems congenitally incapable of inspiring people - Richard Wolfe, 8/15/2012

    by Cedwyn on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:08:10 AM PDT

  •  Country clubber reince P. tries to square the (4+ / 0-)
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    circle: GOP party planks, nothing to do with Willard and von Ryan, move along, nothing to see here.

    But Ryan and Romney both have given strong support for "personhood" amendment.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:09:02 AM PDT

    •  Corporations are people my friend. (0+ / 0-)

      They play fast and loose with the personhood definition don't they?

      Then they support prisions, the death penalty, and endless wars as a form of national excercise.  

      All they really believe in is the market, and their exalted place in it.

      Barack Hussein Obama- Don't Mock the Constitution.

      by odenthal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:49:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Bill of Rights (0+ / 0-)
    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  •  WA Gov race: Rob McKenna [R-hides from ticket] (3+ / 0-)
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    Jay Inslee accuses Rob McKenna of supporting the Republican ticket and platform.

    McKenna is disappointed in Jay's mean attack:

    “It’s a bit disappointing that the congressman continues to focus on issues outside the state ... "
    What did Jay say to hurt McKenna so?
    Jay Inslee accuses Rob McKenna of supporting the Republican ticket and platform. “My opponent is part of the ‘Rob-Ryan-Romney’ plan to take the state backward,” said Inslee, a former Bainbridge Island congressman. “I’m happy to stand with President Obama, who’s going to win this state.”

    “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she said. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

    by mrobinson on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:10:32 AM PDT

  •  You're gonna' need a bigger Etch-a-Sketch" (2+ / 0-)
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    The GOP has correctly intuited that they can not win this election on the economy, so are predictably retreating to their base Culture Wars. Mitt will be hammered in the debates for his wishiwashiness, and not even ardent RWers will be able to tolerate his gross inconsistencies and political expediencies. It's a massive (and delightful) catch-22, as neither Ryan nor Romney can be seen to embrace the zealotry of the GOP platform. They've ceded this election, and Tampa will be an intramural battle royale for the soul (heh) of the GOP in 2014 and 2016.

    Orville Redenbacher approves...

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:12:55 AM PDT

    •  *any* election. (0+ / 0-)

      The GOP has correctly intuited that they can not win this election on the economy

      How many divisions does OWS have?

      by Diebold Hacker on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:39:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  "Bigger EtchASketch" love it. (0+ / 0-)

      October surprise.
      Keep an eye on Cheney.

      Don't mis-under-estimate the GOPee.  Bush won, twice! It took a near death economic collapse to beat McCain.  People voted for Palin!

      It's a big country, who have lost faith in each other, themselves.  They'll cling to any shiny thing.  

      Barack Hussein Obama- Don't Mock the Constitution.

      by odenthal on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:10:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  American Taliban... (2+ / 0-)
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    There is ZERO difference between these misogynistic,  theocratic assholes in the Republican party and the Taliban.  And it needs to be shouted from the roof tops every damn day.  The only mistake Akin made was he said EXACTLY the same thing they ALL believe and support. And he let that horrible mindset go public.  

    "We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the frigging irony in that."

    by Nebraskablue on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:13:22 AM PDT

  •  Which party was Romney running for again? (1+ / 0-)
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    I had thought he was a Republican candidate. Shows what I know.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:14:10 AM PDT

  •  these people are either (2+ / 0-)
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    dumber than rocks or they are convinced they will steal the election by suppressing the vote in specific states, i know they are radical dumb and hope that is their waterloo.

  •  Sadly, the GOP don't care. (0+ / 0-)

    If they can get a percentage of folks to keep seeing the emperor's new finery, the Right Wing gets voted in, pays less taxes and continues to receive state health care--all the while their constituents continue to be the face of the "New American Poor".

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:17:00 AM PDT

  •  Abortion is a small part of what's insane about (5+ / 0-)

    this and them.     The number of people accessing abortions is minuscule compared to the number of people accessing contraception.   If people want to lose their economic freedom, go ahead and vote for the @holes who want to outlaw your birth control.    This is the point that should be driven home.

    "bin Laden's dead, and GM is alive" ~ Biden

    by dkmich on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:17:45 AM PDT

  •  I don't want to be rude. (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    by promoting my own diary elsewhere but there's a glaring inconsistency within the whole "eggs are people too" thing when it comes to the issue of abortion and rape.

    in a nutshell, you can't support personhood for fertilized eggs, no exceptions, without taking a long hard look at the criminal code. The sperm that fertilized the egg is a home invader, and the genetic material that is contributed by the rapist is an unwelcome squatter regardless of the biological processes at work.

