Politics

2019 Indiana State Legislature: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2019 Edition The Ugly Bias Crimes This session, Governor Holcomb made it a priority to pass bias crimes legislation. With the governor’s support, Senate Democrats were confident that Indiana would finally get a comprehensive bias crimes law on the books. Sen. Greg Taylor

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HJR-3 to be heard in the Indiana House Monday at 1:30 p.m.

After some committee shenanigans, (in which Brian Bosma moved the bill from House Judiciary committee to the Elections and Apportionment committee when it became clear that it wouldn’t pass the first one) HJR-3 passed out of committee on Wednesday, and will be heard on the floor of the Indiana House on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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Some government shutdown reading

First – let’s be clear on who’s responsible for this debacle: The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you,

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Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621)

Bill introduced in the Indiana State legislature this week: Indiana Senate Bill 621 (SB 621) The analysis of this bill by Indy Democrat Blog: “Where to begin? It’s pretty easy. Almost everything in this bill is designed to reduce the power of Democrats in Marion County. From reducing the power of the County Commissioners (the

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A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble”

A Different Kind of Economic “Bubble” by Sheila Kennedy. Some interesting points Sheila makes in her class, based on the book “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future” by Joseph Stiglitz on how the 1% rig the economic system to continuously give themselves an advantage: According to Stiglitz, the vaunted American

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The Weekend Was a Crazy Liberal Idea

In 1886, 7 union members died in the US fighting for the 40 hour work week and 8 hour work day. We seem to forget that many freedoms we take for granted were ideals people had to die for – including the deaths of people who weren’t trained soldiers, but average people who were just

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Indiana Governor’s Race: Dumb vs. Dumber

I was incredulous yesterday when the John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for Indiana Governor actually went on record as being against same-sex marriage, because – how dumb can you be? That position is clearly on the wrong side of history, is clearly not a Democratic position, and will lose you your base in Indiana. It

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Open Letter to that 53% Guy

Max Udargo on the Daily Kos delivers a great response to to the guy calling people whiners for not working 70 hours a week, and telling people to “suck it up” and stop blaming Wall Street. Read the whole response, because it’s worth it. But this particular bit stuck out to me (emphasis mine): Here’s

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Robert Reich Debunks 6 Big GOP Lies About The Economy

Worth watching. The lies are these – (watch the video to see how he debunks them): Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will trickle down to benefit the middle class and the poor. Corporations are having higher profits now than we have seen in 35 years. Ratio of profits to wages is higher now

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Stand with Planned Parenthood

Please take a few moments to go and sign this petition against defunding Planned Parenthood: After months of budget negotiations, extreme anti-choice members of Congress are trying to force a shutdown of the federal government. This shutdown is not about disagreements over spending or taxes — it’s about a single-minded vendetta against Planned Parenthood and

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links for 2011-03-13

State Senator Jane Cunningham Wants to Put Missouri Kids to Work – St. Louis News – Daily RFT Crazy-ass Missouri Republican wants to repeal child labor laws and put kids to work. Barking mad, I tell you. What is the world coming to? Busting labor unions and putting kids to work – this is outright

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I don’t get it at all

A Democratic congressperson was SHOT in the head. Six people were killed. And the media is STILL allowing things to be said like “We don’t know the motivation of the shooter?” We don’t? Because *I* do. I follow politics, and I’m not an idiot – I can see exactly what happened here. And Republicans in

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These losers are voting

And they hope you aren’t. Vote in this years’ election on November 2nd. For Marion County voters in Indiana, you can vote early – here’s the info: Clerk’s Office, 200 E. Washington St., W-122 Begins: Monday, October 4 Ends: Monday, November 1 (at noon) Weekday Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Weekend

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Health care reform changes go online today

Democrats.org provides an overview of the changes that go into affect today – helping me and thousands of other Americans with direct, real changes. Bold text indicates changes that affect me personally, italics highlights changes that affect people I know. This week marks six-months since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law–enacting one

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Maddow’s “make your own verb suffix contest”

I’m not sure I can even adequately paraphrase the point of this contest, so let me take advantage of their paraphrasing: “The short version is that an Amazonian tribe uses verb suffixes as a means of indicating the source of their information. Your challenge is to come up with verb suffixes for English to make

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90 years of women’s suffrage

90 years ago today, The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage in the United States of America. Well done, Sister Suffragettes. Women have been able to vote throughout the US for less than 100 years. We still have a long way to go before women enjoy true equality. Some

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Who does this look like?

The actually photo is of Lewis Powell, one of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. The photo was taken in 1865. But I swear the man looks like an actor I’ve seen in a movie or TV show somewhere just recently. I want to say it was something historical – like a Jane Austen movie, or something

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Support Early voting in Marion County, Indiana

There’s a move afoot by the local GOP to try to kill early voting in Marion County, Indiana. Early voting is convenient for people with busy schedules and was wildly successful in 2008 and 2009 in getting record numbers of people to the polls. Marion County Clerk Beth White is supporting a plan to resurrect

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Pay your damned taxes, deadbeat

“Personal property is the effect of society; and it is as impossible for an individual to acquire personal property without the aid of Society, as it is for him to make land originally. Separate an individual from Society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire… He cannot become

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links for 2010-02-21

It’s Not Your Money | Ian Welsh Most people get this, but libertarians seem to have a hard time with it – "It seems like every time I discuss taxation, some libertarian will waltz in and say 'it’s my money and I don’t see why the government should be able to take it.' So let’s

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links for 2010-02-19

Officials: Austin Plane Crash May Be Intentional : NPR And he was a tea bagger railing against the IRS for taking "his" money awa from him. Domestic terrorism. (tags: terrorism teabaggers Texas) The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth | Economy | AlterNet The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized

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Politics vs. Policy

It’s thrilling to see Rachel Maddow continue each night to point out the Republican’s hypocrisy in favoring politics over policy – trashing bills that they know have substance and will be good for their constituents. I really enjoy watching her show every day. I think I’ve learned more from it than any other news program

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links for 2010-01-29

Twisted Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern « Kis*Knit Bookmarking because I needed this: "Create a twisted drop stitch: Insert needle into the stitch as if to knit. Instead of wrapping the yarn around the back needle to create a regular knit stitch, wrap yarn around both needles and then wrap around the back needle. Complete stitch

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links for 2010-01-26

Bauer defends comment comparing poor people to stray animals – WIS News 10 – Columbia, South Carolina | South Carolina Lt. governor Andre Bauer says they should stop feeling poor kids free lunches because "feeding stray animals" causes them to "breed." South Carolina seems to be just chock-full of elected idiots. (tags: racism classism bigotry

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Health Care Reform passes Senate

According to MSNBC.com: WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill Thursday that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. The 60-39 vote on a cold Christmas Eve morning capped months of arduous negotiations and 24 days of floor debate.

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I vote for “Not Joe Liberman”

About 2010, here is one thing I can say with certainty. Every cent of every dollar I spend on political contributions in the year 2010 is going to go to whatever Democrat is running against Joe Lieberman in his next election. I don’t care who it is, as long as it isn’t Joe. According to

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links for 2009-11-23

David Vines: If It Were Me, I'd Be Embarrassed A 17 year old Palin supporter has her facts mixed up, and gets all up in arms when a reporter confronts her with facts to correct her misinformation. (tags: Palin idiots republicans) Palin Booed By Book Tour Crowd She left 300 some people standing in the

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links for 2009-09-20

Cap’n Dyke, Lesbian Pirate Queen & Rogue Blogger In honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day." (tags: blogs pirate) Joe Wilson is Your Pre-Existing Condition He sure is. He's the reason 45,000 people died from lack of health care in America last year. (tags: awesome funny healthcare conservatives) Meet Your Conservative Movement – a set

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Obama’s speech, and my thoughts

After the jump, the full text of President Barack Obama’s address to Congress on health care reform yesterday, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House. My thoughts: he filled in the gaps of what I didn’t know, and reinforced what I did. I am surprised at all the gaps I had in

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My commitment to healthcare reform

According to the current political forecasting, it appears that health care reform efforts in congress are failing, and that a health care reform bill will not pass this year. I’m writing to all of my elected officials to let them know that I expect a health care reform bill to pass this fall. If it

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Maddow skewers Obama on backing off the Public Option

Rachel shows that the Health Care industry, the folks making a fortune of you getting sick, is jubilant that Obama is considering getting rid of the “public option” in health care reform. The “public option” would allow you to get insurance through the government, and provide competition for the health care industry. One of the

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Insurance Industry organizing at Town Hall Meetings

Rachel Maddow exposes the thuggish behavior that Insurance Industry lobbyists are organizing at town hall meetings on health care that are taking place around the country during the congressional break. Paid for by the health insurance industry– loud, semi-violent and threatening crowds of Republicans are disrupting democratic town hall meetings being held by congressional representatives

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Rachel Maddow Must-See

If you didn’t catch Friday night’s Rachel Maddow show, take the time to watch it now. What she has to say on the Senate’s vote about the economic stimulus bill is critical.

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Text of the Obama Inauguration Speech

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now

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DJ Shiva’s Take on Obama and Warren

DJ Shiva wrote an excellent blog post on Obama’s decision to pick Rick Warren to do the inaugural invocation, which I’m just going to quote the whole thing of, since it’s awesome. But go read her blog regularly; it’s good. fuck you, obama. i was gonna write a long-winded piece about how hard gays and

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I am disagreeable

Obama had this to say today regarding the angry reaction gay people and feminists are having at his choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation: I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I

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Rage and Frothing at the mouth

According to CNN, this lovely shit-sandwich, delivered right to my plate, courtesy of President-Elect Obama: President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday. Warren, the prominent evangelical and founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California,

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The Onion on Obama Victory

The Onion on Obama Victory: Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama’s victory, political experts said, may have been

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Mixed emotions

So many reasons to be happy, and yet… California and Prop 8 is still to close to call. And as the NY Times explains — “Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and gay rights forces suffered a loss in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or

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Barack Obama on saggy pants

In an MTV interview – Obama tells you to pull up your pants. He does it more politely than I do to teenagers in target. Sway: Our next question comes from Eric out of Huntington Beach, California: “There are numerous cultures and subcultures in the United States today. Powers-that-be set statutes with monetary penalty on

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Voted early

I don’t always vote straight party, but I did this time. I knew who all the down party people were for the most part, and the few I didn’t know I looked up before I went. The lines were quite long, but the moved very quickly in the city-county building. Very much worth it to

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David Sedaris on Undecided Voters

From this week’s New Yorker: Then you’ll see this man or woman– someone, I always think, who looks very happy to be on TV. “Well, Charlie,” they say, “I’ve gone back and forth on the issues and whatnot, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind!” Some insist that there’s very little difference

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CNN: Money Fact check: Plumber Joe’s taxes

According to CNN Money small business owners will not see an increase in taxes. McCain has entrepreneurs spooked about tax hikes, but fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama’s plan. … Should small business owners fear for their wallets if Obama is elected? Not the vast majority, business and tax

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The Debate in 90 Seconds

The few things that jumped out at me — John McCain does “air quotes” while talking about the health of the mother in emergency abortion situations — so apparently the health of the mother is irrelevant? Wow. So let me get the Republican position straight here — when I get raped, I’ll be forced to

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Best of the Worst: McCain Mobs Compiled

Brave New Films and Color of Change have compiled the “best of the worst” video footage of lynch mob-like crowds attending McCain/Palin rallies over the past several weeks, documenting the racism and violent threats. Color of Change is sending a public letter to their campaign asking them to take responsibility for changing the tone of

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More Racist McCain Supporters

Anyone who’s resisted the idea that there are racist McCain supporters out there won’t be able to get past this video. As Ta-nehisi Coates at the Atlantic points out — It’s not just disturbing that this guy is so obviously evil, but it’s further upsetting that the no one in the crowd around him admonishes

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Even more crazy McCain crowds

I updated my post from earlier this morning with even more news of death threats issued to Obama during McCain rallies this week. (Threats of “off with his head” came out this morning reported by the Wall Street Journal.) Here are even more sidewalk interviews with angry McCain supporters who are waiting to get into

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The Dangerously Angry Crowds of McCain and Palin

In the past, politicians with honor would correct and shape the crowds who attended their rallies when they shouted things that were incorrect or unfair to their opponents. But in the past two weeks, McCain and Palin have been egging their crowds on in ways that are loathsome and potentially dangerous to Obama and his

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Transcript of Palin, Biden debate

I grabbed the transcript of the debate because I want to go back and read it later to go over Joe Biden’s answers. I spent a lot of time focusing on her, (mainly because of the bingo game we were playing) that I didn’t get all the nuance the Biden provided. I know he gave

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Palin Debate Flowchart

Courtesy of Adennak.com: With some choice words from Aden Nak: I’d like to do a bit of a run down. A list, if you will, of the things we’ve learned about Sarah Palin from her very limited, groomed, handled private interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. Sarah Palin isn’t sure what the Bush Doctrine

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What Palin reminded me of

Palin’s cutesy “You betchas” and folksy expressions were painful to watch. I thought Tina Fey’s “finger guns” were a bit over when I first saw her impression, but after watching the debate last night, they were dead on, and a really damning impression. As one commenter said on the MSNBC poll – “It’s like going

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Biden debates McCain because Palin didn’t show up

I’ll have more commentary in the morning, but that was my initial impression of the debate — Biden took on McCain on every single answer because Palin didn’t bother to actually answer any of the questions, and instead fell back on buzz words and drivel and cutesy, folksy nonsense. I thought it was a clear

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Des Moines Register – Liberal Media Elitists!

That damned liberal media of the Des Moines Register (those gosh darned volvo-driving, latte-drinking, er… corn farmers!) take John McCain to the cleaners and don’t even give him back his pocket change or dryer lint. And, the paper had already endorsed him, before he acts like a total prick while being interviewed. My favorite highlight:

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Shorter Debate McCain

I got a pen right here. (That’s a sharpie, John.) You only get Miss Congeniality if you vote 100% with Bush. My 90% makes me a MAVERICK. MAVERICK! DID YOU HEAR ME! Back in my day, we went to war in our bare feet. Uphill, both ways in the snow; you just don’t understand. You

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Republicans derail talks with infighting

I want to hear a debate tonight. If McCain flew to Washington to fuck up talks about the bailout and to drag Obama into the weeds with him, he better stand up in front of me and explain himself. If if he’s too much of a chicken to do so, then Obama should appear without

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Barack Obama on the Economy

Candidate Obama addresses what’s happened in the last few days. Every time I hear him speak, I think this guy is the most presidential guy I’ve seen in years. Does Barack need to suspend the campaign and return home? Here’s an astute analysis from metafilter: This is entirely needless. Yes, they’re both Senators, but that

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Jill Long Thompson gaining in Indiana Gov. Race

The latest Indy Star poll that showed Obama edging out McCain by 3 percent also shows Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson moving up in the polls – within spittin’ distance of ol’ Ditch Mitch, actually. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels holds a four-point lead in his bid for a second term, including support from one

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Indiana as a swing state

Last night we were watching Anderson Cooper’s 360 and the identified Indiana as one of the five states they’re watching as “battleground” states. No kidding — we were not red, but “pink” on their chart. Blue Indiana notes that a new Star poll coming out will show Obama on top, and sure enough — WTHR

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To Middle Class, Economic Crisis isn’t News

Barack Obama outlines exactly what he wants to do to fix the economy. You can read more about his plan here. Transcript of the Video: In the past few weeks, Wall Street’s been rocked as banks closed and markets tumbled. But for many of you — the people I’ve met in town halls, backyards and

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McCain supporter Richard Cohen calls him a liar

Richard Cohen is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and has steadfastly supported McCain this election — until now. It’s hard to pick just a small section of this column to quote, because he’s damning McCain throughout it. You really should read the whole thing. “We know that those two ads are untrue,” Behar

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A couple more links

I think the media’s obsession with Palin is pretty out of line with the reality of what’s going on in the election right now — lots of McCain lies and distortions of the facts that seem pretty desperate — and Obama raising a record amount of money in August — so I’m going to lay

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL

In the comments on MetaFilter, posted by Naberius: Oh my god. OH MY GOD! I see the way clear to a better future. We vote in John McCain. Then, stay with me, stay with me… we KIDNAP SARAH PALIN AND REPLACE HER WITH TINA FEY!! She’d totally pull it off. She’s perfect. If Sarah Palin’s

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Racist McCain Ad

Ordering a black man to show you respect you is pretty over the top in 2008. I’m sure McCain’s constituency in the South and perhaps right here in Indiana will recognize the terminology from their (thankfully) long ago heydays of sundown towns and lynch mob gatherings, though, and respond accordingly. There’s only one response to

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John McCain’s Critical Thinking Skills

John McCain on why Palin would be qualified to be Commander in Chief if something happened to him in an interview with an NBC affiliate in Portland, ME: Q: Well, you say you’re sure that she has the experience, but again, I’m just asking for an example. What experience does she have in the field

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Yahoo’s Election 2008 Political Dashboard

The Yahoo Election 2008 Political Dashboard is a nice visualization of where the presidential election is currently. They’re using poll data averaged to draw a map of where the candidates stand nationwide, and how the electoral votes are projected.

