Reporting the facts, it seems, is now not something reporters actually do. All they need to do is pander the the lowest common denominator, and they think they’re doing their job.
This is a stupid example, but an example nonetheless. Yahoo!, which is constantly trying to reinvent itself, is piggybacking on iOS7 with their new “My Yahoo” redesign – but that’s not the story. The story is how Apple’s Tim COok recently joined twitter. It describes his account, describes his first tweet, and a few other things.
What did they leave out? Cook’s Twitter handle.
C’mon – isn’t that – I don’t know - relevant to the story?
Facts… Who needs ‘em? Not Yahoo!
So there’s a new Miss America crowned. She’s beautiful, she’s talented – and oh yeah, she’s of Indian descent.
CNN did an article on the racists and how they came out of the woodwork to insult the new Miss America. But there’s something in the article that just makes my blood boil. Here it is (emphasis mine):
Despite a night of firsts, a tired theme emerged following Davuluri’s victory: Racists took to Twitter to lambaste the pageant for picking an Indian-American. They were none too kind to Davuluri herself, either, with one particularly uninformed tweeter calling her a Muslim.
Seriously, CNN? Since when is being called a Muslim something bad? This is not just ridiculous, but it’s bad reporting as well.
But then again, what do you expect from “info-tainment news”?
I normally check a few blogs to keep up with what’s going on in the world – and today, JoeMyGod.com has a doozy!
There’s a “Christian” (note the quotes) radio host named Kevin Swanson. In his latest broadcast, he urges people who talk to gay newlyweds to urge them to die on their wedding day. Isn’t that nice? So sweet…
And people wonder why gay people push back against preachers to do nothing but spew hate!
Now that Prop 8 has been sent back to California, and DOMA is dead, Rachel Maddow said something about inequalities between LGBT couples married in a state like Iowa, California, or Washington, and then moving on to a state like Utah or Mississippi where marriage equality is against the law. Up in Michigan, there’s a lesbian couple that a Federal judge has ruled can challenge Michigan’s ban on marriage equality.
Is this the case that will ultimately bring marriage equality nationwide?
Like in Loving v. Virginia, a mixed-race couple got married outside of Virginia, then returned to their homestate, only to be jailed for simply marrying. It went to the Supreme Court, where of course interracial marriage was deemed constitutional, and the couple was seen as married nationwide. Loving v. Virginia also struck down interracial marriage bans across the country. Now I’m wondering if this case, the DeBoer and Rowse case in Michigan, will be that case – the Loving v. Virginia case to bring marriage equality, striking down all state constitutional bans.
I’d watch this case close, especially if the couple is married in another state or country. It could have nationwide implications…
…I was sent something called “The Top 100 Marriage Equality Blogs”. These are some of the best blogs out there, and there will be many posts to come based on whatever decision the Supreme Court hands down.
So head over to read the list. And get ready for the 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific ruling. Best place to watch it live will be SCOTUSBlog, where they’ll have information and documentation in real-time, as it happens.
Like this is news to anyone in the GLBT community. Ever since their merger, ExxonMobil has been no friend of the GLBT community, and probably never will. At least not until the current generation of management is ousted.
But I’m specifically talking about ExxonMobil discriminating against applicants that are GLBT in hiring practices. A little test was done where 2 nearly identical resumes were sent in – one was a woman with a good GPA at college that had indicated she volunteered at LGBT organizations. The other was similar, but had worse grades – but didn’t have anything to indicate the applicant was anything but heterosexual.
The “heterosexual” resume got the callback.
This doesn’t surprise me at all, especially since I’ve personally been through two different jobs that had “problems” with me being homosexual. I left those jobs and never looked back. And anyone who works at ExxonMobil or who is looking for a job there, may I suggest you leave for a company that appreciates you for you?
I travel for work, and right now my job takes me to North Carolina every week. I fly in on Sunday nights and fly home on Thursday afternoons.
