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Friday
Oct262012

PA Withdraws Proof of Rape for Welfare Bill | CNN Pulls Women Vote Hormonal Story | Republican Rape Problem

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Pennsylvania Bill Requiring Women to Prove They Were Raped Is Withdrawn The Daily Beast

A Pennsylvania bill that would have limited welfare benefits for low-income mothers—unless they could prove their newborns were a result of rape—has been withdrawn by the lawmakers who introduced it after a wave of criticism following its announcement.

Let Women Fight The Daily Beast

Presently, 214,098 women serve in the US military. Arguing that the military was the first major American institution to integrate African Americans, and now gay and lesbian soldiersm Megan H. MacKenzie argues that it’s time to let women serve in combat.

CNN Retracts Story About Hormonal Women Voters The Atlantic Wire

In a matter of hours, CNN published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.” The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275 women at various stages of their menstrual cycle. Broadly speaking, the study concluded that, yes, women’s voting patterns do vary based on their hormones.

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Liya Kebede | Ben Hassett | Numéro #138 November 2012 | La Guerrière

It’s Anne, and I’m playing around here — pressing forward on our template design and how we woo readers to love us even more.

The Republican ‘Rape’ Problem Daily Beast

The current Republican party platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion in all cases. The Kansas City Star — home to senate candidate Todd Akin — writes about this week’s Mourdock fracas: Note that Mourdock was advocating a specific and very intrusive public policy — a ban on abortion even in cases of rape — because each act of conception, no matter if a violent assault, is part of God’s plan. Yes, it’s a horrible crime. Yes, the pregnancy will likely extend and intensify the victim’s suffering. But we must enshrine this martyr’s burden in law because it is God’s will that we do so.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/25/3885837/what-the-men-of-the-gop-dont-get.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

The November issue of Vogue Russia is devoted to ‘The Nude in Vogue’

Can you ever imagine American Vogue publishing a similar issue? Nada. Not on your life!

Editorial: Lydia Hunt | Moke Na Jung | Nylon Korea October 2012 | ‘Sunshine Impression’

Why must our young women be tarts at 10? Leave tartiness for grownups who have drivers licenses on the road of life.

 

Wednesday
Oct242012

Eye | Lara Stone in Euphoria by Calvin Klein | Obama Covers GQ France, Predicts Fiscal Compromise

Lara Stone smolders in Calvin Klein’s new Euphoria commercial, directed by Fabien Baron.

President Obama covers the November issue of GQ France. Of greater interest to American pundits is the fallout or upside concerning Obama’s conversations with an Iowa newspaper.

After a scathing blog post by the Des Moines Register about President Barack Obama’s interview with the newspaper being off the record, a transcript of the interview was posted this morning.

In the interview, the president articulated his goals on immigration, saying he felt “confident” about accomplishing immigration reform in a second terms. Obama also referenced what he described as the GOP’s alientation of the Latino Community. CNN continues the report:

“And this is a relatively new phenomenon,” he continued. “George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

President Obama talked at length about the upcoming “fiscal cliff” he expects to avoid after a difficult struggle next year.

Obama suggested his grand bargain would offer “$2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending,” which he said “credibly” fits within the parameters of the bipartisan, Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission the president organized last year but whose recommendations he declined to endorse.

Politico does a reality check on the fiscall cliff, reminding readers that Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus are up for reelection in 2014.

The very senators — think Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus — who will be central to a sweeping tax-and-spending deal are the same ones who could face the most difficult reelection bids of their careers, come 2014. Primary threats from the right loom large over Republican senators as they negotiate tax rates. Moderate Democrats also could be squeamish about tax hikes or cuts to Medicare. And whatever tax and spending deal emerges is certain to anger large voting blocs and inspire serious general election opposition.

Please note that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has officially endorsed ONE candidate in the Congressionsl races. Therefore, he must feel strongly about Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. Romney made this ad on Monday, before a Tuesday night debate declaring God’s role in the pregnancies of women who are raped.

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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that the media and opponents have “twisted” his comments from last night’s debate, in which he said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape “it is something that God intended.” The candidate added “I don’t believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion.”

Mourdock’s comments sent Democats into a unified assault on the statements, while Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire cancelled plans to campaign with Mourdock. Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, in a tough race with Elizabeth Warren, has also spoken out against Mourdock.

Jen Psaki, speaking for the Obama campsign, called Mourdock’s comments “outrageous and demeaning to women” before issuing a reminded that a president Romney would be working with Republicans committed “that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.” via ABC News

Race To the Finish

Mitt Romney qiuckly disavowed Richard Mourdock’s comments in a statement to the Associated Press, writes NBC Chicago.

“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

>The new controversy brings to mind Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s earlier remark that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant. When asked about his views on whether rape victims should have access to abortion, Akin said famously: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, initially perceived to one of the easiest Democratic incumbents to defeat in 2012 now maintains a 5-point lead over Akin in the most recent polls. CBS reports today that Todd Akin was arrested several times in anti-abortion protests in the 1980s. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that there are at least three accounts of Akin being arrested but never charged.

Race to the Finish

Politico reports:

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has opened a 6-point lead over incumbent Scott Brown in a new poll conducted by radio statio WBUR. In an earlier poll, Elizabeth Warren trailed 47 percent to 43 percent.

Warren has opened up a convincing lead among women, 52 percent to 39 percent, as she attacks Brown for not standing up for abortion rights and equal pay in the Senate. Brown leads among men by a mere 2 points: 44 percent to 42 percent.

In Connecticut, Democrat Senate candidate Rep. Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of GOP hopeful Linda McMahon by 6 points, with Murhy leading McMahon by 49 to 43 percent among likely voters. The Quinnipiac University poll last month placed McMahon ahead of Murphy 48 percent to 47 percent.
Monday
Oct222012

Andrew Yee's Magnificent 'Ornate Expectations' for How To Spend It Magazine

We try to reserve the most artistic, truly stunning editorials for the front page of Anne of Carversville, often going two weeks without one. Andrew Yee’s spectacular, breathtaking images of models Nina Porter, Laura O’Grady, Louisa Facchino-Stack, Mary Ballantyne, Brittany Burke, Kiera, Elenor Hayes and Sam Rollinson wearing Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Valentino and other luxury statements appear museum-ready. Call in the curators! Damian Foxe deftly styled the images which evoke the best of Baroque style and Renaissance paintings.

If I’m not mistaken, I’ve written a friendly quip critique of How To Spend It Magazine’s tendency to use far away, visually low-impact shots in their editorial pages. Call me silenced! ~ Anne

 

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