April 7th, 2009

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Iowa Sen. Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: 'My Love' Is Now More Meaningful

Iowa Sen. Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: 'My Love' Is Now More Meaningful

and "you have already lost"

While the putrid gatekeepers of conservatives battling against Iowa's Supreme Court decision to install marriage equality, and we wait on Gov. Chet Culver to say, well, anything about the matter (though he did find time to work with Democrats to secure a tax plan), Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has put the kabosh on power opponent Paul McKinley, the minority leader, who wants to take up the matter of a state constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's decision. Yesterday, Gronstal told McKinley, and the rest of the State Senate, how it is.


and on the other side...

Radio Host Michael Savage: Same-Sex Marriage a Victory for Perversion

Right wing radio host Michael Savage remarked on the Iowa same-sex marriage ruling on his show The Savage Nation.

Savage Said Savage: "So there are the vermin now celebrating twisted perverse marriage in the middle of America. It's a victory for perversion in my opinion. You want me to tell you what makes me sick? When I see two puffy white males kissing each other, I wanna puke. When I see two women kissing each other, on the lips, as lovers, I wanna vomit. Why? It's unnatural. It's against all of the laws of mankind. It's against all the laws of humankind. It is suicide for a society to embrace such behavior."

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BREAKING: Obama has landed in Iraq

(CNN) — President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq Tuesday, according to a journalist traveling with him.

Air Force One landed in the capital city of Baghdad.

During the campaign season, Obama visited Iraq on a multi-stop overseas trip. That trip also included stops in Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Obama's surprise stop in Iraq came at the conclusion of his first overseas trip as president.

Turkey was the last scheduled stop on the president's tour abroad. There, he held a joint news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and addressed the Turkish parliament. Obama's trip to Turkey was his first presidential visit to a Muslim country.

Obama arrived in Europe last week for a series of summits.

He first met with world leaders at the G-20 summit in London to discuss the global financial crisis.

At the NATO summit in France and Germany, the president was hoping to get a boost in resources for the war in Afghanistan. He did get allies to pledge about 5,000 troops, but in the form of police and security trainers — not combat troops.

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EDIT: Slideshow of him meeting the troops.

Bitter old queen weighs in on gay parenting.

"I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird. If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt—or foster. But this whole thing of forcing the idea of parenthood on us gay men is so bogus. Marriage? Babies? Please. I want to be illegal. I want to live outside the mainstream."

That's Rupert Everett, currently starring in his Broadway debut Blithe Spirit alongside Angela Lansbury. Self-hating? It wouldn't be lovable grouch Everett if it wasn't.

More from his interview with The Daily Beast:

You’re so old-fashioned.

Or am I slightly ahead of the curve? It has to change. These awful middle-class queens—which is what the gay movement has become—are so tiresome. It’s all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. Everybody has the right to do what they want to do, but still…

It’s good to know you’re not judgmental. Do you regret having come out as a gay man? Does it anger you that a lot of actors who are gay have chosen not to come out and have better careers to show for it?

No. What I find I regret—what pisses me off—is this complicity among everyone else against a queen even though they don’t even know it. Even people who consider themselves thoughtful. So what people say about me is, “Isn’t it amazing that you didn’t really try very hard in your career? Your career is so up and down.” But the reason my career is so up and down is that I get very little opportunity. There is just very little opportunity for a fag. That’s the reality. There isn’t. But I have no regrets for being out. None. It’s not like I’m missing out on that much. Being an actor in Hollywood is not that great a job anymore. It’s become the sluttiest job on the planet. It’s not remotely serious. It’s not like we’re talking about Hollywood in the 1970s that I’m missing out on. If we were talking about ‘70s Hollywood, then I’d be killing myself because the product back then was so astonishing even though it was still thought of as commercial cinema. I’m not that upset not to be in Ocean’s 15 or whatever.


Angry Conservatives Strike Back Against The Gay Agenda

As soon as the Iowa decision to allow gays and lesbians to marry came down, our first thought was, "What are the usual conservative asshats going to say this time?" True to form, our nation's crustiest bigots to the airwaves and intertubes this weekend to tell America how thanks to the great state of Iowa, civilization is about to come crumbling to its knees. Here are our favorites, certain to make up a special chapter in our future bestseller Conservatives Say the Darndest Things. Seriously folks, the level of funny on this is through the roof.

