Fox Business host Melissa Francis claimed yesterday that lower wages for women (compared to men) were actually helping females keep their jobs.
Earlier this week, President Obama asked the U.S. Senate to pass Paycheck Fairness Act, which Republicans blocked, reported Politico.com.
According to MediaMatters.org, during an appearance on Fox News' America's Newsroom, Francis said, "I would also point out that men lost jobs at two and a half times the rate as women in this last recession."
"I know plenty of families where the man is now out of work and the woman is the one who's working full time," added Francis. "Probably because she makes a little less, so she was able to keep her job."
But according to the Monthly Labor Review by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Historically, the goods-producing industries—manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging—have accounted for the overwhelming majority of job losses.
...Men hold the overwhelming share of jobs in a group of goods-producing industries that are considerably more sensitive to changes in the business cycle, while women hold the majority of positions in the less cyclical service-proving industries.
Typically, as demand declines for goods such as automobiles, furniture, and new homes, employment in the related industries that supply those goods falls.
Additionally, goods-producing jobs are often outsourced overseas by U.S. corporations, noted The New York Times.
The Christian-owned corporation Hobby Lobby went to the U.S. Supreme Court last week in an effort to not provide emergency contraception pills or IUDs to its employees under Obamacare's contraception mandate.
Ironically, Hobby Lobby has invested $73 million in the same emergency contraception pills, IUDs and even abortion pills in its employees' retirement plan.
However, Hobby Lobby is not the only company refusing to provide certain types of contraception in health insurance plans, Mother Jones reports there are 70 other companies also denying this type of health care coverage for their female employees.
Trijicon, a military contracting company that manufactures aiming systems for lethal weapons, claimed in its 2013 lawsuit that it cannot cover birth control because "its shareholders have a deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception/fertilization."
Trijicon didn't mention that life ends, thanks, in part, to their products.
Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, which deal in food produce, oppose Obamacare's contraception mandate because the owners Philip and Frank Gilardi, who are Catholic, say they "conduct their businesses in a manner that does not violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs or moral values, and they wish to continue to do so."
However, in 2011, a former female employee sued the company for repeated sexual harassment, which allegedly included, "unwelcome sexual comments, sexual innuendo, and physical contact," noted Mother Jones.
The company denied the sexual harassment claims, but settled the lawsuit with the ex-employee for an undisclosed amount of money.
Salon.com reported last year on Eden Foods, which is also suing the Obama administration over the contraception mandate.
Eden Foods CEO Michael Potter told Salon.com that he opposes “using abortion as birth control, definitely.”
However, after being told by Salon.com that the contraception mandate doesn’t cover abortion, Potter fired back, “I’m not an expert in anything. I’m not the pope. I’m in the food business. I’m qualified to have opinions about that and not issues that are purely women’s issues. I am qualified to have an opinion about what health insurance I pay for.”
The National Women's Law Center has a full list of the companies suing to get out of the Obamacare contraception mandate.
Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano claimed last night on "The Kelly File" that “abortion and euthanasia” are part of the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
Napolitano was speaking about a case before the U.S. Supreme court today in which the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby has challenged the contraception mandate, reports Salon.com.
“As everybody knows, the Affordable Care Act requires anybody that employs 50 or more people to provide health care for them that includes contraceptive services,” stated Napolitano, notes MediaMatters.org (video below).
“Contraceptive services means contraception, euthanasia, and abortion,” claimed Napolitano.
However, the contraception mandate does not mean euthanasia or abortion.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, "abortion coverage is specifically banned from being required as part of the essential benefits package" of the ACA.
The only time abortion is paid for under the act is in cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. For other abortions, the woman has to pay for it or pay for extra coverage, notes FactCheck.org.
There is no euthanasia provided in the ACA; however, doctors and insurance companies are legally protected by the act if they choose not to provide assisted suicide services.
Disturbing details are starting to emerge following the March 14 arrest of two California women accused of starving three children and chaining one to the floor.
