Submitted by thepaulaticsblog on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 1:39pm
"But, he is a smart lawyer," is what typically followed a description of the decades of mysoginist bills and amendments offered up by Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam (R-Wake). I leave it to you, dear reader.
I have listened to Rep. Stam argue and debate for 20 years. In the minority or in the majority, his style is consistent. With false assumptions, pseudo science, an air of erudition and endless repetition, Rep. Stam intimidates, bullies and tries the patience of even his own mates.
When ideology trumps real science, replicable research and all reason, I am not persuaded. When charlatans testify as experts using anecdotes - which is not the plural of data - I worry. Of course, the lack of critical thinking utilized by the voters will not improve if the GOP keeps cutting public education budgets and the Governor questions the value of higher education. But, I digress.
Contrary to the body of work that Rep. Stam has to his credit:
Mirroring a proposal now making its way through the Iowa legislature, Stam says his bill will finally put women in their place. "The Bible says women are good for one thing and one thing only. Breeding," said Stam. "That's why my bill is identical to the one introduced by my friend Rob Bacon, a devout conservative Christian serving God in the Corn Hole State.
Last week I hiked in Yosemite for the first time, taking a much needed break from work and blogging. I had no illusions that the political landscape would become more enlightened during my time off, but I didn't expect to come back to an even darker world of political deception and arrogance. In this darker world, Steve Harrison's report on Republican lying is but a footnote in a saga of hypocrisy and greed. Just west of us in Tennessee, and even sicker story unfolds:
From the Orange Satan:
Why do lawmakers make it harder and harder to get an abortion, even in the cases where the mother will die, but easier and easier to get a gun? Do they only care about a life before it is born?
Why don't gun buyers have to follow the same rules women are forced to follow? Wait 48 hours after applying. View on ultrasound of a body with a bullet in it. Listen to the heartbeat of someone as they die of a gunshot wound. Get a lecture from a surgeon on what it is like to operate on a gunshot wound.
After all that, if a person still wants a gun, he or she can buy one. Why should buying a gun be any easier than having an abortion?
We're getting down to the wire here with this election business, and you haven't yet taken the hell over. What's up with that? This is your chance to save the day, to run for office and get elected in a landslide.
You hold the trump card. Sex. You could get everything you ever wanted in terms of freedom and healthcare. Join women all over North Carolina in year of abstinence only. Withhold sex from men until (1) Republicans drop all their birth control bullshit, and (2) the General Assembly revokes the new restrictions placed on women clinics and abortion providers.
These ridiculous Tea Party laws would be changed in a month if you wanted that to happen. Just say no.
An amendment facing voters in Mississippi would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some birth control as murder.
There's nothing "effectively" or "branding" about this. The Tarheel Taliban judge abortion and morning-after birth control as a capital crime. Fry those murdering mothers. That'll show everybody who's in charge of this f/cked up state.
If the pregnant woman objects, the physician is required to proceed with the government-mandated instruction. Thankfully perhaps, the law doesn't demand that the patient be restrained from closing her eyes or covering her ears. But if she chooses to do so, her doctor, against his own preference and considered medical determination, must continue to show the images and repeat the state's command.
I'm not kidding. This isn't some odd addendum to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four." It is the law of North Carolina.
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