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‘Daily Show’: ‘Rape-Nuts’ on Capitol Hill

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

If ever there were magic words guaranteed to provoke instant fury in America’s far-right ranks (besides “Nobel Peace Prize”), they might sound a little like “Al Franken.” The comedian-turned-senator’s recent proposal—related to the rights of rape victims who are employees of government contractors—met with some baffling resistance from Republicans in Congress.  —KA

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By MarthaA, October 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

When the 70% MAJORITY Common Population as a whole realize that they ARE the Liberal side of the Political Spectrum, instead of the Conservative side, then and only then, will something be able to be done about this type of miscarriage of justice that Senator Al Franken is coming against. As long as the political Conservatives can keep the politically liberal population convinced that they are political conservatives ——political Right-Wing Conservatives can do whatever they want to—— because the political Left, the Liberals, are giving away the political power of the people.

The political Liberals in the Democratic Party should grow their numbers and overtake the political conservatives in the Democratic Party; instead of thinking that separating themselves from both political parties, as independents,  is any kind of solution.

Independents should come back to the Democratic Party as Liberals with a vengeance and run the Conservatives out of the Democratic Party by following Congress Alan Grayson’s lead.

Sen.Joe Lieberman, although worthless to the public at large, doesn’t have to worry about the public at large knocking him out in the Primaries, because there is NO Independent Party to have a Primary, therefore NO WAY for the people of the Democratic Party to remove him, because, even though Lieberman caucuses with the Democrats, Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democrat and will NOT be on the Democratic Party’s Primary Ballot; so Joe Lieberman is safe from any Primary removal.

All Congressmen and Congresswomen like Joe Lieberman need to be removed and replaced in the General Election as soon as possible, or sooner if Congressman Alan Grayson is able to come up with another removal method on the legal basis that they do not represent their public constituents that they were sent to Congress to represent, since none of the Conservatives and Moderates in the Democratic Party actually represent the public that they are suppose to represent ——instead, they have found it to be more profitable for them to be toadies and represent corporate power’s best interests; therefore they say, Hell with the public, the people, the 70% MAJORITY Common Population ——it’s not about them, what they say doesn’t matter, it’s all about me and what I want, let us vote ourselves another raise..

We need to remove all the Vichy “Marie Antoinette” Democrats from the Democratic Party.

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By TheEnd, October 17, 2009 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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I think Barney Frank should sponsor a bill in Congress to make the “KBR/Halliburton Rape Clause” applicable to the House and Senate.  I wonder how long it would take for Senator Sessions and his twenty-nine Republican compatriots to bring it up with the ethics committees.

The tragedy here is the good work done by most of Congress and Senator Franken is overshadowed by the controversy.  This matters because it obstructs what should be a clear message from our leaders that sex crimes are immoral and fundamentally prohibited.

In closing, most if not all of those Republicans against Senator Franken’s Bill are Christians… and that’s all I need to say about that. - TheEnd

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By no mans land, October 17, 2009 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

We are slaves to the Federal Rererve, WTO, and IMF company store. American democracy and prosperity are illusions. If a few women get raped in the process of spreading despotism of corporate banks across the globe, it does not matter to them.

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By Purple Girl, October 17, 2009 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

Accomplices in a Criminal act of Violence.
These Senators have not only turned a blind eye, they have facilitated these Rapes by allowing this legal loophole to exist in the first place.
These Senators should be Co defendents in any of these cases of Rape.They have not only given the green light to rape fellow enlisted soldiers, but no doubt the ‘thumbs up’ on raping civilians as well.

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By Shenonymous, October 17, 2009 at 1:16 am Link to this comment

30 of the 53 Republican Senators voted against the bill. All men. The four female Republican Senators voted for it. 

This is a list of those who voted to protect a corporation over the legal rights of a victim of rape:
??Alexander (R-TN)
?Barrasso (R-WY)?
Bond (R-MO)?
Brownback (R-KS)
?Bunning (R-KY)
?Burr (R-NC)?
Chambliss (R-GA)
?Coburn (R-OK)
?Cochran (R-MS)
?Corker (R-TN)
?Cornyn (R-TX)
?Crapo (R-ID)?
DeMint (R-SC)
?Ensign (R-NV)
?Enzi (R-WY)
?Graham (R-SC)
?Gregg (R-NH)?
Inhofe (R-OK)?
Isakson (R-GA)
?Johanns (R-NE)
?Kyl (R-AZ)?
McCain (R-AZ)
?McConnell (R-KY)
?Risch (R-ID)?
Roberts (R-KS)?
Sessions (R-AL)?
Shelby (R-AL)
?Thune (R-SD)
?Vitter (R-LA)?
Wicker (R-MS)

Notice that John McCain voted against the amendment.

Did not vote: (And we do wonder why?)
Byrd (D-WV)
Specter (D-PA)

What if a movement began that advertised in their states how these Republican Senators voted to protect corporate power when they are up for re-election?

Also it needs to be noted by women that the US Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the Franken Amendment and the Department of Defense opposed it.  Question is what can the public, especially the female public, can do about these major entities?  The C of C represents business interests and the DoD the military interests that hire private contractors. 

We need more calm and rational arguments expressed against the reasons given by the Republicans’ nay vote on the Amendment.  Women ought not to let this go.

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By no mans land, October 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment


Why not? Its worked pretty well for the last 30 years.

I’m sensing “Contract With America, Part Deux” Starring Joe The Plumber

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By Beltwaylaid, October 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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Republicans act like this and hope to pick up house and
senate seats in the midterms?

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By Concerned Citizen, October 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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The vote on Al Franken’s amendment is absolutely horrifying. To hear senators of any party, or anyone else for that matter, find any reason to fail to take a strong position in opposition to rape of any kind in any capacity is unbelievable. I hearby vote out loud that under no circumstances do I want my tax dollars being used to pay for any service rendered by any entity public or private who requires employees to sign away their rights to prosecute rapists. If our government can limit the rights of US companies with operations in Canada from bidding on contracts in the US, we can certainly mandate that contractors with clauses such as the one targeted by Al Franken’s amendment be ineligible as well.

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By MarthaA, October 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment

As for government contracts with these private mercenary militias——privatizing the military at taxpayer expense should be abolished——this would take care of future involvement of government in private corporation gang rape of women, as the party of NO, the Republican Party, doesn’t care what happens to women, or men, of the 90% MAJORITY Common Population.

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By mcthorogood, October 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment

Has there been any “fair and balanced” reporting from Fox News on the Franken Amendment?

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By poonchkie, October 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment
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Our politicians no longer pretend to legislate for the “people”. Both parties show their true colors when legislation to benefit the American people manages to make it to the floor, they consistently vote for their corporate masters who have made them rich.

I find it facinating that the MSM has totally ignored the vote yesterday in favor of a citizen over Haliburton. Instead we are saturated with some nonsense story. Everytime a real issue surfaces, we get sidetracked on gay marriage,abortion,immigration and race.

The revocation of habeus corpus went unreported. The American people are inundated with advertisement warning dire results if social legislation is inacted. We vote party over self preservation.

We are fast becoming a third world country with a crumbling infrastructer and poor,sick,hungry people trying to survive.

The rant against the “Government” is a rant against ourselves since we elect the “Government”.

As long as Politicians can stake out fiefdoms and serve for decades we will continue to stagnate as the rest of the World moves on. It’s time for term limits and true campaign finance reform, to insure new and progressive ideas can move our Country forward instead of being mired in stagnation. Right now we have a core of early 20th century old men protecting their turf at the expense of the nation and our childrens future.

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