The Vagina Moron Logs

Ridiculously late in getting to this, but I’ve been laughing too hard to type:

Republican State Representative Vito Barbieri from the state of Idaho thinks that a woman’s vagina has some sort of direct passageway to her stomach because, I mean, how else does the pee come out?

This rather impressive display of anatomical ignorance (h/t Salon) came during a Idaho House State Affairs Committee hearing where the members heard testimony on a bill that “would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.”

Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy).

Dr Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question.  Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.

“Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter.

FASCINATING???!? Negative.

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This dunce probably thinks “Fantastic Voyage” was a documentary, too.

(h/t io9 and Jezebel)

Soap Is For Socialists

Just when you think the depths of stupidity can go no lower, here comes Thom Tillis:

In a week packed with news over concerns for public health, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) described his own history of opposing certain health and hygiene regulations, including those that require employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom.
During a Q&A at the Bipartisan Policy Center on Monday, Tillis related a story from his time in the state legislature in 2010, complaining that the U.S. is “one of the most regulated nations in the history of the planet,” video via C-SPAN shows.

“I was having a discussion with someone, and we were at a Starbucks in my district, and we were talking about certain regulations where I felt like ‘maybe you should allow businesses to opt out,'” the senator said.

Tillis said his interlocutor was in disbelief, and asked whether he thought businesses should be allowed to “opt out” of requiring employees to wash their hands after using the restroom.

The senator said he’d be fine with it, so long as businesses made this clear in “advertising” and “employment literature.”

“I said: ‘I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says “We don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom,” Tillis said.

“The market will take care of that,” he added, to laughter from the audience.

Wrapping up the Q&A, the moderator joked to Tillis, “I’m not sure I’m gonna shake your hand.”

Good call, moderator.

This approaches Jim Hoft levels of stupid.

Also, go check out #TillisSigns.  You’re welcome.

At Least They’re No Longer Pretending

Well, 2015 is off to a rousing start:

Meanwhile, the media is all about keeping us informed:

It’s going to be a looooonnnnng couple of years.

Free Speech (Unless The Wrong People Exercise It)

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Recent events in Ferguson have once again demonstrated the fact that most people who yell the loudest about the 1st Amendment literally have no clue what it actually says:

The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours. I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products. It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

So let me get this straight – this spokesmodel (actually, “bidness manager”), a man so corrupt that he lost his own job as a law enforcement officer, is threatening mass demonstrations by cops because citizens exercised their own free speech rights in a NON-VIOLENT manner?  AND he wants them PUNISHED for it?  Personally, I think that he’s just ticked that in such a public arena and (more importantly) during a live televised event, those players couldn’t be teargassed and put in their place.  Can’t have the hired help acting uppity, after all.

I can’t even give this foolishness the level of mockery it truly deserves, but I know who can:

The Salient Fact Of American Politics, 2014 Edition

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“The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it Ni-CLANG in the White House gets put in his place.”

OK then.  Civil War II it is.