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Elizabeth Warren "Constitutionally Fit" Thanks To An 1848 Multi-Tasking Mama Named Elizabeth

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I'm watching Senator Elizabeth Warren give another rousing, inspiring  speech.  I love her. I love a woman who takes action and fights for truth, justice and the American way.  Remember The American way?  Elizabeth Warren does.  And she wants us to fight for it.
via Netrootsnation:

If we push back hard, we can win. We fight, we win. We don’t win every time, but we’re learning to win. We’re learning to win and we will keep winning.

She is out there, supporting her colleagues who are running for office, promoting her book A Fighting Chance, calling out the bad guys, and demanding accountability.

It's July 2014 and the world is at war, going crazy.  Planes are being shot out of the air, rockets are being launched, fingers are being pointed and everyone is blaming everyone else.  Where is the accountability?

And as I watch this fabulous female Elizabeth Warren, I see another fabulous female Elizabeth.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who back in July 1848 gave quite the rousing inspiring speech at an herstoric convention, and paved the road (with a load of other fabulous females and males) for Elizabeth Warren to travel on.

See back in 1840, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was  twenty-four years old and on her honeymoon, enjoying - as she wrote in her diary - "the pleasures of the flesh".  Yes.  Her destination?  A convention. The 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.  Peeps from aaaallll  around the world gathered to find a way to abolish slavery.

And keep in mind what travel was like in the eighteen hundreds; arduous, dangerous, nightmarish.  This was a large group of thoughtful committed citizens - to paraphrase the great Margaret Mead.

So, Elizabeth Cady Stanton - (who had the audacity to keep her maiden name - Cady -  and refused to say the word "obey" in her wedding vows) was privileged, educated, super smart and knew that this was an opportunity to really participate in the world. An opportunity provided by Henry Stanton, her brand new husband - an abolitionist - who was invited to the London Convention.

That's where Elizabeth Cady Stanton went on her honeymoon and that's where she met Lucretia Mott, forty-seven year old famous abolitionist and adored Quaker minister, who became Elizabeth's friend and mentor.

Ms. Mott had been invited as a delegate from The Philadelphia female Anti-Slavery Society, which she established because - as a woman - she was not allowed to speak or participate in any of the Abolitionist Meetings.

But it turned out the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention was "limited to gentlemen" and the women were

via factsonfileweb.com

constitutionally unfit for public or business meetings

and not allowed to speak or participate.

The men took a vote.  Some of them said yes, let the women participate.  But more of them, lots more, said no.  Including Elizabeth's new husband Henry Stanton.  Ooooh.  No more pleasures of the flesh for him! The women end up behind a curtain.  Behind a curtain!

So, after the meeting, walking around London, arm in arm, bonding and bitching, Lucretia and Lizzie (as Elizabeth was affectionately called), vowed to have their own meeting.

From Not for Ourselves Alone

I find it remarkable that abolitionists who so keenly feel the wrongs of the slaves should be so oblivious to the equal wrongs of their own wives, sisters, mothers, said Lizzie.

She had quite a way with words, that Lizzie.

We must hold a convention to form a society to advocate the rights of women.

And they did.  Thanks to geography and tea.

Eight years later Lizzie is a thirty-three year old, multi-tasking Mama, suffering from mental hunger and domestic drudgery, and living in Seneca Falls, a sleepy little town in upstate New York.  She gets invited to a tea party in Waterloo, the next town over. Meanwhile, Lucretia Mott goes to visit her sister in Waterloo, and gets invited to the same tea party.  Lizzie and Lucretia had not seen each other in eight years.

"How art thou", asked Lucretia to Lizzie,  and it all comes out.  Elizabeth spilled her guts. How she had read Mary Wollstonecraft and Frances Wright, the nineteenth century feminists that Lucretia had suggested to her.  How she loved her life in Boston, where she worked with The Grimke Sisters, and hung out with Nathaniel Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller.  But then they moved to the sleepy little town where she quickly began to suffer from the ever present mental hunger and domestic drudgery.

From Not for Ourselves Alone:

"I can find nothing to bring into play my higher faculties", she tells Lucretia.
From She's History!

