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**updated**

The bishops’ opposition to contraception is not an argument for a “conscience exemption.” It is a way of imposing Catholic requirements on non-Catholics. This is religious dictatorship, not religious freedom. – Contraception Con Men, by Garry Wills

Mama’s pleased.

This whole free contraceptive mandate has the First Lady written all over it.

…and maybe we just found out the value of Valeria Jarrett.

Or not, but we know women made it possible for Pres. Obama to stand up.

Nobody starts out looking to get an abortion. But it is legal. It’s a mighty heavy outcome so if we can prevent it we must.

What just occurred has been brewing for a long, long time and is what we’ve been waiting for, which is the end of the most common abortions. The whole delicious design of reproductive goo simply has to merge with contraceptive access, regardless of means.

People have sex.

For pleasure.

Only.

It’s not a coincidence that at a moment of economic breath the free contraceptive mandate would come along. It fits the rhythm.

Sen. Roy Blunt popping up does too. He’s driven by demons to close the dam. It’s so very un-Missourian of him, because like myself, he hails from the state of the mighty Mississippi, the Big Muddy. But Republicans today like to shut off streams and rivers, clog up all natural slopes and fertile ground, swap poison wolves for energy. They’re like adolescent boys of destruction.

Rep. Darrell Issa proved this point and more when he refused witnesses on behalf of women in his all-male hearing titled “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?”

Religious conservatives believe people don’t have sex.

Certainly not for pleasure.

Ever.

I lived in Los Angeles during the puritanical Reagan era and there were so many underground clubs, cocaine and pills, fast cars and yuppy mafias you couldn’t throw a g-string without hitting one. But Reagan screwed the economic pooch, because it was all built on testosterone.

Then came the Big Dawg. The other side of the track Jack.

The Clinton era was wet and fertile. Even that guy Gingrich who was targeting America’s Bubbah was screwing around, this time on his sick second wife. Everybody was making money, but they were also having lots of sex, too. The kind of sex women like, not just checking off daddy’s list. The poorest still got screwed, because America talks that game better than solves it, but for a while America’s cut overflowed. Even the Big Dawg got off.

Ken Starr wrote bad porn, so the people pilloried the prosecutor.

William F. Buckley said it to Charlie Rose — who else? — once. Conservatives are against things, they oppose, that’s what they do, who they are.

If this contraceptive mandate decision stands, with the White House saying openly they didn’t expect to get all Catholics or the bishops approval, but they’re comfortable with that because this is the right decision, then the moment has finally arrived. The very case I proffered and proved in the chapter “Is Freedom Just for Men?” in The Hillary Effect manifest.

Somewhere between creating it and having the heart to hear the women whispering in your ear you start to know what’s right. You start to learn you won’t get religious conservatives, because they’re against everything, but maybe you don’t need them.

Abigail Adams said that women should not hold ourselves bound to any laws in which we have no voice or representation.

The number of women, regardless of religion, who rely on contraception or birth control is in the 99 percentile.

People have sex.

It’s good for us.

You can’t stop it from happening. But you can come prepared.


This column has been updated.

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49 Responses to America is a Woman

  1. Rick Roberts February 16, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Wow, Taylor. This one has been stewing in you for a while. It shows, and I like it! Good, good stuff.

    Republicans let Kathleen Sebelius off easy on contraception rule

    It seems someone has been getting an earful from women in their lives and possibly reading some quiet polls.

    Safe. Legal. Rare. Finally have the tools to get there.

    • Taylor Marsh February 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      I don’t think there is any doubt that David Plouffe has polled this issue all the way out, rr.

      No president in our history has stood at the microphone or had his Administration say that they knew they wouldn’t get all Catholic support or that of the bishops, but they believe this is the right thing to do.

      They did that because they have WOMEN, a lot of us (as well as the men who love us), standing behind them.

       

      • Betsy February 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

        I am so angered at what the tpublicans are trying to do with this.  I just don’t know where to funnel the anger.  I just heard (I’ve been gone all day) that there wasn’t one female rep on the committee discussing this.  I love Nancy Pelosi’s remark after she stated that she said “Duh!”

