Roundup: Sharron Angle Keeps Talking


Endorsements make the world go round! Or do they? One candidate gets an endorsement, and another is hounded to change his position.

Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron “Make Lemonade!” Angle keeps saying crazy things. A quote from October 2009:  

“Right now, we say in a traditional home one parent stays home with the children and the other provides the financial support for that family. That is the acceptable and right thing to do. If we begin to expand that, not only do we dilute the resources that are available, we begin to dilute things like health care, retirement, all the things offered to families that help them be a family.”

Sounds like she doesn’t think womenfolk should be out there taking jobs away from men. Not so! Her campaign manager explains that she was just hating on gays.

Angle, in the interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal, was talking about her opposition to same-sex marriage and Nevada’s law giving domestic partners many of the same rights as married couples, arguing it would be a financial drain on the state.

So, um, gay people make too much money to be married because maybe both of them work outside the home? Or some other argument? Color me confused, Sharron.

To clarify who she believes deserves to be classified as a second-class citizen, here’s a bit of the survey she filled out to gain endorsement from Government is Not God PAC. (She checked yes on every item.) Angle declared that she:

■ Opposes abortion in all cases and is against national health care coverage for the procedure.

■ Opposes adding “sexual orientation” as a protected minority under current civil rights laws, and opposes laws allowing homosexuals to adopt children.

■ Believes clergymen should have the right to support or disapprove of candidates from the pulpit, something that’s banned by the federal government and punished by revoking tax exempt status.

■ Supports school prayer and “religious speech” in public schools.

In Michigan, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder is fresh off of a primary win, despite the fact that  the state’s Right to Life group supported another candidate. And because of his support for stem cell research, he is not likely to see support from the anti-abortion group in the general election.

If he maintains his position on embryonic research, I doubt (he will be endorsed),” said Larry Galmish, Political Action Committee chairman for Michigan Right to Life.

Snyder was the only one of the five GOP gubernatorial candidates in the primary to support embryonic stem cell research. He opposes abortion but would allow it in cases of rape or incest.

Galmish said the organization will try to convince Snyder to reverse his position before the Right to Life board of directors decides the issue in September.

Snyder campaign spokesman Jake Suski said the Ann Arbor businessman won’t change his position.

“Rick Snyder supports stem cell research — he’s made that clear,” Suski said. “(Snyder) will not take any PAC or special interest money and isn’t seeking endorsement.”

Mini-Roundup: In “keep your dirty slutty money away from our clean, wholesome taxpayer money” news, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced a bill that would forbid federal healthcare subsidies from going to healthcare plans that allow people to pay their own money – with a separate check – for abortion coverage. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced an identical bill in the House in April.

Risks of abortion ban fan pro-abortion debate – ABS CBN News

Right to Life unlikely to back Snyder – The Detroit News

Anti-abortion writer unintentionally endorses choice – Washington Post

Senate Republicans push bill to limit abortion coverage – The Hill (blog)

Ignorance on abortion is far from bliss – Calgary Herald

Obama Lauds Passage of Kenyan Constitution As Critics Slam Its Abortion Rights … – FOXNews

Britain to focus on abortion, contraception in development programs – The Catholic Review

Targeting Target for Anti-Gay Donation – Religion Dispatches

The Emotions of Abortion – Beliefnet.com (blog)

Small fine ends abortion measure complaints – Alaska Dispatch (blog)

Stanford and Prop. 8: a look back – The Stanford Daily

OR-Gov: Chris Dudley is pro-choice except when he’s not. – BlueOregon (blog)

Anne Rice discusses her decision to quit Christianity – Los Angeles Times

Southern states beat northern states in family planning – FV Current Waves

Now, free condoms for 12 year olds – Times of India

NJ Republicans Leave 40000 Patients Without Family Planning Services – Change.org (blog)

