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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Virginia's Version of "PERSONHOOD"

UPDATE: 2/16/12 13:28

"This isn't just a hard right turn. It's been a U turn to the right," said Sen. A. Donald McEachin, D-Henrico and chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. "Just look at what they've done: Drug-testing welfare recipients, clearly something that's got no basis in fact but meant to reinforce a stereotype. And those voter suppression bills, and the personhood amendment."

It’s clear that the Virginia GOP Legislature is willing to prioritize extreme legislation that could jeopardize human dignity and basic human rights! Personhood, its something that these Virginian's evidentially missed during high school educational classes.

Maddow Video Should Have All Americans Pissed Off, Not Just Virginian's: I am going to let Rachael's' video do most of the talking.

**Maddow has promised us another section on this topic tonight -
once its posted we will publish as an update** West 2/15/12 17:50

I lied, see why this bill is just oh so wrong in oh so many, many ways:

Women in particular, me in general are sick and tired of old racist, radical, teapublican white men making law and decisions for women. Teaublicans say they want less government; but they don't mind government interfering with womens bodies, our homes and our bedrooms.

Personhood USA is a grassroots, Christian (sarcastic) organization founded to establish personhood efforts across America to create protection for every child by love and by law. Personhood USA is committed to assisting and supporting Personhood Legislation and Constitutional Amendments and building local pro-life organizations through raising awareness of the personhood of the preborn.

Who's The Person?

So that you understand teapublican "personhood":
“This bill requires every single code section in Virginia that uses the word ‘person’ to apply to a fetus,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), a member of the Courts committee. “That opens families and doctors to a wide variety of criminal and civil lawsuits for health care decisions not only in cases of unwanted pregnancies, but every pregnancy and even miscarriage."
 And why is this you ask?:

Let me be graphic here, whether you like it or not women, against your will, you shall have a " Forced Transvaginal ultrasound" on you in which: "Your fetus has fingernails … and we’re going to show them to you"!

" Forced Transvaginal ultrasound" is a type of pelvic ultrasound. It is used to look at a woman's reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vagina. Transvaginal means across or through the vagina.

You will lie down on a table with your knees bent and feet in holders called stirrups. The health care provider will place a probe, called a transducer, into the vagina. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The doctor can immediately see the picture on a nearby TV monitor.

The health care provider will move the probe within the area to see the pelvic organs.

In some cases, a special transvaginal ultrasound method called saline infusion sonography (SIS), also called sonohysterography or hysterosonography, may be needed to more clearly view the uterus.

While conducting the test, the resulting images must be shown to the woman, even if she doesn’t want to see them, with the doctor pointing out salient details, like limbs, fingernails, and the heartbeat.

The woman retains the right to look away — but if she does, her eyes are likely to fall upon the result of further radical bills which - Require abortion signs in waiting rooms and consultation room that start off saying “Notice: It is against the law for anyone, regardless of his or her relationship to you, to force you to have the abortion.”

There’s a old piece on the Huffington Post — written by Dana Stone, who’s a doctor and fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — that does a good job of explaining why it’s egregious. For example: It forces women to have a procedure done that is not medically necessary (and since vaginal ultrasounds produce better pictures than abdominal ultrasounds in the early stages of pregnancy, this law would often require women to have additional medical instruments put inside them against their wishes). As such, it violates patients’ rights to refuse treatment or testing.

In most circles this "forcible rape" is called "the “Freedom of Conscience Act.” It is unclear whether they are referring to the doctors’ consciences (i.e., if you force the woman to have an ultrasound and she still wants an abortion, it’s not your fault) or the women’s (because clearly you must be free from a conscience if you decide to terminate a pregnancy).

Either way this Virginia bill is both disgusting and vile, and Virginian GOPers have sunk to a new low, a new low to which would even make Aleister Crowley proud!

I thought of proposing an alternate bill to these asshats in Richmond called the “Freedom to Not Have an Ultrasound Wand Stuck Up Your Vagina When It’s Not Medically Necessary and You Don’t Want It There” Act, and; there ought to be a bill titled, "if you can't bare a child, sit down and shut the f**k up!

