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Much hay has been made of Idaho State Representative and knuckle-dragging jagoff Vito Barbieri, and his question during hearings concerning a bill to ban video medical consults for prescribing abortifacient drugs:

Barbieri asked: “Can this same procedure then be done in a pregnancy? Swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is?”

Madsen said no, because when women swallow pills, those don’t go to their vaginas.


The question looks idiotic, because pretty much everyone knows that babies don't come from the GI tract. In the short run, it served its purpose, which was to win cheap points against a witness against the bill. Fortunately, thanks to social media and military-grade snark, the forces against this bill have been able to paint Barbieri as a moron who doesn't know his cock from his asshole. To you, I say: well done, Internets.

Of course, we who seek truth know that Barbieri knows damned good and well Where Babies Come From. What I really want to know from Barbieri is (a) whether he really thinks he's helping to improve the quality of women's health care, (b) whether his actual goal is to prevent abortions, (c) whether he gives a god damn about unintended pregnancies, (d) whether he and his fellow Republicans have considered scientifically proven methods to reduce unintended pregnancies like cheap and easily available birth control, (e) whether he's more concerned about good public policy or enforcing some idiot sky-god's moral code. I'm pretty sure I know the answers to all five (no, yes, not really, hell no, sky-god in a slam dunk); but I'd like him to at least think about it.

By the way, I have no doubt what he did is enormously popular with is constituents. Idaho's 2nd LD has a lot of natural beauty. It's also one scary fucking place for liberals.
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Six years ago I started the blog "The Pill Saves Lives" to record the stories of women whose lives were saved -- literally or otherwise -- by birth control pills. This was in reaction to the American Life League's "The Pill Kills" day. I had big dreams, but the blog was never touched again after the first day...until yesterday when Jackie emailed me her story. You can read her story here.

Jackie reached out to me for a reason. It turns out that the pro-life movement is back at it, this time trying to promote #ThePillKills on social media. There is, of course, a counter-movement to promote #ThePillSaves. I've decided to promote the old blog again --- now with some new content --- to highlight the ways that the pill has made people's lives better.
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Well then!

Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.


Rekers hired his escort via Rentboy.com. As Joe points out, Rekers is one of the leaders of NARTH, an organization to promote Reparative Therapy, a huge scam that purports to "cure" people of their homosexuality. He is also a co-founder of the Family Research Council.

This kinda thing is getting almost routine.
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Well then!

Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.


Rekers hired his escort via Rentboy.com. As Joe points out, Rekers is one of the leaders of NARTH, an organization to promote Reparative Therapy, a huge scam that purports to "cure" people of their homosexuality. He is also a co-founder of the Family Research Council.

This kinda thing is getting almost routine.
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One of the big realizations inside the Democratic Party is that the Left is getting creamed on so-called "values issues," because the GOP has figured out how to talk to white protestants and the Dems haven't. That's not to say that religious voters always go Rethug -- after all, African-American Christians go Democratic by anywhere between ten to one and twenty to one over the GOP. Even so, the single strongest correlation that we can find that determines how one votes is whether one attends Church regularly.

The Democrats, in a fit of framing, decided that it's time to start talking to Christians directly; and who better to do that than Barack Obama, who had his own Born Again experience in a church on Chicago's South Side? So he gave a speech at the Call for Renewal conference. (Go read it, it's important.) This speech has been lambasted by progressive bloggers who apparently have completely forgotten where the values of the progressive movement came from. (Civil rights? SANE/FREEZE? Those were powered by churches, folks, much more so than by advocacy groups like NAACP.) To my mind, this lack of understanding marks one of the significant differences, politically, between African-Americans and White Progressives. To White Progressives, the Christian Left seems odd and novel; to African-Americans, it's basic and obvious. Advantage, negroes.

The problem is, Senator Obama is still basically stuck in the secular progressive mindset, as shrieking theofascist Albert Mohler points out on his blog:

So, after encouraging believers to bring their convictions into the public square, Sen. Obama now tells them to keep such convictions to themselves, at least when it comes to any matter of public policy.

When the senator demands that any policy proposal be couched in an argument from secular principle -- "some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those of no faith at all" -- he is institutionalizing secularism. This is the same kind of argument heard from academics like Robert Audi and the late John Rawls.

But this is also demanding the impossible. Sen. Obama seems to believe in the myth of a universal reason and rationality that will be compelling to all persons of all faiths, including those of no faith at all. Such principles do not exist in any specific form usable for the making of public policy on, for example, matters of life and death like abortion and human embryo research.

This is secularism with a smile -- offered in the form of an invitation for believers to show up, but then only to be allowed to make arguments that are not based in their deepest beliefs


Sounds like Mohler has figured out Senator Obama's kryptonite, and the kryptonite of most of the embryotic Religious Left: he believes that all people hold fundamentally the same beliefs. Let me assure you folks that this is not true, and I know this from my own struggle with Thelema. When most people's highest morality is humble-self sacrifice, and your own highest morality is rising from the mud to achieve Godhood, there is a conflict that can't just be papered over. People won't stand for it. If you don't believe me, look at what my presence is doing to Street Prophets.

