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According to Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland), “GOP” doesn’t stand for “Grand Old Party.” It stands for “Get Out of my Panties.”
State Sen. Turner made her statement via t-shirt; one she wore recently to protest Ohio Republicans’ renewed efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The press conference was organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio in opposition to a bill that would put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the state’s priority system for federal family planning funds, reports The Huffington Post.
The provocative slogan was used by Turner to highlight a disregard for women´s rights by the Republican party. She declared at the conference, “If they continue their pursuit to condemn women, we will not stand for it,” she said.
African-American women often turn to Planned Parenthood for affordable health care. So much so, in fact, that the organization even has a section of its site dedicated to black patients —“ African Americans for Planned Parenthood.”
Turner, who confirmed she may run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, is known as an advocate for women’s reproductive and healthcare rights. She introduced a protest bill earlier this year that would restrict men’s ability to get a Viagra prescription.
“The Ohio state Legislature may also reconsider during its lame duck session the so-called ‘heartbeat bill,’ which would ban abortions after the fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother,” according to the Huffington Post.
What do you think of the t-shirt? Too much or just right?
Stacey Dash Writes 1,344-Word Rant On Romney’s Loss Because She Still Wants People To Care About Her After The Election
I feel like Brian Williams when he talked about Donald Trump’s revolution foolishness last night: I really don’t want to report on this but since it’s out there I figure you should know.
I thought it would have been enough that virtually all of black Twitter went in on Stacey Dash last night when President Obama’s re-election was announced. But as these things usually among the unemployed D-list celebrity ilk who have too much time on their hands, the former “Single Ladies” actress is back asking for more shade/attention with a 1,344-word essay about why she voted for Mitt Romney and shouldn’t be judged for it.
Stacey sent the letter to TMZ. See the thirst already? The majority of the essay was written before the election was determined and then she added a little aside afterward acknowledging President Obama’s win. Since we don’t have space for all her nonsense, how about we just look at the highlights from the essay:
At the end of the day we are in this together. This is Our American Family. I do not want to be a part of the hateful voices insulting each other. I want to be a part of the voices that helps shape the future. Don’t you? Perhaps I publically [sic] endorsed Romney from a slightly naive place, thinking that I could speak my voice without being criticized in such racially charged and hateful tones.
People get it wrong. My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama. That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.
I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to have earned a considerable income. I am a fiscal conservative. I like the simplicity of the plan to lower taxes. I feel I’ve paid out a substantial amount over the 20 plus years I’ve been working. I’m also a woman. And as a single Mother who happens to be half-Bajan and half-Mexican, I have concerns, which cover many topics and issues…
I also don’t understand why more people aren’t acknowledging the good that has come about thanks to Romney’s Massachusetts medical coverage for all citizens. In addition, Romney’s
business acumen is sterling. Our country needs a savvy business manager with the ability to work on both sides of the aisle. Paul Ryan is another brilliant mind with a viable plan for the economy of this country. They’ve injected so much energy into the race. We need that ambition and focus to get our country back on its feet…
In the event that Obama is re-elected I expect them to work a whole lot harder to bridge the divide between political parties, end the gridlock and get America back to work! Welfare reform
is also in order. An elderly woman stands in the same grocery line pinching pennies to buy a can of soup while a woman is buying marshmallow fluff with food stamps. As times have changed, welfare policy needs to keep stride, just like every other issue.
Just as I was about to ask why she felt the need to write this letter in the first place, as if anyone is really checking for a Stacey Dash election day free-write, I came to the best line in her 1300-word prose:
Ultimately I know that what Stacey Dash thinks about who will be the next president of the United States isn’t that important in the scheme of things-but I feel a desperation for the country.
I think that’s desperation over how she’ll manage to pay taxes with no income since her attitude keeps costing her jobs. Does she not realize no one will ever take her political stance seriously in a Baywatch swimsuit?In 2016, just keep your thoughts to yourself Stacey. Not because you’re a republican, but because you are clueless.
There’s no question that I’m voting for Obama come November 6th. That’s my boo. I trust him, and I trust his character. After all, it’s his team and party that’ll be doing the job of running the country so I need to know the President has the right spirit and moral attitude when it comes to leading. But although I’m a Obama supporter, I can’t say that I don’t cringe every time I hear his party’s politics on social welfare and protecting the poor. I’m a conservative in many ways. I’m reminded of that everytime I hear Democrats empathizing on behalf of the poor. When I say poor, I’m not talking about those rendered unemployed by the current economic crisis – I’m talking about those who have taken advantage of welfare programs and free social services for the long term.
