Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.
The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it, but he’s a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.
Kansas law doesn’t expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general’s office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.
The measure also would prevent cities and counties from enacting restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, or imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported. Existing ordinances would be void, and local governments could not use tax dollars for gun buy-back programs.
I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didn’t like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoria’s Secret. It’s not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I don’t know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra that’s comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.
Well, making choices in our lives as young women is kind of like finding that favorite bra. Not all of us are going to fit into the same kind and not all of us are going to find the same style attractive. We all deserve to have as many choices as possible, and as women, we shouldn’t be judging the choices made by other women. Choosing a bra is a very personal choice and is none of anyone else’s business. We should be, as women, looking for ways we can expand the choices both for ourselves and other women, just as Megan Grassell did when she started Yellowberry. Equality doesn’t mean women will all make the same choice. It means women will be treated the same no matter what choices they make.
This brings us to the idea you have that women shouldn’t have equal pay because it will make it more difficult for them to find husbands. What you’re doing is attempting to limit my choices, and I don’t appreciate that. Let’s get one thing straight here. When I’m thinking about what kind of career I want to have, it’s a lot like shopping for a bra. I want to find something that fits me and appeals to me, and I’m not thinking about pleasing a man. Anyone who wants to be my partner in life is going to have to truly respect me, appreciate me for who I am, and honor the choices I make.
“It always comes back to God in the end,” Burrows said of pro-life efforts. “They try to rebrand themselves as focusing on women’s rights, but it really comes down to reinforcing conservative Christian values and pushing it on people.”
She tried to understand the pro-life movement from the perspective of other young women. Burrows said she could see why they were persuaded by pro-life supporters.
“They (women) were coming from a place of deep hurt and deep pain in their own lives,” Burrows said. “These conversations were around sexual violence, rape and hypersexualization and the idea that women will always be there for sex and always be objectified.”
Every woman agrees those are problems. But anti-abortionists use those issues to push for solutions making abortion illegal and contraception inaccessible because they are contributing to a sexual culture, Burrows said.
“I knew where they were coming from, but taking away women’s rights to make it be the fundamental solution … that’s sexism,” she said. “It reinforces the culture they are seemingly trying to fight against.”
Yesterday, Chelsea Clinton announced that she’s pregnant. And then, like clockwork, “HOW WILL HILLARY’S DAUGHTER’S PREGNANCY AFFECT HER PRESIDENTIAL RUN?” bellowed some idiots.
In an article covering the pregnancy announcement, USA Today wrote, “It’s unclear how Chelsea’s pregnancy will affect Hillary Clinton, who is considering a race for president in 2016.” “President or grandmother?” Charlie Rose asked Bill Clinton on CBS This Morning. Not to be outdone, the Christian Science Monitor published an entire piece on it: “Chelsea Clinton baby: Will Hillary Clinton be less likely to run in 2016?” the headline ponders.
This is patently ridiculous. If the genders were reversed — say, if Bill Clinton were running for President again (why not, America’s an oligarchy anyway) — no one would feel the need to speculate on whether he’d set aside his political ambitions and focus on being the best grandfather he can be; for a real-life comparison, Mitt Romney welcomed two grandchildren on the campaign trail and no one asked how that would impact his run.
Chelsea Clinton is pregnant, and some anti-abortion activists responded to the news Thursday by showing they don’t understand what being “pro-choice” means: being able to choose to have a baby, or not.
Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child “later this year.”
LifeNews didn’t seem to understand Thursday how a woman who supports a person’s decision to not have children could be excited about her pregnancy:
In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar(r) nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar(r) winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar(r) nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).
In movies they’re often suave, sophisticated, cold-blooded killers, professionals like John Cusack in “Grosse Pointe Blank” or Jean Reno’s Leon in “The Professional,” but a new British study dispels the myths surrounding hit men.
“These images are Hollywood-ized,” said Prof. David Wilson, who led a group of criminologists at Birmingham City University in the U.K. in the study. “The hit man seems like quite an attractive image that people are responding to. They are professional, very confident, hyper masculine.”
While the hits in movies usually take place in smoky bars and casinos, the reality that Wilson studied was much more mundane, with hits taking place as people walked their dogs or made their way home from the store or the gym.
We’re glad to see Mayor Annise Parker finally stand up and propose a human rights commission that will provide local due process for victims of public discrimination. Parker told the Chronicle editorial board that she plans to release a formal version of her proposal within the next few weeks, but sometimes the process is just as important as the result.
As the energy capital of the world, Houston is an international destination for business leaders from around the globe. Whether in the free market or our free people, Houston has many lessons to offer our international guests.
One of those lessons is how civil rights and nondiscrimination work in a pluralistic society.
It is a lesson that the world is forgetting. Places like Russia have begun to move backward, with Vladimir Putin trying to unite his power base around a hatred of gays, lesbians and other minorities. As the New York Times published last Sunday, that political wedge issue is becoming a formal state policy in a culture that urges “a rejection of the principles of multiculturalism and tolerance” in favor of Russia’s “unique state-government civilization.”
We shouldn’t be afraid to show that democratic debate can be messy. What we should fear, however, is failing to stand up for the ideals of our diverse city.
But after surviving cancer, Arbel was no longer afraid. “After cancer, I felt fearless in every way,” she said. “I just felt whatever will happen, will happen. Before cancer hit me, I was afraid in a way. But after cancer, I was afraid of dying, that the treatment wouldn’t work. Fear had a different point of view. I just felt, whatever, I’m gonna try it. When you’re fearless and add to that and I believed in my product, that what I had made for myself made me feel better. If I felt like that, a lot of girls will probably feel like that.”
After one year of studying prosthetics, Arbel made her first nipple out of silicone — a similar material found in most post-mastectomy implants — for herself. If she was a happy customer, she figured she could make others happy as well. In 2012 she started Pink Perfect, which makes readymade custom prosthetic nipples for breast cancer survivors.
Unlike other prosthetic nipples companies, Pink Perfect makes personalized nipple molds. Similar businesses such as ReForma and Softcare Silicone UK offer adhesive nipple stick-ons that are considerably cheaper, with pairs starting at $40. But they don’t offer the option to get a personalized mold of your existing nipple.
In 2013 Arbel was named Israeli Entrepreneur of the Year by the philanthropic organization Keren Shemesh Foundation. CEO Michal Even-Chen told PolicyMic, “Michelle was awarded first prize for managing to combine her ambition for economic and business independence with her own personal struggle.”
Now that a Senate committee has recommended nine changes to Bill C-23, Fair Elections Act, the legislation seems pretty solid. And, since Pierre Poilievre has, apparently, indicated privately that he’s open to changes, an amended version of the bill will likely become law by this summer.
We would probably have gotten to this point earlier had not the minister responsible for the bill been MP Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton), Minister of State for Democratic Reform.