*Breaking* Fashion Trend Alert:

As hipsters claim high waisted relaxed fit jeans, skinny jeans have become the new “mom jeans.” 
You knew? I am always last. Time to resign myself to the mom look. My futility has become a humiliation. (I might have picked up on this when my old jeans disappeared from my closet.)

*Source- eye witness account.
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The Anniversary of the 19th Amendment—Women’s Right to Vote

Today, August 26, is “Women’s Equality Day.” On this day in 1920, after decades of work toward the cause, women secured the right to vote. Today is the anniversary the passing of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This is not to say women are on equal footing in America 97 years later. Those who believe we are have a distorted view of the type of society we live in. We may however have equal opportunities to hold the same jobs men hold, at a discounted rate of pay. 

We also have a man in the White House, when a woman won the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Granted, the failure of the electoral college, gerrymandering, and Russian interference were the catalysts for that injustice. 

In my opinion women have a bigger issue. Globally 1 of 3 women will be victims a of sexual assault in their lifetimes.
In America the statistic of sexual assault is 1 of 5, I’ve also read that 1 of 4 women will be sexually assaulted while attending college.

In America 97% of rapists don’t spend a single night in jail. 

For every 10 rapes, only 1 victim is male. I’m not wishing more violence against men, I’m pointing out another disparity. We do not live in a country where women are equal to men, in personal safety or in rights. 

Why do I bring this up on the anniversary of the ratification of 19th Amendment? 

We have an unregistered sex offender in the White House. He doesn’t deny it. He was caught on tape bragging about it…a tape released to the public prior to the election, but still he was elected. During the campaign, a dozen women accused him of sexual assault. In response, we elected him to office over a woman. 

Men in Washington, behind closed doors, have been trying to take away basic preventative healthcare from women since Donald Trump was inaugurated. They want mammograms, pap smears, prenatal care, and birth control omitted from healthcare coverage. They want rape to be a pre-existing condition.

Donald Trump is a man who unabashedly degrades and assaults women, comments about women’s bodies, and has claimed women should be punished for having abortions. 

Here is a stunning fact: Without the white female vote in key states Donald Trump would not have won the election. Trump won 53% of the white female vote. 

On the anniversary of suffragist’s achievement, I can’t help but wonder what they would think if they knew 53% of white women would vote for a man like Donald Trump, the personification of misogyny, and all he represents, rather than a woman with a lifetime of experience. 
I know…but what about the e-mails. 

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U With the Uterus 

Hey! You with the uterus! 

Stop right there!

Drop that insurance card!

Hands in the air!

You suspected pregnancy 

And bought a urine test

Don’t try to pass it off as new— 

The condition pre-exists!

Mammograms and Pap smears

All your women’s needs

You expect them to be covered 

In your health plan? That’s just greed.

Rich old white male politicians 

Won’t vote to subsidize the cost

Of care to keep you healthy here

In America— democracy is lost

Though they all had mothers 

Who birthed them at one time

Do their moms see what happened 

To their Repugnant offspring? It’s a crime.

A tax cut has priority 

Over compassion and ethics

Viagra however— treats a condition 

Which never pre-exists

So, you with the uterus, 

Happy Mothers Day!

Of that uterus, what happens to it— 

By the way, you have no say

Though the senate won’t approve this bill, 

Their version keeps women under attack

Because it’s not orange, no it’s Women 

Women are the GOP’s new black

The Emotioal Range of Donald Trump

A pungent stench of hypocrisy adubrates Donald Trump, like a cloud of magots on roadkill. I am not referring to his golf weekends today, I’m talking about the rationalization of his bombing of Syria’s airport cafeteria. 

After the missile strike one of his enablers said:

He had been “absolutely sickened by the images of babies, little babies, as the enraged president put it, dying slow, torturous deaths. No one needed to mention that Trump’s eighth grandchild, Theodore, the son of his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, is just one year old, and had first begun to crawl in the White House earlier this year. Trump’s emotion was real—and raw.”

