Posts Tagged Jan Brewer
GOP Celebrates New ‘PreSin’ Pregnancy Prevention Pill
September 5, 2012
By Orbson Rice
On Monday, the FDA gave final approval to the financially troubled KV Pharmaceutical for their “Afternoon-Before” pregnancy prevention pill. The pill, referred to as “PreSin” works by suppressing sexual desires prior to engaging in a sexual act. KV marketing materials state, “Are you going out tonight? Are you worried about being morally corrupted into depraved acts of sin? Then before you leave, remember to take PreSin! PreSin works by inhibiting sexual desires through a series of mildly unpleasant physical ailments including a fever, nausea, occasional vomiting, bad breath and general stomach discomfort.” According to a KV spokesperson, “PreSin has the potential to dramatically reduce unwanted pregnancies. Remember, before you sin, Presin!”
PreSin has gained wide approval from the Republican Party who says it represents a significant improvement over the controversial Morning-After pill. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney agreed stating that PreSin is a much better option over the other “abortive” options: “Abstinence is the only completely successful way to prevent pregnancy. PreSin provides tremendous benefits to those who do not have the moral strength of character to abstain by themselves. This is a great American innovation and should be sold over-the-counter and distributed in our schools.” Romney may not be aware that the “success” of abstinence-only sexual education is a fallacy. In fact, states with abstinence-only policies have the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation.
KV who describes itself as a, “specialty pharmaceutical company with a focus on women’s healthcare” is expected to begin shipping PreSin to pharmacies by the end of September and the product is expected to cost approximately $750 per dose. The exorbitant cost should not come as a surprise. Earlier this year KV won exclusive rights to a drug called 17P (brand name Makena), used to prevent preterm labor. Their first act was to raise the price from $10 to $1500 per dose. For a company whose last CEO is in prison for mislabeling morphine pills, many people have begun to suspect that KV may in fact be “pure evil”. However, Mitt Romney praised KV’s pricing strategy as simply “a good business practice”. Regardless, Republicans in Congress have convinced insurance companies to fully cover PreSin without a co-pay. In Arizona however, PreSin has caused some confusion. Heather Wilson of Phoenix asks, “I don’t understand. In Arizona I am pregnant two weeks before I have sex. Am I supposed to take PreSin every day for two weeks? How will I know when to begin treatment?” Arizona Governor Jan Brewer does not foresee any issues saying, “I think young people should be taking this every day. They were all born into sin. This will help them control themselves.” Already, KV has sold over 300,000 doses of PreSin and expects to reach a million by the end of the year.
Warning: If you are planning on taking PreSin, the following side effects have been released by KV: “Possible side effects include headache, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, depression, suicidal thoughts, puritanical impulses and uncontrollable sneezing.”
- Preventing Pregnancy With the Rhythm Method (everydayhealth.com)
- KV Pharmaceutical Loses Lawsuit Against FDA Over Makena (biospace.com)
- KV Pharmaceutical files for bankruptcy (stltoday.com)
- SL Letter of the Day: He Doesn’t Like Condoms, She Doesn’t Like the Pill (slog.thestranger.com)
- Good Reasons for Sexual Abstinence (everydayhealth.com)
- Akin’s Comments Spur Debate on Sex Education (teachercertificationdegrees.com)
- Americans want sex ed (salon.com)
- Plan B and Emergency Contraception (everydayhealth.com)
- KV Sinks Slowly into Oblivion (thebigredbiotechblog.typepad.com)
- My political beliefs #1 (joehinojosa.wordpress.com)
Nothing says leadership more than bravely standing up against a concern that’s not actually a problem.
We’ve had a one-sided battle with Sharia Law in the U.S. No one is fighting for replacing U.S. law with an Islamic moral code, but nonetheless Republicans are heroically fighting against it. Same with aborted fetuses in commercial food stuffs: Not something that’s ever happened but earlier this year Republican freshman Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey had the temerity to introduce a bill to outlaw it.
Davis Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star
Republicans love what they call “simple solutions” but it’s really just the easiest possible answer to a trumped up crisis. In short: busy work. America needs to streamline for the challenges of the future so we can remain competitive (blah blah blah). Yet Republican offers are akin to organizing all the paperclips in the office by color and size.
Republicans and bureaucracy are, after all, frenemies. Sure they tell the media they despise bureaucracy, but secretly they love it when it makes them appear to be doing something. Even better if it keeps them from doing anything difficult.
For example: We’re in the middle of an obesity epidemic. It’s the number two leading cause of preventable death in this country. The Center for Disease Control estimates 112,000 American deaths a year due to obesity, which is down from their previous estimate of 365,000 deaths from poor nutrition and physical inactivity. The CDC reports in 2008 Americans forked over $147 billion in medical costs on obesity. We’re dying and going broke from being too fat.
But what are Republicans trying to warn us against? Terrorism. China. Russia. Obamacare. ACORN. The New Black Panthers. The Fed. All of which cumulatively killed no Americans last year.
It’s (ironically) lazy to try to and scare Americans about some elusive menace in order to avoid the reality that we’ve become the proverbial elephants in our own living rooms.
