February 11th, 2012

annoyed

Chuck Woolery is a douchebag.


It's so hard to be a one-percenter.


Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the 9th Circuit court of Appeals of “trying to undermine the will of the people” after its decision this week ruling the ban on marriage for gays and lesbians in California to be unconstitutional. And she predicts the case will go before the Supreme Court.

"The people of the state of California have the right to vote on the laws that they living under," she told HuffPost Gay Voices shortly after she gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Thursday.

"They made a vote in 2008," she said. "That's when Barack Obama was running for president. And it's amazing, really, what a decisive outcome it was, so it's interesting, that now you find federal judges trying to undermine the will of the people. That's what federalism is about, and that’s why you'll see this case go to the Supreme Court."

Bachmann, while doing radio interviews on "radio row" at CPAC, met up with Chuck Woolery, the former TV game show host, most notably of the "Love Connection," and they shared a warm embrace as Bachmann giddily called out, "Chuck! Chuck!"

Woolery is promoting "Reset Congress," a project that he outlines on his web site, Save Us Chuck Woolery. He, too, slammed the Prop 8 ruling, and said gays don’t need civil rights. In fact, he believes African-Americans need no civil rights.

"Majority rules," he said, dismissing the idea that minorities need protections. "We were born with natural rights. We don't need civil rights. [African-Americans] don't need civil rights. They don't need them. They have inalienable rights granted by God in the Constitution. I mean, I'm discriminated against all the time. I don't care. It doesn't bother me. [I'm discriminated against] because I'm old. I'm too old to get a job as a game show host. They say, well, the guy's 71 and in five years he'll be 76. And I’m a one per center, and I'm absolutely discriminated against as a one per center."

Friday, day two at CPAC, strongly highlighted the conservative moral agenda, including attacks on marriage equality, amid the noticeable absence of the conservative gay group, GOProud, which had been banned this year. Before Rick Santorum's speech, a panel that included Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery, who’d been accused during the Defense of Marriage Act repeal hearings of distorting studies, focused on what it perceived as the dangers of gay marriage. Jordon Sekulow, son of the crusading antigay attorney Jay Sekulow (who later spoke), attacked President Obama for allowing for gay marriage by supporting civil unions, which he said would lead to same-sex marriage.

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There you go, Chuck, taint all my fond childhood memories of watching Love Connection with my grandma.
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  • acmeeoy

Bank Bailout 2: Obama Lets Mortgage Abusers Off the Hook

The Obama Administration has followed a predictable pattern: Leave No One Accountable

- Common Dreams staff

The Obama administration announced this morning that the five largest U.S. banks have agreed to a $26 billion 'settlement' to end lawsuits over abusive practices that forced millions of families from their homes and helped bring about the nation’s financial meltdown.

After months of talks with state and federal officials, the banks have reportedly agreed to help some homeowners reduce their mortgage debt or refinance their homes at lower rates. Over 4 million familes lost their homes to foreclosure yet just 750,000 people who lost their homes to foreclosure will receive a one-time check for just $1,800 to $2,000, which for many will barely cover the cost of moving. The deal will only help a fraction of the struggling homeowners affected by the bank’s practices.

New York and California have reportedly signed off on the deal after initially holding it up in protest of lenient treatment of the banks.

The deal gives banks immunity from civil lawsuits for "robosigning," a practice whereby homeowners were rapidly evicted without proper vetting.

In his January 24th State of the Union address, President Obama promised a fresh investigation into mortgage abuses that led to the financial meltdown. Now, before that investigation has even begun, Obama is granting these 5 "too big to fail" banks immunity from "robo-signing" abuses.


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Pride & Prejudice

Romney: I Saved My State From Being “Vegas of Gay Marriage”

Mitt Romney came out swinging against marriage equality during his Friday CPAC address, claiming he “prevented Massachusetts from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.”

That zinger, accompanied by reiterated pledges to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and support a federal marriage amendment, showed a side of Romney eager for social conservative cred — this one month after he told a New Hampshire debate audience that “if people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays or will in any way try and suggest that people that have different sexual orientations don't have full rights in this country, they won't find that in me.”

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Arizona woman off ballot after high court agrees her English isn't good enough

Arizona woman off ballot after high court agrees her English isn't good enough

A woman trying to run for the San Luis, Arizona, City Council will not appear on the ballot after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a ruling that her English was not good enough.


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The Washington Post's article on the topic also points out that
"Cabrera’s lawyers previously said the action against their client was politically motivated because of her efforts to recall Escamilla. Cabrera began circulating petitions to recall the mayor in April after the council hiked utility rates and approved the layoffs of 12 city employees as part of spending cuts."
which I find to be an interesting point that the CNN story didn't add.

