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GOP embraces Gang Rape

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vitterSome pretty stunning stuff, even for republicans.

Hats off to The Daily Show on this one.  Somehow, despite my voracious appetite for political news, I missed the story.  Its such an unbelievable abomination, its hard to believe I only caught it on a rerun of John Stewart’s show.  Truly, I would have expected millions of women to descend on Washington and demand republican heads on stakes…

In case you haven’t heard the background story, its truly unreal.  Long story short, female employee of KBR (Halliburton subsidiary, you know, of Dick Cheney fame…yeah, THAT Haliburton) stationed in Iraq was gang-raped by several co-workers, kept in a shipping container for 24 hours “for her safety”, threatened with losing her job if she left Iraq for medical treatment, and then prevented from seeking legal remedy because of some fine print in her employment contract.  And…she wasn’t the only one this happened to.


SO, Senator Al Franken (D-MN…YEAH AL!!!) introduced an amendment to close this annoying little loophole that prevented employees from seeking redress against their employers for sexual assault, at least for companies that want to do business with the U.S. government.

SOOOOOOOO controversial!

Good news:  it passed.  Yet, somehow, 30 republicans voted against it.  That’s right, 30 republican MEN voted against placing restrictions on companies with government contracts that DO NOT…let me repeat that…DO NOT protect female employees against GANG RAPE.  The unbelievable audacity…apparently politics (senator Jeff Sessions actually tried to block the amendment to protect Haliburton) is MUCH more important than protecting women against GANG RAPE.  Are we shocked yet?

Can I just remind you about the absolute hissy-fit over ACORN recently?  And how quickly and resolutely congress cut off funding for them?  Remember, their crime was giving very improper advice to a couple of idiots…

Gang Rape vs. lame advice…soooo…Fox News…where’s the outrage?


Written by D. Heffernan

October 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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