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(Huffington Post)   Absurd: Senate GOP blocks UN treaty affirming the rights of disabled people. Insane: Because they said it was a threat to US sovereignty   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 302
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2012-12-04 03:36:39 PM  

Diogenes: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Diogenes: I want to find out if Cuba voted for it at the UN.

It will make some nice fodder in my strongly-worded letter to Senator Rubio.

Cuba voted for the treaty and ratified it.

Source

Letter's on its way.


Also note that the treaty has been ratified by China, Iran, Russia, and Myanmar.

So basically, just about every major human rights violator has signed on, but not America.
 
2012-12-04 03:37:51 PM  

sweetmelissa31: But you'll eventually get out.


Define "eventually"
 
2012-12-04 03:41:29 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Diogenes: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Diogenes: I want to find out if Cuba voted for it at the UN.

It will make some nice fodder in my strongly-worded letter to Senator Rubio.

Cuba voted for the treaty and ratified it.

Source

Letter's on its way.

Also note that the treaty has been ratified by China, Iran, Russia, and Myanmar.

So basically, just about every major human rights violator has signed on, but not America.


USA! USA! USA!
 
2012-12-04 03:47:37 PM  
Holy crap- poor Bob Dole... Brought out for support-only to be farked by his own party.
 
2012-12-04 03:49:49 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Diogenes: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Diogenes: I want to find out if Cuba voted for it at the UN.

It will make some nice fodder in my strongly-worded letter to Senator Rubio.

Cuba voted for the treaty and ratified it.

Source

Letter's on its way.

Also note that the treaty has been ratified by China, Iran, Russia, and Myanmar.

So basically, just about every major human rights violator has signed on, but not America.


This treaty was signed onto by the most number of countries in the shortest amount of time than any other UN Convention. There is absolutely zero controversial items in there other than the use of the words "reproductive rights" which contrary to derp dogma, does not = abortion.

I think the vatican refused to sign it on that basis alone too... but their delegate wasn't even paying attention during most of the negotiations. He spent most of the time checking out the rack of the hot palestinian representative. All male diplomats were jealous that the observer states get some cozy seat in the back all by themselves, because she was HAWT. Jokes about the vatican delegate actually not being a pedophile were traded by various diplomats at some point... fun was had by all. (The singapore delegation also had a few hotties). Sorry... I took no pics
 
2012-12-04 03:58:12 PM  
kbronsito: Keep the stories coming please! Great stuff!
 
2012-12-04 04:03:07 PM  

thomps: Trivia Jockey: whistleridge: In summary: the UN is at best a sovereign person, and is in no way a sovereign state. Sorry, but you fail.

I think he was being facetious.

wistleridge really misunderestimated him there.


I wasn't so much responding to him as I was to the likely hordes of liters who will come later and take him very very seriously :p
 
2012-12-04 04:07:19 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: For the record (and the dumpsters of history), here are your 38 elected senators who have a problem with equal treatment for disabled people. Notice what they all have in common with each other???


Here are the Senators who voted against the Franken amendment to protect American women from being raped overseas while working for defense contractors (in 2010):

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
 
2012-12-04 04:07:59 PM  
What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.
 
2012-12-04 04:12:33 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.


The worst part is, these fools keep getting elected.
 
2012-12-04 04:15:54 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.


Then you had better not read this, because this Congress is likely to reject a much-needed climate change treaty.
 
2012-12-04 04:16:01 PM  

mrshowrules: Grand_Moff_Joseph: For the record (and the dumpsters of history), here are your 38 elected senators who have a problem with equal treatment for disabled people. Notice what they all have in common with each other???

Here are the Senators who voted against the Franken amendment to protect American women from being raped overseas while working for defense contractors (in 2010):



That Venn diagram is about 1 micron away from being concentric circles.

Ass. Holes.
 
2012-12-04 04:16:01 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: CapeFearCadaver: What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.

The worst part is, these fools keep getting elected.


Serious. How in the hell has not every sane person not left the GOP by now?
 
2012-12-04 04:18:53 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: mrshowrules: Grand_Moff_Joseph: For the record (and the dumpsters of history), here are your 38 elected senators who have a problem with equal treatment for disabled people. Notice what they all have in common with each other???

Here are the Senators who voted against the Franken amendment to protect American women from being raped overseas while working for defense contractors (in 2010):


That Venn diagram is about 1 micron away from being concentric circles.

Ass. Holes.


Here are the pro-rape and anti-disabled Senators:

Alexander (R-TN)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)
 
2012-12-04 04:19:14 PM  

Corvus: Grand_Moff_Joseph: CapeFearCadaver: What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.

