Wednesday Reads: Hobby Lobby Loves Them Pre-CookedPosted: July 30, 2014 Filed under: morning reads, U.S. Politics, Women's Rights | Tags: abortion, Climate change, Felicia Allen, Hobby Lobby, hypocrisy, Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy), John Kerry, murder, Nixon tapes, NRA, religious violence, Reproductive Rights, Robert J. Dowlut 21 Comments
You must have heard about the latest from Hobby Lobby, the hypocrisy is so disgusting…Hobby Lobby Allegedly Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy
When a very pregnant Felicia Allen applied for medical leave from her job at Hobby Lobby three years ago, one might think that the company best known for denying its employees insurance coverage of certain contraceptives—on the false grounds that they cause abortions—would show equal concern for helping one of its employees when she learned she was pregnant. Instead, Allen says the self-professed evangelical Christian arts-and-crafts chain fired her and then tried to prevent her from accessing unemployment benefits. “They didn’t even want me to come back after having my baby, to provide for it,” she says. Her allegations—as well as those brought by other former Hobby Lobby employees—call into question the company’s public claims when it comes to protecting life and operating its business with Christian values. Additionally, they highlight a practice by which Hobby Lobby prevents its employees from seeking justice through the courts.
Yeah, you can read more details at the link. But as Eric Loomis, LG&M points out: That Pro-Life Hobby Lobby
And here I thought Hobby Lobby was acting out of very strong principle for life and not because it hates women and wants to punish them for having sex. There’s also this gem:
When Allen applied for unemployment benefits, she says Hobby Lobby’s corporate office gave the unemployment agency a false version of events, claiming she could have taken off personal leave but chose not to. In the end, Allen says she won her claim for unemployment benefits, but she felt she had been wrongly discriminated based on the fact that she was pregnant. In February 2012 she sued Hobby Lobby, but her lawsuit was swiftly dropped because, like most—if not all—Hobby Lobby employees, Allen had signed away her rights to sue the company. Though the multibillion-dollar, nearly 600-store chain took its legal claim against the federal government all the way to the Supreme Court when it didn’t want to honor the health insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the company forbids its employees from seeking justice in the court of law. Allen had signed a binding arbitration agreement upon taking the job, though she says she doesn’t remember doing so. The agreement, which all Hobby Lobby employees are required to sign, forces employees to resolve legal disputes outside of court through a process known as arbitration.
Lying so she couldn’t get unemployment is very special, but forcing employees to sign documents waiving their right to sue the company in order to be hired should be as illegal as the yellow-dog contract. I would ask how something like that is even legal in this nation, but of course I already know why–because corporations control our lives in ways they have not in a century.
I have plenty more links for you, but because I must take the boy to his endocrinologist in Atlanta tomorrow…I will just give it to you in dump fashion. Religious violence in 2013 displaced millions | Al Jazeera America
Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic. Secretary of State John Kerry called the displacement of families and devastation of communities from sectarian violence a troubling trend in the world, as he launched the State Department 2013 report on religious freedom. The report said that in much of the Middle East, the Christian presence is becoming “a shadow of its former self.” Hundreds of thousands of minority Christians have fled Syria after three years of civil war. It also highlighted more than one million people displaced in the Central African Republic during 2013, amid an upsurge in Christian-Muslim violence. In Southeast Asia, the spread of anti-Muslim violence spread from Myanmar‘s volatile west to central Meiktila, with up to 100 deaths and 12,000 displaced. Kerry further cited the “savagery and incredible brutality” by the al-Qaeda-inspired militant group active in Iraq and Syria, known as the Islamic State, saying it had slaughtered Shiite Muslims and forcibly converted Christians under threat of death. The report, released annually, reviews how religious freedoms are respected and violated in almost 200 countries and territories.
This 19-year-old confessed to killing a woman in 1963. You won’t believe what happened next.
In 1963, a 17-year-old Indiana youth named Robert J. Dowlut reportedly confessed to police — amid a pile of evidence — that he’d killed a local woman. The next year, a jury of his peers heard the case and found Dowlut guilty. What happened next? A) He died in the electric chair. B) He lived a long life and is currently the chief lawyer for the National Rifle Association.
