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GOP's Secret Plan For Equal Pay To Women & Minorities?

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Top Secret file50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in an effort to abolish wage discrimination based on gender. Half a century later, the Obama administration is pushing Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, designed to make wage differences more transparent. Republicans in the House are against it, just the thought of women making the same as men for doing the same job in the same location is abhorrent to everything the GOP stands for. When the Paycheck Fairness Act came up for a vote this past April, Republicans immediately killed the effort by a vote of 226 to 192 -- party lines. No misogyny there!

The Republicans are constantly being accused of opposition to plans while never offering up an alternative. Well, this time they have one. Here's an advanced look at their secret Memorandum, smuggled out to us from UltraViolet:

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ENDA: Times Have Changed, So Have The Votes

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WaPo:

The Senate passed historic gay rights legislation Thursday to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, another victory for the gay rights movement that has been gaining favor in the courts and electoral politics.

Senators voted 64 to 32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

One could ask, "What took so long?" Then again, it's better late than never.

Back in 1996 there was a bill brought to the Senate floor, very similar to ENDA. Two senators, Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) who were both serving back then, voted no. Today they voted yes.

In the words of Bob Dylan, "Times they are a changin'." At least they are for some people.

The largest battle is yet to come, the House of Representatives. Their consternation boils down to one man, Speaker and anti-gay rights activist, John Boehner. If he brings it up for a vote, it's most likely to pass. But he has already said he won't allow a vote on this issue.

Why?

Well, when you're looking for bogus excuses, John Boehner's America's man. He's never met a lie or dissemination of inaccurate information that didn't please the Boehner. The government shut down was all his doing because of his ignorance and obstinance. I'm not sure of the exact proportions of each, but they were his two major ingredients.

Boehner's pre-offered protestation number one was that giving protection to the LGBT community would cause a rush of frivolous lawsuits at a huge expense to the business community. Isn't that for the courts to decide? So Boehner's now assuming the role of Chief Justice, not just Speaker of the House.

His next foray into dissing the bill is that it's already covered under the law. Well, that's not true.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in many more aspects of the employment relationship. It applies to most employers engaged in interstate commerce with more than 15 employees, labor organizations, and employment agencies.The Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Sex includes pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

It DOES NOT PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Therein lies the rub and the reason for this bill. When this was pointed out to Boehner, he went to his next excuse.

He postures this law affects employment by churches and other religious organizations. Well, first off Boehner, they shouldn't be discriminating under any circumstances -- but let's give you that one. But just for a second.  Okay, your second is up.

The senate added an amendment to their bill authored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).  It was approved with the bill and prevents state and local governments from taking legal action against religious groups that take advantage of the bill’s religious exemption clause.

So now, it's going to be your turn, Mr. Speaker. Let's see what kind of American you are. Are you one who believes that all men are created equal and should have equal protections under the law, or are you a GOP hypocrite?

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Would Parents Have Deserted Son If He Had Cancer?

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I wish

I wish I was taller, stronger and had more hair. But I don't. I live with what I was given. And there are very few people who I've met who found my limitations (in my mind only) cause for ridicule or mockery. Oh, I've take a few short jokes, a few reseeding hairline quips, but nothing I couldn't handle. I can't remember ever being denied anything other than once, at the Eastern States Exposition when I was a kid, I wasn't tall enough to go on ride. My friends went. I just had to stand and watch. But I wasn't singled out for a random reason. It was a safety issue, and I understood that.

So my life has been a series of choices, based on reasonable logic. No one said "Hey shortie, you suck. Get off my property." Or "hey baldie, the toupee shop's at the other end of the mall." And even with my average looks, I've never been asked to leave Abercrombie & Fitch, though I surely don't fit the profile of the guys on their posters or shopping bags. Hey, we can all dream, right?

I have limitations that are not of my own making. Height. Looks. Middle-aged baldness. My sexuality is not a choice either. I was born heterosexual and am happily married with two kids. I didn't chose that life. It's who I am.

Nick kicked out of house

HUFFPO reports on an 18 year old boy named Nick who's life was turned upside down recently. He was a victim of ignorance, not his choices. Just because he discovered who he is inside, he now faces dire consequences doled out by his parents. Some anonymous person tipped them off that their son might be bisexual. It makes you wonder if he had been stricken with cancer if his family would have treated him the same way. Is human sexuality worse than cancer? Neither are a choice.

When Nick's parents found out their son was bisexual, they threw him out of the house, leaving his belongings on the front yard. They also confiscated all of his savings he earned bagging groceries as a part-time job while attending school. Although his parents did not support him, hundreds of strangers have rallied around the homeless, penniless 18-year-old to offer their support. So far they managed to raise thousands of dollars.

