Monday, January 25, 2010

Today's Double Post

Email from my Son's Mother

...just so you know, in case you don't already. Last week the Supreme Court gave free speech rights to corporations, making our country a fascist state run by corporatists. Corporations can now speak out for or against any candidate for office without fiscal or other restraints. A corporation owned by Communist China can support media advertising for the candidate of their choice. Big oil, big banks, big insurance can spend billions and write it off as an investment...

Honestly, this is more important than health care reform, education, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan war, cap 'n trade and global warming COMBINED...this is not a partisan issue and it isn't a free speech issue. It is a ruling that made property persons, subject only to commerce and making profit. Morality, love, joy, raising children do not apply to property that is lawfully a person that can say whatever it wants in media advertising. Corporations are not subject to the death penalty, even if they pollute water sheds harming or killing thousands. Monsanto will still make genetically modified corn and alfalfa, even if it bankrupts persons fighting them in court or killing children with round-up infused food sources. If I bad-mouth my neighbor, it's slander. If a corporation supports a candidate for office, throwing millions in advertising their way, who will legislate to overlook liability for oil slicks, that advertising is now lawful and unrestrained, complete with catchy slogans, slick packaging, glitzy special effects all wrapped up between segments of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Please send this e-mail to as many of your friends as you wish and EVERYONE, please call your Congress People right away. Without restraint national and multi-national corporations will inject their political advantage so completely into our democratic process that our representative government of, for and by the people will no longer exist and we will see it happen now in the 2010 election cycle. We are at the mercy of profit driven corporations who by law represent their own interests, regardless of whether or not it is in the peoples' best interest or the over-all good of the country.

This is serious stuff...

STONEWALL: PROFILES OF PRIDE- A Generation Y Gay Activist's Story

Rejected Superbowl Add let CBS know they Should play it

From JMG: Prop 8's "Smoking Gun" Revealed

According to the Courage Campaign, internal documents and emails revealed this morning at Perry vs. Schwarzenegger reveal how Protect Marriage attempted to link same-sex marriage rights to pedophilia, incest, bestiality, and polygamy. From the Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs, via press release:
“Ron Prentice, Andrew Pugno and their Prop 8 team -- with the highly capable and apparently deeply cynical leadership of Frank Schubert -- created a permanent campaign to scare voters into believing that same-sex marriage would threaten children, undermine America and lead to every form of illicit behavior imaginable. This evidence is not just a smoking gun. It was an arsenal of incendiary devices directed at the LGBT community and voters. This is how the Prop 8 side won -– through fear and lies.”

“Finally, this morning we saw indisputable, documented evidence in the form of emails and videos that Ron Prentice and Protect Marriage coordinated closely and relied upon the Catholic Church, the LDS Church, the Family Research Council, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown and the National Organization for Marriage to get Prop. 8 on the ballot and to win through a campaign of lies.”

“Last week, the Supreme Court erased decades of precedent by ruling that corporations have the same rights as people when it comes to speech. Let’s hope that the court will as readily see that LGBT people have at least the same rights as corporations and surely the same rights as other people.”
A campaign of lies, indeed.

Yet another great heads up from JMG

From JMG: Obama To Make DADT Announcement At State Of The Union Address?

The Marine Corps Times is reporting that the White House has delayed the announcement of congressional hearings about the repeal of DADT because President Obama may reveal his intentions on the issue during Wednesday's State Of The Union address.
The Senate Armed Services Committee expects to have a series of hearings, one focusing on the views of military leaders, another on the views of outside witnesses and possibly panels of junior officers and noncommissioned officers, said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the committee chairman. Levin said Monday that an announcement of the hearings has been delayed at the request of senior Defense Department officials until after President Obama’s speech. Levin said he does not know what Obama might say, but he expects it will be an announcement of the administration’s intentions. Hearings were supposed to start with military leaders, Levin said, but he might change the order to get hearings underway if senior military officials need more time to prepare. “I am willing to switch things up,” he said. “I am committed to starting the hearings in February.”
Earlier today many progressive blogs were critical of the lack of announced dates for the DADT hearings. Can we hope that this is the reason?

Another great heads up from JMG

From JMG: On Cyberbullying

Just go watch this.

From JMG: Exposing The Lies About Gay Pedophilia

JMG: Rob Tisinai sends us another of his excellent videos, this one prompted in part by the Prop 8 trial lies of Hak-Shing William Tam, who infamously claimed that the ultimate goal is gay activists is to legalize sex with children. Read Rob's accompanying post and watch this excellent deconstruction of the lies used against us.

thanks for this great post from JMG

From JMG: Prop 8 Film Debuts At Sundance

Yesterday the documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition debuted at the Sundance film festival in Utah as two dozen anti-LDS protesters rallied outside the venue.
The activists were there to show their support for the film and to protest the efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pass Proposition 8, the successful 2008 California ballot initiative that eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Conservative Christian groups opposed to the film also had been expected to demonstrate, but none showed up. "We are not here to be anti-LDS," rally organizer Eric Ethington said Sunday, outside the documentary's premiere at the Racquet Club venue in Park City. "We are here to share our own stories." During the 2008 election season, the LDS Church was part of a coalition of religious groups that pushed the "Yes on 8" campaign. The church encouraged its members in California to donate time and money to the effort, sparking protests near LDS temples after the measure passed. "We think it's a shame -- a very big shame," demonstrator Joe Baker-Gorringe said Sunday. "If [Mormons] would have channeled [their time and money] into something more constructive, they would have helped a lot of people."

lifted from JMG