Palin Overload and a Kindly Fashion Hint:
A friend and I read a headline today and both of us misread the final word as “Palin” even though the article has nothing to do with her:
Are we suffering that badly from Palin Overload? The last couple of weeks it has seemed like some news outlets were All Palin All The Time, but I think it’s finally starting to ease off.
Unfortunately, this easing off is just as the important stuff about her is rising to the surface, the stuff that you might need or want to know, as opposed to who made the frames for her glasses (which I’m told are suddenly selling very well in the middle of the country.
People, just because you think they look good on her doesn’t mean they’ll look good on you!
Important stuff that you might want to know, like, well, the fact that Wasilla began charging rape victims for the evidence collection kits while she was mayor.
A woman gets raped, reports it to the police, and is told that she has to pay for her own evidence collection kit.
Palin Apologists (Why does she need apologists? Is she now a religion?) have pointed to the police chief for this policy, but mayors oversee budgetsand while police chiefs may suggest policy they don’t set it. The police chief said they intended to bill the victim’s insurance companies, but I seriously doubt that it would be covered by any HMO. His reason for this was that he didn’t want to burden taxpayers for the $14,000 for the necessary kits. $14,000? Seriously? The kits cost between $300 and $1200 each, and during her tenure there were 5 rapes reported. Even at $1200, if they couldn’t find the $300 kits at WalMart, $14,000 buys 19 kits . Should burglary victims pay for the cops to dust for prints? How is this any different?
And it’s not like the stuff in them expires, either.
Here is a list of the items included:
Detailed instructions for the examiner
Forms for documentation
Tube for blood sample
Urine sample container
Paper bags for clothing collection
Large sheet of paper for patient to undress over
Cotton swabs for biological evidence collection
Unwaxed dental floss
Wooden stick for fingernail scrapings
Envelopes or boxes for individual evidence samples
Other items needed for a forensic/medical exam and treatment that may not be included in the rape kit are:
Toluidine blue dye
Drying rack for wet swabs and/or clothing
Patient gown, cover sheet, blanket, pillow
Needles/syringes for blood drawing
Post-It Notes used to collect trace evidence
Camera (35 mm, digital, or Polaroid), film, batteries
Medscope and/or colcoscope
Acetic acid diluted spray
Clean clothing and shower/hygiene items for the victim’s use after the exam
The town had a population of bout 5,000 and is about 7,000 now, not so big that the mayor would have no knowledge of this policy so she can’t say she didn’t know, but there is evidence that she did know and the change came during her tenure, because the policy went into effect after she fired police chief Irl Stambaugh and replaced him with Charlie Fannon.
This policy had been in effect for four years when it caught the attention of state lawmakers, who passed a law to stop this practice in 2000, and Wasilla was the only city in Alaska doing this.
I asked above how this was different from any other crime. There is one item missing from the list above, and that is emergency contraception. Maybe the line item “medications” includes that, and there is the sneaking suspicion that the reason Sarah Palin allowed the cost of evidence collection to rest on the victim was because of that one item: emergency contraception; she is opposed to abortion in the case of rape, and some extremely conservative religious groups now equate some or all contraception with abortion, regardless of the science. I suspect Sarah Palin was trying to not provide emergency contraception to rape victims at all, especially at taxpayers expense. She certainly could have found that money in her budget since the town has an annual budget of $20million but even that wasn’t enough during her tenure, so she hired a lobbyist who found her Federal earmarks worth nearly $27 million. The lobbyist cost them $140,000 over four years, which is quite the bargain.
This is a small town of 7000 with an annual budget of $20 million and they still needed to go to Washington and beg for more money.
Shameful and Heartless.
Tell me again how she’s a feminist?