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People who say more good guys with guns is the solution lack firing neurons

The NRA’s argument that more guns is necessary to prevent mass shootings, or any shootings was always nonsense.  The ridiculousness of this argument is on display yet again, with the recent news out of Georgia where a man shot and killed a young Latino man who accidentally pulled into his driveway.

Via NBC Latino:

Rodrigo Diaz, 22, was driving around with his girlfriend and two friends when he pulled into a driveway, thinking they had arrived at another friend’s house, his brother says. But instead he pulled into the driveway of Phillip Sailors, 69, who thought his home was being robbed, his lawyer says. Sailors then shot Diaz, according to the police report, citing what Sailors told officers at the ...

The NRA’s argument that more guns is necessary to prevent mass shootings, or any shootings was always nonsense.  The ridiculousness of this argument is on display yet again, with the recent news out of Georgia where a ...

EMILY’s List Celebrates 2012 Milestones

I was honored to attend the EMILY’s List 2nd Inaugural Brunch over the weekend to not only celebrate the re-election of President Obama, but also the historic victories for women this election cycle.  Thanks to EMILY’s list, during the 2011- 2012 election cycle, we “elect[ed] a historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman ...

I was honored to attend the EMILY’s List 2nd Inaugural Brunch over the weekend to not only celebrate the re-election of President Obama, but also the historic victories for women this election cycle.  Thanks ...

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How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton in gifs

Sometimes you don’t realize how #bawse somebody is, until you make it into a gif.

So after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smacked down the Senate and the House yesterday, it occurred to me that what made it magical is that it is an instructional video on how to deal with a mansplainer. And of course, any good tutorial needs to be broken down into gifs for emphasis.

Ladies and gentlemen, “How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton.”

Step 1: Raise your hands up like, “Whoa you guys you can’t be serious.”

Step 2: Make sure to emphasize your points by counting with your hands so that simple tea party Senator mansplainer understands.  Mansplainers like visuals.

Sometimes you don’t realize how #bawse somebody is, until you make it into a gif.

So after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smacked down the Senate and the House yesterday, it occurred to me that what made ...

These old dudes voted against MLK Day in ’83

Most of the people who were against honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday have either retired or passed away. But eight congressman who voted against the holiday remain in office today. Wonder what they did with their day off?

At least some of them, such as John McCain and Orrin Hatch, have the decency to be embarrassed about it. Back when he was running for president, McCain noted:

I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona. We can all be a little late sometimes in doing the right thing, and Dr. King understood this about his fellow Americans.

Hatch wrote in a 2007 essay that he had been dumb, too.

While ...

Most of the people who were against honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday have either retired or passed away. But eight congressman who voted against the holiday remain in office today. Wonder what they ...

Kyrsten Sinema confuses the Washington Post


Manuel Roig-Franzia
has a stick up his butt about Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. It’s not that he disagrees with her policies, or thinks she’s corrupt, or won unfairly. Basically, he’s aggravated that Sinema refuses to acknowledge that her sexual orientation shapes her policy beliefs, her politics, and her public service. Because HOW COULD IT NOT?

Sinema goes into depth about how the grinding poverty she grew up in shaped her world view, far more so than her sexuality. She puts it pretty bluntly. For example:  “I don’t think religion or my orientation shaped my world view,” she says. “They’re parts of who I am, but they’re not driving the force.”

But ...


Manuel Roig-Franzia
has a stick up his butt about Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. It’s not that he disagrees with her policies, or thinks she’s corrupt, or ...

House GOP lets the Violence Against Women Act expire for first time since 1994

Here’s the sad truth: It is not all surprising that House Republicans have blocked the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) a final time, officially allowing it to expire until the next Congress. This is the first time since the VAWA was first passed in 1994 that it has failed to be re-authorized. The VAWA is normally a bipartisan bill that passes without controversy.

But not under these House Republicans. Given their track record for doing nothing productive for the American people they were elected to represent, it’s not surprising they would throw victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the bus because they want to ensure no assistance is given to Native Americans, LGBT folks, and ...

Here’s the sad truth: It is not all surprising that House Republicans have blocked the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) a final time, officially allowing it to expire until the next Congress. This is ...

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The VAWA expired a year ago and Republicans are still blocking reauthorization

While you were out living life, the Violence Against Women Act expired.  For a year now, the infrastructure put in place and sustained by the 1994 landmark legislation has been in flux, leaving the future uncertain.  The law was reauthorized without incident in 2000 and 2005 but this year helping victims of rape and domestic violence has become a partisan issue.  Essentially, House Republicans have held up the renewal of the law because they don’t think all rape victims deserve help.

House Republicans are still blocking the reauthorization, which passed the Senate this spring, because of added protections and services for LGBT, Native American, and immigrant abuse victims.

These are the victims House Republicans deem unworthy of help.  House ...

While you were out living life, the Violence Against Women Act expired.  For a year now, the infrastructure put in place and sustained by the 1994 landmark legislation has been in flux, leaving the future uncertain. ...

55 ways Republicans hate women

Anyone following politics knows Republicans are launching a full out war on women. But you may not know how many anti-women votes the Republicans cast since January 2011. Well, a report released last week by Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Ca.) has the answer: 55! That’s right, Republicans voted to take away women’s rights or make their lives miserable 55 times. The Anti-Women Voting Record of The U.S. House of Representatives 112th Congress report includes some of the GOP’s greatest hits, so to speak, against women, like,

Seventeen votes which would allow health insurance companies to discriminate against women by charging women higher premiums than men or denying women coverage based on “pre-existing conditions” like being pregnant. a vote which would allow hospitals to deny emergency ...

Anyone following politics knows Republicans are launching a full out war on women. But you may not know how many anti-women votes the Republicans cast since January 2011. Well, a report released last week by Rep. Henry ...

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