    The doctrine of self-defense, "stand your ground" and etc., virtually demands that the product of rape be removed from the victim's body.

    Ridiculous as it sounds, denying access to abortion for rape victims might violate the spirit of the 3rd and 4th amendment to the Constitution.
     Although not "soldiers" per se, the forced quartering, by government decree, of genetic material within a woman's body would violate the 3rd and the idea that a woman could be prevented from defending against the unlawful seizure (by invading sperm) of her property (unfertilized egg) with government approval, certainly violates the 4th.

    Why, oh why, are Republicans anti-constitution and anti-freedom?

    Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21

    by Mickquinas on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:17:57 AM PDT

  •  The repugs who want him to stay (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    At least those repugs who say he should stay in the race are not hypocrites on this issue.  They agree with him and stick with him.  Hannity, Coulter, et. al. agree with him too but are acting like they don't.  Go figure....fake outrage against their own demon spawn!

  •  Nope Mitt Romney's Platform costs $2.5Million (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, OjaiValleyCali, deep

    http://www.post-gazette.com/...

    The campaign aides are determined to overcome perceptions that Mr. Romney is stiff, aloof and distant. So they have built one of the most intricate set pieces ever designed for a convention -- a $2.5 million Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired theatrical stage. From its dark-wood finish to the brightly glowing high-resolution screens in the rafters that look like skylights, every aspect of the stage has been designed to convey warmth, approachability and openness.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:19:07 AM PDT

  •  Mood Is Like The Start Of The 2006 Campaign Season (0+ / 0-)

    With the Mark Foley scandal. History does tend to repeat itself.

  •  WA-R's are red hot crazy (0+ / 0-)

    What the...?
    Washington Republican Party Platform:

    Agenda 21, the Kyoto Protocol, Sharia Law, and others threaten our sovereignty. Therefore, judges, state and local authorities must be barred from using foreign agendas, laws, and resolutions for the purposes of interpreting United States law.

    “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she said. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

    by mrobinson on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:20:25 AM PDT

    •  I guess they don't read the Constitution. (1+ / 0-)
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      Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution

      This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.
      Bunch of morons.

      Any such law in keeping with Agenda 21 would CLEARLY, ON ITS FACE, be unconstitutional.

      "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

      by BornDuringWWII on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:29:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  No one in the Republican party leadership (0+ / 0-)

    is disavowing Stephen King's comment that victims of statutory rape, including incest, rarely become pregnant.  They won't have abortion rights either.  It's about the only thing worse one can say than what Todd Akin said, but King skates free.

  •  This is what Democrats should be discussing (5+ / 0-)
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    Paul Ryan co-sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act, which defines a fertilized egg as a person and grants it "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood." No exceptions.
    And use the word abortion as little as possible

    I tell people, the Republicans are trying to deny me the right to birth control.

     

  •  This is getting. (5+ / 0-)

    ...very scary.

    In every election cycle, we convince ourselves that "this" election really is the most important one.

    But this time, it may really be true.

    The other side is trying to bring us back in time to a 1950's reality/fantasy.

    No birth control, no abortion, no medicare, no civil rights, no voting rights.

    It's one thing to hold out insane views on taxes and economics, totally another to buy into these regressive views on basic human rights.

    The money stuff pisses me off, the civil rights stuff is downright terrifying, there is no other way to put it.

    These people need to be stopped.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

    by jkay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:23:00 AM PDT

    •  1950s fantasy. (0+ / 0-)

      Most of these folks were little children, if they were even born at all, in the 1950s.

      They're harkening back to an age they never knew.

      They have watched too much Ozzie and Harriett, Father Knows Best and Happy Days.

      Those weren't swell old days. Good gosh, kids were always falling into wells and needing to be rescued by their dogs.

      In all seriousness, I think these idiots watch Mad Men and think, "if only we could turn back the clock, I could be Jon Hamm."  

      We have a word for people who live in a disconnected reality.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:04:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  WA-Crazy R's - that's why we are a blue state (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    Also the WA R's platform goes with National R's:

    marriage between one man and one woman;  

    defend the unalienable right of human life, from conception to natural death.

    “My first choice is a strong consumer agency,” she said. “My second choice is no agency at all and plenty of blood and teeth left on the floor.”

    by mrobinson on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:23:12 AM PDT

  •  Republicans seem to be "genetically hypocritical." (3+ / 0-)
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    investorb, deep, DSPS owl

    It looks to me like this is part of their DNA.

