And speaking of ruthless and racist bastards, they are trying to rig the future elections for President while they are at it. This plan would reconfigure electoral college votes in Democratic leaning states to associate with congressional districts, not with the popular vote. As Josh and every one looking at this has noted, this is an intensely racist approach. The GOP, having lost every group except older white males has decided that instead of appealing to blacks, hispanics, women or Asians, they will simply disenfranchise them.
It worked very well for the segregated South. Just when I think the GOP has hit rock bottom, they decide to just cheat openly. This, mind you, from the group that was angling and even hoping that Romney would win the popular vote so they could declare Obama's presidency illegitimate (not that his victory changed that for so many of these fuckers), and were grousing about that even back in 08. Now, they want to make it a very high likelihood that future Presidents would be Republicans who lost the popular vote. And they don't care one bit. Winning is everything. How you do that--well, except for waving the Bible when you feel like it--is completely up to the crazy Republican.
One more from idiot land, and I will turn my attention to work. In New Mexico, a Republican lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require a pregnant rape victim to carry the pregnancy to term to secure the evidence. That's right, getting an abortion would constitute "destroying evidence," and the sponsor swears that the purpose is only to go after rapists.
"Brown said in a statement Thursday that she introduced the bill with the goal of punishing the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime. New Mexico needs to strengthen its laws to deter sex offenders,” said Brown. “By adding this law in New Mexico, we can help to protect women across our state.”One of the things I have observed in the abortion debate is how often the mother or future mother disappears. Her needs, her health, her desires, or even her body--they simply disappear. It is as if these conservatives only see a little tiny fetus hovering in the air. They will use her to justify their actions and say that it is about "protecting women," but as in the Orwellian Republicans trying to protect forests and clean air, it really means that they don't care one bit about the woman involved.
I noted this to a pro-life friend, and pointed out how I could understand the basic opposition to a women who is (theoretically) promiscuous and careless and gets an abortion because she can't be bothered to take responsibility for herself. In pro-life talk, she had the freedom to not have unprotected sex or to abstain all together, and now that she is "knocked up" that ship has sailed.
But with rape, all the pretense of choice and freedom disappear. For some pro lifers (and polls suggest this is a small, but very vocal and very well represented in the GOP part of the population), since God ordains life at conception, then even the rape pregnancy is a "gift." The fact that she had no choice at any stage of the process doesn't matter one bit. How dare she raise an objection? So what if she has to be reminded every day of her ordeal--that doesn't matter.