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vantwinblade:

abaldwin360:

Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) is pushing legislation that would impose restrictions on abortion clinics — a move that she argues is necessary because the procedure is a major surgery that removes the largest “organ” in a woman’s body.

“When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body,” McClurkin told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday. “That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

You ever notice how republicans just make shit like this up and then expect everyone to believe it?

now your just grasping at straws.

There are so many layers of wrong that I can’t choose just one wrong thing to point at and laugh.

justinspoliticalcorner:

Thanks to Donkeylicious for bringing this to my attentionMichael Walsh of National Review Online called for the termination of women’s right to vote last week:

 Nevertheless, you’re on to something I’ve been advocating for years now. And that is the repeal of all four of the so-called “Progressive Era” amendments, including the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th, which were passed between 1911 and 1920. 

One of those has already been repealed—the 18th amendment, which ushered in Prohibition—which Walsh admits. That’s not really what he’s on about anyway:

The income-tax amendment was a self-evident attack on capitalism and led to the explosive growth of the federal government we currently enjoy today. (Without it, there’d be no need for a Balanced Budget Amendment.) Direct elections of senators has given us, among other wonders, the elevation of John F. Kerry to, now, secretary of state. Prohibition was directly responsible for the rise of organized crime and its unholy alliance with the big-city Democratic machines. And women’s suffrage … well, let’s just observe that without it Barack Obama could never have become president. Time for the ladies to take one for the team.

I suppose we’re supposed to imagine it’s a “joke”, because he takes a jovial tone for the last one. But if so, it doesn’t make sense. He’s dead fucking serious about the other two—three, really, because he only seems to be against Prohibition because he believes it gave Democrats a leg up, which is one of those deaf-to-historical-change moments that lead Republicans to imagine that Lincoln would have anything to do with the modern version of their party—so, as a joke, it falls completely apart. If he hadn’t rolled it up with the other amendments initially, the “joke” defense he clearly has in his pocket would be an easier sell. Something like, “I’ve long advocated for the repeal of 3 of the Progressive Amendments (though one has already been repealed), and hey, ladies, sometimes you make me wish to repeal all four.” It would still be a misogynist joke, but easier to sell as a joke, even if not a very funny one.

I’m trying to imagine the shitstorm that would erupt if a feminist dare say men should forsake their right to vote until they shape up and start voting correctly. It certainly wouldn’t slide under the waters, like this did.

Typical sexism from the far-right.

h/t: Amanda Marcotte at The Raw Story

I think that the right has just stopped caring about whether or not the shit they say alienates anyone, because they know it appeals to the most zealous and apparently moderates don’t matter anymore.

(via laliarxliar)

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.

The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.

“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election.

Top Donors to Republicans Seek More Say in Senate Races

“We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.” Translation: “We don’t mind far-right zealots as long as they know how to hide their zealotry so as not to scare away independent swing voters and moderate voters. We want Republicans who will chip away at abortion without trying to use terms like ‘legitimate rape’ to do so.”

(via diadoumenos)

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

The ‘bar has shifted’ so far that many of us are delighted, if not amazed, when Republican policymakers voluntarily agree not to crash the global economy on purpose. Our standards for success have fallen so low, we don’t actually expect progress—we instead cheer the absence of political malevolence.

‘Anything Goes’ Is the New Normal in Politics (via usnews)

Sad but true. When the Republicans don’t act in a treasonist way, I am happy and surprised.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

We’re so used to unending douchebaggery that we treat the barest modicum of sense like an oasis of brilliance. We act like the bare minimum of human standard is going above and beyond the norm, because it is.

(via laliarxliar)

I want to see a Republican Party that, rather than trying to make it more difficult to vote and restricting the number of days and hours you can vote, a Republican Party that says we want everybody to vote and we’re going to give you a reason to vote for us.

Colin Powell to Bill O’Reilly on the GOP and voter suppression  (via mediamattersforamerica)

Literally the only Republican I will actually listen to and agree with anymore.