        Anyway, I just pray that none of those “loony tunes” get back into office.  Now I’m watching Dylan and love Jimmy Williams comments about how they want to be in everybody’s bedrooms.  I’m a real fan of Jimmy’s though.  I think he tells it like it is along with Dylan.

        Taylor, I just have to say “good for you” regarding Joe Scarborough.  The nerve of him.  Oh well, I guess I’m just getting old and cantankerous.

        Last night Charlie got a call from Doug Lamborn, our rep, who called Obama “tar baby”, anyway he gets as many tpublicans on the phone as he can and he has these polls.  The first one was the one regarding the contraception issue.  Of course they can’t hear what you have to say because you are mute.   Charlie finally decided to end the call because neither one of us could believe the crap we were hearing.  LIES LIES LIES!!

  2. Isis February 16, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Unique provocative post. Only you would write something like this.

    I like it. A lot. And you are right.

    • Taylor Marsh February 16, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      I appreciate that, Isis.

      ps-I’d appreciate some sharing on Twitter & Facebook, too. Please ;-)

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    “Conservatives are against things, they oppose, that’s what they do, who they are.”

    ConSERvatives are against things for OTHER PEOPLE! NOT themselves, because you know….THOSE people just aren’t as intelligent or moral as the conSERvatives…they’re just animals!

    From one of our gentle posters from the wingnutishere “we’re consumed with whether or not the 800 or so poor women”

    And then he/she/it goes off on a misogynistic rant…..These two statements…BOTH by conSERvatives tell you anything you need or want to know about conSERvatives.

    • PWT February 16, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      I’ll explain my ‘rant’ since you obviously didn’t understand it in the least.  My post was about how effectively Mr. Obama and the Democrats had turned the national conversation from economic to social issues with the contraception discussion.  My point was that a discussion of social issues favored the Democrats while a discussion about the economy favored Republicans, in my opinion and that Democrats would benefit electorally from this turn in the conversation and doing so bolstered Mr. Obama’s chance of re-electioin.  My post had nothing whatsoever to do with the contraception ruling.

      Perhaps the numbers I used to characterize the number of women affected by the contraception rule, ’800 or so poor women’, was demonstrably too small.  However, to make an argument, one would rebut the statement by actually demonstrating how many women work for Catholic Health Organizations, are of child bearing age, have health insurance provided by their employer buy yet are too poor to afford contraceptive care.  The possibly too low number was to demonstrate how small of a portion of the poplulation in a country of 300 million this would affect.  If the numbers in this <a href=”http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2012/02/contraception-ongoing.html“>post</a> are correct, it is likely a small number which demonstrates the potency of social issues and also the effectiveness fo this diversion.

      • angels81 February 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

        I think you are way off base in your rant. First off republicans have been driving the social issues not the President. Obama has been spending his time talking about jobs and the middle class. He was just in Wisconsin at a union plant talking about the economy, jobs and fairness in the tax system. Its been Santorum and Newt who have been pushing the social issues along with the republicans on a state level. Its republicans who have declared war on women not democrats. All you need to do is look to states like Virgina, were republicans are getting ready to pass two bills that go after women’s rights to control there own body.

        Its not the President or democrats who are pushing these anti women bills across the country. Obama has been spending his time talking about the economy, not social issues.

        On a side note, GM will be coming out today saying that they had the biggest profit in a 103 years.

        • newdealdem1 February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

          Second this.

          Thanks Angels for addressing that incredulous, oppressive and literally torturous bill that will pass in Virginia.  These draconian attacks on women’s reproductive health and freedoms would be almost comical and asinine if they were fictional, alas, because who would have believed two centuries after the Enlightenment, we would be spending time having to once again fight these battles for women’s reproductive health and freedoms.  And, now this perverse and  radical move to try to weaken  Roe.

          Love how the GOP are against mandates (before they were for them) in insurance now and in all things except (with the Virginia GOP specifically NOW) in regard to women’s constitutional right to a safe and legal abortion.  Unbelievable.  And, what the hell has this to do with their small government joneses that these assholes never stop whining about?

