If I Had a Dollar (Why I Am a Feminist)

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Because my mother was a painter and a beauty when artists had patrons and a woman like that needed a man to take care of her, so she married a money man.

Because my mother’s mother was a beauty and her mother was, too, and that’s what people said: “She was a beautiful woman,” as if that was the only remarkable thing.

Because I was born in 1966, the year Betty Friedan and others started the National Organization of Women and challenged an industry which required flight attendants to quit if they got married, pregnant, or reached the age of 32.

Because when my mother had me, she stopped painting and started cleaning house and throwing dinner parties and smoking too many cigarettes and crying in the mirror.

Because my mother never told me that I looked pretty because she did not want me to grow…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Wants to Send Donald Trump to Space

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Donald Trump hates the media. Trump hates other rich and powerful people who think he’s a moron. But Amazon founder Jeff Bezos occupies a special place in Trump’s ire. Not only is Bezos a bleeding-heart Silicon Valley tech founder, but he owns the Washington Post — which makes him a media mogul of his own. To Trump, Bezos occupies a sweet space between those two loathed groups of people.

Trump lashed out at Bezos on Monday morning, calling him a shoddy business leader who owns two businesses that don’t profit.

Never mind Trump properties’ many bankruptcies. Never mind Trump’s admitted use of financial devices in order to manipulate his assets. He is right about one thing: Amazon has gone years without making a profit, because Bezos is wreaking havoc on the retail and shipping industries in the name of innovation. Investors are just fine with this.

Bezos, always a man who appreciates humor, basked in the recognition of finally receiving one of Trump’s many attempted digital smackdowns, and gave his own response:

 

 

That hashtag proposing we #sendDonaldtospace has inspired others to send Trump their own bon voyages, suggesting that the Republican presidential candidate shoot for the moon and land among the stars.

 

 

 

Bezos’ net worth is estimated to be close to $50 billion, which by some measures is anywhere from five to 10times the net worth of Trump.

 

 

Originally Written & Published by Jack Smith IV of Mic

Twitter Erupts to Trump’s Remarks with Trending Hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday said that Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States “disqualifies” him from serving as president.

“What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” Earnest said to reporters at the daily briefing.

He cited the presidential oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

“And for Republican candidates for president, to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying.”

He also said that the Trump campaign was a “whole carnival barker routine.”

Twitter responded with the trending hashtag #TrumpIsDisqualifiedParty – ranging in participants from high-caliber celebrities to your local neighbors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Mayor Bans Trump
Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St Petersburg – a city of 253,000 in Florida, has suddenly found himself very popular.
His tweet was reposted over 13,000 times, and “liked” 15,000 times.
He seems to have struck a nerve…

 

Asking White People About America’s White Terrorism Problem

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 White terrorism is a huge problem in America. Since 9/11, more Americans have been killed in terror attacks by white supremacists than by Muslim extremists.
But while we hear a lot about Islamic terrorism, and all of the racial profiling, abuse, and harassment that Muslims in the U.S. face whenever a Muslim commits a violent act, we never hear about how white people feel when a fellow white person kills a bunch of innocent people in a Planned Parenthood clinic, or at a church in Charleston, or a home in North Carolina.
So we hit the streets to find out: what happens if you ask white people about America’s white terrorism problem?

 

 

 

 

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Obama Encourages Americans to Show Compassion for Syrian Refugees in Thanksgiving Address

President Barack Obama used his weekly address this Thanksgiving to call on Americans — as well as a list of governors vowing to reject Syrian refugees from resettling in United States — to open their hearts and homes to those in need of the nation’s generosity.

In his remarks, titled “This Thanksgiving, Recognizing the Greatness of American Generosity,” he said, “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance. We turn Lady Liberty’s light to the world and widen our circle of concern to say that all God’s children are worthy of our compassion and care. That’s part of what makes this the greatest country on Earth.”

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He continued, “Thanksgiving is a day for food and football and for hoping the turkey didn’t turn out too dry. But it’s also a day to count our blessings and give back to others — a reminder that, no matter our circumstances, all of us have something to be grateful for.”

The message follows a bill passed in the House of Representatives on Nov. 19 that aims to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering the United States by requiring strict background checks and security clearances. Obama has already vowed to veto any sort of legislation deterring his administration’s plan of increasing the number of refugees fleeing the Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, in Syria to 10,000 throughout the 2016 fiscal year. The topic has become contentious within the federal government throughout the weeks following the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks.

“I’ve been touched by the generosity of Americans who have written me letters and emails in recent weeks offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL,” Obama said in the address. “Now, people should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. That was the case before Paris, and that is the case now. And what happened in Paris hasn’t stopped Americans from opening their arms anyway.”

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However, not all Americans agree with this sentiment. There have been growing concerns surrounding refugee resettling in the U.S. since the deadly terror attacks in Paris were found to have been organized, in part, by aterrorist who traveled freely to and from Syria while being watched by several government agencies.

Still, Obama reassured Americans in his weekly address refugees entering the U.S. have the strictest vetting process in place out of anyone entering the country. He encourages the nation to offer aid rather than fear, saying, “all God’s children are worthy of our compassion and our care.”

Watch President Obama’s entire address below:

Originally Published by: Chris Riotta at Mic [11-26-2015]