Monday, September 29, 2008

Rape and the 2008 Election

In past posts, I have commented on the political rape news. The two main posts were targeted at McCain and Palin. McCain with his Raped Ape Joke and Palin with her rape kits.

I addressed this because of there subject matter relating to me being raped. As I have stated in those posts, it was not necessarily about whom I favored for the 2008 election more about the news and how I felt about the issue.

I will not divulge if I am a right winger but so far from my posts I sound like a Pinko Commie Lib. So I had to even out the score.

There has not been alot of popular headlines about Obama and Biden on Rape except there attacks on The Righties. However, I found this article "Rape jokes to the Right and the Left" Thank you Ed Morrissey for summing it all up.

In the article it shows the Democrats on McCain by stating this:

“Offensive, disgusting comments like these cannot be tolerated,” said DNC communications director Karen Finnery. “Sen. McCain’s refusal to return the money Williams raised for him raises serious questions and shows the reality behind his rhetoric about running a new kind of campaign.”
Cecile Richards, daughter of the late governor and president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, blasted McCain for being ignorant of Williams’ history.
“Clayton Williams’ totally inappropriate remarks about women are well-known,” Richards told the Chronicle. “Planning to host a fundraiser at his house is just another example of how out of touch John McCain is when it comes to women’s issues. This is a major misstep for the McCain campaign, who is having a hard time getting support from women.”

The article then show the Republicans in regards to Al Franken stating this:

"Nonetheless, Republican state Rep. Laura Brod said the quotes combined with the Playboy piece shows “a pattern of behavior which is not suitable for a U.S. senator.”
“Rape, a joke. Just think about it. Rape is not a punchline and it certainly is not funny,” Brod said, adding, “To thousands of women in this nation who are raped and sexually assaulted, the prospect that a man making a living joking about these things would be a U.S. senator is absolutely horrifying.”


Now since I have commented on McCain and Palin, I find it only fair to address Al Franken. An article entitled "Franken's Senate Race Haunted by 1995 Rape Joke on 'SNL' Set" according to the article Franken stated this:

"And 'I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley's passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.' Or `That's why you never see Lesley until February.' Or, `When she passes out I put her in various positions and take pictures of her."


Funny..........UMMMM, NO!

And and according to ABC News:

"Eight years ago, Franken penned a column for Playboy called "Porn-O-Rama!" in which the former Saturday Night Live comedian wrote about visiting a made-up sex institute where he takes part in sexual acts with humans and machines."

Soooo........

I agree with Ed Morrissey when he states:

"People use humor in many different ways, and sometimes it comes out badly. A joke in poor taste from eight, thirteen, or eighteen years ago does not condemn a person to a Dante-like Circle of Political Hell. The shrieking hysterics on both sides need to dial down the outrage."


People do use humor in different ways, I however, do not think about a rape joke as being funny. However, when thinking about Halloween I always thought going as a salt shaker and a battery "A Salt and Battery" was funny and a cute idea.

Now, Victoria whats the difference between you never thinking jokes about rape are funny but thinking an A Salt and Battery costume is. I'll tell you.....THERE IS NONE.

Hold on I'm going somewhere with this one. Because I thought the "A Salt and Battery" costume was funny then, did that mean I thought being assaulted or battered was a funny thing...........NOPE, SURE DIDN'T.

So what the hell makes my humor in the past that was just as inappropriate as these politicians past comments any different. NOTHING! Well, except that I'm not running for office, but... I bet if I was I would be scrutinized for my " A Salt and Battery" costume humor.

Let the Rape jokes go people, even if you were raped like myself, I highly doubt that at some point in your life you did not find something inappropriate funny.

This election has nothing to do with rape, the jokes are just a weeny way to attack both sides. Neither side I believe is now or will be while in office to concerned with rape laws and the like. I could be wrong..........yes it could happen.

With all the Rape talk and sexually inappropriate things in the media, the only real one that concerns me is Palin ignoring the rape kits. For two reasons, one is a little about rape but the other is just straight forward, what else will she ignore.

Also, I believe that out of all the rape talk BS , McCain would be the closest candidate to realize the suffering of rape. I AM NOT STATING HE IS MY CHOICE! I am stating that he went through horrible pain and suffering, and a violent rape is pain and suffering!

Soooooo.........bring it on candidates, you want a recently raped girl on your side, come and get me, let's see what we can do!!



Victoria Placeo




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