February 4th, 2012

Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate

Last time on...the Birther Files: Orly Taitz wins a motion and believes the birther conspiracy that put Kenyan Obama in office is coming down. Orly sez Make no mistake about it. This is the beginning of Watergate2 or ObamaForgeryGate." TO BE CONTINUED...

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President Barack Obama’s name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.

n a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge that contended Obama has a computer-generated Hawaiian birth certificate, a fraudulent Social Security number and invalid U.S. identification papers. He also turned back another that claimed the president is ineligible to be a candidate because his father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of Obama's birth.

The findings by Malihi, a judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings, go to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will make the final determination. Last month, at a hearing boycotted by Obama's lawyer, Malihi considered complaints brought by members of the so-called "birther" movement.

With regard to the challenge that Obama does not have legitimate birth and identification papers, Malihi said he found the evidence "unsatisfactory" and "insufficient to support plaintiffs' allegations."

A number of the witnesses who testified about the alleged fraud were never qualified as experts in birth records, forged documents and document manipulation and "none ... provided persuasive testimony," Malihi wrote.

Addressing the other claim that contends Obama cannot be a candidate because his father was never a U.S. citizen, Malihi said he was persuaded by a 2009 ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals decision that struck down a similar challenge. In that ruling, the Indiana court found that children born within the U.S. are natural-born citizens, regardless of the citizenry of their parents.

Obama "became a citizen at birth and is a natural-born citizen," Malihi wrote. Accordingly, Obama is eligible as a candidate for the upcoming presidential primary in March, the judge said.

Even though Malihi ruled in Obama's favor, he expressed displeasure that the president's lawyer, Michael Jablonski of Atlanta, refused to attend the recent hearing.

"By deciding this matter on the merits, the court in no way condones the conduct or legal scholarship of defendant's attorney, Mr. Jablonski," Malihi wrote. "This decision is entirely based on the law, as well as the evidence and legal arguments presented at the hearing."

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Commentary: I KNEW it was a trap. Judge Malihi was actually Admiral Ackbar in disguise. Here is the ruling itself. and here are further amusing articles on the subject:

Orly Taitz Loses Birther Case on Her Own Merits
Judge says Obama can be on Georgia ballot
FASH. Space dress.

Syria massacre puts pressure on Moscow to back U.N.

(Reuters) - Syrian forces killed more than 200 people in an assault on the city of Homs, activists said, the bloodiest day of an 11-month uprising giving sudden urgency to a push for a U.N. resolution calling for President Bashar al-Assad to cede power.

The Arab League, Europe and the United States leaned hard on Assad's veto-wielding ally Russia to let the Security Council pass a resolution later on Saturday backing an Arab call for Assad to transfer powers to a deputy.

Moscow said the resolution was not "hopeless," but it needed to be adjusted to avoid "taking sides in a civil war."

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And it'll be celebrated by eating snowcones and watching "The Help" and "Blindside"

Arizona GOP Lawmaker Wants A State Holiday To Celebrate White People

Arizona’s unremitting campaign against its Hispanic communities has certainly reached an extreme, with the state GOP initiating a spate of radical anti-immigrant laws, banning Mexican-American and other ethnic studies, and ensuring that Spanish-speakers will never hold elected office. But one lawmaker is intent on turning the party’s xenophobic paranoia into a full-blown caricature.

Reacting to a Democratic colleagues apparently incendiary request to celebrate a Latino American day, State Rep. Cecil Ash (R) declared that he’d support the idea as long as there’s a holiday for white people too. “I’m supportive of this proposition. I just want them to assure me that when we do become in the minority you’ll have a day for us,” he said. Ash was “trying to lighten things up,” but when CBS 5 asked if he was serious about a Caucasian holiday, he offered an unequivocal “yes”:

ASH: Yes, I think it was appropriate. It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way.

As CBS 5 notes, some Arizonans were supportive of the idea. “Good idea,” said one woman. “Like they have Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans. We need something for whites.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/04/418027/arizona-gop-lawmaker-wants-a-state-holiday-to-celebrate-white-people/

Ann Widdecombe: Let unhappy gays try to turn straight

Ann Widdecombe has backed the ability of therapists to offer so-called ‘gay cure’ treatments to clients who want to become straight.

In her column in the Daily Express, she questions the lack of availability of therapy for “gays who do not want to be gay”.