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

Forget what you’ve heard about a reformed Republican party that actually respects women and their ability to make their own choices for their lives. Because this week, Texas Governor Rick Perry left no question about whether Republicans are ready to call a cease fire in the war on women.
burntumbre:

Does anyone else see the irony in the elephant being the symbol of the Republican Party?
Elephants live in matriarchal groups where males are excluded except to breed.  They’re herbivores and are known to be highly empathetic to other elephants as well as their dead; if one elephant in the group is in trouble, all the other elephants will pitch in to help it out.  They also practice collective raising of the young, with young elephants being tended to by all members of the herd.
You guys, elephants are socialist vegan feminists who support public education.
It’s also worth mentioning that most elephants are bisexual.

burntumbre:

Does anyone else see the irony in the elephant being the symbol of the Republican Party?

Elephants live in matriarchal groups where males are excluded except to breed.  They’re herbivores and are known to be highly empathetic to other elephants as well as their dead; if one elephant in the group is in trouble, all the other elephants will pitch in to help it out.  They also practice collective raising of the young, with young elephants being tended to by all members of the herd.

You guys, elephants are socialist vegan feminists who support public education.

It’s also worth mentioning that most elephants are bisexual.

(via the-angry-agender)

I had no idea how much people hated bow ties. It took me 20 years to realize that wearing a bow tie is like wearing a middle finger around your neck.

Tucker Carlson • On why he stopped wearing bowties. Carlson is the subject of a Brian Stelter profile in the New York Times regarding the growth of his site, The Daily Caller, which had a banner week last week due to a controversial 2007 video of Barack Obama.

Take note, fedora people.

(via thecallus)

Not really, Tucker. It wasn’t the bow-tie, it was you.

(via mohandasgandhi)

Yeah, Tucker. Remember that one time when all your lady friends said, “It’s not me, it’s you…” and you were thinking that there’s no way it could be you? 

It was you.

(via cognitivedissonance)

A bow-tie is a sort of amplification device. If you’re charming to begin with you can be extra-charming in a bow-tie (also you have to have the face for it) if you’re a sycophantic conservative asshole then yes it’s basically a middle finger.

(via joegressivism)

Will he ever learn that it’s his smug, condescending demeanor that’s the middle finger and that the bow tie just calls attention to it more readily?

(via joegressivism)

(via itsquizzy)

Now, women. The party and women. You saw last night a parade of women who are leading this party. Governors and senators and I say, what more do you want?

Condoleezza Rice (via Condoleezza Rice RNC speech: Romney speaks to black voters - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com)

I want policies that actually respect my bodily autonomy, my right to privacy when it comes to healthcare, and my right to fair pay and equal treatment in the workplace. That’s what I want. Republican lady governors and senators notwithstanding, the GOP is not going to give women policies that do any of these things.

(via robot-heart-politics)

I want the GOP to stop pretending like they’re not racist and sexist because they bring your ass out on stage.

(via michelle-my-belle)

My first thought when I read this was that there’s no way such an intelligent woman said this. But she did and I’m floored.

What do I want?

I want Congress republicans to compromise instead of throw tantrums and derail any major, beneficial form of legislation possible. 

I want my bodily autonomy respected and I want to be trusted to make my own decisions with whatever is going on inside my body.

I want to be able to go to medical school without having to put myself into a quarter million dollars worth of student loan debt or borrow money from my parents.

I want to be able to get a job.

I want to be able to take my birth control without having to worry that someone will make it illegal if they are elected president.

I want greener energy programs and more protections for the environment.

I want health care reform. I want to be able to see a doctor and not have to go into even more debt. I don’t want to have to worry about what will happen to my parents when they get older and medicare is no longer there for them.

I want members of congress to stop saying stupid, scientifically incorrect shit about rape, pregnancy, climate change, etc.

