Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann offered muted support Sunday for Sarah Palin’s recent call to eliminate all corporate taxes, noting that she’s “open” to the idea of cutting corporate tax rates to zero percent - but not calling for it outright.
The Minnesota Congresswoman, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, said “we could go that route” on corporate tax rates, but she noted that “we’d have to have a fundamental restructuring of the tax code” first if taxes paid by companies were to be eliminated altogether.
“What we would have to do then is re-jigger other elements to define revenue and what revenues would be needed to the economy,” Bachmann told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “We certainly could get down to a zero percent corporate tax rate.”
Translation of bolded text: We’ll tax the shit out of the middle and lower class, and then we’ll give as many tax break to the corporations, and the rich, as possible.
Catholics don’t condone condoms or any form of birth control anyway. “Every sperm is sacred”
Vatican Blasts Sex Education Program in NYC
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe atnew sex education classes in New York City schoolson Wednesday (Aug. 31), saying teaching middle school students how to use a condom is “useless, and even harmful.”
The front-page editorial of the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, criticized all mandatory sex ed classes in public schools but was aimed particularly at New York’s new program, which has been opposed heavily by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
The editorial criticized governments’ “magical trust in the effectiveness of sex education.” Citing longtime sex ed programs in
Britain, the paper said “boys and girls continue to have early sexual intercourse without any kind of protection, and the number of pregnancies and abortions among adolescents has multiplied.”
Governments would rather “ignore” the problem than address the underlying issue of the “failed utopia of the sexual revolution and subsequent breakdown of … the family,” the paper said.
And whenever the church opposes such programs, it is labeled “an obscurantist force” and accused of cruelty for its “indifference to the consequences” of unwanted pregnancies and disease, the paper said.
The Vatican paper touted Italy where, despite the absence of sex ed from school curricula, teenage pregnancies and STDs remain low. The newspaper cited Italy’s “loving vigilance of parents over their children”:
“Kids are not left to themselves with a box of contraceptives as the only defense against their passions and mistakes.”
This approach (read: constant droning) from the Catholic church is getting old - when will they realize they are creating a larger problem? *ugh*
I H8 RELIGION
Here are some things relevant to your interests with regard to the forced trans-vaginal sonogram bill which was passed in the last legislative session. It would have gone into effect on Thursday had the Center for Reproductive Rights not filed suit claiming, among other things, that the bill is a violation the First Amendment, in that it forces speech upon doctors. Reports the Texas Tribune on Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling:
The state cannot enforce the sonogram law — one of the most controversial issues of the 82nd legislative session — until a court rules on a suit filed against the law in June, Sparks said.
Citing First Amendment protections, Sparks struck down three requirements that would have required doctors to show women an ultrasound of the fetus, make the fetus’ heartbeat audible and describe the fetus to the woman. “The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” Sparks wrote in his ruling.
While you’re watching this news spread today, keep an eye on the illustrations that go along with the story. Chances are, you’ll find a photo of a very pregnant woman–when in fact, the vast majority of abortions take place in the first trimester.
For fun, go read how anti-choice Lifenews.com reported the news and how it describes the bill. (Fun example: “The legislation allows women to see the ultrasound 24 hours before the abortion,” because this is the nicest most amenable law ever, it is so allowing!)
A survey of girls in Zimbabwean junior schools in 2000 reported by Amnesty International found 92 per cent had been sexually propositioned by an older man on their way to school, and half of them had experienced unsolicited sexual contact by strangers. Factors such as these mean that, simply by virtue of being born female, millions of children across the world are denied their right to an education. In fact, according to the charity Childline, in South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.”
—The Equality Illusion, Kat Banyard”
In South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.
In South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.
Now bleat that feminism is no longer relevant. Go on. I fucking dare you.
far too important to not re-blog.
this shit is not right. not even close.
“The latest numbers on poverty among U.S. children are so striking that they make you do a double take.”
How much does it worry you if both Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have ties to Dominionism? – Cafferty File →
CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
Forget about the separation of church and state… there’s reason to believe that religion might have a whole new meaning for the next occupant of the White House.
The Daily Beast reports that two of the Republican candidates for president - Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry - are “deeply associated” with a theocratic strain of Christian fundamentalism that’s called Dominionism.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, and I was one who hadn’t - stand by cause this is “out there.”
The Daily Beast writes how Dominionists believe that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Dominionism finds its roots in a small fringe sect called Christian Reconstructionism. People who advocate replacing U.S. law with the laws of the Old Testament, including the death penalty for homosexuality and abortion. swell.
Bachmann appeared in a documentary for one of these groups called “truth in action ministries.” Also, she often praises or cites different religious leaders connected to such beliefs.
As for Perry, there’s a group called “the new apostolic reformation” that sees him as their ticket to power. They talk about “taking dominion over American society” and hope that Perry can claim the so-called “mountain” of government. This group was also involved in Perry’s prayer vigil in Houston a couple of weeks ago.
