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Talking rape on the BBC

The airplane crash is Austin is obviously dominating my thoughts right now, but I haven’t fully processed. Need to get some exercise and clear my head. In the meantime, I spent part of this afternoon as a guest on the BBC’s “World Have Your Say“. The topic is the very…

Standing with Amanda Terkel

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy I haven’t neglected to look at the story about O’Reilly’s producers stalking and ambushing Amanda Terkel. I wrote about it for RH Reality Check, and included my thoughts on how O’Reilly feels he can blame women for their…

Domestic violence rate 42% higher than previously reported

And the rape rate is 25% higher. (Hat tip.) I’m a little disturbed by the headline: “US: Soaring Rates of Rape and Violence Against Women”, with a sub headline clarifying that the rate hasn’t gone up in reality so much as the Department of Justice has drastically improved its interviewing…

Atheist prank sadly tainted

Oh man, when I first read this story at Majikthise, I was stoked. Ernie Chambers is suing God in the Nebraska courts for making terroristic threats. The suit (.pdf), filed in a Nebraska district court, contends that God, along with his followers of all persuasions, “has made and continues to…

Please help shut down this right wing lie

So I’m reading John Aravosis writing about the Sarah Palin rape kit controversy, which he suspects was rooted in her opposition to the right of a rape victim not to be impregnated by the rapist. That strikes me as reasonable—rape kits are mainly about collecting evidence, but also contain packets…

Smoking gun

Here you go: Sarah Palin signed off on a budget document that forced rape victims to pay for their own investigations. It appears it was the idea of the police chief that Palin hired after firing another one for insufficiently obsequious ass-kissing. It’s now getting close to impossible to believe…

McCain/Palin helping keep sexual predators on the street

I was skeptical of the charge that Sarah Palin was forcing rape victims to pay for their own rape kits, thinking a) she could always brush it off by pleading ignorance and b) that even Republicans aren’t really ready to sign onto legislation that functionally legalizes rape, because it sets…

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