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The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Was Signed Into Law By President Obama!

I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the posting that I did about Dick Armey’s outrageously sexist remarks towards Joan Walsh.So, the news that President Obama has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law is helping to wash it away! This bill makes it easier for anyone to sue who is being discriminated against. Here’s more about the bill from the AP:

“Ledbetter became a regular feature in Obama’s campaign for the White House, addressing the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year and traveling to Washington aboard Obama’s train for the inauguration ceremonies. Obama spoke strongly in support of legislation to change the Supreme Court decision during his campaign and the Democratic-controlled Congress moved it to the top of the agenda for the new session that opened this month.

The high court said a person must file a claim of discrimination within 180 days of a company’s initial decision to pay a worker less than it pays another worker doing the same job. Under the new bill, given final passage in Congress this week, every new discriminatory paycheck would extend the statute of limitations for another 180 days.

Congress attempted to update the law to extend the time, but the Bush White House and Senate Republicans blocked the legislation in the last session of Congress.

Obama cited Census Bureau figures that women still receive only about 78 cents for every dollar that men get for doing equivalent jobs — “women of color even less,” he said.

The measure, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act, also applies to discrimination based on factors such as race, religion, national origin, disability or age.”(End of Excerpt) Read the entire article here: (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5isOFwdbq0tsqatW6vJpkDRTI1gMgD960TTL87

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Betty Page: Pin-up Icon With The Raven Haired Bangs & The Banging Body!

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Hot diggeddy damn, she is erotica personified. How could someone look so chaste in pictures that were considered wholly  indecent at the time. Betty Page represented corporeal feminism in the 1950s. She was completely comfortable with her body & showing it off. This raven haired beauty was known for her bangs  & her risque, nude bondage photos.There was a so-so movie about her life called “The Notorious Betty Page“. The best thing about that film was the uncanny resemblance between Gretchen Mol & Betty Page. And there was a girl on this past season of “Project Runaway” that hijacked Betty Page’s raven hairstyle ,right down to the bangs. For those retro chicks, she is just as relevant now as she ever was. Here’s more on this pinup icon:

“Scandalous at the height of her career, and almost innocently retro now, Bettie Page remains an icon of glamour and sexuality — even today, as she turns 85.

Bettie began her pin-up career in 1950, posing for private camera clubs that were essentially legal erotica rings in an era when nude photography was heavily restricted. Her friendly smile and uninhibited poses made her a hit with both photographers and the readers of men’s magazines. When photographer Bunny Yeager shot Bettie in animal-print lingerie amid a variety of wild animals, she quickly became a softcore supermodel, and the “Jungle Bettie” series became some of her most iconic work, leading to her January 1955 Playboy centerfold.
But Playboy was wholesome compared to Bettie’s “Dark Angel” work with photographer Irving Klaw. Klaw specialized in fetishistic content for his mail-order erotica business, and Bettie’s bondage and sado-masochism photo shoots led to her appearance before a Senate hearing on juvenile delinquency.

Bettie retired from modeling in 1957 and fled the public eye. She found religion and worked as a missionary. Later, still in anonymity, Bettie battled mental illness, and struggled through a series of failed marriages.”(End of Excerpt) Read the entire article here:(http://dir.yahoo.com/thespark/category/Pin-Ups

Unfortunately, Betty Page suffered a heart attack this past week and is in a coma. At this time, it is not known what her chances of survival are. I hope she makes it!

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Marie Laveau: A Mystical Creole Voodoo Legend

The Many Images Of Marie Laveau
The Many Images Of Marie Laveau

Every Hallow’s Eve, I think of a New Orleans legend that has captivated America since the early 1800s. Marie Laveau was a free French Creole who was a formidable business woman. Not only did she style hair magnificently, Marie Laveau possessed other skills that couldn’t be reckoned with. She is a voodoo priestess that will forever be woven into the fabric of America. She is a celebrated figure in all metaphysical societies across the world.

The details of her past are very sketchy. What is known is that she was a true humanitarian who found time to help others, even though she had 15 kids!From helping escaped slaves to stopping public executions, she showed tremendous compassion towards others. Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic who interwined her religion with voodoo. Her magic was uncanny & the charms she created brought her wealth & great eminence in society.

New Orleans has always been like the soul of America. It is the birthplace of jazz & it is an overall magical place. Is it any wonder that it would be the birthplace of Marie Laveau? Her energy is still said to be felt all over the city!Her tomb is the destination of those who indulge in witchcraft & other types of magic. Voodoo rites are performed at her grave site & people ask her to grant their wishes. Her ghost is said to have been spotted throughout the years.

There is a book called Voodoo Queen that gets more into the mystery of Marie Laveaus’s life. Some people  conjure up the image of a witch in their minds when she is mentioned. Others visualize a saint. The video I posted gives a brief description of her life. This is an excerpt of a book review of Voodoo Queen that was taken off the following website: http://www.matrifocus.com/IMB06/review-nonfiction.htm

The book tells of the “lives” because two Marie Laveaus — mother and daughter — were influential voodoo priestesses in New Orleans. The Laveaus were free women of color, property owners with much freedom and many of the rights of Anglos. They were prominent, French-speaking, Catholic Creoles. Ward, professor of anthropology at New Orleans, traces the roots of Creoles descended from Africans brought to Louisiana, most of them sailing directly from Africa without stopping in the Caribbean first. They brought a rich and sustainable culture with them, and became a mixture of races and cultures — French, African, Native American, and Spanish.

The first Marie, who lived from 1801 to 1881, was a fever nurse who ministered to men on death row and worked in a prison setting. She stopped public executions, helped slaves escape, and attended to many of the earthy and mundane concerns of her community. Marie was a member in high standing at St. Louis Cathedral. Baptized and married at its altar, she continued to worship there: the priests there had made their peace with her. “The Creole church in the heart of the city was only a few blocks from St. Louis Cemetery and from Congo Square. Congo Square was at the crossroads, the pivot for people of color, and the epicenter of their mystical geography and directly associated with the soul of American dance and the roots of jazz. No other place in America where black people gathered is as well documented (89).”

“The first Marie used her Catholic connections and Voodoo magic to influence the legal system and protect members of the community from its grasp. “Not everyone, however, was impressed with the quality of Marie’s devotion to her church (23),” as she would take the palms from Palm Sunday and then walk “out into the sunlight of the parade ground in front of the cathedral to the square (22),” to dance with snakes and commune with divinity…” Read more by following the above link.

Her life is one of the most enduring mysteries of America’s past. Marie Laveau was said to be a true conjurer who could commune with the spirits. She was a truly supernatural woman. Although, some have speculated that her political connections helped her grant some of her client’s requests. This beautiful & potent American voodoo priestess is still worshipped by people all over the world. She is the prevailing queen of magic & voodoo.

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Female Circumcision Is Not Common Here

The fact that we can choose to circumcise our children is one reason to be happy you’re an American! Don’t you know that in some cultures the decision has already been made? I saw an interesting episode of “The Tyra Banks Show” that dealt with female mutilation & the victims of it. One young African female guest was a former contestant on ” America’s Top Model” & a victim of this. She explained that she was both Somolian & Ethiopian. As a muslim girl, it was decided that this procedure should be done to preserve her sanctity. In her culture, female circumcision is a rite of passage. This poor woman did not discover what had been done to her until she came to America. But according to this video, the procedure was performed here also. Now that is something I did not know! It is very informative & I’m glad as Americans there is freedom of choice! Just one more reason to be patriotic!

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