Tuesday, January 31, 2012

David Pakman Interviews Stacey Campfield

The Wrap-Up: January 31, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Today is Primary Day in Florida and the fur is flying...as are the attacks between Gingrich and Romney.

South Dakota is taking a wrecking ball to the separation of church and state.

Governor Christie (R-NJ) is yet another politician with a bad case of Foot-In-Mouth Disease. He should just not talk about subjects of which he has no knowledge.

Hopefully, the international pressure on the homophobic nations of Africa continues to mount. They received some words from the United nations Secretary-General about their human rights issues.

Maryland's Attorney General offers a prudent warning to advocates of the state's push for marriage equality.

According to this study, much of what we thought goes into successful school doesn't actually matter. Back to square one.

Tennessee legislator Stacey Campfield, of "Don't Say Gay" infamy, has some very bad information that shows how important comprehensive sex-education is.

Speaking of Mr. Campfield, he got a very unwelcome reception at a Knoxville eatery. Kudos to the owners.

And lastly, there is a Christian case FOR marriage equality.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tweet of the Day: January 30, 2012

Marriage News Watch: January 30, 2012

The Wrap-Up: January 30, 2012


When Grover Norquist, the conservative anti-tax crusader, was asked about what to do if Obama doesn't extend the Bush tax-cuts...let's just say the guy is on a bit of a power-trip.

It turns out that all of that "voter-fraud" being fought against in South Carolina isn't voter fraud, it's bureaucratic incompetence and silly mistakes.

When Republicans can't block and obstruct, they try to boycott instead.

Virginia's legislature really has its priorities askew...to say the least.

If this is what Newt Gingrich does after church, I don't know why he bothers going. Church isn't doing him any good.

This is probably the most delicious political statement I have ever heard of.

EBay gave the state of Utah an ultimatum.

And lastly, one little cartoon (hat tip: MoveOn.org) sums up 2 decades of GOP strategy.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Biblical "Definitions" of Marriage

To all of those who say they are for what the Bible "defines" as marriage, let's take a look at everything that said Bible defines as marriage:


That's the problem with using religion as a weapon to discriminate against others: it's like having a gun but not really knowing how it works. You think all you have to do is pull the trigger, but it is never that simple.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Did Newt Fall Into a Trap?



For those who didn't see this debate on Thursday night, there was a huge round of applause from the audience after this exchange (which went back and forth another time or two). I remember thinking even then that it seemed like Mitt Romney saw the opportunity to get set a trap for Newt, which Newt proceeded to step in. This was at the beginning of the debate and I have to say it seemed like Romney made up some ground with this debate in Florida after losing some ground after his loss in the South Carolina Primary this past weekend. I'm no fan of either of these to men, but I have to say "Well played Governor Romney, well played."

The Florida Primary will be held Tuesday January 31st.

The Religious Wrong: Gays Are Empty & Unhappy


Of course I'm sure that discriminating against your fellow man is operating WITHIN nature and God's plan. 

While I' sure that not every gay person wants to get married (P.S. Tony, the same goes for straight people), I also think that all of us want the option of marriage should we find "the one." Has Perkins even seen a reputable study as to how many gay people want to get married? Of course not. Perkins' claim that most gay people don't even want marriage is a prime example of someone speaking out of their kiester.

The saddest part is that Tony Perkins pretends that he actually knows who gay people are, what we want and why. If he actually knew us - our minds and our hearts, what many of us have been through with our families specifically and society at large - he wouldn't spew the false filth that he does on a regular basis. He would realize that what we want is what everyone in this world wants: a fair shake and a fair shot at happiness. Tony Perkins is categorically opposed to fairness, which says nothing good about who he is.

The Wrap-Up: January 27, 2012

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is getting some blow-back from African-American leaders after suggesting a referendum on marriage equality.

In all seriousness, everyone should keep their kids away from Rick Santorum.

Not only does America dislike Rick Perry, apparently so do most Texans.

Given how some of these debate audiences have reacted, I'm almost inclined to say keep them quiet.

It's strange to think that a member of the Catholic Church has done something even remotely pro-gay. I guess miracle DO happen.

It seems like Gingrich is taking a page out of the Santorum book on same-sex marriage. And Gingrich knows all about marriage, just not successful ones.

With tomorrow being the day of the Florida Republican Primary, what is Team Obama hoping for?

