The Freedom Socialist Party has fought to increase the minimum wage to $20 an hour. Any less is obviously exploitation of the proletariat (do they use that word any more?)
This month, however, the Freedom Socialist Party placed an ad on both Indeed.com and Craigslist seeking a part-time web content manager in Seattle. The job pays $13 per hour (or more, maybe, if you are really good).
In 2012, the Freedom Socialist Party’s national platform championed “full employment” — not part-time — and an increase in the minimum wage “to $20 an hour” for all employees in all jobs.
If you are interested in applying for the $13-per-hour web content manager job, it won’t be easy. For starters, you’ll need to be “familiarity with HTML/CSS” and Photoshop. The latter is a graphics editor developed by Adobe Systems, an $18 billion private company. You’ll also need “ability to self-manage and problem-solve independently.” Proficiency in Spanish and social media as well as “an interest in ongoing political events” are desirable. And absolutely no telecommuting!
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, made nationally news on Tuesday when it was learned that she subpoenaed a group of Christian pastors who opposed the city’s law, one that she said was personal to her, that would allow men to use women’s restrooms and vice versa. In her subpoena, she demanded that this group of Christian pastors turn over to the city all sermons and communication with their parishioners that dealt with homosexuality.
Beyond using the mayoral office as not only a bully pulpit, but using the power of it to bully this group of Christians, the Alliance Defending Freedom has said that her demand from these pastors is illegal as it violates their First Amendment Rights.
In a case of typical progressive hypocrisy, on the very day that news came out that Parker was attempting to bully Christians pastors via subpoena to turn over all sermons and communications dealing with homosexuality, she held a ceremony declaring October to be ‘National Bullying Prevention Month.’
An article in Houston Style Magazine provided all the information for the ceremony which was held on October 14 at 1:30 pm at Houston City Hall. They described what would happen during this ceremony.
The Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying is a national initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors sponsored in partnership with the Bully Project. Mayor Parker is campaign chair and spokesperson for this national effort involving the participation of more than 200 mayors in nearly all 50 states.
The mayor will also announce a special public screening of the educational film “Bully,” scheduled for October 17. The film, which premieres tonight on PBS, will be screened in communities across the nation this month as part of the campaign.
Read the full article at The Tea Party Network.
MoveOn and MAYDAY’s call for citizens to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics” was met by the conservative group American Commitment, which submitted a video highlighting progressive donor and climate change alarmist Tom Steyer’s role in the 2014 election cycle.
American Commitment’s submission currently has about 15 times as many votes as the second-place competitor. MoveOn and MAYDAY changed the rules Thursday to allow for another day of voting.
“Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The sooner you post your video, the more time you’ll have to get votes,” the rules previously stated.
Now the rules read “Contest submissions ends [sic] at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The sooner you post your video, the more time you’ll have to get votes. The 24-hour voting period begins on Thursday [sic] at 5pm ET, and ends on Friday at 5pm ET, October 17th, 2014.”
“Pretty funny that liberal groups who pretend to hate money in politics are driven to panic and willing to embarrass themselves with a last-minute rules change to forestall the possibility that a submission about by far the biggest donor in America might win their contest,” American Commitment’s Phil Kerpen told The Daily Caller. “Steyer has spent $42M+ this year, more than the top 31 Republican donors combined. But he’s a liberal, so they love him.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
The “I (heart) Boobies!” case ended this week after the school district in Easton, Pa. agreed to pay $385,000 in attorneys’ fees to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. The district lost an appeal involving students who wore colorful breast cancer awareness bracelets bearing the “I (heart) Boobies!” slogan.
The settlement between the school district and the ACLU ended almost four years of litigation, notes The Morning Call, Easton’s main newspaper.
The case began in 2010 when a couple of middle school students defied a previously-imposed ban and wore the rubber bracelets — distributed by the Keep A Breast Foundation — on school premises.
School officials responded by suspending the students for a day and a half and prohibiting their attendance at a school dance.
The ACLU intervened, arguing that the punishments violated the free speech rights of the middle school girls under the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the full slate of judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an order upholding a decision by officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. to send four students home for wearing American flag T-shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo.
The decision came down in mid-September — on Constitution Day.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has issued a shocking ruling saying that abortion clinics do not have to report rapes of teenage girls even though Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics have a long history of doing abortions on rape victims without reporting the rapes to authorities.
A recent Louisiana Supreme Court ruling may land a Catholic priest in jail for refusing to testify about a confession he may have heard several years ago, the Times-Picayune reports.
In an official opinion quietly issued two days before the last Board of Health meeting, the Attorney General determined that the Virginia Health Department, and abortion center staffs, can turn a blind eye to the rape of underage children.
The plaintiffs in the case allege that their underage daughter mentioned during confession to Fr. Jeff Bayhi several years ago that an elderly parishioner inappropriately touched her, and that the priest failed to report it to the authorities.
The opinion was removed from the AG’s website yesterday, but reappeared last night, according to the pro-life group Family Foundation, which alerted LifeNews to the opinion.
The current Louisiana Children’s Code says that mandated reporters–people who have regular contact with vulnerable groups like children and are legally required to report signs of abuse– include “any priest…or other similarly situated functionary of a religious organization unless not required to report a confidential communication as defined in the Code of Evidence Article 511.”
“This surprising opinion absolves health care professionals at abortion centers or the health department of responsibility to report the suspected rape of a child to the Department of Social Services or law enforcement. In order to reach this conclusion and protect the abortion industry, the Attorney General had to overrule two opinions issued by prior Attorneys General. First was a 2003 opinion issued by then Attorney General Jerry Kilgore that required health care officials to report statutory rape when the victim reveals it during conversation,” the pro-life group said.
The Code of Evidence Article allows exemptions for confidential communication “it is made privately and not intended for further disclosure except to other persons present” and notes that the privilege “may be claimed by the person or by his legal representative. The clergyman is presumed to have authority to claim the privilege on behalf of the person or deceased person.”
According to Virginia law, health care professionals, including the State Health Commissioner, are required to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services to be investigated. (Virginia Code §63.2-1509). The group says an “abused or neglected child” is defined in Virginia Code §63.2-100 to be “any child less than 18 years of age…whose parents or other person responsible for his care commits or allows to be committed any act of sexual exploitation or any sexual act upon a child in violation of the law….”