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75 percent of Republican Senators support gang rape

Here's the story: As we all know, Bush's war in Iraq was fought by US soldiers supported by two big contractors -- Halliburton and KBR.

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. In an apparent attempt to cover up the incident, the company then put her in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” Even more insultingly, the DOJ resisted bringing any criminal charges in the matter. KBR argued that Jones’ employment contract warranted her claims being heard in private arbitration — without jury, judge, public record, or transcript of the proceedings. After 15 months in arbitration, Jones and her lawyers went to court to fight the KBR claims.

FINALLY -- in September 2009 -- four years after the gang rape -- a court ruled in favor of Jones.

Jones argued that the alleged gang rape was not related to her employment and thus, wasn’t covered by the arbitration agreement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2 to 1 ruling, found her alleged injuries were not, in fact, in any way related to her employment and thus, not covered by the contract.

One of the judges who ruled in her favor, Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, is a West Point grad, Vietnam vet, and one of the court’s most conservative members, a sign, perhaps, of just how bad the facts are in this case. It’s a big victory, but a bitter one that shows just how insidious mandatory arbitration is. It’s taken Jones three years of litigation just to get to the point where she can finally sue the people who allegedly wronged her. It will be many more years before she has a shot at any real justice.

So, you ask, what does this have to do with Republican Senators?

In October 2009 the Senate's newest member, Senator Al Franken (D, MN) introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriation Act, 2010 -- the legislation that approves the Dept of Defense budget. Here are the details:

S.Amdt. 2588 to H.R. 3326
(Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010)
Statement of Purpose: To prohibit the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims.

Franken's amendment, then, says that no money will go to any contractor who requires their employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment.

Jamie Leigh Jones tetified in favor of Franken's amendment, telling her horrible story.

The amendment passed by a 68 to 30 vote (two Senators absent, not voting).

ALL 30 "NAY" VOTES WERE CAST BY REPUBLICANS. Obviously, gang rape is okay with these assholes. Here's a list of the Republicans who support gang rape:

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Details here:
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00308

Not that it'll do any good but I'm sending a letter to each of these Repulicans telling them exactly what I think of them and their support of gang rape.

Is your local 7-11 run by undercover "radical Muslims?"

First, let's review how we got to this point.

Some time ago, a loony rightwinger -- David Gaubatz, a former Air Force investigator and Arabic speaker -- dispatched his son Chris to grow a beard and go undercover as a Muslim to obtain an internship at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Gaubatz has long warned about the threat of "radical Islamism" in the United States He also has claimed that he found Saddam's long-lost WMDs while in Iraq and has labeled Obama "Muslim" and a "self-admitted 'crack head.'"

Gaubatz's son returned from his undercover mission -- not surprisingly -- with PROOF that "radical muslims" are infiltrating the -- are you ready for this?? -- US CONGRESS by getting jobs as interns!!!! His claim was made in a -- get ready for this -- book published by -- WorldNutDaily!! Talk about a reliable source!!

Now, four completely wackadoodle Republikkkon Congresscritters have picked up on this claim and are demanding that the Congress be purged of these undercover, covert radical muslim infiltrators who have been slipped onto Congressional staffs by CAIR, who, by the way, is now receiving death threats.

They even have a list of names and they are calling for an investigation into a plot by:
" ... a Muslim advocacy group of trying to plant spies on Capitol Hill. "

Oh, wait a minute, no, they don't have a list -- but let's see who is the brain trust behind this effort?

Sue Myrick (R-NC), who recently said of domestic terror threats:
" Look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country. "

John Shadegg (R-AZ), who on Wednesday said that:
" ... what we’re really getting here is we’re not just getting single-payer care. We’re getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet-style gulag health care. "

Paul Broun (R-GA), whose most recent claim to fame was saying:
" We’ve got a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution and one of those sits in the speaker’s chair of the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi. "

Trent Franks (R-AZ), who said last month that the President of the United States:
" ... has no place in any station of government, and we need to realize that he's an enemy of humanity. "

In other words, the loonie tunes, whack-a-doodle, teabaggers disguised as sane people prowling the halls of Congress.

We don't need an investigation -- what we really need is mental health screening for anyone bearing the Republikkkon label.

Meanwhile, you might want to avoid your local 7-Eleven!

"Revenue Neutral," no deficit ??

