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Nicole Sandler

Welcome to August 26, 2014 - the 94th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Although it's dubbed "Women's Equality Day," that's actually a misnomer, as women still have no constitutional right to equality. Although the Equal Rights Amendment was written by Alice Paul in 1923, it has yet to be ratified. But women do have the right to vote. And yes, women do vote!

That was the focus of today's "Gliberal Goddesses" gathering. Every other Tuesday morning, GottaLaff of The Political Carnival, Amy Simon of She's History, and I get together to talk about whatever we feel like discussing.

Today, Amy took the lead as the suffrage movement plays a big part in She's History.

Today also happens to be Primary Day here in Florida; Arizona, Oklahoma and Vermont go to the polls today too.

Because I'm still a bit under the weather and because I wanted to give her one final show of support, we listened back to the July 7 interview I did with Nan Rich, the former FL state senator and Senate Minority Leader who's vying for the Democratic nomination to run against Rick Scott for Governor.

It all comes down to today. So, if you're in Florida, I implore you to get out and vote!

And finally, last week we learned the sad, sickening news that ISIS militants had executed American journalist James Foley; today I spoke with a friend of his. Tom Risen is a reporter for US News and World Report, and went to college with Foley. Tom wrote a couple of articles about his friend last week, telling about how Foley encouraged him to come to Syria to cover the stories of the people there, and how he knew the dangers of the work, but had to do it anyway.

Another journalist named Risen has been in the news lately. It turns out the Tom Risen is the son of James Risen, the NY Times reporter and author who's being targeted by the Justice Department to turn over the names of confidential sources he used for a chapter in his 2006 book, State of War.

I'll be back tomorrow, with Susie Madrak of Crooks & Liars and whatever the day brings, Radio or Not!

 

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Pastor Huckabee Goes Medieval on Obama and his minions.

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The good preacher, Mike Huckabee, is such a disappointment.

He was practicing for the next big opportunity.

So here it is, the week Fvx Nation went Biblical. August 24, 2014. Waders on, folks. Might even need a slicker.

Or the Super Squirrel.

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Off to the swamp.

"Feral", said Huckabee of his targets, " "It's a cancer." … "an Existential crisis" [Is it just me to be wowed that he knew what an Existential Crisis was, never mind how to use it in the rant and rave … This GOP.Tea is even weirding itself out.

Just two days ago Huckabee was bloviating on Ferguson and other incidences of inanity going on out there.

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Fvx Nation's Pastor, the goodly (SO not), former Governor of Arkansas expounded on the bucket loader of sins of President Obama. Dude can do more than play the guitar and eat fried squirrel.

Missed his calling as a P.R. guy. Mad Men Era.

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Hannity’s (Re Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ Rant and Rave

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Cenk Uygur, of The Young Turks, properly found Hannity’s (Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ rant and rave a slosh condescending. They do satirical skewering withsuch stealth and humor.

Sean Hannity’s Live high-handed and dismissive debacle of a segment of Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes airtime earlier this week. Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur took justifiable offense.

BFF's Hannity and Rick Perry is a nauseating pact from the divvel'.

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From Newshounds.

I think Uygur hit all the right points here. Hannity's shockingly condescending treatment of his guest, his bias on behalf of Police Officer Darren Wilson, and his disregard for the concerns of the protesters.

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

For background, Rachel Maddow's take on the Front Lines in the GOP War on Women.

 

 

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The Hannity sputum interview about Ferguson is below.

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'Turning Back in Time' Named Official GOP Hobby. Women Protest.

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The War On Women by the Regressive Right is still in combat mode. Their wet dream is to get upturned back in time to Colonial Days.

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Don't underestimate the power of American women. Ever.  We have a long history of walking the walk. A few respectful  steps behind a man, probably.

 

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I knew. As did all thinking persons, I fervently fanned inner resentment that the Regressive Right had designs on my female liberties. All varieties. (5-7" heels for more than two city blocks is torture enough.)

 

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From Newshound.com, some excerpts from a worthy article on some of the latest Ijditcy.

 The GOP got hammered among single women in the last election. It isn't surprising given the GOP opposition to equal pay legislation, raising the minimum wage, and their support for the plethora of anti-choice laws. The right wing slut shaming, (especially on Fox News) of those who support the contraception mandate in the ACA and the attempt to shred the social safety net were part of what the Democrats characterized as the GOP "war on women." But Fox News has steadfastly denied that such a war exists and that the GOP is really the party for us silly gals. On this morning's Fox & Friends, Anna Kooiman continued this Fox meme with former Hewlitt Packard CEO and failed GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina whose newest endeavor is a project to make us gals wake the f**k up and vote GOP!

We mean it. V O T E!!

Photo courtesy FreeDumbNation

The opening chyron framed the Fox message: "Dem's Divisive Politics, Is the War on Women Just a Smokescreen?" Anna Kooiman began with some "sobering statistics" on poverty rates and employment data on women which are all "on Obama's watch, but the left wants to blame the GOP for a so-called war on women." In introducing her guest whose last name she mispronounced, she said that Fiorina "wants to set the record straight." An almost frantic Kooiman wanted to know "why many Democrats, many voters still buying this phony war on women."

