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Friday
Aug032012

Reid Challenges Media To Dig On Romney Finances | Chick-fil-A Gay Rights Kiss-In | Campari Calendar 2013

See Wall Street Journal’s interactive map that links Chick-a-Filet locations and support for gay marriage by state.

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Sen. John McCain said on CNN last night that Sen. Harry Reid might have gone “over the line” in his full-court press against Mitt Romney with allegations that a Bain Capital source told him that the presidential candidate paid no income taxes for 10 years.

For Republicans who are crying foul against Reid, arguing that Reid’s allegations against Romney are just as contemptible as Michele Bachmann’s against Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, one can only imagine that they wish McCain’s remarks about Harry Reid were half as strong as his senate floor condemnation of Michelle Bachmann.

It’s generally believed that if he hasn’t seen Romney’s tax returns up close and personal, Sen. McCain knows whether Reid’s accusations have substance. When Romney was vetted as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2008, the McCain campaign reviewed 23 years of Romney tax returns.

Sen. Reid challenged the media to be more aggressive in digging into Romney’s finances, writes the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“What if he has paid no taxes, like I am saying he hasn’t,” Reid said. “What if he has all these moneys as we already know … in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Swiss banks. I mean, gee whiz, rather than ask me why I should do this, that is a story you should be writing.”

Mitt Romney will be in Las Vegas today, talking about his new five-point plan “for a stronger Middle class” before attending a fundraiser with leading Nevada Republicans.

CNN’s Dana Bash has followed Reid for years and said on air that she spoke with a private source very close to the Senate Majority leader who also knows the identity of the Bain investor and insider. The Bash source says Reid’s informant is “a credible person and this person if we knew the name we would understand they would have the authority and the ability to know about Romney’s tax returns.”

Dana Bash continued:

There are times [Reid] says things off the cuff that make his aides wince, like talking about smelly tourists in the Capitol — I’m not making this up. This is not one of those times. This is one of those times he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s doing it on purpose, he is doing it for political reasons, because he wants this issue — Romney’s taxes — talked about on programs like yours, wants it to be headlines in newspapers and wants Mitt Romney to respond on this issue which they think is a negative for Romney, as opposed to issues Romney wants to talk about.

The CNN reporter said that Reid’s decision to enter the Romney tax return foray is “very personal”. Bash continued saying: “”When Harry Reid doesn’t like somebody, he goes for the jugular.”

Reid’s allegations come on the heels of the Romney campaign’s failure to follow up with an ABC News reporter David Muir’s question as to whether or not he has ever paid less than the 13.9 percent tax rate revealed in his 2010 return.

“I haven’t calculated that,” said Romney. “I’m happy to go back and look, but my view is I’ve paid all the taxes required by law.”

ABC News has followed up with a request for an answer to Muir’s question, with no response from the Romney campaign.

Flying Chicken Feathers!!!

Wednesday — dubbed ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ by talk show host and former governor Mike Hukabee — was the largest day in the company’s history.

Today the LGBT community responds with a national ‘Kiss In’ at Chick-fil-A restaurants, to protest the fast-food founder Dan Cathy’s opposition to same-sex unions. The Southern Baptist Cathy family respects many other tenets of their faith, including not being open on Sunday.

Today’s participants are encouraged to visit one of the company’s 1600 fast food chains and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same sex. Marci Alt is organizing a protest outside the Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Ga, about 20 miles from the company’s headquarters in Atlanta. About 150-200 folks are expected at a Chick-a-Filet in New York at 8pm tonight. Follow the event on Facebook.

A thoughtful Huff Po piece interviews gays who work at Chick-fil-A, many of them caught in the middle of the controversy.

Chick-fil-A has long come under fire from activists for giving millions to groups that advocate against gay rights and even support ex-gay therapy, but the fire has ratcheted up in recent weeks, following interviews in which Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that gay marriage invites “God’s judgment on our nation.”

While city officials send messages that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities, thinking people agree that the Cathy family is free to express its beliefs. They are free to donate money to The Family Research Council — a staunch advocate against same-sex marriage — just as Jeff Bezos is free to give $2.5 million to the pro gay marriage Referendum 74 factions in Washington state.

Issues raised by Huff Po’s Lila Shapiro resonate not only in her focus on the gay and straight employees of Chick-a-Filet and how they feel being caught in the crossfire on the front line of the controversy. Employees who love their jobs are now faced with reconciling their own beliefs and identities with those of the Cathy family.

