Watering Hole – Monday, April 18, 2011 – Unequal Pay

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, 40+ years after women’ “burned their bras” and protested for equality,  that inequality still exists in the workplace.  This is shameful and here are 10 businesses that pay women the least.

10.  Retail Trade; “The retail trade industry involves everything from automobile dealers, to electronics stores such as RadioShack and major department stores such as Walmart, which is currently fighting the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in US history.  Etc…”

 9.  Wholesale Trade; “This industry includes wholesalers of lumber and other construction materials, machinery, electronics, and groceries. Etc…”

 8.  Public Administration; “Even within the government sector, women make significantly less than men. This sector involves positions across the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.  Etc…”

 7.  Information; “The information industry includes media, communications, and publishing companies.  Etc…”

 6.  Utilities; “Companies in this industry provide services such as electric power, natural gas, steam and water, and the removal of sewage.  Etc…”

 5.  Durable Goods; “Durable goods refer to long-lasting products such as metals, machinery, computers, electrical equipment, and motor vehicles. Roughly one in every three workers in this industry is a women.  Etc…”

 4.  Non-durable Goods; “The nondurable goods sector includes production of food, tobacco, paper, petroleum, and coal products. While female workers are more common in the nondurable goods manufacturing sector than in the durable goods industry, with roughly one women for every two men, the pay disparity between genders is greater.  Etc…”

 3.  Health Care and Social Assistance; “The health care and social assistance industry consists of companies which provide medical care, health care, and social assistance, as well as professionals such as physicians and dentists.  Etc…”

 2.  Professional and Technical Services; “The professional, scientific, and technical services industry includes law, accounting and design firms. The fact that women in this industry are paid so much less money for their services is surprising, especially considering their improved representation.  Etc…”

 1.  Finance and Insurance; “This industry includes companies in the banking, savings institutions, credit unions, investments, and insurance industries. This sector pays women by far the least amount in comparison to their male counterparts.  Etc…”

Read all the statistics and further details here.  Some of this information may surprise you.  There’s a trend in all this which is evident in the article.

This is our Open Thread.  I’ve said enough.  It’s your turn to Speak Out!

Sunday Roast: Fetus trumps woman?

In 1973, abortion was made legal in this country, via the Roe v. Wade decision by the United States Supreme Court.  Reproductive rights were now the law of the land, and women could now legally use birth control and get a legal and safe abortion, if she decided it was necessary.  Surely equal rights for women — across the board — were just around the corner…

We’ve come a long way, baby, but not in the direction we’d hoped.  Abortion is still legal in the U.S., as well as birth control of many varieties, but being legal and having access are two very different things.  There’s a fairly new trend out there, called a “conscience clause,” and it’s being used by medical personnel and pharmacists to deny their services to women who want birth control and/or abortion services.  Why anyone would go into such fields if they won’t actually do their job for everyone is beyond me, but that’s a topic for another day.

There’s a place called Guanajuato, Mexico.  This place is the anti-choice crowd’s wet dream come true — and a living nightmare for the women who live there.  Cecile Richards has an article on Huffington Post about what’s going on in Mexico these days…

Consider the case of a bleeding young woman’s reception at the Guanajuato hospital:

Before doctors would care for her, the authorities were summoned to interrogate her about her sexual history. Immediately after surgery she was forced to make a statement, and she is still being investigated for possible criminal action.

Yes, this woman’s life was literally draining out of her, but never mind that, the authorities need to find out if she was having a ‘legitimate’ health problem.

Across Mexico, women are being investigated, accused and jailed, even for the suspicion of terminating a pregnancy. Moreover, pregnant women with bleeding or other symptoms are now terrified to go to hospitals, lest they be accused of attempted “murder.”

