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And this gem comes to us from Ken McCauley on the Wyoming Progressives page. As Ken writes:

Steve Bray (R) is apparently running for the Wyoming ASSEMBLY. According to the Wyoming Constitution, (Article 3) ‘the legislature of the State of Wyoming’ consists of ‘a senate and a house of representatives.’ Help me out historians, when was the last time The Wyoming government was called an assembly, 1888’s Wyoming Territorial Assembly?”

I got this. From the Wyoming Legislature’s website:

"In 1890, there were two legislative sessions held. The Eleventh, which was the last Territorial Legislative Assembly, convened January 14, 1890 and adjourned March 14, 1890. The first State Legislature convened November 12, 1890 and adjourned January 10, 1891.”

Long story short, there is no State Assembly in Wyoming. 

Emphasis mine. Protip for life, kids: If you’re going to run for office, it’s helpful to know what the office is, and in which capacity you’ll be serving, i.e. the correct name of the legislative body. Perhaps he forgot he was running for state house, and chose assembly. Y’know, a few too many at a rodeo weekend, and crazy things happen.
Either that, or Steve Bray is convening a one-man assembly. I imagine they’ll he’ll be holding meetings in a cabin in the woods. He and the trees will talk about Agenda 21, which is “an insidious, step-by-step, process that has found its way into federal, state, and local government” according to Steve and other — er — interesting folks.
He’s also running to protect family values. Why? Because reasons, hippies, and the sixties. Bray writes, “Since our society deviated from the family unit, most notably in the sixties, teen pregnancies, suicides, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, among others, have all gone up.”
I really just don’t know what to say here, other than I sort of hope he wins. His opponent, Steve Harshman, is ridiculously conservative, and barring a write-in on the Democratic side, the primary ends the race for District 37. I just think Bray might be entertaining as hell. Imagine his shock IF he wins and discovers he’s been elected to the legislature, not the assembly! I bet he’ll feel so cheated. 

And this gem comes to us from Ken McCauley on the Wyoming Progressives page. As Ken writes:

Steve Bray (R) is apparently running for the Wyoming ASSEMBLY. According to the Wyoming Constitution, (Article 3) ‘the legislature of the State of Wyoming’ consists of ‘a senate and a house of representatives.’ Help me out historians, when was the last time The Wyoming government was called an assembly, 1888’s Wyoming Territorial Assembly?”

I got this. From the Wyoming Legislature’s website:

"In 1890, there were two legislative sessions held. The Eleventh, which was the last Territorial Legislative Assembly, convened January 14, 1890 and adjourned March 14, 1890. The first State Legislature convened November 12, 1890 and adjourned January 10, 1891.”

Long story short, there is no State Assembly in Wyoming. 

Emphasis mine. Protip for life, kids: If you’re going to run for office, it’s helpful to know what the office is, and in which capacity you’ll be serving, i.e. the correct name of the legislative body. Perhaps he forgot he was running for state house, and chose assembly. Y’know, a few too many at a rodeo weekend, and crazy things happen.

Either that, or Steve Bray is convening a one-man assembly. I imagine they’ll he’ll be holding meetings in a cabin in the woods. He and the trees will talk about Agenda 21, which is “an insidious, step-by-step, process that has found its way into federal, state, and local government” according to Steve and other — er — interesting folks.

He’s also running to protect family values. Why? Because reasons, hippies, and the sixties. Bray writes, “Since our society deviated from the family unit, most notably in the sixties, teen pregnancies, suicides, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, among others, have all gone up.”

I really just don’t know what to say here, other than I sort of hope he wins. His opponent, Steve Harshman, is ridiculously conservative, and barring a write-in on the Democratic side, the primary ends the race for District 37. I just think Bray might be entertaining as hell. Imagine his shock IF he wins and discovers he’s been elected to the legislature, not the assembly! I bet he’ll feel so cheated. 

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Exclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says

stfuconservatives:

timekiller-s:

Observation: I guess apparently you can join the Catholic Church after being very public about being twice-divorced, divorce being something that would mean expulsion from said church? Catholics, please explain, thanks.

In the meantime …

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

“And I just stared at him and he said, ‘Callista doesn’t care what I do,’” Marianne Gingrich told ABC News. “He wanted an open marriage and I refused.”

Marianne described her “shock” at Gingrich’s behavior, including how she says she learned he conducted his affair with Callista “in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington.”

“He always called me at night,” she recalled, “and always ended with ‘I love you.’ Well, she was listening.”

