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Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act With Trouble Ahead in the House | Women Gun Owners Soar

The US Senate today passed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a vote of 78-22. The act expired in 2011 and has languished in the House of Representatives. The bill promoted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt is cosponsored by Idaho Republican senator Mike Crapo. The bill garnered 23 Republican votes. 

Republican men senators who voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act include John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), John Thune (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.).

Intact in the Senate bill is a provision that allows tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians accused of assaulting Indian women on reservations. This provision is regarded as being unconstitutional by many Republicans and is a key stumbling block in the House. 

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who chairs the Indian Affairs Committee, said Indian women are raped and assaulted at 2½ times the national rate, and less than 50 percent of domestic violence cases on reservations, often far from federal courts, are prosecuted. “This is about the life and death of women who need a better system to help prosecute those who are committing serious crimes against them.”

A 1978 Supreme Court decision denies Indian tribes the right to try non-Indian citizens unless an exception is granted by Congress. In the House, Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Darrell Issa of California are trying to negotiate a compromise that would give defendants the right to request that their trial be moved to federal court if they aren’t getting a fair trial, writes USA Today. 

The White House says that intimate partner violence declined by 67 percent between 1993 and 2010, due to the VAWA, with an increase in victims reporting domestic and sexual violence to police, resulting in more arrests. 

The Senate bill carries a reduction of 17 percent in costs from the last reauthorization in 2005. Provisions also promise to speed up the analysis of DNA evidence and a rape kit backlog impacting an estimated 400,000 cases unable to proceed. 

1. In today’s Lady Parts News: Arizona Planned Parenthood secure. A federal judge has permanently blocked Arizona from cutting off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood. Judge Neil Wake was appointed to the court in 2004 by President George W Bush, on the recommendations of US Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl. In Arkansas, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into a law a bill that will ban insurance exchanges created under Obamacare from covering abortion. In Virginia, a similar plan for insurance exchanges is in play, but word is that some Republicans are skeptical of the exception.  Good news out of Colorado where Democrats defeated a Republican-backed bill that would have required doctors to investigate why a woman was seeking an abortion. Kansas is considering a similar bill and it’s seen as likely to pass, reports The Maddow Blog.

2. Hillary rules. A Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday found Hillary Clinton to be the most popular national political figure, with a favorability rating of 61 percent that tops President Obama’s 51 percent. The poll also showed that Clinton was viewed more favorably as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 than Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, reports UPI

Writing for The New Yorker, George Packer dismisses criticisms of the lack of an encompassing “Clinton doctrine” or even “Obama doctrine” on the subject of foreign policy. Not everyone respects Clinton’s endless listening tours, where “thousands of ordinary people got to question the US Secretary of State” on matters of clean water or women’s rights. 

3. Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary? Huffington Post reports that unions and labor activists are very unhappy at the thought that Obama fundraiser Penny Prizker could become the president’s next secretary of commerce. Granted, the prospect is just chatter — but the chatter is everywhere.

“In addition to heading the Pritzker Realty Group, Pritzker is a board member of Hyatt Hotels and the daughter of Donald Pritzker, co-founder of the international hotel chain. Hyatt and the hospitality workers union Unite Here have been locked in a long and at times ugly contract battle, with the union accusing the company of implementing “crushing workloads” at its hotels and literally hurting its housekeepers. The company, in turn, has defended its treatment of workers and accused the union of carrying out a smear campaign. ”“

4. As Congress tries to determine what — if any — reasonable gun control laws can be passed in America, the voices in the debate are largely those of men. In fact, it’s women’s participation in shooting sports that has driven their participation by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011 to just over 5 million women. 

Fire arms manufacturers are marketing pink guns to the ladies with leather handbags and leopard shooting gloves to match, writes The New York Times. 

“Tina Wilson-Cohen, a former Secret Service agent who founded She Can Shoot, a women’s league with 10 chapters and 3,000 members across the country, said 90 percent of women who joined did so because “they’ve been a victim at one point of their life, of stalking or date rape or domestic violence, or they have just felt so vulnerable, and they want to feel competent and like they can protect themselves.””

5. Understanding narcissism and envy together. Ziatan Krizan of Iowa State University turns upside down the belief that narcissists feel envy. People who think they’re the greatest don’t feel envy, says Krizan. It’s individuals who think they are special and destined to be great, but they just can’t do it. They feel vulnerable, perhaps taken for granted or discriminated against with the world just not recognizing their special natures. 

“It’s these vulnerable individuals who are in some sense more worrisome because they are quiet, sort of festering in anger out there in a corner. And it’s just a matter of time before they get frustrated and lash out and verbally assault somebody, maybe even an innocent party, because of some provocation that they felt,” Krizan said.

