File This Under Right Wing Conservative Republican White Male Privilege
If GOP Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois ruled the world, taxpayers would only have to pay for things they want and use. For example, if you’re a taxpayer who doesn’t have children, why should you have to pay for teachers and schools? If you don’t have a car, why should you have to pay for roads? If you’re against war, why should your taxes support the military?
And if you’re a man, why should your insurance plan cover women having babies?
During theÂ House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 27 hour marathon markup of the TrumpCare bill to repeal and “replace” ObamaCare, Rep. Shimkus made a very big deal about prenatal care.Â
It’s the epitome of selfishness combined with a total lack of understandingÂ â€“ not only of how insurance worksÂ â€“ but of how society works. And maybe someone who doesn’t understand how society works shouldn’t get to represent people in Congress.
Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle, in the video below, acknowledges there are issues with ObamaCare, but adds that Republicans have refused to do anything to help make it better.Â
â€œWhat mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?â€ Rep. Doyle asks, referring to a statement by Rep. Shimkus. “I’m curious, what is it we’re mandating?”
â€œWhat about men having to purchase prenatal care?â€ Shimkus responds.Â â€œIâ€™m just . . . is that not correct? And should they?â€
â€” NARAL (@NARAL) March 9, 2017
Congressman Shimkus think because he’s a man his insurance policy shouldn’t cover women’s health care needs. He would like to pick and choose the coverage that is specific only to him. If he rolls the dice on, say, cancer, or broken bones, well, maybe he could save a few bucks.
That’s not how insurance works. Insurance works the same way smart investors work. They diversify. Groups of people are stronger together, and present less overall risk when they are part of a large group.Â
So, Rep. Shimkus gets to have insurance that covers women’s prenatal care, and women get to have insurance that covers men’s Viagra and prostate cancer.
Shimkus like to tweet biblical quotes frequently.
We’ll just leave this one he posted last month here for him to ponder:
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor incircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
â€” John Shimkus (@RepShimkus) February 28, 2017
Appropriately, the author of The Handmaid’s Tale even weighed in:
One of the answers is that he must want a lot of malnourished orphans and dead women. https://t.co/Zyh0SWJjSy
â€” Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) March 10, 2017
Last month Rep. Shimkus was one of many Republicans who voted to allow severely mentally impaired people to buy guns. Maybe Â I shouldn’t have to pay for people who get shot by themÂ â€“ maybe Rep. Shimkus should be responsible for those bills.
Here’s how some other people on Twitter responded to Rep. Shimkus’ remarks:Â
Holy SHIT. https://t.co/FAMvF9fzvz
â€” Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 10, 2017
“Why should men pay for prenatal care?” – @RepShimkus
Basically, John Shimkus hates babies AND pregnant women. And doesn’t respect fathers.
â€” Laura Anne Gilman (@LAGilman) March 10, 2017
@NARAL and how did Rep. Shimkus get into this world? Did his mother just magically have him with no medical costs or treatment?
â€” Brittany Hull (@bhull20) March 10, 2017
â€” Old Lefty (@Charlen92128804) March 10, 2017
â€” Debra Jean (@ParentofSam1) March 10, 2017
@NARAL Not saying we shouldn’t but it’s sexist for position GOPers to have, that men shouldn’t be responsible for condition they help create
â€” BeccaM (@BeccaMorn) March 9, 2017
â€” Mercury (@Mercury9com) March 9, 2017
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‘I Will Find Out’: Jimmy Kimmel Questions Why Texas TV Station Cut Away From His Monologue on School Shooting
A Dallas/Fort Worth television station cut away from Jimmy Kimmel’semotional monologue about the Robb Elementary school massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead.
ABC affiliate WFAA-TV interrupted the six-minute, comedy-free monologue with a string of commercials, starting with an in-house news spot, before airing the end of Kimmel’s opener, which he used for a three-minute ad for the gun violence prevention organization Everytown.org, reported the Star-Telegram.
“To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out,” Kimmel tweeted. “In the meantime, here’s what you didn’t get to see.”
You can watch the clip below or at this link.
To my friends in Dallas who are asking: I do not know whether our @ABCNetwork affiliate @wfaa cut away from my monologue tonight intentionally or inadvertently but I will find out. In the meantime, here’s what you didn’t get to see https://t.co/tqfHoBHMwN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 26, 2022
A source at the TV station said the commercials were aired and part of the monologue was cut because the 10 p.m. newscast ran long, and an interview with “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane was also chopped up into segments that aired between commercial breaks.