Indeed, Guanajuato is the ultimate Utopian paradise for 2010 mid-term election anti-choice candidates such as Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller, and Rand Paul.   These five Republican candidates for the United States Congress oppose abortion for any reason — even rape or incest.  That’s right folks, if Angle et al get their way, a victim of rape/incest who finds herself pregnant better just buck up and start making lemonade out of that truckload of lemons that were dumped on her, cuz God’s got a plan. Continue reading

The mother may in fact die…

Apparently, the Roman Catholic doctrine is “shit happens.” At least, shit happens to women. From NPR:

Last November, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She was 11 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, and she was gravely ill. According to a hospital document, she had “right heart failure,” and her doctors told her that if she continued with the pregnancy, her risk of mortality was “close to 100 percent.”

The doctors’ recommendation, which is credited with saving the woman’s life, was to terminate the pregnancy. The decision was approved by hospital administrator Sister Margaret McBride, under a US Catholic directive that allows the fetus to be killed to save the life of the mother. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmstead “automatically” excommunicated Sister McBride, the greatest penalty the Church has.

“She consented in the murder of an unborn child,” says the Rev. John Ehrich, the medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix. “There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child. But — and this is the Catholic perspective — you can’t do evil to bring about good. The end does not justify the means.”

At the NPR link, you can hear the arrogant little prick explain why the greater good is to allow a woman to die.

Rev. Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer, not only points out that the bishop had any number of alternatives to excommunication, but that Olmstead’s actions exemplify the most egregious hypocrisy in the Church.

“In the case of priests who are credibly accused and known to be guilty of sexually abusing children, they are in a sense let off the hook,” Doyle says.

Doyle says no pedophile priests have been excommunicated. When priests have been caught, he says, their bishops have protected them, and it has taken years or decades to defrock them, if ever.

“Yet in this instance we have a sister who was trying to save the life of a woman, and what happens to her? The bishop swoops down [and] declares her excommunicated before he even looks at all the facts of the case,” Doyle says.

Smug Rev. Elrich says he can’t make a distinction between pedophile priests and the hospital administrator. In other words, saving a woman’s life is as least as great an Evil as buggering little kids.

I find it appalling, not only that a Catholic bishop would so arbitrarily boot a hard-working nun out of the Church and forbid her from receiving the Sacraments, but that the “medical ethics director” would approve and rationalize such behavior. It certainly reveals the contempt in which the Church holds women.

Pat Buchanan is 100% pure racist

“White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks.”

And Pat’s Klan robes will be 100% white as well.

Rachel did a fine job allowing this hardcore racist expose him so completely.  There is not a single doubt remaining as to what Buchanan is about.

Will MSNBC finally stop giving this racist an almost daily platform to spew his hateful rhetoric?  Afterall, there are no self-proclaimed neo-Nazis employed as “regular contributors” on any other reputable news organizations — as far as I know.  What makes Pat Buchanan so different?  Wearing a nice suit and combing his hair?


HT:  ThinkProgress

Where Are They Now? Norma McCorvey

Who Were They Then?

Norma Nelson was born Sep 1947 in a small town in Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. From the age of ten she was in and out of trouble with the law and at the age of sixteen she married Woody McCorvey, a sheet-metal worker. When he learned she was pregnant, he turned violent and she left him after only two months. She gave birth to a little girl, Melissa, who was adopted by Norma’s mother, against the baby’s father’s wishes. In 1967, Norma gave up another child, Paige, for adoption and hasn’t seen her since. Then, in 1969, after a casual fling, Norma found herself pregnant for the third time. Working in a circus, not knowing where her next meal would come from or where she would spend the night, she could not imagine bringing another child into the world. As she would later write of this time, Continue reading

Jimmy Carter: The words of God do not justify cruelty to women

Guardian.co.uk/The Observer

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status …” (Article 2, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when th e convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief – confirmed in the holy scriptures – that we are all equal in the eyes of God.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. It is widespread. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths.

Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. The male interpretations of religious texts and the way they interact with, and reinforce, traditional practices justify some of the most pervasive, persistent, flagrant and damaging examples of human rights abuses.

At their most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

Go here to read the rest of this excellent article.

Dr Tiller, The Law, and the “Fear of God”

The 5th Estate 2009

Last weekend, after years of attacks by religious anti-abortion groups against himself his property and his staff, lawful abortion specialist Dr. Tiller was finally killed in the foyer of his church; long-time religious militant abortion opponent Scott Roeder is now charged with his murder.

