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2012 Republican Party Platform Seeks To “Legalize” Rape!

By Stephanie Devereaux -- The net results of the Republican position on “rape”, as written in the 2012 Republican Party platform — is that there should be no abortions for any reason, including rape, incest, or in cases in which the mother’s life in jeopardized — and the net effect of the 38 bills that Paul Ryan and Todd Akin have co-sponsored in the House of Representatives, in one form or other –  is to weaken rape laws and fray and tatter the fabric of what is now pretty clear cut distinctions in law with regard to what constitutes prosecutable rape — to the point in which any instance of “alleged rape” is viewed, officially, with skepticism and forced into a position in the context of the law in which the rape victim is required to “prove it”, by deflecting and minimizing the alleging  — with the newly substituted uber-present assumption that anytime a woman is raped it was because she “wanted it” or “was asking for it”, or was dressed in a way that “provoked it, or deliberately went to a part of town where only wanton women traffic.

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In short  — these laws read like laws written for — and by — serial rapists in charge of the law — changing laws so that it would be unlikely they would ever be outright accused of “forcible” rape — and virtually impossible to get a convicted of, if and when charges  actually were filed.  But the main effect — and I believe it was the deliberate and the ultimate intent of the proposed bills — was to devalue women, turn rape allegations into a “she said, he said”, kind of an argument — and quite naturally and ultimately result in more women suffering in silence because they are afraid, fearful, or not hopeful enough that anything other than embarrassment and humiliation to the victim would result if they pressed the issue  — so they just don’t file charges — and they don’t — in many cases — even tell anyone.

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I think the Republican and evangelical right wing obsession with these women’s health, family planning, and women’s contraception and sexuality issues is indicative of a serious, unresolved and untreated emotional, psychiatric, and sexuality aberration in the collective personalities — and a stubborn rejection of the idea of the equality of a woman who is in control of her own life and destiny — and has moved, generationally, in recent years — ever-progressively more out from under the thumb of the men in there lives.  I think it has left men, and Republican and evangelical men in particularly with a sense of losing control and a sense of increasing powerlessness to control the events and circumstances of their personal, sexual, and family lives — and they are striking back — and trying to reassert a balance and a norm that is more to their benefit — and therefore more comfortable to them.  True, perhaps — but sad.  Yes, very sad indeed.

What Will The Republican Party Look Like Rolling Forward? A Rush To Extinction?

By Robert Sexton – Who knows what the future holds.   It is a revealing — and it is a relief — that the GOP Convention in 2012 will not feature George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or — gasp! — Sarah Palin.

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The few moderate and remaining “sane” Republicans that will be watching or attending the Republican Convention in 2012 — can take some solace in the fact that the current Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates obviously feel the necessity to distance themselves from past debacles and past bad actors in the Republican party.  But all is not as rosy as it seems.  Should Romney and Ryan — as I for one expect — go down in defeat in the 2012 Presidential race — what, then, is the future of the GOP?

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The answer, from my perspective — not much.   If the current GOP presidential teams falls — then Paul Ryan will certainly be the next rising star of the Republican party.  Chris Christie, given the keynote address at the convention this year, has clearly been designated as a potential heir-apparent to Mitt Romney.   Ron Paul will be back with a few more zealots — and will cause consternation.  Their will probably be the fringie pretenders.  McDonald of Virginia will try to cash in on his Tea Party, right wing “chops”.  Their will be some attention starved Michelle Bachmans, some Trump-esque attention prostitutes — and a Santorum or Perry or Caine — who like the experience of being on the national stage — and will run again regardless of how realistic their chances actually are.  If for no other reason than to shore up — or improve — their popularity back home.

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But it will simply be more of the same thing we had this year from Republicans  — in 2016.  Short of a right wing fascist coup, a continuing and worsening “Voter ID” law epidemic, or a political or philosophical Renaissance in the GOP think tanks and word-smithing – I don’t think that even all the money in the world as authorized and encouraged by Citizens United will keep the Republican party relevant past the next election or two.  You simply cannot work non-st0p 24/7 against the interests of the 98% of the American electorate that will be picking the country’s political leadership.  There just aren’t enough 1 or 2 per-centers.  And short of a fascist, militarized crack-down on ordinary Americans and democratic politicians — there just isn’t enough populist, humanist “mojo” in the Republican party to give it a significant relevance going forward into the future.  It will die hard, of course — and there is lots of money that will try to keep it a player.  But the longer the Republicans starkly and overtly curry the favor and campaign contributions of the rich and super rich and work solely for their political and financial benefit — the more it will become apparent to the elderly, women, minorities, the young, the poor, and the disabled  — that Republicans not only do not  have their best interests at heart and do not particularly feel obligated to do anything that would help make life better for them — but they actually are strenuously working to undermine or dismantle virtually every institution or government program that has these significantly disenfranchised groups as their beneficiaries.

