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Conservative Idiot Phyllis Schlafly: Pay Women Less So They Find Good Husbands

Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the “pro-family” organization Eagle Forum, is making the Conservative case against women earning equal pay for equal work.

According to Schlafly, if women make the same as men, it will ruin their chances of finding a “suitable mate.”

Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Schlafly also stated that women do not deserve equal pay because they “work fewer hours per day, per week, per year” and “place a much higher value on pleasant working conditions: a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned office with congenial co-workers.”

Much like the beliefs of the Republican Party, Schlafly’s argument is straight out of the 1950s.  The fact is, when women make equal pay for equal work, it helps everybody.  The economy suddenly has more money flowing through it, and families have more disposable income.

Perhaps most amusing, or infuriating, about Schlafly’s statement was this remark.  According to Schlafly, the best way to empower women “is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.”

Republicans are on the ropes trying to explain why they oppose women earning the same as men for equal work.  People are not asking for special treatment or an unfair advantage.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  Women are simply looking for an equal opportunity.

Unfortunately, women like Phyllis Schlafly and Representative Blackburn are setting the movement back nearly 60 years.  “Mad Men” was not meant to be a model for the future.



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Homegrown Terrorist Rancher Cliven Bundy Calling On Sheriffs To ‘Disarm’ Feds

Cliven Bundy has been making the rounds of right wing talk shows since declaring “victory” over the BLM on Saturday when the agency decided to pull out of the area and defuse an increasingly volatile situation before someone was killed.  With the number of armed Bundy supporters who had invaded Clark county it was obvious that to continue to enforce the legal removal of Bundy’s cattle at this time virtually assured violence at some point.

Ever-defiant Bundy told Glenn Beck in a telephone interview on his radio show Monday that he has no problem paying grazing fees to the “proper authority” but that he does not recognize the federal government as the legal administrator of the federal lands he has been grazing his cattle on.

His explanation is rambling, convoluted and difficult to understand but it has something to do with his belief that the land was improperly ceded to the federal government by the territory of Nevada before it became a state and therefore the land now belongs to the state and not the federal government.

He says that he is willing to pay Clark county for grazing rights but not the federal government.

Of course he doesn’t want to recognize the federal authority–mainly because of the rules that he does not feel obliged to follow. Bundy has been grazing 500 head of cattle where he was legally allowed to graze 150 head and it was his insistence on running that many cattle on the land that resulted in his permit to use those lands being revoked.  He has been defying that revocation for 20 years.

He told Beck as he did Sean Hannity when he appeared on his show, “I only want to talk to one person in each county across the United States, and here’s what I want to say: County Sheriffs, disarm U.S. bureaucracy. County Sheriffs, disarm U.S. bureaucrats.”

“My Clark County sheriff, Doug Gillespie, didn’t finish his job,” he continued.  “What the mandate from we the people was, Saturday was to disarm the park service and BLM. And when he didn’t do that, and his time was up, then we the people took it into our hands and had to do the Sheriff’s job and the Governor of Nevada’s job.”

It is hard to imagine someone so far out of touch with reality that he can make Glenn Beck seem rational but Bundy has done just that.  Over the weekend Beck wrote an open letter explaining to Bundy and his supporters why he does not stand with them, reinforcing that with a statement on his show.

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We are the Tea Party movement. Our goals:

1. Take back the country, because we refuse to be associated with it so long as that black, foreign-born, socialist Muslim is living in the White House.

2. Return to the values and tenets of our Founding Fathers. If they wanted Civil Rights Acts in America, why did so many own slaves? If they believed that women and ethnic minorities should be able to vote, then why didn’t they include these rights in their final draft of the U.S. Constitution?

3. Destroy “ObamaCare”, because the government has no business regulating the private health care insurance industry. And because the government has no right to kill grandma. That’s the job of your HMO or PPO. And by the way, keep your filthy hands off my Medicare coverage!

4. Create a smaller government, because the feds have no business telling Americans what do to … unless you’re gay, or you need an abortion, or you wish to obtain contraceptives.

5. Demonstrate our support for the health and well-being of women … by greatly reducing affordable access to breast cancer screenings and other preventative health care resources, … by defining rape and any ensuing pregnancy as an “act of God”, … by defunding programs dealing with domestic violence against women, … and by requiring women to “spread them” and provide a womb with a view for Uncle Sam.

6. Deny the impact of human activity on climate change. Because everyone knows that if global warming is real, it’s simply “God’s will”.

7. Make Christianity the official religion and English the official language of the United States, because native English-speaking, Christian folks are the only truly patriotic Americans.

8. Destroy labor unions, because besides the 40-hour work week, paid vacation time, workers’ compensation, sick days, overtime pay, regulations regarding workplace health and safety conditions, health benefits, pension plans, etc. … what have they ever done for the typical American wage earner?

9. Stop spending so much money! Except when we need to invade another country that pisses us off. Or if it’s done to support programs and policies that help to further our own political agendas.

10. Reduce the deficit … at the same time that we’re gonna give kickbacks to the lobbyists and huge tax breaks to all of those corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals that helped to finance our little “party”.

11. Embrace an economic scorched earth policy approach to reducing the national debt. Because if Congress refuses to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, we’ll do everything in our power to destroy the economic viability of the nation. Negotiation and compromise is not in our repertoire — It’s our way or the highway.

12. To demonstrate our commitment to our sacred U.S. Constitution, we strive to eliminate those Amendments that conflict with our ideology and simply ignore other sections that we find inconvenient to honor.

13. To demonstrate our patriotic love for this nation, we propose to secede from the Union.

14. And if you won’t let us attain our goals by electing us to office … well, we can always resort to “Second Amendment remedies”.

