Ill-informed opinion vs. inconvenient facts
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
February 20, 2013 03:30 PM | 1897 views | 5 5 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
I notice a lot of far right reactionary types fail to comprehend when they read my columns. This is a trait common to the breed; when the thesis presents arguments supported by evidence they don't like, they "react", disregarding the evidence and lashing out at the thesis.


Comes Pete Borden, an aforementioned far right reactionary, with his latest assault on another one of my columns (Friday's is sure to commence Pete's blood to boiling), this time on my essay concerning the failure of the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.


"In Kevin Foley’s column of last Friday, the 15th, entitled 'Women second class citizens in GOP’s world', he used scare tactics intended to frighten women."


Well, Pete, women should be scared if the tools to protect them from domestic violence no longer exist. Somebody has to warn them.


Pete: "The 1994 version of the VAWA did very little to address the problem, which is a real threat to women."


National Association of Attorneys General: "Since its passage in 1994, VAWA transformed the response to domestic violence at the local, state and federal level, reducing domestic violence rates by 50 percent."


Pete: "Of course, what Mr. Foley fails to mention is that the program is still in effect, so nobody is in danger yet."


17 House Republicans: “Now is the time to seek bipartisan compromise on the reauthorization (Pete does not understand that reauthorization means VAWA was allowed to expire so it's not "in effect").


Pete: "What he also failed to mention is that the GOP controlled House passed its own bill eliminating the changes made by the Senate. The Senate has not approved  that bill (Pete doesn't understand that the Senate doesn't "approve" House bills. It reconciles House bills with Senate bills and vice versa. The House bill excluded protections for same-sex couples and battered undocumented immigrants - Pete also doesn't understand that "illegal alien" is considered a racial slur by many Hispanics and Latinos).


Foley column: "This week, Republicans in the Senate helped pass a VAWA bill, 78-22 with all 20 women senators (Republicans) voting for the bill. The legislation adds protections for gays, lesbians and immigrants."


So, what we have here is ill-informed opinion clashing with inconvenient facts. Thanks for playing, Pete.
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Lib in Cobb
February 21, 2013
@DA: I will disagree with you Kevin is very factual. When discussing anything with you or Borden, an ill-formed opinion is expected.
Devlin Adams
February 21, 2013
Foley, thanks for proving my point.

Your low bred manners suit your ill-advised counsel.
Kevin Foley
February 21, 2013
@Adams & Middleton - Borden gets it wrong and you two rush to his defense.

How sweet. Bless your hearts.
Devlin Adams
February 20, 2013
Foley, don't you ever respond to anybody without calling them a name of trying to insult them?

As to this blog, I hate to break it to you, but just because you say it, does not make it "fact" and just because it diagrees with what you say does not make it "ill-formed opinion."

Every question has two sides. Try and remember that.
George Middleton
February 20, 2013
Kevin, if this is what you refer to as debating, I am afraid you have an erroneous understanding of the word and of the purpiose of a debate.

As I pointd out, all you have done is attempt to insult and belittle Borden,(All the while patting yourself on the back,a s iof you can do no wrong.)) without really responding to the crux of his column, which was that both the Senate and the House are the blame for the current stalemate with the VAWA. Because the House did not rubber stamp what the Senate sent to them doesnot make the House wrong, The Senate now sits on a House versionm without acting,

Seems to me that Borden was correct. There is blame on both sides.

It would appear that should be big enough to admit it.

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