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Gay people are too responsible to be allowed to marry

That's the stand of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the legal brief they provided to the Supreme Court.

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can "produce unplanned and unintended offspring," opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court...

Conservative attorneys did not argue that gays or lesbians engaged in "immoral" behavior or lifestyles. Instead they emphasized what they called the "very real threat" to society posed by opposite-sex couples when they are not bound by the strictures of marriage.

So opposite-sex couples are such a danger to society they need to be bribed or coerced into marriage, whereas same-sex couples don't? This is the most bizarre twist on the "But think of the children!" theme yet. (As opposed to the "Biological families are the only real families!" argument, which is merely disgusting.)

I get that they're looking at this from the point of view of public policy and encouraging the kind of behavior that benefits society. But setting aside that they're ignoring all the benefits of marriage that don't have anything to do with raising children, I'm having a hard time understanding why a same-sex couple who adopts one of those unplanned kids isn't entitled to the same rights as the feckless opposite-sex couple who made the baby in the first place.

If they mean that unplanned children need more of society's protection, shouldn't they be arguing that only people who forget a trip to the drugstore be allowed to marry? Or mandating shotgun weddings?
 

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Old guy explains cheap contraception to us stupid womenfolk



I suppose if you're holding an aspirin tablet between your knees you can't get your legs wide enough apart for intercourse, but somehow I don't think that's what he meant. Maybe he doesn't understand how this whole sex thing works?

But he's assured us contraception isn't really important, so it doesn't matter anyway. We shouldn't worry our heads about little things like controlling our own bodies and lives.

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Prop 8 is unconstitutional

Good news

It's seemed clear it was unconstitutional, with even conservative Constitutional scholars arguing against it, but now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has spoken.

Cue "activist judges" rhetoric in 5, 4, 3...

I love this wording:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."

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Komen Foundation retreats

SGK changes its stance on supporting Planned Parenthood.

They succeeded only in increasing awareness. Now many people will examine them more critically before donating. More importantly, Planned Parenthood's work in providing general healthcare and cancer screening has been well publicized.

ETA: SGK is now going to feel the rage of the religious right because they've back-pedaled. Somewhat incoherent anger being expressed here.

the thing is, when you come against spirits like Judas & Jezebel, you have to be willing to die. most of these corporations aren't willing to do that...

Um, what?

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Pro-life: this word does not mean what you think it means

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has decided that its principles force it to deny cancer screenings to poor women. Of course, their CEO makes over $450,000 a year, so maybe they don't realize how vital Planned Parenthood service are to women who not only can't afford basic healthcare, but live in areas where there may be no other option available.

I already make a monthly donations to Planned Parenthood, and I've just increased the amount.

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Santorum is Number 2

I was a bit disappointed Santorum didn't actually win, until I realized the subject line is now a viable headline in family papers.

Also, Attack Newt!

Okay, as a way to run a government, this is shameful. As theater, it's more fun than a really good production of Noises Off.

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Caucus post

Well, our caucus was boring. There were more people than I expected, and I wound up working to sign people in and register a handful of new voters. I have been drafted to attend the county convention, but may pass that job off to an alternate. Obama called in live, but I was busy sorting the sign in forms and just listened from outside the door with half an ear.

Mostly M:TNG-2 and I were disappointed no OWS people showed up.

Then I got home to find out that Santorum is in the lead on the Republican side. I can't stop laughing.

I still find it hard to believe he'll win Iowa, but I've been looking at the maps, and many of the uncounted votes are in rural counties, which are going for Santorum. He's getting more competition from Bachmann and Perry in those areas, so if he loses them it won't be because Romney beat him.

Romney is getting the urban counties, except for the university towns, which are going for Ron Paul. Gingrich has gotten two counties so far, which isn't great considering there are 99 counties in Iowa.

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1-855-ASK-NEWT

Earlier in the cycle, I'd chat with someone who wanted to know if I preferred Santorum (ick) or argue with a caller who refused to tell me who commissioned their blatantly biased push poll. It gets old fast, and I don't pick up the phone much right before a caucus unless the caller ID tells me it's someone I know. But the robocalls go to the answering machine. I just listened to a swill-load of smarm from Gingrich, who invited me to call him.

Usually I roll my eyes, but this one made me laugh. 1-855-ASK-NEWT sounds too much like a pet store hot line, or maybe a pitch from an insurance company whose mascot is going eyeball to eyeball with the gekko.

Just four more days, and they'll all go away.

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A video to hate

Rick Perry must have spent a fortune to get this ad on the air in Iowa, because I can't flip a channel without seeing it. It's well on its way to becoming the most disliked video on YouTube, and I encourage you to listen for as long as you can and record your own reaction there.



