Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Karen L. Brauer, Pharmacist for Life

"'Our group was founded with the idea of returning pharmacy to a healing-only profession. What's been going on is the use of medication to stop human life. That violates the ideal of the Hippocratic oath that medical practitioners should do no harm', said Karen L. Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, who was fired from a Kmart pharmacy in Delhi, Ohio, for refusing to fill birth control prescriptions." - Washington Post, March 28, 2005.

Karen Brauer (included in this nice Media Matters post) has presented to the media the image of a concerned professional dealing with ethical issues. But that's only one side of a woman who has a very political side, tinged with a vivid interest in the sexual lives and practices of people with political opinions different than her own.

Long before she hit the mainstream media as President of Pharmacists for Life International, Ms. Brauer was active on a conservative women's website, now essentally dormant. But you'll still find her self-portrait from December 1997 (updated in 2001) there, where she describes herself as "Born conservative. Kinda' lean towards the Republican party, but lately they are getting awfully liberal." She was a supporter of Alan Keyes for President in 2000.

To get the full flavor of Ms. Brauer's thoughts, however, nothing beats reading her posts to the Usenet newsgroup alt.politics.rightgrrl, where she was an active and outspoken participant. Here's a sample of her comments posted Nov 22 1998 as "Responsibility/Contraception" :

For all the NOW gal types who might be lurking.... See what the Domestic Farm Animal style Birth Control has gotten you? When you get pregnant, you did it to yourself. The man does not participate. It's not his fault. That little head works by remote control, and is totally disconnected from the big head. It's just a whackoff. That comes from drinking the water that ya'll have been peeing the hormones into..... hehe, just kidding). But that "environmental hazard" is one reason that B.C. pills are still illegal in Japan!!!

NOW gals, ya got what you wanted. Total autonomy. So don't ask some of these guys for child support. Thanks for screwing things up for women who want their kids to have a daddy.

I'm all for chastity requirements in the military uniform code of justice. Dishonorable discharge and loss of benefits for anyone caught having sex outside of marriage. Male or Female. Whaddaya think??? Wouldn't a chastity patrol be wild! ;-) Finally: constructive employment for voyeurs!! And I'm for no sex at all for people who cannot accept a baby. Not even a B.J., 'cause they don't deserve one.

Ms. Brauer saves most of her sexually explicit fantasies for President Bill Clinton, but she openly expresses her interest in the sexual life of anyone who supports Clinton too. In a post titled "Sexual McCarthyism: Dershowitz's Clinton Spin" she writes:

Doesn't stuff like this make you wonder about the sexual practices of Dershowitz and other Clinton supporters??

There is a political rag in Cincinnati which calls Clinton supporters and contributors "all those people who would not mind seeing the first Phallus in their own daughters' mouths". Very gross, but it sorta makes sense!! The circulation of this political publication, the Whistleblower, threatens to outstrip that of the local news papers. hehehe

But she spends time thinking about the sexual proclivities of Republicans, too:

I'm sorta surprised that the Republicans aren't kinkier. I thought that once you got to Washington, you had to be a major pervert to be a member of the club. I've found the Republicans to be kinda boring. Some of them don't even fool around at all!! Poor Larry Flynt could only get a little dirt on less than 10 percent of them. That's below background level for Americans. Do you know what that means??? Statistically, their personal lives have been shown to be cleaner on average than the people that they serve. Thanks to that old Jabba the Hut, pervert, Larry Flynt. I think he inadvertently did conservatives a favor.

But you find a Republican that has perjured himself, obstructed justice, and raped at least one woman, and I will call for the guy's resignation right away, and ask Dr. Lorena Bobbitt for a surgical consult .........;-)

Ms. Brauer's explanation for why so many people opposed Clinton's impeachment? You'll find it here in "allgirlthang/Hostile boyz"

My guess is there are a few men out there who might have had a little problem with date rape. Things mighta gotten a little out of hand at the frat house... Know whut I mean???? A little cognitive dissonance is going on.

You know why there is so much excusing of Clinton's behavior??? All those rich boyz (daddies bought 'em off instead of raising them) remembering their college days, or maybe even their current behavior. Hard to get down on a guy who is only acting the way that they do... Love listening to all those liberal lawyers finding excuses for him.
Love listening to the nina-burleighs and rich boyz in the media getting all over Linda Tripp for turning against a "friend" who was trying to get her to commit perjury. HA!
In response to a post about Neil Horsley , author of the infamous Nuremburg Files website that listed personal information about physicians who performed abortions and marked through their names when they were murdered, Ms. Brauer defends him, denies that he advocates violence, and compares her own situation to his:

hehe, we all know that he has the site up there to intimidate the abortionists and make them paranoid that they are being judged. When a person becomes famous for any reason, info about them and their families is publicized in the media. I guess that abortion is a gross reason for a person to become a public figure, huh?

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As of 1996 I was out about 50,000 bucks a year in salary due to proaborts deciding that I couldn't practice pharmacy unless I abort. (Do you think that is extortion? ) Also, it has made me a little bit of a public figure, and that leads to a fair amount of opposition too.

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That's the thing. The Nuremburg site does not advocate violence. Horsley does an amazing job of walking that fine line and really sending the media up a wall. He is a really interesting guy to watch. When the media publicizes his site, it serves his purposes. Also, you have to admit that with FACE and RICO laws, the abortionists have stripped prolifers of a lot rights of free speech and assembly. What do you think will happen when prolifers have no legal way left to oppose abortion?? The media serves my purposes with their hysteria, by scaring all the med students away from abortion practice. Abortion is aborting itself ;-) Kinda cool huh???