Picking Paul Ryan For VP May Be The Last Battle Cry of A Dying Elephant — With A Death Wish!

By Johnny Tremaine – In a Presidential race in which the central issue from the “get-go” appeared to be whether or not the Republican party had moved so far to the right, become so identified solely with the interests of the rich and super-rich, so despicable and punitive toward women, so racist and disrespectful to Hispanics, all minorities, and the middle-class and working poor — that it may have punched its lunch ticket out of Washington, D.C. and off the national political stage anyway –   to pick Paul Ryan, the poster boy for the predatory rich,   whose famed “Budget Plan” was nothing more than a “RomneyHood” plan to rob from the middle-class and working poor and give another $5 trillion tax cut to the rich — on top of extending the Bush tax cuts indefinitely — seemed to me to be the “death cry” of a suicidal Republican party that was suddenly interested  only in speeding up the process of its encroaching demographic irrelevance  by calling all the questions about their to the fore-front right now — and right away.  It’s like the Republican party psyche finally got tired of waiting for the political demographic “other shoe” to fall — and simply wanted to get it over with.

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So all I have to say now is:  “Congratulations, Republicans”, it looks like you have pulled it off.  You may very well have killed yourself as a political party — in order to avoid a slow, painful, inevitable decline into political and social irrelevance  — and a long protracted period of time in the encroaching political desert — waiting for the “other show to fall”.

Is Hurricane Isaac Crashing the GOP Convention A Sign That God Does Not Approve Of The Republican Party Platform?

By Bifford Caulfied -- Just in the nick of time — God has finally rendered judgement on Republicans.  An all-knowing and all-powerful God, who clearly, then, knew when the Republican Convention was scheduled.   But he still sent Hurricane Isaac right on over to the Florida Keys and in effect cancelled the first day of the Republican Convention scheduled to get rolling in Tampa, Fl., on Monday.

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I, personally, have been shocked, appalled — and embarrassed — by the constant carnival and cartoonish antics of those purported Republican primary candidates alleged to have the “gravitas” to be considered for the office of the Presidency.  All I could say as the hilarity rolled on, was — wow! — this is definitely the strangest — and most entertaining — GOP primary political campaign — and now presidential campaign — that I can ever remember — in its entire history.

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You have a candidate in Mitt Romney, who actually was governor in a state — Massachusetts — who achieved the singular accomplishment – so elusive in America — of successfully providing virtually every citizen of the state healthcare — which would have been a powerful record to run on.  But the extremist lurch to the right of the tea-party inspired crazies in the GOP — has made that admirable accomplishment anathema to the Republican extreme right wing base.

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Then you saw Romney touting his “business” and “job-creating” experience in private enterprise as qualification for the job of Presidency – with his campaign dissing President Obama as a guy who came to what Republican party touts as basically the “CEO” of the United States, a business and management job, in their view,  with none of the “chops” 0r “street cred” that the job requires.  But a quick peak under the hood and Romney is revealed to be a leveraged buy-out specialist and predatory capitalist who made a lot of money by loading companies up with a lot of debt, then laying workers off and out-sourcing jobs to foreign countries –  and parts unknown — then, in many cases, filing bankruptcy and off-loading pension fund and retirements plan responsibilities to workers off onto American taxpayers through government pension protection and preservation plans — and walking away pocketing the millions Bain Capital cheated workers out of and then stiffed American taxpayers with the bill for.  In other words, much of Romney’s wealth was the result of ill-gotten gain at the expense of the taxpayers and American workers — if not, in fact, actual fraud.    Suffice it to say, at any rate, that the bloom was off the rose very quickly — and Romney was forced to bob and weave and dip and dodge — and to all appearances connive, lie, and fabricate new scenarios and events — most of them disingenuous at best — to attempt to explain, escape responsibility for, or justify actions taken by the company which supposedly bequeathed t0 him  his qualifications to be President of the United States.

