Today in the Coming Republican Coalition

I can see why Republicans are trying to rig the 2016 elections. Their politicians are utterly hopeless in appealing to the mainstream of this nation. A couple of fresh examples from today’s news.

Here’s James Lankford, Republican congressman from Oklahoma and #5 in the House leadership.

SALLY: I want to know if you’re aware of the Substances and Mental Health Services Administration that has a book called the Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Individuals.

LANKFORD: Wow.

SALLY: They are going around the nation, they just did this here in Oklahoma, December 7th, and having conferences that are educational…. About 2 percent of the conference is dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. 98 percent is doing indoctrination or pushing the homosexual agenda. This is what our president is doing. He has a federal agency doing it. Our state, the Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department, put this conference on and is indoctrinating our citizens who are totally against this. Is there any way you can look into this?

LANKFORD: Oh yes, sure. You know I can absolutely get a chance to take a look at it. We’ll start the process, try to see what we can do to identify it. Some of those things you have the power of humiliation where you can raise it and put in sunlight. They love functioning in the dark. You put some sunlight on it, that does help. But, we’ll see. I’m glad to take that on.

The Power of Humiliation. I think we have the 2016 Republican presidential campaign slogan already picked out.

And then there’s the state-level insanity. Let’s go to my former home of New Mexico. State Rep. Cathrynn Brown has introduced a bill that would criminalize abortion in cases of rape. Why? Tampering with evidence.

Yes, you read that right.

Criminalizing abortion in the case of rape because of evidence tampering.

‚ÄúTampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.

Of course, we all know that legitimate rape means you don’t get pregnant. So these sluts deserve it. Or something. Anyway, doesn’t the election rigging make so much more sense now?

34 comments on this post.
  1. shah8:

    Nah, what does make sense is that we turn into a one party state with Big Money still on our asses.

  2. GOP idea man:

    For the same reason, it will be illegal to treat stab wounds (if the victim has XX syndrome) and whip- marks (if the victim has melanism). Normal people can get treatment though; I mean, you think we’re crazy or something?

  3. commie atheist:

    So, confronted with the batshit insane extremism of the GOP, your response is “there ain’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.” Awesome. St. Ralph will be sending your check to you shortly.

  4. shah8:

    Oh no, there is plenty of difference. One party is a batshit insane party. The other party is the connected people party. The batshit insane party is intended to mobilize and herd consent for the purposes of consensus-less democracy. Problem is that they’ve gone too far into the fjords, and have begun to threaten their own social viability. The other party just takes up monied refugees from the batshit party and continue on as before.

    Look, I’m a sour, cynical, and desperate person. I increasingly doubt that I, or many of the people I care about in my life here and online, will see 2025, and hope that if I’m right, it all happens quick and all and suffering is minimal. The sheer scale of problems that keep going from long term to medium term, and from medium term to short term, is frightening.

  5. Bill Murray:

    No it will be illegal to abort reported rape fetuses because it would be destroying evidence

  6. commie atheist:

    Well, if it’s any consolation:

    In the year 2525, if man is still alive
    If woman can survive, they may find
    In the year 3535

    Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
    Everything you think, do and say
    Is in the pill you took today

    In the year 4545
    You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
    You won’t find a thing to chew
    Nobody’s gonna look at you

    In the year 5555
    Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides
    Your legs got nothin’ to do
    Some machine’s doin’ that for you

  7. Major Kong:

    What if I paid extra for the whip marks?

  8. Michael H Schneider:

    State Rep. Cathrynn Brown may be merely incompetent rather than truly awful.

    While her proposed legislation certainly says what everyone thinks it says, that may be merely incompetence and an inability to write good English:

    “The bill may in fact be sloppily written, but the intent clearly was to target rapists – not rape victims.”
    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2908522.shtml?cat=500

    She is a Republican, and she is from Carlsbad, but that supports an implication of bad writing almost as well as it supports an implication of hating on women.

  9. Erik Loomis:

    After I posted, I figured out she was from Carlsbad. It all started making sense.

  10. JoyfulA:

    For those of us unfamiliar with New Mexico, what’s with Carlsbad? The only thing that comes to mind is “caverns.”