I’ve addressed in previous posts my opinion that if it truly was the “babies, the little babies,” that prompted the action, Trump would have done something real to assist them, i.e. offering humanitarian aid, giving refugees sanctuary. He didn’t. Yes, I’m among the faction that believes this was a diversionary maneuver that Russia was in on, the hopeful outcome being— people would forget that Trump works for Putin, and it might help his dismal approval ratings. It seems to have worked on both counts. 

What I want to address today is the hi-lighted paragraph above. Imagine if you will a world in which America had a president who was a woman…come on try. If she were to say anything remotely similar to those tear-jerking comments above the news would be filled with misogynistic comments about emotional females, impulsivity, etc. Trump however is not criticized for his impulsive, emotional (if you believe it) unconstitutional attack.

My questions are to those who blindly applaud Trump’s ($90 million- of which he profits) missile strike— What if Trump is “absolutely sickened” by something else? What if his caddy gives him the wrong club, or if his spray tanner is out of orange? What kind of safeguards are there to ensure mister impulsive doesn’t go nuclear? Are those safeguards enforced by his backup enablers? Can those safeguards be ignored in the same way Donald Trump ignored the constitutional requirement that he get approval from congress before any missile strikes? 

Well, worry not fair citizens—it was all fake.

Bummer Trump and Ryan: AHCA is a No, America Wins

Despite Donald Trump’s bullying and threats to members of congress: “I’m going to come after you, but I know I won’t have to because I know you’ll vote yes.” It appears there were not enough republicans willing to take healthcare away from 24 million people, dismantle Medicaid, charge older citizens an average of 500% more than young people for health insurance, make preexisting conditions an excuse for insurers to deny coverage, and eliminate mental health coverage—all in order to give billionaires a tax cut. Trump’s own annual tax savings would have been $2,183,552. 

Thursday’s vote was postponed, rescheduled for today, and finally the bill died due to its own lack of coverage. That announcement came a day after this photo, a room full of geriatric hanging organs, was tweeted. Where are the women?

Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus didn’t do themselves any favors releasing the photo of this meeting in which the topic discussed was cutting coverage for items none of them feel deserve to be covered: mammograms, pregnancy and maternity, prenatal care and newborn coverage in their health plans. One of the male senators said, ‘Well, I don’t know why we would need maternity benefits in here. I’ve never used them. Why would they be mandatory?’
Viagra coverage however was never in question— it has been and will always be covered. 

All is well however because the greater good won in the end. No thanks to Donald Trump or Paul Ryan (who paid for his college education with money obtained from social security benefits when his alcoholic father died of the disease), or any of the other old white men at the big table. Women will keep prenatal care, grandma keeps her blood pressure medication, and 24 million Americans will keep their health insurance. 

Now the Donald can focus on casting blame, hoping it sticks to something, and exacting revenge for his failure.

“She Persisted”

Jeff Sessions was confirmed, as we all knew he would be. The man, who because of allegations of racism, was not fit to be a federal district judge in 1986, is our new Attorney General. The entire Trump administration is a throwback to a disgraceful era that we thought was in our past.

“She Was Warned. She was Given an Explanation. Nevertheless, She Persisted.” ~Mitch McConnell

Elizabeth Warren, (a woman), was silenced by Mich McConnell (a man) for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King Jr’s widow) about Jeff Sessions.

Bernie Sanders (a man) stepped in to read the same letter for Elizabeth Warren, who had been barred from speaking at the hearing. He read the letter without interruption.

“It is unconscionable that Republican Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren because she read a letter from one of the great civil rights leaders, Coretta Scott King, in opposition to Jeff Sessions. When I read the same letter, no one prevented me from speaking. And when I asked to enter the entire text into the record, nobody objected. Sen. McConnell owes Sen. Warren an apology and of course she should participate in this important debate. In the U.S. Senate, you don’t ban a senator from engaging in debate. Donald Trump and Republicans are quickly moving us in an un-American and authoritarian direction. This cannot be allowed to take place in the Senate.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

The exteme and bizarre turn of events in Washington over the past two and a half weeks seem surreal. As many have said, it’s like we are in the fictional dystopian society of George Orwell, but this is really happening. We really have no choice but to follow Elizabeth Warren’s lead—and persist. 

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February 9, 2017

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