SCOTUS turns away Oklahoma ultrasound law.
The justices on Tuesday turned down the state’s attempt to reinstate a law that would have required pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound test and hear about the size and possible heartbeat of the fetus.
Last year, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the state’s ultrasound law on the grounds it put an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion.
This is what always gets me; the extremely weak and stupid rationale for these sorts of laws. “State Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt appealed and argued the law was needed to ensure women were ‘fully informed’ before they opted for abortion,” according to the report.
Just once I’d like to see one of these clowns asked point blank what they think it is that most women don’t understand about pregnancy. What Pruitt’s argument — and that of every “informed consent” spin doctor out there — boils down to is an argument that women are too stupid to know what they’re doing, so they need a helpful Republican male politician to draw them a damned picture with a sonogram.
It’s not just an unnecessary burden, it’s an insulting one, as well.
I can not confirm on any sort of cars being flipped or any, I can’t confirm factual damage because we are right on a previous tornado path of damage. I can’t figure out if that is previous damage or if that was current damage.
Stories to Watch: 5/28/13.
FEMA opens disaster funds to victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Affected residents are urged to register even if uninsured.
Tom Coburn digs in and says that disaster aid shouldn’t be a federal responsibility. If terrorists did this, you can damned well bet Tom would be demanding that the feds get on top of this and pronto. Apparently, the difference between national defense and disaster response is… I don’t know. Why don’t you explain that to us, Tom? And could someone explain why Oklahomans keep reelecting this clown?
Chinese hackers gained access to a buttload of advanced US weapons systems, possibly costing the US our edge in military technology — although the Pentagon says it’s not as bad as that. Can we stop pretending these guys are our friends now?
The “both sides are just as bad” media laziness takes a big hit as the “Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found Republican’s had made three times as many false statements as Democrats this year;”
So I guess it’s not surprising that former Sen. Bob Dole — once the gold standard for conservatism — is less than impressed with the extremism of the current crop of Republicans.
Another day, another Republican saying something amazingly stupid about women.
Greg Sargent has a good piece up about how Republicans aren’t at all serious about actually goverrning. My favorite observation: that the GOP is complaining that Obama is too distracted by scandals to pay attention to their griping. Seriously. These are children.
This is great: Glenn Beck wonders why everyone wants to label him a conspiracy theorist and concludes that it’s all a big conspiracy. Seriously.
Online clothing retailer Asos recalls a bunch of belts after they were discovered to have a tiny flaw — they’re freakin’ radioactive.
Finally, Tea Party nutbag and Yakov Smirnoff impersonator Joe Miller wants another stab at an Alaska Senate seat — guess he’s still a sore loser. What a country!
[cartoon via Truthdig]
Coburn’s Hostage-Taking Apparently Not Going Well.
It strikes me that someone, somewhere, has to have a survey in the field tracking Sen. Tom Coburn’s position following the tornado that struck Moore in his home state. His actions since announcing that he would hold his own constituents hostage to budget cuts suggest that idea has not gone over well. The signs are all there; his fellow austerians in the GOP aren’t willing to back him up and he’s become increasing defensive about his position. He’s been trying to shift blame away from himself, by accusing those who point out that he’s playing politics with disaster of “playing disaster politics.” It’s the same circular reasoning that bigots you to claim victimhood for their bigotry — i.e., “I’m the victim of intolerance, because you’re intolerant of my intolerance!” — and it doesn’t work any better in this circumstance. Pointing out that Coburn wants to hold his own constituents hostage isn’t “playing politics,” it’s having a firm command of the facts.
As I say, that poll being taken out there somewhere has to show Coburn is getting an earful at home, because he’s still on the defensive. On an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Tom tried to defend his position by not defending it.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) voiced frustration on Thursday with the discussion over whether federal aid provided to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere, calling it an example of “typical Washington BS.”
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Coburn boasted about his consistency on the issue, saying that he helped ensure that relief provided after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was offset. Pointing to what he characterized as “$200 billion worth of waste, fraud and duplication,” he expressed disdain for lawmakers who borrow money to provide disaster aid.
“So it’s morally wrong, it’s repugnant to me and it’s the lamest excuse career politicians can use, and that’s why our country is in trouble. That kind of thinking,” Coburn said.
Then came the kicker: “But the conservative senator argued that any debate over spending offsets is motivated by politics, saying that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a $11.6 billion fund it could use to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado. For that reason, Coburn said, it’s unlikely that Congress would even need to pass a bill to provide aid to his state.”
“This is all a game and it’s a crass political game because I was being asked these questions before we even pulled the dead people out of the rubble,” Coburn said. “So it’s just typical Washington BS, quite frankly.”
Got that? He’s a man of super-integrity because he’s demanding someone else’s tax dollars be stolen to pay for aiding his constituents. But we shouldn’t hold him accountable for that position, because it will never happen. He wants to do this horrible thing, but you shouldn’t blame him for it, because he probably won’t be able to. And his critics are the ones spreading BS.
Coincidentally, I would like to slash Coburn’s tires, but I’ll never be able to because he lives and works so far away. So anyone who criticizes me for my criminal impulse is just engaging in “typical Washington BS.” I’m completely blameless — not because I’ve decided not to do this terrible thing, but because I’ve determined that I probably can’t.
For a Republican, I don’t think Coburn have a real solid grasp of this whole “personal responsibility” concept. What he does have is a good grip on his constituents, who in turn seem to have a good grip on his throat.
I don’t know what that as yet unreleased survey says, but it has to be brutal. He’s trying to back out of this so fast he’s spinning his wheels and digging in deeper. Couldn’t happen to a nicer hostage-taker.
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Stories to Watch: 5/22/12.
In so many recent tragedies, teachers have been the heroes. So maybe let’s not listen to Republicans, call them union thugs and freeloaders, and cut them down to fast food wages, OK? Let’s treat them like professionals.
Pres. Obama will visit Oklahoma to see the damage first hand this weekend. Compare and contrast with GWB.
Most schools in Oklahoma have no tornado shelters, because they cost too much. There are a few parents who paid a much higher price than a few extra tax dollars
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warns Congress that they’re screwing up the economy,
Related: Ezra Klein warns everyone to stop applauding reports of declining deficits. In a recovering economy, this is not good news. “Our deficits aren’t dropping because we’re doing something right,” he writes. “They’re dropping because we’re doing everything wrong.” By all means, use the numbers to prove Republicans are liars. But don’t pretend they’re the result of economic and fiscal brilliance.
Scientists are optimistic about a cure for some —but not all — AIDS patients.
Filibuster reform for real?
Josh Marshall thinks that Lois Lerner — the IRS official currently at ground zero for controversy — needs to be fired. I’m thinking that’s probably true, but also that it won’t solve anything.
A shockingly brutal terrorist machete attack in the UK ends in suicide by cop.
An FBI agent shoots and kills a man in Miami who was associated with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He apparently confessed to being involved with a triple murder that Tsarnaev may also have been involved with. This also seems to have ended in suicide by cop. There is believed to be no relation between this crime and the Boston bombing itself. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just a very violent individual, it seems.
Arizona state Rep. Juan Mendez quotes Carl Sagan, rather than saying a prayer before a session of the House. This shocking bit of Religious Freedom from an atheist would not stand, however, and a proper prayer was offered the next day to appease mighty Cthulhu — or somebody. I don’t know. In any case, we can be sure Arizona won’t be cast into a lake of fire for the impiety of its legislature.
Finally, Eric Holder says that the US has killed four Americans with the drone program.
[cartoon via cagle.com]