This is at least a week old, but I haven't been very busy, so I have no excuse and I'm just rambling right now...
Anyway, last week Senator Al Franken proposed an amendment that would prohibit the United States from doing business with defense contractors who won't let their employees pursue criminal complaints in a court of law. This stems from an incident in which a Halliburton employee was drugged and gang raped by fellow employees, but the victim was told to settle the dispute through arbitration.
The amendment does not seek to end arbitration as a means to settle company disputes such as pay raises, vacation time, etc; but gang rape? Shouldn't that be settled in a court of law?
30 Republican senators don't think so. They voted against the amendment. And of course, Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, those two mental and ethical heavyweights who represent my home state in the Senate, were among the 30. God damn it.
Do I really think these men are pro-gang rape, like they're advocates of it or something? Well, I've heard Saxby Chambliss owns a yacht christened "Hooray for Gang Rape", but the rest of them probably aren't pro-gang rape. They are, however, ludicrously pro-Halliburton to the exclusion of common sense and victims rights. Since Halliburton has been figuratively raping taxpayers for years, they reason, why quibble over one literal rape? Justice should never be allowed to fuck with Halliburton's profit margin. That's solid senatorin' right there.
Jim Bunning is quite obviously senile, so I'm willing to overlook his vote. He probably had no idea what was said or what he was voting on; or else he sent an aide to cast the vote, and the aide hates Al Franken because years ago he saw that awful Stuart Smalley movie on a first date and the girl never talked to him again. That movie might be a reason a lot of senators voted "no", but hatred of Al Franken is no excuse to not protect innocent victims.