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Your Terrifying Quote For The Day

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“President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition. Your listeners, US taxpayers, are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda. … This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history. … Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand.”

Michele Bachmann

…an active member of Congress.


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Forget The Pill, Meet The Pullout Generation

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Over at the Cut, Ann Friedman has a really great piece introducing us to something she calls the “pullout generation”, where large numbers of women — usually in their 30’s — are using the old school pullout method as their primary means of birth control:

These women describe a deliberate transition from the pill to the pullout. They buy organic kale and all-natural cleaning products, and so can’t quite get down with taking synthetic hormones every day. They are more driven by sexual pleasure — they see orgasms as a right, not a privilege — and hate the feel of condoms. They wouldn’t call themselves porn aficionados or anything, but they don’t think it’s demeaning to have a man come on them. They’re sick of supposedly egalitarian relationships in which they bear the sole responsibility for staying baby-free. They’re scared to stick an IUD up there, no matter how many rave reviews the devices get. And despite the fact that non-hormonal contraceptive options remain frustratingly limited, there are new tools at their disposal: With period-tracker apps, charting your menstrual cycle is no longer the domain of hippies and IVF patients. They know when to make him put on a condom. Plus, they can keep a packet of Plan B on hand at all times, ready and waiting should anything go awry.

Far be it for me to advise women how to go about not getting pregnant, but if you’re one of the women who prefers the pullout method, just know that you’re playing with fire — and by fire I mean you’re putting way too much trust and credit in the hands of your male counterpart, who probably has the tendency to forget what to do when the end draws near. If you’re totally certain that you don’t want to have a baby right now, the pullout method should rank pretty low (and I mean at the bottom) on your list of acceptable birth control regimens.

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Best Of The Week

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It’s nearly the end of our first summer here on Left and Center, and we’ve quickly realized that August does indeed bring with it amazingly slow news-days. But I hope you’ll agree we still found some important things to discuss on this little blog.

The most popular post of the week doubled as one large capitulation from your Editor, one which I did not anticipate writing: Glenn Greenwald Vindicated, Surveillance State Out Of Control.

Other well-liked pieces included some baffling news out of the South, Louisiana Republicans Unsure If Obama Was More To Blame For Katrina Response Than Bush; our coverage of some seriously harrowing news from the Middle East, Did The Worst Chemical Attack In Decades Just Happen In Syria?; Two Opposing Views Of Bradley Manning’s 35 Year Sentence; a very welcome Study Which Finds That The More Sex You Have, The More Money You Make; and finally, the absurd fact that in the U.S., We Subsidize Religions To The Tune Of $83.5 Billion A Year.

Thanks for checking in, as always.


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Best Of The Week


The most popular posts of the week both had to do with the saddening swell of violence and terror in Egypt this week: Violence Erupts In Egypt — Reactions & Analysis, and my follow up piece Egypt Quickly Descending Into Hell.

Other highly circulated pieces included Californians Use Less Electricity Than Everyone Else — Here’s Why; our brutal and effective Photo Of The Day: “Not All Violence Is Physical”; and whether or not it’s time to mark The End Of The Art Gallery?

Just a few recommendations, in case you missed them: Is Washington In A Post-Policy Moment?; my thoughts on why Obama’s Economic Approval Rating is so terribly dismal; Here’s How Little The Public Knows About The Deficit; and a small defense of Edward Snowden, Time To Give Credit Where Credit Is Due.

For good measure, also check out Rep. Steve King’s latest racist rant. Good luck with that Hispanic vote.

See ya!


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Photo Of The Day: “Not All Violence Is Physical”


Copyranter explains the brutal ad against domestic violence, from Lebanon:

    Not all violence is physical.
    The scars are shaped like the sound waves of the violent words — pretty shocking and effective.

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San Diego Creepo Mayor Bob Filner Wants Everyone To “Move Forward”


I think it’s fair to say Bob Filner thinks that given enough time and enough creepy smiles, everyone will forget that 14 women (so far) have come forward to accuse him of sexual harassment. In his formal response to the people’s of San Diego trying to recall him from office, Filner wrote, “Now is not the time to go backwards — back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to Downtown special interests. We need to continue to move forward!”

The rest of the letter consists of Filner highlighitng his accomplishments over the 8 months he’s been in office, making zero references to the sexual harrassment allegations — the very basis of the recall effort.

Apart from his tendency to make sexual advancements on every single woman he sees, Filner is also being investigated for allegedly taking women to a popular downtown hotel, on the taxpayers dime.

