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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

In January 2011, when the new Republican-controlled House took over, I warned of the coming War on Women.

And oh how the war came. And oh how we fought back. Hard. We defeated some of their worst attempted legislation, and in the 2012 election, we managed to shrink their wretched rape caucus and send some of the worst offenders packing. And when Mitt Romney vowed to get rid of Planned Parenthood, we got rid of him.

But it's not over, and Republicans in Congress are vowing once again to devote themselves to restricting our rights—from blocking renewal of the Violence Against Women Act to defunding our health care to codifying their ridiculous belief that fertilized eggs deserve greater rights and protections than, you know, the women who carry them.

Rep. Paul Ryan is once again co-sponsoring the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which would recognize fertilized eggs as people. The personhood movement is extremely unpopular and has yet to garner a single victory in any of the states where it has appeared on a ballot, but that didn't stop House Republicans, including Ryan, from supporting it, and now they're going to try again.

And of course it wouldn't be a Republican-controlled House without the same old tired attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. As I wrote earlier this week:

By now, the myriad reasons this is just plain dumb are well known. Like how thanks to the despicable Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood is prevented from using any of its government funding for abortion care. Like how abortion comprises a mere 3 percent of its services anyway, which means, for those who have trouble counting, 97 percent of its services have nothing to do with abortion. Like how Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest—and in many areas, only—health care provider for low-income women. Like how we have a very long list of serious problems to fix in this country, and figuring out how to further screw over women shouldn't be one of them.
In Texas, we are already witnessing the consequences of Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry's exclusion of Planned Parenthood from the state's Women's Health Program, and it's exactly what we knew would happen. Low-income women are scrambling to find health care providers who qualify under the state's new guidelines and are accepting new patients. The new regulations have been in effect for less than two weeks, but so far, it isn't looking good for those 130,000 low-income women who are been sacrificed at the screw-Planned-Parenthood altar.

Just imagine me how much worse it would be for women across the country if Republicans succeeded in defunding Planned Parenthood at the national level.

Yeah. That bad.

So here we go again. To your battle stations, ladies and friends of ladies. Because the war isn't over yet.

Sign the petition to tell House Republicans not to screw with Planned Parenthood.

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

  • At least the governor of Mississippi is honest about his intentions:
    Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says that there is one abortion clinic in the state and “of course” his goal is to “shut it down.”
  • You know, Mike Huckabee, when I want your opinion on the War on Women, I'll—actually, you know what? I'll never want your opinion.
  • If you're not reading everything by Irin Carmon, you're really missing out. But you should definitely not miss this fascinating read about rape in the age of social media.
  • This is why we can't have nice things:
    Two D.C.-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts competitors, Matthew Maldonado, 26, and Nicholas Shultz, 21, have been arrested for viciously raping one of their female teammates on New Year's Eve.

    The woman felt too drunk to drive home after the three of them were partying at a club so, according to court documents, she left with her friends because they told her they would get her to a colleague's house where she could sleep safely. She did everything a well-behaved lady is supposed to do when out on the town: Designated driver? Check! Didn't walk home alone? Check! It feels trite to say, "you really can't trust anyone," but just wait until you hear the rest of the story.

  • About that mancession:
    For the first time in more than six years, the unemployment rate for adult women (those over age 20), seasonally adjusted, has surpassed that for adult men.
  • Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert made a "joke" about Nancy Pelosi having a facelift because he's an asshole. In related news, water is still wet.
  • David Nir over at Daily Kos Elections has yet more evidence that Republicans have learned absolutely nothing about how to woo the lady voters:
    This is fun. Last week, when I saw that 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley—who's been considering a rematch practically since the moment he lost—said in a new interview "I would have had the best chance of winning if I had a woman as a running mate," I knew things weren't going to end well. For one, that kind of naked "I know how to get women's votes! I'll tap a woman as my no. 2!" calculation not only doesn't work but is just as apt to backfire (see Sarah Palin). But more cutting, I figured, would be the response of Mark Boughton, Foley's actual LG nominee. Foley did make sure to call Boughton an "excellent" candidate, but that didn't seem to appease him:
    Trust me Tom, not having a woman on the ticket was the least of your problems...

