Virginia Republicans suddenly uneasy about being identified as rapists

By · Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments »

Good news on the state-mandated object rape bill. Gov. Bob McDonnell checked the poll numbers, looked out at the protesters on the Capitol grounds, watched Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show, and suddenly realized that maybe he doesn’t want this particular tin can around his neck. Of course he’s not admitting that; instead he’s […]

Virginians silently protest state-mandated object rape bill

By · Monday, February 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments »

This is the picture from the Maddow Blog of protesters lined up along the walkway into the Capitol today to protest the object rape bill: You know what makes me happy about that picture? The dog. David Dayen thinks our godbag legislators and neo-Confederate governor may be getting cold feet. I hope so, but I […]

War on women reaching some kind of fever pitch

By · Thursday, February 16th, 2012 · 34 Comments »

The top news today is that Democratic congresswomen walked out of the all-male hearing today on contraception, after that asshole Issa refused to let any women testify. They’re not qualified, you see. Here’s the picture seen around the wires: Meanwhile, Santorum’s top donor ridiculed women’s need for contraception: FRIESS: On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, […]

My letter to Governor Bob McDonnell on the state-mandated object rape bill

By · Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

The Virginia legislature has passed an object rape bill mandating that if a woman wants an abortion, she has to submit to a medically unnecessary vaginal probe. As constitutional law professor Tobias Wolff describes it, “The mandated procedure requires that a woman’s vagina be distended with a speculum and that a probe be inserted into […]