The worst part is, these fools keep getting elected.

Serious. How in the hell has not every sane person not left the GOP by now?


They have. They all lost in primary elections. Hell, when even Dick Armey jumps ship, you know they're too far gone.
 
2012-12-04 04:25:43 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: What the holy hell? I'm close to tears with disappointment in our country. What the fark are these people trying to do to? I just cannot understand how it is possible that there are people who think this way, much less enough people who think this way who are in charge of farking policy. Goddammit.


It's okay- as a gimp myself, many think of us as being less than human.

For the GOP, it's easy to ignore the handicapped because of many reasons:
1) our handicap is a direct result of our sin or parents sin
2) both social and natural Darwinism means we are not supposed to survive- so why bother
3)They are jealous of all the Freebies we get-like having to spend extra money to be mobile.
4) GOP fears those of us with genetic mutations will rise with our mutant powers and overthrow the "normals" Somehow they haven't realized we don't get nifty eye blasts or the ability to mentally manipulate clothing on women so that they fall off. They try to cover up, but it's too late; I've seen everything.

Nope: it's just willfully ignorant GOPers trying to fark over Obama.
 
2012-12-04 04:36:48 PM  

mrshowrules: Here are the pro-rape and anti-disabled Senators:

Alexander (R-TN)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)


I have met Richard Burr on a number of occasions, ranging from formal work settings to fund raisers to private charity events. Every. single. farking. time he was a douche's douche, going out of his way to verbally fellate Tom Coburn, and basically doing his utmost to prove that he could be the stoogiest stooge who ever stooged when it came to corporate interests. What a tool.
 
2012-12-04 04:49:13 PM  
I think they are worried that if we give equal treatment to the disabled, next thing you know, the mentally disabled will be winning elections and you'll have morons voting down sensible treaties in the Senate and....oh.
 
2012-12-04 04:52:09 PM  

naughtyrev: I think they are worried that if we give equal treatment to the disabled, next thing you know, the mentally disabled will be winning elections and you'll have morons voting down sensible treaties in the Senate and....oh.


Perry, Bachmann, and Santorum all ran for the presidency this year. I think that ship has sailed.
 
2012-12-04 04:55:50 PM  
If you're a Republican or vote Republican, there's something fundamentally wrong with you. This becomes more truth and less "painting with a broad brush" every day.

Oh well, at least you really stuck it to the Libs, right?
 
2012-12-04 04:57:00 PM  
And yet everyone gets all offended when I suggest we should start executing these people.
 
2012-12-04 04:57:23 PM  
You'd think retards would want to support this treaty. But, 38 of them hate it.
 
2012-12-04 04:58:02 PM  

The Why Not Guy: If you're a Republican or vote Republican, there's something fundamentally wrong with you. This becomes more truth and less "painting with a broad brush" every day.

Oh well, at least you really stuck it to the Libs, right?


Those libs in Syria, China, and Cuba sure do have egg on their faces!
 
2012-12-04 04:58:19 PM  

James F. Campbell: these people


Republicans, I mean. Not disabled people.

Although I suppose they might classify as mentally, ethically, and morally disabled.
 
2012-12-04 04:59:22 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: kbronsito: Keep the stories coming please! Great stuff!


I second this emotion.

Had a good conversation with a woman who worked on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We signed that one at least. We were the last major country to sign it, but we signed it.
 
2012-12-04 05:00:30 PM  
The treaty was in a large part based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Modern Republicans are nothing short of evil.
 
2012-12-04 05:00:46 PM  
Model "Christian" Conservatives
 
2012-12-04 05:01:26 PM  
So, the GOP shoots down a disabled rights treaty that would require us to do what we've already done and continue to willingly do, modeled after our own laws, which made us a world leader in disabled rights, because they're paranoid, misogynistic little oppositional farks

fark you, Neanderthals.

/sincere apology to any Neanderthals or paranoid misogynists who were offended at being compared to modern Republicans.
 
2012-12-04 05:01:45 PM  
<i>There are eight guiding principles that underlie the Convention:</i>

And there are 8 guiding letters that underlie the Republican vote -- P-A-R-A-N-O-I-A
 
2012-12-04 05:02:00 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: From Wiki:

There are eight guiding principles that underlie the Convention:

--Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of persons


Well, there's the problem.

Today's Republican Party has no dignity, so they don't see why anyone else should have it.
 