          I just keep asking myself, why is it that women’s reproductive health and freedom have been under constant attack and not directly for men?  I know the answer to that and so do most of you except those who are repetitive contrarians who post knee-jerk responses to every post by Taylor or who are trolling or both. .

           

           

      • secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

        1″I’ll explain my ‘rant’ since you obviously didn’t understand it in the least.”

        As a matter of fact I understood it completely.

        2.”  My post was about how effectively Mr. Obama and the Democrats had turned the national conversation from economic to social issues with the contraception discussion” .

        Utter nonsense, the RIGHT wingnuts started gibbering about Obama trying to do away with freedom of religion. That is simply, to anyone with a functioning BRAIN and even passing contact with facts and reality, a LIE!

        3″ My point was that a discussion of social issues favored the Democrats while a discussion about the economy favored Republicans, in my opinion and that Democrats would benefit electorally from this turn in the conversation and doing so bolstered Mr. Obama’s chance of re-electioin.”

        You are HALF right. Democrats win hands down on any social issue. HOWEVER you MUST be joking, economics favor the repugnantklan/teabaggin 1%ers? BWAHAHAHA! Except for the delusional UBERChristofacist vote, the repug.baggers/facists are taking it up the keister on this.

        4.”  My post had nothing whatsoever to do with the contraception ruling.”

        You have already been established as a liar so this statement, absurd though it be, comes as no surprise

        5.”Perhaps the numbers I used to characterize the number of women affected by the contraception rule, ’800 or so poor women’, was demonstrably too small.”

        Perhaps? PERHAPS?!! BWAHAHAHAHA! Like perhaps Hiroshima was a small detonation?

        6.  However, to make an argument, one would rebut the statement by actually demonstrating how many women work for Catholic Health Organizations, are of child bearing age, have health insurance provided by their employer buy yet are too poor to afford contraceptive care. ”

        Nonsense, YOU made the asinine claim, YOU provide the verifiable numbers.

        7.”The possibly too low number was to demonstrate how small of a portion of the poplulation in a country of 300 million this would affect.”

        Can’t let go of the lie huh? “The possibly low number”  FIRST the number, even your piulled outta yer ass number is irrelevant, it’s about RIGHTS and being treated equally under the law.

        8.”  If the numbers in this <a href=”http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2012/02/contraception-ongoing.html“>post</a> are correct, it is likely a small number which demonstrates the potency of social issues and also the effectiveness fo this diversion.”

        And if the Pope wasn’t  a child rapist protecting, former Nazi he and his lil ol superstition based cult might have SOME credibility…but he IS and it doesn’t and your stupid link is about as relevant as someone trying to catch a fart inna windstorm in a jar with no lid.

        • spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 12:22 am #

          Oh my Secular,

          You are on a roll aren’t you? Good on you to give it to PWT with both barrels.

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    And thank you Ms. Marsh for the Judy video….yet another AWESOMELY talented artist who died bewcause of drugs and insecurity….gee, wonder if the repugnantklan/teabaggin hate mongers posting over at Faux NotNews about Ms. Whitney’s death would have said the same about her?

  5. JoeCHI February 16, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    That’s what HE said!  ;)

  6. jinbaltimore February 16, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Not seeing how putting Birth Control on the table to be negotiated (that crazy compromise) is a win.  Much like Obama’s offering “reforms” to Social Security, it concedes ground where unnecessary.

    • angels81 February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Still trying to figure out what exactly you are talking about. Maybe you can tell me what the President conceded?

      • jinbaltimore February 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        Birth control wasn’t on the table till Obama put it there….why give in to this “exception” and no others?  Just more evidence of Obama “bargaining” with things he needn’t.

        • spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 12:29 am #

          This is one time Obama’s compromise Uber Alles actually worked. A small, meaningless cut out for the RC church and he comes out smelling like roses. The Bishops come out looking like spinster prudes. Obama, by accident or design, exposed the Bishops for the “no (sexual) fun allowed” bunch they are. Not a bad day at the office J In Baltimore.

          • jinbaltimore February 17, 2012 at 4:25 am #

            meaningless cut out for the RC church and he comes out smelling like roses

            LOL.  This “meaningless cut,” as you put it, has managed to separate Women’s Health Care from…the rest.