Alan Keyes, perennially failed Presidential candidate:


"Pretending that acceptance of gay marriagecan be imposed by judicial dictation adds the force of passion to the intended distraction, by dangling before minds weakened by corrupted appetites the titillating prospect of officially licensed sexual indulgence, unburdened by respect for its natural consequences, which include the responsibilities of procreation. (The movement for gay marriage pretends to be about homosexuality, when in fact it's main objective is to remove the last trace of guilt or shame from heterosexual selfishness so as to destroy the moral prerequisites of the natural family. Thus, on the specious grounds that it somehow demeans homosexuals, the forces of political correctness seek to eliminate the very idea that the family takes a form that reflects natural, and therefore unalienable, right.)"


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Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override

This is cool, and thoroughly admirable:

Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 7, 2009; 11:19 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage _ and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

It's now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are the others. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.
source (NOTE: Also see this link from the Burlington Free Press for additional, Vermont-source details that includes a video of today's override vote.)

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Hey, The Conservatives All Love Jake Tapper Now

Jake Tapper is a whiny blowhard and a useless hack with no abilities or principles beyond "getting Jake Tapper attention" and so now the conservatives are suddenly into him.

Here is a lie, from Jake Tapper:
He's also keenly aware that there's a problem when the reporter becomes too much a part of the story. While his exchange with Robert Gibbs elevated his profile, that was not his objective. "The YouTubed exchange with Gibbs is a perfect example of something I didn't care for, not because I think I was wrong, but because the tone of that conversation took focus away from the more important issue - transparency - and put it where I don't particularly care for it, into a debate about me and Gibbs and who was right and who got the better of whom. Which serves no one," Tapper says.

Yes, the point of on-camera arguments between White House correspondents and press secretaries is always the noble pursuit of the truth, right? It's never just about setting yourself up as "tough" enough to eventually host a Sunday show or anything.

The thing is, Rush Limbaugh and National Review are jumping on the Tapper wagon for the same reason that idiot liberals all decided they loved David Gregory back in the say: because he was good at beating up on Scott McClellan. Good for him, he made a dumb guy look dumb.

Arguing with the press secretary is not actually a good way to get useful information for your audience. In fact, it is never a way of getting useful information for your audience. The secretary's job is to stonewall and lie. He will not eventually concede the argument and be like "ok, Tapper, you win, here are those lobbyist recusal documents!" Your job, correspondent, is to actually get the damn documents yourself, through reporting maybe! Unless of course you are too busy reporting important news on how the president lied to you about the smoking!

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Actor Kal Penn joining Obama administration in Valerie Jarrett's shop.

WASHINGTON--Actor Kal Penn, who stumped around the country for the Obama presidential campaign, is going to leave Hollywood to work in the Obama White House, EW.Com is reporting. The White House confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Penn is joining the Obama administration.

UPDATE 11:20 p.m. eastern
Penn will be working with the Asian-American and arts communities, said Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman. (Penn's parents are Indian-America.) His start date is not set. (end update)


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Phyllis Schlafly To Time: "The Feminist Movement Is Not About Success For Women"


Anti-feminist lawyer and activist Phyllis Schlafly really doesn't like being victimized by feminists trying to make victims out of women or get her gay son to advocate for his own civil rights.

In an interview with Time's Andrea Sachs, Phyllis says she's super-proud of her work in limiting women's rights in America. She's just not super-clear about why.

It would have given vast new powers to the federal courts because the Equal Rights Amendment did not define the operative words, which were sex and equality. So what does sex mean? Is it the sex you are, or the sex you do? What does equality mean? Does it mean equality of individual people like the Fourteenth Amendment, or does it mean the equality of a group?


So, basically, Schlafly's argument, such as it is, is that the Supreme Court might have defined "sex" in the Equal Rights Amendment as not gender but intercourse? And that there are no other laws that define groups of people as equal?

Also, can you "do" sex?

Anyway, according to Schafly, the problem with the institution of marriage is not its infiltration by The Gheyz, but what feminists have done to it.

My own belief is that the problem [facing] marriage is maybe only 5% a problem with gay activism, and 95% a problem with feminist activism. [Feminists] have given us divorce, millions of fatherless children and the idea that it's O.K. to be a single mom. I'm not talking about women who lose a husband for one reason or another. We're talking about the idealization of a single mom. I believe that the worst thing the liberals did in this country was the Lyndon Johnson welfare system, which broke up millions of marriages by funneling taxpayers' money solely to the woman. That made the father and husband irrelevant.