There's also an opinion/editorial piece in the Los Angeles Times that delves into the larger issues of assimilation and language-learning that are shadowing this case.
That's What

Proposed Kansas abortion ban blocked by abortion foe

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An influential anti-abortion legislator is blocking the push for a ban on abortion in the Kansas Constitution, highlighting a split among abortion opponents over tactics and frustrating the group advocating the “personhood” proposal Friday.

Chairman Lance Kinzer said he doesn't plan to have a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed constitutional amendment, which is sponsored by 25 other House members. Kinzer is the leading supporter of a bill to add new requirements for abortion providers into state law and ensure that the state doesn't provide even indirect financing of abortions through income tax credits or deductions.

Kinzer, an Olathe Republican and attorney, said he doesn't believe the proposed constitutional amendment would withstand a court challenge and could lead to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could hamper abortion opponents' attempts to enact new restrictions. Kansans for Life, the anti-abortion group with the most influence at the Statehouse, takes the same position.

But the Personhood Kansas Committee, the Wichita-area group promoting the proposed amendment, strongly disagrees, and Chairman Bruce Garren said he's surprised that Kinzer won't at least agree to a hearing, particularly because there's interest among Kinzer's colleagues.

“We have 25 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. You'd think that would be enough to get a hearing,” Garren said. “It's really frustrating.”

Both chambers would have to adopt the proposed amendment by two-thirds majorities – something that's likely in the House but uncertain in the Senate. If both did, the measure would go on the statewide ballot in the Aug. 7 primary election, where approval by a simple majority would add it to the Constitution.

Passage of a bill like the one Kinzer favors would require only simple majorities in both chambers and Brownback's signature.

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The changes Kinzer's proposing to the informed consent law have me suspicious (what specifically is the 'certain information' doctors will have to provide before an abortion? Hope it's not any of that scripted "it's a full complete separate person in there did you know that you stupid lady, homgz" nonsense like in some other states), and I don't love the proposed limitations on sex ed material, but it is kind of a relief to see Kansas might not have to deal with this Personhood bullshit right now. Not 100% sure I could have counted on my state not to be stupider than Mississippi about that. :[

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Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/10/3422063/proposed-kansas-abortion-ban-blocked.html#storylink=cpy
Pride & Prejudice

Huckabee Tells CPAC: Abortions are Responsible for Bad Economy

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), as all of the major Republican candidates (except Ron Paul, who won last year’s CPAC straw poll) lined up to out-conservative each other later today the President of Citizens United introduced Mike Huckabee to the audience. The Conference meets annually to discuss conservative issues and in many ways sets the tone for whatever hot-button wedge issues Republicans should be overreacting to.

While speaking Huckabee sarcastically “thanked” Obama for the fake and contrived “war on religion” that conservatives have latched onto in recent weeks. He explained his gratitude to the President was due to the fact that nothing had united the Republican Party as much as the perceived injustice towards employees who apparently want to have health insurance coverage that only covers procedures their employers agree with. He told the conservative crowd that Obamacare was a direct assault on Christianity, because it gives people access to health insurance that would cover contraceptives, which is not supported by businesses owned by the Catholic Church. He then continued to give what sounded like a sermon, explaining why he was political because he was prolife and not the reverse.

The former governor and Fox News superstar went on to explain that any candidate that did not support the prolife point of view did not care about anyone, and therefore was not fit to lead. He then went on to make the case that our economy was not actually in ruins because of the housing bubble, nor the deregulation of the banks, but that our economic woes and the housing bubble itself was due to some having a prochoice position. The logic seemed to flow as follows: If a political leader is Prochoice, they don’t care about anyone, therefore society at large does not care about each other which lead to businesses not caring about their employees, and ultimately to Americans losing their job.

Citing the bible to ridicule everything from health insurance coverage to paying income tax, the crowd seemed to enthusiastically agree with Mike Huckabee’s view that our government should be dictated by their religious beliefs, and to not do so is a violation of their first amendment rights.

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BBC Tracks Down and Confronts Racist, Internet Troll

BBC Tracks Down and Confronts Racist, Internet Troll

When you hear someone talking about hunting a troll named Nimrod Severn, you might think that they were relaying an MMORPG experience (or maybe, if they’re old school, a game of Zork).

