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Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:00 PM

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

By Igor Volsky on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women and minorities from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administration’s rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women.

Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”

And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. But the California congressman insisted that the hearing should focus on the rules’ alleged infringement on “religious liberty,” not contraception coverage, and denied the request. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) walked out of the hearing in protest of his decision, citing frustration over the fact that the first panel of witnesses consisted only of male religious leaders against the rule. Holmes Norton said she will not return, calling Issa’s chairmanship an “autocratic regime.”

More:
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/16/426850/democratic-women-boycott-issas-contraception-hearing-for-preventing-women-from-testifying/


Those allowed to testify today make up the tables and immediately behind, the rest of the room is made up of those NOT ALLOWED to testify.

Notice any particular "gender" difference?
http://rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-republican-darrell-issa-runs.html

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kpete Feb 2012 OP
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:02 PM

1. Issa = Flaming Heap 'O Shite

Are their women voters in his district?

I hope not for his sake.

yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:10 PM

8. I'm sure there are women voters in his district

But so what!

Those women will vote for him again...as they have in the past.

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:12 PM

68. exactly

the majority of the women in his constituency hate women and that's why he's in office.

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 02:23 AM

99. I am a woman voter in his district and I just let him know how I feel about that sham of a meeting.

I suggested he pull those men out of the 18th century and give them all a crash course on how birth control works. It is not for a bunch of narcissistic ignorants to decide if a woman should have the God given choice to ovulate or not. It is not a religious issue in the slightest. I am tired of hearing it is abortion. It's not. Talk about a bunch of ignorant idiots.

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Response to jpak (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:06 PM

52. so women aren't religious too? WHat a sack of shit indeed.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #52)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:14 PM

54. According to Issa, they should submit to men and be seen - not heard

yup

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Response to jpak (Reply #54)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:44 PM

64. BWAHAHA! He never met my mother. :-D

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #64)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 AM

111. Or mine! Or me!

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Response to jpak (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:29 PM

62. I live in the jerks distric

 

and he's a complete shill for the 1%. He keep's getting reelected too. He has millions to throw into his campaigns, and it is undoubtedly a conservative area. That's why I'm on DU so much, there's few people I can relate to around here. Thanks for being this Dems. outlet.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #62)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 11:51 PM

95. Issa is the Biggest Asshat Who Ever Walked.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:05 PM

2. The republicans are so progressively 16th century

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:11 PM

10. No they arent

Its more like they are pre-discovery of fire, in fact I am surprised we have been able to make the advancement in science that we have been with people like them on this planet.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:03 PM

31. It had to be a liberal that invented the wheel

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #31)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:31 PM

38. Yeah, a conservative caveman...

would have been telling him he was wasting his time; there were lots of women to carry things around from one place to another.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #38)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:48 PM

79. You forgot the part where the conservative caveman would have also

recommended putting the children to work.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:56 PM

67. Bunch of old limber-dicks with their nasty brown noses buried deep into women's business.

As a man, the only business I have concerning women's health issues is to support women's access to the care that they desire.

Religion crazed conservatives are truly a boil on the ass of progress...always have been.

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Response to Magoo48 (Reply #67)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 03:18 AM

102. OK, that's it,

 

all the limber dicks in the front row, mandatory castration for all of you! There, now you personally won't have any more worries about contraception.


SANTORUM NEW RULE COMING SOON! HE'S LEARNING FROM THE BEST.

An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”

The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve.

He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or “make them think of sex.”

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Response to crunch60 (Reply #102)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 08:19 AM

107. That's what they're worried about

I just read this to my hubby, to which he promptly picked up a pen and added bananas and cucumbers to the grocery list, lol.

Your post was a joke, right?

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Response to onlyadream (Reply #107)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 09:47 AM

108. "in other news"

 

Sales of cucumbers and bananas have surged LOL

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Response to onlyadream (Reply #107)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:35 AM

124. I wish I would have saved the link

 

but knowing the mind set of the some of these religious fanatics, I wouldn't doubt it to be true.

Postscript: Dr. Ruth say's, "self sexual gratification can be fun"

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 06:10 AM

105. Yes, the GOP is currently composed of "Renaissance men" ...

... none of them having yet entered the Age of Reason. (Forget about the Age of Enlightenment. They abandoned that in 1980.)

