Begin Women’s History Month…With a Pink Slip

It’s drawing very near the end of the work day for those of us located on the east coast — and that, of course applies to people who are fortunate enough to have a job. Among the most fortunate of job holders are our Senate and Congressional representatives; after all, how many people receive compensation for working productively so few days of the year?… [Read more]

Will House Republicans (Finally) Do Right by Women?

Remember when the Senate passed a reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act but then House Republicans threatened to block the legislation? And then protests and petitions asking that citizens tell House Republicans to stop denying women protection against violence because of petty partisan politics bombarded the offices of elected officials who were standing in the way of renewing the  VAWA?… [Read more]

Love is a Battlefield: Stark Intolerance Against Women in Military

Last Saturday, we had the honor of witnessing a milestone for our military and a victory for the LGBTQ community. Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate and her partner, Penelope Gnesin, were wed in the Cadet Chapel at West Point Military Academy, a first for the school. We can be proud to add this same-sex wedding ceremony to the growing list of victories and accomplishments for the LGBTQ community, and also to the list of improvements in the military’s views on “non-traditional” members.… [Read more]

Weekly Wrap: Broadway Cares Enough to Say “One Term More”

Broadway Cares…and so do we. Tuesday’s presidential election is critical; it will determine if the citizens of this nation want to move backwards to a time of greater economic inequality, a perpetual ‘War on Women‘ and a renewed era of deregulation.

This election will chart a course. Americans must decide if they’re willing to move backwards to the ‘good old days‘ that weren’t good for everyone — or if they want to embrace the change that will help this nation grow and provide for its people.… [Read more]

El Rushbo rides again, with groupies!

Conservative loudmouth Rush Limbaugh ranted about a funny Obama for President ad featuring HBO TV show “Girls” actress Lena Dunham, titled “First Time.” Yes, the same Rush Limbaugh who lost a ton of advertisers not too many months ago after calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”  Turns out college dropout Limbaugh didn’t fare well in that exchange.… [Read more]

Theme of the Week: You Don’t Own Me

Wrapping up this week, we thought we’d post a public service announcement video by singer Lesley Gore, known for several 1960’s classics. This pro-feminist announcement, “You Don’t Own Me,” is more than fitting for today’s social and political climate — especially in light of the GOP’s “crazy uncles” such as Todd Akin and, most recently, Richard ‘Rape babies are “something God intended to happen” Mourdock.… [Read more]

Today’s Retro GOP: Hey, Mr. Spaceman

In the 1950s, the science fiction genre was at its highest popularity with movies depicting aliens from other world coming to earth to take over the human population for various reasons ranging from food to slave labor, to the total annihilation of the human race.

My all-time favorite Sci-Fi movie is the classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.… [Read more]

Crazy Uncles: Motley Mourdock Missteps

It is almost hilarious watching Republicans giving up trying to contain the gaffes of their family crazy uncles inside the post-Tea Party “big tent.” Yeah, the ones who keep switching the television to the braying blabber of Fox News. Remember all-too-recently when “mainstream” Republicans tried to purge Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-Mo.)? With Tea Party Senate wannabe Richard Mourdock (R-Ind.), even Bishop Mitt, the party standard-bearer, is embracing their latest extreme “no choice” crazy uncle.… [Read more]

Romney’s “chick binder” mentality will pinch our lady parts

Aside from Mitt Romney’s bird problem – and what went largely unnoticed during the second presidential debate was his sneering jab at the Keystone pipeline, and his accusation that the Obama Administration launched a criminal action against the drilling:  “. . . 20 or 25 birds were killed and brought out a migratory bird act to go after them on a criminal basis” – he’s got a lady parts problem.… [Read more]

Tennessee Representative Desjarlais Channels His ‘Inner Gingrich’

“Doctor, doctor, glad I’m not sick.”

~ Bob Hope cameo,Spies Like Us, 1985

“Schlotkin! Go work on your putz.”

~ Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, 1987

In a state better served by the produce of Lynchburg, Tennessee, (“Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Same as our fathers made it.”), than by their Members of Congress, we have another skirt-chasing foible folly fit for a Saturday Night Live Newt Gingrich skit.… [Read more]

Why Now? Because NOW Is the Time.

No matter what you think of the recent presidential debate, Mitt Romney’s ‘win’ shouldn’t overshadow one crucial point: this nation is not ready for Mitt Romney and the GOP to lead it. Trickle down economics has been debunked. The War on Women is real. The haves are stratospheres above the have nots, and more tax cuts for the wealthy would exacerbate the wealth inequality problem and widen the gap.… [Read more]

Women: the GOP don’t consider you one of them. Part II

Despite the recent ‘let’s extend recess’ action of Congress (do your job, Eric Cantor!) there’s work to be done. The prior post in this series discussed why middle class voters should not consider voting for the Republican party; this post will focus on what is referred to as ‘women’s issues’ even though these issues also impact men.… [Read more]

Get Out and VOTE!

Here’s a find: two women with wonderful voices singing “Get Out and Vote!” The ladies, whose video announces them as lesbian duo Bria and Chrissy, say that this is “Our song encouraging you to get out and vote, with the pros and cons of Obama or Romney being President, completely objective of course.”

You decide; I think they’re on point!… [Read more]

Things Could Happen

In the center of Paris, an exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, C’étaient des Enfants, chronicles the story of the children who were deported to the war camps during World War II. A number of these children disappeared right from our neighborhood; almost every school within ten blocks of our home has a plaque to commemorate the children who were taken.… [Read more]

Democrats Expand Enthusiasm Gap at Convention

“We take care of our own.”

– Bruce Springsteen

Somewhere on the other side of the world, ably representing us as America’s most traveled Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton knows well from 2008 the Obama advantage as a campaigner. The burdens of the Oval Office in trying and recovering times did not diminish the optimism and confidence of President Obama.… [Read more]

Ann Romney, You Really Didn’t Build That

I listened to Ann Romney’s speech at the RNC – her “I am woman, hear me roar,” her naked pandering to women with her shrill cry of desperation, her little tale of how she and Mitt were so determined to be together that they got married like many other young, unprepared couples get married, broke, struggling, a team united toward a common goal (in their case, the goal being wealthy beyond their wildest dreams on the backs of the working class).… [Read more]

The Rapists’ Parental Rights Review Board

Rapists’ rights?

That’s correct; 31 states have laws on the books that permit rapists to have custody and visitation privileges.

Who says there’s no ‘War on Women‘?… [Read more]

Akin to Rape

Google told me today, thankfully, that “genius and madness are akin.”

We are enthralled in the dramatics displayed by some shockingly misguided and delusional beliefs expressed by a man who’s mother may not have told him that elves are make-believe. It is a display of how “we,” as a nation, allow powerful men to assume they have the right to say what they want without challenge from the people.… [Read more]

Hot Enough For You, Congressman Akin?

For his entire political career, Republican Congressman Todd Akin, US Representative for the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, has injected his religion into his job, working tirelessly to ban all abortions, including when unwanted pregnancy results from forcible rape.

Now, the Congressman is in hot water for referring to rape, an act of extreme violence and domination, as “legitimate rape” in his television interview on KTVI-TV (a Fox affiliate, naturally) a few days ago, as if any rape can be thought of as legitimate.… [Read more]

GOP, Please go play in your room – adults are talking

What Romney getting the GOP presidential nod didn’t do, what the Paul Ryan veep pick didn’t do, what Donald Trump speaking at the RNC didn’t do, Todd Akin managed to do:  Fire up the base . . . sort of. Only thing, when Todd Akin spoke the words, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he fouled his own nest – not because what he said was shocking to the GOP (quite to the contrary), but because what he said framed what the GOP already thinks, packaged the GOP platform neatly into a horrifyingly ugly package for the country to see, and directed a spotlight into the sewer of extreme right-wing minds, including the mind of Paul Ryan, a man who teamed up with Akin to craft some pretty horrible legislation.… [Read more]