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WHO’S FRENCH NOW?

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

WHO’S FRENCH NOW?

Karen Hughes

2004 Better Things To Do on Election Day

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

2004 Better Things To Do on Election Day

… Than vote for George W. Bush.

Dear Pennsylvania Conservatives,

As you know by now, Pat Toomey fell to Arlen Specter yesterday.

Thanks, in part to the meddling of the President in your state’s election. What happened to the promises of state sovereignty and trusting the people. Your President has betrayed you. Now, I’m not suggesting you vote for John Kerry (I mean c’mon who wants to vote for John Kerry). However, it’s time to send President Bush a message. He has turned his back on fiscal conservatism, his administration thinks it’s ok for your jobs, not only to be shipped overseas, but also to be filled by illegal immigrants.
Enough is enough.
He wants to persuade the “swing voters” so much, let them re-elect him in November. You stay home with your kids, and your bible and your guns.
Look, don’t worry Kerry can’t win — no matter what — however, if you sit this one out, Bush’s victory margin will be small enough that the RNC will hear your anger loud and clear.
You will be taken seriously and once again have a hand in shaping your party which has been hijacked by these “moderates.”
So this is my call — let’s come up with 2004 better things to do with your election day than vote for Geroge W. Bush.
(I got a two-letter suggestion: WB).
Show President Bush what happens to “middle-of-the-roaders.”

Secret Service Investigates Fifteen-year-old Artist

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Secret Service Investigates Fifteen-year-old Artist

High Schooler’s artwork considered “a threat to the President.”

There is a phrase for this.

Sick Sad World

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Sick Sad World

Doing some research this afternoon I came across this case, Stagl v. Delta Airlines, 52 F.3d 463. Here are the relevant background facts.

“1993, Mrs. Stagl, then 77 years old, was a passenger on a Delta flight from Orlando, Florida to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The plane was delayed for approximately one-half hour, and Mrs. Stagl noted that upon its arrival in New York the passengers were visibly upset. …. Mrs. Stagl describes the Delta terminal as “bedlam.” According to her, “people were crowded around the baggage carousel and everyone seemed in a hurry to get out of the airport.” Moreover, they were “rowdy and unruly, pushing and shoving each other, grabbing their luggage from the moving carousel by whatever means possible.”
….

In an attempt to reclaim her own belongings, Mrs. Stagl made her way to the “front rank” of the throng surrounding the baggage carousel. Apparently, an unidentified man to one side of her reached across the conveyor belt, grabbed his satchel with great force, and unwittingly triggered a domino effect. His bag collided with another’s suitcase, which, in turn, fell off the carousel, toppling Mrs. Stagl. As a result, she suffered a broken hip.

Did everyone laugh at the picture of the little old lady crushed by domino suitcases? You know, kinda like the Wicked Witch of the West with her ruby-slippered feet sticking out from under the house? hahahahahhahahahahaha
No? Eh, maybe they’re right and it’s just me.

Now, there’s a broken hip in my future.

Aw man.

California Governor Wins Women’s Group Award

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

California Governor Wins Women’s Group Award

His wife praises his compassion.
That’s great, Maria. But I think it’s his affection that people had a problem with.

SO ME

Monday, April 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

SO ME

I am officially adding this to my wish list.

What do you mean you didn’t know I had a wish list?

MORE THAN TEN MINUTES FROM NORMAL

Monday, April 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

MORE THAN TEN MINUTES FROM NORMAL

Karen Hughes thinks pro-choice is pro-terror.

Good thing she doesn’t speak for the President anymore.

