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Oops. Amy Davidson, at the New Yorker:
“I am writing to inform you that we have cancelled the Annual Awards Gala that was originally scheduled for May 17, 2012,” Blythe Masters, the Chair of the board of directors for Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater New York City wrote in a letter dated yesterday. Now, why would that be? Instead of an event for which tickets might to sold to all sorts of people—some, presumably, still angry that Komen had tried to cut its ties to Planned Parenthood, before pressure from its supporters made it reverse that decision—there would be another kind of event:
I would, however, like to cordially invite you to join me as my special guest at Keeping the Promise: The Grantees’ Breakfast, where we will announce our new 2012-2013 grantees….
The breakfast will be lower key and, unlike the gala, invitation only—presumably to cut down on the chances for unpleasant audience comments that come from having a larger, more open event. That said, Davidson was tipped off to the letter by a previous Komen supporter turned non-supporter who had received it, so invitation-only isn't a failsafe system either.

Is there any aspect of this new anti-women's-health fight that's been working out for conservatives? It's decimated the Komen Foundation, it's turned Congress into even more of a laughingstock (and we'll just contemplate, for a moment, just how ridiculous something has to be to make Congress look more foolish than it already does, on any given day), and it's turned transvaginal ultrasound into a household phrase. Rush Limbaugh's foray into the issue resulted in him getting plastered by an angry public and nervous advertisers. Still, they keep pressing on. Arizona is the latest state to decide that womenfolk need closer supervision when it comes to their own health choices; they're even upping the ante by proposing that individual employers ought to be able to monitor the ostensible morality of women employees themselves. That's, um, nuts.

Unless conservatives are planning on rolling back voting rights for half the population, I can't see how this can possibly work out for them. No matter how badly it backfires on groups like the Komen foundation, though, it looks like social conservatives just can't help themselves. Then, like the Komen foundation, they'll be spending the next few years mostly figuring out how to best dodge all the people they've pissed off.

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  •  Exactly (23+ / 0-)
    Unless conservatives are planning on rolling back voting rights for half the population, I can't see how this can possibly work out for them.
    Neither can I, Hunter.

    My forthcoming book Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity will be published in Summer 2012 by Potomac Books.

    by Ian Reifowitz on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:31:44 AM PDT

    •  If only Democrats would stop playing their (8+ / 0-)

      Jedi mind tricks on Republicans, this sort of thing wouldn't be happening.  Or something.  I wished I'd realized I had liberal mind powers way back when.  I could have been taking advantage of people, but then, that would make me a conservative.

      Halitosigone® can lead to rare, but serious, side effects such as spontaneous combustion and moderate to severe pit stains.

      by bherner on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:44:20 AM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't rule that out (10+ / 0-)

      "conservatives are planning on rolling back voting rights for half the population"

      •  It's not exactly a new idea... (5+ / 0-)

        http://mediamatters.org/...

        10/4/07: An October 2 New York Observer blog post featuring excerpts of an interview with right-wing pundit Ann Coulter quoted her as saying: "If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat [sic] president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women." Coulter went on: "It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it's the party of women and 'We'll pay for health care and tuition and day care -- and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?'

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:32:22 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe the next big conservative talking point... (6+ / 0-)

      ...after all, several conservative candidates in 2010 included in their platforms the goal of getting back to "original intent" by repealing the 17th amendment and eliminating direct voting for US senators.

      So why not go after the 19th amendment next?  After all, I'm sure it was "original intent" to allow only one voter per (land owning) household, with that vote to be placed by the male head of household...

      While I'd like to say that this is snark, when it comes to dealing with modern conservatives it is hard to be entirely sure.  After all, they've picked a whole bunch of issues that seem like sure losers to me, so repealing women's right to vote doesn't seem too far out of line with other stuff that they've advocated in the past few years.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:55:43 AM PDT

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    •  Unless sane people (2+ / 0-)
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      Actually throw the state officials out of office, AND we can get all of those horrible laws repealed, it's working out just fine for them. They really do take the long view--

      Just saying.

  •  A good start n/t (5+ / 0-)

    GOP = Greedy One Percent

    by Palafox on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:33:41 AM PDT

  •  Lots of republicans can put together a more (5+ / 0-)

    intelligent sentence than 'Obama sucks' ....but they haven't and they won't so screw 'em.

  •  Hmmm....looks like the development director (14+ / 0-)

    is going to be writing lots of grant requests. Galas are THE big fund raisers held for THE biggest donors...with a few lesser donors invited for 'diversity'. I know...I am in the non-profit sector.

