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Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Chair of Armed Services Committee Sides With Military Against Gillibrand | Nancy Brinker's Huge Komen Salary

1.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) sided with military brass and not fellow Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), thwarting her effort to place military sex assault cases in the hands of an independent prosecutor. 

Levin (D-Mich.) will strip a proposal by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) from the policy-setting Defense Authorization Act and replace it with a measure that instead requires senior military officers to review decisions when commanders refuse to prosecute a case, writes NBC News.

2. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) stunned House members with his resistance to a rape exception in his bill to nationally ban all abortions after 20 weeks. Franks told colleagues “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

In fact, experts estimate that at least 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy or about 32,000 rape pregnancies each year. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the Francks’ claim “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.”

It was the Nazis who created this myth that women, who believe they will die, stop ovulating.

3. “Some girls enjoy being raped,” Israeli judge Nissim Yeshaya declared in the case of a 19-yeart-old Israeli girl who was raped by four Palestininians at age 13.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who described the remarks as “unfortunate” and “unacceptable.” He said he would withdraw his support for the judge’s appointment as the head of the Likud Party’s internal Court. Likewise, in a joint announcement Wednesday, Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and the Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, said Yeshaya has officially resigned his post.xxxz

4. Komen’s former CEO Nancy Brinker announced recently that the organization will cancel half its breast cancer fundraising races in 2014, due to decreased participation. Fundraising has dropped precipitously since Komen tried to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. It came to light this week that Brinker’s Komen salary is $684,000 a year. For an organization the size of Komen, $400,000 is the average CEO salary. Ken Berger, president and CEO of charity watchdog Charity Navigator told NBC: “This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.”

5. The US fashion industry is only one high-profile business group that relies heavily on the service of unpaid internships. The decision of Judge William H. Pauley III that Fox Searchlight should have paid two interns on the movie ‘Black Swan’, because they were essentially regular employees should send chills through Seventh Avenue. The judge rules on Tuesday that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying production interns.

The judge forcefully called for following criteria that the Department of Labor has laid out for unpaid internships. via NYTimes


Virginia Republicans Run Ultra Conservative Slate In Fall Elections | Vitamin B Study Promising Against Alzheimer's

19-year-old Hannah Batya Penet married 18-year-old Shalom Rokeach before a crowd of 25-30,000 guests in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Rokeach is the grandson of the leader of the Hasidic dynasty Belz Rebbe, and is destined himself to become the future leader of one of the largest Jewish sects in the world. The bride’s face remained veiled by a lace and crystal encrusted veil throughout the ceremony. It is designed to protect her modesty, allowing her to avoid guests’ gazes while she is on public display. Read on at Daily Mail.

1. EW Jackson, the Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor says he has nothing to apologize for regarding his views on abortion, race and homosexuality.

“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters Tuesday at a Fredericksburg campaign stop, according to the Washington Post.

Jackson, a minister and lawyer, said just this week the Planned Parenthood is worse than the Ku Klux Klan. He has called gays and lesbians “sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”

2. A federal appellate panel struck down Arizona’s abortion law on Tuesday, calling it unconstitutional “under a long line of invariant Supreme Court precedents” guaranteeing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy any time before a fetus is considered viable outside her womb. Medically, this is generally at 24 weeks.

Technically, the law made abortions illegal at roughly 18 weeks after fertilization by dating fertilization as the date of a woman’s last menstrual period. It’s only at 18 weeks that most fetal abnormalities are detected through sonograms.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told reporters on Wednesday that there is a “good chance” that the US House of Representatives will bring his nationwide 20-week abortion ban to a full vote this year.

3. Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R), now running for attorney general,  denies that his 2009 bill that would have required a woman to report her miscarriage to the police within 24 hours of the event or risk imprisonment was intended to harm women.

Tarina Keene, NARAL’s executive director, told HuffPost, “In 2009 we made it clear to Sen. Obenshain that NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia vehemently opposed his bill to criminalize tragic pregnancy complications and intimidate grieving Virginian women with the threat of law enforcement — not to mention jail time.

Obenshain joins an ultra-conservative Republican slate of candidates in Virginia’s fall election.

4. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS tax-exempt unit and finds herself at the center of a scandal about extra tax scrutiny of conservative and in particular, Tea Party groups, exercised her right not to answer lawmakers’ questions today.

“I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any congressional committee,” Lerner told the panel.

South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy demanded that Lerner stay to answer questions, causing the crowd to applaud in the hearing room.

5. Researchers believe that a healthy diet, regular exercise and consuming vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid were key in delaying Alzheimer’s disease among 156 people ages 70 and up who were already suffering from both mind memory loss and high levels of homocysteine, previously associated with increased risk for dementia.

Patients taking the Vitamin B regimen had 90 percent less brain shrinkage than those who took a placebo.

“I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection,” said Paul Thompson, whose Genetics Center at UCLA School of Medicine has the world’s largest database of brain scans. “We study the brain effects of all sorts of lifestyle changes — alcohol reduction, exercising more, learning to handle stress, weight loss — and a good result would be a 25 percent reduction in shrinkage.”


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1. Violence Against Women Act.  If today’s Republican party truly wants to explore its relationship with women, it has an opportunity to do so this week. The Senate voted 85 to 8 on Monday evening to renew its discussions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Renewal of the bill has stalled over Republican concerns that obscure issues like granting visa for abused illegal immigrants, treatment of same sex couples, and passages that strengthen the influence of American courts undermine the bill for the majority of American women.

