Tom Cordle

Tom Cordle
Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
June 16
There is your truth ... there is my truth ... and there is everything between. That leads to the better question: Is there an Everlasting Truth? I submit there is only the Everlasting Quest for the truth. __________________________________ I believe that in essence We are God. That is to say, humankind, for all it's faults, has power over Good and Evil. As the Eden Tale intimates, humans alone, in all Creation, have "eaten" from the the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and thus humans alone, in all Creation, have the ability and responsibility to choose between the two. Thus, each of us is in essence a god, and the Sum of us, through all generations past, present and future is God. By those choices, we are the creators of what was, what is and what will be. And by those choices, we, collectively, choose whether to exist here and now in the Kingdom of Heaven or in a Living Hell. _________________________________ "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence." Frederick Douglass _________________________________ "You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein _________________________________ Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr" ____________________________________ "Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain ____________________________ "When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ “When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron _________________________________ "Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk _________________________________ “And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.” Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI _________________________________ "if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn _______________________________ "The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk ______________________________


FEBRUARY 27, 2012 2:25PM

Governor of Vagina

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governor of vaginaBob McDonnell isn’t content to be Governor of Virginia – it’s obvious he has designs on the White House. It appears he has defecated on those ambitions, though, during his brief stint as Governor of Vagina.

Like other paternalists, McDonnell presumes to know what’s best for the rest of us when it comes to fetuses and families. But as has become obvious, his devotion to his cause and his religious beliefs ends at the door to the governor’s mansion or at least when the hinges on that door develop a very public squeak.

Or it may be that his change of "heart" is because he sees the door to the White House closing.

Now that his feverish, unwavering support for involuntary vaginal penetration by the state has become a political liability, his support has been exposed as merely feverish. Thus is it revealed again, revealed as it has been throughout history, that religion is merely politics by other means.


Historically, politics has always been a form of paternalism. On rare occasions, women rule, but those rare occasions are the exceptions that prove the rule. The rule? When it comes to government – to quote that famous 20th Century philosopher James Brown – this is a man’s world.

Historically, government has been of, by and for men. There’s a certain logic to that, since in essence government is a form of protection.

The essence of that essence was stated simply and eloquently long ago by Thomas Hobbes, the father of modern conservatism, who argued that since “life is nasty, brutish and short” and "even the strongest of men must eventually sleep", the individual is well-advised to surrender some measure of freedom in return for protection by the group.


Protection is a very interesting word. There’s the obvious form of protection; and to be far more generous than they deserve, that is what fundamentalists claim to be doing for the rest of us – protecting us from our enemies. That includes protecting us from ourselves; since by their reckoning, we “ungodly” are our own worst enemies.

Fundamentalists see it as their god-given right and duty to protect fetuses and families. By extension, they are protecting their tribe, society, nation and religion. By implication, protecting religion means protecting God as well, though that begs the question why an omnipotent and omniscient being needs the protection of mere men?

But let us leave that discussion for another time.


Protection has other meanings, too, meanings also germane to this discussion. For instance, insurance is a form of protection; in fact, the mob has long practiced a form of insurance known on the street as the protection racket.

Banksters took a page out of the mob’s book and created a similar scam, though they managed to put a much more sophisticated patina on theirs. Banksters call their protection racket derivatives. One day we may learn that some of those responsible for turning our financial system into a casino are in fact mobsters.

It may be a stretch to tie mobsters and banksters together with ministers and bishops, but there is a connection. The unholy alliance between the Catholic Church and the mob is well-known to anyone who’s seen a Godfather movie. And for those who insist that’s fiction, there’s the scandal of the Vatican Bank.

The Pope and the Godfather both claim to protect the weak, but both exact a heavy price for that protection. In return for its protection, the mob demands unquestioned allegiance and obedience. So does the Church. Get crossways of the mob, and you may lose your life. Get crossways of the Church, and you lose eternal life. Or so we're told.


When it comes to religious malfeasance, these days the Catholic Church has some real competition from Protestants. Big Time Religion has given us television evangelism, an oxymoronic term of the first unholy water.

The cast of ministerial miscreants is virtually endless – Joel Osteen and his fleet of Jets for Jesus, Pat Robertson and his cast of painted whores on CBN, Oral Roberts and his "university" and "law school" that blessed the nation with Michelle Bachmann, and Jerry Falwell and his Liberty University – the go-to source for “lawyers” during the administration of Bush the Lesser.

