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Friday, October 23, 2009

Heritage Foundation: “Rape is Good”

If you visit liberal/”alternative” news sites or blogs, you probably know about the Halliburton/KBR employee who was gang raped in Iraq by some of her coworkers. (You didn’t find out about it from the mainstream “media” since they’ve been too busy with the Balloon Boy and the usual celebutante drivel.)

This rape victim’s employment contract had a clause which prohibited her from taking any legal action against her employer in the event she was raped. Senator Al Franken proposed an amendment that would prohibit the Pentagon from doing business with any company that requires female employees to sign one of these “I promise not to squeal or sue my employer if I get raped by my coworkers” agreements.

Thirty (30) senators voted AGAINST this amendment. Yes of course they were all Republicans. You had to ask?

Here is a list of the Thirty Pieces of Shit — those pathetic pitiful little dickwads who think rape in the defense of Halliburton is no vice. (Sorry, Barry G.)

And the ultra-rightwing Heritage Foundation thinks Al Franken’s amendment is just the usual liberal whining; just a payoff to trial lawyers and those unscrupulous employees who file frivolous lawsuits against their employers.

In a related story, the Republican leadership is trying to attract some normal people — i.e. people who walk upright, breathe through their noses and have IQs above freezing — into the GOP. But they aren’t sure how to accomplish this, what with all the bookburning knuckledragging sickfucks who dominate the party (see above).

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36 Comments:

Blogger Holte Ender said...

Haliburton is a morally bankrupt disgrace, they don't have respect for their coworkers, imagine the contempt they dispense on the Iraqis and Afghanis. But the US military has its own problems with sexual harassment of its female soldiers HERE

October 23, 2009 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hey, if she didn't want to get raped, she shouldn't have been on the job in a miniskirt and stiletto heels which is what she obviously wore, as all sluts do, those poor, poor men, teased like that. Sniff.

October 23, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I sure hope this gets used against them in the next election.
"Senator why do you support rape?"

Thanks for posting the list I'd been looking for it.

October 23, 2009 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Holte: Good point. If that's how Halliburton treats their own workers, you can imagine how they treated Arabs and Afghanis. But remember now, they hate us for our freedom.

Randal: No doubt she was coming on to all of them. And she probably lied about her age. And don't forget about the fishnet stockings she was undoubtedly wearing.

Demeur: I hope so too. The Republicans are good at digging up some quote that somebody said 20 years and bringing it front and center. If the Democrats can't score points with an actual disgraceful vote like this, they're even sadder than I thought.

October 23, 2009 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that all the Women Senators on both sides voted yes, that is good that they voted their conscience. I wouldn't be surprised if the right wing targets the republican women senators for voting against the party on the next election.

Anyplace I know rape is more serious then just arbitration.

Shades of Anita Hill.

As for attracting more to the center, the GOP says that everytime they lose an election - especially out here in California. The Moderates say "now can we please try to attract, other people like People of Color etc., to show we aren't a party of white males?" Then the Hard Right speaks up, Limbaugh and the talk shows squack and the "stick to our right wing guns" prevails again - it always does!

Erik

October 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW

When Pelosi took over as speaker they found some unfinished business from Hastert et al.
A bill to fire the Inspector General who had been finding and Charging KBR/Halliburton for Over billing the Government

Erik

October 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

where is the rest of the bill this was attached to.

October 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I can hardly wait for lisa to drop by and explain how Jamie Leigh Jones was some kind of plant snuck into KBR by Al Franken to set all this up and destroy the good reputation of a good "conservative" company.

October 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Remember when McCain said if a woman couldn't stop a rape that she should just lay there and enjoy it? That's the way the Rethugs think. Rape is something you should enjoy!

Sorry, I just threw up a little inside my mouth - and I don't enjoy it.

October 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I hadn't noticed that, that all the No votes were from men. Hopefully a shrewd Democratic strategist (if there is such a thing) will make a note of this when the next election cycle comes around.

Nice bill by Dennis Hastert. Too bad he got unelected and got away unscathed. There have been ongoing rumors that Hastert is gay. "Not that there's anything wrong with it," but since he was allied with those Bible-spouting family values types, he should've been outed along with Larry Craig and all the other 2-faced wingnuts.

Lisa: I don't know what bill the amendment was attached to. I couldn't find it in the article.

JR: No doubt, Jamie Leigh Jones and Al Franken are both members of some international Muslim Communist organization that wants to enslave the free world. Funded by George Soros of course.

Robert: Was that McCain who said that? I remember that quote; I couldn't remember who it was from. If Democrats are sharp (and that's a big If), this would be a perfect wedge issue between male and female Republican senators.

