After all, Limbaugh is the man who launched 46 personal attacks on Sandra Fluke in 2012, including calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying in favor of affordable contraception, and little has changed since then. Just in the month of November, Limbaugh compared filibuster reform in the Senate to “allow[ing] women to be raped”; suggested that women in the military synchronize their menstrual cycles so they’d be “ready to be banshees”; read from a misogynistic parody site mocking marital rape; claimed ads promoting Obamacare’s coverage of birth control told young women “if you like being a prostitute, then have at it”; and claimed Democrats are turning women “into nothing but abortion machines.”
Limbaugh is not alone. Wall Street Journal editor James Taranto has mocked efforts to combat the immense problem of sexual assault in the military, and claimed “female sexual freedom” led to a “war on men.” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly attempted to tie the “War on Christmas” to “unfettered abortion.” Conservative blogger and Fox contributor Erick Erickson has called Texas Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis “abortion Barbie” and attempted to smear her campaign by suggesting she was mentally unfit for office. And a Fox Business host recently asked if there is “something about the female brain that is a deterrent” to women working as tech executives.
That’s just a few of the most recent examples. The list goes on.
In 2003, I visited South Africa during the World Summit on Sustainable Development and spent weeks working alongside local organizers in townships around Johannesburg and learning about the strategies they used to thrive even under the oppressive apartheid regime. Everywhere I went, I was blown away by how powerful the women were. Vocal and forthright, they were often their communities’ spokespeople and leaders.
That experience of strong female leadership owed more than a little to the Constitution of 1996, put in place largely by Mandela. In its new Bill of Rights it listed not only race as impermissible grounds for discrimination, but “gender,” and then “sex” and then, uniquely, it also added “pregnancy.” And in case the meaning of that was not clear, the Bill of Rights went on (emphasis added):
Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right
a. to make decisions concerning reproduction
b. to security in and control over their body; and
c. not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.
More: Nelson Mandela, Feminist
At Least One Third of the Featured Speakers at Virginia GOP Retreat Say Medicare Is Unconstitutional
If the Virginia Republican Party wants to move past the far right candidates that shut them out of their state’s top offices last November, they may not want to take advice from people who believe that most of the Twentieth Century is unconstitutional.
This weekend, Virginia Republican activists and elected officials from around the state will gather at the Homestead Resort for the party’s first opportunity to take full stock of a disastrous election season that likely turned the GOP out of all three of Virginia’s top state offices. Tea Party Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli lost his bid for the state governor’s mansion to very weak Democratic candidate. The party’s failed candidate for lieutenant governor was a right-wing activist who said Democrats are worse than the Ku Klux Klan. And their candidate to replace Cuccinelli is narrowly behind apparent Attorney General-elect Mark Herring (D), although a recount is currently pending.
The Virginia GOP’s dismal performance in 2013 is widely blamed on their failure to nominate candidates who appeal to voters beyond the party’s hardcore base. Cuccinelli, for example, authored a book that labeled programs like Medicare “despicable, dishonest, and worthy of condemnation.” And he has a long history of fighting to keep laws criminalizing oral and anal sex on the books. Yet, if the speakers program for this year’s meeting at the Homestead is any indication, Virginia Republicans appear to believe that they are doing just fine running candidates like Ken Cuccinelli.
The keynote speaker at the gathering’s 30th Anniversary Gala is Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). In a 2010 speech to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, Perry desribed Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as unconstitutional attacks on “our founding fathers’ boundaries that they had put upon the federal government.” Perry also believes that the Seventeenth Amendment, which ensures that voters will choose their own senators, was a mistake. And he once suggested that Texas may have to secede from the union.
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The newest addition to the Family-Friendly RPGs Bundle of Holding, Eloy Lasanta’s “Camp Myth: The RPG,” is joining the Bundle of Holding today!
In the past, the addition of bonus titles has caused confusion. All previous buyers of the bundle — regardless of whether they paid higher than the average price to get the initial bonus games — all buyers receive the newly added game automatically on their Wizard’s Cabinet download page. This is their reward for buying early.
So, if you already bought a Bundle, at the core or bonus price, you’re cool. If not, feel free to check it out!
Also, one of the charities selected is near and dear to my heart: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Lastly, word on the street, Starsky, is there may be more additions to the bundle (cue mysterious music). So, buy now, and you’ll get extra games over the next couple days (roughly 2 days and 22 hours before it’s over!).
FBI agents began arresting Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Monday as part of a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the arrests.
At least three people — including a lieutenant, a sergeant and a deputy — were taken into custody as part of a federal obstruction of justice probe into how sheriff’s officials handled an FBI informant at the center of the jail investigation, one source familiar with the probe said.
WikiLeaks and The Huffington Post have raised all kinds of unshirted hell this morning by publishing a trove of documents relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the gigantic new trade agreement which was negotiated largely in secret — unless, of course, you were a CEO or a lobbyist who worked for one — and which the administration is seeking to “fast-track” through Congress so as to avoid the kind of public scrutiny to which deals like this rarely stand up. OK, that last part’s me, but you get the point.
