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Monday
Jan232012

2012 Election Super-Pac Slime Avalanche | Obama & Birth Control | Investigation of American Nuns | Aung San Suu Kyi

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Photo-illustration by Gluekit (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images (Obama); Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (Romney))Slime isn’t our favorite breakfast food, especially when drinking fair trade French Roast, but it’s the toast with Anne’s morning jo, reading New York Magazine’s The Coming Tsunami of Slime: How Super-PACS, vulnerable candidates, and armies of mercenaries will converge to create the ugliest campaign ever.

“How are we going to punch him every fucking day in the face with the best fucking message that is going to drive voters in our favor?” he asks. The face in question is that of President Barack Obama. “How do we do it nationally? How do we do it in the states? How do we do it over and over and over? We’re not going to win the fight with a knockout punch; we’re going to win it with kidney blows that make your opponent so feeble that he can no longer raise his hands to cover his face.”

If mostly men have been at war in America’s just-say-no Congress, our citizens have another 10 months of extra-ultra ugliness to prepare for, writes Joe Hagan. With more money rolling in this campaign than ever before — thanks to the Supreme Court’s overturn of ‘Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission’ — corporate, union and rich people’s super-PACs are “effectively mini-campaigns, employing more pollsters, more researchers, and more ad-makers for the purpose of going negative against the opposition—every fucking day.”

We’ve already heard the line countless times in the last week. A super-PAC smears blood all over an opposition candidate, and the Republican says “Not my decision; I have nothing to do with these people.”

Aung San Suu Kyi Interview

Aung San Suu Kyi . Photograph by Frederic de la Mure/AFP/Getty Images.Lally Weymouth interviews Burma’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for Slate. Released from her house arrest of six years, the woman who leads Burma’s reform movement now welcomes high-level foreign guests, most recently US Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked if President Thein Sein’s reform process is real, the petite warrior for the people answers affirmatively, but adds a caveat. The president has limited powers, and the military can take over at any time. The real question is whether or not Myanmar’s military powers support reform.

Asked whether she is likely to run for president in the 2015 elections, Aung San Suu Kyi replies: “I don’t want to be president, but I want to be free to decide whether or not I want to be President of this country.”

We have reregistered our party. I went to register myself as a candidate this morning. We have started campaigning around the country. People have been very enthusiastic. It is very encouraging—all these years and they are still standing solidly behind us.

The interview closes with a personal tribute back to Desmond Tutu, who expressed his lavish appreciation of Aung San Suu Kyi on Charlie Rose, in a September 2011 interview during the Clinton Global Summit.

I am a great admirer of Desmond Tutu. I like quoting his words that he believes in reformative rather than retributive justice. I think he means it and I mean it, too. I don’t like putting even animals in cages. I would hope that people should be treated with dignity whatever they have done.

As for Hillary Clinton, Myramar’s opposition leader says: ” Yes, she is very nice and very intelligent. I like intelligent people.” Read entire in-depth interview at Slate

Newt and World’s Rules

Writing for the Daily Beast, Marianne Gingrich’s divorce attorney Victoria Toensing, writes that when Newt Gingrich gets power, he believes the rules don’t apply to him. Read why she believes it’s true that Newt Gingrich believes:

People want to hear what I have to say. It doesn’t matter what I do.

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Associated Press - Birth control is displayed at manufacturing plant.The Obama Administration refused to grant church-affiliated organizations a pass on the mandate requiring church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers coverage of birth control as part of their health plans. But the administration did grant them an additional year to comply, writes the Washington Post.

The decision almost caught pro-women organizations off guard, given the Obama administration’s history of mixed signals on supporting women’s rights. Organizations including The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals lobbied ferociously for a broad exemption for any organization opposing birth control on religious grounds. Based on the Republican party’s frontal attack on women’s rights, most women’s groups assumed Obama would again cave.

The delay was no consolation to Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” he said. “The Obama administration has now drawn an unprecedented line in the sand.”

AOC’s Own Line in the Sand

Anne previously drew her own line in the sand on this same topic. Read her Drawing a Line in Lubna’s Sand, Saying ‘No More’ to the Growing, Global Erosion of Women’s Rights in the Name of Any Man’s Religion.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Rick Santorum writes: My Fight for Life. In terms of the upcoming election, Santorum states that as president he will appoint only ‘originalist’ judges who believe that life begins at conception. Not only is this the argument behind the personhood amendment, but also legislation that passed in Utah but was vetoed by the governor making miscarriage a felony.

Posted on our new Anne of Carversville Facebook page, Dov Linzer, an Orthodox rabbi who is the dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, weighs in on both the women’s modesty issue and controlling women’s bodies.

We’ve been following the explosive loss of women’s rights in Israel, most recently with eight-year-old Naama Margolese living in Jerusalem’s Beit Shemesh neighborhood, being vilified and called a whore for not dressing modestly enough for school. Note, that Naama was in fact dressed very modestly, just not modestly enough for these ultra-Orthodox men.