    @MayorMark via rowi for Windows Phone
  • And in women-candidates-to-watch news:
    • Democratic ex-Rep. Betty Sutton says she is "seriously considering" a run for Ohio governor.
    • In the wake of West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller's retirement, Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says she hasn't "ruled anything out."
    • Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley would only say "no comment" when asked if she's run for Massachusetts governor.
    • National Democrats are trying to recruit DNC Committeewoman Erin Bilbray-Kohn to run against GOP Rep. Joe Heck in Nevada's 3rd Congressional District
  • And finally, is it time to retire booth babes at conventions yet? It should be.

Now go forth, sluts, and raise hell.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:00 AM PST.

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  •  I'm trying to recall (19+ / 0-)

    when I became less than a person.

    In honor of remembering my former personhood, I'm donating $100 to Planned Parenthood and burning my glue gun.


    The only thing harder than speaking truth to power is speaking truth to stupid.

    by themis on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:10:25 AM PST

  •  Didn't we just say "NO" (16+ / 0-)

    So many women use Planned Parenthood for cancer screening tests and other health care.  Their stance is completely misleading and flat our INACCURATE.  Planned Parenthood SAVES lives.

    It just goes to show that it is way easier to tear down a good thing than think of new ideas for how to help people in our country.  Bankrupt of new ideas or creativity, they have to act like they are doing something.  Women are the easy targets for this so-called "action."  Maddening.

    •  they have an entire media entity, devoted (7+ / 0-)

      to publicising their cause. tv, radio, print, internet. they have people willing, either because they are "true believers", or because they get paid well, to spout off, or write lies and myths. no matter how often those lies & myths get discredited, they continue repeating them, because they control the media, and they can. they know that some people, hearing them enough, regardless of their having been discredited, will believe them, because they either want to (true believer), or because they listen/read/view nothing else, and nothing else penetrates their mind. they are funded by deep pockets.

  •  In re: your headline: (8+ / 0-)

    Well, they are just about all straight men, right?
    A little levity?

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:15:20 AM PST

  •  Another possible lady candidate to watch-- (13+ / 0-)

    Ashley Judd may be considering a run against Mitch McConnell.

  •  The main reason (16+ / 0-)

    The main reason why I voted for Obama was the 5th SC vote on Roe v Wade and women's reproductive rights.  That was enough for me.

    Democrats may not have a perfect record.  But the GOP's record on women's health is disgusting and downright frightening.  

    Hell, the GOP can't even stop fantasizing about, pardon me, discussing rape.  

  •  It has been said that men, having emerged (13+ / 0-)

    from the vagina, spend the rest of their lives trying to crawl back in. /snark

    Now, in all seriousness, how can these men look their own mothers in the face while they are working so hard to get absolute control over women's bodies?

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:22:12 AM PST

    •  They are used to being (3+ / 0-)
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      duplicitous and two-faced (redundancy noted!); I doubt this presents much of a problem for them. It is also possible that their mothers agree with them--apples falling from trees and all that.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:29:15 AM PST

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  •  Signed, tipped, recc'd. And so it goes on. (12+ / 0-)

    Hard to believe this battle has been going on for so long.

    I had hoped that when we won Roe v. Wade, things would be better.  They were.  For a while.  And here we are, again.

    One of my dearest male, feminist friends once commented on how Congress should be allowed to vote on "women's issues": "One d*ck, no vote."  

    I thought it was a little over the top at the time, but now...I think he might be on to something.  (With deepest apologies to all the men who truly love women and want us to have domain over our own body parts.)

    Looks like I'll be kickin' in a bit more for Planned Parenthood.  I may not need their services, as much, these days, but my sisters (all of you) and our daughters do need all the help they can get.


    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:26:10 AM PST

    •  Roe v Wade (1+ / 0-)
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      was just a single battle -- the war rages on.

      It's much less pressure on both parties if a relationship is an equal partnership rather than either a protector/protected or dom/sub relationship.

      And I'd settle for just a general quiz on women's anatomy and physiology before allowing anyone, men or women, to vote on women's issues -- sometimes I think there are too many members of both genders who really have no idea of how women's bodies work. (Or we could just issue every Congressperson a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and toss out pop quizzes once in a while.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:17:43 PM PST

