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I interviewed Meghan McCain at the RNC in Tampa August 28. Topics included the War on Women, Todd Akin, and the perception of women in the political sphere. McCain also discussed the pressures of being a commentator who’s always in the public eye, and women’s sometimes distorted body image. We also touched on why it’s dangerous for the GOP to seek ideological purity over Ronald Reagan’s big tent.

— Meg

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First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down… Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, on abortion and rape. He’s running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

There are no words that can adequately explain my rage and disgust at his claim and ignorance of basic biology. He’s since apologized, claiming he “misspoke.” Um, what the hell did you mean to say?!

According to TPM, Akin is currently leading Sen. McCaskill by a margin of 49.7 percent to 41.3 percent.

You know what to do, Missouri. Keep this assclown from holding legitimate office.

"Legitimate rape"… I just can’t with these Teapublicans tonight.

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These interview segments aired on Cognitive Dissonance July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd. Sen. Phil Nicholas, R-Laramie, is running for re-election in Wyoming’s Senate District 10. His opponent is Prof. Anne Alexander of Laramie, also a Republican — so this one’s decided in the primary, kids.

I had requests to upload the interview segments, so here they are.

(Image: Official photo of Sen. Nicholas from the Wyoming Legislature’s website)

This includes his answers on marriage equality and the war on women that made the live-chat, Facebook, and the phone blow up.

- Meg

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What she said was offensive. It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.

Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, on Rep. Lisa Brown’s use of the word “vagina” on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.

And yet, you’ll legislate away our bodily autonomy in mixed company…

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In some quarters, however, the American work ethic is waning. Some people devote themselves to find ways not to work. Some seem to take a perverse kind of pride in being slipshod or lackadaisical. In many cases, where our work culture has deteriorated, shortsighted government policies share a good part of the blame.

Welfare without work erodes the spirit and the sense of self-worth of the recipient. And it conditions the children of nonworking parents to an indolent and unproductive life. Hardworking parents raise hardworking kids; we should recognize that the opposite is also true. The influence of the work habits of our parents and other adults around us as we grow up has lasting impact.

Mitt Romney, in his autobiography No Apology: The Case For American Greatness.

Oh, now I get it — only moms of means are worthy of praise. Moms who accept public assistance produce indolent kids who lead unproductive lives.

Yeah, I don’t have kids, but I feel pretty good in saying Romney and his faux “mommy war” outrage can kiss off. I love being lectured by a rich guy about welfare in general. It’s not like I actually want a living wage or anything…

(h/t to ThinkProgress)

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Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside Home Or Lose Benefits

In not-shocking news, Mitt Romney is a hypocritical dick:

Mitt Romney views stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. Poor women, he said, shouldn’t be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. “[E]ven if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Romney said of moms on TANF.

Recalling his effort as governor to increase the amount of time women on welfare in Massachusetts were required to work, Romney noted that some had considered his proposal “heartless,” but he argued that the women would be better off having “the dignity of work” — a suggestion Ann Romney would likely take issue with.

"I wanted to increase the work requirement," said Romney. "I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’"

Kind of makes his outrage over Hillary Rosen seem even more ridiculous. Instead of focusing on Rosen, I suggest we look at the party whose policies consistently hurt families (except wealthy ones), and the party whose members overwhelmingly opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. 

Hint: They’re running Mitt Romney…

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Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers. But the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not go go go. Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person.

You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.

Wisconsin State Senator Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), who led the effort to repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act because of his belief that pay discrimination is a myth driven by liberal women’s groups.

Yep. 

No war on women caterpillars anything at all, folks, nothing to see here, right? Well, there’s this little factoid: “Women make up half of the American workforce, and in two-thirds of American families, the mother is the primary breadwinner or a co-breadwinner. But they make less than their male counterparts in all 50 states, though the size of each state’s wage gap varies. While the gap continues to close in places like Washington, D.C., where women make 91.8 percent of men’s earnings, it is growing in others, like Wyoming, where women’s earnings dropped from 65.5 percent of men’s in 2009 to just 63.8 percent in 2010.”

