Dispatches From The War On Women: Another Hate Crime In Nebraska

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Three masked men broke into the home of a woman in Lincoln, Nebraska, bound her hands and painted slurs in her house and carved them on her body because she is a lesbian. They doused her house in gasoline, but attempts to burn it down failed. Investigators are treating the incident as a hate crime and the community has rallied behind the victim. In a climate that demagogues homosexuality this kind of attack is the tragic consequence.

It’s about to get really ugly in Minnesota conservative circles. Michael Bordkorb, former Republican staffer for the Minnesota State Senate has sued the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Senate, and Secretary of the Senate alleging he was discriminated against as a male staffer because he was fired after his affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was discovered. Brodkorb is claiming at least $500,000 in damages and, to prove his claim that he was treated differently because of his gender, will conduct discovery of other known or alleged affairs between elected officials and female staff. Somebody start the popcorn.

Just in time for the GOP convention in August, a Tampa Bay strip club has hired a Sarah Palin impersonator who I’m sure is going to make a killing with delegates.

More details from the tragedy in Aurora have emerged, including the fact that three of the victims died protecting girlfriends.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $150 million in new funding to battle the world HIV pandemic.

We know what News Corp. has done to the political process. Can you imagine what they would do in the classroom?

The day after the NCAA announced historic sanctions against Penn State for perpetuating a climate where children were sexually assaulted for years, a Catholic Church official gets sentenced to 3-6 years for his role in the church’s sex abuse cover-up.

The explosion in anti-choice legislation coincides with the flood of dark money in our electoral process. Any coincidence?

Despite the fact that the population continues to increase, birth rates in the U.S. are down slightly. So of course Republicans freaked out and blamed women and their damn ambition.

In case you missed it, here’s one of the loveliest tributes to Dr. Sally Ride you’ll read.

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Dale Overall

Horrific mind-numbing acts of cowardly terrorist thugs who can't accept the differences between human beings.

christine r.

Such big men that they feel threatened by a single woman! What would any woman want with any man that is intolerant a bigot and full of such fear and hate that they need to commit such an inhuman act upon another human being.

christine r.

Such big men that they feel threatened by a single woman! What would any woman want with any man that is intolerant a bigot and full of such fear and hate that they need to commit such an inhuman act upon another human being.

Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago

sadly noted

Patti R.
Patti Ruocco4 years ago

loved the popcorn comment!!!

Carved into the woman and tried to burn her house down?? What were they that afraid of??

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

One man.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

One man.

Audrey B4 years ago

Why are these people attacking other people just for being different, don't you know thats what makes the world go round. We all have a right to be what we want to be, whether lesbian/ gay/ straight/ catholic/ atheist/ birth defects ect. Its really no ones business.

To hear this woman in Nebraska going through being carved on her body and an attempted fire to destroy her and her home. Just because she is gay is just horrifying. What the hell is the matter with people, some are like a bunch of caged animals in a jungle.

Its an insecure man that would hit or abuse a woman. They need to be punished w/ a long jail term, and maybe become somebodies Bitch while there.

We should respect and embrace someone that is different than us, she was not bothering them. They were just out looking for trouble, maybe it was boredom either way it was so so wrong. This poor poor woman.

The article also brought up why women these days are not having so many babies, for the future, well I think the ecomony has alot to do with it, both parents need to work, you are always trying to get ahead, then something else happens, so you put it off, and sometimes before you know it, your biological clock has run out, so you build on your career.

Some people just look for a fight as something to do, it is getting so out of hand, no respect for human life. Listen guys if you are bored or looking for trouble, why don't you join the Military, and you will get to shoot the enemy. Someone who is real

janet T.
janet t4 years ago

Ps. It seems to me that after the baby boomers die off there will be more room for the younger generation. Also, these more highly educated women will be paying more into the system than a mother who has to stay at home with kids.

janet T.
janet t4 years ago

nothing ever changes. I heard men in the sixties who wanted to beat up an old woman for being an atheist. Of course, I wonder if they would have said the same if the atheist had been a man.