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The Senate will soon be voting on what should be an uncontroversial bill: the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Act would expand and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act, in order to address the, yes, still very real pay gap that exists in almost every single profession.

This is one of those no-brainer bills that should fly right through Congress with unanimous bipartisan support. But since Republicans hate women—and fairness—they've previously blocked the bill in Congress and are giving every indication that they'll do so again. Because even though Republicans are desperately trying to prove they don't hate women, and even though Mitt Romney has said he thinks equal pay is just dandy, the reality is that Republicans quite like the way things are, thank you very much. And they don't see any reason why we should bother to address the pay gap, or enforce equal pay laws, because that's not fair to employers who currently enjoy exploiting the reduced price of women's labor.

Cue Dana Perino, former mouthpiece for George W. Bush and now a Fox "News" bobblehead, perfectly articulating the Republican Party's dismissal of the silly little notion of equal pay:

Well that it's just yet another distraction of dealing with the bigger, major financial issues that this country should try to be dealing with. This is not a job creator. This will actually—there is an argument that it could actually hurt women.
Oh, sure. Equal pay will hurt women because, um, stuff. But that's not all dim bulb Dana has to say:
I'm for equal pay for women for doing the work that they do.
No, Dana. If you do not support laws to require and enforce equal pay, then actually, you're not really "for equal pay for women." You're "for employers being able to pay women whatever the heck they feel like paying, even if it's less than what they pay male employees." It's a subtle distinction, I know, but try to keep up. Or offer up meaningless anecdotes from the morning paper. Whichever:
Interesting story in The Wall Street Journal today that there is an amazing crop of women right now that are on the verge of becoming CEO in the next five to ten years.
Oh, yes, that is interesting. You know what's even more interesting, Dana? That "amazing crop of women" who are just a hop, skip, and a decade away from becoming CEOs are going to get screwed more than women in any other profession:
The Institute for Women's Policy Research took a look at pay for the most common men's professions, and the biggest gap came in the very area that's supposedly the most meritocratic job title in the country: CEO.

Now, we know that Dana Perino isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, since she thinks there's no reason to know anything about world events that happened before she was born—and the Equal Pay Act was signed into law before she was born—but this concept is so simple, even she should be able to wrap her little mind around it. If you believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work, then you must support laws to enforce equal pay because employers aren't going to voluntarily do it. If they did, the pay gap wouldn't exist.

Now, Dana, if that's still too complicated for you to understand, maybe you should go home and ask your husband about it. Perhaps he can explain it to you.

This week's good, bad and ugly below the fold.

  • Shit is fucked up and bullshit in Texas. Many shots were fired in the ongoing battle, led by Gov. Rick Perry and his fellow anti-woman Republicans, to defund Planned Parenthood, even at the expense of denying basic health care to 130,000 women. First, a federal judge ruled that "state officials cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from a health care and contraception program for low-income women." The next day, Judge Jerry Smith of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court's ruling and said that Texas can exclude Planned Parenthood from its health care program. Then, on Friday, a three-judge panel ruled that actually, no, the state cannot exclude Planned Parenthood. What will happen next week? Who knows?

    But in the midst of all the judicial back and forth, Laura Bassett at Huffington Post reported this tidbit:

    In the appeal for the emergency stay, a team of attorneys led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott compared Planned Parenthood to a terrorist organization. [...]
    Money is fungible, and taxpayer subsidies -- even if 'earmarked' for nonabortion activities -- free up other resources for Planned Parenthood to spend on its mission to promote elective abortions ... (because '[m]oney is fungible,' First Amendment does not prohibit application of federal material-support statute to individuals who give money to 'humanitarian' activities performed by terrorist organizations).
    The Texas attorney general immediately took to Twitter to deny it:

    @LEBassett TX did not say/does not believe that PP is terrorist org or comparable to one. The court filing does not say that.
    @TXAGsOffice via TweetDeck

    Just one little problem with that denial: it's a lie. The brief goes to great length to argue that, as with terrorist organizations, every penny that goes to Planned Parenthood is tainted because any grants—even if they are specifically designated for non-abortion services—allow Planned Parenthood to engage in activities that Texas argues (wrongly) are "fundamentally inconsistent  with the goals of the Women's Health Program." What are those goals? According to the brief:

    The Women’s Health Program is designed to promote women’s health and reduce unwanted pregnancies by encouraging family-planning methods and birth-control strategies[.]

