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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
LA Legislature defeated equal pay for women act: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2
Here's who voted for/against it: http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/st
Git a rope.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
HB 705/Equal Pay For Women Act to Go to House Labor Committee
A press conference will be held at 8:00 am Wednesday, May 13 on the Louisiana capitol steps. Rep. Barbara Norton is encouraging all women to wear white to solidify their support to stand with women concerning The Louisiana Equal Pay Act for Women.
HB 705, The Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act will go before the Louisiana House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee at the Capitol in Baton Rouge in Room 6 on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 9:00 am.
Author, Representative Barbara Norton, (D) House District 3, Shreveport will introduce the legislation and members of sponsoring organizations will testify for the passage of the pay equity act. These sponsoring organizations include American Association of University Women, Louisiana Federation of Business & Professional Women, Louisiana Coalition for the Equal Rights Amendment, Louisiana NOW, The Louisiana Movement, Louisiana Women_s Network, Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, Concerned Citizens of Shreveport, and the League of Women Voters of Louisiana and others. These organizations represent 1000_s of women and men who want to see this legislation passed in Louisiana.
Rep. Norton states, _House Bill 705 will assure that salaries will be equal after the passage of that bill, regardless of gender, if a job requires equal skill, effort, education, and responsibility. At present, Louisiana is at the bottom in the nation with the largest wage gap of 65 cents for educated women, 25 years and older as compared to every $1.00 that their counterparts receive. The gap is even larger for African American and Latina women. A study conducted by the AAUW found on average that women make $42,500.00 and men make $65,000.00. The national wage gap is $.77 so Louisiana is far below the national average. An injustice has been done to women, not only throughout the state of Louisiana, but our nation as well, and it needs to be rectified.
The question is: Why aren't women receiving equal pay compared to their counterparts?
Call your legislator now or e-mail them to encourage them to vote yes for this important issue to pass in Louisiana. It is time!For questions or comments, call Author, Rep. Norton at 318-632-5887 or Camille Moran, Lobbying Director for the State of Louisiana, at 318-471-1740. (Source: League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge, LA)
Monday, May 11, 2009
to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect
your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of
something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been
involved in voodoo?
WITNESS: We both do.
WITNESS: We do.
ATTORNEY: You do?
WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a
person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how
old is he?
WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you sh*tting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby)
was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid.
ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different
attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the circus was in town, I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning
pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have
you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much
of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What
school did you go to?
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy,
did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient
was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still
been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been
alive and practicing law.