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Tuesday
Oct162012

Women As Beans | Republicans Romney & Ryan Make Chili of American Women

I Am Not A Bean

This is an election about choice; surely you have no doubt in your mind about that. Do you choose to believe that the Republican War on Women is real? Or do you just vote for the stud muffins because they make you feel like Cinderella and you have a closet desire to be taken care of?

Don’t be seduced American women. Paul Ryan may have great abs, but he told you at the vice presidential debate that your rights are no more important than those of a bean — a baby bean that is.

You are not anti-life because you believe you are not a bean, and that as a grown woman with or without children, you have a brain — one that hopefully comes with backbone.

Absolutely no one is suggesting that you should use birth control if it causes you a religious conflict. But to support the right of any employer — ANY employer to deny you birth control as part of your insurance package because he finds it morally objectionable is an assault on ALL American women.

Romney & Ryan Believe Women Have NO Rights Under the US Constitution

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — and the entire Republican party wants to return women to the 1950s, stripping away every right women have won in the workplace and in our rights to control our own reproduction.

Mitt Romney’s adviser on future Supreme Court appointments is Robert Bork. When Ronald Reagan appointed the defeated Robert Bork to the US Supreme Court in 1987, it was widely known that Bork not only opposed Roe v. Wade, but Griswold v. Connecticut, the decision by a Republican Court that granted women access to birth control as a right under the 14th amendment.

Paul Ryan flatly stated at last week’s debate that he doesn’t support 14th amendment Supreme Court decisions that given women expanded rights under the Constitution. His views are the same as Bork’s:

Throughout his career Bork was highly critical of the judicial activism practiced by the Supreme Court in milestone cases involving abortion, affirmative action and civil rights. Bork claimed he was a strict constructionist who would exercise “judicial restraint.” In his view, too many judges (and Supreme Court justices) had been interpreting the intent of the Constitution much too broadly. He opposed the 1965 Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which established a broad right of privacy that was not stated in the Constitution.  Bork was also a foe of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to have an abortion, calling the decision “a serious and wholly unjustifiable usurpation of state legislative authority.” The courts, he felt, should not thwart the will of the popularly-elected lawmakers, and judges ought not to substitute their values for the “original intent” of the Constitution’s framers. What made Bork dangerous from the liberal perspective was the undeniable fact that he was one of the most astute legal scholars in the country; the American Bar Association (ABA) had given him its highest rating: “exceptionally well-qualified.”

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Tuesday
Oct022012

Fighting For Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Against Mike Fitzpatrick, Against Sex Trafficking & Against Personhood Bills

Anne of Carversville and GlamTribale are on the road today, popping up at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

This 10’x10’ shop comes just eight days after our Mt. Airy event was a wonderful financial, marketing and PR success. Our Mt. Airy event, following our earlier gallery stay at Karen Riggs’ Tribal Home, gave us the opportunity to both improve our game and better articulate our GlamTribale progressive values.

First and foremost, GlamTribale jewelry is an opportunity for me to stand publicly for women worldwide and also in Pennsylvania. It gives me the opportunity to ‘walk my talk’, not only study and articulate the intersections of women’s rights, religion, sexual politics, business and humanitarianism.

At GlamTribale, my personal beliefs and those of Robert, Zuwena, Ben and Cat are reflected in the way we do business. There is no doubt that we stand for progressive values and especially we stand for women worldwide — with a few exceptions.

Standing for Dr Muhammad Yunus

If you haven’t read Nicholas D. Kristof’s recent column ‘Women Hurting Women’, you must. Dr Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen bank and the women’s microfinance movement. He is a nobel laureate and a revered fighter in the global movement to empower women.

As Kristof reminds us, women can be just as contemptible as men, in their exercise of power.

Sheikh Hasina’s government has already driven Yunus from his job as managing director of Grameen Bank. Worse, since last month, her government has tried to seize control of the bank from its 5.5 million small-time shareholders, almost all of them women, who collectively own more than 95 percent of the bank.

Standing Against Mike Fitzpatrick

Anne of Carversville, GlamTribale jewelry and I stand against Mike Fitzpatrick, the Republican incumbent defending his Congressional seat against Kathy Boockvar in PA’s 8th congressional district, the place where Anne of Carversville was sounded.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Not An Ounce of Science in Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Belief | Rumors Fly Around Hillary for VP

‘One Enchanted Evening’ by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US September 2012 with styling by Grace Coddington and starring models Aymeline Valade, Bette Franke, Elza Luijendijk and Zuzana Bijoch

Ann Romney on not sharing Mitt Romney’s tax returns:

“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how — you know, how we live our life.”

