Defend This

One of the enduring memes of the dead-enders has been that McCain was somehow a better choice for women than Obama, despite the numerous documented instances of McCain’s sexist public statements and policy positions. But he picked Sarah America, so that apparently washed away his sins, although Palin’s anti-feminist record was at least on par with McCain’s.

So imagine the quandary they find themselves in this morning. Yesterday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Awesome) introduced an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” This is in reference to the case of Jamie Jones, a KBR employee who was sexually assaulted by her co-workers while on the job in Iraq in 2005. She was subsequently put into a shipping container without food or water and told she would be fired if she sought medical attention outside the country. The fine print of her employment contract prohibited her from seeking redress any higher than a company-convened arbitration panel.

Franken:

The vote on the amendment was 68-30. All thirty “nay” votes came from GOP Senators, who apparently felt that the amendment specifically targeted poor, defenseless KBR (and, by extension, Dick Cheney). Among those voting against the amendment was - you guessed it - John McCain.

Posted by Tom65 on 10/08/09 at 07:24 AM • Permalink

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God bless Al Franken. Here’s a ghastly irony: Among the 30 senators who voted “nay” on the grounds that Franken’s amendment unfairly smears wonderful corporate citizens like Halliburton / KBR for political gain are the GOP lawmakers who’ve screeched loudest about ACORN.

So here’s how it works: When GOP activists record undercover video to document a single ACORN employee giving advice to a phony pimp and hooker, that’s grounds to strip the entire nationwide organization of all government funding immediately.

But when KBR tosses young women it has transported into a war zone thousands of miles from home and enables rapists and kidnappers to play Uday Hussein in their barracks, well Jeebus, it’s too much to ask that they stop fucking doing that in the future. The mind reels.

To paraphrase one of McCain’s favorite campaign lines, we should make these fuckers famous.

In the bigger picture I find the use of hired mercenaries to fight our wars to be utterly abhorrent. To me this issue is a symptom of a greater disease.

PUMAs’ sins of omission are on par with their habit of twisting logic till it breaks. 

Their coverage somehow tied Franken’s legislation to Golden Girl Hillary Clinton and ignored the “nay” from Walnuts. 

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/al-fra nken-keeps-his-promise/

That’s easy. Anything McPOW does as a senator doesn’t count. We must focus on what a wonderful president he would have been with Queen Quitter by his side.

Take your frivolous facts elsewhere, please.

In the bigger picture I find the use of hired mercenaries to fight our wars to be utterly abhorrent. To me this issue is a symptom of a greater disease.

It tells you something about the situation on the ground when the public has to pay sociopaths six-figure incomes to get a lot of the work done.

It tells you something about the situation on the ground when the public has to pay sociopaths six-figure incomes to get a lot of the work done.

I’ve met some of them (Triple Canopy, specifically) and your description is pretty accurate.

Their coverage somehow tied Franken’s legislation to Golden Girl Hillary Clinton and ignored the “nay” from Walnuts. 

They also ignore the fact that HRC, in the three years after the Jones incident, failed to introduce any such legislation as a Senator.

You are all missing the point! Sarah Palin Has a Vagina. That Vagina is the Sacred Vessel In Which Resides the Hopes and Dreams of All Women Everywhere.

It used to be Hillary Clinton’s Vagina, but then she betrayed the Sisterhood by going to work for “the One.” So now the only thing on earth that matters is Sarah Palin’s Sacred Snatch. Because PUMAs only consider the genitals to be important—not a person’s stance on issues, their intellect, their grit, their ethics. Which of course is what feminism is all about—reducing women to their body parts.

And Tom, your comment about why Hillary didn’t introduce similar legislation is spot-on. For a Fighting Experienced Feminist, she never actually seemed to do much in the senate to advance women’s causes, pace Plan B contraception. But then, there were more important issues to think about. Like flagburning.

How astonishing that a man who makes rape jokes, attacked the appearance of the Clintons’ young daughter, and was publicly vicious to his wife should vote to protect a company of mercenery bastards from women abused by same. This genuinely misogynistic louse is who those vengeful jerks wished on the country. Thank heaven they are ineffectual vengeful jerks.

