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Sheila Butt, Republican state representative of Tennessee, is very misunderstood. In February, she was very upset because she just didn't understand why people would think that her call for a National Association For The Advancement of White People could be misconstrued as RACIST. Now she will likely be very misunderstood again, simply for saying that we shouldn't have rape and incest exceptions in abortion laws, because bitches be lying.

The Tennessee House was debating HB 977, which would require a 48-hour waiting period and counseling before getting an abortion, and Democratic Rep. Craig Fitzhugh proffered an amendment that would make exceptions in the case of rape and incest. Rep. Butt had knowledge thoughts about that:


"This amendment appears political because we understand that in most instances, this is not verifiable. Let's make sure these women have the information and the understanding to act."

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UGH, those rape and incest victims, always lying about what happened to them so they can make political statements! Rep. Butt KNOWS that most of these people claiming "I was raped by my father" are only saying that because some abortionist organization, or maybe Sandra Fluke HERSELF, told them to. Such sneaky activism! Of course, Rep. Butt is A Idiot, and needs to talk to former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who famously said that ladies' vaginas have special ninja powers to detect "legitimate rape" sperm, because “the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down." Maybe Rep. Butt could get down there in ladies' vagina parts with her microscope and try to figure out whether there is evidence of the body trying to "shut the whole thing down."

Rep. Fitzhugh, a man, told Rep. Butt, a woman, that he's pretty sure "women [don't] take something like rape or incest lightly," and that he "can't imagine anybody, any person would take advantage of that type of situation." But what does he know, he's just a man. Sure, he seems to have a better understanding of the issue than Rep. Butt does, but that's because he's a compassionate human, whereas Butt's beliefs on the issue were probably regurgitated into her baby bird throat by conservative male religious leaders. No matter! The amendment was, of course, tabled.

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Fitzhugh had also previously offered an amendment that would say that, in cases of mental health, the 48-hour waiting period could also be waived, to which Butt replied that "putting this psychological harm bypass into the bill is really a loophole for the abortion industry." Because you know how those abortion doctors are, always saying "ooh, this patient is a LIVE ONE, I want to do this abortion RIGHT NOW!" And then they can run out of the clinic with cash spilling out of their pockets, due to the totally fun get-rich-quick abortion they did on the crazy lady. This amendment was, of course, also tabled.

Of course, yr Wonkette must point out that it is stupid that we are having this discussion about "exceptions" in the first place, since, according to this little thing called the Supreme Court, you might have heard of it, abortion is perfectly legal in the United States of America. But that doesn't mean we can't make it a huge pain in the ass for women who need them, up to and including women who may have been brutally raped by their fathers, because most of them are probably just big old liars.

The Commercial Appeal reports that this bill is only possible because dingbat Tennessee voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2014, stating that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution says you have a right to 'bortion, which means you can do all the restrictin' and regulatin' you want, as long as federal courts say it's okay. Gov. Bill Haslam has signaled that he will sign this bill, in addition to Senate Bill 1280, which is one of those newfangled-y things that imposes all kinds of extra restrictions on abortion clinics, classifying them as "ambulatory surgical treatment centers" and such, in order to make it harder for them to stay open.

So, hey, Tennessee ladies, try not to get raped or incested, or if you do, make sure to do that ninja thing and shut the sperm DOWN, because otherwise, trying to get an abortion is gonna really suck. And don't go crying to Sheila Butt about it either. She knows you're just a big lying slut.

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. Georgia State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

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It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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