2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative care (particularly important for women seeking cancer screenings and the like) to Rep. Darrell Issa’s all-male panel on contraception mandates and religious liberty — and the subsequent attacks from Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing voices on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom Issa had barred from the hearing — the GOP repeatedly showed a less-than-impressive concern for women’s
Comments: The world has truly turned on its axis. Of course, without input from PIAPS on women´s issues, what can be done?
The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff.
Liberals continue to falsely believe ALL women have the values of Code Pink (or academics that claim to be part Cherokee). I think they meant to say Republicans continue to ignore "hairy militant socialist women".
Democrats continue to be at war with females who have not yet emerged from the womb.
They don´t call the GOP the stupid party for nothing. Women will simply no longer tolerate being treated like second class citizens. Akin has become a symbol of what a backward segment of the GOP really stands for - and unless corrected, consciously, it will lead to further losses.
#12 - Why wait? Right now any American woman can buy a ticket to Kumbahstan and freely submit to the life of a muslim brood mare. Bringing either slaves or masters on demand into the world while she cooks, cleans and scrapes with her slave daughters, or serves at the pleasure of her goat chasing sons.
But submitting to life in the USA under the Republicans would truly be unbearable. /s
Well, whether or not you want to hear it or believe it, the GOP is perceived as anti-woman by a lot of women. The women I work with said they were insulted by Romney´s comments about single moms (among other things) --many of them were raised by or are single mothers. We´re not going to win over hearts and minds insulting people. It´s stupid.
Agreed, with today´s low information voters (aka morons), perception is everything. The Democrats prevailed with the phony "War on Women", and it evidently worked. So what does the GOP do, opt for abortion on demand and free contraceptives and day care for all?
The GOP will never out-pander the Democrats, on any issue, to any government-dependent voting demographic, ever.
Apparently ( and not from this article ), the bill now includes new protections ( ? ) for violence against illegal immigrant women , LGBT and Native American women attacked on reservations Cantor objects to language in the bill which gives Native American tribes jurisdiction over rape cases involving non Native Americans . Currently, federal and state law enforcement have jurisdiction over domestic violence on tribal lands, Again , not from this article, Cantor has been working with Biden to resolve the issue . The media does not report accurately and spins to the Democrat´s talking points , which always puts the Republicans at a severe disadvantage.
#23, I can just imagine the skewed views from that group about men, husbands and fathers. I´m sure they think they are somehow wiser because they had a screwed up childhood, but the fact is they missed a vital part of family life. They are damaged, not special and certainly not better because they didn´t have responsible parents. Oh well, it´s another new normal, I don´t get.
This article is simply "Rat Droppings"! The D´rats control half the witness list for Issa´s committee. After Maloney´s outburst Issa advised the Rats to put forward new witnesses. But rules are that new witnesses must wait 72 hours til the committe allows if they have useful testimony. Well the rules didn´t suit the Santa party. So they took Trick Pony Fluke to a Democrat organizational meeting and filmed a staged, bogus hearing.
President Obama Friday that he sympathizes with Americans’ war-weariness but is considering a “limited, narrow” military response to Syria’s use of chemical-weapons. “A lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it,” Mr. Obama said shortly after his administration made a forceful case that the Syrian regime killed more than 1,400 of its own civilians on Aug. 21 near Damascus. “There is a certain weariness, given Afghanistan,” the president said. “There is a certain suspicion of any military action, post-Iraq. And I very much appreciate that.”
Washington - The U.S. intelligence community believes that a chemical weapons attack ordered by the Syrian government Aug. 21 killed at least 1,429 people, including at least 426 children, an intelligence document says. “The United States government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21," the report issued Friday says. “We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack.” The report is based on spies, intercepts and satellites, as well as video evidence the world has already seen, it says.
As the two candidates in Virginia´s governor´s race enter the final stretch this fall, it is starting to look like it´s Democrat Terry McAuliffe´s to lose. A Public Policy Polling survey of 500 likely voters just released has the former Democratic Party boss seven points up over GOP challenger Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. That´s a one point gain over a Quinnipiac University poll released last week and a three point gain over a similar PPP poll from last month. In the new PPP poll, 44 percent support McAuliffe, 37 percent Cuccinelli, 9 percent libertarian Robert Sarvis and 9 percent are
Breaking News: Secretary of State John F. Kerry says the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made preparations three days before last week’s chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus and fired the rockets from regime-controlled areas. This story will be updated shortly. London - French President Francois Hollande said Friday that his country is prepared to act in Syria despite Britain’s surprise rejection of military action, potentially making a nation that turned its back on Washington during the war in Iraq the primary U.S. ally in a possible strike against Syrian forces.
