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Tuesday
Jun262012

Is PA 16th Joe Pitts A Threat to the Personhood of American Women? | Planned Parenthood & Prochoice Republicans

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PA 16 Congressional District Joe Pitts(R) and Former Michigan Senator Bart Stupak (D) Anne is reading her own article on BlueAmerica: Joe Pitts — An Existential Threat To The United States and Why He Must Be Defeated.

When PA 16th district Representative Joe Pitts became the head of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health after the 2010 mid-term elections, some American women knew we were in for a rough ride.

Congressman Joe Pitts has been an anti-abortion advocate for decades and an avowed foe of Planned Parenthood. The only form of sex education Pitts will endorse is the failed program of abstinence. And of course, Pitts is anti-gay marriage.

Finding a Voice, Taking a Stand

In the fall of 2009, American women and the men in our lives certainly took our right to contraception and other reproductive health services for granted.

Yes, the anti-abortion debate swirled constantly around us. The tone was shifting but still not in a truly frightening way. My group was being called murderers of countless innocent children for having used an IUD as my favored method of birth control.

The voices that had stalked me for a year in the 70s, threats marking me for death and putting me in police protection for a year in Buffalo, New York, grew more pronounced. In the late 70s, I walked away from a career in journalism after decapitated animals, bloody knives and my hanging rope arrived daily.

When my masked stalker finally flew across the windshield of my car on a cold fall night, I fought for my life, gunning the accelerator in self-survival mode. Sobbing on the phone to the now well-known and very supportive lieutenant of my police department, I explained that I didn’t know if my pro-life stalker was dead or alive in the parking lot.

My crime? As an American woman in a free country, I did not understand supporting the Supreme Court Roe decision on a TV panel would put my life at risk.

Luckily, I am talented in business and was able to redirect my career, once I understood that being a journalist who agreed with Supreme Court decisions was reason to kill me. I was young then. Read on.

Planned Parent Spotlight

Dayna Smith/AP PhotoSusan G. Komen’s chief fundraiser Julie Teer is leaving the organization for a position as senior vice president of resource development at the Boys and Girls’ Clubs, reports The Daily Beast.

Planned Parenthood & Republicans

Journalist and former television news reporter and anchor at CNN and NBC Campbell Brown wrote a NYTimes op ed called Planned Parenthood’s Self-Destructive Behavior. Brown cites Ronald Reagan’s comment “the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

We don’t see prochoice challenges in this light, believing instead that it’s women’s reproductive health rights and other women’s issues “shiny objects” — to quote the Romney campaign — that lay in the heart of the 20 percent of backroom deals made in Congress and state legislatures, focused on controlling women’s bodies. 

Will Planned Parenthood back any Republican candidates who are prochoice? That question lies at the heart of Brown’s piece. She cites the distressing turn that Planned Parenthood took against Senator Susan Collins of Maine, one of five Republicans who stood by the organization last year, when she supported the confirmation of Bush Supreme Court judge Samuel A. Alito.

While the vote was a challenging one for Senator Collins, she says she came to it after speaking with Mr. Alito about his respect for precedent and whether he considered Roe v. Wade settled law. (Senator Collins has since also voted to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.) Ms. Collins was acting in the traditional (and admirable) spirit of the Senate, which tends to confirm judicial nominees unless the person is clearly unqualified.

Planned Parenthood turned against her, says Collins, who now calls the group “infuriating” and nothing more than “an arm of the Democratic National Committee.”

Campbell Brown raises valid questions about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to support prochoice Republican candidates, which is a position that AOC endorses. The organization must rise above partisan politics, which is darn difficult when the Republican War on women is so real.

Sunday
Jun242012

American Energy Boom | Opus Dei FOX Reporter New Communication Head At Vatican | Nuns on the Bus 

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Foreign Policy shares Think Again: The American Energy Boom, a middle of the road analysis on the future of American oil production and natural gas output. Not being specialists in either field, it seems to us that the news is far better than any discussion we’ve heard on the campaign trail.

It’s entirely possible, writes FP, that the US will reclaim its spot as the world’s largest oil suppliers, thanks to hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking. The process of unlocking vast quantities of oil and gas buried in shale rock deep underground is controversial. So is deepwater drilling.

Today Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels of crude oil each day, versus about 6 million for the United States. Add on surging production of natural gas liquids, and the figure moves to 8 million barrels a day. EVen the cautious US Energy Information Administration (EIA) sees combined production at about 10 million barrels a day by 2020.

We never hear this news in the relentless anti-Obama energy ads, but Robert Hefner, who understands well the natural gas market as an entrepreneur, points out in his book The Grand Energy Transition that the cost of heating 65 million American homes by natural gas has fallen $20 billion annually.

Is Fracking Safe?

Fareed Zakaria is our go to expert on many subjects. Watching his Sunday GPS show recently, Fareed referenced the recent environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Defense Fund, which suggests that fracking can be done at comparatively low risk.