And so a meeting was planned.

Not wanting to schlep her three little boys, who she referred to as "hellions", she called for the meeting to be held in her home town of Seneca Falls.  A working mother's practicality is the reason the first women's convention was held in Seneca Falls.
A sign was posted in the local paper;

"Women’s Right’s Convention – A convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman will be held....in the Wesleyan Church in Seneca Falls.”

This was The First Meeting Held And Organized By American Women!
They drafted a Declaration of Sentiments, based on The Declaration Of Independence, our founding father's little list of eighteen grievances against King George.  The women just substituted men for King George.

All men and women are created equal.

But when Elizabeth had the audacity to ask for the right to vote, she stood alone.  Not even Lucretia Mott would back her up.
From Not for Ourselves Alone:

"Lizzie, thou wilt make the convention ridiculous".

But Lizzie's good friend Frederick Douglass backed her up and the right to vote  - is resolved!

From Not for Ourselves Alone:

The duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.

Watching Elizabeth Warren go after the banks and the bad guys, lobbing fact after fact, so articulately, so passionately, so brilliantly, I think of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the countless unknown fabulous females who fought and fought and pushed back hard.

Most of them died before they saw women win the right to vote.

They would adore Elizabeth Warren and I can only imagine what they would think of the most powerful country in the world holding its breath waiting for a woman to announce if she will run for President.  We've come a long way since 1848.

Of course, there's that war on women to deal with.

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Power play: Hobby Lobby et al. "not happy until their faith has more influence."

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My Twitter followers often ask me why religious-slash-conservative politicians do what they do despite the potential negative effect on so many Americans. Why, for example, do they persist with their War on Women? Why do they insist that a zygote is a child and force closures of women's health clinics, putting existing lives at risk? Why do they claim they are "pro-life" as they scream their heartless, vicious verbal attacks at-- and put the fear of their god into-- child refugees who are escaping from rape, violent abuse, and death? Why do right wing extremists allow these atrocities to continue? Why are they willing to potentially end lives in the name of their god? My answer is an abbreviated (it is Twitter, after all) one-size-fits-all reply: Power and money.

Power and money are strong motivators. Tossing red meat to rabidly hungry political donors and like-minded voters goes a long way to securing state and federal lawmakers' positions. And by keeping their jobs, they get to extend their influence. It's all about self-interest.

Hypocrisy is an ingredient of Theocratic Stew, too, but that doesn't answer the Why. Besides, some outwardly religious zealots may very well believe their own fevered, ill-conceived blather.

The Hobby Lobby case allows bosses to control and exert their influence over women, women who may hold different beliefs (or disbeliefs) than the corporate "person" that pays them. Rather, they claim it's about their beliefs. Some of us see it differently.

Today on her radio show, Nicole Sandler played an interview with David Silverman. Silverman is the president of AmericanAtheists.org. He was discussing conservatives and their heavy-handed religious policies, but made a very important distinction. To quote Silverman, "It's not conservative, it's theocratic." Bingo.

Which brings me to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because, believe it or not, our voices matter:

That's rich, a Christian activist law firm calling itself the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Equally Orwellian phrasing titles the constitutionally dubious Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the Becket firm has cited to obtain ill-considered U.S. Supreme Court decisions favoring Christianity over sound public policy. ("Law firm in Hobby Lobby win is playing key role in religion cases," July 19)

For truth in advertising, how about "the Becket Fund for Denying Nonbelievers' Rights to Freedom from Religion"?

So what if this firm advocates a Muslim prison inmate's right to grow a beard. That ploy likely will prevail as a bone thrown to non-Christian detractors, but its narrow application betrays the firm's ulterior motive: to set up more far-reaching court rulings to favor the Christian majority.

Edward Alston, Santa Maria

..

The lawyers for Hobby Lobby don't seek religious freedom. As with the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they seek the right to extend their religious beliefs to apply to everyone else.

All over the world, it's common for those who practice a particular religion not to be satisfied with their own personal religious freedom. They are not happy until their faith has more influence.

In Iraq, this conflict gets people killed. In the U.S., the Supreme Court allows businesses to force employees to comply with owners' religious beliefs.

