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Archive for June 2006

AR gov: “Discrimination is fun!”

Yesterday the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a ban against gay folk serving as foster parents was unconstitutional because the rule was formed from “personal morality and bias”. Today Governor Huckabee (R-bastARd) said via his spokeswoman that, “[he is] very disappointed that the court seems more interested in what’s good for gay couples than what’s good for children needing foster care.”

Funny. I thought that having children in loving families was better than having them in group homes. Guess I was wrong.

[T]he court said testimony in the state’s appeal showed that the state’s ban on gay foster parents was based on bias against homosexuals, not on promoting the health, safety and welfare of foster children.

The Court’s ruling was unanimous.

KATV Channel 7 – Huckabee Says he Hopes Legislature will Reimpose Ban on Gay Foster Parents

Also: Arkansas Blog: Huckagoguing

Written by Jeff

Friday, June 30, 2006 at 1:34 pm

Posted in Equality, News Tidbits

Blanche Lincoln (R-AR)

Well, she might as well be. She’s championing the repeal of the Estate Tax and was a big fan of the 2001 tax cuts that benefitted the wealthy and now she wonders how the budget can be in such a mess:

A WEEK AND A half ago, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas took to the Senate floor to decry the estate tax as unfair. “I, for one, intend to fight for these family businesses, fight for these communities and fight for these jobs in rural America,” she preached. It was all very moving. Especially if you stand to inherit an enormous fortune.

That same day, Lincoln again appeared on the Senate floor, this time to decry the lack of funding for federal anti-hunger programs. This too was unfair. Lincoln was particularly nonplused by the counter-argument that there was insufficient money for such programs.

“I understand our current budget constraints. I know we all do,” she said, “Yet I didn’t create this mess.”

Oh, you didn’t? Let’s look at the main causes of the budget mess. There’s the 2001 tax cuts. Lincoln voted for those. There’s the war in Iraq. Lincoln voted for that too. There’s the Medicare prescription drug benefit, which she likewise supported. Other than that, how did you like the budget, Mrs. Lincoln?

Arkansas Blog: Blanche, the billionaires’ pal

I have to wonder which cause she’s championing harder, that of the few billionaires here in the state who want to send even more millions to their kids tax-free or that of the thousands of poor people in Arkansas who don’t make enough money to feed their families?

Of course, a look at her contributors might answer that question.

Related: 49-48 & Two from Boykin

06/28/2006 Update:

Today she voted with the other Republicans to add an amendment to the Constitution that would restrict civil rights instead of either protecting the existing ones or add to them. Luckily, they failed by one vote.

Related: Constitution survives…for now.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 1:10 am

Posted in Politics

MTV ads: Fight For Your Rights

I guess one of the things that you miss when you stop watching MTV is their pro-marriage FFYR ads. Take a peep.

MTV Fight For Your Rights | Commercial Closet.org

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 1:06 am

Constitution survives…for now.

The anti-flag burning amendment failed in the Senate by just one vote.

Opponents said the amendment would violate the First Amendment right to free speech. And some Democrats complained that majority Republicans were exploiting people’s patriotism for political advantage in the midterm elections.

And they’re right. It was just another attempt by the Republican leadership to deflect attention from their massive failures over the past several years.

And besides the blatant manipulation of Americans, they’re again trying to use the Constitution to limit civil rights instead of using it to expand them.

CNN.com – Flag amendment fails by single vote

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 6:17 pm

Jobs #5 on "People who matter" list

Business 2.0 Magazine has compiled a list of the top 50 people “who matter now” in business. They placed Steve Jobs of Apple at the number 5 spot on that list. Others who made the cut include Rupert Murdoch, the Google founders, and some “Oil Despots”.

Business 2.0: The 50 Who Matter Now

They’ve also compiled a list of the top ten people who don’t matter: people who’ve lost influence in the business community. Included in that list are Steve Ballmer, Rob Malda of Slashdot, and Linus Torvalds.

Business 2.0: 10 people who don’t matter

Written by Jeff

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Apple, Links

Intel Xserve on the way?

USA Today reports that the Woodcrest chip from Intel will be launched on Monday. Does this mean that Apple’s Xserve server isn’t too far off?

The Xserve and the PowerMac (Mac Pro?) are the last remaining PowerPC machines sold by Apple.

USATODAY.com – Intel to release new chip for servers

Written by Jeff

Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Apple, Technology

Buffet: Philanthropy with a capital P.

Warren Buffet has announced that starting in July, he’ll begin to give away about 85% of his vast fortune. As of now, that’s about $37 Billion.

Buffett has pledged to gradually give 85% of his Berkshire stock to five foundations. A dominant five-sixths of the shares will go to the world’s largest philanthropic organization, the $30 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose principals are close friends of Buffett’s (a connection that began in 1991, when a mutual friend introduced Buffett and Bill Gates).

FORTUNE Magazine: Warren Buffett gives away his fortune

Written by Jeff

Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Posted in News Tidbits