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Fairness Smairness: Senate GOP Blocks Pay Equity Bill… And Other News

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Senate Republicans banded together on Wednesday to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a Democratic bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women – because why not alienate female voters further?

The Paycheck Fairness bill seeks to allow female workers to compare salaries without the threat of employer retaliation, requires companies to explain pay disparities, and permits those discriminated against to seek damages. The legislation needed 60 votes to open up a debate but failed to reach that threshold. Democrats vowed to bring it up the bill again and again and accused Republicans of “obstruct[ing] equal pay for equal work.” President Obama chimed in too, saying it was “wrong” of the GOP to block the bill. But the GOP senators don’t care. They say the bill would do little to solve the pay equity problem and it was just a distraction from Democrats’ record on the lousy economy. Politico

Daycare CrashDaycare disaster! One girl has died and 14 other children were injured after a hit-and-run SUV crashed into a daycare near Orlando, Florida. Police are on the hunt for the hit-and-run suspect, deemed to be 26-year-old Robert Corchado. Corchado, who has a looong history of arrests, slammed into a black Toyota Solara, which then plowed into the daycare center. Considering Corchado was sentenced to three years in prison for cocaine trafficking in 2010 (released in 2012) and was also arrested last December on charges of heroin and cocaine possession (released on bail), he was probably hopped up on drugs. In hindsight, it seems the multiple releases were probably a mistake…  Global News

boston bomberAnnexing Crimea? Putin’s fault. Uprisings in eastern Ukraine? Blame Putin! Everything wrong with Russia? Putin again! The Boston Marathon bombings? All signs point to Putin. The new inspector general’s report reveals that Russia withheld important information about the Boston bombing brothers which would have led to more careful scrutiny of Tsarnaev brother #1 prior to the 2013 attack. Russian officials told the FBI in 2011 that Tsarnaev was “a follower of radical Islam” and he “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” The FBI then pushed for more info but the Russians declined their multiple requests for additional intelligence about Tsarnaev. It was only after the bombings occurred last April that the Russians finally ponied up all their Tsarnaev details, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad. [Insert promotional plug for the NSA] New York Times

Crimea Burger CzarBurger King invades Crimea! After McDonald’s exited the former Ukrainian region after their Russian annexation, Burger King (Burger Czar?) has swooped in to fill the fast food void. “We are planning to open in Crimea, but I cannot say when exactly it will happen or how many outlets the company will have,” said Burger King Russia CEO Dmitry Medovy. Sensing an opportunity to cash in, Burger King will expand its collection of already 200 restaurants in Russia, which are part of a franchise partially controlled by state-owned bank VTB. Well, at least we don’t have to worry about Russia reverting back to communism! The capitalist spirit seems alive and well. Independent 

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Sandra “The Slut” Fluke Running For Congress… And Other News

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Remember Sandra Fluke?

She was that slutty college student who wanted campus health plans to include coverage of women’s contraception – or at least according to Rush Limbaugh who called her a “slut” and “prostitute” for her support of women’s access to birth control. RECAP TIME:

“What does that make her?” Limbaugh said on his show last year. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”

Well now that giant slut is running for congress. Fluke has officially filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race to replace retiring Henry Waxman (D-Calif). The women’s rights activist and former law student is up against two better-known locals, former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel (D) and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D) – so if she wins, it could be a fluke. Zing! Washington Post

Mandela WillLet the family politics begin continue! The will of the semi-recently deceased Nelson Mandela was made public on Monday and it seems the former South African had about $4.1 to pass around. That’s it? I bet Robert Mugabe makes that in one day. Anyway, Mandela left $10,000 to each of his over 30 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, $4,500 to a number of his personal staff, and 10 to 30 percent of all his royalties to the African National Congress (ANC). Noticeably absent from the will was Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela whom he was married to for 38 years during the struggle against racial apartheid. Ouch. CNN

Kilt ManScotland says okay to gay (marriage)! Considering their men already wear kilts on their wedding day, it was only a matter of time before the Scottish parliament legalized same-sex marriage. The Scots passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill on Tuesday with an overwhelming 105 to 18 vote, making Scotland the 17th country to allow gay marriages. They’re still a bit behind the times though – same-sex marriage laws were passed by England and Wales last year. Still, congrats Scotland – just think of all the fabulous tartan weddings to come! The Guardian

bill-gates-desk-pictureSo much for retirement… Bill Gates got tired of swimming in his pools of money and saving the world from malaria and decided to get a little more involved in the day-to-day operations of Microsoft. It was announced Tuesday that Microsoft’s founder will step down as chairman and take on the more hands-on role of  “technology advisor,” working full-time several days a week. Got to keep up with Apple! Meanwhile, Indian-born Satya Nadella, 46, also entered a new role on Tuesday as Microsoft’s third CEO – a position Gates left behind in 2000. Nadella, a longtime insider, is considered to be a safe choice. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” Gates said in a news release. Except, of course, himself. Los Angeles Times

