“It’s been step by step since I was shot three years ago. I’ve overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I’m stronger now. I’m winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. Southern Arizona will look beautiful, peaceful from the top of the sky.”
Three years ago, on January 8th, 2011, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 others were shot at a constituent meeting in Tucson. Six people died; Giffords sustained brain damage and was partially paralyzed. Today, she posted this hopeful update on her Facebook page, in addition to a New York Times op-ed about the gains she’s made in physical therapy and the gun reform activism that’s become her new life purpose. In true fearless Gabby fashion, she’s celebrating her milestones by jumping out of a plane. She is such an inspiration. We wish her the best in her continuing recovery and her quest for sensible gun laws.
Hollywood has a long and sometimes ignominious history of cross-pollinating in the political sphere. I mean, Arnold Schwarzenegger served for eight years as governor of California. Who the hell thought that would actually happen? So I guess it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that Clay Aiken, runner-up from the second season of “American Idol” who later became a gay icon for suburban moms everywhere, is allegedly considering a run for Congress in his home state of North Carolina. According to the Washington Blade, Clay will run as a Democrat and is seeking to challenge Republican Representative Renee Elmers in the state’s second district. Clay has not only been a vocal supporter of marriage equality in his conservative home state but also appeared in “Spamalot” on Broadway. Which, frankly, should be a requirement of anyone considering a seat in Congress. [Huffington Post] [Image via WENN]
Dear Indian Trail Town Council Member David Waddell,
Actually, I guess I should say ex Indian Trail Town Council Member David Waddell, because you officially resigned from your position yesterday. I’m not in the habit of propositioning politicians, especially politicians who are resigning in order to stage a write-in campaign as a Constitution Party candidate, but it’s the way you resigned that caught my attention. See, you didn’t just submit a normal letter of resignation. You wrote your letter in Klingon as an “inside joke.” The mayor called it “unprofessional.” I call it brilliant. Keep reading »
New York Magazine is the latest publication that can’t tell the difference between Black faces. Just one day after Bill de Blasio took his oath of office, the New York-centric weekly confused his African-American wife, Chirlane McCray, with a woman who falsely accused her father of rape! Read more on Hello Beautiful …
It’s about damn time.
The United States is one of only a few countries in the world that does not provide any sort of paid maternity leave. In fact, it’s the only industrialized nation not to do so. All that could change with the Family And Medical Leave Insurance Act, a bill introduced today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D -
CT NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
The Family Act, as it’s being called for short, proposes an insurance plan that would provide paid family leave and paid sick leave for all workers: public or private, self-employed or full- or part-time. Workers could take time off for their own illness or that of a child, parent or spouse; it also includes both newborn and adopted children coming into the home. As described in The New York Times, the funding would be from both employers and employees. The benefits would be capped at $4,000 per month, covering 12 weeks/60 “caregiving days,” a year.
In other words, it is three months paid leave. Keep reading »