Senate Dems urge FBI to probe threats against Ford; those against Kavanaugh and kin unmentioned

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'Senate Democrats on Thursday called for the FBI to investigate threats against Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago.

But they pointedly did not request a similar probe of threats against Kavanaugh or his family.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and joined by all Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., calls for federal authorities to take "immediate action ... to investigate potential federal crimes against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford."

The Democrats, saying the threats involve laws against interstate threats of violence, as well as federal witness intimidation and obstruction laws, add in the letter that they "strongly believe that how Dr. Blasey Ford is treated in this moment reflects upon how seriously our nation treats credible claims of sexual assault, and whether we have learned from past mistakes."'

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Canada: Candidate rejects women-only public debate for municipal candidates

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'Town Ward candidate Jenny Lanciault says that a forthcoming public debate for women candidates in the municipal election is sexist — and she won't attend unless male candidates are invited to participate, too.

"I'm not flying on a gender card," Lanciault said in an interview Tuesday. "I don't want to play into that mindset – I want a level playing field."

The event is called Spotlight on Women and it's being held next week at the Peterborough Public Library.

It's being organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women – Peterborough Club.

The eight women candidates for council have been invited to come speak about the issues and why they're running.

That includes Lanciault and two other women candidates in Town Ward, Kemi Akapo and Jane Davidson (who are running in addition to Coun. Dean Pappas and Jim Russell).'

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Email From Fathers To Our Boys- Don't Date Women Like Mazie Hirono

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'Boys, Listen, we know we've had the talk. And we're not trying to have that conversation all over again (but feel free to come to us with questions.) But there is something we forgot to mention as you get older and you date. You'll date girls, and some of you will date other boys, and we can handle that. You might not think we can handle either, but we can. We're tougher than you think.

But the one thing we can not stress enough: You do not date women like Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono. Oh sure, there is nothing wrong with dating strong, successful women. We like strong, successful women. But that's not Sen. Hirono. Seriously, don't let the title fool you. Hillary Clinton had lots of titles (FLOTUS, Senator, Secretary of State,) but none of those changed what she is: a liar, a criminal and an enabler of a sexual abuser who was supported by other supposedly strong women like Sen. Mazie Hirono.

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SAVE: Call Sen. Hirono's Office and Tell Her You Won't "Shut Up"

Most Americans believe free speech and the presumption of innocence are cornerstones of democracy. But not Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawii.

In a recent interview about the sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, Hirono remarked,

'Not only do women, like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed. Guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It's the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country, "Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change."'

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson took Hirono to task for her totalitarian-sounding comments -- see video on the right.

Are we going to acquiesce to Hirono's call to end free speech and the presumption of innocence? If not, please call her office now: (202) 224-6361.


The SAVE Team

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The Politicization of the Kavanaugh Sexual Abuse Allegations Damages #MeToo

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'This has always been the key question the #MeToo movement has adamantly refused to answer: What should the standard of proof, or even the standard of believability, be? Should the standard be criminal liability? Presumably not, since most accusers are emerging to speak long after alleged incidents. Should the standard be credibility of the individual telling the story combined with supporting details that lend additional credibility? Perhaps, but that apparently isn't enough for some. The standard promoted by many in the #MeToo movement is the far-too-simplistic and outright dangerous "believe all women" standard. By that standard, former President Bill Clinton is a rapist. So are the Duke lacrosse players, the members of a University of Virginia frat house and a foreign exchange Columbia University student — all of whom were exonerated.'

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HuffPo Survey Finds Smaller Percentage Of Women Than Men Find Accusations Against Kavanaugh ‘Credible’

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'A smaller percentage of women than men find the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be “credible,” but more men than women find them “not credible.”

That’s according to a new poll from the left-leaning Huffington Post, which partnered with YouGov to conduct the survey.

Using the interactive features to filter results by gender, one finds the startling statistic. When asked: “Do you think that the allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh generally is or is not credible?” 28% of men said it was credible, while 25% of women said the same.'

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France tackles screen sexism with subsidy for women

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'France is to give movies made by women a special subsidy bonus in a bid to counter sexism in the film industry, its culture minister said Wednesday.

Francoise Nyssen, who helped launch the 50/50 pledge on gender equality earlier this year that has since shaken Hollywood, said productions that are "exemplary" on equality will get an extra 15 percent subsidy.

The new bonus will work on a points system, Nyssen said, with productions given one point for a female director, scriptwriter or chief technician.'

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Don’t Let The Kavanaugh Confirmation Turn Into A Title IX Kangaroo Court

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'Senate Democrats and Christine Blasey Ford, have tried—and so far failed—to turn Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation into a Kafkaesque version of a Title IX tribunal, in which the accused is presumed guilty, may not know the identity of the accuser, and is not permitted to mount a defense.

"The Trial” is a dark satire of modern bureaucracy, but a century later it bears a striking resemblance to the kangaroo courts on college campusesthat can ruin the lives male students accused of sexual misconduct.

