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S. Dakota Macy's Parade Float Kicks Joan Jett Off For Being A Vegetarian

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This just struck me as plain old silly. Don't they grow vegetables there too? Asshats.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Joan Jett said she won't ride on the South Dakota float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade because ranchers in the state protested her vegetarian lifestyle.

A trade group for ranchers in South Dakota said they were concerned about Jett's involvement with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals when they learned she and her band, the Blackhearts, were going to be on the float, CNN reported Saturday.

"So, of course, when we learned that about Miss Jett, we were rightly concerned about her representing South Dakota and a state that is so heavily reliant on agriculture and livestock production to drive our economy," Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said.

Upon learning about the concerns, Jett said she decided to switch to another, unspecified float.

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Report: Sen. Tim Johnson to announce retirement in South Dakota

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Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Sen. Tim Johnson is planning on holding a press conference tomorrow:

(Reuters) - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, does not plan to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2014, sources close to the matter and key Capitol Hill staffers said on Monday.

His son could end up running for the seat, as could Former Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin who lost in 2010.

Overall, 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for election in 2014, of which 21 are now held by Democrats and 14 are held by Republicans. The Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the chamber.

Gulp. We cannot afford to lose the Senate.

MSNBC's Krystal Ball had this reaction on the Twitter Machine:

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VIDEO: Women's rights under attack by anti-abortion extremists

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Previously I posted two must-watch videos here: Despite murder threats by anti-abortion extremists, new clinic aims to serve Kansas women.

Here are the next two from Rachel Maddow who clearly and urgently delineates the War on Women in states that are doing away with women's ability to access reproductive health services.

Sure, Roe v. Wade is still around, and women have a constitutional right to an abortion, but that doesn't mean conservatives in several states aren't making that nearly impossible, and defunct, by requiring clinics to do things clinics just cannot do.

Please watch all the segments we've made available in both posts. This is about as disturbing as it gets for women's rights as “illegal, violent, threatening behavior” and obstacles to medical programs continue under the protection of state laws. Harassing and intimidating easy female targets, hostility and scare tactics aimed at physicians and other personnel, are all working, although they are being bravely resisted and outmaneuvered when possible.

Clinics are closing, health services are disappearing, and women are being deprived of care as well as their rights.

Happy 40th, Roe:

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Cartoons of the Day- R.I.P. George McGovern

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Obituary here.
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