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When the stories of banks foreclosing on people who didn’t have mortgages, foreclosing without notifying the owner as required (Jacksonville in 2010 hit a record number of foreclosure cases where the paperwork confirming the owner had accepted the court summons was “lost”) or banks unable to prove they owned the mortgage, it spawned outrage from a number of right-wingers and libertarians. Outrage, that is, that the law is preventing banks from foreclosing: If you haven’t paid your mortgage, you should lose your house, so whether the bank actually has the right to take it is irrelevant. Mike Konczai discusses this and also points out that the same critics are shocked, shocked and appalled that any “technicalities” protecting banks should be waived.
This is the kind of networking that allows so many companies to get away with the ripoffs. Here‘s more detail on what went down with MF Global.
•It says a lot that “pro family” groups are fine with praising an anti-abortion anti-gay marriage politician who’s also $100,000 behind in child support payments.
•Why gay marriage does not mean someone can marry their dog.
•Bemoaning how everyone in DC used to be chummy and bipartisan and cordial is a standard pundit trope. Charles Pierce mocks it.
•There’s a long-standing argument that colonialism led to many of today’s civil wars by lumping incompatible tribes/peoples/cultures together. This article points out that if that were the case, the French (among others) would be just as badly off.
•A number of right-to-lifers tend to trivialize the possibility of deciding between the fetus’ life and the mother’s, or to insist that there’s no medical circumstance under which the baby should be aborted (in other words, they value the baby’s life over the mother’s). Jessica Valenti describes the kind of horrible choices some women have to make in that situation——and suggests that maybe it should be left up to them. She also mentions a Virginia law proposed a few years ago (every woman with a miscarriage must report it within 12 hours or go to jail), and a statement by Rebecca Kiessling of Personhood USA that “A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is.”
I’ve known women who’ve had abortions, and women who’ve been raped. Kiessling is full of shit. And while I know plenty of reasonable right-to-lifers (they’re still wrong, but they do actually regard pregnant women as full human beings), Kiessling and the others leaders of the movement remind me of William Lloyd Garrison’s statement: “With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.”

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