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Quote of the Day – Women, please listen closely…


On Wednesday night, I spoke on the floor at the Democratic Convention about what a Romney-Ryan America would mean for women.

An America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will never use it. In which politicians redefine rape so survivors are victimized all over again. In which someone decides which victims of domestic violence deserve help, and which don’t.

And six months from now, we could all be living in that America.

– Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law School Graduate

Fluke expands on the speech she made at the Democratic convention… a speech that was extremely well received.


Who actually casts more votes? Women or men? Blacks or whites?

What about age? What about Rich vs. Poor?

Here are the stats:

And, of course, there’s West Virginia with one of the lowest voter turnouts. Whadda ya know?

The Republican Guide to Female Anatomy:


Hey there folks… ever wonder how the Akins and Ryans and Tom Smiths come to their considered conclusions on rape and incest and the general needs of women?

Why, they have precise technical information like this:

Of course, the statements of “experts” are much appreciated.

My thanks to Rosie Fenton at


And now a word from Betty White…


…and the Republicans are waging war on women? Do they know what they are getting into?

Seymour Chwast hits it right on the head (with both faces)

Chwast is such a great illustrator. When I saw this I felt that it summed up women’s issues and Romney in a simple image:

Chwast, of course, is one of the great names in advertising and a founder of Pushpin Studios with Milton Glaser.

Moving into the Real Election…

Both parties seem to think the full-fledged Presidential campaigns are now in force… Romney looks like the Republican favorite (although so many Republicans have appeared really edgy about his capability) and he is moving on Obama. Obama now seems to be taking on Romney.

…and all the special interest groups are letting folks know how they think:

like women…


…or dog lovers (Romney will never get past carrying his dog atop his car on a long trip)…


… and Republicans who are more and more dissatisfied with their party and its choice…

It’s going to be a long, uneasy road.

What fun!

Some Late Night Fun: The Girls On Film

I found this site while tooling around the net in the middle of the night. The Girls on Film is an interactive film blog made by Ashleigh Harrington and Jeff Hammond. They find great movie scenes between men, and recreate them with women.

So here is their version of the Javier Bardem and Woody Harrelson scene in No Country for Old Men:

Neat, heh?

Surprising medical study on older women and how weight mass effects brain capacity…

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Body Shape May Affect Mental Acuity

Big apples fare better than plump pears

Being fat may diminish mental performance, studies find — a problem that worsens with age. But among elderly women, where fat is deposited may matter. To wit: The big apple is sharper than the obese pear.
Genetics dictates where people preferentially accumulate body fat. For most it’s around the belly. Among the obese, these apple-shaped individuals tend to run a bigger risk of developing heart disease than do pears — people who deposit most of their excess fat at the hips and thighs. For a host of reasons, physicians had expected that if body shape affected mental performance, apples would again prove the bigger losers.
In fact, the opposite appears true, Diana Kerwin of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and her colleagues report online July 14  in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Among apples, the fatter they were, the higher their mental-acuity score…
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Go HERE and read more…This article is cross posted on Panhandle Vegan.

March 24th is Ada Lovelace Day

If you want to celebrate Women on the Internet with a new T-Shirt, go HERE.

Wow! I took the Pew Poll and was in the 2% of Americans who got all the questions right.

…but I have to admit, 2% seems really small to me. And apparently men outscored women (except for one question where they were equal)… that really surprised me.

The Pew Poll was about the current political scene and related stuff. If you want to take it and see where you stack up, go to and take it.

I should have read this yesterday…

…while Senator Nelson was trying to add a Stupack variation to the Senate Health Bill (he was voted down)… This is a small clip from a longer article on Blondsense (which you should read) referring to still another article:
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The US Catholic Bishops act like most women in the US use abortion as a means of birth control. Furthermore no one was trying to get the government to fund abortions in the first place contrary to what certain congresscritters are saying. And what about separation of church and state? Why is the Catholic church tax exempt? Why are there so many evil white men making laws governing women’s bodies? Why am I so filled with hatred for our legislators during the season of ‘peace on earth good will to all’? In fact, I am furious at everything going on in Washington. Nice way to say thanks to the American taxpayers, shitheads in DC.

There’s a great commentary by Carol Marin in the Chicago Sun Times.

When bishops lobby legislators, they should be required to do what all tax-exempt 501(c)3 groups have to do. Create a parallel political organization and pay taxes on the contributions they receive. nd fully disclose, like every other lobbying organization — corporate or charitable — what they take in and what they spend to advance positions they advocate.

As a woman and a taxpayer, I rebel against the notion that a group of men more obsessed with our wombs than other significant life-and-death issues — war, poverty, pestilence — are given favored tax treatment in order to reduce a woman’s freedom of choice.

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The Best Idea I’ve Seen In Months…

While rolling around the ‘Net today, I happened onto TBogg’s section of Firedoglake and found a great piece for those of us who think Bart Stupak stuck us with an Amendment on Saturday night that severely hampered the rights of women everywhere.

The heading was:Bart Stupak is at play in the fields of your fertility. Here it is:

Bart Stupak, who is apparently a congressman from some horrible depressing dying part of Michigan, does not seem to understand that abortion is a legal medical procedure in the rest of America that isn’t horrible, depressing and dying. So he would like to eliminate the part of the public option that would cover this procedure for poor women, and if his plan also makes it tougher for not-poor women to get this legal medical procedure, well, that gives him a boner too.

Since the Democratic leadership won’t stand up to him (because they are the Democratic leadership, after all) please go make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Bart Stupak’s name here.

Also. Please have Planned Parenthood send a thank you card to Bart Stupak:

Congressman Bart Stupak
2268 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Any amount, no matter how small, will do.

Thank you.

I’m unemployed and nearly broke most of the time, but this is worth five bucks to me… maybe its worth that or more to you.

Politics affects Sex?

This was from an AOL article… the clip below is NOT the whole thing… go HERE for more.
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Study: McCain Voters Lost Testosterone
Young men who voted for John McCain lost more than a presidential election last November. A study says their testosterone level plummeted.

As polls closed on election night, researchers at Duke University and the University of Michigan had 183 men and women chew gum and spit into test tubes and analyzed their hormones.

A few hours later, as Barack Obama supporters began celebrating, they tested hormone levels again, and then later, at two more intervals.

Men who voted for Obama maintained stable testosterone levels, while men who voted for McCain saw those levels drop more than 25 percent.

“What this study shows us is how stress and outside stimulus influences our physiology,” said Duke University spokesman Karl Leif Bates.
We’ve tested men playing video games, and we’ve found the same temporary drop or rise in testosterone,” Bates said. “We’re soon going to repeat this test at a Duke-UNC game.”
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A Quote for the End of the Week

From Esquire

“Your primary objective must be to make her very, very, very happy. Because it is easy to make you happy. You can do that all by yourself–even with one hand tied behind your back.”

Men are so easy to define.