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And then there is the vast, rich soil of social issues for the GOP to till.   And then Romney who bragged that he was more “liberal” on abortion, gay-rights, contraception, healthcare for women than Ted Kennedy — which he would have had to, of course, to even have a snowballs chance in hell of beating Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, and he was then forced to abandon those opinions quickly and distance himself from them — in order to attempt to appeal to enough right-wingers in the party to secure the GOP nomination.   And the resulting success of that effort was that Romney painted himself into the far right corner of GOP philosophy to curry favor with far right extremists in the Republican base — and light years to the right of where he would need to be,  politically,  in order to appeal to independents and the Democratic and Republican center in order to have a chance to win the general election.

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Romney tops it all off with his “self-deportation” solution to the immigration problem — which requires an economy continuing to founder to even work — and his promise to sign “personhood” bills, kill Planned Parenthood, and repeal the Affordable Care Act — and you have what may be very nearly a political perfect storm in the offing.

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And, regrettably for Romney, when it was all said and done — the far right of the party still weren’t sure Romney could be trusted, because there was so much history of him trying to prove he was moderate and progressive enough — so he was forced to pick a further “far-right darling” in Paul Ryan — to reassure the billionaires that were going to pony up the money that would give him a chance to defeat Obama.   So here Romney is now — a decent man with somewhat moderate views on social issues that agrees with every right wing position of lowering taxes on himself and his rich plutocrat friends, deregulate business, and he still isn’t completely trusted by the right wing base — and at the same time — by having picked Paul Ryan as a running mate — and as a result of all the ever-progressively more right wing and extreme views he has had to embrace to keep the base in tact — he is potentially trapped in a far right party — on the record with far right views — so much so, in fact, that the rank and file of America may have no choice but to avoid him in order to maintain their sense of balance and social safety net security.

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Co-Sponsored 33 Bills In the House That Attempted To Restrict Abortion Rights!

By Thurman Leopold — Despite panicked attempts by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — and dozens of other Republicans politicians and operatives –   to get Todd Akin to resign from the Missouri Senatorial race against Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill — Akin apologized today and vowed to fulfill the wishes of good Missourians –and fight on to win the race.

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Even more surprising — while Republicans act like Akin is some heretic who doesn’t in any way represent the values of the 2012 Republican party — there is plenty of evidence that Todd Akin did nothing more in his ill-chosen remarks than accurately articulate the widely held views on abortion, contraception, and planned parenthood that Paul Ryan and most Republicans have gone on record numerous times in support of.   In fact, the Republican Party Platform Committee just added a “no exceptions for any reason” plank regarding abortion to the 2012 Republican party official party platform to be adopted at the Republican Party Convention which begins in Tampa, Florida on Monday, August 27, including the stated purpose and intention of the party to repeal “Roe vs Wade”.

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In further irrefutable evidence that Rep. Akin in fact represents the views of the rank and file right wing of the Republican party – since Akin joined the House in 2001, he and Ryan have co-sponsored at least 33 different bills that attempted to restrict abortion rights.  They include attempts to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion rights for women living in Washington, D.C., a proposal to define human life as beginning at the point of fertilization, and a requirement that abortion providers perform and explain an obstetric ultrasound before a woman can give her consent for an abortion.

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If allowed to prevail, these “loonies-tunes” would roll back the progress of women’s rights a hundred years or more — and would roll back the progress of the effort to build a “more perfect union” to a period of time not long after the end of the Civil War.  It’s hard to fathom how this could have happened to a major political party so quickly.  Apparently, the creation of a counter-weight fringe element within the party by extremely right wing, wealthy Republican millionaire and billionaire benefactors and operatives — in an attempt to create the illusion of a grass-roots uprising and rebellion against both the disastrous Republican administrations of the eight year Bush/Cheney regime — as well as anything and everything the  first African American (make that “black” ) President has done or attempted to do to help the country recover from the financial crash  –  enabled the financing and empowerment of a lunatic extreme right wing of the party — fueled by disproportionate right wing media coverage –  at a time when there was a momentary ideological vacuum in the wake of Republican governing policies and philosophies having been so demonstrably repudiated in the minds of the public.  And now, although it seems like the Republican right is still relishing the political dissonance caused by this so-called “grass-roots” insurgency within the party — the party appears to have been  irreparably tainted by and painted with the ideology and antics of this far right lunatic fringe element now — and cannot seem to — or perhaps does not want to — extricate itself from its grasp and influence of its ideological extremists!

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The question is — after what they have seen, heard, and experienced so far — are rank and file of Americans — moderate Democrats and the bulk of independent voters — ready to give them any more time on the political stage to perform their theatrical, political fanaticism?  God help all of us — if they are!

