16% Think It’s OK for a Man to Hit His Wife? 5 Shocking Facts About Gender in America

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/story/151588/16_think_it%27s_ok_for_a_man_to_hit_his_wife_5_shocking_facts_about_gender_in_america/

A new report reveals that some Americans still think it’s okay for a man to hit his wife, the insane wage gap between women of color and white men, and other disturbing trends

By Sarah Seltzer
July 11, 2011

With the GOP-waged wars on women, middle-class workers and poor families in full swing and steadily whittling away at women’s status in the US, it’s obvious that we have a long way to go in terms of equality of all kinds. But a new report sheds light on some surprising numbers highlighting that imbalance.

Without the right to abortion, or the ability to prevent and prosecute rape, or the ability to support one’s family, a woman cannot be a full human being, a citizen exercising her rights. This is a given. But did you know that many Americans–16 percent–still think it’s okay for a man to hit his wife? And did you know just how massive the wage gap remains between black and Latina women and white men? What about the fact that until recently, it was almost impossible for native American women to file rape charges if they were assaulted on reservations or that we’re positively the worst “developed” country on parental leave, bar none?

The list goes on, thanks to a recently released global report, “Progress of the World’s Women.(pdf), which focuses on the access to justice of women worldwide. The report comes from the dynamic new group, UN Women. Headed by Michele Bachelet, former president of Chile, the group is hopefully a nascent force for accelerating global gender equity. UN Women has released individualized information on all regions, and the North American fact-sheet (pdf link) highlights some fascinating, surprising and disturbing statistics that background our current climate.

Most importantly, when stacked up to other countries worldwide, the facts show that we’re not some pillar of opportunity for women compared to other countries and regions, but rather saddled with our own major problems. As Flavia Dzodan wrote for Tiger Beatdown, “I think this report does a good job at showing that inequalities and injustices are a global problem and that each region faces a unique set of issues, defined by their socio-political and cultural realities…no region in the world is without serious troubles.” Dzodan also makes the apt point that  LGBT issues are absent from the report, which is unfortunate given their frequent close link with gender, race and class inequity. Abortion and reproductive health issues are not included in the US fact sheet, either.

1. Dogged by Violence. This pervasive inequality extends far beyond the pay gap, threatening the physical and legal safety of women of color, and indeed, all women.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/story/151588/16_think_it%27s_ok_for_a_man_to_hit_his_wife_5_shocking_facts_about_gender_in_america/

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Gov. Cuomo On Clerk Quitting Over Gay Marriage Licenses: Obey The Law, Or Take A Hike

From The New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/07/gov-cuomo-on-clerk-quitting-over-gay-marriage-licenses-obey-the-law-or-take-a-

BY Celeste Katz
July 12, 2011

Gov. Cuomo, who made same-sex marriage a cornerstone of his successful freshman agenda, says officials who can’t or won’t comply with the law — like the Broome County clerk who quit rather than sign marriage licenses for LGBT couples — aren’t cut out for the job.

“The law is the law. When you enforce the laws of the state, you don’t get to pick and choose which laws,” said Cuomo, who previously served as state attorney general.

“You don’t get to say, ‘I like this law and I’ll enforce this law, or I don’t like this law and I won’t enforce this law’ — you can’t do that,” Cuomo added, according to our intern, Alex Katz, who was on the scene for Cuomo’s presser. “So if you can’t enforce the law, then you shouldn’t be in that position.”

As we blogged earlier today, Barker Town Clerk Laura Fotusky appears to be the first municipal official in New York to resign rather than sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

“There was no protection provided in the legislation for Town Clerks who are unable to sign these marriage licenses due to personal religious convictions, even though our US Constitution supports freedom of religion,” Fotusky, a Republican who said gay marriage runs afoul of her religious views, wrote in her resignation letter.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2011/07/gov-cuomo-on-clerk-quitting-over-gay-marriage-licenses-obey-the-law-or-take-a-

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Why is the Tea Party suddenly obsessed with light bulbs?

From Salon: http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/11/energy_saving_light_bulb_debate

Republicans in Congress are mounting a furious push to save the old incandescent bulb

By Natasha Lennard
Monday, Jul 11, 2011

In 2007, little seemed problematic about the energy-efficient light bulb or the law signed by President George W. Bush, which called for the incandescent bulb to be phased out in favor its energy-saving counterpart. But that was before the rise of the Tea Party.

Suddenly, saving the old-fashioned 100-watt bulb — which wastes most of the energy it consumes and costs households more in energy bills than the new model — has become a matter of personal liberty. And so, House Republicans on Monday will seek to repeal the 2007  law, which calls for the phaseout to begin in January 2012.

The law has been dubbed “the light bulb ban” by activists on the right and has struck a Tea Party nerve. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann have all called it government intrusion par excellence. It essentially mandates that no new bulbs can go on the market after January ’12 without meeting a new, higher standard of energy efficiency. Bulbs that don’t meet the standard but that are already in stores won’t be taken off shelves.

