This week’s Doonesbury. No punches were pulled.
These aren’t funny. In fact, they’re infuriating, and I think that is the point.
I don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said before, but this is the internet, and most of the internet is people repeating themselves:
Requiring any kind of ultrasound before a woman can end her pregnancy (and it is hers to end) is insulting, but requiring an invasive, unwelcome ‘transvaginal’ ultrasound goes beyond insult — it is rape, as the fourth strip says, since the woman is being coerced into getting the ultrasound. Requiring a waiting period between the ultrasound and the abortion is deliberately inconveniencing a woman with the intention of keeping the woman from ending her pregnancy. Requiring a woman to pay for an unnecessary (and unwanted) procedure is a way to discourage her from ending her pregnancy if she lacks the means to pay for it.
And the people who want to require this don’t want to help these women when, nine months later, they have a baby they didn’t want or didn’t think they could afford to support.
Many newspapers refused to run these strips. They should have; if people think this is unpleasant in the newspaper, they should find it even more unpleasant in their states’ laws, in their doctors’ offices, and in their vaginas.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has a Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in the Little Havana area of Miami on Friday. (PHOTO: Alan Diaz/AP)
Newt Gingrich sips from a small coffee cup (alternatively, Giant Newt Gingrich drinks from regular-sized coffee cup).
Trivia: Newt Gingrich is the first Ogre-American to run for president. The Ogre community applauds this leap forward in America’s forgotten civil rights movement.
I actually feel pretty clever having made this. I haven’t commented much about the current situation as it makes me very angry, but I can tell you that the GOP is (and has been) decimating the middle class. I dislike this.
The only words I saw were “Boehner” and “ass”
Congratulations to the White House and the House Democratic leadership! Anthony Weiner will resign.
Bush will not be investigated for lying us into war, authorizing torture, and spying on American citizens; but Anthony Weiner will resign.
Cheney will not be investigated for lying us into war, authorizing torture, and spying on American citizens; but Anthony Weiner will resign.
Rumsfeld will not be investigated for lying us into war and authorizing torture; but Anthony Weiner will resign.
Rice will not be investigated for lying us into war; but Anthony Weiner will resign.
Clarence Thomas will not be investigated for rank corruption; but Anthony Weiner will resign.
AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!
Rep. Michele Bachmann on Thursday night indicated she’s likely to announce her candidacy for president next month in Waterloo, the Iowa city where she was born.
For more information… http://www.politico.com
There’s not a single person working for her who could have said why starting your campaign in a town called Waterloo is a bad omen? Really?
The Law Office of David E. Coombs: Why Was PFC Manning Moved to Fort Leavenworth?
Like many others, the defense first learned of PFC Manning’s move to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by reading that a government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, leaked the information to the Associated Press. The defense was not officially notified of PFC Manning’s pending move until twenty minutes before the Pentagon’s press briefing. This is despite the fact that the Pentagon has “been thinking about this for a while.” Although the news of the move came as a surprise to the defense, the timing did not.
The defense recently received reliable reports of a private meeting held on 13 January 2011, involving high-level Quantico officials where it was ordered that PFC Manning would remain in maximum custody and under prevention of injury watch indefinitely. The order to keep PFC Manning under these unduly harsh conditions was issued by a senior Quantico official who stated he would not risk anything happening “on his watch.” When challenged by a Brig psychiatrist present at the meeting that there was no mental health justification for the decision, the senior Quantico official issuing the order responded, “We will do whatever we want to do.” Based upon these statements and others, the defense was in the process of filing a writ of habeas corpus seeking a court ruling that the Quantico Brig violated PFC Manning’s constitutional right to due process. See United States ex. rel. Accardi v. Shaughnessy, 74 S.Ct. 499 (1954) (violation of due process where result of board proceeding was predetermined); United States v. Anderson, 49 M.J. 575 (N.M. Ct. Crim. App. 1998) (illegal punishment where Marine Corps had an unwritten policy automatically placing certain detainees in MAX custody). The facts surrounding PFC Manning’s pretrial confinement at Quantico make it clear that his detention was not “in compliance with legal and regulatory standards in all respects” as maintained at the Pentagon press briefing.
While the defense hopes that the move to Fort Leavenworth will result in the improvement of PFC Manning’s conditions of confinement, it nonetheless intends to pursue redress at the appropriate time for the flagrant violations of his constitutional rights by the Quantico confinement facility.
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