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Republican Waddell Defends VA's Women's Strife Force PAC | Americans' Net Worth Pummets 

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Families’ median net worth fell nearly 40% between 2007 and 2010, plummeting to levels last seen in 1992, the Federal Reserve said in a report issued today. Writes WSJ:

Median net worth of families fell to $77,300 in 2010 from $126,400 in 2007, a drop of 38.8%–the largest drop since the current survey began in 1989, Fed economists said Monday. Net worth represents the difference between a family’s gross assets and its liabilities. Average net worth fell 14.7% during the same three-year period.

The drop was driven in large part by the collapse of the housing market, leaving home owners with a median home equity of $75,000 in 2010, down from $110,000 in 2007.

Family incomes were also hard-hit with a drop in median family income to $45,800 in 2010 from $49,600 in 2007. Average income fell 11.1% to $78,500, down from $88,300.

Meanwhile, families worked to drive down their level of debt. Fewer families reported having debt of any kind in 2010 than three years earlier: 74.9% of families had some sort of debt in 2010, down from 77%. However, among families with some kind of debt in 2010, the median value of their debt was unchanged from three years earlier and the fraction of families with debt payments larger than 40% of their income remained nearly constant. Read on at WSJ.

Related: Bye bye McMansions. Hello renting and downsizing. That’s the main message of a new study by the Demand Institute division of the US Conference Board. 

Forbes contributor Males Poulos writes an excellent piece Memo to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama: Neither Sector is “Doing Fine”.

Women’s Strike Force: New Girl in Town

In late March, AOC reported on the amazing success of the newly-formed Virginia Women’s Strike Force PAC, formed after the debacle of VA’s proposed vaginal ultrasound bill, with the singular purpose of electing pro-choice candidates.

The Richmond Times Dispatch jumped on Strikeforce in late May, saying that while it claims to be bi-partisan, the group is really a who’s who of Democratic activists: Mame Reilley, a Democratic consultant who chaired the women’s caucus for the Democratic National Convention; Leslie Byrne, a former Democratic member of Congress; Kristen Amundsen, a Democratic state lawmaker from Mount Vernon; former Democratic Del. Robin Abbott; and more.

Republican Katherine Waddell, President of the Women’s Strike Force has called out the Richmond Times Dispatch, sharing not only her Republican credentials but a long list of Republicans who have joined Democrats and Independents in creating campaign coffers for pro-choice VA politicians.

Waddell has been a Virginia Republican for many years, serving as a  State Central Member, Virginia Federation of Republican Women for many years. WSF also boasts the support of outstanding former Virginia leaders Panny Rhodes, Jim Dillard, Bob Bloxom, Mary Helen Morgan and Jan Schar, writes Waddell.

Women’s Strike Force is a bi-partisan PAC that will recruit and support Republicans, Democrats and Independents, men and women who favor women’s reproductive rights. The WSF mission is to defeat Virginia state legislators who voted in favor of trans-vaginal ultrasound and personhood bills.

The Republican War on Women — with the help of select Democrats — has forgotten that both Republicans and Democrats have been unified for women’s reproductive rights for four decades. Simply stated, the girls are fighting back — and across party lines.


Morning After Pill Probably Not An Abortive Pill | HBS Study Has Terrible News On American Business

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Patricia Wall/The New York TimesIn an absolutely stunning article in the New York Times, the headline says it all: Abortion Qualms on Morning-After Pill May Be Unfounded. Medical authorities from the National Institutes of Health to the Mayo Clinic say that the morning-after pills may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus.

That scientific process is sufficient to have conservative politicians and some religious groups pushing legislation all over America that bans the sale of emergency contraception, calling the pills abortive pills. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls them “abortive pills’ as do Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

The New York Times has undertaken an investigation of the science around the morning after pill, writing that there is no evidence that emergency contraceptive pills prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb. Perhaps the morning after pill is confused with RU-486, a medication prescribed for terminating pregnancies, that does destroy an embryo.

After The Times asked about this issue, A.D.A.M., the firm that writes medical entries for the National Institutes of Health Web site, deleted passages suggesting emergency contraceptives could disrupt implantation. The Times, which uses A.D.A.M.’s content on its health Web page, updated its site. The medical editor in chief of the Web site for the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Roger W. Harms, said “we are champing at the bit” to revise the entry if the Food and Drug Administration changes labels or other agencies make official pronouncements.