Nick is who he his, not who he chose to me. Becoming a lawyer or an engineer might be something he picks to do, but what he's made of mentally and emotionally, who and what he desires, is outside of that realm choice.

Two things amaze me about this story. First, that one day his "loving" parents accept him, then the next they shun him, literally tossing him to the curb. That hurts to hear. It makes you wonder what kind of folks they really are. After 18 years and no reported problems within his household which includes three sisters, it's rumors of his sexuality that cause his father and step-mother to discard him like stale fish?

The second facet of this event is the outpouring of love and support Nick has received from friends and mostly strangers. This travesty is turning into a cause. The awareness of other torn individuals, of any age, 12 or 82, to come out and just accept themselves and the hand that life has dealt them is uplifting.

Sadly there are the narrow minded among us who don't let love and family rule over bias and bigotry. I certainly don't hate Nick's parents. I don't know them. But Nick does. And when the shock of his displacement sets in, hopefully the outpouring of love and compassion he's receiving will far outweigh any ill thoughts he may have for them.

I know my gay friends always feared their coming out. Yet once they did, they had, for the most part, gained acceptance. Maybe not immediately, but over time. And they were happier for it.

Good luck Nick. Just because you may have discovered you're the "B" in LGBT, you deserve to be happy. We all do. I hope you find it.

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John Boehner, The Warlock Of Oz

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Yellow Brick Road

Well, I guess this has to be expected. The Republicans prove once again they are a people of their convictions -- anti-gay, anti-equality, anti-women's rights,  anti-immigrant and anti-anything fair and just. They're back to their old tricks. They're the obstructionist party.

If a return to slavery came up, Speaker Boehner would most certainly bring it to the floor for a vote. After all, oppression is the "O" in the GOP. And without slavery, the price or running a small business has increased. That's not good for business. And Boehner's party is already grumbling about the child labor laws. What's the problem with kids working for a dollar a day for 12 hours a day. They're young. They can handle it. Forget giving them an education. Leave that to the white rich kids. And think of the savings to business if the weren't taxed for education. Given a chance, Boehner would do away with the minimum wage, too.

Today, the Senate is poised to pass ENDA: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And what does that bill do? It protects individuals rights so that workers can't be fire for their sexual orientation. Mind you, this is not a quota bill, it doesn't force any business to hire or have a certain percentage of LGBT employees. It just guarantees that they can't be fired just because of their sexual orientation.

Where's the controversy there?

Passing the bill in the Senate is very important. But it appears it's the yellow brick road leading up to a house run by the Wicked Warlock of Oz, Speaker Boehner. Throw open the curtain and you'll find the same warlock who caused the government shutdown for his own selfish, personal reasons. He's a petulant child who belongs in Oz. He's a coward,who lacks a heart and a brain.

He doesn't like anyone other that old, white, conservative gentiles. He's anti-Semitic -- not one Jew on his executive staff, he's anti-black and immigration -- look at his refusal to bring up SNAP votes and a pathway to citizenship for immigration. He's against women's rights, and was on record against the Lilly Ledbetter legislation. This is the Right-wing party leader.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

How does this moron see this as an additional cost burden on business? Fairness in hiring doesn't cost a penny more. Breaking the law might cost additionally, but that's the reason we have these laws. To protect businesses and workers. The Speaker claims there will be more frivolous lawsuit claims. Maybe in his office. But not in the real world.

It's against the law to turn down hiring minorities. It's against the law to pay women less than men for an equal position. That doesn't change the cost of the business. It's a matter of practice, fairness and not cost.

straw man Speaker John Boehner

Grow up, Boehner. Picking on minorities doesn't make you a bigger man, it makes you a child. A petulant one at that. So why don't you travel down that yellow brick road with Dorothy and Toto and if you're lucky, you'll find what you're lacking-- a heart, courage and a brain.

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Is American Ready To Force The Issues? Obama Is

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do your job

As Ed Schultz always opines, it's time to get to work. The government shutdown is over, for now. The debt-ceiling is raised for now. So what's next? President Obama makes that pretty clear:

It's most certain, in Obama's words and most Americans thoughts, that this wake-up call that the Republicans and the Tea-party foisted on us at the estimated cost of $24 Billion be put aside and our elected officials who have let us down, come to their senses. They need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent them there to do.

Grow this economy
Create great good jobs
Strengthen the middle class
Educate our kids
Lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity
Stengthen Social Security & Medicare
Tax reform
Clean air
Negotiated peace worldwide
Get the U.S. fiscal house in order for the long haul.

It's really time to stop wasting America's precious resources and efforts. We now have a greater debt to the tune of $24 billion because of political game playing. Someone(s) have to pay for the damage they caused. Boehner? The Tea Party? Ted Cruz?