In the simplest terms, the individual becomes violent as a form of power grab, a move to take control and drive the outcome of results.  via Science Daily


News: Study Challenges Aging & Oxidative Stress Theory | Men Commit Up to 94% of Child Sex Abuse | Editorials 12/6

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Writing Newt Gingrich Is in Love With Himself, The Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers takes a look at some of the Republican presidential contender’s more self-aggrandizing statements. We share an appetizer:

“I told somebody at one point [of my presidential campaign], ‘This is like watching Walton or Kroc develop Walmart and McDonald’s.’” So said Newt Gingrich, whose presidential campaign boasts roughly 40 staff members.

“I don’t want my country to collapse. I don’t want my daughter and wife raped and killed,” Speaker Gingrich told a stunned Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter in 1994 in explaining why America, nay, the world, needed him. After all, he told her, “People like me are what stand between us and Auschwitz.”

What Do 5% of Known Pedophiles Tell Us?

Not much, writes Casey Schwartz, again for The Beast. Most studies of pedophiles are conducted on known sex offenders, probably a very unrepresentative group. Researchers generally agree that as many as 94 percent of all sexual abuse cases against children are conducted by men.

Another nugget in this article is the research of Judith Becker, University of Arizona, whose over 1000 interviews with pedophiles suggest that very often the men regard themselves as being kids themselves, when with their victims. “During these encounters, Becker said, it’s as if they slipped back to a much earlier phase in their own development—or perhaps never graduated beyond it in the first place.”

James Cantor, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, has studied the brains of pedophiles, finding that on average they have an IQ 10 points lower than the average population. Scanning the brains of pedophiles, compared to other prison inmates, Cantor found significantly less white matter -- the substance that connects one region of the brain to another — in the pedophile group.

JUST IN | Jerry Sandusky Arrested

Reuters reports that former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested a second time at this home today, with 12 new counts of sexual abuse added to the previously existing 40 counts. Two more men, identified as Victim 9 and Victim 10, who did testify before a grand jury when they were children, are now part of the case.

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Image: FastFoodHealth.orgLearning from New England

Mississippi is the unhealthiest state in America, based on the United Health Foundation’s annual report. Writes Susan Brady for Health News: “The most startling fact in the report was that in the last decade the annual improvement in America’s health has declined 69% compared to the 1990s.

In a mere two decades, obesity has risen 15+ points (from 11.6% to 27.5%) in the adult population and could approach 40+ percent by the end of the decade if trends prevail.”

New England leads the nation in good health, with six states in the top spot.

Don’t Bag the Blueberries Yet

In the never a dull moment world of scientific research, German cancer researchers have observed for the first time oxidative changes in a living organism.

Major Research Challenge to Theory of Oxidative Stress

Researching fruit flies — a primary source of health research implications in humans — findings by ssociate Professor (PD) Dr. Tobias Dick’s team cast doubt on the widely-accepted hypothesis that life span is limited by the production of harmful oxiddants in our bodies.

Jointly with Dr. Aurelio Teleman (also of DKFZ), they introduced genes for biosensors into the genetic material of fruit flies. These biosensors are specific for various oxidants and indicate the oxidative status of each cell by emitting a light signal — in realtime, in the whole organism and across the entire life span.

The only part of the body in which the researchers found absolute evidence of oxidative stress was in the intestines of the fruit flies. Equally important, Dick’s team fed a group of fruit flies with NAC, a substance attributed with anti-oxidant effects.

 … no evidence of a decrease in oxidants was found in the NAC-fed flies. On the contrary, the researchers were surprised to find that NAC prompted the energy plants of various tissues to significantly increase oxidant production.

The research team will now turn their use of biosensors to humans, in an effect to directly observe oxidative processes. via Science Daily

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Sensual Power, Narcissism, Food Stamps, Sex & Porsche Drivers

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Sensual Power & Self Acceptance, Even at the Food Stamps Office AOC Sexual Politics

Let me give you an example of my words in action, I had a scheduled appointment to go see my caseworker to continue my food stamp benefits. I really don’t like going down to the office. It’s not that I’m ashamed or embarrassed, but it’s the generated vibe. If every negative thought had a reality show to exploit the worst in people, this would be the spot to film the show.

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Study | Charming Porsche-Driving Men Are Peacocks Seeking Sex AOC Anne’s Sensually Yours

Researchers from Rice University, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) and the University of Minnesota find that conspicuous spending among men is driven by a desire for no strings attached sex or a romantic fling.

“This research suggests that conspicuous products, such as Porsches, can serve the same function for some men that large and brilliant feathers serve for peacocks,” said Jill Sundie, assistant professor of marketing at UTSA and lead author of the paper.