Roy Moore, From the Gadsden Mall to the Ten Commandments Monument

by Todd Gitlin – Sin of the sin-catchers. The spectacle of 30-something Deputy District Attorney Roy Moore cruising the Gadsden, Alabama, mall hunting for high school girls to chat up, grope and “date” rivets our attention, and deservedly so. Not everyone’s attention, of course. As CNN’s Brian Stelter points out, Alabama’s own media have long overlooked his depredations. Even now, a local paper persists in claiming that the ex-judge has “refuted” his accusers. (They meant “rebutted,” but even that isn’t true.) Still, for all the back-and-forth, most commentators stop short of noting that the defrocked Alabama Chief Justice belongs to a tradition and a culture. Proliferating stories of Moore’s life as a predator invite reflection on what he and Harvey Weinstein share in common — their privileged positions in a protective culture where men get away with whatever they can get away with. No one outside a deep cave lacking Wi-Fi is altogether astonished to...

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Trump’s Long History of Being Completely Unable to Handle Criticism From Women

by Laurel Raymond – Trump’s outburst may have been shocking. But it isn’t surprising. By now, it’s old news that the President of the United States uses his Twitter to attack his critics in outbursts that are coarse, stupid, sexist, and cruel. On Thursday, however, President Donald Trump stepped further over the line than usual with two early-morning attacks on the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe — tweets that garnered immediate shock and outrage. Donald J. Trump   ✔@realDonaldTrump I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. 8:52 AM – 29 Jun 2017 Donald J. Trump   ✔@realDonaldTrump …to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! 8:58 AM – 29 Jun 2017 Trump’s attack fits a common pattern for this president. Not only...

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The Real Reason Why Obamacare Now Has a 54% Approval Rating

by smirking – CNN had an eye opening story yesterday that’s been flying under the radar and really deserves to be given a lot more attention. In his article The cruel double standard that may have saved Obamacare, John Blake explores a very simple rationale for why Obamacare is suddenly gaining in popularity. The face of Obamacare is now white.  More Americans now realize Obamacare helps millions of working class whites and that it’s not — as once portrayed by conservatives — a form of welfare pushed by the first black president to help people of color, historians and scholars say. The media landscape is filled with images of the furrowed brows of anxious white residents at congressional town halls who fear they will suffer if they lose Obamacare, says Judy Lubin, a sociologist and adjunct professor at Howard University in Washington. This makes sense to me. This makes more sense to me than...

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Talking Back to Hate Speech, Explained

by GAIL ABLOW – The outbreak of racist, sexist and xenophobic harassment across the US is alarming. People have reported almost 900 instances of hate speech since Nov. 8, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many are on high alert, wondering how they might respond to a hate crime. “I am extremely concerned about all the hate crimes I am reading about. What can I do if I witness a bias attack?” Short answer: We reached out to experts to devise a strategy. Here’s what they recommend: 1) Be a good witness, record and identify the incident. 2) Be prepared to speak out, but don’t escalate the conflict. 3) Be an ally. 4) Find a safe space. 5) Learn more. 1. Be a good witness Report it. “First of all,” said J. Thomas Manger, police chief of Montgomery County, Maryland, “be a good witness. Call 911 so the police can...

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The Most Important Gay Rights Case Since Marriage Equality was Won

by Ian Millhiser – No one should be fired because of who they love. Americans enjoy a fundamental right to marry, regardless of whether they are straight, bisexual, or gay. Yet, in more than half of the states, “a person can be married on Saturday and then fired on Monday for just that act,” as one federal court explained in a recent opinion. There is no federal law that explicitly protects workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Moreover, while there are very strong arguments that existing protections against gender discrimination are broad enough to protect sexual minorities in the workplace, the courts have largely rejected these arguments. As a result, if you live in one of the 28 states that does not forbid discrimination against gay and bisexual workers, you can be fired because of the person you love. A federal appeals court appears poised to change that, however, at...

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Let’s Take a Closer Look at Donald Trump’s Big Apology, Shall We?

by Laura Clawson – Donald Trump’s video statement apologizing for his “grab them by the pussy” comments may be a first in that it’s an actual apology coming from Trump. You can watch it below, but let’s take it by the numbers: I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than a decade old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize. Sixty words. There’s an apology, but also an excuse—“this more than a decade old video.” And “anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am”? Seems like a lot of people who know you say these words absolutely reflect who you are. I’ve traveled the country talking...

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Trump Launches Sexist Attack on Clinton’s Appearance

by DiesIrae – On Monday morning in Cleveland, Donald Trump went there: Kevin Cirilli  ✔@kevcirilli CLEVELAND — TRUMP on Clinton: “Does she look presidential, fellas? Give me a break.” 12:02 PM – 5 Sep 2016 Attacking a female public figure for her appearance is the dictionary definition of a sexist remark. It’s exactly what women in the workplace face all too often, an attack on their professionalism based on their appearance. There’s no acceptable alternate explanation for this one. The Clinton campaign is all over it already. Tim Kaine responded with a nice jab at this afternoon’s Clinton-Kaine rally in Cleveland: “Donald Trump put out a tweet that said she doesn’t look presidential, does she fellas? Does she fellas,” he said repeating the tail end of Trump’s remarks. “Here’s my prediction, at the end of a second-term Hillary Clinton, Trump will be saying that same thing as he’s hocking bottled water somewhere and we’ve forgotten he ever ran...