    Something deep in their make-up seems to cry out for holding positions that are internally inconsistent.

    Maybe it is just that they can't stand, or deal with, FACTS.

    TOUGH.

    We need to hang this (anti-women) hypocrisy around every one of their necks, starting with Senator Scott "I'll be NO vote # 41" Brown.

    And I am a guy.  

    But I have one wife, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.  I also had a mother, and two grandmothers.  Not to mention a few aunts, and their daughters and granddaughters.

    And I VOTE.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:24:29 AM PDT

  •  It's official. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Republican party is no longer a national political party. It only represents regional factions and localized interests.

  •  Republican Amendment to end Birth Control (0+ / 0-)

    For women.

    Dude. You're next.

    Exactly what it is.

    I guess we deserve the government we get.

    "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

    by Bill Section 147 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:28:16 AM PDT

  •  Republican Romney Ryan Akin View of Rape (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money. -GC

    by cobaltbay on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:28:51 AM PDT

  •  Actually, they are worse than Akin. (2+ / 0-)
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    Akin is stupid, probably willfully so, choosing to believe some pseudo science he heard somewhere  (and this is the true tragedy of the party -- their willingness to equate wishful fictional science with actual scientific process).

    But those who condemned him, then adopted the GOP platform are worse.  They are saying, "no, no that's not what actually happens.  BUT WE DON'T CARE. Women are only vessels."

    The GOP's "you have to break a few eggs -- or have a couple women die.  And children give birth.  And physical assaults last an entire 9 months" in order for them to ensure they have the guaranteed underclass they need is amazing to me.

    It just leads me down their slippery slope...

    There is no way IVF or stem cell research has a place in their world view.  And once they establish "conception" they are going to realize that they do not really know when sperm meets egg, so lets just say life begins at ejaculation.  Women who don't get pregnant are going to be law-breakers.  

    Oh shut up and tax the rich.

    by stuntfrau on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:32:18 AM PDT

  •  Akin has no reason to drop out of the MO race.. (1+ / 0-)
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    jm214

    His 'weak point' will be re-framed as a strength. Quite likely, he'll get some face time in NC.

    I do not trust Americans to vote for sanity anymore. Republican women are the worst misogynists of all. Patriarchs hold power because women gave it to them.

  •  It's good to know, though, that clones are (0+ / 0-)

    considered human by the Empire.   Read the bill closely.

    Untitled

    "Help me to be, to think, to act what is right because it is right; make me truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me." [Robert E. Lee]

    by SpamNunn on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 11:58:03 AM PDT

  •  Not a person; not a baby or an embryo. The first (0+ / 0-)

    cells are mostly placenta cells.  The embryo forms later, IIRC.  So, Romney/Ryan want an amendment protecting placentas?  Should give a lot of business to that Romney company that harvests aborted embryos and grinds them up for cat food or whatever.

    Romney: Wrong on GM. Wrong on bin Laden. Wrong on taxes. Wrong on austerity. Wrong on Medicare. Wrong for America.

    by SGWM on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:08:26 PM PDT

  •  About those 'self-evident' truths (0+ / 0-)

    which the Republicans can't see fit to reference without the use of scare quotes to distance themselves from the concept...

    Here's what We hold these truths to be self-evident means:

    We take these truths as utterly foundational. We don't need divine Revelation to tell us these things, any more than we'd need the Bible to tell us that 1+1=2. In fact, if the Bible is found to contradict us, we'd judge the Bible to be in error.
    Yet in declaring that life begins at conception, the Republicans draw on their own interpretations of the Bible -- interpretations which many scholars argue to be in error.

    In drawing on (their claim of) divine revelation to defend their stance, the Republicans aren't faithful to the self-evident truths in the Declaration; they're being faithless to them.

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:26:58 PM PDT

  •  If the Little Childern aren't born, (0+ / 0-)

    how can we take their school lunches away?

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

  •  I just have to say this... (0+ / 0-)

    Kalli,
    YOU ROCK! Thank you for everything you do on the behalf of women and progressive men everywhere. If you ever run for office, you have my vote.

    You...

    Go...

    Grrrl!

    Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

    by jusjtim35 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:33:47 PM PDT

  •  beginning of personhood - start of life (0+ / 0-)

    If we are going to state that "life" begins with one fertilized cell, seems logical to me that "life" doesn't end until there are no cells left from that fertilization... so every last bone cell will have to dissolve before we can declare a "time of death". People will have to wait a really long time to collect life insurance. Life begins with your first breath, and ends with the last one...