            Much better explained here than I could do,

            http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/2012/02/15/through-the-looking-glass-and-down-that-slippery-slope/

            but even I can see the point:

            “Religious exemption for contraception = okay (or even brilliant, depending on your degree of delusion). Religious exemption for other healthcare = dangerous and wrong.

            So here we have the unbelievable spectacle of prominent feminist organizations lining up with the White House to ratify the specialness of contraception as a thing that, like abortion, is subject to conscience exemptions. Like abortion and only like abortion, because it would be “dangerous and wrong” to include other forms of healthcare in that class.”

  7. newdealdem1 February 16, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    First rate post, Taylor.  I really believe it needs to be spoken about just as you have done here. I am so glad you started a conversation about this, sexuality and one of it’s most important functions for humans and that is pleasure not just procreation.   That is what has been left out of all of these conversations that i have seen.  And, thank you for stating it, Taylor.

    This is about as explicit as I will ever get on the internet but it’s important to talk about because I, too believe it is anti-sexuality (“sexual libertine” from the yap of Santorum) that is at the heart of all of these efforts to control women’s access to family planning  That’s just the beginning of the sexual censure police. It’s why these people make gay people as well the centerpiece of their anti-sex agenda.

    Sorry, but I couldn’t resist, this:  And, that’s the rub!  Sex for pleasure! And, not only for pro-creation.  That and wanting to control womenses petit flowers by refusing her birth control but also access to her own clitoris and what the french call “la petite mort” “the little death” when describing an orgasm.  You gotta love the french.

    There was a time when sexologists like Freud: all men, of course  (at the turn of the last century) but Freud in particular proclaimed there was a difference between a vaginal and clitoral orgasm.  And, he made it very clear and plain as vanilla that the mature woman experienced a :”real orgasm” only via the her vagina, whereas the clitoral orgasm was for those women who were immature and not “real women”.  (Isn’t it amazing over a century later and we have some men still proclaiming how women “tick” when they don’t know jackshite about us because they aren’t us.)  And, then women started to become sexologists and they along with their male colleagues, especially Masters and Johnson in their model testing proved that Freud et al were wrong and there was no physiological difference between them. And, then the Kinsey Report was truly reformative in it’s findings.

    However, the clitoris, unlike the vagina is there for one purpose only and that is to provide pleasure for women.  There is no other reason, not that has been found, for it’s existence.  Whereas the vagina and the penis functions are twofold,  to procreate as well as to receive and give pleasure.

    Who ever said there was penis envy, oh yeah, Freud et al again and men who are afraid of women’s sexuality and can’t abide smart, independent women who can think, function and yes, pleasure themselves with or without men, got it wrong.  It’s clitoris envy :)  and sex for pleasure that has these constipated puritans sweating up a storm trying to control women and our sexual lives and responses.

    Where is the legislation trying to control and/or emasculate men’s choices in their sexual lives?  Where is the Roy Blunt bill (and would anti-choice Harry Reid bring that to the floor of the Senate?) that limits or takes away men’s insurance access to viagra or to getting a Vasectomy?

    Crickets. Because it has never and will never happen.  It’s women and gays who are the targets here, not the so-called “manly” men.  Hypocrites, do as I say not as I do!.

    And, there are plenty of heterosexual men who don’t think in this way and don’t want to control women or gay people.  But, the ones who do are a menace to a rational, free society of men and women and who need to be called out every time and stopped.

    I’ll leave it to the great journalist and editor, H. L. Mencken (who we need more of now) who said this about Puritan’s (who are the plus ultra of religious conservatives and, I include not only the GOP men but also those so-called Liberal men like Dionne, Matthews, O’Donnell, et al who have made themselves crystal clear about who they owe their allegiance: and it ain’t to women).

    Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time. – H.L. Mencken 

     

    • Taylor Marsh February 16, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Hey newdealdem1, isn’t that the truth.

      Mencken always had a way of nailing it.

      • newdealdem1 February 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

        Sing it sister! ;)

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      “But, the ones who do are a menace to a rational, free society of men and women and who need to be called out every time and stopped.”