    Gosh, doesn't that sound an awful lot like Planned Parenthood's mission too?

  • Now that the Senate has passed the Violence Against Women Act, House Republicans are trying like hell to sink it. Tell your representatives to support the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Here's a thought: If your job is to provide health care, and you have a "conscience" problem with providing health care or even talking about health care, get another goddamned job. Or move to Kansas:
    A bill giving more legal protection to Kansas health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions was on its way Wednesday to Gov. Sam Brownback, despite concerns it would limit access to birth control and allow some professionals to block life-saving care. [...]

    The measure extends "conscience" protections to clinics, doctor's offices and other facilities other than hospitals. People are protected not only from being forced to participate in abortions but from referring patients for abortion services or participating in the prescription or administration of any drug that terminates a pregnancy.

    The legal protections extend to any individual or institution that "reasonably believes" that the use of a drug terminates a pregnancy. Some critics said that provision will allow doctors and pharmacists to refuse to prescribe or dispense birth control.

    They also said it could allow a doctor to refuse to provide chemotherapy to a pregnant cancer patient because it might end her pregnancy.

  • Georgia just became the seventh state to ban all abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
  • Offered without comment:
    [Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David] Prosser, the subject of an ethics complaint filed in March with the Supreme Court, said in his response to the complaint Monday that the commission “may not investigate or prosecute protected speech, advocacy and etiquette of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices when they are deliberating in confidential closed conferences.”

    The three alleged ethics violations stem from a June 13 incident in which Prosser acknowledges putting his hands around the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley “to protect himself” and a February 2010 incident in which he admits calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson “a total bitch.”

    Okay, one comment. Choking a woman is not a matter of etiquette; it's assault. Okay, one more comment: Fuck you, Prosser. No, seriously. Fuck you.
  • Proponents of Florida's Stand Your Ground law claim that it's a "pro-woman" law. But here's an interesting little data point:
    Florida’s Stand Your Ground law actually exempts the overwhelming majority of female victims from its so-called protections — the law does not apply to domestic violence cases.
    So in Florida, if you see a kid walking home with a bag of Skittles, you have the right to shoot him dead because you fear for your life. But if your husband beats the shit out of you and threatens to kill you, you don't have the right to shoot him dead because ... uh ...
  • Arizona just defunded Planned Parenthood because nothing says "pro-life" like denying health care to women.
  • Well, isn't this adorable? Republicans had a secret meeting about how to get Republican women excited about Republicans:
    But a visit to the closed-door meeting Monday found Republican women in the crowd eager to push back against Democratic suggestions that the GOP is anti-woman. The Republican leaders behind the event, however, were not as eager to talk about what even Mitt Romney has admitted is a failure to connect with women. [...] But attendees at the conference signaled that some were, in fact, smarting from the Democratic attacks.
  • Why, yes, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is waging a war on women's health:
    USCCB's testimony in the case—which is still ongoing—was revealing: It argued that reproductive health services simply weren't important. In one filing, lawyers wrote, "USCCB disputes as a matter of principle that abortion and contraception are 'medical services' that any person 'needs.'"
  • Given the bishops' official position that reproductive health care isn't really health care, this is rather remarkable:
    Three weeks after the Iowa Senate rejected a Dubuque anti-abortion activist for a seat on the Iowa Board of Medicine, Gov. Terry Branstad has nominated a prominent Catholic priest for the spot.