So Mohler has figured out Obama's kryptonite. What Mohler doesn't realize (yet) is that this same kryptonite applies to the theofascists. After all, it's okay to legislate in such a way that your values get shoved down the throats of an unaccepting public if you assume that we're all fundamentally the same, modulo some theological discipline. Once you realize that we're not fundamentally the same -- that there are differences in culture, aptitude, dedication, devotion and achivement that make us inherently unequal -- then the cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all dogma of the Christian Right just doesn't cut it anymore. And at that point, the Christian Right doesn't have the keys to anything that's universally useful, unless you count the bathroom door.

As I stated earlier, I think trying to revive the Christian Left is a lost cause; the progressive Christianity that inspired Bryant and MLK has been fractured, and the pieces that are left over are tearing themselves to shreds. (Just take a look at the Anglicans and you'll see what I mean). But I could be wrong, and if I am, then Barack Obama will probably be the person who proves me wrong. He took a clumsy first step this last week, and got egg on his face in the process. I personally hope his next step will be a little more sure -- and a little more well-founded.
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One of the big realizations inside the Democratic Party is that the Left is getting creamed on so-called "values issues," because the GOP has figured out how to talk to white protestants and the Dems haven't. That's not to say that religious voters always go Rethug -- after all, African-American Christians go Democratic by anywhere between ten to one and twenty to one over the GOP. Even so, the single strongest correlation that we can find that determines how one votes is whether one attends Church regularly.

The Democrats, in a fit of framing, decided that it's time to start talking to Christians directly; and who better to do that than Barack Obama, who had his own Born Again experience in a church on Chicago's South Side? So he gave a speech at the Call for Renewal conference. (Go read it, it's important.) This speech has been lambasted by progressive bloggers who apparently have completely forgotten where the values of the progressive movement came from. (Civil rights? SANE/FREEZE? Those were powered by churches, folks, much more so than by advocacy groups like NAACP.) To my mind, this lack of understanding marks one of the significant differences, politically, between African-Americans and White Progressives. To White Progressives, the Christian Left seems odd and novel; to African-Americans, it's basic and obvious. Advantage, negroes.

The problem is, Senator Obama is still basically stuck in the secular progressive mindset, as shrieking theofascist Albert Mohler points out on his blog:

So, after encouraging believers to bring their convictions into the public square, Sen. Obama now tells them to keep such convictions to themselves, at least when it comes to any matter of public policy.

When the senator demands that any policy proposal be couched in an argument from secular principle -- "some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those of no faith at all" -- he is institutionalizing secularism. This is the same kind of argument heard from academics like Robert Audi and the late John Rawls.

But this is also demanding the impossible. Sen. Obama seems to believe in the myth of a universal reason and rationality that will be compelling to all persons of all faiths, including those of no faith at all. Such principles do not exist in any specific form usable for the making of public policy on, for example, matters of life and death like abortion and human embryo research.

This is secularism with a smile -- offered in the form of an invitation for believers to show up, but then only to be allowed to make arguments that are not based in their deepest beliefs


Sounds like Mohler has figured out Senator Obama's kryptonite, and the kryptonite of most of the embryotic Religious Left: he believes that all people hold fundamentally the same beliefs. Let me assure you folks that this is not true, and I know this from my own struggle with Thelema. When most people's highest morality is humble-self sacrifice, and your own highest morality is rising from the mud to achieve Godhood, there is a conflict that can't just be papered over. People won't stand for it. If you don't believe me, look at what my presence is doing to Street Prophets.

So Mohler has figured out Obama's kryptonite. What Mohler doesn't realize (yet) is that this same kryptonite applies to the theofascists. After all, it's okay to legislate in such a way that your values get shoved down the throats of an unaccepting public if you assume that we're all fundamentally the same, modulo some theological discipline. Once you realize that we're not fundamentally the same -- that there are differences in culture, aptitude, dedication, devotion and achivement that make us inherently unequal -- then the cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all dogma of the Christian Right just doesn't cut it anymore. And at that point, the Christian Right doesn't have the keys to anything that's universally useful, unless you count the bathroom door.

As I stated earlier, I think trying to revive the Christian Left is a lost cause; the progressive Christianity that inspired Bryant and MLK has been fractured, and the pieces that are left over are tearing themselves to shreds. (Just take a look at the Anglicans and you'll see what I mean). But I could be wrong, and if I am, then Barack Obama will probably be the person who proves me wrong. He took a clumsy first step this last week, and got egg on his face in the process. I personally hope his next step will be a little more sure -- and a little more well-founded.
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HPV, a vaccine that is 100% effective at preventing several types of cervical cancer, is a rubber stamp away from approval for widespread distribution.

This time, by the way, the vaccine has the support of the theofascists at the Family Research Council. You might recall that, a year ago, they opposed HPV on the grounds that it might tempt people to have wonton sex.