They're proving the thesis of rapdc devolution. Soon, they'll be adherents of blood-letting and regard the "Round Table" as the pinnacle of social virtue.

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Response to TahitiNut (Reply #105)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:58 AM

113. Next on the agenda: Do women have souls?

My but they do pine for the good old days don't they?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:07 PM

3. Good work, Eleanor!

(She WAS my Rep. for years; I'm now in similarly civilized MD, but with a not-so-civilized Rep. I do hang with a friend frequently, whose Rep. is very civilized Chris VanHollen.)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:08 PM

4. wow

“As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.”


Not about reproductive rights and contraception? OK... how about women's *health*, assholes?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:09 PM

5. Why didn't Cummings and the Democratic men walk out too?

...is what I'd like to know.

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:14 PM

32. Good point. n/t

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:22 PM

35. Very good question.

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:58 PM

58. That's what I was thinking as well. nt

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:33 PM

72. Yup. n/t

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:08 AM

96. My thoughts too.

The men MUST stand with the women on this issue.

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Response to Richardo (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 02:36 AM

123. And how about the good guys in the Senate?

Whitehouse, Brown, Leahy et al. I would love to see them stand with Murray and Boxer.

Also, the pic of the beagle looks like my girl Jean when she was a pup. How did you get that in your post?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:09 PM

6. Pfft. What would women know about birth control?

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:02 PM

41. Pfft. What would women know about birth control?

 

or religious freedoms for that mater? I mean, get real!

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #41)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:39 PM

87. Just a guess, but I think that was sarcasm.

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:10 PM

7. White Old Men

I wish the democrats could figure out a way to leverage this to show the GOP for exactly what they are becoming. The party of Old White Guys.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:12 PM

11. I'm an old white guy. I'd never be a member of that Party.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:14 PM

14. minor correction

Last edited Fri Feb 17, 2012, 08:00 AM - Edit history (1)

"The party of Old White Guys" should be "The party of Old White Guys who keep presenting the same tired ideas that have failed our nation time and time again"

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:32 PM

117. As an old white guy, I thank you for your rewrite...

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Response to Magoo48 (Reply #117)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 10:33 PM

118. As a middle aged white guy I accept.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:19 PM

16. The guy on the right is white?

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Response to MNBrewer (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:54 PM

28. Token.

Cuz they don't want to appear racist, too.

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Response to southerncrone (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:21 PM

34. At that point they were doing their best to promote their sexism, racism was irrelevant

Taking actions to enslave women to the wishes of their bosses was the goal of the day.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:13 PM

12. Women should not have their health care trampled on by some male only religious panel...

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Response to midnight (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:55 PM

57. Women shouldnt have their rights trampled on period!

 

health or otherwise!

I can't believe these conservatives.. actively working to take AWAY rights from another human being... that cant be constitutional.
not just this, but the BS in Il, as well as prop 8!

This is so insane, I feel like I'm living in some bass-ackwards Lewis Carol book

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #57)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:26 AM

97. And women's Periods shouldn't be Trampled on

but seriously.. many of us take or used to take Birth Control to help us put up with our Periods. Period!

It helps reduce the pain, and helps to reduce how much blood we lose, and to think the clotting.

I feel like sending Issa a used tampon but I guess it would be called a terrorist act because it is a "biohazzard"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:13 PM

13. I hope that the Democrats remember to do the same to the GOP with their witnesses.

When the house flips in November, I hope the Democrats do some payback. They just want to run the committees with a heavy hand, let's see how they respond when the tables are turned. They set the standards, let's stick to their standards.

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Response to kemah (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:37 PM

22. When Repubgs are treated

 

the same way as they treat others they piss and moan and whine, wring their hands and gnash their teeth 24/7 for FOX News.

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Response to kemah (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:49 PM

25. actually, it is precisely

because the Republicans use haevy handed tactics like this (and also because their substantive policies are unfair and unsustainable) that they deserve to be voted out.

Actually, I hope that when Democrats regain a majority in the House, that they will rise above such cheap tactical ploys. (Which in instances like this clearly illustrate how the Republican House majority operates and toward what priorites.)

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Response to kemah (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 09:03 PM

89. I hope we don't even have hearings on this stuff...

What is the point? I hope we're holding hearings on issues that really matter to most Americans. A vast majority of Americans already agree that contraception is vitally important.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:15 PM

15. Scandalous, complete negation of the principles

 

of democratic free speech, not to mention equal treatment under the law.

