January 1st, 2012

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Married already? Not if Frothy has his way.

Surging Santorum Would Annul All Same-Sex Marriages

Social conservatives are lauding Rick Santorum’s “surge” to third place in the Iowa polls, but his new forthrightness about his positions may backfire. In a recent interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Santorum explained that not only would he support a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, he supports invalidating all currently legal same-sex unions:

SANTORUM: I think marriage has to be one thing for everybody. We can’t have 50 different marriage laws in this country, you have to have one marriage law…

TODD: What would you do with same-sex couples who got married? Would you make them get divorced?

SANTORUM: Well, their marriage would be invalid. I think if the constitution says “marriage is this,” then people whose marriage is not consistent with the constitution… I’d love to think there’s another way of doing it.

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He went on to claim that “same-sex couples can contract for everything” except government benefits and compared the loving marriages of many gay and lesbian couples to having a friend or an aunt.

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/31/396012/surging-santorum-would-annul-all-same-sex-marriages/
Blood Stains

*TRIGGERS WARNING*Memories of a gay man's suicide loom over Fremont Presbyterian Church

By Jennifer Garza, jgarza@sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee, Published: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am

On July 23, 1992, Thomas Paniccia, an Air Force sergeant, announced he was gay on national television. On the anniversary of that day 15 years later, Paniccia drove to an undeveloped cul-de-sac in Roseville several blocks from his home and waited to die.

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Singing the anthem: Are you doing it 'right'?

Oh, say can you . . . sing?

And, more importantly, can you sing it the "right" way -- the way one Indiana lawmaker thinks the national anthem should be sung?

Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, has introduced a bill that would set specific "performance standards" for singing and playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities.

The law also would cover private schools receiving state or local scholarship funds, including vouchers.

Performers would have to sign a contract agreeing to follow the guidelines. Musicians -- whether amateur or professional -- would be fined $25 if it were deemed they failed to meet the appropriate standards.

But just what is appropriate? Would Jimi Hendrix's electric version make the grade? Are Christina Aguilera's vocal gymnastics a fineable offense?

That's unclear. What is and what is not "acceptable," according to Becker's bill, would be determined by the State Department of Education, with input from the Commission for Higher Education.

Becker said she would expect the guidelines to require that the national anthem be sung with the usual lyrics to the traditional melody -- "the way that we normally have it sung or heard throughout most of our state and our country."

Becker said she authored the bill after a constituent called her last spring upset about a school program in which the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were substituted or parodied in a way the caller found disrespectful. The senator said she herself had heard parody versions of the national anthem on television programs.

"Sometimes it's just done in a joking manner," she said, "but I don't think the national anthem is something we ought to be joking around with."

Becker stressed that her intent is to punish only those who make intentional changes -- not those who can't carry a tune.


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It's time for...

ONTD_P BEST OF 2011 NOMINATIONS POST



Everybody sober? Nobody still puking? GOOD.

This year we've taken a cue from the mothership's Best of ONTDers poll. For simplicity's sake, I've integrated the Post of the Year poll as one of the categories in this one.

Favorite Politician
Most Hated Politician
Favorite Journalist
Most Hated Journalist
Favorite Public Figure
Most Hated Public Figure
Favorite News Source
Most Hated News Source
News: Most Epic Win
News: Most Epic Fail
Public Figure You Used to Hate but Now Love Because of _P
Public Figure You Used to Love but Now Hate Because of _P
Best Live Thread
Best Campaign Moment
Worst Campaign Moment
News Event of the Year
Best ONTD_P Tag
Best Overall Thing About ONTD_P
Best ONTD_P Post
Most Wanted Story of 2012
Wish for ONTD_P in the New Year


NOMINATIONS WORK LIKE THIS SO I CAN KEEP THIS SHIT ORGANIZED: If you want to suggest a nomination, REPLY TO THE APPROPRIATE THREAD. If you want to +1 a nomination, REPLY WITH +1 OR "YES" OR "COOL NOMINATION, BRO". You can +1 as many things as you want, even multiple things in the same category. I will be picking the suggestions with the most +1s to be the nominations in each category.

ETA: I'm going to give this post until Tuesday and put up the polls Tuesday night.