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Have a laugh at the clowns thread… 30 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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  clowns

I am running slow, gatos need feed and watering and I need coffee… 8)

So, Enjoy!

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A thread by any other name… 29 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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anti Iraq war street art ,Spain, 2003
Justicia Infinita?: anti Afghanistan war street art, Spain, 2002

would be just as useful… 8)

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YUM! 29 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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 Let the Games Begin!

Watergate reporter Bernstein takes apart Hillary’s career story

Drawing on a trove of private papers from Hillary Clinton’s best friend, the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein is to publish a hard-hitting and intimate portrait of the 2008 presidential candidate, which will reveal a number of “discrepancies” in her official story.

Bernstein, who was played by Dustin Hoffman in the film All the President’s Men, [was that a nonsensical side bar or what?  – Mcat] has spent eight years researching the unauthorised 640-page biography, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“Bernstein reaches conclusions that stand in opposition to what Senator Clinton has said in the past and has written in the past,” said Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Knopf, which publishes the book on June 19.

With the thoroughness for which he is famous, Bernstein spoke to more than 200 of Clinton’s friends, colleagues and adversaries. He stops short of accusing the New York senator of blatantly lying about her past, but has unearthed examples of where she has played fast and loose with the facts about her “personal and political life”, according to Knopf.

The article goes on to paint Bernstein as some liberal.  Seriously out of date, if it was ever true.  I used to read not uninteresting opinon pieces of his in the Sarasota FL local rag.  His father retired there and I guess he was friendly iwth the management.  However… he was all over cable during the death of JPII. Two solid weeks…  He ladled out the Republican lines about Reagan and JPII and communism and was clearly in thrall to the cotton candy fiction.

Hardly a liberal.

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UPDATE, 4:04 am… very warm night in San Francisco

Easy to see what is wrong with this picture:

Virginia Tech suspended or expelled 32 students last year for illicit drug use, according to Kris Reinertson, a junior who heads the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy chapter. Reinertson doesn’t know how many of the cases involved marijuana.

Virginia Tech applies a double-standard when it comes to alcohol and marijuana, he says. “It’s three strikes for underage drinking and zero tolerance for marijuana possession.” SSDP has been campaigning for a review of the policy. “The Ivy League and many other colleges have a three strikes policy for marijuana,” says Reinertson. “That’s what we want to see on here.”

I wonder how many of the 32 suspended or expelled had 8 professors lodge serious complaints or issues about any one of them, have a prof (one of the eight) threaten to quit and have that same prof experience 90% of her class stay away (63 out of 70) from fear, fear of any one of the suspended or expelled?  And the situation be so dire that a senior professor privately tutor one of the suspended and or expelled so that the 90% may return to class.

Lordy.  Time to rethink.

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Just a thread… 27 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Afghanistan War, AFRICOM, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
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  Iraq house sweep.. 2004 .. Mother and Children
      Mother and Children. Iraq house sweep, 2004. 

A long time ago… and yet, to 6 out of 8 Democrats on that stage in SC, Iraq – and Afghanistan, Iran, Mogadishu, any number of places to say nothing of Abu Graib, Guantanamo, Habaes Corpus and on and on – is nothing, nothing more that is, than a political chew toy.

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On to war… 26 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, AFRICOM, Beirut, Culture of Death, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.
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Iran Cartoon /irancartoon.com

It doesn’t matter the quote is from Obama, it’s all of them, the Top Three + Three Lesser Luminaries.

“Iran possessing nuclear weapons will be a major threat to us and to the region. … If we have nuclear proliferations around the world that is a profound threat to the security of the United States,” Obama said of the threat from Iran.”

“I’m not planning to nuke anybody right now,” he later joked when pressed whether he would take military action against Iran off the table.

Deep down they want a pair of Glocks and the ability to shoot off 170 rounds in 9 minutes. 

Oh right:  War waged by the Great Nation State, the Greatest on Earth, the Last Best Hope on Earth, is different.  I did get that, they keep rubbing it in.

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moiv emailed this tonight, NY Daily News opinion piece from an abortion doc who practices in NY:

Questions about the decision flew around the room. Exactly which abortion methods were now illegal? When would the law go into effect? What did this mean for the patients we were scheduled to see next week?

Some were easy to answer. The law would go into effect in 25 days. Doctors would not be liable if we unintentionally violated the ban. There is no gestational age included in the legislation – meaning that abortions as early as 12 to 15 weeks will be affected. Most troubling of all, there is no exception for a woman whose health is threatened by her pregnancy.

