Book signing at Krispy Creations 7013 North 58th Drive Glendale, Arizona
From 1 to 3 PM
Book signing at Krispy Creations 7013 North 58th Drive Glendale, Arizona
From 1 to 3 PM
Hannah Stevens will be talking about her books, Madam POTUS and the prequel, The Presidents Wife September 11 at 3:30. Tune in, listen and find out what these books are all about. This will be a half hour show and you will be able to call in a talk with the author.
By Elaine Mays – Freelance journalist and travel writer
The most important and the most underpaid job in the world – Motherhood. How we raise our children affects mankind and society for generations and, yet is the most underpaid, underrated job in the world. Mostly women care for, teach and nurture the children 7 by 24 and expect little or nothing in return. Their only reward is that the children learn and become productive, caring human beings but that’s about all. Many women give up large salaries and benefits for this job, out of love for their children, relying on a partner to take up the slack. But then when women reach retirement what do they have? If they have never worked they don’t have a 401K or likely no money set aside for those later years. Many times the partner is gone for one reason or another. And this is where Social Security comes to their aid. If it were not for Social Security more women would be living in poverty and unable to live out their lives in relative comfort. It is essential that we preserve this safety net for women who raise the children. It is the least we can do for these heroic women.
Hannah Stevens will be talking about her books, Madam POTUS and the prequel, The Presidents Wife on Friday May 18 at 3:30 PM. Tune in, listen and find out what these books are all about.
An ad for Madam POTUS will be in the prestigious New York Review of Books on April 26. This bi-weekly publication is the place to go to find out about the latest and most important books.
Hannah Stevens will be speaking at the AAUW, American Association of University Women. The title of her speech is Women in the Shadow of Men, talking about the roll of first ladies throughout history, the impact and contributions they have made to our country and our society, and the difficulty of being in that role and problems some have faced. And she will be asking what the role should be, should they be paid along with the president.
Justice Robert’s Supreme Court narrowly approved new rules for federal campaign spending on Thursday in a 5-4 ruling with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing for the majority, “Our nation’s speech dynamic is changing, and informative voices should not have to circumvent onerous restrictions to exercise their First Amendment rights.”
Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the dissenting opinion saying, “In a democratic society, the long-standing consensus on the need to limit corporate campaign spending should outweigh the wooden applications of judge-made rules.”
President Obama spoke out. “The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics,” Obama said. “It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”
Conservatives lauded the ruling saying that it was long overdue.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today is a victory for the First Amendment and the right of all Americans to participate in the political process,” said Theodore Olson, who successfully argued the case for the conservative Citizens United.
This ruling overturns century old laws and radically alters the campaign landscape, giving greater spending power to for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations alike and will allow special interest money to flow into and certainly color the outcome of elections to come. This also nullifies the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.
Laws attempting to regulate campaign finance began back in 1867, but were not successfully enforced until 1972 when the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) which required candidates to disclose all campaign contributions and spending. In 1974 this law was amended and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created attempting to regulate individual contributions to $1000, called soft money and money from Political Action Committees to $5000, labeled hard money.
In analyzing the law, the Supreme Court is looking at Corporations and other special interest groups as individuals, which certainly they are not. A corporation, of which there are many kinds, is a legal entity, with management and possibly employees, answering only to shareholders. A corporation may or may not pay income taxes, depending on the corporation’s address. This gives these entities unlimited power with unlimited funds to color the opinions of the electorate and potentially change the outcome of our elections in their favor. Individuals, on the other hand have little to fight back with. But we may see more people banding together, like the Tea-Party group, to promote their own special interest groups. And how will this affect our democracy? We will likely find out this fall as these laws take affect for the 2010 mid-term elections.
Politics Make Extra Demands On Women – Hilary Clinton and Jenny Ligo
By Wendy Stenberg-Tendys
It was recently reported that Hilary Clinton presented a new face in the political arena, showing she had no difficulty in handling a beer and as such could be seen as the heroine of the working classes.
