Posts tagged hypocrisy
Posts tagged hypocrisy
The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic, "In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people"
"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life." — Catechism of the Catholic Church
This quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church is a key pillar of current lawsuits against the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act — including the now-dismissed lawsuit launched by the University of Notre Dame.
Essentially, when the law states Catholic universities and the like must cover contraception, screw the law because MAYBE BABIES ARE PEOPLE TOO! But when the law gives a Catholic hospital an out regarding malpractice and the death of two unborn fetuses, suddenly real, potentially viable fetuses that may have been saved aren’t actually people.
infallible doctrine of personhood exists when it’s legally expedient and can be jettisoned when it’s not. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops states that the Catechism, “naturally contains the infallible doctrinal definitions of the popes and ecumenical councils in the history of the Church.”
Infallible, of course, until the super-duper CYA doctrine comes into play.
Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones (and curator of their Tumblr) nails Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. on jobs for veterans.
And I helped:
Senator John McCain—Naval Academy class of 1958, Vietnam prisoner of war—has long enjoyed a reputation as a straight-talking protector of the troops. But yesterday, he joined 39 Republican colleagues in blocking a bipartisan bill that would have provided federal jobs for up to 20,000 out-of-work ex-service members—and in doing so, he went back on a verbal promise he made to a veteran weeks ago.
Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio of an interview McCain conducted with military vet and citizen journalist Meg Lanker-Simons at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month. In the exchange, McCain said getting vets back to work was job No. 1. (The jobless rate for ex-service members is up to 31 percent higher than for civilians.) “The fact is, it’s a national disgrace that veterans’ unemployment is 14 percent,” McCain said. “That’s a national disgrace. And we’ve got to try to find more ways and better ways to hire veterans. And that has got to be our highest priority.”
You can listen to the full interview at the link. I interviewed McCain at a fundraiser for vets as just a softball-type thing for the Tumblr Election blog. I had to soften the background noise, and ultimately ran out of time to post it. Still held on to it and cleaned it up… I imagine his office wishes I didn’t.
McCain has never been much of a friend to veterans, but rarely does he get caught this red-handed.
I regret nothing and thanks to Adam Weinstein and Mother Jones for exposing McCain’s hypocrisy yet again.
Compassionate conservatism at its best. This is in response to a man hitting 4 people at Occupy DC, one of them pregnant, and receiving no citation.
She tweeted this and then preemptively blocked me. Beautiful. Check her out: @RR_Conservative - Gina’s a charmer! Save all teh babiez! (Until mom is pregnant and protesting, then she’s stupid and deserves to get hit.) Pro-life, LULZ!
Bill Maher’s take on the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Well done.
Apparently, Rick Perry is having difficulty with running for president and running Texas. I’m guessing it’s poor form to miss a press conference about the wildfires in a town where nearly 1,400 homes have been destroyed by said wildfires.
Of course, he might face embarrassing questions about his slashing 75 percent of the volunteer fire department budget. In Texas, 80 percent of firefighting in wildlands is done by volunteer firefighters.
Perhaps he might also face questions about these cuts coming after Perry began asking for federal funds to combat fires in April. Whether it was a scheduling issue or him just dodging and weaving, as my friend Bob is fond of saying, that’s rather “unsportsmanlike” behavior.
Tea Party Philosophy: It’s not government spending when I use it!
Hint: It’s an entitlement because you paid into it. Therefore, you are entitled to receive a promised benefit since you held up your end of the bargain.
Oh, and last I checked, taxpayers pay the US Congress, and it really doesn’t seem like we’re receiving much of a return on our investment.
(And yes, that’s Paul Ryan’s face)
An anti-gay, opposite-sex married Indiana state lawmaker offered a young man he met through a Craigslist M4M section $80 to meet for a hookup at a local Marriott hotel, and when the young man tried to back out of the deal, exposed himself and tried to prevent him from leaving the hotel room, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.
The six-term, 64-year old Catholic, Republican lawmaker, Rep. Phillip Hinkle, has voted against same-sex marriage, and even voted to ban marriage equality via a constitutional amendment.