But it’s all lie, you guys! Made up by those money-grubbing Uteri-Americans who don’t really care about money, just babies! Their fragile ladybrains can’t handle being all go go go go!</sarcasm>

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Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women

On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. In doing so, he demonstrated that our political battles over women’s rights aren’t just about sex and reproduction— they extend to every aspect of women’s lives.

What war on women, amirite?!

This is an important point – reproductive rights are only one battle in a massive war.

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Official Notice of Eviction

NOTICE OF EVICTION

District Court Ejectment/Eviction Case Number: 028-CV-032012

LANDLORD

  • Name: Uteri
  • Address: Usually south of the Fallopian Tubes, North of the Vagina
  • City, State, Zip: State of Exasperation, Wherever Uterused-Americans reside

TENANT

  • Name: The Republican Party
  • Address: The uteri of Uterused-Americans
  • City, State, Zip: State of Misogyny, wherever Uterused-Americans reside

The sheriff is voters are scheduled to evict you on [date]: 11/06/2012 

Warning:

  • Once the sheriff begins voters begin the eviction, any personal property that you leave in the premises is considered abandoned. The tenant does not have any right to re-enter the property or re-claim any property after the eviction begins.
  • Any abandoned property may be disposed of by the landlord at any time after the eviction begins. The landlord is strictly prohibited from putting the abandoned property in the street, the sidewalk, alleys, or any public property.

This is the final notice of the date of the eviction that you will receive.

I hereby certify that I posted a completed copy of the above notice on the premises described above on [date]: March 20, 2012.

Name: Meg Lanker-Simons (Uterused-American)   Date: 3/20/2012

(Insert your name and voilà — Instant eviction notice!)

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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My contribution to Rep. Alan Dick&#8217;s Facebook page. He&#8217;s an Alaska representative who believes women should get permission slips to have an abortion.
Seriously. Via Mudflats:

"If you&#8217;re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP&#8217;s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick. He said that he doesn&#8217;t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really "her pregnancy." As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, "If I thought that the man&#8217;s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I&#8217;d have a little more peace about it…" He didn&#8217;t say whether a rapist would be able to send his signature by fax from prison, or not. But he&#8217;ll have "peace" and women will require a permission slip for their own bodies.

His page is full of inspiring posts to get your creative troll juices flowing. So let&#8217;s ask him a few question &#8212; it&#8217;s for clarification, since we uterused-Americans obviously can&#8217;t think for ourselves.
[Image text]:
Dear Rep. Dick,
As a woman cursed with the unfortunate condition of having a female brain and a reproductive system, I am apparently unable to comprehend your lofty logic. So I have a question for you. I know this is incredibly insolent of me to question your male authority, but here goes:
If I am in Alaska, attend a social function with alcohol unaccompanied by a man, get my drink spiked, am brutally gang-raped, and become pregnant as a result, would I need to get the signatures of ALL rapists before choosing to abort? Or could I get just one? Would getting a DNA test help? Or should I just choose to throw myself down the stairs a few times in hopes of inducing miscarriage like women in my grandmother&#8217;s generation did?
I KNOW this is unlikely to happen, BUT I wish to make sure all my bases are covered, regardless of which state I choose to visit or make my home. Thank you for clearing up this issue, and thank you for thinking for me and taking control of women&#8217;s bodies. IT&#8217;S JUST SO HARD, Y&#8217;KNOW? Thinking gives me the vapors!
Now, I must get back in the kitchen and make my husband a sandwich. Hope he doesn&#8217;t get me pregnant, since I&#8217;m currently barefoot! That&#8217;s how babies are made, right? I&#8217;m not sure since legislators like you took sex ed away when I was in high school.
And yes, I&#8217;m being sarcastic.
Cheers,Meg Lanker-Simons

My contribution to Rep. Alan Dick’s Facebook page. He’s an Alaska representative who believes women should get permission slips to have an abortion.

