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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After Hobby Lobby
Jul03

After Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON — It’s not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company’s owners, not of those who work for them. More than that, the justices continued to press...

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Hobby Lobby Case Shows That To Conservatives Freedom Means “Freedom” To Impose Their Religious Views Upon Others
Jul02

Hobby Lobby Case Shows That To Conservatives Freedom Means “Freedom” To Impose Their Religious Views Upon Others

Conservatives applauding the Supreme Court decision in the Lobby Hobby case are showing, once again, that to them freedom means the “freedom” to impose their religious views upon others. When conservatives oppose the requirement that a business provide insurance to their employees in any condition they might have a consistent libertarian argument, ignoring the fact that many Republicans supported such mandates, along with...

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Upcoming Supreme Court Birth Control Bombshell? Poll shows Americans oppose contraception ban
Jun29

Upcoming Supreme Court Birth Control Bombshell? Poll shows Americans oppose contraception ban

The Huffington Post’s screaming headline reads “SUPREMES SAVING WORST DECISION FOR LAST?” Subheadlines: “FEAR: Businesses Could Dodge Laws Due To ‘Religious Liberty’… Public Unions Could Be Gutted…” With a Supreme Court that has now for several years wiped away many of the “givens” of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, for those who considered birth...

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McConnell Promises Conservatives That Republicans Will Work To Restrict Abortions If They Take Control Of Senate
Jun29

McConnell Promises Conservatives That Republicans Will Work To Restrict Abortions If They Take Control Of Senate

With control of the Senate up for grabs, The Hill reports on one key reason why it is important for Democrats to get out to vote. Mitch McConnell vows to escalate Republican efforts to restrict reproductive rights and promote further government intrusion in the private lives, and bodies, of women: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised Saturday to focus more attention on limiting abortions if Republicans take control...

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Ohio Bill Prohibits Insurance Coverage Of Both Abortion And Forms of Contraception
Jun05

Ohio Bill Prohibits Insurance Coverage Of Both Abortion And Forms of Contraception

Republicans have become increasingly successful in restricting insurance coverage of abortion in many of the states where they control the state government, and a bill in Ohio could extend this to restricting access to contraception: Ohio might make it illegal for insurance to cover abortions, even in cases of rape, incest and when pregnancy threatens a mother’s life. The first hearing for House Bill 351 was held yesterday. The only...

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Westboro Hate Group Targets Maya Angelou’s Funeral; Followers Deface Her Photos
Jun01

Westboro Hate Group Targets Maya Angelou’s Funeral; Followers Deface Her Photos

Westboro — the Fred Phelps’ small family group– is listed as a hate group with Southern Poverty Law Center, a premiere organization in the USA which keeps track of hate groups, such as the Klan and others which espouse hatred of others by simple virtue of another person’s race, nationality, gender, disability, ethnicity, and all other ways of being a human that are protected under the federal Civil Rights Act...

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AIDS Prevention- A New Recommendation
May21

AIDS Prevention- A New Recommendation

The lead article in the New York Times on May 14 noted that Federal Health officials are recommending that Americans who are at risk for AIDS take a pill daily to prevent infection. The medication is called Truvada and less than 10,000 individuals currently are on the drug. Federal recommendations would increase this to 500,000 people taking the medication. This is an example of officials reinforcing the lack of responsibility among...

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(Updates) #BringBackOurGirls with #SomeHelpFromOurTroops
May14

(Updates) #BringBackOurGirls with #SomeHelpFromOurTroops

Update II: Fox News and others are claiming that a “Leahy Law Makes It Harder To Bring Back Our Girls.” You see, they claim, “a 1997 law known as the Leahy Amendment is complicating the joint effort with Nigerian forces. The law, named for its sponsor, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., bars U.S. forces from working with militaries, or units within them, accused of chronic human rights violations. In the past, U.S. military brass have...

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For Mother’s Day Give Her One Rose, Very Carefully
May10

For Mother’s Day Give Her One Rose, Very Carefully

Three years ago, for Mother’s Day, I decided to surprise my wife with one beautiful red rose. Only one rose, you ask. Some will say “how romantic,” others may say “how cheap.” Yes, only one, albeit this rose happened to be one of those gorgeous Ecuadorean roses grown in Ecuadorean rose and flower farms and greenhouses high up in the Andes. An industry that earns Ecuador more than $700 million in exports a...

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A Dilemma We Shouldn’t Be Facing In 2014
Apr24

A Dilemma We Shouldn’t Be Facing In 2014

Share A Dilemma We Shouldn’t Be Facing In 2014 By Victoria Turecamo Earlier this month the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to acquire the necessary votes to pass through the U.S. Senate. Supporters emphasized this act was just one more step towards giving women the tools they need to ensure they are being fairly compensated for their work, while opponents attacked the act in every way possible. The Paycheck Fairness Act is intended to...

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Rape in Game of Thrones
Apr22

Rape in Game of Thrones

For two weeks in a row there has been considerable talk about a scene from Game of Thrones. Due to the questions raised by this scene and all the discussion it has stimulated, I have decided to post on this today rather than waiting until the weekend for the usual weekly review of genre television. Major spoilers ahead for those who are behind in watching. The scene between Cersei and Jaime Lannister by Joffrey’s dead body was...

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The Fuss About Military Hairstyles
Apr21

The Fuss About Military Hairstyles

Women in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, TMV’s Managing Director, in a recent article pointed out the arbitrariness — and insensitivity, I might add — of the recent changes to Army Regulation (AR) 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia.” Estés describes the unique characteristics of the hair of African Americans: To touch the natural hair of most African Americans is like...

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Please Take A Moment To Meet Ashol-Pan
Apr16

Please Take A Moment To Meet Ashol-Pan

The next time you’re feeling chuff about that backyard barbeque you put together all by your lonesome, breaking 250 in league bowling, or that honor roll student child who you’re convinced is destined for an Ivy League school, please pause for a moment and take a brief trip to the other side of the planet to meet a girl by the name of Ashol-Pan. Ashol-Pan is a Kazakh who lives in western Mongolia. She may never go to a...

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‘Wages and Gender’ – Continued…
Apr10

‘Wages and Gender’ – Continued…

There has been a lively debate here at TMV on men-women wage inequality. This issue is presently being debated nation-wide with equal vigor. The New York Times had an Editorial Board piece Wednesday on “The Truth about the Pay Gap,” including the oft-cited and “controversial” claim that women on average make 77 cents for every $1 earned by men. Whether it is the “truth and nothing but the truth” or not, will be debated ad...

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Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye (Guest Voice)
Apr09

Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye (Guest Voice)

Republicans kiss votes from women goodbye by Dana Milbank Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day. On the eve of Tuesday’s commemoration — the day symbolizing how far into 2014 women must work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2013 — a small newspaper in Louisiana, The Ouachita Citizen — reported that its congressman,...

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Conservatives to women: Go get married  (Guest Voice)
Apr01

Conservatives to women: Go get married (Guest Voice)

Conservatives to women: Go get married by Dana Milbank Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees. The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark the final day of Women’s History Month — and the consensus...

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