Two years ago in Denver, Colorado, another abortion protest incident occurred in the foyer of a place of worship which also involved militant abortion opponents. In that particular case the local police responded immediately and no-one was killed.

In the subsequent trial of the accused, the litigant’s spokeswoman asked the judge to “consider the safety of ministry employees and visitors” when handing down the sentences.

Did you catch that?

The incident that the police so efficaciously reacted-to did not involve a confrontation between legal abortion providers and abortion opponents, but rather between two factions of the anti-abortion movement and with the aggrieved party asking for future protection from harassment and possible violence.


After years of vandalism, fire-bombing, death threats and an assault with a deadly weapon by members of religious groups, Scott Roeder was observed by eye-witnesses and recorded on videotape in felony acts by attempting to sabotage the locks on Dr Tiller’s clinic—a federal offense under the FACE act.

The clinic provided the local police with the evidence of Roeder’s felony and the police did absolutely nothing.

That left Roeder free to take his anti-abortion crusade to the next level in which he “allegedly” murdered Dr Tiller in a church foyer a few days later.

Wichita police were provided with all the evidence they needed to arrest Scott Roeder immediately and charge him with a federal crime. They could have involved the FBI. Roeder could have been held on bail and if he made bail he could have been monitored by the FBI whilst awaiting trial.

Instead, nothing was done.

Dr Tiller is now dead, his clinic now closed, his employees now unemployed and women are further denied their legal and medical rights.

Meanwhile radical officially ‘religious’ groups use the particulars and principles of secular law for their own convenience and benefit even as they refuse to abide by them and seek to overthrow them, actively or passively abetted by supposedly secular authorities.

Scott Roeder was encouraged by religious leaders, his actions given justification by certain media authorities, his act enabled by the criminal negligence of the Wichita police and culpable Federal authorities.

When a religious organization in Colorado felt threatened by another more militant religious group, secular authority acted on mere trespass, but when a secular organization in Kansas had been attacked multiple times with vandalism, fire-bombings and assaults with deadly weapons and given clear evidence to act, Wichita authorities did nothing.

Read the rest of 5th Estate’s post on his blog here.

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A tour of the frothing at the mouth, head-spinning, spittle-flecked wingnut hate machine

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I’ve noticed something lately.  Racism, fear, and hate are running rampant in this country.

Well, not just lately, it’s been bubbling under the surface for years — it just seems much worse and “in your face.”  I would pinpoint the escalation at or about the time of the nomination of Barack Hussein Obama for the office of President of the United States.  Little by little, insinuations and fear-mongering became the order of the day for some people.  “He’s a Muslim!”  “He’s not an American!”  He’s a Socialist!!”  Cue the scary music!

Recently, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to take the place of Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayor has a typical American “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” story — the kind we all love so well — and she’s totally qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court, having more experience than anyone currently sitting on that Court.  But who cares about all that!?  Apparently, she’s really a super-scary racist white-hating Mexican who wants to take away our guns! Eeeekkk!!!!

How about a little walk on the darker side of wingnuttia?  Come on, I’ll hold your hand…just make sure you hold mine, ok?

Hal Turner, a white supremacist and anti-Semite internet radio talker/blogger, has been arrested for inciting violence against two Connecticut lawmakers, because they want to pass a bill changing how the Catholic Church operates in that state.  Turner posted this on his blog:

“It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally,” the blog stated. “These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die.”

He also promised to list the home addresses of the Connecticut lawmakers.  I’m thinking jail is a great place for Mr Turner right now.

Next, we have Rob Williams and Arnie States of the KRXQ radio station in Sacramento, California.  These organisms (I hesitate to called them men — or human) went on a sickening rampage against gender dysphoric CHILDREN, calling them “freaks” and “idiots.”  States even made the claim that if his own son put on a pair of high-heeled shoes, he would beat him with the shoes and mentally degrade him.  Here’s a sample:

“I’m not open-minded once I look into sumpin'” one of the two men grunted at the beginning of the segment, their voices interchangeable. “I have every right to call you a freak and judge you on that. It makes me sick. ‘Mommy, I’m a girl trapped in a boy’s body,'” he simpered, mimicking an effeminate little boy. “I want to wear a dwess.”

