Shit that Pissed me off this Week – 12/13
Michigan Passes a bill Forcing Women to Purchase an Insurance Rider for Abortions
The bill specifically prohibits insurance companies from covering abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is threatened.
The idea here is to save certain people from the horrible guilt of paying into an insurance plan that covers abortions. This way, only people who might want an abortion would be in the insured pool and other women would be able to enjoy guilt free insurance.
The problem is that the opponents of the bill are complaining that women have to basically bet on whether or not they will be the victim of rape or incest. While that is true, it continues the dangerous trend of making the conversation about abortion all about rape and incest.
The basic idea that 50% of the population of Michigan is getting told that their insurance will be legally prevented from covering a medical procedure is a bigger problem than arguing about why they might want that procedure.
Rich Kid Avoids Jail Because He’s Rich
It’s a story we’ve all heard before. A 16 year old kid gets drunk, gets behind the wheel of a car and has an accident that results in the death of four people. Then he goes to court where his lawyer argues that the kid isn’t to blame, it’s his rich parents.
If they didn’t spoil him so much, none of this ever would have happened, says the boy’s expensive lawyer. Don’t send him to jail. Give him probation. He’s just to rich to be responsible for his own behavior.
Now let’s back up for a minute. Do I think that a 16 year old kid – even an entitled rich jackass like this one appears to be – should be sentenced to 20 years in prison for one horribly idiotic act?
No. Kids are young and dumb and we need to recognize that they are kids and when you punish kids like adults, you don’t actually teach them anything.
I think he should have gone to jail because he needs to learn that actions have consequences and the consequences have no relationship to the amount of money you have.
That isn’t the truth, though, is it? His lawyer basically used the truth – that rich people can get away with crimes that will put poor people away for life – to keep a rich kid out of jail. I admire the guy’s honesty, I guess.
Minnesota “Pastor” Allegedly Raped Two Girls for Over 10 Years
He told them that he was “getting the demons out.”
It’s possible, though unlikely, that he actually believed it.
He claims he’s innocent and it is possible that he is.
It is far more possible that the victims are telling the truth. So much so, that there is no reason to even entertain the possibility that these two girls are lying. In fact, one should entertain the possibility that they are they only two we know about. So far.
Time Magazine Names Pope Francis Man of the Year
Look, I like a lot of stuff Francis is saying but a guy who is talking like a reformer is kind of useless if the church keeps revising his statements.
He says something that sounds kind of liberal and everything thinks that he sounds great. Then the church issues a comment that begings with “what he meant was….”
Atheists can get into heaven!
What he meant was…atheists can get into heaven if they stop being atheists.
We should stop freaking out about gay marriage!
What he meant was…gays are still bad but we have been dealing with a lot of negative publicity surrounding this whole same-sex marriage thing so we’ll put it on the back burner for a while.
Women need to be more involved in the church!
What he meant was…not as priests. Only dudes can be priests. Straight dudes. Who aren’t atheists.
Rick Santorum Compares Obamacare to Apartheid
He did this because he’s an idiot. He did this because he genuinely believes there is a parallel to be drawn between the systematic subjigation of a people because of their race and a national health care plan.
He did this because there are people who agree with him and if he says idiotic bullshit, they give him money.
That’s the truth, right there, folks.
Televangelists would stop asking for money if people stopped giving it to them.
Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann would stop saying idotic things if people stopped giving money to say those things.
If that doesn’t piss you off, I don’t know what will.
I Really Want to be Pissed at This Idiotic Commercial But…
It makes me laugh. Watch the whole thing and then ask yourself: what the actual fuck?
For you civil war buffs out there, it’s like the folks making this video hired General Ambrose Burnside to lead their troops into battle.
You are exactly right about limiting the abortion discussion to rape and incest. By arguing only on those points, we are conceding sovereignty of women’s bodies to politicians, giving way too much ground on the issue.