Sorry, I’m going to offend a lot of people when I say that I believe we actually should have less social services catering to the perpetually “poor.” I grew up around many people who abused the system and can sympathize with the Republican objectives of reducing social welfare services. I believe that people need incentives to work and be productive. I’ve witnessed members in my extended family basically profit from low income housing by getting paid under the table and continuing to tell Uncle Sam that they bring in too little income to provide for their families.
One of my cousins, who is a single mother, doesn’t believe it’s worth her getting off of welfare because she’s so much better off with the free access to healthcare and daycare services for her toddler that are afforded to her. If she got a job paying over $40,000 per year, she’d be easily worse off. Come to think of it, if I were to have a child on my own today, I’d probably be worse off or on equal footing with my cousin. The only difference would be that she would have free time and free money to pursue advanced education while I continued to trudge to work every day.
I understand that there is a lot of grey areas when it comes to economics in this country but what I do feel strongly about is that the rich aren’t evil. Although Obama and his team members represent the upper class, they continue to demonize the wealthy in this country and paint the middle and low-income folks as innocent bystanders. That kind of rhetoric doesn’t resonate with me. I’m middle class but I’m not helpless. I understand how my decisions have shaped my economic standing. I would appreciate the U.S. government having my back if I were to get laid off and lose health insurance, but I certainly don’t expect Uncle Sam to compensate for my cousin’s lack of ambition and work ethic. Obviously, my ideal party would meld the principles espoused by both parties but til then…
What do you guys think about how the two parties paint the rich and the poor?
What if you were dating someone for seven months and just found out they were anti-choice — a position you vehemently detest?
Well, that happened to one woman who wrote in to Dan Savage’s love column on Wednesday. The woman told Savage that when she found out her boyfriend believed life begins at conception and is strongly against abortions, she almost broke up with him. But her boyfriend, who she described as a “sweet, loving guy and progressive in every other way,” said that disagreeing on an issue is fine in a relationship. But the woman was still left uneasy and turned to Savage for help.
So what was Savage’s advice?
Well, first he said that she should tell him she’s pregnant. Savage said that most men who are anti-choice believe in their ideals in an abstract form, but “come to a very different conclusion about the importance of access to safe and legal abortion when an unplanned pregnancy impacts them directly.”
But to answer her question on whether she should continue to date her boyfriend, Savage concluded with a powerful “No.”
Women have to be in control of their own bodies—and when and whether they reproduce—in order to be truly equal. I don’t think I could date someone who didn’t see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices. So, yeah, this Isht would be a deal breaker for me … if I had a vagina.
But in his next paragraph, he concedes:
Actually, this issue is a deal breaker for me, even though I don’t have a vagina. I wouldn’t date a gay dude who was anti-choice. Any gay man who can’t see the connection between a woman’s right to have children when she chooses and his right to love and marry the person he chooses is an idiot. And I don’t date idiots.
So is it impossible to date someone with different political views than you? Perhaps if you and your partner aren’t very political.
But then you have couples like Mary Matalin and James Carville, a Republican political consultant and a Democratic political consultant, respectively. Both are very political and not only have opposing views, but actually work for opposing parties.
How do they do it?
Carville once stated:
We have different ways of looking at politics. No doubt about that. But Jews and Catholics who get married probably have a different way of looking at God. It’s just not a deal-breaker.
To which Matalin added:
I know it’s hard to believe, but we just don’t talk politics at home.
Perhaps the only way it works is if couples, like Matalin and Carville, view their beliefs as abstractions — like opinions they came to through some sort of logic and that remain out there. But once people connect politics to their personal, emotional experiencesl, it’s impossible to see political views as simple opinions.
But what if a couples’ personal experiences leave them with different political views? I suppose a lot of empathy and a lot of talking politics at home could do the trick. Unless, of course, they just want to live in an ignorant bliss.
I think there’s a truth to the phrase “opposites attract.” Though I think that pertains to certain personality characteristics and dispositions. But having conflicting fundamental values? I’m not so sure. It would probably take a lot of time and effort — things that people with opposing views these days don’t seem to have.
*Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
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LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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Many of the speechmakers at this week’s Republican National Convention have been throwing out the “We built it” mantra, totally taking President Obama’s words out of context. They’ve been using the phrase to talk up all the good stuff that would happen for small business owners if Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan won the election. Last night, Rep. Paul Ryan took a moment to in his speech to tell listeners about his mom’s interior decorating business. (It also should be noted that many people are questioning the accuracy of many of the claims that Ryan made in his speech.)
But after taking a closer look at Rep. Ryan’s economic plan, Path to Prosperity, which would be the biggest indicator of which way he leans, there’s really no indication that entrepreneurs, and particularly minority and women entrepreneurs, would dramatically benefit from a change in the White House. Rep. Ryan would only be the Veep. But many suspect that President Mitt Romney would take cues from the plan Ryan has previously laid out before Congress. Entrepreneur provides an overview of its key points.
