From the Community: South Africa, Eric Cantor and Dollywood
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Snowfall has unexpectedly reached eastern South Africa on Monday and Tuesday. Parts of the country usually only receive snow twice a year, however, up to 2 feet covered some areas. Major routes were disrupted as well as schools and businesses.
“Snow is not unheard of but it is usually not this extreme,” said national weather service forecaster Karl Loots.'
At Capitol Hill Club, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asked Republicans to stop the “grumbling” and “whining” and come together to pass and support John Boehner’s latest deficit package. Cantor also revealed that the House will vote on a balanced budget amendment Thursday.
“The debt limit vote sucks,” he said, according to an attendee of the closed meeting. But Republicans have three options, Cantor said: risk default, pass Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plan — which he thinks gives President Barack Obama a blank check — or “call the president’s bluff” by passing the Boehner plan, which not only cuts deeply into domestic spending but calls for a bipartisan commission to find more savings.
A lesbian couple demands changes from Dollywood after an employee asked one of the women to change her shirt reading "marriage is so gay" to avoid offending park visitors. The couple filed a complaint against Dollywood because they believed it was necessary for marriage equality.
Odom said that they visited the water park July 9 with friends and their friends' two children when she was asked by a person at the front gate to turn her shirt inside out because it was a family park.
Odom said she complied so as not to make a scene in front of the children, but felt offended.
"That's what we found so offensive — that he said it was a family park," Tipton said. "Families come in a wide range of definitions these days and we were with our family."
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