It’s not good enough to shred adults they deem “effeminate” or “girly,” these two creepazoids are so inadequate that they have to go after children.

Are you still with me?  Ok, let’s descend a bit further into this pit of horrors…

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We care — unless you’re “teh gay”


As her partner of 17 years slipped into a coma, Janice Langbehn pleaded with doctors and anyone who would listen to let her into the woman’s hospital room.

Eight anguishing hours passed before Langbehn would be allowed into Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. By then, she could only say her final farewell as a priest performed the last rites on 39-year-old Lisa Marie Pond.

Jackson staffers advised Langbehn that she could not see Pond earlier because the hospital’s visitation policy in cases of emergency was limited to immediate family and spouses — not partners. In Florida, same-sex marriages or partnerships are not recognized. On Friday, two years after her partner’s death, Langbehn and her attorneys were in federal court, claiming emotional distress and negligence in a suit they filed last June.

Jackson attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the hospital has no obligation to allow patients’ visitors.

Jackson Memorial Hospital took this stand, in spite of the fact that Ms Langbehn had the proper legal documents in hand, which allowed her to make medical decisions for her partner.

I looked up the Mission Statement of Jackson Memorial Hospital, and this is what I found:

Mission Statement:  To build the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the resident of Miami-Dade County.

Vision Statement:  Our strategic vision is to be a nationally and internationally recognized, world-class academic medical system and to be the provider of choice for quality care.

Values:  Service Excellence and Quality, Commitment, Compassion, Teamwork and Communication, Respect, Confidentiality, Integrity and Stewardship, Inclusion.

Wow.  That brought a tear to my eye.

But then I remembered what Jackson Memorial Hospital did to the Langbehn/Pong family, and would suggest an addendum to JMH’s “Mission & Vision” page:  UNLESS YOU’RE GAY.

Joan Walsh slaps down the Dick


Joan Walsh penned a column, responding to Dick Armey’s bizarre verbal attack on Hardball.

Dick must be hiding his head in shame — the woman he tried to put in “her place” feels sorry for him.

The most charitable explanation I can come up with for former GOP Rep. Dick Armey’s wild retro outburst at me on Wednesday’s “Hardball” is that he knows I’m a huge “Mad Men” fan, and wanted to throw me back into the sad straitened sex roles of the early 1960s, but without the afternoon cocktails or Joan Holloway’s hot dresses.

Apparently I’ve been lucky. I’ve never before had a man try to win an argument – public or private – by saying “I am so damn glad that you could never be my wife,” as Armey famously did, when he ran out of arguments about President Obama’s recovery bill. But I should have known that the guy best known for calling Barney Frank “Barney Fag” would throw me a strange curveball. As far as I can tell, it flew around and hit Armey in the face. Just like the Rush Limbaugh insults we were supposed to be debating, it showed the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the right wing political project in 2009. Judging from my email and blogosphere reaction, Armey’s attack on me was as effective as the House Republicans voting unanimously against the stimulus bill that passed the House overwhelmingly without them. (Glenn Greenwald links Armey’s crazy assault with his impotent former House minions’ latest moves very well, here.)

Like Barack Obama, I want to be magnanimous, mostly. A lot of people have asked why I wasn’t meaner in my comeback to Armey. Mainly, I felt sorry for him; he’d clearly run out of arguments, and he wasn’t raised to know how to argue with female opponents as well as male. The thing is, for guys of Armey’s generation and backward political views, once you’ve rigged the world so that women and non-white people can’t compete with you on equal terms, life is easy: You’re always up against a bunch of white guys you’ve grown up with, and you know how to win. When late in life the game changes, and you find yourself having to argue with a whole new cadre of smart, opinionated women, black people, Latinos, Asians, gays, well, it’s gotta suck.