The freedom of religion in the 1st Amendment prevents the government from establishing a religion. Once the immense power of government assists one religion, all others suffer.

Norwood Price, Burbank

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion, Contraception And Women

Education

  • Arizona Hurls Again: Mesa public charter school teaches religion.
  • Flinstonian Puke-Fest: GOP candidate for Minnesota House of Reps, wants public schools to teach that humans & dinos lived together.

Fifty Shades Of Hate, Lies And Propaganda

  • Perky Pukery: Primo hater and theocrat Tony Perkins asks: Is it Burger King or Burger Queen

If Media Is The Message

  • Projectile Lies: Bill O’Reilly Advances Extremist Personhood Argument Against Abortion

Politics Nation

  • Poopy On The Upchuck: The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One. Obama is the Antichrist, Republicans are heretics, and compromise is unholy.

Religion Gone Mad

  • Capesce Chuck? An Outrage Beyond All Others: The Use Of Religion to Assault Democracy
  • Penis Licking Upchuck! Right-wing youth leader threatens his ‘gay’ dog on Facebook: ‘Don’t challenge my principles’

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Snausage Spew: Governor tells Iowans to ‘repent’ in official proclamation for Christian revival at Capitol

Scandal

  • The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Puke: Florida pastor accused of raping clients of homeless shelter

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Scotal Oath-Chucking: Justice in the United States is for the rich, powerful, Christian male
  • Scrotal Puke-Chucking: The Hobby Lobby Stages of Grief: Stage 2, Anger
  • Regurgitating Racism:. Federal Appeals Court Orders Texas To Issue Confederate Flag License Plates

Theocracy Rising

  • Upchuck’s Family Values: Hobby Lobby Case Linked To Secretive National Prayer Breakfast Group, “The Family”
  • Myth Bustin Spit-Up: Who’s surprised here? Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction
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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

This was the week when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are not only ‘people but that they’re people with a kind of ‘superior’ Christianity that all too closely represent the Taliban. Lady Liberty lost something dear this past week and our great American forefathers weep from their graves. More pointedly, We The People lost important liberties this week and we lost them because too many good people have stood out past elections – - elections that determined the make-up of this particular court.

My Upchucks are more abbreviated than usual – - not because there are fewer and certainly not because it was an insignificant week, but because I am away ‘celebrating’ the 4th. Watch for the next Upchuck on July 21st and in the meantime, train your eyes and ears on the theocrats that would have our souls and our country. If we let them.

It Can Happen Here

Abortion

Education

  • Don’t Let Creationism Hit You In The Arse, Ass: Ken Ham Says Secular Schools Are ‘Churches of Atheism’ After Homeschooled Grads Cant Get Jobs.

Elections

  • Sixteenth Upchuck? God Help Us:  Could he possibly represent America less?? Little Bobby Jindal Courts Religious Right with His Eye On ’16

Same Sex Issues

  • Spew Fit For A TheoracyGay Couples May Soon Have to Choose Between Getting Married and Not Getting Fired

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • State Hate: Mike Lee (R-UT) Agrees With Scrotal Decision Because Women Use Birth Control ‘Largely For Recreational Behavior’
  • That’s Just This Week Chuck: While You Were Paying Attention To Hobby Lobby, Five States Made It Harder To Get An Abortion

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Festering Ka-Ka: With Hobby Lobby behind us, here are four other festering church-state issues
  • Narrow Decision My BippySCOTUS has already expanded Hobby Lobby decision

Theocracy Rising

  • Dark Ages Drek: They’re coming for your contraception and that’s not hyperbole.
  • God’s Army Of Pukers: 82 Corporations Set To Drop Birth Control Coverage( fyi,#5 iis the company who engraved Scripture on all US rifle sights sent to the Middle East)
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Mississippi Mudslinging Ably Covered by Rachel Maddow - VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow Mississippi

On the heels of Lucian's fantastic reporting on the ground game in Mississippi of yesterday, Give Me That Old Time Discrimination, Mississippi,it was satisfying to see Rachel Maddow take on the carnival of mishappenstances that have plagued the Thad Cochran and McDaniel Hot Southern Mess.

