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Rick Perry, Governor Good Hair, Takes a Great Mug Shot

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perrywaronwomenRick Perry found  his niche.

Being indicted -- finally -- at the gubernatorial level.

It's going around, not the best year for conservative governors. Still praying that Chris Christie's moment is close. November is right around the proverbial corner.

It is critical that we all get our derrieres to the Voting Booth, friends. It's positively likely we may see (and hear) that giant fall from Trenton.

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Superb footage by Maddow, she's been all over Perry. Two takes.
 

 

Maddow is ah-mazing, on every story - she does background and employs a fact checker. Remember those?

Fascinating piece on Perry by Cleveland Online.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On paper, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted by an Austin grand jury on two felony counts for coercion and abuse of official capacity. But in reality, Perry is being prosecuted for playing hardball politics and nothing more.

Perry's indictment stems from his response to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleading guilty to DUI charges in 2013. Perry, along with other Texas officials, demanded Lehmberg resign, declaring her unfit to continue serving as D.A. and head of the State's Public Integrity Unit. When Lehmberg refused, Perry used his line-item veto power to slash the funding of the Public Integrity Unit. Travis County is the county seat of the Texas Capitol. Perry and other elected officials have long sought to have the powers of the State Public Integrity Unit Transfered to the State Attorney General's office.

 

Courtesy By Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Courtesy/By Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

The real abuse of power here seems to be the special prosecutor seeking to indict Perry for demanding the resignation of a D.A. convicted of DUI and using his constitutional line-item veto powers.

If politicians like Perry are going to start being jailed for being politicians and using authorized powers, it's going to take a lot of Texas illegal aliens to help build all the new prisons that will be needed to house them all.

Now there's yer' sign. Will Perry Operatives and Sugah Daddy's jump ship like the rats they are? Wouldn't be very nice to have poor GreenPeace stuck with him.

Perry's own words:



Gov. Rick Perry addresses ISIS in D.C. speech

Ick.

More Ick, sorry for the Fvx overtones.

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Fvx's Megyn Kelly Accuses Nancy Pelosi of Sexism Re Hobby Lobby

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Are you kidding me? Megyn Kelly has less credibility to talk about sexism than Sean Hannity has, although she used to have slightly more than Ann Coulter.

Not after this banner month over at Fvx Nation.

Hobby Lobby Affected us all in different ways. For those of us who arrived on the planet standard with a uterus, we were for the most part displeased with a SCROTUS who decided to insert one more public bit of scrutiny way too close to our imperiled lady parts.

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Then there were the kooks who celebrated the decision as a herald to the return to an America they had feared they lost, one where women have such an absurd rigaramarole set in front of them to obtain birth control that it becomes an impediment to health and family planning.

They are currently doing a Holly Hobby Hobby Lobby Regressive Porn flick to celebrate … Rick Santorum made it happen. Gag. Not kidding. Here's a blurb from Raw Story to catch the Ick from firsthand.

… the documentary — called One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty — on Sept. 1.

A trailer for the movie points to the Hobby Lobby case that the Supreme Court decided on Monday as proof that the government is trying to destroy religious freedom. Filmmakers compare the situation to Nazi Germany, when Christians in Germany did not “wake up.”

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Megyn Kelly must be one of the producers. She set herself up at Fvx Noise as the arbiter of all things female after 9 p.m. (before Hannity comes on to bring the testosterone back to Fox standards), and wasted no time in blaming the woman clearly at the heart of the controversy.

Nancy Pelosi? All right, Megyn, have your absurd 'say'.

Yes, the First Female Speaker of the House in these United States, normally considered a fierce proponent for fellow dames, is secretly sexist and bent on destroying womanhood as you know it, Megyn Kelly.

Who can even begin to address the Wrong therein?

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Kate Kelly: She actually is history!

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When the June 2014 story broke of Kate Kelly, I immediately thought of Anne Hutchinson.  Kelly, is a long-time Morman and human rights lawyer.  She is fighting for equality in the Church (what a concept!) and the founder of Ordained Woman which is a group of gals who want to preach in their own (Mormon) church. Kelly was convicted of apostasy (the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief), and ex-communicated.

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Anne Hutchinson was convicted of heresy (an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teachings) and sedition (actions or words intended to provoke or incite rebellion against government authority) and was banished!  And she, like Kate Kelly, was ex-communicated from her Church. But this was back in 1634.  HER crime?  Preaching to women and challenging "church doctrines".

Twilight Zone music here…

Ms. Hutchinson, nurse, bible teacher, midwife and all around multi-tasking Mama, was not your average, quiet, submissive housewife and mother of the Colonial period. No.  She was the Mother of The First Amendment.  Via Cornell:

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.  

Pregnant with her fifteenth child and forty-six years old, Anne Hutchinson STOOD before a panel of male judges who said to her:

"Mrs Hutchinson, you are called here as one of those that have troubled the peace of the commonwealth and the churches here; you are known to be a woman that hath had a great share in the promoting and divulging of those opinions that are the cause of this trouble."

