300 reasons I would vote for used gym socks if it would keep John McCain out of office

October 18, 2008

Reason #108

Indulge me in worshipping the cuteness of my niece.

Seriously though…  If her insane adorability isn’t enough to convince you to vote for Obama, think about what kind of world our kids will be living in under a McCain-Palin administration.  I want this beautiful baby to have a clean environment.  I want her to have equal pay and reproductive justice.  I don’t want her to go off to fight some stupid war that never ends.  I want her to grow up in a country where we value freedom and civil liberties.

McCain-Palin are going to take us down a very dark road if they manage to win this thing, and I don’t want to have to explain to my kids that I let it happen.

September 14, 2008

Reason #101

From The Curvature comes a great analysis of Sarah Palin’s involvement in charging rape victims in Wasilla for their own rape investigations, and her subsequent lying about that involvement:

You’ve probably read just about everywhere by now that while Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the city billed rape victims the $1200 fee for their rape kits. Of course, Palin has tried to sidestep the question and insinuate that she had nothing, nothing at all, to do with this mess. This was clearly bullshit from day one, since the mayor of such a small town (my town is tiny and still has 2,500 more people in it than Wasilla) really has no excuse for not knowing what the fuck is going on in it.

(emphasis mine) 

As I’ve noted before, Wasilla is the same size as Bumpass, Virginia. One would assume that the mayor of such a tiny town would know what was going on there.

Considering that fact, it was already clear that Sarah Palin was lying about her involvement in charging rape victims for their rape kits (in case you’ve never heard of them, a rape kit is a kit used to collect evidence for prosecution after a sexual assault), but now we have proof. There is now a paper trail proving that Sarah Palin actively signed off on the switch from having the town cover rape investigations to the new policy of charging victims, and her claims to the contrary are outright lies.

Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of men in politics understand what a big deal this could be for women voters (yep, even evangelical women).  I am afraid men who understand that John McCain=FAIL will miss an opportunity on this issue, because they don’t understand how visceral women’s feelings about sexual violence are.  This decision by Sarah Palin speaks to a lack of empathy on her part–it takes away from her false image as a woman “just like us,” and shows her to be quite a bit nastier than most women would be.  Further, the fact that she is lying about her involvement in this decision speaks even more to the fact that she and John McCain are liars. I hope people don’t stop talking about this.

September 11, 2008

Reason #98

Oh, how I love Katha Pollitt.

I love her questions for Sarah Palin even more. An excerpt:

§ Suppose your 14-year-old daughter Willow is brutally raped in her bedroom by an intruder. She becomes pregnant and wants an abortion. Could you tell the parents of America why you think your child and their children should be forced by law to have their rapists’ babies?

§ You say you don’t believe global warming is man-made. Could you tell us what scientists you’ve spoken with or read who have led you to that conclusion? What do you think the 2,500 scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are getting wrong?

§ If you didn’t try to fire Wasilla librarian Mary Ellen Baker over her refusal to consider censoring books, why did you try to fire her?

§ What is the European Union, and how does it function?

§ Forty-seven million Americans lack health insurance. John Goodman, who has advised McCain on healthcare, has proposed redefining them as covered because, he says, anyone can get care at an ER. Do you agree with him?

§ What is the function of the Federal Reserve?

§ McCain says cutting earmarks and waste will make up for revenues lost by making the tax cuts permanent. Experts say that won’t wash. Balancing the Bush tax cuts plus new ones proposed by McCain would most likely mean cutting Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Which would you cut?

§ You’ve suggested that God approves of the Iraq War and the Alaska pipeline. How do you know?

If we could get just one journalist to ask Sarah Palin these questions in a context where she has to answer them. Just one.

Charlie Gibson? No?

Well, I suppose questions about mooseburgers are more important than questions about whether my teenage sister should be forced to have a child if, God forbid, she is raped. I don’t really care about that anyway. Lipstick!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the Violence Against Women Office? It’s part of the Department of Justice. Which is part of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. That means the President gets to make the appointments that determine what kind of work the VAWO does.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Sarah Palin’s views on sexual violence (she also made rape victims pay for their own rape kits when she was mayor) might just be relevant to her decisions about appointments.

Oh, nevermind. Lipstick!

July 11, 2008

Back On…

Filed under: Reproductive Justice,Sexist,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 3:19 am

Sorry for the absence… I’ve been away dealing with other blogs and my other life.

I don’t have much time to write tonight, but I will leave you with this to ponder:

Suck my left ovary, John McCain.

June 18, 2008

Reason #81

Filed under: Reproductive Justice,Sexist,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 4:58 pm

I have to say, it blows my mind that there are ANY former Clinton voters considering a vote for McCain. I know this group is a tiny minority, but I have a hard time understanding how anyone who really believed in Clinton’s platform could consider a vote for McCain. Likewise for those considering “protest” votes for third party candidates, which are, in effect, a vote for McCain, since they would normally have gone to a Democrat. I’m particularly baffled by former Clinton voters who claim that they want to vote for McCain to protest sexism… What? McCain is incredibly sexist, as is his platform. His presidency would result in disaster for millions of women. True, those women would probably not be white, middle-class women, who could afford a trip to another state for an abortion and wouldn’t be the ones getting bombed. But in my version of feminism, we care about all women.