Dov Linzer writes the question that is at the core of Anne of Carversville: “Is it possible for a religious demand for modesty to be about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies? From recent events in Israel, it would certainly seem that it is not.”

Read more about the problems women are facing in Israel in Nation | Israel.

Investigation of American Nuns

No one suggests that the investigation of American nuns is over, but it’s noteworthy that on Jan. 4, Cardinal Franc Rode resigned as head of the Vatican’s ‘cabinet office’, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, that deals with religious orders, including nuns worldwide. 

Writing for Huffington Post, American nun Maureen Fiedler says that Cardinal Franc Rode is an arch-conservative with an archaic view of religious life that resonates with the 18th century, rather than the 21st.

When the Vatican announced its ‘investigation’ of all active orders of US nuns in 2009, a ‘doctrinal investigation’ of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the organization representing the collective leadership of about 90 percent to 95 percent of all nuns in the United States, was also on the list.

These investigations came out of the clear blue sky, without any allegations of wrongdoing that usually prompt official probes. And they brought howls of protest from nuns themselves and many in the laity. Typical was the comment of a friend of mine: “Now … let me get this straight. Some priests committed sex abuse. Bishops covered it up. And so they’re investigating nuns?” The investigation of nuns has nothing to do with sex abuse, of course, but that scandal led some to ask if this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the sex abuse debacle.

Simply stated, the vast majority of American nuns refused to comply with the investigation, including returning their surveys.

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Friday
Jan202012

Coffee, Decreased Diabetes and SHBG Discovery | Improved Cognition Changes Openness in Older Adults 

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CNN’s John King should not have lead with an opening question to Newt Gingrich about his first wife’s ABC News interview in which she alleges that Gingrich asked her for an open marriage, with the understanding that he would continue his relationship with current wife Callista. The Daily Beast reminds us that “not since Bernie Shaw asked Michael Dukakis how he’d react to the rape and murder of his wife has an opening question so defined a presidential debate.”

Gingrich vehemently denied her account of their marital showdown, reported in yesterday’s preview to last night’s ABC Nightline Brian Ross interview. While we don’t buy Newt’s crusade as Mr Reborn Catholic Morality guy, his private history shouldn’t have been the lead off question in the debate.

Gingrich seized the opening moment, nearly shouting that he was appalled that CNN would lead with that question. The anti-liberal, anti-media audience went wild as Gingrich called King’s question “close to despicable” and the handiwork of a “destructive” and “vicious” media dominated the rest of the night.

South Carolina Values Voters

The Daily Beast brings us up to date on all nastiness surrounding last weekend’s evangelical powwow in Texas. In a mess that is equal in mismanagement to the Iowa caucus results (and these guys want to tun the country????), “religious leaders favoring other candidates now say that the meeting of more than 100 religious activists was manipulated to favor Santorum” as a prelude to tomorrow’s South Carolina primary. 

Against this tense political backdrop emerge reports that James Dobson—an iconic religious figure who espouses family values—took the microphone between the second and third ballots to denounce Callista Gingrich, questioning her fitness to be first lady because she was a “mistress” to the former House speaker for several years.

We don’t know how the vehemently prochoice Dobson — who praised Karen Santorum — reacted when he got the news his perfect prochoice mama First Lady had lived unmarried with one of the country’s most prominent abortion doctors for six years, when abortion was illegal.

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Healthy French Roast

UCLA researchers have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind coffee’s preventive effect on type 2 diabetes. Science Daily writes:

A protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. And coffee consumption, it turns out, increases plasma levels of SHBG.

Cognition in Older Adults

Engagement in cognitively challenging tasks led to an increase in openness to new experiences, researchers found. (Credit: Thompson-McClellan)In a stunning piece of research, it’s believed that a non-drug intervention in older adults can change the psychological trait of openness — along with agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and extraversion — considered to be one of five major personality traits.

Openness and a willingness to entertain challenging intellectual or cultural pursuits has already been positively correlated with cognitive abilities.

“There are certain models that say, functionally, personality doesn’t change after age 20 or age 30. You reach adulthood and pretty much you are who you are,” he said. “There’s some truth to that at some level. But here you have a study that has successfully changed personality traits in a set of individuals who are (on average) 75. And that opens up a whole bunch of wonderful issues to think about.” via Science Daily

Research on Gay Parents

Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off with Mom & Imprisoned Dad? AOC Sexual Politics

Thursday
Jan192012

DFR Hot | Newt Gingrich's Ex-Wife Interview Tonight on Nightline 11:30 PM | Perry Bites the Republican Dust  

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Then Speak Newt Gingrich sought to impeach President Clinton while he himself was engaged in a six year affair with a staffer.