  •  ya know (0+ / 0-)

    a little info
    http://www.guttmacher.org/...

    Every goddamn day I think about Bradley Manning!

  •  Of course, the zygote of every pregnant woman (0+ / 0-)

    in the USA -- regardless of whether Mom is a citizen, tourist, immigrant, or someone simply laying over at LAX between Canada and Mexico -- will instantly be granted all rights and privileges of citizenship.

    Well, that solves the whole completely nasty "anchor baby " (God, I hate that term!) problem once and for all.

    We're going to need new census forms though.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:12:35 PM PDT

  •  Romney's position(s) on abortion (0+ / 0-)

    I keep seeing claims on dKos about Romney's psition on abortion.

    As someone said much earlier,

    Romney has been on the right side of every issue. That's because Romney has been on every side of every issue.
    He has been pro-choice, permissible for some exceptions, hard-nosed prolife.

    Cuddling other people's babies for fifty years.

    by Frank Palmer on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:28:54 PM PDT

  •  Meanwhile, in other news, 1SGT Coater Debose was (0+ / 0-)

    killed on August 18 in Kandahar province, Notagainistan, apparently by a "green on blue" shooting while he was training Afghan security forces in the area. http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/...

    In the semi-official database of US troops killed in action in the almost 12-year-old Afghan fraction of the Great Networked Interoperable Battlespace Global War on Terror (sic), or GNIBGWOT, 1Sgt Debose's death is listed as "non-hostile," apparently indicating that the military command, which tried to pass off Pat Tillman's friendly-fire killing as a Great Heroic Sacrifice, does not consider "fratricidal" killings to be hostile action. http://icasualties.org/... (GNIBGWOT is now a "disfavored" term in public pronouncements and releases; acceptable euphemisms are under development by several branches of the service through various PR contractors. And "terrorists" are now almost uniformly demoted to mere "insurgents.")

    Military activities in Notagainistan, including the cost of contractors, who now roughly equal the number of deployed troops and are paid many times what troops doing the same work are paid, continue to run nearly $6 billion a month. It is not clear whether the accounting that supports these estimates includes the cost of CIA and other de-stabilizing, arrogant, drone-Special Ops-warfare activities along and across the border with Pakistan. But it is clear that the monthly cost of the entire GNIBGWOT (sic) is still running at least half a billion dollars a day. Estimates of the total cost of the GNIBGWOT, including eventual reparations like the recent fractional cleanup of Agent Orange damage in Vietnam and the cost of caring for all the troops damaged in this grand series of artfully named campaigns, are ranging up to $4 trillion and likely, as with Vietnam, to go far higher in actuality.

    Today's drone missions, this 21st day of August, 2012,  feature continued opportunities to kill children in distant lands, children that we care and know so little about, children and their parents who have neither the inclination nor the means to actually 'threaten US interests.'

    (Talking wise and snotty about Roadkill and Romeo, and getting all smug about their outrageous Patriarchal, Talibanic views on female rights and physiology and returning women to their ancient roles as chattel, is satisfying, I know. But as a Vietvet, and father and grandfather of young women, I hope all who chat here are keeping, in some corner of their brains, some awareness that their chosen figurehead is continuing and deepening the charge down the slope that so many failed empires have trailblazed before. "We" might succeed in keeping Roadkill and Romeo out of the White House, but the long slow collapse of our Republic and our loss of rights and simple food and economic security show no signs of being remedied by the people of the Current Occupant's administration.)

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:47:18 PM PDT

  •  When republican men ponder life, (0+ / 0-)

    liberty and female biology I hear Selena Meyer of VEEP -  

    "Tuck your shirt in, OK? Your dick is hanging out of your pants."

  •  Republican: (We know what is best for all... (0+ / 0-)

    ...so that's the way it is...oh, and because we are the risk takers we get to have the good stuff like tax breaks/deductions/tell you low-lifes how to live the good life, etc.,...so sit down eat that shit and stfu! just sayings.

    Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

    by kalihikane on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:43:17 PM PDT

  •  Jesse Helms is rolling over in his grave (0+ / 0-)

    Few republican politicans have been as conservative as Jesse Helms...U.S. Senator from North Carolina.  He believed that abortion should be allowed in the case of rape, incest and when the woman's life is in danger.

    If he's not rolling over in his grave, he's at least rolling his eyes on this.

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:21:00 PM PDT

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