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  •  In Texas (7+ / 0-)
    As for the state’s claims that everything is peachy keen with their replacement WHP, Rep. Lon Burnam joined his colleague Rep. Donna Howard in checking with the providers that are listed on the Texas WHP website. You will I’m sure be shocked to hear that most of the providers listed are not in fact participating in the program.
    The report follows assurances on Monday by HHSC that more than enough providers are participating in the program to replace the Planned Parenthood clinics booted out of the program by the state for their affiliation with the organization, despite the fact that no state funds were in any way used for abortions. The state also lost the $9-to-$1 federal funding match, placing the $40 million cost squarely on Texas taxpayers.
    State Representative Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) today issued a report showing that of the 104 providers in Fort Worth listed by the Health and Human Services Commission as participating in the Texas Women’s Healthcare Program (TWHP), only 11 are accepting TWHP patients and of those, 3 only provide limited services. After calling each of the 104 providers, Rep. Burnam’s office today began releasing a list of actual TWHP providers in Fort Worth as well as the local Planned Parenthood clinics still providing women’s health services.

    “It is tempting to ascribe political motives to the Perry administration in releasing this 85-percent-inaccurate list,” said Rep. Burnam, “but for charity’s sake we’ll just have to assume that their contractor was grossly incompetent.”

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:30:22 AM PST

  •  ACOG Press Statement (6+ / 0-)
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    themis, bryduck, tardis10, tonyahky, susanala, celdd

    Washington, DC -- Recent remarks by a member of the US House of Representatives suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant” are medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.
    A reminder in light of Phil Gingrey's Foot in Mouth mishap...

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:35:16 AM PST

  •  I know this (6+ / 0-)
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    themis, tardis10, tonyahky, bryduck, celdd, BYw

    has been said a MILLION times before. It just baffles me how these assholes can be all about the "sanctity of life" and once the baby is born their stance is "fuck it, you're on your own."

    If they could be compassionate towards the living like us worthless liberals, then I could at least understand their position.

    Also, I've often thought about this so I may as well ask.

    Do you think the paul ryans and his ilk would secretly love a bill that prevented white women from having abortions but minorities..............?

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:36:42 AM PST

    •  "The sanctity of life" (5+ / 0-)
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      is just a buzz-phrase that gets people emotionally invested. What they are really interested in doing is controlling women, reducing the our ability to compete with them in the workforce, and prevent us from being involved in public policy.

      As to your question, I really don't know.  I do think some of them are freaking out about the declining Caucasian birthrate and the end of their hegemony.

      •  This *has* to be true, given the above. (3+ / 0-)
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        fugwb, themis, LSophia

        There is no other explanation for the paradox. It also explains how any mother could support these policies and the imbeciles that promote them--not that they want to be controlled in some weird psychosexually messed-up way--but rather because this is the Word of God and the Way It Is Supposed To Be.
        One of my cousins, who came from a fairly conservative, although mainstream, Christian family, got married to an itinerant preacher back in the mid-1970s. Their vows were written so that she had to "honor and obey" him, but he did not have to reciprocate. Even my grandmother, the matriarch of this wing of the family and a very socially and personally conservative (I have no idea about her politics) woman, remarked about how odd the vows were as we walked to the reception area . . .

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:04:22 AM PST

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      •  "Freaking out about the declining Caucasian (1+ / 0-)
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        Exactly. In their world, all minorities do is have babies so they can get more welfare money, so they aren't the ones getting abortions, it's the Caucasians. AND we all know that the 47% Caucasians don't get abortions because they too want welfare checks.

        So really, only conservative white women are the ones getting abortions......


        "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

        by fugwb on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:10:38 AM PST

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    •  Actually, in a twisted way (2+ / 0-)
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      it makes sense -- you have a "right to life", but the quality of that life is none of their damn business in their pointy heads. And for them, the only "innocent life" is before you pop out of the vajayjay -- once you take that first breath, you're tainted with Original Sin and thus anything bad that happens to you is your own fault. That's how they can reconcile "right to life" with supporting war and the death penalty and opposing gun control laws.

      As for the last paragraph: I don't think they make a distinction; minority babies grow up to be minority adults who will take jobs that pay a pittance just to keep food on the table, or sign up to be cannon fodder in one of their endless wars, or keep the prison-industrial complex in business. When we're spending more money on locking people up than we do on educating them so they don't end up in prison, something's deeply ill with this society.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:25:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks Cali (0+ / 0-)

        this answers my question. I quess they figure the "laws of nature" will sort things out. One point you made to confirm,

        cannon fodder in one of their endless wars
        Can't have one of THEIR kids getting killed....