Add to that list a not-so-heavenly host of felons, convicted and otherwise, passing off snake-oil as sermons to the ignorant and willfully blind. Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart and Benny Hinn come immediately to mind, but there are so many more.


Men of a certain age will recall another meaning of “protection”. A young man planning on having sex was warned by friends, uncles and cousins to use “protection”. While the female may have been protected in the process, it was clear the condom was intended primarily to protect the male from the unwanted consequences of sex.

The connection between that use of protection and the protection offered up by religious fundamentalists is proof that differences at the extremes are often not so far apart at they might seem at first blush – and there is much to blush about in this debate.

Indeed, the argument is not linear, but circular. How so? The purpose of the condom and the purpose of opposition to birth control is one and the same – not the protection of fetuses and families, but the protection of the prerogatives of paternalists.


As every prophet from Jesus to Jefferson warned, some of the worst of sins occur when religion is drowned in the sewer of politics. For just how awful are the consequences, history offers the examples of the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the all but interminable religious wars of Europe.

Those who can’t learn from history unfortunately, their numbers are huge and growing – don't need to go back to olden days. They need look no further than Bush or Bachmann.

But since these people have neither long nor short-term memory, they will be discontent to repeat their mistakes. That means they’ll likely re-elect the Governor of Vagina.

©2012 Tom Cordle

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"Pope and godfather," "ministerial miscreants," "use of protection and protection offered up" "Governor of Vagina"

Damn Tom - this is a great piece in so many ways. The juxtaposition of images and concepts really exposes the underbelly of these creepy crawlies who've hijacked Christianity, Faith, & Freedom and the sharia-esque sovereignty they are attempting to foist on us along with privatizing the public sector...

By the way, yesterday I renamed my recent tome to more perfectly match the devilish nature of these gnomes. It's now:

"Rick SATANorum's 'Sly Lies' & Sociopathic Political Theology"

Thought you might like the "SATANorum" bit :) rated!
Tom, I like the way you really cover the waterfront here with the discussion of the many assorted scoundrels, criminals, evil doers, and opportunists! Nice play on words with Virginia, too!
Googling the flag right now.
btw, One of the other ironies is that Virginia was one of the predominantly Catholic commonwealth slave holding states and was named after the Virgin (Mary) and its neighbor Maryland after "Mary," so between Virginia and Maryland you get the Virgin Mary and her "Catholic Slave Revue." :)
Clever and wise, as usual. Living in the "sunshine state" shaped like a prick, I might add we have another rotten governor who lives up to that shape.
Our jackass is as bad as Wisconsin's.
Tom there were so many classic lines in this brilliant piece that I hardly know where to begin but let's just say that my personal favorite is the Gov. of Vagina. That one will have me chuckling to myself for the rest of the evening and then some. Bravo and rated.
Mandatory health procedures do have their uses, Tom.

Certain governors, for example, might benefit from mandatory colonoscopies, to help determine how they managed to wedge their heads so far up there.
Thanks. I'm waiting for the installment of Pope Vito I.

Nice play on waterfront -- that certainly ties in with the mob aspect. I confess the play on Virginia seemed so obvious I hated to use it -- well, almost.
I suspect McDonnell's "flag" is at half-mast for the moment

Given the number of Catholics in Massachusetts, is it possible that state was named after the Catholic mass?
You are too kind, but I'll take it. Yes, when my current state Tennessee has a comparatively "moderate" governor, that doesn't bode well. I have wailed long about Gov Scott, the $1.7 billion dollar Medicare fraud con artist, who should be in a prison, not the state capital.

I didn't think it was possible that many people were that stupid in Florida, but I underestimated stupidity. When I asked a wingnut friend of mine how Scott got elected, he replied, "Easy to explain -- the other guy had a D next to his name."
Chicken Maan
The hardest part of this to accept isn't that jackasses get elected -- it's that they get re-elected. I suppose Virginians can take some small measure on consolation in that the governors of several states are even worse -- Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona come immediately to mind.
Glad to provide a chuckle, tho as with most humor, once you get past the initial reaction, there's nothing funny about Governor of Vagina.
Can we set these guys up with a mandatory lobotomy while they're having that mandatory colonoscopy done? Oh wait, they've obviously already had a lobotomy.

I'm reminded of the old joke about the woman who goes in for a sex-change operation and wants an addadictomy.
Eloquent post, as always, Mr. Cordle.

"Now that his feverish, unwavering support for involuntary vaginal penetration by the state has become a political liability, his support has been exposed as merely feverish."

