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Mitt Romney's Personal Tax-Saving Strategy | Feds Knock Down Indiana Aboriton Bill | Mick Jagger Rocks On

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Feds Reject Indiana Abortion Bill

A federal hearing officer has ruled that Indiana’s controversial abortion law that makes Planned Parenthood the least desirable health care provider for women has been ruled unacceptable “because it denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers”.

Ironically, the argument that Obamacare takes away that same right, is front and center for Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act. Working closely with the right-to-life movement, Republicans in many state legislatures including Texas have sought to eliminate abortions at Planned Parenthood centers by cutting off their total flow of Medicaid money.

Overseeing the appeal hearing on a similar decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in June 2011, Hearing Officer Benjamin Cohen said “that the law violated a federal requirement that individuals must have the liberty to obtain care from any qualified provider” reports CNN.

Wading Into the Water

© Ruth Tomlinson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis (beach); by Justin Sullivan/Getty images (inset).The August issue of Vanity Fair magazine delves into the offshore finances of Mitt Romney, for an in-depth look at the many loopholes in America’s tax code that help America’s wealthiest reduce their US taxes.

From the first paragraph in which a former Bain employee reflects on Romney’s style of getting competitive information by “pretending”, the inference is that as a smart guy, Mitt is presented as a hear no evil, see no evil kind of guy.

Jagger Rocks On At Age 68

Two new books about Mick Jagger — one devoted to celebrating 50 years of the Rolling Stones — give us a deep glimpse into the rock star’s life. Reading the lengthy excerpts of Christopher Andersen’s ‘Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger’ published in the New York Daily News, we get a refresher course on seventies life at Max’s Kansas City.

The love affairs are endless in Jagger’s life — from Carla Bruni to David Bowie, writes Andersen. Read Rock On: The Life and Times of Mick Jagger.

L Wren Scott & Mick Jagger

For the last 10 years, Mick Jagger has lived with designer L Wren Scott, jetting between England, the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan and the Left Bank of Paris. For all his glittering on and off stage antics, Mick Jagger appreciates tall, chic women. Granted, some women are more chic than others, and we’re sure the French would agree.

Scott the designer shares images of her Left Bank apartment in two Vogue articles about her life and career. Read on L Wren Scott & MIck Jagger Cosy Up in Left Bank Parisian Apartment.


Smart Sensuality Women Are Sensual, Smart, Spiritual With Heart and A Global Perspective

On truly rare occasions, a fashion editorial emerges that showcases brilliantly the mood and message of Anne of Carversville. Bosung Kim’s images of Ji Hye Park for the June issue of Vogue Korea are spellbinding in their beauty, sensual provocation and connecting the dots of a Smart Sensuality woman’s perspective. We’re missing a slide on philanthropy, but I can easily fill in the empty space.

The Smart Sensuality woman is sensual, smart and spiritual — with a lot of heart. Her perspective is global and deeply rooted in respect for Mother Nature as the source of true beauty and inspiration for all people. Books and digital learning, artistry and an appreciation for other cultures are key to her being.

Fundamental to her identity is empathy and caring about the lives of others. In her heart the Smart Sensuality woman respects traditional values that do not put women in chains, including a strong appreciation for family, friendships and community. Her vision of life is romantic, positive and determined to be of service — and she does so without foresaking her essence as a woman who appreciates style and physicality. 

Styled by Seo Young Hui, this Bosung Kim editorial is a fabulous statement about my own values and beliefs, and a determination to fight the forces that destroy — rather than celebrate learning, accomplishment and enlightenment among all people, everywhere in the world.

Mother Nature teaches us that there is no one supreme culture or civilization. The history of humankind s rich in global traditions and national achievement. The Smart Sensuality person understands this reality of life and moves to enrich our planet and all our people through service to others, artistry, intelligent communications, respect for nature and a love of learning.

Thanks so much Ji Hye Park, Bosung Kim, Seo Young Hui and Vogue Korea for giving me ‘One Dream’. It’s an editorial that I will treasure long into the future.

I have always had a special relationship with the people of South Korea, having spent countless months of my life there as head of product development and the fashion director for Victoria’s Secret. I always sought to nurture the innate creativity of the people across Asia, but my work in South Korea was intense and constant. My heart is overflowing with the beauty delivered today, the gorgeous visual gift the Internet allows us to share with all the peoples of the world.  ~ Anne

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Spittin' Sisters Call for Statement from Michigan's Governor Snyder l Liberty Chooses Her Own Destiny l Harlots in the Kitchen

The Spittin’ Sister in Michigan is asking for your help. There is the slightest possibility that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder knows that the Republican War on Women has spun out of control in Michigan, censoring freedom to utter the word “vagina” on the House floor, when the same word is used three times in the legislation passed by this body.

See Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler at Michigan Capitol June 18th.

Governor Snyder has proven he is willing to veto negative and damaging legislation handed to him by his party by rejecting voter suppression laws in Michigan.

Now is the time to demand that Michigan’s Governor make a statement regarding the draconian anti-women legislation bills being introduced, and passed, through Michigan legislative processes. 

Since the debacle of MI HR 5711-13 became news fodder for the entire nation and beyond the Governor has still not denounced the lack of progress in economic areas while his party continues to pander to Catholic Bishops, Right to Life of Michigan and Family Values groups and voters, many of those with strong West Michigan ties to Snyder’s home turf.

Recently it was reported that Gov Snyder quietly requested Michigan legislators to cool their pro-life agenda heels but publicly he has not issued any guarantees of veto to Michigan voters.

Please call and write and fax the Governor’s office and tell him “it is time for him to make a public statement about where he will stand on these bills.” 

Also, call your media outlets and ask them to press Governor Snyder of Michigan for a statement about where he will stand on these bills!

PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
FAX:(517) 335-6863

Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Northern Michigan Office
234 West Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI

Washington D.C. Office
444 N. Capitol Street, Northwest
Hall of the States, Suite 411
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 624-5840

Liberty Chooses Her Own Destiny

The Spittin’ Sister from Michigan speaks: On the original posting of this note on our Spittin Out the Pitts facebook page above a reader asked what was I trying to say with this picture. The painting is called Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix painted in 1830, exhibited in the Salon in 1831 and hangs permanently in the Louvre. You can find more about the painting’s history here.

Yes, it is revolutionary art (French), and the meaning for me lies in the fact that many cultures depict liberty as a woman. In America, we have the Statue of Liberty as a beacon of hope and welcome and she still stands as so, for now. 

Liberty is a concept lost to the ladies when religious and conservative forces are calling the shots to control our bodies. This message above is imploring women to recognize that their individual freedoms are at stake and that we must be leaders to uphold standards of freedom to choose our own destinies. 

Harlots in the Kitchen l Sinful & Saucy Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes

The Spittin’ Sister in Philadelphia is on a mission, a slightly paranoid pursuit about the derivation of devil’s food cake. Are such saucy cakes forbidden in the kitchens of good Christian women? It wouldn’t surprise me. 

Digging for the truth about Joe Pitts and his intentions for the body parts of American women, I returned to a really upsetting piece that I wrote in 2011: ‘Here This, Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too.’ 

I was stopped dead in my tracks with International House of Prayer evangelist Mike Bickle calling Oprah the forerunner of the Antichrist. This is how feminists are demonized in America. Suddenly being called a slut by Rush Limbaugh, isn’t so bad. Better a slut than the anti-Christ. 

In fact, new research says that feminists are not only superb moms, but they readily embrace helicopter parenting. To suggest that feminists hate kids is just more dirty, rotten right wing lies. 

The Spittin’ Sisters shared Sinful & Saucy Kahlua Chocolate cupcakes on the Fourth of July. The Spittin’ Sister from Michigan swears they are divine and truly sublime.

Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas l Science, God and Alice’s Chicken 

The Spittin’ Sister in Philadelphia writes: Gertrude Stein and Alice Tolkas proved to be a power-duo in Paris during the early 20th century.

True trailblazers for women, Gertrude and Alice remind us of the importance of the mind, intellectual thought, and creative problem solving for life’s challenges. Not only did Gertrude and Alice believe in the power of art; they embraced science. 

The rejection of science is a cornerstone of thought among the Joe Pitts crowd. They suspend all judgement, discovery, and intellectual argument. Why? Intellect isn’t arrogance, and yet this is the very argument at the center of Joe Pitts’ life philosophy. 

To think is going against God! That’s what I call backing American discovery and innovation into a corner. 50 years ago Americans didn’t have to choose between God and science.

Gertrude and Alice would not approve!!! What’s marvelous about these ladies is that Alice could both think and cook well. Most women can without a struggle.

First published in 1954, ‘The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook’ was a great success. More critical thinking and Alice’s chicken recipe made with ruby port, orange juice and heavy cream in Spittin’ Sisters News.