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Other states that earned an "F" overall in these categories are Utah, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, South Dakota, Indiana and Georgia.
Example: Most Republicans voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Every single Arkansas Republican in Congress opposed the measure.
Example: A Republican Super PAC, the Hillary Project, has come up with a really funny game — Slap Hillary. Press a button and it knocks a cartoon image of Hillary cock-eyed. More here on this fun bunch.
Why is it that violence, generally, is so appealing to Republicans? I'm reminded of when Lt. Gov. Mark Darr cheered his nephew for saying on social media I ought to be slapped for speaking liberal thoughts at Boys State.
Never mind me. I thought a group gathering signatures for an on-line petition against the slap Hillary game said it well:
Violence against women is not a joke. A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 SECONDS in our country—and more than three women are murdered every day by their partners or boyfriends. When we excuse "games" that make fun of abusing women, we perpetuate a culture that allows violence against women to stand, and that's not OK.
To some, it is.
UPDATE: Still more here about Republicans' slurring of women.
Connie Cline, a former female police officer in Maynard, recently terminated, talks about a video supplied to the station that shows the mayor making sexist remarks while talking to her husband, police chief, Lonnie Cline. He recorded the meeting with a clip camera he wears on duty.
On video Mayor Gary Hart appears to say, "If it's got tits, you got problems. You know what I'm staying? At my house, maybe not yours, but at my house, if you got tits, you got problems. (laughing)." :
The remark is supposedly directed at female members of the city council. They've since asked the mayor to resign. He's refused. Connie Cline has filed an EEOC complaint over her termination.
And what does the mayor say?
Region 8 News went to Maynard City Hall to ask the Mayor about the accusations and if he made the statement caught on video to the police chief, in which he replied, "No, I said if it's got tires and wheels it's got problems."
Tits. Tires. About the same.
Thanks to The Atlantic for alerting me to this new video produced by Lesley Gore and Lena Dunham.
Here's a story from Golf Digest on Rice's decision to take up the game at 50.
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