Involuntary vaginal penetration; isn't that one of the definitions of rape? The governor and legislature in Virginia were going way beyond paternalism and into the realm of flat-out predation on women. There's nothing new about that, though the lies used to dress it up these days are particularly repulsive given that we live in a supposedly enlightened society. We can use the words of Rick Santorum, while speaking about his belief that abortion shouldn't be allowed even in cases of rape, to give us another angle on the topic:

"The right approach is to accept this horribly created—in the sense of rape—but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you."

One has to wonder, if Mr. Santorum was raped would he be so in favor of just accepting it? I guess, stripped of the euphemisms and religio-babble, Rick is saying that God is a rapist, so, by extension, He would definitely approve of Virginia's pious "Daddy-knows-best" politicians.
Tom - LOL on the line about Massachusettes being named after the Catholic "Mass."

Here's a new concept and related neologism I've coined that was inspired by your post:

The Governor of Virginia has become a "vagina vigilante" i.e. a "VAGILANTE" :)
and therefore a "VIRGINIA VAGILANTE" Lol
Well good, I am sure glad we are not reading a linear argument.
Shit, man, i gave that up in high school. Linearity.
Circularity is the way to go.Associative thoughts,which you seem to be a master of.
As for circular associative thinkers, mizz drew shines.
Involuntary vaginal penetration is indeed rape.
Rape is literal and figurative.
I have actually never heard Jehovah called a rapist before, but well, yeah.
Jehovah is a daddy. A superego. From YOUR daddy, from his, and from his..etc back into the mists of history…the mythological times…we are all connected, here in the west, with some form of Jehovah pollution, genetically.

This piece is a good damn flow.

I like how you sum up guvmint. Protection. Protection racket, when it is allowed to …regress…

Christianity as practiced is simply going to a projected or imagined Daddy.
Jesus , quick on his feet, said, “I and the Father are One”.
This means that a man has it in him to be the Father.
He don’t need no church for that: it is the Freudian thing,
Killing the father, becoming the father of one’s own real father.
The father? A son. Needs to learn his learning…………..

Sorry to go on so long. This catholic thing bugs me.
I simply don’t get them.
I was so sickened when I heard about this I simply could not believe that it was real. Do they think they are going to get a majority of women to vote for these demons. I smell sulphur in their religious zealotry.
rated with love
Nuts to the Governor of Va-jay-jay.

If, up to this time, one had had only suspicions about the output from "Christian Broadcasting Network University," an institution whose very creation challenges the notion of accreditation, confirmation of one's worst fears comes packaged as Mr. McDonnell.
Guys like McDonnell and Santorum are living in the wrong century, and I don't even mean the 20th.
Tom - you should just run for president yourself. You have all the credentials of a spinning bullshitter.

Condoms are only for the protection of men against unwanted consequences of sex. BULLSHIT. So women of a "certain age"
were never warned for the same reason. Duh? Isn't that all the debate right. Free access to birth control for WOMEN?!! Since when do men give a damn anymore about the responsibilities of impregnating women?

Your bis implies you aar true to yourself. Yet you constantly post your one side of things knowing full well there is another side. That is not honest. It is pandering to this website for EPs and ratings.

The Gov changed his mind about a vaginal ultrasound. But that is not good enough for all the abortion freaks.

Senator A. Donald McEachin said, “Governor McDonnell’s suggestions represent an absurd cop-out… He still wants to force women to undergo a medical procedure. He still wants to put government in between a woman and her doctor. He still wants to replace a physician’s wisdom with the judgment of politicians.”

If anything boards on the definition of a medical procedure this is it. A wand rubbed on the abdomen with pre warmed gel, because it used to be cold (Oh the suffering that caused). The knowledge to diagnose from the image may be a medical specialty but I hardly call wand and gel a"medical procedure" as it is being spun. It is right up there with opening up and say Ahhh or reading an eye chart.
Or better yet having you BP and pulse taken. Or wearing a oximeter clip on your finger overnight to measure O2.

You and all the opponents know what his is about. Why would a doc advise against an abdominal ultra sound anyway. I don't know of what reason it might present a risk to some people but if it did
that would have to be excepted.

This is about you not wanting a woman to see a living human being before deciding on abortion. waht are these women afraid of, the TRUTH?

I have a better solution for the short sighted governor. It might not have the same effect, but hows about viewing a few videos of a healthy unborn child at the same age. No "medical" procedure there.

Well maybe there is. One might call it a psychological procedure. We wouldn't want our society to be well informed before making a decision would we.

