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Kansas as a battleground state for abortion

Inevitably, the press has recognized that Kansas has an unusually combative culture when it comes to the abortion debate.   The AP filed a story laying out the recent history.  Here is an excerpt:
In part, it’s a power struggle — conservative Republicans, many of them evangelical Christian, battling over abortion and other hot-button social issues with [...]

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Lake of Fire

Dr. Tiller’s murder has truly flayed open the national wounds over the abortion issue.  Conversations on our Facebook page are fascinating but have become rather heated and our YouTube page is starting to resemble a bathroom stall at a truck stop.  The act of killing a man who’s saved so many women’s lives and ended [...]

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Dr. Tiller in context

Here’s a video – really an expanded scene from “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” – which gives some background on Dr. Tiller, his clinic, and his significance to the abortion issue and its reverberations into American politics.  The Pro-Life movement made his clinic the focus of protests which, in 1991, sparked a conservative takeover of [...]

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Still more thoughts on Dr. Tiller

The discussion on our Facebook page has been fascinating, here are some excerpts:

Connie Volkman at 12:23pm May 31

And what’s the matter with the so called Christians? They are not the Christinas that I associate with.

Alex MacKenzie at 12:28pm May 31

damn

Angel Fasulo at 12:29pm May 31

WOW

Patrice Lamoree at 12:32pm [...]

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More thoughts on Dr. Tiller

Everyone with a stake in the abortion issue seems to have an opinion on Dr. Tiller’s murder and what it means.  The Wichita Eagle has been collecting some choice responses.  Here are some selections:
Operation Rescue
We are shocked at this morning’s disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down. Operation Rescue has worked for years through [...]

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Controversial abortion doctor George Tiller shot to death in Wichita

Dr. Tiller was gunned down today as he was heading into church in Wichita.
Dr. George Tiller is one of the few doctors in the country willing to perform certain kinds of late-term abortions – women fly in from all over the world to see him.  This alone would make him controversial, especially in a town [...]

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Chat completed on Firedoglake

Whew!  We just pounded our keyboards and hit refresh through a spirited and furious ninety-minute web chat on Firedoglake.  For now, you can read the chat here.  If that link fails, try here, where it’ll be permanently archived.  Thanks to Lisa Derrick and everybody else at FDL, we had a great time answering smart questions!

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Our favorite blog comment of the day

Nfidel of Greensboring says that just viewing our movie trailer made ‘em feel “as if I were in a time warp.”

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Dan Glickman: a bad economy can turn people to the right

Dan Glickman, now head of the MPAA, appears in “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” reminiscing about his defeat as a longtime Democratic Congressman from Wichita (filmmakers’ note: we’ve never heard a politician reflect on a lost election with such honesty and good humor as Mr. Glickman did for us.)
Speaking at a panel in advance of [...]

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Talking Points Memo shout-out

Matt Dallek of Talking Points Memo writes about the fast-approaching Politics on Film Festival.  Of course, we’re tickled to now suddenly  be considered “Hollywood.”  But if you want to contrast the stereotypical “Hollywood” approach to conservative Middle America with our movie, check out Religulous by Bill Mahr.  We’re fans of his TV show, but not [...]

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Tax day “Tea Parties” – populist outrage or manufactured spectacle?

The Tax Day tea parties, which emanated from some CNBC’s Rick Santelli reporting about Obama’s plan to bail out some distressed mortgage holders, have certainly made a splash.
Thomas Frank and some others such as Firedoglake feel that these events are not spontaneous uprisings, but a coordinated public relations campaign, funded by certain right-wing foundations and [...]

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