More fair-weather friends
Another state he won't be visiting. You know, the abortion trigger law makes me sick, too. But the fact is, the legislature in this extremely Catholic/conservtive state has been trying to push an abortion ban through since the Roemer administration, at least. That they were finally able to do so shouldn't surprise anyone with more than a sliver of knowledge about this state: it was inevitable. And like all of the unconstitutional provisions that Louisiana lawmakers from school boards on up insist on writing into law, from abortion notification laws to school prayer intitiatives to ID integration in the schools to increased speed limits to ludicrous open container laws, this one will be challenged in the courts and be swept away; that, too, is inevitable. And Atrios (and Kos) are correct in that Louisiana's legislature and Governor have better things to do. I suspect that Blanco signed this ridiculous bill without a peep as a measure of political payoff for some of the surprising gains she was able to push through this session. Still: Lousiana is dying on the table, and these assholes are obsessed with sex and ghost stories, as per usual. What disgusts me more than even the venality of our leadership, though, is how quickly the lefty-liberal rabble (see the comments on both the atrios entry and Kos's) have decided that THIS is the straw that will ensure they willl (sniff) NEVER visit Louisiana! RIGHTEOUS, Bro! Man, your commenters sure have a lot of bile to disgorge:
I've heard way too many horror stories about Louisiana to even consider going there. BlakNo1 | 06.19.06 - 9:54 am | # ____________ Well I saw New Orleans before it got wiped out, so I guess there's no reason to go back now. Silence Iris, Lurker | 06.19.06 - 10:05 am | # ____________ You know, I keep seeing those "Lousiana: Come visit us because we desperately need your tourism dollars" commercials, and I was really starting to think, "Go, NO, you're going to get back up on your feet..." And then they do this. No state that's going to use my tourism dollars to rape (if you'll excuse the expression) women's rights instead of get their citizens back to normal life post-disaster is getting a dime from me. Yes, maybe I am just a bitch. When I have a penis and therefore have no personal stake in the issue, maybe I'll be a little more forgiving. Maybe. ____________ This one sure did let out a lot of steam from the 'let's rally to save NO' feeling I think everyone in the country carried this year... Perhaps they can make up cancelled conventions and hotel rooms with right-to-life evangelical congresses, maybe once or twice a year. I was even considering migrating there - but not on your life will I consider sending a dime, visiting for a day, or moving there with this odious law on the books. My heart aches for all the pain this would cause the unwanted children, the terrified teen mothers-to-be and the victims of rapists. I'm assuming that there will be an injunction or some immediate appeal when this goes into effect? "What's in the name of lord, that I should fear; To bring my grievance to the public ear?" - The Crisis, January 13, 1777 by TPaine on Mon Jun 19, 2006 at 01:13:14 PM PDTAs of this writing, one person on the Eschaton thread and a couple on the Kos thread have voiced objections to this new "boycott." You know what I think? I think it's horseshit. I think that our compassionate progressive liberal brethren are tired of hearing our troubles, and by God if this didn't just give them a solid-gold gift-wrapped excuse to wash their hands of us. They WERE all for helping us get that federal help and rebuilding the city and caring very deeply for our poor but NOW -- well, now that we've gone and done something STUPID they can't in good conscience spend any more imaginary money or potential vacation time here. On our own, again. So, I can see that this is an example of the kind of dangerous political theater that Louisiana's elected officials are so fond of -- a sop to the right-thinking folks back home, an election-year move toward values supported by most of their constituents, even though the moves will likely be found unconstitutional and may result in the loss of face, influence, and future business from the rest of the country. That, I expected. But I didn't expect the liberal left to so cynically abandon us so quickly. All it took was one law, a trigger law not yet in force at that, for the facade to snap and waves of righteous relief at no longer having to associate with the needy lowlives come rushing over the atriots like a cool summer rain. Fuck you clowns. Oh, and Duncan? Markos? Don't think for a second that I will even consider donating time or money to any of the candidates for whom you solicit. My money needs to stay here, to make up for the dozens of dollars you no doubt would have spent, and I will continue to remind my circle of readers that however progressive or positive or needy any candidate in another state might be, we do indeed have more important things to attend to here at home. Sinn Fein.