October 23, 2012 |
Minutes into the third presidential debate, a theme emerged: Lessons have been learned. Don't be rude to the moderator, don't be afraid to call on the fact-checkers, and don't forget to mention women's rights as often as humanly possible. Held on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's televised announcement of the Cuban missile crisis, Monday night's discussion was supposed to be about foreign policy, and for the most part it was - save for when both candidates strong-armed the narrative back to domestic shores to reiterate central arguments (Mitt Romney: I can fix the economy; President Obama: I am fixing the economy)
October 18, 2012 |
There goes Madonna, classing up the joint again. To show her support of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot and critically wounded by the Taliban because of her advocacy for girls' education, the Material Girl (a.k.a. Madge, Esther, the Queen of Pop, the Hottest Bod in the AARP) took the opportunity during a recent concert at L.A.'s Staple Center to pull her pants down and reveal a (fake) tattoo of the girl's name inked across the small of her back. Take that, Taliban!
August 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Leading Republicans sought Monday to pressure Rep. Todd Akin into quitting the U.S. Senate race in Missouri, fearing his ill-considered remarks on abortion and rape would cost the GOP its shot at controlling the chamber and damage the party's presidential ticket. Democrats, eager to capitalize on Akin's comments, issued a burst of fundraising appeals - subject line: "Legitimate rape" - and even President Obama weighed in, saying the congressman's statement was hard to comprehend.
August 20, 2012 |
The Republican nominee for a U.S. Senateseat in Missouri on Sunday advanced the theory that the female reproductive system can shut down during what he described as a "legitimate rape," thus preventing conception in most cases. Rep. Todd Akin, a tea party candidate who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri's closely watched race, was asked in a local television interview about whether he supported access to abortion in the case of rape. "If abortion could be considered in the case of, say, a tubal pregnancy [which threatens the mother's life]
August 5, 2012 |
KWAMPUNGOSE, South Africa - As a child, Nike Dlamini grew up under a rule: If anything happened in the family or the village, you went straight to the head man. Quarrels, problems, births, deaths: All had to be reported. In some cases - a child born out of wedlock - there was a fine to be paid. When Dlamini was 11, her older brother made sexual advances, forcing her to undress and stroking her. Dlamini and her sisters went to the head man, the village representative of the traditional king, or chief, for help.
April 11, 2012
Down on Deasy Re "On a mission to change school district's culture," April 8 In the 1980s I was a teacher in the L.A. Unified School District's Incentive Substitute Teacher Program, which was meant to ensure good instruction and classroom oversight in hard-to-staff schools. I can assure readers that "subbing" is one of the least-empowered positions in the district. That L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy would walk into a classroom unannounced and criticize "well-regarded" substitute teacher Patrena Shankling as she "carried out the assignment left by the regular teacher," and then the next day send her a letter of termination, is nothing more than bullying.