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NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men

NH lawmaker: Women deserve less pay because they don’t work hard like men


During a floor debate on Wednesday, state Rep. Will Infantine (R) argued that the “Paycheck Equity Act” was not necessary to prevent wage discrimination based on gender because women deserved to make less.

“Men, by and large, make more because some of the things that they do,” he opined. “Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors.”


“Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do,” he continued. “When it comes to women and men who own businesses… women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are.”


“Guys! I’m not making this stuff up,” the Republican pleaded. “My apologies if I have some people upset.”


A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

(CNN) -- At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA are perhaps the most disturbing and striking to come to light thus far.

Internal e-mails obtained by CNN show that top management at the VA hospital in Arizona knew about the practice and even defended it.


Anyone else find this pic pathetic, considering what we learned today about Cliven Bundy?

Protesters claiming government overreach in Nevada paused to observe the national anthem. Credit Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal, via Associated Press


President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question

President Obama Tears Apart CNN’s Lazy and Biased Press Conference Question

By: Jason Easleymore from Jason Easley
Thursday, April, 24th, 2014, 9:24 am


During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, CNN embarrassed themselves with a biased question that President Obama dismantled with facts.[....]

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, Jim, let me unpack that question because there’s a whole bunch of assumptions in there, some of which I don’t agree with. First of all, the treaty between the United States and Japan preceded my birth, so obviously, this isn’t a “red line” that I’m drawing; it is the standard interpretation over multiple administrations of the terms of the alliance, which is that territories under the administration of Japan are covered under the treaty. There’s no shift in position. There’s no “red line” that’s been drawn. We’re simply applying the treaty.[....]

With respect to the other issues that you raise, our position, Jim,
the United States’ position is that countries should abide by
international law[....] Now, the implication of the question I think is, is
that each and every time a country violates one of those norms the United States should go to war, or stand prepared to engage militarily, and if it doesn’t then somehow we’re not serious about those norms.

Well, that’s not the case. Right now, we have 87 percent of serious chemical weapons have already been removed from Syria. There’s about 13 percent left. That’s as a consequence of U.S. leadership. And the fact that we didn’t have to fire a missile to get that accomplished is not a failure to uphold those international norms, it’s a success. It’s not a complete success until we have the last 13 percent out.

the rest:

Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare

Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare
Sean Hannity has been the racist rancher’s top backer, and Fox and the GOP made him a cause. Now he's their problem


Surprise! Sean Hannity’s hero, whose cause has been embraced by Senators Dean Heller of Nevada and Rand Paul of Kentucky along with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, turns out to be an old-time Republican racist, the kind that even Jonathan Chait recognizes, and Fox News and the GOP have a problem.

Until now I’ve ignored Bundy because he’s an extremist and a freak, and even Glenn Beck has denounced him. I was reluctant to use him against the GOP. But as he’s gotten support from the likes of Paul and Perry, two respected 2016 candidates, plus regular backing from Hannity and Nevada Sen. Heller, he’s become a huge problem for the right.

The welfare rancher has grazed his cattle for free and owes the government more than a million dollars, but to his admirers he’s leading an American insurrection. “This is the beginning of taking America back,” Shawna Cox of Kanab, Utah, told the New York Times. From whom? Shawna doesn’t have to say.

Asked about Bundy’s virulently racist remarks by the Times, Rand Paul was “not available for immediate comment.” What courage. At least Dean Heller’s office immediately condemned the “appalling and racist statements.” Here’s a tip for Rand Paul: You’re a libertarian. Give your staff the liberty to tell the media you abhor racist comments, even if you’re not around.


Every Single F__king Repuke Who Spoke In Favor Of This Loser Should Have Words Plasterered On TV

Every single fucking Republican who spoke out in favor of this loser should have their words plastered on tv commercials over this racist asshole’s words.

are you listening Mr. Hannity?

How do you like your blue-eyed boy now?

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro ... because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”


UPDATE To Add Hannity's Interview with his good friend Cliven:

THEY are already trying to back away:


Now picked up by WAPO

Business Insider:


National Journal:
Cliven Bundy Just Ruined His CauseAfter Bundy's overtly racist remarks, let's see how far politicians run away from him.

Vanity Fair:


Sermons that begin with sentences like “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro” generally don’t end well, especially when they’re uttered by white conservative ranchers gleefully breaking federal law. Such was the case on Saturday, when Cliven Bundy, the man whose illegal cattle grazing has won him plaudits from multiple Republican senators and the right to be declared a “domestic terrorist” by Senator Harry Reid, decided to let a reporter and some supporters in on his particularly racist world view.

The Atlantic:

A couple days ago Jonathan Chait asserted that modern conservatism is "doomed" because it is "rooted in white supremacy." The first claim may or may not be true, but there's little doubt about the second.
Bundyworld is in for a world of hurt, methinks.

stay tuned!


"The food here is awful."-"Yes, and the portions are so small."

"Republicans are now criticizing the ACA on the grounds that it hasn’t provided insurance to enough of America’s uninsured."

That's like the two old ladies at the restaurant:

First old lady, "The food here is awful."

Second old lady, "Yes, and the portions are so small."


Toothy Grins


Congratulations Chelsea Elizabeth Manning

How Chelsea Manning sees herself. Portrait by Alicia Neal, commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network. Bigger pic at: http://www.chelseamanning.org/featured/chelsea-mannings-statement-on-her-legal-name-change

Today is an exciting day. A judge in the state of Kansas has officially ordered my name to be changed from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.” I’ve been working for months for this change, and waiting for years.

It’s worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I’ve often been asked, “Why are you changing your name?” The answer couldn’t be simpler: because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been –a woman named Chelsea.

But there is another question I’ve been asked nearly as much, “why are you making this request of the Leavenworth district court?” This is a more complicated question, but the short answer is simple: because I have to.


I’m optimistic that things can –and certainly will –change for the better. There are so many people in America today that are willing and open to discuss trans-related issues. Hopefully today’s name change, while so meaningful to me personally, can also raise awareness of the fact that we trans* people exist everywhere in America today, and that we have must jump through hurdles every day just for being who we are. If I’m successful in obtaining access to trans healthcare, it will not only be something I have wanted for a long time myself, but it will also open the door for many people, both inside and outside the military, to request the right to live more open, fulfilled lives



OBAMA Admin: "The Pipeline Would In Fact Be Rejected - Only Question NOW Is Timing Of Announcement"

Obama's Last Shot
The president came into office promising to make fighting climate change a priority. Now, he finally seems to be getting serious about it

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-last-shot-20140423#ixzz2zkbMKb35
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…Although no final decision has been made, two high-level sources in the Obama administration told me recently that the president has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline – a dramatic move that would light up Democratic voters and donors while further provoking the wrath of Big Oil. Finally, Obama is positioning the U.S. to play a key role in negotiations on a new global-climate treaty that will begin next year, establishing American leadership on climate issues and giving him one last chance to lead the world to a cooler future before he leaves the Oval Office


Exactly how the president has weighed the decision on Keystone is a closely guarded secret in the White House, known only to a few senior advisors like Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer. But it's no surprise that I was told recently by members of the administration that the pipeline would, in fact, be rejected. "If the president is really serious about his legacy on climate change, he can't have that and approve Keystone," an Obama insider told me. "The only question now is the timing of the announcement."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-last-shot-20140423?page=2
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