Beirut - The United Nations chemical weapons inspection team in Syria was reported to have wrapped up its field work Friday and was preparing to leave the war-torn country on Saturday. U.N. officials have generally described the 20-member contingent’s work as a success. The inspectors visited several sites of the suspected Aug. 21 poison gas attack and gathered samples, apparently of possibly contaminated soil, tissue and other evidence, and also interviewed victims, witnesses, doctors and others in and around Damascus, the Syrian capital. The U.N. team spent four working days on the ground in
She gave hope to millions of women everywhere when she appeared outside hospital with her new baby, Prince George, sporting a noticeable baby bump. But just five weeks later, the Duchess of Cambridge has managed to sensationally snap back into shape - and is even sporting her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. Arriving at her first official engagement since having her son on July 22, Kate looked radiant - without the slightest sign of baby fatigue - in a green tweed hacking jacket, loose geometric-patterned top and a pair of J Brand jeans.
New Orleans - A painting by a 37-year-old Louisiana primate who applies color with his tongue instead of a brush has been deemed the finest chimpanzee art in the land. Brent, a retired laboratory animal, was the top vote-getter in an online chimp art contest organized by the Humane Society of the United States, which announced the results Thursday. He won $10,000 for the Chimp Haven sanctuary in northwest Louisiana. A Chimp Haven spokeswoman said Brent was unavailable for comment Thursday. "I think he´s asleep," Ashley Gordon said. But as the society said on its website, "The votes are
Las Vegas - It turns out that even in Sin City, some sins are hard to overlook. The Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is trying to evict a 10-month-old nightclub for shows it says are so raunchy that they violate obscenity laws. It says actors — some nearly naked — toss condoms into the crowd and simulate sex acts and bestiality on stage. The club is seeking a restraining order to halt the closure, arguing that simulated sex acts don´t constitute obscenity. Casino officials "were well aware of our brand," said Sean Dunn, events director at The Act, in an email statement,
Washington - The nation´s top intelligence official said Thursday that he´ll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because of them. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said in a statement that the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders and national security letters authorizing spying will be published on a website established to show the American people how U.S. spy agencies work. The court orders and letters are tools authorized by the USA Patriot Act to pursue
Islamabad, Pakistan — A Pakistani judicial official on Thursday overturned the conviction of a Pakistani doctor who helped the C.I.A. while it was searching for Osama bin Laden, and ordered a retrial. The official, Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, who presided over an appellate court hearing the case, ruled that the tribal judge who convicted the doctor, Shakil Afridi, exceeded his authority when he sentenced him to 33 years in prison in May 2012. (Snip) Officials said that Dr. Afridi would not be released before the retrial concluded. Although he was convicted on charges of aiding a banned Islamist
Egyptian authorities have banned Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr from working in the country. The ministers of investment, telecommunication and information issued a statement on Thursday stating the Qatari channel was banned from Egypt because it does not have legal permits or permission to work in the country. The channel had been using unlicensed broadcasting devices, the statement added. The statement accused the channel of spreading lies and rumours damaging to Egyptian national security and unity. On 15 August, the cabinet asked the ministries of information, telecommunication and
Washington - President Obama is prepared to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria, administration officials said Thursday, despite a stinging rejection of such action on Thursday by America’s stalwart ally Britain and mounting questions from Congress. (Snip) The vote was also a setback for Mr. Obama, who, having given up hope of getting United Nations Security Council authorization for the strike, is struggling to assemble a coalition of allies against Syria. But administration officials made clear that the eroding support would not deter Mr. Obama in deciding to go ahead with a strike.
Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Wendy’s Co. to raise wages. Protests that began in New York last year are spreading to cities including Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Indianapolis, according to the Service Employees International Union, which is advising the strikers. About 200 workers showed up at the two-story Rock N Roll McDonald’s store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood this morning chanting: “Hey hey, ho ho, poverty wages gotta go!” The non-union workers are demanding the right to organize
David Cameron’s defeat in the Commons delivered a second serious embarrassment to US-UK relations, with American officials already “livid” with the British, according to Western diplomatic sources at the United Nations. But the White House made clear they would not change course in light of the Commons vote. “The President believes that there are core interests at stake for the United States, and that countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held accountable,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesman for Mr Obama’s National Security Council. US officials also said they would not be constrained by the collapse
The Founders bequeathed Americans a method to bypass the federal government and amend the Constitution, empowering two thirds of the states to call an Amendments Convention. In the wake of Mark Levin´s bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments, proposing just such a convention, entirely unnecessary alarms have been raised by even some of the leading lights of conservatism, based on an incomplete reading of history and judicial case law. Phyllis Schlafly is a great American and a great leader, but her speculations about the nature of the Constitution´s"convention for proposing amendments" are nearly as quaint as Dante´s speculations about the solar system.
The secretary of state boiled with moral indignation, American pride and war bluster. The defense secretary huffed that America has “moved assets in place” and is “ready” to punish the strongman. And though the president says he has yet to decide whether to attack, leaked details of the coming military action were all over the newspapers: Within “days,” US Navy ships will launch a barrage of Tomahawks at selected targets. Have George W. Bush and his band of cowboy neo-cons retaken the White House? If only. This time the secretary of state is John Kerry, who launched a political career opposing the
These football players scored a touchdown without setting foot on the field. Four members of the William Paterson University football team in New Jersey each scored $50 gift cards after surveillance cameras captured them at a Wayne store paying for batteries and sunglasses, even though no employees were around. Buddy´s Small Lots was actually closed Sunday night. But the lock malfunctioned and the lights were on, making it appear as though it was open. Buddy´s management got a call from police that there had been a break-in, but upon arrival, nothing was missing from the store, News 12 New Jersey
Kim Jong-un´s ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad nine days ago, according to South Korean reports. The reports in South Korea´s Chosun Ilbo newspaper indicate that Hyon, a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra, was among those arrested on August 17 for violating domestic laws on pornography. All 12 were machine-gunned three days later,
Oprah. Oscar. Oscar. Oprah. Yes, it might be a bit early to riff on David Letterman´s ill-fated, Uma-Oprah 1995 Academy Awards monologue bit. Then again, with Winfrey´s movie "Lee Daniels´ The Butler" sitting atop the box office for a second week with a 10-day take of $52 million, and Winfrey herself earning solid critical praise for her first acting turn since 1998´s "Beloved," the conversation has already started, like it or not. And, given the brand name in question, that debate will be spirited, intense and, to some extent, managed by Winfrey herself, as she has the built-in advantage of
A lawyer for Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning said in a blog post on Thursday the soldier is doing well as she goes through processing at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. David Coombs wrote that he spoke on Wednesday with Manning, previously known as Bradley Manning, while she goes through the three-to-four-week period known as indoctrination at the Kansas prison. Coombs, who lives in Rhode Island, also said he plans to travel there in the coming weeks to meet with medical staff and the leadership in the quest to allow Manning to receive hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender
The sequel rarely lives up to the original, and those commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington never had a chance. “It won’t be as good as the speech 50 years ago,” President Obama told an interviewer. Obama fulfilled his prediction. His 29-minute address, 12 minutes longer than King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, was at times moving, but — inevitably — unremarkable compared with the legendary oratory he was memorializing. The first African American president, who had just turned 2 when King gave his iconic speech, is a fulfillment of King’s dream, and many
Christians should be ‘repentant’ about the Church’s past treatment of gay and lesbian people, the Archbishop of Canterbury said last night. The Most Rev. Justin Welby told a group of traditional evangelical Christians that the Church’s historic support of homophobia was ‘utterly and totally wrong’. (Snip) The Archbishop insisted he did not regret voting against gay marriage legislation, but acknowledged that such views were seen by many as akin ‘to racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice’. The Marriage Act received royal assent in July and gay couples in England and Wales will be able to wed from
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad. I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that the U.S does have national security interests in Syria, but said President Obama hasn’t laid out a compelling case to Congress or the American public about what those interests are and how military strikes could achieve them. “It is essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action — which is a means, not a policy — will secure U.S. objectives and how it fits into your overall policy,” Mr. Boehner said in a letter to Mr. Obama, released Wednesday evening. The Ohio Republican told the president to “personally