Today in Republican rape logic

Two things: First from the West Virginia House (via Jezebel):

The West Virginia House has begun the process of approving a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the state; Like other version of the same bill, West Virginia’s proposed law has been dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It’s based on the bunk science that fetuses are capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks, and that pain should trump the desire someone might feel to not carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

The body’s health committee passed the bill Thursday. But first, as the Charleston Gazette reported, in comments that were picked up by both Huffington Post and Think Progress, Delegate Brian Kurcaba said he couldn’t quite see why there should be an exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.

“Obviously rape is awful,” Kurcaba said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”

And now, from the Utah House of Representatives (from the Salt Lake Tribune):

If someone can’t consent, it’s rape.

A Utah measure seeking to make that legal clarification won early approval in a state legislative committee Tuesday, but some lawmakers qualified their support, questioning whether the law would designate sex with an unconscious spouse as rape.

“If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically,” said Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove.”That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.”

Your GOP in action. Sticking their noses in your lady parts. If you’re unconscious.

We’re No. 2!

The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch ranks the “10 Most Unhappy States in the U.S.” based on a Gallup Poll, and it puts this state at No. 2:

Well-being index score: 62.7

Life expectancy: 76.2 years (7th lowest)

Obesity: 29.7% (6th highest)

Median household income: $41,141 (4th lowest)

Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 83.1% (6th lowest)

The state has one of the lowest proportions of adults with a high-school diploma, as well as the fourth-lowest median income in the country. Kentucky also ranked dead-last in terms of healthy behaviors. A mere 60.7% of respondents said they ate healthily the day before, by far the lowest of any state. Not surprisingly, Kentucky also ranked second from the bottom in terms of physical health. As many as 29% of people indicated they had health problems that prevented them from doing age-appropriate activities, a higher percentage than any state other than West Virginia. Kentucky also ranked second from the bottom in the life evaluation and emotional health categories.

As a homeowner in Kentucky, the only thing I can say is “Thank God for West Virginia.”

1. West Virginia

Well-being index score: 61.3

Life expectancy: 75.2 years (2nd lowest)

Obesity: 33.5% (the highest)

Median household income: $38,482 (2nd lowest)

Adult population with high school diploma or higher: 84.2% (12th lowest)

West Virginia residents’ well-being was the worst of all states. It scored last in three of the six categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health. The answers of West Virginians to questions in the physical health category were particularly alarming. It was the only state where more than 30% of residents were told that they had high cholesterol. In addition, nearly 40% of respondents were told they have high blood pressure, also the highest of all states. Some 31.4% of respondents indicated that they smoked, the highest percentage of all states. The state had the second-lowest median income in the U.S., and a very high proportion reported not being able to afford food or medicine. West Virginians had the second-worst life expectancy at birth in the country.

The other “winners” are:

3: Mississippi (how can we be worse than Mississippi?)
4: Tennessee
5: Arkansas
6: Alabama
7: Ohio
8: Louisiana
9: Indiana
10: Oklahoma (it’s not OK)

Let’s see, what do nine of these 10 states have in common?


Ohio didn’t join the list of Red States in the 2012 presidential election, but it has a Republican governor and a GOP controlled legislature. The link between misery and the GOP remains consistent.

Frontrunner of the week

From Public Policy Polling

Is the new Republican frontrunner Herman Cain? Maybe for this week anyway.  PPP polled Republican primary voters in three pretty different states over the weekend- North Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia- and found Cain leading the way in each of them as Newt Gingrich surged, Mitt Romney stayed steady, and Rick Perry saw a collapse in his support.

Here are the numbers:

North Carolina: Cain 27, Romney/Gingrich 17, Perry 15, Paul/Bachmann 6, Santorum/Huntsman 2

Nebraska: Cain 30, Gingrich 16, Romney 13, Bachmann/Perry 10, Paul 5, Santorum 4, Huntsman 2

West Virginia: Cain 24, Gingrich 18, Romney 16, Perry 15, Bachmann 8, Paul 6, Santorum 3, Huntsman 1

Road rage

A car being loaded onto a flatbed tow truck

Image via Wikipedia

(I finally have a connection to post this. Using a generic file image as an illustration.)

I’m sitting in the back of a tow truck, somewhere in the mountains of West Virginia on I-79 heading to Louisville. My car is on the flatbed, useless behind me. The transmission (I guess) went out on me going up a hill on the highway.

The car is six-months old. Really. I bought it new six months ago. It’s a 2010 Ford Focus. So let’s just say I’m overwhelmingly pissed at Ford.

My wife and I are doing a return trip. We went from Louisville to Washington last weekend, to move a few things to our studio apartment in D.C. I had to get to Louisville tonight to get a flight back to Washington tomorrow. But we broke down 200 miles outside Washington.

Getting the roadside service was a challenge. Called Ford. Gave the information. Got cut off. Called Ford again. Gave all the info again. Was told to call a dealership near Morgantown. It’s a Saturday. What do you think happened?

It will be days before they can deal with the car.

So, here are my options. Leave the car. Rent something to get to Louisville. Fly to Washington. Wait for the car to be ready. Make flight arrangements to get back to Morgantown. Drive to Louisville. Fly back to Washington.

Or, pay a bunch of bucks for me and my wife to sit in the back of an extended cab tow truck bearing Confederate flags on the mud flaps and my car on the flatbed, winding through the mountains, listening to the same CD on an endless repeat of “Convoy,” “The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA,” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.” Meanwhile, the driver and his brother are smoking in the front seat, coughing their lungs out between puffs. And the trip will take at least six hours.

Do I know how to live, or what?