But not to worry folks, Bob Filner knows he has a problem. He recently undertook a two-week intensive therapy session meant to curb his sexual appetite. The program was so effective that he left it a week early, cured and ready to mayor the city once more.

A part of me wants him to stick around for a while. I haven’t seen this level of crazy-denial since Karl Rove found out that Romney lost Ohio.

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So, San Diego’s Mayor Is Kind Of A Scumbag

Commissioner Swearing In Ceremony 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has a theory about female workers: they would do better at their jobs “if they worked without their panties on.” The Los Angeles Times has the report:

Filner’s behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a “dirty old man” and coined the phrases “the Filner headlock” and “the Filner dance” to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, Gonzalez said.

The accusations came two hours after the 70-year-old Democrat issued a statement saying he would not resign and that a fair investigation would find him innocent of sexual harassment.

“As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions,” Filner said in his statement. “But as a citizen of this country, I also expect — and am entitled to — due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations.”

Sorry Bob, but no one in the history of the world has a good enough imagination to come up with “the Filner headlock”. Enjoy what remaining time you have in the mayor’s office — interns be warned.

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Iowa’s All-Male Supreme Court Says It’s OK To Fire A Woman If You Really Want To Sleep With Her

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Good news to all you male chauvinists out there: if you really really really want to have sex with your employee, but you don’t want to risk your marriage, the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that you can totally fire her:

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A dentist acted legally when he fired a longtime assistant because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an affair, the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday in its second crack at the controversial case.

Coming to the same outcome as it did in December, but clarifying its rationale, the court found that bosses can fire employees that they and their spouses see as threats to their marriages. The court said such firings do not count as sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.

The all-male court argued that if Melissa Nelson was fired due to “gender-specific characteristics”, then it would have been a violation of her civil rights to let her go. But because her firing had to do with her attractiveness, and her boss’s feelings toward her, then getting rid of her was totally acceptable.

So, looks like we still have some work to do with this whole equality thing. Thanks Iowa.

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Rick Perry’s Sister Could Profit From Texas Abortion Bill

Written by Cato:

Rick Perry’s sister is set to make a tidy profit if the Texas governor signs the state’s controversial abortion restriction bill into law. According to the Huston Chronicle:

“If the bill passes, only five Texas abortion clinics would remain open — those that are already equipped as ambulatory surgical centers, advocates say. But a question remains: would the 420 other ambulatory surgical centers that exist in Texas begin performing the operation?

One company that will be faced with that decision is United Surgical Partners International, based in Addison, TX. Their vice-president of government affairs is Milla Perry Jones, Gov. Rick Perry’s sister. She is also on the board of the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society.”

Granted, the legislation is modeled on laws already enacted in other states, so it can’t be attributed to Perry’s imagination alone. And it would be a good thing for women if those organizations still permitted under the new law to perform abortions would begin doing so. However, to drive current providers out of the market, clearing the way for the governor’s kin to turn a profit, stinks of nepotism and big government.

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Flanked By Men, Ohio’s Governor Signs Draconian Abortion Bill Into Law


Keeping the trend of conservative male politicians doing everything they can to limit the reproductive rights of women, Ohio Governor John Kasich — while surrounded exclusively by men — signed into law House Bill 59, which will eliminate funds for Planned Parenthood clinics, transfer funds meant for family planning to conservative “crisis pregnancy centers”, eliminate any funding for any rape crisis center that offers its clients (and victims) information on abortion, install new restrictions on abortion clinics (like the ones proposed in Texas) that will force many of them to close up shop, and last but not least, will require doctors to spend some time with women seeking an abortion to inform them that their unborn fetuses have something called a “fetal heartbeat”.

As it turns out, the majority of Ohioans don’t support the bill, mainly because it wages war on women’s reproductive rights:

The majority of Ohio voters don’t support the provisions in the state budget related to limiting women’s reproductive rights, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP). Fifty two percent of respondents don’t support the budget specifically because it seeks to defund Planned Parenthood, a move that would limit thousands of Ohio women’s access to preventative care and family planning services. And 52 percent also oppose the budget provision that would impose harsh requirements on abortion providers, ultimately forcing some clinics to shut down.

Opponents of the bill gathered outside the Statehouse shortly before the Governor sat down to sign HB59 into law, and filled the Senate chamber with chants of “Shame on you!” before they were escorted out.