“These medications are there to prevent or delay ovulation,” said Dr. Petra M. Casey, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mayo. “They don’t act after fertilization.”

Rather, the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming.

At the end of this exhaustive article on the history of the morning after pill, Jonathan Imbody, vice president of government relations for the Christian Medical Association, wrote on, that the fact sheets contradict Plan B’s alleged abortion-inducing nature, raising questions about “whether ideological considerations are driving these decisions.”

Declining US Competitiveness

A study of about 10,000 global-residing alumni of the Harvard Business Study shows a troubling forecast for US competitiveness. Only 9 percent of alumni said they would consider moving existing business activities from another country into the US.

The greatest areas where America has fallen seriously behind the rest of the world were 1) Effectiveness of political system; 2) K-12 education system; and 3) Complexity of tax code.

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First Pals

Just in case One Million Moms doesn’t understand clearly that JC Penney is firmly entrenched behind spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres despite their cries that Ellen is unacceptable for being gay, the company shares its Father’s Day ad.

It reads: “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. Or two. Real-life dads, Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”


Helen Alvaré Is Leading Catholic Anti-Contraception Voice | Interdependence vs Attachment in Marriage

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Helen Alvaré is a law professor at George Mason University, an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council for the Laity and a former spokesperson for and current advisor to the US Conference of Bishops.

Professor Alvaré is a fellow at the conservative Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, where she focuses on issues of “conscience”.  She is one of the “circle of experts” for the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, which aims to shape public opinion on college campuses and elsewhere about “marriage as the proper context for sex and childrearing,” writes Sarah Posner, senior editor of Religion Dispatches, for Salon.

The accomplished mother has now positioned herself as the leading female voice against birth control, authoring an open letter to the Obama administration ‘Women Speak for Themselves’.

Vatican Scandal Continues

Pope Benedict’s butler may be under arrest but fresh letters suggest that the scandal is not over.

Three new Vatican documents were sent to ‘La Repubblica’, amidst denials in the Holy See that top clerics are orchestrating multiple informers. AP writes:

“The truth can be found at the top of the hierarchy,” the source said in a letter accompanying the documents, apparently accusing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretaries, Georg Gaenswein, of allowing secrets to slip out.

The documents reveal deep strife within the Vatican and furor over the Church’s tax problems, child sex scandals and negotiations with hard line traditionalist rebels. A group of cardinals finds Pope Benedict to be weak, continues AP, and they want their man in charge. Besides Mr. Gaenswein, the sources point to Cardinal Bertone as part of the problem.

Interdependence vs Attachment

Psychologist David Schnarch is a pioneer in the movement of redefining intimacy in long-term relationships and reinvesting marriage with passion that often fades. “It’s easy to have hot sex with a stranger,” Schnarch explains to Pam Weintraub, writing for Psychology Today. “But passionate marriage requires that you become an adult.”

Becoming an authentic adult means going against the whole drift of the culture. It specifically means, among other things, soothing your own bad feelings without the help of another, pursuing your own goals, and standing on your own two feet. Most people associate such skills with singlehood. But Schnarch finds that marriage can’t succeed unless we claim our sense of self in the presence of another. The resulting growth turns right around and fuels the marriage, enabling passionate sex. And it pays wide-ranging dividends in domains from friendship to creativity to work.

Schnarch rejects what he sees as our culture’s over-emphasis on attachment, arguing that it reduces marriage to the pursuit of safety, security and compensation for childhood disappointments. Attachment keeps us from growing up, from pursuing essential drives for autonomy and freedom.

Interpendence that is based on mutual maturity, confidence and freedoms to grow is the cement of strong marriages, Schnarch argues. It inspires confidence to meet individual goals and those of others and is based on adult strengths that are flexible and balanced in equilibrium.

DOMA Struck Down

In striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act last week, Boston’s First Circuit United States Court of Appeals didn’t rule in favor of gay marriage. The ruling marked the first time a federal court ruled against the 1996 law, guaranteeing a trip to the Supreme Court. The three-judge panel includes two Republican appointments. Read on at the NY Times

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