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Are The “Tip of the Spear” of the “War on Women” In America!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – It was interesting to see Paul Ryan quickly jump out there and call for Todd Akin to “seriously” look at his ideas and his political career – and encouraging him to make a responsible decision about whether or not to continue his Senatorial campaign — implying that maybe it was time for him to withdraw from his Senatorial campaign against Claire McCaskill in Missouri.  It was especially surprising — since Ryan and Akin have been in ideological and tactical “lock-step” in the “War on Women” — and  Paul Ryan and Todd Akins have been the “tip of the spear” of that “War” for Republicans at the federal level continuously since at least 2010.

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Paul Ryan and Todd Akin co-sponsored HR-3, to redefine rape, providing for a more elaborate procedure to be required before a woman could just allege rape and press charges against the alleged rapist.  The procedure proposed  -- would essentially compel the victim of rape to provide evidence that the rape was in fact “forcible”, and ascertain more positively whether or not there was any possibility that the accuser was in some way complicit in the rape — implying that maybe the woman “invited” the rape through provocative dress, being in the wrong place (one that only ‘bad’ girls frequent) — or the fact that maybe she had imbibed to much alcohol — putting her subconsciously in more of a, shall we say, “receptive” mood.   Just pretty boorish stereotypical sexist male behavior and rationalizations for rape — that call into question whether or not the rape victim was secretly “asking for it”.

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They also co-sponsored HR-212, “The Sanctity of Human Life” bill - which stated that “life begins at conception” and officially and legally bestowed principles of “personhood” on a fetus — which allowed for the possibility that a woman who had an abortion, or used the morning after pill, or used some forms of contraception — could be charged with murder.

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Paul Ryan and Todd Akins also co-sponsored HR-3805 together — called the “Ultrasound informed Consent Act” , to “ensure”  women seeking abortion received an ultrasound — and forced woman to review the ultrasound before being legally allowed to have an abortion.  

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Todd Akins’ only crime was that he said out loud on tv with national coverage — what Paul Ryan, Todd Akins, and 230 other Republicans having been trying to enact into law in some form or the other since they took control of the House in 2010. These are the views held by the majority of Republicans in Congress.  These are views currently included in the Repubican party platform.  In short — this is who they are — this is what they believe in — and this is what they want to make the law of the land and make everyone adhere to. 

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And we thought the Taliban was bad!

Paul Ryan and Todd Akins — Two Pea-Brains in a Pod — Scared To Death of “Man-Hungry” Vaginas With “Shark Teeth”!

By Bifford Caulfied – The Republican world went nuts on Monday in response to poor Todd Akins, Senatorial candidate running against Claire McCaskell in Missouri, stating the official Republican position on rape and abortion.   VP candidate Ryan and Akins are partners in Republican crime in the House of Representatives, and co-sponsored House bill HR-3, which dealt with abortion and attempted to limit or parse or more “completely” re-define all the Republican fantasies about what “rape” was — or cuold be — not just in a television interview in St. Louis, but in the House of Representatives of the United States of America — and sought to make “personhood” at the moment of conception the law of the land — and tried to add nuance to the discussion of “rape”, by establishing a formal process, reminiscent of a jury trial — simply to determine if an alleged act of rape was “really” an act of “forcible” rape — and therefore legitimate — before charges were filed and the crime of rape charged and prosecuted in a court of law.  It’s like Republicans are either — or want to be — compulsive serial rapists — and are just trying to pass a federal law covering their not unsubstantial behinds.

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I always thought rape itself meant an act of “forcible” rape, but Paul Ryan and Todd Akins (and most if not all of their Republican counterparts – apparently) envisioned a much more subtle and nuanced brand of rape, one in which who was actually to blame for the “rape” was more complex — and harder to determine.  Other factors were to be considered, it seems, in HR-3.  Things like, “was the woman alleging “forcible” rape dressed scantily, alluringly — or provocatively.   Had she had a lot to drink — you know, such that her vamping tendencies might be somewhat less inhibited?  Was she in an inappropriate place — in a “lusty” part of town?  Was it dark — dark can be inviting, you know?

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I go out with friends from time to time — and sometimes we stop for a beer at a little bar in a town of 45 on a dark road on the way to my place.  And I can promise you this — if one or several of these nutty, creepy, “forcible rape” talking nut cases came into that or any other of a number of small bars in northwest country in the state of Washington — we would just toss their asses out into the street and kick the sh-t out of them right there  — and be done with it — then send them back to the looney bin.  “Legitimate rape” and “forcible” rape, my arse!