Right To Live

Sunday, April 25th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Right To Live

Today 100,000 marched in Washington in support of abortion rights.
Last week, Dick Cheney outlined the President’s position on the issue: “Bush supports abortion only in cases of rape or incest when a woman’s life is endangered.” He said it was about protecting the weakest members of our society.
But the rationale and the ultimate position seem incompatible.
“Hello there little fetus deserving to be born, we are going to murder you because your father is also your grandfather.”
“Yeah, I know you’re an innocent little fetus, but we’ve got to execute you because your father raped your mother in an alley.”
It’s curious. Either abortion is murder of an innocent little fetus deserving of every protection or it ain’t. There’s no sometimes or exceptions. No, the only way the President’s position makes sense, or the position of many so-called pro-lifers, is if abortions are candy-colored treats to be doled out only to deserving women.
I know women who had abortions because the fertilized egg was lodged in the fallopian tubes and if left to grow, would be certain death for it and the mother. No rape, no incest, sorry no abortion. However, may I show you some lovely caskets in which you can spend the afterlife.
Contrary to the straw woman built up by the anti-abortionists, most women who have had the procedure weren’t hoping for a preganancy just so they could have an abortion.
“woo hoo, the stick is blue, now I get to have another abortion! To Planned Parenthood and step on it!)”
They are like my cousin who got preganant at 14, by her first boyfriend who threatened to dump her for her best friend if she wouldn’t sleep with him. No rape, no incest, sorry. Chin up though, you and your kid can have one of those “my mom is my best friend relationships.”
No, after weighing her options, she had an abortion.
A baby should be a welcome, wonderful experience — not some punishment devised to scare girls into abstinence. (That’s what STDs are for, Duh.)
Look, I am all for adoption and teenage moms (if that’s what they and their families want), but I don’t see how anyone can believe that women should be forced to undertake either of those huge responsibilities. I certainly don’t believe every woman pregnant by rape or incest or with a life threatening pregancy should be forced to have an abortion. That too is a great responsibility.
I don’t know if a fetus feels pain or at which point fertilized cells even become fetuses. (Does the President also oppose the morning after pill? Jury’s still out.) (FYI, the Catholic Church believes that life starts in the sperm. Think about that before casually flipping through the Victoria Secret catalog in your mom’s bathroom…) But I do know that there are lines being drawn here that seek to limit the amount and quality of health care available to women, and that is point blank unconstitional and morally wrong. The only unquestioned life in-being, that feels pain and loss and suffers, is the women in question and she should be allowed to live her life. An abortion is often necessary for the physical, if not mental, well-being of the preganant woman. She should not have to make some worthiness showing in order to get it. (Should only married men receive Viagra or Cialis?)
Women’s health care and now, criminal law are the only realms in which reasonable people endow fertilized cells with these kinds of rights (Actually, given the Bush administration’s stance on stem-cell research, the effects will be felt in all medical and scientific fields.) Airlines don’t charge preganant women for a fetus ticket. You can’t get a fetus-credit on your tax returns. Fetuses don’t have social security numbers. Even the Catholic Church will not baptize a woman’s belly. There is something about that first gulp of air, that first blood-curdling wail that tells us a new life has begun.
You want to protect the weakest members of society? Protect babies? Great, excellent. Let’s start with allowing women to have longer paid maternity leaves. Give states and cities more money for social workers to keep better track of foster children. Fully fund Head Start.
You want to prevent people from killing their babies, let’s work to remove the stigma from psychiatry and encourage anyone who needs it to get free mental health care, so that moms suffering from PPD don’t drown little ones in tubs and fathers struggling to cope with the burdens of child rearing don’t shake little Timmy to death.
Tired of babies dying?
How about paying for dedicated researchers to cure SID, juvenile diabetes, cancer, muscular dystrophy?
Too much? Too hard? Yeah, it’s much easier painting bloody fetuses on placards and screaming about the rights of the unborn.
Well, that’s life.

DECIDEDLY HALF FULL

Friday, April 23rd, 2004 by Dawn Summers

DECIDEDLY HALF FULL

“About 50 percent of the security forces that we’ve built over the past year stood tall and stood firm,” Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, said. “About 40 percent walked off the job because they were intimidated. And about 10 percent actually worked against us.”

More here.

Overhead

Friday, April 23rd, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Overhead

Girl: I ain’t going back there.

Boy: But, sweetie it was just your first day.

Girl: First and Last.

Boy: How are you going to get paid, if you don’t go back?

Girl: F*ck that. She can take that check and shove it up her cervix.