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Monday, July 8, 2013


This is my congressman, Representative Michael Burgess (R, TX-26). There are many like him, but this one is mine. Before being elected to Congress, he was an OB/GYN.

Here is his recent thoughts on why the House should pass the highly unconstitutional Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. And the House passed the bill before the events in the Texas Senate, despite the threat of an Obama veto.

This is a subject that I do know something about. There is no question in my mind that a baby at 20-weeks after conception can feel pain. The fact of the matter is, I argue with the chairman because I thought the date was far too late. We should be setting this at 15-weeks, 16-weeks. Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?

Observation 1

Who the (expletive deleted) signed off on his OB/GYN qualifications?! I'm thinking it was Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other popular cartoon characters. Strangely enough, those signatures, except the Goofy one, have the same handwriting patterns..... Hmmmmm....

The person(s) involved in gaffing off gun decking Burgess's card back during his initial training in the 1960s and 1970s should be de-Nuked permanently disqualified from ever practicing medicine. In addition, Burgess should have his qual card medical license torn up and burned in front of him. Then force his dumbass to re-qualify from a list of approved signatures which I suspect will be no fewer than 99.5% women.

Observation 2

Masturbating fetuses.... that sounds like a late-1970s/early-1980s underground London punk rock band. Didn't they open up for the Sex Pistols once?

Observation 3

Burgess is without a doubt one of the most useless and inept Congressmen in Texas. He once got all-hot-and-bothered over the White House pushing for new standards concerning light bulbs.

You can see him briefly in the PBS Frontline documentary "Obama's Deal," which chronicles the story about how the health care bill got passed. He didn't provide anything substantive to the documentary. I suspect they only interviewed Burgess because he is a doctor. I've attended his town hall meetings. In 2009, I went to two of them. The first was in Denton and it was intimidating. If I was wearing an Obama shirt, it would have incited a riot. The other one was at a church in the Lewisville-Flower Mound area and let me tell you... the anti-Obama sentiment in the air was thick.

In 2011, I was at his town hall meeting where he said he would support jobs for Veterans.... but infrastructure, not so much. At another town hall meeting in August 2011, this time with unhappy Tea Partiers in North Fort Worth, he flirted with the idea of impeaching President Obama brought up by a constituent by stating that "It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up."

An empty chair would be an improvement over Burgess.

But here's the thing. Burgess is just the tip of the problem and perhaps the general voting public is finally wising up to it. Last week one of Burgess's House colleagues, Trent Franks (R, AZ-9), said this during a hearing:

Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Republican Party has not learned a goddamned thing since the last election. In the last two Presidential Elections, Women voters went for Obama. In 2008, Women supported Obama 56-43. Even though Obama won Women 55-44 in 2012, he was able to widen the gender gap from 12 points in 2008 to 18 points in 2012.

In 2012, Women made up 54% of the electorate. I've said it a lot of times: "Studies have shown Women make up at least 50% of the voting public."

We saw what happened in Austin at the end of the first special session. To no one's surprise, Governor Perry called another special session of the Texas Legislature. It wasn't to tackle the problems with the continuing cuts to education, nor the issues of the looming water crisis our state faces, not even trying to find ways to expand Medicaid in the state like what Arizona is doing.


Governor Perry called the first special session to tackle redistricting but then added on the large omnibus anti-abortion bill. Many people swarmed down to Austin to express their distaste for this bill. The highlight was State Senate where Wendy Davis (D, SD-10) of Fort Worth filibustered the bill. She shared stories from various women and other citizens on why this bill should not passed. Sadly the bill passed by a whatever vote. The vote happened after the first special session ended at midnight, but it didn't matter because time had ran out on the session thus killing the bill.

This is more about how the Republican Party clearly has not learned the lessons from the previous presidential election.

That's fine because as shown in the previous election, Women voters have a way to shut the whole thing down.

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