The Lunatics Run the Asylum

Richard Lugar

Dick Lugar’s ouster as senator of Indiana marks the beginning of the end of this Republican party. He lost by nearly 20 points–well over 100,000 votes–in a primary…in Indiana.  It was a blowout.  You couldn’t fit the difference in an NFL stadium.

He lost to Indiana state treasurer, Tea Party extremist, and 3-time congressional seat loser, Richard Mourdock.  Mr. Mourdock is a liiitle bit out there.  He defines bipartisanship as “Democrats coming around to the Republican point-of-view.” (If you’re a Republican, imagine a Democrat saying the reverse of that.)  He pledges no compromise on anything at any time for any reason.

He is an automatic candidate for 2012 Fool of the Year–and he may still be a 4-time congressional seat also-ran.  He is extremely vulnerable in the general election.  Obama won in Indiana in 2008.

Lugar was the longest-sitting Republican in the senate.  He’s a mainstream conservative.  He’s respected among his peers.  He had status.  He chaired committees.  He specialized in foreign policy and arms control.  He would consistently beat Democratic challengers by 30 points in general elections, in a purple state (he won his 2006 senate race by over 70 points.  70!).  He was 80 years old and very near the end of his career.

So why couldn’t the Tea party crowd wait to give him the boot?  It wasn’t because he was too entrenched (which he was) or that he was out of touch with voters (which he wasn’t, nationally speaking).  He went down to defeat because he is one of the few Republicans willing to cross party lines (on rare occasions) and work with Democrats to get substantive things done.  Specifically, he worked with Barrack Obama to help prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of despotic regimes and terrorist organizations.

Not even Tea-Baggers are against locking down nukes.  Right?  Right?  Wrong.  Lugar committed the deadly and unforgivable sin of working with Barrack Obama for any reason, even a noble one.  Because to these whack-jobs Barrack Obama’s divine logos inverts that of God Almighty: a thing is evil because Obama says it is good.

Senator-elect and 2012 Fool of the Year nominee, Richard Mourdock

Super-PAC groups like the NRA and Freedom Works buttressed Mourdock with oodles of money and propelled him into victory on the pledge that he will never compromise.   This would push the Senate toward the same sort of intractable gridlock currently paralyzing the House of Representatives.

The general electorate tends not to favor people like Mourdock whose mindsets make the government even more ineffective.  He’s is the kind of guy who thinks programs like Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.  And he promises, as senator of Indiana, to stand in uncompromising opposition to the president Indiana voted for in 2008.

It’s a key element of the divide between the extremists controlling the Republican party and the rest of America.  It is the kind of disconnection that dooms the party to failure.  Mainstream conservatives will look elsewhere–albeit not to Barrack Obama–if their needs aren’t being met by the Republican party.  They’ve proven it.  In conjunction with extreme positions on women’s reproductive rights, immigration, corporate subsidies, tax cuts for the rich, and LGBT marriage rights they’re pushing away all but a small minority of closed-minded Americans.

So please spare us the false equivalencies.  This is something that is happening in the Republican party.    And it’s something they need to deal with.  Otherwise, it’s a recipe for failure now and in the long term.

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Finally, A Loophole For Rapists!

Virginia State Senate Motto

As we all know, one of the biggest challenges we face as a society is coming up with a socially, and more importantly, legally acceptable excuse for raping a woman.

American juries consistently find the ever popular excuses she was asking for it or she wanted it irreconcilable in lieu of subsequent events, despite a woman’s dress, reputation, or behavior at the time. (Damn libs.)

Furthermore, the excuse that she don’t listen–while often true–is inexplicably regarded as insufficient cause for engaging in the forced penetration of an unwilling female.

In a perfect world, the truly free rapist would not have to resort to such harsh tactics as threats, intimidation, brutal violence, and murder.  Issues surrounding uppity women and male inadequacy could be resolved in a simple display of physical dominance.  Without shaming, without public mockery.  No more fleeing prosecution or fending off advances from amorous cellmates for exercising your God-given right to express your sexual superiority.  (I mean, can 20,000 years of human history be wrong?)

Well, fret no longer.

The ambitious and enlightened senators of the Virginia legislature have shown us the way.  In January, the Virginia State Senate passed a law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound.  In other words, before she can get a abortion–which is her legal right–she must be penetrated–with or without her consent–by an ultrasound wand in a procedure that serves no medical purpose whatsoever.  The legislators’ justification?  The women have it coming.  According to a Virginia legislator forced to speak on condition of anonimity, women seeking abortions, “consented to being penetrated when they got pregnant.”

Virginia State Legislature's Punishment for Harlotry

There’s the rub.  (And the Marquis De Sade himself couldn’t have said it any better.)

Rape can at least partially be defined as penetration without consent.  If consent is negated by previously engaging in sexual intercourse, every non-virgin woman is fair game!  (Sure, the strict Constitutionalists may demand impregnation as a stipulation, but Rick Santorum has some innovative ideas on precisely when life begins that should provide lots of wiggle room.  Besides, in the first trimester you can’t really tell.)

So, three cheers for the Virginia legislature.  *Sniff!* They’re all growns up and doing the rapists proud.

Now, throw that ski-mask and that duct tape in your backpack and get out there!

Happy hunting.

(Transvaginal ultrasound image from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM04391.  Misogyny image from: http://www.noethics.net/News/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1594:2010-oscar-nominees-for-best-performance-as-a-judicial-misogynist-&catid=186:academy-award-winners&Itemid=103.  Unified bitch theory image from: http://www.gandalf23.com/?m=200709&paged=2.)

Republicans Hate Women

Incendiary assertion?

Here’s the proof:

How on earth do you justify this? Fundamentalism is second only to corporatism in threatening the progress of America.  (Man, I feel a rant coming on…)