October 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Demeur is right; this should be brought up, loud and often, in the next two elections. What better proof of what morally bankrupt lowlifes the GOP dregs are?

Did you notice Olbermann pointing out they've lost 20 percent of those willing to admit they're Republicans just since mid-August? At this rate they will be able to hold their 2012 convention in one trailer — won't even need a whole park*.

Robert Rouse confuses McCain with a Republican candidate for governor of Texas (I think it was) several years ago. McCain did get flaky last year, and I vaguely recall he said something kind of unseemly about wives of women in front of his wife. But I'm quite sure he never said anything about lying back and enjoying rape.

(* No offense meant to nice trailer dwellers who live in nice trailer parks, of which there are many.)

October 23, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

It was also John McCain who chose Sarah Palin as a running mate because the Democrats had abandoned women by choosing Barack Obama as their presidential candidate instead of Hillary Clinton.
Now that he doesn't need the female vote, he has abandoned them himself.

October 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

S.W., you're right, it was Texas Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams who said, "As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

My bad. McCain actually told this joke:

Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, “Where is that marvelous ape?”

Republicans and rape still tend to go hand in hand. They raped this country and expected us to lay back and enjoy getting screwed.

October 23, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

BTW, it's good to see legislation like this from Sen. Franken. I'm fairly sure Norm Coleman would have voted in favor of rape.

October 23, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Yes, this vote definitely needs to be hammered again and again during the next 2 elections.

"they've lost 20 percent of those willing to admit they're Republicans just since mid-August" -- That's excellent news. Made my day.

Lew: That sure doesn't say much about Republicans that they fell all over Sarah Palin. Who needs substance or intelligence when you can have a candidate who's pretty but vapid, and meaner than a rabid pitbull.

Robert: "Republicans raped this country and expected us to lay back and enjoy getting screwed." LOL. And the sickest part is, 20% of us actually enjoyed it.

October 23, 2009 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hmmmm... large concentration of "yea" votes from the South. What a surprise!

While looking at the thirty pieces of shit who voted "yea", let's look at the brave Republicans who voted "yea" and give them a pat on the back:

Bennett, UT
Collins, ME
Grassley, IA
Hatch, UT
Hutchison, TX
LeMieux, FL
Lugar, IN
Murkowski, AK
Snowe, ME
Voinovich, OH

They like to talk about how Democrats lack spine. Well, that may be true some of the time, but I have to say I think it's great to see some Republicans who have principles and who are willing to stand up to the idiots in their party. Most of the elected GOP leaders seem to be 'bots. The people on this list may more often than not be jerks, but congratulations to them on this one.

But I don't know if they can lead their party out of the wilderness... it has been overrun by extremists. Extremists who apparently don't give a shit about what happens to a woman.

October 23, 2009 at 8:31 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Robert, thanks for clarifying both obnoxious incidents. I stand corrected about McCain's joke. Obviously, I'd forgotten how thoroughly flaky he got.

Lew is right about Coleman. He was a complete lockstep-marching drone for whatever The Gang That Couldn't Think Straight wanted.

October 23, 2009 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

I saw this story on the Daily Show the other day and couldn't believe it. Then I saw it on the real news and still couldn't believe anyone in our government would vote no on something like this, especially the holier-than-thou Republifucks. Stunning, I tell you; just fucking stunning.

Jeff Sessions' contention that it's not the government's business to decide who the government does business with just God damned crazy. The government is the one who hires the motherfuckers. Jesus.

October 24, 2009 at 3:24 AM  
Anonymous Bee said...

If anything, those 30 who voted against, all republican, should show women all over this country just what the republican party at large thinks of them.

It thinks absolutely nothing of them.

Funny, Tom, how your right wing stalker didn't have much to say about this post. We can only hope it makes her think about what she has been defending.

October 24, 2009 at 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

My understanding of the law is incomplete, but as I understand it, one cannot waive certain rights, no matter what contract one signs.

The right to prosecute or sue individuals who knowingly commit a felonious act against one's self is among these.

Or is the issue that she wants to sue the employer? Though, again, if it's a gross negligence issue, the waiver still means nothing.

October 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I think it's time for the Republican Party to split up. (But I've been thinking that for decades and it keeps not happening.) The wingtards and far right extremists should form their own party, and the Republicans with IQs higher than their shoe sizes could take their party back. I'm glad for those ten Republicans who voted in favor of Franken's amendment, but I don't think this will happen very often.

SW: And we don't need any more of "The Gang That Couldn't Think Straight."

Carlos: I'm surprised the "real" news actually mentioned this. There must have been a brief lull between the balloon boy and the missing-blonde-of-the-week.

"it's not the government's business to decide who the government does business with" -- LOL. Typical Republican "reasoning."

Bee: Yup, that vote should be a wakeup call to all women, regardless of their political views.