Critics suggest the Daily Beast’s examples show so-called Dominionist groups attaching to the candidates.
And the website Newsbusters - which claims to expose liberal media bias - says that the Daily Beast “went a few more steps off the deep end” by publishing this piece.
We’ve reached out to both campaigns for a response but haven’t heard anything back yet.
I tried to find video of this Cafferty segment without success - the only one’s I found were Newsbusters and other right wing bloggers and it appears that they omitted any real discussion of what dominionism is. Maybe Cafferty didn’t discuss it in detail as some of the comments to the blog post indicate readers were also having to look up “dominionism.” Anyone catch it live?
Regardless, I am glad that this alarming aspect of Perry and Bachmann is getting wider exposure. Lots of moderates watch CNN.
Little Family (by ppv247)
EVERY. DAMN. TIME.
Fox News asks, “Why Aren’t White Males Being Considered for the Supreme Court” with the ultra-ironic picture of the Supreme Court. Currently, 5 of 9 of the Supreme Court Justices, including the Chief Justice, are white men. Even though white men are 32% of the US population, they represent 55% of Supreme Court Justices.
We definitely need more white men in charge of things.
Are they serious?
Despite being raped twice by the same person, a 7th grade girl was blamed, demonized and punished by school officials
Heartbreaking: 7th Grade Girl Raped Twice, Blamed and Punished By School Officials Both Times
The first time she was raped, school officials told her she was lying. They even demanded she write and hand-deliver an apology letter to her attacker. Twisting the knife a little deeper, the school expelled her for the rest of the year. The devastating sequence of events that followed suggests that school officials may actually have wanted the girl to have been attacked, or punished for speaking-out, once more She was raped by the same boy in the library the following year.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, the 7th grade special education student at Republic Middle School in Springfield, MO reported her rape in the spring of 2009. School officials refused to believe her, and after suffering through “multiple intimidating interrogations,” she recanted the claim. What’s more, a school psychologist’s report said the girl “would forego her own needs and wishes to satisfy the request of others around so that she can be accepted.” In other words, the already victimized twelve-year-old might have taken back her statement after school officials demonized her for being raped.
When she returned to school the following year, the school refused her mother’s request for extra monitoring and did not separate her from her rapist who, thanks to the apology letter, knew she had told. If the school wanted the girl to be victimized a third time, they got their wish. In February 2010, the lawsuit says her attacker “was able to hunt [her] down, drag her to the back of the school library, and again forcibly rape her.” This time, she and her mother reported the rape to the police, and a rape kit tested positive for her attacker’s semen. He plead guilty to charges in juvenile court.
The school’s next move made it clear that it was not lack of evidence fueling officials’ accusation that she was lying, but a deep-seeded hatred for women: Incredibly, the twelve-year-old rape victim was suspended for for “Disrespectful Conduct” and “Public Display of Affection” - two absolutely disgusting ways to categorize rape. The school had victimized the girl a fourth time, slut-shaming a rape victim for an attack that happened on school property, and one her mother sought to prevent by requesting their separation.
Her lawsuit requests damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees, in addition to “punitive damages to deter School Officials and others from similar conduct in the future.”
But the school district denied every one of the girl’s allegations, as well as responsibility for the attack, the same way they denied her rape.
“To many Christians their immense privilege seems invisible. They don’t understand how much of our society panders to their unspoken power. The churches on every corner, the holidays and celebrations structured around Christian dates, the pandering of politicians, the ceremonial deism that acts as a placeholder for state-sponsored religion. Even our vernacular is colored by Christianity: “God bless you,” “we’ll pray for you,” “I’m in heaven,” or even “go to hell.” Yet despite this, many Christians, particularly conservative Christians, have a major investment in seeing themselves as part of a persecuted minority. This was reinforced for me in the comments section of a recent post at the journalism commentary site Get Religion. There, I was informed that Michele Bachmann was part of a religious minority, and that due to mainstream media criticism “one has to speculate that perhaps Christians are a small minority in the United States.”
Invisible Christian Privilege (via the-sun-eclipses)
Where does this inaccurate perspective come from? How can a group see itself as a minority when it holds so much power?”
“As you can see, Mitt, you can do lots of types of posts here on Tumblr. There’s ‘Text,’ which is very popular for rants, namely against the moronicness of our party; ‘Photo’ — my personal favorite! Just ask the folks at Newsweek!; then ‘Quote,’ in which they use our own words against us; ‘Link,’ where they find lots of stories from the lamestream media, again to use ourselves against us — remember when you said ‘corporations are people,’ dummy?; and finally ‘Chat,’ ‘Audio’ and ‘Video.’ Now that I’ve shown you Tumblr, you’ve gotta spike the tires on Palin’s bus, hmmmmmkay?”