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The Best Of The Week On Left And Center

Gay Marriages at SF City HallA couple is wed in San Francisco soon after the state approved marriage licenses (by Pargon)

The most popular posts of the week as chosen by our readers were Texas Republican Thinks Rape Kits “Clean Out” Pregnant Victims Of Rape And Incest, our report that Snowden Took the NSA Job In Order To Gather Evidence, the full breakdown of the Voting Rights Act: Everything You Need To Know, Cato’s important piece about Why The Farm Bill Mattered, and finally, Saying Goodbye To The Washington “Scandals”.

Other popular posts were Fareed Zakaria’s The Threat Comes From Within, Here Are The States Already Prepping Discriminatory Voter ID Laws, and The Case For Class Based Affirmative Action.

Here are some posts you may have missed, but we think are important: whether or not it’s Time To Stop Worrying About American Foreign Policy?, DOMA Struck Down: Reactions And Analysis, #StandWithWendy: The Fight Is Not Over, and finally, our thoughts regarding a revelation about the NSA leaker, Snowden: “(Leakers) Should Be Shot In The Balls”.

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Texas Republican Thinks Rape-Kits “Clean Out” Pregnant Victims Of Rape And Incest


Texas, the state which gave us George W Bush, Rick Perry, and Friday Night Lights (ok, that one is pretty good), just passed one of the nation’s most wide-ranging packages of abortion restrictions on Monday that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require abortion doctors to have admitting privleges at nearby hospitals and limit the practice of abortions to surgical centers. In short, Texas is making it impossible for 37 out of the states 42 abortion clinics to exist. Advocates (Republicans) claim that the measure will improve women’s health, while opponents (most Democrats) argue that making access to safe abortion nearly inaccessible can only lead to undue harm for women in the state. The package has to pass the state’s senate, then Gov. Rick Perry’s desk. But let’s be honest here: it’s Texas, it’ll pass.

During the grueling debate on this issue Sunday night, Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker — the bill’s sponsor — got herself into some trouble when she responded to Democrat Rep. Senfronia Thompson’s call for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest by arguing that such an exemption is unnecessary since women get “cleaned out” with “rape-kits”:
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WHO: Globally, 35 Percent Of All Women Are Victims Of Sexual Violence

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According to a new report by the World Health Organization, 35 percent of women around the world have been sexually and physically abused, and 80 percent of the time, the violence comes at the hands of their domestic partners, inside the home:

The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence, represents the first systematic study of global data on the prevalence of violence against women – both by partners and non-partners. Some 35% of all women will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence. The study finds that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30% of women worldwide.

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The Underrepresentation of Women In Philosophy

Resting place of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

Tania Lombrozo reflects on her experience at the annual meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, held at Brown University:

Daniel Dennett was in the seat just ahead of me; additional luminaries were scattered about the room. A quick count revealed about equal numbers of men and women in the audience — an unusual figure for an event in philosophy, where women make up less than 20 percent of full-time faculty.

That was precisely the topic we’d gathered to discuss: the underrepresentation of women in philosophy, where numbers mirror those for math, engineering, and the physical sciences, making philosophy an outlier within the humanities.

There’s been no shortage of speculation about why. Perhaps, to quote Hegel, women’s “minds are not adapted to the higher sciences, philosophy, or certain of the arts.” Perhaps women are turned off by philosophy’s confrontational style. Perhaps women are more inclined toward careers with practical applications.

But the most plausible hypothesis is that various forms of explicit and implicit bias operate in philosophy, as they do within and beyond other academic disciplines. Unfortunately, though, this explanation refines our question rather than answering it.

Two Georgia State University masters students, Toni Adleberg and Morgan Thompson, and their professor Eddy Nahmias, collected data from over 700 male and female students on their experiences in the Introduction to Philosophy course at their university, aiming to solve for the why in the case of women being turned off and away by the discipline. Lombrozo shares their findings:

Overall, female students found the course less enjoyable and the material less interesting and relevant to their lives than male students. Compared to male students, they also felt that they had less in common with typical philosophy majors or with their instructors, reported feeling less able and likely to succeed in philosophy, were less comfortable participating in class discussions and were less inclined to take a second philosophy course or to major in philosophy. (Interestingly, however, they didn’t anticipate receiving lower grades.)

A possible solution to this is something proposed by Nahmias in an email to Lombrozo, “philosophy can do a better job introducing itself to incoming students.”

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Ain’t No Love For Women At The Movies


Linda Holmes laments that if you want to go to the movies to see a film about a woman, you won’t find one:
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