• House Republicans don’t care about women. Friday, bolstered by a Republican majority, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planed Parenthood. It seems like instead of focusing on creating jobs and turning our economy around (as promised), Republicans in the House are hell bent on limiting a woman’s right to choose. Although federal funding cannot be used to pay for abortions, Republicans argued that Planned Parenthood was “the biggest provider of abortions” and therefore should not receive federal funding. Never mind that only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions and funding wasn’t going towards paying for them anyway. What’s troubling is that most of Planned Parenthood’s services centers around providing much-needed health care services to low-income women.  Luckily the bill is likely going to stall in the Senate, but still…the war against women’s rights is real. [Post Bourgie]
  • No wonder some of my students are crazy. According to a new study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, 5.9% of adolescents ages 12-14 admit to drinking alcohol in the past month. What’s more surprising? Almost half (45%) admitted to crashing their parents’ private stock and getting the booze from home. Of that 15% admitted to taking it without their parents knowledge, but another 15% were allowed to drink at home. Teen drinking is often the norm in Europe and other parts of the world where wine at dinner is standard. So is early teen drinking ok if sanctioned by a parent or should more be done to curb this troubling statistic? [Jezebel]
  • Remember Ted Williams, the formally homeless man with the golden voice? Well, after catapulting to fame and then retreating to rehab (only to check out 10 days later), he’s back. Over the weekend Williams was at the popular Los Angeles dessert spot, Millions of Milkshakes to create his own “Golden Voice” shake. Like Lindsay Lohan, LisaRaye, Britney Spears and Omarion before him, Williams mixed his own tasty concoction. Judging from the pictures from the event, Ted Williams is looking good. And I’m just happy he seems to be doing well and isn’t hauled up in some ratty motel suffering a relapse.  We’re still rooting for him! [The YBF]
  • Libya is burning. The son of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi warned that the country may descend into civil war if anti-government protesters don’t give up their fight for freedom. The son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, took to Libyan television to warn protesters that “Libya is not Tunisia or Egypt.” So far uprisings in Libya have been the most violent in the region, with government security forces killing over 220 people and wounding countless others in a matter of three days. President Obama has condemned the Libyan government for responding violently to the protests, but the younger Qaddafi vowed to keep fighting with protesters saying, “We will fight until the last man, until the last woman, until the last bullet.” [NY Times]
  • Wisconsin is the new Egypt? The streets of Wisconsin are still brimming with protesters. After Governor Walker proposed a budget that called for stripping many unions of their collective bargaining powers, teachers, nurses, firefighters, policemen, and other state workers took to the streets. Last week 14 Democratic state senators fled the state to stall the vote (which will likely pass due to a Republican majority). Although reports indicate the unions are agreeing to the Governor’s financial demands (paying more for their health coverage and pensions), the Governor says that isn’t enough. He wants to alter the collective bargaining rules for employee unions, and the unions say that’s going way too far. As many states face similar budget deficits, it will be interesting to see how the situation in Wisconsin plays out. [CNN]
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