So if you want to be true to yourself why not just say you oppose women being reminded of the truth in the recent time frame before an abortion. Not just seeing it on NatGeo 10 years ago.

Well that wouldn't get you noticed here would it?
Joseph Cole - pay close attention. The ultrasound in question is a TRANSVAGINAL one. They stick the probe INSIDE the vagina. It is uncomfortable. And it is the ONLY way to see a embryo/fetus before 9-10 weeks or so of pregnancy. There. Now you see why women are objecting. And there's no point in seeing it, it's just a small blob anyhow and believe me, every woman who has an abortion KNOWS what she is doing. It's just that she CHoOSES not to bear that child. For some women, bearian unwanted child would ruin their lives. Let the one who has to be the mother of that child make the decision. Forced motherhood is just a bad idea and a recipe for disaster.
Joseph Cole - pay close attention. The ultrasound in question is a TRANSVAGINAL one. They stick the probe INSIDE the vagina. It is uncomfortable. And it is the ONLY way to see a embryo/fetus before 9-10 weeks or so of pregnancy. There. Now you see why women are objecting. And there's no point in seeing it, it's just a small blob anyhow and believe me, every woman who has an abortion KNOWS what she is doing. It's just that she CHoOSES not to bear that child. For some women, bearian unwanted child would ruin their lives. Let the one who has to be the mother of that child make the decision. Forced motherhood is just a bad idea and a recipe for disaster.
T- I have a couple Samoan Aunties and Cousins, and some are quite a sight and others are, in a word, solid, like NFL solid.

In my dream Santorum the homophobic Senate seat loser and all-around example of everything someone attached to testicle should never, ever be ... anyway, in my dream he comes down to Waikiki to explain to the ladies all his plans to control and ram (literally) authority up their lives- then, all of YOU get to see how to make Italian sausage as my Wahine will eat him up (and other brainwashed asswipes who want to lecture women about womens issues), then spit his worthless butt out on the sand.

What a Dick!
In my other dream McDonnell-Clone's plastic head explodes and a young Robert Redford pops out to tell us it was all just another warning in the form of a very bad joke ...

Then I wake up and say it again, "Men- get the hell out of womens issues and stay out! Not another F*&$#@G word from any of YOU!"

I agree an involuntary vaginal probe is a kind of rape, but I decided against making that point since this debate is already fraught enough.

Vaginalante -- I think I'll add that to my political coinage post:

A 21st Century Political Dictionary
Yes, there is a certain oedipal aspect to all this, but I'd say what's even more psychologically interesting is sons trying to control their mothers by proxy. That subject is fit for a post all its own.
Romantic Poetess
As a audaciously hopeless romantic myself, I hope that now that the wingnuts have made plain their aims, they will go down to the ignominious defeat they will be confined to fundamentalist bat-houses.

Yes, nuts would seem to be the other half of the discussion. Perhaps state legislatures run by women might consider mandatory vasectomies.
I'm laughing, but with a wince. The truth hurts.
You're right, Bo-Mac doesn't do much for Liberty's image as an institution of higher learning. Too many or it's students ought to be re-institutionalized some place with padded cells.

Yup, I've said these folks want to go back to America's Golden Age. For them that would be the Fifties -- the 1850's.
You should hope your judgment isn't based on your spelling.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph Cole
You know if you keep posting incoherent comments, I may start to believe you truly are disabled and warrant a Social Security check.
Thanks for a valiant effort, but I can tell you from past experience with Joseph Cole, he's disabled. He may not have a hearing problem, but he damned sure has a listening problem. Some folks are tone-deaf; Joseph is fact-deaf.
Oahu Surfer
Ah, someone else who remembers The Candidate! There is a difference, tho. The Redford character turned from good-guy to bad-guy. Bo-Mac turned from bad-guy to worse-guy.
You sure that's not West Vagina? They are two different states, you know. And the mention of the 'waterfront' makes me wonder--do you mean he 'coulda been a contender'?
Political campaigning has definitely reached the 'you can't make this stuff up' stage. [r]
And I didn't even go for Senor Winces

Careful there, I have kind in WV, where men are men -- and sheep are nervous. Well, at least ewe won't have to practice that hateful birth control.
Just when I thought no one could be worse than Rick Perry, along came the Governor of Vagina! Well said. R
I kept glancing at this post thinking it said "Governor of Virginia." The mind sometimes sees what it expects. Then I finally saw it said "Vagina" so of course had to read. Great stuff, Tom. Well thought out and written. It's so disappointing to me that there are so many dumb asses like this guy out there who people keep electing.
Good post. It's getting scary out there.
Trust me when I say: "You ain't seen nothing yet." The nuts will control the majority of states, the judicial system, the Senate and the House after the elections...
This recent and peculiar movement against birth control seems to stem from the view that sex outside of marriage should not exist and within marriage it should be wholly consistent with procreation. What a stupid, pointless campaign to wage. I mentioned in Lea's blog today that had I followed those dictates I truly would have been a 40 year old virgin.