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Quote of the Day: Reform

Courtesy “O Brother Where Art Thou“: Reform? I’ll reform you, you soft-headed sonofabitch! How we gonna run reform when we’re the damn incumbent! Y’ignorant slope-shouldered sack a guts! Why we’d look like a buncha satchel-ass Johnnie-Come-Latelies braggin’ on our own midget! Don’t matter how stumpy! And that’s the goddamn problem right there – people think

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Democracy Now producer Nicole Salazar films her own arrest

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Minneapolis police arrested journalist Amy Goodman outside the Republican National Convention when she came outside from the floor of the convention after hearing that her producers had been arrested while reporting on the protests outside. This was reported widely in the mainstream press — here is an

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Republicanism Shown To Be Genetic In Origin

The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is genetically determined was announced by scientists in the current issue of the journal NURTURE, causing uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a chosen lifestyle. Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism, discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA, has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing communities.

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Palin was a member of a fringe political party

ABC News blogs are reporting that before Sarah Palin joined the Republican Party, she was a member of an Independent Party that has a plank suggesting that Alaska has a legal right to secede from the United States. UPDATE: This story has been debunked as untrue. The person making the claim has backed off the

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We’ve always been at war with Eurasia

Bush quietly seeks to expand the already bloated powers of the executive branch further, according to Raw Story: As the nation focuses on Sen. John McCain’s choice of running mate, President Bush has quietly moved to expand the reach of presidential power by ensuring that America remains in a state of permanent war. Buried in

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Using the Sexism on the Left

Zuzu has an interesting post at Shakesville about how the choice of Palin may be an attempt to use the unchecked sexism within the Democratic Party against it: Right on cue, the sexist attacks against Palin began on the left– which the McCain people were undoubtedly counting on. Let’s look at how McCain’s selection of

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Sarah Palin and John McCain’s Judgment and Health

For progressives and Democrats, there’s lots to dislike about the GOP VP choice Sarah Palin. As Melissa McEwan notes: For the record, there is plenty about which to criticize Palin that has absolutely fuck-all to do with her sex. She’s anti-choice, against marriage equality, pro-death penalty, pro-guns, and loves Big Business. (In other words, she’s

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Historical significance

Barack Obama will, if elected, be the first Illinois legislator to occupy the White House since Abraham Lincoln. That would be certainly be poetry of the American spirit, right there. What a beautiful first family this will be.

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Election 2008 – Sarah Palin

Barack gave a great speech last night. Happy to be voting for the guy. Let’s get this party started. On Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP — I don’t think that will do what he thinks it will. I know a lot of disenchanted Hillary supporters, but none of them want to vote McCain in the

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Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t

The day after Hillary Clinton delivered one of the best political speeches in American history — CNN has come out with this bit of fucking loveliness: (CNN) — What did Hillary Clinton’s body language give away at the Democratic National Convention? Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of “Face Time,” told CNN that

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To be a woman, with a vote.

From the comments at Shakesville: Her voice was careful and quiet (she was clearly holding herself together so hard for the cameras, the weight of it all very heavy on her) and even with the tears, it still felt fitting, because this–this wondering and thinking and finally deciding on your own vote–this is what the

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Hoosier Political Report

Taking Down Words was one of my favorite local political blogs for a long time, and I really miss it. Since Jennifer Wagner switched over to a new URL and format — Hoosier Political Report — things just haven’t been the same, and sadly, it’s going to get booted from my feed reader soon. Rather

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Knoxville Terrorist was a fan of O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage

According to the Knoxville News: Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals “who are ruining the country,” court records show. Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of

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Eliminationist Quotes from Conservative Voices

What, really, is eliminationism? It’s a fairly self-explanatory term: it describes a kind of politics and culture that shuns dialogue and the democratic exchange of ideas for the pursuit of outright elimination of the opposing side, either through complete suppression, exile and ejection, or extermination. Source: Eliminationism in America: Appendix “I tell people don’t kill

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Terrorist opens fire in UU Church in Knoxville, TN

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now that the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennesee was the target of a mass shooting. Two people were killed and 5 more are in serious condition after Jim D. Adkisson, 58, walked into a children’s Sunday school play and opened fire on the crowd. Like

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It’s a class war, stupid

If you only read one article about the 2008 election, make it this one – Matt Taibbi’s “It’s a Class War, Stupid” in Rolling Stone this month. Taibbi’s article about the looming economic depression (yeah, you read that right – I didn’t say recession, I said depression) is spot on… and the mainstream media is

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McCains Fail to Pay Taxes on San Diego Property

According to Newsweek, the McCains have been in arrears for four years on taxes on one of the seven properties they own – a beachfront property in LaJolla, California. Of course as they story broke, they scrambled to get their taxes paid. Mostly. Now if this had been you or me defaulting, we’d be out

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Karl Rove’s Country Club

Karl Rove, the Nixon/Bush auteur of dirty politics, seems to be slipping his his age — yesterday he had this to say at a Republican insider’s breakfast about Barack Obama: Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and

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Racist America comes out of the woodwork to attack Barack Obama

Shakespeare’s Sister has an ongoing multi-part “Obama Racism Watch” documenting incidents of racism in the media directed at Senator Obama (similar to their multi-part series “Hillary Clinton Sexism Watch” that is at 106 entries and shows no signs of stopping.) I won’t go into every incident because they cover it much better than I, but

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Selections from Hillary’s Concession Speech

selections of Hillary’s Remarks in Washington, DC This election is a turning point election and it is critical that we all understand what our choice really is. Will we go forward together or will we stall and slip backwards. Think how much progress we have already made. When we first started, people everywhere asked the

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Hating Hillary

Andrew Stephen in the New Statesman: Gloating, unshackled sexism of the ugliest kind has been shamelessly peddled by the US media, which – sooner rather than later, I fear – will have to account for their sins History, I suspect, will look back on the past six months as an example of America going through

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Resonance

This particular paragraph of Hilary Rosen’s post on continuing to support Clinton hit home for me, and more than explains why I still am supporting Hillary. The emphasis added is mine… But Hillary’s campaign is still going for every woman who has spoken up in a meeting and was greeted with silence only to have

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Indy Star Voter Guide

If you always wonder, when standing in the voting booth, how to pick candidates for the less well-known political offices, the Indy Star’s interactive voter guide goes through each of the candidates, provides information about them, and lets you make selections and print out a cheat sheet to take to the voting booth with you.

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Video Debunk: Kantor video about “Indiana” is faked

There’s a video clip circulated by notorious nutjob Michelle Malkin making the rounds; it’s of Democratic advisor Mickey Kantor, who is currently advising on the Clinton campaign. The scene is an edited clip from the 1993 movie “The War Room” about the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. The movie followed Kantor, Stephanapoulos and Carville as they

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District 7 candidate Woody Myers threatens to sue blog

I’ve mentioned before that I’m voting for David Orentlicher in the primary as the Democratic candidate for Julia Carson’s former seat in the U.S. Congress. The slated Democratic candidate and current office holder is André Carson (elected in March in a special election) but I’m just not convince that Carson has enough experience. David has

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Press attempting to push Hillary out of the Race

Eric Boehlert at Media Matters for America has some interesting points comparing Hillary’s ongoing campaign to past presidential races: Looking back through modern U.S. campaigns, there’s simply no media model for so many members of the press to try to drive a competitive candidate from the field while the primary season is still unfolding. …And

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The New York Times comes to Kokomo, Indiana

My family is originally from southeastern rural Iowa, and regardless of the small town life aspect, they’re very well-educated and don’t talk like hayseeds and goobers. Sit down and talk to them about the election and they have intelligent, thoughtful conversations about the issues. They have slightly different political agendas than those of us who

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“Reading Is Fundamental” Literacy Program in Danger

If you’re about my age (39, that is) the commercials and reading programs for the nonprofit program RIF – Reading is Fundamental – are probably as vivid a childhood memory for you as they are for me. Not only were they played during Sesame Street and the Electric Company, but they were part of the

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Indiana political blogging

Sometimes it’s really entertaining for all the wrong [link deprecated: http://www.blueindiana.net/showDiary.do;jsessionid=38F64BC3DD2AF56DA297D48ACAA576E0?diaryId=2332] reasons. 2019 Update: Lest it be lost to the ethereal ravages of time, this was the subject of the above posts. From: gwelsh@indy.rr.com Subject: Tyrion Date: April 9, 2008 4:55:22 PM GMT-04:00 To: bil@bilerico.com It’s quite interesting that you, of all people, would allow

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Credibility

My post below about Butler student Evan Strange who asked Chelsea Clinton an inappropriate question spawned an interesting response. I received several emails from Butler student Lauren Laski defending her fellow student. I’m not going to go into detail of what they said, other than that Lauren really needs to take a logic course while

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Butler student insults Chelsea Clinton

Leave it to an idiot Hoosier to embarrass the state of Indiana now that we’re in the national spotlight. I’m sure it’s the first of many bonehead moves Hoosiers will make when they see television cameras. From the Chicago Tribune: INDIANAPOLIS – The college student who got a stinging brushback from Chelsea Clinton when he

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links for 2008-03-22

Obama demands probe over passport breach – 2008 Presidential Campaign Blog – Political Intelligence – Boston.com Barack Obama’s campaign tonight is demanding a full investigation of reports that his passport files at the State Department were viewed BY THE WHITEHOUSE without authorization. (tags: bush corruption privacy election 2008) Proof that fundamentalists selectively quote the Bible

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WTF? ABC News is full of shit

via Shakeville – this lovely gem appeared on ABC news yesterday. What the hell is this about? Do they actually think that WE think this is news? Do they think anyone seeing this wouldn’t recognize it for the sexist, misogynist smear job that it is? I was sorta halfway still on the fence between Obama

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What the liberal hawks got wrong

Slate has an interesting series of articles posted by several liberals who supported the Iraq war in its early stages, entitled “Why Did We Get It Wrong?” I applaud their willingness to recognize that they were indeed wrong, but I wonder why they’re not asking the other question — why didn’t they listen to the

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The Ripple Effect: How my post on Jon Elrod has spread

I presumed yesterday’s post on the special election would cause some consternation, but it’s always interesting to see how these things play out. Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project asked me to cross post my entry there, which I though would be fun. From there, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, radio personality and erstwhile former blogger at IndyUndercover

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March 11 District 7 Special Election

I’ve been saying I’m going to write about the March 11th special election, and I haven’t forgotten that. I actually have had a REALLY long post written about it since Friday, but I’ve revised it 10 times and can’t quite get out what I really want to say… so I’m starting over. Hopefully you’ve all

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links for 2008-02-28

Afghan Women’s lives worse than ever “Grinding poverty and the escalating war is driving an increasing number of Afghan families to sell their daughters into forced marriages.” – “W for women” indeed. (tags: misogyny women violence buhs) GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails – washingtonpost.com Of course. You wouldn’t want them to get

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So much to blog, so little time

I actually have things to write about lately, but haven’t geared up to do it. Lets see, where were we when we last tuned in? Oh, yeah, I was probably playing Packrat. Well, the gloss has come off that Facebook game somewhat, as I got collected most of the cards I could get a hold

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Electoral Compass 2008

I’ve taken Political Compass quizzes on back in 2003 and again in 2006 here on this site. This new Electoral Compass is a different take – it’s written in flash, for one thing, and it places you on the compass with current electoral candidates. Here’s my score on the current one: Compared to previously in

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links for 2008-02-12

ActBlue — Start Fighting Now ActBlue has a widget you can put on your site to start fundraising for the Democratic presidential candidate, whomever they might be. (tags: politics election 2008 fundraising)

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HB 1197 – Data Breach Bill

A message from local blogger Chris Soghoian on legislation in the Indiana statehouse: 11 Indiana State Senators will be voting on an important data breach bill next Tuesday (the 12th). This bill (which I helped to draft with my local state representative) will shed a significant spotlight on companies who lose or misplace sensitive consumer

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Election 2008 and Hillary Clinton

A while back I posted about my belief that the media was illustrating a sexist bias against Hillary Clinton in their coverage of election 2008. Erinposte actually collects and documents numerous examples of it here in s fascinating catalog of anti-female hate. And pop matters has a great list of helpful hints for Hillary, compiled

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Election 2008

Two things I discovered via bilerico.com… This stirring music video of Obama’s post New Hampshire primary speech. I’m still not sure whether I’m voting for him or for Hillary, but either way, I’m going to be getting a more intelligent candidate than the utter imbecile in office now, so I’m happy either way. On the

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links for 2008-01-12

The Art of Travis Louie Cool creepy paintings. (tags: paintings artist surrealism) Chris Matthews is a racist douche Um, speaking like an “indian” isn’t cool, on TV or off, ass. (tags: media bigotry.) Jonah Goldberg’s Bizarro History | The American Prospect (tags: conservatives books history propaganda)

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links for 2008-01-11

Subtraction: Word on The Wire One of the many folks who think The Wire is the best show on TV. Kohi Vinh is the Design Director of the New York Times, and writes here about why he loves the show. (tags: television) Home Page: New York Times Polling Photos (tags: photography election politics) Sweet Jesus

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Hillary is getting the bums rush

This go around, I decided to take some time to watch some of the candidates out on YouTube – listening to them speak versus what the media is saying. So for the past couple weeks I’ve been pulling up the Democratic candidates and watching what they say, then comparing to the news coverage of the

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links for 2008-01-09

Zyklon B – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The gas the Nazis used to kill Jews in ovens made by Siemens Corp. Recently, Siemens tried to trademark the name to use to build gas ovens. (tags: evil Siemens) O’Reilly Media | HDR: An Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography (tags: photography books pdf wishlist) globeandmail.com: Horror,

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Gee, that sounds familiar…

Remember a couple days ago when I said If it were up to me…. and I proposed a new way of doing the primaries that would be more fair? That post did get linked to by about 40 sites… but apparently not everyone likes to give credit. Check this out on Shakespeare’s Sister: It wouldn’t

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District 7 Special Election will be Tuesday, March 11th

From the [link deprecated: http://www2.indystar.com/articles/7/254061-5937-127.html – Indy Star] via Taking Down Words: Republican and Democratic state party officials have agreed on Tuesday, March 11 as the date for a special election to select Rep. Julia Carson’s successor. State Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said Friday he and GOP Chairman Murray Clark had recommended the date

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Iowa Caucus Stats 2008

Here’s an interesting stat about Iowa’s Caucus Total Voter Turnout (approximate): 356,000 Percentage of total vote: 24.5% Obama 20.5% Edwards 19.8% Clinton 11.4% Huckabee (R) Despite Iowa’s rather convoluted caucus rules on the Democratic side, they still turned out more voters for Democrats than for the more straight-forward Republican process. That is a REALLY an

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How Primary Elections Could Be Better

The U.S. would have five days of political primaries, each a week apart, starting the last week of March. The first primary day would consist of the 10 states with the smallest voting population; the rest would increase upward until the fifth week when the largest voting states would hold their primaries in the final

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50 Most Loathsome People of 2007

The Beast’s list of the most loathsome people of 2007 is excellent, especially #9: 9. You Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling

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Rishawn Biddle Gets Fired

I’ve been trying to avoid writing about local politics of late, just because the bile and animosity therein was way to much to deal with given my increased workload at my place of employment, and because others do a much better job of saying what I would anyway. On occasion here, I’ve ranted about Indy

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Bush was spying on U.S. Citizens Before 9/11

From the Washington Post: Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to court documents unsealed in Denver this week. Details about the alleged NSA program have been redacted from the documents,

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Former Top General in Iraq Faults Bush Administration

From the New York Times (presented to you without comment on my part): WASHINGTON, Oct. 12— In a sweeping indictment of the four-year effort in Iraq, the former top American commander called the Bush administration’s handling of the war incompetent and warned that the United States was “living a nightmare with no end in sight.”

