I’m just making a mirror of the blog post at The Phoenix, because their server is melting at the moment:
“I have written about this before, in various contexts; tonight I’ve checked with several people directly involved in the MassGAP effort who confirm that this history as I’ve just presented it is correct — and that Romney’s claim tonight, that he asked for such a study, is false.
I will write more about this later, but for tonight let me just make a few quick additional points. First of all, according to MassGAP and MWPC, Romney did appoint 14 women out of his first 33 senior-level appointments, which is a reasonably impressive 42 percent. However, as I have reported before, those were almost all to head departments and agencies that he didn’t care about — and in some cases, that he quite specifically wanted to not really do anything. None of the senior positions Romney cared about — budget, business development, etc. — went to women.
Secondly, a UMass-Boston study found that the percentage of senior-level appointed positions held by women actually declined throughout the Romney administration, from 30.0% prior to his taking office, to 29.7% in July 2004, to 27.6% near the end of his term in November 2006. (It then began rapidly rising when Deval Patrick took office.)
Third, note that in Romney’s story as he tells it, this man who had led and consulted for businesses for 25 years didn’t know any qualified women, or know where to find any qualified women. So what does that say?”
- Mitt Romney’s Binder Full of Women Gets Its Own Tumblr Before Debate’s Even Over [That’s So Romney] (jezebel.com)
- Trapper Keep-her? Mitt Romney’s ‘Binder Full of Women’ Gets Meme’d (mashable.com)
- Presidential debate memes: Binders of women, a job for Jeremy (news.cnet.com)
- The New Big Bird: Romney’s Binders Full of Women (projectsocial.net)
Today in 1920, women finally won the right to vote, with suffrage taking nearly 100 years. Please vote on November 6th because your rights depend on it, now more than ever.
Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone
I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!
Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.
My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he’ll pardon Leonard Peltier. Maybe he’ll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he’ll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign – and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That’s one possibility. But I’m not betting on it.
So there’s this hate group called Westboro Baptist Church. They are the famous crazy people who show up at soldier funerals and national tragedies to be real life tragedy trolls. They figure out the most offensive thing to say, then try to upset everyone while they grieve. They are nothing if not classy. This last week they said they were going to protest the funeral of Aurora shooting victims.
Which they didn’t do.
Instead, they Photoshopped themselves into the vigil like they were there. Which is in violation of Commandment #9, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. ” Or the Cliff’s Notes version: “Don’t lie, bigoted middle school bully hate group masquerading as a church.” It’s from something called “The Bible.” That’s the book they say their ideas are based on. Just sayin’.