Authorities arrived at the Salinas, California home to investigate accusations of child neglect, and once they got there, they were horrified to discover a three-year-old boy, a five-year-old boy, and an eight-year-old girl all being starved. The young girl was shackled to keep her from eating.
"The little girl was from time-to-time chained to the walls of the house and denied food," said Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller. "She was extremely emaciated. She's been described as someone who looks like she's been living in a concentration camp." Miller added that all three children had “hardly eaten for months” and that the girl was the “major target” of the abuse.
Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deanda, 44, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony child cruelty, false imprisonment, and other related charges. The women are reportedly domestic partners, and one of them is the biological mother of the three-year-old boy. The five-year-old boy and the girl were both adopted.
Both Craig and Deanda pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and neither reportedly have a criminal record. Authorities say the two women were attempting to leave the area right before they were arrested.
Miller says that this case is one of the worst he has ever seen.
"When you've got over 30 years in the business, you've seen way too many of these types of things before," said Miller. "But this is, in terms of child abuse and neglect, this is toward the top."
"The fact that it appears [the girl] was actually chained to the wall to keep her from eating, those are the kinds of facts that tear at you," continued Miller. "That's the kind of thing that differentiates this from most other types of abuse cases."
Craig and Deanda are both scheduled to appear in court on March 28, but in the meantime, they are being held on $50,000 bail at Monterey County Jail.
Brooklyn officer Delfin Lantigua was arrested Thursday after allegedly asking female NYPD recruits for their underwear, money and sex in exchange for a quick hire.
The 34-year-old was caught when one woman met him at a restaurant and he asked for her underwear. The woman was so appalled that she reported him to the police, who launched an investigation.
After Lantigua was arrested, police found three pairs of underwear inside his locker at the Brooklyn North Task Force.
Lantigua also allegedly asked for $1,000 from each woman.
The officer formerly worked in applicant processing where he obtained each woman’s personnel information. He also had the ability to accelerate each woman's application.
Lantigua was charged with receiving a bribe, official misconduct and coercion.
11Turkish Government Passes Law Allowing Women To Wear Pants In Parliament After Lifting Headscarf Ban
Women lawmakers in Turkey’s parliament can now legally wear pants to government sessions. While this may seem like a relatively minor achievement, especially for those in nations accustomed to the type of female pantsuits donned by leaders such as Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, Turkey has been undergoing a radical string of dress code transformations throughout recent months. Prior to the decision to allow females to wear pants in parliament, the government passed a law allowing females to wear the Islamic headscarf within the building. The largely Islamic but also secular nation had previously banned the religious garments during parliament sessions.
In fact, the issue of allowing pants in parliament initially arose during the debates surrounding whether or not to allow headscarfs during lawmaking sessions. Republican People’s Party representative Safak Pavey had requested to be allowed to wear pants since she has a prosthetic leg. The previous rule, however, was that women had to wear suits with skirts, according to the Huffington Post.
Although the Prime Minister of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan is a conservative and Islamist leader, he quickly agreed with Pavey’s plan to allow women to wear pants within parliament, and the bill passed with relative ease.
The other three primary parties within the Turkish government include the secular-leaning CHP, the pro-Kurdish BDP and the Turkish nationalist party MHP, according to Elite Daily. All parties supported the plan, and the garment restrictions within the government continue to be liberalized.
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once called a birth-control advocate a “slut” who demands that “taxpayers pay her to have sex,” and who earlier this month said that low-income women with children under five should have their federal food benefits cut off to “use them as an object lesson,” yesterday accused the Democratic party of turning women into “abortion machines.”
Yes, this is the man who once said that feminism shrinks men’s penises.
Limbaugh has long been an advocate for the age-old conservative argument that helping people actually hurts them. On his Wednesday program he embarked on a typical rant in response to caller’s idea about how to dispel the notion that Republicans are waging a “war on women.”
“When they say that we’re against women, we put out that they’re against women,” the caller, a woman, suggested.
Limbaugh agreed and then delivered a dissertation detailing ways that in his view, liberal policies damage women and other groups.
