women’s rights

Women Across America Aren’t Closing Their Eyes (and Mitt Romney’s startling pessimism)

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April 28, 2012
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The President of the United States of America spoke to the Women’s Leadership Forum last night — you can read about it at The Hill — but here’s the gist of it:

I probably don’t need to remind you that while our own Governor did not join those offensive assaults on women, the Republicans in our state legislature did try to force women under duress to have ultrasounds, telling them they could cover their eyes but attempting to legally bind them not to shut up their ears. They ultimately lost  in their mission to abuse women, but bless their hearts, they tried.

Meanwhile, Etch-a-Sketch Romney is busily trying to scrub his campaign of the conservative stances that tricked many Republicans into supporting him, which undoubtedly will anger and de-motivate the conservative pundits and the already angry yet active grassroots conservative volunteers who make up the heart of not just Freedom Works and the Tea Party but also the Republican Party. Romney will do anything and say anything and that’s going to resonate with his core and with independent voters he’s now seeking to dupe.

In addition to shifting his positions (he hasn’t gotten on board with Marco Rubio’s “amnesty” plan yet but he’s courting the Senator and toying with Hispanic voters, again enraging the racists at the base of his support), Romney is trying to reframe the Obama campaign’s message about “Fairness” — like millionaires who got a temporary tax cut ten years ago probably need to accept the “temporary”-ness of it in light of the fact that it contributes mightily to the nation’s debt crisis — by talking instead about “unfairness.”

Here’s Mittens trying his darndest:

“We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.”

First of all, the government is (and has been for a long time, edging out the dead-end jobs of the “service industry”) the nation’s largest employer. So that’s a lot of families to threaten, and a lot of votes.

Secondly, Mitt Romney’s plan for America is apparently to fix the problems by creating even more people who don’t have health care or money for retirement. Even if you want to engage in the Republican Party’s class warfare here and resent people who work for the government the benefits they have, your predatory self-interest should probably leave you wanting a little more. Mitt Romeny apparently believes that if we all have nothing then everything will be more fair. While true, the plan does positively nothing to address how people who already have nothing — no retirement, exponentially escalating family health care bills — are going to be helped by dragging more people into their world of troubles.

Thirdly, this is a really pessimistic view of America. Mitt Romney has a vision, and it is dark.

Fourthly, further destroying the already broken tax structure which delivers temporary tax cuts for the wealthy in perpetuity by increasing the debt that’s already been created by those tax cuts and making more of them… doesn’t actually “stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger debts on to the next.” In fact, it — yes — perpetuates it.

But bless his heart, too.

Beat Your Wives! — Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell vote AGAINST the Violence Against Women Act

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April 27, 2012
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The Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a 20 year old law that makes it, you know, bad to beat the living shit out of some woman. Republicans hate the law because it’s mean to men. Poor men.

Used to be men could just beat the living shit out of some woman and you know what happened to them? Nothing. Ahh. Those were the days. What has happened to America?

Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s two great Senators, stood up for men’s rights and voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Because they believe in freedom and you should be free to beat the living shit out of some woman. Any woman. All of ‘em, in fact. Beat ‘em all.

Especially these five women.

Sonka has more (featuring Rand Paul’s curbstomping woman abuser). But I don’t understand why you would want to continue staring at your computer screen when you could be beating a woman. Because that’s what Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell want you to do.

And after you’ve beaten the woman… the stupid federal government will still be there to “protect” her, and they’ll “assist” her, and they’ll give her “services” for “disabilities” you may have inflicted on her (and if you were a real man, like Mitch McConnell or Rand Paul, you would have inflicted disabilities), and those fascist government pinheads will even give her money for legal representation when she seeks protection from you. Because that’s the kind of terrible, offensive stuff the Violence Against Women Act allows for, and it must be stopped.

Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul failed to beat this law into whimpering submission this time around… but get out there and support the Republican Party — support Mitt Romney, support the GOP’s Senate candidates — and soon men everywhere in America will once again be able to beat women freely, as the Founding Fathers desired, without fear the government might hold them accountable, help their victims or treat women like equals.

Go. Now!

Saggy Pants, Miscarriage as Murder, and the Secret Liberal Agenda to Slaughter All Children Everywhere

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April 26, 2012
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It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that while Governor Beshear slashed $50 Million in education funding while keeping $43 Million in tax breaks for a theme park recreation of Noah’s Ark complete with dinosaurs on it, Kentucky isn’t always the most ridiculously backwards place in America.