And lastly, Maine may see the return of marriage equality.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tweet of the Day: January 26, 2012

The Wrap-Up: January 26, 2012

Bill gates adds his name to the list of the rich calling for tax fairness. I'm thinking that the Koch brothers won't be following his good example.

It really seems that this one particular Minnesota school district is bound and determined to not address its bullying problem no matter how many lives it claims. Seriously, all of this "think of the children" talk is hot-air.

Just when I was getting used to not hearing about Michele Bachmann in the news, here she is again.

I find it completely unsurprising that most Americans disagree with Romney's claim that "corporations are people."

Speaking of whom, Florida voters, hit hard by home foreclosures, may like Romney even less when they learn this. Nice "work" if you can get it though.

Yesterday, Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) bid farewell to the House of Representatives.

I guess I have to stop hating on Starbucks now, with them being for marriage equality and all.

Republican debate #342 will take place tonight at 8pm on CNN. I'm not sure if getting home from the day job early enough to see this will be a good thing.

And lastly, some New Jersey Senate Democrats respond to Governor Chris Christie's veto threat/suggestion of putting marriage equality.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Elizabeth Warren: "It Gets Better"

Debate-A-Thon

I was perusing through Facebook Tuesday night, I saw that one of my friends from grade school had made a comment about the debates. The gist of what she was saying is that there have been too many and she was getting bored with them. My initial, and highly subjective, response was that all of this fighting in the GOP is pretty much them giving the playbook to the Obama reelection team. Every little detail about these guys is on display so that whoever actually gets the nomination, the left is ready for him. To quote part of my response directly, " Let the primary slog on and the blood-letting continue to the convention." 

It should also be noted that I am an out and proud political nerd (hence me having a political blog) and have been for at least 10 years, so this stuff is my bread and butter.

Now let me give a far more objective response. Looking at the big picture, the problem is that when a candidate is stumped in one of these debates, it tends to get personal. The entire tone of the discourse turns very negative. At the risk of sounding  like a Republican politician, the media doesn't help. In fact, it tends to hurt. As I was watching the debate in Florida on Monday, during the first 30 minutes I felt something I had not really felt before in any of these debates during this election cycle: complete and utter boredom. That entire half-hour plus had zero substance in it. It was 100% personal and 0% policy. I'm not sure exactly how many debates there have been so far (I have heard somewhere in the high teens), but this is essentially what this cycle has devolved into. Chances are if these had been Democrats instead of Republicans, the same scenario would have played out. There was also a Saturday night debate, followed by a Sunday morning debate. I'm not sure that has ever happened in presidential politics here in the States. This is what I would call overkill. In a recent interview on CNN, I Senator John McCain (R-AZ) put it quite well (and I'm not prone to agreeing with him).





However, there are many more primaries and caucuses yet to go, and this nomination process will most likely go on for several more months. That means that there will most likely be many more debates between now and the Republican convention this Summer.

Voter Alert: Photo Identification Laws

In the wake of the 2010 elections, a number of state legislatures and governors' mansions fell into the hands of the Republican party. In the years that have followed, many of these states have enacted voter identification laws. These laws require voters to show a photo ID when they arrive at the polls to vote on Election Day. While proponents of these laws make the claim that they are trying to thwart voter fraud (which they believe was a problem in the 2008 election...although it wasn't), opponents of these laws make the claim that this is a tactic to suppress the voting impact of racial minorities and the poor (which tend to vote Democratic).

With this being a crucial election year, every vote will count. As such it is important that if you (or someone you know) are in one of these states, you have the proper ID in time for the election. Even though the national election is ten months away (as of when I'm writing this),  do not wait until the eleventh hour to take action. Also, their is the fact that there will be other reasons to go to the polls between now and then; primaries, ballot measures, special elections, and so on. Get the right ID now. The sooner you do it, the sooner you don't have to worry about it. And of course, if you are not registered to vote, get registered ASAP as well.

If you don't vote, you can't complain.

Currently considering photo identification laws:
-New Hampshire

States requiring photo identification:
-Alabama
-Florida
-Georgia
-Hawaii
-Idaho
-Indiana
-Kansas
-Louisiana
-Michigan
-South Dakota
-South Carolina
-Tennessee
-Texas
-Wisconsin

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

The Wrap-Up: January 25, 2012

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Who the Hell gives more money to the church than they pay in taxes? Why, Mitt Romney of course!

Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican president (1953-1961) and Supreme Allied Commander during World War II would be appalled by today's Republican party.

I'm sure no one is surprised that North Carolina conservatives are lying in order to fight against marriage equality in the state.

Rick Santorum was glitter-bombed...again. I definitely don't support Santorum, but I also don't support acts like these: they just make the perpetrators look crazy and it turns people like Santorum into "victims," giving them undue sympathy.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
I know that Republicans tend to be more pro-gun than Democrats, but seriously? In elementary schools?

As New Jersey may be on the road towards marriage equality, Governor Chris Christie says it should be put on the ballot...because voting on the rights of the few usually has a good outcome right?

A Virginia state senator has moved to counter a discriminatory decision made by the state's Board of Social Services regarding adoption policy.

And lastly, Jon Stewart takes on Newt Gingrich. Seriously, he's better at political punditry than the so-called experts.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tweet of the Day: January 24, 2012

TV ALERT: State of the Union

The annual State of the Union address will be airing tonight with most coverage starting around 8 PM.






Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana will speak afterwards with the Republican response, followed by the Tea Party response with Herman Cain (which may or may not air depending on what channel you are viewing). Seriously, this week is a political nerd's dream.

The Wrap-Up: January 24, 2012

Despite Newt Gingrich's lead in Florida polls, Mitt Romney may have gotten some early help.

Here are the worst anti-gay moments of last week, which I'm sure took some time to whittle down.

If only the American people could afford to buy politicians like the Koch brothers can.

Tennessee's Tea Party wants to practice revisionist history. On the chopping block: slavery references in text books.

If you're going to get rid of outdated laws, you would think that getting rid of a law thrown down by the Supreme Court would qualify...unless you're a Kansas Republican of course.

There is a lot of proof out there that when it comes to same-sex couples parenting, Rick Santorum knows less than nothing.

With a State of the Union address taking place tonight, we should all be aware ahead of time the difference between lofty rhetoric and actual governance.

Are the higher-ups in the Republican party afraid of having Gingrich at the top of their ticket.

Even though Republicans nationally are very much against marriage equality, a GOP senator in the Washington legislator understands the topic at hand.

Speaking of marriage equality in Washington state, there are now enough votes in both houses for the measure to pass.

And lastly, today will see the introduction of a marriage equality measure into the legislature of Maryland.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sad Beyond Words

I'm not going to bother commenting on this story. It speaks for itself. From Blue Arkansas:

Last night, I got the most chilling phone call I have ever received.  It was Jake Burris, Ken Aden’s campaign manager.  Last night, Jake and his four kids had come back to their Russellville home.  As they were getting out of the car, one of his children discovered their family cat dead on the front porch.  One side of the animal’s head had been bashed in and an eyeball was hanging out of its socket.  But there was something even more horrifying to be found on the corpse.

Written across the animal’s fur in black marker was the word “LIBERAL“.

Is this really what America political "discourse" is coming to? You can read the full story HERE.

Newt Gingrich, Religion, & Government

American Terrorists?

I'm pro-life, but this is disgusting and asking for trouble.

Who Is Ahead in Florida?


Less than two weeks ago,  Mitt Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, but that’s ancient history in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Following his big win in South Carolina on Saturday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now is on top in Florida by nine.

 You can read the whole article HERE.

The Wrap-Up: January 23, 2012

Rep. Gabby Gifford (D-AZ)
Gabby Giffords has made an announcement about her future in Congress.

Saturday saw Newt Gingrich take the South Carolina Primary. Here are some Twitter reactions.

Here you can see a rundown of the exit polling. There is one group that Mitt Romney won which surprises no one: those making $200,000+.

Up next in the GOP nomination process: Florida!!!

Grindr was hacked, releasing the information of 100,000 users. Luckily for Republicans, this happened in Australia.

I'm pretty sure that Bryan Fischer of the so-called American Family Association double majored in Theocracy and Fuzzy Math. That, or I have some catching up to do.

FRC President Tony Perkins
Seriously, why do so many people like Chuck Norris? Obviously, his judgment is terrible.

I'm not the only person to have written Rick Santorum an open letter. This is a very eloquent piece on his parenting views.

First, Tony Perkins doesn't know what the meaning of judgmental is (he should look in the mirror to find out). Second, why do media outlets (including the left/progressive leaning MSNBC) have this guy on as an expert for anything other than hate-mongering?

