THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

THE GOOD
You know I like to give credit where it’s due. So here’s props to The Commander in Chief for signing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) this week.  This is a continuation of a successful initiative (and the only good thing the Bush Administration has ever done) that provides billions of dollars in aid to countries hit hard by the AIDS pandemic.  The re-authorization enjoyed strong bipartisan support but nevertheless faced a fierce battle in the Senate, where it was opposed by Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint, Republicans for More Death in Africa (RMDA), even though Bush was urging the Senate to pass it.  Now it’s a done deal.  Good job, George.

THE BAD
Hoooold on, W, I’m not done with you yet. 

In an apparent effort to screw the women of America one last time before leaving office, the Bush Administration has proposed new regulations for the Dep’t. of Health and Human Services.  The regs prohibit medical facilities receiving federal funds from refusing to hire personnel that have moral or ethical issues with abortion.  So an abortion clinic can be forced to hire a doctor who will refuse to perform abortions.  Huh.  More perniciously, the measure redefines abortion to include several common forms of contraception, including birth control pills, the IUD, and Plan B emergency pills. 

The Bushies claim with straight faces that this is an anti-discrimination measure, not an effort to restrict women’s access to legal medical services.  Do we believe them?  No we do not.

THE UGLY
Inexplicably popular rap “artist” Ludacris has released a new tune in which he does his damnedest to torpedo Obama with a foul-mouthed, inarticulate endorsement in which he calls Hillary a bitch and suggests McCain should be paralyzed and in a wheelchair.


Note to Barack: time to dump the hip hop and fill your iPod with classical music.  Much safer.

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8 thoughts on “THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

  1. Hooray for the first, and OMG to the second!  Who the hell does he think he’s kidding!?As for Ludacris…what a waste of space!!  Stop trying to be political.

  2. Already I can’t stand Obama, and he hasn’t even been nominated yet!   If he wins,  and he probably will, we can expect 4 glorious years of Ludicris, other rappers just like Ludicris, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farikkan and the ever adorable Al Sharpton.  They will be even more “out there” than they are now.  Strawberry Shortcake and The Care Bears are going to be living in Canada;  I’m seriously thinking of going with them!

  3. UOWZA, DID THAT BIRTH CONTROL THING RILE ME UP.  Which is odd, since I got a heads up from Isismoon two weeks or so ago.  I just disregarded it as some kind of ridiculous nonsense and assumed no rational human being would do such a completely stupid thing as include birth control pills in the definition of “abortion.”  That just redefines all limits of stupidity, as far as I’m concerned.

  4. Mother of all that is holy!!!  Seriously?  Is there still a continent somewhere that only has weaker people that we could easily kill off or enslave?  We should go there and start a new country and then not allow social conservative people in. This is why I don’t do politics. Makes me crazy.

  5. The redefinition of contraception is wholly unnecessary, I agree, but I’m all for the non-discrimination in hiring and business practices.  Federal laws already prevent employers from asking job candidates about their religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or political views.  Refusing to hire a doctor because he won’t write prescriptions for birth control pills is no different than refusing to hire an orthodox Jew because he won’t work Saturdays.  You may have the occasional problem with “moles” taking jobs to reinforce an ideological point, but it’s always better to err on the side of freedom of conscience.

  6. See, that birth control thing is why I argue with my nice little pro-life female friends to try and convince them they can be pro-life but for their own good they’d better be pro-CHOICE too – pro-choice includes pro-life, but pro-life stomps out choice, which is BAD BAD BAD for women in America.  I personally would like to continue to embrace the choices and equality and quality of life I have as a woman in this country, not roll the clock back and push towards making birth control illegal.  Terrifying, is all I have to say.  Maybe I need to go protest somewhere.

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