BJ: Flood reporting from Lodi, NJ

BettyJean Kling

My husband Dick (that’s his name as well as his reputation as a husband) is in PA- the world’s greatest husband refused to come to NJ to help me during the hurricane. Then he called today to tell me that he made the right call since he wasn’t needed here anyway because he heard Irene didn’t hit Bergen County!

Well Marc and I made our way to an area where we could get to the bridge over the main street in our town about 1/2 mile from where I live in NJ and show him just how right he was and how safe we were here. We wanted to assure him he was absolutely right about leaving us to fend for ourselves, so we made  sure to document the conditions here.

Again the videos were shot within a short walk from our home. Our sewers are still backing up into our aqpartment, and have been since this 11 Sunday morning. We can’t use our water or flush our toilets yet and there is a big tree threatening our house and garage.

I am so lucky to have a hubby who knew we would be safe from this hurricane and didn’t want to be another person to worry about.  Bless his caring heart!

Louisa, a TBI patient who can’t talk, or move on her own is in Bergen Region Medical Center in Paramus- there have been without power all day- just emergency generators in the hallways and in critical care units etc. I didn’t know where to be first- by the time I got there she had been so neglected — I cried for 3 hours.

Here in Lodi, the National Guard is boating up and down Main Street in rubber dingies hauling folks out of apartments and houses and we are not expecting a dry-out for several days.

Dick informs me – they got a bit of rain out in Central PA and the wind whipped up to about 15 MPH but he says he is fine. I am sure glad he didn’t ask us to jump in the car to come help him out- we won’t be leaving Lodi for a while. Ever hear that old song: Oh Lord – we’re stuck in Lodi—AGAIN?

That’s ok – he really is safer if we stay 225 miles apart right now. Every-time we turn that wet-dry vac on to suck sewage out of our aparyment  – something inside me wants to wrap the electric cord around his throat and pull hard, very hard and  for a very long time.

Hey Dick paddle through that 1/2  inch of rain you got out in Central PA and have someone hook you up and show you these video’s,  I know you are losing sleep worrying about all of us out here ~ NOT~!

Note for those of you who don’t read the comments:

Here is a list of a some of the fun Dick missed out on:

  • 1- The 86 year old mother suffering heart failure
  • 2- The disabled daughter in the nursing home without power
  • 3- The grandchildren some of whom were located in the flood
  • 4- The flooding basement at our rental home
  • 5- The flooding basement and the sewage backed up in our house
  • 6- General help with batting down the hatches before Irene came
  • 7- Comfort and support while the electric is out
  • 8- Tenants calling for help with flooding basements
  • 9- Cleaning up after the storm

Did Maxine Waters just tell The Tea Party to go straight to hell?

BJ Downing

 “As far as I’m concerned the Tea party can go right straight to hell and I will help them get there,” said Maxine Waters and her audience of SEIU thugs agreed with her.

So much for Democratic civility!

Now what would happen if a Tea Party member told her and The Black caucus to go straight to hell followed by a direct threat to help them get there?

Let me guess — Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson et al.  along with a parade of every white guilt ridden liberal jackass would be out in the liberal media in 5 minutes screaming racist, Astroturf, low life but for the Dems, minorities  or the friggen black caucus to pull this crap is par for the course.

 

Hey Maxine and the black caucus and the purple shirts etc. etc. etc.  The Tea Party is not a political party. It is a group of American Citizens  who pay your damned salary and whose money runs this country and who owns this country and has a right to speak.  For you to tell any American Citizen or group to go to hell is bullshit lady! Just who do you think you are?

Maxine – You might not be “afraid ofanybody” but you sure as hell should be ashamed of yourself! What kind of a person tells American Citizens to go to hell and threatens to help them get there? Did you learn that in church or at your momma’s feet?

Kiss my ass Maxine! There are more of us than there are of you and we are not going to be intimidated by the likes of you either!

Europe to America: Voters are a multitude of fools; You’re idiots!

BJ Downing

I recently got an email with the following so called “BEST QUOTE OF THE DECADE – from the CZECH REPUBLIC” bashing the American people over our current POTUS.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools who made him their President.”

