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Rev. Al Sharpton and Republican Rep. Jay Love Go at it Over Voter I.D. [Video]

Rev. Al Sharpton and Republican Rep. Jay Love Go at it Over Voter I.D. [Video]

On March 5th, Al Sharpton did what those of his generation do best – march. This time, the reason for the march was the disenfranchisement of African Americans by new Voter I.D. laws. While in Alabama for the march, The Rev. sparred a bit with local state lawmaker Jay Love. Sharpton questioned Love, “How do […]

What Can a Person Actually Do to Earn $2.1 Billion in a Year?

What Can a Person Actually Do to Earn $2.1 Billion in a Year?

by Yvette Carnell Well, apparently, scamming is a pretty good start. From WSWS.org: The 40 highest-earning hedge fund managers took home a combined $13.2 billion last year, with the top 10 averaging more than $200 million each, according to a survey published last week by Forbes magazine. Raymond Dalio, the head of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest […]

The Economic Impact of Birth Control

The Economic Impact of Birth Control

by Yvette Carnell Much of the attention given to the asinine birth control debate has centered around Catholicism vs. Women’s Health, and when that’s not at the center of the firestorm, it’s the Republican fiction – pushed by Limbaugh – that somehow the taxpayer is footing the bill for the pill. The bigger issue though, […]

Are Drake’s Lyrics Good For Your Sex Life?

Are Drake’s Lyrics Good For Your Sex Life?

Well, at least one writer seems to think so: ​The other night, my wife and I had sex. Now, this isn’t an altogether rare occurrence. The odds are against us (we’ve been together more than 10 years; we work multiple jobs; two profoundly talented 4-year-old cockblockers patrol the house endlessly like goddamn sex sniffing dogs), […]

Help Meryl Streep (and Other Iron Ladies) Teach Rush Limbaugh a Lesson

Help Meryl Streep (and Other Iron Ladies) Teach Rush Limbaugh a Lesson

By now the five remaining people on the planet who didn’t know that Rush Limbaugh embodies the very worst in politics, pop culture and possibly all mammals ever, have joined the rest of us in this knowledge. But for those of you that have been under a rock in recent days, allow me to fill you in on this latest dispatch from Rush Limbaugh’s race to the bottom. Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke , a woman he doesn’t know, has never met and knows next to nothing about, a slut. I take that back. He knows something about her now, namely that she’s smarter and more courageous than he is. Fluke provoked Limbaugh’s ire when the Georgetown University law student dared to testify in support of contraception coverage before a Democratic hearing after previously being denied the right to testify in a male (and conservative) dominated congressional hearing on the matter. Fluke’s testimony highlighting the fact that many women rely on contraception to address medical issues unrelated to preventing pregnancy, apparently struck Limbaugh as humorous. (Hey — who doesn’t find ovarian cysts hysterical?) He then continued to riff on Fluke, speculating on her sexual habits in a manner I will allow you to read about for yourself because just thinking about the comments and frankly, their source, gives me the creeps. On Saturday Limbaugh “sincerely apologized” to Fluke clearly seeing the error of his ways due to some serious self-reflection on his part. At least we’re supposed to pretend it’s due to his self-reflection, and not due to the fact that his advertisers are ditching him faster than he ditches wives. (At last count he’s on number four and considering she’s not much older than Ms. Fluke, part of me wonders if perhaps this was all some grotesque attempt at flirting on his part that simply went awry. After all, who wouldn’t want to be the fifth Mrs. Limbaugh? Raise your hands high, ladies!) As un-amusing as this whole situation has been, I can’t help being amused by the timing of it all. March happens to be Women’s History Month. Talk about starting it off with a bang. While we all know that for at least the next month we can look forward to hearing occasional references to our country’s greatest women sprinkled in speeches, news items and, of course, school reports, what you may not know is that despite years of trying we still don’t have a national museum to honor the contributions of women. Before any eye rolling or shouts of “pay down the deficit!” begin, did I mention that the planned National Women’s History Museum won’t cost taxpayers a single dollar? It will, however, require congressional approval for the land on which it will eventually be constructed; approval that despite years of negotiations (and efforts of the saner members of Congress on both sides of the aisle) has remained elusive. If you need further proof of just how gridlocked and embarrassing Congress has become in recent years, consider this. We have a National Postal Museum, which was opened in the nineties, but recent efforts at making a National Women’s History Museum a reality have repeatedly stalled. That means that the postal service, which may be the only body in America with a lower approval rating than Congress, was deemed worthy of its own museum honoring its contributions to this country, but after years of near-groveling women still haven’t been deemed worthy of one. Did I already mention the part about how the museum won’t cost taxpayers a dime? So what’s the hold up? In a nutshell, for the museum to be constructed on land in close proximity to the National Mall, congressional approval is required. As National Spokesperson Meryl Streep (who could also be called the museum’s most devoted evangelist) recently explained in an interview with the Los Angeles Times , “It’s a political football… It’s a thing that everybody in Congress agrees with but then they attach it to something that no one agrees with.” To her point, on more than one occasion the necessary bill has made it out of the House only to miss garnering a vote in the Senate before the end of the legislative session. But in at least one instance it was intentionally stalled. The reason: political posturing over the politics of women’s health. Sound familiar? In 2010, Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Demint, among the chamber’s most conservative members, placed a “hold” on the bill. Initially the two senators expressed budgetary concerns. You know, despite the fact that the museum will not use taxpayer dollars. Perhaps someone pointed that out to them because they later argued the museum would unnecessarily duplicate others. But according to USA Today , the real reason allegedly behind their concern? An organization that opposes abortion wrote a letter to both men expressing concern that the museum would not sufficiently honor women who have opposed abortion rights. (Apparently every single political issue on the planet somehow comes back to we ladies and our reproductive organs.) For the record, the museum is a nonpartisan effort with supporters representing both major political parties. The National Women’s History Museum Act of 2011 was introduced last fall where it was approved in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee but months later we’re still waiting. Waiting for our male-dominated Congress to get its act together enough to agree that honoring the contributions of women — especially when it won’t cost taxpayers a cent — is one issue that should transcend partisanship. Meryl Streep, who recently clinched her third Academy Award for playing a history-making woman, Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, believes so strongly in the museum that she donated a million dollars to help make it become a reality. You may not have a million dollars to spare (few of us do) but you can help too. Here’s how: 1) Write to your member of Congress and tell him or her that you support the National Women’s History Museum, specifically you support the federal government approving the land necessary to make it become a reality. (Click here to see how to contact your elected officials and to see a sample letter.) 2) Support the National Women’s History Museum online. The only way the museum can succeed without federal support is through private contributions. Click here for more details about how to get involved. In fact, why not make a donation in Rush Limbaugh’s name? It seems only fitting that he help build the museum where thanks to him, Sandra Fluke’s portrait is likely to hang someday. Keli Goff is the author of The GQ Candidate and a Contributing Editor of Loop21.com where this post originally appeared.

