Lolol @ this Democratic Pres. Russian Nesting Doll I found in the apartment we’re staying in… #obama #clinton #carter #johnson #jfk #politics #weird #lol (Taken with Instagram)
This has been a huge week for LGBT issues; both good (Tom Gabel coming out as transgender, California banning sexual orientation conversion therapy, and Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage), and bad (N. Carolina’s Amendment One). The good outweighs the bad right now and hopefully this trend continues.
The thing that I most enjoy about all this news though, is the fact that homophobes and bigots have to hear about it all. With Facebook and social media, they can no longer just stay in their little bubbles and avoid things that don’t fit in with their close-minded worldview. With every article that shows up on their news feed, they have to re-affirm their hate-filled beliefs, and continue to feel uncomfortable. Good. Keep squirming. And hopefully someday that squirming will cause the resolve to break and they will realize that hate is a shitty way to live.
I am soooo pissed off at this ISSA crap.
YES. KEEP IT UP PEOPLE!
Follow Up of the Day: Crafty hackers last night managed to hijack the official website of embattled breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and express their dismay at the organization’s politically expedient decision to pull Planned Parenthood grants funding breast-cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured low-income patients.
The switch was simple, but the message was clear: A banner previously calling women to join a run aimed at ridding the world of breast cancer now read “help us run over poor women on our way to the bank.”
The hack, which briefly redirected www.komen.org visitors to ww5.komen.org, was only the first in a series of notable developments that have taken place since the charity announced its controversial grant withdrawal on Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood, which called out Komen for bowing to “political pressure,” has managed to raise nearly $1 million from online donations and generous contributions from deep-pocketed supporters such as NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
That number, which is continuing to rise, is nearly as much as Komen gave the nonprofit in 2010 and 2011 combined.
Pressure on Komen to reverse its decision is also mounting. 22 Democratic Senators have reportedly signed a strongly worded letter calling on Komen to resume its partnership with Planned Parenthood.
Additionally, Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, has resigned to protest her employer’s defunding decision. The executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter has also stated her intention to resign.
For its part, Komen continues to deny anti-abortion links to its decision, despite their anti-choice SVP Karen Handel’s well-established goal to defund Planned Parenthood. (Handel recently retweeted a remark critical of Planned Parenthood that concluded with the phrase “cry me a freaking river.” The retweet was soon deleted.)
The organization is further denying its deletion of pro-Planned Parenthood comments from its Facebook page and message board, claiming it only removes comments for profanity.
One poignant comment Komen couldn’t delete was left by award-winning author Judy Blume on her Twitter feed: ”Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear. Too bad the foundation bearing her name did. Support @PPact. Save lives.”
When even Judy Blume is calling you out, you should probably stop and listen.
Security: Occupy Movement calling for “Mass Day of Action” Nov. 17 in major US cities. Expect increased security, traffic disruptions.
This alert affects United States
This alert began 11 Nov 2011 18:05 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Nov 2011 12:59 GMT.
- Event: “Occupy” Protests
- Date: Nov. 17
- Locations: Major US cities
- Impact: Localized traffic disruptions, possible violent clashes
The “Occupy Wall Street” movement has called for a “Mass Day of Action” on Nov. 17 in cities across the US, calling for increased participation in demonstrations. Organizers and officials in most large cities expect between several hundred and several thousand protesters to participate in the demonstrations.
New York City’s lower Manhattan remains the site of the largest demonstrations, where up to 10,000 people have marched. Most of the activity is centered in Zuccotti Park, just two blocks north of Wall Street. Other cities have attracted anywhere between a few hundred to several thousand participants.
Recently, government officials in various cities have called for an end to the occupation of public property by protesters, which has resulted in increased tension at some locations. The organizers pledge to keep demonstrations peaceful, though there have been clashes with police, especially when authorities have attempted to disperse the protests or remove tents.
Large crowds could disrupt transportation near protest sites and traffic delays are possible. Expect a heightened police presence near rallies.
Though representatives of the Occupy movement are planning protests in many cities, the largest demonstrations and accompanying disruptions are likely at the following locations:
- New York City: Zuccotti Park
- Oakland, Calif.: City Hall
- Los Angeles, Calif.: City Hall
- Sacramento, Calif.: Cesar Chavez Plaza
- Phoenix, Ariz.: Downtown area (exact location unconfirmed)
- Berkeley, Calif.: MLK and Center Street
- San Diego, Calif.: Civic Center Plaza
- San Francisco, Calif.: Federal Reserve Bank
- Washington, DC: Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square
- Miami, Fla.: Bayfront Park
- Chicago, Ill.: Federal Reserve Bank
- Indianapolis, Ind.: Veterans Memorial Plaza
- Boston, Mass.: Dewey Square
- Minneapolis, Minn.: City Hall
- St. Louis, Mo.: Kiener Plaza (new location unconfirmed)
- Raleigh, N.C.: State Capitol Building
- Portland, Ore.: Tom McCall Waterfront Park
- Philadelphia, Pa.: Dilworth Plaza
- Las Vegas, Nev.: Paradise Road
- Seattle, Wash.: Westlake Park
- Santa Rosa, Calif.: City Hall
Avoid all protests. Use caution around corporate headquarters, brokerage houses, banks, Federal Reserve Banks, and other financial institutions. Allow additional time for travel near the sites.
Occupy Movement “Unofficial Hub”: www.occupytogether.org
For additional information, see iJET’s alert, Wall Street/Related Protests Update 6 - US.
I don’t agree with the advice. JOIN THE MOVEMENT.
“ The costs of the Bush-Obama wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now estimated to run as high as $4.4 trillion – a major victory for Osama bin Laden, whose announced goal was to bankrupt America by drawing it into a trap.
“Raising the debt ceiling is not equivalent to dispensing a blank check. In fact, Republicans, in Orwellian fashion, are turning black into white. With a blank check, a bearer is free to write (and then spend) any amount he or she places on the note. Thus, a blank check enables future spending. Raising the debt ceiling is about permitting the US government to cover past spending—and the blank checks of the past. These particular blank checks were issued by the Republicans during the Bush years. They voted (with the help of some Democrats) for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq without budgeting for them. They did the same with a Medicare prescription-drug benefit. They also green-lighted President Bush’s tax cuts without accounting for the drop in revenue they would cause. Together these blank checks account for two-thirds of the deficit, if not more. (See this chart.) By claiming the debt ceiling is the problem, the Republicans are blaming the bank for the bank robber’s action.” - David Corn
Source: Mother Jones
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