Even when Dick tried to demean/joke about Bill Clinton’s troubles in the White House, he managed to demean his wife.

“If I were in the President’s place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be lying in a pool of my own blood, hearing Mrs. Armey standing over me saying, ‘How do I reload this damn thing?”

I guess I’m less generous than Ms Walsh.  I think he’s a terminal idiot.

Read the whole article here.

Dick Armey, Being A Dick

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Can you believe the nerve of this misogynistic asswipe?

ARMEY: I’m so damn glad that you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you every day.

WALSH: Boy, that makes two of us sir. That was really an outstanding comment.

ARMEY: That’s what I’m talking about — she’s making a political malarkey here.

Dick Armey must belong to the “He-Man-Woman-Hater Club.” But his entire display of rudeness should offend any person of civility, regardless of their sex.   And at no point does he apologize for what he said. And this is what the Republican Party has to offer as an alternative? A “Shut up, you hag!” approach to political discourse? Is it any wonder they lost so big in the last elections? As Bob Herbert said later, this man owes Joan Walsh, and the viewers of Hardball an apology for his offensive remarks. And it better not be one of “to anyone who was offended by what I said, I’m sorry.” This time, the apology has to show that he understand why what he specifically said and did was wrong. Anything less is not a true apology.


With the 14th Roll Call Vote of the 111st Congress, the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed, 61-36. Five Republicans crossed lines. Finally. A good start for Congress.

Here’s the Roll Call:


Nay AL Sessions, Jefferson [R]
Nay AL Shelby, Richard [R]
Yea AK Begich, Mark [D]
Yea AK Murkowski, Lisa [R]
Nay AZ Kyl, Jon [R]
Nay AZ McCain, John [R]
Yea AR Lincoln, Blanche [D]
Yea AR Pryor, Mark [D]
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Legal Abortion in America: 35 36 Years (Updated)

AP, by David Crary / via International Herald Tribune.

On January 22, 1973, 35 36 years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Roe v. Wade, establishing the legal right to abortion for women in America. Since that time there have been about 50 million abortions performed in this country, with an estimated one-third of adult women having had at least one abortion.

Who are these women? The numbers may surprise you…

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 percent are teens. About 60 percent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

A disproportionately high number are black or Hispanic. And regardless of race, high abortion rates are linked to hard times.

That’s right, folks. It’s not primarily very young, irresponsible women who are obtaining abortions. Most women seeking abortion are already mothers.

“It doesn’t just happen to young people, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with irresponsibility,” said Miriam Inocencio, president of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island. “Women face years and years of reproductive life after they’ve completed their families, and they’re at risk of an unintended pregnancy that can create an economic strain.”

Over the years, the number of abortions has decreased. There were 1.2 million abortions in 2005, which was an 8% decrease from 2000.

Why do some women choose to have abortions?

The Journal of Family Issues published a report earlier this month asserting that women often choose abortion because of their wish to be good parents.

That means women who have no children want the conditions to be right when they do, and women who already are mothers want to care responsibly for their existing children, said the lead author, Rachel Jones, a researcher with the Guttmacher Institute.

“These women believed that it was more responsible to terminate a pregnancy than to have a child whose health and welfare could be in question,” Jones said.

The abortion rate for women living below the poverty line is four times higher than for women in the middle or upper classes.

Of all U.S. women getting abortions, about 54 percent are doing so for the first time, while one-fifth have had at least two previous abortions. Of those over 20, the majority have attended college. Almost a third have been married at some point. About 60 percent have at least one child; one-third have two or more.

“I don’t think most people understand that these are women who have families, who are making a very serious decision about their reproductive health,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “The stereotype is that the decision is made lightly. It is not.”

Simply, we need to care for the children we already have, and it is our right to make reproductive decisions in private. Women had abortions long before Roe v. Wade, and if it is overturned, women will continue to have abortions. I would prefer that septic abortion wards remain a thing of the past.

Proper sex education and effective, available birth control are key. Abortion should be safe, legal, available and rare.