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Best Acceptance Speech Ever

“A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Can you believe this shit? Hell has frozen over. Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now.” — Kathy Griffin, accepting an Emmy award

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Rolling Stone: The Great Iraq Swindle

From the five page long Rolling Stone article, just a small section that will ruin your morning: Your testimony over, you wait out the rest of the hearing, go home, take a bath in one of your four bathrooms, jump into bed with the little woman. . . . A year later, Iraq is still

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The first tool you should reach for…

Sigh. This leaves me less than enthused with my local political party, two months before an election. Sure, you can go to Bart’s page, but ya wanna tell me anything about my city-county council? Please? Or, ya know, what day the election is and how to find a polling place. Sigh. This really doesn’t make

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America’s Toe-Tapping Menace

From the opinion page of the New York Times, a piece by Laura M. MacDonald: WHAT is shocking about Senator Larry Craig’s bathroom arrest is not what he may have been doing tapping his shoe in that stall, but that Minnesotans are still paying policemen to tap back. For almost 40 years most police departments

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Bizarre Police Behavior at a Canadian Protest

UPDATE: Quebec police admit the three men in the video were indeed “undercover” officers; although the claim they were not there to instigate any violence. Wonder what that rock was for, then. Police attend a very large Canadian protest against George Bush dressed as “protesters” to attempt to rile up the crowd so they can

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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman seems to be smoking the crack

Howard Fineman on the Chris Matthews Show, discussing the Democrats in 2008: Mr. FINEMAN: If they can’t win this one, the Democrats deserve to go the way of the Whigs, which is a political party that disappeared. Now why did it disappear? It disappeared because it couldn’t deal with the biggest issue of the time,

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I think Bryan Caplan is a fucking dickhead

Oh, the things I have to say about this New Yorker article on economist Bryan Caplan’s book “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Politics.” And alas, no time to say them, because we have to go out the door. But I’m putting Bryan Caplan on the list of arrogant jackholes whose

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Why do They Hate Us?

From the article “Why do They Hate Us?” by Mohsin Hamid in the Washington Post: When I mentioned the final campaign of the Cold War to my fellow freshmen at Princeton, few seemed to know much about it. Eighteen years later, most people I meet in the United States are astounded to learn that the

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Bart Peterson’s Letter to Marion County Property Tax Payers

Making the rounds via email: July 20, 2007 Dear Neighbors: We have taken the first important steps toward long-term property tax reform. The Governor’s order of a Marion County reassessment is welcome news to our friends and neighbors who have been shocked by the unacceptable tax bills issued this month. Thanks to the reassessment, Marion

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Iraq Vets Describe Common Civilian Casualties

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness: “I’ll tell you the point where I really turned,” said Spc. Michael Harmon, 24, a medic from Brooklyn. He served a thirteen-month tour beginning in April 2003 with the 167th Armor Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, in Al-Rashidiya, a small town near Baghdad. “I go out to the scene

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Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Ties Dog to Roof of Car

I’m a couple weeks late on this story, but it bears repeating. According to Time Magazine, and itchmo.com, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney tied his family dog’s crate to the roof of the car for a 12 hour trip on the road. It was 1983 and Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and now presidential candidate, was

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Rich white douchebags count on racism to win in 2008

During a panel discussion of the 2008 presidential election on the July 15 edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, syndicated columnist Robert Novak asserted: “Republicans are very pessimistic about 2008. When you talk to them off the record, they don’t see how they can win this thing. And then they think for a minute, and

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Al-Qaida has rebuilt, U.S. intel warns

From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned. The conclusion suggests that the group that launched the most devastating terror attack on the United States has been able

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A Must-Read Article: “A Mistake of Historic Proportions

Kathy Kattenburg, one of the bloggers over at Shakesville posted a must-read article on the state of the middle east, Iraq, and the world-wide catastrophic consequences that will occur if we make the of trying to attack Iran. People were writing similar prescient words before the Iraq invasion; if we had listened to them, we

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“I’m here to shoot a pilot”

Boing Boing is questioning whether this is actually true, but it seems to be making the rounds and has shown up on numerous news sites: Director Mike Figgis spent longer at LAX airport than intended. He’d arrived in Los Angeles, along with half the acting and directing world, for what is known as ‘pilot season’,

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Joss Whedon on the “Honor” Killing of Dua Khalil

Joss Whedon recently wrote a long piece about the “Honor” Killing of Dua Khalil, and asked that it be posted on Whedonesque, an unofficial fan site of his work. I haven’t written anything about this event, although I read about it on several blogs, because it’s the kind of occurrence that leaves me chilled with

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Unitarians at Arlington National Cemetery

Stephanie had some interesting news from her family today – Years ago when her Opa was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, his headstone was configured with the flaming chalice – the Unitarian Universalist symbol. Later her Oma was buried next to him, and recently her cousin Chip went out to visit them, and the flaming

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Crothersville Hate Crime Murderers May Get Off Easy

Advance Indiana continues to follow up on the story I noted earlier of the brutal hate crime beating murder of Aaron Hall in Crothersville, Indiana. Gary Welsh reports the criminals are being charged lightly given the bias and brutality of the crime, and may even get off with an outrageous manslaughter conviction. Read the details.

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Another Indiana Hate Crime Death

From WTHR, a story on a man who was beaten to death in Crothersville, Indiana because his attackers thought he was gay: Police found Aaron Hall’s badly beaten body hidden inside a garage on Sunday. Charged in connection with the murder were 19-year-old Garrett Gray, 18-year-old Coleman King and 21-year-old Robert Hendricks. Police made the

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Ohio Election Fraud

Um, yeah – a really interesting tidbit of information from Slashdot: goombah99 writes: “Netcraft is showing that an event happened in the Ohio 2004 election that is difficult to explain. The Secretary of State’s website, which handles election reporting, normally is directed to an Ohio-based IP address hosted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. On Nov.

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A Federal Prescription Drug Database?

In some of the Virginia Tech news coverage, this caught a few people’s eye: Some news accounts have suggested that Cho had a history of antidepressant use, but senior federal officials tell ABC News that they can find no record of such medication in the government’s files. This does not completely rule out prescription drug

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Regarding SJR-7

I just wanted to say that there are a lot of hard working people who were tireless in getting SJR-7 stopped in its tracks. I’m afraid to start naming them, because I’ll manage to leave someone out – but every single person who was involved in the grassroots effort worked hard – much harder than

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Catholic Archbishop Doesn’t Know Difference Between Sex and Rape

In commenting on Italy’s current proposed same-sex civil unions bill, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco revealed that he doesn’t understand the difference between sex and rape: “Why say ‘no’ to forms of legally recognised co-habitation which create alternatives to the family? Why say ‘no’ to incest?” he said at a meeting of Church workers, according to a

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SJR-7 Language rejected as flawed by ultra-conservative Bork

Bilerico contributor Don Sherffick testified before the recent House Committee meeting on SJR-7, noting that the language for the flawed second paragraph of the bill originally came from an early draft of the Federal version of the amendment – a draft that was later re-written considerably. That revelation caused some comment and concern amongst committee

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Statewide religious coalition speaks out against SJR-7

From iconindiana.org: Indianapolis – The Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) today spoke out against Senate Joint Resolution 7 (SJR-7) in a letter to the Indiana General Assembly. The letter, which is signed by 130 Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals, opens with, “Our backgrounds and those of the people we serve

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Lilly Opposes SJR-7

As reported in the Indy Star (and by bilerico.com, Advance Indiana and Taking Down Words): Eli Lilly has joined several other large Indiana corporations (Cummins, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences) in opposing SJR-7, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment: “As a result of this uncertainty (over what the amendment’s impact might be,)” Murphy wrote, “some employees may choose to

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The ERA is back! Awesome!

Holy crap, I was really surprised when I read this on Shakespeare’s Sister, and then read the WaPo article: Federal and state lawmakers have launched a new drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, reviving a feminist goal that faltered a quarter-century ago when the measure did not gain the approval of three-quarters of the

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Indiana Newspapers Against SJR-7

I was in the middle of putting this post together when Bilerico beat me to it… Newspapers that have come out against the SJR-7 marriage discrimination amendment legislation: The Marion Chronicle-Tribune The Bedford Times-Mail [link deprecated: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/editorial/16859370.htm The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette ] The Indianapolis Star The Bloomington Herald-Times The Evansville Courier & Press The South

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Colts raise $20,000 for Anti-Gay Group

This is being discussed in the comments on my post on Tony Dungy – but it bears pulling up to it’s own entry – at the Indiana Family Institute Dinner, the Colts sent merchandise to be donated off in an auction, which raised $20,000 for the organization to oppose gay rights and to support SJR-7.

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House committee tables SJR-7 vote

According to Bil from Bilerico: The House Rules and Legislative Affairs committee listened to three hours of testimony regarding SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After several members of the committee commented that they’d like more time to review the testimony before voting on the matter, Chair Scott Pelath

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Tony Dungy against same-sex marriage

According to the Indianapolis Star: Colts coach Tony Dungy said he knows some people would prefer him to steer clear of the gay marriage debate, but he used a speech Tuesday night to clearly stake out his position. Dungy told more than 700 people at the Indiana Family Institute’s banquet that he agrees with that

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Why do straights hate gays?

By Larry Kramer March 20, 2007 DEAR STRAIGHT PEOPLE, Why do you hate gay people so much? Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for our country

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SJR-7 Assigned to Committee

House Joint Resolution 15 (HJR-15), the legislation formerly known as SJR-7 and the marriage discrimination amendment, has been assigned to committee in the house. It’s been placed in the House Rule and Legislative Procedures Committee. Please contact the members of this committee (information below) to oppose this legislation – for Democrats, remind them that putting

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Schoolyard Taunts

Ann Coulter on Fox News: “The word I used has nothing to do with sexual preference. It is a schoolyard taunt… It isn’t offensive to gays. It has nothing to do with gays.” As I’ve said before, there are souls out there in the universe for whom the word faggot was the last word they

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Ann Coulter Calls Candidate John Edwards a Faggot

Reported in numerous places (see video), yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (in front of a crowd that included 2008 Republican Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), former Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) as well as Vice President Dick Cheney), right-wing pundit Ann Coulter had this

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Nigerian Advisor: Same-sex relationships make you retarded

From Tide Online: About four percent of Nigerians are involved in same sex relationship, Special Adviser to the President, Prof Friday Okonofua, has said. Okonofa disclosed this at a public hearing on a bill to prohibit same sex marriage and relationship, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs, in Abuja. He said

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Apparently, I’m Chopped Liver

Hmmmm – I guess my 20,000 visitors a day don’t rate a mention on Indiana Equality’s thank you letter for the Rally organizing… Many, many other businesses, organizations and bloggers contributed greatly to Monday’s success by promoting participation in the rally. A big thanks to Advance Indiana; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

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Contacting Your Legislators about SJR-7

I’ve mentioned this several times, but it bears repeating. If you haven’t contacted your legislators about SJR-7 (or even if you already have!), you can do so in a number of ways. Two sites have easy contact forms you can use, that look up your legislators for you based on the information you provide. You

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Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House

Bias Crimes Legislation Pending Before Indiana House. Make Your Voice Heard! Tell Your State Representative why Bias Crimes legislation is good for Indiana. House Bill 1459 (Bias Crimes) authored by State Representative Greg Porter (D-Indianapolis) will be considered by the full House of Representatives during the week of February 19th. HB 1459 amends Indiana’s sentencing

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Video from the Rally

Video of the Rally and Protest outside House Speaker Pat Bauer’s office. Updated with a better copy of the video… The young man you see in the foreground here on the left is the fellow that Mark St. John grabbed by the arm and dragged out of the protest to argue about why the Democrats

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500 attend Rally, House Democrats Hide from Constitutents

About 500 people attended the Rally in the Indiana Statehouse, organized by Indiana Equality to address SJR-7, the amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and to support the hate crimes bill, which will include sexual orientation and gender identity. There were several speakers, including Candace Gingrich, lgbt civil rights activist and sister of Newt Gingrich. See

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Rally Reminder

Please don’t forget there’s a rally tomorrow against SJR-7 at the statehouse — indoors, 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the North Atrium of the Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St. (enter North Entrance, off Ohio Street). Candace Gingrich will speak at 1:40 PM. Many of you have President’s Day off tomorrow – please attend

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SJR-7 Will Eliminate Purdue’s Health Care Benefits

As Gary Welsh rightly points out in a must-read article on SJR-7 and Purdue University’s health care benefits, the infamous second paragraph of the proposed amendment will indeed eliminate health care benefits for unmarried partners that are currently used by 31 employees of the university. The question is raised in the Lafayette Journal and Courier

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‘I hate gay people,’ former Heat star Tim Hardaway declares

From the Sun-Sentinel: A week after retired center John Amaechi became the first active or former NBA player to publicly acknowledge he was gay, one of the most popular players in Heat franchise history offered a blunt view on homosexuality Wednesday during a radio interview. Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway, who had been making public

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I am Spartacus

Joining the swelling throng of people who are supporting Shakespeare’s sister since her resignation from the Edwards campaign due to the misogynist rants of William Donohue. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus. Spartacus.

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Liberals

“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did

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Melissa Resigns Too

Damn it, this sucks. Melissa’s McEwan’s statement: I regret to say that I have also resigned from the Edwards campaign. In spite of what was widely reported, I was not hired as a blogger, but a part-time technical advisor, which is the role I am vacating. I would like to make very clear that the

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Edwards Blogger Resigns

Although John Edwards decided against firing the two bloggers from his campaign that were under attack by notorious homophobe and anti-semite Bill Donohoe, one of them, Amanda Marcotte, has decided to resign anyway. Days after Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards decided against firing two liberal bloggers with a history of inflammatory writing, one resigned last

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Rally at the Statehouse – next Monday

The rally — called the “Read the Fine Print” — will feature Candace Gingrich, sister of Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. WHAT: “Read the Fine Print!” Rally at the Statehouse WHEN: Monday, February 19, 2007 from 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm (Presidents Day) WHERE: Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium, 200 W.

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Right-wing lies about SJR-7

On the opinion page of today’s Indy Star, Sheila Suess Kennedy, associate professor of law and public policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis, (and one of my neighbors – she and her husband live a couple blocks away) comments on SJR-7, the amendment to ban equal marriage rights:

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SJR-7 Passes Senate

The bill to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban Marriage Equality passed the Senate today. As Gary Welsh notes on Advance Indiana, the right-wing hate battalion have managed to achieve something that even the KKK weren’t able to do when they held total control of state government – disenfranchise an entire unfavored minority group. Here

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Queer Quotes

Why can’t they have gay people in the army? Personally, I think they are just afraid of a thousand guys with M16s going, “Who’d you call a faggot?” — Jon Stewart

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The Notorious Al-Gebra Movement

At New York’s Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher, was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said he believes the man is

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SJR-7 Passes Indiana Senate

The controversial, discriminatory Senate Joint Resolution 7 – to amend the Indiana Constitution to bar equal marriage rights – had a second reading in the Senate today, and was passed by the Senate, much to the State’s disgrace. Apparently an amendment to remove the highly ambigous second paragraph of the bill was voted down, even

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Melissa gets to keep her job

I mentioned yesterday that there was some question about whether blogger Melissa McEwan, aka Shakespeare’s Sister at the site of the same name, would get to keep her job with the John Edwards campaign after complaints from the nutty rightwing blowhards over things she’s said in the past on her personal blog. Turns out that

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Catholic League Bill Donohue Quotes

According to transcripts of his speech at Justice Sunday: The most insane idea I’ve heard in my whole life, of two men getting married, I mean – that’s something that you expect in the asylum, quite frankly. Donohue on MSNBC: Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.

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Melissa McEwan is a Goddess

One of my favorite writers is Melissa McEwan, who hosts a group blog called Shakesville – which I link to all the time here, so you should be at least familiar with it if you follow along with what I write at all. Melissa is one of the most eloquent, intelligent writers I’ve ever run

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Dan Savage Takes on Mary Cheney’s Hypocrisy

Dan Savage calls out Mary Cheney’s hypocrisy on suggesting she should be allowed privacy from media scrutiny for her decision to have a baby with her lesbian partner Heather Poe: In today’s New York Times Mary Cheney defends her decision to get her lezbo self knocked the fuck up. Like her father, Mary Cheney believes

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My Thoughts on SJR-7

The SJR-7 legislation to amend the Indiana constitution is going to be heard in committee tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The committee will meet in the Senate Chambers – 3rd floor of the Indiana Statehouse (200 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis). Everyone is invited to attend – a good crowd against the legislation will make

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“What You People Should Do”

I’m shamelessly cribbing this post by Chris Douglas from bilerico.com, because it’s so true and bears repeating in as many places as possible — so hopefully people like RiShawn Biddle with see it. As long as we’re contemplating the advice from the straight community about the strategy employed by various sectors of the gay community,

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Retrofitting with Square Wheels

One of my favorite writers, Ian Williams, has this to say in a recent blog post: There are three issues, for me, that bear specific importance to the survival of my family: drastically reducing our carbon output, jumpstarting research on stem cells, and securing ALL loose nuclear materials in the world. If we make headway

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bilerico’s new policy

I read with excitement this piece on Bilerico.com: Looking at last year’s news cycle, one option had a high degree of success at influencing voters’ behavior, setting back a large segment of the conservative movement, and generally providing a modicum of entertainment value for the masses. What was it? “Outing” the hypocrite. Think Ted Haggard

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Rishawn Biddle and Questions on Hate Crimes

Over on the Expresso blog, Rishawn Biddle asks this question regarding the current hate crimes legislation in the house. 3.) Can the supporters of the hate crimes penalities proposed in House Bill 1459 muster up evidence that gays are being murdered or assaulted at any higher rate than the rest of the population? More importantly,

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Rally at the Indiana Statehouse to Oppose SJR-7

A while back, I wrote about SJR-7, the bill to amend the Indiana constitution to eliminate equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, and I urged people to contact the legislators responsible for this atrocious piece of legislation. Well, there’s more you can do. Indiana Equality is organizing a rally at the State House to oppose

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John Edwards Evoke Martin Luther King

Excerpt from John Edward’s speech in New York: Forty years ago, almost to the month, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at this pulpit, in this house of God, and with the full force of his conscience, his principles and his love of peace, denounced the war in Vietnam, calling it a tragedy

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A Letter to John Edwards on Marriage Equality

A letter written by the very wise Pam Spaulding on Pam’s House Blend (link has been deprecated) is a great help in sorting out the marriage equality issue for fair-minded people, so I’m reprinting it here in full… Dear John Edwards, I have read about some comments you made recently in New Hamphire about marriage

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John Edwards is using Act Blue for Fundraising

That’s pretty cool that John Edward’s campaign website collects contributions by connecting to ActBlue, the website that raises money for democratic candidates. I used Act Blue to solicit campaign contributions during the last election, and found them to be well organized and easy to set up. I like Edward’s website as well; very nicely done.