Rick Perry is now on the Newt Gingrich bandwagon and the relentless march for true social conservative values. Dropping out of the race today, Rick Perry said, via Christian Science Monitor:

“I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country… Newt is not perfect, but who among us is? The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God - and I believe in the power of redemption for it is a central tenant of my Christian faith.”

ABC News will air the Brian Ross interview with Newt Gingrich’s wife Marianne tonight at 11:30 pm EST.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,’” Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.”

Marianne described her “shock” at Gingrich’s behavior, including how she says she learned he conducted his affair with Callista “in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington.”

“He always called me at night,” she recalled, “and always ended with ‘I love you.’ Well, she was listening.”

All this happened, she said, during the same time Gingrich condemned President Bill Clinton for his lack of moral leadership.

Around the coffee shops: The Daily Mail writes that Newt’s two daughers from his first marriage Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman sent an emotional letter to ABC in support of their father. It said:

The failure of a marriage is a terrible and emotional experience for everyone involved. Anyone who has had that experience understands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets, and sometimes differing memories of events.

Our father is running for President because of his grandchildren — so they can inherit the America he loves… To do that, President Obama must be defeated.

FOX News reports the same facts as above with no commentary. They are running the headline ‘Gingrich Reportedly Sought ‘Open Marriage’, Ex-Wife Claims’.

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Rick Perry Out of Race

Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds up a jar of “Insanity Mustard” at the Acme General Store during a “meet and greet” on Trade St. Jan. 18, 2012 in Greer, S.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)God Bless America! The insanity of Rick Perry’s campaign to be president of these United States is over. The LA Times quotes one Perry supporter — who refused to state his/her name — as saying Perry was badly damaged by his GOP debate performances.

“Governor Perry is a true conservative. It is disappointing that his campaign for president did not connect with early state voters. His message was strong but his delivery in early debates left significant doubt in voter’s minds that he could just not overcome,” the supporter said. “He defined himself as not being able to stand toe to toe with Barack Obama and was never given a second look as his skills dramatically improved. He is truly a good man.”

We believe the Perry supporter is ultra kind to the Texas governor and use this opportunity to share absolutely valid reasons why Rick Perry would be a hideous choice for president of America — if the focus is people and not his business cronies or the religious ultra-right.

Perry’s Deplorable Texas A&M Grades

Rick Perry’s A&M D’s & F’s in Critical Thinking Subjects

“How old do you think the Earth is?” asked a little boy innocently as his mother hovered behind him outside the cafe. He asked Perry what he thought about the theory of evolution.

“It’s a theory that’s out there, and it’s got some gaps in it,” Perry said.

“Ask him why he doesn’t believe in science,” the mother prompted.

We are speechless that a person with this academic record is running to be president of the United States — and touted by Wall Street. God give us strength to digest Rick Perry’s college transcript! It is horrific.

Perry originally attended Texas A&M University to pursue a pre-veterinary major but switched to animal sciences, reportedly because of his low GPA. In his freshman and sophomore year, Perry struggled with core science classes, earning D’s in several organic chemistry classes and C’s in general chemistry and physics. Perry also got a D in Principles of Economics — this man who says he understands how to restore America’s economy.

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You Want to Defund Planned Parenthood & Title X? Look at Texas

Texas As An Example of What’s Ahead for States

The state of Texas has some of the most restrictive policies in the US regarding minors’ access to prescription birth control without parental consent, according to the Dallas Morning News. Texas has the highest rate of teen pregnancy live births in America, according to a 2010 Guttmacher Institute report, while the state ranks 4th in overall pregnancy rate.

While we all celebrate the new survey results suggesting that sexual activity may be down among teens, Texas is a real-world look at what’s ahead for taxpayers. In terms of educational test scores, Texas is at the bottom.

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).

Blow the Trumpet in Zion!

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too

‘Rick Perry’s Army of God’, written in Sept 2009, introduces us to Tom Schlueter of Arlington and Bob Long of San Marcos, two pastors who not only support Rick Perry as America’s next president, but consider themselves to be prophets of God. So consumed with importance are these two men, that they consider themselves modern-day apostles and prophets, with a direct line to God.

Yesterday, our focus was Michele Bachmann’s direct line to God — in her own words.

Today, we learn more about a little-known movement of radical Christians who are determined to take over the US government, subordinating all Americans to their view of not only God’s grand plan for Texas. Schlueter and Long have proclaimed that Texas was ‘The Prophet State, ‘annointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government.

The Texas Observer writes that Perry is their man.

If you’re a Democrat, you’re dead meat. These prophets believe that Democrats are controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. You think I exaggerate. Last weekend the man who probably seeks to be our next president hugged Alice Patterson, a self-proclaimed apostle from San Antonio who believes the Democratic Party is controlled by ‘an invisible network of evil comprising an unholy structure’ released by the demon Jezebel.