One of the most controversial provisions in the talks includes new corporate empowerment language insisted upon by the U.S. government, which would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court. Under World Trade Organization treaties, this political power to contest government law is reserved for sovereign nations. The U.S. has endorsed some corporate political powers in prior trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the scope of what laws can be challenged appears to be much broader in TPP negotiations.
The documents say pretty much what you’d expect them to say — that the provisions of the TPP grant multinational corporations vast new powers and that, among these, are virtual veto-powers over local environmental and labor laws, and that the agreement is a virtual Christmas tree on which corporations have hung all of their fondest individual wishes regarding future profiteering. (The drug companies seem particularly hopeful, which is to say incredibly greedy.) Large financial institutions seem happy, too.
Question-How big is a cubit
Answer-Not nearly big enough
I am a person of faith, brought up WASP. But a literalist interpreation of the bible makes no sense to me. At the end of the day, every bible ever scribed, chiseled in stone, printed or PDF is the work of
Lil edit there, did not mean to imply a greater participation than the scribes, etc.
Ark Encounter is a proposed creationist theme park centered around a 510-foot “replica” of Noah’s Ark to be built in Kentucky. The park is based on a literal interpretation of a 6,000-year-old Earth and biblical global flood, and is financed in part by state tax breaks and municipal junk bonds.
From the first announcement of the park in 2009, live animal displays inside a giant wooden boat were part of the plan. That’s kind of what the story of the Ark is all about. Just how they are going to jam lots of animals into an artificial, closed environment with loud tourists and a bunch of other animals (some of which are predators), has been a bit hazy.
AMHERST, Mass. — WHILE many existing oil and gas reserves in other parts of the world are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs. Approximately 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil deposits and 30 percent of its natural gas reserves are above the Arctic Circle, according to the United States Geological Survey. Eager to tap into this largess, Russia and its Arctic neighbors — Canada, Norway, the United States, Iceland and Denmark (by virtue of its authority over Greenland) — have encouraged energy companies to drill in the region.
For Russia, which recently seized a Greenpeace ship and is prosecuting 30 of the group’s activists for attempting to scale an oil platform, the temptation to exploit the Arctic Ocean is especially powerful. Russia’s economy is heavily dependent on exports of oil and gas, and the government relies on these sales for much of its income. Until recently, the Russians could draw on reservoirs in western Siberia to satisfy their needs, but now, with many of these fields in decline, they are counting on Arctic supplies to maintain current production levels. “Our first and main task is to turn the Arctic into Russia’s resource base of the 21st century,” Dmitri A. Medvedev, then the president, declared in 2008.
The Civil War began in South Carolina, as we are reminded by the Confederate marching son the Bonnie Blue Flag:
First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand
Next, quickly Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
The song’s writer got the order wrong after South Carolina, which seceded December 20, 1860 and was followed by Mississippi, but that did nothing to detract from the song’s popularity. Southerners were able to get behind the spirit of the thing and accuracy could get behind poetry for the sake of promoting southern rights, just as today it is our fact-based world which must step aside.
As the song’s chorus says,
For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.
Southern rights are still marching in South Carolina a century and a half later where tea party senator Lee Bright preaches, “If the Tenth Amendment won’t protect the Second, we might have to use the Second to protect the Tenth.” He has also wisecracked, “If at first you don’t secede, try again.” The bill he filed for South Carolina to study the adoption of its own currency would be only the beginning.
According to Bright, Obama wants to be king, and and confusing the Bible for the Constitution, Bright says there is “No king but Jesus.” Apparently, being legally - and constitutionally - elected president against the wishes of the political minority is not only an affront to God but illegal in some bizarre fashion. The fact that Obama was elected twice has driven the last coherent thought from their brains.
As I have pointed out here before, there are more than two amendments in the Bill of Rights and there is more to the Constitution than these two amendments, not that you would know it from Republican discourse on the subject. The fact that you don’t like how things turned out doesn’t mean you get to throw the system out. Bright’s histrionic “I want peace. Listen, peace is sweet, but it’s not so sweet for the chains of slavery,” is a cry for anarchy.
“It was almost like women weren’t very important,” she recalled. “There was a bias in sexuality research.”
If Dr. Ruth is sex medicine’s gossipy granny, then Millheiser is its perky cheer squad captain.
A gynecologist, Millheiser specializes in treating women with what is broadly known as female sexual dysfunction - everyone from postmenopausal women for whom sex is undesirable to cancer survivors whose sex lives have been complicated by medications, radiation and other facets of treatment.
Traditionally, sexual issues in women were often chalked up to a psychological problem. When Viagra hit the market in 1998, offering a solution to erectile dysfunction in men, it illuminated the lack of attention given to sexual dysfunction in women and prompted drug companies to begin searching for Viagra’s feminine counterpart.