Supreme Court upholds. “Obama-care”. Healthcare for all in effect.

28 Jun

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled President Obama’s health care overhaul constitutional, including the contested individual mandate.

Chief Justice John Roberts revealed the high court’s verdict on the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare, just after 10 a.m. today.

A dramatic victory for Obama, Four major issues were ruled upon, the most important of which being the law’s centerpiece requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional. The justices also weighed whether other parts or indeed the entire 2010 law should fall if they strike down the insurance requirement.


Apart from the insurance mandate, the court also considered the validity of the health care law’s significant expansion of Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program for the poor.

The case began almost as soon as Mr. Obama signed the law on March 23, 2010. Even before the day was out, Florida and 12 states filed the lawsuit that ended up at the Supreme Court. Another 13 states later joined in later.

The heart of the challenge was the claim that Congress could not force people to buy a product – health insurance.

The administration advanced several arguments in defense of Congress’ authority to require health insurance, including that it falls under the power to regulate interstate commerce.

The government also argued that the insurance requirement was necessary to make effective two other undoubtedly constitutional provisions: the requirements that insurers accept people regardless of existing health problems and limit what they charge older, sicker people.

The administration also said that even if the court rejected the first two arguments, the insurance requirement and penalty are constitutional as an exercise of Congress’ power to enact taxes. The penalty assessed for not buying insurance functions like a tax, the government said.

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Matters That Need Attention: Babies Dying in North Korea.. SPREAD AWARENESS

12 Jun

Two young children suffering from malnutrition rest in a a bed at the children's ward in Pongsan countrty hospital, about 62 miles south of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Oxfam,Mabel Au)

Millions of North Koreanchildren are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving an entire generation stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

North Korea wants nothing to do with America, they don’t want their help, they have our government. These people live in the worst conditions, some have no access to outside world, tv and internet is rarely allowed, cell phones have been banned since 2004. Their leadership don’t want to people to be educated on different societies, it’s basically like they are being forced living in a bubble.

Nearly a third of North Korean children under age 5 show signs of stunting, particularly in rural areas where food is scarce, and scores are dying from diarrhea due to a lack of access to clean water, sanitation and electricity, the agency said.

According to the AP, People in the capital, Pyongyang, live in relative comfort, but the situation in the rest of the country is more dire. About 16 million North Koreans — two-thirds of the country — rely on twice-a-month government rations, the report said. And there are no signs the government will undertake the long-term structural reforms needed to spur economic growth, it said.

North Korea does not produce enough food to feed its 24 million people, and relies on limited purchases of food as well as outside donations to make up the shortfall.

WANT TO HELP? http://www.helpinghandskorea.org/

North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, a jerk,  has sought to put forth an image of stability and unity but it is all but false. His constituents are starving, but he’s living lavish…

People have a tendency to only thing of the country of Africa when they think of nation suffering starvation.

Mega church Pastor Creflo Dollar Arrested.

10 Jun

The 50-year-old televangelist denied the allegations during Sunday morning services at his World Changers Church in Atlanta.

The pastor maintains the family argument began when he would not let his daughter attend a party.

“I will say this emphatically. I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said, adding “all is well in the Dollar household.

“The truth is that a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional, emotions got involved and things escalated from there.”

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children, after his 15-year-old daughter called 911 Friday night to report her father punched and choked her. The story was reportedly corroborated by her 19-year-old sister.

The police report states thealtercation turned physical when when Dollar tried to restrain his upset daughter. She began to hit back, which allegedly led the pastor to tackle his daughter to the ground and spank her.

The girl called 911 after she went to the kitchen, upset. Dollar asked why she was crying, and she told him, “I don’t want to talk right now,” which led the pastor to charge her, wrap his hands around her throat, punch her and hit her with her show, according to the report.

Dollar reportedly told the Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that his daughter wasn’t allowed to go to the party because of poor grades.

The 19-year-old daughter told the deputy Dollar grabbed her sister by the shoulders, slapped her and threw her to the ground.

Dollar’s wife, Taffi, told the deputy she did not see the fight.

The pastor addressed the allegations head-on during services.

“I can imagine … if I punched my kid, it would hurt her,” he said. “If I choked my kid, you would see visible signs on her neck. But to come and take a picture of a mark that’s been there for 10 years and not have enough intelligence to at least ask the parent what it is, is appalling.”

If disciplining your child  because they attacked you is a crime, it’s clear that I may not be the best contestant for children, because by all means, I’m taking that sucker down.. ♥

Latin History. African American History. & Now White History Being Studied in Schools..

29 May

Among university departments that study African-American history, Latin American or Chicano cultures and all varieties of ethnicities and nationalities, there’s a relatively obscure field of academic inquiry: whiteness studies.

Today, there are dozens of colleges and universities, including American University in Washington, D.C., and University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Wisconsin  that have a smattering of courses on the interdisciplinary subject of whiteness studies.

According to a CNN In America blog, The field argues that white privilege still exists, thanks largely to structural and institutional racism, and that the playing field isn’t level, and whites benefit from it. Using examples such as how white Americans tend not to be pulled over by the police as often as blacks and Latinos, or how lenders targeted blacks and Latinos for more expensive, subprime loans during the recent U.S. housing crisis, educators teach how people of different races and ethnicities often live very different lives.

But today, academics who teach the classes say they face a fresh hurdle, one that has its roots on the left instead of the right: the election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president.