If this isn't addressed and soon, the entire congress must go. According to an NBC poll, this is a popular idea with 60% of the public. It'll be a shame to lose the few good representatives, but they'll get their chance to come back after sitting out the next dance. Then maybe they'll get an opportunity to listen to what America is really saying. It's saying help us by doing your jobs.

And on that subject, you could help us do ours, here at The Political Carnival. As you know, it's our Fall fundraiser. If you have the chance and haven't done so already, we could sure use your help in reaching our goal. We know it's tough sledding out there. It is here as well. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.



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Walmart Is Anti-Christian: "You're Fired For Being A Good Samaritan"

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Holy Bible

Walmart may, like God, be everywhere. Yet unlike the Lord, they don't possess a Christian heart. They don't believe in biblical teachings if the following passages are still considered part of the good book:

Philippians 2:4 - Look out for Others Interests

do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Hebrews 13:16 - Doing Good and Sharing

And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Galatians 6:2 - Help with Burdens of others

Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

Now I'm not religious, and you needn't be either to understand that doing something to help someone in trouble is considered loosely, "the Christian thing to do."

What do you call someone who, on his lunch break, sees a stranger being accosted and forgoes his own safety and intervenes? A hero? A good Samaritan? Walmart calls him "fired."

Kristopher Oswarld

WXYZ ACTION NEWS:

HARTLAND, MI (WXYZ) - "The last thing I expected was to not have a job," said Kristopher Oswald, 30, who was fired from Walmart this week after he intervened to help a woman who was apparently being assaulted in the parking lot of the store.

Oswald, who worked stocking pet food on the overnight shift at Walmart, was spending his lunch break in his car when he heard a woman screaming and a man hanging onto the hood of her car.

At first, Oswald wondered if it was just people horsing around recklessly, but when he walked over to see if the woman was really in danger, he says the man began to attack him, punching him in the head while yelling "I'm going to kill you".

So Kristopher jumped into action, fled the store to help and here's the story in his own words:

With brave actions like his, Walmart should have made him Employee of the Month, not unemployed of the future. I'm not shopping Walmart for a number of reasons -- but they all stem from how they treat their employees. This outrageous action by Walmart moves to the top of that complaints list.

Care to  join my boycott?

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Are Some Companies Really Anti-Gay?

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We all have an opportunity to make our voices heard everyday, not just election days. We get to vote with our patronage by buying from one retailer over the other. Sometimes the decision is based on location, its proximity to where you are when you're in need of buying something. Other times you choose your destination based on price or sales. That sure makes sense to your pocketbook.

It also makes great sense to the companies that sell to you. They want/need your business, whether a mom & pop store or a large national chain.

But how strong is your brand allegiance? Would you change brands or retailers if they gave family discounts or special promotions? Would you choose one company over another if they didn't treat you well or gave bad service?

If you're like most people, you would. But sometimes what goes on behind the scenes needs to be considered as well. If a store promoted bigotry and hate, would that bother you to the point you'd go elsewhere? I'm going to make that answer a little tougher for you. I'm going to give you the names of eight companies or organizations and ask you which on this list, if any,  is homophobic/ anti-gay?

1. Chick-fil-A
2. Domino's Pizza
3. Urban Outfitters
4. Exxon
5. Salvation Army
6. Purina
7. Boy Scouts of America
8. Cracker Barrel

How many did you find in that list, two? Four?

Well, according to HUFFPO, all of them. All eight. That's right, these are companies you may not have realized have been promoting anti-gay business practices, either in promotion or in employment practices.

A short reason associated with the above list, by number:

1 - Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy came out as being "very much" against gay marriage
2 - Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's is anti-gay. He financed a ballot initiative to have the discrimination of sexual orientation removed from a town in Michigan.
3 - Founder Richard Hayne donated $13,150 to Rick Santorum's campaign and had his store pull an "I Support Same Sex Marriage," t-shirt from the shelves after only a week.
4 - The huge oil company has been fighting for years against non-discrimination protection and equal benefits coverage for their employees. For the 14th year, the issue was on the table for the shareholders' meeting this past spring, and for the 14th year, Exxon wouldn't budge.
5 - Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, the manual used to train Salvation Army "soldiers" and members. Several chapters refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes a admonition that homosexuals "deserved to die."
6 - The company doesn't provide a policy that protects gender identity or expression, nor does it offer health care coverage for partners of their gay employees.
7 - the BSA decided to allow openly gay boys to join as of January 1st, 2014, but there is still no budging on letting openly gay men be leaders.
8 - In the past, more than 11 employees were fired for not displaying "normal heterosexual values," as was prescribed by an intra-company memo.

The point of all of this is simple. Make your feelings known about human rights by shopping where everyone is treated equally. Is it worth driving a few more miles or bypassing a weekend special to vote with your dollars of purchase? That's up to you. Times are tough. But they're even tougher when you're not treated equally.

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