Many of our questions had no answers – at least, not yet. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion makes it clear that the Supreme Court expects this law to be enforced, meaning that doctors like me face stiff penalties and even jail time if we violate the act. But who will enforce the law, and how? It’s bad enough that Congress can dictate how I practice medicine. Should I expect federal marshals to supervise me in the operating room?

But the wars go on.

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UPDATE, 10:35 pm

He may be a terrible man, but when he is right, he’s right:

The Squalid Politics of War

[T]he more widely quoted is the “war is lost” remark of April 19, which, read in context, amounts to a charge of rankest cynicism against President Bush and his War Cabinet.

“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense (understands) and — you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows — that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything.”

Reid is not just saying the war is lost, but implying that Condi Rice, Bob Gates and probably George Bush know it, and are denying us the truth and cynically letting our soldiers be killed at a rate of 100 a month in what they know is a lost war.

If Reid believes this, he has a moral duty to vote to terminate any further funds for this war. Even the great Robert E. Lee, whose 200th birthday we celebrate, surrendered to stop the killing when his army began to disintegrate after the fall of Richmond in 1865.

Why would Reid not demand his party deny funds for a lost war?

Hearken now to the April 12 quote of Harry Reid: “We’re going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war. Sen. Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding.”

One imagines Reid and Schumer sniggering in the cloakroom over the list of Republicans they can bring down if Americans are still dying in Iraq when November 2008 rolls around. […]

There’s more:

Reid and the Democrats are risking having this can tied to the tail of their donkey. For though Americans want the war to end and the troops brought home, they do not want America to lose the war. And that may explain the duplicity of today’s debate.

Reid and four Democratic candidates for president — Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd — voted to give Bush a blank check for war. Now that the war is going badly, all five are calling for withdrawal. But neither they nor their party wants to be seen as responsible for the defeat that appears inevitable if we depart now.

Politically, cynical Harry and cynical Chuck are right.

If the war is still raging and Americans are dying at the same rate in November 2008, Republicans lose the White House and Congress. However, if U.S. forces have been defunded and withdrawn by Congress, and November 2008 rolls around with a strategic disaster and Cambodian-style bloodbath in Iraq, Reid’s party could be credibly charged with having cut and run, lost the war and caused the greatest debacle in American history. The stakes here are huge.

Democrats believe they have a winning hand on Iraq. Polls seem to confirm it. But the situation is not static. There are more cards to be dealt in this highest of high-stakes poker games. And what looks politically shrewd in April 2007 could look like suicidal folly in November 2008. [snip]

And really, Pat Buchanan, when all is said and done, is no worse than the war gamers, the 6 who stood on that South Carolina stage tonight.

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In a world of fake benchmarks… ;) 25 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Big Box Blogs, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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rather a sweet one:

Coming Soon… she said breathlessly. 20 April 2006

Posted by marisacat in Announce, Uncategorized

    chat

“M. Chat” appeared in several places in the Montparnasse railway station in Paris, this one was on a construction site wood palisade on quai number 1.

It went away once the works were completed….

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I nearly forgot… tho I thought of it at the beginning of April… Kind of amazed I am still here…

Thank you to everyone who comments here and who reads… 8)

Bag a big one for the Homeland. 24 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Abortion Rights, Big Box Blogs, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Sex / Reproductive Health.
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i went hunting for this photo that I have used before (and thanks to Tuston I have a second, different, view of this colonial horror)… not sure why it ws in my mind… till I saw the post it rides above.

If MB wants so badly, as he has for a long time, to call me and whomever posts here racist, sexist, ageist whatever… he surely may. 

Two days ago Meteor Blades made an appeal for a monthlong cease fire of the circular firing squad in favor of getting our butts off our couches and out into the trenches, for the final push. This pissed off Madman in the Marketplace, who basically called Meteor Blades, part Native American, a house nigger. MB responded here.

Link

If he wants to escalate, for his own purposes, “house liberal” to “house nigger”, nothing stopping him, that is exactly what he did, with his side kick Martin Oops Booman..

In their ignorance, they had, collectively and individually, apparently, assumed Meteor is the only Native American allowed to speak.  Madman is part Lakota.

