President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation today that would improve on America’s sparse and globally uncompetitive sick pay laws. It would require six weeks of sick pay for new parents for federal employees and an additional six weeks of parental leave, as well as obligating employers with more than 15 employees to provide seven sick days a year.
The latter is an expansion on the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to let eligible employees take up to 12 unpaid weeks off of work. But they’re unpaid, so low-income Americans can’t practically take advantage of that benefit. Keep reading »
Since Ashlynn Marracino’s dad died of a brain aneurysm in 2010, the 16-year-old has had a tradition of writing him a letter on his birthday, January 6. This year, she wrote the letter on a star-shaped a balloon, tell him, “You have missed so much and I miss you. And I love you, miss you like crazy!” She updated her dad on what she’s been up and apologized for missing his last phone call before pleading with him to send her a sign: “I don’t like how I never had you in my life. It’s not fair. Show me a sign please. Anything to let me know you’re there. I miss you so much and I want you back.” She sent the balloon up into the sky, where it floated 436 miles before landing the following day in a restaurant parking lot in Auburn, California. When a customer handed the balloon to restaurant owner Lisa Swisley, she knew she was looking at something special. “I noticed there was writing on it and I got very teary-eyed,” she told ABC News. She felt it had come to her for a reason. Keep reading »
While wet t-shirt contests and dancing for hordes of beer-soaked men usually doesn’t raise an eye when talking about sunny trips to Latin America, local residents are rightly outraged at the latest reports coming out of Colombia: a “Little Miss Thong” bikini contest for 6-10 year old girls.
The “Miss Tanguita” pageant (which translates to “Little Miss Thong”), which took place in Barbosa, was a children’s version of Barbosa’s annual “Miss Thong” pageant, and took place as part of a three-day annual river festival in the small city. While the young participants had to have parental consent, when videos from the pageant spread to social media, Colombia residents immediately took to Twitter to convey their outrage at the overt sexualization of the young participants. Keep reading »
Draft-dodging ephebophile Ted Nugent sure has some strong “words” for those in the media with whom he disagrees! On Tuesday, Nugent posted an “openletter” to his Facebook page in which he called his critics out on … well, I honestly don’t know what in particular, but something. Keep reading »
Last year, the state of North Dakota attempted to enact a “Fetal Heartbeat Bill” that would prevent women from seeking an abortion once a heartbeat can be detected, or at 6-7 weeks. This, however, was quickly overturned by a judge because it violated the standard set by the Supreme Court of 24-25 weeks.
Now, this isn’t some arbitrary number. The reason it’s set at 24-25 weeks is because that’s when the fetus becomes viable. Women in this country have the right to abort up until a time when the fetus can survive on it’s own outside the womb.
Alas, North Dakota really, really, really wants to ban abortion. Or, rather, the people who make laws in North Dakota really, really, really want to ban abortion. I would assume that because there are women obtaining abortions at the state’s one abortion clinic, that not everyone in North Dakota is actually all that desperate to ban abortion. If that were the case, there would be no abortions in North Dakota to begin with, and they wouldn’t even have to bother with laws. Keep reading »