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Women Are Doing It for Ourselves, Voice a Pair of First Ladies

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As much as Laura Bush is tied to a fervent anchor in her horrible choice of a Bush spouse, on occasion she pops out in public to remind us that she may have thrice the brains W possesses (or more).

This week she and current First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, came together for some great causes involving the modern plight of women. Here and abroad … but disgraceful in the purported leadership of the Free World. And they were, pitifully ironically at the U.S. and Africa Summit.

Women of both parties can sling shame exceptionally well, and it is desperately need right now. From first chorus to coda, it is a worthy cause to set to voice. Loudly voice.

Some footage about women's rights and voting by the good Reverend, Al Sharpton and guest Barbaar Arnwine, from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

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From ProPublica via The Everlasting GopStoppers.com:

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act last June, justices left it to Congress to decide how to fix the law. But while Congress deliberates, activists are turning again to the courts: At least 10 lawsuits have the potential to bring states and some local jurisdictions back under federal oversight - essentially doing an end-run around the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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A quick refresher: The Voting Rights Act outlaws racial discrimination against voters. But the law’s real strength comes from its “preclearance” provision, which forces jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to submit new voting measures to the federal government for approval.

MSNBC ran some fabulous footage on the matter this week, and a rare glimpse of Laura and FLOTUS Michelle - we don't see them together terribly often; and particularly having elucidating speech on a needful cause. Laura has a uterus and a somewhat-working knowledge of this country and Britain's suffragette triumphs. Have a gander and I'll see you on the other side.

Just last summer, SCOTUS nullified the section of the Voting Rights Act that allowed sensible federal oversight.

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And we all know how much the Regressive Right adores oversight, non? New restrictions on anything  Federal or oversight related generally gives the GOP and the Lipton Brigade a collective woody.

Not to mention living in the pre-Mad Men area, barefoot, preggers and disinclined to vote at all or hell bent on doing everything their GOP.Tea Idjot fool husbands tell them to.

It took American women decades of protest, blood, sweat, tears and rage to get the damned vote … we are not going to have it suppressed, threatened or refused to be part of a legitimate count.  Check out recent stats:

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In last summer’s Shelby County v. Holder ruling, the Supreme Court threw out the part of the law that spelled out when states were automatically subject to federal oversight. States that have been released from preclearance have already passed a rash of new restrictive voting measures.

The Founding Father's must already be lined up to scowl and possibly 'spit like they mean' it at Dubbayuh Bush. Along with herds of liberal alpacas. A pissed off alpaca can hawk a loogie as famously well as an annoyed camel, and they have no compunction whatsoever. Can speak with experience with both four-legged wonders of sarcasm.

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A Lot of Smart Women Swear, Tricky Dick Nixon!

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The odds were that in some of the newly released Nixonian audio trove, he'd let fly with one fine misogynistic remark to mark the occasion with.

Richard Millhouse, you did not disappoint.

Because it also includes an informative Vanity Fair segment, and a Morning Joe Schmoe segment that brings Vanity Fair to the table is always worth a peek … have a Nixon listen.

Mark Halperin was there to try to destroy the experience, but we are all used to auto-tuning Halperin out.

Talk amongst yourselves about the Christie freshness, but can I get a WTH?! On Nixon?!? Bella Abzug must have sent him into fits. From the Vanity Fair piece, linked above, an excerpt that covers Dick's incredulity about females and language.

Nixon: I mean, you’ve got to stop at a certain point. Why is it that the girls don’t swear? Because a man, when he swears, people can’t tolerate a girl who is a—

Haldeman: Girls do swear.

Nixon: Huh?

Haldeman: They do now.

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Nixon: Oh, they do now? But, nevertheless, it removes something from them. They don’t even realize it. A man drunk, and a man who swears, people will tolerate and say that’s a sign of masculinity or some other damn thing. We all do it. We all swear. But you show me a girl that swears and I’ll show you an awful unattractive person. . . . I mean, all femininity is gone. And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally.

It was almost worse that he doubled down on the judgment at the end, there … as if he was giving the matter due process of thought, then said, "Naah - I'm Dick Nixon and I'm right" and did away with generations of intelligence in a casually arrogant sentence; man to man.

We met Pat. Something tells me she was a Nixon with a vocabulary tailored to match her voluble husband's.

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And now … the GOP War On Women Turns To Verified Rape Victims

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What would Maya Angelou say?

George Will coming out of the closet as a rape apologist should have been warning that the camo is coming off the old white male faces. Have a listen to his latest thoughts on sexual violence on college campuses, catch up at Raw Story.