Who cares if MB displays, as they all do, innate assholishness… 

But I won’t let his childish, foot stamp of a drop-in (he could not tear himself away from a site he hates, LOL) last evening go without context.

The Boyz talk about things like old movies because they cannot talk about what was addressed in the post itself

the Democrats, across decades, kneeling to the Republicans’ demands, whether the Democats are in the majority OR NOT.  Particularly egregious is the Democratic cave in, over and over, with regard to the judiciary even as the Democrats used the SC in elections.   Selling out women, gays and minorities.  And children.

Cowards.  Which is what THUGS are: COWARDS.

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I know, all so boring… one reason threads are open, nothing is OT.  Don’t like what I post about, post whatever you like in the thread.

Time and the river flowing… 24 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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    San Joaquin Delta, California

Isn’t this the winner… I landed on it at Danny Schechter’s News Dissector… From the 1997 summer edition of the US Army War College quarterly, Parameters…  and we certainly are living it..

There will be no peace. At any given moment for the rest of our lifetimes, there will be multiple conflicts in mutating forms around the globe. Violent conflict will dominate the headlines, but cultural and economic struggles will be steadier and ultimately more decisive. The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.

We have entered an age of constant conflict. Information is at once our core commodity and the most destabilizing factor of our time. Until now, history has been a quest to acquire information; today, the challenge lies in managing information. Those of us who can sort, digest, synthesize, and apply relevant knowledge soar–professionally, financially, politically, militarily, and socially. We, the winners, are a minority.

For the world masses, devastated by information they cannot manage or effectively interpret, life is “nasty, brutish . . . and short-circuited.” The general pace of change is overwhelming, and information is both the motor and signifier of change. Those humans, in every country and region, who cannot understand the new world, or who cannot profit from its uncertainties, or who cannot reconcile themselves to its dynamics, will become the violent enemies of their inadequate governments, of their more fortunate neighbors, and ultimately of the United States. We are entering a new American century, in which we will become still wealthier, culturally more lethal, and increasingly powerful. We will excite hatreds without precedent. [whew, let’s snip that… ]

Needless to say it is a mass of rolling hubris, graf after graf of it.  For the 2000, 01, 02,  and so on, graduates of the various military colleges, I wonder what they think of the endless war…  From what I read recently, while still shy of 50% a significant percentage of relatively recent grads from the officer ranks are leaving at the first opportunity.

 Wonder how they feel in those schools about the death of Pat Tillman.  My evening news is just about to cover the soon to come (tomorrow I think) hearings.

Suicide by president.

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Jeff at Rigorous Intuition takes an elegant, buying-into-nothing route to reach this graf at the close of a mid-March entry (he is still on hiatus):

So what’s my point?

Critical thinking isn’t instinctual. We shouldn’t presume, in our disdain of the official story (whatever story that may be, and however official), that we’ve reached the truth once we stand with it’s official opposition, because we may be either boxing ourselves in with rigid either/or thinking, or be boxed in by the authorities who mean to control both thesis and antithesis.

We should know that some boxes feel like home. They’re meant to feel that way.

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Because so much is so terrible… the respite of art…;)

 ms_xeno's collage

I am here in mimicry of Scruggs who posted first at UFO Breakfast, but, what the hell, I did it anyway… ;)

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Push push in the bush (still not about George) 23 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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So… how is that Supreme Court working for you?  The Senate?  The House?? (sorry no!,  Waxman is not a majority on his own)

How is Bush at 29% working?  Bush the lame duck … how is that working?

 Clarence Thomas.  Yessssssssss.  Not one of the names that got thrown (by Dkos, FDL, MyDD, whoever else was a tag along) at online women posters, commenters and bloggers this week, was it?

No, we heard about NARAL (never gave them money in my life) and other old line inside the beltway orgs, Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way … And much talk of elections and Nader and ’00 and ’04 and Alito and Roberts.  Oh yes:  and how important to elect Democrats and of course The Democrat in ’08.

They, those sterling online adjudicators, lectured that elections matter. 

Do they?  Really?  Retail sales in politics seems to matter. A little different from elections really mattering

Naming the names… not Roberts, not Alito:  Clarence Thomas.  Think this is his first assist in a critical, defining 5/4?  Think again.  Bush v Gore.  5/4.  Jane Mayer who, with Jill Abramson, painstakingly researched the pivotal 1991 Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas hearings as well as his nomination and confirmation wrote this for American Prospect in 2001, calling Bush v Gore, Thomas’s revenge.

