Pro-life and pro-child
The Head Groundskeeper is one of those worry warts convinced that Republicans will blow their electoral advantage come November.
Wisconsin does appears safe from nominating a full-out nut job like Eric Greitens in Missouri. The misogynist candidate for U.S. Senate cut a campaign ad depicting an armed raid on the home of a supposed RINO — those being defined as Republicans who believe Trump did more than throw his plate of spaghetti on the wall. (As Oscar Madison told Felix Ungar, “Now it’s garbage.”)
Scarred by Uvalde TX and trying to blame the insurrection of January 6, 2021 on Nancy Pelosi, Greitens’ appeal to hate and division won’t work even in red-state Missouri and sure as hell won’t sell moderates in battleground Wisconsin. Timothy Ramthun, the most full-on Always Trumper seeking the Republican endorsement for Wisconsin governor, is running a distant fourth.
Not that the others didn’t seek Trump’s endorsement. Tim Michels came away with the prize and now must live with that white elephant. As Sen. Ron Johnson points out, Trump lost Wisconsin by 22,000 votes when 55,000 Republican voters left the presidential ballot line blank. If he turned off that many voters in November 2020 …
Trump is not the issue
The gray lab coats at the Werkes say the big state issues are crime, Woke schools, the economy, and abortion. Abortion IS on the ballot — as it should be. The victor will come down to who is perceived is the least crazy. (That the Wisconsin ban dates to 1849 — before the Republican party was even founded — validates Justice Alito’s observation that the Constitution never guaranteed abortion.)
It’s early, but the issue is crazing Democrats. Their leading candidate for Senate and backed by A.O.C., Mandela Barnes, says he supports placing term limits on U.S. Supreme Court justices and would consider packing the court. A tacit admission that Barnes despairs of ever convincing a majority of Americans.
Wisconsin is in the middle — or muddle — on the issue. Only 27% of respondents told the Marquette Law School poll that abortion should be legal in all cases. On the flip side, only 11% say it should be illegal in all cases — 24% in most cases. Which seems like adopting a ban after 15 weeks might be a reasonable compromise — not that any Republicans candidates are saying so.
Putting Tony Evers on the spot
Wisconsin Republicans are, nonetheless, playing it smart. In the Assembly, 38 Republicans are asking Democrat Gov. Tony Evers to allocate $10 million for pregnancy resource centers. It’s not only good politics — it’s the moral thing to do.
“Pro-life is far more than just pro-birth,” says State. Rep. Barbara Dittrich of Oconomowoc. “These pregnancy resource centers do a phenomenal job of helping women who find themselves with an unexpected pregnancy.” The Republican letter argues:
Pregnancy resource centers help women navigate through a pregnancy, whether it’s through medical services, bettering their economic circumstances, pregnancy/parental support, or adoption assistance, rather than resorting to killing their child. If a woman isn’t ready to be a mother or thinks she can’t afford a child, there are other options without ending a life.
Try getting that from Planned Parenthood!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Republicans will want to paint Democrats as taxpayer-funded abortion up to the delivery room. A.O.C. is helping; she wants abortion clinics at the entrances to federal land. “Baby steps,” she says, ignorant of the irony.
Just keep a hot mic in front of 0CRAZY0-Cortez’s SLOBBERING MUZZLE, she’ll do the rest!
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The problem is right in front of your face. A bunch of fat, old white guys trying to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
richard lesiak wrote, “The problem is right in front of your face. A bunch of fat, old white guys trying to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.”
Here’s a photo of those fat old white guys that are against abortion.
How’s that photo fit your narrative, you blithering moronic imbecile!
The fact is that being against abortion cross all social divides in the USA. There are young and old women that are both for and against abortion, there are young and old men that are both for and against abortion, there are both fat and skinny people that are both for and against abortions, there are blacks and whites and browns and yellows etc that are both for and against abortion, there are LGBT’s that are that are both for and against abortion, there are people on all sides of all political aisles that are both for and against abortions, there are people in every religious denomination that are both for and against abortions.
Your comment is so blatantly bigoted that I call it a bald-faced lie and you’re a bigoted liar for writing it.
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Oops, I forgot to include the credit for the photo in my comment above, it was shot by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images.
Wow….fat old white guy is on his high horse today. Did your personal assistant help you get up there?