      EXACTly!!!!!!!!!!

      “It’s clitoris envy  ”

      never been envious……just happy women have been willing to share.

      • newdealdem1 February 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

        That’s why I used that :) emo.  Just as women don’t have penis envy (frankly, if penis envy does exist I think it exists between men), I don’t think men have clitoris envy. I thought the smiling emo would have made it clear but as it hasn’t, I’ll clear that up here.

        “just happy women have been willing to share.”  

        good answer.  ;)

    • spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 12:37 am #

      Oh my Newdealdem1,

      I think Benny the Rat-zinger’s head just exploded, or a least would of he had read this and learned it came from a Catholic Women raised in the arms of Holy Mother Church. Good for you! Great post.

  8. Art Pronin February 16, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    GOP is havign a hearing this morning on contraception! And thedem ladies walked out! The GOP is determined to gve dems a huge Nov win.

    • newdealdem1 February 16, 2012 at 11:47 am #

      Harry Reid makes me vomit.   I don’t  know how the Senate works, the rules and regs and such, but this jackass needs to be taken down from his leadership position and soon.  He’s farkin worthless! !

      Edited:

      GOP is a sick, wounded animal on the suicide attack.  Let’s hope they get their wish in November.,

      Brava to Congresswomen Maloney and Delegate Norton (who s/b a congressperson with the ability to cast votes) for walking out on these madmen.

    • Taylor Marsh February 16, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Just tweeted my support:

      I support @CarolynBMaloney, @EleanorNorton walking out of contraception hearing - http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72971.html via @POLITICO #women #birthcontrol

  9. ogenec February 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    PWT, I understood your argument. I didn’t see it as women-bashing. Because it’s not. I wasn’t enthralled with the reference to “minority” women. I think people of your political stripe are too quick to conflate minorities and the poor, when the data do not bear that conclusion out. But that is just a quibble over what is otherwise a very valid point: Republicans are following the Pied Piper of social issues over the election cliff. I don’t know if they would fare better on economic issues, with GM reporting record profits, unemployment rate ticking down, etc. But for sure they cannot win on social issues.

    Having said that, Santorum is onto something. Just hear me out. Sexuality is a beautiful thing, and the ability women have gained to express said sexuality fully, openly, and without fear of recrimination is not to be gainsaid. And as a society, we need to be vigilant against those forces who would take women (and hence, all of us) back to the dark ages of oppression. But as with all freedoms, there is a societal cost to sexual liberty. It is not borne by Taylor or her readership. Rather, it is borne by young women of little means and even less in the way of famlial or societal support. These women have not been taught to love themselves, and so they devalue their most precious gift. I don’t know H.L. Mencken from a hole in the wall, but I do know Common :-) And he says it far better than I:

    Knew this girl selling her body, wish she knew what it was worth
    Between God and trash, looking in every car that passed
    With a walk that suggests head, to milk [brothas] she was breastfed
    She know dairy so she say cheese to get bread
    In the area where it’s more weaves and less dreads
    Kinda scary, amongst thieves and baseheads
    Said it was her toes, but I could tell her soul hurt
    She was cold turkey, growing up she got to know hurt
    very well in a world where self-hate is overt
    Her stepfather thought he was Ike, so her mother he’d strike
    she got to like like-minded [brothas], who liked crimes and figures
    Doin’ white lines and liquor, see hard times had kicked her
    In the ass, it used to be thicker
    Life is fast, some choose to be quicker

    I remember in high school she had a passion to sing
    Now she see herself in a casket of dreams
    These are the children of crack and rap, blacks that lack
    Self-esteem, yo we forgot the dream
    On our jeffersons y’all but we forgot the theme
    In the Chi, we even rootin for a garbage team
    This queen never seen herself on this Corner
    She still wanna see California
    But this is her world

    • PWT February 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Sorry, the ‘minority’ reference was rather trollish.

      • ogenec February 16, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

        Thanks PWT. Much appreciated.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

          Other then giving pathetic widdle troll a pass for apologizing for that lil bit of racism that just couldn’t help but ooze out, you’re alright with his/her/it’s misogyny?! Interesting.