 

Vote like you mean it folks, it's a life and death issue on many mega levels.

 

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Women Are Doing It for Ourselves, say two First Ladies - Part Two

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At a mini-summi on women, government, the future of our children, Laura Bush she has also made some strides and efforts to be a helpful former First Dame. Just had exceeding poor skills at spouse options.

And surprisingly warm and respectful to our present FLOTUS, the utterly amazing Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama, FLOTUS extraordinaire, has been slammed by the right from everything to disliking her Let's Move program (apparently the GOP.Tea traditions including malnourishing children in the name of freedom, patriotism and the American Way of Greed), to bashing her beautiful arms, to accuse her a soshulist' agenda by guaranteeing a child hot lunch and/or breakfast …

Redistribution of Wealth, the Right screams.

Guess as soon the kid is out of the womb, it becomes a child to be collectively used as a political football.

Image Courtesy AllHatNoCattle.com

Image Courtesy AllHatNoCattle.com

They want to have the right to feed their kids into lifelong obesity and poor heath - because otherwise, we are an Evil Nanny State. Folks in Vermont who are struggling rely having WIC for dairy, cheese, eggs and juices.

Have a look, at the First Ladies interacting, from CBS News.

And a longer version if you're so inclined, Cokie Roberts hosted.

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From the Youtube thread about the gathering - Major Ick.

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You will never see a bigger contrast than Laura and Michelle.

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Yes, one has class and poise (Laura Bush) and the other (Michelle Obama) is an arrogant, anti-American, racist POS!!!

Really?!!!!

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A Woman's View of Serial Genital Mutilation in Iraq (and everywhere else)

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WARNING: graphic and troubling graphics below, please check your environment. Thank You.

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Years ago, Kathy Griffin (a rather political comic with a strong voice) spoke of her having gone to Iraq during active U.S. conflict - the last time - that was absolutely in terrible taste but is something I've not forgotten in the interim - she achieved her point.

She had some sentimental moments (for Kathy) with our troops, then got into some dialogue later about one of the things that burned her as a woman: genital mutilation in the region, escalating every year and mega-egregiously offensive to women around the globe. Now ISIS is back in the mix, and Griffin's bit becomes that much more relevant.

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She essentially described an overview of what was being done to woman and girls in shocking numbers, and it isn't pretty. Griffith got halfway through the train of thought before she dropped a term I'll always remember, "big bucket of clits". It was in the context of things she found hardest to accept, like Sharia Law and the fact that a high percentage of females lining up to have their clitorises sliced off and discarded.

Here's a bit more information from Unicef.

It's beyond heartbreaking this misogynist balderdash, we passed into torture a while ago … it is rumored and reported that Egypt manages to mutilate the genitals of nearly 95% of women. Many are done near birth, like a bris gone bad.


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ISIS has brought all of this horror back to the front page. The tribal custom is old and has deep religious roots … this isn't just a punishment of mild chastising like we give date-rapers in our own country. It's a global ethics crisis.

Here are some words from activist women and victims themselves about this horrific practice.

War brings more need for wealth, arms and whatever strategies will work to keep the people down, help the regular poor and abused and violated girls and women, and historically defined as 'always' a bi-product of war: violence against women. Take your pick of countries to highlight, but at the moment Northern Iraq is in the spotlight.

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I can't look at these hideous images without tearing up - but I think they need to be seen. Those poor girls are simply born the wrong sex to be valued in the MidEast and other oppressive regions, the War On Women is GLOBAL.

From Alarabiya.net.

The al-Qaeda-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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“It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq.

The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters.

WHY? Indeed. Don't see Jesus or Allah signing off on this one.

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Voter Suppression Continues to Confound and Infuriate non-Republicans

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Once in a while old Tweety, aka Chris Matthews, knocks one toward the cheap seats, and Wednesday was one of those episodes of 'Hardball'.

I have the biggest crush on Fugelsang, full disclosure. I married for humor, but hotness was also included.

Here he and Joy Reid helped Matthews with a large and thorny issue,

Then to compliment the Tweety goodness, Ezra Klein subbing for Chris Hayes got the actual author, the hard hitting fellow who did the Voter ID Study that's sweeping to great acclaim. And horror.

From MSNBC:

What are voter ID laws even for?
A new investigation finds just 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation over 14 years and one billion ballot

Well that's post-Tea Party DefCon Amurrika, right thar' … we didn't think we as a country could Go Dumber than we did in 2000 for an endless, ubër-mockable, embarrassing, humiliating, eight years o' Dubbayhah.

We are SO better than this as a country. A democratic country. We supposedly monitor less worthy cow entries elections with a spyglass, but our own citizens face voter impression.

Humiliating, is what these efforts are - embarrassing and shameful also come to mind. It seems our GOP, The Tea Years, is bent on having only old white men and their Stepford Spouses count at the polls. Truly heart-sickening.

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