Parading a bunch of women around at the RNC is not doing any of that for me. Parading a bunch of women around at the RNC who are just pretending that they are part of the boy’s club, when, really they will always be a separate part that can be trotted around when someone makes a stupid legitimate rape comment isn’t doing SHIT for me.

Condoleezza, you are so much better than this.

Love,

Rabble

(via rabbleprochoice)

I want the women and people of color in your party to actually do something for women and people of color, instead of being paraded as an example of how inclusive your party is.

(via rabbleprochoice)

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

kileyrae:

“If you’re a conservative woman and you believe in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate because he’s keeping the government out of decisions that should remain between you and God and you and your own conscience.”

Republican women talk about their history with the Republican Party and why they’re voting to reelect President Obama in November.

This is an excellent video. It’s only 2:37, so please take a couple minutes & watch.

(via thebluearmpit)

solitarelee:

rabbleprochoice:

conservative-bitchxo:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it?

Mitt is richer than the past eight Presidents combined!!! And he still claims he doesn’t support the rich in America? Idiot!!!

WHO gives a shit? Honestly. Jealousy at it’s finest. It’s a GOOD thing that he’s ridiculously wealthy. 

The problem is not that Mitt Romney is wealthy, it’s that the fact that his wealth has clearly made him completely out of touch with people he’s trying to get to vote for him.

Only someone who has no fucking clue what it’s like to try and finance a college education would give the advice of “just borrow it from your parents”. That line, in itself, shows a complete lack of understanding of the type of people who GO to college. Not everyone is like Mitt Romney or his kids, we don’t have rich parents to pay for our educations. My parents aren’t going to fund my medical school expenses, instead I will have to take out private loans with exorbitant interests rates in order to fund it. THAT is my reality. THAT is the reality of practically everyone who wants to fund their college education themselves. People who were born with wealth will never experience that. Which is EXACTLY why Mitt Romney thinks we can just borrow the expenses from our parents. He thinks everyone who goes to college is just a step below him when that is not even close to the reality.

He thinks people who act as waitstaff for him at fancy parties make enough money to be considered middle-class. He jokes with people who have been unemployed for months that he, too is unemployed. He is so fucking out of touch.

I am not jealous of Mitt Romney’s money or his expensive ass dressage horse. I am not jealous of his money at all. I am truly indifferent to Mitt Romney’s wealth and how much it may be but what I’m NOT indifferent to is just how the fact that he’s wealthy, has always been wealthy, and will always be wealthy has seemed to make him completely unaware of the things people who have never and will never even come CLOSE to a fraction of what he makes. Mitt Romney isn’t the kind of person who probably even knows what the cost of college is let alone the price of milk.

I am not jealous of someone else’s wealth simply because I expect a certain level of awareness and empathy.

Love,

Rabble

How and why would it be a good thing that he’s wealthy? At best, it would have no bearing on the race at all. We all know damn well he didn’t really earn it, or the ability to get it. There’s not many people who legitimately earn $250 million dollars, and pretty much all of them are inventors. So, I guess you could say it would be a good thing if he had Bill Gates’d his way into that much wealth? But that’s not the case, so why would his wealth be a good thing? It doesn’t show anything about him other than he’s a rich guy who was born rich and stayed rich. Literally the only good thing you could say about that is he didn’t magically bankrupt himself. ._.; I mean, there’s just not much good to say about “that guy has $250 million.” 

If he had just lucked or skilled his way into $250 million, it wouldn’t have a bearing on the race one way or the other. It’s that his being born wealthy, so obscenely wealthy, and not knowing else, is a serious problem. He has no way of understanding the people around him. HE THINKS WAITERS BELOW THE POVERTY LINE ARE “MIDDLE CLASS” FOR GOD’S SAKE. His wealth has made him ignorant and kind of stupid, and that’s the problem. 

THIS, THIS, ALL OF THIS.

inothernews:

Republicans.  The Party of Facepalm.

But Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility!

inothernews:

Republicans.  The Party of Facepalm.

But Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility!