Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.

So Republicans think saying “vagina” in public is rude, but interrupting the President is not.



Republicans live in a weird alternative universe.

"There have been physical altercations between at least two men on the House floor, and I don’t recall any of them every being banned from speaking," Byrum said. "It’s just unacceptable to silence women when we’re talking about women’s reproductive rights." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/michigan-woman-lawmakers-silenced-_n_1598168.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) makes an interesting point. The arbitrary lines drawn between what behavior is “acceptable” and what is not are getting more and more abstract and unfounded (anyone remember FL’s Uterati?). The language used in the bill, was absolutely relevant. What’s with the GOP and lady parts? The Republicans in the Michigan House (and elsewhere) are making rules up as they go along and these rules suit only their own agenda. The Constitution has been thrown out - Free Speech? There is no common decency. There is downright childish behavior rampant within our Legislative bodies and no one can or will do anything to bring the level of decorum and respect back for fear of massive media backlash - because, let’s face it: everything is “Breaking News” and everything is extreme, and no one wants to be the “story of the week” and affect their precious chances of being re-elected. Our own legislators behave as if they were characters in The Jersey Shore.



The Alabama GOP marked a successful week in regressive legislation. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed the nation’s toughest immigration bill into law yesterday, requiring local police to detain suspected undocumented immigrants and Alabama schools to collect student citizenship information. The GOP-led state Senate then rounded out the day by passing a radical anti-abortion bill that bans anyone from performing abortion after 20 weeks — an act that would punish the doctor with “one to 10 years in prison.”

State Sen. Scott Beason (R), known previously for advising politicians to “empty the clip” to stop undocumented immigrants, ushered the bill through the Senate. Defending the extreme restriction on the basis of “fetal pain,” Beason — who received a degree in geology — definitively declared that “there’s no doubt” a fetus experiences pain at 20 weeks.

Those with an actual medical degree, however, have expressed significant doubt that a fetus’ pain perception functions at 20 weeks. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “The fetus’s higher pain pathways are not yet fully developed and functional” before the third trimester. Even a fellow Republican lawmaker in Kansas noted assertions like Beason’s are “based on false research” and “untruths.”

The lack of both knowledge and compassion needed to pass this bill — however astounding — is shared by a remarkably high number of Republican lawmakers across the country. Nebraska was the first in the nation to pass a fetal pain bill, with Kansas, Florida, Arkansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Kentucky considering similar bills. The Alabama house passed the Senate’s changes in a 70-20 vote to give the bill final legislative approval. If Bentley signs it, the 20-week ban — like the immigration bill — will take effect Sept. 1.