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Entries in US Supreme Court (6)

Tuesday
Feb212012

Meghan McCain Concerned About Republican War on Women | Virginia State-Sponsored Rape Bill on Delay 

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

Global Middle Class

The Atlantic takes a look at The New Power of the Global Middle Class focusing initially on the BRICS — four distinct trillion-dollar plus economies in Brazil, Russia, India & China — while admitting that already Turkey should be considered the “silent T” in TBRICS.

George Mason University’s Jack Goldstone begs to differ, suggesting that TIMBIs be the new acronym — Turkey, India, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia. Gone from Goldstone’s list are Russia and China due to Russia’s aging population and China’s, too.

Looking out four decades, you see what a small share of middle class consumption is America’s. Watching the deep American purple space shrink rapidly from 2000 to 2012 is a vivid example of America’s shrinking middle class in the last decade.

Race & Affirmative Action

In a 2003 Supreme Court decision, the majority wrote that their decision to allow public colleges and universities to consider race in admission decision could be expected to last 25 years. Today the Court sent a signal that it might end affirmative action ahead of schedule.

Supreme court justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the case, and it’s generally believed that the court’s five more-conservative justices may be prepared to end racial preferences in higher education.

A Supreme Court decision forbidding the use of race in admission at public universities would almost certainly mean that it would be barred at most private ones as well under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids racial discrimination in programs that receive federal money. via New York Times

Fast Company

The Women of Twitter Vogue Magazine

Focusing on Twitter executives Katie Jacobs Stanton and Chloe Skadden, Vogue does a non-puff piece on the role of Twitter in global politics and the role of women in the Twitter organization.

More DFR

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, left, addresses a “Stands for Women’s Rights” rally at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square in Richmond, in Richmond, Va. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/20/women-protest-anti-abortion-legislation-in-virginia/#ixzz1n4hGWOXl

Virginia Abortion Laws Update

Over a thousand people — perhaps 1500 writes AP — conducted a silent protest in Richmond, Virginia yesterday.

The silent demonstration was over bills that would define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, require “transvaginal” ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, and cut state aid to poor women seeking abortions.

Again Facebook and social media were the organizing vehicles for the protest. Molly Vick of Richmond said it was her first ever protest. On her shirt Vick wore a sticker that said “Say No to State-Mandated Rape.” Below her beltline of her jeans was a strip of yellow tape that read “Private Property: Keep Out.”

The protest also came after Saturday Night Live brought the ultrasound bills into popular culture last weekend. Meghan McCain appeared tonight on Rachel Maddow and let me say that prolife Meghan is mad about the proposed Virginia laws. We’ll play the segment tomorrow, but Meghan — who also supports women’s right to contraception — does not want probes in her vagina without her permission.

Saying these laws are bad for women, this Republican daughter went on the record saying extremists in the Republican party are trying to roll back the clock for American women. Rachel asked Meghan if she would work with her this issue that affects alll American women and Meghan said “yes”. In 2011 Meghan wrote Shut Up About My Body Glenn Beck: Don’t Call Me Fat.

Lawmakers in Virginia delayed a final vote Tuesday, as Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, a Roman Catholic father of five, had the pen in his hand. At the end of the day, it wasn’t clear when the bill might come up for a vote again.

The Virginia law is openly being called state-sponsored rape. Were legislators surprised to have silent protests outside the capitol over the Republican War on Women? Apparently. 

Speechless

Rep. Crowley (D-NY) delivers the best speech of the year, quoting facts and not uttering one damn word.

Thursday
Jan122012

Michelle Obama's Use of Angry Black Woman Analogy On Gibbs Events Isn't Fair | Natalie Chanin on Southern Cuisine

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

We are loathe to criticize First Lady Michelle Obama in any way but now she has us pretty confused about her portrayal in Jodi Kantor’s new book ‘The Obamas’. From everything that we have read in reviews (not having read the book yet), Michelle Obama emerges as a strong, smart, devoted-wife woman with an independent spirit and a whole lotta smarts.

For the First Lady to reintroduce the subject of her being portrayed as an angry black woman, wasn’t appropriate from all we’ve read. Speaking of FOX News and Rush Limbaugh, ‘yes’ this characterization continues to ring true. About Jodi Kantor’s new book — we don’t think Mrs. Obama should have played the race card.

The country adores Michelle Obama for the most part, with strong supporters far exceeding detractors or people who judge her by her skin color. We regret that she chose to reintroduce this theme into her comments on CBS News with Gayle King.