The rise of shale gas is shaping up to be the biggest shift in energy in generations. And its consequences — economic and political — are profoundly beneficial to the United States.

Nuns on the Bus

The Spittin’ Sister from Philadelphia will be meeting up with Nuns On the Bus next weekend, in the last phase of their bus tour for social justice. The sisters will be heading out to DC to end their rally for economic justice next weekend.

In writing just now about the Vatican’s new Fox News Opus Dei guy Gregory Joseph Burke, now in charge of communications and messaging strategy for the Vatican, we pulled out several older AOC articles on theocracy in America.

Anne has a major essay that will be published on Tuesday 10 pm. Stay tuned. Her focus is why PA voters in the 16th district must defeat incumbent Joe Pitts, who in 2002 was scheduled to speak at a conference so radical that it supports stoning in America as punishment. Our AOC mouths have been open for years on the subject of women’s rights and the erosion of church and state in America.

After researching her 4500 word essay on taking down Joe Pitts — and why concerned Americans must support Aryanna Strader’s campaign with funding — she is shaking in her stilettos.

We can’t ignore the term Harlot Babylon, referenced in Anne’s 2011 article on Oprah being called a harlot. Reading what is said about women of compassion, it occurs to us that the nuns are probably Babylon Harlots (aka radical feminists, according to the Vatican) too.

Opus Dei Fox Reporter @ Vatican

Fox News correspondent Greg Burke will leave the company to become the senior communications adviser to the Vatican. Burke, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the ultra conservative Opus Dei movement. The story broke ahead of schedule, reflecting the communications chaos swirling through the Vatican.

Related Reading

Rick Santorum’s Tight Embrace of Legionairies of Christ & Regnum Christi AOC FR News

Rick Perry’s Brainless Pursuit of an American Theocracy AOC Apple Valley

The DaVinci Code: Opus Dei USNews.com

A Christian Plot for Domination? Daily Beast

Ron Paul’s Christian Reconstructionist Roots Daily Beast

Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity Antipasministries.com

Meet the Christian Dominionist ‘Prayer Warriors’ Who Have Chosen Rick Perry as Their Vehicle to Power AlterNet

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

The Harlot Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons. They won’t know it, beloved they will be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception.

Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

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Karolina Kurkova | Miguel Reveriego | Vogue Spain July 2012 | El Ultimo Emperador Roberto Cavalli

Naomi Campbell | Emma Summerton | W July 2012 | Luxe be a Lady

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Patricia van der Vliet | Regan Cameron | Numéro Tokyo July/August 2012 | Summer Jam

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Nation's Crime Rates Tied To Belief In Hell | Can Plants Hear Sound? | African American Plants Heritage

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A study at University of Oregon’s Cultural and Morality Lab confirms that a review of 26 years of data involving 143,197 people in 67 countries confirms that a nation’s strong belief in hell predicts lower crime rates. Conversely, a strong belief in heaven predicts higher crime rates, explains Azim F. Shariff, professor of psychology and director of the research.

Religious belief generally has been viewed as ‘a monolithic construct’, Shariff said. ‘Once you split religion into different constructs, you begin to see different relationships. via Daily Mail UK

In 2003, Harvard researchers Robert J. Barro and Rachel M. McCleary found that gross domestic product was higher in developed countries when people believed in hell more than in heaven.

Pillamina Hits the Road

WomenPatriots writes that Planned Parenthood’s Pillamina will be one step behind Mitt Romney’s campaign road trip. LifeSite News says that Pillamina is “stalking” Romney.

‘Pillamina’ last appeared to celebrate the Obama Administration’s announcement of a no co-pay for birth control pills — a decision that has caused deep controversy among religious leaders.

Secret Lives of Plants

Researchers in Australia have documented clicking sounds in the roots of corn saplings. Researchers at Bristol University then suspended young roots of plants in water, exposing them to a continuous noise at 220Hz, the frequency emitted by the corn sapling roots. The scientists confirm that plants grew towards the sound.

In 2009 researchers at Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society exposed tomato plants to male and female voices, attached to their pots and reading poetry and Shakespeare.

The tomato plants grew 2 inches taller in response to a female voice but grew less than the control group in response to male voices. Read on in AOC Apple Valley.

Seeds of Survival

Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, of the River Road African American Museum in Louisiana, raises foods that would have been familiar to slaves, like okra and peas. Randy Harris for The New York TimesLouisiana’s Freedom Garden attempts to educate young African American kids about key foods that were staples for runaway slaves. Knowing that kids use the garden as a shortcut, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson intercepts them with signs at every eye level to educate them about their history.

The New York Times profiles the River Road African American Museum, Michael W. Twitty’s African American Heritage Collection, and the dwindling data on African-American farms in America in Planting the Seeds of Survival.

Many African Americans associate farming and working the land with slavery.  Family battles also cause land to go into foreclosure, says the Emergency Land Fund, a black farm and property preservation group.