Well, I cannot say that I disagree but it reminds me of the last ‘BEST QUOTE OF THE DECADE’ that one from the Brits. Remember this?

 Brits to America: You’re Idiots!
Well, 51 percent of you, anyway.
By June Thomas Posted Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at 8:07 PM ET

Americans who think post-election anti-red-state recrimination is a U.S.-only phenomenon should check out the cover of Thursday’s Daily Mirror: Over a picture of President George W. Bush, the paper asked, “How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?” Inside, the left-leaning British tabloid headlined its editorial, “WAR MORE YEARS.” In a clear demonstration of the trans-Atlantic culture gap, the paper’s description of the president’s beliefs—clearly intended to strike Mirror readers as a radical agenda—is simply an accurate, if crude, précis of his platform: “Mr Bush opposes abortion and gay marriage, doesn’t give a stuff about the environment, is against gun control and believes troops should stay in Iraq for as long as it takes.”

Great quotes both – but- as far as I am concerned the best quote was written by one of our own when we formed this country long before we the people lost our marbles and sold our souls to one party or the other over a few radical issues none of us has any damned business dictating to the other of us!

“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.” ~~~ THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Francis Hopkinson, Mar. 13, 1789

Any given Election year a paltry few percent of fools ( last few elections were won by 51-53%) will vote for one side or another over some radical issue be it religious vs. Liberal  (abortion/gay rights) or Republican vs. Dem (Green vs. drill baby drill or gun control) issue. Issues which apparently are more important that the waste, fraud, and abuse going on under our very noses. They are draining us dry while they are getting rich and making their cronies rich.

Here is some interesting information: Our representatives are MILLIONAIRES

The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.
Who are the wealthiest members of Congress? Here’s a look. Next
If you stayed up nights wondering whether members of Congress would be able to weather the Great Recession of the late 2000s, this bit of news should finally put your mind at ease.

Overall, members of Congress saw their personal wealth grow by more than 16 percent during the worst economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression, according to financial disclosures submitted by lawmakers. See more: Even in Recession, Congress Pay Grew

The median personal wealth for members of Congress grew to $911,510 in 2009, up from $785,515 in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires.

We should be focusing on jobs, economy, energy independence, education, infrastructure, equal representation by women in our government, media bias, court reform, earmark reform, term limits, terrorism, immigration, voter fraud, caucus fraud, corruption and tax reform instead of the divisive issues.

While they keep us looking at those divisive issues that keep us at each other’s throats they are abrogating our very democracy and getting away with it. We are battling each other while they just spend our money to get elected and re-elected. They spend it to play golf and to fly around the world visiting dignitaries for a day then vacationing for the rest of the week with the family members they brought with them; they vacation and buy homes on tropical islands all on our dime. They exempt themselves from our laws and health care reforms. They give themselves raises while they ask the citizens to pay more in taxes, they preach tax reform but they intend (just like HC reform) to hold on to their own loopholes. They believe they are above the law and are blatant about it (Kerry and his R.I. Yacht scandal)

“The Boston Herald reported that the Massachusetts Democrat had berthed his yacht Isabel in Rhode Island and suggested he was seeking to avoid paying about $437,000 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of around $70,000 that would be levied if he berthed the vessel in Massachusetts. Rhode Island has no sales tax on yachts.”

The Republicans with their family values are repeatedly found short of family values too numerous to list here but we know what they are. Suffice it to say, both parties claim the other party does not suit our values and they are both right – NEITHER does! Both are corrupt! Both are lying through their teeth.

Both QUOTES OF THE DECADE are true, the one about fools voting for Obama and dummies voting for Bush. We are a nation of sheeple who are getting dumber and dumber every day and paying the dishonor to do so. The once great and proud America will fall like every great empire and like the great republic of Rome if we do not wake up soon and stop voting for a few issues, which both parties offer like carrots on a stick but never really deliver anyway but rather keep alive as bait to keep us hooked to their party.

WAKE UP.

BTW- I have no idea who really wrote the quote attributed to the CZECH’s – it doesn’t really matter  does it? Read instead our founders and our Constitution.