Kate Kelly was told - also by a panel of male judges- the following (via NBC):

"The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other Church members to your point of view and that your course of action has threatened to erode the faith of others.  In order to be considered for readmission to the Church, you will need to demonstrate over a period of time that you have stopped teachings and actions that undermine the Church, its leaders, and the doctrine of the priesthood."

Kate Kelly heard this from her church the same week the Supreme Court struck down the McCullen v. Coakley law that created a buffer zone around abortion clinics. SCOTUS said the "pro-life" peeps' First Amendment rights were being violated. Free speech, right to protest, oy veh. I wonder if any of Supreme Court judges have seen the documentary "After Tiller".

How could SCOTUS mistake free speech for harassment?  And of course, THEY are enjoying THEIR buffer zone around THEIR building. Via the NY Times:

“Many women have abortions because they feel they have no other option or because they are pressured by a boyfriend or parent,” said Eleanor McCullen, a plaintiff in the case, McCullen v. Coakley, No. 12-1168. “Today’s ruling means I can offer loving help to a woman who wants it, and neither of us will go to jail for the discussion.”

LOVING HELP! DISCUSSION?

So Kate Kelly was ex-communicated for basically "trying to persuade other church members..."  and Anne Hutchinson was banished for having a "belief different from the establishment" but the "pro-lifers" are allowed to"persuade - HARASS -  women who have a belief DIFFERENT than theirs??

As  Radio Or Not's Nicole Sandler says all too regularly: "It's Opposite World".

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U.S. Moves to Abolish Rape as a Weapon of War. Congress Impedes.

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Rape shouldn't be employed a tool of war as much or more now as it was when Attila was in charge of what was happening to women back in his enlightened Hun Era. Period. End of sentence.  Full stop.

Everyone should be on board with that, right?

What responsible man or woman in the United States Congress wouldn't leap aboard this cause, particularly given our tiny role in a few conflicts since BushCo had the controls?

In this Do Nothing, Party of No led Congress … nah, not so much. The chance of the International Violence Against Women Act getting passed by this purported legislative body are about as slim as Chris Christie and the chance at the White House he is trying to dance his way back into.

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All of which stokes an inner womanly rage both preceded and echoed by #YesAllWomen.

Ronan Farrow of MSNBC's Ronan Farrow Daily has been covering rape culture and related issues for his short time on air, and yesterday his network colleague Krystal Ball sat in and had an eye-opening interview with Representative Jan Shakowksy about the chances of passing meaningful legislation on this global issue.

[Line up some curses now.]

Jan Schakowsky of Illinois has been leading this charge for some time, working with colleagues to find ways to make a dent in the international rape epidemic, so much of which is war or siege related, and all of it traces right back to the UK, NATO and the good ole' U.S. of Aggression.

This is where divisiveness crosses the line into harm. Deliberate harm. Those who refuse to support this kind of legislation are absolutely culpable in the blame for the hundreds of women who are assaulted, raped or killed every hour around the globe.

Maybe it's going to take a woman in the White House to move the needle on this key issue. Our women at home and our sisters around the glove deserve far, far more care.

Taking the GOP War on Women global is heinous.

 

 

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Morning Links

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Ted Nugent Loving Republican Tom Tancredo Getting Crushed in Colorado Governor’s Race

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?

This Woman Stripped Her Dress Off While Onstage In The Name Of Feminism. Point Well Made.

Billionaire Home Depot founder issues an almost apology after calling Progressives a bunch of Nazis

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Fred Phelps' Funeral, Says Daughter

Atheists Sue to Remove ‘Ground Zero Cross’ From 9/11 Museum

The Stress Of Being A Computer Programmer Is Literally Driving Many Of Them Crazy

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Huckabee on how to treat women: "Place her in the center of the photograph."

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Dear Mike Huckabee,

I'm a sucker for good manners. Sadly, they're becoming less commonplace every day. However, old fashioned etiquette is one thing, exploitative showboating is something else entirely.

Yours very truly,

Laffy

The New Republic's interview with Huckabee about how he sees female political opponents went a little something like this:

“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach,” he tells me. Different how? “For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect. ... You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.” A male opponent is “common,” a woman requires “a sense of pedestal.”

What the hell is a "sense of pedestal"? Anyone?

bueller anyoneMaybe HuckaRelic will put it another way:

“I’ll put it this way,” Huckabee says. “I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were OK.”

Aww, how touching. How caring. How... anachronistic. Women are... special. Delicate. Needy. Require assistance. And clearly congregate in binders. Women shouldn't be treated like "chums and pals." Which means that hanging out at a ball game guzzling beer together (from what my Tee Vee Machine tells me, that's an ultra-chummy guy thing to do) or sharing a Hungry-Man Frozen Dinner is completely out of the question. And don't get me started on tête-à-têtes about Cialis.