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Stop Pretending Anthony Weiner Is A Clinton Campaign Story

by Judd Legum – It’s about sex There is no doubt that Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and candidate for mayor of New York City, is a public figure. He’s courted attention even after resigning from Congress with magazine profiles and a feature-length documentary. And the fact that Weiner was again involved in sexting women over the internet, including one picture that included his child, is news. It’s the type of news that makes for great tabloid covers and easy cable news segments. New York Post  ✔@nypost EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Weiner sexted a busty brunette while his son was in bed with him http://nyp.st/2bPSB3b  10:14 PM – 28 Aug 2016 But this story about a former congressman engaged in more unseemly conduct over the internet is not campaign news. Other than his spouse, Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, Weiner has no connection to the Clinton campaign. And it is Weiner, not Abedin, who is...

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Open Letter to Donald Trump’s Campaign

by Rev. William Barber – Dear Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, Your campaign, like the leadership of our Legislature and Governor, does not represent the politics of Lincoln, the call of justice, or the ethics of Biblical evangelicalism. Instead, your campaign presents an extremist philosophy of hate, greed, racism, classism, and xenophobia. You are speaking in North Carolina on the day after the Fourth of July.  On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, New York and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Today, I ask you, “What to North Carolinians is the meaning of your campaign for President?” So far, your campaign as the Republican nominee for President does not represent the ideals of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and supported African-Americans in their quest for freedom and citizenship. Your campaign does not represent the...

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8 Reasons Why Republicans Must Dump Trump (VIDEO)

by Robert Reich – The Republican Party still has time to change its mind. Right now it’s supporting for President of the United States a man 1. who divides us by race and ethnicity and religion. He says undocumented Americans “bring drugs, crime, they’re rapists.” That the Mexican government “sends bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them.” And who says he’ll round up and deport all 11 million undocumented workers in the United States. This is a man who equivocated on repudiating an endorsement from David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan. And when asked to repudiate the vicious anti-semitism of some of his followers said “I don’t have a message to the fans.” A man who claimed “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the Twin Towers collapsing, when there’s no evidence at all to support that statement. And whose response to terrorism is to prevent all...

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Elizabeth Warren: “Trump Feels Threatened by Clinton’s Qualifications to be President.”

by floridageorge – Elizabeth Warren decided to chime into the Trump-Hillary feud, and it’s a doozy. THIS is the kind of bite we’ll likely see out of Elizabeth Warren over this general election season, side by side with Hillary.  Awesome! Highlight quotes: “Donald Trump clearly feels threatened by Secretary Clinton’s qualifications to be president so he’s attacking Hillary Clinton for being a woman” “That’s what weak men do.” It is an old story, and I don’t think the American voters will fall for it.” “I hoped you were going to ask me if I thought he was a sexist,” Warren said.“That’s like asking if he has bad hair,” she said. “He wears the sexism out front for everyone to see.” “We need someone in the White House who isn’t afraid to fight for equal rights for women,” said Warren. “That person is not Donald Trump.” Trump clearly afraid of Clinton’s qualification...

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill to Suspend Abortion Doctors’ Licenses, Legal Challenges Inevitable

by Meteor Blades – Just when you might be thinking the forced-birthers couldn’t come up with yet another way to get themselves into court over an abortion restriction, some yahoos will prove you wrong. This time, they made their move in Oklahoma, where the legislature has already passed and the governor has signed some of the worst abortion-related laws in the nation, including a number that have been successfully challenged in court. The culprit this time is the state senate, which passed SB 1552. It provides for suspending the license of any physician who performs an abortion. The bill passed 40-7, with three Democrats voting for it. One Republican joined the six Democrats who opposed it. There would have been another Republican vote, from the only medical doctor in the chamber, but he mistakenly voted for it. The bill has been sent to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. The only exception...

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Why I Have Switched from Bernie to Hillary

by jhannon – I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the presidential race. As a democratic socialist it seemed obvious to me that I would support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. I have followed his career, and supported him, since I first moved to Vermont in 1972. I was a member of the Liberty Union Party, for Pete’s sake, and Bernie’s success in Vermont politics coincided with the political and cultural changes we wanted to make as part of the “back to the land” movement that brought so many war-weary and politically alienated young people to Vermont as a place to learn and help create changes on a workable scale. But I have had an increasingly uncomfortable feeling as I watched the campaign unfold. Bernie is talking about a political revolution in ways that make no sense to me. The American system dampens the possibility of radical...