But the Senate Judiciary Committee isn’t a campus tribunal, and Senate Republicans, to their credit, have thus far refused to turn the confirmation process into one. By setting a public hearing for Monday, and inviting both Ford and Kavanaugh to speak to the accusations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have masterfully called Democrats’ hand.'

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Amy Schumer: Men’s Me Too Jokes Are ‘Belittling Victims’

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'Amy Schumer sent out a statement to men who joke about sexual assault and the changes brought on by the Me Too movement: “STOP.”

“Any dude saying ‘I’m scared to be in a room with a woman now’ or ‘is it ok to say hello? I don’t know the new rules,’ STOP,” the comedian wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

“What you are doing is belittling victims who have been wronged,” Schumer’s statement continued. “They say 1 in 6 women in our country are sexually assaulted. That’s based on who reports it. It’s been proven to be closer to 1 in 3. Your sisters/daughters. Stop making fun of the terror and indignity most of us have faced in our lives.”

“If you’re confused about the new rules,” she continued, “Just ask and don’t make it a joke. Because that’s harmful and we don’t want to hear that kind of joke right now. Mmmmmkay?”'

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Blumenthal: Kavanaugh Nomination ‘Should Be Withdrawn’ – Standard Is ‘Credibility,’ Not Whether You’ve Assaulted

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'While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee member Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination should be withdrawn. He further argued that Kavanaugh “has raised serious doubts about his credibility” and “the bar here is not whether you have not criminally assaulted someone, it’s credibility, trust, integrity.”

Blumenthal said, “I have opposed his nomination…from the beginning. I think the nomination should be withdrawn. He has raised serious doubts about his credibility in his testimony already. He’s been evasive and seemingly misleading. And the bar here is not whether you have not criminally assaulted someone, it’s credibility, trust, integrity.”

He added, “[T]his nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh, if he were ever to be confirmed, it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably.”'

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Australian union wants 40% of manufacturing apprenticeships to go to women

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'Tasmania’s marine manufacturing labour force is too low to meet incoming demand, so the industry is calling out for more apprentices.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union was also in Canberra this week, with several senior Labor politicians in Canberra hoping to introduce a 40 per cent quota for female apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.

AMWU National Secretary, Paul Bastian said: “If we want to encourage more women to start and stay in their apprenticeship, then it’s incumbent on Government, unions, and employers to work together to make that happen.”'

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Dem Sen. Mazie Hirono tells ‘the men of this country’ to ‘just shut up’ about Christine Blasey Ford

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'Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) told men to "shut up and step up" when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accusation. Asked whether her being one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee impacts the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings, Senator Hirono says, "I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change."

"Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed. They need to be believed," Hirono said. "We cannot continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford."

"We have to create an environment where women can come forward and be heard and be listened to. I want to thank Dr. Ford. I commend her courage. I believe her," the Senator said.'

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Do Women-Only Work Spaces Discriminate? 2 Founders Hash It Out

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'The Wing in New York City--whose founder made our Female Founders 100 list--and the Coven in Minneapolis: Women-only co-working spaces are spreading. They're intended to give opportunities to network and build businesses, without fear of gender-based discrimination, distraction, or harassment. We hashed out the issues such spaces raise with two founders who know them well.

What are the benefits of these women-only spaces?
Katya Libin: Peace of mind. You don't have to think about discrimination, so you can focus on your company.

J Mase III: That's true. But often, women's spaces don't include others: trans-masculine and gender nonbinary founders, for example.'

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Men say they're guilty until proven innocent in #MeToo era

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'Some men now view all women as suspect.

That's what one female business owner told after Shatter, our women's issues page, asked if men have stopped mentoring women in their offices.

"It's almost like all women are a ticking time bomb that could take them down at any minute," she wrote in an email. "These guys genuinely don't seem to know the difference between inappropriate sexist behavior and other behavior, so they just pull back and interact awkwardly. They ask me weird questions like, 'So I just can't kid around at all anymore?' They're genuinely perplexed."

That seems like hyperbole -- until you read the comments. They're startling in their fervor that #MeToo has victimized men.'

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Ana Marie Cox: Brett Kavanaugh: it doesn’t matter whether he’s guilty or innocent. He’s guilty.

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'On Monday evening, Wonkette founder Ana Marie Cox let the cat out of the bag regarding the Left’s perspective on the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: it doesn’t matter whether he’s guilty or innocent. He’s guilty.

Cox was appearing on Lawrence O’Donnell’s The Last Word on MSNBC when she made this shocking claim:

This is a morally abhorrent statement. So if a woman falsely accuses a man of rape, we don’t judge him based on whether he actually raped her – we judge him based on whether he feels the pain of a person falsely accusing him of rape. The real question of the Duke lacrosse case, by this standard, wasn’t whether a stripper was actually raped – the question is whether the members of the Duke lacrosse team were sensitive to her feelings while she was falsely accusing them of rape.'

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