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And if there is such a thing as “forcible” rape  — then is there an “unforcible” rape?  And what might that be?   A rapist with a limp linguini dangles it provocatively over a “man-hungry” vagina with shark teeth or something) until — properly provoked — it roars into action and goes gnawing on his diminutive linguini until it is literally consumed by wanton vagina — against its will  — squeezing all the sperm out of the poor little rascal –  for the sole purpose of impregnating itself — in order to “illegitimately” and “unforcibly”  blame the helpless little limp biscuit rapist for an act the poor passive bastard was just quite simply totally incapable of committing?  Aw, yes.   It’s like all Republicans got their sex education as an alter boy in the Roman catholic church — or in the old shed out back of the house with one of the older boys reading “The Complete Book of Sexual Erotica” to them.  Good lord!   How hapless and insane can these sick puppy Republicans get?

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And the most sickening part.   Paul Ryan and Todd Akins are nutcase1 and nutcase2, respectively, and are also “ideological blood-brothers” on the issues of abortion, personhood, and “forcible” and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” rape!   And Republicans are calling on nutcase2 to withdraw from the Senate race in his home state as soon as today — and nutcase1 is running for his life for Vice-President of the United States with Grandfather Nutcase, Mitt Romney, who is running for his for President of the United States.  It’d be hilarious — if it wasn’t so tragic!

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Is Guilty of “Crimes Against Democracy” and Should Be Declared A “National Security Threat” — Arrested and Charged As An “Enemy Combatant”!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – It’s time the American people woke up and abandoned these crazy right wing Republican “fascists” masquerading as legitimate representatives  in our Democracy.  With only 42 days until early voting begins in Ohio and 77 days before the general election, Republicans of Ohio, led by their Secretary of State, have panicked and suspended two Democratic election board members from Montgomery County, home to Dayton, a city that historically favors Democratic candidates and issues, and amps up tensions between Democratic and Republican Congressional and Presidential campaigns.
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In a partial attempt to explain his actions, Secretary Husted said,  “After reviewing the facts, I issued a directive establishing the same days and hours of operation for voting in all 88 counties. I believe that this directive, in addition to providing for statewide uniformity, was fair and allowed for ample access to the polls.”   Sec. Husted ordered Tom Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman, the two Democratic BOE members in question, to attend to explain why he should not fire them, Mr. Husted said the duo refused to implement the law in favor [of] establishing their own days and hours of operation.   It might be well for Mr. Husted to be reminded that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany and Europe leading up to and during World War II, after coming to power — was “legal”.   It simply was not “moral”.

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Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released a related statement, saying,  “In his continued effort to suppress Ohioans’ access to voting, Secretary of State Jon Husted has now threatened to fire two Montgomery County Elections Board members who supported an expansion of voting hours to help give their residents more opportunities to vote. While we’ve watched for months as he and his fellow Republicans pulled out every stop to slash voting hours across the state, I’m both shocked and deeply disappointed that Jon Husted would sink to this level. All Ohioans should be greatly concerned that our Secretary of State is willing to force two public servants out of their jobs in order to push through his political agenda of voter suppression.”

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“This is un-American,” Ritchie said in a published report. “It’s Draconian. He [Husted] is using a 2 by 4 to kill a gnat. All he had to do was his job and cast a tie-breaking vote to close the voting booths on weekends, but SOS Husted wants to scapegoat us.”

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We agree.  What Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has done is un-American.  It is a “crime against Democracy”.  And as such — represents — in our opinion — just as big a “national security threat” as the terrorist attacks of 9-11 – with the exception that it affects more people.  It doesn’t kill them outright — it simply kills their rights to participate in their democracy — a sacred right granted and secured by the Constitution of the United States.  To undermine — or usurp that — is treasonous and ought to be treated that way.  Jon Husted is a liar.  He is simply trying to steal the right to vote of Americans living in Ohio  — and claim he is doing it to make sure elections are fair!   More elephant turds from the Ohio GOP, Jon.  Just more elephant turds. And you’re the biggest one!

Republican Cannibalizes Republican: Scott Brown Calls For Todd Akin To Drop Out Of The Missouri Senate Race!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – Good on Scott Brown!   It’s been so long since a Republican had the intestinal fortitude to call crap on a Republican that is obviously full of it — that I salute Scott Brown for calling out Todd Akin for his mentally deranged comments on rape last week.

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Scott Brown said in his call down of Akin, “As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”

Judge Robert Simpson Orders “Death Penalty” For Democracy in Pennsylvania! We Say The Signatories To These “Voter Supression” Laws Should be Charged With Crimes Against Democracy”, Declared A Threat To Our “National Security” And Charged As “Enemy Combatants” — And Held, Charged, And Tried Like Terrorists!

