Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

Poll: conservatives not a big fan of PP’s cancer screening

Fo’ reals.

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screening services (among conservatives only):

Favorable……………………………………………….. 25%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 51%
Not sure ………………………………………………… 25%

Now, if I had to take a guess about what’s happening here, I’d say the answer is that the right is so goddamned against Planned Parenthood that it really doesn’t matter what they do. PP makes abortionplexes, so everything they’re a part of is unfavorable. Although I’m pretty amused at the “not sure” chunk. I like to imagine people agonizing over whether they like the idea of cancer prevention despite political bias.

Honestly it’d be like me saying I hate that a Christian group helps the homeless because I don’t like that they do other things. Simply asinine.

Poll: conservatives not a big fan of PP's cancer screening

Fo’ reals.

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screening services (among conservatives only):

Favorable……………………………………………….. 25%
Unfavorable ……………………………………………. 51%
Not sure ………………………………………………… 25%

Now, if I had to take a guess about what’s happening here, I’d say the answer is that the right is so goddamned against Planned Parenthood that it really doesn’t matter what they do. PP makes abortionplexes, so everything they’re a part of is unfavorable. Although I’m pretty amused at the “not sure” chunk. I like to imagine people agonizing over whether they like the idea of cancer prevention despite political bias.

Honestly it’d be like me saying I hate that a Christian group helps the homeless because I don’t like that they do other things. Simply asinine.

Behold… the Kochtopus

Ignoring the fact that the term sounds like an eight-armed sex toy, reading about how far into politics the Koch brothers have reached is rather alarming.

But it’s because of their political activity that the brothers Koch have recently gained notoriety. Together, they’re probably the nation’s biggest political donors. Nobody else — notGeorge Soros, not Bill Gates, not even Sheldon Adelson — comes close. And their influence is everywhere. They’re major funders of two conservative think tanks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. They’ve created pseudo-scientific research centers on many college campuses, like the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. They’re the sugar daddies behind two powerful political organizations, FreedomWorks andAmericans for Prosperity — which is currently running anti-Obama TV ads in 10 states. They were the money bags behind the tea party. They put up the funds to oppose new mining safety regulations in West Virginia, overturn tough mileage standards in California, and elect Scott Walker in Wisconsin. And, by my count, they’re principal sources of funding for at least 57 conservative political action groups.

And they’re putting the bulk of their effort into taking down Barack Obama. Call him a corporate shill if you want, but when people like the Kochs are spending tens of millions of dollars to take the guy down, something must be going right.

GOP Rep thinks Onion article is true

Although his Facebook post was deleted, it lives on in the memory of the internet.

In a Facebook status on Friday, Fleming alerted his followers to The Onion’s May 18, 2011 article, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex” and wrote “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale.” Fleming’s spokesman Doug Sachtleben confirmed to POLITICO the post has since been removed from the congressman’s Facebook page and said the office had no further comment.

The blog Literally Unbelievable — which posts Facebook statuses from users who think Onion articles are real — picked up Fleming’s status before the congressman removed it from the social networking site. Four users liked the post and eight left comments, with one person writing, “The Onion is satire. How exactly did you get elected?”

That comment makes a fine point. You might want to be charitable and say that not everyone is aware of The Onion, which is a fair point. I’ve certainly stumbled across satirical news stories from sites I’d never heard of and was unaware that the source was parody. But even then, my pea-sized liberal brain is capable of seeing an outrageous story and thinking “Okay, that can’t be right.” I’ve even written in the past that I avoided stories because I assumed them to be fake. If you read “$8bil Abortionplex” and your first instinct isn’t that you’re dealing with a fake story, there’s trouble.

And that’s the heart of the  matter. A man whose job is to read, understand, and vote upon written legislation that will be enacted nationally is incapable of recognizing satire and too lazy to double check. I really am starting to believe that Republicans say government is the problem because their chosen candidates are all inept buffoons.