From Under the Dome:
Without notice, NC House rushes forward new abortion billSubmitted by John_Frank on 2013-07-10 09:34UPDATED: Hours after Gov. Pat McCrory issued a veto threat for a controversial abortion bill, House Republicans -- acting without public notice -- took a bill about motorcycle safety and inserted abortion language.The new bill -- S353 -- represents tweaks to the version that passed the Senate last week but still includes some of that version's contentious language. It calls for a physician to be present when the first drug in a chemical abortion is administered, as opposed to all drugs, as the version that passed the Senate last week would mandate.Another major change from the Senate version: Abortion clinics would not be required to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. But the state Department of Health and Human Services would be authorized to apply those standards as it sees "applicable." The bill also includes a state study to determine what resources are necessary for the state health agency to adequately enforce the new regulations, and would pay for more inspectors....
The Sharia law language from the Senate bill is not included in this latest House measure, but the motorcycle safety provisions are still in the bill.
From Andrew Sullivan:
...we should not underestimate the forces out there. In the US, after being trounced in the last election, the GOP is actually veering even further right in their nihilism and sabotage. There is no figure in that party able to control the forces daily goosed by Ailes et al. It looks as if the fever hasn’t broken but intensified: they are waging war now on every front – from new anti-abortion laws across the country to sabotaging the president’s universal healthcare law, to preventing any functioning executive branch, and to go down screaming on immigration reform. Their bet now is the same bet as 2010: total opposition by all nonviolent means on all fronts, using the midterm elections, where their base turns out more reliably, to ratchet up the effect. It is not getting better.
The lesson here is obvious to anyone with a lick of sense.
Democrats are smug shit-boxes who are in every measurable way just as awful as Republicans. And the only way to stop the tireless, lockstep American Taliban horde from seizing complete control over every lever of power in United States is for people who need health care or have vaginae or retain quaint, uppity notions about voting rights to finally, bravely step out of the way and let the American Taliban sweep into power.
Although this may seem to the untutored idiot like the stupidest possible thing anyone who needs health care or has a vaginae or retains quaint, uppity notions about voting rights could do, it is, in fact, the height of subtle genius! Because what the untutored idiot does not take into account is the fact that, according to the Great Big Theory of Magical Political Realignment, American Taliban overreach will obviously trigger the rise of a spunky Pineapple Ice Cream Third Party which will not only be wholly in favor of everything you like and adamantly oppose everything you hate, but will rise so fast and so overwhelmingly that its electoral majorities (presuming the American Taliban has not whittled the electoral process down to nothing) and moral authority will overcome and smash the America Taliban's iron grip on power (which, you will recall, you handed over to them by stepping out of their way) forever.
As a bonus, will also be able to follow the entire, unfolding democratic miracle from the comfort of your own home as it is covered soberly and fairly by CNN.
Because that's just science!