“It is one of those issues out there that just inflames people,” Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, co-sponsor of the bill that would reverse the phaseout, told Politico. “What in the world were you doing restricting the kinds of light bulbs in my home?”

Continue reading at:  http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/07/11/energy_saving_light_bulb_debate

The obvious answer is that the Republi-Nazi whores are so deep in the pockets of the energy industry they are trying to keep power consumption at a max so that new plants will be needed and profits for their rich elitist pig sugar daddies will continue.

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How to confuse a creationist

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Pro-Voucher Tea Party Group Admits It Wants To ‘Shut Down Public Schools And Have Private Schools Only’

From Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/education/2011/07/11/265663/voucher-tea-party-go-away/

By Zaid Jilani
Jul 11, 2011

As ThinkProgress has documented, a tightly-knit group of right-wing Political Action Committees (PACs) and corporate foundations have unleashed an assault on public education, pushing school voucher schemes nationwide that would funnell taxpayer dollars away from public schools and toward private schools instead. In doing so, many of these voucher advocates claim they simply want to expand school choiceand improve the quality of education for all.

Yet one group that has been influential in the school voucher push — the Independence Hall Tea Party, which has run a major PAC that operates in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania — is finally admitting that its true goal is to abolish public education.

In a series of e-mails and interviews, Teri Adams, the president of the Idependence Hall Tea Party Association, explains that her organization is involved in its voucher advocacy because it believes “public schools should go away.” Adams said that their ultimate goal is to “shut down public schools and have private schools only“:

“We think public schools should go away,’’ says Teri Adams, the head of the Independence Hall Tea Party and a leading advocate — both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania — of passage of school voucher bills.

Complete article at:  http://thinkprogress.org/education/2011/07/11/265663/voucher-tea-party-go-away/

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Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale

From Truth Dig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/carlos_montes_and_the_security_state_a_cautionary_tale_20110710/

By Chris Hedges
Posted on Jul 10, 2011

On May 17 at 5 in the morning the Chicano activist Carlos Montes got a wake-up call at his home in California from Barack Obama’s security state. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s SWAT team, armed with assault rifles and wearing bulletproof vests, as well as being accompanied by FBI agents, kicked down his door, burst into his house with their weapons drawn, handcuffed him in his pajamas and hauled him off to jail. Montes, one of tens of thousands of Americans who have experienced this terrifying form of military-style assault and arrest, was one of the organizers of the demonstrations outside the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., and he faces trial along with 23 other anti-war activists from Minnesota, as well as possible charges by a federal grand jury.

The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the use of the armed forces for civilian policing. City police forces have in the last few decades amassed small strike forces that employ high-powered assault rifles, armored personnel carriers, tanks, elaborate command and control centers and attack helicopters. Poor urban neighborhoods, which bear the brunt of the estimated 40,000 SWAT team assaults that take place every year, have already learned what is only dimly being understood by the rest of us—in the eyes of the state we are increasingly no longer citizens with constitutional rights but enemy combatants. And that is exactly how Montes was treated. There is little daylight now between raiding a home in the middle of the night in Iraq and raiding one in Alhambra, Calif.

Montes is a longtime activist. He helped lead the student high school walkouts in East Los Angeles and anti-war protests in the 1960s and later demonstrations against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was one of the founding members of the Brown Berets, a Chicano group that in the 1960s styled itself after the Black Panthers. In the 1970s he evaded authorities while he lived in Mexico and he went on to organize garment workers in El Paso, Texas. He and the subpoenaed activists are reminders that in Barack Obama’s America, being a dissident is a crime.

“It was an FBI action, as I recall,” Sgt. Jim Scully told reporters of the Pasadena Star-News. “We assisted them.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/carlos_montes_and_the_security_state_a_cautionary_tale_20110710/

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Orrin Hatch Rips ‘Perverse’ Tax System That Spares Lower Middle Class

Time to end the Reagan Class War against working people and have some serious class war against the rich.

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/orrin-hatch-tax-system_n_895186.html

By Michael McAuliff
July 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pushed back Monday on criticism that he wants to tax the poor, but called it “perverse” that people on the bottom half of the income ladder pay little or no federal income tax.

Hatch attracted heavy criticism last week for saying the poor need to “share some of the responsibility” for lowering the deficit while complaining that the rich already pay too much in taxes.

Hatch backtracked somewhat on Monday, but still suggested that the rich have an unfair share of the load.

“I don’t want to tax the truly poor, those who would help themselves if they could,” Hatch said. “But you can’t tell me that 51 percent of all households are the truly poor. Really, I don’t want to tax them either to be honest with you, but it’s apparent we’re going to have to find a better way broadening the base of the tax system.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/orrin-hatch-tax-system_n_895186.html

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