Thomas: I think she was suing her employer -- either for negligence and/or because her supervisors kept her locked up and isolated for several hours after she was raped. I don't know if that was to keep her from reporting it, or what their motive was. I'm not clear on the details, but I think that's what happened.

October 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Snave, those who voted for Franken's measure don't have the horsepower to lead their party out of the wildnerness, even if they have will — which I strongly doubt.

The power behind those GOP leaders and extremists you mentioned are behind-the-scenes millionaires and billionaires like the Koch brothers behind the astroturf teabaggers movement. Take away the religious right and fringe loonies, and you still have those fat cats calling the shots. And they are largely unreachable because they don't run for office and mostly stay beneath the radar.

Probably the greatest chance for another party at this point would be if New Democrat types and Blue Dogs were to split off from the Democratic Party and be joined by some of the less extreme Republicans. Don't hold your breath, though.

October 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Thomas, thanks for adding that. I wondered if waiving rights that way was legal. After what the Republicans did in the previous eight years as part of their war against trial lawyers, I thought they might've jiggered things so crime victim rights could be waived. I know such evil nonsense should not be allowed.

October 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Tom, thanks for stopping by the new place, but you need to check out this page on Snopes.

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/soupy2.asp

October 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Robert: Thanks for the info. I guess that's how rumors get started.

October 24, 2009 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Al Franken what a joke,what's next Senator Carrot Top?

October 26, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I didn't think you'd actually have a comment defending rapists and the corporations that enable them. And you wouldn't be able to not comment. So I guess your solution is "Al Franken what a joke,what's next Senator Carrot Top?"

October 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Tom, leave the poor girl alone. She's probably still reeling from learning that Fred "Gopher" Grandy and Sonny Bono once served in Washington as Congressmen. I wonder how many of Lisa's Republican heroes ever graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Political Science. I wonder how she would feel to learn that Al Franken did indeed graduate cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Political Science. Hmm, so the GOP faithful now find a Harvard grad a "joke"????

October 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Like Al Franken has nothing more of interest than to rally up his base and point the finger at the "bad" republicans.
You all play that game so well..

There is a bigger bill attached to this. When I find it I will post it of course you won't be able to find it on NBC or ABC's site. All you'll find is Oblerman and Maddow Alinsking the"Tea Baggers".
Hmm wonder if Rush Limbaugh called Rachel Maddow a Cave Dweller would they be calling for him to step down?

October 26, 2009 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Well Lisa, have you seen Al Franken in action? He may have been a comedian at the start of his career, but he comes informed with facts and data in this part of his career. So much so, he manages to get all their pretty princess panties into wads by asking one question. He grilled a Halliburton attorney the other day and it looked like the poor guy was just WAY out of his element. Same thing for a pearl clutching, fainting couch needing woman, on health care reform. be careful what you wish for, carrot top would at least be more liberal than the doughy pant loads that are still calling themselves republican.

I couldn't help but notice you did not answer the initial charges of the 30 toadies that voted for rape. Why could that be? How could you as a woman let that stand? If it were you, would you let them get away with violating you in that way? I'm thinking that is a big no on that one.

October 26, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Robert, Jess: Excellent answers. I can't think of anything else to add.

October 26, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

By the way, Lisa, the Anti-Rape is actually attached to a proper bill. It;'s the Defense Appropriation Bill. In other words, Franken's amendment says people who want to be contracted for Defense purposes cannot tell women they cannot sue if they are raped. So, Lisa, we have all asked now. Do you agree with your Republican friends that if a woman is working for a defense contractor and she gets raped that she should not be allowed to sue? Do you agree with your Rethuglican cohorts that these women should just lay back and enjoy it without complaint? WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER LISA?????

October 26, 2009 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

My answer is she should be allowed to prosecute....The offenders!
But then again we have to keep that Bar Association well funded in order to donate to their favorite party. Oh what the hell let's trhow the Unions in the mix too. Oh why stop there let's add Wall Street. You know those big evil republican firms.

October 26, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Well, at least you answered the question at hand, before going off on your usual tangent.

After this person was gang raped, her employers kept her in isolation for a several hours and then told her to keep quiet. So I think they're guilty too, as well as (obviously) the rapists themselves.

October 26, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Well if that's the case then she has does have a case against the company.
How about this scenario-If an SEIU health care worker touches a patient inappropriately ,should that person be able to sue the government? Being they will be government employees. And should the government have to sign something stating the rights of patients in those instances?

October 27, 2009 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

That's a pretty farfetched scenario. Yes that hypothetical SEIU would have to be prosecuted of course. Don't forget you're comparing one person touching somebody else inappropriately vs. somebody being gangraped.

October 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

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