Rick Santorum’s Money Man Tells Women — Married and Single — To Keep Their Legs Together With An Aspirin Between Their Knees
Daily French Roast
Anne is reading …
Democratic strategist Donna Brazile is the first pundit we’ve read to speak of America’s new era of ‘McCarthyism’, putting her views front and center for The Daily Beast. Planned Parenthood is Amrica’s most fervent target of ‘McCarthyism,’ writes Brazile.
While Planned Parenthood is a popular target of right-wing rage, the organization is not alone. More than ever, these brand bullies have come after all kinds of theoretically noncontroversial organizations. Current targets include JCPenney, for using Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. They include the Girl Scouts, for a tenuous connection to a Planned Parenthood education project. They include the hardware chain Lowe’s, for the sin of advertising on a television show that provided neutral coverage of Muslim Americans.
The backlash against the Susan B Komen foundation’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood suggests that it may have triggered a call to arms that our modern McCarthyism mindset has to stop. We don’t want every DFR page to devote itself to the daily onslaught against women. But Republicans give us no choice. The battle is on. Anne
Severe Conservative Syndrome NYTimes
Among the guests on the Family Research Council’s anti-contraception coverage webcast held last week was Walker Nickless, the Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, who warned that the contraception mandate was literally a plot by the Devil to undermine morality and that Christians “have to stand up and violently oppose this” in order to avoid being overtaken by Darkness.
The Bishop’s comments ignore the large number of prominent Catholic organizations, universities and hospital organization led by Cathoic priests and nuns to support the Obama compromise on contraception.
Second, the Vatican’s exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, a man who says he has dealt with 70,000 cases of demonic possession in 25 years, said in March 2010 that “the Devil is a work inside the Vatican.”
Male Dominated Contraception Hearing
Time will tell whether today’s spectacle of today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing on President Obama’s recent contraception mandate will be an Anita Hill moment, writes Politico.
“I think it is an Anita Hill comparison,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who staged a walkout of Democratic women in protest of the chairman’s decision not to seat a minority female witness at the start of the hearing. “I hope it will be just as galvanizing.”
AOC Sexual Politics
First Rick Santorum found himself explaining a comment about women not being emotionally competent to serve in leadership positions in the miliary. Then he appeared on ABC’s ‘This Week’ last Sunday, defending his statements in his 2005 book:
“Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root,” Mr. Santorum, or his wife, wrote in the book. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”
Remembering that his book was hotly debated during his awesome 2006 political defeat, Santorum came up with Gloria Steinem as the source of America’s evils. Reflecting on her decision to be a stay-at-home mom, Karen Santorum felt that other women “looked down their nose at that decision.”
This is what Gloria Steinem REALLY, ACTUALLY said about working women: “We also have to re-define work, so that the work of caring for children and doing human maintenance in the home is counted as productive work, and has attributed value.”
Note: her words were radical, but NOT against stay-at-home moms. We lobbied hard for mom’s work to be recognized and valued, and lost EVERY battle in Congress. This is why America is 1 of 3 countries in the world with no legislated family leave policy. The other two countries are Swaziland and Papua, New Guinea.