Minnesota resident “Rebekah [Erier] sent me this letter, and it moved me,” Obama told his donors at an evening fund-raiser in Minneapolis, Minn., as he tried to show he is in touch with ordinary people’s concerns.
“She and her husband married about six, seven years ago; he was in — he was a carpenter, he was in contracting. He had a good job; housing market plummets, loses his job. Gets another job. Gets injured on the job, they accumulate some debt, that job is lost,” Obama said, after noting the couple has two children.
“He gets another job with the railroads, which require him to be away basically four or five days a week while she’s taking care of two kids. … She goes back to school to get an accounting degree [and] ends up with $12,000 worth of debt. She gets a job at the accounting firm, he gets a new job, although at a significantly lower pay, back in construction and he can be with the family more,” he said at the event.
Rather than acknowledge that the woman’s cascade of financial disasters occurred under his watch, Obama instead told her, “When I see you, I’m reminded of when Michelle and I were starting off early on, and Michelle calling me in tears because we had just lost the nanny and we had no idea whether we were going to be able to replace her with somebody,”
Read the full story at The Daily Caller.
According to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, 1 in 5 women will fall victim to sexually violence during their time in college. Conservative columnist George Will’s recent questioning of this statistic caused tremendous uproar.
In the column, the Washington Post writer claimed that colleges are purposely inflating rape statistics and pokes fun at the “coveted status that confers privilege” to victims of sexual violence. These remarks caused Will to be removed from various newspapers, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to feminist author and resident fellow at the America Enterprise Institute, Christina Hoff Sommers, the 1 in 5 statistic came from a web-based survey that polled from two major universities in the United States.
Of those surveyed, there was a very low response rate — only 42 percent. Of those who responded, 19% responded affirmatively that they had experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college. In the survey, “sexual assault” can be anything ranging from forced kissing to rape. Sommers claimed that this definition is too wide and that the survey is thus inaccurate.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted a similar survey to the White House task force’s in order to gather mandated data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence and rape. Sommers claimed that this survey only dealt with the “more serious” instances of sexual assault, and had an 88 percent response rate. This survey found that only 1 in 40 respondents had experienced instances of sexual assault.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Did you catch that? Corporations want to “deny women access to contraception.” By, um, expecting them to pay for it themselves.
Here’s the text at the link:
TELL THE SUPREME COURT:
Protect women’s health care rights!
Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The case could have far-reaching implications for whether private companies can refuse to offer their employees’ health insurance with contraception coverage.
Plain and simple — A woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions. No one’s boss should. The stakes are too high for us to be silent.
Please join Sandra Fluke and the DCCC and sign this petition declaring that a woman’s boss should not have a say in her health care decisions.
But why stop there? A woman is far more than just her reproductive organs. Why should her boss have a say in any of her other personal decisions? Other than footing the bill, of course.
“I’m hungry. I want a steak dinner with all the trimmings. Why aren’t you paying for it, you misogynist?”
“My car is a piece of crap. This Porsche 911 looks super-sweet, though. Buy it for me, boss, or get ready for a big-ass lawsuit!”
“Is this studio apartment really cutting it? I think not. Here’s the McMansion I’m moving into, on your dime. No? My phone is in my pocket. In a second, it’ll be out of my pocket.”
That’s how you do it. If you can’t get people to pay for stuff you want, just blackmail them until they give in. Then move on to the next demand you haven’t earned.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CIS scholars Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler found that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.
The rapidity with which immigrants recovered from the Great Recession, as well as the fact that they held a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth before the recession, help to explain their findings, the authors report. In addition, native-born Americans and immigrants were affected differently by the recession.
The report notes three conclusions which it says can be drawn from this analysis:
The report also found…
Read the full article at The National Review.
“Today’s opinion carries forward this Court’s practice of giving abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, with whom Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas concurred. “There is an entirely separate, abridged edition of the First Amendment applicable to speech against abortion.”
The law’s supporters argued that buffer zones are necessary because of “the severe violence, obstruction and harassment targeting reproductive healthcare facilities,” although, as Scalia pointed out, only one abortion clinic in Massachusetts “is known to have been beset by the problems that the statute supposedly addresses.”
The buffer zones, it should be noted, were demarcated by yellow lines painted on the ground surrounding the facilities — hardly anything that could stop a determined criminal.
“It blinks reality to say, as the majority does, that a blanket prohibition on the use of streets and sidewalks where speech on only one politically controversial topic is likely to occur—and where that speech can most effectively be communicated—is not content based,” wrote Justice Scalia. “Would the Court exempt from strict scrutiny a law banning access to the streets and sidewalks surrounding the site of the Republican National Convention?”
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