Illegal immigration? Republicans say to secure the border, build a fence and arrest anyone who even looks illegal. Mitt Romney said Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 should be a model for the nation, which would be something if Mexicans were still coming into the U.S. They’re not. Immigration from Mexico is now net zero. That is actually a way bigger problem than undocumented workers (whom we love in boom times for a way to circumvent the minimum wage and exploit a non-litigious underclass). It’s the fact we are no longer an attractive enough country to motivate Mexicans to come here.
But as we saw last week with the Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s law, governor Jan Brewer’s just doubled down on a non-problem, “We cannot forget that we are here today because the federal government has failed the American people regarding immigration policy, has failed to protect its citizens, has failed to preserve the rule of law and has failed to secure our borders.”
For a party that likes to peddle free market and common sense, they sure get a lot of traction ginning up irrational fears.
Our energy plan is stuck firmly in the last century, but that’s not the point the presumptive Republican nominee decided to make. In March, Mitt Romney told Fox News that President Obama “has done everything in his power to make it harder for us to get oil and natural gas in this country, driving up the price of those commodities in the case of gasoline.” Gas prices were the thing Republicans were going to fix by paying attention to them!
With little fanfare, gas prices are down now, by the way. Production has increased overall under the Obama administration. Republicans managed to sound the alarm and assign blame for a symptom while steadfastly avoiding the cause entirely.
Think I’m way off here? Remember this is the party that in the wake of September 11th—an attack by citizens of Saudi Arabia, organized in Afghanistan by a leader hanging out in Lebanon—decided to invade (wait for it) Iraq.
Because things indirectly involved with real problems hate us for our freedoms.
- GOP: Boldly Offering Solutions to Our Nation’s Symptoms (crooksandliars.com)
- Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Both Sides Declaring Win, But Climate Of Fear Intact (huffingtonpost.com)
- High Court Shoots Down SB1070….Mostly (pertinaciouschase.wordpress.com)
- Gov. Scott failed to follow through on immigration pledge (miamiherald.com)
- Arizona’s immigrant status checks OK’d (mysanantonio.com)
- Arizona Republicans tout SB 1070 ruling (bizjournals.com)
- Supreme Court Issues Mixed Decision on Arizona SB 1070 (princefirm.com)
- Brewer: ‘Heart of SB 1070′ upheld (abc15.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Warped Idea of ‘Leadership’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Top Court Rules on Immigration Law (huffingtonpost.com)
Arizona Bill will Ban Subversive Latino Music from Radio
May 1, 2012
By Orbson Rice
If Governor Jan Brewer gets her way, Arizona radio stations will soon be prohibited from playing Latino music over the airwaves. On May 3, the Arizona House will vote on a bill that would ban any music that:
1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.
2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.
3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.
4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.
According to the bill, “Any music that includes more than five words in a language other than English will be reviewed by an independent commission for seditious overtones.” By these standards, many popular artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Pitbull and Selena Gomez will likely find their songs banned from Arizona radio stations. According to Brewer, this legislation is necessary to “curb the growing use of subversive music to manipulate young Latinos into hating the United States.” Since entering office, Brewer has made a concerted effort to attack Hispanic culture.HB 2281, with surprisingly similar language, outlawed the teaching of Ethic Studies in Arizona schools. According to Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks, “If there is no more white people in the world then okay, you can do what you want.” Until then, Brewer is doing everything she can to curb the flow of Latino music, books and history over Arizona borders.
Brewer’s supporters believe that the Governor is only doing what is necessary to protect the “American way of life”. Evelyn Rothchild, President of Ban Items Toxic to Christian Homes states, “Music these days is sinful. It’s all sex, drugs and violence. Ever since that “La Bamba” song came out we have been fighting against this evil Mexican music. What does ‘La Bamba’ even mean? Do you know? It probably means America is Satan? Why would we want to put that on the airwaves?”
Governor Brewer is quick to point out that she is not banning Latino music, merely asking that it be translated into English and examined for “inappropriate” lyrics before airing it on the radio. “If a song has good wholesome lyrics, it can be played in our official state language. Artists can no longer hide subversive and incendiary material behind the Spanish language.” The Bill is expected to pass the House and be signed by Brewer on Thursday, or as Arizonians will now call it, “the day the music died”.
- ‘Librotraficante’ Smuggles Banned Latino Lit Back into Arizona (bwnews.us)
- Opinion: Not all Latinos are illegal (cnn.com)
- Bush’s Latino Attorney General Says Some Republicans Have Expressed ‘Anti-Hispanic’ Sentiment (thinkprogress.org)
- Opinionator: There’s Something About Arizona (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Book ‘traffickers’ to stop in S.A. en route to Arizona (mysanantonio.com)
- Brewer Tends Base With Bible Law (thedailybeast.com)
- Gov. Brewer to speak at O.C. GOP dinner Monday (totalbuzz.ocregister.com)
- Texting a driver? You could be sued. (azfamily.com)
- Arizona Hispanics Express Their Influence in State’s Economy (hispanicallyspeakingnews.com)
- Democrats’ Dream Act Preferred By Latino Voters As Opposed To Marco Rubio’s Plan: Poll (huffingtonpost.com)