It’s Friday the Fourteenth, and you know what that means! Football playoffs this weekend!!!
Here’s that “fierce advocate” for LGBT rights in action:
Today, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States. This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA — which sets a federal definition for “marriage” and spouse” — is unconstitutional.
The government announced in October 2010 that it planned to appeal the rulings.
DADT only affected a minority of gays and lesbians. DOMA affects them all. All Obama had to do was nothing and it was gone.
Speaking of DADT:
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) just grabbed the gold star for pandering to the conservative base of the Republican Party in his quest for the 2012 presidential nomination. In an interview with Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, an anti-gay group that rails against the so-called homosexual agenda, he said he would reinstate don’t ask don’t tell (DADT).
If the court ruling that DADT is unconstitutional had been left in place, DADT could not be revived.
At a House Dem leadership meeting last week, Dem leaders decided that this is the phrase they will officially use to brand the House GOP’s push to repeal health reform, aides tell me.
With House Republicans set to press forward with repeal next week, the idea behind the Dem talking point is to emphasize what repeal would take away from you — and to position the plight of the patient in the center of this battle.
Dems are gearing up for a major campaign against repeal, in hopes that it will give them another crack at selling the American public on the law by highlighting its most popular provisions and arguing that repeal would do away with them.
“We don’t need better policies, we need better branding!“
A turd by any other name still smells like shit.
Give until it hurts:
WikiLeaks gives $15,000 for accused leaker defense: group
WikiLeaks has contributed $15,100 to help defend a junior U.S. soldier accused of leaking to it hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables and other secret documents, a support group said on Thursday.
The website’s contribution would help pay lawyers representing U.S. Army Specialist Bradley Manning, a former intelligence analyst suspected of obtaining the classified video of a 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters employees, and downloading more than 250,000 U.S. State Department documents.
“This donation from WikiLeaks is vital to our efforts to ensure Bradley receives a fair, open trial,” Mike Gogulski, a founder of the Bradley Manning Defense Network, said in a statement.
The WikiLeaks contribution brings total donations for Manning’s defense to over $100,000, the group said.
WikiLeaks took in over $2 million dollars last year.
This one is for Riverdaughter:
Predisposition for Religion Can Spread Quickly
Religiously observant people have more children than other people do, according to demographic studies. Assuming there’s a genetic predisposition for religion, this means the religion gene could spread relatively quickly throughout a population. Research using new mathematical models demonstrates just how quickly this could happen.
A religious group that makes up only 0.5 percent of a population could make up 50 percent within 10 generations, according to one of the models.
Maybe she can start working on a cure before it’s too late.
The No Pants! Subway Ride: Video of the 10th Annual Event
The unfazed reactions of the other passengers tells you a lot about New York City.
If you’re hoping for grandkids this is bad news:
Young people crave boosts to their self-esteem more than sex and money, according to a new study.
Researchers from Ohio State University and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York found that college students rated receiving compliments, or doing well on a test, above such pleasurable activities such as sex, receiving a paycheck, seeing a friend, or eating their favorite food.
Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, said the findings should raise red flags about the role of self-esteem in society.
“It wouldn’t be correct to say that the study participants were addicted to self-esteem,” said Bushman, who headed the research team. “But they were closer to being addicted to self-esteem than they were to being addicted to any other activity we studied.”
Youth is wasted on the young.
Stop the presses!
Scientists at UC Merced and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab discovered a new family of jellyfish floating around the Gulf of Mexico.
The discovery of ‘Drymonema larsoni,’ otherwise known as the “Pink Meanie,” represents the first “true jellyfish” found since 1921.
I always wondered how a jellyfish would taste with peanut butter.
In what will only enforce the belief that some French citizens are saddled with an insufferable insouciance, federal air marshals had to subdue an intoxicated man flying to New York from Nice when he repeatedly shoved a female flight attendant who caught him smoking in the plane’s bathroom.
After being handcuffed, suspect Franck Lebrun announced, “I’m French, fuck you!”
I know what you’re thinking and no, we’re not related.
Today in History:
1990 “Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV
1978 Sex Pistols’ final concert
1914 Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords
1784 Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies Treaty of Paris
1960 Eric Alterman
1952 Sydney Biddle Barrows
1948 T-Bone Burnett
1919 Andy Rooney
1892 Martin Niemoller
2009 Ricardo Montalban
1977 Peter Finch
1957 Humphrey Bogart
1898 Lewis Carroll
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