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Fineman on Basketball

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March 27, 2012
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I’m probably the only blogger here who doesn’t care all that much about college basketball (as my bracket attests), and to me, this month is largely about drinking margaritas and discussing feminism once a week to celebrate Women’s History Month. But when March madness comes along, I usually throw my allegiances toward Western, my alma mater (go Topps!) and UofL, my adopted home team. My general disinterest in the sport has not stopped several people from sending me this Howard Fineman piece on the intrastate rivalry, however, so I thought I’d share. Frankly, I will be relieved when this is all over, so we can focus on the things that are really important, like political politics and baseball.

(edit: decent WSJ coverage as well)

But They’re Not Bigots!

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November 3, 2011
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Watch as U.S. Senate candidate and all-around class-act Elizabeth Warren gets put in her rightful place by a down-on-his-luck teabagger. Not very creative, his slur, but at least she’s not one of those women who goes around giving it away for free.

Liberty All Up in Your Birth Canal

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June 21, 2011
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Blah blah states’ rights blah blah Constitution blah blah same old bullshit from St. Paul I:

Time for a Womansplanation

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May 4, 2011
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When WMLPs come up in here and very unsubtly wonder how come us stupid progressives won’t come to some sort of middle-ground with their garbage politics, or talk about how foolish and war-loving we are because we often vote with the party* that doesn’t cater to racist assholes as much as the other one, I’d just like to point out that your patron saint of freedom hates women even more than he hates the IRS.

The anti-choice position is the pro-death position. The anti-choice position is the anti-liberty position. And I will do absolutely everything I am able to do to ensure that every last one of the people who voted for the passage of the nightmare HR3 legislation is never elected to office again. And I know I ain’t the only one.

(*My obligatory feminist spiel about how, were it not for some Democrats at the state and federal levels being total women-hating cowards when it comes to women’s rights, it may not have gotten so terrible in the first place.)

Things That Should Go Without Saying

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May 4, 2011
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In case you were out there, wondering if Paulbots* think you or your friend/relative/coworker should be in a federal prison or, possibly, executed, the answer is yes.

(*Not exclusively the realm of Paulbots.)

ETA:

Truly outrageous. h/t to Amanda, who goes on to say:

We see these girls and see so much potential: the valuable work they may do, the educations they may receive, the choices they may make in adulthood to better make a happy home with the kind of family that works for them, and their future hobbies and intellectual goals.

The GOP looks at teenage girls and sees a bunch of healthy uteruses being shamelessly unused.

Well Hey, Great!

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April 9, 2011
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The government didn’t shut down. And in your non-news, the Democratic party still considers the rights of just over half of the population of this country (and nearly 53% of the population of the District of Columbia) totally negotiable. Also: godbags totally love liberty!

Hell Hath Frozen Over

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March 18, 2011
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St. Paul I drops knowledge on teacrackers. Head explode!

An there is no way for this to end badly, amirite?

Pres. Obama, when you cave to clowns like these, that is a sign that you’re doing it wrong. And by “it,” I mean “presiding.” Which is what a lot of people (including me) elected you to do. Warmongering might have gotten Bush a second term, but you’re A SECRET MUSLIN. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be bipartisan-y.

Congressman Awesome (for a Yankee)

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March 17, 2011
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Which Do You Prefer?

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March 1, 2011
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I’m firmly in team bunnyrita, though baby smoothie sounds pretty delicious too.

(h/t: RH Reality Check)

Whore v. Virgin: A Date Night Retrospective (Pt. 1)

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February 16, 2011
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PARENTAL ADVISORY: EXPLICIT CONTENT (I cuss. A lot.)

Life’s a hard fucker, sometimes. Worlds we build for ourselves can go topsy-turvy pretty rapidly without warning. Foundations shift. Purposes become muddled. I was stuck in that place for months, in a sort of reckless limbo, so disenchanted with the internal and the external, that I had to step back from blogging for a while. Maybe my absence was notable. Probably not. I missed the writing and the caring, but it just got too draining to give a shit for the most part.

I think the not giving a shit is what they’re counting on. And I guess it worked for a while, on me at least. The 2010 race for U.S. Senate was both mind-boggling and unsurprising. The Dreamboat went all Mongiardo-ish and tried to Blue Dog the Teacracker. This failed, in part because the actual “conservative” dipshit will win out over the pretend one every time. Over trolls‘ insistence that it was the economy, stupid, anyone with a modicum of common sense could see right through that claim. They wanted a culture war from the get-go.

So I’m saying, “Bring it.” Loudly. Repeatedly. Publicly. It’s not just elections they’re after. They’re out for blood. And they want it indelibly.

Kentucky, of course, has played no small role in this wingnut awakening. Emboldened by a so-called mandate to stop government spending and decrease the deficit, Sen. Rand Paul’s first actual move as U.S. Senator was to proudly cosponsor anti-choice legislation that is wholly unenforceable, defies any sort of medical education he claims to have had, and would be prohibitively expensive to actually enforce. (Straight from the fetus fetishism playbook, natch.) The junior Senator recently took up with the popular pay-per-rapist, Sen. David Vitter, to co-sponsor a bill meant to codify the second-class status of babies born to the “wrong” (i.e., brown) parents. The growing frustration with these transparent culture warriors is as palpable as it is familiar.

Unfortunately, it isn’t just our federal office-holders who are showing their hands for upcoming campaign strategies. Gubernatorial candidate David Williams – whose running mate is former Mr. Basketball (seriously) and current Ag. Commissioner Richie Farmer – introduced a “papers please” bill of his very own. Not to be outdone, Gov. Steve Beshear is also courting the “conservative” vote that every Blue Dog both loves and fears by supporting state tax incentives for a Noah’s Ark theme park. (FYI: No rides, proving my point yet again that godbags are able to suck the fun out of practically everything.

What am I getting at? Quite simply, the personal is political. And when bigoted, science-denying patriarchs set up shop in my beloved state and fleece money from good people, I ain’t gonna shut up and just watch it happen. And I am sure as hell not going to let Kentucky’s rich history of progressive activism go unnoticed, just because we’ve been written off as “red.”

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