All this happened, she said, during the same time Gingrich condemned President Bill Clinton for his lack of moral leadership.

Bold emphasis is mine on that last bit. This is ultimately the point where GOP family-values hypocrites have no fucking business being the morality police since it’s been proven time and time and time again that some of the biggest, screechiest morality avatars don’t practise what they preach.

How do we know that Newt isn’t sleeping around on Callista either?

Hope I’ll be able to catch the whole interview online. It will air Thursday night on ABC’s Nightline.

The Catholic church really doesn’t care. Their whole thing is, pretty much since their inception, forgiving people who pray enough (and more importantly donate enough) can absolve themselves of any wrong-doing.

None of this story is all that new but it’ll be a fun companion piece to tonight’s debate.

-Joe

Damn, I wish I had a bingo square for “open marriage” now. I love the headline on this because I’m not entirely sure this is an “exclusive”. I’d say it’s obvious. 

(via stfuconservatives)

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The Newt Gingrich breaks my brain of the day

Newt Gingrich, on the heels of his personal fidelity pledge to a family values group in Iowa, decided to take on the issue of homosexuality. The results were predictably infuriating:

Calling himself a “traditional, classic conservative,” Gingrich said he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman and insisted he would not have repealed the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military.

But the former House speaker was careful to draw the distinction that he believes homosexuality is both genetic and a lifestyle, stopping short of agreeing with some who believe it is entirely a choice.

Oh, okay, so at least he’s not 100% “it’s a choice” bandwagon - nothing like infidelity, amirite?! But really, here’s the best part:

He also pointedly noted an acceptance of homosexuality, saying he doesn’t believe people should be mistreated based on their personal lives. “I’m against discrimination of people based on their private behavior,” Gingrich said.

No, I don’t think gay people should be discriminated against, I just don’t think they should serve openly in our military and get married because reasons that aren’t hateful! </sarcasm>

Are you freaking kidding me? Really? He made these comments within moments of each other in the SAME INTERVIEW! How do you not understand the inherent contradiction?!

If someone made the same claim about Catholics, he’d flip his shit. At least religion is more of a choice than homosexuality. 

Guess what? You didn’t wake up one morning and choose to be straight, Newt. However, you did wake up next to Wife #2 on several mornings, put on your tie and your serious face, lambasted Bill Clinton for cheating on his wife, then gave Callista (now Wife #3) the old in-and-out before returning home to soon-to-be-ex-Wife #2. THAT was a choice, not your heterosexuality.

Filed under Newt Gingrich Breaking my brain politics republicans GOP GLBTQ Rights It's not a choice Infidelity is a choice though Conservative Family values Really?!

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Lowe’s Home Improvement Store Succumbs To Hate

Have you seen All-American Muslim? Here’s the description:

All-American Muslim takes a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan - home to the largest mosque in the United States - through the lens of five Muslim American families. Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.

It’s actually quite a good show. As for the families in the show, they play football, are police officers, raising children, planning weddings, etc. - y’know, doing things just like us, OMG! </sarcasm> In other words, the families in these shows do not fit the stereotypes many Americans hold about Muslims. So where’s the problem?

Well, apparently it’s just that: The Florida Family Association was outraged TLC would portray Muslims in a positive light. They launched an email boycott, supported by other groups, and targeted advertisers on the show. At least one (FFA is claiming nearly sixty) succumbed to the pressure from FFA. In an email, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. In an email to the FFA, Lowe’s said:

"While we continue to advertise on various cable networks, including TLC, there are certain programs that do not meet Lowe’s advertising guidelines, including the show you brought to our attention. Lowe’s will no longer be advertising on that program.

If I (Andrew) can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call 1-866-900-4650, or email execustservice@lowes.com. You may also contact us by mailing your correspondence to Lowe’s Companies, Mail Code CON8, 1605 Curtis Bridge Rd., Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697.”

Well, I suppose I won’t be shopping at Lowe’s because they don’t meet my standards for not supporting bigotry. What do they suggest - we judge Christianity by Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the massacre in Norway? Should we pull shows about families like the Duggars because terrorists have been motivated by Christianity?

Some perspective:

I didn’t hesitate to email Lowe’s. I suggest you do the same. Use the graph above from Osborn Ink - pictures help.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Lowe's Politics protest Muslims Islam Dearborn Michigan bigotry conservatives hatred Islamophobia Florida Family Association Family values

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I’ll be live-tweeting tonight’s Family Leader debate

Y’know, that one group that’s all about God, gays, and guns. The one that said African Americans were better off under slavery and pornography must be banned.