(Men, you see, have nothing to do with leaving their wives or getting anyone pregnant.)

Schlafly also says she wants to correct the impression that she's opposed to women working; she's just opposed to them working while they have children at home (are you listening, Sarah Palin?).

Well, that's ridiculous because obviously I've had a wonderful life and I'm an example that women can do whatever they want to do. I've had it all, but I've had it at different times in my life. I spent 25 years without any income, a separate income, raising my six children. And after that I had time to go out and engage in politics.


Yes, I have no doubt that Schlafly was not doing well financially.

But, you see, the feminist movement doesn't honor Republican women who are successful, because if we note that there are 3 or 4 successful women in the world, then our argument that the other 3.5 billion women in the world deserve equality and need help getting it will be negated.

The feminist movement is not about success for women. It is about treating women as victims and about telling women that you can't succeed because society is unfair to you, and I think that's a very unfortunate idea to put in the minds of young women because I believe women can do whatever they want. Feminists don't honor successful women. You never hear them talking about Margaret Thatcher. Take Condoleezza Rice. She's a remarkable, successful woman. You don't hear the feminists talk about her or Carly Fiorina or Jeanne Kirkpatrick. They don't talk about them because they are just determined to preach this idea that women are unfairly treated in our society and they need legislation and government and taxpayers' money in order to get them a fair break. 


Phyllis Schlafly, Antifeminist [Time]


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Why Don't White People Want To Read About Michelle Obama?


Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson are going to appear on the cover of Essence in May for that magazine's Mother's Day edition. But does Michelle have the same sales power as Barack?

Michelle Obama has graced the cover of a number of recent "general interest" magazines — including Vogue, Us Weekly, Newsweek, The New Yorker New York — solo, in addition to appearing with her husband and, in the case of O, with Oprah Winfrey. And, according to Advertising Age, they aren't flying off the shelves. For instance:

New York magazine's March 23 issue, with a cover story about "The Power of Michelle Obama" for example, looks like it produced "average" sales, New York said April 3, although the numbers remain subject to change.


Furthermore, they say:

People's March 9 issue with the first lady solo on the cover sold about 1.4 million copies on newsstands, right in line with the March 5, 2008, issue. The first three issues of the year averaged 1.3 million on newsstands.


The Feb. 9 issue of Us Weekly, featuring Ms. Obama and her daughters, seems to have sold about 800,000 copies, which the title called about average. The first five issues of this year, from Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, averaged newsstand sales of 863,250.

Then there are a few covers with relatively weak sales. Newsweek's Dec. 1 cover story on "The Meaning of Michelle," using a black-and-white photo, only sold 90,000 copies on newsstands, 15% below its average for the second half of last year. More's October issue featuring a cover story on "Michelle Obama at 44" sold just 154,000 copies on newsstands, 23% below the second-half average.

The only "general interest" title that is trending higher than average is the aforementioned O cover.

On the other hand, magazines that target African-Americans (which are, apparently, not "general interest" like O or Vogue) seem to do great putting a strong, beautiful, incredibly visible African-American First Lady on the cover.

Ms. Obama proved newsstand gold for Ebony last fall. The September 2008 issue, with a cover story on "The Real Michelle Obama," sold a hefty 261,000 copies on newsstands, 26% better than the six month average, according to its report to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


And the January issue of Essence, which split its print run between a cover featuring the president and a cover showing the first lady, earned newsstand sales of 458,000, the magazine told the audit bureau. The January 2008 cover, by comparison, sold 250,922 copies on newsstands.

Covers of "general interest" magazines that feature both of the Obamas tend to do either slightly or robustly better than average at newsstands. So why is it that a ladymag like Vogue doesn't sell as many copies to its readers if it features the First Lady, who is considered a style icon (particularly in comparison to Laura Bush) as if it features yet another 18-year-old, hyper-thin white chick? Or is that just a really obvious question?

Michelle and Mom in Essence [Politico]
Cover Girl Michelle Obama Doesn't Always Deliver [Advertising Age]


Council Votes to Accept Other States' Gay Marriages

The D.C. Council has voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.