Take Tennessee, for instance, where just today the Governor signed “The Saggy Pants Law.”

The “saggy pants law,” a proposal that would prohibit students from dressing in an “indecent manner” at school, has been signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Haslam signed the measure this week. The legislation prohibits students from exposing “underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment.”

….The Republican governor earlier this month cited coverage of the saggy pants bill as an example of what he called the media’s failure to pay attention to substantive measures.

Haslem makes a fine point. More substantive issues are out there.

Like making a woman who has a miscarriage a murderer, which the Tennessee State Senate voted to do Monday:

Tennessee legislators have passed changes to a law that would make the death of an embryo a punishable crime.

The bill revises a law passed in 1989 that made the death of a “viable fetus” during the course of an assault or homicide an additional criminal offense. The latest revision adds to changes last year that removed the viability clause, and rewrites the law so that it includes “a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero.”

The bill passed in the House last week, and was approved by the Senate 30-2. It awaits the signature of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a staunch, pro-life conservative.

And just so you don’t think we’re picking only on our backward Southern neighbor, let us end in Mississippi, where Gov. Bryant revealed the secret plan every Democrat was sworn to uphold but never speak about:

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R), in defending his decision to sign a bill that could shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, told conservative radio host Tony Perkins on Tuesday that Democrats’ “one mission in life is to abort children.”

My question is: Who blabbed? How did Bryant find this out? And why didn’t we abort the perp before they could tell the Governor? Better yet, how did Bryant slip through our Abort All Babies initiative?

At the very least, we could have miscarried him.

Step up your game, Dems!

Fineman on Basketball

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March 27, 2012
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I’m probably the only blogger here who doesn’t care all that much about college basketball (as my bracket attests), and to me, this month is largely about drinking margaritas and discussing feminism once a week to celebrate Women’s History Month. But when March madness comes along, I usually throw my allegiances toward Western, my alma mater (go Topps!) and UofL, my adopted home team. My general disinterest in the sport has not stopped several people from sending me this Howard Fineman piece on the intrastate rivalry, however, so I thought I’d share. Frankly, I will be relieved when this is all over, so we can focus on the things that are really important, like political politics and baseball.

(edit: decent WSJ coverage as well)

Rand Paul talks with a hate group about Planned Parenthood

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July 6, 2011
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The Courier Journal reported yesterday that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Rand Paul an extremist. And speaking of the SPLC, Rand Paul was a guest last week on the American Family Association’s radio show (which the SPLC correctly labeled a hate group last year), co-interviewed by Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council (also labeled a hate group by the SPLC last year).

The entire interview is here. Want some highlights? Here are your highlights:

Here’s the transcript of Rand Paul talking about how he has no idea what Planned Parenthood is. This is some of the most ignorant stuff I’ve ever heard on PP, as Senator Paul is absolutely baffled why Harry Reid allows the female members of his family get their health care from a place that does abortions, which means it’s probably full of poor people and filthy with baby blood, or something:

“Even worse was when we tried to get rid of money for Planned Parenthood. He got on national television and he said (effeminate voice) “oh my, my wife and daughter and granddaughter won’t be able to get health care”. And I was like, Harry, you’re sending your wife to a place that gives abortions for her health care?! And it’s like, the taxpayers subsidize some of the best health care in the country for Congress, and I’m wondering why he’s going to Planned Parenthood.”

He’s a Senator. From Kentucky.

Paul goes on to talk about how he’s advocating for a “new approach that is devastating to (Planned Parenthood)”. But since Rand Paul really isn’t good at accomplishing anything in the Senate, I think we can breathe easy. He also talks about how his great hope is that the economy doesn’t turn around so that Republicans can win back the White House and Senate in 2012, which is the kind of candid honesty that we haven’t seen from Rand Paul since early 2010.

And it’s always pleasant when your Senator speaks to a hate group and gets this kind of feedback from the hate group’s representative:

“We live in critical times, and we need men like Senator Paul, who is standing up and telling the truth.”

Remember, this is what the truth is to the AFA:

With friends like these…

Roe vs. Who?

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June 30, 2011
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The New Republican Party of fiscal conservatism can’t overturn Roe vs. Wade (yet), but they have managed to make it virtually illegal in Kansas and our neighbors to the North in Ohio.

