Tuesday, November 30, 2010

National Organization for Marriage , Catholic Church opposed, as Civil Union vote awaited in Ill.


Waiting on civil union vote in Illinois

NOM and Catholic Church are opposed:
http://chicago.gopride.com/news/article.cfm/articleid/14712976/civil-union-vote-wait-goes-on-in-springfield
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Manhattan Declaration leaders write CEO Steve Jobs after Apple pulls iPhone app

No Android Magazine for Apple usersSAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 27:  Apple Inc. CEO St...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Group for Traditional Values cries foul after Apple pulls their app. 



The Manhattan Declaration app was accepted by Apple and rated as a 4+, which indicated that the app contained "no objectionable content".  


However,  after a "small but very vocal"  protest coming from gay advocacy,  Apple pulled the app during the Thanksgiving holiday.  


Now, Manhattan Declaration leaders are writing  Apple CEO Steve Jobs and urging him to restore the application. 

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Supporters: Almost 60 votes in Ill. House for civil unions | abc7chicago.com

Illinois Population Density MapImage via WikipediaSupporters: Almost 60 votes in Ill. House for civil unions | abc7chicago.com: "Opponents are fighting to make sure the legislation fails.

Smith said the Family Institute has made hundreds of thousands of automated calls to voters in recent months, urging them to contact their legislators. The group has sent bulletins on the subject to hundreds of Illinois churches, and Smith said he is lobbying lawmakers directly. Along with other conservative organizations, the institute is sending e-mails to everyone on its lists to call for action against civil unions.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Conference of Illinois is fighting the legislation, too. It's urging Catholic churches across Illinois to speak out, said Executive Director Robert Gilligan, and bishops are contacting lawmakers to speak against the measure.

'Marriage is what it is and always has been, no matter what a legislature decides to do,' Chicago Cardinal Francis George said in a statement last week."
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Should Graduate Degrees Be Earned on Facebook? - Education - GOOD

Should Graduate Degrees Be Earned on Facebook? - Education - GOOD: "In The Social Network, Justin Timberlake, who plays Napster's founder Sean Parker, proclaims: 'In the beginning we lived in caves. Then we lived in houses. Now, we’ll live on the Internet.'

And now, apparently, we'll also earn graduate degrees on Facebook.

Today's Times reports that the London School of Business and Finance Global M.B.A., which bills itself as “the world’s first internationally recognized M.B.A. to be delivered through a Facebook application,” is not only open for business but already claiming to enroll 30,000 active users."
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Sirius XM Radio: Where Laura Schlessinger's Homophobia and Racism Are Set to Reap Millions | Gay Rights | Change.org

Radio counselor Dr. Laura SchlessingerImage via WikipediaSirius XM Radio: Where Laura Schlessinger's Homophobia and Racism Are Set to Reap Millions | Gay Rights | Change.org: "When someone has a lengthy track record of making ridiculous anti-gay statements, or using the N-word 11 times in a six-minute conversation, you hardly expect them to be given millions of dollars for their gift of gab. Yet Sirius XM Radio has just inked a deal with 'Dr.' Laura Schlessinger, the controversial talk radio host who has a history of calling gay people 'biological errors' and 'deviants,' and who was ridiculed earlier this year after a rant that saw her use the N-word over and over again.

Schlessinger spoke about her deal with Siruis XM to the Associated Press, slamming the activists that have held her accountable for her hate speech over the years."
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Knox Appeal

Knox as a child in Washington 
True Justice For Meredith Kercher: "Knox did not appear the same carefree Seattle girl who in her first public court statement giggled as she explained that her rampant rabbit vibrator was just a joke, or who would often turn to smile and wave at friends and family during courtroom breaks.


Three years in the Capanne penitentiary have taken their toll—the gravity of her situation has set in, and recent months have been particularly fraught with tension and worry.

“She feels the weight of all of this on her shoulders,” Ghirga said. “She has lost some faith.”

Her family’s approach has also changed. In sharp contrast to the criticisms directed at the Italian judiciary during her first trial, Knox’s stepfather Chris Mellas, told reporters outside the courthouse that the family had “full faith in the Italian justice system,” adding that “after all, Italy’s judiciary has a long and rich history.”

“Amanda is happy to finally get this process going, we have a new jury and new judges. Unfortunately we have the old prosecutor, but you can’t have everything.”"
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Backlash feared as some in GOP push social issues | Gay Online News

"Republican Party Elephant" logoImage via WikipediaAlthough fixing the economy is the top priority, Republicans who won greater control of state governments in this month’s election are considering how to pursue action on a range of social issues, including abortion, gun rights and even divorce laws.Backlash feared as some in GOP push social issues | Gay Online News
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Anyone hoping for 2011 GOP infighting is going to be disappointed. - By David Weigel - Slate Magazine

"The Third-Term Panic", by Thomas Na...Image via WikipediaAnyone hoping for 2011 GOP infighting is going to be disappointed. - By David Weigel - Slate Magazine:
Civil War? What Civil War?
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Social issues and the tea party

Mike Corthell: Social issues and the tea party
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Viewers’ Guide to Prop 8 argument December 6 | Keen News Service

A window with a "No on Proposition 8"...Image via WikipediaViewers’ Guide to Prop 8 argument December 6 | Keen News Service
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Terrorist Plot, Or Entrapment?

