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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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Video Overnight Thread- Farmer's time-lapse videos showcase South Dakota's landscape

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Judge Issues Injunction In South Dakota Abortion Law Case

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Good news! Via Keoland.com:

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction, meaning a new abortion law will not go into effect in South Dakota on July 1.

Let's hope the same thing happens in Kansas.

H/t: Leftpalm

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The moral revolution: "Conservatives are pushing aside compassion"

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Neal Gabler has an op-ed in today's L.A. Times that ties in to one by Tim Rutten that I posted yesterday. I wrote this:

For a very long time now, the GOP has divided America with their self-righteous insistence on legislating religion, their own beliefs, and illogical reliance on what they feel is moral superiority. But their “us vs. them”, our-way-only attitude is destructive, no matter how they label it.

The War on Women, the GOP's hypocritical intrusive government overreach, under the guise of "our morals are better than your morals", "our god is more valid than your god (or lack thereof)" have become so invasive, so prevalent, that thankfully, more and more (badly needed) commentary is making its way out there, including by Rachel Maddow (on a regular basis).

Neal Gabler took a broader look at the "moral revolution" and what it's doing to this country:

But over the last 30 years or so, something has happened to reshape the country's moral geography. Everyone knows about the rise of Moral Majority-style Christian evangelicals as a potent force in right-wing politics. It injected a certain aggressive moralism into our political discourse and led to campaigns against abortion rights, homosexual rights, sexual freedom and other issues perceived as and then framed as moral matters. As a result, our politics became "moralized"; they were transformed into a contest of one set of values pitted against another. [...]

One can see this division in something as simple as the denigration of the term "liberal," the "L" word, with its attendant idea that to be compassionate, caring and tolerant — virtues that had been celebrated, if only via lip service, by most Americans — is really to be mush-minded, weak and, more concretely, willing to give taxpayer largesse to the undeserving and lazy. (This was essentially the argument that some Republicans, such as former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), used when they sought to deny an extension of unemployment benefits. [...]

If compassion is seen as softness, tolerance as a kind of promiscuity, community as a leech on individuals and fairness as another word for scheming, we are a harder nation than we used to be, and arguably a less moral one as well. In undergoing a revolution for the nation's soul, we may have found ourselves losing it.

And who is suffering as a result? The poor, the middle class, women, minorities, LGBT groups, unions, children, disenfranchised voters... which means, of course, Democrats.

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