Archive for April 6th, 2009

06
Apr
09

Woohoo! Michele Bachmann Says More Crazy Stuff!

So it’s Monday and it’s springtime and staying inside and working is…well, not fun (even though it’s a blessing for most of us to have jobs, I know, I know). Good thing Michele Bachmann is thinking of us poor slobs and going about her business of saying ridiculous things in public! Here she is talking about ObaMao Tse Tung’s verrrryy scccaarrrry plan to ZOMG PAY PEOPLE TO DO PUBLIC SERVICE!!!!

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06
Apr
09

Hey, GOP, This Is Why Infrastructure Spending Is Never Wasteful

40,000-50,000 people are homeless (and nearly 100 dead) because of an earthquake in Italy. Know what can prevent that? Good solid foundations, stable bridges, strong doorways, even roads…ya know, infrastructure.

Just sayin’…

06
Apr
09

Karzai Kind Of Admits You Maybe Shouldn’t Rape Your Wife

In case you didn’t know already, Afghanistan recently said it was legal to rape your wife. And now Hamid Karzai is maybe admitting that might not have been the greatest idea.
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“I ordered the justice minister to review the law, and if there is anything that would contravene … the freedom our constitution gives to Afghan women … there will be changes in it,” Karzai said on Saturday.

Here’s the thing: I’m glad this is getting reviewed, and I’m horrified by the law. Let’s get that out of the way. But let’s take a look at who’s outraged. Europe? Last I checked Italy was in Europe, and last I checked, Berlusconi decreed it legal to rape a woman, so long as she’s in blue jeans. America? Who’s never ever convicted anyone of marital rape ever? Whose most famous case of marital rape involved a whack job (pun intended) lopping off her attacker’s member?

So, it’s not only the hypocrisy and posturing of this that’s bothering me (“Yes, we tacitly admit it’s OK to rape them, but you can’t say that” *wink wink nudge nudge*), but also the total glossing over of the rest of the so-called “rape law.”

Under the new measure, Shia women would be banned from working or receiving an education without their husbands’ permission, the UN agency said.

They would also be forbidden from leaving their homes except for “legitimate purposes,” the agency said.

Wow, good thing they’re maybe going to think about repealing that rape business. It’ll be EZ street for dem broads from then on, I tell ya.

06
Apr
09

Media Covers A Different Military Homecoming

It’s about time. After 18 years of an increasing disconnect between the mentality of the average human being on the ground in the U.S. and the average human being on the ground in Iraq, the media is stepping up and trying to help us put it together: War = Death.

This 30-year-old very real man, Phillip Meyers, was killed in Afghanistan on April 4. He is important. He has a family. He is not alone.

I won’t go so far as to say there’s some sort of conspiracy afoot, one meant to generated a sort of laissez faire attitude about bombs and mass graves, but part of me wishes that these wars really had been our Vietnam. Had they even proposed (in a serious way) reinstating the draft, I can’t believe Iraq would ever have been invaded. Had we watched the war on TV, I doubt very highly we could have stomached it for this long.

These images are difficult, horrible, and, yes, they will make you cry and beat your fist against walls and grit your teeth. But that’s not such a bad thing. Being connected to something in which real people are hurting on both sides is necessary to understanding why it’s so goddamned important we get out. And never go back in so cavalierly.