Let's see if I understand this:

-- If we want to bail out Wall Street genuises who crashed our financial system, we can run up huge deficits to do so.

-- If we want to tell over 900 lies to start a war against a nation that does not threaten us, we can pay for the war with huge deficit spending that will be with us for generations.

BUT -- if we want to ensure that all Americans have access to health care, we can't run a deficit for that.

Funny how the Republikkkon mind works. Or not.

I FOUND IT !!! The Republican Party's Health Insurance Reform Plan

Here it is, folks !!!

After much searching and digging and research, I have found the Complete, Unabridged Republican Plan for Health Insurance Reform -- it's even for sale at Amazon.com.

Here's a link:

http://tinyurl.com/ygs372f

Connect these dots: Rush Limbaugh; Viagra; and the child sex trade

Back in the days following the 9-11-2009 attacks on the US, there was a lot of talk about "failure to connect the dots" among people who believed that, had US intelligence and law enforcement agencies been talking with each other and sharing information, someone somewhere would have put together enough pieces of the puzzle -- or connected enough dots -- to have prevented the 9-11 attacks.

In the same vein, let's connect these dots:

Dot #1: Rush Limbaugh

Dot #2: Viagra

Dot #3: The Dominican Republic and the child sex trade.


Dots #1 and #2 come from this article:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0706062rush1.html

Rush Limbaugh's Dominican Stag Party

29 Viagra pills, two "24" producers among radio star's all-male crew

JULY 6, 2006--

Rush Limbaugh was traveling with four other men--including the producers of the hit show "24"--when he was detained over a mislabeled bottle of Viagra found in his luggage during a Customs search.

A Department of Homeland security passenger manifest shows that Limbaugh and his four buddies flew from the Dominican Republic on a Gulfstream IV jet owned by Premiere Radio Networks, which syndicates his radio program.

Limbaugh returned to Palm Beach, Florida on June 26 with Joel Surnow, "24"'s co-creator and executive producer and Howard Gordon, another of the Fox hit's executive producers (Hollywood agent Jeffrey Benson was also part of the Limbaugh quintet).

With all those guys in tow, it is unclear what Limbaugh needed with those 29 100mg Viagra pills. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0706062rush2.html

The passenger manifest was among several documents released today by the Palm Beach County State's Attorney in response to a TSG open records request.

Included in the material released were a copy of the handwritten statement Limbaugh provided investigators after he was detained upon the discovery of the impotency drug. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0706062rush3.html

An affidavit sworn three days later by Limbaugh was also released. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0706062rush4.html

In that document, Limbaugh explains that the Viagra "was intended for my exclusive use" and that the drug had been prescribed in the name of his drug treatment doctor, Steven Strumwasser, "to further maintain and protect my privacy."
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And Dot #3 can be found here:

Dominican Republic? Say, wait a minute, isn't that where.......
http://www.stopdemand.org/afawcs0112878/ID=32/newsdetails.html

PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic --

It's being called Canada's Thailand.

A pervert's paradise where children as young as 12 are being sold into prostitution -- usually by a family member looking to cash in on the pink-tanned turistas and their appetite for sun, sand and sex.

Many of the children in the sex trade here are used and abused by wealthy locals while a growing number serve as sex slaves for even wealthier foreigners.

They are sex tourists who spend more on a trip to the Caribbean than most Dominicans make in a year.

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Hmmmm. How about those dots?

Stupifyingly stupid -- unbelievably stupid -- and they are proud of being stupid

As we all know by now, "Conservapedia" -- the brainchild (??) of Phyllis Schlafly's son, is sponsoring a project to re-translate the bible to remove all "liberal bias" therefrom.

Conservapedia is supposed to be a wikipedia for conservatives and is advertised as being an excellent resource for homeschoolers to use so as to avoid the "liberal bias" in other online sources. Okay if you want your kids to remain ignorant -- which seems to be the goal of biblethumpers and holyrollers.

Well, back to the original topic.

The "Conservative Bible Project" can be found here:
http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project

Here is a quote from the "project" in which three examples of "liberal bias" are cited.

-- quote from http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project

First Example - Liberal Falsehood

The earliest, most authentic manuscripts lack this verse set forth at Luke 23:34:[7]

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

Is this a liberal corruption of the original? This does not appear in any other Gospel, and the simple fact is that some of the persecutors of Jesus did know what they were doing. This quotation is a favorite of liberals but should not appear in a conservative Bible.