The first thing intelligent people do when they find themself in a hole is they stop digging. It’s clear that richard lesiak doesn’t fall into that category, he’s proven to us that he’s an internet troll digging his way into an abyss of absurdity until the walls collapse around him and a headstone is erected in his honor…
Keep digging, dumbass.
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Excellent post, Steve, and what we in the business call a Zoltar Zinger!
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“an internet troll digging his way into an abyss of absurdity until the walls collapse around him”
Bravo Indigo November Golf Oscar!
“Keep digging, dumbass.”
Gut Laugh Leader Board entry!
I had some fat ugly broad tell me I needed the Jab.
The Blogge Idiot has no earthly idea of the physical, psychological, philosophical, & existential aspects of this discussion, has less than nothing to of any value whatsoever to contribute, yet slobbers incoherent gibberish nevertheless?
Snappy comeback there, Sparky. As usual the caliber of your response nicely matches the quality of your initial post.
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The Blogge Idiot thinks Amy Coney Barrett and Clarence Thomas are, and The Gotch quotes: “fat, old white guys”?
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Thomas believes the covid vaccine is made from dead fetus’. He’s dumber than Gableman. Term limits are a must.
richard lesiak wrote, “Thomas believes the covid vaccine is made from dead fetus’. He’s dumber than Gableman. Term limits are a must.”
There you have it in a nutshell folks, the Democrat’s ability to think critically.
First they start with what they think is an insulting statement (assumption) about a non-woke someone that they hate, then they associate that “evil” someone with another non-woke evil someone that they hate and insult them both as a perceived group, and then they extrapolate their hateful insults to complete absurdity until they come up with an absurd conclusion that’s based on pure partisan hate and assumptions.
Where does this kind of non-logical and hateful thinking start, it starts with what appears to be the Democrat’s four tenants of “truth”…
1. The left is right.
2. The right is wrong.
3. Wrong is evil.
4. Evil must to be destroyed.
…that’s the dead end of the 21st century Democrat’s ability to think critically and everything they do and say is based on those tenants. When that’s the core tenants of critical thinking then the ends justifies the means and you get stupid hateful things like what richard lesiak wrote.
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Your just upset because it’s the last day of Pride month.
The Blogge Idiot is not only irredeemably illiterate but a despicable homophobe as well.
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I don’t normally try to decipher your posts and may not agree if I did.
But here I concur with you.
Johnson will have a similar burden with a Trump endorsement.
Perhaps it would help were The Gotch to meter his verbiage in a selfless effort to accommodate intellectual prepubescence…?
I see what you did here Dave. Real Corny
But it’s not buh bye, is it, Real(77)ity! Because you are now posting as Mr. “Done.” What’s the matter, you can’t stand behind your principles? Got to keep changing your pseudonyms? Not the courage of your convictions. Ashamed to defend the indefensible?
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That Dave, that is the kind of trolling commenter where you permanently block them using their I.P. address.
Real(77)ity wrote, “Johnson will have a similar burden with a Trump endorsement.”
And to think I voted for you twice and got heat from prog friends for recommending you.
Are you so in thrall of one man — a man who led his followers to chant “Hang Mike Pence” — that he defines your entire philosophy? If so, Blaska hereby refunds your two votes.
Heres a brain teaser for you, Mr. Done:
How many more former MAGA believers will turn against Dear Leader before it dawns on you that you’ve been gulled? Cassidy Hutchinson, worked for Ted Cruz, Steve Scalise, and Mark Meadows. She follows Mike Pence, Bill Barr and almost the entire Justice Department, Trump impeachment defender Eric Herschmann, the Republican speaker of the Texas assembly, the Georgia’s Republican governor and secretary of state. Soon White House counsel Pat Cippolone — even Ivanka Trump. What’s going on here? How did the Deep State turn these guys into RINOs?
My first post was supposed to be a reply to Gotch’s comment about AOC. Not a piling on of juvenile name calling (may I call you Dick?, dumbass, Blogge Idiot) that is so popular in this space.
Me MAGA? Hardly. As for gulled, you have me confused with those who voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020.
It’s great you’ve come around to appreciating Trump for what he is. It was refreshing to watch a MAGA guy shelve his tribal stripes when the facts became so overwhelming.
I want Trump to run for the same reason you don’t. It’d likely be disaster for the Republican party. But unfortunately, more Trump bullshit may be the only thing that can save our democracy.