Not so sweet: Hershey’s exploits student workers to avoid paying living wages in Pennsylvania

By Lisa Thompson

I’m forwarding you appalling news about the treatment of foreign students “working” for the Hershey company in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The treatment of these students makes a mockery of American values. Please read the below and be sure to follow the link to watch the video and join the petition campaign. I also urge you to take Hershey brand products off your shopping lists.

https://secure3.convio.net/pn/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1296

Godwin is a Nigerian student who heard about a great opportunity to learn about American culture and hone his English skills in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was excited when he learned he was accepted to be a part of a special U.S. State Department approved visa program designed to promote cultural exchange and international understanding. He was so thrilled that he would be meeting American people as a guestworker with the Hershey Company that he was willing to pay $4,000 to be part of the program.

Once he arrived in Hershey, his excitement quickly faded as he found himself forced to work long hours packing chocolates instead of working in a public position. Godwin, and hundreds of other international students from all over the world, found that they not only had to work long hours, but Hershey forced them to live in company housing, after paying $3,000-6,000 for the “opportunity” to work for Hershey. Hershey also charged them other expenses, leaving most of the students with $40 to $140 per week after 40 hours of work with serious health and safety problems at the worksite. (You can see a video of their story here.)

When they complained about their working conditions, the students were threatened with deportation.

But Hershey’s exploitation doesn’t end with the students. Jobs like these used to be living wage jobs with a union contract, earning about $18 an hour.

The students understand that they are being exploited, and they understand that they are being used to hurt working families in the United States. Today, they are courageously risking deportation to stand up for themselves and American workers by organizing a sit down strike inside the plant. They were joined in the sit down strike by community, religious and labor leaders.

They have two simple demands:

1) Hershey Company must return the $3000-$6000 that the student-workers paid to participate in a bogus cultural exchange program;

2) Hershey must make these jobs living wage jobs for Pennsylvania workers.

It takes a lot of courage to stand up to an employer who legally controls every aspect of your life. We need you to help the students in their efforts to expose this fraudulent program and get justice for themselves and American workers.

Please send a message to Hershey’s CEO in support of the students by clicking here. Join the brave international students in their fight against this injustice.

You can learn more by clicking here.

In Solidarity,
Michael Morrill

Willingly falling into second place and believing it is their choice

“It’s Me Louise”

A proud Female is one who is strong and is always in control of her own body. She may be a feminist, a wife, a mother or she may remain single. Whatever she chooses to do with her life or how she chooses to share her time or affections, she is a complete and honorable person who deserving full respect.

She may enjoy sexual intercourse or not. It should be her decision to accept or reject sexual advances, however at not time should she be forced into having unprotected sex. A first-rate man who respects a women would be prepared with “condoms” both for his protection against  sexually transmitted diseases and to prevent unwanted pregnancy rather than relying on the female for the entire responsibility of birth control. Unprotected sex is exclusively for couples who are planning to create life and are both prepared to have a baby!

Any man that claims he does not like to use condoms is a low life that has no respect for a female or for the potential child resulting from his action. He is also someone who would rather drop his easily discarded slime into a woman’s body using use her as his toilet!

Females, wake up, you are not a toilet! Why would you ever allow yourselves to become a receptacle for excess male sperm or why stand for someone you love to use you and treat you as a toilet? You deserve better than having to clean up his slime left in your body. Insist he use condoms and clean up his own residue.

Women have always intrinsically known that they were equal beings and should be independent but never before has woman had more opportunity to fight for their rights, equality, freedom, representation and to hold the highest offices. Yet with all this opportunity, so many still subject them selves to being sex objects and sperm receptacles for men’s pleasure buying the notion that anything less is a sign of sexual repression. Willingly falling into second place and believing it is their choice rather than the result of brainwashing to submit to one of the two options offered women. Neither subordinate wife or unrepressed sperm receptacle is a totally free first class citizen of the same stature man is !

If our Great Grandmothers could risk life and death fighting for the vote 200 years ago and if they could reason that women should be the only ones to determine their own destiny – surely today’s women should be equally as perceptive.