Will asserts that making the leap from “forcible sexual penetration” to “nonconsensual touching” is too broad of a definition for sexual assault, and denigrates the “doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape,” worrying about the costs of litigation for the universities and the reputations of college men accused of assault.

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Worse?!? The existence of a backlog of rape kits that should humiliate SCROTUS itself. The offensive, unjust, rapidly-accumulating numbers and the systemic devaluation of finding justice for one of the most heinous crimes man can commit are shocking.

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Anyone who has seen an episode of Law & Order S.V.U. knows how critical a rape kit is to a case.

And underneath that legal case is a woman, a rawly, recently broken woman, who knows that the precious shreds of DNA taken from her in painful, violating ways may be the only clues a jury will take seriously enough for her to find justice. And any hopes of knitting that shattered life back together.

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You're 24 years old and in Tennessee, far as can be from a Hollywood set and that much more embarrassing because you know everyone in that little town and they know you. Collecting leftover semen and skin scrapings from under your raw, torn fingernails all happened in a fog, but you were repeatedly told by someone like Detective Olivia (goddess forfend as kind and a female at all) that this was EVIDENCE.

Your body is a crime scene. That is a reality that has been experienced by far too many women to ponder without a rage response. Girls and women of all ages, brought in by police of family, or having somehow gathered the inner strength to commit to doing the ultimate Walk of Shame and report a sexual assault with the intent to prosecute.

With great relief you watch the technicians finish your rape kit, and are congratulated for having chosen to stand up and fight back.

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Then, crickets. The big cricket chorale of We Don't Care. The young Ronan Farrow of MSNBC afternoon earnestness, gave the absurd and disgusting rape kit backlog story a slot in his 'Call To Action' series this summer, a worthy cause.

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Prepare to be more outraged that usual, and there's more in a shocking second segment.

And he then he and guests tell us of The Hundreds Of Thousands, yes I said Hundreds Of Thousands of backlogged rape kits lying around in storage.

GOP: shock and rage would be the appropriate response. Not cutting, cutting cutting every service that might help anyone other than the 1%. Not making women invisible and their justice meaningless.

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SCOTUS rules for Freedom of Tyranny

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Freedom, freedom, freedom schmeedom. The concept is losing its meaning, especially in light of the Supreme Court's warped perception of the word. My reaction to their ruling on contraception and "freedom" of religion is still hampered by my inability to respond with anything but sputtering noises and involuntary twitches, bursts of banging my head against the wall, and convulsing into tears of outrage. Freedom my ass. What about our freedom to not have your damned religion shoved up our atheist and/or non-Christian hineys?  Bam! And that was just a hiccup. I'm shutting up now.

By the way, conservatives, how's that outreach thing going for ya these days?

Anyway, instead of ranting, which would be nothing more than stream-of-consciousness outbursts at this point, I'll leave it to the Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because, despite evidence to the contrary, our voices still matter. The Times headline for this batch of letters is, notably, "Don't want more Hobby Lobby decisions? Then don't elect conservative presidents":

The U.S. Supreme Court's distressingly improvident 5-4 decisions in this year's religious rights cases should surprise no one. They are the price we have paid for suffering disproportionate conservative appointments to the high court from 1980 to 2008, when Republicans occupied the White House for 20 of those 28 years. ("Supreme Court, citing religious liberty, limits contraceptive coverage in Obamacare," June 30)

All who despair over the Supreme Court's unseemly bowing to religious zealots — especially when certain faiths' tenets are allowed to trump enlightened medical care — should remember this in 2016: If a Republican is elected our next president, look for the court's conservative judicial activism to endure far beyond his or her term of office.

Robin Groves, Pacific Palisades

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I am losing confidence in our system of three branches of government. Two of them seem no longer to be working for us.

The Supreme Court increasingly seems to be operating as a political body, rendering decisions that make questionable judicial sense unless one happens to be a corporation that has taken on "person" status or a religious group that wishes to impose its specific beliefs on its employees. These decisions are becoming more questionable as our do-nothing Congress functions less like an elected body responsible to the people and more like a robot body created and manipulated by wealthy donors.

As long as our lethargic electorate keeps reelecting these legislators, our president is left to act alone and the court decides in an increasingly predictable way, we will see the continued eroding of our beloved constitutional form of government.

Bette Mason, Corona del Mar

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If there's a silver lining to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, it's that the decision will energize progressive voters to flood the polls for the foreseeable future as well as fuel boycotts against businesses that use religion as an excuse to discriminate.

Jerry Weil, Seal Beach

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Will someone please explain to me how forcing your religious beliefs on others, who may or may not agree, is freedom of religion? Sounds more like tyranny to me.

Barbara Buckner, Laguna Niguel

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