Issa should be strung up by his sexist, misogynistic testicles.

to the Dem women who walked out.
SG

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:24 PM

17. It's amazing how Issa is able to constantly out-douchebag himself

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Response to meegbear (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:51 PM

26. It is an incredible talent he has

 

It's like DoubleMint gum, two-two times the D-Bag. Can't the guy go back to stealing cars?

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Response to meegbear (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:37 PM

73. LOL! +1 (nt)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:25 PM

18. I'd like to know how many of this panel of assholes

have sex with willing partners they don't have to pay for?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:26 PM

19. Women should just start not having sex with men.

This whole thing is getting to be absolutely stupid.

If they don't like birth control then just let them do without.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:34 PM

21. Harsh. Perhaps just not with Republican men? Please. n/t

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Response to SomeGuyInEagan (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:29 AM

121. What was that Greek play about that?

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:00 PM

29. Good idea, but....

fear the rape rate would increase.

However, it's an excellent idea that women should promote in the media (you know those car chasers that are always looking for an outrageous story, as opposed to real news). Similar to the OWS movement. Probably one or two days is all it would take for this to be dropped by the GOP. What would the GOP do if they pissed off MEN, too! Bwahahaha!

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Response to southerncrone (Reply #29)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:46 PM

75. Fear of rape? Wah???

I don't see the connection between a guy denied sex and violence. Normal men don't react that way.

Rape is about violent control over another human being, not sex.

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #75)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:34 PM

77. There are many occurrences

of men who would not take NO for an answer. Especially those who are not accustom to a no from their wife/gf. Certainly not ALL men fall into this category, but they are out there. The majority of rapes are not reported, especially if by husband/bf because women are expected to "participate".

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Response to southerncrone (Reply #77)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:25 PM

83. No men that I know fall into this "category"

-at least none who will admit it. We are talking about RAPE here. A sexual act committed upon someone who does not consent.

I fail to see how you connect this sort of act to men who are refused sex by their wives/gf's for whatever reason. It's extremely unfair to assume that men will just 'take it' anyway.

2nd Edit: to again stress that rape is about wanting control over someone else; NOT about needing to get laid.

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Response to PotatoChip (Reply #83)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 02:29 AM

122. Not about getting laid,

about getting their way. Feeling they must control everything. Once again.....not ALL men, just the insecure ones.
Again, most rapes go unreported.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:31 PM

20. What's next? GOP efforts to nix that pesky old 19th Amendment?

Assholes. Misogynistic assholes. I hope their partners cut them off just like Antigone.



Diane
Anishinaabe in MI and mom to Sophie, Taz, Nigel & Leo, members of Dogs Against Romney, Cat Division
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Response to catbyte (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:39 PM

23. How many Republicans

 

to you suppose have ever read Antigone?

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:44 PM

24. Sad, but true.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:05 PM

42. have ever read Antigone?

 

Or Lysistrata?

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #42)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:34 PM

55. Or Winnie the Pooh.

 

And if they did read it they didn't get it.

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #42)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:41 PM

88. What are their URLs? Are they on FiOS on Demand?

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Response to catbyte (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:01 PM

30. The Stepfords are not programmed to refuse.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 12:54 PM

27. K&R

Truly. Fuck any and all people who wish to control women in any way, under any guise, by whatever means.

Just.Fuck.Them.All.






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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:15 PM

33. My God is there anyone in this nation stupid enough to call this a democracy anymore?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #33)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:24 PM

36. If they do, they are lying

We are a corporatocracy, through and through. Government by the rich for the rich and fuck the rest.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:29 PM

37. Is the corporate media

going to expose this? Nah.

GOP to women - kept quiet, be submissive, and by all means keep us men folks satisfied and make a hell of a lot of babies, and if you can't take care of them, who cares cause there won't be any safety nets for you either.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 01:51 PM

39. So according to Issa the subject experts are non-married male virgins?

 

I know he's a few cards short of a full deck, but that is REALLY fucking stupid..

