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Friday
Jul262013

Bircher Daughter Claire Conner Exposes Right-Wing Danger To America In 'Wrapped In The Flag'

Author Claire Conner pictured in the May 12, 1961 issue of LIFE magazine in which her photo appears as part of a feature story on The John Birch Society. Claire was 14 years old, the youngest person in the photo. In the two page spread, she is the 3rd person from the right. Her parents, Laurene and Jay Conner, and her brother, Jay R., are on the first page of the photo 4th, 5th and 6th from the left.

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Gov. George WallaceMy parents were right-wing extremists @ Salon

Excerpted from “Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right”

Related: Repeal the 17th Amendment. Until 1913, Americans didn’t elect senators, state legislators did.

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Founding members of the John Birch Society Council included author’s father S.J. Conner, president of the Conroth Company and Fred C. Koch, a founder of Koch Industries and father of today’s well-known Koch brothers.

Anne Reflects On McCarthyism

The Republican War on Women Gives Me Nightmares April 6, 2011

Ten years later I sat on the Chelsea stoop of my New York apartment with my landlord, who was a playwright. He asked me about my background and I explained that I grew up in Minnesota but I so loved Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

 

I volunteered that I knew Senator Wiley from Wisconsin, that he was such a great man. He insisted that we be very patriotic with our flag raising ceremony each day, but I was all for it.

My playwright landlord just looked at me, his young tenant and laughed. ‘Do you not know that Senator Wiley was Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man?’ he asked me.

‘No way,’ I exclaimed.

‘Believe it,’ he said. And of course it is true.

The same man that I respected and honored, the man whose grandson was my first boyfriend, whose granddaughters were great friends to me, the town that recognized my talent and ran me for student council president when I was the new girl in school, also produced the co-leader of the McCarthy hearings.

Sunday
Jul142013

Dem Donors Give Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes Standing O In Senate Race Against Mitch McConnell

It’s time to start our engines for Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 34-year-old Democratic secretary of state who intends to take out Senate Minority Speaker Mitch McConnell.

Howard Fineman writes for Huffington Post:

In her first major appearance before national party leaders, Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard, Grimes wowed Democratic senators, Senate candidates and donors alike at the party’s annual private summer fundraising retreat.

Each year the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee invites top donors to schmooze with senators, especially those up for reelection, and inspect the merchandise of challengers who will take on Republican incumbents.

Grimes spoke to the group Saturday morning and brought the jaded and normally undemonstrative crowd to its feet in wild applause, said one top donor, who had been deeply skeptical of the idea that McConnell could be knocked off by anyone.

Grimes made news a couple of weeks ago by announcing her senate run w/o a website in place. Mitch isn’t laughing any more, suggests both Howard Fineman and Kentucky’s Courier Journal. She is the daughter of one of Kentucky’s most prominent politicos, destined for a political future. Deciding to take on Mitch McConnell represents a quick turn in her destiny, but Democratic troops appear ready and enthusiastic to rally around her. 

“I’ve been going to these for years, and I have never, until this morning, seen a candidate get a standing O,” said the donor, who is among the top 100 contributors to the committee over the last five years. “It was amazing.” 

Kentucky’s Courier Journal columnist Al Cross writes that Grimes is a very serious competitor to knock Mitch McConnell out of his senate seat.

1. Author Robert Galbraith, whose debut novel ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ received outstanding debuts , was outed as Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling by London’s Sunday Times newspaper.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” Rowling said. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

After one reviewer described as a “scintillating debut novel,” while another called it “astonishingly mature”. The novel had sold around 1,500 copies in hardback, before this weekend’s outing.

2. Texas Democrats have vowed to fight in the courts new abortion legislation passed in Austin late Friday night. The Republican majority passed the controversial bill with one Democratic vote. The 20 Democratic amendments to the bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, permits no exceptions for rape or incest, requires all abortions to take place in surgical centers, and offers no leeway in prescribing an abortion-inducing pill were all denied.

The abortion debate in Texas mobilized protests not seen in the last 20 years. “Let’s make sure that tonight is not an ending point, it’s a beginning point for our future, our collective futures, as we work to take this state back,” Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth told 2,000 supporters gathered in Austin.

3. US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has resigned her position as Homeland Security Secretary to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano was the third person to head the agency created in response to the 9/11 attacks.

Napolitano is the first woman to lead UC’s 145-year history. The LA Times writes that UC regents hope that a highly-visible political personality will be more effective at fundraising and playing an influential role in Sacramento and Washington.

The NY Daily News reports that Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing NYPD Chief Ray Kelly as her replacement.

4. EMILY’s List is on record with their intention to brand Florida Senator Marco Rubio as anti-women ahead of the 2016 elections. Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, told TIME magazine that the Republican senator is “the most anti-women, anti-family candidate of the GOP field.”

