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Rick Perry's Sweet Seduction Secrets: Treat Your Ladies Right By Paying Them Less

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Remember how we watched the super special spectacular flameout of Rick Perry's presidential campaign, complete with an utter inability to remember which government agencies he wanted to annihilate? That was some must-see TV right there. In between our gales of laughter at the hapless head of hair that is Rick Perry, we were also very happy about dodging that particular bullet because that guy is a DICK. We hadn't quite managed to forget about him entirely, but we were well on our way there until Perry managed to transcend his dickishness, to become the Platonic ideal of dickish, by vetoing Texas' Equal Pay Act:


Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has vetoed a bill meant to prevent wage discrimination against women...

The bill would bring Texas state law in line with the federal Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to sue employers over wage discrimination. It cleared the state House in late April, and the Senate passed its version in late May.

Why would the wimmens need extra pay anyway? They really shouldn't have jobs in the first place, because doing so interferes with Texas' near constant need to monitor what the ladies are doing with their ladyparts. But if those ladies insist on going to work because they're hungry, or cold, or want to feed their children, or some other feelings-fest lady thing, they really shouldn't make as much money as men with their big man brains. Also, too, paying ladies is such a job-killer:

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the bill, vaguely suggesting it could hurt job creation in the state by increasing regulations and lawsuits. The Republican governor said Texas women already have recourse to the federal courts under the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“Texas’ commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation,” he said. The bill “duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

That would seem totally reasonable except for that tiny part where it is a PACKFUL OF LIES:

The measure, which passed the House 79-50 in April and the Senate 16-15 last month, would make state law mirror a 2009 federal law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Essentially, women could recover two years of compensation for discriminatory wage payments and could more easily sue because they could go to court within 180 days of any unfair paycheck. Under current law, they only may sue within 180 days of the employer’s decision setting the pay. Last year, the Texas Supreme Court upheld a 180-day “statute of limitations” on when such suits may be brought.

On average, women are paid only 77 cents for every $1 earned by men, according to a 2010 study by the National Committee on Pay Equity. Proponents noted that sometimes women do not learn that they are being paid unfairly low amounts until after the 180 day period has expired.

Ladies! Hope you magically learn when you are getting screwed over on pay because the clock is ticking the second you get screwed whether you know it or not! Free market freedom at its free-est. Enjoy!

[HuffPo/Dallas Morning News]

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.

[Sun-Times]

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That's right, Wonkers, while we're all up here in America dealing with the terribleness, your Editrix and her fambly are in MEXICO AT THE BEACH, where they will probably stay for a little while longer or maybe they're never coming back SHRUGGIE EMOTICON. But that's OK, they deserve some time to be AT THE BEACH in MEXICO, oh no, don't get NATIONAL EMERGY CARAVANNED!

Yeah, so it's time to count down your top ten stories of the week, like we do on Saturday mornings. Shall we? WE SHALL.

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