UPDATE: Now that George W. Bush is no longer in office, things are being shaken up in the world of personal choice.

The anti-choice crowd is beginning to foam at the mouth, in anticipation of their upcoming loss of political power and influence.  Read about it here.

Obama is expected to repeal the global gag rule, which has impacted women’s health all over the world by cutting off funding for international family planning programs that do counseling about abortion, or provide the procedure.  Read about it here.

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Why Does God Hate Democracy?

Sarah Palin believes that God will intervene in the upcoming election in order to ensure her victory, regardless of prevailing voter opinion. In an interview with James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Palin said:

“I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

It is that intercession that is so needed. And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it.”

She also described herself as “hardcore pro-life” and said that “John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks in our platform that build the right agenda for America.”

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John McCain’s Newest Rape Joke

During the debate last night John McCain was trying to be funny again. Early in the debate when they were still discussing the economy he was talking about earmarks and pork barrel and pulling out his “old” pen threatening to veto them and using the line “you will know their name” whatever that means. I’m not sure if he’s talking about politicians or projects. But I digress.

At approximately 4:50 into this segment McCain says, “We spent $3 million to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don’t know if that was a criminal issue or a paternital [sic] issue but the fact is that it was $3 million of our taxpayers’ money.” Well I don’t know exactly what he meant by paternital since it’s not really a word. I assume he meant paternity issue but with the two linked together it implies discovering who the father is whether by force or consent. He’s subtle but still inappropriate and it’s clear he was looking for a laugh.

John McCain has a Heart attack

If you can’t read it, click here.

I don’t know if the letter is real, but I know the sentiment is accurate, as the Wilson’s have publicly stated so.

If you can stomach it, watch this conservative radio talk show gasbag (below the fold) go off on Ann and Nancy Wilson’s releasing their statement that Palin in no way represents anything they believe in and they were, indeed, donating all of the funds paid for Barracuda to Obama.
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NOW Endorses Obama-Biden Ticket

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That would be the National Organization for Women and usually they don’t endorse in a presidential election. Oh the irony. How bad does the ticket that includes a woman have to be to get NOW to come out against them? Bad probably doesn’t describe it. Maybe disastrous, catastrophic, horrific is a better description of the results of a possible win by McCain and Palin.

That being said it is the possitive attributes of Senator Obama that led NOW to endorse him. Kim Gandy, Chair, NOW Political Action Committee, had this to say:

Although it is very unusual for us to endorse in a presidential election, this is an unprecedented candidate and an unprecedented time for our country. The NOW PAC reviewed Sen. Obama’s record and public statements on issues that disproportionately affect the women of this nation, and I spoke with him at length about his commitment to women’s equality. For example:

On pay equity. Sen. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation to end wage discrimination against women.

On reproductive rights. Sen. Obama is a co-sponsor of the Prevention First Act, to strengthen access to contraception and reproductive health care, and prevent unwanted pregnancies. He strongly supports Roe v. Wade and will oppose any efforts to overturn it.

On violence against women. Sen. Obama supports the continued reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act — of which Sen. Joe Biden is the chief sponsor — as well as the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act, which is legislation to provide legal, medical and financial support to victims of domestic violence.

On the Supreme Court. Sen. Obama opposed the nominations of George Bush’s extreme right-wing nominees to the Supreme Court, who have consistently ruled against women’s rights,

For more than a decade, Barack Obama has said “yes” to women’s rights, while John McCain has consistently said “no” – NO to pay equity, NO to contraceptive access and reproductive rights, NO to appointing Supreme Court judges who will uphold women’s rights and civil rights, NO to funding shelters and other anti-violence programs, and NO to supporting working moms and dads with policies that support work/life balance.

NOW supported Sen. Hillary Clinton in the primary, and now we join with her in saying “NO” — No Way, No How, No McCain! And we proudly stand arm-in-arm with her in putting our hopes and our dreams, our hard work and our hard-earned money, behind the next President of the United States — Barack Obama, and his running mate, longtime friend and ally of women, Sen. Joe Biden.

Listen to Kim Gandy’s announcement at NPR.


