No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered.
— Justice Anthony Kennedy (writing for the majority)
While small-minded tools like former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, former New York governor George Pataki, and President of the NYC Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, Pat Lynch, mouth conservative talking points laying blame for the murder of two NYPD officers on everyone…but the actual shooter, the plain facts remain:
Eric Garner: Murdered by a NYPD police officer who used an illegal chokehold…IS STILL DEAD!
John Crawford: Murdered in an Ohio Walmart by police officers who shot him for holding a legal pellet gun (an item for sale in that very store)…IS STILL DEAD!
Tamir Rice: Murdered by a rookie Cleveland police officer only two seconds after the officer arrived on the scene in his cruiser…IS STILL DEAD!
Michael Brown: Murdered by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer…IS STILL DEAD!
We know, in this country, who receives justice and who does not.
AP (via ABC News): Sen. Cruz Formally Gives up Canadian Citizenship
Canada: “Oh thank God!!!”
Rest of World: “Oh please, not another Texan!”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again folks: Don’t elect Texans to our highest office. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Cantor’s primary opponent, Randolph-Macon College economics professor David Brat, sounds like an authentic wacko. Among the questionable theories this Tea Party nobody champions, the moral superiority of capitalism, ranks high. Get that? Not economic superiority…moral superiority. And that’s not all. Dr. Brat has a warning for us heretics who don’t find the “moral righteousness of capitalism” to be in line with our values: Get on board, lest this lack of conviction bring about the return of a ‘Hitler’.
You have to read the article because you just can’t make this stuff up. But I say: Brat for President! Let’s get a robust debate going between future Representative Brat–I mean, after all, no Democrat is going to win Cantor’s central Virginia district–and Senator Cruz!
The decades pass. The faces change, but the message remains the same.
Pope Francis on Friday urged Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, the Holy See said in a statement, the pope’s first public pronouncement on the issue.
You know, despite the fact that his conservative bona-fides are unimpeachable, I like this new Pope. I mean…it’s hard not to like a man with the common touch—who blesses the seeing-eye dog of a blind Italian reporter and who washes the feet of Muslim women in a spirit of community and fellowship.
But—and this is a big but—nobody has more power to enforce his (God’s?) will than Il Papa. So if the Pope wants to get rid of sexual abuse in the Catholic clergy, he doesn’t need to ask. The Catholic Church is not a group of friends. He doesn’t need to urge or persuade. The Catholic Church is not a democracy. All he needs to do is kick ass and take names:
“But your holiness, it is difficult to identi—”
“Stop right there! You are excommunicated! Next.”
“Your holiness, we are trying to find ways of dealin—”
“And you! You’re excommunicated!”
“But your Holine—”
“Not another word! Your eternal soul is condemned to hellfire.”
You see. It’s easy, and Francis shouldn’t be asking. He should be telling. At least that’s what he should be doing if he wants to save Holy Mother Church.
In conflating those who, “…will vote for Obama no matter what,” with that segment of Americans who pay no taxes—mostly people who are so desperately poor that further taxation would be an insult—Romney demonstrates that he is so politically tone-deaf, so monstrously out of touch, so brazenly contemptuous of those who don’t support him—regardless of their reasons—that a vote for this dangerous, small-minded, creature of privilege is a waste of a ballot.
I’m not wealthy like Mitt, though in middle-age I’ve made it into the 5% and stand a chance of making it into the 2% by the time I retire. Thus, I’m the perfect demographic example of a potential swing voter, but I’ll be voting for Obama…no matter what!
You know what that makes me, at least to ‘Mitt the Sh*t’ Romney? A freeloader—a person who won’t take personal responsibility for my life. This, despite the fact that I’ve been continuously employed for almost 30 years, with the only breaks being those of my own choosing…well almost all.
I have been laid off twice, and one of those times it was because a parasite like Romney saw an opportunity to make a whole lot of fat easy cash from the labor of others. I suppose that makes me one of Romney’s ‘victims’.
I have taken unemployment insurance exactly once in my life, for 4 months, and I was damn glad it was available, but in Mitt’s world I’m, “…dependent on government”.
As a percentage of income, I pay way, Way, WAY more taxes than Mitt Romney, always have and always will. Mitt Romney, whose budget wrecking policies will literally crush this nation under debt, can afford to talk tough to us 47%’ers. With $240M in the bank and a privileged life free of budgetary anxiety, he has never had to pay his own way, and he can’t conceptualize that government might have to as well.
Arguably, I have done more good in my life and career than Mitt Romney will ever do in his because at least I care about my country, my neighbors, my family, and those less fortunate than myself. The only people Mitt Romney cares about are those more fortunate than himself, and if he becomes the President, I guaran-f*cking-tee he’s going to prove it.
So F*CK YOU MITT ROMNEY!!! Much as I think Barack Obama has been a waste as our President, you never had any more than the slimmest chance of getting my vote. Now? You and you’re whole so-called conservative, screw-the-99%, tea-bagging, cabal of addled dimwit Rethuglican leeches have got no chance.
I’m sick and tired of this bullsh*t. Anybody…and I mean ANY-F*CKING-BODY…who deliberately attempts disenfranchise voters—whether it consists of limiting polling hours (Arizona), cutting down the number of polling places (Wisconsin), attempting to throw eligible voters off the voter rolls (Texas)…especially when there’s no god-damned evidence to back up their sorry arguments (Florida)—needs to be hauled off and thrown into the closest penitentiary.
Ohio’s sorry excuse for a Secretary of State, Jon Husted, is just the latest example. But in this case, Husted’s refusal to implement a federal court order restoring equity to the rules governing early voting in Ohio, should get him a all-expense paid trip to Leavenworth, Kansas if nothing else, than for contempt.
Sorry, stupid, partisan, mother-f*cker!!!
What a week! First Todd Akin steps into a hornets nest with the comment that circled the world (twice!):
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
I practically had a seizure when I read that. Okay, let’s break it down. First “legitimate rape”, what the hell does that mean?! Is there a legitimate reason to force a woman to have sex with you? Not in my world buddy. Second, “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down”…wha? I mean seriously this guy knows NOTHING about females if he can say this with a straight face. And last, and in my humble opinion most egregious, “but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child”. So choosing not to give birth to your rapist’s child is “attacking” it? I loathe this idea that a child in utero is somehow more valuable and important than the fully grown woman carrying it. This entire thing is just reprehensible. It belittles us women.
So he apologized. He “mis-spoke” in his off the cuff remarks. Yeah you did. You revealed to all the world how little you value women. Akin won’t leave the Senate race because he’s gotten where he is now by standing by his morals. Your morals are repugnant sir. But I’m glad you stayed in the race. The GOP tried to talk you out, Ryan tried to talk you out, even the crackers in the Tea Party tried to talk you out, but you stayed. And now you are just the gift that keeps on giving.
On top of that this week Rick Perry, governor of Texas won a suit to defund Planned Parenthood. Yup, he’s removing them from the Women’s Health Initiative and, get this, calling it a “win for Texas women”. Again I’m flabbergasted. How is removing a low income health provider going to help women in a state with no income tax which is hostile to illegal immigrants and has a governor with his head up his ***?