Those guys.

It’ll be streaming live at CitizenLink.com or at their Facebook page. If you want to ask the candidates a question, use the hashtag #tff11 and send it to @CitizenLink.

They’re apparently embedding a live twitter feed so others can see what folks are saying about the debate.

I’m so using their hashtag. If y’all play the bingo game, I suggest letting them know when you get a bingo.

It all starts at 4 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. MST, and 2 p.m. PST. I’m tweeting this thing sober, and yes, I deserve a goddamn medal. I’m 100% sure of that right now. Follow me @meglanker on Twitter, or view it on the sidebar.

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You suggested it. I created it. I give you the bingo board for a spectacular drinking game involving the GOP debate/discussion hosted by The Family Leader, Iowa&#8217;s premier anti-gay and anti-choice group. It&#8217;s this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. CST and will be live-streamed here. I&#8217;ll be live-tweeting it. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul are all confirmed to attend. Mitt Romney was invited, and Jon Huntsman was snubbed. 
The Family Leader is that heinous group of folks who brought you the misogynistic, anti-marriage equality pledge that claimed blacks were better off under slavery, and pornography should be banned.
Should be a good time&#8230; and seriously, I&#8217;m pretty sure this can be reused after the 19th.

You suggested it. I created it. I give you the bingo board for a spectacular drinking game involving the GOP debate/discussion hosted by The Family Leader, Iowa’s premier anti-gay and anti-choice group. It’s this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. CST and will be live-streamed here. I’ll be live-tweeting it. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul are all confirmed to attend. Mitt Romney was invited, and Jon Huntsman was snubbed. 

The Family Leader is that heinous group of folks who brought you the misogynistic, anti-marriage equality pledge that claimed blacks were better off under slavery, and pornography should be banned.

Should be a good time… and seriously, I’m pretty sure this can be reused after the 19th.

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Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh Receives ‘Family Values’ Recognition

Remember deadbeat dad and US House Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois? Well, the SPLC-listed hate group Family Research Council has awarded him their ‘True Blue’ designation for, wait for it, his unwavering dedication and support to the family. Seriously.

“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” said FRCA President Tony Perkins. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”

I guess you don’t have to actually support your own family to be a supporter of family. Walsh is being sued for over $100K in back child support and claims he can’t pay, yet went on a European vacation with his girlfriend and loaned his campaign over $35,000.

See, it’s just the sick and twisted general concept of family they’re interested in - one where reproductive rights are subjugated to patriarchal, theocratic politicians and homosexuality doesn’t exist. That kind of “family”. Not the actual one that Walsh has and fails to actually support.

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Amber Hahn, GOP party chair of Columbia County in Wisconsin and professional outraged parent, resigned this weekend after crashing her car while driving drunk. Her three young children were also in the car. No one was hurt, and she&#8217;s out on a $2,000 bond.
Somewhat ironically, the Columbia County Republican Party has adopted a twelve step plan for GOP success. One of those twelve steps is &#8220;Propose plans based on consistent principles with godly and moral family values racing up to a hopeful future for Americans.&#8221; How about mandated treatment for DUI? That seems like a good idea.
She&#8217;s been leading the charge against Scott Walker backlash from her dairy farm, hosting fundraisers for recalled senators and Koch brother BFF Sen. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyhow, here&#8217;s Hahn on Fox News expressing her concern about Wisconsin schools teaching kids about the history of unions and the labor movement:




I think her drunk driving is more concerning for her children&#8217;s well-being versus learning labor history, but what do I know - I have no kids, just cats.
Okay, I give her credit for admitting she has a problem with alcohol, but she attempts to minimize it by claiming alcohol hasn&#8217;t been a problem for long, but "long enough that it&#8217;s something that needs to be addressed." I somehow doubt that. You don&#8217;t become an alcoholic overnight. I&#8217;m wondering if it&#8217;s a problem because she got caught or because she actually thinks it&#8217;s a problem. In the video above, she&#8217;s stumbling over and slurring her words somewhat.
As an aside, the Columbia County Republican Party may want to rethink its recently instituted gatherings:
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Amber Hahn, GOP party chair of Columbia County in Wisconsin and professional outraged parent, resigned this weekend after crashing her car while driving drunk. Her three young children were also in the car. No one was hurt, and she’s out on a $2,000 bond.