Read about this here: The NRA’s Murder Mystery | Mother Jones I really don’t know why they bother to research this next item of news, WASHINGTON: Past-due debt prevalent across U.S., with South the highest | Economy | McClatchy DC What more would anyone expect. At least there is Good News: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Can Remain Open Here is a few health stories: Take Two: Just How Good Are Generic Meds Anyway? | Mother Jones Previously unknown virus that lives in half the world’s population could play a major role in obesity and diabetes – Medical News Today The Challenges of Having Sex as a Little Person – Merissa Nathan Gerson – The Atlantic And let’s not stop with little people sex, what about panda sex: Nixon on Panda Sex – Lawyers, Guns & Money In fact, more of Nixon’s tapes are in the news, as two new books are released, The Untapped Secrets of the Nixon Tapes – Evan Thomas – The Atlantic From a former president to a former First Lady: The Best “Dear John Letter” Ever Sent | Mother Jones
In 1947, years before she met John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier sent her high school boyfriend what is maybe my favorite Dear John letter of all time.
“I’ve always thought of being in love as being willing to do anything for the other person—starve to buy them bread and not mind living in Siberia with them—and I’ve always thought that every minute away from them would be hell—so looking at it that [way] I guess I’m not in love with you.”
Jackie O. would have been 85 Monday. RIP.
For more fascinating reads, look at this: Read the Notorious RBG at Her Most Blistering
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, teeny tiny goddess of judicial feminism incarnate, has authored many a badass piece of legal writing in her day. Now, thanks to some devoted brainiacs who are better at this sort of thing than I am, you can read the sharpest work of the grand dame in one place.
The folks at People for the American Way (a progressive think tank) have put together a lovely treasury of RBG’s greatest hits. Perfect light reading for the next time you put your head in a big pile of curls on your head and take a bubble bath, or lie out on a Caribbean beach, or a good thing to read to the kids when you’re trying to get them to bed. Yep. Just a little light legal reading.
Meanwhile, Officials Pull Back From Crash Site as the Army Puts Pressure on Rebels – NYTimes.com And if you are worried about the big flood: Climate refugees, DO NOT MOVE TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST | Grist
Many Seattle residents revere Cliff Mass as the Yoda of weather in the Northwest. On his blog and through spots in local media, this professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington helps us process our snowpocalypses and measure out Lexapro for 10 months of the year. Now he’s turning his big-weather brain to something regularly on our minds here at Grist: “As global warming takes hold later in the century, where will be the best place in the lower 48 states to escape its worst effects?” Here’s the short answer from Cliff:
On his blog entry, Mass goes into much more scientific detail on climate effects for the Lower 48 (complete with loads more charts). But even from this map, we can glean a few key takeaways.
- You’ll notice Mass highlighted most of the Eastern seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico, and sections of California in bright red. Areas of sea-level rise? Ohnonononono. You misunderstand completely. Those are spots where candy will grow on trees — because adaptation! Florida’s famous orange groves will evolve into chocolate orange groves and just work their way up the coast to Connecticut. Delicious!
- Take a look at all that yellow in the Southwest. Any guesses? Correct: That is precisely where state and local governments are likely to enforce three-day workweeks. And if you worry that moving to Phoenix, Los Angeles, or Austin means you’ll spend every extra-long weekend wearing spikes and riding in a rusty dune buggy on your way to bludgeon the neighbors to death over water resources, here’s a tip: Don’t!
- Orange! This DOES NOT mean this area gets more oranges (duh, pay attention; that was yellow). It does signify that every day will be Christmas. It also signifies that more Christmases will be wetter, windier, and generally more hurricane-y. P.S. I got you galoshes. (AGAIN, I know. Tee-hee!) Merry Christmas!
- Purple, purple, purple — Big Purp practically owns the map. Good thing, too, because from Montana to Maine, climate-changed citizenry will THRILL to the incredible cellphone coverage. No more dropped calls in Chicago. No more blips in Butte. Just blazing-fast downloads and crystal-clear audio, from your hot, cracked lips to your heatstroked fingertips. (Caveat: Customers will notice an increase in dropped calls from underground bunkers and heat hovels.)
