Nancy Brinker, Komen Foundation Fell Victim to the Great Texas Echo Chamber

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Wait, wait. We haven't finished the conversation yet about whether Rick Perry has embarrassed Texas so badly we can never again show our faces outside the state. Are you telling me now we've got to have the same conversation already about Nancy Brinker?

What if people start connecting the dots?

Brinker totally cratered this morning and apologized for the haymaker she landed on the schnoz of Planned Parenthood just a few days ago. You know what that means, right? It means she didn't know there was going to be any problem with landing a haymaker on the schnoz of Planned Parenthood.

What dots am I talking about? I think that's pretty obvious, don't you? What are the last two big things anybody outside of Texas heard about Texas?

Oops. And oops.

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Hacked!
If there's a pattern, it has to do with the Texas echo chamber. What happens in Texas needs to stay in Texas. Otherwise, duck and cover.

Perry drubbed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 Texas Republican gubernatorial primary by driving way hard right into Teabagger cuckoo-land, talking about how God was on his side, Texas should secede from America and so on. It worked like gangbusters in Texas. He came up more than 40 points from deep behind Hutchison to step ahead of her.

He thought that meant he could get elected president. But when he took his Great Dictator show out on the road, America told him to go back to Texas.

It wasn't just "oops" that did in Perry. It was Social Security as Ponzi scheme, we should send the army into Mexico, all that scary-crazy crap that the Texas far right wing loved that put the fear of God in America -- even in mainstream Republican America.

Nancy Brinker, impresario of the Great Komen Cancer Show, obviously suffers the same Texas echo chamber syndrome. And just for the sake of argument, let's not all belittle each other right off the bat in the abortion debate. Why not concede instead that people on all sides of the abortion issue bring deep heartfelt convictions to a terribly complicated issue?

The more immediate issue is this: How in the hell could anybody not know in advance that there would be huge instant blow-back to a move like Brinker's, cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood and making a deep curtsy to the frothing anti-abortion-mongers? Brinker's move was equivalent to having her picture snapped grinning with a whip in her hand next to the rock at the entrance to Rick Perry's family hunting camp with the very unfortunate name.

Hand grenade instructions: Step one, pull pin. Damn. What was that second step again?

It's the Texas echo chamber. You could only think a move like this would work on the national stage because you don't get out enough. And rich Dallas, where Brinker abides, may be the echo chamber within the echo chamber.

A January 12-17 CBS/New York Times poll found that 74 percent of Americans believe abortion should be available to women under certain circumstances. That's not a slam-dunk for the most ardent supporters of abortion. Americans have been moving for several years toward a more nuanced view, indicating serious reservations about abortion in some cases. But there is major and profound support for abortion out there, as there is for Planned Parenthood.

It was incredibly stupid for Brinker to think she could lay a big old whack on Planned Parenthood and not get bitten. But look, this may be painful for us as Texans, but for us as Americans it's all good.

Especially because we're here in Dallas, we may get the feeling on any given day that the world is ruled by people like Perry, Brinker, Harold Simmons, the lot of them -- our local Sultans of Swiftboating. We need to remind ourselves that these people are not even representative of our own town, which has been trending progressively Obamacrat for years.

The really good news is this: They take that junk out on the national stage, these people go up like spit on a griddle. Maybe our nation isn't totally crazy yet. Personally, next time I start getting all worried about some right-wing super PAC raising a kabillion dollars, I'm going to ask myself: "Yeah, but is it a super stupid PAC?"

In the meantime, and if you don't mind, I would like for us to hurry up a little on the conversation about how badly Brinker has embarrassed us. We probably need to be ready for the next one.


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T-donahue
T-donahue

The Komen organization has done immeasurable good for years. It's pathetic that the politically correct crowd now wants to castigate them because of the glitch with Planned Parenthood. The core mission is to cure breast cancer; pro-choice/pro-abortion/anti-life or pro-life/anti-abortion/anti-choice is all beside the point. 

