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Sandra Fluke can’t afford $9 birth control, gives campaign $100,000

By Chelsea Schilling

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke – the feminist attorney who in 2012 claimed she couldn’t afford the $9 monthly cost of birth control pills and has said taxpayers should pay for it – is loaning her own legislative campaign a hefty sum of $100,000.

Fluke’s $100,000 cash infusion could, in fact, fund 11,111 months’ – or 925 years’ – supply of generic birth-control pills from suppliers such as Walmart or Target.

According to California campaign finance reports, Fluke, who is running for a state Senate seat in California, has contributed $12,000 to her own campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary donations in addition to the $100,000 loan.

Fluke’s in-laws have contributed more than $20,000 to her campaign, and her own family has donated $9,600, the Washington Examiner reported.

Those contributions amount to one-third of her total fundraising. Her campaign has raised $416,185.

In February 2012, Fluke, then a Georgetown University law student, told a Democrat-sponsored congressional hearing that her law school didn’t provide contraception coverage in its student health plan and that female students “have faced financial, emotional and medical burdens” as a result of the policy.

Fluke claimed birth control can cost more than $3,000 for a law student.

“For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary,” she told Congress. “Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy.”

Talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh came under fire from the left for suggesting Fluke was promoting casual sex and shouldn’t look to taxpayers to fund her sexual exploits.

“Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud … you would be?” Limbaugh said after her testimony. “Your daughter … testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the pope.”

Limbaugh added, “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex; what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.

“She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. … Pimp is not the right word. OK, so she’s not a slut. She’s ’round heeled.’ I take it back.”

Limbaugh later apologized, twice, saying, “I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to [the left's] level. It’s important not to be like them, particularly in fighting them.”

Upon learning of Fluke’s contributions to her campaign Tuesday, Limbaugh asked, “Where does a 2012 law-school grad working as a social-justice attorney, begging all of us to pay for her birth control … come up with $16,000 to donate to her campaign? And then how does she go out an get a loan for $100,000?” …

“What’s wrong with this picture?” he continued.

“Now birth control costs about $10 a month, and this woman went on a fake TV commercial begging all of us to pay for her monthly birth control because it was so expensive, and it’s so tough and so challenging for college students to afford. … How does that happen?”

In October 2012, Fluke organized a rally in Reno, Nevada, at a Sak ‘N Save grocery store. Only 10 supporters showed up.

Just last month, Fluke blasted the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that upheld the rights of owners of the company to refuse to fund a health plan that covered abortion-inducing “contraceptives.”

In a Washington Post op-ed, she wrote, “In sum, the anti-choice movement wants to limit not just affordable access, but all access to abortion and birth control, whether it is backed by the government, by employers, or purchased by private citizens.”

Source: WND

Texas GOP’s horrific platform

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(Moyers & Company) — Imagine the official presentation of a worldview concocted by conspiracy theorists and an assortment of cranks and grumpy people. Conjure a document written by scribes possessed of poison pens soaked in the inkpots of Ayn Rand and the Brothers Grimm, caught in the grip of a dark dystopian fantasy of dragons and specters, in which everyone’s wrong but thee and me and we’re not sure of thee.

In the spirit of the Alamo, this is a work straight out of the 19th century with no option for surrender.

No, this is not some “Game of Thrones” spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it — women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations — well, you get the picture. In the spirit of the Alamo, this is a work straight out of the 19th century with no option for surrender.

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Photos: Border ‘militias’ moving across Texas

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(SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS) SAN ANTONIO — Militia groups along the Texas-Mexico border have grown to more than 10 active “teams” from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley, despite warnings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and state lawmakers.

More than 30 photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News show dozens of members carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear, providing a first glimpse of the militias.

The armed individuals are seen posing at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande while speaking with Border Patrol agents, and pointing rifles and pistols out of frame.

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Online daters hit by sextortion scam

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(SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL) — Beware the sextortion scam sweeping across online dating sites, the Broward Sheriff’s Office warns.

The scammers persuade prospective daters to send sexually explicit photos. Once received, they identify themselves as law enforcement officers and say the photo was sent to a minor and to avoid arrest you better pay up, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

More than 100 victims have fallen prey to the sextortion scam, paying between $500 to $1,500 to try to circumvent arrest, Concepcion said.

Source: WND

Actress Penelope Cruz denounces Israeli ‘genocide’

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(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) MADRID – Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza.

In an open letter referenced by Europa Press and other Spanish media, they described Israel’s actions as “genocide.”

They also called on the European Union to “condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”

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Most serious charges tossed in massacre plot

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(STAR TRIBUNE) — A district judge on Monday dismissed the most serious charges against John LaDue, the Waseca teenager accused of secretly plotting a school massacre this spring, saying prosecutors hadn’t shown that the boy’s actions went beyond “mere preparation.”

Judge Gerald Wolf dismissed all four charges of attempted premeditated murder against LaDue, as well as two charges of attempted first-degree damage to property, noting that the state “failed to show that [LaDue] made a substantial step … toward the commission” of the crimes.

Wolf let stand six charges that LaDue was in possession of explosive devices.

The decision means a drastically different case for LaDue, who, if certified as an adult, faced up to 18 years in prison if convicted of one count of first-degree attempted murder. The remaining charges — possessing an incendiary device — carry much lesser sentences, his defense attorney said.

Source: WND

American teens can’t understand paycheck

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(MARKETWATCH) — Fewer than 30% of U.S. teens understand their paycheck, according to the financial literacy portion of a test administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

More than one in six 15-year-olds is unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in 10 can solve complex financial tasks, according to the test.

Among the seemingly simple questions that American teens struggled with was determining how much money was going into a bank account from a theoretical month’s pay.

The pay slip for the month of July listed four numbers: Gross pay, deductions, net salary and gross salary year to date.

Source: WND

Rome: ‘Jews, the end is near’

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(MIAMIHERALD) — ROME — Rome’s mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across Rome and ordered them removed.

Some of the graffiti referred to the escalating violence in Gaza and included taunts such as “Jews, the end is near.”

Mayor Ignazio Marino offered his solidarity with Rome’s Jewish community and said the graffiti, which appeared near Jewish-owned businesses, was an “offense to all Romans.”

Source: WND