    Msgr. Frank Bognanno, the pastor at Des Moines’ Christ the King Catholic Church, has spoken against abortion, which his faith condemns. The medical board, which licenses physicians, gets involved in the issue when abortion opponents file complaints about abortion providers.

    So this dude, who belongs to an organization that officially rejects reproductive health care as legitimate, is now responsible for deciding who gets to practice reproductive health care in Iowa? What could possibly go wrong with that?
  • Do not fuck with the Girl Scouts:
    Since remarking in February that the Girl Scouts of the USA were a subversive group of commies and abortionists, Indiana legislator Bob Morris of Fort Wayne has received only one campaign donation. This is a great example of why you do not fuck with the Girl Scouts — they will bleed you dry while singing campfire songs and teaching girls everywhere important life skills. And afterwards, they'll get a "VANQUISHING POLITICAL ENEMY" merit badge.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court told the Every Sperm is Sacred egg worshippers that no, an egg is not a person, and that's such a stone-cold stupid non-issue, that no, the good people of Oklahoma cannot even vote on whether an egg should be a person because such a question is "clearly unconstitutional."
  • Your bonus video for today:

    I want to say a little something that's long overdue
    The disrespect to women has got to be through
    To all the mothers and sisters and the wives and friends
    I want to offer my love and respect to the end.

This week's marching orders:

Now go forth, sluts, and raise hell.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Perino and Castellanos (11+ / 0-)

    Equal pay hurts women because as long as women can accept lower pay, they'll scoop up all the jobs!

    And if you pay us nothing, just think of how many jobs we'll have and how wonderful our lives will be!


    Child labor=Slavery

    by NCJan on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:09:55 PM PDT

  •  Hey Abbott! (9+ / 0-)
    Money is fungible
    I guess it means this doofus passed accounting 101

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:16:06 PM PDT

  •  There is an argument that Dana Perino (8+ / 0-)

    is a self-serving asshole who is selling out her gender for money.
    I love the way that whats-his-face spits out "The Paycheck Fairness Act". One could almost surmise that the dude is extremely partisan. But I'm sure that it's just my Liberal imagination.

    The White Guy - 2012

    by kitebro on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:22:03 PM PDT

    •  Yes. She. Is. and despite her fairly (2+ / 0-)
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      respectable academic credentials, is idiot.

      Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming, grew up in Denver, Colorado, and is Italian-American. She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Perino graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish. While attending the university, she was active on the forensics (public speaking) team and with KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate where she served as host of Capitol Journal, a weekly summary of Colorado politics, and producer of Standoff, a weekly public affairs program. Perino went on to obtain a masters degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). During her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:50:43 PM PDT

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  •  Re: Texas (1+ / 0-)
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    we're not saying Planned Parenthood is a terrorist organization, we're just saying the legal precedents used to suppress terrorist organizations ought to be available for us to use against organizations engaging in lawful activity.  I mean, what good is power if we can't use it?

    Re: Florida
    It's fucking cowardly for Think Progress to not provide / link to the section of law that exempts domestic situations from the "stand your ground" law.

    •  OK (0+ / 0-)

      if the text in Wikipedia is complete, domestic situations are NOT exempt from section 776.012.  TP is wrong.  

      The only exemption is in part 776.13:  You aren't presumed to be dangerous when you're breaking into your own home UNLESS there's a restraining order out against you.

      There are big, big problems with the law, but I don't have any objection to this principle.

      Do you really think a woman should be legally entitled to shoot a man who lives in the same house, who is breaking into the house he lives in, and when she has not gotten a restraining order against him?  I really don't see the objection to this part.

      •  To be clear, I don't support SYG laws. (2+ / 0-)
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        I think you should always have a duty to retreat from danger when possible; as I understand it, SYG basically says you have no such duty, you can chase after any danger you want and BLAM! BLAM! at the perceived danger.

