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Very Brief Thoughts on the DNC, Night 3

August 28, 2008

Very brief, because we went out with friends who will shortly be moving cross-country and I missed almost the entire circus last night.  This morning, however, I’ve watched the speeches by Clinton and Biden (Maude Bless YouTube!), and so:

1.  Bill was way on point last night.  Repeated full-throated endorsements of Obama, while tying him to Bill’s own successes (HOPE!), plenty of well-deserved kudos for Hillary, respect for McCain as a person while pointing out his screwed-up policies, explicit references to expanding rights to all citizens regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexuality (let’s ignore DADT, shall we?), and finally, mention of Katrina. 

2.  Biden’s “freudian slip,”  confusing “George…” for “John McCain”?  Clever.  I have mixed feelings about Biden as VP (his chickenhawkiness:  boo; his role in VAWA:  yay!), but he can be a bulldog, which is good in a veep, and his speech, though a bit mucked up by the crowds’ desire to chant along with some of his refrains, was solid.  It was a real mutual admiration society up in there.

3.  I want the dress Chelsea was rockin’ last night.   Yeah, she’s taller and slimmer than I, but I can dream.

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2 comments

  1. Senator Joe Biden proudly proclaims that he was regularly and severely beaten by his older sister as a child and as an adolescent. This is the same sister that raised his two sons after his wife and daughter were killed in an auto accident.

    Biden has often claimed that the Violence against Women Act is the greatest achievement of his career. He also claims that a woman cannot be a perpetrator of domestic violence, despite the fact that hundreds of studies show that women commit acts of domestic violence as often or more often than men. Many studies also show that lesbian women physically attack their intimate partners at higher rates than heterosexual men.

    As a result of Biden’s Violence against Women Act, the federal government pays states to create laws effectively requiring that innocent men be removed from their homes and families without even an allegation of violence, with no legitimate standards of evidence, when a woman makes a claim that she is afraid.

    Elaine Epstein, president of the Massachusetts Bar Association (1999), has said “the facts have become irrelevant… restraining orders are granted to virtually all who apply. Regarding divorce cases, she states “allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage”. According to Epstein, who is also a former president of the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, restraining orders are doled out “like candy” and “in virtually all cases, no notice, meaningful hearing, or impartial weighing of evidence is to be had.” Cathy Young reports on the Elaine Epstein quote and the broader issue at Salon.com here:

    http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/1999/10/25/restraining_orders/

    This report from RADAR (Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting) provides much insight into the situation brought about, in large part, by Joe Biden.

    http://www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARreport-VAWA-A-Culture-of-False-Allegations.pdf

    State restraining order laws are starting to fall because they’re unconstitutional. The federal law behind them, written by Joe Biden, is likely to fall as well, not because it isn’t popular, but because it is clearly unconstitutional.

    There is a rapidly growing activist community dedicated to addressing this issue. One of the focal points of this community is the Glenn Sacks blog, http://www.glennsacks.com .


  2. I wavered, briefly, about allowing the previous comment though moderation, but–for the moment, anyway–I’m going to let it stand, in all it’s bullshit, anti-feminist glory, for others to check out.

    That the commenter seems to be leaving *the exact same comment* at other progressive/liberal sites (like Pandagon, for one) just screams “I’m a big stupid troll with a big ol’ bucket to bang on!” to me.

    Also, sport? Did you just suggest I learn something from Glenn-fucking-Sacks? How stupid do you think I am? That dickweasel is synonymous with profoundly misogynist douchebaggery.



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