Kimmel called out elected officials, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), and urged them to take action to prevent another mass shooting.
“Once again we grieve for the little boys and girls,” Kimmel said, fighting back tears. “Whose lives have been ended and whose families have been destroyed. While our leaders on the right, the Americans in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets warn us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our president for even speaking about doing something to stop it, because they don’t want to speak about it because they know what they’ve done and they know what they haven’t done, and they know it’s indefensible, so they’d rather sweep this under the rug.”
“The reason they call them common-sense gun laws is because that’s what they are,” he added. “Eighty-nine percent of Americans want background checks before a gun can be purchased, which is the very least we can do.”
Watch: Texas Republican Opposes Any New Gun Legislation Because We’re Going to ‘Convict’ and ‘Punish’ the Shooters
A Texas Republican state lawmaker said just one day after 19 elementary school students were shot and killed he opposes any new gun legislation for two reasons: the U.S. Constitution, and under existing laws prosecutors should just “convict” the shooters.
“What we want to know is what your solution is,” CNN host Alisyn Camerota told Rep. James White, who happens to be a former school teacher.
“We’ve all seen how quickly and creatively Texas—your local legislature—can act when it wants to, say, protect the unborn embryo,” Camerota added, referring to Texas’ vigilante abortion ban, as The Daily Beast reported. “Why not act with that alacrity to protect living, breathing 10-year-olds in this school behind me?”
“We have this thing called the Constitution,” White replied, even though the Texas abortion ban, under current law, violates at least the spirit of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
Like Texas Governor Greg Abbott and many other Republicans, and like the NRA, White then defended his desire to pass no legislation to help reduce gun violence by declaring the problem is actually one of mental health.
He said, “these young men, for some reason, they have some very disturbed emotional state.”
There is no evidence, according to Gov. Abbott, that this shooter had any documented mental health issues.
White then decided to propose utilizing existing law to reduce gun violence.
“At the end of the day,” he said, “we’re going to look at the people who do these acts, we’re going to convict them, and we’re going to punish them.”
Appearing flabbergasted, Camerota replied, “You can’t convict him, sir.”
“Sir you can’t convict him. He was killed. He was killed, along with 19 children in the school behind me.”
“We’re going to look at the people who do these acts. We’re going to convict them and we’re going to punish them”
“Sir, you can’t convict him. He was killed along with 19 children in the school behind me” pic.twitter.com/Y5f6HZ0ZWU
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 25, 2022
Duggar Gets 12 Years in Jail After Prosecutor Tells Judge He Has a ‘Violent Sexual Interest in Children’
Josh Duggar, the former “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star who was found guilty on horrific child pornography charges in December was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday to serve 151 months – more than 12 years – in prison.
U.S. District Judge judge Timothy L. Brooks, appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama, called Duggar’s crimes “the sickest of the sick,” US magazine noted.
Editor’s note: Caution – graphic descriptions follow.
“Authorities described Duggar, 34, as a ‘very savvy computer user’ who tried to cover his tracks as he downloaded ‘sadistic and masochistic abuse’ material in 2019,” Buzzfeed adds.
Among the more than 600 images and videos that prosecutors said he downloaded was footage of prepubescent girls being raped, whipped, threatened with knives, and held naked in a dog cage.
Another video showed the rape and torture of a toddler — footage so terrible that a Homeland Security Investigations agent said it was among the most horrific things he had been forced to watch in his career.
The 34-year old Arkansas-born Duggar, who was forced to resign as executive director of FRC Action, the political activist arm of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, spent nearly two years promoting his conservative and religious values as he was fawned over as a role model by the far-right, including FRC President Tony Perkins, and former Arkansas GOP governor Mike Huckabee.
“The former TLC personality has previously been involved in multiple scandals over the years,” US adds. “In May 2015, resurfaced court documents revealed that he molested five girls — four of which were related to him — between 2002 and 2003. He was 14 and 15 years old at the time. Sisters Jill Dillard (née Duggar) and Jessa Seewald (née Duggar)came forward one month later, revealing themselves to be two of their brother’s victims.”
Duggar has seven children with his wife Anna.
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