Domestic partnerships already are legal in the nation's capital, and gay couples married in other states are recognized as domestic partners when they move the city. But today's legislation, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes them as married couples.

The initial vote was 12-0. The unanimous vote sets the stage for future debate on legalizing gay marriage in the District -- and a clash with Congress, which approves the city's laws under Home Rule. The council is expected to take a final vote on the legislation next month.



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Levi Johnston: Victim in the Spotlight?

As amusing and ironic as the Sarah Palin family circus may seem to gleeful liberals, there is something sad about it too. How many lives have been ruined by the kind of high-minded, impractical approach to sex that Sarah Palin's party pushed on the country, an approach that failed her own family?

The Internet is buzzing over Levi Johnston's appearance on Tyra yesterday to "break his silence," and providing us all with a reminder that patriarchal policies like abstinence-only education hurt young men, too. Bill Maher jokingly tried to hawk "Free Levi" paraphernalia on his show during the original Bristol-Levi news cycle. It was silly, but it has rung increasingly true. Both Bristol and Levi were victims. Neither Bristol nor Levi had much in the way of agency: they were paraded on the floor of the Republican National Convention like the crown prince and princess of promiscuous teenagers taking their lumps.
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The Dark Side of Dubai

The wide, beneficent face of Sheikh Mohammed - the absolute ruler of Dubai - smiles down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Saunders. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world - a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.

But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed's smile. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the Middle East. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the sky-line, as if stuck in time. There are countless buildings half-finished, seemingly abandoned. In the swankiest new constructions - like the vast Atlantis hotel, a giant pink castle built in a thousand days on its own artificial island, where rainwater is leaking from the ceilings and the tiles are falling off the roof. This Neverland was built on the Never-Never. Suddenly it looks less like Manhattan in the sun, and more like Iceland in the desert.

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neoliberal globalized world that may be crashing - at last - into the sands.

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Dating Violence Harms Young Women's Reproductive Health

The abuse suffered by pop singer Rhianna, allegedly at the hands of fellow singer and longtime boyfriend Chris Brown, has put the issue of dating violence front and center before the nation's teens. Blogs and entertainment sites are filled with conversations about what causes violence, when punishment is appropriate and how severe it should be, when forgiveness is the right choice, and much more. But as so often is the case, there's one aspect of the issue that's largely absent from the conversation.

Relationship abuse has many serious consequences and one of them can be harm to a woman's reproductive health. Studies show that relationship or dating abuse can have reproductive health consequences, including unplanned pregnancy and exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS transmissions. This happens most often to young women.

In fact, girls who are victims of violence from dating partners are four to six times more likely than non-abused girls to become pregnant, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. One in three adolescents tested for sexually transmitted infections and HIV have experienced domestic violence.

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Franken Picks Up 87 Votes From Just Opened Ballots

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democrat Al Franken's lead in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has grown to 312 votes now that hundreds of absentee ballots have been added to the counting.

A three-judge panel ruled that the rejected absentee ballots should be opened and counted after hearing weeks of testimony in a lawsuit brought by Republican Norm Coleman.

Franken led by 225 votes going into Tuesday's count of those absentee ballots.

The judges allowed 351 absentees into the count and Franken picked up more of them than Coleman did.

Other issues are still pending in Coleman's lawsuit, and he has said he will appeal to the state Supreme Court if he loses.


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Iowa gov cool to attempting gay-marriage reversal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Chet Culver on Tuesday ended days of silence on the Iowa Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage, saying he disagrees with the ruling but is "reluctant to support" amending the state constitution to reverse it.

Culver said in a lengthy statement that he hadn't changed his mind that marriage is between a man and a woman: "This is a tenet of my personal faith."

However, Culver said the issue before the court in its unanimous ruling Friday involved only civil marriage, and that churches and other religious institutions do not have to perform them.

"The court also concluded that the denial of this right constitutes discrimination," Culver said. "Therefore, after careful consideration and a thorough reading of the court's decision, I am reluctant to support amending the Iowa Constitution to add a provision that our Supreme Court has said is unlawful and discriminatory."

Culver made his statement hours after a Republican candidate for governor, Bob Vander Plaats, criticized the governor for not being more clear about where he stood on the gay marriage ruling.

