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Meet Gladys Castro, The Illegal Immigrant With A 4.09 GPA

Regardless of your opinion on immigration, we can all agree it’s a disappointment when finances prevent an intelligent person from obtaining an education. And 17-year-old Gladys Castro of Fontana, California, is intelligent: the senior has a 4.09 average at Kaiser High School, where she took Advanced Placement classes, led the Advanced Biology Club and was a member of the National Honor Society.

But Gladys is an illegal immigrant whose family left Jalisco, Mexico, when she was 8 years old, after two of her relatives were kidnapped and murdered. She will graduate from high school soon and has been accepted to U.C. Berkeley, where she hopes to study political science. Due to her illegal status, however, Gladys cannot apply for government student loans. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: French Woman Flies Into A “Burqa Rage”

  • This weekend, a 60-year-old lawyer in Trignac, France, attacked a fellow shopper, a 26-year-old Muslim woman, and ripped her body-covering veil off. Police say the woman made “snide remarks about her black burqa” before she flew into her “burqa rage” and ripped the veil off. The lawyer and her daughter then began physically fighting with the woman before all three were arrested. Currently, France is considering a ban on all body-covering veils for women, which has fanned the flames of racial tensions in the country. [Telegraph UK]
  • A woman in Saudi Arabia beat up a religious policeman — or “virtue cop” — who stopped her in an amusement park for walking with a male friend. In Saudi Arabia, unmarried men and women are forbidden from socializing and are policed by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Experts say the woman can now expect a prison term, lashing or both. [Daily Mail UK]

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Bristol Palin Charges $15K – $30K Per Speaking Engagement

More proof a fool and his money are soon parted: teen mom Bristol Palin commands between $15,000 and $30,000 to talk about abstinence and “pro-life” topics. This, mind you, is a girl who was quoted on Fox News saying that abstinence is “not realistic at all.” Eh, no matter. This 19-year-old baby mama (and Candie’s Foundation spokesgirl) wants to milk that teen pregnancy angle for all its worth! [New York Times and Single Source Speakers] Keep reading »

This Anti-Kissing Propaganda Video Will Give You Daddy Issues


Daddy issues? Me neither. But Pamela, who has an uncomfortably candid relationship with her father, has got enough for the both of us. She’s “sweet 16 and never been kissed,” because Daddy says her first kiss should be with the man she marries on her wedding day. Yeah, her wedding day. Her slutty girlfriend, Jessica, learns the hard way that kissing only leads to heartbreak! Luckily, it all works out in the end for Pamela when a fine piece of man appears and whaddya know, he’s been subject to the same creepily paternalistic brainwashing, too.

Gotta love ’80s’ abstinence-only propaganda videos! [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »

Quotable: Megan Fox Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

“This is a sickness. I have an illness. Every time someone uses a bathroom and they flush, all the bacteria is shot into the air.”

Megan Fox, who very well may have OCD, but nevertheless lacks a basic understanding of how pathogens actually work. [People via Allure] Keep reading »

Quotable: Kate Hudson On Getting Spanked By Casey Affleck

“There were a couple in there when I thought: ‘God, Casey!’ He got a bit of power behind it. It was definitely real. … I normally take [son, Ryder Robinson] on the set with me, but not for that one. ‘Mommy is going to be naked on the bed, smoking and getting spanked in the next scene, honey!’ I guess it will be weird for him when he does eventually watch it.”

Kate Hudson, whose new film, “The Killer Inside Me,” will have her son in therapy forever [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Watch Rachel Maddow Give Smith College’s Commencement Address

  • Political commentator Rachel Maddow delivered Smith College’s 2010 commencement address and gave some smarty-pants advice: “When given the choice between fame and glory, take glory. … Life might very well be long. Keep your eyes on the horizon and live in a way that you will be proud of. You will sleep more, you will be a better partner, you will be a better mom, you will be a better friend, and you will not have to remember any complicated lies to brag about at the old-age home because you can brag about the truth of your well-lived life.” If you’re going to listen to her speech, I suggest the second half! [Smith.edu]
  • Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, has been reassigned after allowing a woman with a life-threatening condition to have an abortion. Hospital officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center defended McBride and agreed that the 11-week-old fetus needed to be aborted to save the life of the mother, who had pulmonary hypertension. Bishop Thomas Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, said in a statement that McBride is “automatically ex-communicated.” [MSNBC]
  • Continental Airlines has agreed to provide back pay and interest to 132 women who were rejected from jobs as customer service agents and cargo agents. Continental is a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Labor Department monitors all contractors to follow equal employment opportunity laws. [Houston Chronicle]

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Woody Allen Speaks Up For Roman Polanski

Good news, Roman Polanski, a man who cheated on his partner with her adopted daughter is on your side! On Saturday, director Woody Allen told the media at the Cannes Film Festival that Polanski is “embarrassed,” “has suffered” and “has paid his dues” for a 1977 incident where he provided drugs to a 13-year-old girl and then raped her. Polanksi served 42 days in prison back in ’78, but he fled to Europe, where he has lived and made films for decades. Recently, Polanksi has been under house arrest in Switzerland and is facing jail time in the United States. Late last week, another woman accused Polanski of sexually assaulting her over two decades ago. Actress Charlotte Lewis says the director “forced himself” on her when she was 16 and they were working on the film “Pirates” together. Keep reading »

Meow! Google Restricts Cougar Dating Sites From Its Searches

Google has gone cougar-hunting. The search engine has classified “cougar” dating sites like CougarLife.com as “non-family safe” and banned them from its content pages. Google ads appear on over 6,700 websites, including biggies like YouTube and MySpace.

Sad news for Samantha Jones indeed — but unfortunately Google has a glaring double standard if you compare CougarLife.com to other dating sites. For example, most ads for SeekingArrangements.com, which matches young “sugar babes” with older, successful sugar daddies, are still considered “family-safe” by Google. However, dates found on CougarLife.com don’t come with financial perks, but the goal of SeekingArrangements.com is to pair a “generous benefactor” with “college students” and “aspiring actresses.” It’s not prostitution … but it’s not not prostitution, if you get what I’m saying. Keep reading »

George Huguely, UVA Lacrosse Player, Had A History Of Violence

It’s been almost two weeks since Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old UVA student and lacrosse player, was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely. (Huguely was charged with first-degree murder in her death.) As the weeks wear on, more details have emerged about Huguely’s alleged violence and partying, including whispers from his lacrosse teammates that Huguely attacked a fellow student last year. Several UVA lacrosse players told The Washington Post, under the condition of anonymity, that in February 2009 Huguely had heard a fellow teammate kissed Love and then, after “a night of partying,” Huguely attacked the teammate while the guy was sleeping. According to the players, UVA’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia disciplined both Huguely and his teammate. However, both still played in games that week. Keep reading »

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