Saturday, October 10, 2009

Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain

It appears that Oklahoma doesn't believe that South Carolina should take the top spot in my heart. So they decided to pass the stupidest, most partisan piece of legislature that they could come up with.

What they've decided to do is to pass a law stating that any woman getting an abortion in Oklahoma will have her personal information posted on line. (The earliest reports were that this website was going to be named ShameOnYouWhore.com - that name has since been abandoned.) The Center for Reproductive Rights has already mounted the first legal challenge.

This law will go into effect on the first of November - ironically, on the same date as the founding of the first medical school for women in America.

Now, the people of Oklahoma have proven themselves to either be idiots or inhuman already; they've reelected business spokesweasel James Inhofe to one branch of Congress or another in every election since 1987.

This is a man who supports the torture of prisoners: he was only one of nine Senators to vote against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, and when talking about prisoner abuse at Guantanamo, he famously said that he was "more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment."

He is, of course, opposed to the concept of climate change, and likes to refer to environmentalists as the Gestapo (because the GOP is almost entirely devoid of imagination, and so they have to refer to anybody who disagrees with them as Nazis - they can't help themselves). He also seems to believe that global warming is a conspiracy started by the Weather Channel to gain viewers. (After all, they're such a powerful force in the media...)

Fascinatingly enough, Inhofe is on record saying that the EPA should just be an outlet for the president's environmental beliefs:
It is my view that, regardless of Administration, the President acting through the entire executive branch is fully entitled to express his policy judgments to the EPA Administrator, and to expect his subordinate to carry out the judgment of what the law requires and permits. It can be argued that the "unitary Executive concept" promotes more effective rulemaking by bringing a broader perspective to bear on important regulatory decisions...

Therefore, I consider this debate over censorship within the Administration to be a nonissue.
Unless, of course, that president happens to be a Democrat, in which case the EPA's "process of determining endangerment appears to be marred by bias and, to some extent, political manipulation." (To be fair, it is always possible that the Senator is more upset about the President of the United States being black than he is about Obama's political leanings - it's hard to tell with Inhofe.)

This is the man who's been the face of Oklahoma politics for the past 30 years.

This latest assault on a woman's right to privacy, coming just two months after a state court struck down their last attempt to limit abortions, will cost $281,285 to put into place, and $256,285 each subsequent year, plus, of course, the cost of enforcing of the law. Certainly an excellent use of Oklahoma's money in a recession.

Among other information that will be posted on the internet, the first eight questions that are required by Oklahoma law to be disclosed are:
1. The date of the abortion
2. The county in which the abortion was performed
3. The age of the mother
4. Her marital status (married, divorced, separated, widowed, or never married)
5. The race of mother
6. How much education she's had ("specify highest year completed")
7. The state or "foreign country of residence" of the mother
8. The total number of previous pregnancies (including live births, miscarriages and other abortions)
Now, the average city or town in Oklahoma has less than 4,500 victims residents. However, a quarter of the population of Oklahoma (838 thousand people out of 3.5 million Oakies) live in rural areas or unincorporated communities which usually have a population of a hundred or less. So this law doesn't make it particularly difficult to narrow down the whore in question, does it?

On the other hand, maybe this law is just another type of economic stimulus program. After all, the first time a woman gets identified because of the information on the website, she'll be able to sue the state for millions of dollars in damages.

Then again, it's a strange use of state funds, because if she's smart, she'll use the money to move the hell out of Oklahoma.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course Aimless is in favor of abortion. And apparently the world revolves around him - Oklahoma did this just to make him angry.

Why do leftists always have to play the race card? Why do you have to imply that Sen. Inhofe is racist, just because you disagree with him?

Pat Riot

Nameless Cynic said...

apparently the world revolves around him
Correct. Glad you agree.

Oklahoma did this just to make him angry.
No, they did it because they're small-minded theocrats who don't believe in a woman's right to privacy. Subtle difference.

Why do you have to imply that Sen. Inhofe is racist, just because you disagree with him?
Well, technically, I didn't say he was racist, I merely inferred that he could be. Mostly he's just a raging hypocrite. You know, like:

"In an effort to honor the life and service of Strom Thurmond, Senator Lott made some comments that he probably wishes he had phrased differently. I do not believe Senator Lott meant to be malicious or racist with the comments he made. I believe he was merely honoring a great American on his 100th birthday [...] I do not believe he harbors racist sentiments in his heart," - Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), December 13, 2002.

"There is no other way you can interpret [Sotomayor's "wise Latina" speech]. She thinks that a woman with her experience can make a better conclusion than a white male – and to me, I consider that racist," - Inhofe, August 4, 2009.


We know he doesn't like the latino much. He thinks Obama doesn't know his place (his healthcare reforms are "arrogant"? Is that kind of like "uppity"? He's also "defiant" and "challenging"? Hmmm...), and he's more than willing to push the whole birther thing. He's an ignorant, small-minded theocrat, and I'm not willing to give him any slack.

Diogenes said...

Well, yeah, NC, there's all that to quote about Inhofe, but has anyone ever photographed him in his sheet and hood? Without that, no one can truly desribe him as a racist.

Eman said...

Boy dio...thats lame...even for you.

I see not much has changed here.

How... progressive...

But at least I can comment in my own name while some just THINK they're anonymous.

Nameless Cynic said...

Your name is "Eman"?

Nameless Cynic said...

why, it's almost like answering the census questions.

You'd almost have a point (which is actually unusual for you), if they posted all your answers to the census on the internet. Broken out by person.