The Boy Scouts compromise decision to discontinue the ban on “openly gay” scouts, but maintain it on adult (18 and over) leaders and parents was described by the BSA’s chief executive as “compassionate, caring and kind,” but some critics are expressing what I think of as “politically right” indignation. Hey, if what I think can [...]
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A short time ago, the Boy Scouts of America voted to end the ban on gay scouts. From Think Progress The roughly 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council voted 61-38 percent Thursday to end the ban on gay youth participating in the program, but reaffirmed their policy of mandatory [...]
The Washington Post reports that the White House focused on shielding Obama from the IRS issues raised in a report. As soon as White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler heard about an upcoming inspector general’s report on the Internal Revenue Service, she knew she had a problem. The notice Ruemmler saw on April 24 gave her [...]
Writing at Buzzfeed, Kate Nocera notes that House Republicans are currently “unified,” but asks how long that will last. How Long Can House Republicans Go Before Turning On Each Other? Speaker John Boehner has overseen one of the most bitter and divided conferences in recent memory. Conservatives have consistently, and openly, defied him, while moderates [...]
Not that this is unusual, it’s the norm in corporate politics, that the KXL pipeline’s approved construction is paved with money. One of the most recent and entirely obvious examples of the kind of political maneuvering related to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipe line is another U.S. House vote. At Think Progress: House Attempts To Force [...]
In an interview with Larry King, former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld said he did not “equate” marriage equality as a civil right. From Zack Ford at Think Progress: As Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld supported the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ recognizing that the time for open service in the military ‘had arrived.’ [...]
At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last night, Sen. Leahy withdrew his amendment that would have recognized gay couples and lesbian couples from the immigration bill which seeks comprehensive reform. At the link above, Buzzfeed reports that Patrick Leahy withdrew his amendment … after several Democratic members of the committee stated that they would not [...]
Slate and the Twitter feed @GunDeaths continue their project of collecting data to determine the number of U.S. deaths by guns since the Newtown shooting on December 14, 2012, and as of today, at about 2:30 Central, the total was at 4,236. You can see a graph, a “deaths by city” interactive map, and additional [...]
Kaitlyn Hunt, a Florida high school senior, has been expelled, and arrested, as Think Progress reports, charged with a felony for a lesbian relationship. It’s one of several recent reports that make clear that, in spite of all the progress, full equality under the law remains a goal, not a reality, for lesbian, gay, bisexual [...]
Buzzfeed has the collection of the “10 most” anti-gay words from Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Virginia, E.W. Jackson. Jackson will “run alongside Ken Cuccinelli.” Check at the link for more details provided in Andrew Kaczynski’s article. Below are the basics. 1. ‘I believe there is a direct connection’ [between being gay and being [...]
“I Want to See You Be Brave” is the first single from the third studio album by Sara Bareilles. The Blessed Unrest. GayNet calls it the “uplifting gay anthem you’ve been waiting for.” From the lyrics: You can be amazing. You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug. You can be the [...]
Via John Aravosis at America Blog Gay, a video of a riot against LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) at a small anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, anti-biphobia rally. It’s a horrific video. Thousands … of former-Soviet Georgians rioting in the streets of Tbilisi, attacking a small handful of gay rights protesters holding a rally for the International Day [...]
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has introduced the “Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act,” as reported at, among other places, HuffPo. From Warren’s web site, excerpts from the Fact Sheet for the bill: The interest rate on federal subsidized Stafford loans is set to increase from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1. … Student loan [...]
In a Media Matters report about an analysis by Equality Matters, we learn that “Fox News Spent One Minute Covering Marriage Equality In Three States.” It’s also been announced that FOX has hired Allen West as a contributor. I don’t know if the latter means there will be more reporting on marriage equality, but given [...]
(UPDATE: I’ve removed the link in the first paragraph for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The event is for real, but they are obviously having problems with the web site.) Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and also the day Human Rights Watch released their annual LGBT Rights: The 2013 [...]
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The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
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“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
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