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Blood On Their Hands

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The Victim                                                 The Suspected Killer
Dr. George Tiller                                        Scott Roeder

Well, we’ve had an act of domestic terrorism.  Al-Qaeda sympathizers?  No, it was committed by somebody who is the prototype of what was described in a recent justice department memo as a right-wing extremist, lone wolf, dedicated to one single issue, in his case his opposition to abortion.

Scott Roeder assassinated Dr. George Tiller, who had been living with threats for many years, and had been the target of right-wing outrage again and again.  To top it, not only was he assassinated in cold blood, but it happened in the sanctity of his church!  What prompted all these targeted attacks, culminating now in his murder?  Dr. Tiller was a women’s health care provider, and as part of that, he performed abortions on women who sought them, including late-term abortions. Something, I want to emphasize, is legal in this country.  So his  ‘crime’  was not doing something illegal, but providing services to women who often are in dire straits when seeking an abortion.

It never fails to amaze me that the most ardent opponents to abortions seem to be older white males.  Here are my thoughts on that:  Unless they find themselves in a situation a lot of women find themselves in at some point in their lives, where they have to make a very personal and painful decision to have an abortion, usually after consulting with a doctor and her family, they have no right to tell women what they can and cannot do.  It is a myth that women take that decision lightly.  Very often, there are extreme circumstances leading a woman to have that procedure done.

We can certainly disagree on that issue, and there are good arguments on both sides of it, and I think President Obama said it best when stating, that we should do everything we possibly can to reduce the number of abortions, including better education about birth control, increasing the possibility of adoption, etc.  But what we cannot do, is trying to make our points using violence.  These extremists have already succeeded with their constant intimidation and violent behavior, that the vast majority of counties in the US has nobody who will perform these legal procedures.  So, a woman, who often doesn’t have a lot of means to begin with, faces the additional burden of having to travel to another location to have that procedure performed.

As a woman, I find it the height of insult when listening to these extremists, decrying especially the procedure referred to as  ‘late-term abortion.’  This procedure is only performed in very rare instances, usually for medical reasons or when the life of the mother is on the line.  As someone who knows a woman who had to go through the ordeal of making that decision, then having it performed, and afterwards having to live with it, it deeply insults me to listen to these zealots. My friend faced the reality of very possibly not surviving the pregnancy because of a medical condition, if carrying the child to term.  So, before people pass judgment on others, there’s some food for thought…

Special mention belongs to the prominent public figures of that movement who have over many years incited violence with their hateful diatribes, and this includes radio and TV personalities and right-wing Republicans.  The entire  FOX  “News” channel, especially the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, have helped lay the foundation for violent acts by crazies like this guy, by constantly harping on that particular issue in hate filled speech, mentioning Dr Tiller by name, and dubbing him  ‘Dr. Tiller, the Baby Killer.’


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Sen. Jim Bunning, R-KY: Ignorance On Display

Senator Jim Bunning

Boy, why does it seem that every time Kentucky makes national political news, it has to do with the ignorance and idiocy of one or both of our Republican Senators who unfortunately are representing the good people of Kentucky in the US Senate?

Latest example, Sen. Jim Bunning, whose mental fitness was already in question during his last re-election campaign, because of some very odd and strange behavior, now has totally gone off the cliff.  In remarks over the weekend, for which he has apologized in the meantime, he affirmed his support for conservative judges by mentioning that one of the liberal judges on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is suffering from pancreatic cancer and Jim Bunning, with the charm he is known for, predicted her death before the year is out, and I quote  “Ruth Bader Ginsberg suffers from cancer…bad cancer…the kind you don’t get better from…the kind you don’t live past nine months…”

First of all, has he spent the time since election day in the Kentucky Hinterlands without access to any news coverage?  If so, will somebody please let him know that we have a new sheriff in town by the name of Barack Obama who is not about to appoint a conservative judge to the Supreme Court if a vacancy should open up, no matter how much the good senator from Kentucky loves conservative judges.

It is well known here in Kentucky, that Sen. Jim Bunning suffers from a lack of intellectual curiosity, and regularly displays the insensitivity of an unsophisticated putz.  I guess he just can’t help himself and feels the need to prove his critics right from time to time, and his latest comment certainly fits that bill.