          • ogenec February 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

            Oh dear, I have been found out! I confess – I’m a woman-hating, self-loathing, black man. Where’s Dave Chapelle when you need him?

    • spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 1:01 am #

      Ogenec,

      Well, you just pegged my BS meter. The issues revolving around poverty and the social decay are hideously complex. To try to link the very real, very complex and very chaotic problems of the poor to just their sexual/family dysfunction is foolishness squared. This is the Bill Cosby meme, and I utterly despise it.

      Give these people the tools they need to dig themselves out of poverty and most of the family dysfunction you are yammering about will go away. What you are seeing is the end game of despair. When you have given up all hope, your morals are going to be nothing to brag about.

      You solve nothing by doing the Full BS Bill Cosby on the underclass. They don’t need your moralizing. They need their neighborhoods rebuilt, they need jobs, they need to know they matter. On top of that they need Sex Ed along with a fully functioning and resource heavy school system. Oh, and they need full access to reproductive health services  What they don’t need is up-tight, moralizing, yahoos tut-tuting their sexual / family lives.

      One last point, sexual liberation is for EVERYBODY Ogenec, not for some pre-approved, pre-ordained, elite with the right Calvinist cred. Get out of town with that BS, Bill Cosby, prissy, Church Lady moralizing.

      • ogenec February 17, 2012 at 11:34 am #

        To try to link the very real, very complex and very chaotic problems of the poor to just their sexual/family dysfunction is foolishness squared.

        I agree. Except that’s not what I was doing. By the way, If you would like to have this discussion, let’s have it – and leave the name-calling out of it. If you would prefer not to, let’s shake hands and move on. I’m too old to be trading insults on the interwebs.

        On the assumption that you do want to have the discussion, let’s take it back to 1965. Specifically, the Moynihan Report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the liberal lion of blessed memory. Have you read it? If not, I encourage you to do so. The report was prescient in noting the roots of the pathology in the black family, the ways in which that pathology manifests itself, and the remedies for the pathology. I find that liberals obsess over the first – the root causes. Conservatives, in turn, obsess over the second – the manifestation of the pathology. None, however, focus seriously on the third – how we might remedy this. (With a few exceptions, which I’ll note below.)

        At its core, I think that your criticism misdiagnoses symptom for cause. I am not saying that sexual acting out is the reason for dysfunction; I am saying that it is a symptom of these underlying issues, as you yourself noted (“What you are seeing is the end game of despair. When you have given up all hope, your morals are going to be nothing to brag about.“). To the extent that we try to attack only the manifestation of it, we are doomed to fail. Thus, asking young black women to abstain from sex until they are emotionally mature, or asking young black men to pull their pants up and stay in school, doesn’t really get at the issue. (Incidentally, I have the same reaction to Michelle Obama’s “Get Fit” initiative – worthwhile, but we need to go much deeper if we are to get at the issues.)

        That’s what I believe – strike that, know – that Santorum is onto something. Again, it doesn’t solve the problem. But it does begin the discussion. What we need from a policy standpoint is to go MUCH bigger – address the pathology at the root. You say folks need jobs, they need resource-heavy schools. Again, I agree. But they need more. Infrastracture is not enough. Were it otherwise, Cabrini-Green would be standing today. And black parents would be lining up to put their kids in public schools. This story from the New York Times about the Posse Foundation caught my eye as a creative way to empower kids who would otherwise fall through the cracks.

        We need more ideas like this. We should be incenting innovation in urban areas. And the one person who has spoken most passionately, and persuasively, about this is a Republican – the late, great, Jack Kemp. Before him, of course, was the author of the report himself, Moynihan. But today, against all evidence of their viability, Democrats continue to pursue statist solutions to poverty (to the extent they discuss the poor at all). As for the current Republican crop, they are simply content to demagogue the poor. No one is stepping up to claim Jack Kemp’s mantle, which was about dignity and self-empowerment, driven by jobs and familial stability. The exact prescriptions recommended by Moynihan nearly 50 years ago.

