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Why These 4 Arguments Against Increased Gun Regulation Make No Sense

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My intelligent cousin, trained as a social worker, shared the above meme on Facebook today. Normally I agree with her views and the things she shares. Today, I disagree. At least with the statement that “Guns are not the problem.”

Unless you just came back to sea level from an underwater mission, you’ve heard about the massacre Friday in Newtown, Conn., where a seriously disturbed 20-year-old murdered 26 people and then himself. After a lot of shock, people started talking about how this should be the impetus for changes in gun regulation and safety laws. Of course, those who feverishly cherish their guns and their precious right to bear arms got all up in arms about the argument. “This isn’t a time for politics,” we were told.

But it most certainly is the time to talk politics. And gun control. And mental health. And parenting. And social responsibility. Here are the reasons given by those who do not want increased gun regulation and safety laws: Continue reading

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Gloria Cain: Supportive Wife or Sell-out?

Herman Cain, who is running for the Republican Presidential nominee amidst personal scandal, with his wife, Gloria Cain. (businessinsiders.com)

Unconditional love is all we ever ask for. Unfortunately, there are people who go entire life times without ever experiencing it. However, just like any other aspect in life, a question of morals comes into play. There is nothing wrong with standing by your loved one’s side through thick and through thin. As a matter of fact, it is strongly encouraged. Yet, I’m sure that those in favor of unconditional loyalty and support wouldn’t approve if they knew that scandal and illegal activity was involved.

Gloria Cain, wife of Herman Cain (Republican Presidential candidate) has stood by her husband’s side unconditionally. However, love and support should not overpower your moral standards when it comes to whether sexual harassment allegations are acceptable or not. Various sources have described Gloria Cain as the ideal politician’s wife; even after taking her absence from his campaign into consideration. What I want to know is if she’s a real woman or a puppet. It doesn’t take much to be a housewife, but there is a problem if you let your commitment to your husband cloud your right mind. One thing that I do know, however, is the fact that these sexual harassment allegations being from the 90’s proves one thing.  No matter how much money you have or how famous you are, eventually your dirt will catch up with you.  Also, the confidentiality agreement that one of the two accusers were required to sign as a part of their settlement doesn’t do much for Herman Cain’s image.

Supporting your husband is respectable, but not at the expense of other women’s safety or well being. I find it very disappointing that as soon as a woman accuses a man in power of sexual harassment or rape, she is viewed by many as a liar or an opportunist. These feelings of contempt are unfair and represent a woman’s true value in this country. Honestly, there is a serious problem when other women host these feelings with no proof of false accusations. There is nothing worse than women hating women and when minorities groups submerge in “divide and conquer” mindsets, this only results in limited power and unity amongst themselves. Women turning against women inevitably enable misogynist forces in society to strive for the oppression of women; even to this day.

No matter what your race, class, or political differences may be, you should always focus on the fact that you are a woman first. The small differences are simply irrelevant when it comes to the big issues. And no matter what, you shouldn’t compromise your morals for anyone. You should always do what you know is right. Even if you have a shiny new politician on your arm.

News Flash!

 

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Source of Toxic Water Found (WSJ)
“A source of highly radioactive water escaping into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was identified, but authorities weren’t able to say if the discovery will stop the continuing contamination.”

Subprime Bonds Are Back (WSJ)
“Subprime and other residential mortgage bonds that helped trigger the financial crisis are back in vogue with long-term investors, in the latest sign that American credit markets are healing after the worst downturn in a generation.”

U.S. Weighs More Libya Moves (WSJ)
“The White House asked the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency to propose ways the U.S. can ramp up its assistance to rebels battling Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi—beginning with shipments of nonlethal equipment such as communications gear, and potentially escalating to large-scale transfers of weapons.”

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Take A Stand for Planned Parenthood And Family Planning

Congress wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

This is a sad time for women’s health when the Congress we elected to fix the economy is hurting programs that help women under the guise of budgetary cuts.

From the website of Planned Parenthood Action Center, “the nonpartisan advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America”:

“On March 9, the Senate defeated H.R. 1, a bill that used the misleading cover of deficit reduction to push an extreme ideological agenda designed to take health care away from women.

“However, the budget negotiations are not yet over and conservative members of Congress plan to continue to push to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds.”

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First Woman Nominated By Major Political Party Dies at 75

 

Geraldine A. Ferraro and Walter F. Mondale on July 20, 1984. (Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman nominated by a major political party to run as vice president, passed away on Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She died of complications from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer she lived with for 12 years, according to a statement from her family.

Ferraro was a congresswoman from Queens when, in 1984, she was nominated by the Democratic party to run alongside Presidential hopeful Walter F. Mondale.

The New York Times’ Douglas Martin wrote of women in politics following Ferraro’s surprise nomination:

“It would be another 24 years before another woman from a major party was nominated for vice president — Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the Republican running mate of Senator John McCain in 2008. And though Hillary Rodham Clinton came close to being nominated that year in her primary run as a senator from New York, a woman has yet to occupy the Oval Office. But Ms. Ferraro’s ascendance gave many women heart.”

Take heart, M.L.T.S. readers, and follow in Ferraro’s footsteps!