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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on May 31, 2013

Friday Cat Blogging

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Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More

Posted by Charles II on May 30, 2013

Study: Media Fact-Checker Says Republicans Lie More (via Tom Kludt at TPM)

Gee. Ya think?

According to CMPA [George Mason Univ. Center for Media in the Public Interest] President Dr Robert Lichter, “While Republicans see a credibility gap in the Obama administration, PolitiFact rates Republicans as the less credible party.”

If George Mason University and Politifact say the GOP lies three times as often as Dems, it has to be ten times:

Some critics, such as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and the Columbia Journalism Review, have criticized Lichter and the CMPA for holding a conservative bias of their own or for being funded by conservative foundations.

Possibly the Republican Establishment is coming to the conclusion that they might have jumped the shark.

Posted in liars, Republicans acting badly | 4 Comments »

She won’t be Bachmann

Posted by Charles II on May 29, 2013

Michele Bachmann has decided to spare the 6th District her services.

Posted in Michele Bachmann | 7 Comments »

Anti-Choice “Family Policy Institute” Distorts And Lies To Attack Rape Shield Laws

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 27, 2013

Laurel Ramseyer brings us this news about the sickening anti-family, anti-female actions of a self-styled “pro-family” group’s leader in Washington state:

In a blog post erroneously titled “WA Law Helps Conceal Rape of 12-Year Old”, Mr. Backholm wrote last week that:

In a story making news this week, last August a twelve-year old girl Washington girl was raped and impregnated by a thirty-one year-old man who took her to a Washington State Planned Parenthood and forced her to have an abortion.  According to reports, she told Planned Parenthood that the father was a fourteen-year old boy in an effort to protect the identity of her rapist; presumably at the recommendation of her rapist.

It wasn’t until six-weeks later that she told her parents what really happened, which led to an eventual guilty plea and prison sentence for the offender.

It is remarkable that Planned Parenthood is willing to turn a blind eye.  It is not intuitive to simply give a 12-year old an abortion and send her on her merry way by ignoring red flags the size of football fields.

Despite the obvious opportunities to intervene in situations like these, our laws and abortion clinics are aiding and abetting the victimization of girls…in the name of women’s rights no less.

Backholm was apparently hoping that nobody would actually click through to read the linked articles in his piece. Virtually every single claim he makes is either a lie or the truth stretched and bent so hard it might as be a lie. Here is the reality:

  • The rapist was the victim’s step-father.
  • The rapist step-father brought the victim to the clinic to have an abortion.
  • The victim didn’t “[tell] her parents what really happened” six weeks later, she told a detective who interviewed the her because Planned Parenthood alerted Child Protective Services that she had reportedly been impregnated by someone over 24 moths her age, a crime in Washington state.
  • Far from Planned Parenthood turning a “blind eye”, sending the victim on “her merry way” and “ignoring red flags the size of football fields”, Planned Parenthood followed the law and reported the possible rape of the child.
  • Since the rapist was the victim’s step-father, and since the victim’s mother refused to cooperate with the prosecution of the rapist, it is dubious at best that a parental notification law would have prevented the abortion.  In light of the facts, Mr. Backholm’s assertion that “our laws and abortion clinics are aiding and abetting the victimization of girls” is perplexing.  It was state law and the actions of Planned Parenthood staff that rescued the victim from a rapist father and rapist-shielding mother.
  • Truly, Backholm and his allies are what M. Scott Peck called “The People of the Lie”. Under the pretense of “protecting” a girl, they use lies and twisted truths to try to take away all young girls’ rights to be shielded.

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    The Iraq War is not over

    Posted by Charles II on May 26, 2013

    John Pilger, The Guardian:

    The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert’s fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr Jawad Al-Ali, “the seeds of our death”. An internationally respected cancer specialist at the Sadr teaching hospital in Basra, Dr Ali told me that in 1999, and today his warning is irrefutable. “Before the Gulf war,” he said, “we had two or three cancer patients a month. Now we have 30 to 35 dying every month. Our studies indicate that 40 to 48% of the population in this area will get cancer: in five years’ time to begin with, then long after. That’s almost half the population. Most of my own family have it, and we have no history of the disease. It is like Chernobyl here; the genetic effects are new to us; the mushrooms grow huge; even the grapes in my garden have mutated and can’t be eaten.”