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Bush Makes with the Crazy Talk

The Washington Post has a recent interview with Bush in which he, um, talks more crazy than his usual batch. Check out these: As he searches for a new strategy for Iraq, Bush has now adopted the formula advanced by his top military adviser to describe the situation. “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” Bush

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UK Terror Plot – charges dropped on key suspect

Here’s one I’ll bet you don’t hear in the news — and I’m sure it won’t be noted on certain local blogs at all. One of the key suspects in the “War on Liquids on a Plane” boondoggle of August was released due to lack of evidence. A Pakistani judge has ruled there is not

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The Catholic Church Has a New Policy on Gay People

This happened earlier in the week, but I haven’t had time to address it before now. If you know me, you know I grew up Catholic and have had somethings to say in the past about the Catholic Church and their behavior towards gay people. Catholic Bishops have officially approved new guidelines concerning ministry to

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Note to the Media: The Democrats haven’t even taken power yet

Apparently the right-wing biased mainstream media is busy chortling and high-fiving because soon to be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had some tough leadership elections. Here’s what the Washington Post is saying: The new House speaker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, had a disastrous post-election week in which her first priority seemed to be settling scores

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Say what?

From Bush’s Radio Address this weekend: Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war. “Even in a time of war”? – Like there was a possibility that we wouldn’t?

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House District 97 Vote Recounts

Taking Down Words gives a nice run-down of what’s going on in my district with the “still-up-in-the-air-due-to-polling-screw-ups” race between Mahern and Elrod, who are just 65 votes apart. Seems that the touch-screen voting stations available at each of the polling places weren’t counted, and the state has just now decided to turn them on and

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Four Indianapolis Races Affected by Missing Votes

According to the Indianapolis Star: Sadler said vote tally cards from 66 precincts remain out or have been misplaced with other election material. Election workers are searching for those documents this morning. She said the initial emphasis is on the 27 precincts that are involved in the four tight races. Sadler said that voting machines

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On the subject of gloating

Keep in mind what the GOP said after the 2004 elections (hat tip to several blogs for pointing this out): DeLay himself drew the line sharply the day after the 2004 elections. “The Republican Party is a permanent majority for the future of this country,” DeLay declared. “We’re going to be able to lead this

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Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning! Oklahoma! Soundtrack Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow, The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, An’ it looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky. Chorus: Oh what

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I voted

First time I’ve voted in the new neighborhood – at the Old Centrum church on 12th and Central. It’s a bit easier to get into and park than the firestation I used to vote at. Jon Elrod was there, as well as one of Mahern’s nephews, handing out campaign literature. I forgot to wear my

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Tomorrow is Election Day

Please remember – The polls close at 6 p.m. in Indiana, so vote early! Try to vote before work or at lunch. People often skip voting in mid-term elections, which is unfortunate since they tend to have a much greater impact on your daily life than the national elections. If you don’t know who your

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Bush publishes info on how to build a Nuke

From the New York Times: Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to “leverage the Internet” to find new evidence of the prewar dangers

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Drinking Liberally Election Night Party

Drinking Liberally Election Night Party Election Night — Tuesday, 11/7 6pm-whenever Spencer’s Stadium Tavern 802 S. West St (SW Corner of West & McCarty) Drinking Liberally Indianapolis is having a special “Election Night” edition of their regular weekly gathering (usually held on Thursday nights, but switched to Tuesday this week for the election.) I haven’t

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A Commonplacebook Candidate Endorsements

These are Marion County, Indiana Democratic candidates who have shown strong stances and leadership on progressive issues including improving education, finding health care solutions for all Hoosiers, property tax reform and equality for GLBT citizens. I’ve personally shaken hands with all of these candidates at one time or another and discussed issues with them. I

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Blogger Forum with Progressive Candidates

I attended a blogger forum at lunch to day, where three local progressive candidates for office met with local bloggers to answer questions and talk about their political issues and campaigns. The candidates were: Russell Brown ( Democratic candidate, Senate District 31) Dr. David Orentlicher (Democratic Representative, House District 86) John Barnes (Democratic candidate, House

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Eric Dickerson’s not just slinging Mud

Indy Star Matt Tully’s analysis of the recent polling in the Carson/Dickerson battle for made my jaw drop in shock: No mudslinging: Carson took hard personal shots at Dickerson last month, but the Republican remained positive. He knows there is nothing to gain by trading potshots and respectfully argues that Carson’s time as an effective

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Mark Foley blames crimes on being abused

Priest comes forward to tell of his inappropriate behavior with Mark Foley when Foley was young. Let me make it really clear: I was not molested as a kid. Most of my gay friends were never molested as kids. I have several friends who were molested. Some of them are straight and some are gay,

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People You Meet While Gardening

I met two interesting people this weekend while planting bulbs in my front yard. One of the is our neighbor, Craig, who owns the house to the north of us, and is moving back in. He’s not new to our neighborhood — his family has owned the house for decades — but he’s just now

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Marriage, children and equal rights

Good As You presents an especially apt point about the fallaciousness of the “reserving marriage for the nuturing of children” argument: Hmm..you know why the judges “ignored is that marriage is not primarily about adults; marriage is about the nurturing and development of children?” Because marriage certificates don’t legalize unions with the caveat that those

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Mark Foley, and “real” gay relationships

In an opinion piece for the LA Times, Michelangelo Signorile says that the media should have “outed” Mark Foley as gay soon after his hypocritcal votes in favor of anti-gay legislation. I agree with Signorile about “outing” hypocritical public figures, and always have. But there’s something else in the article that I wanted to highlight…

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A snippet of brilliance from Shakespeare’s Sister

From the comments on this post about feminism — this statement, that is one of those “yes, that’s what I feel too, if only the thought had come out fully formed, but it didn’t” for me. It’s a little nuance thing, but makes a huge difference. If I post on a t-shirt that I find

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What flavor of crack do you think these guys are smoking?

From an article on BBC News: Air passengers ‘could be tagged’ Electronically tagging passengers at airports could help the fight against terrorism, scientists have said. The prototype technology is to be tested at an airport in Hungary, and could, if successful, become a reality “in two years”. The work is being carried out at a

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Friends of Tom Delay plan attack ads on behalf of Indiana’s Chris Chocola

Associates of disgraced former house majority leader Tom Delay are funding attack ads under the name “Americans for Honesty” for nine Republican congressional candidates in embattled districts, including on behalf of Representative Chris Chocola of Indiana, according to the New York Times. A previously unknown group led by a Republican political consultant in Houston is

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Susan Fuldauer Fundraiser

We are strapped for cash and time, so we can’t go to this, but I wanted to be sure to pass it along because it’s an EXCELLENT cause… Get tickets to this event to raise money for Susan Fuldauer. You will get food, drink, comedy and the pleasure that your donation is going toward removing

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Drive In Upset by Daylight Savings Time

A photo from an northern Indiana Drive-in, passed along by Taking Down Words. That’s an aspect of the Daylight Savings debate that I never took into account before — how it affects Drive Ins, who now have to start movies an hour later than before.

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What Liberals Believe

Liberalism is defined in the Chicago Tribune by Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago. (via Shakespeare’s Sister.) The article in full — For most of the past four decades, liberals have been in retreat. Since the election of Richard Nixon in 1968, Republicans have controlled the White House 70 percent

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Ben Stein is fucking batshit crazy

Former Nixon speechwriter and Ferris Bueller actor Ben Stein weighs in on the Foley scandal in the American Spectator, illustrating that he’s not only homophobic as hell, but off his damned rocker. We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party,

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Simply Naughty Emails

The White House referred to Republican Representative Mark Foley’s sexual contact with underage congressional pages as “simply naughty emails.” SNOW: Yes, look, I hate to tell you, but it’s not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill. And there have been other scandals, as you know, that have been more than simply naughty e-mails. Does

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Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey’s Book

From “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Top Ten Lists: 10. “The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself” 9. “How to Pretend to Like Girls for 47 Years” 8. “From Schwarzenegger to Pataki: Governors I’d Like to Oil Up” 7. “Another Confession – I Can’t Resist Entenmann’s Pound Cake” 6. “At First I Just Thought

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How long before I get “disappeared”?

Today, the Senate approved the president’s new Torture and Unlimited Detention bill, legalizing torture and permanent detention of “enemy combatants” as well as allowing a broad definition of who fits that description, granting the President sweeping new powers. The bill suspends habeas corpus, and allows the President to decide who is an “enemy combatant” and

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Torture in the name of the USA and Jesus Christ

Regarding all the recent back and forth regarding what the definition of “torture” is and what the Geneva Conventions mean, and whether we should be engaging in torture or “coercive interrogation” — here’s my two cents, for what they’re worth. 1. If you wouldn’t allow someone to do it to your own kids, it’s torture.

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The “dangerous” gay community

From today’s Indianapolis Star: But lawmakers and judges are a different matter. Legislators have been carrying guns into the Capitol for years, exercising what they say is their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Twenty-five of Indiana’s 150 senators and representatives had permits to carry concealed weapons in 2003, according to a study published by

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Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat

From the New York Times: WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks. The classified National Intelligence

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The Hugo Chavez Book Club

When Hugo Chavez spoke to the United Nations on Wednesday, calling George W. Bush “the devil,” he help up a copy of MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky’s “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” and recommended it to the General Assembly and the American people. “The people of the United States should read this

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The purser wants you to stop that

New Yorker article on a gay couple who were ordered to stop kissing on an airplane: Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said. “I opened my eyes and was, like, ‘Stop what?’ ” Varnier recalled

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Indy Undercover

I mentioned Indy Undercover on IndyScribe, but I’ve now read several of the posts, and want to comment here on it separately. Indy Undercover a site about law enforcement issues in Indianapolis, purportedly written by an law enforcement officer. It’s getting lots of traffic and comments from other people who claim to be law enforcement

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Bad Identity Data Follows You Around

Boing Boing details an example of the kind of personal data mining problems I discussed in my review of No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society. One of their readers explains his problem: What, precisely, did it turn up? Ah, the woman could not tell me that, because she herself

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Polar bears drown amid Arctic thaw

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters, Via Scotman.com News: OSLO (Reuters) – Polar bears are drowning and receding Arctic glaciers have uncovered previously unknown islands in a drastic 2006 summer thaw widely blamed on global warming. Signs of wrenching changes are apparent around the Arctic region due to unusual warmth — the summer minimum for

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Rosie O’Donnell and Christian Terror Cells in the US

The American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Faith and Action and World Net Daily are all busy bashing Rosie O’Donnell for saying “Radical Christians are no different than murderous radical Muslims.” God damn it. What she said is way tamer than what I said in the recent past with a big fat list of

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Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote!

In all the recent hullabaloo surrounding the GOP purging voter rolls in Indiana, it turns out that although I returned my postcard with my corrected new address on it promptly, my voter registration was not updated. I talked to at least one other person who discovered that they are no longer registered to vote either

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More Gatsby

“Self-control!” Repeated Tom incredulously. “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out. . . . Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and

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Ann Richards

Former Texas Governor Ann Richards died. That’s too bad, I really loved her. She was an excellent person. “I did not want my tombstone to read, ‘She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ‘She opened government to everyone.’”

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Princeton Researchers Break Voting Machine Security

Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy have proven that they can easily, undetectibly hack Diebold voting machines and alter votes and the outcome of elections, and they’re publishing a paper on their findings. Abstract This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We

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Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs

Via my friend Ian at [Link deprecated: http://www.socialoracle.com/node/538] Social Oracle, this CNN article: WASHINGTON (AP) — Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it

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Journalist under criminal charges for filming Katrina evacuees

A journalist and a TV producer working on a piece about Katrina refugees have been charged with the crime of videotaping a “critical national security structure” in Louisiana… Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree: On August 22, for LinkTV and Democracy Now! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a

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War’s Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says

article on the Washington Post: “They can’t beat us in a stand-up fight — they never have — but they’re absolutely convinced they can break our will, [that] the American people don’t have the stomach for the fight,” Cheney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The vice president said U.S. allies in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Brad Pitt: I’ll marry when everyone can

via Shakesville, this article on Yahoo: “Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able,” the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19. That is pretty awesome. I have to admit that at each of the three

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Secret Cameras in Downtown Indianapolis

With a WISH-TV headline like “Secret Cameras Could Help Keep Indianapolis Safe” — gee, I don’t know what I’m supposed to think about that. I guess, maybe I should feel safer? Whereas the alternate headline “Secret Cameras Could Help Keep Indianapolis Under the Thumb of Big Brother” would be equally accurate, but I guess it

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ABC’s false “Docudrama”

The ABC television network unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama” called “The Path to 9/11”. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission Report”. That’s false. “The

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Fighting Terror with Anti-Terror

Bruce Schneier says what I’ve been saying since day one of the London Terror Plot, only more eloquently. Perhaps he wasn’t burdened with someone poking him with a sharp stick constantly. Another thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that the British government arrested the 23 suspects without fanfare. Imagine that the TSA and its European

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Picking apart Gary Welsh’s coverage

Gary Welsh has a blog post about a recent Washington Post article on the London Terror Plot, in which he takes the opportunity to make some swipes at my blog posts about the event. “While many bloggers opposed to President Bush’s policies for fighting the war on terror scoffed at initial reports that Islamic terrorists

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Democracy in Iraq is a fading idea

(Via Shakespeare’ Sister). In a NY Times article on the increased violence in Iraq, and the looming shadow of a civil war there, this revelation shows up at the very end — Bush officials are preparing to abandon the idea of a democracy for the country. Bush administration officials now admit that Iraqi government’s original

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Chemist on the implausibility of the chemical bomb

I knew an analysis like this one would come along sooner or later — a chemist examines the implausibility of taking a chemical bomb on board an airplane and actually having a “successful” event with it. He believes it’s pretty implausible — for a liquid substance especially, because of the instabilities of the liquids. But

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Fear Itself

From Kung Fu Monkey, via Masson’s Blog: FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel? CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep

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Airports give 11 cases of unopened deodorants to homeless

According to CNN, “Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport planned to give 11 boxes of surrendered items to the city’s human services department, which will give the unopened bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and other items to homeless shelters.” Okay, this shit makes no damned sense whatsoever. If this stuff is potentially explosive, why give it to

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Daily Show: Terror Threat #1…Indiana!

Here’s a show for all you guys who think we’re in such terrible danger — a little examination of all the terrorist targets in the state of Indiana, as reported by our crack team of Department of Homeland Security staffers. Gotta protect those pie-giving angels of Indiana!

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Terrorists Plotting

And this funny is from today’s Wondermark comic: See all the panels on his site. Because keeping grandma from Illinois from carrying her water bottle on the plane is really gonna stop some terrorist activity. Also banning executives from carrying laptops and books on the plane, too, which are part of the air restrictions in

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iPods and Gatorade

From CNN: CNN: “Terrorists planned to use MP3 players and energy drinks to blow up as many as 10 jetliners bound for the United States, authorities said Thursday. A senior congressional source said it’s believed the plotters planned to mix a ‘British version of Gatorade’ with a gel-like substance to make an explosive that they

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Welcome to the party, kids.

According to WISH-TV: House Republicans want Indiana to lead the way in alternative fuels INDIANAPOLIS House Republicans announced a plan today they say will help Indiana lead the way in alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. House Republican challengers and incumbents met this morning near the Indiana State Fairgrounds to release their plan for

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“mass murder on an unimaginable scale”

WTF does that mean? Seriously. I’m reading this article on the latest “terror plot” from the BBC News, and UK Officials are providing absolutely no details whatsoever about what the plot actually was, how close it came to being implemented, what kinds of weapons were involved — nothing, but hyperbole and jacked up security regulations.

