April 16, 2014
Across the United States, many local governments are responding to skyrocketing levels of inequality and the now decades-long crisis of homelessness among the very poor … by passing laws making it a crime to sleep in a parked car.
This happened most recently in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley, where new billionaires are seemingly minted every month - and where 92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind. Dozens of cities have passed similar anti-homeless laws. The largest of them is Los Angeles, the longtime unofficial “homeless capital of America”, where lawyers are currently defending a similar vehicle-sleeping law before a skeptical federal appellate court. Laws against sleeping on sidewalks or in cars are called “quality of life” laws. But they certainly don’t protect the quality of life of the poor.
“groomed” = BRAINWASHED
“Teen as Personal Sex Slave” = CHILD RAPE
let’s get it right folks … .
A leading advocate of the patriarchal Quiverfull movement groomed a teenage girl as his “personal sex object” and then used the purity culture to shame her into silence, according to a lawsuit filed by his victim.
Douglas Phillips resigned last year from Vision Forum and Vision Forum Ministries over what he described at the time as an extramarital affair.
But the lawsuit, reported by Right Wing Watch, revealed more details about this relationship and the ways that women are treated in the Quiverfull movement - which has been popularized by the prolific Duggar family and their TLC reality show, 19 Kids and Counting.
Attorneys claim Phillips, a close friend to the Duggar family and an associate of actor Kirk Cameron, “methodically groomed” Lourdes Torres since she was 15 years old and led her to believe they would be married.
Phillips told the girl this was possible because his wife, Beall Phillips, “was going to die soon.”
LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.
The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion.
Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public opinion shifts in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The topics have become a political liability for the GOP, especially among younger voters.
Justin Trudeau has talked himself into a defamation lawsuit that is likely to leave his party quite a bit lighter in the wallet. The shoot-from-the-lip Liberal leader and his Ontario campaign co-chair David MacNaughton are named in a $1.5-million libel suit filed on behalf of Christine Innes, a candidate who was barred from running for the Liberal party.
Innes had wanted to contest the Liberal nomination for the pending by-election in Trinity-Spadina, the seat vacated when New Democrat MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for mayor of Toronto. Trinity-Spadina and Toronto Centre ridings will cease to exist in 2015 when redistribution comes into effect. As a result, three new Toronto ridings will be created from the two current ones.
Creationists who believe God created the entire universe in six days about 6,000 years ago have been aghast at the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary “Cosmos” series.
Some creationists have demanded their views receive equal airtime on the show to provide balance. Others have complained that astrophysicist and host Neil deGrasse Tyson was promoting “blind faith” in science. Evangelist Ray Comfort was particularly upset that Tyson believed the theory of evolution was scientific, but the Bible was not.
“[The Bible] gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” Comfort explained. “It’s observable - Genesis - and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”
The comedy website Funny Or Die on Monday delivered what creationists have been asking for, a Bible-based alternative to “Cosmos.”
Alaska Republicans Propose a Law That Lets Alaska Republicans Tell Doctors What Counts as a Medical Emergency
Lawmakers in the Alaska state Legislature think they know better than doctors when it comes to defining a medical emergency, and have introduced a proposal that could tie doctors’ hands when it comes to determining what’s best for their patients in need of abortion care.
The measure would restrict state funding for abortion by restricting the definition of “medically necessary.” Low-income women can access abortion services through the state Medicaid program if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, and it’s these women that lawmakers are targeting with the proposal.
As Lisa Demer at the Anchorage Daily News reports, Republican state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the sponsor of the House version of the bill, denies that the measure is aimed at limiting people’s access to abortion. “This bill has nothing to do with restricting a women’s right to an abortion,” she said.
When Democratic opponents of the measure raised concern that the medical necessity of other procedures is not determined by state lawmakers, LeDoux said that there wasn’t an issue with other procedures being performed when they weren’t medically necessary. (It does not appear she had anything else to say in support of that conclusion.)
A Manhattan woman is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill saying she was callously fired by bosses at the fast food chain after being choked and pummeled by her ex-boyfriend and then having to miss work due to her injuries.
Natasha Velez socked Chipotle with the Manhattan federal court civil-rights suit, alleging she was fired last year from her food-preparer job at an Upper East Side branch on Third Avenue four weeks after returning to work following the alleged domestic violence attack.
The suit claims that her ex-boyfriend — who isn’t named — choked her and fractured her left index finger during a confrontation on New Year’s Day 2013.
Days later, she showed her bosses the police report for the incident and other related paperwork. The suit also says she showed them her injured finger in a splint and informed them she couldn’t work until it healed.
The issue isn’t being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.
A number of GOP Senate candidates are on record supporting Personhood in some form. Once primary season is over, and the Senate general elections get underway in earnest, you are likely to see Democrats attack Republicans over the issue — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotionally fraught cultural argument that Dems have used to their advantage in the past.
This has already appeared in the Colorado Senate race, but it will likely become an issue in other races, too. In Colorado, the Republican candidate, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, renounced his previous support for Personhood after entering the contest, admitting it would “restrict contraception,” but Dems seized on the reversal to argue that Gardner only supports protecting women’s health when politically necessary.
Gardner co-sponsored the “Life at Conception Act,” which provides for Constitutional protection of the right to life of each “preborn human person,” defined as existing from the “moment of fertilization.” The Pro-Life Alliance describes this as a “Personhood” measure.
All I can say to pioneering drone pilots is land on request. period.
There are two sides to every story, but in the case of Ohio copy machine repairman and aerial videography hobbyist Kele Stanley, his side is drastically different from that of the police who arrested him for flying his camera drone over the site of a car crash.
To hear the police tell it, Stanley was told several times to bring his quadcopter down so that a medical helicopter could land and help the injured persons. But Stanley combats that claim with a very straightforward statement of his own, “I’m not an idiot.”
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Stanley claims he would have brought down the copter right away had he been told why. As it was, he says he was only told about the Care Flight helicopter after he had already brought down his drone not once, but twice, and he didn’t fly it again after that.
New Mexico governor Susana Martinez has made it very clear that she holds all opposition and dissent in absolute contempt.
In the words of Valcav Havel, “They cannot tell the difference between dissent and naked terrorism.”