Reporters have been complaining right and left of unfair treatment while following Mitt Romney on the campaign trail as they attempt to cover one shred of news about the Republican candidate. They have apparently been given the runaround wherever they turn, from being denied entrance to events to even having to submit quotes for approval before using them!
A South Dakota law was up for debate recently - a controversial law that requires doctors to advise women who are getting abortions that they have an increased risk of suicide following the procedure. After some deliberation and a split-opinion, a court of law finally ruled that the law was okay, despite questions of whether it was unconstitutional or not. If this link was indeed scientifically provable, this could be considered a good thing for women. Unfortunately, the evidence to support such a connection is flawed at best, meaning that the court has just ruled that doctors must legally lie to their patients.
It looks like Scotland will be beating the rest of the UK to the finish line when it comes to being the first country to embrace the future of human rights and legalize gay marriage. This controversial move is being supported by both rights groups and a majority of politicians alike (almost a miracle in itself). The enemy of the proposed legislation? None other than the church, of course.
When asked for their reasoning behind such a tenuous political move, Scotland’s officials expressed a need for the country to become a model of equality and tolerance for the international community. They hope that other countries will choose to follow suit and help the world progress and become a better place for everyone.
The summer is heating up and so is the Presidential Race, but I thought it would be fun to talk about something quite unusual and at the same time sprinkle in some of the more serious stuff that I hope to keep covering.
From the heading, you can see that the wives of the candidates are having a little battle over baking cookies. This is actually a traditional thing and keeping with the current times it has incorporated Facebook too!
It’s interesting when looking at the Facebook page, how the family environment of the candidates is being promoted. I guess this has become a prerequisite to succeeding in politics. The Family Circle Presidential Cookie Bake-Off is now celebrating its 20th anniversary with Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush having the inaugural one.
Tax havens have become a common feature of the little known world of private equity that the Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney worked in to make his vast fortune. I am referring to an attack ad that I saw on TV this last week that I personally found pretty comical and at the same time worthy of being talked about here. I did want to start talking about the Presidential race and what better way than to talk about the ad campaigns.
In fact, if you live in a red state like I do, it’s even more important that you make your voice heard and fight for these progressive actions! If any of these topical items appeal to you, be sure to click on the easy take-action link provided and make your voice heard.
Help Keep the Chick-Fil-A Pressure Going
The Muppets have severed ties with Chick-Fil-A after finding out about the company’s commitment to oppressing gay people, and now all hell is breaking loose as people start to realize what this company is really about. Let’s keep the momentum going and ask other sponsors of the company to break ties with them, too! Right now there is a campaign to get the Berenstain Bears, another childhood favorite of mine, to not pair up with the homophobic company, since they are scheduled to become the fast food chain’s next partner. Click here to find out more and to ask the beloved book series to refrain from getting involved with a company that hates families like this one.
This action roundup of political and cause-related topics from all over the web includes some pretty heavy-hitting issues as well as some items that affect us all. Please take a moment to scan them and take action if you feel so inclined.
Hunger Action Friday
Feeding America is sponsoring Hunger Action Friday today, a day in which we can raise our voices to help spread awareness about hunger, make sure our family and friends know about poverty in America, and even raise money to help those struggling to find food in this economy. There are many facts that you can share—such as the fact that 1 in 5 kids in America is at risk of hunger, and under the current Farm Bill, almost 300,000 kids would lose their current free school meals. Can you take a moment to update your Twitter status or Facebook status with one of these or other facts for Hunger Action Friday?
Does violence against women disturb you? Is this economy getting you down? The one thing we can always do in this country when we are upset about something is to let our leaders know. Here are two quick actions you can take to improve the lives of both yourselves and your neighbors today.
Pass the VAWA As-Was
Did you hear that the newly ratified Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) eliminates protections that previously existed for native American women, college students, immigrant women, and LGBT survivors of abuse? If you want Congress to pass the Act in its previous incarnation—what many feminist groups are dubbing the “Real” Violence Against Women Act—click here and tell your representative that you want the Act to apply to all women in the United States, as it previously did.
Mitt Romney decided to take a trip to England to show off to the world (and voters in the U.S. in particular) his amazing skills of international diplomacy. Apparently, however, he must have forgotten to read the handbook on how to respect other peoples’ cultures as well as ignoring a few other fundamental tips. The end result was an England that was both angry with and mocking of ol’ Mitt. Truly spectacular diplomatic skills indeed.
You cannot say that you support people and then fund campaigns that destroy their rights. You simply cannot! It’s ludicrous. Think about it:
“I support immigrants! That’s why I’m funding the wall to keep them out and the people who shoot at them across the border!”
“I support women! That’s why I support mandatory vaginal ultrasounds so they can endure rape before an abortion, and I pay for candidates who enforce it.”
“I support blacks! That’s why I went to last night’s Klan meeting.”
It sounds absolutely ridiculous, right? Well, I suppose the second one doesn’t, since we hear that one all of the time, amirite, ladies? But you can obviously look at these statements and come to a clear conclusion that if you truly embraced all people, you wouldn’t infringe on their rights.