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Obama On Men of Congress Running Women’s Health Care

President Obama denounced today Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape”, calling the views “offensive” writes The Washington Post. Asked yesterday why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, Akin reponded with the unscientifically documented assertion that women rarely get pregnant from rape, saying “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

The President agreed in his press conference that many Republicans and probably MItt Romney wouldn’t support the Akin’s posiiton. Then Obama continued, saying:

“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”

“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today Monday, prior to the Akin dust up, shows Obama leading Romney among women 54 percent to 39 percent, says Politico. 

President Obama concluded his remarks about the Akin’s furor citing a “significant difference of approach between me and the other party” on the issue of women’s reproductive health.”

Health Experts Dismiss Assertions on Rape

Dr. John C. Wilke, a general practitioner doctor with obstetric training who is also a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early advocate of the concept of the female body shutting down during “forcible rape” or “legitimate” rape as Rep Akin called it.

“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of sbstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, told the New York Times that the Wilke assertion is totally false, syaing “There are no words for this — it is just nuts.”

Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, said, that “to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”

Republicans Urge Akin to Drop Out

With Akin saying he won’t drop out of the Missouri senate race, Republicans at high levels urged the Congressional rep to leave the race. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Akin was favored to beat sitting Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

RedTracker

Former US Secy of State Condoleezza RiceA Male Bastion Falls

The glass ceiling at Augusta National Gold Club, home to the Masters golf tournament, crashed today when the organization ended its 80-year-old all-male policy by accepting its first women members. Condolezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, and financier Darla Moore will receive their world-renowned green jackets. 

President Obama pressured Augusta National last April, saying that the club should admit women members.

Sally Jenkins, columnist for the Washington Post, shares background information on Darla Moore and saucy commentary on the boys club called Augusta.

DC Rumors Fly Re Hillary

The speculation that Hillary Clinton will replace Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate — except that she doesn’t want the job. Writing for CBS Baltimore, Scott Paulson says:

According to the press and political talk show hosts who are usually “in the know”, it appears that the major players in the vice presidential chats are President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the President and First Lady’s good friend and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. As far as Vice President Joe Biden is concerned, he will probably find out if his White House status has changed just moments before the rest of us do. When it comes to winning this election, loyalty has no place in the alleged-friendship between the President and the Vice President. Obama wants to win this thing at any and all costs.

AOC has asked more than once for Hillary Clinton to join the ticket.

Hillary Clinton — Not Joe Biden — Can Bank the Women’s Vote in 2012 Elections AOC FP

Hillary Clinton for Vice President? Yes! | Kickstarter’s Amazing Crowd Funding Success AOC FP

More from Anne: Hillary for President? It’s Insane But How About a Poll on Democratic Preferences? AOC Women

ArtTracker

$100,000 Mohn Award for LA Artists

LA’s Hammer Museum announced Botswana-born, LA-based artist Meleko Mokgosi is the winner of its new $100,000 Mohn Award price, created to rival the Turner Prize in the UK.

The artist’s installation in the biennial Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo embumbulu, 2012, is part of a larger series dealing with post-colonial Africa. Its title includes the term “bulletproof” in Xhosa, a South African language. The work refers to the cattle killing movement of 1856-57, which was based on a prophecy meant to bring about a new earthly paradise and destroy the white colonists. According to the museum, “the series of paintings frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof.” via The Art Newspaper

Sixty artists are taking part in the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ biennial. The artist was one of five finalists selected by a panel of judges. He was chosen the winner by registered public voting online and at the museum.

Chicago Eco-Island Park

2010 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects has embarked with Chicago landscape architecture firm JJR, working also with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Park District to convert a 91-acre stretch called Northerly Island from an abandoned airplane landing strip into an “ecologically diverse natural habitat”.

The entire scheme — which will take 20-25 years to complete includes “a 4.1-acre pond fenced in to protect its inhabitants from invasive species like Asian carp (an issue Gang tackles in her latest book “Reverse Effect.”) Surrounding the pond will be elevated dry-mesic and wet prairies, intended to attract mice, snakes, and small birds. Environmentalists hope that the habitat will provide new nesting areas for over 300 species of birds, luring the animals away from the mainland where they frequently crash into the city’s high-rises.” via ArtInfo.


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Flying duck orchid via FB Colours of Life

A Flueless Ethanol Fireplace by Vauni via IcreativeD