“I understand there is a body of scientific evidence out there that suggests that a woman who has been violently raped has some biological mechanism that may inhibit her ability to conceive,” Carr said.
Carr noted, however, that he didn’t have any idea if that body of evidence has been vetted, and he did not recall speaking to a reporter.
So let's get this straight: Carr has heard it's true that women possess some heretofore unknown powers to prevent pregnancy, but he won't go so far as to vouch for it personally because he hasn't read it in any medical journal or anything scientific like that. That clarifies matters. Who knows if this surprising biological finding about women has been fully peer reviewed? When talking to the media about abortion, a politician can't be too careful. Carr is smarter than he looks.
Under the headline, "Akin wrong? Not so fast ..." Campfield has linked to the commentary of a Knoxville anti-abortion activist who defends Rep. Todd Akin by writing "it has long been believed that stress can interfere with normal reproductive processes. Certainly rape is stressful."
In another post, Campfield revealed "I couldn't give a rat's ass" is the catchphrase of the Tennessee delegation.
"It is all a reference to Sen. Jim Summervilles comments on what he thinks the black caucus can do with their input into a legislative hearing on higher ed. ... If I only had a dollar for every time I have heard "I loved it. He is so right....Of course we cant say it out loud!"
Of all the stupid things Campfield has said, the one about AIDS seems to hold the most fascination for students of ignorance. You know the one. AIDS originated with “one guy screwing a monkey,” Campfield says, and it’s "virtually impossible" for heterosexuals to contract HIV through sex.
Campfield is becoming renowned all over the World Wide Web as a cutting-edge dimwit. Google Campfield and you will find his thoughts on display right there with those of such GOP luminaries as Rick Santorum, who said pregnant "rape victims should make the best of a bad situation" by regarding their pregnancy as "a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you." There also are the weird beliefs of many lesser-known Republicans such as Arizona state Rep. Kimberly Yee who thinks women get pregnant two weeks before sex.
If Tennessee opts out, preventive care remains unaffordable for the state's citizens who are still uninsured, so emergency room visits don't decrease and everyone's premiums don't go down. What's more, Tennesseans still help pay for the program through our federal income taxes — only for every other American to enjoy.
And it's all to try to save $300 million in state dollars annually — a cost Republicans say the state can't afford, but which we probably will incur anyway no matter what we do.
Those conclusions are mostly derived from a cost-benefit study conducted earlier this year by the University of Memphis. Assessing the economic impact of the health care law, the study found that an additional $7.5 billion in federal money would be spent in Tennessee in the law's first five years. In 2014 — the first year alone —the study estimated an extra $454 million in federal spending would create 7,573 new jobs, growing to 29,440 jobs in 2019.
Had the agent of this good fortune been something other than the dreaded "ObamaCare" — say, the opening of a new industrial plant somewhere — the study might have ignited a wild statewide celebration. Instead, the study has been little noticed and hardly mentioned since its release in March, at the height of the maelstrom over the health care system overhaul.
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You know, I know this has been a slow news week. And going out and interviewing the people of Jamestown, Tenn., about their great pride in being the place where Mark Twain was conceived is one way to fill time.
But I feel like this news report raises more questions than it answers. Is celebrating the literary-history-changing fuck completed by Mr. and Mrs. Clemens promoting gateway sexual activity? Can a town really claim a fetus? I mean, I roll my eyes when Indiana is all, "Abraham Lincoln lived here," as if it counts and Abraham Lincoln actually lived there.
And most of all, have the people of Jamestown actually read any Twain?
Stacey Campfield has taken to his blog to expound on the Trayvon Martin situation and to answer questions about whether we have a similar Stand Your Ground law.
I have goten a few questions on if Tennessee has a "Stand your ground" policy. As I recall I am pretty sure we do have it in Tennessee.
You'd think that Campfield would have some sympathy for a dead kid. But apparently not.
I am sorry but people wearing pulled up hoodies do apear ominous and I don't care what color the person is. If I saw a person in A pulled up hoodie (expecially in the summer in Florida) I would fear the person was trying to concele their identity for some nefarious reason. Seldom a good thing.
Wow, so Campfield is nervous about people who cover their heads in the rain, in the "summer" of February. So, covering your head is concealing your identity, possibly for some nefarious reason, but covering your whole face with a luchador mask before you go to a football game is all in good fun?
Or is this Campfield's way of admitting that he is up to nefarious things and we should rightly fear his ominous presence?
In a fireside chat, George Takei has a message or three for Tennessee lawmakers and their LGBT-unfriendliness as of late. But it's not all talk — he's sending them presents, too. If these don't help our local "friends of Dorothy," as Takei calls them, grow a brain, a heart and some guts, respectively, then perhaps the erstwhile Mr. Sulu can deliver some more persuasive goodies by hand: He'll be in town for the Star Trek convention in June.
The ACLU is demanding that school officials rebuke Haywood County principal Dorothy Bond for harassing gay children and threatening to expel them for showing affection for each other. At an assembly in February, Bond said gay students are "not on God's path," according to parents. She also said gay people are “ruining their lives.” While Bond was at it, she threw down on pregnant girls, telling them their "life is over."
“Students should never be made to feel like they are unwelcome at their own school, especially by school leadership,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “We expect school officials to clearly state that they do not condone this type of harassment and targeted discrimination, and to take action to ensure that it does not happen again.”
Carrying the great American tradition of baseless xenophobia to new lows is Tennessee state Rep. Rick Womick, who had these kind words for Think Progress at Friday's "Preserving Freedom Conference" — on Veterans' Day, no less:
Personally, I don't trust one Muslim in our military, because they're commanded to lie to us through the term called taqiyya. And if they truly are a devout Muslim and follow the Koran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me.
Womick is far from the first person to advocate purging Muslims from the U.S. military: Two years ago, the American Family Association's "Director of Issue Analysis" Bryan Fischer capitalized on the tragic shooting at Fort Hood to proclaim:
[T]he more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday's massacre is living proof. And yesterday's incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers.
Most recently, GOP Presidential candidate (and allegeged serial harasser) Herman "9-9-9" Cain has warned that Islamic law will eventually corrupt our judicial system, and he invites you to call him crazy for it.
While Tennessee is certainly no stranger to uneducated and politically motivated attacks on Muslims by fundamentalist Christians, Womick's comments most certainly put him in the running for a big fat Boner Award all his own.
Ketron said the party official, Tony Pegel—who himself has been an outspoken critic of the law—was allowed to vote even though he has a felony conviction in his past.
“There’s been much in the media lately regarding the frequency of ineligible voting with many Democrats and media sources reporting that there is little or no fraud here in our state of Tennessee,” Ketron said. “This is not factual. Today we are bringing forth a prime example of ineligible voting by a ranking local Democrat official.”
But the Murfreesboro Republican then went on to explain that, on his voter registration form, Pegel actually checked the box to admit he had been a felon (according to Ketron, he robbed a convenience store) and only through the incompetence of election officials was Pegel then allowed to vote. Apparently, no one noticed he checked the box or, if they did, they didn’t care.
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