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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Democrats for Johnson

Being an outspoken guy, I tend to take flak from all sides. My moderate republican and catholic friend Mike told me that I should be writing about antiques instead of the "left wing poison" I regularly spew on these pages. I overheard some people at the cocktail party the other night who thought that they were out of earshot who just couldn't believe that I was such a zionist, of course anathema in liberal circles. I know that if person a is really liking something I have written, the law of inverse hydrostatic invective says that person b is sure to be miffed. And so forth. They say never to discuss politics or religion, but what the hell is left? The weather? Have to call em as I see em. Actually I am quite amazed at how tolerant some of my right wing friends are at my bellicosity. Steve from Phoenix may disagree with me about everything but he has never been less than a gentleman. As has MMWB and LeMasters. Thank you, gents.

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I see that the House Committee on Rules blocked an amendment from going to vote on Wednesday that would have allowed military rape victims to access abortion care through their government-provided health plans. Rape is a terrible problem in the armed services. The Pentagon reported more than 3,000 cases in FY 2009, and the Department of Defense estimates that reported incidents only account for a small fraction of the sexual assaults that actually occur.

"Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and five other House Democrats submitted an amendment to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would reverse the current policy of denying abortion coverage to military women who are raped and become pregnant during their service. As the bill currently stands, servicewomen have to pay out of pocket for an expensive abortion procedure unless they can prove that their lives are in danger.
By contrast, other federal bans on abortion coverage, including those for Medicaid recipients, federal employees, and women in federal prisons, all include exceptions for victims of rape and incest. The ban on abortion coverage for military rape victims is actually more extreme than the Hyde Amendment, which has prohibited federally-funded abortions for the past 30 years except in the cases of rape, incest and life endangerment."

The boys on the House Committee on Rules, led by Rep. David Dreier, apparently didn't want this bill to come up and killed it. Tough luck ladies. Please know that you had your unwanted child in service to your country.


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Speaking of rape and hostility to women, I thought that the attitude of the french was telling regarding  Dominique Strauss-Kahn getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar . Like former PM Giscard D'estang said about Bill Clinton's pecadillos,"Why else would one be Prime Minister?" I heard one french dignitary bluster that he was only evoking  “le troussage de domestique” or his god given right to diddle the domestic help. You americans are such prudes, you know?

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The 2012 election is really shaping up to be a barnburner. We got Michelle Bachman, Newt Gingrich, Palin, Romney, Huntsman, Pawlenty and Santorum all ready to throw their chapeaus in the ring. Am I forgetting anybody? Mitch Daniels wants to stay home with his wife and not have to explain all those Bush Administration budget questions. They are even talking about getting Giuliani out of mothballs for one last go. I guess Grumpy and Sneezy had other commitments.

Out of all of these people, the guy I would fear as a democrat would be Huntsman. I believe that he is a ketchup heir and we haven't had ketchup money in the race since John Heinz Kerry unscrewed the cap on his campaign. Huntsman seems to be the most level headed of this bunch. He is the more electable mormon, I guess. Worked for Obama as an Ambassador to China. Knows which fork to use for the salad course.

The winner of biggest shit bag is definitely Gingrich. The guy who says he dumped his cancer ridden wife on her hospital bed because she was a cadillac and he only needed a chevy. (May have my car models askew, forgive me.) Well Newtie, that chevy has sure got some expensive bling. The way that this guy can run from his own words like teflon is astounding, the most narcissistic jagoff in memory.

Palin or Bachmann would be a dream. Palin has fire in her belly, she says, that is unless she's just knocked up again. Bachmann is beyond stupid, I would really hope for either one of them as the Republican standard bearer. The world's worst comb over has opted out and is slithering back to his tower. Romney has changed his positions more times than I can count but this version of Romney 3.7 seems like a fairly moderate one. Maybe it's just the present company that makes him look a tad saner and more level headed. Santorum called out John McCain last week and said he didn't know anything about torture. Plus his name means something dirty in latin, or so I understand. Could never vote for him. Looks like he pooped his pants. And he lost his own state by 18 points in the last election. People's choice Herman Cain adds a dash of color. If by color you mean a muslim baiting, conservative philosophy so far to the right he makes Clarence Thomas look like Malcolm X.

I think that the Blast is going to endorse Gary Johnson. Johnson squared away the economy in his state, wants a sensible drug policy, is against military adventurism.

Here is a blurb from his website:

Gary Johnson has been an outspoken advocate for efficient government, lower taxes, winning the war on drug abuse, protection of civil liberties, revitalization of the economy and promoting entrepreneurship and privatization.
Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office, more than all other governors combined. He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them and when he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.  

Sounds pretty good to me. There's my man. I'm backing the Republican this time. This Republican.

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