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Lady Bosses

Mar 4, 2013 6:56 AM PT

Having spent decades working in psychology, a field heavily populated by highly competitive women, I had certainly seen the queen bee before: The female boss who not only has zero interest in fostering the careers of women who aim to follow in her footsteps, but who might even actively attempt to cut them off at the pass.

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106 Year Old Woman To Graduate From High School

Mar 1, 2013 7:48 PM PT

Reba Williams, a 106 year old woman from Columbus, Ohio will receive her high school diploma soon. According to the Mansfield Journal:

Williams was born Jan. 23, 1907, in Germantown, Pa. to Sherman and Myrtle Lavata Williams. Her family moved to Mount Vernon when she was a child.

She never graduated from Mount Vernon High School even though she completed all 12 years.

Her daughter Lavata Williams said Reba refused to read a book a teacher assigned. The school even asked her to take it home and read it over the summer and they would give her the diploma if she wrote a report.

“(Reba) said the book was not worth reading and she’d already read it once and didn’t like it and wasn’t going to read it again,” Lavata said. “My grandmother told me the story more than once.”

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Food Freedom

Feb 28, 2013 11:28 AM PT

I just attended an event at the American Enterprise Institute on "Big government and big food vs. food trucks, foodies, and farmers markets."  One of the speakers is the founder of the Food Truck Association and one of the most popular food trucks in DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound.  He spoke about the antiquated regulations in D.C. that treat food trucks as ice cream trucks.  For instance, trucks aren't allowed to stay parked unless there is a line of people.  DC officials say increased regulations on food trucks are about managing sidewalk congestion, but really it's a few members of the DC restaurant association urging DC officials to "level the playing field" for area restaurants.   

Another panelist talked about regulations on farmers markets.  Again, these regulations are not just overregulation by government officials, but officials working with interests who are against those hit hardest by the regulations.  One example is an Ohio regulation that says farmers markets must have bathrooms and sinks for customers.  Given that most customers aren't spending the day at the market, it's rather silly.  I can imagine renting bathroom facilities for a few hours increases the booth cost for vendors and makes it harder for smaller vendors to participate.  (Nevermind that even if there were Port-a-Pottys at a farmers market most of us would do all we could to avoid using them.)

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Butting in Again RE Modern Feminism

Feb 27, 2013 5:43 PM PT

In response to Explain?:

I believe your faith in forever "explaining" Advanced Conservatism to people who are barely aware of who their congressman is is misplaced.

If you're explaining you're losing.

I hear this kind of thing a lot:  If we could just get people to listen to Limbaugh and Levin every day...

 Get people who are essentially uninterested in politics to listen to six hours of rightwing talk radio per day?  Is that all?

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Let's Us Two Men Have This Discussion About Women

Feb 27, 2013 1:31 PM PT

In response to Feminism and ideological evolution:


That's an intriguing notion, Ace. I suspect most feminists of the movement's early era would readily agree with your three-point summary of their ideas. So would a lot of average women who consider themselves loosely or actively feminist today. But the hard-core movement leaders would probably get angry at you for distilling it to those three logical elements.

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