Shannon Drury wrote these comments: Re: Jamie Delton's inquiry about why Minnesota NOW leaders support Al Franken. Here is a recent commentary for the StarTribune we wrote on the subject. This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by ShannonDrury. *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified. The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here. Erin Matson and Shannon Drury: What kind of candidate truly respects women? ERIN MATSON and SHANNON DRURY, Star Tribune><br> We are writers. We are feminists. Rape is being used as a weapon of war around the world. Here on the home front, it has turned into a weapon of hypocrisy. We are not amused. Recently state Rep. Laura Brod has called attention to U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken's comments involving rape as a component of a comedy skit. We agree -- rape is no joke. Conservative estimates tell us that one woman in six can expect to be raped during her lifetime. However, Brod has used this information to imply that her party's endorsed candidate, Sen. Norm Coleman, is a better friend to women whose stomachs churn each time they hear the word rape. As writers and feminists, we would laugh if we weren't so tempted to cry. Coleman has voted against funding for the Violence Against Women Act, which has proved to be an effective tool in the prevention of rape, in assistance to rape survivors and in the elimination of gender violence. Indeed, it is fascinating to us that Brod is interested in speaking about women's issues. She has thumbed her nose at comprehensive sex education, along with consistently voicing positions on reproductive health that do not respect the natural right of women to make their own choices about their own bodies. Women's bodies are worthy of respect. From men. From women. Both will be impossible to achieve if women's rights to self-determination are legislated away by politicians who think they know better. Which brings us back where we began. We are writers as well as feminists. We understand that satire can be an effective tool in raising awareness and outrage about deplorable aspects of our culture. While we are not amused with rape jokes, we are glad that known political foes of women's bodies are interested in discussing our issues. Which brings us back to Al, who has been inviting us to call him Al for nearly a year. He and his family have warmly embraced us, two neighborhood coffee shop feminists who are so grass-roots that you might find mud between our toes. Not to seek our support or to tell us anything: He just wants to listen. When it comes to respecting and protecting women, a willingness to listen to actual women is the perspective we trust most of all. Erin Matson is immediate past president of Minnesota NOW, and Shannon Drury is its president. Both live in Minneapolis.
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Shannon, Your Coleman claim is untrue. http://www.twincities.com/ci_9490078 "Coleman voted against one funding amendment for the Act but supported another and was a cosponsor of the Act's reauthorization, according to his campaign. " http://biden.senate.gov/press/press_releases/release/?id=1a3ea251-e9b7-4378-b989-328b882a7dea S 1197 passed by Coleman's Senate: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s109-1197#votes Here is Shannon's Bill Ayers style lobbyist intimidation of Laura Brod: "She has thumbed her nose at comprehensive sex education, along with consistently voicing positions on reproductive health that do not respect the natural right of women to make their own choices about their own bodies." Laura Brod shares my conservative views, and those of at least half the country. Despite our disagreements most people on this forum can engage each other without theatrical hyperbole. "We understand that satire can be an effective tool in raising awareness and outrage about deplorable aspects of our culture" What is the satirical merit of this: http://www.shotinthedark.info/wp/?p=2640 I suggest you start winning over friends in your attempt to pass this: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-1515 Angry Al won't help. Your writing doesn't help. Franken-style "Apology" Thursday June 5 2008 "I'm proud of my career as a satirist, which doesn't mean every joke I've ever told was funny, or, indeed, appropriate. I understand and regret that people have been legitimately offended by some of the things I've written." Saturday June 7 2008 before ballot: "I've had some tough conversations this week," he said. "It kills me that things I said and wrote send a message to some of my friends in this room, people in the state, that they can't count on me to be a champion for woman and for all the people of Minnesota in this campaign and in the Senate. I'm sorry for that." http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/19588289.html?location_refer=Homepage "This whole flap does make us look like a bunch of idiots." Couldn't you have avoided that? As leader of the Minnesota chapter of NOW, how does your recent endorsement of Al Franken reflect the anti-porn, anti-violence, anti-bestiality, cultural and human dignity principles of the Minnesota chapter of NOW? What choices in private life did Franken make that lead you to endorse him for public life? I oppose Biden's recently proposed $55.5 Million National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act (S.1515). http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=66300 What is so hypocritical about that? How does the proposed Act above reflect the principles of NOW? Does funding attorneys through the ABA reflect ANY principle? Finally a neat video I found on the internet: Obama Friends video (includes cocky young Bill Ayers picture): Jamie Delton Summit U
Jamie, perhaps you missed the part about being a writer by trade. We have a tool that we use called "dramatic effect." I use it. Al Franken uses it. Phyllis Schlafly uses it frequently. You think it's "theatrical hyperbole," but I disagree. Laura Brod is fair game when she co-opts feminism to support her own political goals, which are not in the least bit feminist. In any case, the fact that half the country supports social conservatism does nothing to change my views. As I recall, at one time in our history about half the country supported slavery.
Jamie Delton: "Laura Brod shares my conservative views, and those of at least half the country." I love this excuse for conservatism because of it's child-like simplicity. When framing the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson argued mightily, but unsuccessfully, to outlaw slavery in that document. Had he prevailed over the conservative majority, we could have prevented slavery, the civil war, Jim Crow, and a multitude of other sins.
I must object to the term "some wingnut". It sounds so cheap! What effect the Republicans might hope to achieve and the effect Al Franken, the author of the 2000 Playboy article "Porn-O-Rama", might have been trying to achieve are probably the same. MinnPost has the most complete version I've seen. http://www.minnpost.com/politicalagenda/2008/05/30/2055/frankens_playboy-mate_bill_buckley#69-2055 Jamie Delton Summit U
I've just got one adjective to sum up Jamie Delton, Laura Brod, and the rest of this Republican crowd of cackling fools attacking Al Franken: sanctimonious. I think Minnesota is tired of these whining histrionics and will register an opinion in November at the polls as they wash away the stench of the worst U.S. Presidency in our history. Our country is held in ignominy around the world thanks to these idiots and liars. When we cast off John Kline, Michelle Bachmann, Norm Coleman, John McCain and the rest of the eager lapdogs of the Bush-Cheney Administration, we will be on the road to redemption. When we drown out the sour Greek chorus of conservatism and their right wing chants and incantations, the campaign for rebuilding the quality of life that all Minnesotans demand can commence. We need to restore the standing of democratic governments on the world stage, and November will be a demonstration of how quickly we accomplish this in the United States of America. Let the fools stand against the tsunami of change, rant idiotically, and be swept away to a place of quiet contemplation. We will show the power of democracy in this world and be rightfully proud of it as Americans and Minnesotans. We will work our way out of the morass into which conservatives have led us, and they shall ponder their errors in repose or remain gibbering fools.