Cognitive Dissonance

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But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”

The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic, "In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people"

About that:

"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.

Gotcha. The 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. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Catholic Church Roe v. Wade abortion pro-choice anti-choice personhood Colorado Politics law Catechism Catholicism hypocrisy reproductive rights

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WATCH: John McCain Does a 180 on Jobless Vets

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 warhas 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 membersand 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.

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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!

Filed under Gina Conservative Conservatives Politics compassionate conservatism GOP heartless Republican republicans just precious Occupy DC OWS Occupy Wall Street pro-life hypocrisy Hypochristianity

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These people down there, they’re not the counter-culture. They’re the culture. They don’t want free love. They want paid employment. They don’t hate capitalism. They hate what’s been done to it.

And they resent the Republican mantra that the market perfectly rewards the hard-working and punishes the lazy, and the poor are just jealous moochers who want a handout. Yeah, because if there’s one group of people who hate handouts, it’s Wall Street.

Bill Maher’s take on the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Well done.

(Source: dailykos.com)

Filed under Bill Maher Occupy Wall Street politics republican republicans capitalism demands OWS Wall Street hypocrisy hippies protesters protest inequality GOP

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Perry a No Show at Texas Wildfire Press Conference

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. 

Filed under Rick Perry government politics Texas Wildfires hypocrisy federal funds FEMA No Show Conservative conservatives personal responsibility FAIL

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Good question.
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)

Good question.

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)

Filed under entitlement politics social security economy cartoon comic benefit entitlement program congress congressional benefit benefits US Congress hypocrites hypocrisy

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Anti-Gay Lawmaker Offers $80 For Gay Teen Craigslist M4M Hotel Hookup

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.

Filed under Craigslist GLBTQ Republican anti-gay hookups hypochristianity hypocrisy internet politics republicans same-sex marriage

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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 month5 - 7 pm

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

Filed under Amber Hahn drunk driving GOP Conservative conservatives alcohol children child endangerment family values hypocrisy

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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?

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?

Filed under debt debt ceiling politics GOP conservative conservatives Republican republicans hypocrisy economy

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An Anti-Abortion Ohio Legislator's Embarrassing, Inebriated, Viagra-Fueled Night Out

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. 

Filed under Ohio politics abortion hypocrisy GOP Republican republicans conservative conservatives Ohio Legislature Robert Mecklenborg