Posts Tagged ‘Planned Parenthood’

Subway’s ‘FOOTLONG’ is a description, not a measurement

January 28, 2013


Subway footlongYears ago on a cold day I bought a hot dog from a vendor outside Philadelphia’s Franklin Field, and after biting into it and getting a chill in my teeth I asked the boy who sold it how he could call it a HOT dog when it wasn’t even warm. He responded, “It’s just the NAME, not the TEMP-A-CHOOR.”

Two years ago the boy’s remark was topped by a spokesman for then-Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), who explained an outrageous lie that the Senator had told about Planned Parenthood, ‘his remark was not intended to be a factual statement.

And now Subway (Australia), whose footlong sandwiches have been discovered to be only eleven inches long, gave their explanation: ” ‘SUBWAY FOOTLONG’ is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.”

(Thanks to New York Post for the photo)



Don’t ever believe Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ): his statements are “not intended to be factual”

April 8, 2011

In the run-up to tonight’s budget agreement that will keep the federal government from shutting down, the last remaining point of contention was about federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Republican Whip, opposed the funding because, he said, Planned Parenthood’s main business is abortions:

“Everybody goes to clinics, to hospitals, to doctors, and so on. Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”

When a PP spokesperson responded that only three per cent of its services are abortions, Sen. Kyl’s office backtracked…sort of. Here’s the entire statement:

His remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions.”

We can’t say that Sen. Kyl lied, because a lie is a deliberately false statement made with intent to deceive. Sen. Kyl only meant to “illustrate.” So whether or not he’s a liar, best not to assume anything he says is true.

Wisconsin governor rejects suggestion to send troublemakers into the demonstrations, but only because it might backfire politically

February 24, 2011


Here’s another difference between the revolution in Wisconsin and the one in Egypt: Mubarak sent thugs into the middle of peaceful demonstrations to intimidate and maim his opponents. Gov. Scott Walker didn’t.

Oh, he thought about it, rolled it over on his tongue, but finally decided against—not because it was wrong, but because it might backfire. Walker was the victim of a prank phone caller who fooled the governor into thinking he was billionaire industrialist and big time political contributor David Koch.

Here’s the relevant part of the conversation. ( has the audio of the entire call here.)

Koch impersonator: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: Y’know, the only problem with that, ’cause we thought about that. He then goes into a halting explanation that he’s winning, that the legislators and the public has turned against the teachers. Then:

We thought about that. My only fear would be if there were a ruckus caused is that would scare the public into thinking maybe the governor has got to settle to avoid all these problems.

Impersonators brought down ACORN and damaged Planned Parenthood. Has one just mortally wounded Gov. Walker and his anti-union campaign? You don’t have to be an ethicist to be horrified that he would consider for a second sending thugs into a peaceful mass demonstration Stay tuned.