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Rape: How Many Different Kinds Does The GOP Believe There Are?

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Richard Mourdock’s “God intended” rape. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape.” Paul Ryan’s “forcible rape.” Why does the GOP classify rape as anything but what it really is?

The GOP has throughout the years, increasingly fostered the false concept that there are “different kinds” of rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” Todd Akin recently, and infamously, told a local reporter. Last night, GOP Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana, claimed children born of rape are “God intended,” echoing former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum‘s urging to accept the rapist’s offspring as, “a gift of human life.”

No one — as some GOP pundits attempted today to claim — is attacking the children of rape. Of course they are children and human beings. But to claim that women’s bodies can prevent themselves from becoming pregnant — as long as they didn’t “enjoy it” — is absurd. And massively offensive. And a GOP talking point.

From Linda McMahon’s “emergency rape,” to Ron Paul‘s “honest rape,” to Paul Ryan‘s “forcible rape,” the GOP is a master hive mind of classifying rape as anything but what it really is: rape.

Because if you can make it the woman’s (or, actually — the victim’s) fault, then you can control them. And maintain dominance.

Mitt Romney endorsed Richard Mourdock on Monday. “I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said at his debate on Tuesday, adding, “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

On Wednesday, the Romney campaign tried to distance itself from Mourdock’s comments, but refused to pull the endorsement, just as the Republicans swore they’d drop Todd Akin like a lead balloon, threatened him, until he won the GOP nomination. Now, Todd Akin is A-OK.

Why are there no instances of Democrats talking about women, and rape, like this?

And why are there no consequences for bad behavior?

I remember the first “rape joke” I ever heard. It was November 24, 1976. I was in my parents’ kitchen. I was 14-years old.

Tex Antoine, the local New York City ABC News affiliate weatherman came on, after a report of a five-year old girl having been raped. Five years old. “With rape so predominant in the news lately, it is well to remember the words of Confucius: ‘If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it’,” Antoine said.

It was his last appearance on ABC, and the end of his career, sans a few months on a very very local station the next year.

What’s happened to America if a weatherman can get fired in 1976 for making inappropriate comments about rape, but four decades later, U.S. Congressmen and congressional candidates are not only keeping their seats, but getting re-elected, seemingly because of their comments about rape?

Image via DailyKos, used by permission with thanks to connecticutie whose original version was updated by Brainwrap, who wanted no credit, but asked we mention RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, and the Jamie Leigh Foundation. 

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Burn Bags and Use of Personal Email: Justices’ Security Practices Even Worse Than Leak Investigation Showed

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Supreme Court employees raised security concerns that were not made public when an internal investigation was completed following the leak of a draft opinion reversing abortion rights.

Multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations told CNN that justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive communications, employees used printers that didn’t produce logs and “burn bags” to collect sensitive materials for destruction were often left open and unattended in hallways.

“This has been going on for years,” one former employee said.

Some justices were slow to adopt email technology — they were “not masters of information security protocol,” according to one source — and court employees were afraid to confront them over the security risks.

Supreme Court marshal Gail Curley in her investigative report noted that printer logs intended to track document production were insufficient, but a former employee said employees who had VPN access could print documents from any computer, and remote work during COVID-19 shutdowns and otherwise meant draft opinions could have been taken from the building in violation of court guidelines.

Curley’s report noted that court methods for destroying sensitive documents should be improved, but three employees said striped burn bags supplied to chambers were often left sitting out unattended, and each justice had their own protocols for disposing of court documents.

A source familiar with court security practices said some colleagues stapled burn bags shut, while others filled them to capacity and left them near their desks, and others simply left them sitting in hallways where anyone with access to non-public areas could have taken sensitive materials.

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Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’

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If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.

“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.

But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”

“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.

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It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”

The allegations continue.

“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”

“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”

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The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”

The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”

The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.

You can read The Beast’s full report here.

 

 

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Santos May Owe Thousands in Unpaid Traffic Violation Fines and Fees Across Two States: Report

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When he left for Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. George Santos also appears to have left a string of unpaid traffic violation fines and fees in two states, including red light, double parking, and overtime parking citations totaling thousands of dollars.

The embattled serial liar and freshman New York GOP lawmaker “may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida,” CBS News reports.

Included in that total is $1,299.10 from Florida for toll violations that “racked up late fees and were ultimately sent to collections agencies.”

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It appears that in November of 2016, as soon as he got his New York driver’s license after having one in Florida, a car previously ticketed via a red light camera whose plates match one registered to Santos “began piling up citations in New York City — 29 in the next two and a half years, according to city government records, which do not identify the drivers of vehicles being ticketed.”

“More than $1,800 in payments were made for 17 citations, but another 12 remain unpaid, with $2,142.61 still due, according to city records.”

CBS News also points to a New York Post report from January revealing “a Nissan Rogue driven frequently by Santos in recent months had been issued speeding tickets at least five times since he was elected on Nov. 8, ‘including four times in school zones.'”

Santos is under numerous state and federal investigations that span the gamut from campaign finance to allegedly stolen charity funds donated to save the life of a veteran’s service dog. The dog died after the vet could not afford to pay for the operation.

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