June 8, 2010
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April 30, 2010
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Here is tidbit about Florida politics from the Sun Sentinel that would be amusing if its implications were not so disturbing.
Sen. Nan Rich, of Weston, a sponsor of the current bill, has tried to get a law against beastiality for years. Rich cited recent cases of bestiality, including a man from a place called Mossy Head who was suspected of accidentally asphyxiating a family goat during a sex act. …
The law was passed unanimously by the Senate this week. It would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to have sex with an animal, with a penalty of up to a year in jail.
The Senate had passed a similar bill last year, but it fizzled out before it came before the House. The House bill has a similar measure, but it awaits debate.
What is there to debate?
Florida, you may have sunny skies, beautiful beaches, and be home to the happiest place on earth, but let me get this straight here about your state. Gay marriage is illegal (as is it for a gay couple to adopt a child). Yet, having sex with a goat is still legal – and laws to make this a crime have “fizzled out” in the past? Really? Fizzled out?
January 6, 2010
December 3, 2009
Despite the bill’s support by the state’s governor, the New York State Senate failed New Yorkers and Americans today by voting down same-sex marriage with a 38-24 margin. There was a bright shining moment in the chamber, that being an eloquent, heartfelt speech by Senator Diane Savino. Honestly, I have about the biggest schoolboy crush ever right now. Senator Savino, I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m ready to settle down. Call me.
I cannot comprehend somebody listening to this speech and still disagreeing.
Deputy Republican leader, Tom Libous, said of today’s results: “Certainly this is an emotional issue and an important issue for many New Yorkers. I just don’t think the majority care too much about it at this time because they’re out of work, they want to see the state reduce spending, and they are having a hard time making ends meet. And I don’t mean to sound callous, but that’s true.”
So, apparently, unhappy New Yorkers would want to strip as many people as possible of their happiness. Here’s an interesting breakdown from the NY Times: “The defeat revealed stark divides: All 30 of the Republican senators opposed the bill, as did most of the members from upstate New York and Long Island. Support was heaviest among members from New York City and Westchester County and among the Senate’s 10 black members. Seven of the Senate’s 10 women voted for it.”
In other words, it’s more or less old, white, Christian, Republican males that are keeping this political discrimination going in New York, keeping gays and lesbians as second-class citizens, and once again strengthening my argument that Republicans are completely useless and downright hurtful to our country. Let’s bring back the Whig Party – at least they had a few decent ideas. With that said, not all Democrats are free from blame, with four first-term Democrat clowns playing it safe by voting nay along with four others. Hopefully this means that their first time in office is their last, because as Democratic Senator Kevin S. Parker put it after the results today, “This is the worst example of political cowardice I’ve ever seen.”
Cowardice is putting it nicely though. It’s an abomination. Disgusting. Oh, just for a hell of it, here are the names and emails of the eight Democrats that shot this bill down today. Whether you reside in the state of New York or not, please, have your voice heard.
Aubertine (Upstate) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stachowski (Upstate) – email@example.com
Addabbo (Queens) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Onorato (Queens) – email@example.com
Diaz (Bronx) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kruger (Kings) – email@example.com
Huntley (Queens) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monserrate (Queens) – email@example.com
November 19, 2009
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“I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter, either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being, by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
You eat fifty hardboiled eggs and then maybe I’ll value your opinion.
November 17, 2009
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It was only a couple of weeks ago when I officially declared that Maine sucks, after the voters put their bigotry on display by overturning the law permitting same-sex couples to marry. The folks with New Left Media – comprised of two young politically-active college kids – made the long trip to Maine to document the hours surrounding the voting day and they put together this very well-polished video, which you can watch below. It’s both inspiring and saddening.
November 12, 2009
“I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” 10-year old fifth grader Will Philips recently told the Arkansas Times. “I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”
After much reflection, young Will has decided he will no longer stand during or recite the Pledge of Allegiance until legal equality is given to homosexuals in America. The first day he refused to stand, the teacher asked him to stand up, but he respectfully declined. After a few days of this, the teacher began to get angry and told Will that his mother and grandmother would want him to stand. Will did not appreciate that.
“She got a lot more angry and raised her voice and brought my mom and my grandma up,” Will said. “I was fuming and was too furious to really pay attention to what she was saying. After a few minutes, I said, ‘With all due respect, ma’am, you can go jump off a bridge.'”
Awesome – and stated with such fine manners. Of course, his parents were called in for a meeting with the principal, and Will’s mother said she would talk to him about not telling people to jump off of bridges. The principal agreed though, it was Will’s right not to stand for the pledge, although the principal backed off on making the teacher apologize to the young man.
Will has had the support of many of his young friends for his stand against bigotry, but predictably, he has been confronted and taunted by many of his peers, something he seems to simply shrug off.
“In the lunchroom and in the hallway, they’ve been making comments and doing pranks, and calling me gay,” he said, not seeming too personally affected, just wondering why the other kids are so immature. “It’s always the same people, walking up and calling me a gaywad.”
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? For much of America, they’re probably not smarter than this one. To those people, I say go jump off of a bridge.
To us others who value our intelligence, let us examine the Pledge of Allegiance. There are many more problems with it besides the blatant lies that America stands for liberty and justice for all.
How about the “one nation under God?” A little known fact: that wasn’t added into the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954 under the Eisenhower administration, essential turning the Pledge from an oath into a public prayer to a single deity, large in part due to the effort of the Catholic fraternity Knights of Columbus, who are named after the disease-spreading, native torturing, exploiter of people, Christopher Columbus. On the day he signed it into a law, Eisenhower said, “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our Nation and our people to the Almighty.”
Frightening. There has been case after case fighting this in the Supreme Court, but the Pledge still remains as is over fifty years later. That’s enough on this today though, folks. That’s a discussion for another day. Just a little food for thought. Just know that we officially endorse Will Philips as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Empire.