By the way, the Hobbes "nasty, brutish and short" quote refers to life in a state of nature, though I don't think your main point is affected.
Tom - I am disabled. But you refuge to accept that. But so much that I cant read my own writing even with misspellings. Read it again.

Michelle - Since I cant seem to cut and paste read by post again CAREFULLY. Notice that I fully understand the difference and so does the governor. Did he not clarify his position.
And not all women go in too early for an abdominal ultra sound to show something. And spin all you want about blobs. The point is liberals DON'T want women to be given info or discussion.

And the real point hear is that this is what you get when gov. gets involved in health care. This entire conversation would be moot without Obamacare. Including the previous article about Rh+ disease.
You guys fail to realize that the law was voted on by all the people through their reps in congress. Did you really think as soon as it becomes law the objections go away? Did you think gov being involved in all health care is not going to just feed an ongoing debate forever about what is required, necessary, not required and not necessary? Or did you think it would be the perfect system to suit you all the time? You see you got what you asked for.
Gov interference. And the gov is everybody.
If you just would have stuck to private insurance as it was no one would doing any of this crap including the Gov of VA.

We interfered in Israel and been paying for it for 60 years. We are now going to argue about health care for the ext 1000 years because that is what you wanted.

You think you can comprehend that simple fact.
You are so wise in so many ways. As far as the Guv goes, he's one of the many who are called, but only few are chosen. Hope you've seen Move On's website where someone punked a church bulletin board. On it, someone posted so that everyone driving by could see:



As to Pope Vito I, wasn't he a Borgia?
Tom - Please feel free to inform the judge of your professional opinion. Every letter helps.
Maybe the governor of vagina should have a forcible prostate exam. They could check his ears while they're in there.

I haven't really followed this, so thanks for the extra-interesting take on it.
Excellent column. It should be smack dab in the middle of the NY Times op-ed page. Rated.

Anyway, not knowing the full story behind governor McDonnell I just Googled his name expecting to find news of the kind of sex scandal made famous by the likes of Ted Haggard and Jimmy Swaggart. What I found was a lot worse. Disregarding for the moment the gratuitous cruelty of subjecting abortion patients to such a procedure, why a transvaginal ultrasound, and not the standard, non-intrusive kind which uses external transducers?

Apparently abortion patients in the great state of Virginia must be physically raped as well as emotionally.
Reflecting onHistory
It could be worse -- he could be President of Amerika

Thanks for the kind words. You said: "The mind sometimes sees what it expects." Indeed, and the ears too often hear what they want to hear, especially if those ears are connected to a wingnut brain.

Thanks, and yes it is getting scary out there
Dr. Spudman44
Well, I certainly hope you're wrong about Repugnants controlling all three branches of govt. But since many millions of voters have apparently learned nothing from the last thirty years, to hope they have suddenly gotten wise may be too audacious a hope.

I wish someone would ask Santorum and McConnell and other procreation-only liars if they've stopped having since altogether, since their wives are beyond child-bearing age. I'm betting they're not as celibate as your average priest or pope.

As for Hobbes, that expression was made popular by AG John Mitchell back in the Seventies to justify Nixon's over-reaching. Obviously, conservatives misread Hobbes -- as they do Adam Smith. Truth is they aren't conservative at all, that's why I call them consumatives -- and much worse.
Old New Lefty
Many are called but few are chosen
Many are frauds, but a few are frozen

You asked: "As to Pope Vito I, wasn't he a Borgia?" You are correct, and he chose the name Alexander VI. By the way, he was installed at a very auspicious time -- 1492. It was he who gave "God's" blessing to the rape and plunder of the New World.

Since you live among what's left of the indigenous of what is now Mexico, you might acquaint yourself with The Requirement, if you haven't done so already.
Paul J. O'Rourke
I don't know, McConnell and Santorum strike me as the type that might enjoy a little fisting. Ditto for Mitch McConnell and Marcus Bachmann.