“Having Obama is, in a curious way, putting us behind,” says Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

In my opinion it’s only fair, why not teach about all races and backgrounds and tell how to live and vary among st each other? But, as obvious, some will be opposed to this.  Will this cause more racial tension or educate to bring understanding?

What You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act

29 May

Senate Democrats,  began a renewed push this week to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that protects women who sue over being paid less than their male counterparts.

1. The Paycheck Fairness Act is not new: Democrats, however, have struggled to get it passed. Last time it came up for a vote, the House passed it with very little bipartisan support. Then Senate Republicans unanimously voted against he bill. Even if they had passed it, though, then-President George W. Bush vowed to veto it.

2. Pay equity is a real problem: Nearly half of all workers in the United States are women. But women tend to hold lower-paying jobs overall, and even when they have the exact same title as men, they make significantly less. Overall, women make 77 cents to a man’s dollar.  The Paycheck Fairness Act would help close the gap more quickly by providing incentives for employers not to discriminate.

3. Lost earnings have serious consequences: The amount of money an average woman loses to the pay gap could feed a family of 4. Still, more women are becoming the primary breadwinners or dual-earners in their family, with nearly 40% of women out-earning their husbands and a larger number of women with high degrees entering the job market.

4. Existing law doesn’t go far enough: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensured that a woman has the proper window of time to sue for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act takes significant steps to close loopholes in the original pay discrimination law, the Equal Pay Act, and to ensure that women can investigate whether they are being discriminated against.

5. Mitt Romney has not taken a position on the bill: After a very awkward moment over the Lilly Ledbetter Act, a spokesperson for his campaign said that Romney “support pay equality and is not looking to change current law.” But it’s unclear whether this means Romney would support a new piece of legislation that protects women who don’t have full pay equity.

Woman Accuse a Man of Rape, He Serves Time, Then She Facebook’ed Him Saying “Let By Gones Be By Gones”

25 May

“There are no words in any language, no gesture in any culture that can explain or describe what I have been through,” said Brian Banks. “I hope my story brings light to a major flaw in the judicial system.”

Freed: A one-time promising football star, Brian Banks, weeps after his rape conviction was dismissed in court. He was just 16 when a childhood friend accused him of kidnapping and raping her at school

According to the Associated Press, A high school football star who was once one of the most highly sought after athletes in the nation has had a rape charge against him dropped after the woman confessed on Facebook that the rape never happened.  Brian Banks, who is now 26-years old, spent six years in prison and broke down crying when the prosecutor moved to have the case dismissed.

Banks was once a football star with dreams of playing in the NFL.  He was only 16 when a woman accused him of kidnapping and raping her at school.   The woman, Wanetta Gibson, added him as a friend on Facebook and in a message said she wanted to “let bygones be bygones.”

Here’s the culprit.

Wanetta GibsonWanetta Gibson

Banks’ attorney, Justin Brooks, said that Gibson and Banks met and she was caught on video admitting that no rape every took place, and that she would help him to clear his record.  She was then brought before prosecutors and is now obligated to repay the $1.5 million that her mother was paid by the school for what allegedly happened.

I will go through with helping you but it’s like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don’t want to have to pay it back,” she told Banks.

Banks went to jail in 2002 for the crime, when he was just 16 years old.  At the time, he was being heavily recruited by USC and other colleges.     He was on his way to fill out college applications when he met up with Gibson and went to a stairwell to make out. He apparently said something she didn’t like, which led to the allegations of kidnapping and rape.

Investigators found no physical evidence of rape.   Due to the pressure from his attorney and prosecutors, Banks pleaded no contest to the kidnap and rape charge, after being told that he would get 41 years in prison if he fought the charge and was convicted.

New start: Banks, with his attorneys Justin Brooks and Alissa Bjerkhoel, after the charges are dismissed. It comes after the accuser contacted him to say the rape did not happen

Banks thought he would get just 18 months based on his attorney’s advice, and instead ended up in prison for six years.   While in prison, his case was taken on by the California Innocence Project.  After released Brian was unable to find work because he was forced to register as a sex offender, all for a crime he did not commit, with no evidence to prosecute him with. Shame.

She is a sick woman, who should have charges filed against her and should face jail time, and the state should give him a bountiful pay back, it won’t get back the years of his life that he lost, no the career that was taken away from him, but, he deserves at least pay. It’s a very tragic story.

Fortune 500 List Boasts More Female CEOs Than Ever Before

21 May

This year’s Fortune 500 has made history with the female 18.

The 2012 ranking of the 500 largest corporations in the United States includes a record 18 firms helmed by female CEOs, up from 12 companies in 2011.

“The good news is that while we have 18 today, there’s a pipeline of women coming into leadership positions that’s very, very deep and very, very wide,” Stephanie Mehta said.  (Fortune has a list of the 18 women here, which includes their career advice and reflections on the glass ceiling).

Ursula M. Burns

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns made history in 2009. Succeeding Anne Mulcahy, Burns was the first African-American female CEO — and the first recipient of a woman-to-woman handoff — in the Fortune 500. She stays grounded by staying true to herself. “When it became clear that I would become the CEO of Xerox, Anne Mulcahy said to me, ‘It’s going to be hard for you anyway, but don’t try and be me. You can’t try to be me,'” Burns told Patti Sellers last May. “And that’s one of the things I learned. You can probably be somebody else and follow all your life, but you cannot be somebody else and lead.”

This is truly motivation for young females trying to climb the corporate ladder. I didn’t even know who Ursula Burns was until today. She along with the 18 other women who face adversity are truly paving the way for the future CEO’s and “way makers”, like moi’. ♥