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stuff always happens over finals week! stuff can’t happen in normal people time? what is this?

Posted by pocochina on December 10, 2009

Apparently, Andrew Sullivan has chosen this time (FINALS TIME, SULLY, AND NOT YEARS AND YEARS AGO WITH ALL THE SANE PEOPLE) to make his exit from the right wing and flounce to the meandering middle.  Unfortunatly for him, what reads like a priority list doesn’t say nice things about him or the Republican party.  Budget deficits – then, torture. He also – and this is nice work, from a believer – calls out the theocratic element of the hard right.  He loathes the homophobia and racism of the modern right, but is perfectly buddy-buddy with their misogyny.  He so much gives away the misogyny part when he trashes Sarah Palin’s campaign as “identity politics,” which he clearly sees as a bad word.  Um, hey, an attempt to appeal to half the voters in the country because of our identity which YOU continue to marginalize?  Not an irresponsible decision.  The criminalization of private behavoir in the war on drugs is rotten in Sully-ville, but the criminalization of a safe medical procedure based on the class of Americans who use that procedure?  Cool beans!   Sadly, the fool fits right in with the rest of the Democrats.

Women challenge Irish abortion law in the ECHR – a case which had to wait  until after the Lisbon referendum, but nevertheless, is crucial.  Ireland has a constitutional amendment protecting “the life of the unborn” (more in this old post) and has resisted, for years, recognition of the rights of women on this score.  Now, this isn’t exactly like a Supreme Court decision – I’m pretty sure parties to the case have to accept its decision, but how much precedential power it will end up having will be up to the individual state.  The UK does seem to accept the ECHR’s judgments – I’ll check this tomorrow – as supreme to its supreme court, at least in cases where the UK is a party.  If it accepts all decisions as precedent, they too will have to repeal the ban on abortion in the North.  This could be a huge step for all Irish women.

Seattle pimp gets 18 years for human trafficking. Say, that’s less time than he’d have gotten for 50 grams of crack!  It’s almost like Americans have skewed law enforcement priorities.

New blog I <3:  http://fridaythang.com

Barbara Erenreich on why optimism is unhealthy

See Rachel!  See Rachel fight the murderiously anti-gay legislation in Uganda! Since that post went up the death penalty and life in prison provisions have been taken off the table, but the bill still remains awful, and remains written by Americans like Rick Warren trying to export our bigotry.  Unfortunately for everyone, it seems to be a renewable resource.

Stupak tries to defend himself.  I can’t even read it.  Can’t.

Douthat freely admits that he cares more about prying into girls’ sex lives than getting victims some actual medical care.

NEW STUDY FINDS 70% REDUCTION IN MATERNAL DEATHS AND NEARLY 50% DECLINE IN NEWBORN DEATHS ARE WITHIN REACH. Rational   people:   DO IT THEN RIGHT NOW WTF IS STOPPING YOU!  Douthat, Sully, Stupak, and their friends:  no thanks.

OHMIGOD, another intergenerational abortion-based throwdown!  I’m glad I’m too doped up to be as annoyed as I will tomorrow.

Patrick Kennedy does the right thing; RI bishop loses his shit.  Shit-losing seems to be a theme among these folks lately.

And also, Amanda Knox. Stay tuned.

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Mike Huckabee: Objectively Pro-Rape

Posted by pocochina on December 2, 2009

This is a discussion of Gov. Huckabee’s pardons of convicted rapists. The entire post is under the cut, and contains a blanket trigger warning for discussions of sexual assault.

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