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‘Phobes brewing up fresh pot of hate in Arkansas

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has given his okay to the Family Council’s drive to get a ban on gay people serving as foster parents and adopting on the ballot for the next election:

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has certified the Family Council’s revised initiated act to ban gay foster parenting and adoption for the ballot. This clears the way for their effort to gather signatures to qualify it for the 2008 ballot.

Arkansas Blog : Ballot rulings — UPDATE

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Written by Jeff

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 9:37 pm

On this day: AR Nat. Guard prevents Little Rock Nine from going to school

Unfortunately: On this day in 1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering Little Rock Central High School. He left the National Guard in place for 16 days until a federal judge ordered him to withdraw them.

On the Twenty-third, the students were snuck into the school and when the white parents who had been demonstrating outside heard of it there was a near riot. The students were quickly whisked from the school to ensure their safety.

On September 24, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborn Division to escort the black students into Little Rock Central High School and to ensure their safety. Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard.

The 101st stayed at Central High until Thanksgiving when its guard duties were handed over to Task Force 153rd Infantry, a specialized unit of the Arkansas National Guard. Task Force 153rd Infantry stayed on guard duty at Central High until the end of the school year.

Arkansas Troops Bar Negro Pupils; Governor Defiant | New York Times’ On This Day

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Gonzales Resigns. Who’s next? Who’s left?

News is that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned on Friday and is soon to announce that fact officially to the news media.

According to Juan Williams on NPR’s Morning Edition, he is the last of the people with “long-term relationships” with George Bush to depart and all that’s left are, as Mr. Williams put it, “professionals”.

Update:

Audio from the resignation announcement:

NPR : Attorney General Gonzales Steps Down

Written by Jeff

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 8:42 am

Posted in Bush, Politics

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Thompson will run on social non-issues instead of something important?

In an interview with CNN, Fred Thompson said that he would work towards a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and overturning Roe v. Wade.

I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,

Nevermind the fact that the current DOMA exempts marriage equality from the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

When asked about how he would deal with Iraq, the only answer he gave was, “We can’t run away with our tails between our legs.” (paraphrased)

CNN Political Ticker Thompson: Roe ‘bad law and bad medicine’ «

Written by Jeff

Friday, August 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Texas Mega-Church Rev.: “Homosexuality == Murder”

The Reverend Gary Simons of the High Point Church said no to hosting a funeral for Cecil Sinclair, a Navy veteran, but that’s not all he said:

The pastor said that he could imagine a similar situation involving a different sin. Perhaps a mother who is a member of the church loses a son who is a thief or murderer, Mr. Simons said. The church would surely volunteer to hold a service, he said.

“But I don’t think the mother would submit photos of her son murdering someone,” he said. “That’s a red light going off.”

Yeah, because being gay is the same as stealing or murder. Because Mr. Sinclair’s very existence deprived someone else of their property or life? I don’t understand the connection that Mr. Simons is trying to make unless he’s just demonstrating his immense bigotry and stupidity.

Church Denies Navy Vet a Funeral After Discovering He Was Gay — Towleroad
Church won’t hold funeral for gay man | Dallas Morning News

Written by Jeff

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Forget Mecca, let’s bomb Nigeria

Let’s set aside Tom Tancredo’s ludicrous idea to bomb Mecca and Medina. Instead, let’s turn our attention to Nigeria and wipe it off the map.

Eighteen men have been arrested in northern Nigeria for alleged sodomy, which carries the death sentence under Bauchi state’s Islamic sharia law, the official NAN news agency reported Thursday.

Is it wrong of me to advocate bombing a country into nothingness? Is it worse than the world turning a blind eye to persecution and murder simply because Nigeria has a load of oil under the ground?

Shame On Us All | QueerSighted
18 face death sentence for homosexual activities in Nigeria
| IC Publications

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 7:35 pm

BURN! Raaditz smacks Tony Snow down. Hard.

Check it out:

Asked by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz during a press briefing if Iraqi officials were planning to take August off, despite another progress report due in September, Snow said, “It looks like they may, yes, just like the U.S. Congress is.”

Pressed as to whether American officials had tried to talk Iraqi leaders out of their vacation, Snow said, “You know, it’s 130 degrees in Baghdad in August. I’ll pass on your recommendation.”

“Well, Tony, Tony, I’m sorry,” Raddatz replied. “There are a lot of things that happen by September, and it’s 130 degrees for the U.S. military also on the ground.”

CNN.com – CNN Political Ticker Snow singed over remark on Iraq heat

Written by Jeff

Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 2:36 am

Posted in Iraq, Politics