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calimary

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Gender: Female
Home country: USA
Current location: Oregon
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 62,063

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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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I think some of our reps in DC should start another line of attack as well:

Okay, this "conscience" thing????

Well, alright then. Game on. I'm thoroughly against war on moral grounds, indeed also on religious grounds. So I'm introducing a bill that allows all opponents of military aggression to deduct 50% of their income tax bill because they don't want their tax dollars going to the Pentagon. How 'bout THAT? You want "conscience" waivers? Okay! You GOT 'em!!!!

How I would LOVE to hear one of our Senators or Congresscritters step up and do this! Just as some legislators at the state level have begun introducing legislation or adding amendments that call for men who expect insurance coverage for their Viagra prescriptions to undergo a state-mandated penile probe or proctological exam. Turn the tables. Turnabout is fair play. Goose, gander, and sauce, and all that. If they do it to us, WE show 'em how it feels to be on the receiving end of this shit.

That's okay. It's a suggestion. And from your post I'm guessing your sweetie is an enlightened one.

There'd be no reason for a symbolic boycott. My husband's certainly one of those - he's extremely intelligent and broadminded.

I just think there should be consequences OF ALL KINDS for this kind of 13th Century thinking. These bastards push this stuff because they can, because there's no push-back of any note - at least up til lately, that is. There HAVE TO BE consequences for this type of thinking. Because having none means this behavior is tacitly viewed as okay. It's okay to prey upon women, victimize them, and deny them their rights, or do everything you can to roll back and/or nulllify their rights. I don't believe in reinforcing bad behavior. I didn't do that as a parent, with my children. For the same reason, I'm supporting the following, too (boycotting rush lamebrain and calling on his sponsors to stop supporting his accursed radio show:

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/proflowersrush/?akid=39.265687.2qSC-t&rd=1&t=1

I think we have to strike from ALL SIDES, ALL CORNERS. That's what the bad guys do to us - keeping us busy and practically dizzy trying to keep up with all the assaults on the progress we've made. Time to turn the tables.

For a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time, here on DU, I've been a proud advocate of returning fire for fire. Taste of their own medicine. See how they like it. Having shoved it back in the face of at least two bullies in my life, I've seen personally, from practical application, that it's a technique that WORKS. It CHECKS the bad behavior. It gets their attention. And it has more of an impact the harder and more uncomfortable it hits home. I WANT this to hurt. In the link here, for example, I WANT this to hurt limbaugh, to cut into his earnings, to make him look bad and more of a liability than he's worth in the eyes of his sponsors. I WANT him to feel the sting (and indeed, also the taste) of the shit he spews. To do nothing sends the opposite message - reinforcing the idea that the offensive behavior is somehow okay and in no need of response or checking or curtailing or condemning. You know that famous meditation from the World War II era - "When they came for the trade unionists, I didn't say anything because I wasn't a trade unionist..."

There should be MANY attack strategies coming from every direction imaginable. So if you're not comfortable with one, you have other options and choices.

For your consideration: a nationwide women's action: "Not Tonight, Dear."

I am just SERIOUSLY getting pissed off about this forced ultrasound, vaginal probe business. HOW DARE THEY!!?!?!?!?? Aren't these the same people running around all over the place bellowing about the "URGENT" need to "shrink the government down small enough that you can drown it in a bathtub?" How small a government did they have in mind? Penis-size, maybe? Makes me wonder if women should respond with a nationwide, ONGOING "Not Tonight, Dear" campaign. Ongoing until this crap STOPS. You're not gettin' any UNTIL THIS CRAP STOPS.

I'm totally serious. I think we ought to start talking about something like this, and agitating about something like this, or at least make 'em think we are. These proposals and outrages and vile intrusions are bills overwhelmingly introduced, sponsored, and furthered, by men. The male chair (darrell issa) of that stupid committee they said was about some smarmy religious touchy-feely was about NOTHING ELSE than access to contraception and the rationalization of restricting and withholding it. That's ALL it was ever about!!! And NO women were invited onto the panel. Deliberately. That was no sloppy mistake on the part of some aide.

I think we should harness the mushrooming anger and outrage that is coming from women everywhere, from coast-to-coast. Give it a voice and give it a concrete action it can take - that makes it physical, personal, and as direct as all hell. And yes. Take the fight to the enemy by hitting squarely below the belt. Eye-to-eye, chest-to-chest, body-to-body.

That is, of course, unless the woman's lover, partner or spouse is progressive in his/her thinking and supportive of a woman's right not merely to choose, but the right to have physical dignity, the right to privacy especially as it affects the MOST INTIMATE AND HIGHLY-PERSONAL area of her body forcryingoutloud!!!! I'm glad I have a husband who can be completely exempted from this punitive "okay, pal, if this is how you wanna play..." protest. And I feel very fortunate. He's as much of an ardent feminist as I am. And like me, he too has a daughter of child-bearing age. He doesn't want Big Brother Government intruding into her private decisions anymore than he ever wanted that for me.

Should also be buttressed in other ways, such as the few-but-increasing cases of bills being introduced that would place Viagra under the same insurance access restrictions, and one attempt I heard about, I think in Virginia, that called for any man wanting insurance coverage for Viagra prescriptions would have to submit to various forms of genital exams. I think we have to start hitting them where it hurts. The figurative, political-metaphor version of "kick 'em in the nuts" that's routinely taught in women's self-defense classes. It's long past time to STRIKE BACK.

Women all over America should start forcing that damn door to swing both ways!!!! And yeah, we have to force it. No more nice.

I'd love your thoughts.
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