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Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics

A majority comprised of dirtbags are still dirtbags.

(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

Nota bene: It doesn’t matter how many of you there are. It doesn’t matter what legislation you manage to get passed. Being in the majority may make you a majority, but it doesn’t make you right.

When voters in Arizona elected Jan Brewer, that didn’t make her a moral paragon. It simply meant that a bunch of dirtbags elected one of their own.

When voters in Virginia, during my time there, passed the Marshall-Newman amendment to that state’s Constitution forever denying same sex couples equal rights to marriage, neither their majority, nor their religion, conferred any sort of moral rectitude.

It simply meant that there were enough dirtbags there to enshrine hatred and bigotry into the constitution of the Commonwealth.

Stopped-clock-right-twice-a-day moment:

“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).” -Ayn Rand

This was the deal the LAST time North Carolina amended their Constitution with respect to marriage:

What they did last night is no less shameful. The gulf of years, and the target, changes nothing.


Hey, North Carolina: If your marriage is so weak it’s threatened by what gays do, you don’t need a Constitutional amendment, you need marriage counseling.

To those accusing me of being random in my ire… “there are so many other states”… and uneven in my sense of injustice… “what about your own state of California”… you’re right. It’s random and uneven and even a little bit of a hissy fit. And… so fucking what. A vast majority of North Carolinian primary voters tonight suck rodent balls and I for one feel like tell them to chew on snot. So there.

Open Thread of Free Association

(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

Okay. Your turn to ramble….well, I got one more thing on the jump…..

Warning: Mitt Romney is coming for your guns.

“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

Mitt Romney, 2002

Oh, sure, he got the endorsement of the NRA. Sure, he bought a life membership. Sure, he got the endorsement of Big Bad Gun Boy Ted Nugent. But, let’s look at his record and past statements….on the flip.  

Wildflower Inn: It gets worse.

(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

Literally. For them, that is…

 New developments in the discrimination case against the owners of the Lyndonville bed and breakfast that’s facing legal action for refusing to host the wedding reception of two women from New York.

 The Caledonian Record (paywalled) today is reporting that the judge in the matter has denied a request to dismiss the case brought by the attorney for the inn’s owners. From my reading of the piece, it looks to me like Jim and Mary O’Reilly are trying to claim that the employee who sent the email apologizing to Katherine Baker and  Ming Lien-Linsley for the Wildflower’s discriminatory policies was acting on her own hook.

 However, that doesn’t change the fact that the policy of discrimination existed in the first place.

 The judge in the matter has also granted a motion that’s cleared the way for the couple to seek punitive damages beyond the symbolic dollar they originally sought, based on their allegation that “new information has come to light…suggesting that the defendant’s actions were more egregious than originally thought.”

 This oughta be good.

 More on the flip.  

Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP’s War on Caterpillars

(crossposted from Green Mountain Daily)

Redefining rape. Attacking the right to choose. Belittling victims of violence. The Republicans are on a rampage attacking caterpillar’s health and rights this year. And if we don’t speak up, they’ll keep going. That’s why we need to raise a ruckus, and get the word out about the GOP war on caterpillars.

1) Republicans not only want to reduce caterpillar’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

Phish phuels phlood relief in VT

$1.4 million dollars toward healing the wounds of the Green Mountain State. Thanks, phellas.

The Phish benefit concert Wednesday night at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction raised more than $1.2 million for flood recovery in Vermont, according to the band.

Money was raised through ticket sales, merchandise, the concert webcast and concessions, Phish said in a news release Friday.

“It was amazing and inspiring to see so many people come together through music to aid the great state of Vermont,” guitarist Trey Anastasio said in a statement. “We’re so grateful to the businesses and individuals that helped us raise as much money as possible for the recovery process.”

OK. I gotta get oriented.

First thing I wanna know is, where’s the beer?

Scond thing I wanna know is, where are the bathrooms?

Is there a smoking lounge?

There aren’t any obnoxious noise regulations around here, are there?

Loud music ok?