The Star recounts the entire event in great detail, from the time the young man, Kameryn Gibson, “who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old,” is contacted by Hinkle, to Hinkle’s email address, to details of the email exchanges, and includes statements that Hinkle offered the young man and his sister — who came to rescue her brother once the deal went awry — $100, along with his Blackberry and iPad. Later, Hinkle’s wife reportedly offered the brother and sister $10,000 to keep quiet.
As one of my friends always says, “Shock. Gasp. Clutch the pearls.” The interesting wrinkle here is the wife offering $10,000 to the brother and sister to keep quiet - perhaps she knew of her husband’s dalliances?
This is why Republican sex scandals are just so much more, well, scandalous. They seem to usually involve the family values crowd, who campaign on limiting rights for GLBTQ people and women, and then these politicians are invariably involved in extramarital relationships with the very people they wish to oppress. Do as I say, not as I screw.
Here’s some free advice: If you can’t keep it in your pants, keep it off the internet. You will get caught otherwise. The internet is forever.
Amber Hahn, GOP party chair of Columbia County in Wisconsin and professional outraged parent, resigned this weekend after crashing her car while driving drunk. Her three young children were also in the car. No one was hurt, and she’s out on a $2,000 bond.
Somewhat ironically, the Columbia County Republican Party has adopted a twelve step plan for GOP success. One of those twelve steps is “Propose plans based on consistent principles with godly and moral family values racing up to a hopeful future for Americans.” How about mandated treatment for DUI? That seems like a good idea.
She’s been leading the charge against Scott Walker backlash from her dairy farm, hosting fundraisers for recalled senators and Koch brother BFF Sen. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyhow, here’s Hahn on Fox News expressing her concern about Wisconsin schools teaching kids about the history of unions and the labor movement:
I think her drunk driving is more concerning for her children’s well-being versus learning labor history, but what do I know - I have no kids, just cats.
Okay, I give her credit for admitting she has a problem with alcohol, but she attempts to minimize it by claiming alcohol hasn’t been a problem for long, but "long enough that it’s something that needs to be addressed." I somehow doubt that. You don’t become an alcoholic overnight. I’m wondering if it’s a problem because she got caught or because she actually thinks it’s a problem. In the video above, she’s stumbling over and slurring her words somewhat.
As an aside, the Columbia County Republican Party may want to rethink its recently instituted gatherings:
Pints & Politics
3rd Wednesday of the month
5 - 7 pm
Over the course of eight years of Former President George W. Bush’s policies, nearly every Republican senator voted repeatedly to raise the debt ceiling. It was only when Barack Obama was elected that the number dropped to 2, then 1, then 0. Senate Republicans had no problem with debt under Bush — only under Obama.
Each bar demonstrates how many Republican senators voted to increase the debt ceiling.
Infuriating that they get all high and mighty now, right?
Ah, hypocrisy. Posting nearly in full:
Last Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Robert Mecklenborg - a self-described “Catholic boy from the west side of Cincinnati” - stood on the House floor to champion the most radical anti-abortion legislation in the country.
"We marvel, don’t we?" he said, before voting for the "heartbeat" bill. "We marvel at the march of the penguins as they go to propagate their species under very, very difficult odds and conditions. We marvel at the leaping salmon as they return to their ancestral homes." He also marveled over the mating habits of loggerhead turtles.
You’re not alone if you don’t quite see the parallel of wildlife to women’s lives.
Not once have I ever looked at a woman of reproductive age - including our three daughters and daughter-in-law - and thought: Why, you’re no different from fish, birds or reptiles.
I can, however, see how linking women’s sex lives to images of prancing penguins makes it easier for some men to pretend we aren’t really human. Once you’ve convinced yourself that we women only recently shed our scales and fins and started walking upright, you can give yourself permission to break all kinds of rules.
Which brings us to a recent development in the life of Rep. Mecklenborg.
In a way, this isn’t exactly breaking news. The events in question happened more than two months ago. However, blogs and news outlets - and reportedly the House Republican leadership - found out only last Wednesday. That’s exactly one day after Mecklenborg’s feisty critters speech.
