March 19, 2010


Bart Stupak, the current leading ally of organizations who love harassing people on a daily basis, suddenly discovers being harassed on a daily basis is wrong.

The Hill reports that "Leading a revolt against President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation over abortion has been a "living hell" for Rep. Bart Stupak."
The telephone lines in his Washington and district offices have been "jammed" and he's gotten more than 1,500 faxes and countless e-mails -- most of which he says don't come from his constituents.

The fight has taken a toll on his wife, who has disconnected the phone in their home to avoid harassment.

"All the phones are unplugged at our house -- tired of the obscene calls and threats. She won't watch TV," Stupak said during an hourlong interview with The Hill in his Rayburn office. "People saying they're going to spit on you and all this. That's just not fun."

Welcome, Mr. Stupak, to the daily life of reproductive health providers, who are subject to such harassment every day courtesy of your friends at Focus on the Family, National Right to Life, and the USCCB.

Amen. Wake me when Bart Stupak suddenly thinks women don't deserve that kind of treatment either.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:46 AM

March 16, 2010

The spice WILL NOT FLOW!

David Brooks is paid more money than I will ever see in my own life to write this.

Once partisan reconciliation is used for this bill, it will be used for everything, now and forever. The Senate will be the House. The remnants of person-to-person relationships, with their sympathy and sentiment, will be snuffed out. We will live amid the relationships of group versus group, party versus party, inhumanity versus inhumanity.

And then, zombies.

I'm going to recommend stealing a technique Tom Tomorrow invented years ago and ask that you read this article, pretending the entire time that it is being read aloud at the front of a classroom by Billy from The Family Circus.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 8:09 AM

March 14, 2010

"David Bradley Owes Me A Thousand Dollars"

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If you haven't been following the tale of the Texas Board of Education, who decided this week that the only way to ensure that schoolchildren grew up to be Republicans was to make sure they are stupid, it's a frightening and tragic tale indeed. Adults can choose to be ignorant; forcing children to be should be a form of child abuse.

Occasionally stupidity makes me outright angry, and a perfect example is Mr. David Bradley of the aforementioned Board, who boasted what I've learned is actually a common right-wing talking point. See, since the Constitution doesn't actually say "separation of church and state," it's not there. We don't have an entire branch of the government devoted to interpreting things like that, after all. And they certainly haven't already issued rulings saying just that.

So yeah, I'm angry. Angry that David Bradley is stupid and yet is in a position to affect the lives of, quite literally, millions of children. Angry at his obnoxious desire along with his colleagues to declare that history books are a partisan battlefield. But mostly I'm angry that no one else called him on the outright bullshit of his rhetorical "challenge," in that he already knows the answer. Let's be clear on this- David Bradley voted to hide the fact that Thomas Jefferson defined separation of church and state in the Constituion to then claim that no one ever defined separation of church and state in the Constituion.

I'm hopeful that we'll hear a lot more about this story in the upcoming weeks. For now, I plan to keep contacting Bradley's office and asking where my money is. The Children's Defense Fund actually is devoted to helping kids, and would be a lot better of a help for Texas children than the members of the American Taliban burning their schoolbooks.

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Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:43 PM