Widdecombe wrote about the case of Lesley Pilkington, who was found guilty of malpractice by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy last year.

She argues that if a gay person wants to change their sexuality, professional help should be available to them, despite a lack of scientific evidence for it working.

She wrote: “When I was training as a Samaritan in the Eighties the first principle was never to dismiss another’s priorities.

“If a man rang in and said he was gay we should never say, “Oh, that doesn’t matter, it’s OK to be gay,” if he took the opposite view.”

The former minister is the second high-profile voice this week to back ‘reparative therapy’ in the face of general medical opinion against it.

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is backing Lesley Pilkington’s appeal.

He wrote to the BACP, which is hearing the appeal, with other bishops to say that such ‘gay cure’ attempts do not “produce harm despite the Royal College of Psychiatrists and others maintaining the contrary”.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ official position on the issue says: “There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish.”

Widdecombe says the “homosexual lobby” has directed particular attention to Pilkington’s religion.

The retired minister herself famously converted to Catholicism, leaving the Church of England in favour of a denomination which, she said, “doesn’t care if something is unpopular”.

Drawing a comparison with the case of the Muslim men found guilty of distributing material intended to stir up anti-gay hatred, she queries why Christians, who make up 72% of the British population, are “targeted by gay activists” more frequently than Muslims, who make up 3%.

Widdecombe did not support ParliOut, the first LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) network for the Parliamentary staff, MPs and Lords in 2010.

She said: “No I do not. MPs are supposed to be there to help other people not to go whingeing on their own behalf. I cannot understand the modern day emphasis and fascination and obsession with people’s private lives.

She added: “We have had gay MPs since we’ve had MPs…we’ve had gay everythings. It is not an issue and what we are doing now is encouraging your profession to go into everybody’s private lives.”

Widdecombe’s comments add to an ongoing public debate about ‘gay cure’ practices.

Last week, the New York-based rabbi who heads Amsterdam’s Orthodox Ashkenazi community had said he feared for his life after he was suspended for signing a ‘gay cure’ declaration.

One of the signatories to the Torah declaration signed by Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag is Arthur Goldberg, a co-director of JONAH.

JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (formerly Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), was in the news this month after JFS, a Jewish school in London, showed students a slide displaying its logo during a discussion on homosexuality.

The school strongly denied promoting the ex-gay group as an option for possibly gay students to explore.


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Not surprised considering it's Widdecombe - the woman's evil, pure and simple. *still angry about the Beeb having her on Strictly the season before last, attempting to rebrand her as a loveable old granny, but I'll spare you the rant* ^^;
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Black History Month: Canada had slaves, too

What unfortunate distinction does Olivier Le Jeune hold in Canadian history?

Le Jeune was the first recorded black slave in New France, brought to Canada from Africa in the 17th century when he was a child.

If you didn't know the answer, you aren't alone.

The story of blacks in Canada doesn't form part of the national narrative and is outside the mainstream of what most people learn, says Lawrence Hill, author of the acclaimed historical novel The Book of Negroes.

Hill told students on Thursday at Ecole secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupery in Montreal that he finds most Canadians and Quebecers know more about the history of blacks in the United States than they do about the topic in their own country and province.

As a teenager, Hill said he was never taught about the history of blacks in Canada. If it wasn't for his parents, who had written books on the subject, "I wouldn't have even known that slavery existed in Canada."
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Labour supporters are cleverer than Tories, Canadian study claims.

If you are clever, you vote for Labour and Ed Miliband. But if you are not so bright the chances are you will back the Tories.

That is the conclusion of experts who studied research comparing childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood in 15,000 people.

They found that intelligence, rather than ­education, wealth or social status, decides whether people are narrow-minded or bigoted in later life.

“Cognitive ­abilities are critical in forming ­impressions of other people and in being open-minded,” says the paper by Brock University in Ontario, Canada which is published in journal Psychological Science.

The authors found a strong link between low intelligence both as a child and an adult, and right-wing politics. “Clearly, however, all socially conservative people are not prejudiced, and all prejudiced persons are not conservative,” it added.

The study was based on two UK studies from 1958 and 1970, where children were assessed at 10 and 11, and then asked political ­questions at 33.

Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/2012/02/04/labour-supporters-are-cleverer-than-tories-canadian-study-claims-115875-23734718/

OP: I'm saying nothing. But I vote Labour.
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Santorum To Gay Man: You Don’t Deserve ‘Privilege’ Of Marriage Because Gay Unions Don’t ‘Benefit Society’

Rick Santorum told a gay man in Fulton, Missouri Friday afternoon that he didn’t deserve the “privilege” of marriage because his same-sex relationship does not “benefit” society in the same way that opposite-sex marriage does. Marriage, Santorum explained is an “intrinsic good” in which gay and lesbian people should not be allowed to partake in:

SANTORUM: You’re not entitled “to special treatment under the law…[Marriage is] not a right, it’s something that has existed since the beginning of human history as an institution where men and women come together for the purposes of forming a natural relationship as God made it to be. And for the purposes of having children and continuing that civilization. It is an intrinsic good…And as a result of that, we extend a privilege. We extend certain privileges to people who do that because we want to encourage that behavior.[...]

Two people who may like each other or may love each other who are same-sex, is that a special relationship? Yes it is, but it is not the same relationship that benefits society like a marriage between a man and a woman.



http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/02/03/418688/santorum-gay-marriage-privilege/

Where to begin with this giant pile of Santorum? If we're going by the definition of biblical standard and 'value to society', then this same logic could be used to support legalization of polygamy, as a man with multiple wives could provide several times more children to society, than a single couple can and with fewer health complications and risks (As you'd have the children spread out over multiple women, instead of an individual mother.) Of course, while this logic broadens support for polygamy, it narrows it at the same time, as this definition rules out people who are sterile and women that are post-menopausal. But we shouldn't forget that Santorum is -also- overlooking the fact that gay couples can use artificial means of producing children.
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14-year-old wants gay marriage ban for her birthday

14-Year-Old Girl Pleads With Senate Officials To Vote Against Gay Marriage On Her Birthday

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Hi, I'm Sarah Crank. Today's my 14th birthday and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage. I really feel bad for kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids feel like it's fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don't want any more kids to get confused about what's right and okay. I really don't want to grow up in a world where marriage isn't such a special thing anymore. It's rather scary to think that when I grow up that the legislator or the court can change the definition of any word they want. If they can change the definition of marriage, then they can change the definition of any word. People have the choice to be gay, but I don't want to be affected by their choice. People say they were just born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change. So please vote no on gay marriage. Thank you.


Interesting...Sarah's mom, Kathleen Kositzky Crank, is all over the comments of this article defending her daughter and their bigotry.

EDIT (2/5): One of the Think Progress commenters linked to an article about Sarah Crank winning some pageant last year. She says she plans to become a Supreme Court Justice. Oh Lord....
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Repost with corrections: 14-year-old wants gay marriage ban for her birthday

Yikes, forgot the source! Mods, can you please post this instead of the other entry?

14-Year-Old Girl Pleads With Senate Officials To Vote Against Gay Marriage On Her Birthday

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Hi, I'm Sarah Crank. Today's my 14th birthday and it would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage. I really feel bad for kids who have two parents of the same gender. Even though some kids feel like it's fine, they have no idea what kind of wonderful experiences they miss out on. I don't want any more kids to get confused about what's right and OK. I really don't want to grow up in a world where marriage isn't such a special thing anymore. It's rather scary to think that when I grow up that the legislator or the court can change the definition of any word they want. If they can change the definition of marriage, then they can change the definition of any word. People have the choice to be gay, but I don't want to be affected by their choice. People say they were just born that way, but I’ve met really nice adults who did change. So please vote no on gay marriage. Thank you.


Interesting...Sarah's mom, Kathleen Kositzky Crank, is all over the comments of this article defending her daughter and their bigotry.

EDIT (2/5): One of the Think Progress commenters linked to an article about Sarah Crank winning some pageant last year. She says she plans to become a Supreme Court Justice. Oh Lord....

Will Romney move to the middle? Can he?

The playbook for Republican presidential contenders goes at least as far back as Richard Nixon: Run hard to the right in the primaries; steer back to the center for the general election.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has sold himself all along as the most electable Republican in the field. But as he moves closer to becoming the GOP standard-bearer, the candidate whose authenticity has been questioned from all sides faces a tricky challenge making a pivot for the next phase of the race.

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If anyone is curious, I'm fairly certain this is the poll referenced in the article. Top of page 4 has favorability ratings.