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April 17, 2014

GOP Rep Says Sick Leave & Equal Pay Bills Make Women Look Like Whiners (VIDEO)

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There is an omnibus bill, The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act that is intended to correcting systemic barriers to economic progress. The bill closes the gender pay gap, increases the minimum wage to $9.50, expands access to high-quality education, expands family and sick leave for working families, protects women against discrimination in the workplace, encourages women in non-traditional jobs, helps women owned businesses succeed, and helps older women become more economically secure. Does any of the above sound demeaning to women? Absolutely not. These types of laws are the recognition of the presence of an opportunity premium that has to be paid by women and others. It tries to mitigate that opportunity premium. Lo and behold, State Representative Andrea Kieffer (R-MN) would have none of that. "We heard several bills last week about women's issues and I kept thinking to myself, these bills are putting us backwards in time," State Representative Andrea Kieffer said to her colleagues at a W … [Read more...]

Texas GOP Executive Director Blames Women For Lower Pay (VIDEO)

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The Executive Director of the Texas Republican Party and chief Greg Abbott ally Beth Cubriel appeared on YNN’s Capitol Tonight program. Beth Cubriel was there to explain the GOP’s alternative to a Texas Lilly Ledbetter Act. Beth Cubriel blames the aggrieved It should be noted that Texas women make 82 cents for every dollar a man makes. When asked about it, the answer Beth Cubriel gave was true to form. "Men are better negotiators,” Beth Cubriel said. “I would encourage women instead of pursuing the courts for action to become better negotiators." Beth Cubriel answer is your classic Republican answer. If you are harmed by externalities it’s your fault. If you are harmed by systemic defects in our laws it is your fault. You are on your own. It is no accident that this followed Cari Christman’s response to a similar question when she implied women are too busy to be concerned with equal pay. Wendy Davis campaign spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna’s response to Beth Cubriel’ s remark was necessarily swift.  "Greg A … [Read more...]

Texas GOP Operative: Women Too Busy for Equal Pay Legislation (VIDEO)

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RedState Women is a new Republican PAC in Texas aimed at changing the earned GOP anti-women narrative. According to Politico, The organization will offer web-based videos featuring both elected officials and voters that are designed to show that Democrats don’t have a monopoly on women in politics, according to the PAC’s executive director, Cari Christman. “It’s no secret that when Ms. Davis launched her bid for governor, women participating on the Democratic side stood up and were very vocal about her actions,” Christman said. “A number of Republican women are standing up to say Ms. Davis does not speak for them. We want to change, revolutionize, the way we communicate with women in this party. To stand up and say, ‘Democrats don’t corner the market on women.’” As the President eloquently said in the 2008 Presidential race, “You can put lipstick on a pig. But it’s still a pig.” Greg Abbott and his Texas Republican Party have effected policies that materially affect the lives of all Texans and specificall … [Read more...]

Watch Rachel Maddow destroy media hypocrisy on Obama appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis

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Rachel Maddow scorns media reaction to Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis There is a narrative within many circles that attempt to equate MSNBC as the polar opposite of Fox News.  Fox News is decidedly the mouthpiece of the Right. MSNBC is decidedly the mouthpiece of the left. All the other channels are right of center. I watch ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, HLN, and CNN throughout the day. At any given time I am recording one or two snippets if they provide material I want to blog about. I have concluded that ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN are simply parrots of each other with lazy researchers. Fox News has excellent researchers who are able to cut and paste information to create false narratives. MSNBC, which except for Joe Scarborough is fairly progressive, has excellent researchers. While MSNBC will not accentuate Conservative issues, their material is almost always fact based. When they slip up, they correct in short order. Why the long preamble? It was upsetting to watch most of the … [Read more...]

Greg Abbott Pocketed $6 Million From Suit Over His Disabling Accident

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  A 27 year old Greg Abbott was jogging in the upscale River Oaks Houston neighborhood in 1986. It was a windy day. A limb fell off of a tree and hurt him. The limb sadly crushed Greg Abbott’s spine and damaged his kidneys. After the accident Greg Abbott sued both the homeowner and the tree care company. He won a very large settlement. He has collected $6 million so far. The Dallas Morning News describes the settlement as follows. Abbott sued the homeowner and tree care company and won a settlement, which shows tax-free annuities in graduated payments. The payments began with a $300,000 check in 1986. They include both monthly payments and lump sums that are deposited every three years. This year, Abbott will receive about $570,000 from the settlement, with $400,000 coming from a lump-sum payment. In 2016, during a first term he would receive a payment of $450,000 in 2016. In a second term, two payments would arrive — $500,000 in 2019 and $740,020 in 2022. The monthly payments, which began at … [Read more...]