H/T Marie at TP

Mayor Palin Billed Rape Victims

While Palin was Mayor of Wasilla, the Wasilla Police Department billed rape victims for the cost of the rape kit used to gather evidence. The cost would range from $300 to $1200 per victim and Wasilla collected between $5,000 to $14,000 per year from rape victims!

You can get a good idea of how many women in Wasilla were victims of sexual assault just by doing the math. And remember, Palin is opposed to allowing rape victims the choice of whether or not to get an abortion, forcing them to incur even more expenses.

Baby, Baby, Who’s Got the Baby?

According to the “official story” Palin had her baby at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center on April 18, 2008. If that’s the case, it should be listed here:

Baby Name Born Parents
Ava May 18-Jul-08 Melissa Joy & Jeffrey Michael
Kaden Cameron 18-Jul-08 Samantha Jean & Dustin Tyler
Jacob Lee 17-Jul-08 Maria Elena & Justin Lee
Dinah joy 15-Jul-08 LIsa Janelle & Jamy David
Dylan Patrick 14-Jul-08 Raquel Morgan & Robert Patrick
Lacey Jane 14-Jul-08 Jamie & Justin Dale
Asieh 12-Jul-08 Tesa Daphann
Teagen Douglas 10-Jul-08 Chandra Pauline & Larry Robert
Gracie Ann 8-Jul-08 Jenae Colleen & Justin Lee
Jenna Lynn 8-Jul-08 Christina Lynn & Joshua Aaron
Miky Sue 8-Jul-08 Mary LaVella & James Robert
Dax Terrance 30-Jun-08 Jennifer Anne & Jonathan E.
Annebelle Joy 25-Jun-08 Crystal Marie & Joseph Edward
Emily Ann 20-Jun-08 Lisa Maureen & Thomas Phillip
Gavin Wesley 20-Jun-08 Kayla Danielle
Kendahl Marie 20-Jun-08 Christy Lynn & Tommie Everette
Wyatt Timothy 16-Jun-08 Joy Lynn & Daniel Edward
Leland Wayne 15-Jun-08 Chrystal Dawn & Joseph Randall
Kiriana Lena 14-Jun-08 Elena & Larett
Braiden Anthony 11-Jun-08 Angela Marie
Deagan Eric 11-Jun-08 Marie DeeAnan & Danil Eric
Levi Daniel 10-Jun-08 Michelle Licht & Nicholas Hoots
Allynn Jayne 7-Jun-08 Kyleigh Ann & Jordan Lee
Jolene Marie 5-Jun-08 Renee Marie & Mark Ronald
Gabriel John 4-Jun-08 Heather Lee & James Woodward
Graceann Emily 4-Jun-08 Julie Ann & Armand Michael
Andrew Michael 3-Jun-08 Marion Elizabeth
Baby Name Born Parents
Avery Grace 28-May-08 Allison Michelle & Dwayne Harry
Macy Jo 26-May-08 Charisse Marie & Cody Joe
Gabriel Arlo 25-May-08 Nancy & Darren
Kyle Theodore 24-May-08 Sarah Hope & Josiah Paul
Melanie Pauline 24-May-08 Sarah Pauline & Martin Dean
Lillian Rae 23-May-08 Kristi Ann & Glenn Steven
Emily Grace 18-May-08 Brandy Lynn & John Christopher
Kruze Eric 17-May-08 Emily Jane & John Paul
Jacob Ryan 15-May-08 Jessica Michelle & Branden Ray
Austin Ray 7-May-08 Ruth Ann & Andreas
Devon Brent 5-May-08 Elizabeth Margaret & Scott Tyler
Jessie Jaymes 5-May-08 Brenna Jalene & Eli David
Kyler Christefer 3-May-08 Heather & Chris
Alahna Sahar 1-May-08 Melissa & Tim
Amber Kathleen 1-May-08 Sally Martha & Anthony Rene
Zoe Arianna 1-May-08 Jennifer Anne & Patrick Allen
Avigail LeeAnn 28-Apr-08 Danica Marie & Billy Shade
John Michael 28-Apr-08 Amie Marie & Michael John
Makenna Amor 28-Apr-08 Kathleen Amor & Jeremy Loyd