The Fuddler
It shocks a lot of people to see just how far the Religious Wrong is willing to go in pursuit of their pharisaic agenda. Then again, these are the same people that brought the world The Crusades, The Inquistion and Witchhunts.

As for why a trans-vaginal ultrasound, I'm told it is the only method available during the very early stages of pregnancy when an abortion is easier and less complicated -- and therefore less dangerous. I'm not an expert, but I'm told there isn't much to see at that stage, so it is all the more obvious that the real purpose is to discourage a woman from having an abortion.
The good thing is the Gov of Vagina can only serve one term. It's the Attorney Gen Cuccinelli that will be up next to take McDonnell's place. But, more than that you've absolutely identified what I haven't been able to articulate: this is about protecting the "prerogatives of paternalists." Excellent.
Razzle Dazzle
Thanks for that information -- I think. Woe unto VA if Cuccinelli succeeds McDonnell. By reputation at least, he makes McDonnell look like Bernie Sanders.
It's interesting how "vagina" has entered the vocabulary that can be used in polite/public conversation, while "penis" has not. I sat on the train the other day next to two women who couldn't stop saying it, as if it meant no more to them than "nose" or "eyebrow." The two sides of the coin in the media seem to be Rachel Maddow--somebody did a word count the other day that showed she used the word 43 times in three shows--and the fascination on the other end of the political spectrum manifested by things like the law you write about here.

I'm glad my dear departed mother--who believed she was descended from an f.f.v. (first family of Virginia)--didn't live to hear these debates. She would have succumbed to the fantods.
Oh, that we could only probe his nether regions with a foot long probe! Great post! R
Vote at the V. Fur sure.
You'll probably shake your head at the comparison, but I give Rachel Maddow and Rick Santorum -- but not plastic Bob McDonnell, who tries (and fails) to keep his religious wingnuttery under the radar -- I say I give both RM and RS points for being open in their advocacy. Where I part company with Santorum is what he advocates, which is nothing less than a Christian theocracy in this country -- and thus, he and his ilk deserve the epithet American Taliban.
Nether the twain shall meet
As you said---

As every prophet from Jesus to Jefferson warned, some of the worst of sins occur when religion is drowned in the sewer of politics.

And that's what no one can seem to grasp!
Thanks for visiting. If only the fundies would quit thumping the Bibles and actually read the damned thing, maybe they'd realize just how off the mark they too often are. But, hey, what would be the phony in that?
Well, thank you
Such truth and wisdom here. How much crazy can one country endure?
This is a good read and I'm just sorry I missed your live music stream. I love nekkid hillbilly music!!

How much crazy can one country take? I'd say we're rapidly approaching the event horizon.
Thanks, and not to worry, I'm liable to get nekkid again soon.
Tom, just nobody, but nobody does it like you. Your articles are always a brilliant mix of clever, wise and comical.

As for Governor of Vagina, I never quite understood why anyone sensible would vote for someone who wrote a thesis that showed such disregard for women and modernity. But then again, I don't understand why people like Santorum or anyone would elect that fool in Florida. I'm just out of step.

These are supposed to be the people who don't want government intruding in their personal lives. What am I missing?
Your are too kind, but I'll take it. As for what you're missing, just this: There is no rational explanation for irrational behavior other than to shrug one's shoulders and say "you can't fix stupid".
Great read. "Fundamentalists see it as their god-given right and duty to protect fetuses and families." I believe you just summed up the sex ed curriculum at the Santorum Home School, where the motto is A Good Education Makes You a Snob Which is Why We Remain So Grounded.
I used to live in Virginia. Now I live in Tennessee. It's just as bad down here--91 of 95 counties voted for Santorum on Tuesday. Evangelicals suck.
Home-schools crop up around here like weeds in a garden. Fundies will be damned (literally) if they let their kids have to listen to any of that Evolution nonsense.
Frank Michels
I know what you mean about Tennessee. Here in TP, Junior Bush got 84% of the vote in the mock election at the local high school in 2004 . The only surprise to me was that Kerry got even 16%.
Very smart piece. Yes, indeed. Religion has drowned in the sewer of politics for a long time.

"The purpose of the condom and the purpose of opposition to birth control is one and the same – not the protection of fetuses and families, but the protection of the prerogatives of paternalists."

I'd add to this that there is still a fundamental need to control "the woman" in one form or or the other. Subjugate.
The "barefoot and pregnant" "mentality" is not only a curse to women; it's a curse to the men who are enslaved by it as well -- they're just too stupid to figure that out.