        But check out the CNN story TP linked to (and, by the way, I'm not defending TP because they can play a little fast and loose sometimes). I think part of the issue is that there haven't been an enormous number of cases under SYG law, so we don't really know whether women who kill their abusive partners will be protected by SYG or not.

        One of the issues, it seems to me, is that women who kill their abusive partners don't necessarily do it when they're facing that "imminent" threat, meaning that he isn't about to kill her right that second. But that doesn't mean they don't have reason to fear for their lives. There have been cases where women killed their partners in their sleep and were charged with and convicted of murder because they weren't threatened at that very second. But of course domestic violence is far more complex than that, so if your partner beats the shit out of you for years and years and tells you every day that he'll kill you, when are you not facing the imminent threat of danger?

        The whole thing is a mess and just one of many reasons that SYG laws are extremely dangerous.


  •  SYG is an evil law written 4 & by evil men (0+ / 0-)

    It is another example of unequal protection of the "law". Evil is winning, because we have little representation.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:33:33 PM PDT

  •  You might want to check your link (2+ / 0-)
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    or find something other than wikipedia...

    The Paycheck Fairness Act is legislation being considered by the United States Congress to expand the scope of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address male–female income disparity in the United States. Census Bureau data shows that women made 77 cents on the male dollar in 2008, a disparity erroneously attributed to systematic discrimination against women.
    •  Fair point. I wanted (4+ / 0-)

      to give as simple and basic an overview of the law as possible, but unfortunately, the Chamber of Commerce talking point is in there too. However, several of us have written about the real wage gap many times, including how discrimination is very much a factor. Republicans and CoC types will insist the only explanation for the gap is that women don't care about making money, or don't want high-paying jobs, which is nuts on so many levels. That said, I've found another link that gives some basic info, so I've swapped it out. Thanks for the eagle eye. :)

  •  Dana Perino does not look very confident here, (3+ / 0-)
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    as if she is saying words that she does not believe, but that she is being paid to say.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:38:09 PM PDT

  •  Oh silly women (1+ / 0-)
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    can't you see they are underpaying you for your own good .
    Lucky for you men are keeping you down under their wing .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:44:11 PM PDT

  •  I can just hear little blonde dingbat screaming (1+ / 0-)
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    backstage when she discovers the male hosts for this segment were paid twice what she made.

    •  I would suggest she already knows it, (2+ / 0-)
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      drmah, Translator

      and is completely comfortable with it. After all, her goal is to have "face time" on camera before a national audience. Too bad they stopped negotiating so early.

      I have no doubt whatsoever they could have gotten her to pay them for the job.

      " Lead would float in a pool of Michelle Bachmann."
      Left/Right: -7.75
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

      by Bud Fields on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:57:12 PM PDT

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  •  The video seems a fair analysis (0+ / 0-)

    I am not sure if this was meant to be put here as something negaitive, but the video seems to be a fair analysis.  Ms. Perino makes a very good point about how many women are slated to become CEOs of major corporations down the road and that they will be tasked to look into any kind of income gap.

    I am concerned that many people don't know that an income gap between men and women in America is prevelant because of the difference in jobs that is not and has been between men and women.  Secretaries make less than most people and waitresses make less than most people and call center people make less than most people.  Most of those kinds of jobs and just so many more are held by women.  I think this affects the overall disparity of wages between men and women.  I am sure that there is also a disparity between same-responsibility kinds of jobs and that should be what must be corrected.

  •  charlie manson... (0+ / 0-)

    charlie manson seemed like a cool hippie, but in fact was - and still is - a bigoted prick who wanted to start a race war; who in fact kept the women in his cult just drugged enough and under his influence to be in the majority commmiting his murder sprees for him.

    blacks and women... shit, have they not been piping "soul train" into his cell since he was incarcerated? i hope so... love that shit. (he shouldn't have a personal tv anyway, i guess.)

    anymore, i'm starting to think charlie was the first modern republican. way they're acting up... keep kicking them in the asses.

    sorry for the poor language for this site, but all along, they think they've been dealing with "pussy liberals" - that's the phrase you know that's out there; that's what they've been dealing with.

    well, they kicked us around so long they don't know what's coming back at them. like bullies... turns out THEY'RE the "pussies."

    you know what i mean. keep at it. keep up the good fight, and yes, make sure it hurts.

    dumb motherfuckers; they love their guns, but they STILL won't be able to defeat us.

    the time has past. weapon-industrial-corporatist-fetishists have only funded a chronic worldwide war.