White Texan Charged For Knockout Game Attack On Black Man (VIDEO)

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Conrad Alvin Barrett Knockout Game Attack On Elderly Black Man Conrad Alvin Barrett decided that he wanted to play the knockout game. In late November he approached a 79 year old Black elderly man. According to the press release from the Department of Justice, According to the complaint, Barrett comments in a video that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” The complaint further alleges Barrett claims he would not hit “defenseless people” just moments before punching the elderly man in the face. Barrett allegedly hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said “knockout,” as he ran to his vehicle and fled, according to allegations. The complaint indicates the victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack. According to ABC13 Conrad Alvin Barrett was taken into custody this morning. Barrett got caught because he was bragging about the incident … [Read more...]

The Powell Memo also known as the Powell Manifesto or Powell Memorandum

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Confidential Memorandum: Attack of American Free Enterprise System DATE: August 23, 1971 TO: Mr. Eugene B. Sydnor, Jr., Chairman, Education Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce FROM: Lewis F. Powell, Jr. This memorandum is submitted at your request as a basis for the discussion on August 24 with Mr. Booth (executive vice president) and others at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The purpose is to identify the problem, and suggest possible avenues of action for further consideration. Dimensions of the Attack No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack. This varies in scope, intensity, in the techniques employed, and in the level of visibility. There always have been some who opposed the American system, and preferred socialism or some form of statism (communism or fascism). Also, there always have been critics of the system, whose criticism has been wholesome and constructive so long as the objective was to improve rather than to subvert or destroy. But … [Read more...]

Pls Share: UFW #FieldFotos day of action for new immigration process

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  We are at a critical juncture in our path towards a new immigration process. Today as the U.S. Senate moves forward with the immigration reform bill, S. 744, farm workers have already begun using their breaks to ask Senators to support a new immigration process that includes a roadmap to citizenship. Farm workers will post pictures of themselves in the fields and upload them on Facebook and Twitter, using the #FieldFotos hashtag and directing their posts at key Senators, like Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Can you please join our farm workers on this day of online action and help by:1. Re-tweeting or sharing the farm workers’ posts on Twitter and Facebook. You can find them by typing in #FieldFotos in your Twitter and/or Facebook searchbar. 2. Taking a picture of yourself holding a homemade sign saying, I support farm workers. Please vote for S. 744. Tweet your photo at your Senator and/or post it on Facebook with the #FieldFotos hashtag. (sample message below or go to h … [Read more...]

VICTORY: Wyoming Anti-NDAA Bill passes Committee 6-3, on its way to the House

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cheyenne, WY – January 30, 2013 Contact: Barbara Anderson PANDA Wyoming msiouxcro@yahoo.com VICTORY: Wyoming Anti-NDAA Bill passes Committee 6-3, on its way to the House Thanks to your overwhelming support, and the support of other organizations and individuals, Wyoming House Bill 114, the Wyoming Liberty Preservation Act, passed committee 6-3 and will now advance to the House floor.  On Tuesday evening, at the head of a media firestorm, the Transportation Committee held a hearing on the bill, and passed it with a decisive 6-3 vote. Our battle however, is not yet over. HB 114 will be debated on the House floor within the next few days.  The deadline for bills to be heard on the house floor is Monday, February 4th, and, if the bill has not come up in committee of the whole by then, it will die due to lack of time left in the session. Wyoming Rep. Kendall Kroeker, who introduced the bill, said that he e … [Read more...]

Former Florida Governor Charlie Christ Is Now A Democrat

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Former Florida Governor Charlie Christ has made it official, he is now on the Democratic team. He was the Republican Governor between 2008 and 2011. According to the Tampa Bay Times he will be running for Florida Governor again against current Republican governor Rick Scott. According to the Tampa Bay Times: It was just a matter of time. Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat. Crist — Florida's former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname "Chain Gang Charlie" and used to describe himself variously as a "Ronald Reagan Republican" and a "Jeb Bush Republican" — on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat. He did so during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Barack Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama's re-election this year than any Florida Democrat. As reported below is the tweet he sent out. Proud and honored to join the Dem … [Read more...]