Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor is in the middle her confirmation hearings. Each day, we reach new heights of irritation that her impartiality is called into question.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Senate Judiciary Committee summed up the tone the best on “Face The Nation” on Sunday, when he said, “Every judge must be committed every day to not let their personal politics, their ethnic background, their biases, sympathies influence the nature of their decision-making process.” The implicit question-behind-the-questions seem to be, should Sotomayor not be confirmed because she may judge like a Latina and a woman, instead of like white males who comprise the majority of the Supreme Court?
While, obviously, Sessions is correct that judges must be fair and impartial, it seems to us like Sotomayor’s ethnic background is only a big to do right now because it’s something other than white—as if white people don’t have biases, too. Keep reading »
Hey laaaadies! Run by Willie Mae Rock Camp, Ladies Rock Camp is a two-day summer camp in Brooklyn, NY where ladies can rock out and learn to play their favorite musical instrument — and The Frisky is giving away a free session! (*NOTE: Travel & Lodging Not Included) So, how do you enter? Make a video in which you tell the camera (any camera will do: webcam, cellphone, camcorder, point-n-shoot, you name it) the following:
- Your Name
- Your City & State (Residents of NY, NJ, CT, MA, and PA only)
- What female musician influenced you the most and why?
Click here to read more specifics on what’s required for the video (accepted formats, video length, and music usage) and also to submit your completed video and the entry form. All videos must be submitted between TODAY, July 15 and July 19th. Click here to read the official rules and check back on July 21st to see a selection of the most kick ass entries, as hand-picked by The Frisky’s editors. The grand prize winner will be announced on July 28th! [Video Contest: Ladies Rock Camp]
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Even Joe the Plumber can’t help her now! Sarah Palin has been slapped with her eighteenth ethics complaint. This one says Sarah didn’t turn over her duties as governor while she was running for VP, which she is supposed to do according to the state constitution. She also continued to accept a salary and even used her state staff to campaign outside Alaska. [Huffington Post]
Check out some of the other interesting ethics complaints Sarah has faced, after the jump. Keep reading »
One of Britain’s most celebrated music conductors, Sir Edward Downes, died last week at the age of 85, along with his wife Joan, 74. How? They drank “a lethal cocktail of barbiturates provided by an assisted-suicide clinic” in Zurich, Switzerland. Lady Joan Downes was in the final stages of terminal cancer, but Sir Downes was in relatively good health. According to friends and family, Downes simply did not want to live without his wife, whom he had been married to for over 50 years. They died lying down, holding hands, with their children around them.
This story absolutely crushes my heart. Assisted suicide is a very controversial issue, but this particular story is so sadly, well, romantic, I’ll be curious to see what the response is. What do you all think? [NY Times[ Keep reading »
When you think of environmental consciousness, your probably flashes to organic-food eating, composting, solar-energy-loving people. Not whore houses. But a Berlin brothel owner is hoping to make an impact by offering a $7 discount (off the $100 for a 45-minute session) for patrons that arrive on bicycles. Since 2002, Germany has given legit labor contracts to about 400,000 women prostitutes, but business isn’t going so well. Thomas Goetz, the owner of “Maison d’envie” (haha…House of Envy), says, “The recession has hit our industry hard, obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people. It’s good for business, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for the girls. We have around 3-5 new customers coming in daily to take advantage of the discount.” [Reuters] Keep reading »
Business guru and former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, recently gave a speech in which he said said women in the working world have to realize that “there’s no such thing as work-life balance.” Instead, we all make “work-life choices” and if women choose to take time off from work for children, there could be “consequences” to that choice. Notably, Welch said, women who stay home with children might be passed over for promotions if we are “not there in the clutch.” In other words, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
I actually do agree with some of his points—taking time off to raise kids sets women and their skills back, and people who are present and excelling “in the clutch” deserve promotions and rewards more than people who aren’t. But the problem with work-life balance isn’t exactly the way Welch makes it sound, as if we only have two choices. The problem is that for a really long time, the workplace was set up so moms and dads had to make those choices. Keep reading »
Displayed at UK bus stops, this campaign by the Torbay Council warns dog owners to clean up after their animals. Those who don’t comply will face a hefty fine. Sure, the ad’s message is good but, um, EWWWWWWW! That child appears to be playing in and eating a giant pile of dog poo because, because as the ad claims, “Children will put anything in their mouths.” C’mon guys, give kids some credit. They won’t put that in their mouths. [BBC] Keep reading »
When Alice Eve Cohen, 44, noticed her belly bulging, she thought the worst—she was convinced she had a cancerous tumor growing inside her at an alarming rate. Doctors said her odd symptoms were caused by menopause and a bladder infection. Well the docs really missed the mark, ’cause the thing that’s been growing and bobbing around in Alice’s tummy for the past six months was actually a baby girl. Alice was told years ago that she was infertile and that fertility treatments would harm her uterus, but lo and behold after three more months, Alice successfully gave birth to baby Eliana. Alice talks about her whole ordeal in her novel, What I Thought I Knew. As scary as that must have been, being mistaken for a tumor is still better than being born in a toilet. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
A shooting range, a hunting party, South Central Los Angeles: These are all places you might expect a stray bullet to graze your body. A public bathroom? Not so much. Yet, some poor 53-year-old woman managed to defy the odds and got shot in the leg while innocently relieving herself. Janifer Bliss, from Tampa, FL, was injured when a gun was dropped by the woman in the next stall. Bliss is currently in the hospital for minor treatment, and the state of Florida is considering bringing charges against Debra Monce, 56, who was carrying the concealed gun. No humor in that potty. Okay, maybe just a little. [metro.co.uk] Keep reading »