The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current and former female workers was simply too large.
So you can discriminate as much as you like so long as you discriminate against a shitload of people.
On May 23, [Rosalie] Whiley’s attorneys poked fun at [Governor Rick] Scott’s claim to “supreme executive power” by suggesting that “the Governor’s theory seems to have come from a Monty Python skit. See the discourse between ‘Arthur, King of Britons’ and ‘Dennis the Constitutional Peasant,’ from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
In that scene from the 1975 cult classic comedy, King Arthur explains to Dennis, a filth-covered peasant, that Arthur rules over all Britons because a mystical Lady of the Lake “held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king.” Dennis responds: “Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony … You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a sword at you.”
There’s nothing wrong with courts and attorneys having a sense of humor, said [attorney and former FSU President Sandy] D’Alemberte, who wrote the Monty Python brief. “I’m not accusing the governor of going quite as far as the Arthur character in Monty Python went… but he does assert in [a subsequent order, issued April 8] this idea of supreme executive power as though it’s magic.” The Python sketch, he added, “is still one of the funniest pieces I’ve ever seen.”” —Blind woman invokes Monty Python in lawsuit against Rick Scott
“The Committee directs the National Arboretum to maintain its National Boxwood Collection and the Glenn Dale Hillside portion of the Azalea Collection [and] encourages the National Arboretum to work collaboratively with supporters of the National Arboretum to raise additional funds to ensure the long-term viability of these and other important collections.”
While azaleas are being carefully tended to, the bill would cut $832 million from a program that provides food assistance to low-income mothers and children. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the reduction could result in as many as 475,000 people being turned away from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if food prices continue to rise.” —House Republicans Cut Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas
- Really, wake the hell up. Now. I understand that most of you have 9-to-5 jobs, that you leave tired and come home tired and just wanna chill in front of SportsCenter with a bowl of chips. But, seriously, you have no remote idea: Being a stay-at-home parent is exhausting.
- At the office, you can hide. You can take lunch. You can pretend you're working while scrolling the Internet for Yankees-Blue Jays and, ahem, Lindsay Lohan news. You have genuine social interactions with folks over the age of, oh, 12. People ask questions about your day -- and listen to the answers.
- I envy you, but I sort of pity you. Kids grow. Age 1 turns to age 3, which turns to age 7, which turns to 15 and 18 and 21, all in the blink of an eye. If you're there, as I am, it flies. If you're not there -- if you're almost never there -- it barely exists at all. Which is why I just can't stomach those millions of dads who view their days at home as recovery from work, who'd rather rest than engage, who have no problem with passing the tykes off for more alone time with mom and who, literally, moan to their wives, "You have no idea how hard I work."