Although Hawaiian governor, Neil Abercrombie, signed a bill legalizing gay marriage on November 13th, today is the first day same sex marriages can legally be performed in The Aloha State.
Marriage equality was never a question once Massachusetts drew a line in the sand legalizing it in 2004 (more about that here.) The only question was how long would we have to wait? With the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in 2011, the US Supreme Court declaring DOMA unconstitutional in 2013 and public opinion now firmly on our side one can more confidently envision a wave of state legislatures and governors recognizing same sex marriage.
Fifty years ago today in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The Kennedy family which calls Boston home is no longer the political dynasty it was in the previous century, but JFK remains one of America’s most admired Presidents. His words of wisdom may now be a half century old but they still ring true. Let’s hope that today we will pause, reflect and learn.
Dick of the Week: Lorenzo Garcia
Earlier this week Lorenzo Garcia – chair of the Young Conservatives of Texas – announced the game “Catch an Illegal Immigrant”.
The gist of this “game” is to encourage students to track down other illegal students and in exchange they will get a $25 gift card. The game was to take place tomorrow, Wednesday – November 20th, but the Texas University has stepped in. Not sure if this “game” will continue but the fact that Garcia felt comfortable enough to create such a vigilante-like game says a lot about the campus and student life at University of Texas.
“It made me think about illegal immigration in general and how much they put into the system and how much they take. I thought it would be a good way to spark the debate at UT by having an event such as this.” - Later Garcia
It makes me so angry when people characterize illegal immigrants like this. I know many people who fall into this category and all of them are hard working – giving more than they take; paying taxes, paying into social security (even though they will not receive these benefits), and often doing jobs many Americans have turned their nose up and refuse to do. These people come to the US for a better life not for handouts. The courage it takes to risk so much is a testament to their determination and drive; two characteristics that are incompatible with lazy individuals looking for a free ride.
This guy is such a dick. Full story here.
10 years ago today Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how this would harm traditional marriage and lead to problems with children raised in same-sex households. History has proven those arguments were nothing more than barely concealed homophobic rantings.
I would imagine the fact that the very, very gay friendly state of Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate per capita in the United States is a very inconvenient truth for those who continue to oppose same sex marriage on the basis that it harms the institution of marriage.
Want to read more about this topic? Check out The Boston Globe’s recent article, A decade after Mass. ruling, gay marriage gains.
Did you know that half of all Americans support a law banning job discrimination against gays and lesbians, according to a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll? Interestingly, that same poll also found that even more Americans falsely believe it is already illegal nationally to fire somebody for being gay. Sadly that isn’t true. Only 16 states (those in yellow above) make it illegal to fire someone because they are gay.
Today the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) came one step closer to becoming law when the US Senate voted 64 to 32 in its favor. House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner continue to oppose this legislation. Is it any wonder that LGBT voters disproportionately support Democrats? It is self-preservation.
This was an off year election for most people but there were two notable elections that took place in the United States yesterday. Neither election played out the way the Tea Party would have liked.
NJ: Incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie was re-elected despite the fact he is loathed by the Tea Party because of his willingness to work with President Obama last year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the NJ coastline as well as a false perception (that’s my opinion) he is a moderate.
VA: The nasty gubernatorial race between (former Democratic Party Chair) Terry McAuliffe, and the Tea Party backed candidate, Ken Cuccinelli (Virginia’s current A.G.), has resulted in a McAuliffe win, meaning the Democratic Party has won back a Governor’s seat. Thank you Tea Party
It is election day in the United States today. While most do not have significant elections in this off year, Bostonians are heading to the polls to vote for a new mayor. Mayor Menino will retire next year after serving Boston for the past 20 years, making him the longest serving mayor of a major city in the US; he was first elected in 1993.
I can’t help but feel like this new mayor will be a one-term guy. Similar to “rebound” relationships, after 20+ years, I just don’t see how this new Mayor will be able to step out from under the legacy of Menino so in my mind he’s Boston’s “rebound mayor”.
I have a Tea Party hangover and wish I could just take two aspirin in the morning and have this go away. Does anyone have a remedy for this persistent headache?
I wonder if we will ever see the day.
Last week at this time the country was obsessed with the government shutdown. The shutdown happened because Tea Party members were intent on defunding the Affordable Care Act. The NY Times has an interesting interactive map explaining the various factions in the House.
The image above is a snapshot of the 42 members that the NYT refers to as Tea Party core members. They are mostly from the south and represent rural districts. I’ve encircled the Northeast because this part the country doesn’t have anyone from the Tea Party or their affiliates (the NYT indicates there are another 26 members). If you’re a political junkie, you’ll find this interactive map interesting. Check it out here.
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is often characterized as an intellectual giant, but as you may expect, I disagree. Justice Scalia has made a career out of saying the outrageous and then hiding behind his claims that his faith as a practicing Roman Catholic shapes his views. So when New York Magazine’s interview of Justice Scalia from this past September was printed last week nobody made a big deal about his cuckoo comments suggesting that the Devil is getting “wilier” (his words) at hiding from us and why he’s not seen as often.
This ‘intellectual giant’ of the Conservative movement sounds terribly similar to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz and others.
You may read the full interview from NY Magazine, here.
The map above makes me angry. I feel like it smacks of racism. Not the in-your-face brand of racism that we may see in movies or from the Civil Rights era, but a more insidious type of racism.
How else would one explain how those states with some of the highest minority rates and most in need for access to healthcare – being blocked at every turn by their predominantly white, Republican Governors? While I have no doubt there are many who oppose the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act on principle, I also think that many more don’t see supporting the poorest among us (many of whom belong to minority communities of color) as a priority and are intentionally doing their best to block access to this sort of care.
The NYT articulates my assertions far better in their article from earlier this month Millions of Poor are Left Uncovered by Health Law.
This is a brilliant spoof of Time Magazine’s notorious May 2012 breastfeeding cover. Somehow the Photoshopped heads of Tea Party wingnut Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and our sycophant Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) is both upsetting and spot on.
I thought after the Republican Party’s expectations were dashed in the 2012 elections they would move away from their racist tinged Tea Party extremes. After all it wasn’t their moderation that led them to lose their bid for President, control of the US Senate, and 8 seats (cutting into their majority control) in the US House of Representatives.
To say I’m disappointed in our government in DC would be an understatement. Once upon a time, our politicians were articulate, thoughtful and offered hope. Calling each other names and seething with contempt for each other seems more like behavior exhibited on an elementary school yard playground than from adults expected to help solve real-world, complicated problems.
The most often heard critique regarding politics in America is that Democrats and Republicans cannot find common ground on anything anymore. Here is a humorous if not frightening idea that I first saw posted on Joe.My.God.
I suppose this is one idea that would appeal to many Tea Party / Conservative Republicans and Democrats alike. Leaving only moderate Republicans and self-identified Independents shuddering at the thought. It would be interesting to see just how many red states this just might turn purple and how many purple states might turn blue if such a ticket ever manifest.