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Dispatches From The War On Women: Nothing is Like Rape Except Rape

Dispatches From The War On Women: Nothing is Like Rape Except Rape

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

At this point I think we need to keep a live mic on every conservative running for office and continue to ask them about rape, contraception and the value of women’s lives because this crop of Tea Party folks keeps saying out loud what conservatives had said only among themselves. After Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment this GOP candidate in Pennsylvania thought he’d chime in too, saying that pregnancies from rape are really no different than other “pregnancies out of wedlock.“  This, of course, is absurd. There is nothing like a pregnancy out of rape, except a pregnancy out of rape.

Speaking of Akin, here’s Eve Ensler’s pitch perfect response to Akin’s legitimate rape garbage.

It’s the start of the school year and Ashley Lauren shares how to start the school year with equality in mind.

There’s been a lot of attention to the GOP platform plank banning all abortion, but the thing is, it’s not a new position. In fact, the current Republican US Senate Candidate in Wisconsin Tommy Thompson was one of the original authors. In 2000.

Of all the places: wheelchair users were denied access to tickets for the Paralympics.

Erin Gloria Ryan gives us this preview of the women of the Republican National Convention. Naturally, it’s not very long, but it is a good read.

Here’s more fuel for the claims the Catholic leadership is too cozy with Republican leaders.

Is this what the Bishops had in mind when they started with their crusade for conscience?

Also a very good read is this Mother Jones piece on the history of men defining rape.

Here is Bill Nye being all sorts of awesome and speaking truth to Creationists.

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2:40PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Dear Akin or what's his name, I hope we get invaded by xenomorph aliens and that you are impregnated by one of them.

6:24AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

A vote for Romney and Ryan is a vote against women's rights and a death sentence for any woman who needs an abortion to save her life.

6:24AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Leave it to the Republicans to do whatever it takes to tear down our President. The murder of our Ambassador was horrible so what did Romney do? He took this opportunity and tried to turn it into a political opportunity. He has no idea what diplomacy is. What should President Obama done? Should he have blamed an entire country for the actions of a lunatic fringe? Should he have taken this opportunity to destroy whatever relationship we have? Romney is a woman hating moron that will destroy the US and our relationships with other nations.

6:57AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Copy and past this URL into you browser or click on it if you can, I believe that it will lead you to a website where you can find where you can apply for an Absentee Ballot

http://www.ask.com/web?l=sem&ifr=1&qsrc=999&q=absentee%20ballot&siteid=15603&o=15603&ar_uid=B576AED5-B8D4-40EF-83CD-2BFAEF6AD2E5&click_id=92A0A25A-C1CC-4093-99C6-64AF6978AB9A

6:50AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

This is stunning: A New York Times analysis just released calculated that if everyone who is registered to vote actually votes, President Obama has an astronomical 91% chance of winning re-election. 91%!

The Times continued to say that this is unlikely. We need to change that. We need to do everything we can to make sure that this is as big or bigger a turnout then last time.

The Democratic party is pushing all Democrats to vote via Absentee Ballot. To receive your Absentee Ballot log onto you state's election website and apply for one. In my county of Palm Beach, Florida, the website is www.pbcelections.org.

We cannot allow the Republicans to win, too much is riding on this election.

Mel W.

10:27AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

No Mel, not that I am aware of.

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7:32AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I need help. Once something is posted, is there a way to un-post it?

7:30AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Romney on His Tax Plan
“The highest income people will continue to pay the largest share of the tax burden and middle-income taxpayers, under my plan… So, we’re not going to reduce taxes for high-income people.” [CBS, 8/12/2012]
REALITY: Under Romney’s plan, someone in the richest 1 percent of Americans would receive a $60,000 tax cut, while someone in the richest 0.1 percent would receive a $264,000 tax cut. Even under the most generous assumptions about the elimination of tax deductions — so assuming Romney eliminates loopholes and deductions in the most progressive way possible — millionaires still receive an $87,000 tax cut, while the middle-class sees their taxes go up. [Tax Policy Center, 2/23/2012; Tax Policy Center, 8/1/2012]
“The people in the middle, the hard-working Americans, are the people who need a break, and that is why I focused my tax cut right there.” [GOP debate, 10/11/2011]
REALITY: A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney plan showed that — even under the most generous assumptions — Romney’s plan raises taxes on everyone making less than $200,000. Middle-class families would see their taxes go up by $2,000 per year. [Tax Policy Center, 8/1/2012]
“The U.S. economy’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation’s businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home,” Romney’s

7:30AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Romney on His Tax Plan
“The highest income people will continue to pay the largest share of the tax burden and middle-income taxpayers, under my plan… So, we’re not going to reduce taxes for high-income people.” [CBS, 8/12/2012]
REALITY: Under Romney’s plan, someone in the richest 1 percent of Americans would receive a $60,000 tax cut, while someone in the richest 0.1 percent would receive a $264,000 tax cut. Even under the most generous assumptions about the elimination of tax deductions — so assuming Romney eliminates loopholes and deductions in the most progressive way possible — millionaires still receive an $87,000 tax cut, while the middle-class sees their taxes go up. [Tax Policy Center, 2/23/2012; Tax Policy Center, 8/1/2012]
“The people in the middle, the hard-working Americans, are the people who need a break, and that is why I focused my tax cut right there.” [GOP debate, 10/11/2011]
REALITY: A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney plan showed that — even under the most generous assumptions — Romney’s plan raises taxes on everyone making less than $200,000. Middle-class families would see their taxes go up by $2,000 per year. [Tax Policy Center, 8/1/2012]
“The U.S. economy’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation’s businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home,” Romney’s

7:29AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

Romney on the Budget

Romney claims that, as governor of Massachusetts, “we didn’t just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it.” [CBN, 5/14/2012]
REALITY: Government spending increased by an average of 5 percent per year during Romney’s tenure in office. [Politifact, 5/21/2012]
President Obama has “racked up as much debt as almost all of the other presidents combined.” [NYT, 12/16/2011]
REALITY: When Obama took office, the national debt stood at $10.626 trillion. When Romney made this claim in December 2011, the national debt was a bit over $15 trillion. That $4.5 trillion increase is nowhere near as much debt as all the other presidents combined. Even if you just consider the portion of the debt that is owed to private investors, as Romney’s campaign has pointed to, the numbers still don’t add up. When Obama took office this figure was at $6.307 trillion and had increased by approximately $4 trillion when Romney made this claim. [NYT, 12/16/2011]
“The President’s vision is one of a larger and larger government, taking more and more, and trying to provide more and more to you…It takes us on a road to Europe.” [Toledo Blade, 8/25/2012]
REALITY: Romney is calling for the sort of austerity that’s been adopted in Europe, which has unnecessarily blunted economic growth. In fact, the European governments that have embraced austerity the most have seen the largest contractions in their eco

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