June 9, 2008

Reason #65

Filed under: Healthcare,Reproductive Justice,Sexist,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 6:28 pm

Double Speak has a great post by guest blogger David Greenberg, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Wilamette.

Greenberg notes that while McCain would overturn Roe vs. Wade if given the chance, this would only be the tip of the iceberg in his dismantling of reproductive rights. According to Greenberg, McCain is “among the most extreme members of Congress who voted against common sense measures on family planning, sex education and access to basic healthcare.”

A few highlights of McCain’s voting record:

He voted against requiring health care plans to cover birth control (3/22/03).

He voted against comprehensive, medically accurate sex education (7/25/06).

He voted against international family planning funding (3/14/96).

He voted against funding to prevent teen and unintended pregnancies (3/17/05).

He voted against public education for emergency contraception (3/17/05).

And he voted against restoring Medicaid funding that could be used for family planning for low-income women (3/17/05).

Put simply, a McCain presidency would be a nightmare for women.

H/T Feministing for the link

June 4, 2008

Reason #57

Filed under: Civil Rights,Reproductive Justice,Women's Rights — 300reasons @ 4:09 am

A former obstetrician and gynecologist remembers what his job was like before Roe vs. Wade:

The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.

We did not have ultrasound, CT scans or any of the now accepted radiology techniques. The woman was placed under anesthesia, and as we removed the metal piece we held our breath, because we could not tell whether the hanger had gone through the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, in the cases I saw, it had not.

However, not simply coat hangers were used.

Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.

Another method that I did not encounter, but heard about from colleagues in other hospitals, was a soap solution forced through the cervical canal with a syringe. This could cause almost immediate death if a bubble in the solution entered a blood vessel and was transported to the heart.

The worst case I saw, and one I hope no one else will ever have to face, was that of a nurse who was admitted with what looked like a partly delivered umbilical cord. Yet as soon as we examined her, we realized that what we thought was the cord was in fact part of her intestine, which had been hooked and torn by whatever implement had been used in the abortion. It took six hours of surgery to remove the infected uterus and ovaries and repair the part of the bowel that was still functional.

John McCain has promised to choose Supreme Court judges who will overturn Roe vs. Wade, and, if elected, he would probably get the chance to tip the balance of the Supreme Court.

The choice couldn’t be clearer.

May 20, 2008

Reasons 44-46

A little something for everyone…

Why you should hate McCain if you’re conservative.

Why you should hate McCain if you’re a moderate.

And why you should hate McCain if you’re progressive.

May 7, 2008

Reason #26

I don’t think this is much of a surprise, but McCain has pledged that, if elected, he will appoint conservative judges.

From the Washington Post:

Highlighting an issue he plans to use aggressively in the general election campaign, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday decried “the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power” and pledged to nominate judges similar to the ones President Bush has placed on the bench.

The thing about our political system is that it’s really the judicial branch that has the most power, and the most longstanding power (remember Bush v. Gore?). When people with one political agenda dominate the judicial branch, it affects pretty much everything. In the chilling words of Grampy McSame himself, “Elections have consequences. One of the consequences is the president of the United States gets to name his or her nominees to the bench.”

April 10, 2008

Reason #20

From The Huffington Post:

A close look at John McCain’s Senate voting record on judicial confirmations makes it painfully clear that progressives need to ignore the rantings of the Ann Coulter crowd and believe John McCain when he says he will listen to Sam Brownback and appoint judges like Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia. On judges, McCain’s no moderate: if given the chance, he will appoint justices that move an already conservative Supreme Court sharply to the right.

Indeed, one looks in vain for a judge who is too ideologically conservative for McCain: he voted to confirm Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas and, unless I’ve missed something, every other Republican judicial nominee voted on in his 22 years in the Senate.

Even more tellingly, as part of his negotiation in 2005 of what has been dubbed the “Gang of 14 Deal” (more on this later), McCain pushed, hard, for the confirmation of both William Pryor and Janice Rogers Brown, the two hardest-edged conservatives appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.

For background, there are nine people on the Supreme Court.  Currently, five of them support Roe vs. Wade, while four do not.  In all likelihood, the next President will get to appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice.

Oh, and the Supreme Court doesn’t just make decisions about abortion. They do everything from choosing a President (wasn’t 2000 fun?) to making decisions about global warming and disability rights. You name an issue you care about—the Supreme Court has an impact on it. Any time there’s a 5-4 decision that narrowly averts disaster of one kind or another, we should think about what a complete and utter mess we would have on our hands if McCain were President.

Just sayin’.

 

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