Denying there’s a war on women, denying the slew of horrid laws enacted to punish women, denying the war on the 99%, denying the structured inequality. Deny, deny, deny. And not simply deny, but deny in such an ugly way that it’s clear these people are feeling cornered and are lashing out in a way that only shows how weak the denials are. They really must think the rest of us are stupid, or that we’ll cower in the face of their bully tactics. Typical. Shouting and thumping the table in anger isn’t going to win the argument.
BOEHNER: That is just nonsense. There’s no women’s health issue here. … I’ll guarantee you they’ve not spent a dime out of this fund dealing with anything to do with women’s health.
Boehner’s statement is absolutely false. The fund has already been used to provide health care workforce development and public health initiatives to combat diseases like obesity, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. It will soon invest millions more in cancer screenings, immunizations, and detection of birth defects — benefits with particularly benefit women. Already, $17 million from the fund has gone to grants in Boehner’s own state of Ohio to provide community prevention, clinical prevention, public health infrastructure and training, and research and data collection. [thinkprogress/Josh Israel/30 Apr 2012]
This morning, during a heated discussion with Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos denied that women make 77 cents for a man’s dollar in the workplace and noted, “there are lots of reasons for that.” [thinkprogress/Igor Volsky/29 Apr 2012]
Obama makes health care appeal to female voters: WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting his re-election along gender lines, President Barack Obama told hundreds of female supporters Friday that Republicans seem determined to meddle in women’s health decisions in ways that are “appalling, offensive and out of touch.” A recent fight over contraception access, Obama said, was like “being in a time machine.” “These are folks who claim to believe in freedom from government interference and meddling — it doesn’t seem to bother them when it comes to a woman’s health,” Obama said during early evening remarks at a women’s issues conference. [Associated Press/JIM KUHNHENN/29 Apr 2012]
• “I think sometimes you listen to the Romney campaign and they do think a lot people in this country are stupid,” Gibbs told NBC’s David Gregory. “Their message is: You didn’t clean up our mess fast enough.”
Shock jock to dad of lesbian daughter: ‘You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight’: Nice. In many countries we call advice like that “corrective rape.”
…Of course Dominic Dieter, one of the jocks on Cleveland’s WMMS 100.7 FM radio‘s ”Rover’s Morning Glory,” a popular AM drive time show, probably doesn’t even give a rat’s @ss about the rank homophobia it represents. His wisdom was shared in response to an email from a listener who said he caught his teen daughter kissing another girl. [firedoglake/Pam Spaulding/29 Apr 2012]
What’s Mitt Romney Hiding in His Record as Governor: Romney’s economic failure in Massachusetts is especially problematic because the central premise of his presidential campaign is the same as it was when he ran for governor: that he can apply his business skills to our economic problems. Massachusetts was the guinea pig for Romney economics. The results weren’t pretty. In addition to almost zero job growth, the state saw a modest decline in real median income, meaning that the folks who had jobs were bringing home less.
Romney did close the $3 billion budget gap he’d inherited (although he then left a projected shortfall of up to $1 billion). The methods he used are instructive. He slashed higher education, cut revenue to local governments, and raised fees on everything from college students to mortgages, from buying a boat to opening a bar.
Romney’s cuts to education and job training were especially severe. Fees for university students shot up 63 percent as Romney hammered college funding. Robert Karam, former chair of the UMass Board of Trustees, was a Romney backer. But no more. “I think higher education really stood still” under Romney, he has said. Romney even annoyed the business community—his core constituency—by cutting job training, workforce development, and trade assistance.
The Romney recipe of cutting education and job training, forcing higher fees on the middle class, and protecting the rich from tax hikes didn’t work in Massachusetts. [thedailybeast/Paul Begala/30 Apr 2012]
Florida Pastor Burns Qurans Again: A controversial Florida pastor has burned copies of the Quran and a depiction of the prophet Mohammed to protest the imprisonment in Iran of a Christian clergyman Youcef Nadarkhani. The burning, attended by 20 people and streamed live over the Internet, was carried out by pastor Terry Jones’ church in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, The Gainesville Sun said, and video of the burning was uploaded to YouTube by the pastor’s supporting group “Stand Up America Now.” The Pentagon had urged Jones to reconsider, expressing concern that American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere could be put at greater risk because of the act, according to the newspaper, but Jones insisted to go ahead with the protest in the name of the release of the Christian pastor in Iran. [Agence France-Presse/30 Apr 2012]
Military to form new government in Egypt: CAIRO, April 29 (UPI) — Egypt’s ruling military council will form a new government after the lower House of Parliament suspended its session. Field Marshal Husein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, said the formation of the new government was imminent, state media reported Sunday. [UPI/29 Apr 2012]
Israel starts building wall near Lebanon: METULLA, Israel, April 30 (UPI) — Israel began construction of a wall along its border with Lebanon Monday to enhance security, Israeli officials said. The International Middle East Media Center said on its Web site the wall would be about 1.2 miles long and more than 32 feet high [upi/30 Apr 2012]