In today’s age of social media, Chick-fil-A suddenly has an anti-gay rights identity based on the beliefs of its founder. The Wall Street Journal makes the point that while the company may get a boost on the short term from older social conservatives who showed up on Wednesday, the long-term impact could be much more serious.

It’s true that Domino Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, a devout Catholic, supported activist antiabortion groups in the 90s, and suffered little public backlash when his antiabortion views were established.

“No public figure tweeted on Tom Monaghan,” says Irv Schenkler of New York University’s Stern School of Business. “It’s social media that creates a larger ripple of knowledge and adds complexity to who hears what about whom.”

Support for gay marriage in America is at an all-time high with 53% supporting it. Without a doubt, the strongest opposition against gay marriage is in the south. Because young people — even young evangelicals — don’t share the views of their parents on gay marriage, most observers and researchers put the future of gay marriage acceptance in America on a forward-leaning course.

With divisions between progressives and social conservatives so deep in America, Chick-a-Filet may be no Domino’s in how this story plays out.

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Saturday
Jul072012

Spittin' Sisters Call for Statement from Michigan's Governor Snyder l Liberty Chooses Her Own Destiny l Harlots in the Kitchen

The Spittin’ Sister in Michigan is asking for your help. There is the slightest possibility that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder knows that the Republican War on Women has spun out of control in Michigan, censoring freedom to utter the word “vagina” on the House floor, when the same word is used three times in the legislation passed by this body.

See Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler at Michigan Capitol June 18th.

Governor Snyder has proven he is willing to veto negative and damaging legislation handed to him by his party by rejecting voter suppression laws in Michigan.

Now is the time to demand that Michigan’s Governor make a statement regarding the draconian anti-women legislation bills being introduced, and passed, through Michigan legislative processes. 

Since the debacle of MI HR 5711-13 became news fodder for the entire nation and beyond the Governor has still not denounced the lack of progress in economic areas while his party continues to pander to Catholic Bishops, Right to Life of Michigan and Family Values groups and voters, many of those with strong West Michigan ties to Snyder’s home turf.

Recently it was reported that Gov Snyder quietly requested Michigan legislators to cool their pro-life agenda heels but publicly he has not issued any guarantees of veto to Michigan voters.

Please call and write and fax the Governor’s office and tell him “it is time for him to make a public statement about where he will stand on these bills.” 

Also, call your media outlets and ask them to press Governor Snyder of Michigan for a statement about where he will stand on these bills!

PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
FAX:(517) 335-6863

Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Northern Michigan Office
234 West Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI

Washington D.C. Office
444 N. Capitol Street, Northwest
Hall of the States, Suite 411
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 624-5840

Liberty Chooses Her Own Destiny

The Spittin’ Sister from Michigan speaks: On the original posting of this note on our Spittin Out the Pitts facebook page above a reader asked what was I trying to say with this picture. The painting is called Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix painted in 1830, exhibited in the Salon in 1831 and hangs permanently in the Louvre. You can find more about the painting’s history here.

Yes, it is revolutionary art (French), and the meaning for me lies in the fact that many cultures depict liberty as a woman. In America, we have the Statue of Liberty as a beacon of hope and welcome and she still stands as so, for now. 

Liberty is a concept lost to the ladies when religious and conservative forces are calling the shots to control our bodies. This message above is imploring women to recognize that their individual freedoms are at stake and that we must be leaders to uphold standards of freedom to choose our own destinies. 

Harlots in the Kitchen l Sinful & Saucy Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes

The Spittin’ Sister in Philadelphia is on a mission, a slightly paranoid pursuit about the derivation of devil’s food cake. Are such saucy cakes forbidden in the kitchens of good Christian women? It wouldn’t surprise me. 

Digging for the truth about Joe Pitts and his intentions for the body parts of American women, I returned to a really upsetting piece that I wrote in 2011: ‘Here This, Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too.’ 

I was stopped dead in my tracks with International House of Prayer evangelist Mike Bickle calling Oprah the forerunner of the Antichrist. This is how feminists are demonized in America. Suddenly being called a slut by Rush Limbaugh, isn’t so bad. Better a slut than the anti-Christ. 

In fact, new research says that feminists are not only superb moms, but they readily embrace helicopter parenting. To suggest that feminists hate kids is just more dirty, rotten right wing lies. 

The Spittin’ Sisters shared Sinful & Saucy Kahlua Chocolate cupcakes on the Fourth of July. The Spittin’ Sister from Michigan swears they are divine and truly sublime.

Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas l Science, God and Alice’s Chicken 

The Spittin’ Sister in Philadelphia writes: Gertrude Stein and Alice Tolkas proved to be a power-duo in Paris during the early 20th century. 

http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/stein.html

True trailblazers for women, Gertrude and Alice remind us of the importance of the mind, intellectual thought, and creative problem solving for life’s challenges. Not only did Gertrude and Alice believe in the power of art; they embraced science. 

The rejection of science is a cornerstone of thought among the Joe Pitts crowd. They suspend all judgement, discovery, and intellectual argument. Why? Intellect isn’t arrogance, and yet this is the very argument at the center of Joe Pitts’ life philosophy. 

To think is going against God! That’s what I call backing American discovery and innovation into a corner. 50 years ago Americans didn’t have to choose between God and science.

http://www.anneofcarversville.com/new/2012/3/30/dramatic-drop-in-conservatives-belief-in-science-research-to.html

Gertrude and Alice would not approve!!! What’s marvelous about these ladies is that Alice could both think and cook well. Most women can without a struggle.

First published in 1954, ‘The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook’ was a great success. More critical thinking and Alice’s chicken recipe made with ruby port, orange juice and heavy cream in Spittin’ Sisters News.

Monday
Jul022012

Mitt Romney's Sole Voting Shares of Fetus Disposal Company Docs Appear At Odds With Campaign Facts On Bain Exit

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Mitt and his Bain partners in the good ‘ol days of big boy investments in disposing of fetuses. Today the MItt wants to shut down Planned Parenthood, the major provider of health care for poor women in America — and we’re not talkin’ abortions. Are we the only Spittin’ Sisters who see something pretty jaded with the picture?The Republican War on Women hit a new low today as SEC filing lists uncovered by Mother Jones appears to show that Mitt Romney, the currently pro-life Republican presidential candidate, actually owned 2,116,588 shares of common stock in Stericycle when the good ‘ol boy was assuring social conservatives that he had nothing to do with that unfortunate Bain Capital investment.

Records uncovered by Mother Jones show that the Mitt was lying about his 2,116,588 share of Shericycle. In fact records show that the Mitt “may be deemed to share voting and dispositive power with respect to” 2,116,588 shares of common stock in Stericycle “in his capacity as sole shareholder” of the Bain entities that invested in the company …

In fact, Romney was the only Bain capital executive who had any voting rights over Stericycle, despite apparent lies out of Bain capital that “Romney was not involved in the Stericycle deal in 1999”.

More reading: Five Health Care Mandates Republicans Support ThinkProgress

Perhaps Mitt Romney can start a fund to support the women of Michigan who are bearing the weight of this crushing new law — one we assume he supports.

Ordering women to cremate and bury their miscarried fetus: A huge abortion omnibus bill in Michigan could force women who miscarry to cremate the miscarried fetuses. This comes at no small expense to the woman: cremation of a fetus costs hundreds of dollars, and interment can be additional thousands. The bill has been passed by the Michigan House, and is awaiting a vote by the Michigan Senate.

Statue of Liberty Is Harlot Babylon

Carolina Munzi winning PhotoVogue submissionWe were thrilled last week to share the fabulous news that two AOC friends Kate Scott and Kirsty Mitchell have images that will be showcased in the upcoming Corso Como PhotoVogue Exhibit July 19-Aug 10 in Milan.

All 101 chosen images out of over 57,000 submissions are now showcased on the Vogue Italia website. This one from Carolina Munzi caught our eye.

The Statue of Liberty is near and dear to our hearts at AOC. And we’re sensitive to social conservatives calling us Jezebels because we embrace her as an American symbol of empathy and understanding. You think I exaggerate?

In August of 2011 I wrote Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too

I found Carolina Munzi’s winning VogueItalia image of a dethroned Statue of Liberty a few minutes after reading that another of Rick Perry’s buddies at last August’s Texas revival is Oklahoma City-based pastor John Benefiel, the head of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network.

The evangelist argued with Rick Perry that America is being punished by God for filling our landscape with false idols.

Libertas is also called the Freedom Goddess, Lady Freedom, the Goddess of Liberty. You know there’s a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty. You know where we got it from? French Free Masons. Listen folks that is an idol, a demonic idol, right there in New York harbor. People say, ‘well no it’s patriotic.’ What makes it patriotic? Why is it? It’s a statue of a false goddess, the Queen of Heaven. We don’t get liberty from a false goddess folks, we get our liberty from Jesus Christ.

I can only assume that the Statue of Liberty is another member of Harlot Babylon. The real questions going through my mind is: Are Nuns on the Bus Jezebels, too?