Today’s Lady News: Federal Abortion-Funding Ban To Be Introduced In Congress

  • Two House representatives plan to introduce a bill to permanently ban federal funding of abortion. For the past 24 years, a law called the Hyde Amendment has ensured that federal money does not pay for abortions. However, it is a temporary law and has to be passed by Congress each year. The bill introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) would make the ban permanent. [The Hill]
  • Shirley Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department employee who is African-American, said she plans to sue Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger who posted an edited video online which led to her resignation. The video was of a speech in which Sherrod appeared to be saying that she discriminated against a white farmer who needed her help. Breitbart posted the video and Sherrod was asked to resign from her job. However, the full tape indicates that the discrimination was only a thought Sherrod had in her head and she actually helped him. [CNN]
  • YouTube asked the Second City Network, a comedy troupe, to censor a video skit which shows lesbians kissing. Second City uploaded a new “clean” video with a note, “If you think YouTube is homophobic, leave a comment below!” [YouTube]

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Bristol Palin’s Friend Might Also Be Pregnant With Levi Johnston’s Child

Today in highly speculative pregnancy dramas: Levi Johnston might be becoming a papa again. A friend of Bristol Palin‘s says she may be knocked up with her ex-boyfriend Levi’s child. According to The National Enquirer, Lanesia Garcia of Wasilla, Alaska, apparently dated Levi when he and Bristol broke up last year (some friend!) and he put his thing in her thing and well, you know … Keep reading »

Cheapskate: Ruche

Ruche is a site we stumbled upon and instantly fell in love with. All the clothes look like items you’d find in an old trunk in your fashionable grandmother’s attic, but with a modern twist. The jewelry looks even more precious and Old World. What’s even better is that Ruche is a very affordable site. I recall seeing only one item priced above $50. Check out the items that made my heart flutter, after the jump. Keep reading »

Apple Being Sued For iPads That Shut Down In The Sun

Pissed that their uber-expensive tech toys shut down in intense heat and sun, three iPad users are suing Apple for everything from false advertising to breaching consumer protection laws. The three plaintiffs — Jacob Balthazar, Claudia Keller and John Browning — have filed their complaint in Oakland, CA, and their lawyer hopes to turn it into a class action suit on behalf of all affected iPad users. With mounting reports of iPads shutting themselves down in high temperatures, we wonder if anything will come of this. Surely that’s an obnoxious defect, but the device’s instruction manual does warn that it won’t function properly above 95 degrees, so maybe Apple has managed to adequately cover its ass on this one. iPad users, have you been having any heat-related issues? [The Telegraph] Keep reading »

Is Calling Someone Fat More Motivational Than Calling Someone Obese?

An article by a health reporter for BBC news stated, “according to England’s public health minister, Anne Milton, general practitioners and other health professionals should tell people that they are fat instead of simply calling them obese. ” Getting people motivated to lose weight isn’t easy, because putting it on is a lot easier than getting it off. Losing weight also takes a lot more time and effort than it does to put it on. Many people feel helpless at a certain point because rapid results are not easily achieved.

Professor Lindsey Davies of UK Faculty of Public Health said, “People don’t want to be offensive. There is a lot of stigma to being a fat person.” Let’s be honest here, regardless of how fat we are, we never want to hear it. Being fat, especially in the society we live in, is looked down upon, judged and definitely not something many people embrace. With the social views upon being fat, why would anyone want to be called it? Keep reading »

Lady Mag Lesson #3: Be A Slave To Fashion!

You know what my favorite thing is about lady mags, besides the occasionally thought-provoking features, perfume samplers, and usually off-the-mark horoscopes? All those ultra-amazing and, like, totally useful tips for being sooooo fashionable! You know, the ones that guarantee your look will be so hot, all your so-called girlfriends will DIE of jealousy. HA! Keep reading »

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