Another woman, a world away in the South Pacific, also ran the gauntlet, to successfully enter the fractious world of politics. Viregagaru Ligo Jenny ceremonially killed pigs in order to stand for her electorate later this year. Jenny is from Ambae, in the tiny South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
When Viregagaru Ligo Jenny was married last year she had her first experience of ceremonially killing pigs with a club, as required by custom. Jenny is once again ceremonially killing squealing pigs, as she becomes only the second woman in the nation’s history, to be given a high ranking Chieftain title.
It is rare for a woman to achieve this, in an ancient society that has been dominated for centuries, by male authority. Chief Paul Tahi declared Jenny the ‘Mother of the Nation,’ at the pig-killing ceremony.
Most people would be unaware of the death defying, ear splitting, high pitched squeal one little pig can make, in the face of impending danger. Let alone 11, warning all other pigs for miles around. However, the ceremony was a necessity, if Jenny is to stand for the rights of women in her electorate.
Jenny’s aunt, Grace Molisa, was a women’s right’s activist. She became the first woman to hold the post of Private Secretary to Prime Minister Father Walter Lini, the first Prime Minister to the newly independent nation of Vanuatu, (formerly known as the New Hebrides.)
Jenny’s outspoken views were firmly reflected in her words. “I am not a woman who sits and waits to be served. I am a leader and I mean business when I say I am going to reach out to the people.”
It is hoped Jenny will make a difference in the education of the nation, which was nominated ‘The Happiest Country on Earth’, in 2006. Vanuatu does not want to fulfill this anonymous quote ‘Another jail has to be built where there is no school.’
Education is not free in Vanuatu and school attendance is very low on the list of priorities. Sadly these statistics have changed little since 1998.
*Only 55.8% of kids will get to year 6;
*Only 18.2 % will go to high school;
*26% never go to school at all.
You can assist the next generation of ‘Jenny Ligos’ to become educated, through a Blue Moon Opportunity. A Child Trust Fund has been privately funded to give children from the Outer Islands of Vanuatu, education grants for high school. The first students to enter the program in January 2009.
It is believed Jenny will become involved in this scheme, so the children of Vanuatu will be given the opportunity to understand not only custom ways, but the ways of the 21st century. Education is the hope of the future for his Lesser Developed Nation.
“The only way to bring about real change is when that change is brought about internally, through education.”
Dr Wendy Stenberg-Tendys and her husband Richard, are CEOs of YouMe Support Foundation, providing high school education grants for children who will never have the opportunity to have an education without outside assistance.
How Hillary Clinton Became One of the Best Diplomats in the World
By Tito King
Ever since Barack Obama became the first ever black president of the United States, he has made Hillary Clinton the top international diplomat. She has become so successful that a lot of diplomats are emulating her success. For example, she went to Zurich to discuss and reconcile the Armenian and Turkish problem. Also, a Gallup poll has indicated that she is more popular in the United States than the current president.
Here are three reasons why she is so good:
1. She uses soft power. Unlike the previous administration, she tries to talk to other nations in a peaceful and relaxed manner. For instance, during the Russia talks about Iran’s nuclear program, she visited human rights advocates and toured the schools to talk to the children.
2. She delegates power to other people. This gives her more time to focus on more important work and let others do the things she’s not an expert in like the policy-making process. Hillary Clinton is very good with women’s issues and human rights. If she doesn’t know something, there’s always her husband who is an ex-president for advice.
3. She plays the ‘inside game’ well. She doesn’t need to bully people or scream in the white house to gain the president attention. Instead, she built alliances and listened to others in the white house for advice. She is also good at communicating with the public. Her media appearances are well orchestrated and are televised around the world. When she talks, millions of people hear her.
Tito King is an Author living in Sydney, Australia. He is interested in reading and creating websites. His latest website is about discounted lipstick and finding the best cover girl lipstick on the web today.