I know the big dogs are gettin' ready to scrap tonight, and I'm really really hoping that Obama has just been doin' a little rope a dope, letting McCain throw a few punches, even land a few, while waiting for the opening to level that fucker. Hopefully thats what happens tonight, unfortunately I'll be sitting in psych class at that time. So I'll know about that long after most folks.
But now I'm really looking forward to the VP debates. Why well because Sarah Palin's town of Wasilla had this lovely little law that said that a rape victim had to pay for the medical procedure to verify the rape, aka a rape kit. Wow, well I'm sure they had a good reason right? I mean you had better have a really good reason for coming up with such a cold heartless law as that right? It would save the tax payers between $5,000 - 14,000 a year. Ok fiscal responsibility is a good thing but seriously? Sending a bill to rape victims? Another thing to note, Alaska has three times as many rapes as the national average. George Carlin can explain why. Ok so far, its a pretty fucked up story right? But why should this make for a great debate between Biden and Palin? Well theres more to the story, it turns out that this little law on the books called The Violence Against Women Act that made it illegal for a municipality to bill women for being raped, assuming they wanted any federal money. What makes this an interesting point for a debate is the fact that Biden wrote the Violence Against Women Act. Now you see why I think that could get interesting.
And no I don't think this is politicizing rape, this should be a legitimate issue. If we were talking about using a specific rape case that would be different, but to ask a person who was the mayor of a town that may have broken the law in order to save money by charging sex crime victims a fee, any fee let alone an expensive fee is absolutely fair game. The fact that the other nominee wrote the law that was broken simply means that the other person is in real trouble, but if you're looking for sympathy, well I could show you some, but then I'll send you a bill.
Hat tip to the D. Kos