Dispatches from the War on Women

Whoo! Hard to keep up with the attacks on ladies since they’re coming so fast and furious, pardon the pun. Where to start: Well, let’s start with the New York Times. For some reason the New York Times found it necessary to acquire a person called Ross Douthat to act as the resident moral scold […]

Think women won’t be jailed under the 20 week abortion ban?

Bloomberg’s Amanda Crawford and Espe Deprez on Arizona’s new 20 week abortion ban, considered the harshest in the nation: Arizona’s law calculates gestational age earlier than the rest: from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period, which opponents say pushes it before conception. Its exception is also narrower: abortions past 20 weeks are […]

Actually, Wes Harris, it was Debbie Lesko who opened the door to Sharia Law

Wow. Some folks in AZ are very upset with John McCain because he defended Secretary of State Clinton aide Huma Abedin from crazy lady Michele Bachmann’s accusations that Abedin is in cahoots with “Islamic enemies of America”. Per the Capitol Times: Harris said he believes Muslims’ loyalty to the U.S. is questionable because their ultimate […]

An open letter to moderate Republican voters in Arizona

I know. You’re a nice person. Intelligent too. You’re definitely not a racist. You’re not a bigot. You probably didn’t vote for Prop 102 (Arizona’s version of Prop 8) in 2008 because you’re definitely not a homophobe and you find the Bible thumpers’ obsession with homosexuality to be abhorrent. You’re probably at least nominally pro-choice […]

Why we can’t necessarily trust the “business community” to tamp down right wing lunacy

As I’ve noted here before, one of the most resilient myths in politics, and one that tends to go hand in hand with the risible “extremists on both sides” nonsense, is the belief that the right wing reactionaries are mostly low class goobers. They were able to take over so many offices by getting the […]

Birtherism is an obscenity

con·text/ˈkäntekst/ Noun: 1. The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. 2. The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning. I know I’ve mentioned here a time […]

Open Primaries won’t change much of anything but its supporters are still insufferable

I hate to say it, but I agree to an extent with Bob Robb in his latest column about the Top Two primary initiative. Democratic prospects in Arizona would dim even further if the top-two primary initiative passed. The initiative aims to dilute the influence of conservative Republicans, and Republicans are the ones organizing the […]