The Year of the GOP Snake

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“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” -Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

By the Chinese calendar, 2013 ought to have been a banner year for conservatives. As crestfallen Ann Romney soaks up tears with Kleenex bought by the carload at Costco, and Karl Rove squirms at megadonor angst over Crossroads GPS’ lame  batting average in November’s election, Republican delusions of a 2010 redux string of victories evaporated almost as quickly as Sarah Palin’s and Dick Morris’ fat Fox News paychecks.… [Read more]

Fin. Finally….Election Day is Over and the Nation Looks Forward

Election Day is over and the nation moves forward

One of the things that I get to explain to inquisitive European friends is that America’s several time zones make for a very long Election Night. Despite pre-election web-surfed emigre house shopping moments between a nice seven-figure flat on Oslo’s stylish Bygdøy allé and a nice fjord view house on the slopes of Holmenkollen, there probably isn’t a winning lottery ticket in the pile on my desk to bail to Norway with.… [Read more]

Congressional InsaniTea

GOP: Science Deniers

“She blinded me with science.”

-Thomas Dolby, 1982

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has often remarked, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) isn’t good at his job. Dozens of new Tea Party acolytes from November 2010 do make the G.O.P. House of Representatives’ raucus Republican Big Top an unruly menagerie to try and ring-master. I imagine Boehner still uneasily wonders when Majority Leader Eric Cantor will pull out the steely caucus knives for a weepy “Et tu, Brutus” coup.… [Read more]

Canadian Politics: Rob Anders…the redux

I got the transgendered vote locked up, too!

Twice in one week? As the  bemused BNV nation turns its lonely eyes to me, doubtless filled with wonder how Rob Anders, the otherwise anonymous Calgary Conservative MP that gives any ‘fringe element’ a decidedly mainstream feel, warrants two Great White North dispatches in a single week. A weird manifestation of our permanent continental inferiority complex – the Canuck mouse that fears a Yank elephant rollover – is the chest-thumping pride that comes from calling out across the 49th – Todd Akin, Bachmann, Newt?… [Read more]

So, What Do We Say to Kids About Rape?

What do we tell our children about rape?

Think about it. Since Representative Todd Akin’s epic ‘intentional rape’ gaffe, his fate remains in the hands of Missouri’s constituents and, therefore, there is a chance that he may get elected, or at least keep his current job. That is not to say he isn’t up against a whole lot; who would have thought the Republican Party could dislike one of their own more than Mitt Romney?… [Read more]

Here’s a Story of A Lovely Lady

Here's the story of a lovely lady...Ann Romney

Last night, I watched the Republican National Convention on PBS. Instead of listening to commentary by news organizations, I simply watched and listened. I went out of my way to absorb the message that was being conveyed to the American people. I know I am a difficult demographic to reach, being an educated, urban, single female trying to make it without giving excuses for how “hard things are for us gals.”  In listening to Ann Romney’s message to women, I know for sure that I am not the kind to whom she was speaking.… [Read more]

Julian Assange Has Nice Friends

Just look up and think of England!

Meritocracy is driven by an abiding faith - true progressive thinking is powered by good ideas, irrespective of their place of origin on the conventional political spectrum. Too many avowedly passionate Americans give otherwise sensible social solutions the swift heave-ho because, well… ‘they’, those rotten, lying bastards on ‘the other side’ thought of it! Not exactly consistent with the collective pursuit of excellence that elevates a society.… [Read more]

The Rapists’ Parental Rights Review Board

Rapist Parental Rights Review Board.

Rapists’ rights?

That’s correct; 31 states have laws on the books that permit rapists to have custody and visitation privileges.

Who says there’s no ‘War on Women‘?… [Read more]

Akin to Rape

Words Have Power

Google told me today, thankfully, that “genius and madness are akin.”

We are enthralled in the dramatics displayed by some shockingly misguided and delusional beliefs expressed by a man who’s mother may not… [Read more] have told him that elves are make-believe. It is a display of how “we,” as a nation, allow powerful men to assume they have the right to say what they want without challenge from the people.

Hot Enough For You, Congressman Akin?

Hot Enough For You, Congressman Akin?

For his entire political career, Republican Congressman Todd Akin, US Representative for the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, has injected his religion into his job, working tirelessly to ban all abortions, including when unwanted pregnancy results from forcible rape.

Now, the Congressman is in hot water for referring to rape, an act of extreme violence and domination, as “legitimate rape” in his television interview on KTVI-TV (a Fox affiliate, naturally) a few days ago, as if any rape can be thought of as legitimate.… [Read more]

GOP, Please go play in your room – adults are talking

Buddies . . . .

What Romney getting the GOP presidential nod didn’t do, what the Paul Ryan veep pick didn’t do, what Donald Trump speaking at the RNC didn’t do, Todd Akin managed to do:  Fire up the base . . . sort of. Only thing, when Todd Akin spoke the words, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he fouled his own nest – not because what he said was shocking to the GOP (quite to the contrary), but because what he said framed what the GOP already thinks, packaged the GOP platform neatly into a horrifyingly ugly package for the country to see, and directed a spotlight into the sewer of extreme right-wing minds, including the mind of Paul Ryan, a man who teamed up with Akin to craft some pretty horrible legislation.… [Read more]

Republicans doth protesteth too much on Akin

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“You mean you were raped?”   “Well, at first…”

- Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979

As national Republicans were trying in vain to make “legitimate rape” armchair gynecologist gaffer Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) “take one for the team”, the Party of No merrily blundered on in their crusade against women’s reproductive rights.

Missouri’s statutory party candidate switcheroo deadline came and went, but the errant Rep.… [Read more]

With “Intentional Rape” Gaffe, Missouri U.S. Senate Hopeful Rep. Akin Becomes GOP Kamikaze Pilot

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Reminiscent of Japanese fleeing Godzilla, Republicans are scrambling from Missouri U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s comments on Sunday stating that women had natural defenses against getting pregnant from a rape. Before lunch on Monday, G.O.P. Senators, including Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) put the proverbial loaded pistol (Mitt Romney checked the bullets) on Akin’s desk urging him to quit the race for the good of the Republican party.… [Read more]