 “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” Susan B. Anthony 1875

Female: What is she? Not easily defined even by herself.

Another Rant by: BettyJean Kling

What is a female? A Female is depicted by others everyday all day long all over the world. Does anyone anywhere even know who or what a female is anymore? Does a female even know who she is? Ask her – she will tell you who she is to someone else no doubt! Lately it has become vogue to brag about being a mother. ‘As a Mom’, ‘Proud to be a mom’, ‘A Million Moms’ ‘Just a Mom’.

I am one of those and belong to every one of those online groups and darn happy to be a mom a grand mom and a great grand mom and proud to belong to all of the mom groups as well.

I am also a US citizen and proud to be one – and a wife and proud to be one a daughter and proud to be one but I am ultimately a female and when I take away all the other labels –I remain far and away a female. I need to know that as one of 52% of civilization – and of all of the population, I am something unique unto myself as well as a part of something and someone else!

How many of us unique females have no children, husband, siblings, or parents alive. What does that make us– nothings?

I dare say we had damned well better wake up and recognize that we are so much more than someone else’s something, subordinate only to them. As proud as we are to be part of a family, a marriage, and as parents we have forgotten we are in the end individuals.

If you are a religious or God fearing individual- God made you in his image – you are responsible to him for what you do about you too.   Religious or envirionmentalists — as females we are the majority on this earth and as such we have a responsibility to be lights and good stewards and responsible to teach our daughters and our sons by example.  As an example we should not be turning our backs  away from what is wrong but we need to turn against it.

 The time is now! There is a war on woman all across this world and it is up to every woman to stand up and say NO! Sadly, we spend less time on the community of women and to helping each other, which would strengthen our causes then we do on fighting each other. Indeed, it takes a village and yet we fight against other never realizing we are our worse enemies when we should be our best warriors.  Think again!

It is up to women to teach our sons and daughters that females are to be highly respected and we are to be accepted just as we are! We are not second-class citizens- not here – not anywhere around the world – let us stand up and start acting like it! We are woman first – not black women – not Hispanic – not gay- not straight – not someone’s wife or daughter first – to our own selves we need to be true!

Ask yourself — What is a female? Make sure you know your worth and be prepared to teach it to others – to your chidren!

Look at your daughters – know what a female is. When you look at your little girl – do you airbrush her perfect? Doesn’t she deserve to be a first class human being or are you raising her to be someone’s something? When you see a report of a wife missing or found dead at the hand of her husband – do you realize that could be your daughter you gave to a husband in marriage? Did you give her as a peice of property? Do you think those parents ever dreamed of such horror? In many religions, men are reared to treat their women this way and  these customs are coming here. Not that our men have not been bad enough here all along.

We are faced with two extremes regarding the treatment and condition of women right here in the US. There is a liberal or a conservative view – Sexualization or Religion both render her less than! Neither extreme is acceptable and we have no right to decide which box is right for your daughters! Human rights belong to every female and each of us is born with inalienable rights. These rights are being abrogated by man and government and it is being tolerated by the majority of our citizens in this the US an otherwise free country.

We the women of the US are not subjects of the government- slaves to our husbands nor are we subject to the churches. We are free human beings, brainwashed into submission by men who we can simply out vote by uniting against them and demanding our civil and human rights!

WHY? Because we women have not stood, up and said NO! We have hidden our eyes from the truth! Women in our society are disrespected and we can stop it now.

Reported in the US http://www.feminist.com/antiviolence/facts.html

4-5 women a day are murdered by their husbands in the US
1 in 4 women a day are beaten – only half are reported so 1-2 are feared to be harmed
1 in 4 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years

http://www.wisechoice.net/porn-statistics/

100,000′s a day have a Tiger Woods for a husband
Over 50% of men accessing the internet are using internet pornography on purpose
Internet Porn is the fasting growing cause of divorce in the United States