    G.E.: "PLEASE don't think of us as the company that pays less taxes than you, and instead think of us as that wonderful company that makes xray machines to protect your mother from cancer - if she can afford the insurance. umm and we're not a weapons manufacturer either. G.E. Buy Stock."

    if they ever truly wanted to prove they defended us from our government's inequities, that time is long past. they've never once stood up - well, maybe not since the fucking civil war. goddammit.


    by theChild on Sat May 05, 2012 at 05:00:56 PM PDT

  •  Just damn sick & tired of GOP women (8+ / 0-)

    I'm here in Ky celebrating our only granddaughter's graduation from H.S.  Unlike Ms. Perino, our granddaughter doesn't kiss ass, she was raised better than that.  Our Bailey is a humble kid, thrilled with every scholarship and break that comes her way.  Our Bailey is the future IMO, she's a tough kid that stands up to bullies, her best friend is gay and Bailey will fight tooth and toenail for his rights to love whomever he chooses. Get ready Republicans because more kids like Bailey are hitting the colleges and are damned determined to put the world on the right course toward a better tomorrow for ALL.  She touched my heart when she said, "Grandma, I'm from a one pair of new shoes per year family".  Get ready ya'll because a new generation is hitting the colleges, they know what it is to fight for their place in America, and they will stand and fight for what is right.

  •  There is no meritocracy in America; thats a lie (1+ / 0-)
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    Like equal opportunity, liberty & justice 4 all.

    The "fix" is in.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat May 05, 2012 at 05:12:32 PM PDT

  •  I can't bring myself to look at the video (0+ / 0-)

    The freeze frame looks like Andrea Mitchell, Jr.  My first reaction was that I can't believe she's had another facelift.

  •  Dana Perino is a simpleton (2+ / 0-)
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    Dana Perino is a simpleton.

  •  holy moly - you are on fire! (5+ / 0-)

    Burning up that conservative clap-trap as faster than they can spew it out.

    My favorite?

    Proponents of Florida's Stand Your Ground law claim that it's a "pro-woman" law. But here's an interesting little data point:
    Florida’s Stand Your Ground law actually exempts the overwhelming majority of female victims from its so-called protections — the law does not apply to domestic violence cases.
    So in Florida, if you see a kid walking home with a bag of Skittles, you have the right to shoot him dead because you fear for your life. But if your husband beats the shit out of you and threatens to kill you, you don't have the right to shoot him dead because ... uh ...

    Because there is no Republican War on Women.


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    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
    -- SCOTUS Justice O.W. Holmes Jr.
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    "A Better World is Possible"
    -- #Occupy

    by Angie in WA State on Sat May 05, 2012 at 05:57:47 PM PDT

  •  Sorry Jobs Taken (2+ / 0-)
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    poor Dana Perino, does she realize the job on Fox News she's auditioning for is already filled by Bob 'The Human Punching Bag" Beckles???

  •  Perino is vile. (0+ / 0-)

    Warmest regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Sat May 05, 2012 at 08:09:32 PM PDT

  •  Dim bulb (1+ / 0-)
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    That would be a dim incandescent bulb in her case.

  •  Someone should tell Dana Perino... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that appearing on FoxNews all of the time is not going to get the kitchen cleaned, or sandwiches made.


  •  We are lost. (0+ / 0-)

    Warmest, and sad regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Sat May 05, 2012 at 11:05:12 PM PDT

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