I have a tacit agreement with the Better Half that I will avoid profanity on this blog. This is probably a good policy, and doubtless will serve me well in the long run. Today, however, I am chafing a bit. Because polite language really fails to deliver the appropriate response to this:
[Colorado] State Sen. Dave Schultheis restated his opposition to a bill requiring HIV tests for pregnant women by claiming that infected babies would cause families to “see the negative consequences of that promiscuity.”

The Colorado Springs Republican with a penchant for foot-in-mouth moments tells The Rocky Mountain News in a follow-up story to Wednesday’s Senate floor controversy:

“What I’m hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that,” he said. “The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior.”

I know that this is such an unbelievably monstrous thing to think, much less say in public as an elected official that it almost beggars belief, but there you have it. The man that represents Focus on the Family's headquarters at the state level has said that babies should be allowed to contract AIDS to teach their mothers a lesson.

I really am having trouble coming up with a cogent response to this, because it's so awful I think it may have shorted out my cerebral cortex. Apparently the women in question would feel insufficiently guilty about having contracted HIV themselves, and thus the suffering of their children would be required to really hammer the idea home. Because guilt is so very, very important.

Dave Schultheis, you [unbelievably profane gerund] [part of the alimentary tract]. You [male offspring] of a [livestock]. I don't know what kind of warped, Morlock-like value system you have, but you have no place at all in American public life.

Naturally, of course, party leadership in his state has really gone to bat for basic human decency.
Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry told the Rocky that “he’s not going to muzzle his caucus.”

“People are entitled to their opinions,” the Grand Junction Republican said. “It’s not my job to go around and censure people and tell them what to say.”

Three guesses why the GOP is in the minority in Colorado.


  1. I can see being against a bill requiring pregnant women to get HIV tests because that should be something best left between a Doctor and a patient. But I see this bill requires the health care providers to test pregnant women for HIV giving the women a right to opt out.

    I love this line from this utter shithead: I am not convinced that part of the role of government should be to protect individuals from the negative consequences of their actions.

    That has got to be one of the most staggeringly stupid things I have heard anyone say. So if this asshole falls down the stairs, no one should help him, why protect him from the consequences of his own clumsiness. Really, this shithead's logic knows no ending. Live in New Orleans, then learn to swim, why should the government repaid the dikes.


  2. Speaking of offensive opinions, Mr. Obama's new chair of the NIC, Charles Freeman, is reported to think the main problem China's leaders have is that they aren't bloody-minded enough. Oh, and he is a Saudi suck-up to boot. Between Ms. Clinton and Mr. Freeman, I guess the Dems don't mind China [slang for intercourse]ing over Tibet and internal reform movements.

    Ah, the smell of change in the air!