Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

Mario Piperni on the Importance of Being Nikki

Idiot Quote of the Day: Nikki Haley

April 5, 2012 By

It appears that one doesn’t have to be a Republican male to be a misogynist dick. The term applies equally well to women of the Republican persuasion. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley shows how it’s done.

“Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families.”

Dumb.

Are the above mutually exclusive? Can one not be a woman who has concerns about jobs, the economy and her family while also caring about contraception? In fact the argument can easily be made that a responsible woman who truly cares about the first three items in that list must also care about contraception and the role it plays in her life. Unless lovemaking is viewed as a religious rite whose sole purpose is procreation, then determining when she gets pregnant is as pivotal an element in a woman’s life as I can imagine.

I can’t help but wonder about women who vote Republican in much the same way that I wonder about gays, blacks, Latinos, non-Christians, minorities, the poor, the middle class – anyone, really, who isn’t a white male belonging to the one percent. Why do any of these people vote against their own self-interests by voting Republican?

I understand that people can look beyond a single issue and cast their vote based on a broader view of who and what their political party of choice represents. Fine, but how does one cast that vote when the single issue they disagree with is one that attacks the very essence of who they are?

How does a gay person vote for a political party which at its core views their sexual orientation as a perversion that can be cured with a bit of therapy at Marcus Bachmann‘s clinic? A political party that refuses to accept that the person you choose to love and marry is your choice and your choice alone and should carry the exact same legal benefits that a heterosexual marriage carries.

How does a middle class wage earner vote for a political party that seeks to lower taxes for the rich and pay for the lost revenue by gutting the social safety net – programs put in place to ensure that all Americans have a fighting chance to pick themselves up when misfortune comes their way?

How does a black man vote for a political party still deeply infected with racist attitudes? Should you doubt the validity of that last statement then you might want to take a look at the people supporting and defending the murderer of Trayvon Martin. It clearly has become a political issue with those on the right attacking the victim (black) while defending the killer (white). Also ask yourself which political party gave rise to the Birther movement after the election of the country’s first black President.

And how does a woman vote for a political party whose leaders dare to question her use of contraception while they battle to restrict her reproductive rights and take away her ability to choose.

Greedy, selfish, white guys with a ton of money who remember they’re Christians only at Christmas and Easter – I understand why they’re voting Republican.

Everyone else? I don’t get it. You tell me.

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( The Nikki Haley source photograph is a Wikimedia Commons licensed image.)

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Barbara Phillippi

Barbara Phillippi posted the following on our Facebook page, and it was subsequently picked up by the Being Liberal page, where it caused no small amount of commotion. For posterity, we’re posting it here as well…

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when they didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the 1%, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values in the Wall Street crash.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President, and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick… Oh, Hell No!

You’re not going to take ME back, without a fight.

The Borowitz Report

Citing Safety Concerns, Somali Pirates Refuse to Board Cruise Ships

Fire, Capsizing Top Pirates’ Concerns, Spokesman Says

MOGADISHU (The Borowitz Report) – In yet another public relations setback for the beleaguered cruise industry, Somali pirates today said they would no longer board cruise ships, citing “unsafe working conditions.”

“If the cruise ship industry thinks that it’s going to be business as usual between them and the Somali pirates, they need to have their heads examined,” said Somali pirate spokesman Sugule. “We Somali pirates may be bold, but we’re not crazy.”

The pirate said that the recent fire that crippled the cruise ship Azamara Quest “has sent a shiver through the pirate community.”

“We Somali pirates face enough risks without dealing with boats bursting into flames,” he said. “And don’t get me started on capsizing. If you want to call us rats deserting a sinking ship, so be it.”

When asked if the Somali pirates might attempt to board cruise ships in the future, he responded, “I am telling me hearties that if they were thinking of pillaging a cruise ship of its booty over Easter Break, they should make alternative plans.”

Carol Foyler, a spokesperson for cruise industry, said that the cruise ship companies “would be working overtime to win back the pirates’ trust.”

In the meantime, Ms. Foyler said, the industry would be unveiling a new slogan in the weeks to come: “Come for the fun, stay for the raging inferno.”