    Oh my....keep up the work...we need to fight on every front to stop the rollback of women's healthcare.

    Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

    by SallyCat on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:41:43 AM PDT

  •  Well as Rush would say (3+ / 0-)
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    we planed and executed it all.... just sitting in a chair ... LOL

  •  DON'T THINK THAT THEY AREN'T (re: 19th Amend) (9+ / 0-)

    you think Ann Coulter was kidding and saying something outrageuos when she said women shouldn't be allowed to vote -- many, MANY Republicans in power feel this way .. and look they are already balked at the Voting Rights Act

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:47:19 AM PDT

  •  Transvaginal Ultrasounds (9+ / 0-)

    Several diarists have urged the American Medical Association (AMA) to protest the enactment of laws requiring the physician to perform an ultrasound on his/her patient before doing a first trimester abortion.  The AMA, being a mostly male-run organization, has always tried to avoid taking a public position on the abortion issue.  

    This is a matter of untoward political interference in the practice of medicine and doesn't necessarily stop with one particular surgery.  Not only is it an inappropriate use of an expensive piece of medical equipment, it is politicial policy overriding physician judgment and potentially compromising patient care.  

    When Medicare was established in the mid-1960's, the AMA fought it tooth and nail and many physicians refused to take Medicare.  It didn't take long for them to realize that they didn't have to sic bill collectors on Medicare patients for payment or jump through ever-moving insurance hoops to be reimbursed for care the physician provided.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:49:01 AM PDT

  •  I hope Komen realized they were trolled by (2+ / 0-)
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    the TP, which seems to be the stealth mode of the neo-Birchers after learning from the old Birchers who studied the Communist infiltration methods that they so feared.  Other groups should be wary of this type gaining decision making authority within their ranks.  The result is ugly and debilitating.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Island"s, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:49:20 AM PDT

    •  Brinker knew exactly what they were getting into (2+ / 0-)
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      Nancy Brinker is not a stupid woman.

      But she thinks you're stupid and she really thought she could pull this one off.  Why not?  She's been getting millions of US women to believe BS about breast cancer for over a decade.

      •  Shes been running a lobbying outfit (1+ / 0-)
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        disguised as a charity powerhouse.  
        Genius really, take small donor money and membership, and leverage that when lobbying against their interests for large corporations.

        These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

        by Nailbanger on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 03:24:30 PM PDT

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  •  If You Think They're NOT Planning On Rolling Back (10+ / 0-)

    rights for half the population you've really not been paying attention. They've been doing it for 40 years.

    I think the evidence is pretty conclusive after 2 generations.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:49:28 AM PDT

  •  Ugh (5+ / 0-)

    I don't get emotional very often; it takes quite a bit to make me cry. But last night after listening to Rachel Maddow summarize the legislation that is currently going through state governments I had a complete come apart.  I keep hoping the Republicans will recognize this action is a loser on every level, but they just keep upping the ante.

  •  still, lots of women voting republican (3+ / 0-)
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    and if you look at the history of the right wing from the 70's, it's been grassroots organizing mostly by women that built the house that these Republicans reside in in Congress and put all those horrible Republican Business Lovin judges in the courts.  The issues can not just be birth control and breast cancer.  The Federal Goverment is still run by business interest that have no reason to promote a positive agenda that is  friendly to working women and a lot of that has come courtesy of the Democrats.  The Dems have not be vigilant against this Federal take over by the military industrial complex, insurance and and financial services and their pals in the educational industry complex.  And the mainstream media is just about making money and not news. Women and especially young girls are horribly portrayed by the US Media thanks to the business interests..  We need to find out why so many women are working for Republicans.  There is a major disconnect here that needs some thoughtful analysis.

    Pass new laws to end media monopolization now.

    by john from vermont on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:52:43 AM PDT

    •  at least they're talking (?)......maybe the next (1+ / 0-)
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      time the GOP launches a broadside against Pelosi they'll say....'Hey....hold on Hoss....what about that fuck-face Boehner?'

    •  There are plenty of racist women as well as men. (1+ / 0-)
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      Marie

      As long as President Obama is running they will be voting Republican.  They think that they will always have access to health care, it is only the "sluts" that will be cut off.

      “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

      by ahumbleopinion on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:30:38 AM PDT

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      •  yes, some of it can be chocked up to racism (1+ / 0-)
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        Marie

        but this right wing women attack on women's lives has been part of the organizing since the 70's, long before President Obama was on the scene.  Not sure if you have taken the time to really understand what they are doing.  I know there were some good reports in the 70's that made it a little more complex.  I think we need some better reporting than just off the cuff opinions... I would like to hear more from women who actually have to work with Republican women.