Might as well laugh.

Even more damning of Biden (in congress from ’73, Chair of the Judiciary in the Democratically controlled senate, when CT’s nom was sent up) than the Prospect article by Mayer is this from Florence Graves (founding editor of Common Cause magazine), back and forth edits between Biden, interviewed first and Charles Ogletree, one of Hill’s attorneys, interviewed later and asked to comment on Biden’s narrative.

What’s a majority for?

Reagan’s strategy focused on appointing reliably conservative young lawyers to the federal bench, particularly the Courts of Appeals since most of the law governing Americans’ daily lives is made in some 35,000 Court of Appeals decisions, given the few federal cases reviewable by the Supreme Court annually. This strategy produced the appointment of Antonin Scalia, Robert Bork, Richard Posner, Kenneth Starr, J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Alex Kozinski, Frank Easterbrook, and many other young conservative judges to the Courts of Appeal. Ideologically impure conservatives, like Philip Lacovara , were screened out.

Abortion was the primary litmus test, though not the only one.

  The above is from this … written by Herman Schwartz in 2004, an extract posted to the ACS blog in 2005….  A damning recap of congress and slews of judicial noms. Democrats in service to Republicans (“presidential knee pads” are not just for Monica).  Slews of conservative, pro life (it’s more than abortion, it’s the AGENDA) judges to the Federal bench.

Read it and weep.

At the end of his eight years, Reagan had made a good start at taking over the federal bench, but with Brennan and Marshall still on the Court, and an increasingly liberal Harry Blackmun, the conservatives could still not count on a solidly conservative majority. That, George H. W. Bush was able to accomplish with the departure of Brennan and Marshall and the appointment of Clarence Thomas.

With almost no Democratic protest, he also put through more bright young judges on the lower courts like Samuel Alito (Third Circuit), Michael Luttig (Fourth Circuit), Emilio Garza (Fifth Circuit), A. Raymond Randolph (D.C. Circuit), and Andrew Kleinfeld (Ninth Circuit).

In Bush’s final year, the Democrats who controlled the Senate, confirmed 63 judges, a record for a presidential year when the Senate is controlled by the opposing party. By 1992 when the 12-year Republican reign ended, 75-80% of the judiciary had been appointed by Republican presidents and the Courts of Appeals were dominated by Republican appointees.

There is more:

With Clarence Thomas, who succeeded Thurgood Marshall, they got all they could have hoped for. The story of the Thomas nomination, with Anita Hill’s charges of sexual harassment, the shameless White House-orchestrated assault on her character by Republican Senators Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter and Alan Simpson (Simpson and Specter later apologized), 

[too late!  like apologies for the AUMF voted on October 11, 2002, years of war since then, TOO LATE NOW  – Mcat] 

Thomas’s own lies and deceptions, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Biden’s failure to call witnesses ready to corroborate Anita Hill – all this has been thoroughly documented by Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer and others. The outcome was a narrow 52-48 confirmation and the appointment of perhaps the most radically conservative justice in Supreme Court history.  […]

Don’t be taken in by that apparently slim win:  11, ELEVEN Democrats crossed the aisle on the senate floor, just to vote for CT.

Clarence Thomas is on the court due to, thanks to Democrats and the desire for extremely conservative anti women judges – on the part of the Democrats.

They sure don’t seem to mind.

The taint on George W. Bush’s victory in 2000 from his loss of the popular vote and Bush v. Gore did not deter him from pushing the hard-right agenda he had covered up during the campaign. He filled his administration with Federalist Society zealots, for whom filling the 100+ judicial vacancies with extreme right-wingers was the top priority. Within a few months of his inauguration Bush sent up a group of judges for the appellate courts dominated by right-wing conservatives like Miguel Estrada, Jeffrey Sutton, Priscilla Owen, John Roberts and Terrence Boyle.

During their control of the Senate, the Democrats confirmed many conservative nominees, including Michael McConnell, a leader of the anti-choice forces; Judge D. Brooks Smith, who had serious ethical problems and had ruled consistently for business and against workers and others; Lavenski Smith, an undistinguished lawyer from Arkansas who had participated in numerous anti-choice suits, usually unsuccessfully. By the end of 2002, the Democrats had confirmed 100 nominees, including 17 appellate judges, and had rejected two in committee after hearings despite the disruptions caused by September 11 and the anthrax scare.

