How’s this for irony:

Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn,” Palin said in the statement.

pulled from WaPo’s “Blood Libel”, social sin and Sarah Palin

And once again we’re reminded that words matter. Communication is the heart and soul of American democratic governance, but there hasn’t been much fruitful discourse of late — among members of Congress, between the people and their representatives or in the public sphere. We need to get better at communicating not only quickly, but civilly.” – Joanne B Freeman, in NYT’s When Congress Was Armed and Dangerous

Thoughts on Jared Lee Loughner and Sarah Palin

I was out for the day on Saturday. I heard all about Loughner, from different people reading different sources… and as the sun went down I longed to read about Loughner myself, to watch his youtube videos myself.

I had a chance to catch up on all Loughner media today. At first it was heartbreaking, and there was crying. There was happiness when doctors reported Giffords was responsive after surgery. The joy increased when the heroic efforts of a woman, an intern and two tackling men came to light.  In the late afternoon I spent hours watching Jared Lee Loughner’s videos, trying to make sense of them, and I became exhausted. (On a side note, I am pleasantly surprised Jared Lee Loughner’s videos are still up and viewable to the public. Thanks, FBI & Google)

Now, at 9:30pm, after a nap to replenish my emotions, I am livid.

I have a love/hate relationship with Sarah Palin:  the level of fame and power she has obtained, despite her white trashiness, always mystified me.  I still believe Trig is Bristol’s – and Sarah’s fierce desire to protect her family and engage in Babygate earned some respect from me, as did punishing Bristol for her mistakes by making her go on “Dancing with the Stars” and advocating for abstinence only education (Palin has enormous balls, and keeps her family in tight lockstep!). So when the media turned to blaming Sarah Palin, my gut reaction was skeptical.  Palin obviously did the crosshairs thing because she likes guns and stuff, and knows her audience likes guns and stuff. Correlation does not equal causation, and there has been no link between Jared Lee Loughner being an avid Sarah Palin supporter – yet.

Then this happened:

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A new website: Republicans for Rape

Do you remember Jamie Leigh Jones? She was drugged and brutally gang-raped while working for KBR and then confined to a shipping container after the incident. When I say brutally, I am talking about lacerations in her anus and vagina, and a damaged breast implant. It has taken years  for Jones to get her day in court, because when she signed her KBR contract, the fine print had an arbitration clause that stated all matters would be settled in a secret court. Al Franken set out to fix this problem recently by adding an amendment that gives defense contractor employees the right to sue in case they are raped, thus holding defense contractors responsible for their employees actions.

Maybe because it was Franken, or maybe they were voting along Republican lines, but thirty old white male senators  voted against this amendment. Let the internet shaming begin! A new website sprung up last week titled Republicans for Rape, and has pictures of the senators  (and contact numbers!) who voted against this amendment (including Saxby Chambliss, John McCain and Lindsey Graham). The blog section is updated frequently with hilarious “pro-rape” satire, and even sports a fake letter from Sarah Palin in support of the website. A facebook page was created yesterday, has over 200 followers and the comments on the main page are down-right cackle-worthy:

Rape is the new Republican family value! Thanks, Senator Cornyn!   via Resa Harrison

If we let those liberal heathens take away our God given right to rape, what’s next? via Sean Huze

The conservative right has no moral high ground left after this.

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