- Say what about the green dots? Oh, those are flooding rivers and total shitholes.
Now for the last few remaining links for the day, a couple of stories from Hollywood and two others on digging up the past… Effort to save ‘Tara’ plantation facade before it’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ – NY Daily News Kodak, Studios Negotiating Last Ditch Effort to Keep Film in Hollywood – Hollywood Reporter Traces of Lincoln’s Courthouse Found in Illinois – Archaeology Magazine Erosion Exposes Human Remains on Kwajalein Atoll – Archaeology Magazine Have a good day and hope you share your thoughts in the comments below. A woman waves from a float during the Carnaval des Fleurs…
Love the Cliff Mass piece! The PNW is already one of the best places in the country to live even without the looming climate change. I remember when we first moved there and commented to people there that it didn’t rain as much as we were told it would and they would respond with, “Shhhhhh! We want people to think it sucks here so they won’t move here!” 🙂
I also love that piece! PNW sounds great to me. Here’s a shot at some humor. TBogg has done a great piece on ReaganBook. 🙂
Did you see the wonkette version?
“Cut it out lieberals! I meanz, all weze wants is a website where we can share racist Obama watermelon jokes, view inter-species erotica, call Hispanic people wetbacks and insult gay people as many times a day as we think of them (which is a lot). Is there nowhere left that a proud Christian white male ‘Murican conservative can go to be rid of you lieberals? Oh hey check it out, this Stormfront place seems nice” — Aryan Johnson
Professor Cliff Mass is great!
It does rain here a lot — usually not very hard — but for most of the “10 months of Lexapro” referenced in that article. Just so you know. July & August are usually pretty good.
Any SkyDancers visiting — get in touch! I have some land in the country to start a SkyDancer commune on. I know it’s not a Cretan island, but we’re a blue state here!
There is endless entertainment in the Nixon tapes. Thanks for the panda sex link. LOL!
Well I know it was a bunch of lame links…my dad had to go down to the Atlanta VA ER early this morning, they are checking for obstruction. It could be something with his cancer or hernia. I don’t know…I can’t take all this shit. My limit was reached weeks ago. I’m taking Jake now to his Dr, the one that the insurance doesn’t cover. Shit. Fuck.
I’m sorry, JJ. Do you have any support system: sisters, friends, even church people?
You shouldn’t have to do it all.
I like the post, JJ. A bunch of links is fine, and what eclecticism!
Hope it is only something very minor with your dad, and that things will get better with Jake.
Isn’t there some way to appeal the insurance decision to not cover his endocrinologist? I think there should be since Jake needs the specialist expertise — not just diabetology but juvenile diabetes Type 1 expertise. When I practiced in a specialty we sometimes could get patients covered after many appeal letters back and forth. The ins co’s try just issue denials without looking at the appeal rationale — seems like after enough tries they usually see reason. They try to wear everyone down first. What a waste of healthcare dollars and time. Hang in there.
There was nothing lame about your post, JJ. I thought the links were really interesting.
I kind of took the day off though, because I’m still trying to escape reality. Today I watched a dumb movie. I think my escapism is working. I’m feeling a lot more positive than I was a few days ago.
JJ, for sure, your post cover a lot of interesting news, and studies, and everything having to do with people, the funny stuff, and not so funny. We know it’s been difficult, but we are here always, to back you up. Keep on, keeping on.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
The slickness of Israel’s spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by the pollster Frank Luntz
Rachel Maddow on the OSA Invasion of NOLA
She did a great job, wish I were there to help.
“a few dozen people laid down in the street”
I love Michelle Goldberg, but that is horrible. I can’t stand it when media people don’t know how use the words lie and lay. It should be “a few dozen people lay down in the street.”
Sorry, that’s one of my pet peeves.
ITA. Lie/lay/layed/laid are commonly mixed-up word usages that writers ought to know to double and triple-check!
Here’s a few sources for you if you’re reading up on what’s going on in Gaza and Israel.
and here’s something interesting ….
The power plant that Israel bombed is basically ours.
Well, that is interesting.