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From Sister Toldjah:

No, Wendy Davis isn’t being “attacked for being a single mother”
Posted by: ST on January 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm 

Author and New America Foundation program director Liza Mundy penned a piece for Politico Magazine that reads like something out of the pages of the NOW playbook.  The headline in and of itself summarizes it all:

Spinsanity: ”Wendy Davis did make a mistake. She thought that we were ready for a single mother.”

If the headline wasn’t bad – and faulty – enough, there were paragraphs like this one (bolded emphasis added by me):

Given that winning political office requires help, it was probably a mistake for Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who is now running for governor, to insist quite so ardently that she got where she did through her own pluck and determination. Davis, a Democrat who rose to national prominence during a dramatic filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill in the Texas legislature last year, is now campaigning for her state’s highest office on a life story that has her rising from humble beginnings through “hard work and optimism,” as she told NBC, then pursuing higher education, as her campaign website says, with “the help of academic scholarships, student loans, and state and federal grants.” Now that she is in a high-profile and hotly partisan race, it has come out that she also benefited from the moral and financial support of her second (now ex) husband, Jeff Davis. In the process, though, behavior we would expect and hardly notice in a man is being portrayed as freakish and problematic in a woman.

This is so far from the truth and reality that it almost defies logic. And unfortunately, this interpretation is making the rounds among some writers I respect, like Democrat Kirsten Powers.   Let’s clear up any misunderstanding/spin that exists out there over why conservatives and Republicans have jumped on this story: it’s because she made her life story her campaign story and .. well, she lied about it – as I wrote earlier this week:

More at Stacey’s original.

The part I find most disagreeable is the portrayal of State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX 10) as a “single mother.” While she is currently single, and she is a mother, the normal meaning of “single mother” does not fit Mrs Davis.

A single parent (or solo parent) is a parent, not living with a spouse or partner, who has most of the day-to-day responsibilities in raising the child or children. A single parent is usually considered the primary caregiver, meaning the parent the children have residency with the majority of the time. If the parents are separated or divorced, children live with their custodial parent and have visitation or secondary residence with their noncustodial parent. In western society in general, following separation, a child will end up with the primary caregiver, usually the mother, and a secondary caregiver, usually the father.

Other definitions give similar, if shorter, responses.

The real single parent in the Davis family was Jeff Davis, who had primary physical custody of both Mrs Davis first daughter, by her first husband, Frank Underwood, and their daughter together. Mrs Davis was the non-custodial parent, who paid Mr Davis $1,200 per month in child support, because it just wasn’t a good time in her life for that . . . even though she was, by the time of their separation, a graduate of Harvard Law School, with all of her student loans paid off, and was a practicing attorney. Mrs Davis wasn’t exactly a woman who had never gone beyond high school, working at a laundromat or a Seven/Eleven.

Deanna Fisher of the Victory Girls discusses the “n word.”

Donald Douglas writes about reading books.

William Teach wrote about five things to listen for in President Obama’s State of the Union speech. It’s abbreviated SOTU, but I just wish he’d STFU. I do not plan on watching it.

L D Jackson wrote about former Governor Frank Keating’s (R-OK) announcement that he is considering running for the Senate seat which Tom Coburn will vacate.

Hube talks about the idiocy not only of Wendy Davis, but also Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY).

From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:

Swedes Are Increasingly Choosing Private Insurance Over Socialized Medicine
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A few days ago Wintery Knight highlighted how Sweden is turning to capitalism as government money runs out. The Swedes are increasingly embracing capitalism as they realize the failures of socialism.

 how the Swedes are turning to the free market when it comes to their health care. (H/T iOwnTheWorld) They’ve had socialized medicine, and they don’t like it all that much. Those with the means to do so are purchasing private health insurance, even though the taxpayer funded option is available.

Much more at the link. But the Swedes, the liberal Swedes, the soft-socialist Swedes, the heavily-taxed Swedes, want something better than government health care? I’m just shocked, I tell you, shocked!

From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

Famous Gay Rights Activist Now Also Famous for Child Pornography Habits
Posted on | January 25, 2014 | 23 Comments

Larry Brinkin. You can click to enlarge, if you really want to see a larger picture of this disgusting piece of [insert slang term for feces here].

It’s possible to be quite specific about Larry Brinkin’s pornographic preferences, but “forcible sodomy of infant boys” is perhaps about as specific as we need to get. Oh, and also this: Larry Brinkin enjoyed interracial child pornography, and used the “n-word” when expressing his erotic enjoyment of these images and videos.

You stay classy, “veteran gay rights advocate“!

Veteran gay rights advocate and former San Francisco Human Rights Commission staffer Larry Brinkin pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography.

Brinkin, 67, changed his plea in a deal with the district attorney’s office that will result in a sentencing recommendation of six months in county jail, six months of home detention, five years of probation and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Brinkin, who worked as a senior contract compliance officer with the rights commission until his 2010 retirement, was arrested in June 2012. Authorities said e-mail attachments were found on his America Online subscriber’s account that contained images of toddlers engaged in sex acts with men.

Prosecutors originally charged him with six felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography, but dropped all but one felony count of possession as part of the plea bargain.

Such is the character of a “Human Rights Commission staffer,” and Zombie points out that the baby-rape enthusiast Larry Brinkin will still be eligible for his taxpayer-funded pension:

More at the original. My question is: why would prosecutors accept a plea bargain that locks up this walking piece of human debris for only six months, if they had enough on him to charge him with six separate felonies?

Patterico . Then again, his point of comparison was MSNBC . . . .

Jeff Goldstein writes about Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) complaint that people who turn out to vote actually have influence.

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