Saturday, December 05, 2015

While everybody was distracted by news of another mass shooting the Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Courtesy of Mother Jones: 

Less than a week after three people were killed and nine others injured at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the Senate on Thursday came one step closer to blocking all federal funding to the nation's largest women's health care organization. 

The move is part of the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Following the series of widely debunked videos showing Planned Parenthood staff talk about fetal tissue donation, Congress included language to defund the organization in their bill to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health law. 

Earlier this week, centrist Republican Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Susan Collins (Maine) introduced an amendment to remove the Planned Parenthood defunding provision from the bill. But that amendment was blocked today in a 48-52 vote. Obama has said he will veto the bill if it gets to his desk.

I guess I should be impressed that my Senator voted to remove the Planned Parenthood provision, but I have really lost any ability to trust her anymore.

Of course this is just more political pandering to the base, since we know that Obama will veto the crap out of it.

However it is also a signal to let us know how incredibly important it is to keep a Democrat in the White House.


  1. Who the hell are these congressmen playing this game for?
    People who have & like Obamacare? THEY won't be amused. What proportion of America is now covered by it?

    Is it to show the rich teabaggers who elected them that they are trying to weaken the middle class? One major illness and you're bankrupt. Or trying to bully the lower classes because they are "lazy" and don't deserve a "free ride"?

    How many votes will this continual meanness garner them?
    Are these congressmen so owned? Is their Judas money THAT good? Is half of the American electorate THAT stupid or crazy?

    1. Yes.

    2. Yes, the voters voting for these gold plated turds are that stupid and crazy. Why else continue to vote against your own best interests?

  2. Anonymous5:15 AM

    One congressman in Missouri wants to apply the same restrictions on abortion to gun purchases.

  3. Anonymous5:28 AM

    Gee, those moral and righteous GOP senators. On the same day they vote to defund an organization that has helped millions of women have healthier lives because one of their many services is to provide legal and safe abortions because there are innocent fetuses involved and then they vote to continue to allow people on terror-watch lists obtain dangerous weapons without special scrutiny, weapons that can and are used to kill innocent people. Do they not see the irony in their righteousness -- the dangerous and murderous irony?

    1. "Do they not see the irony in their righteousness -- the dangerous and murderous irony?"

      It takes an open, dancing and subtle mind to enjoy irony. I suspect there are not a lot of laughs in the ISIS camps. How impoverished, how sad.

    2. Anonymous6:14 AM

      Barbara Carlson at 5:48 am. You are right, I'm sure, not much appreciation of irony in any militant Islamist camp. But I was talking about the GOP in Washington which, I must say, has its own narrow-minded militancy about it.

    3. Beaglemon, so was I....I should have said, .."not a lot of laughs in the ISIS camps either." :D Any strict adherence to dogma can abide joking about it, or see (or admit) the irony of their positions.

    4. Well, they don't get the connection between birth control and lower incidences of abortion so I'd say yeah, they are that stupid.

      They also don't get the connection between authentic sex education and lower incidences of teenage pregnancy.

      Again, mentally challenged.

  4. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Lisa Murkowski - Alaska - will be up for reelection for 2016. Many of us will make a huge effort to kick her in the butt. She almost lost last go around! Money won't count - votes will!

    Republicans (especially in the national Congress in D.C.) have become horribly disliked. Plus, they know that President Obama can veto the Bill should it get to his desk.

    Do they care (obviously not!) that their actions are meant to cancel coverage that many millions currently have through Obamacare? And, the actions are such a waste of taxpayer's money and time!

    Plus, they seem to enjoy instilling fear in the hearts of Americans when there already is enough in the world!

    The United States Congress is full of American terrorists! They need to be taken down - literally in the voting box!

    1. ...and their gerrymandering by states' rulings, like on in the south state last week.

  5. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Well, that sucks. Those persons who worked under extreme hazards due to other people's belief should be compensated by those who made threats and all. I know many are anonymous regardless the workers should be compensated. It should come from repubs coffers!

  6. Anonymous11:44 AM

    They know the President will veto it.

    And I'm sure they know their slutty hypocritical daughters with blogs and their mistresses will be requiring an abortion sooner or later.

    As for those idiot women thinking they're "abolishing" abortion.... I wish them all a half dozen unwanted pregnancies.

  7. You had me worried there for a minute.

    So they voted to include it in the ACA defunding.

    Big deal. There is no way that's passing so no way Planned Parenthood is being defunded.

    Obama will veto it and they don't have enough votes to override.

    So it's a waste of time and taxpayer money. Something the Republicans excel at.

    As for Murkowski and the rest, I doubt their motives were altruistic. Probably figured they had a better chance with the two items being separate rather than combined.

    You're right to distrust her.


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