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Sure She’s a “Women’s Candidate.” Assuming You’re Stuck In the 1950s.
October 5, 2008, 1:27 am
Filed under: Politics, Serious stuff | Tags: , , , ,

It is hard to wrap my mind around the wide-eyed naivete of the multitudes who think that because Sarah Palin is a woman, that she’s a “women’s candidate.” This has probably been disproven time and again in the ensuing weeks as things about her have become exposed. I know it shouldn’t be hard to wrap my mind around it, but it is. How can people be so, for lack of a better word, dumb?

I hate that I was on self-imposed blog exile when Palin was chosen to be John McCain’s running mate, because everything there is for me to find disturbing about Palin has already been hashed out and beaten to death, especially this one: Palin’s policy stands on reproductive (no) choice and abstinence-only sex education versus her own teenage daughter’s pregnancy.

Gov. Palin, if abstinence-only sex ed works so well, is there any way for you to explain how your own daughter managed to get pregnant? And was it really *her* choice to decide to carry the child to term? And if she *really* had a choice, then Gov. Palin, why are you so willing to deny millions and millions of American women the same choice when they are faced with a risky or unexpected pregnancy? And I’d like to see you answer this directly and in detail — no consulting with your handlers, no queue cards. Woman to woman.

Let’s say that I was raped, and became pregnant as a result. Why should I be expected to carry the fetus to term and potentially put myself at health risk given my age (let alone being sexually assaulted)? Why should I be forced to carry to term a fetus that is the result of non-consensual sex, that will eventually grow into an adult that, once he/she learns how he came to be, might become a fuct-up-beyond-all-recognition psychopath that will probably have made the news after having, oh, say, went on a murder spree at Taco Bell and began using the bodies of the staff to make Nachos Bell Grande? Or at the least, just becomes another average fuct-up kid who winds up producing another unwanted child and allows the vicious circle to repeat?

Attention All Moralistic Scolds: YOU ARE NOT GOING TO STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING SEX. PLEASE GET THIS THROUGH YOUR SKULLS EVEN IF YOU MUST USE A HAMMER. Since you aren’t going to stop these kids, already full of raging emotions as it is, from having sex isn’t the logical course of action to try to teach them about how to use certain products (read: birth control) to keep them from finding themselves in a position where they must consider what should be the utter last resort (read: abortion).

Abrupt end of rant because my hands are literally shaking.

Did Kern Get Death Threats or Not?
March 13, 2008, 9:37 am
Filed under: Media, Oklahoma, Serious stuff | Tags: , , , , ,

The Tulsa World (amazingly, a major metropolitan newspaper in Oklahoma not owned by anyone named Gaylord) is reporting that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now sifting through the thousands of e-mails Kern has received in the wake of her homophobic tirade released last week by the Victory Fund via YouTube.

[OSBI Spokeswoman Jessica] Brown said Tuesday, “There are a lot of e-mails to the representative that say, ‘You ought to die,’ rather than, ‘I am going to kill you.’

“I wouldn’t characterize them as death threats,” she said.

But Brown said OSBI computer analysts are working to find the senders and that some might be interviewed to assess their intent. She said it’s possible that the OSBI will refer some to district attorneys for prosecution.

So, what was it? An unintentional exaggeration to rally her side to her cause? Kind of a disproportionate version of a little kid telling her parents that the big mean bullies were out to get her? Who knows, but — if I’m reading the Tulsa World correctly, if she wasn’t wholly forthcoming about receiving death threats, I think that’s kind of sorry.

But keep firmly in mind: Death threats are in and of themselves inappropriate, even if they’re aimed at someone like Sally Kern. Sad to say though, that which should take place of death threats and other petty bullshite — i.e. open communication and rational adult dialogue about issues — are things that I seriously doubt that Kern and those of her ilk would have any interest in seeing as how their minds are pretty much made up and absolutely positively nothing will change them.

(Hey wait — rational adult dialogue? Does someone who equates homosexuality with terrorism sound like a rational adult? What the hell am I saying?)

I felt like poking around sites such as the American Family Association, the Eagle Forum, and Focus on the Family to see where Kern lifted some of her talking points … but I had just eaten a (rather lousy) chicken parmesan TV dinner and I felt it starting to come back up, so I stopped, not wanting to exascerbate the nauseated feeling.

What’s really sad for me is that I’m so caught up in the Kern thing that it’s diverted my attention from that which keeps me going in March: The buildup to the NCAA Tournament. All five of my dear readers know how much I love the roundball. But it’s hard to ignore this state embarassment in light of how badly Oklahoma wants to play with the big boys (including the possible acquisition of an NBA team whose Oklahoma City-based ownership group wants to move them here). Remarks like Kern’s don’t make the rest of the nation want to let go of those dated, negative stereotypes about Oklahomans that have nauseated me and so many others for years. The timing is just horrible on a lot of levels.