  11. Erik Loomis:

    It properly belongs in Texas. It is a Texas city in every single way except for being on the New Mexico side of the border.

    Not sure what else there is to say.

  12. Erik Loomis:

    Obviously using the term “city” somewhat loosely here.

  13. M. Bouffant:

    Oh this is the “a dude will statutory rape a girl & then make her get an abortion to dispose of the evidence” shtick that one of the Republican candidates (at least an office holder who wasn’t running last yr.) offered post-Akin.

    Can’t remember his name or Google it up, but here’s the theory behind it.

  14. M. Bouffant:

    Steve King. No surprise.

  15. STH:

    She does sound a bit clueless in that article. I wish they’d had a little context in there.

    This is reminding me of the Louisiana legislator who was stunned to find that their new cool state-funded religious charter school plan might mean that state funding would go to NON-CHRISTIAN (gasp!) religious charter schools. Apparently, when you say “religious” in some places, it means “Christian.”

  16. rm:

    I feel relieved that I now, after reading the comments, understand the thought process that led to this ridiculous proposal, but then immediately I feel sick about the fact I understand.

    The unstated assumption that really makes that law make sense is: ONLY A MAN can take any action, even the action of “procuring” an abortion. Of course this doesn’t apply to the pregnant rape victim — she’s a woman, and thus a kind of inanimate object. That this was proposed by a female legislator has no bearing on this logic.

  17. fraser:

    By comparison Louisiana’s policy of posting warning signs at abortion clinics (to the effect that nobody can make you get an abortion, it’s your right to have the baby!) seems almost moderate. Wait, maybe that’s the goal!

  18. c u n d gulag:

    I don’t think they understand “the power of humiliation” themselves, or, you know – they might be humiliated, themselves!

  19. c u n d gulag:

    Boy, that IS moderate!

    Here in Liberal NY, once we find out a woman is pregnant, we just force her to go to the nearest abortion clinic – which is why we have them conviently located right near each and every Starbucks.

    And we shoot the doctors who deliver babies.

    It’s how we Liberals roll, you know.

  20. Hunter:

    No “apparently” about it — she came right out and said that she thought “religious” meant “Christian” — then turned around and opposed the bill when Muslim schools started applying to the program.

  21. Hunter:

    Rumor has it that the “Sally” involved in the exchange with Lankford is none other than Sally Kern, who thinks gays are more dangerous to the country than terrorists.

    Birds of a feather. . . .

  22. Joseph Slater:

    Plus one million.

  23. Coconono:

    New Mexico, so far from heaven, so close to Texas. As a transplanted Californian in Santa Fe, I am continuously appalled and amazed at the ignorance I see in the local and state politicians here.

  24. Woodrowfan:

    I thought they had something like carbon trading. You can keep your baby if you get a woman in another state to have an abortion.

  25. rea:

    Carlsbad has more bat shit than anywhere else in the country.

  26. RedSquareBear:

    And now they’ve started electing it?

  27. njorl:

    A few weeks ago a little neighbor kid walked up to me and said, “You got old. Are you gonna die soon? Mr. Peters got old and he died.”

    Quoting that song, you got old.

  28. rea:

    I’m working on a case right now where the alleged victim suffered a fractured skull. Darned if they didn’t treat her, destroying the evidence! Maybe we should move to dismiss?

  29. c u n d gulag:

    LOL!

  30. rea:

    Only the insane bat shit.

  31. Michael H Schneider:

    Carlsbad has more bat shit than anywhere else in the country.

    You’re being unfair to Hobbs, Artesia, Roswell, Deming, Lordsburg, Alamogordo, Claunch, and even the suburbs of Albuquerque:


    Schools in New Mexico could allow an employee to carry a concealed handgun on school property under a proposal by a Republican legislator.

    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2908982.shtml?cat=500

    New Mexico’s gun totin’ history and traditions have, of course, completely eliminated senseless gun violence by 15 year old kids:

    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez says the shooting deaths of a New Mexico pastor, his wife and three of his children allegedly by the pastor’s son was “horrific.”

    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2909021.shtml?cat=500

  32. DocAmazing:

    The power of humiliation compels you!

  33. wengler:

    Those bats shit on everyone at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.

  34. BW:

    Bill Jacobsen says hi!

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