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:00 PM

40. k&r n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:08 PM

43. Alrighty then....

 

.... if churches and religious institutions are now gonna set legal precedents. then it's time to
TAX THE CHURCHES and BUSINESSES OWNED BY THE CHURCHES.

period

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:10 PM

44. Jesus Christ Darrell Issa is a piece of shit.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #44)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:06 PM

82. He's also trying to destroy the Post Office

I really hope the Democrats take back the House so this asshole will lose his chairmanship.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 02:45 PM

45. One Would Guess That Not A Single Witness

In that group has direct involvement in the rule at hand. In other words, none of them are the head of a hospital or university. Issa, who is filthy rich, has a long history of autocratic control so nothing else could be expected.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:12 PM

46. Facebook and Twitter are eating him alive

Hopefully this will begin trending soon. Hasn't he learned anything from the Komen debacle? Social media is not kind to unfairness.

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Response to qanda (Reply #46)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:28 PM

48. Hand off Women's Health ( hashtag "#HOWH" ) trending on

 

Twitter.

This is going to be big. Maybe even the media will start talking about it by evening, not just on Rachel's show, but maybe even on the CNN and that faux news station owned by Republicans.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:26 PM

47. GOP trying to lose

 

Is the GOP trying to lose? Alienating Women. Alienating Blacks. Alienating Hispanics. Alienating GLTB. Alienating non-Christians.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:32 PM

49. He's a liar, and that point should be cleared up before he gets to go any farther

 

He simply doesn't get to make up shit about what "the bill is about".

The bill is about the lives of everyone it affects. Period. ALL laws are about everyone they affect. DOH!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:39 PM

50. I'm surprised they didn't make the women wear veils.

What century is this?

Julie

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 03:41 PM

51. Game of Dunces, what no bibles being held & shaken into the camera? Calling all women...

Here is the GOP problem in a alot of NUT-shells.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:14 PM

53. What a bunch of sexist old assholes.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #53)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:24 PM

71. +10,000,000,000 That's with a "B"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 04:48 PM

56. What is Issa afraid of? Someones opinion?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:05 PM

59. This crap should fly back in their faces.

Seriously, do they honestly think the majority of Americans agree with a bunch of conservative religious bastards that don't even believe in birth control?

Every day the right wing seems even more strident and insane.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:06 PM

60. Where is Lorena Bobbitt when you need her?

 

She could just go down the line -- snip, snip, snip, snip, snip ...

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #60)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:17 PM

69. Beverage spew here!!

You owe me a new keyboard!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:12 PM

61. Translation

Darrell Issa: "This hearing is about only allowing testimony which supports our foregone conclusion."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:42 PM

63. Craziness is: Letting a criminal be in charge of investigations.

Issajerk has no clue about religion or conscience, he actually has no conscience, so Orwellian the gop.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:45 PM

65. Why don't Republicans seem to care how they appear to intelligent informed voters?

I believe this seeming disregard for mass opinion is due to their belief that they've got the election "jacked" already.

Few talk about the fact that especially since 2010, (when 29 million of "us", sat home in a snit, the Republicans have gained control of almost all the state legislatures and governorships. With that control they are in a perfect position to not only disenfranchise millions of likely Democratic voters but "jimmy" the numbers as well.

There is no other explaination I can see.

I submit that they will use mass election fraud to win the elections not only in Washington but in the State and local races as well.

I strongly recommend that "we" ALL put aside our differences and that for the survival of our Republic we ALL come out to vote in November! And regardless of party we ALL vote Democratic straight down the line this time (no third party nonsense). AND that if we can, get active in Democratic Clubs throughout the country and join organizations promoting fair and accurate elections like the League of Women Voters.

Only a huge landslide can overwhelm the rigged elections we can expect to see from these cretins.

Just my very strong opinion.

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Response to TheRestOfUs (Reply #65)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 01:38 AM

126. agree 1000%

 

Hi TROU-

agree with you 100%

Gotta win the house back, hold the senate, win Obama's reelection and then swith the US Supreme Court back

only reason people lost in 2010 was the Dems sat and didn't come out and vote.