Happy-Birthday-FacebookHappy Birthday Facebook! The social network turns 10 today and to celebrate 10 years of uploading drunk photos and stalking exes, each of its 1.23 billion users can watch a short, personalized video highlighting their time on the site. To see yours, just go to Facebook/lookback and soak in the cheesiness. According to mine, I’ve been a Facebooker for over 9 years – which either means I’m really old or was slightly ahead of the times. Also, about a third of my lookback was just pictures of my cats… so that says something too. As for Mark Zuckerberg, who launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2004, he’ll be celebrating Facebook’s birthday with his estimated net worth of $30 billion. Euro News

Cat CafeIf there’s one area where Japan has America beat, it’s cat cafes. UNTIL NOW. Two cat cafes are set to open this summer in San Francisco. Finally a place where I can get my coffee with a side of cats! Two places actually – the Japanese feline phenomenon will surface in two spots: KitTea in San Francisco (likely Hayes Valley) and Cat Town Cafe in Oakland. Health codes pending, KitTea will be a halfway home for adoptable cats featuring catnip-infused tea and Cat Town Cafe will be an extension of Oakland’s Cat Town shelter and feature a miniature skyline of Oakland for the cats to crawl on and pretend they are Catzilla. They both sound purrrfect! I guess I better start packing my bags for San Francisco… Huffington Post

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Rand Paul Wants Everyone To Forget The Republican War On Women And Remember Monica Lewinsky

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Refuting the Democrats’ claim that Republicans are launching a “war on women,” Rand Paul suggested people should take a closer look a Bill Clinton and his “predatory behaviour” towards Monica Lewinsky.

Forget the GOP’s repeated attacks on family planning funding and legal abortion, their controversial comments about women, rape and birth control, and their effort to remove contraception from health insurance plans! If any party is launching a war on women, it’s the Democrats because Bill Clinton had an affair nearly 20 years ago.

“The Democrats — one of their big issues is they’ve concocted this, ‘Republicans are committing a war on women,'” the Kentucky Republican said on NBC’s Meet The Press. “One of the work place laws and rules that I think are good is that bosses shouldn’t prey on young interns in their office. I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20-years-old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that and that is predatory behavior.”

Well, Monica Lewinsky was actually 22 and held a paid position for most of her time at the White House. And I probably wouldn’t call public humiliation and the threat of impeachment a complete pass…. but go on…

“Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office — I mean really, and then they have the gall to stand up and say that Republicans are having a war on women? So yes, I think it’s a factor. Now it’s not Hillary’s fault. But it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history.”

So, Bill Clinton’s two decades old affair is irrelevent to the upcoming presidential campaign and Hillary should be judged on her own reputation and accomplishments? Nope, not in Rand Paul’s mind!

“It’s hard enough to separate one [Clinton] from the other,” Paul said, suggesting Bill Clinton’s behaviour will be forever linked to potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

So next time the GOP says something condescending or demeaning towards women (later today?), let’s all remember Monica Lewinsky. And while we’re at it, let’s all remember that time Rand Paul kidnapped a college classmate and forced her to take bongs hits.

 Via: Politico

Side note: Here’s a true story about a Rand Paul fan.

I was out and about in downtown Toronto one night (the last place you’d expect to find a hardcore Rand Paul enthusiast), and some guy approached my friend “Sara”. The discussion turned to politics and he began preaching about Rand Paul and all his terrific economic policies. BUT, because he was talking to a woman he had to explain them using makeup and jewelry analogies (no joke). I mean, there’s no way a woman could ever understand Economics 101 without a makeup analogy! Admittedly, he was on heroin and appeared to lack any critical insight, but I thought “this guy gets it.” He knows what it means to be a true Rand Paul enthusiast; it’s a not-so-clever combination of unrelenting free market values and condescending remarks to women.

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Mike Huckabee: Democrats Think Women “Can’t Control Their Libido” Without Birth Control From “Uncle Sugar”

Former Arkansas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

When a Republican talks about women and their reproductive rights, it never ends well. And former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is no exception to the rule.

Fed up with the anti-Republican “War on Women” narrative, Mike Huckabee went on a bit of a rant at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in downtown Washington.

“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” Huckabee told his audience.

Okay… so far so good.

“That’s not a war on them. It’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

Aaaand you blew it…

Huckabee, referring to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health insurance plans, told his GOP buddies that women are “outraged” when Democrats paint them as nothing but “victims of their gender.”

“Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication,” he said. “Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do.”

Except being capable of having complete control over their own reproductive choices of course. That’s Huckabee’s job. But at least he’s got one thing right; many women are smart, educated and intelligent. And that’s why the majority of women don’t vote Republican.

Via: The Washington Post

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Quebec Doctors Ordered to Stop Performing Virginity Tests

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Unsure if you’re still a virgin? Better get tested now because the Quebec college of physicians has issued a warning to doctors to stop performing virginity tests.

After several incidents of virginity testing, a practice linked to bridal purity and family honour, were reported in the Greater Montreal area, Quebec doctors have been warned to stop performing virginity tests and issuing “virginity certificates.”

The procedure goes against its code of ethics, the college said, and breaches patient confidentiality.

“Imagine a doctor who does a gynecological examination with the sole purpose of … it goes beyond the imagination. And it’s degrading to women,” Collège des médecins president Charles Bernard told The Gazette in an interview.

The cases came to light when two University of Montreal ethicists were contacted by health professionals who reported the incidents in four health clinics. The ethics pros were initially contacted by a clinic nurse who was asked by a young woman in her 20s during a routine medical checkup whether her hymen was still intact and if “she was still marriageable.” In other instances, young girls were forced by their families to go to clinics and have virginity tests done.

And to all those women who lost their virginity to a bike, it’s over – you’re not marriageable. Unless you find a doctor willing to provide fake proof of virginity… which do exist in Quebec.

Via: The National Post

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California GOP Orders the KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts and a Left Wing

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The California GOP convention that promised to “rebuild the party from the ground up” and address the concerns of women took a slightly different route and decided to hand out sexist buttons insulting Hillary Clinton.

After a disastrous election cycle that included Republican candidates discussing “legitimate rape” and labeling pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God,” the Republican National Committee urged the GOP to take a step back and really think about women’s issues. After all, they have binders full of them – why not try to win a few of their votes? So the RNC encouraged Republican candidates to “use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them.

Organizers of the California GOP’s fall convention took this message to heart and set up panels at the convention which included “Women on the Right,” “California Federation of Republican Women,” and “Grassroots 101: Latino Engagement.”

So far so good. Then came the buttons…

Buttons were handed out that read “KFC Hillary Special: 2 Fat Thighs, 2 Small Breasts … Left Wing.”

Sigh. It didn’t do the Australian Liberal Party any good when they did the same thing to Julia Gillard and her big red box, and it certainly won’t do the California GOP any good.

After San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carla Marinucci tweeted the picture of the “popular” buttons, Republicans scrambled to remove them from the convention.

2016 will be an interesting election year…. And by interesting I mean super misogynistic. Just do everyone a favour, GOP, and remember this quote:

“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.”  – Erin Gloria Ryan

Via: Raw Story

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One Step Closer to Plan B

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The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter access to Plan B, the morning-after contraceptive pill for women and girls of all ages.

Until now, the Justice Department had been fighting a judge’s order to allow anyone to purchase the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription. US government lawyers had appealed Judge Korman’s April ruling arguing that he had exceeded his authority. Also, Obama was a little squeamish about making the drugs more widely available. He said that as the father of two young girls, the idea of making the drug available to them without a prescription made him uncomfortable.

But now the administration has given up, fearing that they might lose the appeals case and have it wind up in Supreme Court. Why are they so afraid of taking it to the Supreme Court? Well that would drastically elevate the debate over the issue, which is already a politically sensitive topic for the Obama administration.

The government’s decision to back down means that once the FDA approves Plan B for nonprescription use, any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy the pill – sans prescription. Under current laws, only girls aged 15 and older (and 17+ before April) can purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription – but now, thanks to Judge Korman’s ruling, even 12-year-olds can!

Women’s reproductive rights groups said the limit unfairly kept women and girls from accessing the drug, which is most effective when taken within 72 hours after sex. The groups have hailed the new decision as a significant moment in the battle over reproductive rights.

But not everyone is happy about the government giving into the Plan B ruling – especially Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. On Fox News’ Fox & Friends, friend of Fox Laura Ingraham made a “compelling” case that Obama’s decision to comply with the court order is only beneficial to rapists and pedophiles.

“It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who commit statutory rape against young girls,” Ingraham told Fox News. “If mothers and fathers across this country hear this and they think, ‘Well, I guess my daughter or her boyfriend or her rapist can go out to a pharmacy and get a bunch of, you know, hormone pills to give a little girl.’ We don’t really know the effect of a spiking or dropping a little girl’s — in many cases a young woman’s or a little girl’s hormonal levels. It’s outrageous!”