Teens and the rhythm method: Bad news – MayoClinic.com

A problem with many remedies – Gaston Gazette

Federal Government Announces $42 Million in HIV Prevention Grants – TheBody.com

SRI LANKA: Taboo reinforces ignorance about HIV – Plus News

Shortage forces curbs on use of HIV testing kits – The Hindu

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: On the Front Line of the Abortion Wars – TIME

Positive message about HIV/AIDS – CNN

Obama angry over HIV/Aids spread in Africa – Daily Monitor

New Deal TV Commercial Says Fulton Agency “Promotes Homosexuality.” – WXIA-TV

Fighting HIV/AIDS prejudice – People’s Daily Online

HIV: Housewives, professionals at high risk now – Times of India

New poll taps strong public fear about HIV vaccines – FierceVaccines

Urban women fall through cancer cracks – Ottawa Citizen

Cancer protection for girls – Lancashire Evening Post

U of L gets $3 million grant for cancer research – Louisville Courier-Journal

NICE Issues New Guidance on Weight Management Before, During and After Pregnancy – DG News

Groups accuse Dallas County jail of shackling inmates during childbirth – Dallas Morning News

MDG Goals Panned for Isolating Women’s Rights – WomensRadio

Japan, UN launch Maternal and Child Health handbook – Daily Star – Lebanon

Kenya approves pro-choice constitution – BP News

Obama’s Abortion Imperialism – American Spectator

African Union Submits to Pressure for Abortion as Cure for Maternal Deaths – Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

Georgetown U. Hospital closes lab after problems with breast cancer tests – Washington Post

Women need not wait to conceive after miscarriage – Herald Scotland

Michelle Duggar: “We Would Welcome” a 20th Baby – Us Magazine

Teen Sex: The “Holy”–vs. Humanistic–Approach [co-authored with David Niose] – Psychology Today (blog)

The last Bristol & Levi column you’ll ever read. – Globe and Mail

Gisele Bundechen has no right to lecture working women on their child-raising … – Toronto Star

Angle’s position on working families draws criticism – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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  • arekushieru

    Or maybe that lesbian couples can’t work outside of the home (because, y’know, they’re both womenz!), so they won’t be able to support a family? (/sarcasm)

  • doon

    … that your mother was not a kwear … and birthed you.

    For certain though … that if she had it all to suffer again, she’d abort you … like she should have done in the first place.

  • arekushieru

    Uh, WHO are you talking to, Doon?

  • ack

    Apparently the tinfoil failed to keep one message out: Everyone knows… that pro-choicers and people who support LGBTQ rights… are weakened… by ellipses…

  • doon

    The author.

  • arekushieru

    Ooh, sounds like doon is ProAbortion!

     

    Anyways, along with those three things so is IVF a very real concept, Princess Rot.  I guess doon just hasn’t been in the real world enough.

     

    Btw, thanks for explaining what *kwear* was supposed to mean.  I thought it was some new fashion line that had just come out and I had a hard time figuring out how that was relevant to giving birth AND not wearing it!

  • princess-rot

    But I didn’t mention adoption or IVF since one is a legal process and the other a medical procedure, and it seems to me that doon was freaking out over people who have had both non-hetero and hetero sex, as if being pregnant and giving birth only happens to strictly cisexual women. It was just silly. I find it hard to believe that anyone could reach adulthood these days without knowing that.

  • princess-rot

    Looks like Sharron Angle didn’t want to appear a hypocrite by hating on working women (though Phyllis Schlafly does this with impunity, at least she is upfront with her hypocrisy) but still wanted to make some teabagger talking point about how everyone who is not a straight white male is “destabilizing the family”. So, she has her P.R. weasel for her, because it is still acceptable to hate on queer marriage (not so much working women, at least not so obviously, most people bar hardline conservatives will think you’re odd), but only manages to make herself look like a bigger fool. It’s almost like she wants to dig herself into a rhetorical hole from which there is no escape.

     

    On another note, apparently it has flown over doon’s head that you can be both, ahem, queer and have given birth. The two are not mutually exclusive concepts; bisexuality, gender fluidity and polyamory are all very real.