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Again, the Tea Party is a bipartisan hodgepodge of people who just care about being fiscally conservative, I swear. Oh, and Liberty, unless you have a uterus.

Keep playing, America!

Happy Mother’s Day, from Ken Ham

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May 9, 2011
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I figured that Mother’s Day would be a perfect time to re-introduce you to Flintstone Truther and intellectual child abuser Ken Ham’s view of the proper role for women (spoiler: it involves being a mother). This was written by “Dr.” Georgia Purdom, who is a real honest to God creation “scientist”. You can tell so by her entry on the “creation wiki”, including a very “creative” spelling of “reasearch”:

OK, here it is.

Follow the leader? Follow the leader:

As a result of the Curse, women struggle with dissatisfaction about their role, desiring their husband’s role instead. Men, on the other hand, may abuse their position and choose to lead harshly, or they become passive and do not lead at all.

Oprah? Full of it:

Many secular feminists are quick to blame men for the unfairness and injustices that women face. But as author, speaker, and host of the blog Radical Womanhood Carolyn McCulley writes, “This passage [Genesis 3:1–6] teaches us that women do have a problem. But it’s not men. It’s sin.”2 Eve was proud and rejected God’s words just like many women do today. We’ve been seduced by Satan’s lies that “authorities” like Oprah and Dr. Phil can solve our problems better than the Bible can.

Sluts? Sluts:

The concept of modesty is challenging in today’s world. Satan lies and tells us that we need to buy clothes that accentuate certain parts of our body. When I discuss modesty with my daughter, we go back to God’s Word and talk about the first clothes Designer and His purpose for clothes. When we base our discussions on the Bible, the discussion never pits her opinion against mine.

Clean up that mess, woman? Clean up that mess:

Work can take on many forms. Whether a woman has a job outside the home or not, women are instructed to be “homemakers” (Titus 2:5)…. Satan lies to women in the work area, too. He tempts women to put their desires ahead of their family’s needs. If we’re not careful, the Internet, hobbies, time with friends, our job outside the home (if we have one), and even church ministries can take precedence. Disciplining children and mopping the floors may seem insignificant and are often thankless. But it is part of bearing God’s image to our families and the world. Work is commanded by God, and even though it may be difficult, we are told as women to make our “home work” the top priority.

Let this be a lesson for you all. It’s not just “religion”, it’s “science”. I, for one, trust their reasearch.

Ben Chandler votes against HR3

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May 4, 2011
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In “Ben Chandler Doesn’t Disappoint Us Every Single Time” news, I’m happy to report that he did not join the 16 “Democrats” today that voted for the horrendously awful “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”.

Ben chose not to speak out against the bill, but he did co-sponsor some bill today about junky horses. So there’s that.

Things That Should Go Without Saying

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May 4, 2011
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In case you were out there, wondering if Paulbots* think you or your friend/relative/coworker should be in a federal prison or, possibly, executed, the answer is yes.

(*Not exclusively the realm of Paulbots.)

ETA:

Truly outrageous. h/t to Amanda, who goes on to say:

We see these girls and see so much potential: the valuable work they may do, the educations they may receive, the choices they may make in adulthood to better make a happy home with the kind of family that works for them, and their future hobbies and intellectual goals.

The GOP looks at teenage girls and sees a bunch of healthy uteruses being shamelessly unused.

KY receives $1.9 million in federal VAWA grants

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May 2, 2011
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From Gov. Beshear’s office, we learn that Kentucky has just received $1.9 million in commie federal notes from the Violence Against Women Act grants:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2011) –Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the awarding of nearly $1.9 million in federal grant funds to state and local groups that assist victims of domestic and sexual violence.

“We are pleased to be able to help communities across the Commonwealth address the unique needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims,” said Gov. Beshear. “Even with vigorous enforcement against perpetrators, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault may have many related legal, economic and social issues that these funds help address by providing shelter, support and other vital services.”

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants, administered by the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, provide funding to agencies offering services to adult victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Eligible agencies include law enforcement, prosecution, service programs and courts. Services include therapy, group counseling, court advocacy, legal advocacy and follow up.

Great news, but the Violence Against Women Act expires at the end of this year and will need to be reauthorized. And funded.

Which leads us back to that old question that we never received an answer for: Does Rand Paul support the Violence Against Women Act?

Inquiring minds still want to know.

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