The Memo

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Now that the nation has spanked Rush Limbaugh for his heavy breathing over Sandra Fluke, and there has been open ridicule of the Virginia legislature’s vaginal ultrasound laws, you would think that there would be a chilling effect on similar sentiments and legislation elsewhere. Apparently not.

It seems that there was some kind of general memo distributed to elected officials in state houses around the country that read, with Svengali-like enchantment: Non-Procreative. Sex. Must. Cease. Looks like we’re seeing more pre-abortion vaginal ultrasound and fetal personhood legislation proposed in state after state, and that memo was spread around long before Rush flapped his gums.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, this last year alone close to a thousand new laws have sprung up across various states, limiting or punishing reproductive choice for women. All Rush did was openly broadcast the fight over our vaginas. Conservatives in state legislatures and local governments have been doing the rest of the footwork, long before Sandra Fluke spoke up. They had hold of The Memo long before Fluke-Limbaugh made the news cycle(s) of March.

To some, the ludicrousness and misogyny of these laws signal the last thrashing of a dying conservative movement, but in his newest article, leading progressive political messaging expert George Lakoff thinks otherwise. Lakoff says in his article “The Santorum Strategy”:

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Fe Bongolan

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Planet Waves writer Fe Bongolan lives in Oakland, California. Her column "Fe-911," has been featured on Planet Waves since 2008. As an actor and dramaturge, Fe is a core member of Cultural Odyssey's "The Medea Project -- Theater for Incarcerated Women," producing work that empowers the voices of all women in trouble, from ex-offenders, women with HIV-AIDS, to young girls and women at risk. A Planet Waves fan from almost the beginning of Eric's astrology career, Fe is a public sector employee who describes herself as a "mystical public servant." When it comes to art, culture and politics, she loves reading between the lines.
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7 Responses to The Memo

  1. Fe Bongolan Fe Bongolan says:


    Check out this diary from Kos:

    The states with the highest online porn visit rates are also the ones passing these ridiculous laws.

  2. zerosity zerosity says:

    US religious demographics by state, from USA Today:
    Map of Religions by State
    This map gives you the percentage of all faiths, and religions, in each state! Click on the following and see the different religions by state and elsewhere by holding cursor over a state.

    Interesting footnote to Pisces 25 Sabian symbol as well.


  3. Fe Bongolan Fe Bongolan says:

    If every child conceived by accident is God’s plan, then a limp dick requiring chemicals to prop it up should just stay limp. God made you impotent for a reason.

  4. Brendan Brendan says:

    But Vince, Viagra upholds the “every sperm is sacred” creed! So what if the man has a problem, he is what counts, he has every right to procreate as he sees fit. ;)

    The legislature here in AZ got more than a few memos, not just one. There’s a bill being proposed right now that basically says your employer has the right to terminate you for using birth control, period. The sponsor is a female, and she’s in the process of hearing about her folly from her constituents and others right now. She claims that’s not what it says, but I’ve read the major portion and that is indeed what it says.

    I blame ALEC. The R’s here have adopted an awful lot of their “suggestions” as God’s last word on matters secular (despite, of course, having little bearing on reality), so absolutely nothing comes off as too crazy for them to propose as legislation now.

    There is a small tide, a neap tide if I may, of voters deciding that the legislature is entirely crazy, and alternative politicians are being looked at for the forthcoming elections. We have to really work on the retirees here, they’re the ones who vote über-conservative, and their sheer numbers in the Phoenix area are responsible for the plethora of conservative politicians.

  5. Fe Bongolan Fe Bongolan says:


    Which has also been the point. The Tea Party’s “get your government hands off my Medicare” (which btw – pays for my Viagra) is one of the many anomalies acceptable by the ueber conservative. There’s moral logic in there somehow, even if it makes no sense at all. There’s no appeal to factual logic you can make that veers them off course from moral rectitude.

    I keep thinking to this day about “Game Change” — if you haven’t seen it, take a look. It’s about the 2008 campaign and the chapters on the McCain campaign’s choice of Sarah Palin for VP. At first she was in over her head, then she decided that with her popularity, she was going to fuck the campaign — even to the point to where she would tell outright lies that could be refuted by simple fact check — just so she could get her points with an adoring conservative throng. This is how “Muslim terrorist sympathizer”, “foreigner in the White House” “where’s the birth certificate?” bullshit gets shoved down our throats, no matter how often it was found false. She gave these guys permission to be morons in very powerful places.

    Mrs. Palin was and is a turd in the political waters, giving birth to the Tea Party, providing benediction for their candidates in 2010, and creating this mess in 2011-12. What we have to stop is the hysteria about disinformation.

  6. vince says:

    So wheres the outrage about the government paying for drugs like Viagra for mens sex organs ?

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