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The Awful Keeps Coming

[ 90 ] January 2, 2013 |

It’s not just disaster relief — the House Republican leadership continues to find a variety of appalling-in-themselves excuses to refuse to renew the Violence Against Women Act:

But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere.

And so, for the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is no more.

In a bad commerce clause/14th Amendment holding, a bare majority of Supreme Court conservatives struck down one provision of the VAWA; the Court’s allies in Congress appear poised to finish the job.

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  1. charles pierce says:

    Because, what the hell, the gender gap wasn’t big enough.

    • hurt says:

      but amazingly they still win married women and
      actually did 2 points better with women overall in 2012 even after a war on women and the legitimate rape crazies

      • LeeEsq says:

        Women are just as capable of voting against their own interests as working-class white men.

      • JL says:

        I’d be curious what happens to the “married women” difference after you control for age, sexual orientation, and maybe race. Does anyone know of any analysis on this?

      • ironic irony says:

        They’ll never get this married woman. I have a daughter, and I want her to have a better world than I had. So fuck those assholes.

    • njorl says:

      Well, if you can’t decrease the gap, decrease the gender.

  2. JMP says:

    But but Fox News told me teh War on Womens was just a Democrat Party myth@!

  3. Pestilence says:

    I’m just waiting for the Compulsory Violence Against Women Act, it seems the logical extension of this.

  4. RepubAnon says:

    So the Republican Party supports violence against women, and opposes helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy – and laud themselves as being “moral”.

    • DrDick says:

      Most particularly they support the right of white men to rape Native American women (who suffer the highest rates of rape of any group in the US). The sticking point was provisions to increase federal protections for Native women on reservations (where the federal government has exclusive felony jurisdiction).

  5. STH says:

    I saw a reference the other day to a pre-election poll that found that 82% of the people polled thought Obama “cares about people like me.” 18% thought that of Romney.

    So when is that “new Republican party” that appeals to a broader demographic supposed to start? ‘Cause it sure doesn’t look like they’ve learned a damn thing from that election.

    • Pseudonym says:

      So at least 29% of voters voted for a guy even they admitted didn’t care about them?

      • STH says:

        Because he was better than the colored commie, as far as they were concerned. I don’t know that Republicans liked Romney any better than Dems did, they just really, really hate Obama. Voted against him rather than for Romney.

  6. rm says:

    They promise to Repeal and Replace ™ with the Legitimate Violence Against Women Act. The House version will be the Violence Against White Women Act.

  7. Leeds man says:

    They are more protective towards guns than women. I am shocked.

  8. Chris Walsh says:

    I don’t think this post is supportive of the whole truth. There has to be something substantial within it unsupportive of helping the country in it’s current stricken state. For example, the department of human services has just purchased a substantial amount of hollow point ammunition. Why? In case of a civil war with the legislative gun ban directly against our constitution and freedom. The names of things often become a disguise for something completely different than they were intended for. There is more money earned by women than men in this country now, violence against women is not at all tolerated, and for the first time ever in 2012, Caucasian births in this country was not in 1st place. We have a debt problem for many reasons, one being Obama allowing welfare for illegals (“minorities”). Sometimes, try reading between the lines, via some common sense (assuming you’re truly educated enough with current events to have any)

    • MAJeff says:

      Put down the crack pipe, dude.

      • Chris Walsh says:

        I just can’t imagine Eric Cantor being against it for purpose of it’s title.. who knows anymore. I don’t feel the people are being represented well. I like to have faith in the ones that seem to still work for the people.

        • Ramon A. Clef says:

          He’s not. He’s against it because it would be effective.

        • DrDick says:

          Cantor opposed it because it expanded funding to fight rape on Indian reservations (where the federal government has exclusive felony jurisdiction). That is what he actually said he opposed. Native women have the highest rate of rape of any group and their rapists are overwhelmingly white. Any more questions, cracker?

      • njorl says:

        The rambling nature of the paragraph is reminiscent of a crack addict. I knew a guy who would go on like Mark Twain’s “The Story of the Old Ram”, but with even less continuity between thoughts.

    • fd2 says:

      “I don’t think this post is supportive of the whole truth. There has to be something substantial within it unsupportive of helping the country in it’s current stricken state.”

      Cool. Name it.

    • Sly says:

      Alex Jones, Men’s Rights Activism, White Nationalism, Xenophobia, and Class Warfare all rolled into one paragraph of stupefying nonsense.

      Bravo.

    • wjts says:

      Solid effort, but needs gold-buggery, UN panic, and some kind of ludicrously specific bête noire (something about NOAA, maybe?) to round out the set.

      B/B-

    • LeeEsq says:

      The sheer amount of stupidity compressed into this one paragraph is staggering. Its almost a thing of beauty of sort.

    • Malaclypse says:

      for the first time ever in 2012, Caucasian births in this country was not in 1st place. We have a debt problem for many reasons, one being Obama allowing welfare for illegals (“minorities”).

      I’m just gonna quote this, and walk away, slowly shaking my head at how well stupid, uninformed, and racist all tend to correlate.

    • Major Kong says:

      Does this tinfoil hat make me look fat?

    • RedSquareBear says:

      You’re a racist shit.

      But I do respect that you’re willing to be a racist shit using (apparently) your real name.

    • rea says:

      the department of human services has just purchased a substantial amount of hollow point ammunition. Why? In case of a civil war

      It’s interesting to trace this down, since it’s been an object of some hysteria among the far right (and some far lefties, as well). Turns out thast HHS has 300 armed agents conducting welfare fraud invesigations–they arrest people, and execute search warrants, so they need to be armed. Hollow point bullets are standard law enforcement issue in this country. Most of these rounds get shot off at firing ranges. And of course, this is a standard purchase according to a practice going back decades . . .