Ted0248
Ted0248

For many of us that have wives, mothers sisters suffering or dieing or have died of breast cancer, this is a hurtful bash to our hearts. Through all of the hurt that follows the news that our loved one has cancer. The not knowing where this dark road will lead. We turn to Nancy Brinker of the Susan Komen foundation for support and direction and connection to the out side world for support. We feel like family. Imagin this you support the local humane sociaty with money and time, only to find out that it is a conduit for animals to be sent for processing to a makeup company, a big money maker for those in charge. How much worse is it when you loose a loved one. You back the cause to help find a cure and lend support to those suffering, patient and family. The pain of finding that the Komen foundation a foundation of life is the conduit  for ending lifes of unborn sinless babies, I know that there is a time that a doctor must make a choice to abort . That is his oath and duty to use his learned skills to make the decession to do so. No law or foundation has that right. Family values are far more important that tyeaching about the pill or condoms, or that abortion of the unborn is easy and a great form of birth control.The foundation founded to preserves life supports a foundation that distroys it. I believe that all the worker and doners that have supported the foundation are heart broken. The planned parent hood foundation is an exchange company. It exchanges the lives of the unborn for riches. Support family values not killing of the innocient.It seems to me the one that stand up for the Planned parent hood (that kills the un born babies) are against war (that kills those that are bad and that want to kill us). They don't mind people being killed as long as it is the ones that their death brings them riches.Ted from Florida   

GBC
GBC

Your comments on Rick Perry are complete BS.  Perry got slammed because of his debate gaffes not because of his politics.  After he got his footing he did just fine in the debates but it was too late.  Note the insurgency of Rick Santorium as proof that a "right wing" conservative can do well.  I guess you writers here at the Observer live in your own little downtown "echo chamber" ; hey, earth to Schutze 40% NATIONALLY consider themselves conservative 20% liberal!  But you and the rest of your coharts like talking to each other and convincing yourself that you are right!

 http://www.gallup.com/poll/123...

Kevin Hough
Kevin Hough

I'm sure once this is all settled, along with the Lawsuit for Brinker's horrible plastic surgery, she will enjoy being the Breast Cancer Nazi from her Palacial Estate somewhere in Frisco.

Lynn
Lynn

The "next one" appears to be your column.  Libturd  logic.  Unbefreakinglievable.

Retromoderne
Retromoderne

heh... I guess sometimes when I feel like Ohio is overwhelmed with theocratic nutcases I can tell myself "at least it isn't Texas?"  But then, we sent Boehner to Washington. ~sigh~

Mtncitydoc
Mtncitydoc

Isn't this about funding for mammograms? Linking this to abortion is exactly what the "pro-life" crowd wants.

talmag
talmag

I believe that since the arrival of Ms.Karen Handel...the Komen foundation had a new leader to make it feasible to stop funding P.P.  However, they did not expect the outpouring and the negative response it received.  Ms.Handel has campaigned on her strict abortion ideas and put extra pressure on Mr. Brinker to pull support of the P.P. I believe the harm that has been done with this taking back suppport and then giving it back to P.P. is something that will have an effect on the Komen foundation for a long time to come. Personally, I will not donate and I have been a strong supporter of the foundation but there is too much insecurity in this company's policies now that Ms.Handel has added her two cents.  I will support P.P. and I think many, like myself feel the same and will continue to support P.P. and hold back on the Komen foundation until further evidence comes forth. There is nothing wrong with someone having pro life feeling but they must respect the pro choice that  some people choose to make. To say, as they did...if you don't agree with my pro life choice....we will take our funds and go home. I say go home...we support planned parenthood because it is not only a facility to provide breast exams and pap smears but a place where you go to plan your family to have it when you choose not when someone tells you to start your family. It is also the place which stops abortions with planned parenting knowledge.  This is important to some who are not ready to start their families. That does not mean they are not pro life but they are pro life when they choose not when someone tells them or suggests using condems is wrong. 

marieeloise
marieeloise

Step 1:  another famous one is when defusing a bomb:" Step 1: Cut blue wire. But first...."

