Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Session asked to impeach Rowan clerk

Session asked to impeach Rowan clerk

Minister Jordan Palmer, secretary-general of the federation, issued a release contending that actions of Davis to deny marriage licenses to gay couples defies Kentucky and U.S. court rulings.

Palmer said, "This violates the oath of office taken by Kim Davis and, if she cannot complete her job because of religious beliefs, then she should resign. Government is free of religion and religious beliefs. Perhaps Ms. Davis would be happier in a religious state such as Afghanistan, Iran, or Iraq."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sarah McBride, married by Bishop Gene Robinson, writes about marrying her terminally ill partner | Episcopal Cafe

Sarah McBride, married by Bishop Gene Robinson, writes about marrying her terminally ill partner | Episcopal Cafe

Writing on Medium, Sarah McBride writes movingly about the grief and joy she experienced in her brief marriage to her partner Andy, who died shortly after they were married in a ceremony officiated by their friend and colleague, The Right Reverend Gene Robinson.

McBride became well-known after coming out publicly as a transgender woman while she was the student body president at American University. She met her future husband at a White House event honoring the LGBT community, and the two quickly entered into a close partnership, even working side-by-side as professional colleagues at the Center for American Progress.

Republican Disapproval Hits Record High As Voters Will Blame Them For Government Shutdown

Republican Disapproval Hits Record High As Voters Will Blame Them For Government Shutdown

According to the Quinnipiac poll, “Voters disapprove 81 – 12 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job and give the Republican Party a negative 31 – 58 percent favorability.” Democrats are also in negative territory, but they are more than twice as popular as Republicans in Congress (27% approval), and a net 17 points better than the Republican Party (40%-50% approval/disapproval).

The Congressional Republican disapproval rating today is 14 points higher (88%) today than when they shut the government down in October 2013 (74%). Republicans have managed to register their lowest approval rating since in since the question was first asked in February 2009. The previous low for Congressional Republicans was 76% disapproval in January 2014.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Alabama Confederate ‘flagger’ is ‘shocked’ when nobody shows up for her secession rally

Alabama Confederate ‘flagger’ is ‘shocked’ when nobody shows up for her secession rally

“Getting the majority is the biggest obstacle,” Burton said. “People don’t understand secession and are scared. They don’t know what is involved, and all they see is Civil War.”

Um, ya think?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Obama's Attack on Medicare Fraud Reaps Record Results for Second Year in a Row

Obama's Attack on Medicare Fraud Reaps Record Results for Second Year in a Row

We’re about to shoot down two Republican myths with a single post. First, the Obama Administration cut Medicare costs by attacking Medicare Fraud instead of attacking benefits. Second, Government can do things, and do them well.

For years, the Republican Party claimed that benefits are the problem. They tried to sell us several versions of coupon care and privatization while claiming that eliminating Medicare was the best way to protect it for future generations.

The Justice Department and Department of Human Services found a way to reduce Medicare costs without reducing benefits, without coupons and without privatizing it. Instead of attacking seniors access to healthcare, they attacked Medicare fraud, otherwise known as the means by which Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott became “a maker” in GOP speak.

Addicting Info – Katrina 10 Years Later: Jefferson Davis Home Restored, Minorities ‘Still Smell Sewage’

Addicting Info – Katrina 10 Years Later: Jefferson Davis Home Restored, Minorities ‘Still Smell Sewage’

A gaping hole was also left in Mississippi’s history when an antebellum home called “Beauvoir” was nearly destroyed as well. A shadow of its former self, the house that became famous for being the retirement home of Jefferson Davis, president of traitors and champion of slavery, would take millions of dollars to restore.

Just over the tracks in East Biloxi, the minority community consisting mostly of African-American and Vietnamese-American people was hit just as hard. Their homes were also destroyed, their community in shambles. East Biloxi, like Beauvoir, was in need of a lot of help.

Obama Drops The Hammer On Republicans, 'Nobody Gets To Hold The American Economy Hostage.'

Obama Drops The Hammer On Republicans, 'Nobody Gets To Hold The American Economy Hostage.'

President Obama made it clear that he is not going to play let’s make a deal in order to avoid a government shutdown. He was very specific in what he wanted. Obama wants the sequester gone. He isn’t going to settle for anything less. The White House has been signaling for months that they will veto any Republican passed budget that is based on the sequester.

His remarks also contained a warning to Ted Cruz and any other Republican, who may be considering shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood. President Obama’s message was don’t even think about it. Cruz and others don’t get to shut the government down to carry out their ideological agenda.

A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her - AMERICAblog News

A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her - AMERICAblog News

Analyzing election returns at a precinct level, Clarkson found that candidate support was correlated, to a statistically significant degree, with the size of the precinct. In Republican primaries, the bias has been toward the establishment candidates over tea partiers. In general elections, it has favored Republican candidates over Democrats, even when the demographics of the precincts in question suggested that the opposite should have been true.

Donald Trump is to the Bible what Sarah Palin is to newspapers - AMERICAblog News

Donald Trump is to the Bible what Sarah Palin is to newspapers - AMERICAblog News

Donald Trump isn’t running to be our first openly irreligious president, but if elected he would become our first obviously irreligious president.

Trump took a hit back in July when he told Frank Luntz that he has never asked God for forgiveness, due to some combination of thinking he’s never made mistakes and thinking that he is, in fact, God. Since then, he’s stepped up his Bible talk…kinda. His knowledge of the Good Book now seems to be limited to it a) being the only book better than The Art of the Deal and b) good enough for his fans to send him many, many copies, which he stores in the classiest, most luxurious warehouse money can buy.

Addicting Info – Forensic Analysis Shows Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered

Addicting Info – Forensic Analysis Shows Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered

The videos created by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress were altered, according to a forensic analysis of the recordings by a third-party group.

Fusion GPS, a research and corporate intelligence company, was given the tapes, and their discoveries were revealed in a congressional hearing organized by Republicans to attack Planned Parenthood. They found that the video was so manipulated “they have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries.”

Of course, that hasn’t stopped Republicans from basing calls to defund the women’s health group based on the videos.