Remember when Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Act, which McNasty would NEVER have done? I’m reposting the proud moment as reacted to by the chief PUMApacker:

Murphy noticed around 10PM that her attempt to ignore Obama’s signing the Lilly Ledbetter act was being generally mocked, and so made this sour, ungracious, and selective announcement:

murphy 01.29.09 at 10:05 pm

p.s. the wankits are PISSED that we havent been fainting with joy because obama signed the ledbetter act, which easily passed both houses of congess, is basically a no-brainer, and was sponsored, introduced, and championed by Sec. Clinton and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (among several other prominent women Dems in congress).

So, this is for you, Wankits:

Dear Mr. obama,

Congratulations on doing such an AWESOME job of signing your name! I know you got LOTS of practice at your many book-signings and other events with your adoring followers, but seriously, you have a smokin’ STYLE with the ball-point.

Sincerely,

Darragh Murphy
Puma PAC Member

Now who was it who was against the Lilly Ledbetter act? Oh yes, the candidate who PUMA was trying to swing the election for. And funny thing, that act seems to have been sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulsky and Hillary was one of the “several other prominent women Dems” that co-sponsored. There were men Dems as well. Actually, 53 senators co-sponsored the bill, including Terrible Traitorous Teddy. That’s a lot of prominence there.
http://www.maplight.org/map/us/bill/79240/default/votes /vote-357852

They are no more than willful, oversized brats. “Won’t Back Down” and “State of Disbelief” are labels to shrink from, not embrace. And they should be reminded of this disgusting vote of McCain’s at every opportunity.

Anyone know why Specter didn’t vote?

Hats off to the few Republicans, including all of the women and Grassley (huzzah?!), who voted for it.

Man, I so expected to see Lieberman in the “nay” column.  Glad to see he’s retained a slim sliver of decency in his lil’ black heart.

I posted this at that dumb PUMA site, but it got deleted:

Never mind McCain’s wife and daughter—those of you who thought he was worthy of the presidency must be so, so proud.

And do any of you doubt for a minute that if Palin had been in the Senate, there would be one woman among the “nay” votes?  Or maybe she’d say female KBR employees had the right to a court trial provided they pay for their own rape kit.

I guarantee Palin would have been a “nay” vote if she was in the Senate.

Because she’s a maverick.

Hats off to the few Republicans, including all of the women and Grassley (huzzah?!), who voted for it.

Fuck that, they’re still fucking Republicans and to give them an atta-boy or an atta-girl for doing the right fucking thing is like giving me a bonus for drinking beer.

As if someone should actually do the right fucking thing and then expect to be hailed as a champion for doing so. They don’t deserves a hats off, they deserve a beating for allowing these fucking mercenaries to rape and pillage on our tax dollars. Next you’re going to congratulate them on not joining the birfer bandwagon.

Cyg.net wrote:
“PUMAs’ sins of omission are on par with their habit of twisting logic till it breaks. “

Regarding the puma vote for McCain and his vote against this amendment,dakinikat(in the thread Cyg.net linked to) wrote this:
“My presidential vote was a throw away any way given the state I live in anyway. The only presidential candidate I’ve ever voted for completely supporting was Bill Clinton. I tired of having to vote for the lesser of two evils and didn’t do it this time. I just registered a protest vote. As such, I feel no obligation to single McCain out for condemnation. The election is over, move on.”
Does this mean they’ll be moving on from the 2008 Dem primary?  Doubtful.

In the bigger picture I find the use of hired mercenaries to fight our wars to be utterly abhorrent. To me this issue is a symptom of a greater disease.

I totally agree.

Oh, and in regards to those totally irrelevant whining jokes known as PUMAS…Fuck them. Also.

I just registered a protest vote. As such, I feel no obligation to single McCain out for condemnation. The election is over, move on.”

Well, that neat rationalization merits a big ol’ horse laugh. Really, given that almost no candidate wins by a single vote, they’re all throwaway votes! All the agitating you did, dakinikat, writing your little heart out in order to get the nasty little misogynist elected because you couldn’t have your pantsuited candidate of choice? That doesn’t count either!

Dakinikat can always argue that nobody besides a hundred and twenty other embittered naifs, half of whom are gone now, really bothered reading that silly Effluents, or whatever that virulently dishonest thing is, so no harm no foul. That kat might hunt.

“Move on”—that’s catchy. She should trademark that.

I guarantee Palin would have been a “nay” vote if she was in the Senate.

Because she’s a maverick likes horsies.

Fxd.

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