Not sure if rapists and pedophiles are actually deterred by the possibility of pregnancy, but good effort Laura! If only Plan B were available without a prescription when your parents had you…

Via: The New York Times

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Fox News Collectively Freaks Out Over Women Breadwinners

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Yesterday Reagan Plus Cats wrote about Saudi writer Abdullah Mohammed al-Dawood, who thought that working women should be sexually harassed until they returned to the home. Well, apparently that attitude is not exclusive to Saudi Arabia – Fox News is also on board!

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and his all-male panel had a collective freakout Wednesday night after learning that mothers were now the primary source of income in 40 percent of U.S. households. Dobbs and the Fox contributors were VERY worried that the increasing number of women becoming economic breadwinners would bring about the dissolution of American society and nature.

Dobbs described the study from Pew Research as “showing that women have become the breadwinners in this country, and a lot of other concerning and troubling statistics.”

Fox News contributor Juan Williams agreed that this was very troubling indeed and indicative of “something going terribly wrong in American society”:

“What we’re seeing with four out of ten families, now the woman is the primary breadwinner. You’re seeing the disintegration of marriage, you’re seeing men who were hard hit by the economic recession in ways that women weren’t. But you’re seeing, I think, systemically, larger than the political stories that we follow every day, something going terribly wrong in American society, and it’s hurting our children, and it’s going to have impact for generations to come.”

thinkofthechildrenWon’t somebody please think of the children!!

Fox News’ newest contributor, Erick Erickson, took things one step further, saying nature itself commanded that women be subservient to men and anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly “anti-science”.

“When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it’s tearing us apart.”

Fox News contributor Doug Schoen concluded the discussion/collective rant by labelling breadwinning moms a “catastrophic issue” and claiming they “could undermine our social order.”

Welcome to Saudi America.

Via: Media Matters

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Saudi Cleric: Working Women Should Be Molested

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A Saudi cleric / writer is facing backlash over his Tweets, urging followers to sexually harass working women in order to protect their chastity. Makes sense.

Abdullah Mohamed al-Dawood, a Saudi cleric and writer who has almost 100,000 Twitter followers, is advocating harassment as a way of discouraging women from working in mixed-gender work environments. More specifically, he urged his Twitter followers to sexually molest women hired to work as cashiers in big grocery stores, using the hashtag “harass_female_cashiers”.

Al-Dawood’s campaign to force women to stay home and protect their chastity has been met with outrage. Hundreds of Saudis and other Arab tweeters attacked him, some asking him what right he had to stop women working, asking, “what kind of person urges the youth to commit debauchery?” and suggesting he harass his own wife and leave others alone.

Others, however, have applauded him and his crusade to preserve the country’s deeply conservative Islamic identity. While Saudi women have long worked in all-female workplaces, it is now becoming more common for them to work in public places alongside men. This is not sitting well with the conservatives, al-Dawood included, who continue to fight against government efforts to westernize (i.e corrupt) Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi cleric justified his call to sexually harass working women by using an obscure story from the early days of Islam. In the story, a famous warrior, Al Zubair, does not want his wife to leave the house so he hides in a dark alley, waiting for her to appear. When he sees her, he runs up and molests her in the street. The wife, now terrified of the outside world, rushes home and vows never to leave again. Well, that’s a lovely, f*cked up story.

Via: Gulf News 

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Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Arrested for… Sexual Assault

Air Force Arrested Sexual Assault

The military is plagued with sexual assaults and I think I know why… The man in charge of preventing sexual attacks in the US Air Force sexually assaults women instead.

Lt Col Jeff Krusinki, the officer given the daunting task of stemming sexual assault in the US Air Force, has been arrested and accused of… wait for it… sexual assault. Job fail!

Krusinski, 41, had one to many drinks and drunkenly approached a woman in a northern Virginia parking lot. He then proceeded to grope her breasts and butt. The woman fought him off after he attempted to touch her again and quickly alerted the police.

Krusinski, the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programme, was arrested for sexual battery and held on a $5,000 bond. Maybe he was just doing research for his job? Air Force officials didn’t think so. They reported that Lt Col Krusinski had been removed from his post following reports of the arrest. NOW who will be in charge of preventing sexual assaults in the Air Force?

Well, anyone else I guess. Apparently a dead plant could have done a better job than Krusinski. The Pentagon released a new report that reveals more than 70 sexual assaults are carried out every day against members of the U.S. military and more than 26,000 sexual assaults occurred in 2012 alone. Of those cases, only 3,374 members of the military actually reported assaults, while just 3,000 pressed charges.

Why anyone would want to join the military is a mystery to me… but in related news, there’s a new job opening in the Air Force: Head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programme. Qualifications: Must not sexually assault people.  

Via: Associated Press

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