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“I’m not a bigot”

Via the Consumerist, this incredibly funny quote: Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be “promoted” as what is the norm for society. Shorter: “I am not a basher or a bigot, however, I am a basher and

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Christian terrorist says Gays have sex with infants

A few days ago, Guy Adams, Deputy National Grassroots Director of RenewAmerica appeared on the right wing talk show of fundamentalist activist Stacey Harp, and during the interview, committed blood libel against gay Americans. Pam’s House Blend summarizes some of what was said: * Gays have sex with infants (He says its “The New trend”)

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Freedom From Religion

From Good As You: I mean just the other day this was chatting with this Jewish friend of mine who keeps kosher, and he was all like, ” Ya know, my religious beliefs tell me that consuming pork is not in my best interest, so I think I’m gonna take that belief to the public,

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Prize for killing gay people

Via Good As You: Just a month before the 2006 WorldPride Parade is scheduled to be held in Jerusalem (Aug. 6-12), protest flyers are reportedly being distributed to residents of the capital city offering a cash reward to “anyone who brings about the death of one of the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah.” I haven’t

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AFA Sues Michigan State To Block Same-Sex Benefits

Advance Indiana comments on a recently announce lawsuit from the American Family Association — suing to block same-sex couples from receiving university health care benefits on the basis of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages. I’m blogging this specifically for my mom and other family members — THIS IS THE REASON THESE BANS ARE SO DANGEROUS.

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Freedom From Religion – Jewish family flees Delaware school district’s aggressive Christianity

This news article about a Jewish family being harassed “Jewish family flees Delaware school district’s aggressive Christianity” is a great example of why our first amendment is supposed to guarantee not just freedom of religion, but also freedom from it. A large Delaware school district promoted Christianity so aggressively that a Jewish family felt it

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Quotes

“… because we watched a debate from the House of Representatives about the Iraq Resolution, and it did seem like – you ever been to Trafalgar Square, where they have the, uh, speaker’s corner where, like, crazy people get up on a box, and go, “Harrumph! And Roosevelt stole my couch!” You know, that kind

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Christian Terrorist Cells in the USA

This week’s Top 10 Conservative Idiots, No. 249 has a nice roundup of recent domestic terrorist incidents perpetrated by Christian Terrorists within the United States. They gathered the list to contrast with the silly drum-banging that the Bush Administration did recently about the so-called Muslim terrorist cell from Miami — the guys who had no

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Recommended Reading

One of my very favorite sites is Good As You — it’s a website that keeps up with GLBT news and provides analysis and witty commentary on same. They keep track of what the religious right is saying about us and provide hilarious and logically directed commentary about why they’re wrong. Every day I find

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Political Compass 2006

From the OK Cupid site. (Note that I was not on the site for dating purposes.) You are a Social Liberal (88% permissive) and an… Economic Liberal (26% permissive) You are best described as a: Strong Democrat Link: The Politics Test on Ok CupidAlso: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test Here’s a previous political compass I

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Bush chastizes blind guy for wearing sunglasses

In case you missed it, yesterday Bush was taking questions in the Rose Garden after his recent Wag the Dog visiting Iraq stunt, and he stopped to give a reporter a hard time for wearing sunglasses while asking him a question. Turns out the reporter is blind. Not the first time the president has made

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A Priceless Quote

Regarding the same-sex marriage ban: “I don’t believe there’s any issue that’s more important than this one,” said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. Note where the guy is from — a state who’s citizens are still displaced all over the country, who had a major U.S. city destroyed last year.

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Drinking Liberally: Indianapolis

Great idea — Drinking Liberally: “An informal, inclusive progressive drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come

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Video Game encouraging killing gay people

A description of the new “Left Behind” video game, based on the series of books, the game will be release in October 0f 2006, just in time for Christmas. The synopsis is from the “Talk to Action” website. The game has been previewed at video game exhibitions. Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a

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What the NSA Data Mining really means

Graphpaper.com has an interesting series of articles on what the real implications of the NSA datamining program really are for average Americans and their privacy and freedom from government abuse. The polls are showing that people seem unconcerned about data mining — until they actually have data mining explained to them, and they start to

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Gay People in Iraq sentenced to Death

From the Times Online UK: THE death threat was delivered to Karazan’s father early in the morning by a masked man wearing a police uniform. The scribbled note was brief. Karazan had to die because he was gay. In the new Baghdad, his sexuality warranted execution by the religious militias. The father was told that

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The Handmaid’s Tale springs to life?

According to the Washington Post: Forever Pregnant Guidelines: Treat Nearly All Women as Pre-Pregnant New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves — and to be treated by the health care system — as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon. Among other things, this

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Adoption

Salon has an interesting article on a new book about women who gave up their children for adoption prior to Roe V. Wade: Ann Fessler’s The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade Spirited away under the pretense of an illness

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The NSA has your phone records

I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but in case you haven’t — as USA Today and hundreds of other media outlets are reporting, several major phone companies, including AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, turned over all of their customer phone records to the NSA — affecting tens of millions of Americans. They turned over ALL their

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Alabama needs better sex ed classes. Seriously.

The website goodasyou.com pointed out an anti-gay “sex-ed” (no actual education included) pamphlet distributed by an Alabama Middle School that has a quote that literally made me snort soda out of my nose a few minutes ago. These same sex “unions” cannot provide an adequate means of achieving a genuine physical relationship with another human

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Julia Carson and Fall Creek Place

I can’t believe that I forgot, in my endorsement of Julia Carson, to mention her involvement with developing Fall Creek Place neighborhood — the now thriving neighborhood just north of mine, that is the threshold of an urban renaissance for downtown Indianapolis. Julia was instrumental not only in getting the federal funding to revitalized the

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The controversial post about 7th district candidate Kris Kiser

If you’ve been following local politics at all, you may have noticed this little dust-up. Democratic candidate for congress Kris Kiser threatened legal action against a local political blog for a post one of their contributors made about him, alleging some shadiness about his personal life and business dealings when he lived (recently) in Washington

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Karen Celestino-Horseman for Judge

Karen Celestino-Horseman is a former member of the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council, and she’s running for a position as Marion County Superior Court Judge. Please consider voting for her in the upcoming May 2nd primary. In 2002, (then City-County Councilor) Karen Celestino-Horseman introduced Proposal 278, which would have provided domestic partner benefits to Indianapolis

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Ectopic Pregnancies and Pro Life Stances

The New York Times covers the state of affairs in El Salvador, where ectopic pregancies (where the egg becomes embedded in the fallopian tube, rather than the uterus) cannot be terminated “until fetal death or a rupture of the fallopian tube.” When you read a bit more about them, it becomes apparent that ectopic pregnancies

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Stuff we could have bought with Iraq War money

Courtesy my friend Lori — this link to Something Awful’s list of stuff we could have purchased with the money we’ve spend blowing the crap out of Iraq. Like…. 454 of the Tallest Building in the United States more than 80,000 of the world’s biggest truck 156,250 episodes of Arrested Development 298,412,466 Sony Wega 23″

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How to Evaluate Candidate’s Stands on the issues

On Bilerico, Sheila Kennedy provides a great checklist of things to think about when candidates start talking about their pet issue this campaign season. Read the whole post (it’s great!) but here are the highlights: when Congressional candidate A unveils his “Major Initiative to Solve the Boll Weevil Problem,” I suggest the following four questions

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Salon’s Election 2008 analysis of Clinton and other democrats

Salon’s interesting article “The Hillary Juggernaut” gives some strong reasons why Clinton will be the democratic candidate to beat in 2008: But otherwise, you will face in Hillary the most formidable presidential front-runner in modern political history. (And, yes, I am counting George W. Bush in 2000.) Here are 10 reasons why the junior senator

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“All Televisions Tuned to Fox News”

No wonder the Vice President is so out of touch with reality — check out his “tour rider” from the Smoking Gun — the list of demands he has of hotels when he travels. Item #6 – “All Televisions Tuned to Fox News” Wouldn’t want to accidentally hear what real people have to say about

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Conservatives were cry-baby children

That’s just too funny for words: Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from

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Rabbi: Bird Flu Caused by Gays

Yet another natural disaster being blamed on us for no conceivable reason whatsoever: AN outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God’s punishment for calls in election ads to legalise gay marriages, according to Rabbi David Basri, a prominent sage preaching Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. “The Bible says that God punishes depravity first through

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The Soulforce Equality Riders Arrested at Falwell’s “Liberty” University

I mentioned the planned Equality Rides a few weeks ago — modeled after the student “Freedom Riders” of the 1960s who travelled around to centers of intolerance and bigotry, these students are traveling to Universities and military institutions that ban LGBT students. Yesterday, 20 equality ride students were arrested at Jerry Fallwell’s “Liberty” University. LYNCHBURG,

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e-mail – a tool for good, and for evil

Every once it a while, you get an e-mail that’s so shocking that it could either destroy your soul, or make you a completely better person. Recently I got blind carbon-copied on an exchange a friend of mine had with “respected activist” Marla Randolph Stevens, a former resident of Indiana and former “political activist” here

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Advance Indiana, Carson’s Challenger, and Ted Fleischaker

Julia Carson is facing a democratic challenger to her office — a gay man, Kris Kiser, with very little political experience. Much of the GLBT community supports Carson, who has been a friend of ours politically and gone to bat on gay issues with no hesitancy whatsoever. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

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Republican Spyware

Stallio! has a great post on how the Republican party is handing out CDs that will illegally collect your personal data and stash it at an insecure location. He covers the topic pretty well, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to repeat the whole thing. Beware of Republicans bearing gifts.

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Photos of the Black Civil Rights Movement

The Birmingham News discovers in its archives dozens of old, previously unpublished photographs from the black civil rights movement. Very cool. Check out the pictures of the freedom riders, and also see the protests at Birmingham high schools when black students enrolled. This is the kind of stuff that people need to see to understand

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Troops don’t know why they’re in Iraq

Zogby conducted a poll of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, on a number of different subjects. What jumped out at me is this paragraph, though… The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat

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AFA boycotting Desperate Housewives

The American Family Association is urging a boycott of Desperate Housewives. Of course my response to TV censorship is always “unplug the TV” — but this time the nutjobs are addressing my retort: Some people have said to pro-family viewers who dislike indecent network TV programming simply to turn it off, Wildmon notes. In response,

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Here, here! Well-spoken, Bruce!

From a discussion being held by The Poor Man Institute with a wingnut: The loyalty “owed” a President, or any government official, or any policy of the same, by a private citizen, is this much loyalty: zero. Let me say that again: the loyalty I, or you, or anyone “owes” to someone in the government,

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The Myth of Big Government Liberals

Atrios has a dead-on post about the myth of “Big Goverment Liberals.” I don’t know any “big government liberals” in the sense that Andy means. I don’t know anybody who gets a stiffy at the thought of raising taxes and increasing government spending as a share of GDP just for the hell of it. Liberals

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Laurel Hester Dies

Laurel Hester, the New Jersey woman who fought to get her pension awarded to her female partner died yesterday. She succeeded in making sure that her partner Stacie Andree was able to receive her money and keep their family home, after a long legal battle with county officials.

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Johnny Weir Dodges the Gay Question

Johnny’s flamboyant, but he’s not officially out… “I think it’s funny that people care,” Weir said before ultimately placing fourth. “I don’t have a problem with people saying anything. People could be saying, ‘Oh, let’s poll about Bode Miller. Let’s poll about Michelle Kwan being a lesbian. It’s not a big deal. Who I sleep

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Costs $363.8 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were nearly twice as high as a government estimate made last year, an independent commission said on Tuesday. A University of California commission of military experts said it cost at least $363.8 million to implement the

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2008 GOP Convention in Indianapolis?

The [link deprecated: http://www2.indystar.com/articles/1/243304-2091-127.html] Indy Star reports that our fair metropolis is on the list of cities invited to bid to host the 2008 GOP Convention. Requirements: we have to foot the bill for security. God no. Please no. I’d rather gargle with motor oil than pay for security for wingnuts. Oh, wait. Can I

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LGBTQ Youth Equality Ride Across the U.S.

During March and April The Soulforce Equality Ride will be visiting 19 religious and military schools to give voice to those who can not speak up themselves because of oppressive school policies. Many of these schools expell lgbtq students who come out or are outed. At military and religious colleges around the nation, bans on

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More Abu Graib Photos

For quite some time, the Bush Administration has been withholding the worst of the photos of torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Graib prison, citing concerns about sparking more terrorism if they release the photos. The courts have ordered the remaining photos released by the White House keeps stalling. I think they’re more worried about

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Political Sites I Like

If you’re looking for intelligent stuff about Indiana politics, these guys are great: http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/ http://www.masson.us/blog/ http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/ And on a national level: http://www.democraticunderground.com/ http://www.goodasyou.org/ http://americablog.blogspot.com/ http://www.biggaypicture.com/ http://atrios.blogspot.com/

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Photos of the Rally at the Statehouse

Marti has photos of yesterday’s Rally at the statehouse, [link deprecated: http://statehouse.transadvocate.com/] from beginning to end. There’s apparently some question of the number of attendees. Fortunately, I know how to count, so I think we can solve the mystery.

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I heart Fafblog

Fafblog is smart and cute. I want to be BFF with Fafblog. Q. Can the president spy on Americans without a warrant? A. The president has to spy on Americans without a warrant! We’re at war, and the president’s gotta defend America, and he’s not gonna wait for a permission slip from a judge or

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When you pay attention to work, you miss all the good stuff

For the past couple days, StAllio! has been covering a fun controversy brewing in Indiana politics concerning the “Bloody 8th” congressional district race between Republican incumbent and right-wing loony John Hostetler, and his hottie Democrat opponent, Sheriff Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth’s daughter is an IU student, and happened to have a facebook page where she’s alleged

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President Washington Used Electronic Wiretaps

“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.” — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales while testifying before congress on illegal wiretapping No, I’m not shitting you, he really said that, and you can see the video yourself. Can I also point out that aside from the

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Georgia Vegan Protestors Arrested for writing down License Plate

In Georgia, the Department of Homeland Security was conducting surveillance of anti-war rallies and vegan protests. At the vegan protest, Caitlin Childs, a vegetarian activist, realized that she was under surveillance and wrote down the license place of the DHS agent who was monitoring her. She was then arrested for doing so. Note, this is

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Bush illegal spying finds nothing of value

According to the Washington Post: Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies

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Congress blocked from Wikipedia

My brother Scott sent me this dandy link to a page on Wikipedia detailing a problem they’ve had with our elected officials. Seems some of the folks inside the beltway have been vandalizing wikipedia pages by replacing their own politician’s pages with slick PR copy, while trashing their opponents pages with derogatory, and sometimes obscene

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Indiana Lobbying Reform Bill dies

Gary at Advance Indiana has an excellent post on the lobbying reform bill that just died in Indiana’s legislature. Indiana has a serious loophole in it’s lobbying laws that allow what amounts to corruption on the part of many lobbyists, including right-wing homophobe Eric Miller. Check out Gary’s article to get up to speed on

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Here Is The Big Gay Agenda

I’ve seen humorous takes on “The Gay Agenda” before… in fact I have an example of it on my site. But this recent column from the San Francisco Gate is nicely written: Do you want to know the real gay agenda, what 96.8 percent of all gay couples wish for every single day including Sunday?

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Human Rights Ordinance Elimination Bill Withdrawn

Representative Thompson withdrew his amendment today to House Bill 1010 which would have eliminated local human rights protections in cities throughout Indiana. The House reconvened at 1:30 pm today. Rep Thompson withdrew his amendment and the House was recessed until 5:30pm tonight. This amendment may be only temporarily dead; it could still be attached to

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FISA is a SECRET Court

Alberto Gonzales just claimed that the Bush Administration shouldn’t have to get warrants to spy on American citizens because “we’re at war, and there has to be a measure of secrecy.” But the court they get the warrants from, the FISA court, is a SECRET court. They have top-secret clearances, and everything is done quickly

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Chris Matthews is also a homophobe

Chris Matthews also had this to say about the movie Brokeback Mountain on the Don Imus radio show: MATTHEWS (1/18/06): Have you gone to see it yet? I’ve seen everything else but that. I just— IMUS: No, I haven’t seen it. Why would I want to see that? MATTHEWS: I don’t know. No opinion on

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Osama bin Laden still alive, Chris Matthews is a jerk.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that a tape has surfaced of Osama bin Laden’s voice, indicating that he’s still alive. That was probably quite a blow to the Bush White House, because they’ve been quietly planting the story about that he died in December… Christian Science Monitor, 12/21/2005: US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said

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Bush Asks for Google Users Personal Search Information

And if the last story wasn’t enough to make want to laugh and cry at the same time, try this one: not content with fumbling the ball in Iraq and listening in on you while you talk to your family members in England, the Bush Administration is demanding Google’s search records, according to numerous news

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Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

The site American Rhetoric displays the text and audio of America’s famous speeches, including this farewell speech by Dwight Eisenhower, delivered three days before the end of his presidency, that is attracting renewed interest due to the documentary film by Eugene Jarecki “Why We Fight.” In the councils of government, we must guard against the

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Illegal wiretaps gained no successful information at all

According to the New York Times, today: WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 – In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check

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More Indiana State Legislature Attacks on Gay People

Bills that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered folks in Indiana: Preference of Marriage Bills House Bill 1335 (Preference for marriage over other relationships) and House Bill 1202 (Preference for marriage; instruction by schools) – Introduced by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) These two bills, would have Indiana law declare that marriage is preferred, encouraged, and

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Are we in more danger today than our founding fathers were?