On Saturday, April 23, an Indiana state trooper pulled over Mecklenborg, who was driving in Dearborn County, with temporary Kentucky license plates. The officer stated in his report that he stopped Mecklenborg for a burned-out headlight, but then suspected he was intoxicated after he smelled alcohol and noticed the state rep’s “glossy, bloodshot eyes.” Mecklenborg refused a chemical test, and then failed three field sobriety tests. After a blood test, he was charged with drunken driving. The 59-year-old married father of three also tested positive for Viagra.
Mecklenborg was not alone that evening. His passenger was a 26-year-old woman who is neither his wife nor one of his children. In his incident report, the police officer noted that Mecklenborg’s inebriated state “endangered a person.” By “person,” we can assume he means a human life.
Mecklenborg, a Republican who represents western Hamilton County, pleaded not guilty. His court date is set for later this month.
He did not return my calls to his government or law offices, but he did offer an explanation, to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati on Thursday. When asked about his young passenger, Mecklenborg said, “I understand the interest in the DUI part, I guess, but the rest is a personal matter.”
A personal matter?
Perhaps this is Rep. Mecklenborg’s eureka moment.
Pro-choice Americans have always argued that a woman’s sex life is a personal matter, and that any decisions involving her body are her business. We understand only too well why Mecklenborg would rather we stop asking questions about his private life. Unfortunately for Mecklenborg, he is an elected official who has hinged his political ambitions on making the private lives of women his business. Questions loom.
Why was Robert Mecklenborg with this young woman? How did he meet her? Where did he meet her? Where was he going with her?
Why was he driving a car with Kentucky plates in the state of Indiana?
Why didn’t the news of his arrest come straight from him, and right away, instead of more than two months later?
It’s a personal matter, he said.
We marvel, don’t we? We marvel at a man willing to pause for a personal exception in his march over the rights of so many other women of reproductive age.
If you’re going to dictate the rights I posses with my uterus, I’m going to at least question your Viagra, your possible mistress, etc. If I can’t get a personal matter exception, then neither do you.
You marvel at the majestic wildlife. I’ll marvel at your hypocritical idiocy.
From the “oh no they didn’t files”:
On Monday, May 2, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) both issued separate proclamations declaring May 1 through 7 “Public Service Appreciation Week” and “State Employee Recognition Day” respectively.
In his statement, Kasich asked his fellow Ohioans to thank public employees “for the invaluable work they do each day … In order for our society to accomplish great things, it must heed the importance of the work of public servants.”
One Ohio state official, after learning of Kasich’s tribute on Monday, was forced to check his calendar to see if it was April Fool’s Day. “Does he get the irony in this?” he wondered. “While he’s putting out statements of praise, he and his Republican cronies are working to systematically destroy public employees and teachers through SB 5.” The bill would strip public service workers of collective bargaining rights.
In Wisconsin, Walker praised the hard work of state workers and thanked them for their many “necessary” and “high quality services.” But AFSCME Council 24 Exec. Dir. Marty Beil was not amused. “We are incredulous that this governor is two-faced enough to try and pretend he is concerned about state employees and what they do. If he was really committed to public service, he would not be assaulting your rights every day; and he would not be constantly attacking the unions that represent these public employees.” Walker signed a union-busting bill in March.
Fittingly, a group of state employees assailed the Wisconsin governor as a “hypocrite” and issued their own “State Employee Depreciation Day" proclamation at a rally yesterday outside the Capitol in Madison.
The freaking nerve of Kasich and Walker… I can’t even…
Sen. Al Simpson does Wyoming proud [Emphasis mine]:
"We have homophobes in our party," Simpson, who served as a senator from 1979 to 1997, admitted. "That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children."
"Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals," he added. "Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul."
Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum, a potential GOP 2012 presidential candidate, likened homosexuality to “incest” and “adultery” in April 2003. He told The Associated Press that acceptance of gay sex could “undermine the fabric of our society” and lead to “man on child, man on dog” relations.
"Now if that’s the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, ‘Stick with your folks,’" Simpson continued. "But, I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, moral values—while you’re diddling your secretary while you’re giving a speech on moral values? Come on, get off of it."
Simpson has been a longtime supporter of gay and lesbian rights and access to abortion. During his appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews he also said that male legislators should not vote on abortion-related bills.
"Who the hell is for abortion? I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, ‘Have an abortion! They’re wonderful!’ They’re hideous, but they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue."