Pink Washing

Today, the inbox at MPS has been not exactly flooded, but has had some reaction to the snarky news item from last night. To recap, the pink-washing* enterprise known as the Susan G. Komen For The Cure has defunded and separated itself from Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood probably provides more breast cancer screenings than anyone, and certainly more to under-served communities who are much more likely to need their services. The so-called bad side of town almost always is where the environmental hazards that correlate highly with breast cancer also resides. Go figure that the rich part of town is rarely on top of a superfund cleanup site.

But I digress…

It seems that an anti-choice woman named Karen Handel–who is the failed candidate for 2010 Georgia governor’s mansion who ran on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood–is the Komen’s vice president for public policy. How this came about we can only speculate. Anyway, to make a not too fine a point, she is the person who made the decision to de-partner with Planned Parenthood, saying that Planned Parenthood no longer “best meets the needs of women [Komen] serve.” So funding breast exams with Planned Parenthood no longer meets their goals. Wait… what?!

It is rather amazing to watch an organization with a noble goal publicly commit ritual Seppuku. This strange moment also should be an object lesson for those squishy liberals who strive to find common ground with those who would destroy us (and then eat our livers with fava beans and a nice Chianti). There is no common ground, quit trying to find it.

The point here is that the fundamentalist forced-birth crowd are single-issue wingnuts. They would rather see a woman die of breast cancer than have her live to maybe need contraception or (gasp!) a Karen Santorum-style life-saving abortion. They cannot demand an abortion if they are already dead. Problem solved.

We’ve long been supporters of Planned Parenthood here at Tengrain’s Little Hut, and I’ve written about my Planned Parenthood story several times. We’ve never been a supporter of Komen’s, well, anything. We believe firmly that if you want to donate to any charity, knock yourself out. That said, we believe even more firmly in donating directly to that charity and not through umbrella organizations like Komen, Avon Walk, Ride for AIDS, and even the United Way. Give to your charity of choice directly, they will get more of the money without having anything skimmed of the top for Administration. Komen, for instance, skims about 25% off the top. That $10 bucks you raised was actually only $7.50.

(Full disclosure: my mother died of ovarian cancer. She lived for six weeks after being diagnosed. During that time she was bombarded with (Komen?) pink crap, and it only served to make her even more furious that she was being told to cheer up. She found Barbara Ehrenreich’s Welcome to Cancerland in the November 2001 Harper’s Bazar to be essential reading.)

PS – Scissorheads, encourage all the women in your lives have a breast examination. Just do it. It’s not a snarky joke, it can save a life especially if there is a lump found early. And gents, this can also happen to us, along with the prostate exam we need to be aware that we are not immune from breast cancer. Make an appointment today. Just do it.

*About Pink Washing: it is a term that is similar to green washing. It gives public relations cover to corporate donors. So let’s say Company X lets their employees raise funds via Komen and then Company X gets a press release out saying that they raised $X for The Cure. Except that they didn’t. The employees did. Company X almost never matches or donates. Check the shareholders meeting minutes, or the annual report.

Compare and Contrast:

Nigeria’s anti-corruption police said on Tuesday it may drop bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and oil services company Halliburton after the company offered to pay a fine.

(reuters)

vs.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was set for another night in a British jail on Tuesday after he first won bail but prosecutors then said they would appeal the decision.

(AP)

The Prince of Darkness is going to go free, and, um, the Duke of Transparency is going back into the pokey?

Fort Hood

half-mast

No snark, just sorrow. Twelve people are confirmed dead, 30 wounded, and it appears that one of the shooters (also in the military) was a psychiatrist named Major Malik Nadal Hasan. Expect the usual suspects to go nuts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Update 1: Told ya.

Update 2: The Blog at Poo Corner never lets you down. Here’s the post, so you don’t have to go there:

poo corner

Update 3: Fox News: (I’m trying to find video…)

Shep Smith: “[the shooter's] name tells us a lot, does it not, Senator?”
Hutchison: “It does, it does, Shepard.”

The Cost of Healthcare Reform Bribes

So what does it cost the lobbyists to buy Senators? Who knew that you could buy a Senator for as little as $160,000? Olympia, we’ve already established your morals, we’re just quibbling over the price.

bribes

These are the contributions that the so-called Gang of Six have received over the years from the insurance companies and big pharma. And these are the Senators who are striving to find a compromise for healthcare reform.

Just as a side note, the percentage of the population that these 6 Senators allegedly represent, total, amounts to 2.74% of the US.

UPDATE 1: Rachel Maddow

We are so screwed.

Throw another log on the fire…

…as Satan calls home another favorite son. Yes, Robert McNamara has died at the age of 93, thus proving once again that only the good die young.

McNamara was fundamentally associated with the Vietnam War, “McNamara’s war,” the country’s most disastrous foreign venture, the only American war to end in abject withdrawal.

Henry Kissinger, are you next?

Can cannibalism be far behind?


Getty Images — this is why you should hire only licensed plumbers.

Joe the Plumber booed by plumbers. Oh, forsooth! When plumbers turn against one of their own… or did they?

When fake plumber Joe Wurzelbacher took to the stage to appear as an average worker against EFCA (the Employee Free Choice Act), he was booed by real plumbers, and forced at some point to admit that he was not a licensed plumber.

“The public loves Joe the Plumber,” said Americans for Prosperity spokesperson, Mary Ellen Burke, to The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent. “They see him as a role model.” …Asked whether Joe the Plumber had any particular knowledge or expertise about EFCA that might explain the decision to enlist him, Burke said that he was being enlisted to provide a ‘grassroots perspective’ and ‘the working perspective’ on the measure. Pressed on whether Joe the Plumber has any particular claim to being a spokesperson on the issue, Burke replied that ‘he represents the American worker.'”

Joe was paid to appear, by the way, but the terms of his grassroot perspective were not released.