Judie0801
Judie0801

In Texas where I live, PP is not allowed to provide abortions or even to discuss it with patients.  Another example of right-wing overreach.

Judie0801
Judie0801

These social issues will never be over for the right wing crazies and we need to be vigilant and stop them in their tracks before they cram their beliefs down our throats.  They talk a great game about wanting freedom, but they want only their kind of freedom and the rest of us be damned.

DP Marshall
DP Marshall

There is a documentary that's just been released, Pink Ribbon, Inc. This is one of the many links for it. http://news.moviefone.com/2012...It seems Ms. Brinker has unwittingly given this movie a much broader audience.

charmander
charmander

Yep. The one and only organization under this new "policy" was Planned Parenthood. Do the brains (and I use that term loosely) think Americans are that stupid? To claim it wasn't politically motivate - how insulting. 

They can backpedal all they want. They will never get another dime from me. Women's health is not something to play politics with. 

Candace Clough
Candace Clough

I think its a mistake to think Brinker's opposition was rabidly prochoice, while I tend to be prochoice I doubt that I would have lifted a finger over abortion being threatened. I came out for this fight because I, like millions of women, have sought breast health services at PP at a time when I could not afford healthcare. I know that Planned Parenthood is the largest most accessible clinic to reach women in need. it was never about abortion, it was about women's health.

Diane
Diane

Nancy Brinker should be dismissed from this organization!

Athoughtfromdavid
Athoughtfromdavid

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall fall on me, Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalm 139:1-18 NKJV)

WarDepartment
WarDepartment

Could Nancy Brinker be tossing a political bone to the Evangelical Cretins for their militant support of Israel, useful idiots that they are?  And is she going to replace Joan Rivers as the new poster-girl for plastic surgery gone wild?

Tex
Tex

I recently was embarrassed while in a restaurant with a big flat screen TV.  A man who claimed to be the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas appeared on a national TV show to proclaim there is no separation between church and state, and Perry would be a great president because, he said, Perry's religion is real and Romney's isn't.

pak152
pak152

"A January 12-17 CBS/New York Times poll found that 74 percent of Americans believe abortion should be available to women under certain circumstances" being a bit misleading aren't you?

37% said that abortions should be generally available while 37% said available under stricter limits

Gallup provide a much better view into the national attitudes about abortion and its availabilityhttp://www.gallup.com/poll/157...

Banz
Banz

I travel often to Seattle, NYC as well as Texas. The echo chambers in the land of the Blue are as big and self-decieved as the land of the Red. The northeast echo chamber certainly has the media connections to tell the other echo chambers they are "uneducated" and "wrong." Yet in election after election they are surprised by the large mass of "uneducated" in the middle of the country that in spite of reading all their northeast "intelligence" just don't get it. After the media hype is over, the polls in the "whole" country may surprise us how more people than we think view the Koman foundation as viable, helpful, and caring for the poor, but with more direct standards - a trend that many foundations in both Red and Blue states are moving to as they are less and less using third party distributors of funds.

JimS
JimS

Phelps and Towski below say they are quoting the same poll I did in my piece, but they claim it shows that a majority of Americans " constantly wants abortion banned or under stricter limits." This is a dishonest distortion of the poll. The poll offers four categories for what people think the legal status of abortion should be. They are, "Available, Available, Not Permitted and Unsure." The two availables comprise 74 percent of those polled. You could canvas an entire array of national issues in these times and never find 74 percent of respondents in that kind of agreement. This goes back to my original point about the echo chamber. People like Phelps and his fans tell each other this shit all day long until they assume it's true and everybody in the world must agree with them. Look around the room, Phelps.  How many first cousins do you see? There's your real problem.