Pornographic websites 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
Pornographic pages 420 million
Daily pornographic search engine requests 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
Daily pornographic emails 2.5 billion (8% of total emails)
Internet users who view porn 42.7%
Received unwanted exposure to sexual material 34%
Average daily pornographic emails/user 4.5 per Internet user
Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer) 1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)
Daily Gnutella “child pornography” requests 116,000
Websites offering illegal child pornography 100,000
Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms 89%
Youths who received sexual solicitation 1 in 7 (down from 2003 stat of 1 in 3)
Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites 72 million visitors to pornography: Monthly
Internet Pornography Sales $4.9 billion

Women appear to be brainwashed, given only two choices, Conservative or Liberal- Madonna or the whore. It’s only natural to fear the antithesis of the box we were forced into. If we break out of these boxes and stop fighting for the same booby prizes we can achieve the main goal. Why settle to be with a big wig who can at any time toss us aside when we can be the big wig ourselves? I would rather be in control than behind someone in control of me!

1.) Jessica Alba

Have you wondered how some celebrities manage to keep their seemingly perfect figures after pregnancy? Is it the personal trainers and private chefs that do the trick? Not entirely or perhaps not at all.  It’s the airbrusher! The real Jessica Alba , months after giving birth, is seen airbrushed, note the trimmed waistline and hips.

2.) Beyonce

I wonder why Vanity Fair digitally altered Beyonce’s image to appear several shades lighter on their cover.

3.) Kate Winslet

Although denies any retouching was done for her 2008 Vanity Fair photo shoot, a professional airbrusher interviewed by the Daily Mail disagrees:  “There is no real detail in her face. Any detail or wrinkles have been removed. There are no eye bags, contours and smile lines. Her bottom has been rounded off so it looks nice and pert. I would be very surprised if her bottom was like that naturally.”

4.) Britney Spears

These side-by-side photos were taken within days of one another.

5.) Julia Roberts

The Redbook editors plucked Roberts head from a paparazzi shot taken at the 2002 People’s Choice Awards while her body was borrowed from the Notting Hill movie premiere four years ago. The clipped-together photo is accompanied by a headline that blares, without a trace of irony, “The Real Julia.” 

6.) Jennifer Aniston

Wish you could have washboard abs like Jennifer Aniston after the age of 40? America’s favorite Friend does as well. When asked by host Barabara Walters what happened to the modest girl next door we used to love, Jen laughed, “She’s there! Photoshopped!”

7.) Sarah Palin

The body belongs to a 22 year-old woman known only as Elizabeth. An unemployed web site designer from New York City found the four year old pic on Flickr and pasted Gov. Palin’s head on it as a spoof for her Facebook page. And the rest has become as much a part of political yore as Swift Boat and Dukakis in a tank.

 

8.) Kelly Clarkson

Apparently Kelly Clarkson grew tired of Howard Stern making cracks about her ass and did something about it, or shall I say had her airbrusher do something about it.

The airbrushing later became so pronounced on her new album cover that Clarkson barely recognized herself. On a blog entry she wrote: “Its very colorful and they have definitely Photoshopped the crap out of me . . . Whoever she is, she looks great, ha!”

9.) The Women of the Israeli Cabinet

In a move straight out of Pravda, the Israeli ultra-Orthodox newspaper Yated Neeman airbrushed two female cabinet members out of a picture of the Israeli Cabinet and replaced them with two men not even in the cabinet.  The newspaper claims picturing women violates their laws of modesty but here in the States it simply violates our laws of common decency.

 
 

10.) The Dove Soap Women

Remember the Dove Soap campaign featuring “real”, full-figured women instead of the airbrushed, fake supermodels we’ve grown so accustomed to? Even when Madison Avenue ad executives try to keep it real, their itchy airbrush fingers get the best of them.

According to retoucher Pascal Dangin, these ladies were just as fake as the supermodels we so love to poke fun at. “Do you know how much retouching was on that?” he asked. “But it was great to do, a challenge, to keep everyone’s skin and faces showing the mileage but not looking unattractive.”

 

Gentlemen, next time your lady tells you the Hollywood ideal of beauty is impossible to live up to, believe her. And Ladies next time you think only a trollop posses for these things – think of the Israeli Cabinet members who disapeared.