And lastly, it's amazing the things about Ronald Reagan that the GOP ignores...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Band of Hypocrites

Hypocrisy is definitely nothing new to politics on either side of the aisle. Hell, it is pretty much a daily occurrence. I have to say though that during last night's GOP debate on CNN, I was particularly disgusted. Time and time again, the four remaining candidates talked ad nauseum about individual liberty, freedom, and so on and so forth. The problem is that each one of those men, to varying degrees, have talked about restricting the rights of LGBT Americans. 

Each one of these candidates has talked about being against marriage equality. Three of them (excluding Ron Paul) have signed a pledge that states, in part, that they will support and fight for a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. What is even more hypocritical about this particular issue is how it goes categorically counter to their constant speech about states' rights. There are several states that have enacted marriage equality, as well as several others which are currently in the process of following suit. Such an amendment as these Republicans would support is a "screw you" to the rights of those states to expand the liberty of their citizens, as well as any who would in the future aim to enact marriage equality.

Then there is Don't Ask Don't Tell, which three of the four GOP candidates (Ron Paul again being the exception, he voted for DADT's repeal in 2010) have said they would try to reenact. DADT is a rule that flies in the face of equal rights as well because it forces gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers to at best hide who they are, at worst, outright lie. This is a problem not faced by their heterosexual counterparts.

There are several other issues where these Republican candidates abdicate the principles of individual liberty and equal rights such as (but not limited to) adoption, parenting, employment-discrimination, etc. They have made it clear that regardless of their repetitive rhetoric on individual liberty, freedom, and equal rights, that they are against those fundamentally American principles.

One more thing: If Newt Gingrich ever utters the words "sanctity of marriage," someone needs to cram those words down his throat until he cokes on them.

Victories on SOPA & PIPA

From MSNBC:
Lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation that pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley, two days after major Internet companies staged an online protest by blacking out parts of prominent websites. 

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed a showdown vote in his chamber on the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA for short, that had been scheduled for January 24.

Lamar Smith, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, followed suit, saying his panel would delay action on similar legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, until there is wider agreement on the legislation.

"I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy," Smith told Reuters in a telephone interview.

The article in its entirety can be read HERE.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Picks a Candidate

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
From CNN:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced he was backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney Friday, saying his support could help Romney win Saturday's hotly-contested South Carolina primary.

"I'm a Southern governor endorsing Mitt Romney in the first Southern state primary," McDonnell said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

"The governor of South Carolina has endorsed him as well. I think hopefully that will help him some. He's the one that's been consistent. Other candidates have been up and down. He is the consistent, results-oriented conservative who has the best record and the best message on jobs and on cutting spending," McDonnell said.

Romney's campaign said McDonnell would campaign with Romney in South Carolina ahead of Saturday's first-in-the-South primary, including a stop Friday in Charleston.

McDonnell, considered a rising Republican star, has served as governor of Virginia since 2010, and also acts as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He is seen by many as a potential vice presidential pick for the eventual GOP nominee.

The article in its entirety can be read HERE.

Barack Obama on Citizens United

This video is from the State of the Union address which took place early in 2010.

The Wrap-Up: January 20, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Hours before last night's debate, Rick Perry dropped his bid for the GOP nomination. I'm sure you're all surprised.

Last night's GOP debate on CNN was sponsored by (prepare to be ill before reading)...

Advocate.com has pinned an op-ed about Karen Santorum's remarks regarding the gay community's dealings with her husband.

So, about opposite-sex couples being better parents than same-sex couples...

A study shows a relation between a state's tax rate and the well-being of the state's children that the GOP probably won't like.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Speaking of debunking myths, here is one for all my fellow males who think they're better drivers than women.

SOPA & PIPA over the last few days have lost a lot of legislative support (including some former co-sponsors).

According to Rush Limbaugh, a victim is someone who asks for an open marriage with the women he's married to/cheated on (i.e. Newt Gingrich). And people take Limbaugh seriously because...?

Anti-discrimination laws are under assault in Nebraska.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
The GOP has made their choice on who will respond to President Obama's "State of the Union" address next week. I'm not yet sure if there will be another Tea Party response by Michele Bachmann.

As of yesterday (before the debate), there was some good news for Newt Gingrich.

Is Governor Christie (R-NJ) still for vetoing marriage equality?

Small business owners have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Citizens United decision.

And lastly, marriage equality in Washington has gotten a few more boosts.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Wrap-Up: January 19, 2012

Karen & Rick Santorum
Lots of internet sites went dark yesterday, including Wikipedia, in protest of SOPA and PIPA.

I get that Karen Santorum wants to defend her husband (against the big bad gays), but this probably will backfire (if it hasn't already).

Michigan Democrats have a plan to address higher education in the state.

Jerry Springer
I feel like I have heard this repeatedly over the last few months, but Congressional approval has hit an all-time low (again).

As New Jersey moves to enact marriage equality, Garden State Equality is looking for witnesses to testify before a legislative committee.

Yesterday morning, Jerry Springer called out "Fox & Friends" on-air on their partisanship.

Scott Walker has a second  Democratic challenger.

The state of Washington has officially introduced a marriage equality bill into the legislature.

Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego
The four New York Senate Republicans who voted in favor of marriage equality are seeing a promise kept. Republican legislators in Washington should take note of this.

The United Kingdom's Deputy Prime Minister has responded to a conservative uprising regarding the nation's move to enact marriage equality.

A delay in the effort to overturn marriage equality in New Hampshire may be a very good sign.

The mayors of many of America's largest cities are sounding the call for marriage equality.

And lastly, tonight will see another GOP debate, this one aired on CNN at 8 PM. I'm enough of a political nerd that I haven't really gotten tired of these yet.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Santorums: A History

The Wrap-Up: January 18, 2012

Pastor Rick Warren
In an effort to keep Mitt Romney from the GOP nomination, Christian conservatives have found a candidate to support.

I had previously posted a video of Bryan Fischer (from the so-called American Family Association) where he pretty much outed himself as an HIV denialist. Denunciation came from a very surprising source: Pastor Rick Warren.

The (lone) sponsor of a transphobic bill in the Tennessee legislature had some strong (and ignorant) words about transgendered people. 

CNN gives us another reminder of how DoMA has a negative affect on people and families.

These anti-gay religious denominations think that discrimination is the same as religious freedom.

Rep. Steve Womack
Some Minnesota legislators are taking action against that state's attempt to constitutionally block marriage equality.

An Arkansas congressman loses his cool when faced by his constituents.

Here is the curious case of a man who, despite being elected, is prohibited from serving his office.

It appears that lots of Wisconsinites want Governor Scott Walker out of office...and I mean lots.

Cyndi Lauper has something to say about one of the songs Mitt Romney has been using in his campaign.

And lastly, a belated  happy birthday to First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Gay Rights Movement

The Media Fails on SOPA

Tea Party FOR Obama?

President Barack Obama
No, that title is not a typo. I couldn't believe this when I saw it so I just had to check it out for myself. Given all of the ranting and raving that the Tea Party has done against President Obama, it is hard to think of a faction of Tea Partiers that would be pro Obama, but it appears that there is. Here is what their 'About Us' page says:

Our Mission

We strive to bring the truth to light. We have no hidden agenda or single cause to endorse. Ours is but a simple task…Freedom to live our lives without government interference, lower spending, fair taxes and a health care system that reduces spending and creates a health and happy nation.

Our Values

We value the truth without bias or opinion. The truth is what sets us apart and here is where you will find it.

Our Beliefs

We manned up and realised that the problem is that the recession began during the previous administration. And while it certainly worsened for the first year of Obama’s term, there are now signs that the economy is slowly improving. Unemployment is reducing and we are more secure not that bin Laden is no longer walking the earth.

We’re tired of getting criticised for not having a plan to back up our boisterous protests, we’re tired of being called racists, we’re tired of being called nutjobs.

So we looked at the situation with clear heads and realised that barring any true, qualified leader on the right, Obama is the only choice for 2012.

Help Us

The cost of our voice is high, but the price of doing nothing is even greater. We ask that you give what your heart feels is right. It is only through contributions that we are allowed to function and turn back the never ending tide of stupid partisanship and politics. Help us help you. I promise not one cent of any donation will go into the pocket of anyone associated with our organization. If fact, we have open books. If you would like to see our financial statements, please contact us.

Who are we?

We are patriots just like you, who want to build a better nation and know the truth is always more powerful that politics and partisanship.
I can't tell from the site how sizable this group is, nor their influence within the Tea Party. For all we know at this time, this could just be a rogue sect of the party. I'll be keeping up with this group during this campaign season to get a handle on who they are and the noise that they're making on the political scene (or on the off-chance this is just a hoax...you never know). You can find their website HERE.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tweet of the Day: January 14, 2012

4 GOP Candidates Lose Case on Virginia's Primary Rules

I mentioned in a Wrap-Up previously that four of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination had mounted a legal challenge against some of Virginia's ballot rules for commonwealth's primary (which will be held on March 6). Subsequently, a judge ordered a hold on absentee ballots because of what the court may have ruled. The ruling finally came down from a federal court as reported by CNNs Bill Mears:

A federal judge on Friday ruled against four Republican presidential candidates seeking a spot on Virginia's March 6 primary ballot, saying they waited too long to file their claims.

Left off the ballot are Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The four candidates challenged the state's residency requirements for those seeking to circulate ballot petitions, but Judge John Gibney ruled against the challenge.

The four candidates "knew the rules in Virginia many months ago," the judge wrote in his ruling. "In essence, they played the game, lost, and then complained that the rules were unfair."

Gibney, a 2010 appointee to the federal bench in Richmond by President Barack Obama, said his ruling denied the candidates' motion for a preliminary injunction.

"The plaintiffs have waited too long to file, and the doctrine of laches bars their claim," Gibney wrote.

"The Commonwealth is far along in the electoral process. The primary election is so close that the plaintiffs cannot gather the requisite signatures to get on the ballot. To place the plaintiffs on the ballot would deprive Virginia of its rights not only to conduct the primary in an orderly way but also to insist that a candidate show broad support," the judge wrote.

Two other candidates did qualify for the GOP primary: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas...

You can read the article in its entirety HERE.  It should also be noted that Virginia ballot does not have a write-in option (which Newt Gingrich was patently unaware of given a previous statement).

Shit Homophobic People Say

Tweet of the Day: January 13, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Wrap-Up: January 13, 2012

Joel Osteen
A South Carolina bill has a particular requirement for receiving unemployment insurance.

Mega-church leader Joel Osteen has been called out on his cherry-picking of the Bible. 

That lawsuit filed by GOP candidates about Virginia's ballot rules for the state's primary took a step forward.

Speaking of Virginia, its Governor (Republican Bob McDonnell) made a very false claim in favor of the 1%.

President Obama
You know all of those bowl games people have been watching over the last few weeks? Chances are you pay a higher tax rate than they do.

Here is a question many on the left have asked: what has President Obama done for progressives?

As reasonable people know, the Bush tax cuts carry a lot of blame for blowing a whole in the national debt, but they have nothing on the tax cuts proposed by Mitt Romney.

A group of education and health organizations have released a recommendation of minimum sex-education standards to states and school disrticts. Conservative outrage in 3...2...


Paul Tagliabue
About what Rick Santorum said about how he would treat his hypothetical gay child...

A New Jersey teacher may find out the price of discrimination.

The United States Department of Justice finally weighs in on civilian recording of police.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue recently made a very generous donation.

And lastly, the campaign against North Carolina's anti-marriage equality amendment is officially underway.


The Vote Against Project - Welcome! from Vote Against Project on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tweet of the Day: January 12, 2012

God versus Religion


The Wrap-Up: January 12, 2012

Cheryl Pflug
Washington state's drive for marriage equality gained another important vote.

Simultaneously, there is a contrary effort by people on the other side of this issue.

Some of the GOP candidates have vowed to be tough on an issue that Americans are most concerned about: pornography.

What did we learn from the New Hampshire Primary? Among other things, not even Catholics like Santorum (who is one of their own).

The Lombardy Trophy
RWNJ's are all for prayer in school...depending on who you're praying to of course.

This year's Super Bowl will bring some disturbing advertisements to certain areas that will make last year ad with Tim Tebow look extremely non-controversial by comparison.
The Minnesota school district that has seen a slew of suicides due to anti-gay bullying is seeking to change the policy...by not really changing it at all.

Not only does Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) not care about Wisconsin's worker, he doesn't care about campaign finance laws either.

Warren Buffett
If New Jersey's push for marriage equality doesn't go the distance through the legislature (or the Governor's office), there is another option.

Republicans are eyeing the Senate in 2012 as low hanging fruit.

Billionaire Warren Buffett throws down a challenge to Congressional republicans.

And lastly, a story that melted the heart of this cynic.