Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014 BONEHEAD ABSURDITY OF THE MONTH

 
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1. During a September 15 rant on sexual assault, radio pontificator Rush Limbaugh had this so say about a woman saying “no!”:  

“[According to Ohio State policy,] consent must be freely given, can be withdrawn anytime, and the absence of "no" does not mean "yes." How many guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it? ... Are these [policies] not lawsuits waiting to happen? ”   
2. At a fund-raiser for Dominionist Christians, Ted Cruz' arrogance, ignorance, and insensitivity were boldly on display:
“Christians have no greater ally than Israel . . . Those who hate Israel, hate America. . . Those who hate Jews, hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize this, then my heart weeps.”  
Cruz was understandably booed off the stage.   
3. Donald Trump offered President Obama the opportunity to play golf for free on any of his courses for life. Lest you think the Donald has found some generosity of spirit, he specified one important condition:  
“If Obama resigns from office NOW, thereby doing a great service to the country . . .”

Trump’s disrespect for the President, not to mention anyone other than Donald Trump, aptly captures the era of incivility in which we live.   
4. Leave it to Arizona. Russell Pearce, a former state senator and current vice chairman of the state’s Republican Party—the man who sponsored the state’s draconian anti-immigration law—announced his support for mandatory birth control or sterilization for Medicaid recipients in his September 6 radio show discussion about Arizona’s public assistance programs. In his words:  
“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants or tubal ligations.” He continued, “then we’ll test for drugs and alcohol,” before adding that those who want more children should “then get a job.”  
These comments incensed even his fellow Republicans, who called for his resignation, to which he complied on Sept 14th
5. Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, and Mike Tyson, boxing’s former bad-boy and convicted rapist, expressed their mutual admiration in a press conference in Toronto’s City Hall. Here we have the pot calling the kettle white:   
Tyson emerged from the meeting with a full-throated defense of the good Mayor, suggesting (Ford) is “the best mayor in Toronto’s history.”  Of Tyson, Ford remarked, “We’re cut from the same cloth,”  “There’s no nonsense. I respect him.”

And the winner is . . .