      • Cody says:

        The real story here is the oppression of capitalism the US government is performing by purchasing in bulk.

        A real non-communist government would have purchased one bullet at a time, paying increased profit margins to the supplier, to revive the US economy!

      • Speak Truth says:

        Turns out thast HHS has 300 armed agents conducting welfare fraud invesigations–they arrest people, and execute search warrants, so they need to be armed.

        No..no..NO!

        As we have all learned here at LGM, guns are not effective protection against bad guys. They just cause more death. Everybody’s safer, including the authorities (think Brits) without guns…

        • Uncle Kvetch says:

          Hey, speaking of breakfast treats, did you know they’ve come out with a bacon-flavored lube? Not for use on pancakes, needless to say.

          • Speak Truth says:

            it’s good to know that, on the average, my life expectancy is 20 years more than yours.

            • The Lord God Jehovah says:

              I know what you do in men’s rooms, my son. You can’t hide the truth from me. But I love you anyway.

            • Sherm says:

              it’s good to know that, on the average, my life expectancy is 20 years more than yours.

              Only 20 years more? I assumed that a douchebag had a much longer half life.

              • Uncle Kvetch says:

                He must be one of those new ecologically friendly, biodegradable ones. Al Gore would approve.

                • MAJeff says:

                  Nah, he’s relying on the lies of Paul Cameron. Remember, dude is obsessed with gay folks. He thinks that the fraudulent research of Paul Cameron (and the fraudsters at the FRC) are telling the truth when saying that gay men die in their 40s…and he’s loving it. Truly a Reaganite, celebrating gay death. Vile monsters, the lot of them. Then again, that’s the conservative movement.

                • Malaclypse says:

                  Nah, he’s relying on the lies of Paul Cameron.

                  Nah, Jennie is self-hatred all the way down. He don’t need no fancy-pants fake research for that, just good, old-fashioned self-loathing, like his daddy beat into him.

                • Sherm says:

                  Can we stipulate that he’s both a vile bigot and a douchebag?

              • MAJeff says:

                Can we stipulate that he’s both a vile bigot and a douchebag?

                Movement conservative. Seems to be a given.

    • Origami Isopod says:

      Bagger, please.

    • ironic irony says:

      There is more money earned by women than men in this country now

      Citation?

      violence against women is not at all tolerated

      Unless those women are Native American, then assholes like Eric Cantor simply don’t give a shit.

  9. xxy says:

    Why do so many laws have expiration dates? Do people in Congress enjoy needlessly fighting the same battles over and over?

    • JKTHs says:

      Ostensibly to “review” it to see if it’s effective. Of course, that never happened before and now it’s just about hostage taking.

  10. herr doktor bimler says:

    Apparently India is now the goal to strive towards.

    • L.M. says:

      Somewhere in India, right-wing blog commenters are yammering that this is what a real, state-sanctioned war on women looks like.

  11. anon says:

    What is it about tribal jurisdiction that would cause republicans to go through a PR nightmare like this?

    • witless chum says:

      Worried that the Lakota might try Bill Janklow’s corpse for rape?

      Makes as much sense as most things Republicans are worried about.

      • Bill Murray says:

        Janklow had every one taken care of that was involved in that case back in ’75 (Jacinta Eagle Deer) and ’76 (Delphine Eagle Deer). OK Big Bill probably did not have them killed. I hope this covers me against a Janklow family libel suit.

        • Just Dropping By says:

          Since Janklow is dead, you are probably immune from defamation suits concerning him in any event. (I’m not aware of any state that allows defamation claims based on post-mortem statements about the decedent.)

          • Bill Murray says:

            Thanks for the info. It might help that one of Janklow’s daughters was kind of sweet on me back in about 1984 or 85

          • STH says:

            Now I’ve been totally sidetracked by this interesting legal question (ooh! shiny thing!) What about if the defamation diminishes the value of somebody’s estate? Say, if you came forward with convincing evidence that a famous dead person (whose estate is still raking it in for his or her heirs) was a pedophile and it meant that nobody wanted to buy the official branded memorabilia?

    • DrDick says:

      What is really important here is that the federal government has exclusive felony jurisdiction on Indian reservations under the 1885 Major Crimes Act. Also, tribes do not have any jurisdiction over non-Indians under Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe and tribal police cannot arrest them or tribal courts try them.

      • Bill Murray says:

        and it’s hard to get much crime scene work done, when you have to go 200+ miles to report the crime

        • DrDick says:

          Depends on the reservation. There are two federal police agencies responsible for reservation law enforcement. One is the FBI, whose offices are often located far from the reservations. The other is the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police, who are often stationed on the reservations.

          Both agencies have their problems. The FBI often uses assignment to reservation areas (Aberdeen or Flagstaff for instance) as a punishment for troublemakers or as a dumping ground for fuckups. Reservation crime has a low priority and gets only cursory attention and few resources. The BIA Police are notoriously poorly trained, understaffed, and underfunded.

  12. JKTHs says:

    But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans

    I’m sure they’re also not too thrilled about its support for black women

    • mds says:

      I’m sure they’re also not too thrilled about its support for black women

      I would say, “Fixed that for you,” but this comment box is too small to contain it. I long for the day when someone coins a pithy shorthand for such a sentiment.

  13. JL says:

    There have always been legitimate problems with VAWA, namely that it centers the needs of a subset of women while further marginalizing others. Of course, the version of VAWA that the House Republicans failed to pass would have addressed several of them. Apparently they saw the problems as a feature, not a bug.

    I hope the rape crisis counseling line that I counsel for doesn’t get bit in the ass by this.

  14. Bill Shields says:

    Isn’t there anything that lawyers can do to combat this? Up in Surrey, we had some fail-safes put into place, but I don’t know if we can do that in this situation.

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