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Wednesday
Apr112012

Research: Holding a Gun Makes Weapon Holder Extra Big & Strong | Mitt Romney on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay

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iStock photoNew research on men and guns confirms what many of us know intuitively. Discovery News reports that just holding a gun is enough to convince others that the weapon-holder is extra big and extra strong. The research seems to confirm that humans evaluate opponents much like out early ancestors did.

“What we think we’re tapping into here is a system that summarizes many, many variables in a single, easy-to-think form, namely a picture in your head, and ultimately we think that this then is the key variable that is used in calculations of what to do next,” said Daniel Fessler, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Potentially, these kinds of calculations go on all the time in situations of conflict of interest, even at the level of large groups or whole armies,” he added. “Now we have whole nation states with incredible technology going to war, and still people making those decisions have representational systems in their heads that use very simple dimensions of size.”

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New York mayor Bloomberg accuses NRA of backing ‘licence to murder’ Guardian.Co.UK

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Secretary Hillary Clinton meets with Stacy Lambe, left, and Adam Smith. (Stacy Lambe, Adam Smith / Texts From Hillary / April 11, 2012) Last week, the blog ‘Texts From Hillary’ Tumblr blog was raging through the Internet. Teeing off photos of The Secretary of State taken by photographers Diana Walker of Time and Kevin Lamarque of Reuters, showing her peeking at her Blackberry, the witty commentarys shows Hillary having imagined conversations with figures like Mitt Romney, Arrianna Huffington and even her boss Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, Hillary herself gave a thumbs up to the site, submitting her own meme.

Mitt Romney on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail today, trying to convince women voters that fears in his Republican agenda are unfounded. It’s reasonable to assume that the week after Romney buddy Wisconsin governor Scott Walker repealed legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work, that Romney would be asked about his support of President Obama’s first piece of legislation — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Sure enough Huff Po reporter Sam Stein asked the presumed Republican presidential candidate if he supports Lilly in a conference call designed to prove that Romney is good for women.

Silence ensued. Six long seconds and then Romney’s policy director Lanhee Chen stepped in, saying “We’ll get back to you on that.”

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina jumped into action, circulating a critical statement from mad in Alabama Ledbetter herself: “I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families.”

Friday
Apr062012

Hillary Clinton in Elle Magazine | Women & Caterpillars | Facebook's Men Only Board of Directors | Virginia Goes to Augusta

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“If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we’d have problems with caterpillars,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “It’s a fiction.”

Dear Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. American women have been compared to lot of barnyard animals in legislative bodies around America. The novelty of trivializing a patriarchal fight for women’s bodies as the equivalent of a ‘Caterpillar War’ is the reality that from the cocoons emerge stark raving mad, incredibly beautiful Smart Sensuality butterflies! Let’s roll, ladies! ~ Anne Enke

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Elle magazine presents At the Pinnacle of Hillary Clinton’s Career, opening with the AOC 2012 election mantra.

Secretary of State Clinton has won over her harshest critics and become so popular that some Democrats are envisioning a future in which she replaces Joe Biden as vice president on the 2012 ticket and then—dare they imagine it—takes the top job in 2016.

Hillary Clinton is introduced by her husband Bill Clinton to didn’t arrive with a police escort. He is rushed to the stage for the Nonprofit International Crisis Group’s awards ceremony, shere his wife will be honored and give the keynote speech.

“I know I’m just sort of a warm-up act,” says the Secretary’s husband, to laughter. Bill Clinton is circumspect in thanking the honorees and Hillary for their enormous efforts on behalf of women’s rights. “Some day we hope to liberate every man on earth from the tendency as old as human history to identify our strength and manhood with the ability to control the lives, limit the chances, and doom the dreams of women and girls,” he says.

Then in a unique moment for Bill watchers, he cuts his remarks short and sits down. His wife follows with a speech that captured the hearts of her audience. A Human Rights Watch worker at Elle writer Rachel Combe’s table, held a hand over her heart, hearing Clinton’s steady voice saying “That may have been the coolest speech I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Women’s complex community ties make them invested in the well-being of many groups and more likely to raise issues that truly influence quality of life and maintain peace: education, health, justice, employment. Often marginalized themselves, women are more apt to speak up for ethnic and religious minorities. Since they’re usually not doing actual fighting, they can serve as mediators and mobilize other noncombatants to pressure soldiers to lay down their arms. “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” she says. “It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.”

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“Face it: Facebook board features seven white men, no women”, writes ZDNet.

Alice Baumgartner, one of FACE IT Campaign members says it “protests the fact that although women make up the majority of Facebook’s users, produce the majority of its content, and drive its profits, Facebook’s board is made up of seven white men. The Face It campaign is supported by community and business leaders who are tired of seeing so little movement on the issue of diverse leadership.”

Where Art Thou Virginia?

