Thanks Curtis. I applaud Mr. LaMalfa for admitting that he’d made a mistake. That shows character.
From The Union article:
“Reed said women are more fit than the government to make decisions regarding their bodies and their own welfare.
LaMalfa’s campaign representative said the former state senator is pro-life but supports exceptions in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s life being in danger due to the pregnancy.”
He must have graduated from the same med school as tailgunner Joe.
I’d like a go at a sweat lodge–the big Teepee on 49 is next to the back end of my property–and a drum circle. Tomorrow is the big day: lung biopsy. Vital signs are good and I’m still annoying Todd, so I can’t be too bad off.
Do hope my cells aren’t being promiscuous, as I have a project in mind and a fellow blogger has kindly offered me space to blog away in a semi stream-of-concious reverie, powered by my assessment of bits of knowledge which we like to call facts. But my evangelical mission may .be just enough to get me kicked off. I guess I should spend all day jumping from blog to blog.
I must say that I was impressed with KCRA for immediately checking out the facts and setting the record straight that there’s no link between abortion and cancer. A good example of intelligent careful reporting!
Yes, fact checking within the story is a new and very hopeful development of far more importance than an ignorant remark. I dare say, based on other recent instances of this, that the Press may be waking up to the important and essential role they must play in the process of true democracy.
Unfortunately, fact checking means very little to so many, and if the findings disagree with one’s idea of a fact, then the fact will be disregarded. Even Ryan maintained a stout defense, denying on a Sunday a.m. news show, the reality that he had voted against a measure which he was criticizing Obama for being against. So many OP-ED pieces are written on this very topic, or demonstrations of linguistic agility when circumventing facts.
Sometimes this area becomes quite fuzzy; a moving target and very hard to pin down because of varying perceptions. But then there are the expert spinmasters, the political snake oil peddlers whose speil is cleverly camouflaged as logical and true, and poisons the mind of the minds of the unwary and intellectually lazy who ‘don’t need no friggin fact-checkers.’
But you’re right, Greg, fact checkers are on the rise from what I see, and so are the Ryans of the world. Even friends of many years that I have known, and know they don’t have a book in their house, know they have never really been interested in affairs of the mind, know their blue collar prejudices–one even shot half his foot off with a shot gun the day before having to leave for Nam–will hate Obama and believe the lies no matter what any fact cheker says.
I’m definitely not trying to win a debate here; I’m just saying . . .
I really like Leonard Pitts: Facts don’t matter . . .
Hi Ed, My prediction is that we will see more and more of fact checking and that it will continue to grow as a force in politics. Let’s see what we think in two months.
I must say that if anything stupidity is directly related to Republicans speaking about anything that has to do with women, or their bodies….
I think LaMalfa’s claim disqualifies him from office. This is not just scumbaggary, it is outright lying. I am disappointed, I thought this guy had some integrity. He absolutely must apologize for this mistake, that’s the only way out.
This is not politics as usual, it is calculated deception. Shame.
Did You Know That Being A Tea Party Member Causes Gayness AND Cancer AND Impotence? Well, I Don’t Know That For Sure Since I’m Not One But I Want Control Of Their Governing Body…Sound Good? Doug LaMalfa…Soo Constitutional…And Stuff.
“While a link between abortion and breast cancer has been the subject of medical studies and used as fodder for anti-abortion advocates, groups such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have concluded that there is not scientific evidence to back such claims.”