"There's an old saying that silence is golden, but it doesn't apply when people need to know where their elected officials stand," said Vander Plaats, a Sioux City businessman.

The court ruling means same-sex couples can file for licenses in Iowa beginning April 27, and get married as soon as April 30.

Key Democratic legislative leaders have ruled out efforts to start the process of amending the constitution, and Culver's position likely ends that debate for all practical purposes. Social conservatives have been clamoring for the amendment, but even in their best-case scenario Iowa voters could not weigh in on the issue until 2012.

Iowa doesn't have residency requirements for marriage licenses, so same-sex couples from elsewhere could come to Iowa to be married. Vander Plaats said at the least, lawmakers should put residency requirements in place to head off such visits.

"It is wrong to allow people whose states do not allow same-sex marriages to rush into Iowa, get a quickie marriage and rush home to undermine the laws and values of another state," he said.

Culver urged both sides in the emotional debate "to exhibit respect and good will" and said he would focus his attention elsewhere.

"We are in the midst of a serious economic recession," said Culver, pointing to rising unemployment and last summer's record flooding. "That is where, I believe, my focus and energies should lie."

Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, criticized Culver, saying he has broken an earlier promise to oppose gay marriage.

"Gov. Culver has chosen to stand with seven elite justices and deny the 3 million people of Iowa the right to vote on this significant issue," McKinley said in a statement. "This marriage flip-flop is just the latest example of Gov. Culver not providing the leadership that every Iowan deserves."


AHAHA, Paul McKinley and Bob Vander Plaats can SUCK IT.

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Republican Caller Tells Limbaugh: "You're A Brainwashed Nazi"

Media Monitor Cathy Talbot tipped us off to an on-air smackdown that transpired today between Rush Limbaugh and one of his callers, who criticized the talk radio host for hurting the Republican party's fortunes and supporting the practice of torture. The caller, Charles, identified himself as a Republican and a veteran, who "really didn't want to see Obama get in office." From there, he let loose, especially on the torture issue, telling Limbaugh, "We're not supposed to be torturing these people. This is not Nazi Germany, Red China, or North Korea." He then added, "I hate to say it...but I think you're a brainwashed Nazi."

This did not go over well, at all! Limbaugh shot back with a brainwashing accusation of his own, and blamed Charles and people like him for Obama winning the election. "I didn't vote for him," Charles protested, "I voted for McCain. I voted Republican." No matter. Rush signed off by saying, "Charles, Barack Obama is president of the United States today because of stupid, ignorant people who think like you do. You pose -- you and your ignorance are the most expensive commodity this country has."

LIMBAUGH: We're going to go to Chicago. This is Charles. Charles thank you for waiting and for calling. Great to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks Rush. Rush listen, I voted Republican and I really didn't want to see Obama get in office. But you know Rush, you're one reason to blame for this election, for the Republicans losing. First of all, you kept harping about voting for Hillary. The second big issue was the torture issue. I'm a veteran. We're not supposed to be torturing these people. This is not Nazi Germany, Red China, North Korea. There's other ways of interrogating people, and you just kept harping about, it's okay, or it's not really torture. And it was just more than waterboarding. Some of these prisoners will killed under torture.

And it was crazy for you to go on and on like Levin and Hannity and Hewitt. It's like you're all brainwashed. And my last comment is, no matter what Obama does, you will still criticize him because I believe you are brainwashed. You're just -- and I hate to say it -- but I think you're a brainwashed Nazi. Anyone who can believe in torture has got to be -- there has got to be something wrong with them.

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Audio not embeddable in LJ, but you can hear it at the source. It's even better when you hear this guy rattle off all the reasons Rush sucks on his own show. ty to whatsgood!

I don't care if this guy voted Republican, he's still my hero. You go Charles Coco. Four for you, Charles Coco. And none for Rush Limbaugh, bye.
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Not Yet Rain

Every year, millions of women around the world risk their lives to end unintended pregnancies. While a law enacted in 2006 marked great progress toward reproductive freedom in Ethiopia, Not Yet Rain shows that changing the law is just the first step; much more needs to be done as women continue to die from unsafe abortions. Training for health workers and increased availability of care could save the lives of women in Ethiopia and around the world.

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King: ‘If we don’t save marriage, we can’t remain pro-life’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Speaking at an anti-abortion event in eastern Iowa Monday night, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, warned that legalized same-sex marriage would lead to a complete dissolution of society and religion.