The New Yorker writes that Jodi Kantor produced six high-level witness who confirmed Robert Gibbs’ fury over a moment with Valerie Jarrett concerning the First Lady’s alleged remarks about living in the White House, quickly retracted by the French government. They agree verbatim with Gibbs’ words, and it only confirms what we already know about the boys club.

The White House news this week is the necessity of protecting Vice President Joe Biden’s ego and not discussing whether Hillary Clinton has a better chance of guaranteeing President Obama’s 2012 win for a second term. American women can lose our right to contraception but Joe’s ego will remain protected.

Nancy Regan and Hillary Clinton, along with Eleanor Roosevelt — to name three strong women — proceeded Michelle Obama in being forceful, articulate First Ladies. Yes, Nancy Regan wouldn’t comment on her husband’s morning breath, but Michelle is her own person. The First Lady has been a great success to most Americans, if somewhat disappointing to those of us who support her moral compass and goals for the country and want even stronger leadership from her on women’s issues. 

Playing the race card is regrettable at this moment in our national turmoil. Anne

More DFR

Quilts and Cuisine

Natalie Chanin is devoted to preserving the textile traditions of Florence, Ala. with her clothing line Alabama Chanin. Now the designer has turned her attention to the Southern Foodways Alliance, equally committed to preserving the culinary traditions of the American South through the Southern Foodways Alliance.

SFA is holding a silent auction with Blackberry Farm at the University of Mississippi’s annual Taste of the South gathering. via  T Magazine

More on Alabama Chanin

J’Adore: Alabama Chanin’s “Slow Design”

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

Conservative religious groups have long predicted that church freedom would perish at the hands of “activist judges.” But the Supreme Court’s new exemption of religious groups from discrimination laws should silence the false alarms, writes The Daily Beast. 

All nine judges sided with The Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Luther School in Pennsylvania, confirming that churches have the right to discriminate in hiring.

Alcohol and Endorphins

For the first time, scientists have actually confirmed that drinking alcohol leads to the release of endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward, making people feel good. via Science Daily

Saturday
Oct152011

20 Yrs After Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill Is Honored by Young Women & Older At Star-Studded Feminist NYC Conference

Honoring Anita Hill

Arise! Will Our Young Women Join Anita Hill, Gloria Steinem & Eve Ensler to Fight the Republican War on Women? AOC Sexual Politics

Anne here, very excited to be on my way to New York. Have my press credentials & laptop for ‘live’ blogging from the media pool. Simply can’t believe that I will be in the media room w/Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Anita Hill and all these great women who have fought so hard for women’s rights.

It’s perfect timing, as the Republicans pass a 7th bill that says pregnant women having a miscarriage — who are already distraught over their health emergencies — can die in the emergency rooms of American hospitals.

Our nation no longer has an obligation to save its women, say the Republicans.

In Utah, miscarriage almost became a felony in 2010 except for the governor’s veto.

Anita Hill’s Courage

20 Years After Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill Is ‘Reimaging Equality’ AOC Sexual Politics

Anita Hill was smeared after the testimony “as a a man-hater, a crusading leftist, a feminist zealot, a spurned woman bent on revenge, and a delusional spinster unhinged by thwarted lust for her former boss, among other slurs—a “deranged liar,” as author David Brock wrote later in recounting the ways he distorted the truth in his bestseller The Real Anita Hill, a hatchet job that memorably described the reserved Hill as “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty.”’

David Brock Anita Hill Apology

In a later book ‘Blinded by the Right’, Brock apologised for his actions, but the deed was done. Brock admits that his allegations about Anita Hill weren’t confirmed, double-sourced and were pure propaganda for the right wing. He employed no ethical journalistic standards in writing his attack against her. 

Marking Miscarriage a Felony

Utah Patriarchy Moves to Criminalize Miscarriage AOC Sexual Politics 3/5/2011

Some people don’t believe that American women shouldn’t be charged for having a miscarriage. They argue that the burden of proof is on the women to prove that she wasn’t negligent during her pregnancy. The original language in Wimmer’s bill did criminalize iscarriage, in the most aggressive move against American women yet.

Any husband or the state could prosecute a woman who was negligent in his eyes, or a mother-in-law or sister’s eyes — really anyone — for any behavior that theoretically triggered a miscarriage. Presumably any husband who believed that his wife behaved irresponsibly in any way, thus inducing a miscarriage as if it’s typically a woman’s fault,  could put her in jail for many years.

The state and her husband are in charge of a woman’s body in Utah. Woman is the incubator, nothing more, among Utah politicians. She might as well be a cow. Individual rights don’t belong to women in Utah, but to an embryo or fetus.

Any American woman of any age should think twice about accepting a job in the state of Utah.

 

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