Archive for August 22nd, 2012

(UPDATE) RNC to Maine GOP: Split The Delegates

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

(Cross posted at Dirigo Blue)

(5pm update) Not so fast:

Brent Tweed, one of the Maine delegates whose seat in Tampa is being challenged, said he and other pro-Paul delegates would not agree to such a proposition because they believe all 20 delegates were properly elected during the state GOP convention in May.

“We haven’t agreed to any deal,” Tweed said. “We think the [Republican National Committee] Contest Committee has to rule in our favor and seat all 20 delegates.”

The conflicting information comes just five days before the convention kicks off, creating a cloud of uncertainty over delegates from Maine as they prepare to head south.


Maine’s Republican chairman says the national party has made a decision on the contested seating of the state’s Ron Paul delegates at next week’s national convention.

Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster says the national party’s Committee on Contests today determined that party rules were broken when a slate of 20 Ron Paul delegates was elected at the state convention in May. Webster says the committee is now telling Paul supporters and mainstream Republicans who challenged them they can each pick 10 delegates.

If they don’t, the Republican National Committee will make the choices for them.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) May Claim He’s “Never Heard of Children Getting Pregnant From Rape”- But I Have

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Revolting. For context, King made his remarks in an attempt to defend House colleague Todd Akin (R-MO), who King insists is the “target of petty, personal attacks”.

REPORTER: “You support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that would provide federal funding for abortions to a person that has been forcefully raped. But what if someone isn’t forcibly raped and for example, a 12-year-old who gets pregnant? Should she have to bring this baby to term?”

KING: Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter. Generally speaking it’s this: that there millions of abortions in this country every year. Millions of them are paid for at least in part by taxpayers. I think it’s immoral for us to compel conscientious objecting taxpayers to fund abortion through the federal government, or any other government for that matter. So that’s my stand. And if there are exceptions there, then bring me those exceptions let’s talk about it. In the meantime it’s wrong for us to compel pro-life people to pay taxes to fund abortion.”

(VIDEO link) From the accompanying article:

“Of course, Steve King isn’t telling the real truth. In reality, rape impregnates thousands of women every year, including little girls. King is also wrong to claim that the federal government funds abortion. The federal government is barred from funding abortion because of the Hyde Amendment. The only exceptions to that law are women and girls who become pregnant by rape or incest, which is acceptable and understandable to most human beings. But because King hasn’t personally known any instance of little girls being raped and impregnated, he doesn’t want there to be any circumstance where abortion should be allowed.”

For those unaware, in a previous career I was a medical laboratory technician. In that capacity, I worked numerous jobs around the country over the course of about a dozen years before retiring from the field. Routinely I would perform blood and urine pregnancy testing- and one day that haunts and horrifies me still was the day that a urine sample for pregnancy testing from a ten year old girl came into the lab.

The results, which were double-checked for verification, were positive.

Ten. Years. Old.

Now, prepare to wrap your head fully around this.

First off, there was a girl whose body had matured sufficiently for her body to begin menstrual cycles at a rather precocious age- the average age of menarche is considered to be 13 years worldwide, 12.5 years in the United States. Additionally, not all females who are ovulating have had a menstrual cycle, contrary to popular belief.

Second, this child was impregnated.


Ten. Years. Old.

A child is a child, and rape is rape. There is NO WAY AND NO POSSIBLE VALID ARGUMENT HERE THAT THIS WAS A CONSENSUAL ACT. Consent would require knowledge and comprehension far beyond what this girl was capable of. Additionally, the legal age of consent in the United States ranges from 16 to 18 years old.

This conception and pregnancy were indeed the result of rape. This child was raped. And even typing that is difficult.

Widen the scope a bit and you can see part of the problem in getting a grasp of the problem. Due to the nature of the crime, the court system, the ages of the victims, and so many other elements, it is impossible to know exactly how many female children are raped in our country, let alone how many conceive.

But, back to the ten year old girl.

A third point to consider is the physician attending this girl had reason to order the testing– this is not the sort of examination nor laboratory results most pediatricians seek without some sort of examination of the patient and medical interview (as best as can be conducted under such circumstances). The testing itself was not ordered in the ER as a “STAT” (highest priority) or even “ASAP”, but as a routine test request coming directly from the physician’s office, with no criminal rape kit– had that been the case, our hospital laboratory would not have been involved, but rather the state’s criminal laboratory. Later on, when the results were given back to the office, this child and parent/ guardian were informed of the girl’s pregnancy.

Let’s stop again.

In addition to being a 12th generation native Mainer, I am also an amateur genealogist, having been working on my families’ lines (and those of others around the country) as a kid with my grandparents and mother. Over the course of 40 plus years of doing that sort of research, I have walked through literally hundreds, if not thousands, of cemeteries.

I have no idea how many times I have seen graves of children who died the day they were born or those of young mothers who died in childbirth. One of my ancestors, Susan (Fogarty) Billings (1795-1836), died giving birth to her youngest child Elizabeth- my great-great-great-grandmother. Sometimes gravestones reflected the deaths on the same day of both mother and child, telling sad tales of family tragedies from long ago.

( Image: Teenage birth rate per 1,000 women aged 15–19, 2000–2009)

“But that was back years ago, before medical advances and cleaner environments!” some could argue. And to a degree they would be right, that conditions have improved markedly since the 1830s.

But consider this: In the past decade, the rate of women dying in childbirth in the United States has risen to alarming levels. It is a serious problem that is getting worse every year. In poor nations, teen pregnancy is a leading cause of death. The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy of developed nations.

Among the risks for teen mothers that can lead maternal and infant death are lack of access to proper nutrition, adequate prenatal care from trained professionals- and with younger teens, an underdeveloped pelvis can lead to difficulties.

But we’re not talking about a “young teen”- we are talking about a TEN. YEAR. OLD. GIRL.

So keep believing there is no “Republican War on Women”– to a degree, you would be right.

Today, Rep. Steve King of Iowa declared war- on raped children.

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Why Republicans Should “Go The Full Akin”

Posted on August 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

While Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh, fellow Missouri GOP members and even Sarah Palin are advising America to, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”, it appears that they are all sadly missing a golden opportunity to get behind the one Republican on the national scene who indeed personifies and defines with sharp clarity their entire 2012 slate of presidential nominees, as well as the GOP’s long standing views of abortion.

Rather than shun Todd, they should embrace him- and “go for the Full Akin”.

Consider the evidence. On the surface, Todd Akin appears to be an angry older white man. Why, that right there represents the majority of the GOP base!

Oh, our apologies- that was Rep. Akin’s happy face.

Here is his angry look. There- much better!

Anywho… Todd is ANGRY. And doesn’t back down. Stands firm for what he believes and doesn’t “run for cover when the first gunshot is heard”.

Wait a sec; that doesn’t appear to be the case after all. Hmm. And goodness knows, the GOP right before their convo in Tampa do NOT need more “flip-flop” reminders, as they all collectively choke down their lunch and officially nominate Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate.

Well, that’s why Mitt has a Veep- someone who can do the dirty work and stand with Todd Akin- goodness knows, it’s not like they haven’t stood together before in Congress!

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