“Look at what they’re doing," Limbaugh implored. “They’re destroying the black family, they’re destroying the minority family — look at what they’re doing to women with their policies. They’re demeaning them, they’re turning them into nothing but abortion machines.”
Limbaugh never explained how Democratic or liberal programs turn women into “abortion machines” or even what an “abortion machine” is.
Limbaugh has previously said that if abortion must remain legal, the law should require them to be carried out with a gun. He also labeled pro-choice groups “death squads,” a term used to describe usually secret government agents who carry out assassinations and political murders, such as the secret police who terrorized Central America on behalf of right-wing regimes there in the 1970s and 1980s.
Listen to Limbaugh's latest unhinged diatribe below.
Amidst major revolutions that saw significant political upheaval throughout the Middle East, the country of Saudi Arabia made headlines because its women wanted one simple right: the ability to drive.
Many women throughout the country have been increasingly protesting the country’s ban on women drivers by getting behind the wheel of vehicles, risking arrest and other dangerous forms of backlash.
The country experienced one of its most widespread protests against male-dominated driving culture last week, in which over 60 women took videos of themselves driving in various areas of the country. Although 60 may seem like a small statistic, those women actually comprised the country’s largest protest against the law. According to USA Today, the Saudi activists “have not received any reports of arrests or women ticketed by the police.”
A Kuwaiti woman attempting to get her father to a hospital just across the border in Saudi Arabia was not as lucky as the protesters. Even though the woman was not from Saudi Arabia, and therefore not protesting the country’s driving law in any manner, she was arrested and held in custody as police conducted an investigation on her.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no specific law in Saudi Arabia banning women from driving. The common practice is for women to take drivers or rely on their husbands or fathers to get around. However, women are regularly denied licenses and, as was the case with the Kuwaiti woman, arrested for getting behind the wheel.
According to the Kuwaiti woman, she was driving her father to the hospital because he suffers from diabetes and was unable to drive the vehicle himself. The Kuwait Times reports that the woman “was caught driving a Chevrolet Epica on the ‘Sitteen Road’ in front of a hotel in the area located near the border with Kuwait.”
An 18-year-old Russian girl known only as Shatuniha auctioned off her virginity for $30,000, describing her condition as “new, not used.”
In the description of her post she noted that she could go to a hotel at Predmostnaya Square with a document confirming her virginity. She would arrive with a person who would take the cash, then she'd remain at the hotel with the buyer.
According to a Siberian newspaper, the girl reported that she was in desperate need of money. She added that she could meet the purchaser at any time.
“I am in urgent need of money,” she said, “so I am selling the most precious thing I posess.”
The buyer, a man allegedly known as Evgeniy Volnov, paid 100,000 rubles. His purchasing price was $3,100 over the starting price.
Russian police have said they are in no position to make an arrest since the girl’s actions do not qualify as prostitution under the Code of Administrative Violations. They added that they could not make a moral assessment of the girl’s decisions.
In April, the same girl appeared to sell her virginity on another site. She described herself as almost 18, living in Krasnoyarsk and willing to sell her virginity at an expensive price to “someone who can properly appreciate it”.
Only 23 percent of Americans think electing more nonwhites in Congress would be a good thing, according to an ABC News poll.
The surprising results diverge widely along political lines, with 5 percent of Republicans responding that more nonwhites would be a good thing, and 50 percent of Democrats responding the same.
The different views are “so enormous and so fundamental that they seem to constitute visions of two distinctly different Americas," ABC polling director Gary Langer wrote, noting that partisan and ideological differences are contributing factors to the difference.
When asked if more women elected to Congress would make a positive change, 23 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agreed.
However, the consensus among Americans is that electing more minorities and women would make little difference in settling budget issues, with 66 percent of pollsters in agreement.
Only 31 percent of Americans believed that “people like them” were represented in Congress.
The poll surveyed ABC News Fusion Poll surveyed 1,002 adults by phone between Oct 17. and Oct. 20.