Right now, all anyone is hearing about Iowa is how well hateful, right-wing politics is playing here. That's because only the Republican nomination is up for grabs. The nature of the caucus system means that only people willing to drag themselves out in freezing weather and spend a few hours in an elementary school gym arguing and shuffling around participate. Which means that the system is skewed to the more extreme end of the Republican base, the kind of people who still haven't figured out that gay marriage is no threat even though it's been legal here for years and the only documented effect is a slight bump to the economy because of the people coming in from out-of-state to get married.

The kids in this video are more representative of the Iowans I meet every day:


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Dear Michele Bachmann,

You say that you were approached by a woman who told you her daughter became mentally retarded after getting the Gardasil vaccine.

So? My daughter graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa shortly after getting the same vaccine.

I'd try to explain why some thing one person told you with no evidence of cause and effect is not a reason to scare parents shitless about something that can protect their kids. But either you already know that and are using this for political gain, or you are incapable of understanding.

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the anti-masturbation homophobe won

She has a chance of becoming a U.S. Senator, along with the anti-fluoridation candidate in Nevada and the one in Kentucky who thinks that it's wrong to force a restaurant not to discriminate against its customers but it's okay to force a rape or incest victim to carry an unwanted pregnancy. Apparently, a man's business is sacred but a woman's uterus needs to be regulated by the government.

Speaking of uteri, I've been watching Rachel Maddow try to tactfully disagree with Chris Matthew's opinion that the anti-pleasure, anti-gay candidate won the nomination with the help of women who are upset that Hillary Clinton didn't get the presidential nomination. Chris seems wedded to the notion that there is a Vagina Vote.

Me? I gave up at trying to explain why an anti-tax crowd, enraged at a President who lowered their taxes, has declared its hatred of government by voting for candidates who want to regulate citizens' personal lives.

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Also looks bad for Lenscrafters' stock price

In the car with Mr. M, I paused in my usual rant about urban sprawl and the proliferation of strip malls to rant about the woman whose campaign for the Senate seems to consist mostly of broad hints that her opponent may be (GASP! HORROR!!) gay.

Mr. M: Doesn't she also want to make masturbation illegal?
Me: I don't know, but good luck with that.
Mr. M: Well, she could always arrest everyone who wears glasses.

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Will we ever outgrow this?

I know that in bad economic times, my country suffers attacks of xenophobia, but that doesn't make it any easier to cope with what is happening right now. Maybe it's worse than I've seen in the past because I can see the political mechanisms encouraging the fear-mongering; maybe I've just repressed the memories from previous waves of hate.

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Billionaires for Wealthcare

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Fact of the day

I'm furious, and disgusted with behavior that seems to be coming mostly from my generation and people up to a decade or two older. Town halls are supposed to be for discussion, not booing a woman in a wheelchair as she describes her financial distress.

Political rallies are supposed to be opportunities to present your opinions, not to bite off people's fingers. Mike Tyson is not a role model, folks! The pro-health care biter was described as swaggering off after maiming someone and is apparently hiding from the police. The anti-health care bitee not admits to throwing the first punch in the fight, it turns out this guy who opposes socialism in all forms is being treated thanks to Medicare.

Baby boomers, grow up.

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I have a chart..I have a mullet

The latest Auto-Tune the News:



It's hard to pick my favorite among these videos, but I think the lettuce regulations episode may be it:



We're blessed by Joe Biden from space!

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Fact of the day

31 percent of young workers report being uninsured, up from 24 percent 10 years ago, and 79 percent of the uninsured say they don’t have coverage because they can’t afford it or their employer does not offer it.


Bonus facts, because I've missed several days:

- Only 31 percent [of young workers] say they make enough money to cover their bills and put some money aside—22 percentage points fewer than in 1999—while 24 percent cannot even pay their monthly bills.

- 37 percent have put off education or professional development because they can’t afford it.

Oh, and Michele Bachmann is crazy.

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Fact of the day

One out of every three dollars spent on health care in the US is wasted.

Money-Driven Medicine

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Fact of the day

8 in 10 Americans back a public option for health insurance

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RIP, Ted Kennedy

I remember when JFK and RFK were killed. I was very young when I watched the JFK funeral, but I remember John, Jr.'s salute, and it hit me hard when the son died so senselessly years later. Bobby was shot early in the morning and I remember standing on line to go into my Junior High classroom that day and trying to find someone as upset as I was, but the only response I got was, "Who is he?"

Teddy lived to grow old and to see so much more tragedy. He also had to redeem himself. I know a lot of people will say that he could not and that Mary Jo Kopechne's death overshadows everything else he accomplished. I was unsympathetic to him myself for many years. But sometimes age brings compassion or understanding, or maybe just a realization that we all have crimes to atone. I'd like to think that her memory helped inspire his achievements.

His final, ironic tragedy was that cancer took him before he could achieve his goal of providing health care for all Americans. We need to pass a good bill and name it after him.

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