Al Gore makes a damned good point in his recent speech… our founding fathers were tough enough to fight for our country without compromising freedom, so why are we doing it now? Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote:

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Bite me, George

“I expect there to be an honest debate about Iraq… people can help by making sure the tone of this debate is respectful and is mindful about what messages out of the country can do for morale of our troops… One way people can help as we’re coming down the pike in the 2006 elections

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The Book of Daniel

Man, you ignore political news for one day around here, and the shit hits the fan. Everyone’s talking about the Terre Haute TV station that’s refusing to air the NBC TV show “The Book of Daniel.” that premieres tomorrow night. I hadn’t even heard of it, and had to go look up what all the

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The Truth Comes Out: NSA spying on Christiane Amanpour

Reporters are starting to ask the question… have they been spied in these illegal wiretaps that were done without warrants or judicial oversite. And specifically, one journalist’s name has come up as having been monitored — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Americablog.com examines what the ramifications of that might be. NBC confirms that they’re investigating whether Amanpour

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Bloggers publishing leaked torture memos

Bloggers around the world are reprinting and publishing leaked memos from former UK ambassador Craig Murray, who divulged information on secret torture programs in Uzbekistan the benefit the United States and the UK. Boing Boing has a complete post on the subject, including links to the leaked memos, and information on a woman who was

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More Tom Delay Scandals

From MSNBC.com: The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group. Two former associates

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how much brush is on that ranch, anyway?

From three recent White Houlse press briefings: December 27 Good morning. Let me update you on the President’s schedule. Yesterday, after arriving, he went out and did some cutting and clearing brush, and then was at his home on the ranch. December 28 The President had his normal intelligence and daily briefings this morning, and

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Nature’s Harmonious Money Cycle

Fafblog explains how trickle-down economics work for you: That’s right! You’re the tiny microscopic planktony thing about to get eaten by the octopus! You’re right next to the leprechaun with the magical pot of pixie gold who’s gonna pay down the national debt. So if you’re feelin cold, sick and hungry this winter while Larry

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Buy Blue Local

Buyblue.org is setting up local chapters to help gather data and spread information on Democrat friendly local businesses. You can contact them if you are interested in setting up a buy blue local group in your area.

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The NonSequitur

My new favorite political blog is The NonSequitur — a blog run by Logic professors that analyze failure of reasoning and logical fallacies of right-wing pundits. Found via one of my other favorite blogs, Americablog.com. I also discovered that Overheard in New York, a site the recounts funny conversations that people overhear, is now a

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Indiana Bill Watch

If you’re at all curious about the Indiana State Legislature, you may find the Bill Watch section of the state’s website interesting. It posts text of the bills that are currently being considered in the State legislature. You can also search for particular bills if you know the number if them, and do keyword searches.

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blowing up commuter trains, weddings, and churches?

Really? When did this happen? In Crawford, Texas, where Bush is spending the holidays, his spokesman, Trent Duffy, defended what he called a “limited program.” “This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner,” he told reporters. “These are designed to monitor calls

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Cool bumperstickers and magnets

I clicked through an ad from my site to the Pro-Democrat Progressive Anti-Right Wing Products and had a fun time looking around, so I thought I’d give them an extra plug. I loved their flag bedecked ribbon magnet that says “Just pretend it’s all okay” and the “F the President” sticker designed like the “W”

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Absolute Power corrupts absolutely

Obsidian wings has some commentary: September 11 started the war. When will it end? Maybe never. Where is the battlefield? The entire world, including the United States. Who is an enemy combatant? Anyone the President says is an enemy combatant, including a U.S. citizen–no need for a charge, no need for a trial, no need

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Local FBI spying on vegan groups

In another article about the domestic spying on left-wing organizations, this time from the New York Times, the article mentions in passing: One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a “Vegan Community Project.” Wow. If they’re spying on vegetarians in Indy, what do you think they’re doing

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Prop 622 passed, 15-14

Proposition 622 passed at the City-Council this evening, 15-14. My councilor, Patrice Abduallah voted for the ordinance. And we’re on the fox news at 10 again. I’m very tired, and I’m going to bed.

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Bush Illegally spies on US Citizens

According to the New York Times, and later also reported by the Washington Post: Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence

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New Year’s Resolution: More Gay Sex

Right-wing nutjobs are urging people to “Quit Gay Sex” and promoting a false parallel to news organizations that are urging people to “Quit to Live” smoking. They claim, falsely, that: gay people are in “the dangerous and addictive homosexual lifestyle” and “Life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases among homosexuals are on the increase.” The seem to be

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Communism is an economic structure, not a political one

[link deprecated: http://navywxman.journalspace.com/?cmd=displaycomments&dcid=44&entryid=44] Navywxman is a leftist. [link deprecated: http://odysseus.journalspace.com/?cmd=displaycomments&dcid=211&entryid=211] Odysseus is a right-wing dude. They’ve been having an argument on Navywxman’s space about Communism and fascist states. Navywxman claims that there has never been a true communist state, that they were all run by right-wing governments. Odysseus is disputing that Russia wasn’t a communist

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Prop 622 passed out of committee; vote to be Monday

Last night, Proposition 622 to amend the Human Rights ordinance passed out of committee by a vote of 5 to 3. It will be voted on in the full committee in a special session on Monday night. I’ll post details of time and room as soon as I hear them. Here are the undecided councilors

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Prop 622 information and updates

Your help is needed to get the HRO passed and to stop discrimination. Task #1 – – Contact your City-County Councillor and tell him/her that discrimination is wrong and that they should support the HRO amendment. Write, call, phone or all three –just do it. Find out who your Councillor is by calling 327-4242 or

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City-Council President Steve Talley backs Prop 622

Thanks to the tireless work of Indiana Equality Region 8 (especially Bil Browning, Jerame Davis, Jeff Newman, Seth Kreigh, Gary Welsh and many others including the folks from Greater Indianapolis Fairness Alliance) in getting information and education about anti-gay descrimination to the city-county council, the president of the council, Steve Talley (D) has decided to

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You’ll need to tell me more before you get my money

I got a fundraising letter from a local gay organization today (quoted below the jump line) in my inbox today… the kind that drives me absolutely bananas. I’ve written it on my site and on the gayindy.org mailing list dozens of times, and I’ll say it again: this is not enough information for me to

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Great, now I have to buy a new truck

According to the Advocate: The antigay American Family Association claimed a cultural victory on Thursday and called off its threatened boycott of Ford Motor Co. On Friday, Ford spokesman Mike Moran confirmed to Advocate.com that the company will stop advertising its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications but insisted it was strictly a

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Last night’s City county council meeting about the HRO

Advance Indiana does an excellent job of narrating the action from last night’s city county council meeting, so I won’t duplicate the effort here. If you want to see it for yourself, the committee meeting will be broadcast several times on Channel 16, so haul out your TIVO. I was asked to speak at the

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Training the Iraqi army to do what?

Zbigniew Brzezinski, in an interview with American Prospect makes this incredibly astute observation: I think our course with the Iraqi forces verges on the absurd: It is all about us training them. The question arises: Training them to do what? If it is a matter of knowing how to use a Kalishnikov in order to

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Monday December 5th hearing on amending the HRO

I will be at this meeting. Please, please, please come with me, or meet me there. If you’ve never been to the city-county building, it’s very easy to find parking; just east of the building, where Market Square used to stand is a parking lot that charges 3 dollars. You can park there easily. I’ll

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Oh, no, they did not go there

According to the IndyStar: Leaders from a dozen African-American churches held a prayer vigil today in the City-Council building in advance of an upcoming vote on a proposal to protect gays from discrimination — a proposal the church leaders firmly oppose. Taking turns praying by name for each of the 29 members of the City-County

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

I’m completely ripping off my friend Bil. 1. Homosexuality is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall. 3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to

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Indianapolis’ Human Rights Ordinance

If you have a few minutes to write to your city-county councilors asking them to amend the city’s Human Rights Ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections (aka Proposition 622), please take some time to do so. If you’ve been discriminated against, or if you know someone who has (here’s a hint I

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White House planned to Bomb News Outlet

Via Stallio, I discovered this story being discussed widely in Britain and the middle east — about Bush wanting to bomb Al-Jazeera, the arab media outlet that happens to be located in Quatar, a ally nation of ours, according to a new memo leaked from No. 10 Downing Street. He was talked out of it

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Not My Man

Caught sight of this over on Taking Down Words: a site dedicated to ripping on Mitch Daniels called NotMyMan.org. Now the design is a bit squidgy — aside from the big ol’ typo in a graphic on the front page and suspect rounded corners, the text doesn’t play well with CSS/web standards. And I question

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Anti-Gay Christians Burn Flag at Bloomington Business

According to the Indiana Daily Student: About 25 members of the Old Paths Baptist Church protested Monday afternoon outside The Inner Chef, chanting anti-gay slogans, burning a gay pride flag and brandishing signs with messages like “Fags Die, God Laughs.” Bobb Easterbrook, a clerk at the store, was the only person working there at the

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Political Compass, revisited

I posted a link to this site back in 2003, but I thought I should mention it again. The Political Compass site measures where you fall on the political landscape, based on your answers to fiscal questions as well as social liberty questions. Rather than place you on a scale, though, it puts you on

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Celebrating Fitzmas

You know, Fitzmas — the holiday where DOJ Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald (pictured) indicts White House officials for outing a CIA officer in retaliation for their lies about WMD being exposed. Reuters is predicting that it will occur this week, so we should be prepared. Americablog readers give their ideas for this brand-new holiday: I’m

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Boycott Target

This kills me to write it, but it looks like I have to boycott Target. According to Planned Parenthood, they’re standing behind one of their pharmacists that refused to fill a woman’s emergency contraception prescription. It also appears that their CEO is a far-right Republican who’s donated tons of money to wacko Republican causes.

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Congress to give MORE corporate welfare to Oil companies

Despite the fact that oil companies made record profits last year, AND the fact that they just got a huge present of tax cuts in the recent “energy” bill, AND the fact that oil companies were throttling their refinery production to boost prices (and profits) before Katrina hit, the house is still considering throwing out

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Bush Polls Hit New lows

According to a CBS News Poll: DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY Right direction- 26% Wrong track – 69% PRESIDENT BUSH’S JOB APPROVAL Approve All – 37% Reps. – 79% Dems. – 14% Inds. – 29% Disapprove All – 58% Reps. – 13% Dems. – 84% Inds. – 64% PRES. BUSH JOB APPROVALS Overall – 37% Terrorism

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Rove’s about to be indicted

Karl Rove is suddenly not appearing at major White House events (like the Miers announcement) and his lawyer has changed his statements from last Friday’s “Karl is not a target of the investigation” to “no comment.” Also swirling around the blogosphere are rumors that indictments are about to be handed down, and prosecutor Fitzgerald’s office

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Patricia Miller’s failed Orwell plot

Regarding Indiana’s proposed Orwellian plan to criminalize “unauthorized reproduction”: State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement this afternoon saying: “The issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission.” Scott was lamenting yesterday that we look even more like hicks now that the entire

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The Tom Delay Corruption Scandal

Salon Magazine writes a very readable, informative article on how wide-spread the corruption scandal really is. It’s pretty amazing to read, because you start to understand how many GOPers and how much money is involved, and how much campaign finance laws have been flattened by the government machine; enough that had it not been for

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Woo hoo! Indictments for all the GOP!

Not only did Tom Delay get indicted for criminal conspiracy and had to step down as Majority Leader, but Bill Frist is officially under investigation by the SEC for insider trading. And you’ll feel something akin to the electric thrill I once enjoyed when Gilmore, Pat Conway, The Great Creatore, W.C. Handy and John Philip

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Bill Frist Stock Scandal

Senate leader Bill Frist is in some trouble regarding stock sales. He and other insiders apparently sold off stock in a company that he partially owns, just before the stock price went down, ala Martha Stewart. The Associated Press has the basic story. And ABC News exposes Frist’s lies that he didn’t know anything about

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The Normality of Gay Marriages

A New York Times opinion piece: There’s nothing like a touch of real-world experience to inject some reason into the inflammatory national debate over gay marriages. Take Massachusetts, where the state’s highest court held in late 2003 that under the State Constitution, same-sex couples have a right to marry. The State Legislature moved to undo

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There were not 2,000 school buses

Conservative pundits have been hammering the idea that there were “2000 school buses” that New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin could have commandeered to get the poor people of the city evacuated. According to Media Matters, this falsehood has been repeated over and over again. In fact, the city of New Orleans has 364 school buses,

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Unbelievably Racist E-mail

This is the other racist e-mail that was sent to me by someone I thought was a friend. I got this a week and a half ago, I believe. I’m putting the entire text of the e-mail below the fold because I want to be sure that my friends know, before they see it, that

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A Completely Racist Diatribe

A friend forwarded the following diatribe to me. She sent me another one earlier in the week that was equally bad and which originated with the KKK. This is apparently the kind of crap that’s getting passed around by right-wing nut jobs though e-mail. I know I keep saying this, but it needs to be

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Good Night, And Good Luck

The trailer for ‘Good Night, And Good Luck.’ George Clooney directs and co-stars in this story of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow. I will definitely be seeing this movie in the theater.

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“Freedom” — Bush Style

In case you hadn’t heard, Bush is throwing a 9/11 party in Washington D.C. on Sunday, to celebrate the tragedy that brought him the political capital to play toy soldier in the middle east. But he’s taking some pretty extraordinary steps to make sure that no one gets to crash his celebration, according to the

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Because of Katrina, Bush Wants to Privatize Social Security

From the Mother Jones blog: It’s an old business myth that the Chinese character for “crisis” combines the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” It doesn’t. But I’m not sure anyone’s told the Bush administration, judging from this little tidbit in CongressDaily today: “[White House spokesman Trent] Duffy asserted that the vast spending that would be

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Schwarzenegger will veto equal marriage rights bill

Apparently, the will of the people won’t prevail after all. Governor Schwarzenegger is promising to veto the equal marriage rights bill that was just passed in the California legislature. So let me get this straight… we can’t take our civil rights issues to court, because when the courts make a ruling, they’re called “activist judges”

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California Legislature Passes Same-Sex Marriage

From the San Francisco Gate: Sacramento — The state Assembly, in a stunning victory for the gay rights movement, approved a landmark bill allowing same-sex marriage Tuesday night and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The measure, which passed with no votes to spare, marks the first time that a legislative body in the United

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Watch this video

On Meet the Press – Aaron Brousard, President of Jackson Parrish, Louisiana. At the end of the video, when he starts talking about city employees who have worked hard to repair the levees and provide emergency services, he begins talking about the man who is keeping the building he’s in running. The man’s mother was

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Bush Fakes levee fixes for photo op

from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., yesterday afternoon: “I understand that the U.S. Forest Service had water-tanker aircraft available to help douse the fires raging on our riverfront, but FEMA has yet to accept the aid. When Amtrak offered trains to evacuate significant numbers of victims – far more efficiently than buses – FEMA again

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Evil Republicans are blaming the Governor and Mayor

Before the hurricane struck, the Mayor and Governor were begging for federal help to put sandbags at the levees and to get rescue trucks in to evacuate people; they weren’t just asking people to leave, they were asking for federal help to get people who didn’t have transportation out. See the letter asking for help

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Bush tries to justify playing guitar while people died

It’s not about politics, it’s about the fact that people are dying because you’re a dumbfuck. From the New York Times on the “politics.” White House officials, already sensitive that Mr. Bush is suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency and under pressure to manage a catastrophe of what they called biblical proportions, reacted

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New Bush Talking Point: Blame Dem. Governor

Americablog notes that Fox News is pushing a new talking point, in the quote by FEMA director Michael Brown: Brown of FEMA: We work closely with the state government. The federal government didn not just come in here and tell the state governor how or what to do. We came in here and said, ‘What

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Tragic

Louisiana’s disaster planning funds were relocated by the president to fund Iraq and for your tax cuts. New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers federal funding was cut by $71.2 million in June. Mississippi and Louisiana National Guard troops are not available to help flood relief because they are serving in Iraq.

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FCC is seeking to expand it’s reach into cable

According to Salon Magazine, Commissioner Kevin J. Martin of the FCC has been meeting quietly with religious leaders and industry leaders to try to organize a push for new stricter standards on what is broadcast over cable stations. Pardon me, please, because I’m going to lose it right here. USE YOUR FUCKING ‘V’ CHIP, PEOPLE.