Second Example - Dishonestly Shrewd

At Luke 16:8, the NIV describes an enigmatic parable in which the "master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly." But is "shrewdly", which has connotations of dishonesty, the best term here? Being dishonestly shrewd is not an admirable trait.

The better conservative term, which became available only in 1851, is "resourceful". The manager was praised for being "resourceful", which is very different from dishonesty. Yet not even the ESV, which was published in 2001, contains a single use of the term "resourceful" in its entire translation of the Bible.

Third Example - Socialism

Socialistic terminology permeates English translations of the Bible, without justification. This improperly encourages the "social justice" movement among Christians.

For example, the conservative word "volunteer" is mentioned only once in the ESV, yet the socialistic word "comrade" is used three times, "laborer(s)" is used 13 times, "labored" 15 times, and "fellow" (as in "fellow worker") is used 55 times.
-- end quote

Now, let's examine these examples of "liberal bias."

According to the biblical account, while Jesus was being crucified, he asked god to forgive his killers -- ""Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." According to Conservapedia, this passage appears in only one of the four gospels, and, some of the people crucifying him knew what they were doing, so, this passage is a liberal invention.

Got that? I know -- the reasoning escapes me, too, but remember -- we aren't dealing with really bright people here.

The point of this passage is NOT that some of the people crucifying Jesus knew what they were doing. The point is that Jesus forgave even his killers. Of course, the rightwingnutters,

biblethumpers, and holyrollers who are behind the "conservative bible project" can't have Jesus appear to be forgiving -- they want to slay their enemies and pray for President Obama to die -- so -- let's wipe out all evidence of Jesus's forgiving nature.

I can't wait to see what they say about this passage from Matthew, Chapter 18:

" 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. "

Oh, wait -- I see -- more liberal bias, what with the math involved and all.

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Now, let's check out their second example of "liberal bias."

A lying, cheating, stealing overseer is described as being "shrewd." The "conservative bible project" doesn't like the word shrewd because -- according to them -- the word connotes "dishonesty." Instead, let's use "resourceful."

Let's see -- resourceful -- as in firing your workers then hiring them back as contract employees so you don't have to give them bennies and can pay them lower salaries. That's resourceful.

I see where they are going with this one.

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Finally, we have their third example:

" Socialistic terminology permeates English translations of the Bible, without justification. This improperly encourages the "social justice" movement among Christians. "

"Socialistic" words such as "comrade," "laborer," "labored," and "fellow" are to be banned from the conservative bible?

Goddam, but it's gonna be a lot of fun when they get around to removing the "liberal bias" from such passages as Matthew, Chapter 5, where we find this socialist, liberal nonsense:

-- quote

Matthew, Chapter 5

1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
2and he began to teach them saying:
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . .

-- end quote

The ignorance of these people knows no bounds. None.

Time for John "Tanning Bed" Boehner to hear the truth

Few days ago, John "Tan In a Can" Boehner made the following asinine comment (oh, wait -- he's a Republikkkon -- you expected something different?) :


-- quote



I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration. I've not talked to one and I get to a lot of places. I've not had anyone come up to me -- I know I'm inviting them -- and lobby for the public option.



-- end quote


Aside from the fact that he would have to live in a very sterile bubble to avoid meeting anyone in favor of a public option, it's time for action.


SEND BOEHNER A TWEET SUPPORTING A PUBLIC OPTION.


Here's his Twitter address:
@GOPLeader


Let him have it -- 140 characters at a time.

Michele Bachman proves -- again -- she's the dumbest person in the entire world

Ben Bernanke testified in Congress yesterday about upcoming financial regulation measures.

Bernanke stated that increased transparency won’t do the trick — you have to straight-up ban certain financial instruments, starting with, say, the ones where lenders throw trillions of dollars of credit at random borrowers without so much as even asking their names.

Several members of the committee asked Bernanke questions about financial regulation, stimulus, and other relevant matters.

Then came time for Michele Bachmann to speak.

She got right to the heart of the matter: "What are you going to do about ACORN, and is there going to be a New Global Currency in the making?"

The other members of the committee pounded their heads on their desks while Bernanke tried to take the questions seriously.

If you like watching stupid people act stupid, watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sn3LcV59z4