Mike Peters Guest Cartoon:  A NFL Trophy
Sep14

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: A NFL Trophy

A NFL Trophy by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –NFL star Adrian Peterson arrested for child abuse –Peterson’s NFL future in doubt as charges unfold –Despite Scandals, The NFL Always Wins –Concussions, domestic violence, child abuse … how much can NFL take? –What the Numbers Show About N.F.L. Player Arrests Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume
Sep13

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Ireland’s Mary Robinson Has World’s Most Impressive Resume

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Mary Robinson Ready to feel like a...

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Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter
Sep13

Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter

While Republicans have generally been trying to restrict access to contraception, recently some Republicans have been promoting making oral contraceptives available over the counter without prescription. Many people quickly saw through this. It gives the Republicans a way to claim they are removing a barrier to receiving contraception and avoid situations like the Lobby Hobby case. It also does something else–make contraception...

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Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence
Sep13

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence By Dick Polman If there’s any institution arguably more noxious than the National Football League, it has to be Fox News. Where else can you see clueless blowhards laugh it up about wife-beating? In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the video – released Monday by TMZ – where entitled pigskin jock Ray Rice cold-cocks his lady and drags her limp body...

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A Silly Thought: Presidential Prospects Look Bright for Democrats — for the Next 40 Years, or So
Sep10

A Silly Thought: Presidential Prospects Look Bright for Democrats — for the Next 40 Years, or So

It’s “Silly Wednesday.” (Just made that up) As I was reading some of the campaign magniloquence of our Republican friends, a silly thought occurred. As our society — especially the Democratic side of it — finally moves beyond race, gender, sexual orientation etc., just think how wonderful the prospects look for the Democratic Party to continue to win presidential elections and make other political...

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Ravens terminate Ray Rice after video surfaces of him knocking out then-fiancee (With TMZ Video)
Sep09

Ravens terminate Ray Rice after video surfaces of him knocking out then-fiancee (With TMZ Video)

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens are standing by Ray Rice no longer. The team announced Monday afternoon that it has terminated the contract of the 27-year-old running back on the same day a new video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiancee. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Rice has now been suspended indefinitely. Those decisions...

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Federal Court Throws Out Abortion Restrictions In Texas
Aug31

Federal Court Throws Out Abortion Restrictions In Texas

Republicans in control of state governments have been trying to restrict access to both abortion and contraception but on Friday a federal judge rule against new restrictions on abortions in Texas: A federal judge in Austin, Tex., blocked a stringent new rule on Friday that would have forced more than half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close, the latest in a string of court decisions that have at least temporarily kept...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet Serbia’s 23-Year-Old Bodybuilding Cardiologist Political Star
Aug30

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet Serbia’s 23-Year-Old Bodybuilding Cardiologist Political Star

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Maja Pavlovic Talk about a woman...

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Bea Cohen, 104-Year-Old World War II Veteran, Finally Gets Her Wish
Aug28

Bea Cohen, 104-Year-Old World War II Veteran, Finally Gets Her Wish

~.~ A month ago, the oldest living female World War II veteran visited the White House and got a warm welcome from President Obama and Vice President Biden. (Below) Vice President Joe Biden greets Lucy Coffey in his West Wing Office, July 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Lucy Coffey, now 108, served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and was one of 400,000 American women who served in uniform...

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The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)
Aug25

The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)

The right note on gender and hiring by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of “blind” auditions — performances given from behind a screen — in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and meritocracy ruled. It worked out well, with Princeton University research...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Interstellar; Star Trek 3; Star Wars VII; Sex in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Batman; Robin Williams; 24; Cristin Milioti; The Amy Pond Show; Community; James Corden; Craig Ferguson
Aug17

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Interstellar; Star Trek 3; Star Wars VII; Sex in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Batman; Robin Williams; 24; Cristin Milioti; The Amy Pond Show; Community; James Corden; Craig Ferguson

Doctor Who returns next week. Here is the official trailer for the first episode, Deep Breath, the first episode staring Peter Capaldi. A spoiler-free review can be read here (but avoid if you want to be totally surprised while viewing). There is also an official synopsis for the second episode, Kill List: A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy,...

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What Women Want
Aug15

What Women Want

I don’t know anyone of any political stripe in the United States who doesn’t believe that for exactly the same job, a woman should be paid the same as a man, or that a woman should have the same standing as a man in law; that she should have the same political representation and equal social influence. If these more-or-less ubiquitous truisms are the fruits of feminism, then we all – men and women alike – have...

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Lady Bird Johnson’s Letters Convey Passion for Nature
Aug13

Lady Bird Johnson’s Letters Convey Passion for Nature

Living in Austin, Texas, less than two miles — as the Texas crow flies — from the beautiful Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and having frequently jogged in my younger and fitter days on the scenic Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, I felt I knew all about Lady Bird Johnson’s love of the outdoors and about her passion for protecting and beautifying the landscape nationwide and especially for preserving and spreading...

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This Week in Pantsuit Politics: The Shocking Exit of a Muslim British Cabinet Member
Aug09

This Week in Pantsuit Politics: The Shocking Exit of a Muslim British Cabinet Member

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Sayeeda Warsi The good news:...

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Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?
Aug06

Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?

Does religion interfere with democracy? It depends on the religion. The more modern and open religions, that do not demand strict conformity to the positions of their leaders, can coexist with democracy, causing no problems for the religion or interference with the democratic process. Conservative or orthodox religions and religious fundamentalists, that do not countenance free thinking, are antithetical to democracy as they are...

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Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea
Jul31

Decriminalization of Prostitution Led To Reduction In Rape And Gonorrhea

An unintended experiment in Rhode Island found that when prostitution conducted indoors  was decriminalized due to a loophole in the law, there was a decrease in rape and cases of gonorrhea. The Wall Street Journal reports: A loophole in Rhode Island law that effectively decriminalized indoor prostitution in 2003 also led to significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea in the state, according to a new analysis published by the National...

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Three Reasons Democrats Might Retain Control Of The Senate
Jul20

Three Reasons Democrats Might Retain Control Of The Senate

Republicans have an excellent chance to gain control of the Senate this year due to a combination of Republican voters traditionally turning out in higher percentages in midterm elections and the need for Democrats to defend several seats in red states. Current projections from most sources give the Republicans a slight edge but there are a few reasons to believe that the Democrats might hold on to one or two more seats than...

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory
Jul07

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory

The slide towards inevitable armed conflict can be seen from far away. I even predicted it a long ways out (See “The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming” December, 1994).  Now, a Federal Judge discusses the fundamental madness of this Supreme Court’s 100+ 5-4 majority, The Alter Boys: Remembering Alexander Bickel’s passive virtues and the Hobby Lobby cases RGK / Hercules and the umpire In the Hobby...

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Conservatives’ Women Troubles
Jul05

Conservatives’ Women Troubles

[ Conservatives’ Women Troubles By Tina Dupuy Grab your smelling salts and brace yourself—I’m going to talk about sex. Not graphically, the children don’t need to leave the room or anything. But I’m going to talk about the idea of sex as an underlying basis for policy. In the wake of the truly misguided Hobby Lobby decision, which endowed a legal entity with the right to discriminate against working women of...

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Trouble for the right comes from the right
Jul03

Trouble for the right comes from the right

Conservatives were ecstatic about the court’s ruling Monday that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, because of their owners’ religious beliefs, could not be required under the ACA to include certain types of contraception in their employee health plans. But Democrats have the better hand. ...AlJazeera When the Supreme Court issued its Hobby Lobby decision, campaign money started flowing in. The decisions has put the Democrats...

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