Overall, the Democrats averaged six confirmations per month during 2001-02, in contrast with the Republicans’ 3.5 during 1995-2000.

In November 2002, the Republicans narrowly regained the Senate 51-49. Judiciary Committee Chairman Hatch began what the New York Times called, “steamrolling judicial nominees” in order to achieve “an era of conveyor belt nominations” He brushed aside rules that got in the way, leaving Democrats with only the filibuster with which to fight nominees they considered especially egregious. In rapid order, John Roberts, Jeffery Sutton, Deborah Cook and Timothy Tymkovich were confirmed to appellate seats. Ten others were blocked, seven on philosophic grounds and three over a largely political fight about Michigan judgeships. Every district court nominees was confirmed.

it’s a long, painful, ugly story. Relentless in the achieving of the goal being realised.

How’s that collapse of the conservative movement working for you?  The one the Blahgs talk about every single damned day? 

Quite of bit of what Herman Schwartz has to say is packed into that single page posting… bad as it is… I still laughed at how out of date and poorly informed are rather too many of the commenters to these two threads (LINK LINK) of BTD/Armando/Fernando/poiuynick at a site run by a criminal defense atty (and a woman).  Doctors can be criminally charged.  Women now do not have access to the best medical advice of their doctor.   Even poor old Judy Woodruff, long past any acuity, was able to articulate, on Tuesday on TNH, that the fetus is NOW more important than the mother.  Health exception is gone. I have already, somewhere in the past year, read of a court mandated C-Section, in which both baby and mother died.  Already, in the past.  NOW the fetus is elevated beyond the woman.

DOA, in any practical reality (overnight fewer abortion docs will do the remaining procedure), is mid term abortion (tho Armando constantly refers to “late term”, it is a mid term procedure).  Remember when an amnio is done.

Check out Peaches in those threads….  What a winner.  And this thread is just a scream and a half.  Quess what other 5/4 decision completely obliterated the idea of States’ Rights?  Bush v Gore

Here he leads off with Adam B back at ol’ home base.

Worship the Baby!… because Democrats surely do not value women.  At all.  Nor do their pathetic tools online.  How sad to be no more than an appendage.  To a servant political party.

Bottom line, end of the day, everything that the R do, they can call bi partisan.  And they do.

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At least the urban art has spunk… ;) 21 April 2007

Posted by marisacat in Abortion Rights, Culture of Death, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, SCOTUS, Sex / Reproductive Health, WAR!.
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  street art;  gato gigante  / from Wooster Collective

Wooster CollectiveGato Gigante by  Sam3 in Madrid, in district Murcia de Castillejo

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I noticed this graf in a contemplation Nur al-Cubicle has up on the rather too fulsome convocation at VTech this week with Flag, Star Spangled Banner and, of course, Bush…:

I am particularly struck by this display because during my graduation ceremony (a second degree earned late in life), the entire first half hour was completely patrio-militarized (marching, color guard, pledge of allegiance, national anthem, honoring the troops, blah, blah). This was not the case when I earned my first degree. We sang the school song and the band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as we marched out.

Hard to miss that it is war, hung from our necks like a heavy stone and meant to force our drowning…

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This via the email… Family Research Council on Reid… who really and truly is a friend of theirs.  But, imo, occasionally pops off a comment meant to grease the skids for the hapless rank and file, the so called “base”…

Yesterday, we reported that the self-proclaimed “pro-lifer,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a seven-time supporter of the partial-birth abortion ban, made disparaging comments about the Court–and specifically Justice Samuel Alito–after the ruling.

While his office is desperately trying to clarify the statements, the full transcript of Reid’s remarks makes his disapproval quite clear. “I would say… this isn’t the only decision a lot of us wish Alito weren’t there and O’Connor was.”  CBN reporter David Brody writes that Reid’s spokesman sent a statement to justify the comment.

“Senator Reid opposes abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk. Consistent with this position, Senator Reid supported the Partial-Birth Abortion (PBA) Ban and supports the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday. However, Senator Reid continues to disagree with Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito on many issues and that is why he opposed their confirmation.”

In other words, Reid’s office is saying that Alito may be wrong on some issues, but not this one.  [snip]

Reid:  The mouth that runs.  The lips that move, the lies that travel.  So beloved by the Blahgs.  And notice, no exception for health of the mother, supports the ruling.  Which we all knew…

If only the “base” would get it.

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