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Richard Mourdock’s View On Rape Is The Same As Paul Ryan’s View On Rape–Romney/Ryan Would Redefine Rape

(Blogger’s Note 10/26/12–This is a post I ran on the blog last month. It seems appropriate  to run this post again given the comments of Republican Indiana U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock. Mr. Mourdock said that pregnancy that results from rape are “something God intended.”  Mr. Mourdock is one of a number of Republican candidates across the nation in 2012 who oppose abortion even in cases of rape. Mr. Romney recently filmed an ad for Mr. Mourdock and still says he supports Mr. Mourdock. These are  positions supported by Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.)  

When I was in Cincinnati recently I saw Mitt Romney’s jet at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati.

Above you see a picture I took of Mr. Romney’s plane. Governor Romney was speaking at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal.

The RR on the tail of plane stands for “Redefining Rape.”

Or–if maybe there are 3 R’s on the tail–it could be “Romney Redefines Rape” or “Ryan Redefines Rape.”

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan shares the view of Missouri Congressman Todd Akin that some forms of rape are not “legitimate rape.”

How have we reached the point where we feel that some forms of rape are not rape at all?

Here in Texas, women who seek a constitutionally protected abortion are subject to the state-mandated rape of the forced sonogram law. Rick Perry signed that law.

These folks fly around in big airplanes and hold the highest offices in the nation and run for President and Vice President of the United States–But really they are simply brutal men who would redefine rape and brutalize the poor.

October 26, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rick Perry’s Fed Up!—Not Really The Most Fun You Can Have In A Field In Indiana

I was driving with a friend yesterday in Indiana.

We came across the field you see in the first picture below.

This field contained both a farm silo and a football goalpost and upright.

My friend and I figured that this just had to be the most wholesome middle-America location in all the nation.

Farm and football in one spot in Indiana.

I just happened to have in my rental car a copy of Rick Perry’s book Fed Up!

I wondered if reading Fed Up! as an everyday middle American in such a wholesome spot in Indiana would cause the book to make some sense.

So far I’ve just read the book as a liberal snob in the big city of Houston.

In the bottom picture you see me reading Fed Up! in front of the silo.

I’ve got to tell you that this book reads just as stupid and mean-spirited in rural America as it does in the big city.

Though, of course, Indiana voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

People all over the nation have the decency and common sense to know that we should care for one another, and to know that government has a role to play in our lives.

If Rick Perry is nominated by the Republican Party in 2012, his extreme views will be rejected in all parts of our great republic

 

August 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Indiana Dunes A Great Place To Visit

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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a wonderful place to go.

This park, on Lake Michigan, is not far from Chicago.

Go there this summer, or maybe even in the winter, with people you love.

Or at least can tolerate.

Or go by yourself and enjoy the peace.

It is often good to go places by yourself. Being by yourself helps you collect your thoughts and helps you have new thoughts.

Above is a picture of the area in winter taken by the Chicago Daily News in 1911.

Below is a more recent summer picture. The photo does not do full justice to how nice it is to look at the water.

Here is information on Lake Michigan from the State of Wisconsin.

Here is information about the Great Lakes taken as a whole from the American and Canadian governments.

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Giant Boar At Indiana State Fair—Wash Your Hands Even If You’ve Only Looked At It

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Above is a picture of what is said to be the second largest boar in the world. The word boar in this case seemed to describe a male domestic pig and not a wild undomesticated pig.  

I took this picture last week at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Here is the link to the Indiana State Fair. The fair runs through August 23 so there is still time for you to attend.

I have a picture of the world’s largest boar that was in a nearby pen. But this picture is better.

The big “Please do not touch” sign seemed to be as much about Swine Flu as the fact that the boar might attack you.  

Around the swine pavilion at the fair where many posters instructing you to wash your hands after visiting the exhibit. The signs said that if you do not wash your hands after visiting the exhibit, that you might contract the swine flu.

Here is the link to my seven swine flu poems. 