Million dollar Gableman is a buffoon.
Done wrote, “Not a piling on of juvenile name calling… that is so popular in this space.”
If I’m following this circle of pseudonyms comments correctly, then you “Done” and “Real(77)ity” are the same person using different pseudonyms; so if that is in fact true, why would you try to imply that you’re not a blatant hypocrite engaging in the same kind of juvenile name calling that you just chastised others for doing? Don’t you remember your “Corny Crotch” label in your first comment, that’s about as disrespectful and sophomoric as you can get.
As for my dumbass (a stupid or contemptible person) label, you’re welcome to your opinion about me for using that; however, based on the comments and ad hominems I was addressing, dumbass was a very reasonable, accurate, relatively benign and actually kinda humorous label to use, depending on your social circle. Richard has proven beyond a shadow of doubt in these threads that he’s an obtuse moronic troll, there you can label me juvenile again if you like.
“Not a piling on of juvenile name calling”
Oh, the deeply viscid irony through which you had to slog to type that!
Unless your Corny Crotch sobriquet was intended as flattery….
Absolutely a compliment. Like calling Gableman a buffoon.
Done wrote, “Absolutely a compliment. Like calling Gableman a buffoon.”
Let me be the first one to call “Bull Shit” on that absurd statement.
“Absolutely a compliment.”
In the same vein as claiming the Blogge Idiot is positively Mensan, inflation is transitory, our southern border is in SHIP SHAPE, or the DementiaJoKe economy is going gangbusters?
I still think it will be Lasry. The abortion issue and now Wisconsin Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot with the DNR board holdover. Not sure I’ve ever seen something that is so blatantly unfair.
Not that Democrats would dream of doing such a thing if they were in a position to. I delight in imagining all those Madison-based environmentalists seething over the DNR board’s conservative majority. The same people who wouldn’t dream of setting foot in northern Wisconsin where all those “endangered” wolves live since that’s also where Trump voters live (and besides, you probably can’t get a decent Chardonnay there). But at least they’ve got “Save Wisconsin’s Wolves” stickers plastered on their Volvos–that’ll do it.
I think it all comes down to a candidate reminding people what the real issue with abortion is and was. Abortion was never mentioned in the Constitution. The right to privacy, which the left used to include abortion, was never mentioned in the Constitution.
Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the Roe decision bad law. Here is only one quote from her about this case: When the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, the “law was changing. Women were lobbying around that issue. The Supreme Court stopped all that by deeming every law – even the most liberal – as unconstitutional. That seemed to me not the way the courts generally work.”
Comments of Justice Ginsburg to law students
at the University of Kansas, Associated Press
story, March 11, 2005
Here is Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the same subject: “That the Court’s unworkable scheme for constitutionalizing the regulation of abortion has had this institutionally debilitating effect should not be surprising, however, since the Court is not suited to the expansive role it has claimed for itself in the series of cases that began with Roe v. Wade. …”
Justice O’Connor et al. in Thornburgh dissent (supra), at 814-815
These quotes and many others can be found here: https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/upload/Comments-on-Roe-v-Wade-by-the-Supreme-Court-Justices.pdf
Abortion is not just about the killing of an unborn child. It is about the rule of law.
If you want abortion on demand, or in any form, then amend the Constitution. Otherwise it is a question left to the people in each state to decide through their representative process as the 10th Amendment which clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
As for me, I call it what it is: A form of ritual sacrifice to Satan.
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It’s completely ABSURD for people to be marching in the streets protesting for the right to physically exterminate a helpless human being because it’s “unwanted”, you should have thought about the consequences of your actions, or lack thereof, when you were shirking your responsibilities regarding sex.
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re: responsibilities, I take a more realistic approach: the female should always assume her partner will bear 0% of the burden of having the child. It’s not pretty but that is the world we live in, especially in the poor black community – look at the data.
The use of long acting reversible contraceptives can stop this pattern. The government should provide them free of charge and they should be highly encouraged. And no it’s not eugenics …. it’s reversible.
One eye wrote, “The government should provide them free of charge…”
On that point we disagree. I think the government should stay the heck out of it and not spend one dollar of taxpayer money on the purchase or distribution of it.
One eye wrote, “The government should…highly encouraged.”
On this point we are in complete agreement.
re: taxpayer money, pay up now or pay up later. Later is a lot more expensive.