Maria-Ann Louise 28-Apr-08 Amy Louise & Jason Alan
Natalie Ann 26-Apr-08 Desirae & Trevor
Sophia Nicole 25-Apr-08 Ashley Ann
Peyton Robert 24-Apr-08 Candice Joy & Shawn Robert
Jordyn Lisa 23-Apr-08 Kari Lyn & Timothy Louis
Maya Lena Belle 23-Apr-08 Laura Elizabeth & Alvin Jacob
Kassandra Marie 21-Apr-08 Jessica Lee & Ryan Alan
Hannah Grace 20-Apr-08 Heidi J. & Chris B.
Isaiah Travis 18-Apr-08 Erin Chantal & Justin Travis
Kayden Lexus 18-Apr-08 Amanda Frances
Christian Alexander 15-Apr-08 Leslie Ann & Adam Wade
Baby Name Born Parents
Jayden George 13-Apr-08 Jessica Winona & Brandon Lee
Jianna Mai 13-Apr-08 Tasa & Primo Joseph
Rachel Marie 13-Apr-08 Rebekah Sue & Gary Allen
Rachel Marie 13-Apr-08 Rebekah Sue & Gary Allen
Carlyn Anne 12-Apr-08 Rachel Ann & Farren Miles
Elayna Mae 12-Apr-08 Laura Jeanette & Daniel Steven
Macallister Louise 6-Apr-08 Marcey Louise & Daniel Paul
Derrick John 5-Apr-08 Mandy Jo & Derrick John
Emily Clair 5-Apr-08 Laura May & Michael Joseph
Lilli Marie Ann 5-Apr-08 Lisa Marie & Steven Charles
Lowman 5-Apr-08 Cara & Samuel
Madison Paige 5-Apr-08 Fawn Elise & Daniel Martin
Sierra Lynn 31-Mar-08 Suzanne Elizabeth & Frank Author
Gavin James 28-Mar-08 Lynelle & Adam
Owen Ray 27-Mar-08 Jennifer Elissa & Randy Ray
Seanan Michael 26-Mar-08 Bronica Jean & Kent Andrew
Kyana Aralyn 21-Mar-08 Kira Marie
Sheridan Darryl 20-Mar-08 Annie Lorie & Eric Michael
Timberlyn Rae 20-Mar-08 Jessica Kristine & James Malcolm
Julien Michael 19-Mar-08 Samantha & Michael
Kyrus Leigh 19-Mar-08 Melinda Lane & Harold Eugene
Trenton River 19-Mar-08 Rayana Lynn & Michael Shawn
Anderson Reed 18-Mar-08 Lucina & Guy LaMar
Emerson James 16-Mar-08 Amanda Sue & Adam Charles
KiAna 15-Mar-08 Michelle & Keith
Bridget Mabel 5-Mar-08 Kris & Dan
Maleiya Marie 5-Mar-08 Christina Marie & Matthias Wayne
Brayden 3-Mar-08 Holly Eden & Mario Joel
Paris Brandi 3-Mar-08 Valorie Janine

Food for Thought on the Palin-Baby Story

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “I don’t know where she’s traveled to…But it’s not meeting people that matters. You know, President Bush met President Putin. And I don’t think it matters just meeting people. You look at people’s judgment.”

If the “official story” about Palin and her baby is true, then I question her judgment.

Her water breaks while she is in Texas. She chooses not to get medical attention, but to stay and give a speech. (Did anyone mop up after her?)

Then she gets on a commercial aircraft for a several-hour flight, without telling the flight attendants that her water had broken earlier that day. (How did she keep her seat dry?)

This was a premature delivery, and she did not seek medical attention for several hours, and endangered her baby by getting on board an aircraft where there would be no emergency facilities available for hours (or she would have forced an emergency landing enroute).

For someone “pro-life” she certainly showed a callous disregard for the health and safety of her baby.