Now, a little bird told me that the National Republican Party is really tired of Sen. Bunning’s escapades, ineffectiveness, and questionable mental fitness, and is trying to challenge his seat with another Republican when he is up for re-election in 2010.  That should make for an interesting spectacle and soap opera…

I just hope that the good people of Kentucky are finally embarrassed enough to elect a wonderful Democrat to represent us, somebody, we can actually be proud of, somebody like our Attorney General Jack Conway…

Jack Conway
KY Attorney General

And as far as Jim Bunning:  He suffers from ignorance…bad ignorance…the kind you don’t get better from…  🙂

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Letter To My Fellow White Women

Somebody told me the other day that some of you may consider voting for the Republican ticket this time, even though McCain/Palin stand opposed to everything that most of you believe in.  Maybe you’re disappointed that Hillary didn’t win the Democratic nomination or simply because McCain made a cynical decision to put a woman on the ticket.  I said, no, I just can’t believe that.  Women would not give up their core principles and risk four more years of another anti-woman presidency.  We’ve come too far to go back.

But, just in case you are wavering between voting for Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin, here are a few important points that should make your choice very easy:

1.  McCain/Palin are against a woman’s right to choose.  I repeat:  McCain/Palin are against “Choice.”  Obama/Biden are both pro-choice.  In Palin’s case (and she is the woman in this race), it’s even worse:  She is against a woman’s right to choose, even in case of incest or rape.  Just think this through for a minute.  If she had her way (and as vice president or president she will), a girl or woman whose pregnancy resulted from a rape or incest, would be forced to have that baby.
Now, why is this important?  The next president will nominate at a minimum three justices to the Supreme Court.  At this point, all of the justices in question are on the pro-choice side.  That means if McCain/Palin will be in the White House, those justices (according to McCain himself) will be very conservative and strict constructionists.  These are code words for turning back the clock on all the progress that has been made over the past generation on every issue, but especially will put a woman’s right to choose in jeopardy.  It is a scary prospect.  So, if you want to preserve that right for yourself and your daughter, you absolutely can not vote for McCain/Palin on that point alone.

2.  McCain/Palin are against equal pay for women doing the same work as their male counterparts.  Obama/Biden support equal pay.  Think about this:  We have been fighting for so long to get to that point eventually, but we’re still not quite there.  Right now, the average pay a woman receives is about 68% of her male counterpart’s salary doing exactly the same work.  Think about that:  McCain and Palin (the woman in this race) both support that and their policies will continue this injustice.  I wonder whether Palin would agree to be paid 68% of Cheney’s salary?   🙂  Obama and Biden will pursue policies that will narrow that gap and hopefully eventually close it.

3.  If you want to know what somebody will do, look at what they’ve done in the past.  We already know from their past actions, that Obama will be an advocate for women at every level and McCain will not.  But what about past actions by their VP picks?  As mayor of Wasilla, a town of a few thousand, Palin cut funds for rape kits.  As a result, a woman who was raped, was billed the amount (between $500 and $1,200) for a rape kit that was necessary to have a thorough examination after having gone through a horrifying and traumatizing event to begin with.  Just pause for a second and think about that.  This action alone shows that she is insensitive to the needs of women and will not be an advocate for them.  To give this an extra twist, Joe Biden presented a bill preventing towns like Wasilla from going forward with this practice.  Well, you ought to think that this should garner a 100-0 vote, but it didn’t, and who do you think was among the people opposing this law?  You guessed it:  John McCain.  You can’t make it up!  It’s just really, really sad.  By the way:  Joe Biden has been a staunch advocate for women throughout his entire career and that means he will continue to be as VP.  He was the author of the “Violence Against Women Act” which became law and was signed by President Clinton (another man), giving women who are victims of domestic violence rights that they didn’t have before.  That law alone has had a huge positive impact on a lot of women’s lives who find themselves in these terrible situations.

Here’s the bottom line:  Sometimes men just simply are the better advocates for women.   🙂

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Election 2008 — America’s Soul Is At Stake!

Okay, the most important election in a generation is upon us.  So, what’s at stake?  If you listen to McCain, it should be all about biography and personality.  So, I guess that means if you like his biography and personality, enjoyed the past eight years and want to have a serving of four more years, you absolutely have to vote for him and Miss  “Pitbull with Lipstick.”  If you listen to Obama, this election is about big things, like the direction of the country, the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, improving our standing in the world and the lives of everybody at every level.  So, if you had  ENOUGH  and know that we absolutely need to change the direction this country has been put on over the past eight years, you absolutely have to vote for Obama/Biden.

If you are still  “undecided”  (and I don’t even know how anybody still could be at this point with so much at stake), but okay, here is what this election is about:


Not only will we decide the direction of this country over the next four or eight years at least, but also the direction of the Supreme Court over the next generation.  The next president will appoint at a minimum three justices to the Supreme Court and they will have more influence on everybody’s daily life than almost anything or anybody else.  For a generation.  If nothing else has closed the deal for you so far to support Obama/Biden, think about what’s at stake:  All the progress that has been made over the past generation in improving people’s lives.  It’s simple as that.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that this election is not about big things.  It is.  It’s about


It’s that simple.  And now


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