        That’s what the black community needs. And it’s something I’m very passionate about, down to my very core. You won’t sidetrack me by calling me names. So much of what passes for commentary on the Internet is a perverse sort of j’accuse, where the antagonist purposefully distorts what the other person said and then proceeds to get outraged – over their own misrepresentation! African-Americans have a 70% illegitimacy rate, a 50% high school drop out rate, a higher education shutout rate of 61% (meaning that, of those who do finish high school, over 3 out of 5 cannot gain admittance to any tertiary institution), and black men comprise 13% of the population but 40% of men in prison (a rate 6 times that of white men). Against that backdrop, your response to my unremarkable comment that this sort of pathology has sexual consequences for young women is to accuse me of being an “uptight, moralizing, yahoo”?!?!?

        I’ll end it where I started. You want to talk, we can talk. You want to trade anonymous insults on blogs? Respectfully, no thanks.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter February 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

          “That’s what I believe — strike that, know — that Santorum is onto something.”

          With that one statement you provide the evidence that leads me to say I KNOW you are off the deep end.

          • ogenec February 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

            And I’m absolutely cool with your assessment. In case you hadn’t figured that out.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter February 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

            By the way, who is adorable the BB?

             

          • ogenec February 18, 2012 at 10:06 am #

            Sec, the baby is my four-month old son :-)

  10. casualobserver February 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    It is a way of imposing Catholic requirements on non-Catholics. This is religious dictatorship, not religious freedom. — Contraception Con Men, by Garry Wills

     I just tweeted Garry Wills and said this,”Garry, there are over 83,000 brick and mortar pharmacies in the US and at least 100 very reputable online sources for prescription drug fulfillment. For at least the last 40 years, non-Catholic women have not been barred from walking in and walking out with birth control substances. Whatever Catholic bishops have said in the last few months or could possibly do in the future with litigation with respect to the most recent Obama mandate will not change that in the least. If some women need some money to effect the walking out part of this equation, just cough up some dough you cheapskate and shut up.” Best regards, The Voice of Your Conscience.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      Yeah, let those old men keep getting the viagra but those WOMEN!!!!!! Let them find contraceptives THEMSELVES!!!! Course the UBERChristofacists will be trying to prevent ANY Pharmacy from FILLING the scripts even if the women can get therm and can get the money but hey! And isn’t it interesting that the catholic young boy procuring institution has a problem with WOMEN having sex for pleasure but NOT men?!! Viagra is HARDLY used by couples trying to have babies. GASH! That makes them…HIPOCRITES doesn’t it?

  11. TPAZ February 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Bravo, TM, Bravo! Every revolution needs a soundtrack: http://youtu.be/kfgLcehHKlw

     

    • Taylor Marsh February 17, 2012 at 2:14 am #

      Thanks for that, TPAZ. Great, great song.

  12. casualobserver February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    angels81 16 February 2012 at 2:24 pm #On a side note, GM will be coming out today saying that they had the biggest profit in a 103 years.

    Glad you brought that up……..isn’t truly amazing what you can earn after someone gives you 25B in equity infusion and 15B of debt forgiveness? Could you talk to Obama and get a deal for me? I swear I could earn 7B for you too next year and Obama would only have to give me about 6.8B.

    Those poor saps at Ford….they had to turn a profit this year without any government involvement. They better convert to Liberalism and give themselves a breather.

    • angels81 February 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Yawn!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

      That was all, ALL paid back AHEAD of schedule. And no, you couldn’t.

    • spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 1:04 am #

      Yes,

      It is amazing what a company can do when it gets a new lease on life,  something idiot, tea-bagging, shit-for-brains, Republicans were unwilling to do. Go play in heavy traffic Casual.

  13. spincitysd February 17, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    What wonderful gams Judy Garland had! Just picked up Summer Stock on iTunes; damn you Taylor Marsh!

    And with that, I’m going to watch that classic — over and out!

    • Taylor Marsh February 17, 2012 at 2:15 am #

      heh-heh… Enjoy!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 17, 2012 at 5:33 am #

      I’m happy….OH SO happy to say my sweet wife got gams just as good as Ms. Garland!! Gotta love some great gams in sexy shoes!

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