The bill is expected to get Senate approval this week, with broad, bipartisan support.

In the House, the bill continues to struggle. Another sticking point is a provision in the bill that would allow American Indian women assaulted on reservations by non-Indians to go to trial courts, which currently have no jurisdiction over these assailants. 

Last week, the conservative Independent Women’s Forum said the Violence Against Women Act, passed first in 1994, was a waste of money that could actually be intensifying domestic violence, writes The New York Times.

“Although there is little credible evidence that V.A.W.A. programs are reducing the effects and occurrence of domestic and sexual violence, there is evidence that several of the policies instituted under V.A.W.A. may actually be harming the very victims they were designed to protect,” wrote Christina Villegas, a visiting fellow at the group.

2. 7 Key Facts About Domestic Violence

Villegas refers readers to the website, with this reports prepared by Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. 

a. One in 10 American couples engages in intimate partner violence each year.

b. Men and women engage in domestic violence at similar rates. If the violence escalates, female are more likely to be injured. However, one-third of those requiring medical attention are male. 

c. Partner aggression is often two-way.

d. Domestic violence tends to be concentrated in Lower income couples, couples not in intact, married relationships, 

e. The US Centers for Disease Control has identified 25 different causes of domestic violence.

f. Since the mid-19702, domestic violence among intimate partners has fallen dramatically. 

g. Many victims of domestic violence face barriers to getting help. 

Due primarily to under-reporting, credible research suggests that mandatory arrest policies may actually increase partner violence.  A recent Harvard study found that such policies actually lead to more intense levels of violence. According to the study, “Intimate partner homicides increased by about 60 percent in states with mandatory arrest laws.” Another study found that women in states with mandatory arrest laws were less likely to report violence and request police assistance.

3. Support for Military Women

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Secretary of Defense Leon Penetta’s outgoing decision to lift restrictions on American women serving in combat has widespread support among American women, reports Pew Research.  

The latest poll results reflect nearly the same findings as two years ago in a Washington Post/ABC News survey. 

4. Ten Things to End Rape Culture

The Nation quotes Jessica Valenti in this piece on rape, one that would probably be rejected by Christina Villegas. 

Rape culture exists because we don’t believe it does.  From tacit acceptance of misogyny in everything from casual conversations with our peers to the media we consume, we accept the degradation of women and posit uncontrollable hyper-sexuality of men as the norm. But rape is endemic to our culture because there’s no widely accepted cultural definition of what it actually is.

“Rape is a standard result of a culture mired in misogyny, but for whatever reason—denial, self-preservation, sexism—Americans bend over backwards to make excuses for male violence.” 

5. GlamTribale Goes to Philly’s Headhouse Market

Anne is super excited to say that she’s joined Philadelphia’s Creative Collective where GlamTribale will be exhibiting on 17 Saturdays starting end of May at a marketplace founded in 1745, very near to Independence Hall!!! 

“I can’t think of a better place than Headhouse Market and Shambles to start my renewed drive for women’s independence, right down the street from the Liberty Bell,” Anne wrote on Facebook. 


Philadelphia’s Spittin’ Sister will be selling her art and jewelry while handing out pro-women pamphlets. Abigail Adams would be proud!

No taxation without representation is at the top of Anne’s agenda. For Republicans, Democrats and especially so-called progressive Democrats, Anne’s on record saying: “Don’t tax us if you won’t run women for office or give us major representation at your conferences.” 

6. Helicopter parenting is not good at playtime, reports Science Daily. Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that how direct a mother is and whether she tries to control the content and the pace of play among young children directly affected the attitudes expressed towards her by them. 

Children of these corrective and controlling moms were less engaged with her and displayed more negative emotion towards their mothers. 

Researchers argue that highly-directive moms may believe they are helping their kids by correcting them. In actual practice, they are limiting creativity and potentially negatively impact their child’s desire to be with her. 

Findings confirmed existing research that African American mothers are the most directive with young children, followed by Mexican-American moms and then European-Americans.  Although children expressed less positive regard from directive moms overall, the degree to which mothers expressed high levels of warmth towards the children, lessened the negative effect. 


Nearly Half of Preschoolers Lack One Parent-Supervised Playtime Per Day Science Daily

Are Feminism and Attachment Parenting Practices Compatible Science Daily 

Call Us Stupified! Only An ERA Can Protect American Women Against Republican’s Intent to End Birth Control!


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Anne of Carversville has said for several years that Republicans, led by the Catholic bishops, are coming for your birth control. 

Living with and writing about the Republican War on Women every day leaves us typically immune to the latest anti-woman rhetoric from the right wing. But talk show host and evangelical Kevin Swanson, has left us speechless.

Believing that utterly stupid statements like Todd Akins’ assertion that women’s bodies prevent us from getting pregnant as a result of rape were the bottom of the barrel, we simply weren’t prepared for Swanson’s recent assertions about birth control. 

Swanson: I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny featuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies. 

Anne of Carversville has delivered well over 1000 of the 19,000 signatures supporting a renewed drive for an Equal Rights Amendment. Good Goddess, please, please sign our ERA petition before it is too late for American women. Tweet, Tweet, Tweet:  here Read Anne’s lucid analysis of anti-ERA arguments. 



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