        "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

        by fugwb on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:15:28 PM PST

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  •  it will never be over, ever. (2+ / 0-)
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    "But it's not over"

    as long as there's one republican, one christian fundie, left standing, they will constantly try and control women's reproduction. it's how they roll, what they do. the same goes with voting rights. they have a long game, and have for the past 4 decades. think of them as political "whack-a-mole", you smack one down, another one pops up elsewhere. you can never, ever, let your guard down. the only positive in all this, is that their demographic is, literally, dying off. however, thanks to better nutrition and health care, they're dying off at a slower rate than they would be 50 years ago. enough of them will continue to be around, to be a danger for quite some time to come.

    •  It will never be over as long as the Left continue (0+ / 0-)

      with ineffective arguments that dehumanize the human fetus. The Right wing has harnessed the emotional righteous high ground like a team of work horses.
      Abortion is the moral choice and we should be shaming women that choose to breed at all cost to herself, society and the planet.
      We are losing the War on women.

      •  Whatever (0+ / 0-)

        I assume this makes sense to at least one person, but eff if I know who it is.  I can't figure out if this is trolling, pearl-clutching forced-birtherism, or overdone ZPG purity patrol.  Or all three.

  •  Don't forget Boehner has unleashed the Bachmann (1+ / 0-)
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    (ACA repeal). Wasn't that the second bill introduced in the House?

    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 09:52:14 AM PST

  •  Comment on Booth Babes (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes, the problem of Booth Babes has been outrageous for a while.   That having been said, there are companies that really do a great job with "booth babes", that is true representatives of their product who can sell it.  

    Recently, Ryan Perez got in a world of heat on Twitter for his insult of Felicia Day as a "Booth Babe".   The heat was well deserved.   I've had the joy of working with Felicia on a project, and found her a savvy business person who had a good grasp of how to market and sell her product.

    But that's part of it: selling a product.   In some cases, we drastically mislabel people by just assuming an attractive woman selling product is a "booth babe", in fact, they may be one of the best representatives of the product.

    So, am I bothered by girls who are just paid to stand their and be attractive to lure boys?  Of course.   But would I be bothered by attractive girls who really understand the product and probably know more about it than I do?  Hell to the no.   In fact, I think there should be more encouragement of girls.. all girls.. to take up the sciences and interest in computers/technology/etc.  

    We seem to be saying on some level that it's 'beneath' attractive girls to worry about that.  

    Eliminate attractive girls who just stand there.   Bring in the attractive women who want to be there or are part of the process.


    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:00:32 AM PST

    •  Some women, (1+ / 0-)
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      especially when it comes to technology, feel more comfortable approaching another woman when they have questions. And if they're attractive? What's wrong with that? I've seen plenty of tech shows where the male representatives of a company are not the "fat geek" type -- they're usually back at the company fixing the bugs that got in the current release. We don't call them "booth studs".

      Now, if the women are solely there to attract horny men to the booth, then I have a problem.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:30:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hiring women as the face of a product (0+ / 0-)

        Thinking of the "LG girl" who went to all the tech conferences and sent out tweets and blog entries on using LG phones.  She was by no means an airhead, but it was very obvious she wasn't hired for her extensive tech background either.

  •  How does this square (1+ / 0-)
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    with the republicans desire for smaller gov't?

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:25:33 AM PST

  •  If texas is to poor and backwards to fund P.P. (0+ / 0-)

    maybe the other states should pass the hat and raise the money ?

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

    by indycam on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:34:30 AM PST

  •  Ashley Judd for KY senator (0+ / 0-)

    not only would it be great to defeat Mitch, but also to counterbalance the hereditary cretinism of Rand Paul

    There is NO PLACE for GOVERNMENT in a VAGINA !!!!

    by Warren Pease on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:24:55 AM PST

  •  Repugs are for smaller government (0+ / 0-) least small enough to fit in our private parts. There's a REASON those are called "private", guys!

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:04:34 PM PST

  •  You'll know Paul Ryan is serious when (0+ / 0-)

    he orders scrambled chickens for breakfast.

    There is no higher achievement in life than to make a child laugh.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:08:47 PM PST

  •  Gals and guns (0+ / 0-)

    Although I'm not a gun owner, the thought occurred to me while reading above that maybe, just maybe, if women could use these wiles that the men seem so afraid of, the women might be able to get all these guns that are on the loose around the US. Maybe then turn them in. Or maybe turn them on these chicken hearted guys who only feel studly when they have a gun. Then we gals would have the power.

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