Guest
Guest

To add to my comment above - this is NOT about politics. This is about bad public health and equity.

* Only 3% of PP services are for abortions, while 17% are for cancer screenings. * PP services over 10 million people annually, women AND men * Almost 90% of PP services are preventive health. * How many of these 10 million are part of the ever-growing 50 million Americans who are un-or under-insured. And, no matter what your politics, in this economy, being un/under-insured is a bipartisan and equal opportunity reality. * Breast cancer screening among drops dramatically with lower level of education, and varies significantly with race/ethnicity, but still remains below 80% for all women (CDC website)

So, if the mission of SGK is to prevent breast cancer, and promote a primary means of prevention through increased screenings, why on earth would you cut funding to an agency who helps to aid your mission of saving women through screenings - specifically by reaching women who are at risk for lower screening rates?

Regardless of WHY SGK made the decision, they didn't put their mission first, and their mission is why people give them money. Breast cancer isn't just a rich woman's disease, it's every woman's disease. And the woman who donate and walk in SGK's name hope for a cure for ALL, myself included.

My frustration this week was not about abortion or politics - it was about Bad Public Health.

That's just plain wrong.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I'm still mad at how her daddy ruined Chilis.  

Guest
Guest

Great article.

But, let's not hide under rocks just yet.

Don't forget the ever-gracious and classy response from Cecile Richards - President of Planned Parenthood and TEXAN! Daughter of TX Governor Ann Richards, coming from a line of women who embody grace under fire (think back to Clayton Williams, or perhaps, let's not!)

SGK was stupid, and unless they fire their entire board TOMORROW, they will suffer significant decreases in funding, because people will/can find other ways to support breast cancer prevention.

And, while I would like to think that Brinker and SGK did not have evil motives, I do think it's shameful that they could not predict how this would look for their organization.

To be clear, NO ONE politicized breast cancer before this. It is NOT the outcry against SGK that placed politics on this - SGK placed politics on this, and they placed poor decisions before the health of ALL women, which they profess is their mission. If an organization claims as it's mission to wipe out a horrid disease - you certainly don't intentionally withhold efforts from the most vulnerable. It's not exactly the ideal people who donated had in mind.

They forced every woman to think of their body parts as a sum of American politics. And no matter what you believe, no one has a right to do that to me or anyone. Liberals and conservatives alike did not appreciate being forced to think of health equity in terms of partisanship.

Vin
Vin

The state of Texas really loves life..excpet when it comes to retarded people. They electrocute them. Its the Christian thing to do.

Vin
Vin

How is 74% not a slam dunk? Thats 3/4 of people. Are they allowing Down's kids to write articles?

Heavy Metal Church Lady
Heavy Metal Church Lady

Well, I think if anything, this episode is demonstrating that the major of people of all political stripes get the bigger picture of immediate life-saving health care for women v. quick political gains for a party that claims to want more privacy from government intrusion (except as it concerns women's reproductive functions).Let's see how it breaks down in Texas and what Republicans want (and mostly get): 

Abstinence-based sex educationDefunding of services that aid women and children (i.e. poor fornicators)Sonogram procedure before abortion (involves a probe and description of fetus, even if the women has already had a prior sonogram or says they do not want to hear the description)Defunding of Planned Parenthood (the largest provider of birth control and family planning services available)

Now there's even talk of denying women's access to birth control on a state to state basis. So, are the Republican men telling women they don't want any more sexy-time? Or do they just want to control the bodies of all women? If it's not because you don't like sexy-time, there are steps men could take to ensue there are no pregnancies, hence abortions:

Get a vasectomyDon't have sex without a vasectomyDon't have sex if your vasectomy has been reversedIf you are scheduled for a vasectomy but want sexy-time, insist on a "No Glove, No Love" policy

Be proactive, Republican-Libertarian men! 