Here she is hoping Jesus will fill her in about Clinton's "little head." Her curiosity about Clinton's penis is prodigious:

I'd ask to meet with Jesus Christ. Because he could tell me how a guy like Clinton can live, with only his little head in a state of potency. And maybe he could tell me if there is anything good about Bill, 'cause I don't think so. hoHO

Moving from Usenet to the Web, Ms. Brauer used to have a websites she called "Hoosier Pharmer" which peddled rants typical of the most rabid wingnuts. The site has disappeared from its old URL, but is still available via archive.org.

Again, her interest in the sex life of others is on display:

Don't let Bill kiss the babies!
You don't know where that boy has been!
Check out Footnote 210!

Since Ms Brauer seems to be getting fairly fawning media treatment, and since she's defined herself as a "public character," I hope those questioning her will dig into her online writings a bit and ask about them. A few different posts are featured in this Daily Kos Diary.

[For those wanting to check out her posts on Usenet, search Google Groups for her old email address, which was kbrauer@one.net. There's more to marvel at.]


Anonymous said...

One thing that we can all learn from this is that once you put something on the internet, it never goes away.

Nice research.

Anonymous said...

Her comments remind me of SwiftBoat Asshole co-ed Jerome Corsi, without as many overt insults, but no more substance, either.

Leah A said...

This is amazing research. This is what political blogs are/should be all about. And citizen journalism.

Amazing that none of this has surfaced in the mainstream media. And there is no excuse for it; surely newspapers and cable news have the resources to do web searches.

My guess, they don't want to know what's really going on with the Karen L. Brauer's of the world. The SCLM is terrified of taking on the religious right.

The Atrios link will help, but I, for one, intend to try and get some MSM types to take a look at what you've unearthed and to follow it up.

I truly believe that if the majority of centrists Americans had access to the language and attitudes of extremists like Ms. Brauer, they would be shocked, and repelled.

Anonymous said...

Geez....this woman is WAY creepy! I fairly shuddered when she started talking about "dishonorable discharge"....

Anonymous said...

Yes, her comments are creepy.

OTOH, USENET is a very wild place, and judged by USENET standards her comments aren't that big a deal.

Not that I'm opposed to using whatever means are available for discrediting a thug like her---as Paul Krugman pointed out in the intro to his most recent book, we're faced with a Revolutionary Power in the face of the modern American right, and it's no time for hand-wringing or punch pulling.

Anonymous said...

How many kids does she have 10-12....

Anonymous said...

BTW, her info is out of date now. Birth control pills are not illegal in Japan. I saw some PBS thing on other countries medical systems and it showed that getting the pills was more a pain than it is here. The women had to go to the doctor every three months and get gyn check out in order to continue getting pills. They also pay out of pocket for the visit, no covered in the health plan.


reffie said...

I'm hoping this information alerts pharmacists thinking about joining Pharmacists for Life that the organization isn't led by a concerned, ethical professional, but a genuine wingnut.

Anonymous said...

Does she fill the same way about Viagra?

Anonymous said...

She probably meant footnote 209, not 210.

"209. Lewinsky 8/26/98 Depo. at 20. They engaged in oral-anal contact as well. Id."

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that Brauer certainly is a psychologically healthy person. Uh huh.

No psychosis there, no siree.

And the Pope was Moslem, wasn't he?

Anonymous said...

And my compliments to the Blogger---Some really fine digging work here.

Good job!!

Anonymous said...

Is she dispensing drugs or is she taking them? God help us when loons like her can get a license to fill scripts.

Anonymous said...

I'd give 5-1 odds she was repeatedly raped by some rightwing pervert earlier in her life.

She is practically screaming it out to the world.

Her neurosis/psychosis is
plain to see in her tortured comments--Wall-to-wall & ten feet tall.

Brauer is a very, very damaged person, who, sadly, due to her obvious self-repression and denial, will likely never be able to heal one iota.

Poor her.

But sh'e helped make her own Hell.

Thad said...

I'm putting it here too, just so it gets seen: :-)
You all should check out my posting on this subject (and Ms. Brauer) at http://wolverinepolitics.blogspot.com/2005/03/fundies-at-it-again.html

This bitch is crazy!

BTW, good job on tracking down more info on these clowns. I wish I had the time for more research, but I'm graduating, working, and moving all in two months, and it's getting hard.

Anonymous said...

I've seen her photo. Woof Woof Woof!

Why does the right have so many UGLY women in their number?

If she's so traditional, why does she not take her husband's name?

I'm sure they've only "done it" to make kids.

Anonymous said...

Emphyrio here.

OT, your comment to Digby re the recent Amy Sullivan hand-wringing was just terrific:

Best to address as little as possible of it on the merits and just say as often as possible "this is republican culture wars bullshit and it distracts this country from what really matters. Take care of the morals of your own kids and don't expect help from corporations -- they want money not morals -- or the government -- there's not much it can do about it. Don't believe Republicans because they'll get your vote and sell you down the river afterwards."

Massage that a bit, and it's a must-have talking point.

Maybe take out the "bullshit."

Anonymous said...

I would like to know Ms Brauer's marital status? If she is married and capable, she should be having at least 1 child a year. Having been raised Catholic before pharmacutical birth control was available, I had many in my family who had up to 12 children. Of course, there were some who practiced "natural" birth control. Not approved. Therefore, I would hope she has not allowed her fertility to be fallow. If she is unmarried, I guess we can assume she is virginal. In that case: "Get thee to a nunnery.

Anonymous said...

I recently actually spoke with her for a school project I'm working on.

It was interesting.

Anonymous said...

This woman has serious mental issues. In addition to that, all of her arguments are without substance and mostly without merit. She belongs in a nunnery, not a secular industry like health care. I can't believe ignorant nuts like her, with not one iota of sophistication, get airtime on national shows etc. Pathetic.

She'saPistol said...


That's a picture of Karen Brauer. No further explanation is necessary.

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