“This is a senator who was one of only 22 Republican men voting against the Violence Against Women Act. He has worked tirelessly to roll back women’s freedom,” says Schriock.

Rubio’s ‘alleged sins’ against women also include his votes against pay equity legislation and support for mandatory ultrasounds in Florida. Rubio called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, “a gift for trial lawyers”.

Read the New Republic’s analysis ‘There’s No Cure for Marco Rubio’s Abortion Anxiety’.

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5. The Atlantic asks: When Do Women (and Men) Stop Leaning In?, following up on Catherine Rampell’s analysis for the New York Times.

The popular notion that women stop looking for job promotions earlier than men goes under the microscope with another look at 2008 data from the Families and Work Institute. In 2008 just 37 percent of working women and 44 percent of working men wanted more responsibility at the office.

Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ argues that the gender gap is much higher in the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups. University women and post 45-age women have similar expectations as men.

Tuesday
Jul022013

Thousands Pour Into Austin, Texas Abortion Fight | Gabby Gifford Fires Gun & Presses On For Gun Control

An estimated 5-6,000 abortion rights supporters converged on Austin, Texas yesterday, as lawmakers returned for a second special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry. The Republican majority body is expected to pass abortion legislation that galvanized American women last week, after Fort Worth Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis led an 11-hour filibuster against the bill. The Texas Tribune reports that a group of about 100 backers of the bill held a press conference inside the capitol.

The Texas Tribune also shares an important article How Public Opinion Fueled Senate’s Abortion Fight, interpreting recent polls in Texas as AOC analyzed them.

Taken together, these polling numbers convey broad support for some specific restrictions focusing on procedures. We don’t find more than token support for drastically reducing or eliminating access. In June 2013, 79 percent of Texans indicated that abortion should be available to a woman under varying circumstances. As for Davis’ core constituency, 59 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of liberals think that it should always be legal and available. As for the GOP: 20 percent of female Republicans think that abortion should always be legal, compared with 11 percent of male Republicans. But maybe more important for future electoral fortunes, there exists a 19-point gap among female and male independents regarding the opinion that abortion should always be available, 41 percent to 22 percent; and one of the most supportive groups of all is suburban women, 45 percent of whom think the procedure should always be legal.

1. Former Arizona Reb. Gabrielle Giffords aimed and fired a gun at a Las Vegas target firing range yesterday. Giffords sent the firing shot of her seven-day “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” as a proud gun owner who seeks sensible gun legislation in America. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are trying to revive stalled background-check legislation, which failed in the US Senate in April. 

“Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting,” Giffords wrote in an Op-Ed published Monday in USA Today. “But I’m a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage.”

2. Jeep leads a list of America’s most patriotic brands, writes USA Today. Jeep beat out Coca-Cola, Levis, Harley-Davidson and Disney in the top 25 list, in a survey of 4,500 consumers.

“As marketers traditionally operate on the Independence Day theory that a patriotic, flag-waving call-to-emotion will motivate consumers to behave more positively toward their brands, we wanted to see which brands actually led when it came to that particular value,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, in a statement.

Jeep resonates deeply as a symbol of American ruggedness and sense of adventure.

3. Records of the actions of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan as archbishop of Milwaukee in 2003 suggest that he had a full understanding of the seriousness of sex abuse cases in America. Dolan moved to protect church assets from any future claims, while moving to push out problem priests and even paying them to leave the priesthood. 

“The impact on his various victims has been significant,” Dolan wrote then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. “The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has yet to even locate all of the potential victims that could come forward for assistance. Our new found awareness of the severity of damage caused by sexual abuse at the hands of clergy makes it impossible for us to ignore this situation.”

575 sex abuse plaintiffs are suing the archdiocese in bankruptcy court.

4. Twelve-year-old Maddy Paige had a very respectable season, playing football as a defensive end at Georgia’s Strong Rock Christian private school in Locust Grove, Ga. Paige was excited to return next fall, until the school ended her football future, saying “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports. “

Maddy’s mother says private conservations with school officials told another story. “In the meeting with the CEO of the school, I was told that the reasons behind it were… that the boys were going to start lusting after her, and have impure thoughts about her,” she said. “And that locker room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear, even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”

Facebook is on the move for Maddy Paige.

5. The human brain’s ‘garbage truck’ could hold a key to treating Alzheimer’s and other health disorders. What scientists do know is that the body’s lymphatic system performs the task of ridding it of toxic and damaging molecules. However, the lymphatic system doesn’t extend to the brain.

Researcher Maiken Nedergaard, M.D. and her team used new imaging technology called two-photon microscopy that allows us to peer deep within a living brain. They observed an extensive plumbing system responsible for flushing waste using cerebral spinal fluid.