Somewhat ironically, the Columbia County Republican Party has adopted a twelve step plan for GOP success. One of those twelve steps is “Propose plans based on consistent principles with godly and moral family values racing up to a hopeful future for Americans.” How about mandated treatment for DUI? That seems like a good idea.

She’s been leading the charge against Scott Walker backlash from her dairy farm, hosting fundraisers for recalled senators and Koch brother BFF Sen. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyhow, here’s Hahn on Fox News expressing her concern about Wisconsin schools teaching kids about the history of unions and the labor movement:

I think her drunk driving is more concerning for her children’s well-being versus learning labor history, but what do I know - I have no kids, just cats.

Okay, I give her credit for admitting she has a problem with alcohol, but she attempts to minimize it by claiming alcohol hasn’t been a problem for long, but "long enough that it’s something that needs to be addressed." I somehow doubt that. You don’t become an alcoholic overnight. I’m wondering if it’s a problem because she got caught or because she actually thinks it’s a problem. In the video above, she’s stumbling over and slurring her words somewhat.

As an aside, the Columbia County Republican Party may want to rethink its recently instituted gatherings:

Pints & Politics
3rd Wednesday of the month
5 - 7 pm

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Bachmann did not read pledge calling slavery a better arrangement for blacks

When Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signed a pledge that claimed black Americans were better off as slaves than they are today, she apparently hadn’t read it in detail.

Her campaign said Saturday that she actually didn’t agree with that part of the pledge.

By signing the pledge created by Iowa-based Christian group The Family Leader, Bachmann agreed to opposes same sex marriage, oppose Sharia law and ban “all forms of pornography.”

The “marriage vow” also begins by noting that the children of slaves were better off than African-American children today.

Two things: First, awesomely presidential attention to detail, Michele. Bravo. Second, how the hell does a lawyer sign something without reading it? Just curious. 

I call bullshit on her excuse here. She knew damn well what she was signing and is trying to backtrack now that she’s been called on it. 

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Part 1 of WyWatch, our local family “values” group, discussing “Civil Unions being the Trojan Horse for Same-Sex Marriage in Wyoming and across America! Find out who, in our legislature, in Wyoming are for and against the issue and why it is so important to our families, our state and our country!”

Interviewees include “Wally Rayl, Becky Vandeberghe and [Alliance Defense Fund] Attorney Daniel Blomberg.” The interview was conducted by Gary Freeman on KGAB 650 AM in Cheyenne.

Here’s my list of heroes who stood for equality in Wyoming. Please reblog and inform your folowers. These folks are working with national groups, including Family Research Council, to pass hateful legislation in Wyoming. Their game plan is straight from FRC.

Part 2 tomorrow!

All audio remains copyright original creators.

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Former Republican senator: We have homophobes in our party

Sen. Al Simpson does Wyoming proud [Emphasis mine]:

"We have homophobes in our party," Simpson, who served as a senator from 1979 to 1997, admitted. "That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children."

"Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals," he added. "Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul."

Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum, a potential GOP 2012 presidential candidate, likened homosexuality to “incest” and “adultery” in April 2003. He told The Associated Press that acceptance of gay sex could “undermine the fabric of our society” and lead to “man on child, man on dog” relations.

"Now if that’s the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, ‘Stick with your folks,’" Simpson continued. "But, I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, moral values—while you’re diddling your secretary while you’re giving a speech on moral values? Come on, get off of it."

Simpson has been a longtime supporter of gay and lesbian rights and access to abortion. During his appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews he also said that male legislators should not vote on abortion-related bills.

"Who the hell is for abortion? I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, ‘Have an abortion! They’re wonderful!’ They’re hideous, but they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue."

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WI Repub lives outside district with mistress, says wife

I’m so totally shocked! Another example of right-wing, family values hypocrisy. 

Protesters who marched at the home of Wisconsin state senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) were met with something of a surprise on Saturday. Mrs. Hopper appeared at the door and informed them that Sen. Hopper was no longer in residence at this address, but now lives in Madison, WI with his 25-year-old mistress.

Blogging Blue reports that the conservative Republican’s much-younger new flame is currently employed as a lobbyist for right-wing advocacy group Persuasion Partners, Inc., but was previously a state senate staffer who worked on the Senate Economic Development Committee alongside Mr. Hopper. Her bio has been scrubbed from the Persuasion Partners’ website, but a screen-grab is available here.

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