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Monday
Sep172012

Mitt Romney Joins Ayn Rand in Condemning Democratic Moochers | GOP's 55 Anti-Women Bills

Dior Magazine’s first issue is out and it’s a beauty. Explore Marion Cotillard’s editorial by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

GOP’s 55 Anti-Women Votes

Democrats in Congress argue that serving pink drinks at the Republican Convention and rounding up women only to stand behind Mitt Romney on campaign stops won’t be enough to change the perception that the Tea Party Republicans are out to get women good.

In a new report published by Democrats, Team Obama argues that House Republicans have sponsored 55 votes on legislation is intended to “undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights and defund programs and institutions that provide support for women.”

In a statement, Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) called the current House “the most anti-women … in modern history.”
“I have worked for decades to promote equality for women, but the bipartisan support for women’s programs that used to exist in Congress has been shattered by Tea Party extremism,” he said.

The report claims that the House took 17 votes that would “allow health insurance companies to discriminate against women’. Eleven votes would have “cut women’s access to preventive care.”

Ten bills “restricted or rolled back abortion rights’, while others cut key nutrition programs or “weakened” violence and discrimination protections for women.

Not brought to the floor for a formal vote is the Personhood Bill, signed by the vast majority of Republicans including Speaker John Boehner and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The Personhood Bill will give an hour-old fertilized egg the same Constitutional rights as a married woman doctor with three children, a loving husband, and a part-time job as mayor of her city. Republicans say she is no more valuable to America than a fertilized egg. Can the Republican view of the role and importance of women in America be any clearer?

The law will make many forms of birth control illegal and Anne’s form of contraception — an IUD — murder. Mitt Romney is on record also supporting a Personhood bill.

Reproductive Rights ARE Economic Rights

The GOP continues to insist that women voters are interested in economic rights, not reproductive health and freedoms. “What women care about are jobs, the economy, the unemployment rate,” says Florida attorney general Pat Bondi.

Writing for The Baltimore Sun, Christine Adams reminds the GOP what every woman knows — and what GOP men seem not the comprehend — that control of fertility is a woman’s greatest guarantee of upwards mobility and providing a good life for her family.

During the Great Depression, fertility ratios decreased significantly, despite the fact that the Comstock Laws made it difficult to get legal contraception and abortion was illegal throughout the United States. In her book on reproductive politics in the U.S., Rickie Solinger notes that 25-40 percent of all pregnancies were terminated in the 1930s, a steep increase over abortions in the 1920s. Had pollsters inquired, most of those women would undoubtedly also have said that “jobs” were their primary concern, but an unwanted pregnancy can be the tipping point for women and families facing economic hardship.

The attack against women is all the more galling because it comes from Catholic bishops who argue that THEY have the right to control women’s fertility as part of freedom of religion in America. The bishops choose to omit the reality that the Vatican and Catholics were banned in 10 of the original 13 states because America’s founders feared the theocratic power wielded by the Vatican over almost every aspect of daily life.

Related Reading

Mo. lawmakers override veto of birth control bill BloomergBusinessweek

Craft Store Chain Sues for Right to Deny Their Employees Contraception Coverage ThinkProgress

Mitt Romney on Democratic Moochers

Mother Jones has obtained video of Mitt Romney talking at a fundraiser earlier this year. To protect their confidential source, the magazine will give neither the date or the location of the event.

In the video, Romney speaks of Democrats and Obama supporters.

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

At the same event, Romney quips that after being born in Mexico, he’d have a better shot at the presidency if he was Latino and that several of his consultants have worked for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As for the greedy 47 percent of voters who include seniors on social security and families who benefit from Republican led Child Tax Credits, Romney says his job isn’t to worry about them.

“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney said. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

You can rest assured that the Obama campaign will make one heck of a new video from these stunning remarks.

J’Adore:  Deborah Soffel’s blog Grapes and Greens

Searching just now for a specific outdoor sculpture on Long Island, I came across this simply delightful image of a Classic White Table Wine from the Wölffer Estate Vineyard, a local winery in Sagaponack NY.

Deborah Soffel was on hand from California to cater an East End benefit for Wellness in the Schools

Sunday
Sep162012

Bjarke Ingels Makes the Case for Hedonistic Sustainability | Anne Calls Ingels a Smart Sensuality Architect

Bjarke Ingels: High Rise on Nowness.com.