Do We Have an Unemployment Problem or an Overemployment Problem?

Do We Have an Unemployment Problem or an Overemployment Problem?

by Yvette Carnell Actually, both. According to some economists, the current unemployment rate is tied to the fact that some employees are being overworked while others, the unemployed, remain idle.  Jacobin offers us this definition of structural overemployment: Structural Overemployment due to “structural incentives inherent in labour-market-related institutions or work organization that lengthen hours demanded per […]

Herman Cain’s New “Drowning Dead Fish” Ad Proves He’s in it For the Hustle

Herman Cain’s New “Drowning Dead Fish” Ad Proves He’s in it For the Hustle

Herman Cain’s presidential campaign imploded due to allegations of sexual misconduct, so one would think he’d be somewhere licking his wounds by now. No one’s telling him where to go, but just to go away. Isn’t that what John Edwards did after the allegations of his affair were proven true? But not Cain, first he […]

President Obama’s Former Assistant, Reggie Love, Asks African Americans to Vote for Obama in 2012 [Video]

President Obama’s Former Assistant, Reggie Love, Asks African Americans to Vote for Obama in 2012 [Video]

Way to stand up for your old boss, I guess. “I’ve done everything from tracking down newspapers, figuring out what he wants to eat, who he’s going to eat with and played endless amounts of basketball games,” Love says in the video. It really does warm the heart, but black voters, like all voters, should […]

Shirley Sherrod Responds to the Passing of Right Wing Blogger Andrew Breitbart

Shirley Sherrod Responds to the Passing of Right Wing Blogger Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart tried to rob Shirley Sherrod of her job and her reputation when he edited a tape of her giving a speech to make it appear as though she were a racist. The video forced Sherrod to resign from her job as Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture. Eventually, however, Breitbart’s scam […]

Class Warfare in America: A State by State Guide to the War on Working People

Class Warfare in America: A State by State Guide to the War on Working People

The past year has brought an unprecedented series of attacks on public employee unions in state legislatures across the United States. The most dramatic such assault came in Wisconsin, where newly elected governor Scott Walker pushed through legislation that effectively eliminated the right to collective bargaining for his state’s 175,000 public employees.1 Yet while Wisconsin became […]