Moreover, Inc. magazine has this to say: “While in the budget Ryan mentions that he’d strip away regulatory bureaucracy that could ease the start of certain small businesses. But he voted against the Small Business Jobs Act, which some think increased contracting opportunities for the smallest businesses, and also increased the SBA’s lending capacity.” The article says that Ryan has promised to “close loopholes,” but it’s still unclear which ones those would be.
We’ve covered the struggles for minority and women-owned businesses to find financing and other resources for their businesses. (Check out this story about microloans for an interesting alternative.) That’s an area that we haven’t seen addressed by the campaign. Moreover, it’s an issue that really stems from the banks and their policies. For Wall Street, the biggest concern is regulation and the consumer protections that the Obama administration has proposed, which touches on some of those issues, but isn’t directly related. (Learn more about that here.) In terms of regulation, the GOP platform has favored less rather than more.
One thing is clear: the Republicans have some very serious problems attracting women and minority voters at the moment. Many have commented on the lack of diversity on the GOP convention floor. Insane policy suggestions surrounding women’s health have alienated many female voters. A recent poll shows Romney getting exactly zero percent of the black vote. And he’s not doing that much better with the Latino vote.
So Romney’s got a lot of voter problems and small business is just another one.
Hours before Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the stage last night at the Republican Convention, Mayor Mia Love gave a speech that had people cheering, hooting and chanting “U-S-A.”
Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a Mormon and possibly, if the buzz becomes reality, the future first black Republican woman to get elected to Congress.
During her brief speech last night, she talked about her immigrant roots; her parents came to the U.S. from Haiti “with $10 in their pocket.” She used her time at the podium to sound off on President Obama, saying point blank that “his policies have failed.”
“President Obama’s version of American is a divided one,” she said, “often pitting us against each other based on income level, gender, and social status.”
“With Mitt Romney as President and Paul Ryan as Vice President, we can restore and revive that American story we know and love,” she continued.
You can listen to the entirety of her speech on ABC News.
Love is already the first black woman to become mayor in Utah, winning the seat two years ago. She could oust the state’s Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson. She’s already gotten support from GOP bigwigs House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain (AZ), who traveled to the state to help her raise funds. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be there on September 7.
Critics and the opposition have brought up the fact that Mayor Love has raised taxes in her city, contrary to her platform focused on fiscal responsibility and spending cuts. She says it was just for public safety. And the Christian Science Monitor reports, “A local Utah non-profit, the Alliance for a Better UTAH, issued a statement Tuesday claiming Love’s plan would eliminate all government support for student loans. The statement said Love put herself through college in Connecticut using federal student aid programs.”
After she spoke last night, people ran to Google to find out more about her. She’s definitely got our attention.
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-Another day, another crazy political gaffe. Rep. Todd Akin (MO), who is currently running for a seat in the Senate, went on a St. Louis news program and said these words when asked whether he would support abortion in cases of rape: “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant.” This man votes on things that become law!
After being flayed on Twitter and in the media, Rep. Akin, of course, issued a statement in which he says he “misspoke” and his statements didn’t reflect the “empathy” he really has rape victims. The GOP Presidential ticket isn’t taking any chances, however. The Romney/Paul campaign has already issued a statement of their own saying they don’t agree with Rep. Akin and “would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.” The Democrats weren’t wasting any time either. An email signed by the Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz hit inboxes early this morning, asserting that the “misstatement” is more evidence of the Republican assault on women’s health issues. His opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, said in a statement, “It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.”
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Sensing an opportunity is literally coming to their doorstep, strip clubs in Tampa are gearing up for the Republican National Convention by hiring more dancers, bringing in Sarah Palin look-a-likes and making their facilities more private.
Tampa and the surrounding area is known for having a high number of strip clubs, though other cities like Miami, New Orleans and, of course, Las Vegas also have their fair share. And as it turns out, the GOP convention is known for bringing a crowd that wants to visit them. According to The New York Times, club owners in Tampa spoke with those in other cities that have hosted the event and learned that GOP conventioneers are big spenders, shelling out an average $150 versus $50 for Democrats.
“…[R]evenue pours in during conventions, sometimes quadrupling earnings from a Super Bowl week,” the paper reports.
So ladies, if you know a man who’ll be going to a political convention this year or in the future, you know what’s up.
The newspaper also tosses in this interesting story from a dancer named Jazmin, who’s 19 years old.
Given the opportunity to stand up before a politician, she will do her job, naturally, but also share her own tale of financial struggle, as many voters here would do.
Laid off from a job in the Medicaid billing industry, she scraped by as a cashier at a grocery store. The paycheck scarcely covered her car payments, she said. Then a friend of a friend told her about the strip club, and now there she is, saving her money (the most she’s ever made) for nursing school.