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February 16, 2012

How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day

It's kind of an astonishing convergence. Rep. Issa banned women from his panel discussing contraception. A post-CPAC controversy broke out because some attendees thought the republican women were dressed too immodestly. And Foster Fries, the guy bankrolling Santorum, went on MSNBC and said “Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.” It's amazing. Usually the republicans are much better about hiding the mean little dark heart of their movement. But sometimes you get lucky and the vile pulsing thing is hoisted aloft for all to see. How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day | TPM2012 (The above photo is the congressional sausage fest that is officially deciding what women can do with their own bodies.)
So there you have it: modern women being told by Republicans that they’re not qualified to talk about their own sexual health, are dressed like “whores” and probably need birth control because they’re so slutty. And this is just in one day. Democratic women say this is all part of a general pattern that began in 2010 when the tea party helped Republicans win a congressional election based on jobs and deficits and the Republicans then set about passing new anti-abortion legislation and declaring war on Planned Parenthood once in office. They agreed Thursday stood out, though. “Republican policies have been stuck in the 50s for a while now. I guess this week they decided they wanted the whole retro package,” said Jess McIntosh, communications director at EMILY’s List. “Darrel Issa, you are no Jon Hamm.”

Despite massive lawsuits, the big banks are still foreclosing properly on homeowners

This is a BIG DEAL. Legally if a bank messes up the foreclosure documentation and process then the foreclosure is suspect. As in, might not be legal. As in, you can maybe keep your home. Now no judge has been ballsy enough to do this, usually they just throw the papers back at the banks and tell them to do it right (well USUALLY they just forgive the errors and rubber stamp whatever the banks put in front of them, but . . . ). But that same courtesy of course does not get extended to homeowners who mess up paperwork. No. That is a one way ticket to homelessness avenue, population millions of Americans. So how long can judges go on ignoring that banks are robosigning, foreclosing without actually having the note in hand, or just plain lying about their processes? California Audit Finds Broad Irregularities in Foreclosures - NYTimes.com
An audit by San Francisco county officials of about 400 recent foreclosures there determined that almost all involved either legal violations or suspicious documentation, according to a report released Wednesday. Anecdotal evidence indicating foreclosure abuse has been plentiful since the mortgage boom turned to bust in 2008. But the detailed and comprehensive nature of the San Francisco findings suggest how pervasive foreclosure irregularities may be across the nation. The improprieties range from the basic — a failure to warn borrowers that they were in default on their loans as required by law — to the arcane. For example, transfers of many loans in the foreclosure files were made by entities that had no right to assign them and institutions took back properties in auctions even though they had not proved ownership. Commissioned by Phil Ting, the San Francisco assessor-recorder, the report examined files of properties subject to foreclosure sales in the county from January 2009 to November 2011. About 84 percent of the files contained what appear to be clear violations of law, it said, and fully two-thirds had at least four violations or irregularities. . . . The depth of the problem raises questions about whether at least some foreclosures should be considered void, Mr. Ting said. “We’re not saying that every consumer should not have been foreclosed on or every lender is a bad actor, but there are significant and troubling issues,” he said. . . . In 6 percent of cases, the same deed of trust to a property was assigned to two or more different entities, raising questions about which of them actually had the right to foreclose. Many of the foreclosures that were scrutinized showed gaps in the chain of title, the report said, indicating that written transfers from the original owner to the entity currently claiming to own the deed of trust have disappeared. . . .

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying

Democratic Women Boycott House Contraception Hearing After Republicans Prevent Women From Testifying | ThinkProgress
This morning, Democrats tore into House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for preventing women from testifying before a hearing examining the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Republicans oppose the administration’s rule and have sponsored legislation that would allow employers to limit the availability of birth control to women. Ranking committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) had asked Issa to include a female witness at the hearing, but the Chairman refused, arguing that “As the hearing is not about reproductive rights and contraception but instead about the Administration’s actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience, he believes that Ms. Fluke is not an appropriate witness.” And so Cummings, along with the Democratic women on the panel, took their request to the hearing room, demanding that Issa consider the testimony of a female college student. . . .