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Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 08:58 AM PDT

BREAKING: DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

by AJPIII

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York, has just issued its decision in Windsor v. United States

The Court, in a 2 to 1 decision, has ruled the Orwellian-titled Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional.

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Cross-posted at The Employee Advocate Forum

While yesterday's Wal-Mart decision is getting all the press, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another decision yesterday that will have broad impact on public employees.  In Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri, the Supreme Court limited public employees' First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

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Along with the landmark paid sick leave law discussed yesterday, the Connecticut General Assembly also has outlawed discrimination based upon gender identity or expression.  

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Hallelujah!  My home state, Connecticut, has just passed the first law in the country requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.  Governor Malloy has already said he will sign the bill into law.

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Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 07:10 AM PDT

The Risks Of The Wal-Mart Class Action

by AJPIII

Cross Posted at The Employee Advocate Forum.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday on the Wal-mart Class Action.  This case has me worried.

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Cross-posted at The Employee Advocate Forum.

I saw this post on Crooks and Liars, and my head exploded.  Corporate overlord types salivating over the idea of using unpaid workers.  I guess it's the logical next step.  After driving down wages and benefits as much as possible, what could be better for the bottom line than not paying workers at all?

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Cross-posted at The Employee Advocate Forum

In 2008, Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act.  The law overturned several Supreme Court decisions that had narrowly interpreted the definition of "disability" under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Today, the EEOC has issued new regulations implementing the ADAAA.

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After 10 years without insurance for herself and her child, my significant other recently qualified for our state's SCHIP program.  Over the past few weeks, I've had an opportunity to compare her evil-godless-commie-Nazi-socialist gummint-run health care and my own private insurance plan, for which I pay close to $900 a month.  Guess who's got the better deal?

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My sister decided to post the following to her Facebook account after receiving some feedback from various people concerning certain of her "anti-religious" posts.  I thought this needed to be shared.

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Sat Oct 09, 2010 at 10:08 AM PDT

Do I LOOK like a Republican?

by AJPIII

So I log onto DK, and across the top of my screen are three ads "selected by Google" -- one for Pat Toomey, one for Ken Buck, and one for the NRCC, urging me not to let the liberals and Obama lead us unto Socialism.  I find this rather odd, since I describe myself politically as being somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders and the right of Che Guevara, and since the Republican Party is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of this site.  And this got me to thinking.

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This is my first diary, so please bear with me if I am awkward, overly verbose or unfamiliar with the subtleties of diary etiquette.  What I'd like to do here is give an insider's view of what it's like to fall off the cliff of depression.  I hope that reading my story might help someone else who suffers from depression realize that there always is hope and help if they ask for it.  I also hope I can help people understand how insidious a disease depression really is, and to intervene when they see people approaching the cliff as I did.

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