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Sexism Runs Rampant Among GOP Contenders in the 2016 Presidential Race

by Veronica I. Arreola, Truthout | News Analysis – The Hillary Clinton nutcracker. “Hillary Clinton reminds everyone of their first wife.” “You’re likeable enough.” The 2008 Democratic primary race provided ample evidence of sexism in electoral politics by candidates and the mainstream media. The 2016 campaign is proving to be no different. Yet while the brunt of sexist remarks is being launched toward Hillary Clinton, the campaigns have resorted to sexism in many other cases as well. The most egregious uses of sexism in the campaign have come from Donald Trump. The former reality TV star and real estate mogul has many years of experience that he brought to the race. Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner summed up his sexist ways on “The Apprentice” in a 2015 article at Politico, writing, “Female candidates’ business experience was often underemphasized compared with their male counterparts, and scenes showing men devising effective moneymaking strategies...

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Male Legislator Mocks His Colleague’s Nipples In Push To Ban Public Exposure

by NATASHA GEILING – Members of New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled state legislature are pushing for a bill that would make it illegal for a woman to show her nipples in public. And while the bill contains an exemption for breast-feeding, that didn’t stop representatives from sharing their opinions on the matter of public breast-feeding on social media Tuesday night. According to the New York Daily News, Democratic State Rep. Amanda Bouldin expressed her opposition to the bill on her personal Facebook page, writing that “YES, all the sponsors are men. And Republicans. So much for ‘smaller government.’” State Rep. Josh Moore (R), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, responded to Boudlin’s criticism by launching into a discussion of breast-feeding. “If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans inclantion to stare at it and grab...

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Donald Trump: Jeb Bush Is The One Who Insults Women

by ESTHER YU-HSI LEE – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he would be the “exact opposite” of rival Jeb Bush (R) on women’s health because “I cherish women.” Earlier in the week, Bush said that he wasn’t sure “we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” State of the Union host Jake Tapper on asked the billionaire real estate mogul about a demand by the former Florida governor that Trump apologize for seemingly suggesting that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had been menstruating during the Republican presidential debate. Trump instead attacked Bush, likening his remarks on women’s health to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s 47 percent gaffe. “I think it’s amazing because three days ago, he was talking so negatively about women’s health issues,” Trump said. “And I thought it was disgraceful frankly. And I think that will go down to haunt him and...

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Female Fighter Pilot? To Fox Host, That’s just ‘Boobs on the Ground’

By Laura Clawson, Daily Kos – The “keeping it classy” chore wheel has apparently spun from perennial favorite Fox & Friends toThe Five, with some totally freaking hilarious sexist jokes about bombing. It all started with one of the show’s female hosts having a little girl power moment over a woman leading a team of UAE bombers over Syria. Because WHOO, extra humiliation: “I hope that hurt extra bad … because in some Arab countries, women can’t even drive.” Then the men got started. “After she bombed it, she couldn’t park it.” “Would that be considered boobs on the ground, or no?” Wow, guys. Way to prove that no woman is ever immune to the particular sexism of the 12-year-old boy. A woman serving as a fighter pilot bombing the people you want bombed and you’re still aiming not one but two different kinds of crude sexism at her. Ha...

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Chick-fil-A Demotes Woman After She Took Time Off for a Double Mastectomy

By Jen Hayden, Daily Kos – Daphne Richards was a full-time manager at a Colorado Chick-fil-A when she received a breast cancer diagnosis in May. She took leave for a double mastectomy and when she had been cleared to return to work, she was shocked when management told her she was being demoted: Richards’ documents show that not only was she being demoted, she was going from a 40-plus hour work week to a 10-to-15-hour week and her hourly wage was dropping from $14 to $10 per hour. After the story began gaining attention, management eventually offered to increase her hours, but maintain she was demoted for poor performance and out of concern she wouldn’t be able to handle the work load.Daphne Richards plans to keep fighting: Richards has filed a discrimination charge with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and plans to keep fighting. “I know that this is morally wrong,” said...

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Florida Republican Touts Lingerie Party to Show How He Supports Women

By Joan McCarter, Daily Kos – When we last checked in on Florida Republican Rep. Steve Southerland, he was holding special, men-only meetings, where “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth & the issues to discuss are many.” So his invitees should “tell the misses not to wait up” because they had real man stuff to talk about. Since that man-only meeting was leaked, Southerland has been getting some heat from Florida Democrats and opponent Gwen Graham, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham. They point out that having men-only whiskey and cigar fundraisers—not to mention how it was couched in the invitation—is grossly sexist. Wait ‘til they get a load of Southerland’s reply. Asked to respond to the Democrats’ criticism that he’s anti-women, Southerland laughed and said: “I live with five women. That’s all I’m saying. I live with five women. Listen: Has Gwen...

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Keith Olbermann’s epic rant against sexism in sports

I call it an “epic rant” only because it’s not Countdown and not a “Special Comment.” But, it is. Keith explains how sports sexism let the NFL get away with suspending a wife-beater for two games when an on-field stomp got another player a five-game suspension. Some of the transcript follows: “Does this look like a game? Is this during a play? Is this part of a violent sport? Does it look like this victim had been wearing a helmet? The National Football League’s concern for Janay Palmer Rice is slightly less than the concern for her that Ray Rice showed on that tape.” Olbermann started the episode with several examples of men demeaning women in sports (e.g. calling a female sideline reporter the b-word). “You don’t do that. You don’t do any of that. Because by some tiny amount, each one of those things lowers the level of...

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