Here is how the Mayo Clinic says you should wash your hands

  • Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply liquid soap or use clean bar soap. Lather well.
  • Rub your hands vigorously together for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel.
  • Use a towel to turn off the faucet.
  • August 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Confederate Flag & Obama Sign

    Above is a picture of a home in Martinsville, Indiana of a Confederate flag on the flog pole and an Obama sign on the lawn.

    Here is a story from the Reporter-Times of Martinsville on this home.

    The wife is an Obama supporter and the husband, who seems to be source of the flag, does not vote. The wife says the husband is a “non-conformist” rather than a racist.

    Here is information about Martinsville. It was once called the “Goldfish capital of the world.” Apparently there are many fisheries in Martinsville that distribute fish around the globe.

    Below is Martinsville from the air. Just under 12,000 people lived in the city in 2000.

    It might seem like just another small town. But all people are unique in some way.

    Or, if not quite unique, at least not entirely predictable. 

    October 31, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Indiana Is My Favorite Swing State

    Indiana is my favorite swing state.

    (Above is Aurora, Indiana on the shores of the Ohio River)

    Here’s why.

    1. Indiana is not far from my long time home of Cincinnati.

    2. My wife and I have been to Indiana together and I love my wife. Indiana reminds me of how much I love my wife.

    3. The Ohio River runs along the Indiana/Kentucky border and the Ohio River is my favorite river.

    4. Indiana has not voted for a Democrat for President since 1964 and an Obama victory in Indiana would be excellent. The latest poll shows Senator Obama up by two points in Indiana.  Here is a story from Salon about how Indiana has become a contested state

    5. Back in my punk rock days I saw a Circle Jerks concert in Indianapolis.

    Here is some basic information about Indiana.

    What is your favorite swing state? With Senator Obama on the move across the country, there are many to choose from!

    (Below is Evansville, Indiana. Evansville is also on the shores of the Ohio River.)

    October 22, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, My Wife Is The Best Person Ever, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

    I’m A Liberal Okay With Evan Bayh As Vice President

    Some on the left object to the idea of Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana being chosen as running mate for Senator Barack Obama. The claim is that Mr. Bayh is a centrist, or within the context of the Democratic Party, on the right.

    Here is an account of votes Evan Bayh has made in the Senate

    Here is Senator Bayh’s Senate page.

    Here is Mr. Bayh’s official Congressional profile.   

    Here is a Chicago Tribune profile of Senator Bayh.

    I don’t object to Senator Bayh’s possible selection. I want to win the election. If the Obama campaign makes the call for Mr. Bayh, that’s fine by me.  

    Senator Bayh has shown the ability to win in Indiana. Indiana, bordering Mr. Obama’s Illinois, is seen as a swing state in 2008 despite a strong Republican history. If Mr. Bayh can help in Indiana, and maybe in next-door Ohio as well, then he is my man.

    And I’m not so certain that Mr. Bayh is as to the right as is being suggested. The following is from his profile in the 2008 Almanac Of American Politics—

    “… he joined filibusters to stop the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the bill to limit medical malpractice lawsuits and several judicial nominees; he joined almost all other Democrats in rejecting individual retirement accounts in Social Security; he took a harder line stance on trade; he voted not just against Samuel Alito but also against John Roberts.

    Mr. Bayh will adjust himself to the needs of the moment and the constituency. That’s what they all do within, much of the time at least, the confines of party ID.

    One concern about Senator Bayh as VP is that the Republican Governor of Indiana is currently the favorite to win another term. Mr. Bayh as Vice President would cost Democrats a Senate seat. 

    A black man named Barack Obama has a lot of work to do in this country to reassure voters that he is not a Black Panther. If Evan Bayh is the course to follow to accomplish this goal—then okay.  In contrast to a victory for John McCain, the difference between what Mr. Bayh would mean for the country rather than a more liberal Vice President is on the margins.

    Here is the U.S. Senate’s Vice President web home. It describes the history of the office and has good profiles of each Vice President. It’s the best resource I have seen on the topic.

    Below is Schuyler Colfax of Indiana. Mr. Colfax was Speaker of the U.S. House, and Vice President between 1869 and 1873 under U.S. Grant. Regretably, as the profile I link to details, Mr. Colfax had some ethical issues in his political career. 

    August 17, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments