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We Never Conceived of Billion Dollar Babies

Like Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan because they looked just like humans.

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Post Race, aka, check your allies

First of all, let’s not get this mixed up with the gun violence. I have been, am, and will likely stay, convinced that regulated gun ownership is fine, and I see no evidence so far that even intelligently regulated firearms would have prevented this particular story. Don’t go there. Take that to the other threads. But…

This story. Seriously. WTF?

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The Chick-Fil-A Contretemps. Really?

I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A.  I’ve been there a time or two and wasn’t that impressed.  When their COO came out earlier with his bone-headed bigoted remarks about gay folks, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on.  The company’s position is well known.

Several public officials have disinvited Chick-Fil-A from communities, activists on both sides have lined up to support or criticize the company.  So here’s my thing.  Activists can call for boycotts all they want.  Or they can organize “support Chick-Fil-A days” all they want.  I’m okay with other companies (i.e. Jim Henson Co) deciding to not partner with Chick-Fil-A. I’m even okay with public officials saying that they don’t share the company’s stated values and those values are not representative of their communities.

I’m not okay with them using their public positions to keep Chick-Fil-A out of their communities.  I’m glad politicians are speaking out against the company’s bigotry.  Chick-Fil-A’s owners and management have a right to be stupid and bigoted.  The discussion itself it crazy though – it’s not about chicken, it’s about giving our dollars to people who actively use those profits to hurt the glbt community.  Greenwald is right on this issue.

At the end of the day though,  find myself saying “Really?”  We’ve wasted how much time talking about what some mouth breather said?  Boycott away.  But it’s wrong for public officials to use their positions to keep Chick-Fil-A from doing business.  The whole thing has been a PR disaster for the company and KFC is laughing all the way to the bank.  Now can we move on to something that matters?

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Arizona Can Do Without My Tourist Dollars

This morning, the partisan right-wing U.S. Supreme Court went against all precedent and upheld the constitutionality of part of the Arizona “papers, please” law (SB 1070). [It may be an exaggeration to say the law was upheld, see comments and update below]. I assume this law will now go into effect in Arizona. The only thing I can do about it will be to stay the hell out of Arizona as long as they have this racist policy in place. I wrote an e-mail to the Arizona Office of Tourism this morning.

It remains to be seen if copycat laws in Utah, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina will be allowed to go into effect. Every person in Arizona and states that pass S.B. 1070-like legislation will be required to carry proof of their legal status at all times or face the possibility of being detained. In practice it will be people of color that bear the brunt of these policies.

The encouraging news is that the first year after passing S.B. 1070, Arizona saw an estimated $141 million in losses from conference cancellations. The impact on the tourist industry from this first year alone totaled more than $250 million in economic output and close to 3,000 lost jobs. Ongoing economic impacts on Arizona tourism might encourage them to rejoin the Land of the Free.

UPDATE: David Dayen on FDL:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer put on a brave face and described the ruling as a “victory,” because it did not quite invalidate the entire law. However, it left wide open an overturning of the one key provision that remains. That’s the “show your papers” part of the law. If actual Arizona implementation violates federal statutes or results in unconstitutional equal protection violations, it can be challenged again. In Arizona, the home of Joe Arpaio, that is almost certain to happen; this law can and will be revisited at a later date. Having most of the law thrown out before implementation isn’t anything that could conceivably be described as a “victory.”


UPDATE:
Media Matters: Fox News not giving up.

Fox News reacted to news that the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration bill, SB 1070, by citing arguments that the one provision that was not immediately thrown out is “the heart of the entire bill,” while Fox Nation claimed the decision was a “defeat for Obama.” Fox’s attempt to find a silver lining is unsurprising, as it has long been a staunch supporter of the statute. But the court’s decision was overwhelmingly against the bill and the remaining provision could eventually be overturned.

UPDATE: Women immigrants tell of life in fear thanks to ‘Papers, please’ laws

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I Love The Dummies

Pink Floyd had a string of perfect albums – albums that didn’t have one bad song.

The Crash Test Dummies are no strangers to that.

One song and one great baritone:

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A gay hero, and a rightwing living in alternate earth

I have a special interest in heroes. A professional interest.

There is a neo-Aristotelean view that heroes are a very important way to teach morality. The view accepts that we are a social animal, and that the primary means of being social is verbal communication. I would add to those assumptions the claim that we think primarily in metaphor and analogy. Taking these three claims at face value, and extending them into Aristotelean ethics leads us to the not at all implausible notion that the best way to teach ethical behavior is not to teach complicated rules or lists of does and don’ts, but rather to make a list of character traits we believe people should have. We then treat these traits metaphorically. That is, rather than telling people to be brave, we tell them a story of someone who exemplifies this trait. We don’t tell people “co-operate!” we watch Pixar’s “Incredibles” with them. We don’t tell people to learn to be compassionate, we tell the the “Pursuit of Happiness” story.

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How Many Children Are Being Indoctrinated into Bigoted Christian Doctrine

Update: TMZ is reporting this took place in the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana.  Sure looks like the same pastor.

I think this appalling video reflects just how ugly organized religion can get. We’ve seen it throughout history. No Judeo-Christian religion is immune.

 

That it is happening now in THIS country is very much motivated and inspired by the the GOP/Bush/Rove decade of an unrepentant appeal of God, Guns and Gays.

At this point, I see little difference between American Evangelism and Muslim extremism. Christians persecute gays in America still today, as they do in Muslim countries…and obedient crowds cheer.

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Why are they constantly reducing the value of the lgbtq community and our lives to sex acts?

Why are they constantly reducing the value of the lgbtq community and our lives to sex acts?

That’s the question Alvin McEwan asked in response to Del. Bob Marshall (Republican, of course) who opposed the nomination of  Tracy Thorne-Begland to be a judge because Mr.  Thorne-Begland is gay.  Del. Marshall stated that sodomy is not a civil right, which prompted Alvin’s question. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Fund Embraces ALEC In Public

The right-wing Guru promoting fake claims of “voter fraud” has taken his effort to a new level and, has actually mentioned ALEC online. Athough it’s, probably, only online at this point; the usual tactic of prominent American pundits is to ignore obvious truths. Fund’s article is actually called “Left-Wing Pressure Causes ALEC to Retreat“.

Left-Wing Pressure?

KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Mars, Snickers, M&M’s, Milky Way, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Intuit, Microsoft?

Have I missed any subsidiaries? Who knew that the middle class had so many allies?

According to Fund, all of that “Left-Wing Pressure” came from former Obama White House aide Van Jones and The Nation magazine. :) He names John Engler, Tommy Thompson and Rick Perry as distinguished governors that “have come from the ranks of ALEC”, and even adds: (Disclosure: I have spoken at several ALEC events over the last 20 years without receiving any compensation.)

I’m not going to dispute that Mr. Fund didn’t receive any direct compensation for his strenuous speaking efforts at such events, but he’s not exactly living in a tent without a place to poop for his political theater either. Perhaps an air-conditioned bus? :(

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A Novel And Movie That Are Too Big To Fail

To Kill A Mockingbird is – in my opinion – a perfect description of Americas struggle to end inequality.

I think Gregory Peck knew he was portraying a man greater then himself, but the result caused people to think about themselves in a different way.

I watched this movie and read the novel when I was very young, but when I saw it again last night, I was stunned by the relevance to recent events.

Poor Black people, Hispanics, Whites and others in our country can only be seen as dealing with oppression in a peaceful way, but poor is a relative word.

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Is George Zimmerman Some Kinda 007? Is ALEC?

I think the police are sick and tired of being called racist or against people who are falling through the cracks in the “Cops” show. I believe the overwhelming majority of police are doing an impossible job – incredibly.

Who released the Zimmerman booking video? The police.

Sure there’s a lot of violence caused by desperate people; some of whom are probably just trying to feed their children in America.

Watch this video, (if it lasts), and tell me what you think:

Who made the best case here: Bill and Van, or the republican strategists?

In case you don’t know who or what “ALEC” is, let me refer you to a pretty good post I did on it earlier.

ALEC made the law that killed who I think is an innocent young man. Poor white people carrying Skittles or empty Marijuana bags are no safer, (well, they might be. :)). The media is willing to put up old mug shots of Zimmerman which make him look overweight and vulnerable; WHY?

I think this is a turning point for the unfair drug laws and whatnot. I think I have a right to an opinion too, but we’ll see.

Zimmerman killed a guy! If he’d killed a dog in Florida, he’d be in jail. Let’s have a trial and find out what happened!

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Bad words!

New York City, the Big Apple, the city so nice they named it twice, the home of a new education policy that makes Arkansas look like a bunch of liberal hippies…

The NYC department of education has a list of words you can’t say on a test because it might offend someone. Very impressive list too.

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