    Along the corridor, Dr Ginan Ghalib Hassen, a paediatrician, kept a photo album of the children she was trying to save. Many had neuroblastoma. “Before the war, we saw only one case of this unusual tumour in two years,” she said. “Now we have many cases, mostly with no family history. I have studied what happened in Hiroshima. The sudden increase of such congenital malformations is the same.”

    A WHO report, the result of a landmark study conducted with the Iraqi ministry of health, has been “delayed”. Covering 10,800 households, it contains “damning evidence”, says a ministry official and, according to one of its researchers, remains “top secret”. The report says birth defects have risen to a “crisis” right across Iraqi society where depleted uranium and other toxic heavy metals were used by the US and Britain.

    Posted in environment, Iraq war | 1 Comment »

    Honor those who served with care for their wounds, meaningful work, and acceptance

    Posted by Charles II on May 26, 2013


    Posted in veterans | 7 Comments »

    A picture is worth a thousand words

    Posted by Charles II on May 25, 2013

    Shaker Aamer Guantanamo prisoner

    Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

    ALEC, Asbestos, And Lung Disease

    Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 24, 2013

    The late Bruce Vento, longtime congressman of Minnesota’s Fourth District, is a legend in Saint Paul, and for all the right reasons. He was a friend of the people and the environment, and the Vento Trail that accesses downtown Saint Paul is named for him.

    So when Susan Vento, his wife, writes to me about an important cause, I pay attention:

    My name is Susan Vento, and I am writing to you about a cause very close to my heart. My husband, Bruce, was a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives until October 10th, 2000 when he died of pleural mesothelioma––a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure. As of yesterday, asbestos companies began using their political influence to push a new bill into Congress, led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is called the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act.” On top of mass privacy concerns, this bill would delay and, in some cases, deny justice to people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. The FACT Act marks the beginning of a state-by-state strategy to dismantle the rights of victims.

    In the name of so-called “transparency,” the bill places burdensome reporting requirements on victims applying to the bankruptcy trusts. Yet, the companies who knowingly caused the asbestos exposure have no comparable requirements. The legislation is a one-sided and unfair effort designed to harm those who have already been injured. You can find more information on the bill here. This legislation is not an effort to make the legal system more responsive. Instead, it is merely the latest attempt by big companies and individuals like the Koch brothers to avoid responsibility for their heinous wrongdoings.

    Yup, it’s ALEC again. The well-heeled promoters of pretty much every idea, person, or entity that attacks the common good.

    So what can we do about it? Susan has some suggestions:

    I am a spokesperson for the Asbestos Cancer Victims’ Rights Campaign. The ACVRC is a national campaign dedicated to protecting the rights and privacy of cancer victims and their families. I hope that you will join our fight to defeat this unfair legislation and the potential precedent it sets. Here are a couple simple steps you can take to make a difference:

    1. Sign the petition to stop legislation that threatens cancer victims!

    Go to and follow the instructions to sign the petition at the bottom of the page.

    2. Spread the word!

    Done and Done, Susan. Go get ’em!

    Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on ALEC, Asbestos, And Lung Disease

    Friday Cat Blogging

    Posted by MEC on May 24, 2013

    Friday Cat Blogging

    Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging | 6 Comments »

    Look out below, Japan edition

    Posted by Charles II on May 23, 2013

    Outsourced to Ritholtz:

    Nikkei is down 7.3%….Major European indices are off 2-3%.

    Year of the Water Snake indeed.
    Added: So, of course, what looked like a major crisis brewing turned out to be a simple correction. That’s the Water Snake. The minute you think it’s going one way, it turns the opposite direction.

    Posted in Japan, stock market | Comments Off on Look out below, Japan edition

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