“What’s YOUR prediction?”
I predict that there will be more states that put severe restrictions on abortions and I hope Wisconsin is one of those states. I also hope that any state that passes a law that has restrictions on abortions will get sued by pro abortion advocates and eventually end up in the Supreme Court of the Unites States.
Lastly; I hope that there will be a well thought out medical/legal definition developed in the next few years defining when in the development of an unborn human being that that unborn is definable as a human being thus effectively closing the book on abortions after that point in time time due to the human right to life.
Thanks to Mr. Blaska for floating the idea of a reasonable compromise. This issue is fundamentally a difference in opinion (not facts) regarding when a distinct life begins. When people say “it’s killing a baby” or “it’s not a baby yet” they are saying an opinion.
In a healthy democracy a middle ground that neither extreme is happy with is the most reasonable way to approach this type of situation.
I don’t think the question of when viable life begins is ever going to be settled.
When neither extreme is happy, I usually am. I don’t know of any other countries that allow abortion on demand up to moment of delivery, no exceptions. Most seem to keep safety nets around it for medical emergencies and sex crimes, but the restrictions on everything else ramp up after the first trimester. And that seems to be what a large portion of the US is also comfortable with. I want similar protections in place, but I absolutely do not want abortion used as birth control. And while they’re not terribly common, I have read about too many accounts of women who use it this way, sometimes for selfish reasons.
If you want to use viability as your marker of when life begins then what do you say about those older folks who live in dementia units in nursing homes?
Many of them don’t even recognize their own spouses or even their own children. Many of them were at one time leaders of our community, lawyers, doctors, college professors here at the U.W. Madison. (As an aside, I might point out that our current President, Joe Biden resembles many of them to a tee.)
Point is that once again, where do we stop? If it is okay to terminate an unwanted child because that child is deemed unviable then why do we have laws that do not permit the termination of those who are at the end stages of dementia?
Not that I want to see that happen as I help take care of people with beginning and end stage dementia and will do anything to help them in their last stage of life. Many of our other residents also have medical issues that preclude them from leading a normal life. They need to be fed, they wear diapers, they need assistance just getting in and out of bed or a lift chair yet we take care of them all. They, after all are people, just like me and you. Different in some ways but still people.
Just like the unborn.
I am pretty much a Libertarian, but those who argue its my body, my choice, are wrong. Because if that’s the case, why are drugs illegal? Why is public intoxication illegal? Or being a nudist? It’s your body your choice?
Saw this comment on another forum this morning from John Anderson and thought it is worthy of our consideration.
It goes like this: “The American Bald Eagle is protected under federal law. You cannot harm one without breaking the law.
The eagle eggs are also protected and the reason is because the egg contains an eagle. That eagle cannot breathe, feed itself, or survive outside of that egg, yet it is recognized as an eagle because it has the DNA of an eagle. All of the above is Federal Law.
A fetus is a unique being just like the eagle in the egg. The fetus cannot feed itself, or survive outside the woman’s body and has unique DNA that does not match the DNA of the mother.
Decades ago (1965) Science dictated that the fetus is a different human being from the mother. So the fetus is not part of the woman’s body.”
If we have laws to protect the symbol of America which is the bald eagle, then why oh why don’t we have laws protecting our very future. The children of our current generation.
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Thanks for sharing that Bill, it’s a really interesting analogy!
Excellent analogy, BC!
To paraphrase the inimitable Gordon Gekko: “The thing about Lefties… they love animals, hate people.”
Thanks Bill, you beat me to the point. The left’s only comeback is they are endangered species. I would argue so are human beings.
One more thought on this issue then I will give it a rest.
I just read the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act found here at:
What I find interesting in reading this act is that it protects bald eagles more than all human beings, to include the unborn, are now protected in this country.
The act says in part: “A violation of the Act can result in a fine of $100,000 ($200,000 for organizations), imprisonment for one year, or both, for a first offense. Penalties increase substantially for additional offenses, and a second violation of this Act is a felony.”
How many times have we seen a thug get out on no or low bail after committing a heinous crime against another or many individuals? Are we humans not more important than a bird?
Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not advocating for the bald eagle to be harmed, I’m just wondering why we as a society place so little value on the lives of our fellow human beings.
Perhaps it is because if we allow the most innocent among us to be killed, it has taken away the value of all human life.
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