This time, they support the HPV because it prevents cancer, but adds:

"The HPV vaccine does not, in any circumstances, negate or substitute God's plan for sexuality ..."


Well then, glad y'all have that figured out.
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HPV, a vaccine that is 100% effective at preventing several types of cervical cancer, is a rubber stamp away from approval for widespread distribution.

This time, by the way, the vaccine has the support of the theofascists at the Family Research Council. You might recall that, a year ago, they opposed HPV on the grounds that it might tempt people to have wonton sex.

This time, they support the HPV because it prevents cancer, but adds:

"The HPV vaccine does not, in any circumstances, negate or substitute God's plan for sexuality ..."


Well then, glad y'all have that figured out.
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Her latest contribution to the world of snark: Supercute Summer Fashion Guide for Good Girls. Just the thing you need to prepare your daughter for her Purity Ball.
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Her latest contribution to the world of snark: Supercute Summer Fashion Guide for Good Girls. Just the thing you need to prepare your daughter for her Purity Ball.
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Today's mandatory bit of DailyKos reading is this diary, wherein we discuss an interesting phenomenon in the anti-abortion movement: loudly and stridently anti-abortion people who, despite their rhetoric, really want the choice available to them anyway, and will often bend and break their own moral codes to justify it.

This isn't exactly news to those of us who have been in the pro-choice movement for some time; in fact, the first documented evidence I saw of this comes from ten years ago, and I have un-documented evidence (anecdotes from friends and loved ones) that go back further. The use of herbs that induce abortions goes back to ancient times (although it's generally very dangerous compared to RU486 or D&C), which tells us, in part, that this is a choice that women have been making, legally or illegally, since the dawn of time.
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Today's mandatory bit of DailyKos reading is this diary, wherein we discuss an interesting phenomenon in the anti-abortion movement: loudly and stridently anti-abortion people who, despite their rhetoric, really want the choice available to them anyway, and will often bend and break their own moral codes to justify it.

This isn't exactly news to those of us who have been in the pro-choice movement for some time; in fact, the first documented evidence I saw of this comes from ten years ago, and I have un-documented evidence (anecdotes from friends and loved ones) that go back further. The use of herbs that induce abortions goes back to ancient times (although it's generally very dangerous compared to RU486 or D&C), which tells us, in part, that this is a choice that women have been making, legally or illegally, since the dawn of time.
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You are a firefighter in a burning building. Before you is a screaming, terrified two-year-old, trapped in a corner and suffering from serious smoke inhalation. To your right is a steel door to a laboratory where there are twenty (20) blastocysts in test tubes. You can save the test tubes or you can save the two-year-old, but your years of experience and training tell you that there's not enough time to do both. What do you do?

There's more! )
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You are a firefighter in a burning building. Before you is a screaming, terrified two-year-old, trapped in a corner and suffering from serious smoke inhalation. To your right is a steel door to a laboratory where there are twenty (20) blastocysts in test tubes. You can save the test tubes or you can save the two-year-old, but your years of experience and training tell you that there's not enough time to do both. What do you do?

There's more! )
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I'm sure most of you have heard about South Dakota's law banning abortion in all cases except where necessary for the mother's health.

But did you hear about a bill in Tennessee that would force a woman to notify the man who got her pregnant of her intent to abort?

You can read the House and Senate versions of the bill here and here.

If you value your right to choose, you'd better goddamn well get active -- right now.
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I'm sure most of you have heard about South Dakota's law banning abortion in all cases except where necessary for the mother's health.

But did you hear about a bill in Tennessee that would force a woman to notify the man who got her pregnant of her intent to abort?

You can read the House and Senate versions of the bill here and here.

If you value your right to choose, you'd better goddamn well get active -- right now.
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The results of Terri Schaivo's autopsy are in:

An autopsy on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused.

...

He said she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth as her parents' requested.

"Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not," Thogmartin told reporters.


So there was a lot of noise for no good reason. Pity.

He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead."


She was blind, eh? Bill Frist was certainly fooled: he said clearly that she was responding to visual stimuli. Clearly, Dr. Frist was dead wrong.

Could therapy have helped her? Apparently not:

Thogmartin said that Schiavo's brain was about half of its expected size when she died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.

"The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain," he said. "This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."


This settles the argument, but really it doesn't mean anyone will get any peace. People are going to believe whatever the hell they believe regardless of the scientific evidence, and so the controversey will rage on.
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The results of Terri Schaivo's autopsy are in:

An autopsy on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused.

...

He said she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth as her parents' requested.

"Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not," Thogmartin told reporters.


So there was a lot of noise for no good reason. Pity.

He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead."


She was blind, eh? Bill Frist was certainly fooled: he said clearly that she was responding to visual stimuli. Clearly, Dr. Frist was dead wrong.

Could therapy have helped her? Apparently not:

Thogmartin said that Schiavo's brain was about half of its expected size when she died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.

"The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain," he said. "This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."


This settles the argument, but really it doesn't mean anyone will get any peace. People are going to believe whatever the hell they believe regardless of the scientific evidence, and so the controversey will rage on.

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