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Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:38 PM

Tense Debate as House Shifts HIV Funding to Abstinence

Seven hours into Tuesday's debate on the House's $210 billion two-year budget, things got first heated and then uncomfortable as state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, successfully pushed an amendment to move $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education.

A line of opponents gathered behind the podium as Spitzer laid out his amendment and proceeded to grill, quiz and challenge the lawmaker on his motives.

"Is it not significant that Texas has the third-highest number of HIV cases in the country?" state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, asked. "Does it bother you to know there are people walking around with HIV, undiagnosed?"

Read More http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/31/abstinence-funding-devolves-uncomfortable-debate/

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Reply Tense Debate as House Shifts HIV Funding to Abstinence (Original post)
sheshe2 Apr 2015 OP
Comrade Grumpy Apr 2015 #1
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #4
MANative Apr 2015 #2
marym625 Apr 2015 #3
sheshe2 Apr 2015 #5
marym625 Apr 2015 #6
guillaumeb Apr 2015 #8
marym625 Apr 2015 #9
guillaumeb Apr 2015 #11
marym625 Apr 2015 #13
guillaumeb Apr 2015 #7
marym625 Apr 2015 #10
guillaumeb Apr 2015 #12
marym625 Apr 2015 #14

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:41 PM

1. Where do all these people come from!?!

 

It's like a different planet.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:46 PM

4. The depths of hell maybe?

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:42 PM

2. Gods forbid that anyone would acknowledge that sex could ever possibly be...

for any other reason than purposeful reproduction.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:42 PM

3. sigh

I have completely given up hope that the Republican party will ever again live in reality

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Response to marym625 (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:48 PM

5. They are the walking dead.

Sadly they don't know that they are. No heart, No soul. They are dead, mary.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 09:50 PM

6. I wish they had no control over the government too

You're right, sheshe. Certainly no heart.

I see dead people. They're all over Capitol Hill! They need to be buried

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Response to marym625 (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:03 PM

8. ouch!!!

do you need a shovel for the zombies?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:06 PM

9. nah.

Let them rot.

Really tired of constantly being told I'm wrong, I don't know how to live my life, I am not good enough to control my body, that people of color are bad, etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Let them rot.

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Response to marym625 (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:09 PM

11. if not a shovel how about a bulldozer?

I am just concerned about the stink from that much corruption.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:13 PM

13. Good point

Yes, a bulldozer should work well! Just don't want to pollute the surrounding earth and water. Better seal them in something first

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:03 PM

7. is this from an alternate universe?

unfortunately no.

Abstinence education is an utter failure as an alternative to knowledge based reproductive sex education. But the GOP is stuck in the 14th century when it comes to biology, economics, and ethics.

I suppose that Spitzer feels that HIV and STDs are the just punishment for people who engage in non-Republican sanctioned sex.

Nice one, sheshe

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:08 PM

10. non-republican sanctioned sex

Good one. That's two heterosexuals in the missionary position? Or two gay men in a bathroom at a rest stop?

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Response to marym625 (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:10 PM

12. do wide-stance GOP congresspeople qualify?

GOP sex is what GOP politicians engage in. Everything else is sinful

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 1, 2015, 10:14 PM

14. Haha!

This was fun!

Thanks sheshe and guillaumeb!

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