Young starchitect Bjarke Ingels talks manifestation, midwifery and shamanism while riding down the Venice canals in this short by Kelly Loudenberg. Known for his impressive architectural endeavors like a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen that will be outfitted with an outdoor ski slope for use during Nordic winters, and the 8 House apartment complex just outside the Danish capital that allows residents to bike all the way up to their top floor apartments, Ingels is a vocal advocate for “hedonistic sustainability” and was recently profiled in The New Yorker. “Find a job you love and you won’t have to work another day in your life again,” advises the young creative. “If you let your desire guide you, if you take decisions with your heart and with a smile on your face, they are probably wiser decisions in the long run.” In Venice as a contributor to the Danish pavilion exploring future visions of Greenland, Ingels together with his firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) proposed Air + Port, a mixed-use air and sea hub on the island of Angisunnguaq. Now based in New York, Ingels is currently working on his first American project, a residential building in Hell’s Kitchen called W57 that will occupy an entire block and add a distinct, sloped pyramid-shaped silhouette to the Manhattan skyline. Here the dynamic Dane considers alternate career paths, architectural envy, and kittens.

Read on at NOWNESS

Anne Enke has studied the intersection of Cultural Creatives, with their emphasis on protecting the environment and championing progressive values in a 21st century world, and Moderns, who remain the prevailing — although declining — values majority worldwide.

Many of the tenets of the Cultural Creatives represent a rejection of Modern values, a distinctly American approach in which the best man wins and the concept of accumulation of everything signals outwardly that one has achieved success in life.

Anne’s focus on the Smart Sensuality woman targets the Cultural Creative person (65% women) who embraces the values but also appreciates luxury, style and sensuality. Cultural Creative values rarely — if ever — mention sensuality. And for Moderns, sensuality is highly superficial and defined by fast cars, sexy lingerie and edgy lifestyle innuendos.

Anne believes that a keen awareness of sensuality in self and in nature will likely trigger an embrace of the core values of the Cultural Creative mindset.

Reading more about maverick architect Bjarke Ingels’ concept of Hedonistic Sustainability sounds like Anne’s vision of Smart Sensuality. Both are hybrid concepts that acknowledge the prevalence of Modern values but commit themselves to creating a sustainable life path in concert with the Cultural Creatives — many of whom reject consumption in almost every form.

Sustainability should not be about painful deprivation, says Bjarke Ingels in this TED talk. Instead, uplifting design principles can reduce CO2 while improving social cohesion.

Read on Values | An Overview of Traditionals, Cultural Creatives and Moderns

Thursday
Sep132012

President Obama Widens Lead Over Romney in Polls | Secy Hillary Clinton Condemns Anti-Islam Video

Fashion & Style

Laetitia Casta | Sebastian Faena | Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2012  ALL New Editorials link

Kate Hudson | Camilla Akrans | Harper’s Bazaar October 2012 | ‘Kate in Couture’


Quote of the day: Scarborough’s lesson Salon

Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” wrote an Op-Ed in Politico last night called “The Problem With Mitt,” where he sums it all up:

“And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man. Nothing wrong with that, except when you want to be president. Great leaders combine ambition and ideas and conviction.”

French Roast News

Anne is reading …

A new Reuters poll shows President Obama widening his lead over Repubican candidate Mitt Romney. Thursday’s Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters shows Obama with a seven point lead. 48 percent of likely voters chose Obama with 41 percent choosing Romney. Among the 1,231 registered voters surveyed, Obama’s lead was 45 percent to Romney’s 39 percent.

Obama led Romney by wide margins in questions around tax policy, healthcare, Social Security, and the war on terrorism.

Voters were knowledgeable about events in Libya and Cairo.

Hillary Clinton Condemns Film

While Republican candidate Mitt Romney remains silent on the anti-Islam video, US Hillary Clinton has condemned it, calling the film “disgusting and reprehensible”. Clinton clarified her comments saying that America would never stop citizens from expressing their views, as is done in the anti-Muslim film causing protests throuout the Muslim world. 

Many Americans have wondered how this film and the potential results of death and destruction it stimulates in the Arab world aren’t the equivalent of yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. Writing for The Atlantic, Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin expls why our 1st Amendment protects the free speech of these haters.

Romney Rhetoric Condemned

Mr. Romney’s rhetoric on embassy attacks is a discredit to his campaign The Washington Post

At a news conference, Mr. Romney claimed that the administration had delivered “an apology for America’s values.” In fact, it had done no such thing: Religious tolerance, as much as freedom of speech, is a core American value. The movie that provoked the protests, which mocks the prophet Muhammad and portrays Muslims as immoral and violent, is a despicable piece of bigotry; it was striking that Mr. Romney had nothing to say about such hatred directed at a major religious faith.

Blogs: Mitt Romney’s backers bash the media Politico

John McCain hopes Mitt Romney sees ‘big Picture’ Politico