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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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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