2012-12-04 05:02:31 PM  
Rand Paul is on that list eh? That's a shocker.
/Ban Ki Moon is the aqua buddha
 
2012-12-04 05:02:52 PM  
"I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.

Honestly, you republicans manage to sound even dumber now.

Please go away, you're everything wrong with america.
 
2012-12-04 05:04:47 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Even Farking CHINA ratified this treaty.


I wonder if Chen Guangcheng (you know, the blind Chinese lawyer/activist) can come out and say something about this. A lot of Republicans like him because he once defended a woman who was forced to get an abortion, but his big crusade is actually about rights of the disabled. I'm sure he'll be disappointed to know that some of his sponsors voted against his cause.

Also, this is just appalling:

They were not swayed by support for the treaty from some of the party's prominent veterans, including the 89-year-old Dole, who was disabled during World War II; Sen. John McCain, who also suffered disabling injuries in Vietnam;...

I can't help but feel sorry for Bob Dole, dragging his old ass all this way to Washington just to see his own party trash his cause.

I'd also want to know who the 22 Dems were who voted against this treaty, and what they got in return.
 
2012-12-04 05:05:07 PM  
Where can I sign one of those "Conservatives Want to Secede" petitions?
 
2012-12-04 05:05:33 PM  
Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?
 
2012-12-04 05:05:50 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: There is no inclusion of the morally disabled. We need special parking too!


Perhaps if the morally disabled were included, the GOP would vote for it as a matter of self-interest.
 
2012-12-04 05:07:43 PM  

Cletus C.: Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?


Disabled Americans occasionally travel to other countries.
 
2012-12-04 05:08:12 PM  
Ok, so you don't like the UN or Obama. Fine, we get that. But Republicans, you claim you are the party of Jesus. So ask yourselfs, what would Jesus vote?
 
2012-12-04 05:08:47 PM  
John McCain, Bob Dole, and John Kerry all came together to support this bill... but they were voted down by the new Republican Party. If you think you're voting for the GOP of Reagan, or even of the Clinton-era, you're just wrong... these people are through and through whackjobs.
 
2012-12-04 05:09:35 PM  

Cletus C.: Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?


That should be a reason not to hesitate to endorse and pass it. But this is about a paranoid fear of one world government that gets projected on to the UN, resulting in a belief that the US should never, ever be beholden to the UN on anything.
 
2012-12-04 05:09:51 PM  

Cletus C.: Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?


considering only human trash voted against it, probably safe to bet that it wouldn't have hurt to pass the treaty.
 
2012-12-04 05:09:59 PM  

Arkanaut: I'd also want to know who the 22 Dems were who voted against this treaty, and what they got in return.


There were no 22 Dems. Treaties require a 2/3s vote and all Nays were Republicans.
 
2012-12-04 05:09:59 PM  
Family Values. It's just a really f*cked up family.
 
2012-12-04 05:10:31 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: Cletus C.: Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?

Disabled Americans occasionally travel to other countries.


Who the hell lets them out of their cages?!?
 
2012-12-04 05:10:37 PM  
It is an understatement to say that we are not dealing with rational actors. Honestly, someone get these guys professional help. They need therapy.
 
2012-12-04 05:11:26 PM  

Cletus C.: Not trying to start something, but we have the ADA in this country. Did we need to sign on to something saying we'd obey our own laws?


The treaty was actually based on the ADA... the idea of the treaty was to say that the US is going to be global leaders on the issue of fair treatment of the disabled, as the treaty encompasses what has been US law for more than 20 years. Instead of being the global leaders, the GOP has yet again chosen a position of cowardess, refusing to affirm our commitment to veterans who lose sight or limbs, refusing to affirm our commitment to caring for disabled children... all because they're afraid of imaginary black helicopters. The idea that half our country votes for these shiatstain pansies sickens me.
 
2012-12-04 05:13:08 PM  
[Professor Farnsworth] I don't want to live in this state anymore [/Professor Farnsworth]
 
2012-12-04 05:13:22 PM  
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" -Isaac Asimov

This sums up the current GOP
 
2012-12-04 05:13:45 PM  
Why should the US sign a treaty that provides nothing more than a bureaucracy?

To make us feel better? To try and shame other countries that don't care what we think?

All the faux concern for the disabled is duly noted.
 
2012-12-04 05:14:00 PM  
Oh ffs. At this rate, the next time I travel abroad I'm going to have to tell people I'm from Canada just so I don't have to deal with the inevitable "WTF is wrong with your Republican party?" questions.

/I wish we knew what was wrong with them...we might be able to fix them if we knew.
 
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