Seriously. Via Mudflats:

"If you’re not fully convinced yet that Alaska is the next front in the GOP’s war on women, you just have to listen to State Rep. Alan Dick. He said that he doesn’t believe that when a woman is pregnant, it’s really "her pregnancy." As a matter of fact, he would advocate for criminalizing women who have an abortion without the permission via written signature from the man who impregnated her. He stated, "If I thought that the man’s signature was required… required, in order for a woman to have an abortion, I’d have a little more peace about it…" He didn’t say whether a rapist would be able to send his signature by fax from prison, or not. But he’ll have "peace" and women will require a permission slip for their own bodies.

His page is full of inspiring posts to get your creative troll juices flowing. So let’s ask him a few question — it’s for clarification, since we uterused-Americans obviously can’t think for ourselves.

[Image text]:

Dear Rep. Dick,

As a woman cursed with the unfortunate condition of having a female brain and a reproductive system, I am apparently unable to comprehend your lofty logic. So I have a question for you. I know this is incredibly insolent of me to question your male authority, but here goes:

If I am in Alaska, attend a social function with alcohol unaccompanied by a man, get my drink spiked, am brutally gang-raped, and become pregnant as a result, would I need to get the signatures of ALL rapists before choosing to abort? Or could I get just one? Would getting a DNA test help? Or should I just choose to throw myself down the stairs a few times in hopes of inducing miscarriage like women in my grandmother’s generation did?

I KNOW this is unlikely to happen, BUT I wish to make sure all my bases are covered, regardless of which state I choose to visit or make my home. Thank you for clearing up this issue, and thank you for thinking for me and taking control of women’s bodies. IT’S JUST SO HARD, Y’KNOW? Thinking gives me the vapors!

Now, I must get back in the kitchen and make my husband a sandwich. Hope he doesn’t get me pregnant, since I’m currently barefoot! That’s how babies are made, right? I’m not sure since legislators like you took sex ed away when I was in high school.

And yes, I’m being sarcastic.

Cheers,
Meg Lanker-Simons

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Republicans date women, they marry women, they have children with women. They take women to dinner. They buy women diamonds and open car doors for women. Yet there’s this Republican war on women, and the Republicans want to actually somehow reach into their purses and grab their birth control pills and take ‘em away from ‘em. The Democrats actually think that they’re going to win with this!

Rush Limbaugh, explaining last Thursday why there’s no Republican war on women.

Shorter Limbaugh: “We buy you sluts diamonds and dinner! What more do you ungrateful feminazis want?!”

Ah, I see. So bullheaded restrictions on reproductive rights, opposing the Violence Against Women Act, not supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Act, etc… All that is perfectly fine because Republicans buy diamonds for women they’re dating, AMIRITE?!

And yes, Rush. The more you keep running your mouth like this, the more you help Democrats. Democrats would love to focus on the economy, but when the Blunt Amendment is offered before a jobs bill, it’s a little hard.

Rush, you’ve been paid to say terrible shit about ethnic and racial minorities, women, the GLBTQ community, and liberals in general for nearly 30 years. 

We’re paying attention now. 

Oh, and P.S.: Not all Republicans marry women. Please see Log Cabin Republicans.

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Westboro releases ‘You Might Be a Slut’ ad for Limbaugh’s show

Yep, Uncle Freddy’s Miserable Miscreants are at it again:

Westboro spokesman Steve Drain told Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch that the church had some commonalities with Limbaugh, although he declined to say specifically what they were.

"The ad’s message will be that America is doomed because Americans have cast aside the standards of God, and won’t quit their proud sinning," Drain explained.

Drain told Raw Story that while his organization has had their differences with Limbaugh, they were on the same page when it came to labeling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut. “Even a blind hog can get an acorn every once in a while,” Drain explained.

Drain also echoed Limbaugh’s earlier statements:

"That lady basically believes she wants the government to pay to kill her babies," Drain said. "That implies a certain level of promiscuity. She wants to fornicate her brains out, but she doesn’t want a child. Sounds like a slut to me, and God hates sluts."

A fox can smell its own, no? Rush Limbaugh and Westboro Baptist Church… I imagine the love story began like this:

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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