Despite all of the progress made so far on LGBT rights, on Tuesday, Louisiana voted to uphold the state’s anti-sodomy law, 67-27, despite it being ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, in their landmark 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision.
In its decision, the court ruled that laws prohibiting sodomy seek “to control a personal relationship that, whether or not entitled to formal recognition in the law, is within the liberty of persons to choose without being punished as criminals.”
Unless you live in Louisiana?
In fact, in addition to Louisiana and Texas, Idaho, Utah, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Kansas and Oklahoma have all maintained their own anti-sodomy laws, despite their direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s decision. In three of these states — Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — such anti-sodomy laws pertain exclusively to “homosexual conduct.”
The Louisiana bill in question, HB12, proposed to amend “crime against nature…” and was introduced in January by State House Representative Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge). Although it seems painfully obvious that there is no reason on Earth to maintain such a law, Smith’s proposed bill was a direct response to the targeted arrests of gay men in her district who were profiled and lured by undercover police to agree to consensual sex. At least 12 men have been arrested in this “sodomy sting” since 2011, despite the fact that prosecutors refused to bring charges in every single case.
The chapter that might secretly want to wear pointy hoods to their toga parties…
In the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 16, vandals placed a noose around the neck of the statue and draped over its face a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle emblem.
Three freshmen fraternity members from Georgia, whose names haven’t been released, were accused in the incident. They were kicked out of the 130-member chapter, which itself had been suspended by the university pending the review.
Warren said in a statement Thursday that the February incident was not the direct cause of the chapter’s closure, but it did initiate a wider investigation. Ole Miss and fraternity officials said they found a pattern of underage drinking and hazing that had continued despite intervention by the fraternity in 2010 to fix similar problems.
So when Joe Scarborough claims that the census change “is a particularly clumsy effort” by the White House to “cook the books,” feel free to report that he said that. But when you, the political pundit or media reporter, write about Joe Scarborough’s claim, you should probably point out that it is a claim made without any supporting evidence, at all. When writing about the tiff between Scarborough and Times columnist Paul Krugman, who referred to Scarborough as a “truther,” you should also probably point out that the reason that Krugman made the comparison is because Scarborough did actually endorse a conspiracy theory without a shred of evidence behind it.
Similarly, when you print Scarborough’s fiery, taunting response to Krugman, maybe consider pointing out that at no point in his response does Scarborough defend his original claim or, again, offer any proof at all, or offer any indication that he came to his conclusion based on anything other than his gut feeling that the White House can’t be trusted.
Because in wingnut world, desiring a more diverse university student body = “ethnic cleansing”
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes is outraged by the president of Western Washington University’s deliberately provocative comment, which he has made at each of the school’s past six opening convocations, that “if we are as white in ten years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university.”
The president, Bruce Shepard, was referring to the fact that even though Western is a public university, its student body is disproportionately white compared to Washington state’s racial and ethnic composition and that diversity will improve students’ educational experience.
In his daily radio bulletin yesterday, Starnes said that Shepard’s statement is in fact a sign the university is embarking on an “ethnic cleansing” of white people
W audio at Right Wing Watch
Cassano’s reinstatement attempt comes just a little over a year after his embarrassed father issued a statement saying he was “extremely disappointed in the comments posted online by my son.”
Among his son’s galling tweets, were, “I like jews about as much as hitler #toofar? NOPE.”
On Martin Luther King Day last year, he tweeted, “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”
Posting the messages on his personal twitter account @jcassano15, the commissioner’s son also wrote, “Getting sick of picking up all these Obama lovers and taking them to the hospital because their medicare pays for an ambulance and not a cab.”
After making untold millions off of stoking political division, hysteria, apocalypticism and countless conspiracy theories, right-wing pundit and all-around media mogul Glenn Beck has decided he’d like to focus more on producing movies, because he hates politics and worries he’s “wasting [his] life.”
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Beck said he’s planning to refurbish a large studio in Texas in order to eventually shoot movies there. Beck already has at least three movies planned — one taking place during antiquity, one in modern times and one about faith and spirituality — and has optioned several other ideas, too.
Best of luck to you Glenn, after years of making a career out of attacking people on a personal basis, conspiracies to drive pocket money, and other malfeasance, yeah you wasted your life being a tool.
As Thom Yorke likes to say “you did it to yourself, you did. just you, you and no one else, just you”
Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The FreedomWorks-Beck relationship is just one example of a powerful and profitable alliance between the conservative movement’s most aggressive groups and the most popular radio hosts. The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics. It’s an alliance that helped spawn the anti-establishment tea party and power Republicans to landslide victories in the 2010 midterms. It’s also exacerbated congressional gridlock by pushing a hard line on the budget, immigration and Obamacare, and it is roiling the Republican Party headed into critical midterm elections.
A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation ending their sponsorships and groups like the Tea Party Patriots placing big ad buys.
Increasingly, anti-choicers are dropping the pretense that they’re motivated by “life” and admitting that their efforts are about controlling women’s sexuality. (Abstinence via Shutterstock)
Is the anti-choice movement giving up the pretense that it has no interest in policing women’s sexuality and only opposes abortion rights because of fetal life? While the rote use of the word “life” as a code word to describe a series of anti-woman and anti-sex beliefs is probably going nowhere, there does seem to be a bit more willingness among anti-choicers lately to admit that what really offends them is that women are having sex without their permission.
A report examining the demographics of women who have abortions, using self-reported numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, was recently presented at a Family Research Council conference. Their conclusion? “OMG sluts!”
The researchers—a term that needs to be used somewhat loosely, due to the extensive statistical distortion employed in this paper—were incredibly intent on portraying abortion as a product of sexually loose women on the prowl. They mostly succeed in portraying themselves as remarkably prudish and out of step with mainstream realities. “Almost 90 percent of reported abortions are procured by women who have had three or more (male) sexual partners,” the researchers write, clearly expecting the audience to reel in terror at the idea that a woman might not marry the first boy she kisses. Which means that most women having abortions are … average. Women generally report having had about four male sexual partners, but social scientists are inclined to think the number is probably higher than that, because men report having a much higher average number of partners, and that discrepancy is mathematically impossible. Indeed, one study showed that by telling women that they’re hooked up to a lie detector, the number of sex partners they will cop to goes up. Slut-shaming, such as the kind produced by this report, causes women to round down.
Remember this asshole?
One of the armed Idahoans in Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management last weekend was photographed in a prone position aiming an AR-15 at federal law officers.
Eric Parker, described only as being from Central Idaho and captured in a Reuters picture by Jim Urquhart, was one of hundreds of people who identified themselves as patriots and militia rushing to the ranch near Las Vegas to come to Bundy’s aid after agents started confiscating his cattle.
I hope an arrest warrant has been issued for this moron and he is put away for a long long time.
The Louisiana House voted 66-27 on Tuesday to keep the state’s unconstitutional sodomy ban under Louisiana’s crimes against nature law.
The Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision invalidated all state bans on gay sex, declaring them unconstitutional. But Louisiana, along with several other states, has refused to strike the provision from state law. On Tuesday, the House rejected a bill, sponsored by state Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith (D), that would have done just that.
The statute that bans sodomy cannot be used as a cause for arrest, but Smith told The Times-Picayune that she introduced the legislation after East Baton Rouge Parish sheriffs’ deputies arrested more than a dozen men suspected of “attempted crimes against nature.”
“We want to be fair to the law enforcement individuals,” Smith said during a committee hearing last week, according to The Times-Picayune. “We don’t need inefficient bills on our statutes that they cannot take to a prosecutor.”