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Robertson and Venezuela

I try not to cut and paste other people’s writing wholesale into my blog, because I think my blog should be my writing, not other peoples. But I have done it recently, and I’m doing it again today, because there’s a lot of information in a recent post from Americablog that’s worth thinking about: A

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I NEED some of these!

From the National Post: Bill Moyer, 73, wears a “Bullshit Protector” flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars. That’s the coolest thing ever, no doubt. And kudos to the the dude wearing them, too. Although, if I were making them, I’d call them a “Bullshit Deflector.”

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Difference between civil rights and civil liberties

Author: Sheila Suess Kennedy Quick — what’s the difference between civil liberties and civil rights? If you aren’t quite certain, you have a lot of company. The distinction is lost on most of my students, and — far more troubling — on a good number of city and state legislators. Civil liberties are rights that

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We’re not critical to the evolution of democracy?

In a discussion of the Iraqi attempts to write a constitution that occurred on Meet the Press, guest Reuel Marc Gerecht, former Middle Eastern specialist with the CIA and author of “The Islamic Paradox” had this to say: MR. GERECHT: Actually, I’m not terribly worried about this. I mean, one hopes that the Iraqis protect

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21 Bush Admin Officials who should see criminal charges

An excellent article on the 21 white house officials who were involved in the illegal leaking of a CIA agent’s identity to the public, and the details of how they were involved. If you want to sort out the details and see who this generations version of “The Watergate 5” are, here’s your article.

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Republicans have small penises

According to a Cornell University study, when men feel their masculinity is threatened, they over compensate by adopting attitudes in support of the Iraq war, expressing interest in buying SUVs, and making homophobic threats. We needed a study to tell us this?

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“Fair” Tax is only fair to the Rich

Read this great threat at TMPCafe for information about why — including the most enlightening comments. Also, for all Democrats who desperately need to brush up on this issue before the GOP blitz, here’s a great site: TaxWisdom.org Paper towels: One roll for 99 cents, 3 for $2.50. If you can buy three rolls right

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Editor and Publisher’s take on Rove Scandal

Reporter Malpractice, Texas Hold-em & the Plame Game. Exactly. That’s what I was trying to write, except that I couldn’t sort out my thoughts on it adequately. When Bob Whitehouse dropped Plame’s identity on Miller, he immediately breached his contract with her. An agreement of confidentiality binds both parties, not just the reporter. When the

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London bombing the result of Bush Admin info leak

Two years ago, a man named Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan was captured by Pakistani authorities. He was an Al Qaeda operative responsible for planning an attack on the London Underground and other attacks. On his laptop, which was recovered by intelligence officials, he had information about the plans, and about Al Qaeda operatives in London.

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Happy 4th of July!!!

“You can support the troops but not the president” -Representative Tom Delay (R-TX) “[The] President…is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation’s armed forces

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Friday Afternoon News Cycle: We Have Mad Cow

If you watch the news much you learn that the White House routinely releases information it wants you to ignore on late Friday afternoons, so that it misses the last news cycle of the day and doesn’t get much attention over the weekend. Some bloggers pay special attention to the Friday afternoon news cycle for

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Ken Mehlman needs to resign, too

Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman (and closeted homo), speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because “what Karl Rove said is true.” White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, asked about the Rove dispute on CNN, noted, “We have seen pretty hot rhetoric from both sides of the aisle lately.” Again,

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Karl Rove’s Lies about Democrat’s response to 9/11

NEW YORK – Speaking in a Manhattan ballroom just a few miles north of ground zero, Karl Rove said on Wednesday night that the Democratic party did not understand the consequences of the Sept. 11 attacks. “Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for

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The Pledge of Allegiance

A young Star Trek fan was suspended from school for reciting his own version of the Pledge of Allegiance, in which he pledged to the United Federation of Planets. His mom has posted the story: “So, anyway. What did he do?” I picked at the hem of my sweatshirt, looked just to the right of

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Republican Senators Attack the Red Cross

Yeah, THE Red Cross… you know, the wonderful folks who come and save your ass after natural disasters. I’ll be this goes over as well as when they attacked the beloved AARP. Here, read about it for yourself: Republican Senators believe the US should reconsider funds allocated to the International Committee of the Red Cross

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City-County council member Virginia Cain

Advance Indiana has a very interesting in-depth article on homophobe and city-county council member Virginia Cain. Among her choice quotes: Homosexuals have a shorter life span, are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, experience serious bouts of depression and even suicide…. Thus, we need to help those who are entrapped in any kind of unhealthy lifestyle.

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#201)

I usually link to one of my favorite Top Ten lists on Mondays, but this week I’m late. Of course they count down the best of conservative misbehavior, only this week, they included the best reader submissions. Here’s an sample of my very favorite: Back in 1991-92 I was a volunteer escort at an abortion

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More on those wacky Mormons

This time they’re kicking out teenage boys (hundreds of them) so there’s less competition for the men who are marrying as many as a dozen teenage girls. Read the story in the L.A. Times. Gideon is one of the “Lost Boys,” a group of more than 400 teenagers — some as young as 13 —

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Rep. Espich on supporting bigotry: “I sure do!”

Representative Jeff Espich (R 82) was asked, “You don’t support bigotry do you, Sir?” His reply? “I sure do!” There were around 150 people protesting against House Speaker Brian Bosma’s Beer Bash for Cash last night at the Rathskeller in the Antheaneum, and my partner Stephanie and I were two of them. The problem with

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Freeway Blogger hits the big time

The original Freeway Blogger, my idol and inspiration, has hit the big time with a news article in the San Francisco Guardian. I’ve corresponded with him a bit in the past (he visited my site and commented on one of my posts once).

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U.S. Confirms the Quran was abused

The Pentagon finally admitted that Newsweek wasn’t actually wrong, and that the Quran was abused at Guantanamo Bay. Of course they did this late Friday, after the evening news was already on, so that it would miss the news cycle over the weekend. U.S. military officials say no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for

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Downing Street Memo Smoking Gun

So far, the republican controlled main stream media are trying to keep a lid on the smoking gun memo from Tony Blair’s office that reveals that Bush was planning to attack Iraq long before there was any intelligence about WMD or terrorist involvement. Help out with the campaign to blow the lid off this powder

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More language mangling from the Moron in Chief

It would be funny if it weren’t completely painful and just sad. So sad. “It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of — and the allegations — by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble

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Not in Our Neighborhood!

Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and one of Indiana’s leading opponent of GLBT rights, is holding his annual “Junetoberfest” campaign fundraiser on Monday, June 13th at the Rathskellar Biergarten, right in the heart of Massachusetts Avenue, in an area whose revitalization was driven by the GLBT community. Bosma is apparently willing

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Anti-Gay Cross Burnings in Durham, NC

Durham, North Carolina had three cross burnings last night, that are apparently anti-gay related. The seem to be in response to a production of the Laramie Project, and also targeting a gay-friendly church, although none of the news outlets are willing to make that connection, except the pastor of the church, who mentioned it as

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Christian Iraqis to US Christians: We were here before you

Christian Iraqis are pissed at American Evangelicals who are flooding Iraq with Bibles and attempting to “convert” their youth to Christianity, because as they rightly point out, the Judeo-Christian religion was born in Iraq, and the’ve been Christians for 10 centuries longer than American Christians. Iraq’s Christians have been in existence for almost 10-times longer

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right-wing nutjob school

I had no idea something like this existed — Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute is a school for conservatives that teaches them how to rig elections and engage in dirty politics. Among it’s graduates: Karl Rove, the man who runs the White House, and his boyfriend, gay prostitute/fake journalist Jeff Gannon. No wonder the religious right

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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 199)

Hip, Hip… Hypocrisy! Edition I’ve been pointing out Republican hypocrisy for quite a while now — Democratic Underground covers the recent blatant examples of it. The upshot is that pretty much any conservative who lectures on “family” values is either gay, a wife beater, a child molester or a white collar criminal. Because for them

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New York Times — clueless

The New York Times headline actually reads — I’M NOT KIDDING — “A Modest Victory for Bush, but Challenging Tests Lie Ahead.” Apparently that’s the headline from Bizarro World, because, um, that filibuster compromise wasn’t a victory for Bush, y’all. Unless you count Bush getting his ass kicked as a “victory.” Which wouldn’t surprise me

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Possibly because he’s a dumb jerkface?

According to USA Today, Bush’s ratings have dropped to an all-time low: President Bush’s approval ratings for handling the economy, Iraq and Social Security have fallen to the lowest levels of his White House tenure, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Satisfaction with congressional Republicans also has sagged. By 47%-36%, those

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Sure, there’s no racism anymore

A North Texas school district is having four pages of its high school yearbook reprinted to correct a photo caption that identified a student as “Black Girl.” All white students are identified by name in the photograph of Waxahachie High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The teen identified as “Black Girl” is the

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Rush Limbaugh is a crack whore

I’m sorry, but I’m sick of people defending Rush Limbaugh’s drug addiction and giving Howard Dean a hard time for bashing Rush’s hypocrisy because he attacked others for drug use while he was higher than a kite. I’ve been prescribed OxyContin (which is basically Vicodin) and Darvocet for my open heart surgery, which is far

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Isn’t that precious?

Apparently some fine folks in Arizona are traveling around the state in a nice “Please Hate Homos” semi-trailer truck called the “Marriage Mobile.” Beautiful. Why not just stick a nice burning cross on the top of that thing, and make it complete? If you take a good look at the statistics about gay marriage in

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George Bush = Evil Empire

Tom Tomorrow has an interesting discussion on the politics of the new Star Wars movie, and how George Lucas himself says that he intends the movies to be commentary on how the Republicans are destroying democracy and the American people. So where does Lucas stand in this political polemic? “I’m more on the liberal side

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Ahead of his time

A true quote, according to Snopes.com: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are

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$2 Bills Rock Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality announced today their statewide $2 bill campaign. The campaign, which began two weeks ago with a saturation period, will last through the summer. “Because of the vast discrimination that is being wielded against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers, we feel it is important to send a message

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How Gay Is The Religious Right?

Very, very gay, according to Frank Rich in the New York Times, who gives us a nice overview of several anti-gay religious zealots have been outed as leading secret gay lives. We’ve been saying it for years, and it’s finally showing in the papers — people who protest too much have something to hide.

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Real ID Act

I keep saying it’s getting worse, and then it gets even more worse. I keep thinking, “surely, cooler heads will prevail, here, and this will get scotched, right?” but then stuff like the Real ID Act gets passed, and I’m dumbfounded. Wil Wheaton’s got a good explanation of what’s going on here. Basically, the government

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I wanted to be a Darwinist, but I wasn’t selected

If you’re following the news at all, you’ve read that Kansas is having a second Scopes Monkey trial wherein they’re planning on teaching creationism in the classroom as a form of science. In 1999, Kansas decided to drop the teaching of evolution in the classroom (this decision has since been reversed). But today the Kansas

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Smoking Gun Memo on WMD

On May 1st, a memo leaked to the London Times was published that exposed the Bush Administration’s dirty secret — that they, along with Tony Blair and British intelligence agencies, knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they doctored intelligence reports to make it appear that there was so they could

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The Nuclear Option

Salon magazine has a great primer on the “nuclear option” the Republican’s plans to eliminate the filibuster, as their first step in attempting to dismantle democracy and make our country over into a theocracy governed by Christian Terrorists.

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I’ll have what he’s having, please

JC: What I’ll say is that I think Eric Alterman and Ann Coulter engage in the same kind of debate. I’m not sure what crack John Cloud of Time Magazine is smoking, but whatever it is, I’d like some, please. Because it’s got to be really amazing stuff for him to compare these two people.

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Individual-i

The Individual-i website promotes personal freedom by making the Individual-i symbol, which represents protection of individual rights, freely available for anyone to use. They also link to sites where people are selling Individual-i products. Download a logo for your own use or buy a shirt or other items.

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#194)

This week’s list covers several issues of personal interest to me… the “Day of Truth” crap, Eric Rudolph’s nutjob anti-gay statements: “with force if necessary.” (Really, Eric? I can fight fire with fire), anti-gay nutjob Arthur Finkelstein’s gay marriage, and Jeff “Defense of Marriage” Miller’s adulterous behavior, which makes yet another addition to the right-wing

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What? No Christian Terrorists?

Of course they don’t consider Christian Terrorists like bomber Eric Rudolph and the Anthrax killer “Terrorists.” Because these are the people who give money to Republican election campaigns. Can’t offend the people who put you in office, even if they do blow shit up and kill democrats and gay people. The Department of Homeland Security

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In honor of me getting my living will this afternoon…

Some bittersweet political humor on the subject of living wills, shared on the occasion of me getting a living will in preparation for my upcoming heart surgery. By ROBERT FRIEDMAN, Perspective Editor Published March 27, 2005 Like many of you, I have been compelled by recent events (Terri Schiavo) to prepare a more detailed advance

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Parallels

“Reflecting on that time, The American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983) left us this definition of the form of government the German democracy had become through Hitler’s close alliance with the largest German corporations and his policy of using war as a tool to keep power: “fas-cism (fbsh’iz’em) n. A system of government that

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Fascinating article on religious extremism

In the New York Times, Paul Krugman discusses the rise of religious extremism (what I like to refer to as “religious nujobs”) and how they are endangering democracy here in America and around the world. How does one balance a desire to respect and protect differences of opinion, when some people’s opinions are intent on

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Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays

This is truly frightening. Not letting us get married is one thing, but refusing to provide health care to gay people is chilling, nazi-esque “load up the trains” behavior. Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan

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Factual Errors in anti-gay amendment arguments

Courtesy of Jeramy Townsley, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, IUPUI and Univ of Indpls Below are numerous factual errors from the anti-equal marriage rights advocates who are seeking to prevent equal marriage rights for gay people, with factual analysis and studies included illustrating the mistaken ideas in their arguments.

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Judge rules California marriage law is unconstitutional

According to the Associate Press: SAN FRANCISCO — A Superior Court judge has ruled that California’s law limiting marriage to a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. The lawsuits were brought by the city of San Francisco and a dozen same-sex couples last March, after the California Supreme Court halted the four-week

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Brother Bush’s Travelin’ Salvation Show

As the Washington Post reveals, Bush’s “conversations” with “the people” about social security are anything but that. They are orchestrated, scripted, staged “meetings” with people put in place specifically to agree with him, and the whole point is for the local news to film the “event” and put it on TV as propaganda for Bush’s

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Wanted for Crimes Against the Constitution

Recently the Indiana Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 on a vote of 42 to 8. The proposal to amend Indiana’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage now moves to the Indiana House of Representatives for their consideration. Authored by Senator Brandt Hershman (R-Wheatfield), SJR 7 would also bar similar legal structures such as civil unions,

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We Kissed Inside The Statehouse

Photo Set: 2005 Rally Against SJR-7 We had a wonderful, successful rally at the Indiana Statehouse yesterday! Hundreds of people showed up with extraordinary signs to protest the SJR7 legislation. We were getting people’s contact information, and of the people who agreed to sign up, we got 757 contact addresses. That was about 3/4ths of

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Three Companies to Avoid

What follows has been lifted from an article called “Top Ten “Anti-Gay” Companies” that was published in a Christian magazine called Business Reform (hence the anti-gay language). Don’t shop here: 4. Meijer Inc. Industry: Retail Why We Picked Them: Meijer made the number 9 spot in 2004 on Forbes’ list of the 200 Largest Private

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Governor Daniels calls Democrats Terrorists

House Democrats in Indiana were concerned about two bills that threatened the rights of Hoosiers; a bill that created an “Inspector General” position for the Governor’s office, which would allow the Governor to appoint his own prosecutor and basically screw up the balance of power between government branches, and a bill requiring voters to present

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Bill O’Reilly threatens bloggers for linking to his column

According to the fun folks at News Hounds, the syndication site that produces Bill O’Reilly’s columns are threatening their site because they linked to one of O’Reilly’s articles — this one on Buster Bunny. “Creators Syndicate demands that you immediately cease and desist from your unauthorized use of the link to Bill O’Reilly’s column on

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The Memory Hole

If you’ve never seen it before, check out The Memory Hole on you free time sometime. They publish on their site information that’s been “Lost” by the goverment — for example, the website of the US Commission on Civil Rights has been purged of 20 reports that didn’t meet the agenda of the agency’s Republican

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Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – for a draft?