By Frank Byronn Glenn — The inexplicable ruling on the voter suppression by Judge Robert Simpson with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday –raised numerous questions on the regarding the facts, the law itself, and the common sense and logical abilities of judges in the judicial systems across the country.

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First, did Judge Simpson grow up in a state or in a county in which “Civics” was not taught?   Was he home-schooled by parents that had no formal education whatsoever?  Or was he born into an impoverished family in a poor county — Republican governed, perhaps — in which taxes had been reduced on the “job-creators” so much that there was not enough money left-over to actually
“have” schools?  Because the average third grader from any reasonably well-funded school in any state I’ve ever lived in — could have pointed out the miscarriage of justice, the violation of the Voter Rights Act, and the “criminal conspiracy to kill democracy” represented by and  perpetrated in the state of Pennsylvania Judge Simpson in his ruling.

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Second, is Judge Simpson hard of hearing.?  Witnesses for the state of Pennsylvania testified –right in front of Judge Simpson – well within hearing distance — that there were no known cases of Voter ID fraud in the state of Pennsylvania for the law to have been purporting to fix. Additionally, in the absence of any “voter fraud” for the law to have as justification for its passage, we were saved the angst of wondering — when state Rep. Mike Turzai gave us the “smoking gun”  of justification for the passage of the bill. “Voter ID” he said, “which is going to allow governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done”!

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Third, the Secretary of the State of the state of  Pennsylvania, the person which heads up the state agency which is responsible for implementing and enforcing this egregious new “voter suppression” law, stated that she had absolutely “no idea” what the law contained.  And even the governor, who signed it into law, when queried, said that there was one form or another of ID that was required or acceptable — but that he didn’t really know which ones were required or which ones were necessary and sufficient.  Now that is reassuring!

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Judge Robert Simpson elaborated only slightly.  “At the end of the day, however, I do not have the luxury of deciding this issue based on my sympathy for the witnesses or my esteem for the counsel. Rather, I must analyze the law, and apply it to the evidence of facial unconstitutionality brought forth in the courtroom, tested by our adversarial system,” Simpson wrote.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter will be appealing to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, according to a statement from the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

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“Given clear evidence that impersonation fraud is not a problem, we had hoped that the court would show greater concern for the hundreds of thousands of voters who will be disenfranchised by this law,” Witold ‘Vic’ Walczak, legal director for the state’s ACLU, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania GOP chairman praised the judge’s decision.

“I applaud the Commonwealth Court for displaying courage and conviction in this ruling. With sensational headlines and half-truths about this legislation being touted by partisan critics, we are fortunate that the Commonwealth Court realized that the sanctity of our elections was at stake – and took appropriate action to protect a cherished right,” Rob Gleason said in a statement.

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Pennsylvania is the first state outside of the areas covered by Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act designed to protect minorities in states with historic racial discrimination in voting, to be investigated. To date the Justice Department has already filed suit against two states: South Carolina and Texas., and may take action in Florida.  Officials are awaiting a ruling by a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., on a Texas case argued in early July. Judges have scheduled a hearing on the South Carolina case later this summer.

The Civil Rights Division has taken an aggressive approach to challenging voter photo-ID laws, which many Democratic and minority groups claim is an effort by Republican-controlled state governments to suppress voter turnout. Republicans have charged the challenges reflect purely partisan politics designed to enhance minority turnout at the polls.

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It is the considered opinion of Spotlight On Democracy that “Voter ID” laws as written by ALEC (American Legislative Council) and as distributed to and manifested in the Republican controlled state legislatures around the country — constitute a “clear and present danger” to the Democratic system of government of the United States in the year 2012.  We further believe that the signatories to these laws are guilty of the treasonous acts of “crimes against democracy” and violations of the Voter Rights Act of 1965 — and should be arrested, charged and tried by the Department of Justice for these crimes against Democracy.

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In that for most Americans our Democracy is at least as sacred and near and dear to our hearts as the Ports of New York or the World Trade Center buildings One and Two, and the Pentagon — and therefore as much of a “national security threat” to us as any of the attacks on any of those buildings — then perhaps it would be appropriate to charge the voter suppression law signatories as “enemy combatants” and subject them to extra-ordinary rendition and indefinite detention — perhaps even incarcerate them in Guantanamo — where the rest of us can be relatively safe from their nefarious and dangerous acts to undermine our Democracy.