John Boehner’s House of Shame

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Boehner_Hostage_xlargeJust when you thought the country was able to finally get the rancid taste from the Tea Party out of our collective mouths, the Teahadists have brewed a particularly wicked, hypocritical, and inequitable pot of tea.  John (I seem to have mislocated my spine) Boehner has yet again proven his dedication to erring on the wrong side of history. Twice in one week the House has passed a budget bill defunding the Affordable Care Act even though President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have made it clear that such a budget bill will never survive. Never mind that these nasty Republicans are acting AGAINST what is best for Americans and against what most Americans want.

Boehner yet again acquiesced to competing Madhatters, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.  This gang of school yard bullies have wasted tax payer money with their grandstanding and posturing in their attempt to hold…

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News Hiding among GOP Shutting Down the Government

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The news media has been fixated about the possibility of the U.S. government shutting down with a sideways glance at the first conversation between a U.S. president and an Iranian president in 34 years. The latest comes from The Hill which reports that the House voted to move more quickly on the Continuing Resolution that the Senate sent back to them yesterday. (The article reports that “just a handful of Republicans and Democrats” voted against changing the rule: that “handful” is actually 191 votes—44 percent of the members.)

Rapid voting won’t help because the GOP is adding two amendments to the Senate’s version of the CR, one delaying Obamacare for one year and the other repealing the 2.7 percent tax on medical devices in Obamacare. Another addition is a “conscience clause,” meaning that anyone, for example pharmacists, could refuse preventative care for women. This evening they’re just sitting…

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Struggle to Keep Wall between Church, State

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Religious prejudice in Mississippi may take a new turn after police arrested Jagjee Singh, a long-distance truck driver, for driving with a flat tire. The Sikh man was mocked and told to remove his religious attire, specifically a small, sheathed ceremonial sword sewn into his trousers. Later in court, the judge ordered Singh removed because the judge didn’t like Singh’s turban, also religious attire. After that, the Department of Justice investigated, and the county’s policy now declares that religious discrimination includes allowing a person to wear head covering with a religious reason. The ACLU is now requesting an investigation of county law officers on harassment charges and plans another one on the judge and his actions.

Another problem keeping the wall between church and state comes from Kansas where Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) thinks that science classes are teaching evolution as a religious belief. The group claims…

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Bigot of the Week, September 27: Guido Barilla

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Thank you again to fierce LGBT ally and my friend, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this article.  I must confess, I don’t  particularly enjoy writing the Bigot of the Week articles, for they sit heavy on my heart. Sadly, I feel I must write them to expose where and when people are being oppressed.  This week, Guido Barilla, the CEO of Barilla pasta engaged in oppressing the LGBT community.

In an interview Barilla did explaining why he would never use gay people in his commercials, Barilla said:

I would never do a commercial with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don’t agree with them. Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role…if the gays do not agree, they can always eat pasta from another manufacturer.

Wow! Where does one start to unpack this?  Shall we start with the definition of…

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Dumb & Dumber – The Gop Party Can’t Quit

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After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) got to make his long speech, ending yesterday, about defunding Obamacare, the Senate was supposed to vote on the Continuing Resolution. That didn’t happen, but lots of other things did.

The media had a field day comparing Cruz and the real Texas filibusterer Wendy Davis, who fought draconian anti-women state laws. Cruz is “aimless and self-destructive” (New York Times editorial board), elitist (GQ),  and likely guided more by presidential aspirations than principles (CNN). Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, called Cruz, his former Princeton colleague, an “arrogant jerk” — and worse.

Davis, Texas state senator, was the subject of a glowing Vogue profile and became a superstar on almost every major network.  She was the “Sunday Spotlight” for ABC’s This Week and was interviewed by Jeff Zeleny in the dinner theater where she once waited tables. Even…

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Hero of the Week Award, September 27: Cassidy Lynn Campbell

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Thank you to my dear friend and LGBT ally Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this article. Cassidy Lynn Campbell, a 16-year-old student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA, was named homecoming queen last Friday. The remarkable thing about this everyday occurrence is that Campbell is transgender. She is the first known transgender homecoming queen at a U.S. high school.  Brava, Cassidy!

Campbell began taking hormone blockers and estrogen injections in high school to transition and has documented her journey in videos on her YouTube channel, LanceMize. As she started this school year, she decided to stand up for the transgender community and run for queen.

If I win it would mean that the school recognizes me as the gender I always felt I was. But with all the attention, I realized it’s bigger than me. I’m doing this for the kids who can’t be themselves… it…

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Washington named one of the 10 best states for women

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By Gene Balk

Washington is one of the 10 best states for issues related to the well-being of women, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based liberal think tank.

The rankings were based on how well women fared in 36 factors that fell into three overarching categories: Economic security, leadership, and health.

Washington ranked 10th with an overall grade of A-.  We didn’t ace any one category, but were rewarded for consistency; we ranked 11th in both economic and health issues, and 15th in leadership.

Maryland took the top spot, ahead of Hawaii and Vermont, while Louisiana edged out Utah for the distinction of being the worst state for women.

Click here to see the interactive map.

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/09/washington-named-one-of-the-10-best-states-for-women/