        Pass new laws to end media monopolization now.

        by john from vermont on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 10:17:13 AM PDT

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        •  I am just thinking of the ones I know. (1+ / 0-)
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          They do not think; the extent of their politics is that Republicans are good and Democrats are bad.  Some because they are "pro life" and see Democrats as "baby killers".  Some I did not know were racists, but now it seems OK to let their racist attitudes be expressed in public.  They live in a bubble.  They think any cuts in government programs will not effect them, just the bad people who vote for Democrats.

          “when Democrats don’t vote, Democrats don’t win.” Alan Grayson

          by ahumbleopinion on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 12:39:03 PM PDT

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  •  They (conservatives) have no intention of (10+ / 0-)

    giving up or stopping. We may ask "how can this possibly work out for them?" but they don't look at it in those terms, imo.
    If they aren't gettting traction on the federal level, then  try state by state because they ARE getting traction/movement/ new laws inacted there.
    I remain stunned at their over reach, but this is about power:  who has it, who doesn't, who keeps it, who loses it
    and who decides that.

    Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. Eric Hoffer 1902-1983

    by mchestnutjr on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 08:54:51 AM PDT

    •  The state legislation is ALEC generated (1+ / 0-)
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      Marie

      and intended to chip away at Roe v Wade.  The cons believe, probably correctly, that any challenge which reaches the Supreme Court will overturn it.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:43:41 AM PDT

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  •  Decimated (4+ / 0-)
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    Excellent. And just as soon as we get rid of the Komen Foundation, we can be certain that some other group will fill its place and take up its work immediately.

  •  yes (4+ / 0-)
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    "Is there any aspect of this new anti-women's-health fight that's been working out for conservatives?"
    they now have more control over women's bodies.

    what we've seen over and over is that conservatives are willing to sacrifice their popularity to get their policy.

    the Dems mostly won't do that, so over time we just end up with more and more conservative policy.

  •  Komen race donation drop in AZ called a "crisis" (4+ / 0-)
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    I saw this yesterday:

    A drop in donations to its biggest fundraiser of the year is creating a crisis for Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Southern Arizona chapter, its executive director said this week.

    With the event less than two weeks away, registration this week totaled 4,200, far less than the event's target of 11,000.

    The event has a fundraising goal of $700,000 and so far has pulled in $200,000, said Jaimie Leopold, executive director of Komen Southern Arizona, which gives grants to local groups for breast cancer treatment, awareness, research and prevention. Last year's race raised $660,000. The race is the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.

    I don't know who would want to donate to this event. A friend of mine who does at least one Komen walk every year, in different cities for many years, has broken her times with the group. And her pastor even came up to her and asked her if she was doing the walk this year. When so said No, he as relieved because he said he wouldn't have been able to donate to her. She's going to do an Avon Walk instead.
    •  I felt bad (0+ / 0-)

      not participating in the annual bake sale/raffle at my office building this year, because I do care about the individual who is facing breast cancer. I just couldn't do it and avoided the lobby.

    •  What's the loss? I'll tell you (2+ / 0-)
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      Most of their grants are for BS programs like printing brochures to teach women about getting a mammogram.  Putting out tables at health events, etc. Buying those stupid little plastic breasts for women to squeeze.  All scientifically proven to have no benefit.

      Most mammograms for low income and uninsured women are paid for by you, the taxpayer.  Komen doesn't even make a dent in it.

      They don't pay for treatment, nada.

      Very little goes to research, as well.  Most breast cancer research is paid for by you, the taxpayer.

  •  I have already changed my college major (1+ / 0-)
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    pucklady

    to Vaginal Management Specialist.  If little Ricky Santorum gets in I can get a job with the Dept. of Uterii!

    Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. John Donne

    by scurrvydog on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:15:35 AM PDT

    •  Ohh, (1+ / 0-)
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      pucklady

      what a perfect job for me when they cut my SS and Medicare.  I don't have a uterus any more, so they should let me in.  I can examine those sluts just the way they used to examine women for witch marks.   And collect my few ducats from my lords and masters with cringing gratitude.

      •  As a matter of fact I'm taking a (0+ / 0-)

        class this spring "Witchcraft in Colonial America".  The professor has it listed under history and religion.  I sent her an e-mail telling her to include it under poli sci where it would be more relevant!

        Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. John Donne

        by scurrvydog on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 02:15:05 PM PDT

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  •  I will join the PEA (4+ / 0-)
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    I will join the Pregnancy Enforcement Agency.  I hear there will be great career opportunities in the Bureau of
    Miscarriage Investigations.

  •  Unless? (3+ / 0-)
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    Unless conservatives are planning on rolling back voting rights for half the population
    But they are, with all the new voter ID laws!

    Evolution IS Intelligent Design!

    by msirt on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:24:16 AM PDT

  •  Blythe Masters (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the woman who is behind the JPMorgan manipulation of commodity markets. If you think the ex-Goldmanite NYT op-ed was something, wait til someone spills the beans on Blythe.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - JFK

    by taonow on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:37:10 AM PDT

  •  May I add... (1+ / 0-)
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    Marie

    ...that this fight has also exposed GOP presidential front runner Mitt Romney (and other Republicans) as unprincipled cowards for their failure to aggressively take on Rush Limbaugh for his despicable anti-woman rants.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:37:56 AM PDT

  •  Komen's brand is mud (4+ / 0-)
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    and I'm glad.   As a breast cancer survivor i've always disliked the "pinking" of the disease.  While in theory, the organization promotes a worthy cause, in practice they use breast cancer as a means to generate millions of money, much of which just enriches personal bank accounts.

    There are plenty of great bc organizations out there.  In California we are lucky that our legislature founded the "California Breast Research Program."  It receives funding from the state AND state residents can donate directly via their state tax returns.  Here's their website:  http://www.cbcrp.org/

    CBRP funds a variety of efforts in the fight against breast cancer from clinical studies to community outreach.  They are really a model for what can be done in this area.  

    Komen is top-heavy and focused more on corporate cash than its core mission.  The flap of Planned Parenthood just exposed them for what they really are.

  •  Clueless all the way around (1+ / 0-)
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    on Inside Washington, Evan Thomas said there is no 'war on women' because more women than men go to college now and for the first time women overall earn more than men (I sincerely doubt the second statement.)

    I wanted to scream at him,  "That's WHY there is a war on women, you twit!  Conservative white males are feeling the heat, and they think this will put us in our place."

    And who is Evan Thomas?  I've never seen him anywhere else and he is always clueless.

  •  I have no doubts conservatives... (1+ / 0-)
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    will roll back voters right back to the 1780's.  Only those who own property (over the amount of 5 million) are allowed to vote.  And there will still be middle class Teapublicans that would agree to that.

  •  in case you hadn't noticed, (1+ / 0-)
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    Unless conservatives are planning on rolling back voting rights for half the population
    that's just exactly what they're planning on doing. that would pretty much be the point of all the voter ID laws that have been passed, or are in the works, in half the states of the union. if it weren't for that pesky constitution, they'd just go ahead and make it illegal for anyone but white, christian, land owning males to vote.
  •  We're planning a new breast cancer race this fall (0+ / 0-)

    Ding, dong, the (Komen) witch is dead!

    Finally, we have the opportunity for a local alternative to the corporate breast cancer charity.

    All the money stays here and goes to make a real impact on ending breast cancer and providing affordable treatment for the uninsured.  The latter is still a problem since PPACA still isn't quite doing the job on helping breast cancer patients.

  •  why do GOPs always trash everything they touch? (0+ / 0-)

    komen vice president Karen Handel, a Republican, implemented the defunding of Planned Parenthood by komen. she was avidly enabled in her nauseating efforts by komen ceo Nancy G. Brinker, also a Republican who donates BIG to the GOP. the idea to defund PP in the beginning was
    devised by US Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), a die hard Republican kool aid maker.

    a once well-respected american charity brought to tatters by 3 staunch Republican idealogues! not being partisan here, just pointing out that if the shoe fits, wear it!! :(

  •  I am pleased... (0+ / 0-)

    I am encouraged that Republicans at the Federal and State level along with non profits like Susan G. Komen are choosing this issue as the hill they wish to die on.

    The big picture here is to re elect President Obama, achieve a filibuster proof majority in the Senate with 64, 65, 66 or 67 seat advantage to guard against idiot Democrats that are bought by rich guys and do not like President Obama.

    It is imperative to take the House back and send Boehner and Cantor packing.

    It is an absolute must to shift the Supreme Court back to the center. Citizens United must be overturned through a Constitutional Amendment.

    We also need to take as many Republican controlled State Houses back as we can and start to reverse the damage they have caused.

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