If Tennessee is the Buckle of the Bible Belt Then Utah is the Backside

by matttbastard

Well, isn’t this lovely:

The Utah House of Representatives will hear a controversial proposal that could hold physicians responsible for homicide if they perform abortions deemed illegal by the state.

Under current state law, abortion is allowed only in cases of rape or incest, if the fetus cannot survive outside the womb or is unlikely to survive, or to save the mother’s life or preserve her health.

Abortions that don’t meet any of those standards can result in third-degree felony charges.

Under House Bill 90, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, physicians who perform illegal abortions could be charged with second-degree felony criminal homicide.

“In my opinion, illegal abortion is the same as murder,” Ray said. “This is the right step for Utah to take to protect the lives of unborn children, because they don’t have a voice.”

Note how it’s  the doctors who performed the “illegal” abortions potentially facing charges under this proposed new law, not the women who ‘contracted’ the “killing”. In a (perverse) sense, it’s almost gratifying to see the fetus fetishists explicitly affirm their belief that women are merely empty vessels that bear teh innocent baybees over to this mortal coil–boxes on a biological assembly line, if you will.

Which perhaps answers the question posed via IM by Sylvia/M (h/t):

“Will women be accomplices, then? Or scenes of the crime?”

Take action:

If you live in Utah or you want to send some strongly-worded letters to the Democrats in their House of Representatives about this bill, here’s the UT House websiteTell these representatives that doctors protecting women’s health is not an air quotation myth.

Update: Jill Miller Zimon  has compiled a plethora of info on this proposed anti-woman legislation. Go.

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Steele Wins RNC: Political Identity Theft Finally Pays Off

by matttbastard

Who says the GOP brand is tarnished?

Congratulations to new Republican National Committee chairperson Michael Steele, the first person of colour–and *cough* “Democrat”–to helm the Committee of Lincoln.

Wow — change really has come to America.

Update: Awesome:

Steele once described that “R” next to his name as a “scarlet letter,” complaining that being a Republican was hurting his electoral chances.

If only Ted Haggard could so easily reconcile his identity crisis.

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Fed Lends Two Trillion Without Oversight

by matttbastard

American News Project:

So, you know about the Treasury’s $700 billion bailout plan. But you probably don’t know that the Federal Reserve has lent out $2 trillion since September. Few do. And that is what’s irritating bulldog Congressman Alan Grayson. Will he be able to shed a light on the Fed’s secret spending?

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Dear Mark Halperin

I get PAID to be a douchbag, suckas.

Bite my hyperpartisan ass.  Oh noes! Obama is getting shit done and the GOP doesn’t want to be part of the solutionobviously Obama should do whatever is necessary to appease the party most responsible for putting us in this current mess in the first place.  I mean, this is why we hire former arsonists as fire marshals, right?

Right?

Also, stop using your mouth as an extension of Drudge’s arm, you wanktastic second-rate Broder-wannabe.

<3,

matttbastard.

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GOP Dominates Stimulus Debate 2:1 on Cable News: Think Progress

by matttbastard

Oh, that liberal media!

Yes, kids, this really is what they call “balance” in corporate media newspeak. We should all be thankful that cable news programming directors are encouraging such a stimulating (snerk) debate as the president attempts to unshit the bed that (too many years) of GOP rule and freemarket orthodoxy has left soiled beyond recognition.

As Digby put it, “If I didn’t follow politics closely, I would think these people [Republicans] are the ones who won the election.”

x-posted @ Rebel Left

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New Project: #rebelleft on Twitter, Tumblr

guest post by Sylvia/M

Use hashtag #rebelleft on Twitter to spread news, updates, and commentary.

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