Please do not write me comments about the women who pose for these- it is easy to blame women and leave the men blameless or to blame men but the truth is this: Sex sells because we have been selling women forever. For all of history we have been selling women- there are more of us then there are of them – let’s just stand up and stop it now when and where we can! ? Start with the advertisers. ‘Boycott them – but do it collectively so one gets hurt badly at a time- one at a time money talks!

What is a Female – do you know? How will you explain it to your 3 year old? Do you want to tell her she must grow up to be a mother even if her body will never make her one? Do you want to teach her to submit to a man who may beat her to death? Do you want to teach your 3 year old boy not to believe what his lying eyes tell him to believe ? She is not what he thinks she is – she is not what you think she is either!

She is a total work of art- she is every bit as valuable as the son you may have bore — act like it- fight for her right to be treated as the whole - human being she is! Do it Now!

The Masks Laugh & Cry: This Is Great Theatre

The Riverdaughter Confluence site comments offered this gem. http://www.youtube.com/embed/OXUGRC-wf4k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>  At 3:38 you’ll laugh out loud. (“To any Obama Supporters attracted to this blog for the Womens’ Rights issues, I apologize.) Many of us met at the PUMA Conference, and it’s just a

We Told You So

moment …  as for the final conclusion, email Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

In This Brave New World, 160 Million Girls Are ‘Missing’

A Commentary By Debra J. Saunders
Sunday, July 31, 2011

The world is becoming unbalanced. In pockets across the globe, women are giving birth to too many boys. In China, the sex ratio is 121 boys to 100 girls. In India, it’s 112-to-100. Sex selection also is a force in the Balkans, Armenia and Georgia. In her eye-opening book, “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men,” journalist Mara Hvistendahl estimates that ultrasound and abortion have “claimed over 160 million potential women and girls — in Asia alone.” That’s more than the entire female population of the United States. 

The rest of this amazing commentary is found here:  
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_debra_j_saunders/in_this_brave_new_world_160_million_girls_are_missing

Terry O’Neil does NOW proud

BettyJean Kling

 I know Terry, I helped get her elected and believe me – she is much less radical than her predecessors. She is however, presiding over NOW the National Organization of Women or as it should be named more appropriately, NODW the National Organization of Democratic Women and is therefore obliged to tow the party line. And tow the party line she has as was evidenced by her latest comments this week.

When Terry ran, I had high hopes that NOW , under her leadership, would open up to all women and so those of us who voted for Sarah went to Terry’s side and voted for her over Kim Gandy. Terry the presidency by a slim eight votes and everyone there knew it was the Sarah voters that took Terry over the top. It was no secret , in fact it was the talk of the weekend culminating in the election of  June 20, 2009.

We hoped Terry would remember the moderates who helped put her in and open NOW to all women but apparently the good ol Gals and the single issue ideology that keeps women from uniting has prevented Terry from taking NOW up a notch or back in time to era when the organization’s true goal is to serve and empower all women nationwide.

 My heart skipped a beat when I heard Terry on behalf of NOW come out in support of Michelle Bachmann this week over the Newsweek cover.

“It’s the combination of they snap the photo of her with her eyes very wide – people call it ‘crazy eyed’ – plus that huge label they slap on her as the Queen of Rage,” O’Neill told ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe in a phone interview. “As much as I disagree with everything she stands for, she is a serious viable candidate for the United States presidency and there is no male viable candidate who has ever been treated this way.”

Terry hit the nail on the head, we need more women to run and they will not unless we stand up and force fairness in the media. Men are not treated the same way. Hillary, Sarah,and now Michelle—there is a pattern of sexism preventing women from holding the highest offices.

As of 2011, there were 72 women out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 17 women out of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That’s just 89 women, or a mere 16.6 percent. Only 268 women have served in Congress since it was established some 222 years ago.

I applaud NOW for stepping up however, how is it Terry’s job or NOW’s to defeat conservative women?

“The main reason why we would stand up for Michele Bachmann and defend her against these kind of misogynistic attacks is we want women to run for office. Of course my job is to defeat Michele Bachmann and I intend to do so. But good women will not run for office if Newsweek magazine can do this to such a prominent politician and get away with it.” http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/08/the-national-organization-for-women-defends-bachmann-against-newsweek/#ixzz1Ud9M9O6l

Perhaps it is time to change NOW into NODW?