Because they need the bodies, and they can’t risk any more people getting out of service by taking advantage of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Congress is planning to repeal it. I feel so much better that they’re not going to discriminate against me anymore, but only because they hope to get me shot at. Now

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Poker with Dick Cheney

I read this classic blog post from The Poor Man last year when it was first posted, but it’s won some awards since then and I had a chance to re-read it. Check out the whole post, because it’s one of the funniest things you’ll ever read. Unfortunately, the page is screwed up a bit,

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New Bush Social Security Strategy: Attack the AARP

By now you probably know that the hugely powerful, hugely popular, non-partisan senior organization, the AARP, has done the math on the Social Security “Crisis” and realized that Bush’s plan will cost individuals huge money, while making a bundle for big businesses. So they are lobbying against Bush’s plan. Here’s how Bush’s man Karl Rove

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The Jeff Gannon/James Guckert Scandal

For those of you who may not have followed the whole story… First, On February 9th, Keith Olbermann aired on MSNBC a report about a “reporter” named “Jeff” who routinely sat in White House press conferences and asked questions that were clearly intended to promote a right-wing agenda, even addressing a question a few weeks

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PARODY of the "Citizens Concerned for the Constitution" Logo

Eric Miller’s right-wing anti-LGBTQ+ hate group “Advance America” used to be called “Citizens Concerned for the Constitution.” This group has spent years lobbying in the Indiana State legislature on anti-LGBTQ+ legal issues intended to marginalize and eliminate LGBTQ+ folks from Indiana’s population. These are the folks that introduced legislation in the 1990s to get LGBTQ+

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Your Inlaws Are Coming to Live With You

The Social Security issue is a bit complex, and because of this the lies Bush is telling about it are hitting home with the average American who doesn’t understand the 3-ton elephant that is about to sit on their heads. I actually had a friend say to me the other day, {cue Republican soundbite} “It’s

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ROCK INDIANA – On MARCH 8th!

This is a rally I’m planning on attending to speak out against SJR7, which will put anti-gay hatred into the Indiana constitution. We are going to step outside of our homes and places of employment for one day – March 8th – to demonstrate and protest – not only against Eric Miller and his pro-marriage

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Question

I’m trying to figure out when, before the holocaust, the first Jews who escaped said “Oh, crap. We’d better get out of here.” At what point did they realize that staying and trying to combat the political situation wasn’t going to work, and that they’d better get out if they wanted to keep their lives?

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Fox blurs cartoon rear end due to FCC worries

Yeah, you read that right. Fox blurred out a cartoon character’s butt on a RERUN of a family guy episode, even though the unblurred posterior appeared on TV without complaint a few years ago. They made the decision to do so voluntarily, to avoid any problems with the FCC.

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Feels a bit chilly in here; there might be a draft

Brethren Agree to Revive ‘Alternative Service’ Draft Programs — Leaders of the Church of the Brethren say they will follow through on a request from the Selective Service to have “alternative service” programs in place for conscientious objectors if a draft is reinstated. As one of the historic “peace churches” that shun military service, Brethren

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2005: Year of the Moron

Couldn’t be funnier if I made it up myself. Yesterday while addressing a gathering of members of Congress, President Bush told them that entering the political arena is “the ultimate sacrifice.” No word on what the families of the 1,500 soldiers who have died in Iraq think about that statement.

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Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble

Hmmm. I didn’t notice at first perusal of the buyblue.com site, that Amazon.com is on the wrong site of the page. They donated 61% of their political donations to Republicans last year.

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Costco Vs. Walmart

Interesting information on Costco’s excellent treatment of their employees, versus numerous articles on WalMart’s incredibly poor treatment of their workers: In California In Georgia and other states In Arizona

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Republican “moral values” hypocrites, part 248

Judith Regan, moral hypocrite. You may have heard that Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik recently took his name out of the running for head of Homeland Security. One of the reasons being cited was his possible employ of an illegal immigrant. But there are a couple of other problems that may be the

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IPS: Sign The Yellow Petition

Currently in Indianapolis, there is a plan to renovate the crumbling Indianapolis Public Schools system by renovating 12 schools. The plan will cost $200 million and will be paid for through the sale of property taxpayer-supported bonds. The plan is “controversial” because the greedy Republicans in the suburbs don’t want to pay for inner city

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Republican “moral values” hypocrites, part 247

Shamelessly borrowed from Atrios, with some additions: Monday, 10/06/2004: Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said benefited from his tax plan. Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other tax cuts in the bill,

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The Coming of the Third Reich

I started reading The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans a few weeks ago. It’s profoundly disturbing, not just as a work of history but as a harbinger of ill-omen surrounding the current political situation in America. There are parallels that are shocking. And considering that right-wing bloggers are busy making jokes

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False data found in abstinence program

Fucking lying bastards, scaring the hell out of kids with false information. “Many American youngsters participating in federally funded, abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and

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Things that make you want to vomit…

Check out this Republican set-up photo of president Bush. Is there anything that makes you want to throw up more than that? If you can go to hell for arrogance, Bush will be in the Ninth Circle…. “Iconic symbolism, loyalist rallies, nationalism, corporate corruption, the rising persecution of gays, purging of political opponents, unprovoked invasions,

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Sorry Everybody Photo Site

Wow… a new picture site, along the lines of Sorry Everybody, which apologized for the results of the 2004 election. This new site, called The FOR Iraq Photo Project hosts pictures of people sending messages to the Iraqi people. It’s pretty powerful.

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Poignant Quote of the Day

From Salon Magazine’s review of Michael H. Kater’s new book “Hitler Youth”: To that end, it was crucial to curb formal education and abstract thinking. By the end of the ’30s, teachers were encouraged to wear HJ uniforms to school, and a new category of “liaison teachers” was formed, answering directly to the HJ. The

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Indiana Congressman needs remedial education in civics

Reportedly, such leaders as the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Republican Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana, flush with what they see as a successful right-wing revolution, believe they can make the federal courts virtually powerless. Rep. Hostettler, addressing a special legislative briefing of the Christian Coalition last month in Washington, reportedly talked at length about a

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Washington Post publishes anti-gay junk science

The Washington Post last week published with its newspaper a magazine ad supplement, bought by religious right groups, that is full of blatant anti-gay junk science, most of it put together by discredited quack “scientist” Paul Cameron, a man who has been thrown out of the American Psychological Association, the Nebraska Psychological Association, and the

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More about Fallujah and Pictures of War

From a heartrending article on Salon Magazine: The photograph, appearing on the BBC’s Web site, was from some street or another in Fallujah, Iraq. The caption, although gruesome enough, was a comparatively bland statement that “Bodies have been left uncollected for days.” Yet what the picture depicted was testimony to the unmitigated and unavoidable tragedy

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Fallujah in Pictures

Fallujah in Pictures is a website that prints the photos that our American media will never show you — of the casualties of war in the current attacks on Fallujah. The November 14 picture of the 2 year old child who lost a leg in the current battle says pretty much all that needs to

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Violent Rhetoric from Republican Adam Yoshida after Election 2004

From blogger Adam Yoshida, [deprecated link – http://www.adamyoshida.com/2004/11/four-more-years-revisited.html] who quickly revised his post after he was linked to by some 50,000 sites because of his hate rhetoric: “”If anyone needs to work to ‘bring the country together’ it’s those on the left who have divided it so badly. Those who sought to destroy this great

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We Are Fucked.

Alberto Gonzales is the new Attorney General? Oh, god. We are fucked now. This is the guy who used to write up the cases notes for death penalty cases for Texas Governor Bush to read before he decided whether to pardon them or not. And in all of the case notes, he would never put

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Sorry Everybody

Sorry Everybody is a hilarous site that posts pictures of the sane 49% of America that voted for John Kerry, with notes of apology to the rest of the planet for the load of totally crap that’s about to hit them because Moron Bush was re-elected. I haven’t had a chance to submit a photo

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In case you missed this….

The cover of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. And the article that accompanies it is even more hilarious. “Were I a Kerry voter, though, I’d feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin’,

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Democracy by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. I have as much right As the other fellow has To stand On my two feet And own the land. I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom

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First stages of the Draft are now in motion

If you think it’s not coming, you’re crazy. This guy has been out of the army 13 years… and he’s being called back. David M. Miyasato enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1987, served three years of active duty during the first Gulf War and received an honorable discharge in 1991. He remained on

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Ohio paper notes voting machine mistake

According to the Beacon Journal: A computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Franklin County’s unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry’s 260 votes in Precinct 1B. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Matthew Damschroder, director of

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The World Hates Us.

From Yahoo News: In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wagner Markues, 54, also preferred Kerry and wondered why the race was so close. “We don’t understand America now,” he said. “Are they getting different news than us about the scandals in the Iraqi prisons, and the children and civilians who are getting killed?”

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Apocalypse

There are at least 3 supreme court justices retiring, and depending on Chief Justice Rehnquist’s health, it could be 4. The justices that have spoken of retirement are Stevens, O’Connor, and Ginsburg. Bush will appoint all four and the chief justice. And this will lead to a majority of conservatives in the bench, 7/2. Chief

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Voting

I went to vote before work today. I wore my black hoodie, but I doubt that meant anything to anyone there. I was voter #94 in my district. Usually I’m #13 or so. So good turn out. We had both Democrat and Republican observers in our district — we’ve never had a Republican before. And

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Crap.

I just mailed out my CDs for my CD club (wherein we burn and share a theme CD of cool songs) and then I found this most excellent mp3 that would have fit perfectly on my “I’m sorry my President is an Idiot; I didn’t vote for him” CD. Damn it.

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Republicans Dress Up as Gay Outside Florida Polls

In an attempt to discourage black voters from voting Democrat on Sunday, Republicans dressed up as “gay” and “abortion rights” advocates and held provocative signs outside polling places as black voters went to the polls after Church this Sunday. Read more about other Republican voter suppression tactics here: REPUBLICAN PARTY DECEIVING VOTERS IN WEST VIRGINIA

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Evil Psycho Idiot Republicans

All I have to say about this is “What the hell?!” From Salon Magazine, an article on the rabid hatred of Bush Supporters outside a Bush rally: Lisa Dupler, a 33-year-old from Columbus, held up a rainbow-striped John Kerry sign outside the Nationwide Arena on Friday, as Republicans streamed out after being rallied by George

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Bush Team thrilled that bin Laden is alive

According to the New York Daily News: “We want people to think ‘terrorism’ for the last four days,” said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. “And anything that raises the issue in people’s minds is good for us.” A senior GOP strategist added, “anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush.” He called it

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Wear a black hoodie to vote

According to all the blog, wearing a black hoodie to the voting booth is the hot thing to do. For those who haven’t seen it, in the Eminem video, Eminem’s leads a huge army of people who’ve been disenfranchised by the Bush administration, all of whom are wearing black hoodies, into the polls. See the

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Bush Supporters Misread Many of His Foreign Policy Positions

The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) is a not partisan group that carries out research on public opinion on foreign policy and international issues by conducting nationwide polls, focus groups and comprehensive reviews of polling conducted by other organizations. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center

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Having Trouble Voting?

Source: Fast Company “Trouble voting? Call or text these 3 resources to report election problems now“ Call, text, or visit these resources: Election Protection – 866 Our Vote This is a coalition made up of voting-rights and civil-rights groups. Its hotline is 866-OUR-VOTE. USA Today reported earlier that it expects thousands of calls before the

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Eminem – Mosh Lyrics

From the album Encore See the Video: Real Player, Windows Media [I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America And to the Republic for which it stands One nation under God Indivisible It feels so good to be back..] Scrutinize every word, memorize every line I spit it once, refuel, reenergize,

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Bush Dimbulbs

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb? None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported

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Pat Buchanan ticks me off

I hate Pat Buchanan. My love life is not a disease. I’m not “like an alcoholic.” I’m a regular person, and my love life is a joy, not a problem. Here’s the bullshit that Pat is spewing now: “To some of us, homosexuality is an affliction, like alcoholism, and hellishly difficult to control. Why some

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Reality-Based Community

Ron Suskind, “Without a Doubt“, New York Times Magazine, on George Bush and his “certainty” problem of reacting from “instincts” and “faith” without any critical examination of complex issues:

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Voter Fraud should be more important than Mary Cheney

Despite the fact that the allegations of voter fraud by the Republican party are exploding around the country, the media and the Republicans are still making the hot story Kerry’s mention of Mary Cheney. Dick Cheney and the Republican party are still having fits that Kerry discussed Dick’s “openly gay for 10 years” daughter who

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Mary Cheney

Because Kerry once again won the debate last night, the only thing the Republicans have to hammer him on is his reference to Mary Cheney as being a lesbian. Apparently, they’re all wigging out about this, for some strange reason, as though mentioning it were a bad thing, or some big secret. WHAT KERRY SAID:

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Ignorant Republican Email

I get weird e-mail from nutty people, but this one takes the cake. His letter is in plain text, my responses are in italic. On Oct 14, 2004, at 12:43 AM, Jordan Behunin wrote: You know, given the circumstances, Pres. Bush did a pretty good job. John Kerry thinks he has all the answers, but

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Bush is down in the polls! Quick, issue a terror warning!

Just a short time after the results of the new AP/Ipsos poll show Kerry over Bush 50% to 46% among likely voters, the department of Education is advising school leaders nationwide to watch for people spying on their buildings or buses to help detect any possibility of terrorism like the deadly school siege in Russia.

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Is Bush Wired?

After the debate, there was a lot speculation the George Bush was wired with an earpiece feeding him information about what to say. He had an odd bulge in the back of his coat, and some strange speech patters that suggested it. Here’s a site that investigates the idea that he’s been wired all along.

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Bill Maher on Florida’s Readiness for the election:

“New Rule: Florida has to sit this election out. You know, you’d think after the year 2000, they would have made sure to get it right this time. But, no, even Jimmy Carter–a man who has seen more Third World hellholes than a lesbian couple trying to adopt–even he says Florida is not ready for

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Freeway Blogger

October 13, 2004, National Freeway Free Speech Day: Driving America to Think. I’m trying to get my friends together to do this. Let me know if you want to.

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How to run a Republican National Convention…

On a record of failure? Easy! Just watch this movie, and sing along with the Republican speakers: September 11, September 11, September 11, September 11, 9/11, September 11, September 11, September 11, 9/11, September 11, 2001, September 11, September 11. Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam Hussein.

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Those are some great personality traits

“It is hardly surprising that Kerry has inspired so many people around the world, because his outstanding attributes are plain to see. Firstly, who can have failed to notice that wonderful ‘not-George-Bush’ quality about him? Plus there is a certain ‘un-Dubya-ness’ he seems to possess, not to mention what the French call the ‘il n’est

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Big Brother in your car

An article in Creative Loafing Magazine: Most people have probably never heard of the agency, called the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. And they haven’t heard of its plans to add another dimension to our national road system, one that uses tracking and sensor technology to erase the lines between cars, the road and

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Sputtering Screw-Up: Businessweek Kicks Bush in the Nuts

Wow, what an analysis, and from Businessweek, no less. Because they’re such the pinko-commie rag. SPUTTERING SCREWUP.  The poignancy of a man ill-prepared for and overwhelmed by his job was never more apparent than when Bush said, “I never wanted to commit troops. When we were debating in 2000, I never dreamed I’d have to

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My Favorite Debate Moments

Kerry Punches: “Unfortunately, he escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn’t use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too. That’s wrong.” “The president just talked about Iraq as a center of

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2004 Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Drink One Sip If: President Bush says the word “safer” Bush says “terrorism” Bush says “flip flop” Bush says “Saddam Hussein” Bush says “September 11” Kerry says “Enron” or “Halliburton” Kerry says “North Korea” every three times Kerry points with his left hand Anyone mentions their own military service One candidate interrupts another candidate Either

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Salon’s WMD Bombshell and how it’s being censored

President Bush based his famous and false claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger on a set of crudely forged documents. For the last two years, no one has uncovered who falsified these documents, which lie at the heart of Bush’s case for war. Now, CBS’ 60 Minutes program has uncovered new and important

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“A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN”

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought

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Going Upriver Showings in Indiana

The new movie “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” will be showing in Indianapolis at the Village Park theater, opening Friday, October 1st. The movie got an A rating and a rave review from Entertainment Weekly:

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Alan Keyes’ Daughter Is Outed

Remember Alan Keyes, the homophobic senate candidate from Illinois, who said during the RNC that Mary Cheney was a “Selfish Hedonist” and gave a long diatribe on how gay people are evil? Well.. his daughter Maya Keyes is an out lesbian with a website. Of course, she got scared and took it down when he

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Stoned Slackers My Ass

Recently, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” appeared with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly. “You know what’s really frightening?” O’Reilly teased Stewart. “You actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it’s true. You’ve got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night and they can vote.” A recent Annenberg survey

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Typical Bush Supporter Calls News Show

Typical Bush supporter calls in to C-Spans Washington Journal. Check out what she had to say using Real Player (click on link to September 23 show and fast-forward to 1:56:43), or just read the transcript below: PETER SLEN, HOST: Kenner, Louisiana, good morning. CALLER: Good morning. I’m going to vote for President Bush because, after

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Jimmy Swaggart, you’re a wuss

Jimmy Swaggart thinks he’s some sort of bad ass, threatening to kill a gay man: “In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said, “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me

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