Teabagger McDaniel is now making a concerted fuss. He's not done spreading chaos, corruption and electoral complaints, by far. In fact, you can read the latest here about his inability to accept defeat gracefully. Enjoy Maddow's take on this most bizarre southern political 'situation'.

And a second segment, even better than the first. The significance is lost on no one that this is all occurring on the 50th anniversary of the epic Fight for Rights, Freedom Summer.

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Head of Detroit Civil Rights and Ethics Division possible victim of racial profiling (VIDEO)

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welcome to detroit

detroit portia roberson shopping while black

Detroit has its issues. In fact, Detroit has major issues. Take their mass water shut-off, for example:

A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing.

Anyone notice the word "racist" in that quote? Hey, me too! Guess what? Here it comes again...

Portia Roberson is African American. Apparently, shopping while black is a no-no in Detroit.

Via Think Progress:

Portia Roberson is an attorney, a former prosecutor, and a former Obama Administration official who worked in the Justice Department and the White House. She currently heads the Civil Rights and Ethics Division for the city of Detroit. Yet, when she walked into a Talbots clothing store last Sunday to return some clothes and try on new ones, a member of the store’s staff looked at her and somehow saw a shoplifter.

Pretty ironic, considering she heads a civil rights agency.

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Here's what Ms. Roberson wrote on her Facebook page:

When I exit the fitting room, I'm confronted by two GP police officers who ask to search my bag and ask me if I have any merchandise in the bag. I tell them to go ahead and search and point out the items and the receipt. He (the officer) tells me it is clear that someone made a mistake and then takes my bag to the store manager to point out that everything that I have in my possession, I have purchased...

The manager’s explanation was that she had asked the police to do a walk around the store because it was so busy (four customers, including me) however I pointed out to her that after searching me, they left without searching anyone else.

She added that she felt "embarrassed" and "shaken." Or to put it another way, racially profiled and targeted.

Maybe she can take her case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they'll rule that Talbot's corporate religious beliefs justified their racist actions.

Video courtesy of WXYZ.

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Other Women’s Issues

Education

  • Upchucking Upstarts: Defended by Beckett Fund (of Hobby Lobby infamy,) Christian Preschool Ineligible For State Grant, Americans United Says
  • It’s 9 a.m. Chuck. Do You Know Where Your Children Are And What They’re Learning? The ascent of Glenn Beck’s favorite “historian” is terrifying.

Elections

  • My Country Tain’t Of Thee Hate Spew: Georgia GOP candidate Jody Hice:  Muslims not protected by the First Amendment

Fifty Shades Of Hate/Bring On The Revolution

  • Constitutionally Challenged Barf-Head: Southern GOPer Says Only Christians Should be Protected by Constitution

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Revolutionary Reflux: Oath Keeper tells Fox News radio that God gives Americans the right to disobey gun laws

If Media Is The Message

  • Dumbed Down, Puked Up: Watch This Fox Host Push Four Myths About Hobby Lobby In 17 Seconds

Lies, Propaganda And Similar Hoodwinking

Military

  • Crusading Christers v Constitutional Chuck: The fundamentalist American Family Association has gathered more than 100,000 signatures of those who think the military should be able to practice their religion on duty, or at least not be barred by an Air Force Instruction from declaring their beliefs to anyone and everyone in their military workplaces.

Religion Gone Bad

  • Freaking Fat Puke: Religious freedom has turned into conservative code for imposing Christianity.

Same Sex Issues

  • So Porn-Free He Makes His Wife Watch For Him. For Real, Chuck: Former (ahem?) porn addict Phil Burress up in arms over Macy’s Pride support

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Tasting Vomit: What Christer Congress(men) Think :Tim Huelskamp Predicts Marriage Equality Will ‘Destroy’ Marriage And The Family
  • Can’t Make It Up-Chuck: Big tent-ing it in NC: NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like a pedophile or animal rapist

Scandalous

  • Are. You. Even Kidding My Chuck? While church volunteer was molesting girl, TN pastor diverted cops, lawsuit claims

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Supremely Vomitous: SCOTUS Just Made It Harder For Women To Exercise Their Right To Choose

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