Are women who get pregnant out of wedlock liars? Are parents raising children in homes without a married mom and dad child abusers? The Wisconsin state lawmaker who is pushing a bill that labels as “child abuse” homes that are headed by single or unmarried parents has now added another attack on these parents: liars. Republican SenatorÂ Glenn Grothman says that single mothers are “trained” to lie about unintended pregnancies, claiming that most “unintended pregnancies” are totally intended, and that our “culture” glamorizes single parenthood.Â Grothman’s billÂ would classify â€œnon marital parenthoodâ€ as a cause of child abuse, and given current laws in Wisconsin,Â automatically would include single and coupled gays and lesbians — plus any single person regardless of orientation — raising children.
“GrothmanÂ told ColmesÂ that the countryâ€™s out-of-wedlock birth rate is the ‘choice of the women,’ who should be ‘educated that this is a mistake,’ notesÂ Miranda Blue of Right Wing Watch.Â “When Colmes countered with statistics about the high number of pregnancies that are unintended, Grothman said that many women are â€œtrainedâ€ to lie and say that theyâ€™re pregnancies are unintended.”
In the below audio, Colmes suggests that Grothman’s concerns about the level of out of wedlock births is a good argument for both control, which Grothman of course immediately rejects.
This is the Republican, conservative, and religious zealots’ goal: No birth control, all women and men — regardless of orientation — married, and since there’s no legal birth control or abortion, women will be pregnant and raising children until they die. This is not just about the Bible. The other reason they are advocating this extremism? Demographic winter.
Here’s the transcript and audio, thanks to Right Wing Watch:
Grothman:Â Thereâ€™s been a huge change over the last 30 years and a lot of that change has been the choice of the women. Thereâ€™s a reason why in the 50s and the 60s you had less than ten percent of the births illegitimate, and now weâ€™re over 40 percent. Itâ€™s not that there werenâ€™t abusive men in the 40s or there was a problem with child support. It is the popular culture, led by the social service professions, who are sayingâ€¦
Colmes:Â Well tell me what you would change.
Grothman:Â I think the first thing we do is that we should educate women that this is a mistake.
Colmes:Â You think women need to be educated, are they not smart enough on their own?
Grothman: They do have to be educated, because right now the culture encourages a single motherhood lifestyle.
Colmes: You think women choose to be single momsâ€¦
Grothman:Â Oh absolutely
Colmes:Â You think women want to have homes without fathers? You think women look to the opportunity to have to raise kids and not be able to get work because they have to stay home and take care of the kids. Women want to do this?
Grothman:Â I think a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.
Colmes:Â According to data published in USA Today, at least four in ten pregnancies in every state are unwanted or mistimed. According to the analysis that was released last May, more than half of pregnancies in 29 states and the District of Columbia were unintended, 38 to 50 percent were unintended in the remaining states. This mitigates against the argument that women are purposefully wanting to have kids. Their unintended for the most part. Theyâ€™re unintended pregnancies, which is the argument for health care services and birth control for women.
Grothman: I think you undersell these women.
Colmes:Â Undersell them?
Grothman:Â Undersell them. I think when you have an epidemic of this great proportion, people are not so dumb that itâ€™s surprising when they get pregnant. I think people are trained to say that â€˜this is a surprise to me,â€™ because thereâ€™s still enough of a stigma that theyâ€™re supposed to say this.
Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>GrothmanÂ has a long history of radical positions.
Although Grothman has said,Â â€Everybody knows youâ€™re not supposed to smoke!â€ he voted against a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants, but supported a bill allowing smoking in hotel rooms. And Grothman called a proposedÂ Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, â€œan insult to all the other taxpayers around the state,â€ and opposed any possibility of a Kwanzaa holiday, stating AmericansÂ should â€œtreat Kwanzaa with the contempt it deserves before it becomes a permanent part of our culture.â€
Grothman has also â€œadvocated the hiring of more business-friendly individuals to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,â€ according toÂ Wikipedia.
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
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With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.
“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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