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.

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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.

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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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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.”

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Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GE Crops on Africa

From Truth Out: http://www.truth-out.org/second-green-revolutionaries-gates-foundation-and-monsanto-push-ge-crops-africa/1310411034

by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout
Tuesday 12 July 2011

“The World According to Monsanto,” a groundbreaking documentary on this insidious company’s massive influence, was a recent Truthout Progressive Pick of the Week. Get the DVD by making a donation of $30 or more to Truthout!

Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation’s fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a “Trojan horse” to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad.

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program  was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warrant Buffet and Bill Gates. The program is supposed to help farmers in several African countries increase their yields with drought- and heat-tolerant corn varieties, but a report released last month by the African Centre for Biosafety claims WEMA is threatening Africa’s food sovereignty and opening new markets for agribusiness giants like Monsanto.

The Gates Foundation claims that biotechnology, GE crops and Western agricultural methods are needed to feed the world’s growing population and programs like WEMA will help end poverty and hunger in the developing world. Critics say the foundation is using its billions to shape the global food agenda and the motivations behind WEMA were recently called into question when activists discovered the Gates foundation had spent $27.6 million on 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock between April and June 2010.

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Alan Grayson: There is no compromise between life and death

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Schlafly: Violence Against Women Act Protects Women Too Much

From Right Wing Watch:  http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/schlafly-violence-against-women-act-protects-women-too-much

Submitted by Brian Tashman
July 12, 2011

Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly wants Congress to hold up the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act until it is altered so that it doesn’t benefit women. Schlafly, a long-time critic of the landmark law who believes that married women cannot be raped by their husbands, contends that the Violence Against Women Act goes too far in protecting women from abusive spouses and that the law is merely a feminist plot to tear down men:

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), now up for reauthorization, is in major need of revision. Its billion-dollar-a-year price tag spent by the radical feminists to pursue their ideology and goals (known as feminist pork) make it an embarrassment to members of Congress who voted for it.

For 30 years, the feminists have been pretending that their goal is to abolish all sex discrimination, eliminating all gender differences no matter how reasonable. When it comes to domestic violence, however, feminist dogma preaches that there is an innate gender difference: Men are naturally batterers, and women are naturally victims (i.e., gender profiling).

Starting with its title, VAWA is just about as sex discriminatory as legislation can get. It is written and implemented to oppose the abuse of women and to punish men.

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