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I had a transvaginal ultrasound: My perspective on the mandate that touched off 2012's War On Women

I had a transvaginal ultrasound: My perspective on the mandate that touched off 2012′s War On Women
By Megan Carpentier

It was vigorously uncomfortable — more than a typical pelvic exam, with which most women are very familiar. In part, it’s more uncomfortable because the technician has to press the wand directly against the areas she wants to get an image of — your uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries — so there’s more movement and more direct contact with pressure-sensitive areas of your body; you’re also not lying flat on your back to facilitate access to the upper reaches of your vagina; and you’re being penetrated with a longer, rigid object than is used in a regular pelvic exam. ... If I had been pregnant (which I knew I was not), the exam might have lasted longer as she looked to rule out an ectopic pregnancy and locate the miniscule gestational sac.

It was not, however, like being raped, despite all the furor-generating headlines and "Doonesbury" cartoons that were printed. It was uncomfortable to the point of being painful, emotionally triggering (and undoubtedly is moreso for victims of rape or incest or any woman in the midst of an already-emotional experience) and something that no government should force its citizens to undergo to make a political point.


Romney foreign policy concerned about country that doesn't even exist

Romney foreign policy concerned about country that doesn't even exist
By John Aravosis on 4/26/2012 11:40:00 PM

Romney's foreign policy expert on a call today expressed concerned about President Obama's policies concerning Czechoslovakia. And he should be concerned, as Czechoslovakia ceased existing nearly 20 years ago.

Romney Foreign Policy Adviser Attacks Obama’s ‘Czechoslovakia’ Policy
By Ben Armbruster on Apr 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

The Romney campaign organized a conference call today with three of Romney’s foreign policy advisers to push back. During the call, Romney adviser Ambassador Pierre Prosper attacked President Obama for dealing with Russia, albeit using geographical terms from the Cold War era:

PROSPER: The United States has become a spectator on issues of national security. We’ve also been embarrassed by North Korea where again it continues to be a conciliatory leaning forward approach and yet the North Koreans will launch a missile surprising the United States by violating their agreement.
You know Russia is another example where we give and Russia gets and we get nothing in return. The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia, yet Russia does nothing but obstruct us, or efforts in Iran and Syria.


More woe for Murdoch as Ofcom steps up its investigation into whether BSkyB is fit and proper owner

Source: Dail Mail

More woe for Murdoch as Ofcom steps up its investigation into whether BSkyB is fit and proper owner of broadcasting licence
Rupert Murdoch could ultimately be forced to sell his 39% stake in BSkyB, if a full probe is launched
Ofcom have been looking at whether Mr Murdoch is a 'fit and proper' person since last summer
News Corp dropped bid for BSkyB following the hacking scandal

PUBLISHED: 12:36 EST, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 18:18 EST, 26 April 2012

The Murdoch UK media empire faces mounting pressure after Ofcom escalated its inquiry into whether BSkyB remains ‘fit and proper’ to broadcast.

The regulator has set up a special team to look at evidence emerging in the Leveson Inquiry and police investigations into phone hacking and corrupting public officials.

Since last summer it has been looking at all the publicly available material relating to the scandal, including parliamentary select committee evidence and newspaper reports.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135704/More-woe-Murdoch-Ofcom-steps-investigation-BSkyB-fit-proper-owner-broadcasting-licence.html

Will Rupert and James Murdoch topple David Cameron?
Evidence emerging from the Leveson Inquiry hints that the Tories entered into a 'Grand Bargain’ with News International.

Rupert Murdoch presented an impression of almost otherworldly innocence in Court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice: harmless, cuddly, a bit forgetful for sure, but nevertheless a man of definite integrity.
It was a charming event in its way. But watching this Oxford-educated showman, perhaps appearing for the final time on a public stage, it was easy to forget one important truth. The newspapers Mr Murdoch owns are under investigation for a number of crimes that include bribery, perversion of the course of justice, destruction of evidence, interception of emails, phone hacking and perjury.

No fewer than 16 of his editors or senior journalists, along with one chief executive and 10 reporters, have been arrested. There are three active police investigations, as a result of which four police officers have been arrested, as have 15 others, including civil servants and members of the Armed Forces. In all, nearly 50 people have been arrested.


#ScumbagMittRomney meme


Romney’s 2007 Bin Laden Gaffe Comes Back To Haunt Him

The Obama campaign isn’t shy about using the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as a political cudgel. But the White House’s record may get a boost from the GOP’s choice of nominee, whose previous presidential campaign included a spat with fellow Republicans over the relative unimportance of catching the Al Qaeda leader.

In the campaign’s first major election speech on first policy, Vice President Joe Biden made extremely prominent use of an April 2007 Romney quote on bin Laden, in which he told the Associated Press “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

“I was a little more direct,” Biden said in his speech. “We will follow the SOB to the gates of hell.”

Romney’s “heaven and earth” line proved a gaffe at the time as well. Sen. John McCain, who tried to portray Romney throughout the race as weak on national security, told blogger Jennifer Rubin that “it takes a degree of naiveté to think bin Laden is not an element in the struggle against radical Islam.”


Fox's Monica Crowley Reacts To Fluke's Reported Engagement: "To A Man?"


John Dingell Learns About Teabagging: 'It's funny and I'm going to keep using it.'

John Dingell Learns About Teabagging
One more tidbit from Do Not Ask What Good We Do by Robert Draper, courtesy of the Daily Beast:

"John Dingell is the longest currently-serving member of Congress (and the third longest-serving ever). The acerbic 85-year-old Michigan Democrat had long been contemptuous of Tea Partiers. He found them unruly and difficult to get along with. Dingell tended to refer to them as 'teabaggers,' a phrase that has an alternate sexual meaning. This normally wouldn't have been a problem in the hall of Congress, but when Dingell was booked to appear on The Daily Show with John Stewart, his staff felt the need to finally warn and educate him. When his chief of staff shared the other meaning of 'teabagger' with Dingell, the Congressman went through three different stages of reaction. At first, he said 'hah,' then said 'that's disgusting,' and finally the octogenarian congressman reached the plain of acceptance and said, 'It's funny and I'm going to keep using it.'"


What The GOP Brings To The Table:

Q: Last week the acting OMB director sent a letter to Congressional appropriators saying that basically the top line agreed to in the Budget Control Act, that the President would veto it if it's not met.

BOEHNER: Blah blah blah blah blah, alright, so?

Q: Is that an official response?



Joe Biden's Bumper Sticker

* Biden to accuse Romney of banking on “collective amnesia”: From the excerpts of the speech Biden is set to deliver today:

If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive...

Governor Romney’s national security policy would return us to the past we have worked so hard to move beyond. In this regard, it is no different than what Governor Romney has proposed for our economy — taking us back to the failed policies that got us into the mess President Obama has dug us out of...
Governor Romney is counting on our collective amnesia.


LOL: Murdoch STILL Attempting To Shape The "News"

Rupert Murdoch says there was a "cover-up" at the News of the World NoW -
but insists it was kept hidden from him.

Murdoch called his News of the World tabloid an "aberration", blaming journalists for hiding a phone-hacking culture from himself, his son James and his protégée Rebekah Brooks

Brooks demonstrably knew of the hacking, asshole.
Still shaping the news?

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