In this case, however, it’s about one BBC investigative reporter’s quest to hunt down a particularly offensive — and very real — Internet troll. Knowing full well there’s plenty of guys like this out there, we don’t advise you doing this on your own. But in this particular case, found on Geekologie, offender Nimrod Severn is actually a guy named Darren Burton.

He also happens to be a racist punk who trolls others’ facebook pages and leaves some pretty horrible comments, especially on memorial pages for those who have died.

For instance, when a tribute page is created to a rapper Dolla, who was shot back in 2009, Sevren posts on the page that he’s a “filthy n*gger.” When foreign exchange student Anuj Bidve was killed by a vicius skinhead and a Facebook page was created in his memory, Severn posted “rot in piss.”

You get the point. So, when said investigative reporter received an anonymous trip from a trolling expert as to Severn’s whereabouts, he decided to track him down.

His reaction is predictably cowardly and indignant.
It’s still not clear how Burton got off so lightly – trolling is often something not taken lightly in the U.K. (Almost as disturbing is seeing Darren wheeling around what seems to be his kid in a stroller, beside someone who looks like his wife.) “That’s what a troll looks like,” the reporter concludes, as Nimrod is whisked off by bus. While hardly a satisfying conclusion, a small ray of hope comes in knowing other trolls like him will see it.

better mistakes

Samuel L. Jackson: I voted for Obama because he's black.

Barack Obama's politics meant nothing to Samuel L. Jackson because the "Pulp Fiction" star only voted for the president for one reason and one reason only ... because he's black.

In an interview with Ebony magazine, Jackson explained, "I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people — because they look like them ... That's American politics, pure and simple. [Obama's] message didn't mean shit to me."

Jackson then went on to drop the N-word several times when discussing Obama, telling the mag,

"When it comes down to it, they wouldn't have elected a [bleep]. Because, what's a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain't scary at all. [Bleeps] don't have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don't let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar. A [bleep] would have stopped the meeting right there and said, ‘Who the fuck said that?' I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected."

Can't say I blame him tbh. I do think he's probably being flippant to a point since I highly doubt he'd vote for Herman Cain, for example, if Cain was running against a white Democrat.

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Cameron should scrap NHS bill and drop Lansley, says influential Tory blog.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to replace Andrew Lansley and drop large chunks of the health bill by the Conservative party's most widely read and influential website.

Tim Montgomerie, the editor of ConservativeHome, said in a post published on Friday that Lansley, the health secretary, had failed to win public support for the legislation and that, if the Tories did not back down, every problem with the NHS over the next three years would be blamed on the bill.

The ConservativeHome intervention is particularly damaging to Cameron because Montgomerie says he was encouraged to speak out by three Conservative cabinet minsters who believe that pressing ahead with the bill would be folly.

ConservativeHome is not officially linked to the Conservative party. But it is read by thousands of activists, whose views it broadly represents, and, although it does criticise government policy, it is generally supportive and not given to gratuitous attacks on the party leadership.

Lansley faced fresh embarrassment on Friday when a report by the right-of-centre thinktank Reform said the government's entire reform of public services was being undermined by the Department of Health's management of NHS changes.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/10/cameron-scrap-nhs-bill-lansley?intcmp=239

OP: Its hard not to see Lansley as a dead man walking politically. And if the NHS can make dead men walk they're even better than I thought they were! This bill has been a fiasco from the beginning and will likely cost the Tories the next election if it goes through.
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  • kyroko

Roland Martin, GLAAD and the role of Christianity

Roland Martin, GLAAD and the role of Christianity
By Barbara Reynolds
Dr. Barbara Reynolds is an ordained minister, author of six books and lecturer in various seminaries and universities. Her column appears occasionally on The RootDC.

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced governor of New York, spent thousands of dollars committing adultery with prostitutes on company time. He resigned, apologized for his scandalous behavior and was hired to anchor a talk show on CNN.

Roland Martin’s brilliance should have earned him an anchor job on CNN. Instead, he was suspended and may be fired fortweeting a bad joke during the Super Bowl.

His apology might not be good enough to protect him from firing. He created a firestorm when he tweeted that male fans of an underwear commercial of soccer star David Beckham were not  “real bruhs,”and people should “smack the .ish” out of them. This led to a call by homosexual activists to fire Martin, who CNN has suspended.

HBO’s Bill Maher in a bigoted tweet trashed Christ after the Denver Broncos lost 40-14 to the Buffalo Bills on Christmas Eve. He said, “Wow Jesus just (expletive) Tim Tebow bad. And on Xmas Eve.. Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler the Buffalos are killing them.” If HBO is upset about Maher’s blasphemy, I have missed it.  