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Maryland governor signs marijuana bills into law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- On Monday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed two marijuana related bills into law.

SB 364 decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill will make possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 for a first offense, up to $250 for a second offense, and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. Third-time offenders and individuals under 21 years of age will be required to undergo a clinical assessment for substance abuse disorder and a drug education program.

Senators Bobby Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) and Allan Kittleman (R-Howard) were lead sponsors of the bill.

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown released the following statement on the signing:

"By signing this bill we're taking an important step towards making our justice system more fair and ensuring all of our young people have the same opportunity for a brighter future. The decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana will free up resources to fight violent crime throughout our state. We'll also be able to fund additional substance abuse treatment, drug prevention and job training efforts, and education to teach our young people about the dangers of drug use."

The Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland also praised O'Malley for signing the bill:

"We applaud Gov. O'Malley and state lawmakers for their leadership on this important issue. There is no excuse for criminalizing people simply for possessing small amounts of marijuana. For years, legislators have been coming up with excuses, but this time they came up with a solution.
"Maryland can no longer sustain the costs associated with outdated marijuana prohibition policies. The community has known this for quite some time, and we are pleased to see our elected representatives are doing something about it. Political opinions are finally catching up with public opinion.

"We expect this issue will be taken up again next spring, and we are hopeful legislators will be ready to explore more comprehensive reform. Until marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol, sales will remain uncontrolled and revenues will benefit criminal enterprises instead of legitimate, taxpaying businesses."

Others opposed the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland State's Attorneys Association urged Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto the bill. The group's president wrote a letter to the governor, saying that the bill contains flaws that could reduce public safety. Among the concerns is that the bill should have maintained criminal penalties for possessing marijuana on school property and that the bill gives police no direction on what constitutes probable cause for a search.
The Maryland House of Delegates voted 125-11 last week to adopt HB 881. The bill protects patients with severe pain, nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures, and severe muscle spasms from arrest and prosecution. Under the law, patients will get medicine from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. They will also have to get approval from doctors who are approved by the state, and have an identification card before they can access a licensed dispensary.

Several groups are praising O'Malley for signing the bill.

"We're excited to welcome Maryland as the 21st medical marijuana state," said Mike Liszewski, Policy Director with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), in a press release on Monday afternoon. "Maryland's medical marijuana law will at long last provide patients with needed protection from arrest and prosecution, and give them a means to safely and legally obtain medical marijuana."


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Teapublican Lunatic Ted Cruz: ‘We are Going to Repeal Every Word of Obamacare’

The Affordable Care Act, the immensely successful program that has become President Barack Obama’s signature law, has come under fire again by the deranged right. During a gathering in New Hampshire on Saturday, Republican hopefuls took shots at one another while attacking Obamacare.

The summit was called “the unofficial kickoff of the 2016 process” by Republican operative Mike Biundo, the individual behind Rick Santorum’s campaign. The Saturday meeting saw a number of hopefuls jockeying for a position in the rubber chicken circuit lime-light, including big names like Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz. Someone not in attendance was Jeb Bush, who was targeted for his position on immigration.

The speakers discussed a number of issues, ranging from the party’s problems with Hispanic voters to the party’s future, to Paul Ryan’s recent budget.

Donald Trump, accompanied by Donald Trump’s hairpiece, was on hand as well. Trump was just one of several speakers – like Rand Paul -  who seemed to be retreating from the broad, sweeping Ryan Budget, which the House recently passed.

“His whole stance is to knock the hell out of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I would leave it alone. I don’t want to hurt people.”

Trump even echoed some of the Democrat’s concerns regarding the Ryan Budget, saying, “leave my Medicare alone.” Meanwhile, Ryan himself continued to defend his budget, claiming that the Republicans are, “unified around the common principals of the plan.”

Meanwhile, Huckabee appeared to be embracing it, in a plausibly deniable way; he thinks that it’s a “starting point,” but added: “There are a few things I would change.” What things are those? Your guess is as good as ours. Best not to commit to something that might prove to be unpopular too soon.

Of course, no discussion of the Republican Party anymore is complete without mentioning their near universal opposition to Obamacare. Never mind that Obamacare was their idea to being with; you either toe this party line or you get chucked on the sidewalk. Ted Cruz, speaking to the crowd, said that Kathleen Sebelius resigning as a result of the rocky rollout of the ACA wasn’t enough: “We are going to repeal every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said. Given that there’s a fine line between “hopeful” and “delusional,” perhaps we should be calling Ted Cruz a “Presidential delusional” rather than a “Presidential hopeful.”


Twenty-Six Reasons Why the Koch Brothers are the Personification of Absolute Evil

by: K.L Nelson

Every few days we hear the Koch Brothers mentioned on the news in connection to some politician or campaign financing issue. Like many of the mega rich they believe that their extremely deep pockets entitle them to access, perks and power not available to the average citizen.

While one can never really know the mind of another person, in the case of the Koch Brothers we can make a pretty good guess. In 1980, David Koch ran for vice-president on the Libertarian ticket. Below is a partial list of the party platform he (and presumably his brother) supported.

Some of these measures seem pretty evil to me. Abolishing the Post Office? Really?

26. “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”

25. “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

24. “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”

23. “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”

22. “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”

21. “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”

20. “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”

19. “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”

18. “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”

17. “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”

16. “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”

15. “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”

14. “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”

13. “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”

12. “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
11. “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”

10. “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”

9. “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”

8. “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

7. “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”

6. “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”

5. “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”

4. “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”

3. “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

2. “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”

And the number one reason why the Koch Brothers are truly evil:

1. “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

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