Roger West

Breitbart Proves What We Knew All Along

Breitbart wins NFTOS' Coveted "Asshat" of the Year Award

This is an sequel to yesterdays blog. (see blog below this one)

"A Stunt"?! Andy Breitbart last night told The Young Turks, host Cenk Uygur that his rant was “a stunt to go over the mainstream media, to get people talking about the rapes.” (HUH)

Breitbart being.......Breitbart

In the second portiont of the interview, however, Uygur showed Breitbart several examples of the mainstream media covering the instances of rapes and sexual assaults at Occupy encampments. Breitbart tried to brush them off as “local media,” but Cenk gave examples from The Huffington Post, and one from ABC News that reported on the sexual assaults.

Breitbart explaining that this is all payback for what he calls the “smearing” of the Tea Party. This has been the recurrent theme of conservative coverage of the Occupy Movement, the reich-wing propagandists i.e. Big Journalism.

Bloggers like myself don't need to "smear" Breitbart and the likes, they do enough damage just by themselves. Might I suggest loosening the tin foil around your heads for starters!

Breitbart is playing games that I played as a kindergartner, which is exploiting those rapes to score points against a group (or groups) that he disagrees with. He doesn’t give a shit about the women who were raped! Breitbart’s rant wasn’t directed at Janeane Garofalo, or Keith Olbermann, or Bill Maher. It was directed at a crowd of Occupy protesters, which, statistically speaking, had to have included dozens of women who have survived sexual assaults.

Whether or not you believe that the assailants in these reports were from outside the movement (a point Breitbart didn’t dispute), the fact that he screamed “Stop raping people!” at a crowd that included victims of sexual assault is both vile and despicable, and belies any concern for these women. He called them “freaks” and “filthy animals.”

Just in case you missed the premeditated charade:

Sidebar: During Breitbart's 2012 CPAC rant, he revealed to the audience he had “videos” of Barack Obama from his college days. “I have videos, this election we’re going to vet him, “We are going to vet him from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008.”

More Andy:

“The videos are going to come out, the narrative is going to come out, that Barack Obama met a bunch of silver ponytails in the 1980s, like Bill (Ayers) and Bernadine (Dohrn), who said one day we would have the presidency, and the rest of us slept as they plotted, and they plotted, and they plotted and they oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars in the Annenberg Challenge and they had real money, from real capitalists. Then they became communists. We got to work on that. That is a parenthesis. Barack Obama is a radical, we should not be afraid to say that! Okay? And Barack Obama was launched from Bill and Bernadine’s salon. I’ve been there.”

Yes, more doctored videos from the most "prestigious film maker" of our time (Being extremely sarcastic). Thanks but no thanks dude, your reputation with videos doesn't say watch me with integrity.

Lets face it readers, Breitbart is many things, paranoid schizophrenic comes to mind, but more importantly he is a douche bag, the dirty rim around the inside of a toilet that hasn't been cleaned in three years, the maggot that thrives in your local landfill. I could careless whether this tool got his feelings hurt when the world called his party what they are -really, what ever happened to "sticks and stones"... I get threatened every day by Breitbart/Loesch followers, that's often the case when you blog for one side or the other.

Sidebar: I sometimes judge the impact I'm having on the world by the amount of hate mail or threats I get. It's a way of making something that could be disturbing into something positive.

Plus, they make for a great scrapbook. Or a lovely decoupage for the future grandkids.

I've always been surprised by people's need to contact others directly and threaten, demean, or attack them. It seems like a lot of effort for little return- but maybe I'm just lazy.

So imagine my surprise when I open my inbox daily to find myself deluged with over 30 nearly identical pieces of hate mail from different people around the country. Obviously I have pissed off some riech-wing follower of Breitbart, or better yet a website who sent the knuckle-dragging hordes after me. 

Breitbart is proof that words can cut and destroy far better than an weapon created. I have said often that "freedom of speech" is a dangerous tool when in the hands of those with minimal IQ. Enter Breitbart.

Andy, its early in the year, but NFTOS' staff is quite certain know one will top your repeated stupidity these last few days, so even with 10 months still to go in 2012, we proudly award you the coveted NFTOS "Asshat" of the year award. Congratulations Einstein! This would be two in a row for the "Big Journalism" tribe as Dana "Dive" Loesch won last years award.

Roger West