The FBI Seal where the circle of stars represe...Image via WikipediaTerrorist Plot, Or Entrapment?: "It may very well be that the FBI successfully and within legal limits arrested a dangerous criminal intent on carrying out a serious Terrorist plot that would have killed many innocent people, in which case they deserve praise. Court-approved surveillance and use of undercover agents to infiltrate terrorist plots are legitimate tactics when used in accordance with the law.
But it may also just as easily be the case that the FBI — as they’ve done many times in the past — found some very young, impressionable, disaffected, hapless, aimless, inept loner; created a plot it then persuaded/manipulated/entrapped him to join, essentially turning him into a Terrorist; and then patted itself on the back once it arrested him for having thwarted a “Terrorist plot” which, from start to finish, was entirely the FBI’s own concoction."
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NOM, Catholic Church gear up to block civil unions - 676

A dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, who is be...Image via WikipediaWindy City Times - NOM, Catholic Church gear up to block civil unions - 676
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Gay Dallas Couple's Skype'd Marriage Was Anulled In D.C. Court. Law Prof Aghast. - Dallas News - Unfair Park

walkupswedding.jpgGay Dallas Couple's Skype'd Marriage Was Anulled In D.C. Court. Law Prof Aghast. - Dallas News - Unfair Park
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Debut of 'Spider-Man' on Broadway is a rocky 1 - WSJ.com

The theatrical poster for Sam Raimi's Spider-M...Image via WikipediaDebut of 'Spider-Man' on Broadway is a rocky 1 - WSJ.com
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Return of the Culture Wars: Tea Party’s Social and Religious Agenda and How Progressives Can Respond

Ron Paul's son, Rand, speaking at a Ron Paul R...Image via WikipediaSen.-elect Rand Paul (R-KY), , believes the government should intervene when it comes to pregnant women—forcing them to continue their pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape. In fact, by the latest count, the midterm elections brought 44 more antiabortion votes to the House and six more votes to Senate.Return of the Culture Wars: Tea Party’s Social and Religious Agenda and How Progressives Can Respond
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Iran believed to have advanced missiles from N Korea

Coat of arms of the Islamic Republic of Iran. ...Image via WikipediaThe United States believes Iran has obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that could reach Moscow and cities across Western Europe, according to one of several secret diplomatic assessments of Iran's weapons program disclosed publicly for the first time Sunday.Secret cables reveal Iran has advanced missiles, is distrusted by U.S. allies in Gulf
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Marine Leaders Would Prefer Gay Troops Not Tell : NPR

National Public Radio headquarters, located at...Image via WikipediaMarine Leaders Would Prefer Gay Troops Not Tell : NPR
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Graham: No quick end to 'don't ask, don't tell'

Image representing Associated Press as depicte...Image via CrunchBaseThe Associated Press: Graham: No quick end to 'don't ask, don't tell'
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Oregon Bombing: The Teenager Behind the Plot - The Daily Beast


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Bravo to Mr. Anthony Peake!! - Pt 1 - The Brain, Precognition, Time & Déjà vu

The Daemon: A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self
Pocket watch, savonette-type.Image via WikipediaMy absolute favorite British author, after-life and binary mind theorist,  Anthony Peake:  There is not another in the world who does as he does for Nietzche's eternal recurrence theory,  the beloved central idea of the 19th century's great German philosopher.  Order one of his greatest books on Amazon,  The Daemon,  and see his Red Ice Radio You Tube,  by following the link below:  
YouTube - Red Ice Radio - Anthony Peake - Pt 1 - The Brain, Precognition, Time & Déjà vu
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New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ - Pink News

European Union Parliament, StrasbourgImage by BlatantNews.com via FlickrNew Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ - Pink News
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Republicans already off economic message - chicagotribune.com

Republicans already off economic message - chicagotribune.com
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California School District Requires Sensitivity Classes in Response to Homosexual Student Abuse | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News.

California School District Requires Sensitivity Classes in Response to Homosexual Student Abuse | The Afro-American Newspapers | Your Community. Your History. Your News.

Are Gay-Rights Rulings Spurring Change or Frustrating Public Opinion? - Law Blog - WSJ

The Wall Street JournalImage via WikipediaAre Gay-Rights Rulings Spurring Change or Frustrating Public Opinion? - Law Blog - WSJ

And from Time's piece:


Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2032721,00.html#ixzz16a5CDRbq
"Ever since Brown v. Board of Education, it's been the underlying view of political liberals that victories in court will give them the social changes they feel are needed, and do it faster [than waiting for change to happen on its own]," Professor Mike Klarman of Harvard Law School tells TIME. "But such rulings have often brought significant political backlashes."
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