Women are the solution: non- partisanship is the key to success!

Re-Posted from May 26, 2011 by freemenow BettyJean Downing Kling & Connie Kafka

A Few Sad Statistics

As of 2011, there were 72 women out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 17 women out of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That’s just 89 women, or a mere 16.6 percent. Only 268 women have served in Congress since it was established some 222 years ago.

There are 15 women Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) leading U.S. Fortune 500 companies (3 percent), and most of those companies are in the traditionally “women-focused” food and cosmetics industries. (There are no women CEOs among the top 20 U.S. Fortune 500 companies.) There are 28 women CEOs leading U.S. Fortune 1000 companies.

The 2010 census shows that the United States is home to some 308.7 million people, with females representing about 50.7 percent of that number. So, in a country with a population of nearly 157 million females, there are 89 women Congressional representatives, and 43 women CEOs. Those are 132 extraordinary women at high levels of government and business who’ve demonstrated what empowered women can do. But their scant numbers are appallingly and frighteningly inadequate, and the numbers are no more encouraging in virtually any other fields of endeavor.

United, We Can Unleash Our Power and Potential

Such sad statistics indicate exactly how far women have not come since the Suffragists valiantly fought for and won voting rights for women in 1920 after a 72-year struggle. The reason? An entrenched patriarchal power structure, which even today continues to perniciously deny to females the opportunities automatically accorded to males. Solution? Free up women and girls, and unleash the united power of 157 million hearts, minds and voices to help solve the complex problems our nation and world faces. So long as half the population remains “bound and gagged” by an entrenched patriarchal power structure that continues to fail miserably at everything except telling women and girls to “sit down and shut up,” all of us—men, women, children—will continue to suffer needlessly the sad consequences of a nation and world deprived of the unfettered creative contributions of half its problem-solvers.

We all recognize the vital need for diligent, unrelenting activism on women’s issues—domestic violence; media injustice; rampant misogyny/sexism infecting our nation’s business, economic, government and social life; sexual abuse/incest; underage sex trafficking—and myriad other gender-based injustices. So, too, must we recognize that these women’s issues are crucial issues not just for women, but for all people, issues that, until conquered, will continue to rob our nation and world of the vast benefits of the power and potential of millions of women and girls.

We must also recognize that certain women’s issues continue to be turned into emotionally charged wedge issues by partisan groups seeking to selfishly advance their own agendas by deliberately dividing women. Not only does this prevent all people from the clear, keen focus required to conquer the injustices all females face, it also results in needless woman-against-woman attacks—making women adversaries rather than sisters and allies—thus detouring us all from the united path we must pursue in order to combat our common enemy: Outdated, patriarchal-based notions of what females are and can become.

The Majority United

The Majority United (TMU) is the only women’s issues/rights group founded on the premise that women can/must/need to work together regardless and in spite of partisan affiliations or ideologies.

Says founder and long-time women’s rights activist Betty Jean Kling:

“TMU stands proud with ALL women. We are neither left nor right. Nor do we lobby for or against choice or gay rights. There are specific groups devoted to those issues. Rather, TMU supports ALL women. We are proud of those who have the courage of their convictions and stand up and speak out for what they believe, just as the original Suffragists did. Women from both sides of the aisle are teaching us weekly that we can strongly disagree on some issues, yet stand together to advance the rights of women. Women have more in common than not. We recognize that no one agrees with anyone 100 percent of the time. Yet, as women, we can ALL agree that—united and mobilized—we can achieve what must be done; and we can ALL agree that we cannot achieve what must be done alienated, alone, isolated or working against one another.”

TMU’s Three Main Goals

  1. Achieve an End to Violence Against Women and Children.
  2. Achieve Equality, Opportunity and Justice for All. These are Human Rights.
  3. Achieve Representative Government, reflecting the proportion of women in our society.

TMU supports ALL women who support those goals for ALL women and children, and who support the United States Constitution as intended by the Founders for a Representative Government deriving it’s just powers from the consent of the governed, that is, ‘We the People’ of the United States of America

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