The big story at the 2012 Masters isn’t about gold. It’s about when and where will we find International Business Machines Corp. chief executive Virginia M. Rometty. IBM has long sponsored the Masters, and the company’s CEOs have been offered memberships. 

Augusta National, of course, is an all-male club and Ms Rometty is a golfer. Will she be offered a green jacket or will she only be entertaining clients in the IBM tent? If Rometty isn’t offered a place in the clubhouse, will it mean the end of IBM’s sponsorship of Augusta, or will clients’ social needs supercede even that decision? Of course, without a membership at Augusta, IBM can no longer take clients into the clubhouse.

The tournament began Thursday and Ms Rometty says she will attend.

Mitt & the Ladies

Top Democratic pollster Celinda Lake tells The Daily Beast that Romney may be trailing Obama badly with independent women, but he can change course.

“Independent women are very swing, so they are anything but locked up,” she told The Daily Beast. “I think they are paying attention earlier than they normally do because these things are so outrageous in their minds. It isn’t just the positions the Republicans are taking—it’s the priorities. These women thought, ‘Things are really tough for my family, this country is in as deep a trouble as I’ve seen in my lifetime, and you’re worried about my birth control?’ That’s the really big factor here.”

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Milly Simmonds | Steve Hiett | Vogue Italia April 2012 | ‘Closeup’

Thursday
Mar152012

Hillary Clinton -- Not Joe Biden -- Can Bank the Women's Vote in 2012 Elections | Violence Against Women Act

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Anne supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2008. She has called more than once for President Obama to put Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket as vice president, to insure that Obama is reelected for a second term. We’re presently not focused on the 2016 election, but rather, the current Republican War on Women.

There is no doubt that having Hillary Clinton and not Joe Biden running as vice president this year insures a turnout among Democratic women and independent voters, too.  Joe Biden cannot — and will not of choice — focus on rallying single women to vote. 

We can argue that the failure of single women to vote is part of the reason we’re in this horrible mess with women’s rights. AOC will do all we can to mobilize single women in 2012, but we WANT Hillary Clinton running for vice president, not Joe Biden. In fact, we are ready to petition Hillary Clinton for vice president.

 

We echo Maureen Dowd’s Don’t Tread on Us column:

Women have watched a chilling cascade of efforts in Congress and a succession of states to turn women into chattel, to shame them about sex and curb their reproductive rights. They’ve seen the craven response of G.O.P. candidates after Limbaugh branded a law student wanting insurance coverage for birth control pills, commonplace for almost five decades, as a “prostitute” and “slut.”

If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own.

Is she inevitable?

American women know that all the gains we’re made are up for grabs by Republicans. We have a RIGHT to an American vice president who is committed to women’s emancipation.

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“We’re mad, and we’re tired of it,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.Stephen Crowley/The New York Time Laws protecting women, originally enacted with broad bi-partisan support, are now the subject of fierce debate in the Republican War on Women. Today’s anti-woman menu du jour includes the Violence Against Women Act, a federal law signed into effect by President Clinton in 1994, providing $1.6 billion to help investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. In 2000 the act was reauthorized by Congress, as it was again in 2005.

NYTimes writer Jonathan Weisman reported today that Democratic women senators would march together today, demanding quick action on its extension.

Alaka’s senator Lisa Murkoswki is warning Republicans that they are being successfully painted as anti-woman, with potentially severe consequences. Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, opposes the latest version of the bill, after supporting it in the past.

The legislation would continue existing grant programs to local law enforcement and battered women shelters, but would expand efforts to reach Indian tribes and rural areas. It would increase the availability of free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, extend the definition of violence against women to include stalking, and provide training for civil and criminal court personnel to deal with families with a history of violence. It would also allow more battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas, and would include same-sex couples in programs for domestic violence.

The Greater New York City affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it has cancelled the Annual Awards Gala originally scheduled for May 17, 2012. A Grantees’ Breakfast is scheduled instead, with tickets controlled by organizers. NYC Komen exects say they’re uncertain about an ability to fundraise at this time. And they can’t control the ticket purchasers — opening the door to some ugly incidents at the big party.

Anne — along with other Pa citizens and people across America — has joined forces with these three busy moms who have strong views about what’s happening to the women of Pennsylvania at the hands of Republican legislators.

For good reason, most AOC writing focuses on the women’s rights assault of the day in America. Just trying to track the legislation is a nightmare. What’s lost in calling out one vaginal probe and personhood bill after another is the personal side of feminism and women’s rights in America.

Please check in at the Unite Against the War on Women national Facebook page and Unite Women’s new website. Follow on Twitter as @NatlWOW.

In Pennsylvania, link here for April 28th’s Unite Against the War on Women Harrisburg march.

Pa Press | If you are a member of the Pa press, Anne is happy to talk to you in her role as media liaison for the Pennsylvania march. Contact her here.