(By the way, Huck, some men do call each other on Valentine's Day or check to make sure their significant male other is okay. But that's another post for another day.)

Apparently, HuckaFossil also doesn't feel that women can or want to open their own doors. Now don't get me wrong, I appreciate politeness like nobody's business, and there's a certain charm to conventional "treat her like a lady" behavior. But some of Huckabee's "protective" instincts telegraph less formality and thoughtfulness and more moth-eaten patronizing and moldy condescension.

It gets even worse via another tidbit from Salon:

I believe in equality [!!! huhwha? !!!], and I have a record of transforming that belief into action... However, equality doesn’t mean sameness... I still will invite a lady to go first, will open a door for her, and will place her in the center of the photograph. And yes, I would seek to treat a female opponent with the same respect I give to all women, even though we may disagree on the issues.”

Respect is one thing. Arrogance is quite another. So is hypocrisy. Remember this? "Uncle Sugar" Dems give birth control to women who can't "control their libido" quote?

If the Democrats want to insult women 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. Let us take this discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America need to stand up and say ‘Enough of that nonsense."

That's about as respectful as an Ann Coulter CPAC speech.

Now if you'll excuse me, I simply must step down from my "sense of pedestal." It's cookie-baking time and I need a moment to remove my high heels and don my apron.

respect aretha

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Equality vs. mutuality

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My former student and dear pal Lucia Fasano has submitted a post about equality vs. mutuality for your consideration (all of her posts can be found here). You can also see Lucia in my BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict.

Please link over and read what this involved twenty-year-old has been writing. Here's her latest:

Mutuality an Actuality?

I’ve been actively involved in the feminist community since I graduated from high school and moved out on my own in 2011. I started reading feminist literature, went to rallies, made feminist friends and made feminists out of friends, praising the movement of “equal rights”. Recently, I was struck by the term “mutuality” and what it entailed. It was defined as a reciprocal relationship between interdependent entities-- and that, is what Bell Hooks and others would say, should be the ultimate goal, not equality.

It was a word that encapsulated the type of feminism I have believed in and strive for, but couldn’t properly articulate. Making your whole movement about equality was the problem with many approaches to various progressive movements to end oppression or educate others, because the opposition will always argue that total equality is unobtainable, so why even try? Or that if gay people can get married, or a woman gets the same pay as a man, isn’t the struggle over? And that’s just not true.

In the introduction to her book, “Feminism Is For Everybody”, by Bell Hooks, she writes: “Imagine living in a world where there is no domination, where females and males are not alike or even always equal, but where a vision of mutuality is the ethos shaping our interaction.” To me, mutuality is a demonstration of an ideal America and an ideal planet.

Another aspect of mutuality that makes it so perfect for the actualization of harmony and beloved community is the acknowledgement, in total mutuality, that we all need each other. The problem is, that doesn’t jive with Western Metaphysical Dualism. When mutuality is achieved, we all acknowledge that what feeds and helps the community enriches and strengthens the community as a whole. That one person’s job isn’t worth more than the other, that some people have more worth than others. Our government is supposed to have a welfare system, social programs, taxes, to create a safety net when members of our system need help-- implying that we’ll be there to catch each other and support each other in times of need. We all meet each other’s needs at one point, we all are parts of one big machine, and all should be oiled correctly.

People will put bumper stickers for equality on their cars or say from places of privilege that they wish for everyone to be treated entirely equal, when the truth is that people aren’t born into equal situations and to wish for that is unrealistic. So it’s easier to say than to actually achieve or work for-- because to really want total equality, you need to be very conscious of what goes into that and who actually wants that. But to be pro-mutuality, and to work for mutuality, all that takes is critical consciousness.

If you let go of your assumptions and separative-thinking, you’re giving yourself over to a world/community where everyone is playing a part or has the potential to. If you’re more conscious of what you consume and what you do and how  you treat people, then you’re closer to realizing how  truly dependent each individual is on each other. Even the richest people are dependent on the poorest. If feminists aim for “total independency, total equality”, then that makes it easy to ignore the people that aren’t reaching those goals once you achieve it for yourself.

I hear the term “equality” thrown around as a blanket term so often that its potency does feel diminished, when it was once a term that evoked a great fire in me and motivated me to stand up for myself and others. What is hard is that when we talk about equality, everybody has their own different thought and definition, usually influenced by the media, social status, political leaning, etc. Some people think it means being the same, some people think it means being treated the same-- but when we speak for everybody in our movements, and wish to include everybody, we have to acknowledge that not everybody wants to be treated the same, not everybody is the same, nor is it realistic to treat everybody the same.

Politicians would rather support an impossible or not serviceable goal like the idea of total equality than actually working toward better health care for the poor, raising minimum wage, or national mandated maternity leave.  Those things are seen as unnecessary in the world of “total equality” and “meritocracy” that is America, because they’re easily labeled as “special treatment.”

The idea of Mutuality is a way of both trying to make reform within our system but in a revolutionary, radical way.

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