“I will tell you that I first came into this political arena with the belief innocent human life was the most important thing that I could be involved in,” said King, a Kiron Republican who represents the 5th Congressional District in western Iowa. “I still believe that is the most important value. But I also recognize that if we don’t save marriage, we can’t remain pro-life.

“The values we have we pour through marriage into our children and into the next generation. Our religious values. Our values of faith. Our values. Our work ethic. Our entire culture comes through a man and a woman joined in holy matrimony, being blessed with children and pouring those values into the children and then living vicariously through them as they go off and we are blessed with grandchildren.”

King told the 50-some people in attendance at the Cedar Rapids event that “it has been thus since the beginning.”

“We don’t have to apologize to anybody for this,” he added. “They are the ones who are offending our civilization and our culture. … The state is interested in marriage. We want to promote marriage. We want to do so because of the things I said — because we pour the values of our society through that marriage, and we encourage the birth of children to [be] brought up in that holy union and that sacrament of marriage. And because the state is interested in it, we want to have generational, healthy societies that will continue to blossom out across this state and this countryside.”

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Who Keeps Inviting the Bush-bots?

By Steve Kornacki
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Just over four years ago, after George W. Bush was reelected by the smallest margin for an incumbent since Woodrow Wilson held off Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, a palpable sense somehow took hold in much of the media that Karl Rove's concept of a "permanent Republican majority" had been realized.

In this climate, it was only sensible that newspaper editors and television producers would go out of their way to make sure that the prominent architects, adherents, and enablers of the Bush/Rove governing philosophy were represented on op-ed pages, in news reports and on opinion-shaping discussion shows. Theirs was the dominant political philosophy, and one that wouldn't be fading anytime soon. Best for their voices to be heard.


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N Korea threatens 'strong steps'

A North Korean diplomat warns "strong steps" would follow, should the UN take action against the country after its launch of a satellite on Sunday.

The UN Security Council has been debating whether North Korea should be punished for the launch.

The US, Japan and key European powers say the launch was a ballistic test in clear violation of a UN resolution.

China and Russia have been more cautious, saying they are yet to be convinced Pyongyang broke the rules.

Pyongyang says the test of the three-stage Taepodong-2 rocket was a success, putting a satellite into orbit which is now transmitting data and revolutionary songs.

On Tuesday, it released what it said was a video recording of the rocket launch.

The 20-second sequence showed the rocket blasting off and moving across the sky.

The US says the attempt failed.

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador Pak Tok-hun warned the council against trying to punish Pyongyang, insisting his country had only launched a satellite - rather than a missile - at the weekend.

If the 15-member security council took "any kind of steps whatever, we will consider this infringes upon the sovereignty of our country," he said, threatening "necessary and strong steps".

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Too Old for Foster Care, and Facing the Recession

Published: April 7, 2009

Even in boom times, young people who become too old for the foster-care system often struggle to make it on their own, lacking families, job skills or adequate educations. Now, the recession has made the challenges of life after foster care even more formidable, especially for those seeking federal housing vouchers, which are contingent on having an income.

Michael Smith will turn 21 in August, and his foster care benefits will expire. He has been searching for work since October.

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My boyfriend spent a good deal of his youth in foster care. It sucked then, and that was in the 70s. He's managed to work himself up and make a good living for himself, but it pains me to see people who have such potential and lack of familial support facing such an uncertain future--even moreso than some. It's even harder now than it was then. :-(

Michael Gronstal lays it down

Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal  blocks attempt for a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage while keeping it classy.

"One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country. And my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: 'You guys don't understand. You've already lost. My generation doesn't care.' I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And Ive talked with other people about it and that's what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that. Is that so wrong? I don't think that's so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know I've been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other. No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you."



Could this Administration be any better?

The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian parents as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.

Families say the gesture shows that the new Democratic administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition _ dating to 1878 _ renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption than under the previous administration.

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The Young Turks get to the bottom of the banking bailout crisis

Excellent interview with William K. Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, and who was the chief federal government regulator responsible for cracking down on Savings and Loan abuses/fraud in the late 1980s.

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William K. Black was also recently interviewed on BILL MOYERS HERE.

The Young Turks/Black interview was reported here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/william-k-black-on-geithn_b_183848.html