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I honestly cannot even with people like this. So many issues. First off, all of her language is directed at breaking down Spitzer and Maher (using buzzwords like "disgraced" and "Christ-bashing" for the pair) and building up Martin (using "brilliance" right after his name). Further on, "Martin's joke" vs. "Maher's tirade." Kindly STFU. If you expect to be taken even half-seriously, at least make a real attempt at portraying yourself as even-handed. Your bias is showing pretty hard right there.

The provocative use of "lynching" in reference to a black man is pretty shameful, even if you qualify it as a "high-tech lynching," even if you yourself are black (which the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds is).

So, so, so sick of hearing about Christian oppression because OMG TEH GHEYZ WANT RIGHTS THAT MEANS WE'RE BEING OPPRESSED! Especially in this instance, missy, you're wrong.

While I agree that yeah, you know, no one should be bullied or harassed or intimidated, you're comparing apples to oranges. Martin called for gays to be beaten, Spitzer had a fling, Maher made a (pretty lame) crack about someone's beliefs. But for these "good Christian people" they're all OMG THE SAME THING!

Side-eyeing everything in this article and then flipping tables, because she cray-cray.
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Occupy Wall Street, Vowing Spring Return, Dwindles in NY



These days, it's easy to miss the Occupiers at Zuccotti Park.

Where there were once hundreds of demonstrators and a sea of tents — a roiling mini-city, complete with kitchen and laundry services -- the park that birthed Occupy Wall Street is now practically empty.

But not quite: as the movement waits out the winter, there's a handful of Occupiers who maintain a symbolic, 24-7 presence at the park. Ned Merrill does the graveyard shift, and sits through the night, regardless of whether the temperature is in the teens or it's pouring rain.

"That gives you a sense that there's something very important here," Merrill said recently, huddled in a blanket. "And there is -- it's liberty."

Since November, when the NYPD cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy encampment, Occupy Wall Street has continued to hold protests around the city -- but unlike in the fall -- the movement rarely generates headlines. And it's running low on cash.

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I cannot at that white boy complaining, smh. Also, I wish Obama would be a lil bit more supportive of OWS, lord knows republican politicians don't see anything wrong attending right-wing gatherings. 
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ALSO: Could y'all please help me out with a survey I did on OWS? It'll only take 4 minutes of your time to fill it out: LINK
Thank you so very much!! 
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  • xerox78

Now they want to get rid of lunch breaks?!

Lunch breaks on the chopping block
Bill would leave it up to employers

Mark MacKenzie, the state's AFL-CIO president, yesterday told Rep. JR Hoell of Dunbarton to give him a break.

Repeal the law requiring half-hour lunch breaks for employees after five straight hours of work?

Trust all bosses to do the right thing, all the time?

MacKenzie, who once fought fires and now fights for workers' rights, said pass the salad, not this bill.

"Quite frankly," MacKenzie said, "considering this is 2012, and I'm talking about the repeal of the lunch hour, this is outrageous."

MacKenzie, addressing the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Service Committee, spoke out against legislation sponsored by Hoell and backed by Rep. Kyle Jones of Rochester. He spoke about the heart he believed made up the core of most employers, about the sense of fairness and humanity that dominates the state's working landscape.

He acknowledged that most employers treat workers fairly, but he didn't think that was any reason to do away with a longstanding protection. Abolishing the lunch-break law - enacted 36 years ago as insurance against unfair working conditions - would be naive and impractical, MacKenzie said.

"The reality is, absent a law, employers are on their own to treat their workers the way they think is most appropriate," MacKenzie said. "Will they give them lunch hours? I don't know if that would be the case. I don't think every employer would deny them, but I think there would be some, certainly."

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Juri

This Is What Happened to CeCe

Cece McDonald stood up to bigots and survived a hate crime. Now she’s in the county jail waiting to be tried for second degree murder.


This is a story about intersectionality – what happens when a young trans woman of color goes up against white supremacy, misogyny and transphobia. It’s a story about what happens when you have to fight for your life.


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Pride & Prejudice

Virginia To Deny Gay Adoption On Religious Grounds

The war against the LGBT community is alive and well in the state of Virginia, and children are being caught in the crossfire. On Friday, the Virginia Senate passed SB 349, which gives private adoption agencies the power to deny the placement of children with same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Known as the ‘conscience clause’ bill, the bill allows adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to adopt children, even if they are well qualified to do so. The Senate passed the bill along partisan lines 22-18 and the House has already passed a version of the bill. Governor McDonnell is expected to sign the bill the second it hits his desk.

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