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 [...]
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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 [...]
Late this afternoon federal authorities announced the results of their West, Texas investigation, to this point. The Texas fire and explosion of the West Fertilizer Company plant happened on April 17th. Local station KCEN TV carried the press conference that included representatives of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spoke. As expected, the origin of the [...]
A recent Gallup Poll shows that support for marriage equality continues to increase across the nation, while state polls also show growing support, including in AZ, MI, VA, (Arizona, Michigan and Virginia). While not alone, those three states show significant swings. In general, as the Gallup Poll report headlines, “Same-Sex Marriage Support Solidifies Above 50% [...]
Yesterday the House Agricultural Committee approved a farm bill that included, according to NPR, cutting the food stamp program by $2.5 billion a year. Both those supporting this cut (primarily Republicans) and those opposing (primarily Democrats) quoted the Christian Bible, including from the New Testament book of Matthew, “When I was hungry you gave me [...]
According to the Dallas Morning News, tornadoes kill at least six people in North Texas, with fatalities occurring in Granbury. One video of the Granbury tornado is below. (You might want to turn your volume down.) Granbury, where the deaths occurred, also saw dozens of injuries and significant property destruction. At a press conference Thursday [...]
Linda Harvey of Mission America recently claimed that various entities are selling homosexuality to kids, or as Right Wing Watch put it, identifying one of the “sellers” of homosexuality, “Gay news sites trick kids into becoming gay.” I thought I should warn you about that in particular, since Harvey includes other websites “sympathetic to the [...]
From the Human Rights Office of the UN, a new anti-homophobia message, by way of a video. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. [...]
As expected, and via the live feed at The Uptake, this afternoon the Minnesota Senate (37-30) joined the House (75 to 59) in approving marriage equality. Governor Mark Dayton has said he’ll sign tomorrow. Minnesota thus becomes the 12th state, plus the District of Columbia, to provide marriage equality. Same-sex couples can begin marrying in [...]
Reading “A Rifle Designed for Kids” at The Daily Banter made me wonder: Can the often used, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” line be reworded to reflect one subheading of such killing – “Guns don’t kill kids, kids kill kids”? That feels as if I may be going “too far,” that maybe it’s [...]
Marriage equality is the current enormous focus of the bigger goal of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and via TPM, one response from Thursday’s pro-marriage equality vote in Minnesota reveals something about why the goal of equality is broader than marriage. After the bill passed, state Rep. Peggy Scott (R) said: [...]
VP Joe Biden (at Buzzfeed) and former VP Al Gore (at Price of Oil) have both recently opposed KXL, TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Biden’s comment was to a Sierra Club member on a ropeline in South Carolina. His office quickly said his position really hasn’t changed, and he awaits the results of the State Department [...]
At Taking Points Memo, Brian Beutler writes, “Meet Democrats’ Newest Republican Crush: Ted Cruz?!?!” At the Dallas Morning News, Wayne Slater writes that Obama’s trip to Texas today is to “make Ted Cruz-Republicans the face of Washington opposition.” Both, I’d guess, are accurate. From Beutler, at TPM: (Democrats) distaste for his (Cruz) antics and his [...]
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