If you’ve ever been to an airport, you know that there’s going to be time to kill between your flights. In trying to get in my 10,000 steps per day, I walk as much as I can, and today that meant walking between all of the terminals. Between terminals B and C, there’s a “History of Atlanta” display that spans the lengthy walkways, and I nearly stumbled when something caught my eye. It was the saying in this picture:
Think about that… Now think about what our politicians do to minorities in this country. White school districts get and spend more money per pupil than minority school districts, while minority neighborhoods even lack the presence of healthy food sources (grocery stores), and were more likely to have to rely on expensive check-cashing stores rather than actual banks. And voter ID laws, which Republican state legislatures are pushing (even though there’s minuscule evidence it’s even needed), will hurt the poor and minorities disproportionately.
That’s the trifecta; we’re denying the books, the bucks, and the ballots.
This has to stop. But until we have a more equitable system of government – one that isn’t driven by lobbyists and greed, and gerrymandered beyond anything reasonable – we’re not going to have one.
Sometimes I wonder about the collective psyche of the American public. I seriously have questions for anyone who voted for Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Steven King (R-IA), or Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Because headlines like these – “Louie Gohmert Links Gay Marriage, Bestiality” – seem to be the norm for these folks.
I truly don’t get it. How can people vote for these total fringe whackos? I mean a dead houseplant would be more effective in Congress than people like Michele Bachmann. She, and now-defeated Allan West (R-FL), have both gone off about Democrats having “anti-American views”, and have called for McCarthy-esque witch hunts. It’s ridiculous.
So how do these people keep getting elected? At least Allan West was defeated in 2012; now we just need to get the other three whackos out of office.
This is somewhat of a sad story – but it really makes me want to laugh!
In Oregon, like most states, there has been a big push to cover for revenues that have slacked off because of the recession. Paying for things like a District Attorney is something that people don’t really think of that highly. Hell, only 29% of people in a recent survey consider lawyers to be a “popular” subject (as opposed to our do-nothing Congress, that comes in at 9% in that same survey). I mean, who needs a District Attorney?
Uh, WE DO! DUH!
The people of Josephine County, Oregon, found themselves in a bit of a budget hole when a Federal timber study expired. And as the case happened, the issue went to the voters – who voted down raising their taxes to help pay for things like the District Attorney’s office. And what was the result? Crime has skyrocketed, while convictions have plummeted.
Grants Pass, Oregon saw their crime rate from burglaries go up 50%, whereas the rest of the county went up 45%. At the same time, prosecutions went down 42%. And the DA’s office went from nine lawyers down to four.
I guess people would rather sit at home and watch Law & Order rather than actually deal with it in their communities. Seriously – hoisted by their own petard.
I know that you are not a man that finds himself on the liberal or progressive side of arguments. And I know that you sit on the one of the most important courts in America. But I’m asking you to stand up for your fellow citizens just this once; your LGBT brethren.
Justice Thomas, you’ve been married twice, when I can’t get married once. And your second marriage, in 1987, was to a caucasian woman named Virginia Lamp. I know you know that, but many people don’t. Here’s a recent picture that was taken of both of you:
Justice Thomas, you and your wife look so very happy there!
So can you please tell me why it is I am not allowed that same happiness? I’m a gay man, who has been in a relationship with the same man for over 21 years. That’s not quite as long as your marriage to Ginni, your second wife – but it’s almost twice as long as your first marriage.
There’s also a little something about the year you got married. See, it was 1987. That’s significant. Why? Because 1987 was the twenty year anniversary of 1967′s Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, in which interracial marriage was declared constitutional. Because the Supreme Court acted the right way in 1967, you were able to marry Virginia “Ginni” Lamp in 1987. See? That’s another connection right there. Loving v. Virginia and your wife, named Virginia.
It’s 2013, and a few days ago you heard arguments for and against California’s Proposition 8, and the US law DOMA. The previous generation’s Supreme Court saw to it that you could marry the person you love. How about you and your fellow Justices follow suit in June 2013, and make sure that gays and lesbians are allowed to marry the one that they love?
What say you, Justice Thomas?