Cognitive Dissonance

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Florida Man Cites 'Bush Doctrine' After Pre-emptive Killing of Neighbors at Labor Day Cookout

Meanwhile, in Standyergroundland Florida…

And yes, he did also cite “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. He shot three people, killed two, and amazingly, the lone survivor survived being shot eleven times. 

Standing your ground with eleven shots into a single human being? Really? And citing preemptive war as a defense… I just don’t even know what to say to that.

Christ, this country’s gone mad.

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I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: “Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That’s racist, too!”

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn’t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they’ll punish whites! If you persisted, he’d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: “Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That’s racist, too!”

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn’t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they’ll punish whites! If you persisted, he’d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

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I got this.
Meet Abby Johnson. She thinks women have too many rights. Seriously. From toomanyrights.org:

Today, a hundred years later, women’s rights have come very far, but there is one of these rights that many Americans would question… The right to abortion is considered a “reproductive right” by many. They say it is the right of a woman to exercise control over her body, but is that what the issue is really about?

Ahem… 
Yes. That’s what it really is about. I invite Ms. Johnson or her supporters to read The Fetal Focus Fallacy. An excerpt:

Although fetuses cannot enjoy legal personhood, anti-choicers argue that fetuses do have a right to life that outweighs the right of the woman to control her fertility and her life. But many anti-choicers support exceptions to a ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest, a threat to the woman’s life, or even health. This clearly indicates that they believe the right to life of a fetus is negotiable, certainly not absolute or paramount. By compromising their “right to life” definition in order to accommodate a woman’s rights, they inadvertently acknowledge that women’s rights are more important than the right to life of fetuses.
Even if a fetus can be said to have a right to life, this does not include the right to use the body of another human being. For example, the state cannot force people to donate organs or blood, even to save someone’s life. We are not obligated by law to risk our lives jumping into a river to save a drowning victim, noble as that might be. Therefore, even if a fetus has a right to life, a pregnant woman is not required to save it by loaning out her body for nine months against her will. In response, anti-choicers say that being pregnant is not the same as being a Good Samaritan, because the woman chose to have sex, voluntarily accepting the risk of pregnancy. This argument is sexist and puritanical because it punishes women, not men, for their sexual behavior. Moreover, sex is not a contract for pregnancy - people have a constitutional right to non-procreative sex because of legalized birth control, which implicitly provides the right to have sex without reproducing.

In conclusion, no. A woman does not have too many rights, Ms. Johnson — particularly with folks like yourself running around and attempting to limit them.

I got this.

Meet Abby Johnson. She thinks women have too many rights. Seriously. From toomanyrights.org:

Today, a hundred years later, women’s rights have come very far, but there is one of these rights that many Americans would question… The right to abortion is considered a “reproductive right” by many. They say it is the right of a woman to exercise control over her body, but is that what the issue is really about?

Ahem… 

Yes. That’s what it really is about. I invite Ms. Johnson or her supporters to read The Fetal Focus Fallacy. An excerpt:

Although fetuses cannot enjoy legal personhood, anti-choicers argue that fetuses do have a right to life that outweighs the right of the woman to control her fertility and her life. But many anti-choicers support exceptions to a ban on abortion in cases of rape, incest, a threat to the woman’s life, or even health. This clearly indicates that they believe the right to life of a fetus is negotiable, certainly not absolute or paramount. By compromising their “right to life” definition in order to accommodate a woman’s rights, they inadvertently acknowledge that women’s rights are more important than the right to life of fetuses.

Even if a fetus can be said to have a right to life, this does not include the right to use the body of another human being. For example, the state cannot force people to donate organs or blood, even to save someone’s life. We are not obligated by law to risk our lives jumping into a river to save a drowning victim, noble as that might be. Therefore, even if a fetus has a right to life, a pregnant woman is not required to save it by loaning out her body for nine months against her will. In response, anti-choicers say that being pregnant is not the same as being a Good Samaritan, because the woman chose to have sex, voluntarily accepting the risk of pregnancy. This argument is sexist and puritanical because it punishes women, not men, for their sexual behavior. Moreover, sex is not a contract for pregnancy - people have a constitutional right to non-procreative sex because of legalized birth control, which implicitly provides the right to have sex without reproducing.

In conclusion, no. A woman does not have too many rights, Ms. Johnson — particularly with folks like yourself running around and attempting to limit them.

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They can only win if they can get us to accept and internalize the second-class status they propose for us. To accept our own marginalization, to be quiet, to stand down and keep our heads down. To live in fear, instead of acting, with courage, out of hope.

National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, opining about the “second-class status” proponents of LGBTQ rights are conferring upon Christians. 

You seriously think Christians are an oppressed minority? I’m sick of this shit.

I can’t even… You’re not, okay? You’re not.

No one has launched a war on Christmas. No one is proposing your churches be forced to marry same-sex couples. No one is suggesting Christians be second-class citizens. If you’ll notice, your operatives are allowed to testify before state legislatures on how horrible same-sex marriage will be, even though you possess no scientific evidence and distort the facts about the LGBTQ community in such a way that it’s purely hateful.

LGBTQ Americans are the ones who are being treated as second-class citizens. Not you. In fact, folks like you have a history of oppressing those who don’t agree with you or are different, but always out of ‘love’ and concern-trolling for their eternal souls. Mr. Brown and his NOM cronies have a twisted view of love.

I can’t even…

(Source: nomblog.com)

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I am opposed to abortion. I am opposed to providing condoms to someone. If you want to have a party, have a party, but don’t ask me to pay for it.

New Hampshire Executive Council member Raymond Wieczorek, who voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

According to Think Progress, Planned Parenthood has stopped providing birth control pills and other contraception in New Hampshire after the state’s executive council rejected up to $1.8 million in funding for the group because it also provides privately-funded abortions. After losing its contract — which paid for education, distributing contraception, and the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections — the centers have turned away 20 to 30 patients a day who have arrived to refill their birth control prescriptions.

And there’s this: Last year, Planned Parenthood provided contraception for 13,242 patients in New Hampshire, [CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Steve] Trombley said. The organization also provided 6,112 breast exams, 5,548 screenings for cervical cancer and 18,858 tests for sexually transmitted infections.

Which is more expensive, condoms or babies? Breast exams or breast cancer? Birth control isn’t always about partying, guys, and so what if it is? Sometimes people go to physician’s offices and get drugs to party with, so maybe we should defund pharmaceutical companies via tax loopholes and grants. This is covered by federal dollars:

So’s this:

Encore Deluxe Penis Pump
by Encore, Inc.
 

Encore Penis Pump

Apparently, this shouldn’t be:

Don’t ask for my tax dollars to pay for your Medicare-funded Viagra and penis pumps if you can’t stomach the thought of me getting pap smears with yours. If you want to party, don’t ask me to pay for it. Fair is fair, right?

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