WE must vote.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 05:51 PM

66. Could these folks be anymore sexist if they tried outright? /nt

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Response to jimlup (Reply #66)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 12:09 PM

114. It seems they're trying outright now

These incidents are proof that they're punching that panic button desperately trying to get a base. Any base. Just as long as they have some support, because they've burned all the other bridges.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:20 PM

70. I'm sick of the GOP clown car Congress. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:40 PM

74. Sausagefest 2012

Never did wanna see how that shit was made -- look away, look away from the hideous spectacle...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:16 PM

76. K & R !!!

 

:kick:

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:43 PM

78. The American Taliban n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:49 PM

80. FORBID Women from Talking?! SOB slobs

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 07:58 PM

81. A Confederacy of Fucknuts!

Wasn't Obama's administration supposed to, y'know, put a stop to all of this? Those of you who sat out the 2010 election and let these fucknuts take the reins of power in Congress might want to start kicking yourself in the ass now...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:26 PM

84. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:29 PM

85. Republicans are pigs

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #85)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:08 PM

119. Pigs are much nicer

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #119)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:18 PM

120. Yeah, I guess you're right there.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:32 PM

86. Birth Control

Is the RIGHT of the person regardless of religion. If I worked for a Catholic Organization and received Health Insurance, then they pay for my conctraceptives. It's been a done deal for years, why now? The GOP is reaching for straws. And Santorum has 7 kids at home, being so fertile, and a Catholic, any outside? Being a career Politician, he makes atleast $150K a month (with expense accts); of course he wants to stay in this kind of position. I call the GOP 2-Dick's and a Newt!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM

90. Kinda says it all about republican respect for women.

I hope that women will remember this in the fall.

PEACE!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 11:07 PM

92. There is the Ad right there to run against any conservative.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 11:11 PM

93. "Issa’s chairmanship an “autocratic regime.” "

That's what they've got in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan too.

They're the Taliban and they don't even realize it.


I'm glad at least the MISOGYNY is right out in the open, at least. No more, "Oh don't get your panties in a twist, pretty lady, we don't mean no harm. Just don't worry your little head, we'll take care of everything"

Too many women have been quick to shy away from identification with the F word (Feminist), claiming there's no further need, but I think this blatant patriarchal power grab will do a lot to prove that misogyny is alive and well, and that women must continue to fight it.

It's also why I'm so appreciative to DU for the Planned Parenthood campaign.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #93)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 12:13 PM

115. Proud Feminist here forever.

The only people trashing Feminists weren't there to see what it really means. This will educate them about what we were up against when we revolted. In the end these men will hang themselves on their own petard.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 11:14 PM

94. Title is misleading and may cause overreaction.

It is not the case that if you are a woman or a minority you may not testify. testimony was limited to freedom of religion and conscience issues and would not include is discussions of reproductive rights.

However, can testimony be limited by a committee chair? That should be the issue here.

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Response to Islandlife (Reply #94)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 10:09 AM

109. I see a bunch of men

 

talking about birth control. That's all I need to see to come to my conclusion that this isn't anymore about religious freedom than a bowl of oatmeal is about religious freedom.

It's not an overreaction whatsoever.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:46 AM

98. Tell me this doesn't very clearly demonstrate the government ESTABLISHING religious teachings.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 02:33 AM

100. I wish that all of their wives would go Lysistrata on them.

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Response to Crunchy Frog (Reply #100)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 02:55 AM

101. These guys are too petty to run a middle school car wash, let alone, the House. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 03:32 AM

103. why the fuck is this NOT front page news?

 

The press seriously lets these fuckers get away with this?

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #103)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 05:51 AM

104. FWIW, it's viral on Twitter & Facebook

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 07:44 AM

106. K&R

Can somebody please drag these asshats out of the Dark Age?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:20 AM

110. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 11:29 AM

112. K&R

Yep, a war on women.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 01:09 PM

116. This is why we need an Equal Rights Amendment re: gender,

religion shouldn't be an excuse for oppression.

Issa's concern; about violating the First Amendment is a De Facto violation of the First Amendment, because it gives respect to religious views over the secular requirements of a large % if not over half the nation's population and by only hearing one side of the story, he prevented the people's verbal petition of Government for redress of grievances.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

President Obama by requiring all insurance companies to cover birth control, was sticking to the secular aspect which is where government should be.

The only shaky ground that I can see for Obama is if he requires insurance companies used by churches to provide birth control free of charge while not requiring the rest of the insurance industry to do the same, this free coverage should be universal.

Thanks for the thread, kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:01 PM

125. I guess women can't even speak on freedom of religion and conscience.

They aren't qualified.

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