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North Carolina AG stops defending gay marriage ban

28 July 2014 - 04:54 PM



Unsurprisingly, South Carolina will hate the gays until the last possible moment


Cooper's South Carolina counterpart signaled that his state would continue defending the ban.

“Currently, South Carolina’s law remains intact and, of course, our office will continue to defend it,” Mark Powell, a spokesman for Attorney General Alan Wilson ®, said in a statement Monday. “Ultimately, this will be a decision for the U.S. Supreme Court. People should not rush to act or react until that time, when a decision is made by the highest court in the land.”

What say ye, huddlers?

28 July 2014 - 04:26 PM



Awesome reasoning or awesome everything?



Remember how satanists are building a statue of a 19th century goat-man occult symbol to place outside the Oklahoma State Capitol because there is already a Ten Commandments monument on display? Well, those same satanists are now using the Supreme Court’s sweeping Hobby Lobby decision to challenge coercive mandatory counseling laws by requesting a religious exemption for satanists (and non-satanists).

“While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact,” Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucian Greaves said in a Monday statement. ”This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, when in fact they are not. Because of the respect the Court has given to religious beliefs, and the fact that our our beliefs are based on best available knowledge, we expect that our belief in the illegitimacy of state­ mandated ‘informational’ material is enough to exempt us, and those who hold our beliefs, from having to receive them.”

The claim here is not quite as apples-to-apples as the Ten Commandments/goat-man hybrid statue, but you can easily follow their thinking. The Hobby Lobby decision granted 90 percent of the corporations in the United States a kind of religious personhood under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. So now the government can’t require Hobby Lobby or any corporation to include comprehensive contraceptive coverage in its employer health plan if that coverage violates the corporation’s religious beliefs.

Because medicine and scientific fact are the tenets of satanists’ faith, then medically inaccurate and coercive counseling laws present a substantial burden, according to Greaves. This is pretty much what Ruth Bader Ginsburg was talking about in her dissent when she said the justices had “ventured into a minefield.” It just so happens that these are satanists making a faith claim under the legal precedent, and not, you know, a company that produces soy milk and hates birth control. But it’s the same idea.

Republicans pass unpaid for, questionable "stimulus" with nothing being cut to...

11 July 2014 - 03:24 PM



"Even as a stimulus, the analysis shows that for every dollar that is invested we get 20 cents of growth," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), a member of the Ways and Means Committee. "A fellow could go bankrupt with that kind of economics, and that's exactly what they would have the country doing and not meeting its other needs while funding something that doesn't work."

Doggett and others noted that while Republicans have been adamant about finding ways to pay for other things, from unemployment insurance to the money the federal government needs for its highway funds, they appeared to have no problem with simply tacking the enormous cost of the tax cuts onto the deficit.

"Yesterday, the Ways and Means Committee was working on a markup of legislation for another short-term extension of the highway trust fund -- you know, the transportation infrastructure investment we desperately need in this country," said Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). "We were scratching and clawing to try to find an additional $10 billion over the next 10 months to try to keep some of these projects moving forward, and yet here today, we have another permanent change to the tax code at a cost of $287 billion over the next 10 years and not a nickel of it paid for."

Kind also noted that his committee has passed 14 permanent tax cut bills "so far at a cost of close to $900 billion." With Friday's full house vote, about two-thirds of the committee's cuts have passed.

Democrats also argued that the GOP was being hypocritical for another reason: In the tax reform plan that Republicans floated earlier this year, they ended the practice of bonus depreciation and some related tax cuts.

"You, six months ago, helped produce a package that eliminated this provision, and now you come here and you say you want it permanent," Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, told his Republican colleagues on the committee. "This is acrobatics. This is congressional acrobatics. You are just spinning in an opposite direction, and you're making this place a circus."

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), the sponsor of the cut, dismissed the objections, saying that since bonus depreciation has often been passed on a temporary basis since 2002, also without being paid for, it might as well be made permanent.

"We have had bonus depreciation, this tax policy, temporary, for over 10 years -- unpaid for -- supported by many on the other side of the aisle. Unpaid for," Tiberi said. "Yet moving that policy forward for 10 more years, the same way it's been paid for over 10 years, costs money."

"'Bad policy,'" Tiberi added derisively. "Even though we are giving for the first time certainty, predictability to people who actually create jobs in America, who must have a business plan and must make those big purchases. Amazing."


Because stimulus packages are made to be permanent! They should have no problem when Obama wants to make some more stimulus packages permanent right?

Actual voter fraud uncovered

11 July 2014 - 12:12 PM



Florida Illegally Drew Congressional District Boundaries To Benefit GOP, Judge Rules

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, in a hard-hitting, 41-page ruling Thursday, accused political consultants of making "a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." The judge said the state's 5th Congressional District, held by Rep. Corrine Brown (D), and 10th Congressional District, held by Dan Webster ®, must be redrawn. Districts affected by the adjustments also will need to be redrawn.

The political consultants "were successful in their efforts to influence the redistricting process and the congressional plan under review here,'' Lewis wrote in the ruling. "And they might have successfully concealed their scheme and their actions from the public had it not been for the Plaintiffs determined efforts to uncover it in this case."

Lewis said legislative leaders may have been unaware of the scheme to benefit Republicans. The judge added that he found legislative staffers involved in remapping the districts "straightforward, frank and credible."

Court documents filed in Decemberrevealed that many of the Legislature's redistricting records, including emails and other documents, were destroyed.

"There is no legal duty on the part of the Legislature to preserve these records, but you have to wonder why they didn't,'' Lewis wrote of the erased files. "Litigation over their plans was 'a moral certainty' as their lawyers put it earlier in the case, and intent would be a key issue in any challenge."

The Legislature is likely to appeal.


OMG missing emails

Holy cow

23 June 2014 - 02:23 PM

Fox News.com currently has zero mention of Obamacare on the front page. How can they continue to cover up the imminent collapse of Western Civilization like the rest of the lame stream media?

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