Jknikki
Jknikki

Nancy Brinker is the founder.  Educate yourself about Susan G. Komen.  Without Nancy Brinker there would be no funding for anything, there would be no Race for the Cure.  There would be no discussion, no controvery. 

JimS
JimS

She owns it.

JimS
JimS

37 plus 37 makes 74. Right?

alwaysthink
alwaysthink

Komen is now toast with all sides.  As much flip flopping as Mitt.

What was Nancy thinking?  Maybe a big golden parachute to retire and tend her garden.

Bob
Bob

For your next investigation, you need to investigate whether this "Phelps" person is part of the famous Phelps clan from Topeka.  Or is this just a ruse to throw you off the trail?

Rod
Rod

You forgot to add they are the nation's largest abortion provider. There is no way they can show these funds provided by Komen aren't comingled. I am sure Komen can find a nonpolitical recipient for this donation. To liberals the government is their church and their sacrement is abortion.

Paul
Paul

 That wasn't her Daddy ... that was her husband, although he was probably a sugardaddy ...

Bob
Bob

Not her daddy--her hubby.

alwaysthink
alwaysthink

This fiasco with PP is just the tip of the iceberg for me.  If I had known that they spend 60% on marketing and fat salary and first class air fare I never would have supported them.  They are the poster girl for "Charity", Inc. that puts themselves before the cause they only claim to serve.

scottindallas
scottindallas

We shoot em up with a lethal cocktail, we don't electrocute anyone.   What do you take us for, barbarians?

Edward
Edward

You have said it clearly. The Republican party:

Doesn't want to educate people about how to prevent pregnancies

Doesn't want to help people prevent pregnancies by providing any birth control (and some actually want to outlaw birth control altogether - really, I'm not kidding)

Wants to make it illegal for women to get an abortion, whether or not it's rape or incest, or the woman's life is in danger (Mr. "Make Lemons Out Of Lemonade" Santorum)...Then when the baby is born, Republicans want to then punish the woman for having the child by:Not providing any health care assistance to the mother or child

Not providing education for the child

And the list goes on.

I keep wondering when the Religious Right forgot what religion was all about. When did love of your fellow man turn into everyone for themselves, the rest be damned?

JimS
JimS

Gallup poll you link to: 77 percent believe abortion should be legal. What's your point?  

charmander
charmander

Oh yes they can, and must. 

They are under very strict accounting procedures to make sure that federal funds do not pay for abortions (as per the 1976 Hyde amendment). The grant from Susan G. Komen goes to breast cancer screening and nothing else.

And just because you say "there is no way they can show these funds aren't comingled" just goes to show how ignorant you are about how charities & organizations work.

Candace Clough
Candace Clough

 you are of course very very wrong. PP can and does show that the moneys they recieve from Komen AND from title V funding aren't even enough to cover the sheer volume of theservices they are meant for. they DO NOT free up other money for abortion. Abortion amounts to just 3% of the 11 million services PP provides annually.

JimS
JimS

Sacre bleu, man! Learn how to spell sacrament.

Anon
Anon

If cash is fungible the government needs to cut off every single dollar it donates to religious charities or organizations as it would prove a flagrant violation of the separation between church and state.

Steve Cain
Steve Cain

LOL! I guess he was thinking Old Sparky in Florida, another Bush Crime Family haven.

Paul
Paul

 We do not shoot them up with a lethal cocktail ... that is for the death row convicts, you know murders and other miscreants in our society for whom we cannot inflict with cruel and unusual punishment ...

the retarded we just warehouse .... and abuse ... its more humane that way ...

Steve Cain
Steve Cain

And then when they can't get these kids jobs due to their stonewalling of jobs bills and programs, they'll send them off to get killed in another illegal war. Problem solved.

alwaysthink
alwaysthink

Expressed another way only 20% think it should be illegal.  That means the rest approve or just don't care.

alwaysthink
alwaysthink

We could start with their Abstinence Only organizations that lie to our kids.

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